The Berkshire County Historical Society announces a free lecture, “Victorian Sentiments: The Art of Mourning Personal and Public” by Joanne and Dennis Picard, at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, at Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road.

Jewelry and gravestones may seem to be an unlikely combination, but both reflect society’s beliefs about death and mourning in similar ways. The Picards will share images and stories spanning the past 100-plus years that reveal the dramatic regional changes in how people thought about death and mourning.

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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.