Bidwell House Museum Begins Season with a Concert and Reception

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MONTEREY, Mass.— The Bidwell House Museum announced that they will open for their 31st season on Memorial Day weekend. 
 
Tours by appointment will begin on Monday, May 30 and on Sunday, May 29, at 2 p.m there will be an opening concert and reception with singer-songwriter Diane Taraz, who will perform her new show "No Such Thing as Idle Hands: The History of Women's Work."
 
Following the show there will be a small reception to usher in the new season. Tickets can be purchased on the Museum website, https://www.bidwellhousemuseum.org/event/no-such-thing-as-idle-hands-opening-concert-and-reception/
 
Admission to the show and reception is free for Members and $15 for non-members.
 
Then, on Monday May 30, the Museum will begin guided tours of the house. These personal, small-group tours last about an hour and include a look at the architecture of the house, a history of the Bidwell Family and their connection to Monterey, information about housewares and decor in 18th century New England, and a walk through the first and second floors of the house. 
 
The Museum is accessible and there is a video tour of the 2nd floor for those visitors who are unable to climb stairs. As in 2021, all tours will be by appointment only, must be booked 24 hours in advance and will be available on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 10 am and 3 pm. Tours can be reserved by either calling 413-528-6888 or emailing bidwellhm2@gmail.com. Tickets for adults are $15, seniors are $10, student tickets are $5 and children 12 and under are free.
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Bidwell House Museum's Second Summer History Talk

MONTEREY, Mass. — Bidwell House Museum will be having its second history talk of the summer "Murder and Mercy on the Susquehanna: Captain Civility of Conestoga Teaches Pennsylvania Colonists New Principles of Justice" at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 9 at Tyringham Union Church with a Zoom option.
 
Pulitzer Prize winner and New York University Professor Nicole Eustacea will discuss a forgotten murder of a Seneca hunter near Conestoga, Pennsylvania by two white fur traders on the eve of a major treaty between Iroquois leaders and European colonists.
 
According to the press release, this attack set into motion a series of criminal investigations and cross-cultural negotiations that challenged the definition of justice in early America with lessons that remain relevant to debates about criminal justice reform today.
 
Tickets for members who wish to attend in-person cost $10 or $15 for non-members. The zoom option is free for members free or $10 for non-members $10.
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