Calendar of Events

Jun 15 - Aug 28: IS 183 Art Classes. Scroll down for WSHS member rates
July 15, 11am - 2pm: Old Town Hall Open House
Aug 6: Life Member Reception
Aug 17 (tentative): West Stockbridge in the 1970's*
Aug 21 - Sep 3: Richmond - West Stockbridge Artists Guild Show
Sep 8, 7 pm: Berkshire Hills Chorus of Sweet Adelines
Sept 23, 10 am: Housatonic Heritage History Walk*
Oct: Harvest Concert*
Nov 10: Jeremy Kittel Trio
                                     *Please watch for details on these events
In This Issue ... Click to Read
Old Town Hall Open House July 15
Recap of WSHS Fund Raiser at Turn Park Art Space
$90,000 Matching Grant Awarded to the Society
IS183 Art Classes Ongoing
Friends of the West Stockbridge Library Book Sale
Hundreds Turn Out for Old Town Hall Benefit 
at Turn Park Art Space
John Parker Photo
Three supporters: Joanne Yurman, Lisa Landry and Sheila Thonfors. (Photo: John Parker) 
It threatened rain all week, but by 4:30 on Friday, June 2nd, the sun was shining as the first cars pulled into the parking lot at Turn Park Art Space. After months of planning, the West Stockbridge Historical Society was hosting its first major benefit to kick off the next phase of its Campaign to Restore the Old Town Hall. The sudden change in weather wasn't the only good omen. Just a few days before, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which funds so many of the area's major cultural institutions, recognized the value of the Society's efforts. They approved a $90,000 matching grant in support of the next phase of the restoration -- a remarkable vote of confidence in the Society, the town, and the hundreds of people and businesses who've been working together to return the historic 1854 building to its rightful place at the heart of the community.

Joe Roy, Jr. Photo
L-R: Grigori Fateyev, Architect; Deval Patrick, former MA governor; Robert Salerno, the Society's president and Igor Gomberg and Katya Brezgunova, Turn Park founders (Photo: Joe Roy, Jr.) 
Robert Salerno, the Society's president, welcomed the large, festive crowd.  Former governor Deval Patrick spoke, recognizing the work of the Society and acknowledging how much Igor Gomberg's and Katya Brezgunova's new sculpture park adds to the beauty and culture of the town.  Katya talked about how happy she and Igor were to be continuing the history of the Park that had been a marble quarry worked by immigrants to West Stockbridge.  The delicious food was provided by Rouge, the wine by Queensboro Wine & Spirits. The Transmitters with Rob Sanzone offered wonderful jazz.  A dance event created by Rozann Kraus was performed in the sculpture park to music by Dan Epstein.

Joe Roy, Jr. Photo
Guests listening to speakers' remarks (Photo: Joe Roy, Jr.) 
From beginning to end it was a most enjoyable and successful event! 
$90,000 Matching Grant Awarded to the Society from
the Massachusetts Cultural Council

On Thursday, May 18, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and Governor Baker announced that the West Stockbridge Historical Society is the recipient of a $90,000 matching grant from the Cultural Facilities Fund. A number of people worked on the application, starting last November, and submitted it in January. We were on edge for four months.

This grant is for the next phase of the Old Town Hall renovation, during which we will construct a rear extension on the building to house an elevator shaft, install new bathrooms, and create another access to the second floor. It is the biggest phase of the renovation work and is most important in meeting the ADA and building code requirements. The matching grant goes a long way toward funding the project.
Both diagrams are rear elevations. The top is the southern elevation view. Bottom is northern view. Courtesy of J.H.Harwood, Architect

This is a major event for the Historical Society and for our town in many ways, a real cause for celebration and something everyone can be proud of. In the grant world, we compete against larger organizations back east as well as the big non-profits in Berkshire County like Mass MoCA, The Mount, and the BSO. All have been recipients of MCC Cultural Facilities Fund grants in the past, and many have received multiple grants over the years. We are honored to be in such company. Competition was especially fierce this year and our inclusion with the big guys makes us really proud.

Winning this grant is the result of major support we have received from our loyal membership and donors, our community, politicians, partner organizations, and businesses. We couldn't have achieved this without you.

Thank you all very much.

IS183, one of our cultural partners, is offering classes on the first floor of the 1854 Town Hall this summer with our downtown as subject matter. Classes are open to everyone.

*    Travel, With Camera  - June 8-July 20
*    Foundation Drawing  - July 11-August 15
*    Pastels on the Green - August 14-28

Historical Society members can enroll at the IS183 Member rate.

You can go to the IS183 website for more information on the classes and how to register:     or call 413-298 5252 x100.    
from 2017

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who support our efforts*
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A Grateful Welcome to these new life members  
Naomi & Ernest von Simson

A Grateful Welcome to these new members  
Shirley & Steve Blanchard
IS 183 Art School
Karen & Roger Kavanagh
Melinda Rothstein
Avram & Ellen Westin    

The West Stockbridge Historical Society is grateful for the generous support of its members. Strong community backing is important when donors review our requests for grants, and there are many benefits and interesting activities that you will enjoy as a member. If you have not already joined, we encourage you to do so.

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ABOUT US: The mission of the West Stockbridge Historical Society is to preserve and promote the history and culture of West Stockbridge through research, programming and community involvement.