Housatonic Village & Mills exhibit open — and it’s a hit!

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The new GBHS exhibit featuring Housatonic Village and Mills artifacts and documents opened on March 4th to more than 50 visitors, despite very cold temps and high winds. The premiere event took place at the Town Museum at the Truman Wheeler Farmstead, 817 South Main Street (Route 7) in Great Barrington.

Visitors saw pictures, textiles, letters, papers, postcards, ribbons, maps, and flags–in addition to bedspreads from Monument Mills and a big, blue fire hydrant from the Housatonic Water Company.

To honor the Polish immigrants who worked in the mills, Polish-inspired refreshments were served, such as Polish chocolates (amazing!), deviled eggs, kielbasa, twarog z dzem (Farmer cheese with raspberry jam), Potski keks z bakalia (fruitcake), and lots of other yummy treats.

The exhibit will be at the Museum through April 30. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 9am to noon, Saturday from 10am to 2pm, and Sunday from 9am to noon. Admission is free.

For more information, call 413-591-8702 or email us at info@gbhistory.org.

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