The Berkshire County Historical Society announces a special members trip exploring Herman Melville’s New Bedford on Wednesday, Oct. 19. The bus leaves Arrowhead at 8 a.m.

Participants will see the town through Melville’s eyes and learn about the business of whaling and how New Bedford became the whaling capital of the world in the years before the Civil War.

The cost is $105 and includes round trip bus transportation, lunch, entrance to the New Bedford Whaling Museum and the “In Ishmael’s Footsteps” guided walking tour. 

For reservations, call 413-442-1793 or email by Oct. 14. To become a member, visit

Jeannie Maschino can be reached at 413-496-6256 or

Community News Editor / Librarian

Jeannie Maschino is community news editor and librarian for The Berkshire Eagle. She has worked for the newspaper in various capacities since 1982 and joined the newsroom in 1989.