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, 13 Nov 2018 - It is unbelievable to me, but this year I wrote my 500th column.
Tuesday, 6 Nov 2018 - The following year, Bryant was 22 years old. He was living in Great Barrington, working for the town, and practicing law. He would remain in Great Barrington from 1816 to 1825—out of place and out of sorts.
Tuesday, 30 Oct 2018 - If you are under 50 and, during your life, rights were ever-expanding and you thought it would be ever so: Did you hear the door slam?
Tuesday, 23 Oct 2018 - It is harder to understand why American citizens would undermine elections. Yet, in American history, the movements to be inclusive have been balanced by the movements to remain exclusive.
Tuesday, 16 Oct 2018 - The wedding present Irene Botsford Hoffmann received from her father was a house. It was built on her 43-acre property and named Overbrook.
Tuesday, 9 Oct 2018 - The Sketch Club was founded by Berkshire native and Great Barrington attorney William Cullen Bryant. With friends, Bryant transformed the Sketch Club into the Century Association.
Tuesday, 2 Oct 2018 - Berkshire County is particularly interesting as an architectural exhibit. Given New England practicality or parsimony or respect for our history, we didn’t always tear down and build new: We save our old houses.
Tuesday, 25 Sep 2018 - The Bostock Wild Animal Show was booked into the Academy of Music for a week. At the end of the run, two caged lionesses were being lowered from an upper window to street level. The cage door broke open and the lions leaped out.
Tuesday, 18 Sep 2018 - Quackenbush furnished the capital for Buffalo Bill Cody and Wild Bill Hickok to appear at the Academy — actually outside the Academy on the streets of Berkshire County.
Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 - Unresolved and never abandoned, it is the push-pull between the sides that make America what it is, make our politics what they have been.
Tuesday, 4 Sep 2018 - In Berkshire County, from north to south, there are restaurants that have been serving hungry customers for more than 200 years.
Tuesday, 28 Aug 2018 - Jackson appealed to Fellows to allow him out each day to work so he would not “waste time and lose money.” If he were allowed out each morning, he faithfully promised to return to jail each night.
Tuesday, 21 Aug 2018 - In an increasing number of states, provisions are being made or considered for second-homeowners to vote locally.
Tuesday, 14 Aug 2018 - In this current contentious climate, there were 10,000 or more people gathered in peace and quiet demonstrating good manners and good grace. That was a snapshot of America as important and compelling as any “breaking news” about violence, corruption, or hate.
Tuesday, 7 Aug 2018 - I know very little about milfoil and less about herbicides, but I know this: We have to stop declaring war on one another.
Tuesday, 31 Jul 2018 - Paul Solovay pushes a bullhorn toward Senate candidate Shiva Ayyadurai outside the Great Barrington Town Hall during a July 22 speaking engagement at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts.
Tuesday, 24 Jul 2018 - Those focused on the job and intent on completing the work assigned to them, those working for benefit of others and without an undue need to take a bow or toot a horn, those are the ones with the confidence to allow for others to thrive.
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?