Oh! I nearly forgot! Did you have any this year?
Storytelling the history of working America, one mill town at a time.
American labor history is written, partly, in the bricks of the abandoned mills and factories that thread across the country like the stitching of a quilt. Immigration and migration from nation to nation, region to region and state to state followed the establishment of mill towns from Massachusetts to Texas. These mills are largely abandoned now. Many sit empty on the shores of the rivers that once fueled their industry. Some have been reclaimed and repurposed into places where people live, conduct business, and produce art. Stacks and Steeples welcomes any information, photos, stories and memories beginning with the mill town of of North Adams and gradually embracing stories from other mill towns as we grow. We are presently actively seeking stories, photographs and recollections from North Adams during the heyday of the mills or at any other time since.
Mission: To share the history of working America through the arts; including storytelling, visual art, film, music, performance, and creative writing. If you remember a working mill in your town, you are part of this history and we hope you will contribute.
Oh! I nearly forgot! Did you have any this year?
Something new about something old
North Adams teacher Deborah Sala shows off the book she has just self-published on the history of North Adams. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Deborah Sala remembers the...
It's that time of year.
THE 24TH ANNUAL STOCKBRIDGE MAIN STREET AT CHRISTMAS December 6 – 8, 2013 The town of Stockbridge, made famous by Norman Rockwell’s painting of the village during the holidays, becomes a magical New England setting decorated with holiday wreaths and festive lights, as the town celebrates the 24th an...
Northern Berkshire Community Television
program schedule for Monday December 2nd on Channel 17:
5:30PM: Common Sense
7PM: Something You Should Know
8PM: Crossfire (Live)
Community TV is good TV
Program schedule for Tuesday August 27th on Channel 16:
9AM: Brayton/Greylock Science Project
10AM: Adams Library "Caps For Sale"
11AM: Hoosac Valley Today #4
12PM: Eisenhower #2
2PM: Artists of Berkshire #4
7PM: North Adams Public Library - Moonshine Holler (taped 8/9/13)
9PM: Top Ten Countdown with Ryan Pause
Time to change the landscape of downtown North Adams
The Sleepy's mattress store that's anchored the corner of the L-shaped mall since about 2007 has closed up. This all apparently happened on Tuesday morning.
Every brick laid by a working man. Every banner, vestment and linen sewn by a working woman. Our history as working people, written in stone.
When these churches are taken down, we lose our stories.
We are more than just consumers and we need to remember that.
Demolition of St Ann's Church West Springfield, MA. The Music is the Lamentations of Jeremiah for Holy Saturday. The Lamentation of Jeremiah the Prophet begi...
When you look at a church from the early 1900's or before, you are seeing the work of hundreds of craftsmen and women. In many cases, people worked over generations to build the great European cathedrals. These were the workers and the craftsmen of the day - the unsung artists of history.
Unlike fine artists, they did not sign their work. They lived and died, often without ever receiving credit for their labor and they certainly were not praised for their creativity.
These were average, working folk. They did it to feed their families and make a living. In my opinion, this elevates the work to an art form that is more "pure" than fine art because it is influenced only by the need to create the best, most beautiful expression of the craft. There is no ego in it.
When you look at one of the demolition videos, please think of the craftsmen who poured their lives into building a place where their community could come together to worship, yes but also a place that could provide refuge, shelter, inspiration and work for many who were not devout.
Keeping these buildings intact and restoring them to useful lives in the community honors the working man and woman as much as it preserves something beautiful and historic.
People like you and me built these places. In the days when the church was the center of community life, people like you and me went to these places when times were hard as well as when they had an event to celebrate.
They are a reminder that ordinary people can build something timeless and magnificent if they work together to do it.
We will not have these buildings again. Their time has passed but we can keep them and we can remember that every brick was laid by hand by a man who followed his craft, learned on the job, was guided by his mentor and needed this work to feed his family and support his town.
These are buildings built by hand and heart.
We can rebuild our community in much the same way. And these buildings can be a part of it; the beating heart and strong hands of a working town.
Here is the entire collection of videos about the paintings in the Mill Children show and about the life of mill children in general.
A collaborative and evolving project on the centennial of the child labor photographs by Lewis Wickes Hine.
