The Great Barrington Historical Society
GBHS is a non-profit organization formed in 1977 for the purpose of collecting and preserving material pertinent to the history of Great Barrington. Its objectives are to provide an organization for people interested in learning about, recording, preserving, and disseminating the history of our community, and to stimulate awareness of local history now and for future generations.
Throughout the year, GBHS fulfills its mission by:
- Hosting frequent programs open to the community featuring local historians and special guest speakers;
- Welcoming guests to the Town Museum and Education Center at the Wheeler (aka Wheler) Farmstead;
- Conducting walking tours of historic Great Barrington; and working with the Town and Chamber of Commerce to promote Great Barrington’s rich history, historic buildings and its cultural significance for residents and visitors alike.
We also manage an archival collection of over 50,000 artifacts of the Town’s history, including paintings, prints, photographs, negatives, postcards, advertising, and many other types of artifacts too numerous to mention. The collection is currently stored in space provided at the Ramsdell Library in Housatonic. As fundraising and renovations allow, the Historical Society plans to move the collection to the Town Museum and Archive Education Center at the Wheeler Farmstead, where it can be accessed, displayed and interpreted.
Meanwhile, volunteers have been busy organizing and documenting collection items using a museum-grade computer program to make this information available to the public for research.
GBHS is a volunteer organization open to anyone interested in learning more about preserving and supporting local history. As a non-profit, GBHS depends entirely on the financial support of its donors to carry out its mission.
Barbara Syer, President
Patricia Ryan, Vice President
Laura Katz, Secretary & Treasurer
Robert Krol, Executive Director
Board of Directors