Collection Care Rounds #1


Collections Care Rounds # 1 is popular

The History Alliance will host a series of Collection Care Rounds during the spring and fall, beginning on April 26, 2012.  On that Thursday afternoon from 3 to 4 p.m., Leanne Hayden, Collections Care Manager and Registrar of the Berkshire Museum, will give us a collections tour and give us a chance to discuss our storage issues and concerns with one another.

As of March 25, the first session is full, but those wishing to be put on a cancellation list may do so by e-mailing: history@housatonicheritage.org

It is an opportunity for large and small history organizations  to see various approaches to collections care and storage.  In the fall, we will go to the Sharon Historical Society and Stockbridge Library Museum and Archive.

HOUSATONIC HERITAGE, MCLA AND BCC OFFER A COURSE TO AREA TEACHERS ON HISTORICAL, INDUSTRIAL, CULTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL INFLUENCES OF THE REGION

HOUSATONIC HERITAGE, MCLA AND BCC OFFER A COURSE TO AREA TEACHERS ON HISTORICAL, INDUSTRIAL, CULTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL INFLUENCES OF THE REGION

GREAT BARRINGTON, MASS – The Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area (Housatonic Heritage), Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), and Berkshire Community College (BCC) invite area teachers to participate in The Upper Housatonic Valley Experience this Summer 2012, the week of June 25 to June 29.

This three-credit graduate course is intended for Berkshire County and Northwestern Connecticut middle and high school teachers of history, social studies, English, science, business and industrial technology.

The Upper Housatonic Valley Experience integrates various aspects of the heritage of the region – the social, cultural, economic and industrial history of the valley, the ecology of the river throughout that history, and the symbiotic relationship between that history and ecology.  Instructors will assist students in designing projects that infuse this information into their classrooms while meeting state standards.

Field trips to local cultural, environmental, and business sites, and presentations by guest lecturers will be a major portion of the course.

Participants will review their current curricula and develop standards-based lessons related to the Upper Housatonic Heritage Area content that integrate contextual applications and motivational instructional strategies.  Individuals, school-based and/or content-based teams will develop written lesson plans suitable for dissemination.

The course content can be applied to any river watershed area and will be team-taught by faculty from MCLA and BCC.

The course is sponsored by the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area in cooperation with the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, Berkshire Community College (BCC), MCLA, the Berkshire County Regional Employment Board and the Berkshire STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Pipeline.

A stipend that covers the cost of registration will be provided to participants who successfully complete the course. Enrollment is capped at 16 participants, so those interested should register early. Note: Funding is available from the Upper Housatonic National Heritage Area toward the cost of transportation for follow up student field trips; details will be made available during the course.

More information and registration form can be downloaded off the Web site: http://www.mcla.edu/About_MCLA/uhrve/

Fax or e-mail registration to the MCLA registrar’s office as indicated on the form.

Housatonic Heritage, Arrowhead, and Pittsfield High School select writer in residence

Housatonic Heritage, Arrowhead, and Pittsfield High School select writer in residence

PITTSFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS – Housatonic Heritage announces the selection of Jana Laiz of North Egremont, Mass., to be the first writer in residence in a new program at Arrowhead in Pittsfield.  The residency will take place in the spring of 2012, and will include time for the writer to work in Herman Melville’s study at Arrowhead, as well as time leading student workshops there and at the Pittsfield High School.

Partners in the Housatonic Heritage Writer’s Residency are Housatonic Heritage, Arrowhead, Pittsfield High School, and the City of Pittsfield’s Office of Cultural Development. They hope to connect students to the region’s literary heritage and to support area writers and educators in their efforts to teach and learn about the unique places in the Upper Housatonic Valley.  The project is a pilot to try certain methods, with the hope that it may expand in the future.

The 2012 residency will give primary focus to Arrowhead.  PHS students, with their teacher Robert Barsanti and writer Jana Laiz, will immerse themselves in the stories of the place and selected writings of Melville.  The students  will also engage in some site specific project or activity, in coordination with Betsy Sherman and Will Garrison at Arrowhead.

The Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area (Housatonic Heritage), the primary sponsor, works to preserve and promote the historical, cultural and natural resources of the Upper Housatonic River Valley region.  Housatonic Heritage serves the 29-town Housatonic River watershed region, extending from Kent, Conn. to Lanesboro and Dalton, Mass.

Arrowhead is the home of the Berkshire Historical Society, an organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, and disseminating the history of Berkshire County. In addition, the Berkshire Historical Society is committed to the preservation and interpretation of Arrowhead, home of author Herman Melville, the first National Historic Landmark to be so designated in Berkshire County.

The Pittsfield School district is comprised of 12 schools, including two high schools, and serves 6,000 students. The project would take place in Pittsfield High School.

The Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development sponsors numerous programs in the city, including Third Thursdays and regular exhibitions and programs at its Lichtenstein Center for the Arts.

Jana Laiz has written several books, including The Twelfth Stone, Weeping Under The Same Moon, and Elephants of the Tsunami, and she co-wrote A Free Woman on God’s Earth, about Elizabeth Freeman, with Ann-Elizabeth Barnes.  She is also a teacher.


