Writers & Books

Berkshire Destinations Guidebook

New England explorer Christy Butler offers this guidebook to over 150 unique and inspiring places including waterfalls, glacial erratics, vistas, cultural institutions and prominent statues.

G.J. Askins Bookseller

Downtown North Adams

An independent second-hand and antiquarian bookstore emphasizing the arts.

Herman Melville’s Arrowhead

Herman Melville lived at his Pittsfield farm at Arrowhead was the from 1850 to 1863, while he wrote Moby-Dick. is the first National Historic Landmark to be designated in Berkshire County.

Local Authors

The authors listed here reveal the rich literary community in our region.

Storey Publishing

Based in the MASS MoCA campus and publishing books that teach people to be more self-reliant and engage with the natural world.

The Mastheads

Northern Berkshires

A public humanities project connecting residents to the literary history of the region, creating a forum for thinking about place, and supporting the production of new creative work.

The Mount

The Mount is the historic home of the Pulitzer prizewinning and internationally beloved American novelist Edith Wharton, who designed the house and its grounds and wrote that she considered it her first real home.

Tupelo Press

Downtown North Adams

An independent literary press fostering the literary arts since 1999.

Williams Bookstore

Downtown Williamstown

Operated by Follett, the college bookstore offers new fiction and nonfiction, readings and book signings, gifts and textbooks and a cafe run by Tunnel City Coffee.

Williams College

Founded in 1793, Williams College is the second oldest institution of higher learning in Massachusetts and is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country.

Williams College: The Campus Guide

This beautifully written and illustrated portrait showcases many fine examples of American campus architecture at Williams College. Includes walking tours of campus.

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Talks

Williams Bookstore

Downtown Williamstown

Operated by Follett, the college bookstore offers new fiction and nonfiction, readings and book signings, gifts and textbooks and a cafe run by Tunnel City Coffee.

Williams College

Founded in 1793, Williams College is the second oldest institution of higher learning in Massachusetts and is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country.

Williams College Milham Planetarium

Williams College

Williams College’s Astronomy program offers planetarium shows throughout the year featuring state-of-the-art equipment in this historic planetarium space.

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Local History

Baseball in Williamstown

Williamstown Historical Museum

May 8 - September 27, 2021

An exhibit for sports enthusiasts and fans of local history!

Bennington Museum

Downtown Bennington

Historical novelties, self-taught and regional artists, and the largest public collection of Grandma Moses paintings.

Chesterwood

The country home, studio and gardens of America’s foremost public sculptor, Daniel Chester French.

Hancock Shaker Village

Pittsfield, MA

Tour the buildings, farm and gardens, meet baby animals in the spring, and savor the harvest in the fall.

Herman Melville’s Arrowhead

Herman Melville lived at his Pittsfield farm at Arrowhead was the from 1850 to 1863, while he wrote Moby-Dick. is the first National Historic Landmark to be designated in Berkshire County.

Hildene

The Lincoln Family Home in Manhester, VT.

The Mount

The Mount is the historic home of the Pulitzer prizewinning and internationally beloved American novelist Edith Wharton, who designed the house and its grounds and wrote that she considered it her first real home.

Western Gateway Heritage State Park

Downtown North Adams

This urban park uses historical artifacts to bring to life the controversial and danger-filled construction of the Hoosac Tunnel.

Writing Local History

Williamstown Historical Museum

In this online talk, historian Dustin Griffin hopes to inspire people to do their own research and writing, making use of the rich materials available.

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Tours

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Libraries

Sawyer Library

Williams College

Sawyer Library houses the social sciences and humanities collections for the college.

Schow Science Library

Williams College

Houses book and journal collections in astronomy, physics, biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, geosciences, and psychology.

The Chapin Library of Rare Books

Williams College

The Chapin Library holds a deep collection of rare books and manuscripts gathered over the last 100 years – the first collection begun at any American college or university.

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Education

BART Charter Public School

A tuition-free, rigorous college prep charter school for grades 6-12 where every child is given the tools to succeed.

Buxton School

A small private co-educational college preparatory boarding and day high school that stimulates intellect, cherishes diversity, encourages creativity, respects individuality, and creates community.

Children’s Center at Williams

Serves children infancy through pre-school five days per week. School Age Summer Program offers both full summer and short-term programs for elementary-school-aged children.

McCann Technical School

The mission of McCann is to graduate technically skilled, academically prepared, and socially responsible individuals ready to meet the challenges of the 21st centur

Mt. Greylock Regional High School

A public middle and high school in Williamstown that serves grades 7-12. Their core values are integrity, responsibility, and perseverance.

Pine Cobble School

Nurture creativity, curiosity, outstanding character, and a lifelong love of learning in pre-school through ninth grade children.

Williams College

Founded in 1793, Williams College is the second oldest institution of higher learning in Massachusetts and is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country.

Williamstown Elementary School (WES)

Pre-K through sixth grade elementary school with approximately 400 students whose mission is to inspire a love of learning and to challenge students to grow in heart and mind.

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