As part of Berkshire Museum’s 110th anniversary celebration, we have launched The Berkshire Award as a way to honor those who live in the greater Berkshires who have made a contribution to creating, keeping, and/or promoting our artistic, historical, and natural heritage. Many people were nominated by community members and leaders, and rising to the top as the inaugural class of The Berkshire Award were the Crane family for their philanthropic actions and community impact, Sandra Newman, founder of Community Access to the Arts, and Thom Smith, a local naturalist, writer, and former Berkshire Museum natural science curator.

Over the past few months, as part of the planning of this award, we sent a call out for videographers and filmmakers who could produce video testimonials for these award recipients. The videos will be shown the night of the award, on Friday, March 15. We eventually hired James Sylvia, founder of West Tenth Media, to video record the testimonials of people close to the awardees, as well as the award recipients themselves. The bulk of the video taping happened last week, in the Museum and at the Crane Museum of Papermaking. It was great to hear the testimonials of those close to the awardees, as well as to watch the technical behind-the-scene workings of James and his crew. Below are more pictures from the shoot as well as a video from our executive director, Van Shields, talking about the Berkshire Award and inviting you to join us.