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.

Tuesday, February 25 at 6:00 pm

Lecture by Ken Gloss on the Value of Old and Rare Books

 Please join us Tuesday, February 25 at 6:00 pm  for a lecture by Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of the internationally known Brattle Book Shop in Boston’s Downtown Crossing section, for a free talk on the value of old and rare books.

Ken, who is also a frequent guest appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, will talk in part about the history of his historic bookshop (, which goes back to circa 1825.  He is a second-generation owner.  He will also talk about and show some of his favorite finds and describe some of the joys of the “hunt,” as well as explain what makes a book go up in value.  He has many fascinating anecdotes to share as well as guidelines for what to look for when starting a collection.  There is also a Q&A session before the conclusion of his talk.

Following the talk and question-and-answer session, he will give free verbal appraisals of all books that attendees have brought with them or will do so at his shop in Boston.

The Brattle Book Shop is one of America’s oldest and largest antiquarian bookstores.  2020 is the 71st year of Gloss family ownership.  Kenneth Gloss succeeded his late father, George Gloss, a well-known figure both in Boston and national antiquarian circles.  He had worked in the store since childhood and chose to go into the book business rather than pursue a doctorate in chemistry.  He became the sole proprietor upon his father’s death in 1985. “I found that books were in my blood and that I would never be really happy if I abandoned the business.”  Among the many organizations in which Kenneth Gloss is a member is the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, the New England Antiquarian Booksellers of America, the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Antiquarian Booksellers Association, the Committee for the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair and the Boston Society. He also is a Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society as well as serving on the Board of Overseers of the USS Constitution Museum.

The Brattle Book Shop is proud to have been a contributor to the WGBH Annual Auction each year that the station has held this fund drive.  Ken has appeared as a guest appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow numerous times over the years and has been a popular guest on WBZ Radio as well as other radio, TV, and cable stations numerous times.  His bylined articles continue to appear in various antique journals and in print and online consumer publications.  The Brattle Book Shop is also the recipient of several “Best of Boston” awards in the categories of Best Book Shop or Best Antiquarian Book Shop.  In addition, it has been included in a list as one of North America’s best bookstores.

Wednesday, March 4 at 3:00 pm

Curator’s Talk

Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives is proud to present an exhibiton 2019 Donations to the Museum & Archives.

On display are several of the donations to the Museum & Archives historical collections during the past year. These gifts range in size from single documents to multiple containers and vary in topic from art to commerce and from individual people to organizations. The unifying factor is that they all relate to Stockbridge.

One of the interesting things about this year’s donations is that many of them connect with other material in the Museum & Archives, giving a broader picture of life in town at different times. The memorabilia in the J. Murray Tracy Papers dovetails with both our World War II collection and the Williams High School Alumnae Records. Benjamin Eggleston’s painting, Youth, provides a clear example of the type of artwork discussed in the exhibit programs of the Stockbridge Casino Records.
The advertising items on display help us capture the businesses that have come and gone in the town while the documents, deeds, and letters describe the activities of local residents. Each donation helps paint a better picture of Stockbridge history.

Join us on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. in the Procter Gallery for a Curator’s Talk with Barbara Allen.

Friday, March 27 at 6:00 pm

Berkshire Chamber Players Concert

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives is pleased to announce that a Berkshire Chamber Players Concert will take place on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.  This will be the final concert of the season.

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 ten minutes before the performance.

Concert Program 

Kathryn Andersen and Robyn Quinnett, violins

Marka Gustavsson, viola

Ronald Feldman and Roberta Cooper, cellos

Larry Wallach, harpsichord


Bach/ed. Diener Two Canons from Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080 (1742-50)
Canon Alla Duodecima in Contrapunto Alla Quinta Contrapunctus 14

Canon per Augmentationem in contrario motu
Kathryn Andersen and Roberta Cooper

Vivaldi Concerto for cello and strings in b minor, RV 424 (1740)

Ronald Feldman, soloist


Schubert Quintet for 2 violins, viola, 2 cellos in C, D. 956 (1828)

Allegro ma non troppo
Scherzo. Presto-trio. Andante sostenuto

The Stockbridge Library’s Berkshire Chamber Players concert series is generously sponsored by Robert L. Perkel, MD with additional support from Patricia Edwina Flinn.