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Phil Holland

Phil Holland is a writer from Pownal, Vermont. He’s the author of books on Vermont history, including "A Guide to the Battle of Bennington and the Bennington Monument." He is a contributor to the Berkshire Edge Magazine.

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The Bennington Museum offers a fresh take on the history of the town

All these exhibits are contained in a gallery of only 300 square feet, providing a focused experience that is likely to lead you to think of Bennington, and perhaps history itself, in new terms.

Vermont Gothic? ‘In the Shadow of the Hills’ is on view at the Bennington Museum

In case you haven’t heard, Bennington is a very dark place—at least to the imagination.

Early Black history emerges in Bennington

Edge contributor Phil Holland will be presenting “The Black Presence at the Battle of Bennington” at the Louis Miller Museum in Hoosick Falls, N.Y., August 4 at 6 p.m.

‘Transient Beauty’ at the Bennington Museum

“Snowflake” Bentley inspires this year’s closed-bid art auction.

Bennington (Vt.) rededicates a remarkable Civil War memorial

The Civil War memorial in Bennington summons us to oppose these malevolent forces in American society and the political leaders who inflame and abet them.

The Bennington Museum mounts ‘Robert Frost: At Present in Vermont’

Visitors should expect a close encounter with the poet, beginning with a 9-foot-high image of the 47-year-old Frost, looking more like a farmer than a man of letters.

Making it legal

Make sure your legal papers are in order before the big day, especially if you're planning to elope.

Weddings: the Berkshires and Beyond

Places in the Berkshires to plan your perfect wedding.

‘Fire and Ice’ at 100

Is it my imagination, or is the ice melting a little? When even the hateful Mitch McConnell says the election is over, I dare to think that decency and empathy, not to mention sanity, will be returning to the White House.

The Battle of Bennington: Follow the Rum

General John Stark, who led the patriot troops at the Battle, requested a supply of rum from the New Hampshire legislature, noting that “There is no such article in them parts where we are a-goin.” It turned out that there was rum in them parts.

Berkshires are ideal for apple picking

Orchards with enterprise . . . and apple therapy too.

Thomas Cole’s ‘Dream of Arcadia’ enchants at the Clark

Commissions rolled in and Thomas Cole was able to afford a summer studio in Catskill on the west bank of the Hudson (his home, a National Historic Site, is an hour’s drive due west of Great Barrington on Route 23).

Music, art, and dance coming to Hancock Shaker Village

Shaker life may have been unadorned, but it was far from grim; their beliefs found expression in song no less than in exacting craftsmanship.

Decadence All Day! Part 4: Love and chocolate

The end of a perfect day! And there's always next year.

Decadence All Day! Part 3

Lunch, cocktails and dinner on our day of chocolate extravaganza! Enjoy!

‘Being Black in the Berkshires,’ a forum on the black experience

“The fear that black families have when their children leave the house is the same as it was in 1909 [when the NAACP was founded].” -- Dennis Powell, president of Berkshire County NAACP
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