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, 21 Jan 2020 - Like now, at the time of the birth of our nation, there were two parties: the Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans. Within three decades, one would disappear.
Tuesday, 14 Jan 2020 - I have often mused on how my progenitor was granted Pennsylvania and died a pauper. We consider these things just as my grandson places his finger on the scale of history.
Tuesday, 7 Jan 2020 - One similarity between the island mansions and the Berkshire cottages may be the reason they were built: They were status symbols. No one claims, not even the owners, that 20,000 square feet is necessary.
Tuesday, 31 Dec 2019 - The New Year celebration far outstripped the celebration of Christmas in New England.
Tuesday, 24 Dec 2019 - The symbols we treasure today were gathered up and incorporated into our modern celebration of Christmas: the tree from Germany, songs from England, the jolly gift-giver from the Netherlands, and recipes from all over the world.
Tuesday, 17 Dec 2019 - Attendance at Sunday worship was not voluntary; it was compulsory by law. Punishment for nonattendance was also mandatory.
Tuesday, 10 Dec 2019 - One afternoon I got off the school bus and my dog was not there. I ran home. My mother, who was no good with dogs and didn’t pay them much mind, had not seen her.
Tuesday, 3 Dec 2019 - Today we would not think of a tavern as part of the cultural life of a town, but in 18th-century Berkshire, it was.
Tuesday, 26 Nov 2019 - It is well to remember that once we turned against and slaughtered people who welcomed us and helped us to survive.
Tuesday, 19 Nov 2019 - All five received mixed reviews, but possibly all presidents do. What they accomplished and how their terms were characterized varied.
Tuesday, 12 Nov 2019 - There are many stories, true or apocryphal, about the size of the house. Suffice it to say, it was the largest private house in America on the day it was completed.
Tuesday, 5 Nov 2019 - If everything is reduced to for and against, then it is reduced to choosing sides. And if that is how “news” is presented, why are we surprised that the country is “polarized”?
Tuesday, 29 Oct 2019 - It was, in its way, a precursor of the Civil War. The intensity of the fight for one side to preserve its wealth, power and way of life cannot be overstated.
Tuesday, 22 Oct 2019 - If you include the whole spectrum of sexual and physical abuse from causing discomfort to perpetrating assault, then every woman you know has suffered — your mother, sister, wife and lover — at one time and to some degree.
Tuesday, 15 Oct 2019 - If America is an idea...it would be in the interest of anyone who wanted to weaken America to weaken the public’s understanding of, and trust and belief in, that idea.
Tuesday, 8 Oct 2019 - Ruberto was unconflicted about what his job was. He was an elected official and to him, that meant a servant of the people: a worker for the common good.
Tuesday, 1 Oct 2019 - Right from wrong was a thing about which Miss Mary never was in doubt. Also, like Pelosi, Miss Mary acted out of her own convictions, never swayed by the praise or criticism of others.
Tuesday, 24 Sep 2019 - This is a story, like many of Fisher’s, that seeks to strip away the stereotypes and misconceptions to reveal the worth of the real person — stories about the sort of courage it takes to find your voice and claim your rights; not the triumph of powerful armies or powerful men, but the triumph of the neglected.
Tuesday, 17 Sep 2019 - An aging servant named Mary Hickey developed an unusual strategy for survival. Old, jobless, penniless, she roamed from great house to great house and slept in whichever bedroom she found unoccupied.
Tuesday, 10 Sep 2019 - It was Austen Riggs who brought the Coonley family to the Berkshires. Riggs founded his therapeutic community in 1919. Mary Lord Coonley was on the first board of trustees.
Tuesday, 3 Sep 2019 - In 1902, while attending a conference for the American Institute of Electrical Engineers in Great Barrington, Frederick Stark Pearson purchased the Tuller farm on Seekonk Cross Road.
Tuesday, 27 Aug 2019 - Mostly a wife was protected from having any rights at all. The wife’s opinions and desires were not considered — “the perfect marriage was one mind and two bodies.”
Tuesday, 20 Aug 2019 - Nonetheless, they did it; they nominated a woman, the first one ever. It was, after all, Stockbridge.
Tuesday, 13 Aug 2019 - The personality characteristics of a good wife and those of a successful independent woman were very different in 18th-century America.
Tuesday, 6 Aug 2019 - Although the sisters lived apart for many years since Smith College days, they kept a constant correspondence.
Tuesday, 30 Jul 2019 - The biography is something like a Wharton novel: Wharton emerges as a compelling character and the last two and a half decades of her life emerge as a compelling time.
Tuesday, 23 Jul 2019 - In 1907, there were only 8,000 cars in the U.S., and only 144 miles of paved roads. The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
Tuesday, 16 Jul 2019 - The things that attract young telecommuting families are changed by their coming, and in an effort to accommodate them, we create the things they travelled here to escape.
Tuesday, 9 Jul 2019 - It is remarkable that anyone thought they could start a newspaper with little hope for advertising revenue and less hope for reliable delivery. And yet, on Oct. 23, 1787, the first issue of the first newspaper in Berkshire County, the American Centinel, appeared.
Tuesday, 2 Jul 2019 - There may also be disagreement about what to do with the children separated from their parents, but there may be another question worth answering: Are we creating a generation of terrorists?
Tuesday, 25 Jun 2019 - The New York Times described Lenox as “all gaiety, life and fashion.”
Tuesday, 18 Jun 2019 - Oscar Wilde defined it as “A time when single women seek husbands and married women hide from their husbands.”