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♦Welcome to the Bidwell House Museum♦

The museum is open for tours Thursdays through Mondays from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. Tours are on the hour, with the last tour beginning at 3 p.m. (Directions)

The grounds are open daily from dawn until dusk for hiking and nature watching. The Bidwell House is located on a country lane in the rural town of Monterey in the southern Berkshires of Massachusetts. Please explore our website: read about the colonial history of the region, plan to attend Season Events, learn about School Programs, discover fun volunteer opportunities, and much more.

Upcoming Events:

Fact and Fiction: Imagining the Real World of the Shakers

Before writing her novel, The Visionist, Rachel Urquhart spent years researching 19th-century rural New England and the Shakers who flourished there. What she found were not simply factual truths, but a treasure trove of details, language and events that shaped and made far richer the stories she’d imagined. Her talk will explore how facts can be stranger than fiction.

“The Visionist,” set in rural nineteenth-century New England, is the story of a young girl who finds refuge in a Shaker community after escaping from an abusive home. Within a world of strict moral codes, she begins receiving and transmitting prophetic revelations. A tale of order and chaos, spirituality and mysticism, “The Visionist” is a stunning and meticulously-constructed window into the Shaker world.

The talk will be held Saturday, August 30th at 10 a.m. at the Tyringham Union Church, Main Road, Tyringham. 10 a.m. Suggested donation of $15/$10 for members.

To learn more about Rachel Urquhart and The Visionist, please visit her website.

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Board Member John Demos’ new book, The Heathen School, A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic, was recently reviewed by Maureen Corrigan on NPR. You can listen to that review here.

Also, click here to listen to John Demos discuss his book with Frank Sesno of NPR affiliate WAMU.

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Thank you….

….for supporting the Bidwell House Museum at the Berkshire Summer Art School Garden Party! Take a look at the story and photos on Rural Intelligence….

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♦EVENTS♦

Take a look at the calendar of 2014 Programs, click here

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Thank you for supporting the Bidwell House Museum. Your generosity allows the museum to thrive, and you are helping to protect the 1750s homestead and 192 acres of open space. Take a look at the story and photos of the Colonial Thanksgiving Party on Rural Intelligence.

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 Enjoy the new interpretive trail:

The Historic Berkshires: An 18th Century Trail

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Take a look at the 7-31-12 Berkshire Eagle article about a 2012 intern project:

“Cracking the Code: Young History Scholar Deciphers 1759 Sermon”

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To learn more about the forest management initiative
at the museum, please click here.
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