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CONNECTIONS: Baldwin’s in West Stockbridge marches on

The Civil War had created pent-up demand for goods, and there was Baldwin’s. Folks all over the North and South were glad to see the war ending and new businesses starting up.

CONNECTIONS: Berkshire road trip! Part II

Lenox is known as a Gilded Age resort and many of the mansions are restored and open.

CONNECTIONS: Culture in the country, culture in the city

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.

CONNECTIONS: A wireless tangle in Berkshires’ future

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.

CONNECTIONS: Rotch and Tilden, the High Society architects

The cottagers knew one another, served on one another’s boards, gave to one another’s causes, intermarried and brought each other to the Berkshires.

Power Shift Part III: Let there be light, then obsolescence

Edison’s company made the light bulb marketable; then the new mega company, General Electric, shortened the life of the light bulb to force more sales.
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