Deadline Feb. 15 for Writers Residency

Housatonic Heritage Writers Residency

At Arrowhead and Pittsfield High School

Sponsored by Housatonic Heritage,  with Arrowhead,  Pittsfield High School, City of Pittsfield

Housatonic Heritage has announced a new opportunity at Arrowhead in Pittsfield and invites applications from area writers.  The project will take place in the spring of 2012, and will include time for the writer to work in Herman Melville’s study at Arrowhead, as well as an opportunity to lead student workshops there and at Pittsfield High School. A culminating event at Arrowhead is part of the program. At this time, this residency does not include housing, and so the writer will live within commuting distance of Arrowhead.

Partners in the Housatonic Heritage Writers Residency are Housatonic Heritage, Arrowhead, Pittsfield High School, and the City of Pittsfield’s Office of Cultural Development. Housatonic Heritage, in spearheading this effort, hopes to expose writers and students to area resources, to stimulate student interest in writing, and to connect them to the region’s literary heritage.

The 2012 residency will give primary focus to Arrowhead.  Students, teachers, and the writer will immerse themselves in the stories of the place, selected writings of Melville, and the place itself: its woods, meadow, orchard, and the house.  The students and their teacher will also engage in some site-specific project or activity, about which they will write.  Future sites for similar collaboration will be considered.

The Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area (Housatonic Heritage) works to preserve and promote the historical, cultural and natural resources of the Upper Housatonic River Valley region.  Housatonic Heritage serves the 29-town Housatonic River watershed region, extending from Kent, Conn. to Lanesboro and Dalton, Mass.

Arrowhead is the home of the Berkshire Historical Society, an organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, and disseminating the history of Berkshire County. In addition, the Berkshire Historical Society is committed to the preservation and interpretation of Arrowhead, home of author Herman Melville, the first National Historic Landmark to be so designated in Berkshire County.

The Pittsfield School district is comprised of 12 schools, including two high schools, and serves 6,000 students. The project would take place in Pittsfield High School.

Details of the residency can be seen in the Arts Heritage section of the Housatonic Heritage website:  www.housatonicheirtage.org

The deadline for applications is February 15, 2012. The residency will begin in early spring, the date and details to be discussed and negotiated during the interview process.

Writers Residency

Arrowhead and Pittsfield High School

Writers have the unique opportunity to spend time in the study of one of America’s most well-known and respected writers, Herman Melville. The selected writer will have the opportunity to work on his or her own work, and to study some aspect of Melville’s writing, his home, or his property.  The residency also includes the opportunity to teach particular aspects of their craft to high school students and to help students learn about Melville and his home, Arrowhead.

Qualifications: A writer with teaching experience is preferred.  The writer must be interested in learning about a placed based approach to teaching high school students.  The residency does not include housing, and so the selected writer will live within commuting distance to Arrowhead.

How the writer is selected

Letter of interest and resume; include information about which aspects of the craft you might like to teach, and writing samples,* and send to Judith Monachina, Housatonic Heritage Writers Residency,  P.O. Box 611, Gt. Barrington, Mass. 01260, by February 15, 2012.  Writers whose qualifications and interests best match the requirements of the residency will be interviewed.

* Writing samples:  For essays and poetry, not more than 15 pages.  For fiction and narrative nonfiction, not more than 20 pages.  Sample must be submitted on 8  ½ by 11 paper.

Deadline for application February 15, 2012.

Schedule for Residency:  The schedule can be determined by the writer and organizing committee based on the writer’s availability and the school schedule.  Possibilities for the schedule have been proposed and include the following:

• Schedule Option 1)  Intensive, 1 month. Work full time in Melville’s study for three or four weeks.  Students meet the writer at Arrowhead at the end of his or her residency. Then the writer goes to Pittsfield High School to work with the students and their teacher. The students, their teacher and the writer present a reading at Arrowhead.

• Schedule Option 2)  Work in the study one or two days/afternoons per week over a period of three months.  Concurrently, the writer runs workshops in the school, and in the final week of the residency, he or she coordinates a reading of the students’ work at Arrowhead.

Stipend: The writer receives a stipend of $2,000 upon completion of the project.

The Residency, Arrowhead: A local writer is invited to spend a period of time writing in Herman Melville’s study at Arrowhead.  The idea is to give a local writer access to this quiet and special work space.  That period of time may be one full-time month, a shorter full-time period with a part-time period to follow, or part time. Details will depend upon the selected writer’s availability and the contingencies of the site.  Students and their teacher will visit the site one day during the residency and engage in a site specific activity with the writer. There they will engage in activities that encourage exploration of the site and the various aspects of Melville as a person who lived and worked there.

Residency, part two, Pittsfield High School

After the period of the Arrowhead residency, the writer will go into the high school to lead workshops with teachers and students.  At the end of the school portion, which may occur on 3 separate days, be a solid week of one class per day, or another combination of times, depending on what the teachers deem appropriate, the group will present their writing, with a reception, at Arrowhead.