Another of Dawn's paintings:
The Mill Children Project: "Saturday Evening Fiddling," by Dawn Nelson. Dawn Nelson, Painter, discusses her participation in "The Mill Children," a collaborative…
Painter, Dawn Nelson discusses "Cotton and Smoke"
The Mill Children Project: "Cotton and Smoke," by Dawn Nelson. Dawn Nelson, discusses her participation in "The Mill Children," a collaborative and evolving project…
Another video from Steven's Mill Children series, here is Bill Oberst talking about "Seated Mill Boy"
The Mill Children Project: "Seated Mill Boy" gouache, by William Oberst. William Oberst, discusses his gouache painting, "Seated Mill Boy," and his participation…
Steven Borns has made some videos to explain the paintings in the Mill Children exhibit. They are accessible through QR codes that will be displayed with the work when the show travels to various locations this year or you can see them here.
Here's the first one:
The Mill Children Project: "Standing Mill Girl" gouache, by William Oberst. William Oberst, discusses his goache painting, "Standing Mill Girl," and his participation…
one of my favorites too
John Singer Sargent is on my Top Ten List of best painters who ever lived. The Clark has lent four of his paintings to the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas, and one of them—Fumée d’Ambre Gris (Smoke of Ambergris)—is among my Sargent favorites...
MASS MoCA - Blog - The Biggers They Come
Director of Exhibitions Planning, Dante Birch, reminisces about some of the (crazier) exhibitions past. There’s never a dull moment at MASS MoCA!
Berkshire Food Project needs funding
For the first time in the 25 years of operation, the Berkshire Food Project needs help to fund its daily free lunch program at the First Congregational Church in North Adams.
Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday. In the Berkshires, there is a large Polish immigrant community, this is one of the traditions they keep and today's the day to keep it!
"Paczki" Polish Cooking Class, Polish National Alliance (PNA), Adams, Massachusetts, with Melissa Langenback, http://thebakersguide.com Like many New England Mill towns, in the late 1800 and early 1900's, Adams, Massachusetts, drew a large immigrant...
Square Roots Farm
I think we should try this:
990GL Orangeglo Watermelon (90 days) Open-pollinated. A favorite of Glenn Drowns. No other melon we know is so orange. Like us, Drowns enjoys convincing people to try new things. Orangeglo was one of his big triumphs at farmers market. When he took them for the first time, some folks even refused his free samples. The next week people were waiting in line. Not the sweetest of our melons, Orangeglo nevertheless may be the most juicy and refreshing. One precocious 9-year-old called it “watermelon and cantaloupe all in one,” crisp tender bright orange flesh with an almost tropical flavor. Well adapted to the Northeast and every bit as good as Drowns promised, the striped oblong melons average 10 lb. and often achieve 15 lb. Some in 2010 were huge and even topped 20 lb. Let them stay in the field an extra few days when the stem is drying because they reach full sweetness only when completely ripe. Large, plentiful seeds.
Square Roots Farm
Chicks have arrived happy and healthy. Pictures soon!
Northern Berkshire Community Television
Weekend programming for Channel 16 for Saturday January 21st and Sunday January 22nd:
Saturday January 21st:
8:30AM: Eagle Sports Weekly
10AM: Much Ado About Nothing-Shakespeare Taconic High School
1PM: Hoosac Valley Girls Basketball (taped 1/19/12)
5PM: 1350 West St. #4
7:30PM: Top 10 #4
Sunday January 22nd:
10AM: North Adams Public Schools Instrumental Concert
11:30AM: Hoosac Valley Girls Basketball (taped 1/19/12)
3PM: 1350 West St. #4
5PM: Top 10 #4
7PM: Berkshire Compact-Financial Literature
7:30PM: Drury Boys Basketball (taped 1/20/12)
Holden StArt Time-Lapse, a public street mural, August 25, 2010, North Adams, Massachusetts. A project of Art About Town, www.ourartabouttown.org, facebook.com/artabouttown. The 100-foot long street mural was painted during the annual Downtown Celebration. The event was MC'd by legendary artist "Sidewalk Sam."
Holden StArt Time-Lapse, a public street mural, August 25, 2010, North Adams, Massachusetts. A project of Art About Town, http://www.ourartabouttown.org, http://facebook.com/artabouttown. The 100-foot long street mural was painted during the annual...
iBerkshires.com - The Berkshires online guide to events, news and Berkshire County community informa
The Museum of the Gilded Age at Ventfort Hall
The Museum of the Gilded Age at Ventfort Hall in Lenox to be housed in the restoration of the imposing Elizabethan Revival America's Castle built forSarah, sister of J.P. Morgan in 1893 by Boston architects Rotch & Tilden
On view October 1 through November 13 in the Regional Artists Gallery of the Bennington Museum are paintings by Colin Brant. “I make paintings that refer to a 19th-century American Romantic view of the landscape combined with the dreamy air of the French Rococo.
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