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Berkshire County Historical Society 2021-22 Melville Fellows Aylen Dominguez, a student at Berkshire Community College, and Shawna Hennessy, a student at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, will participate in a series of readings of original works created during their time at Arrowhead.

In the 1800s, public mourning rather than private grieving was a way of life. Victorian social etiquette laid down strict social rules for mourning, from the clothing worn to the length of time individuals observed mourning customs. An exhibit, "Lifting the Veil: Mourning in the Berkshires" by the Berkshire County Historical Society at Arrowhead, examines mourning practices in the Berkshires.

Call me a wedding planner! Weddings, as we knew them prior to COVID-19, are on the horizon. 

If all goes well, Massachusetts will relax its gathering restrictions for indoor and outdoor events on May 29, allowing for groups of 200 indoors and 250 outdoors; with a plan to remove all business restrictions on Aug. 1. 

"I think that may be a sign. Aug. 1 is Herman Melville's birthday," said Lesley Herzberg, executive director of the Berkshire County Historical Society at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead, as over a dozen Berkshires-based wedding vendors primped the lawn of the historic farmhouse, at 780 Holmes Road, for a wedding-themed photo shoot.