Along with our book display, here are some local African American cultural heritage places of interest.
W.E.B. Du Bois National Historic Site
NAACP—Berkshire County Branch
Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail
African American Trail
Lift Ev’ry Voice : Celebrating African American Culture & Heritage in Berkshire County
African American Shakers in the Berkshires and Beyond
We are all immigrants.
That we are here means that someone made a decision to come to this place from elsewhere. If you are an immigrant, or the child or grandchild of an immigrant, we want to help you share your story.
Share your story.
Add to the ongoing story of immigration in the Berkshires. Take a photo of an object from your family history and tell its story. The Tenement Museum in New York has created an online exhibit featuring immigration and migration narratives. Visit yourstory.tenement.org to upload your image and story. Please use the tag Berkshire_Immigrant_Stories. View the growing collection of Berkshire Immigrant Stories!
The Jonathan Edwards Library is honored to have been awarded an NEH/ALA grant. Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, produced by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA), is a public programming initiative that supports the exploration of the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape the United States over the last five centuries.
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Reading by Poet Martín Espada, April 21, 2017 12:00 - 1:30
Internationally Acclaimed Author and Poet, Martín Espada. Martín Espada has dedicated much of his career to issues of social justice, and the rights of immigrants, Latinos, tenants, and the working class. Espada's critically acclaimed poetry "celebrates and laments the immigrant and working class experience." He is a Pulitzer finalist and PENN award winner. Author's books are available in the Library.
This event was made possible through a generous grant from MassHumanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Part of the BCC Pilot for the Humanities Center.
Author Jana Laiz discussed her book Weeping Under The Same Moon and her recent extensive work with Immigrants' stories. She is also the author of books on Elizabeth Freeman and on Celtic myth. She is currently the writer in residence at Arrowhead, Herman Melville's estate. .
Book Discussion Led By Jana Laiz. April 6, 13, 20, 2017 : 2:30 - 3:30
This event is made possible through a generous grant from MassHumanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Part of the BCC Pilot for the Humanities Center.
January - February 2017 - The 225th Anniversary Of The Bill Of Rights.
Exhibit and display made possible through a grant from MassHumanities.