Events and Exhibits

Various exhibits from the historical collection are on display throughout the library. The Museum’s staff and volunteers also regularly hold programs related to Stockbridge history.


Saturday, September 2 at 4:00 pm

Cemetery Walk: Final Words, Lasting Images: Headstone Meanings and Messages

For almost 300 years, the headstones in the Stockbridge cemetery have left final messages using both words and symbols.  On Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 4:00 p.m., volunteers from the Stockbridge Library’s Procter Museum & Archives will explore these interesting messages in the cemetery walk, Final Words, Lasting Images: Headstone Meanings and Messages.

Come learn which words and images were chosen at different times; what they meant in their own time period; how and why they changed over time, and what those changes represent. You’ll never look at headstones the same way again!

The walk gathers at the cemetery gate on Main Street (Route 102, Stockbridge), and takes an hour. Parking is available at the old Town Hall, across from the gate, or on the street. A $5.00 donation is suggested.

For more information, contact the Stockbridge Library at 413-298-5501.


Saturday, September 16 at 2:30 pm

Heritage Walk: Walking Tour of Historic St. Joseph Cemetery

On Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 2:30 p.m., take a historic walking tour through St. Joseph’s Cemetery with Joshua Hall, Assistant Curator of the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives.  Hear about the historic background of the cemetery and about some of the people whose names appear on gravestones.

Directions to the cemetery: From the Library (46 Main Street), drive west on Route 102 for 1 mile and turn right onto Church Street at the monument (which is still Route 102), and almost immediately, enter the cemetery’s stone archway entrance on the left.

This Heritage Walk is being offered in collaboration with the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area.


Sunday, October 1 at 2:00 pm

Heritage Walk: The Gravediggers’ Tour

The Stockbridge Cemetery has been part of town life since 1750, and grave-digging has been a vital job since then.  On Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 2:00 p.m., come learn about the gravediggers: their lives, work and relationships, and how the job changed over time.  They did more than dig graves, as we’ll discover.  The tour ends with a surprise!  The walk will be led by Trustee Karen Marshall of the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives.

The walk gathers at the cemetery gate on Main Street (Route 102, Stockbridge), and takes an hour. Parking is available at the old Town Hall, across from the gate, or on the street.

This Heritage Walk is being offered in collaboration with the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area.