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Books from GBHS authors now available at local booksellers.

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New from Gary Leveille - 
    Look-ahead to 2015 . . . 
The Great Barrington Historical Society Annual Meeting
will be held in mid-January. Watch this space for details . . . .
Great News!!!
$100,000 Challenge Grant Awarded to the GBHS
through the generosity of the Jane and Jack Fitzpatrick Trust

    On September 15, 2014, the Great Barrington Historical Society held a press conference to announce that the Society has received a dollar-for-dollar challenge grant up to $100,000 from the Jane and Jack Fitzpatrick Trust.  The grant kicks off a DOUBLE YOUR DOLLARS
fundraising campaign this month. 
    This grant is just the boost needed to complete Phase I preservation efforts of the organization's historic Truman Wheeler Farmstead headquarters and to attract additional funding from the state and other private sources that require matching funds to participate.
    Rep. Smitty Pignatelli, Fitzpatrick Trust representative Casey Fitzpatrick Meade, members of the press, GBHS executive director Debbie Opperman, and GBHS board members attended the announcement, which was held on the porch of the Truman Wheeler House at the Farmstead.











    
    Phase I focuses on the main house (interior and exterior), and the Dutch wagon house which is attached to the main house. Critical tasks include, but are not limited to, updating electrical service and installing new lighting; constructing a handicap-accessible bathroom, plaster repair, sash replacement, rebuilding the wagon house foundation; and restoration of the rare Dutch roof for use as an education and archival research center. Four rooms of the main house are now open to the public.
    The Jane and Jack Fitzpatrick Trust is a nonprofit charitable trust located in Stockbridge, Mass.
Executive director Debbie Oppermann announces the $100,000 matching grant.
Casey Fitzpatrick Meade, representing the Jane and Jack Fitzpatrick Trust, describes the challenge grant to Debbie Oppermann.
Rep. Smitty Pignatelli speaks with (standing left to right) GBHS board members Jim Mercer, Gary Leveille, and Doreen Atwood.
 Left to right: Casey Fitzpatrick Meade, Debbie Oppermann, Rep. Smitty Pignatelli, and Doreen Atwood.
BIG thank you to CARR HARDWARE in Great Barrington
 for its generous discount --
 so that we could purchase a much needed wheelbarrow.
On Saturday, May 2, 2015, the GBHS will have its first Historic House Tour.
Houses in both Great Barrington and Housatonic will be open that afternoon.
Meanwhile, we need volunteers!
 Email us at info@gbhistory.org or call us at 413-591-8702 for more information.