History & Heritage

Berkshire 19th Century Trail
Various locations
Visit six of the earliest homes in Berkshire County. Open for public tours.

What a View! Nantucket Through the Stereoscope
Whitney Gallery, NHA Research Library, Nantucket
Opening May 27, 2016 through Spring 2017
Stereographs, an early form of three-dimensional photographs, were a major vehicle for popular education and entertainment in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Displaying highlights from the NHA’s collection of over 700 stereographs, this exhibition explores both traditional and modern viewing techniques of this early 3D technology.

Famine, Friends & Fenians
Opened Oct 21, 2016- Sept 2017, New Bedford Whaling Museum
Explores New Bedford’s curious role in Irish history from the 18th century through the famous “Easter Rising” in 1916. The Whaling Museum will be receiving a proclamation from the Irish government in honor of the exhibit.

Icons of the Civil Rights Movement
November 1 – February 26; Springfield
Exhibit by artist Pamela Chatterton-Purdy paying tribute to those who risked physical harm, imprisonment and death for the sake of freedom. The subjects include Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks, are presented using “Iconic” form (gold leaf with red background on wood panels) to represent the sacred nature of their sacrifice in the fight for racial equality.

Shakespeare Unauthorized
October – March, Boston Public Library, Boston
Shakespeare Unauthorized pulls back the curtain on four hundred years of collaboration, confusion, and even literary deception that surround the plays, poems, and life of William Shakespeare

Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature
November 23-January 1, Concord Museum, Concord
During the holiday season, the Museum’s galleries are filled with more than 30 fanciful trees of all shapes and sizes, decorated with original ornaments inspired by acclaimed children’s storybooks and contemporary picture book favorites. This year, Family Trees includes among its 36 decorated trees several inspired by doll- and dollhouse-themed children’s books.

Wedding 396: 4 Centuries of Wedding Fashion from the First Plymouth Colony Marriage in 1621 to the Present
February 1, 2017
The exhibit centers on a dazzling display of vintage and antique wedding gowns reflecting the full range of New England’s diversity, with a creative re-imagining of the very first Plymouth Colony marriage in 1621 and multimedia displays of real-life wedding images  from the past 150 years.