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On April 19, 1775, near 10 a.m., Joseph Palmer, a member of the Massachusetts Committee of Safety, wrote a short letter detailing the arrival of British troops in Cambridge and the ensuing battle … more
On a train ride from Albuquerque to New York City, in August 1945, a Russian spy averted detection by handing the stolen plans she had wrapped in a newspaper to a military officer for safekeeping … more
Genevieve L. Hutchinson claimed to have only walked a small portion of the Appalachian Trail, herself, picking wild flowers once on Bald Mountain. But the Washington resident was a legend in her own … more
The Berkshires may one day be able to claim a Catholic saint was born here.Mother Mary Alphonsa, founder of the Dominican Order of St. Rose of Lima, was declared a "Servant of God" in 2003 by the … more
If you've ever enjoyed one of designer Nicole Miller's carefully constructed creations, you might have General Electric to thank for that.Miller's father, Grier Bovey Miller, worked for General … more
In 1951, a legendary costume designer who had once smuggled her family's jewels out of Bolshevik Russia by sewing them into a hat would buy a Colonial farmhouse in Sandisfield.Barbara Karinska, the … more
At the foot of Mount Greylock, a round building with a wall of windows looks out at the the stone path of a labyrinth in the grass. The center of the room is a sanctuary, and a woman stands taking in … more
Edith Wharton may be the Berkshires' most famous female novelist, but she is not the county's most pioneering one.That distinction belongs to Stockbridge native Catharine Maria Sedgwick, whose 19th … more
Anna Helen (Crofts) McCuen lived a secret literary life. It was so secret, that her achievements, including co-authoring a short story with the master of horror fiction, H.P. Lovecraft, went untold … more
"Scorn, derision, insult, menace — the handcuff, the lash — the tearing away of children from parents, of husbands from wives — the weary trudging in droves along the common … more

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