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

Connections: First Thanksgiving, the real story

Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 - The slave trade in the New World did not begin with Blacks kidnapped from the African continent and taken to America. It began with Indians kidnapped from America between 1614 and 1620 and taken to Europe.

Connections: Contagion

Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 - In 1785, the problem was that inoculation against Small Pox was outlawed in many states including Massachusetts. People who had suffered and survived a ravaging disease now faced prosecution.

Connections: In politics, nothing new under the sun

Tuesday, 4 Nov 2014 - To an historian, all the money spent during campaigns seems silly. Millions, perhaps billions, are spent to present the same opposing positions in almost the same words fighting with the same tactics.

Connections: Ordinary heroes

Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 - On that frigid morning with flames the only light, the citizens of Pittsfield did not stand idly by...They manned the hoses and produced a steady stream of water for no less than four hours.

Connections: Invasion of the Outlanders

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 - In 1899, a letter written to the editor of the Pittsfield Evening Eagle: “It is a reign of summer people. These patronizing pleasure seekers fence off our mountains and valleys and forbid natives to place a foot on them.”

Connections: Barrington’s epic battles over school costs

Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 - The Great Barrington town meeting voted to build a schoolhouse but it was specified “that there be one and but one schoolhouse at the charge and for the use of the town.” The one school would be 20 square feet, two stories, and have 3 glass windows. It was to be built approximately where the Congregation Church is today.

‘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.