New Maps in Egremont

The Egremont Historical Commission will host a reception for the Friends of Egremont History (FEH) to celebrate the finalizing of the Egremont 2010 map.

It will be Sunday, February 26, from 3:00 to 4:30 at The Weathervane Inn, Egremont.  Refreshments will be provided.

This reception is an opportunity for the Egremont Historical Commission to acknowledge and thank FEH members and all map volunteers for their work mapping Egremont in 2010.

A collection of historical maps will also be on view.

Housatonic Heritage funded this project, and Berkshire Regional Planning Commission helped a lot, but it became a truly town wide project.

Web presence/History Alliance this Wednesday

The History Alliance will present a workshop on Improving your Web Presence:Websites and Social Marketing  (With a focus on websites)

At the Lenox Historical Society, 65 Main Street, Lenox.  September 28, 1-2:15 p.m.  Brent Colley, Colley Web Service, of Sharon, Conn. will present this workshop, which is free to historical societies and history organizations and sponsored by Housatonic Heritage.

For more information or to register, e-mail: history@housatonicheritage.org or call 413-298-3468.

CLHO to offer StEPs-CT

The Connecticut League of History Organizations and the Connecticut Humanities Council will  introduce StEPs-CT: Connecticut’s new integrated program of training, mentoring, and grant funding for smaller Connecticut museums, historical societies, and other cultural organizations.

See the CLHO site for more information:

http://www.clho.org/

NEMA conference Hartford

The theme of the annual NEMA conference, this year to be held in Harford, is diversity: How well do we reflect the diversity in our communities.

For more information, see the NEMA site.

http://www.nemanet.org/conf11/index.htm

History Alliance offers three workshops

The History Alliance will host three workshops this fall

Feel free to bring lunch or not.  We will provide the space and facilitate the conversation. A speaker will present some key ideas, and a discussion will follow. Please call  298-3468 or send an e-mail to register.  The workshops are free to history organizations in the Housatonic Heritage Area.

·  How to get the funds to do your work
Our Fall 2010 fundraising workshop attracted a big crowd, and at our NEMA Primer in March, most of the participants identified fundraising as a topic they hoped to see on our workshop calendar.   So we are following up at the Sheffield Historical Society,   September 23, 1 p.m. Judith Monachina, with Barbara Dowling and Bob Salerno.

·  Web presence:  Websites and Social Marketing
Like fundraising, this popular topic may seem overwhelming.  But it is quite concrete, and therefore doable!  So in this workshop we will help you to get started and help you to develop a plan. Brent Colley presented this workshop for us last Fall, and this expanded version will be led by him too. At the Lenox Historical Society, 65 Main Street, Lenox, Mass. September 28, 1-2:30 p.m.  Brent Colley, Colley Web Service, Sharon, Conn.

·  Honing your mission to get the word out
Before you can decide how  to “talk” about your organization, you must figure out what you want to say.  Before you know what you should be saying, it helps to know who you are.
Sounds easy right? But this is the trickiest part of what we do.  What is your real mission?  Who are you really doing it for?
This workshop will be useful and fun: a casual discussion with some brainstorming. You may even walk away with a clear mission statement and a renewed enthusiasm for the task at hand!  To be held at the Sharon Historical Society, October 12, 1-2:30 p.m Leader: Cathy Fields, Director, Litchfield Historical Society .

For more information, e-mail: history@houstonicheritage.org or call 413-298-3468.

Teachers learn paper making

Area teachers will have an opportunity to learn the basics of hand papermaking in a workshop designed especially for them, on Saturday, October 22, 1-5 p.m., in Dalton, Mass.  The workshop will be a part of a conference of the Friends of Dard Hunter, an international group of hand made paper enthusiasts. A $35 fee covers this workshop, and includes refreshments and materials.

Arrangements have been made with Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts for professional development points for teachers.

This workshop is designed for teachers and others who work with students of all ages.  Lauren Shelton, a Vermont educator, will illustrate ways that hand papermaking can support learning for children of all ages and skill levels. The lecture will be followed by hands-on workshops where participants will prepare pulp, form sheets of paper, and make simple books, collages, and other things with handmade paper.

“Hand papermaking is a magnet, even for the most reluctant students. The transformation of materials is truly magical,” Shelton says. “The skills being developed line up nicely with learning standards, so it is easy for teachers to provide a link to their curriculum.

The fee for the one-half-day course is $35. For more information, contact Laurie Shelton at 802-658-2538

More information about the conference and related Pittsfield events, all being hosted by Crane & Company in Dalton, is here: http://www.friendsofdardhunter.org/northeast_schedule.html

Housatonic Heritage is co-sponsoring this workshop as part of its effort to highlight the industrial heritage of the region.   Paper making was a mainstay of the local economy, beginning in 1801, when Zenas Crane set up his paper mill here in Dalton.  Samuel Church set up his first mill just a few years later in South Lee.  Paper mills at both sites are still running, though most of what was a thriving industry has left.   At the time of Crane and Church, almost the entire paper making process was done by hand.   More information about HH’s educational and industrial heritage programs can be found on its site: www.housatonicheritage.org