Carole Owens

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A resident of Stockbridge, Carole Owens is the author of seven books, three newspaper columns, and numerous feature articles. As a local historian, Owens was named Scholar in Residence by the Massachusetts Council on the Humanities.

Articles by Carole Owens

‘True’ story of Barrington Bigfoot

Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 - The first printed account of a sighting of a Berkshire County “creature” was published in 1765. It took place at a particular spot in Great Barrington, near what is now Town Hall.

An affair to remember in Lenox Dale

Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 - In the nineteenth century, white-cappers ganged together to intimidate debauchers, adulterers, wife-beaters, and the indolent. Their targets changed but not their methods. They favored tar and feathers.

The grand dames of Berkshire music

Monday, 15 Sep 2014 - Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge built a concert hall on her property with 500 seats and outstanding fine acoustics. It was 1918 and the Berkshire Music Festival at South Mountain, Pittsfield, was born.

Connections: Protests are as American as apple pie

Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 - In 1774, a successful act of civil disobedience resulted in the forceful closing of the court at Great Barrington and in the raising of a Berkshire militia. When the shot was fired at Lexington in 1775, Berkshire was ready.

Back to the future of Berkshire food

Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 - The Berkshires Agricultural Society was founded in 1811 for the purpose of experimentation and improvement of all things edible — on the hoof, off the stalk, or out of the ground.

The ‘News,’ then as now

Tuesday, 5 Aug 2014 - It took 200 years for American media and public relations to discover the power of hypocrisy: simultaneously lying and denying it.

Connections: What goes around comes around

Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 - The earning capacity of many people makes it impossible for them to afford health care. Millions do not have protection against the economic effects of sickness.

Connections: Waiting for a train

Monday, 21 Jul 2014 - The first time around, from concept to completion, it took 44 years to establish passenger train service in Berkshire and there is no reason to believe it will take less time to restore it.

Connections: Circus circus

Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 - The elephant arrived in Lenox exhausted and suffering – apparently – from internal injuries. Residents came from all over Berkshire, stood in the barn door, and watched Columbus die.

Connections: The Bank Heist

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 - The issue is not if drug and alcohol abuse constitute a legal defense; the issue is that there is a statistically significant relationship between addiction and crime.

Connections: How the Berkshires became a cultural center

Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 - Author’s Note about ‘Connections’: Love it or hate it, history is a map. Those who hate history think it irrelevant; many who love history treat it as escapism. In truth, history is the clearest road map to how we got here: America 2014. Far removed and sparsely populated, the Berkshires has a disproportionate number of artists […]