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Laura Bragg and the Origins of our School Programs

Today’s post was written in honor of Women’s History Month by Curatorial Assistant Kendra Knisley. The Berkshire Museum’s first director, Laura Bragg, was a pioneer and reformer who believed that museums hold the power to educate and uplift the masses. Through her work Bragg helped develop a new profession for women as museum curators and […]

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Inventor Profiles: Sarah E. Goode & Garrett Morgan

Inventing happens when someone sees a need and tries to find a way to solve it. In this post, Spark!Lab Host Hannah Sherman introduces us to two inventors from the 19th Century whose creations have continued to be useful into the 21st century. What items are necessities in your life? Below are two African American […]

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See image. Repeat Action.

by Craig Langlois, Education and Public Program Manager and co-designer of If/Then Stop and think of the first time you remember visiting a museum. Where were you? What did you see? What did you smell? What did you feel?  My earliest museum memory was when I was three years old and visiting a small natural […]

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Innovation for all!

With the Spark!Lab, our WeeMuse Parent/Child STEM program, science-based after-school programs, summer camps and more our Education and Interpretation team has worked hard to create a variety of STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) opportunities for area children. In this post, Director of Interpretation Maria Mingalone discusses why access to quality STEM opportunities, starting at […]

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Behind the scenes at the Berkshire Museum Shop

Today’s post is by Kate Rosenblatt, Berkshire Museum Shop Manager.  “How does it look to you, I ask?”  “How does it look to you, she replies?” My colleague in the museum shop and I say these simple phrases to one another countless times every week and we always laugh. (We laugh a lot here which […]

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Cast a Vote for the Arts

Today’s post comes from Laurie M. Werner, Director of Advancement for the Berkshire Museum. Laurie has nearly 20 years’ experience in management and development for nonprofit cultural institutions, and holds a Ph. D. in Economics. This past year, the Berkshire Museum has been participating in the “Arts Matter” and “Create the Vote” initiatives of MASSCreative, the nonpartisan statewide […]

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Made in Italy: Two Italian Films at the Little Cinema

This week the Little Cinema Curator Nannina writes about the two Italian films that are coming to the Berkshire Museum this weekend. We’re having a double dose of Italian film for you this weekend! Friday and Saturday we have Honey and Sunday and Monday we switch to Me and You, the new film by Bernardo […]

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RFP: Calling all videographers!

The 2015 Berkshire Awards are fast approaching and we’re looking for a creative local videographer to help us honor the new set of recipients. Please see below for the RFP or click here for a printable version.  Berkshire Museum Request for Proposal (RFP) for Digital Video Production Project: Berkshire Museum’s Berkshire Award Presentation PROJECT OVERVIEW This […]

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Why Berkshire Award?

Berkshire Museum Executive Director Van Shields shares his thoughts on why we need the Berkshire Awards. We are accepting nominations for the 2015 Berkshire Award through September 30. Guidelines and instructions can be found here.  I first developed a sense of this place following my job interview for the Berkshire Museum, when I spent the […]

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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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