BHS Turning Points Exhibit

February 21, 2018 @ 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Berkshire Athenaeum
1 Wendell Ave
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Berkshire Historical Society presents the history of  Pittsfield divided  into ten time periods . Each panel will be filled with historic images and explanatory text highlighting significant “Turning Points.”  It will be a visual journey through the City’s history.

Ten turning points in Pittsfield history

1761 – Founding Pittsfield (Thomas Allen, Rev War, Shaker Village, Park Square elm tree)

1800 – Pittsfield Emerging (first mills-Schofield, agriculture fair-Watson)

1825 – Building Pittsfield (water, train, immigrants)

1850 – Fighting Pittsfield (Civil War, Melville and Moby-Dick)

1875 – Transforming Pittsfield (Stanley, Athenaeum, city and county seat)

1900 – Expanding Pittsfield (GE, Museum, immigrants, WWI)

1925 – Roaring Pittsfield (roaring 20s, depression and war effort)

1950 – Pittsfield Rising (postwar expansion, housing developments, school population)

1970 – Saving Pittsfield  (Urban renewal, GE pulling out, BCC, North Street)

2000 – Reinventing Pittsfield (Colonial, Beacon, Park Square)