Starting in December The Berkshire County Historical Society will celebrate the season with two special programs that will be at Arrowhead, the historic home of Herman Melville.

On December 8 at 5 pm a special tour of Arrowhead will be offered, and on December 15, local author Kevin O’Hara will read from his latest book A Christmas Journey.

There is a capacity for both events that is limited and pre-registration is required; phone 413 442 1793 or email melville@berkshirehistory.org.

These free events are sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union.

Get Ready for Holiday Lights!

Looking back Herman Melville celebrated Christmas at Arrowhead in the late-nineteenth century, a time that gave rise to new Victorian holiday traditions such as tree decorating, gift-giving, Santa Claus, greeting cards, stockings by the fire, church activities and family-oriented days of feasting and fun.

The Berkshire County Historical Society recreates some of this splendor on December 8 with a special evening tour of Arrowhead decorated as it might have been during the Melville family’s residence.

The tour will include seasonal readings in each room; Francine Ciccarelli portraying Elizabeth Melville will reminisce about her family’s Christmas traditions and read a poem written by her husband; period holiday recipes will be available; and rarely-exhibited holiday-themed objects from the museum’s collection will be displayed.

A Christmas Journey, New Readings with Kevin O’Hara

Noted Pittsfield author Kevin O'Hara will read Christmas tales included in his new illustrated book, A Christmas Journey. This will be a special evening of joyous and heartfelt tales from Kevin’s Pittsfield childhood. A Christmas Journey includes 16 of O’Hara’s annual Christmas column published in The Berkshire Eagle.

Get your Holiday Shopping on!

Stop by The Berkshire County Historical Societies museum shop offering a wonderfule selection of books, apparel, gifts, and one-of-a-kind items relating to Melville and other Berkshire County authors.

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