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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. 

There's been a wonderful response by the Great Barrington community to our appeal for matching grants funds.
If you haven't yet donated, click on the $100K Challenge Grant link at the top, and see the donor list as of Feb. 20, 2015.
You can send a check to us at P.O. Box 1106,
 Great Barrington MA 01230, or charge via PayPal on that page.

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Our first program of 2015
    The Great Barrington Historical Society's Annual Meeting was held on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at the AIER
 (American Institute for Economic Research). 
    About 35 attendees enjoyed wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres at AIER's beautiful Cotswold cottage-style mansion off Division Street in Great Barrington. Executive director Debbie Opperman welcomed everyone, then president Barbara Syer gave a brief business report and announced the group's officers for this year. (All officers' and board members' names are on the About Us page listed on the top banner).
    Our featured speakers were Bill Harwood, son of AIER founder Colonel E.C. Harwood and David Michaels, AIER's Chief Financial Officer.

The Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce presents
Business After-Hours event on Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 5:30pm to 7:30 pm
at the Truman Wheeler Farmstead, home of the Great Barrington Historical Society
817 South Main Street (Rt. 7), Great Barrington 

Featured speaker Bill Harwood at the podium
AIER's CFO David Michaels
Help save the Berkshires' biggest tulip tree!

    The Great Barrington Historical Society is very proud of our champion tulip tree at Great Barrington Historical Society headquarters on South Main Street (The Truman Wheeler Farmstead). The massive tree (16'8" in circumference) suffered damage during the 1995 tornado and was never looked after. It now has many dead, dangerous branches.
    We are actively looking for an "arbor angel" to help underwrite some of the costs. . . but we still need financial support.
"Save-the-tulip-tree" donations may be sent to:
GBHS, P.O. Box 1106, Great Barrington MA 01230-1106

Plaque on the massive tulip tree
Located close to the Wheeler House (at right), the tree urgently needs pruning of many dead and dangerous branches.







Watch this space for more information soon!



Great opportunity!
Please join us for a program on
The History of the Eisner Camp
property and a tour of the Manor House
at 7:00 pm on
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Originally, the property was known as "Brookside," residence of William Walker.
Please join us . . .

 on Saturday, February 28th when GB Historical Society celebrates the birthday
 of W. E. B. DuBois at the Mason Library from 10:30am to 12:30pm
    Hear brief readings from DuBois writings, speakers (including local historian Bernard Drew; Will Singleton from the Pittsfield NAACP; Town Manager Jennifer Tabakin;
and a representative from the Mahaiwe Theatre), Q & A, and birthday cake, too.

   This will be a great community event. Be sure to bring the kids!