Bidwell House: A voyage Of Discovery

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MONTEREY, Mass. — The last presentation in the Bidwell House Museum's summer history talk series will be about the story of a Unitarian Missionary in early Berkshire County.

A Voyage of Discovery: A Unitarian Missionary in Early Berkshire County with historian Carl Hammer. In-Person, Members $15 and Non-Members $25. Zoom, Members free & Non-Members $15. Lecture will be held at the Tyringham Union Church and via Zoom. 11 a.m on July 13.

According to a press release: 

In the autumn of 1827, Edward Brooks Hall, the young minister of the new Unitarian church in Northampton obtained support from the American Unitarian Association to undertake a missionary journey to Berkshire County which was dominated by its orthodox Congregational ministerial association and had no Unitarian congregations.  His mission was enabled by Ralph Waldo Emerson who supplied in his absence and also briefly visited the Berkshires.  For twelve days in mid-October Hall traversed the Berkshires from Williamstown to Sheffield, and his journal provides unique insights into conditions in the county and the situation of scattered groups of liberal Christians there, including the Sedgwicks.

Carl Hammer divides the year between Pittsburgh and Easthampton.  He has published widely on medieval and early-modern European history and early western Massachusetts.  He is a Research Associate at the University of Pittsburgh and is completing a new book on liberal Christianity in early western Massachusetts.

This lecture will be held at the Tyringham Union Church at 128 Main Rd in Tyringham. This will be an in-person lecture, with the option to also watch a livestream via Zoom. All Zoom participants will receive a link to access the lecture 1-2 days in advance. Tickets for Zoom attendance must be purchased in advance, but in-person tickets can be purchased at the door. Attendees can register here:

This program is supported in part by grants from the Otis and Sheffield Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

The Bidwell House Museum is open for guided tours from Memorial Day to October. Tours are by appointment only on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m., 1p.m. or 3 p.m. Tours can be booked by calling 413-528-6888 or emailing The Museum grounds—194 acres of woods, fields, historic stonewalls, self-guided trails and picnic sites—are open every day, dawn until dusk, free of charge. The program of events can be found on the museum's website:

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Triplex Cinema Celebrates One Year Anniversary

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Triplex Cinema will celebrate its one year anniversary with a party on Saturday, July 27 at 5PM on the Triplex terrace. 
Free wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served, courtesy of Guido's Market, and Triplex board members and staff will be on hand to celebrate the many successes of the first year of the community-owned Triplex. The event will also kick off the Triplex seat naming campaign.
The seat naming campaign offers cinema patrons the opportunity to purchase a seat and have a specially made brass plaque affixed to the seat, in perpetuity, honoring the donor. As part of the campaign, the Triplex will be offering a raffle for a free seat naming opportunity, and all attendees of the anniversary celebration will be able to enter that raffle by filling out a form which will be provided. 
"We look forward to welcoming and thanking our community, which has so generously supported the Triplex over our first year of operations. During the past twelve months we have offered an amazing array of special programming and events, in addition to showing the best of newly released studio, independent and documentary films. The coming year promises to be even bigger as we look forward to the opening of our fourth screen," Triplex Board President Nicki Wilson said.
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