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Open House and Free Tours
of the Truman Wheeler Farmstead
Last tour this Saturday August 30
from 10am to 2pm
817 North Main St., Rt. 7, Great Barrington
(across from the VFW)
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Don't miss the art show at Mason Library--ending this Saturday!
Ongoing through Saturday, August 30 at the Mason Library - Art show and sale of items by 25 painters and photographers. Hours are the same as library hours.
P.O. Box 1106 - Great Barrington MA 01230 (413)-591-8702 © Copyright 2014 Great Barrington Historical Society & Museum. All rights reserved.
GBHS News . . .
Slave document donor reception held
at the Truman Wheeler Farmstead
On Sunday afternoon, July 27th, the Great Barrington Historical Society held a wine and cheese reception at the Farmstead to thank donors for making the purchase of a recently discovered rare slave document possible. The bill of sale, dated 1765 for an 8-year old African boy named Pompi, is the first legal document found to date of a slave being sold in Great Barrington. Wareham Lee sold the boy for 48 pounds to his neighbor, landowner Truman Wheeler, probably to help with domestic chores.
The framed document was displayed along with a list of donors at the Farmstead. Guests were invited to tour the house to see the historical items and enlarged photographs displayed in several rooms. GBHS board members answered questions about the house, the document, and about slavery in Massachusetts in the 18th century.
Acting President Barb Syer (left) and Executive Director Debbie Opper-man flank the slave document and donor list.
The framed bill of sale on display
Guests examining the rare document
Looking at historical items in the display cabinet
GBHS Archivist Gary Leveille answers a guest's question.
GBHS board members on the porch. Front row (L to R): Acting president Barb Syer, Pat Ryan, Secretary Laura Katz, Dan Bailly, Executive Director Debbie Opperman; back row (L to R): V.P. Rob Tepper, Archivist Gary Leveille
Admiring the enlarged vintage photos, which cover the walls of one of the rooms