This Saturday–Mumbet lecture, the first of the GBHS/SJP series

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The first lecture in the “Rebels with a Cause” series, “Elizabeth Freeman’s Case for Freedom,” is scheduled for this Saturday, May 11th at 2:00 pm at Saint James Place, 352 Main Street in Great Barrington. The lecture series is co-sponsored by the Great Barrington Historical Society and Saint James Place.

The speaker, Dr. David Levinson, is a cultural anthropologist and former vice president at Yale University’s Human Relations Area Files, an anthropological think tank. He is co-author of One Minute a Free Woman – Elizabeth Freeman and the Struggle for Freedom, written with Emilie Piper. In addition to discussing Freeman’s lawsuit, he will analyze the case’s impact on abolishing slavery in Massachusetts and consequences for the African-American community in the Berkshires.

The talk will be presented in Saint James Place’s Great Hall. This former Episcopal Church, built in 1857, was completely renovated and opened to the public in 2017. Saint James Place is a state-of-the-art performing arts center and home to non-profit arts organizations and to the People’s Pantry. Free parking is available across the street at Berkshire Community College South.

The theme of this 2019 series features three talks highlighting Great Barrington’s colonial period. Each lecture examines the research and interpretation of historical events, and provides more in-depth discussion and understanding of events and people whose stories continue to resonate today. Other lectures in the series are:

  • October 5, 2019: Shays’ Rebellion in the Berkshires: Enduring Legacies and Questions 
  • November 2, 2019: Laura Secord: Rebel for the Wrong Cause?

For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please go to or call 413-591-8702. To reserve seats ($20 per lecture) mail your check to Great Barrington Historical Society with “Rebels with a Cause” and the specific lecture(s) you would like attend in the memo line to:
Great Barrington Historical Society
P.O. Box 1106
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $20, or through here.

Seating is limited.



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