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CONNECTIONS: In America, truth has never gotten in the way of politics

Fomenting fear to drive policy is a political technique older than our country. It has never lost favor with the power hungry and never varied.

Shays’ Rebellion: How it impacted Berkshire County, changed history

In these coronavirus times, perhaps we can take comfort in knowing that the people of Berkshire County have lived through other tumultuous times, and survived and prospered.

Bits & Bytes: ‘She Shapes History’ at Berkshire Museum; Shays’ Rebellion lecture; CATA art exhibit; ‘Pollock’ at PS21; ‘Early Epitaphs’ talk

John 'Sean' Condon will explore how Shays' Rebellion influenced the division of power between state and federal governments set out by the U.S. Constitution and how it shaped the form of public protests today.

CONNECTIONS: A rebellion of ‘desperate debtors’

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.

EDGECAST VIDEO: Sheffield Arbor Day, honoring Shays Rebellion

Arbor Day in Sheffield, Massachusetts, was celebrated by planting trees around the Shays Rebellion Monument (newly restored) commemorating protests in 1787 by former Revolutionary War soldiers against a dysfunctional financial system.

BerkShares Business of the Month: Stagecoach Tavern at Race Brook Lodge

“We’re interested in supporting the local economy because it supports us so much. So we accept BerkShares, giving people an opportunity to keep their money local, and then that incentivizes us to find local purveyors so that we can keep the circulation going.” -- Casey Rothstein Fitzpatrick, managing partner of the Stagecoach Tavern at Race Brook Lodge

Unresolved ‘resolves’ and other Berkshire conflicts

The battle is not couched as in the 18th century: the merchant class versus the farmers. Today, it is Main Street versus Wall Street.

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