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.
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Tuesday, 17 Jul 2018 - Exactly why such a small, out-of-the-way business in Dalton, Massachusetts, won a competition to become the single manufacturer of all the paper for the nation’s money is not known, but that doesn’t stop speculation.
Tuesday, 10 Jul 2018 - Since taking over Time Warner in 2014, Spectrum has consistently provided less for more. That double-edged practice requires attention from both legislators and the Five Town Advisory Committee.
Tuesday, 3 Jul 2018 - In a land far, far away, the two political parties skulked around the capital city calling each other names, playing dirty tricks, refraining from governing the nation in the name of party survival, and lying to the public about it.
Tuesday, 26 Jun 2018 - By 23 years old, Julia Ward Howe was dancing and talking, although neither was sanctioned, and testing the waters of whatever else might shock.
Tuesday, 19 Jun 2018 - There are two mysteries about Ethan Allen: Who was he and where is he?
Tuesday, 12 Jun 2018 - A spectator is not able to affect the outcome nor is a spectator responsible for the outcome. That in turn decreases empathy, desensitizes and disconnects the person from what he observes.
Tuesday, 5 Jun 2018 - It was, in fact, the perfect introduction to the story of a woman who asked a simple question: Did the Sheffield Resolves, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts include her?
Tuesday, 29 May 2018 - It is interesting that what draws many to Berkshire today is no different than what drew people in the 18th century: land. If we value our unique Berkshire communities, how do we protect and maintain them in this modern world?
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 - In August 1786, Daniel Shays, a Massachusetts farmer, ceased the search for “representatives who can find means to redress the grievances of the people” and took up arms.
Tuesday, 15 May 2018 - Trump became the second man to call Roy Cohn his mentor. The first was Joseph McCarthy. Cohn was disbarred for unethical conduct in 1986. He died of AIDS in 1987.
Tuesday, 8 May 2018 - We do not know how MumBet looked as a child or young woman. We do not know what she sounded like or what her posture, her gait and her gestures were like. Can we determine it at a distance of 300 years?
Tuesday, 1 May 2018 - Rockwell described himself as an illustrator, a man who painted what he saw. Therefore, he worked from real locations and models.
Tuesday, 24 Apr 2018 - The Berkshire history broadsheets are well laid out, richly illustrated and bursting with “news.” The first broadsheet covers 39 years, 1761–1800. The next covered 25 years, 1800–25.
Tuesday, 17 Apr 2018 - “Democracy is under assault and in retreat around the globe, a crisis that has intensified as America’s democratic standards erode at an accelerating pace.” -- Freedom House report
Tuesday, 10 Apr 2018 - Some historians dismiss the Sheffield Resolves; others call them the first American Declaration of Independence. In either case, in just seven days, who wrote this impressive document?
Tuesday, 3 Apr 2018 - There are handbooks on becoming a dictator. You have to have the taste for it and the talent but, if you do: create an oligarchy, encourage thuggery, undermine checks and balances and silence the press.
Tuesday, 27 Mar 2018 - Perhaps it was a simpler time. Fear was engendered by possible loss of good repute. Money was paid for silence.
Tuesday, 20 Mar 2018 - As a result of the Sept. 6, 1901, assassination of President McKinley, three things happened: Theodore Roosevelt became president of the United States, the function of the Secret Service expanded to include guarding the U.S. president and William Craig was assigned to guard Roosevelt.
Tuesday, 13 Mar 2018 - So a Revolutionary War hero and every American president between from 1885 and 1945 (except No. 4) visited the inn, and even that is not the Red Lion’s only claim to fame.
Tuesday, 6 Mar 2018 - Some are moved to ask: Which would you like more – a tree and patch of grass or a refrigerator that talks to the grocery store? Evidently the big ugly is coming with precious little to prevent it.
Tuesday, 27 Feb 2018 - During the Gilded Age, the equipage, the livery and the horses as well as the skill in driving were sources of great pride. A local newspaper even gave a whole column for the length of the page to recounting the teams and mounts of local cottagers.
Tuesday, 20 Feb 2018 - If the heart of the home was the kitchen, then the heart of the stagecoach inn was the tavern.
Tuesday, 13 Feb 2018 - From editors blatantly trying to sell papers by any means to columnists courting readers to publishers trying to shape national policy, the people believe the fake news as readily as they believe the truth.
Tuesday, 6 Feb 2018 - Prior to that moment, under common law, a party to a suit was disqualified from testifying at trial based on the belief that the testimony of an “interested” witness would be self-serving and false.
Tuesday, 30 Jan 2018 - Absent a visit from the Gentleman Burglar, one might be left out of the conversation at the dinner table.
Tuesday, 23 Jan 2018 - The New York Times dedicated a full page to the Gentleman Burglar of Stockbridge: 'The once quiet peaceful town now sleeps with barred doors. The watchmen in the street and the detective are on the alert for a tall man with arching eyebrows and a mesmerizing voice.'
Tuesday, 16 Jan 2018 - In the 19th century, the rules and rituals of courtship were prescribed by the church and then by society. However quaint they may seem to us today, we can identify with the underlying humanity and human yearning.
Tuesday, 9 Jan 2018 - When name calling intensifies and vitriol rules, when there is more heat than light, all sense is lost.
Tuesday, 2 Jan 2018 - While we like to think the Berkshires is populated with good people and only good people, we are not always right. The combination of bad actors and naiveté has resulted in more than one Berkshire swindle.
Tuesday, 26 Dec 2017 - My grandfather knew that concentration of power, wealth or resources undermined the rights and the opportunities of the many.
Tuesday, 19 Dec 2017 - 'I was sad that there was not enough money for a gift for you, so I sat and reasoned it out. I remembered that not all gifts have to be store-bought gifts.'
Tuesday, 12 Dec 2017 - The road from outlawing the celebration of Christmas to Christmas as we know it was a long one: 207 years from 1659 to 1856.