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Spark!Lab is Coming to the Berkshire Museum!

In October 2014, the Berkshire Museum will open Spark!Lab, an educational, interactive work space developed at the Smithsonian Institution by the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History (NMAH). Spark!Lab is a hands-on, creative laboratory that engages children and families in the process of innovation. Spark!Lab […]

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From Us to You: Summer Reading Recommendations

You may have noticed that here at the Berkshire Museum we’re big into reading! This summer we’ve been working with Pittsfield Promise Literacy Campaign on Word of the Day and Book of the Week, which we hope have been helping parents work with their kids on vocabulary and reading skills during these crucial summer months. But […]

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Numbers, Numbers Everywhere: Preventing Summer Slide (Part 1)

Here at the Museum we are big proponents of unstructured play time – a time when creativity, confidence, and initiative flourish in children of all ages – and we think that summer vacation is the perfect time for children to explore the world around them outside of formal activities. However, we also recognize that summer […]

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What’s Playing this Weekend: Punk Lives for these Three Girls

Little Cinema Curator Nannina Stearn brings her knowledge, thoughts, and perspectives on film and more to the pages of our blog: I first encountered Swedish director Lukas Moodysson in a review by one of my favorite critics, Anthony Lane of The New Yorker. Lane opened his review of Moodysson’s 2000 film Together with the statement: […]

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Meet Butterfly Host Amanda!

If you visit our new Butterfly Pavilion you might run into Amanda Le Barron, a biology student at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), and one of our Butterfly Pavilion hosts. We sat down with Amanda to get to know her: What brought you to the Berkshire Museum? I heard about the Berkshire Museum through MCLA, […]

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Little Cinema Special Event: The Theft of the Mona Lisa

Little Cinema Curator Nannina Stearn brings her knowledge, thoughts, and perspectives on film and more to the pages of our blog: Documentary film has always been a big part of the Little Cinema experience. Films like Finding Vivian Maier and Dancing in Jaffa have proved popular this spring and a higher percentage of our film roster is devoted […]

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What’s Playing this Weekend: Double Lives

Little Cinema Curator Nannina Stearn brings her knowledge, thoughts, and perspectives on film and more to the pages of our blog: Jesse Eisenberg, the star of The Double, specializes in playing boys who live with a confidence that their popularity or social standing does not back up. A Jesse Eisenberg character never asks what is […]

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What’s Playing this Weekend: The Making of the Unmade

Little Cinema Curator Nannina Stearn brings her knowledge, thoughts, and perspectives on film and more to the pages of our blog: Jodorowsky’s Dune is a “making of” documentary of a film that never got made. Now you might think to yourself, “What is the point in that?” But the amount of work that went into […]

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What’s Playing this Weekend: Tip-Toeing Towards Peace

Little Cinema Curator Nannina Stearn brings her knowledge, thoughts, and perspectives on film and more to the pages of our blog: A documentary about middle-schoolers ballroom dancing may sound familiar, and that’s because Dancing in Jaffa is almost a sequel of sorts to 2005’s charming Mad Hot Ballroom. In the 1990s ballroom dancing partners Pierre […]

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Position Opening: Development Associate

The Berkshire Museum is entering an exciting stage in its 110+ year history, and we are looking for a Development Associate to join our dynamic four-person development team in raising funds to support our annual operating needs as well as our Capital Campaign. The Development Associate will work closely with the Berkshire Museum development team […]

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