Tag: Berkshires

The Least Touristy Destination I’ve Encountered

Nary a postcard or a t-shirt to be found. And I wanted both. And to be honest, it’s not often that I want a t-shirt from a destination, but the Massachusetts Berkshires have made it to the list as one of my magical places and that deserves a t-shirt, don’t you think? The List of […]

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Did you Know that Norman Rockwell Intentionally Changed his Signature for each Piece of Art?

Norman Rockwell was profound in his depiction of daily life–idyllic or struggling or controversial. And given this range of topics, he thought it was appropriate to change his signature based on the mood of each painting. Inspiration from America “The commonplaces of America are to me the richest subjects of all.” He chose moments with […]

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Why a Stationery Museum is Sooo much more Interesting than You’d Expect

Crane Stationery has been making the paper for US currency since the Revolutionary War. Yup, write a thank you note, make some ACTUAL cash–all goes together in a perfect business model, doesn’t it? There’s Nothing to See Here The Museum of Papermaking is in the Massachusetts Berkshires, housed on the property where paper for money […]

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A Memorial to a Memorializer…?

The Lincoln Memorial is impressive, yes? Ever take the time to consider how the sculpture came to life? Neither had I. Enter Chesterwood, the Massachusetts home and studio of the man who created Lincoln for the memorial. To be clear, he was “merely” the sculptor, not the conceiver. Daniel Chester French practiced with nearly 100 […]

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