W105 | The Gilded Age in the Berkshires | Carole Owens

Wednesdays 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. | Four Sessions - 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24
In-person at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington

The Gilded Age in the Berkshires examines the exciting half-century, from 1865 - 1917, in Berkshire County. There were great strides in medicine, women’s rights, arts and education. In the run up to the Civil War, it seemed as if the small, quiet Berkshires were the center of American cultural development. Writers, painters, philosophers and theologians gathered in what they called the American Lake District. After the Civil War the Gilded elite selected the Berkshires for their “cottages” and the rural county was changed forever. 

Carole Owens has written 12 books on American history She writes regularly for the Edge and the Berkshire Eagle as well as being the founder of the bimonthly Stockbridge Updates.  Owens earned her PhD in history from Yeshiva University.


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