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.

 

Current Exhibit:

Symbols of the Season
November 27, 2018 through January 12, 2019

Of all the holidays we celebrate, the Christmas season seems to have the most traditions and a great abundance of symbols.  They range from the religious to the secular to the commercial. Some have an appeal beyond the holidays, such as candles and flowers, while others – including Santa Claus – are immediately connected with Christmas alone.  There are objects from nature, recreations of the original Christmas in the form of pageants or manger scenes, and numerous characters that remind us that  Christmas is coming.

Many of these icons have evolved over time.  For example, we can be grateful to Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol in 1843 for defining our Christmas festivities, including plum pudding, but it does not mention a Christmas tree or Santa Claus.  They had not yet become widely popular. Santa, then known as Saint Nicholas, was first described by Clement Moore in The Night Before Christmas.  Thomas Nast redefined him later in the mid-19th century while the figure we know was morphed again by Haddon Sundblom for the Coca Cola Company and Norman Rockwell or Saturday Evening Post.

Other symbols such as the Christmas tree and its decorations have changed with life styles and technology.  Remember the pink aluminum artificial trees and fiber optic branches?

Nutcrackers have gone from tools used to crack nuts to fantastic characters from fiction.  

Simple stockings, previously worn on feet, have grown larger to hold more gifts and are highly decorated.

The animals of the forest can now fly through the sky, led by a reindeer with a shining nose.    

Even the music of the season, which consisted of hymns, carols, and classical pieces, has been supplemented with catchy tunes about Frosty the Snowman or the cold weather.  Only the singers of songs seem to be frozen by time – carolers still walk the streets in Victorian garb.

The wealth of symbols that serve as touch points of the season expand and evolve each year.  Each one is a reminder of the many joyful parts of the holidays.

The exhibit will be on view in the Procter Gallery November 27, 2018 through January 12, 2019 during normal Library hours.


Sunday, January 20 at 4:00 pm

Berkshire Chamber Players Concert

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives is pleased to present a Berkshire Chamber Players concert series, generously sponsored by The Sherman-Chester Wealth Management Group.  The third concert in the 2018-2019 season will take place on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Tickets will be available at the Library on a first-come, first-served basis; space is limited and advance ticket purchases are encouraged.  Tickets are $20 each.  Please call the Library at 413-298-5501 with any questions.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.  Any unclaimed seats will be made available to those on the wait-list five minutes before the performance.

Program information to follow.

The final concert in the 2018-2019 season will take place on Friday, March 29, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

About our sponsor: For more than 30 years, The Sherman-Chester Wealth Management Group has been helping individuals, families, and non-profits to achieve their financial goals.  Through comprehensive planning and ongoing portfolio management, clients receive solutions tailored to their unique circumstances and needs.


Friday, March 29 at 6:00 pm

Berkshire Chamber Players Concert

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives is pleased to present a Berkshire Chamber Players concert series, generously sponsored by The Sherman-Chester Wealth Management Group.  The final concert in the 2018-2019 season will take place on Friday, March 29, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets will be available at the Library on a first-come, first-served basis; space is limited and advance ticket purchases are encouraged.  Tickets are $20 each.  Please call the Library at 413-298-5501 with any questions.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.  Any unclaimed seats will be made available to those on the wait-list five minutes before the performance.

Program information to follow.

 

About our sponsor: For more than 30 years, The Sherman-Chester Wealth Management Group has been helping individuals, families, and non-profits to achieve their financial goals.  Through comprehensive planning and ongoing portfolio management, clients receive solutions tailored to their unique circumstances and needs.