The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires will present the program, "What The Smithsonian Magazine Omitted: Three Great Barrington Events That Changed Our Nation, The World, and The Way We Live," with historian David Rutstein at 1 p m. on Thursday, March 14, at Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road.
The program is open to the public at a cost of $3.
Last March, the Smithsonian magazine listed the 20 best small towns in the United States; at the top was Great Barrington, with the magazine noting that it had the vibrant culture of a large city but in a small town setting.
However, Great Barrington also has a rich history. Moving beyond the well known stories of W.E.B. Du Bois and Searles Castle, Rutstein will offer insights into Great Barrington’s past in relation to "the light bulb," " tea," and "slavery."
A past president of the Great Barrington Historical Society, Rutstein presently is a member of the town’s Historical Commission and for the past six summers has hosted walking tours of historic downtown Great Barrington.
Information: Nancy Maurice Rogers, program director, at (413) 442-4360, ext. 15.