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Historical links and information about Pittsfield Massachusetts

My ancestors first came to Pittsfield in ~1848 and that has lead to much “research” into their lives and has revealed many interesting facts about Pittsfield’s past.

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1908 post card “Pittsfield in the near Future"
Pittsfield High School Class Reunion
Pittsfield Massachusetts High School Class Reunion
PHS Class Reunion
Pittsfield MA Massachusetts

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Pittsfield and Berkshire County History

Some early books found on line documenting Pittsfield’s early beginnings.

Also included below are recent photo essays of downtown Pittsfield events.

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But first, I am searching for Pittsfield Directories which were published every year back into the 1800s.  Appearance similar to this one from 1936:
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Please contact me here

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The Online Books Page, list of books pertaining to Berkshire County that are available online - here  (added March 2, 2014)
Many of the books downloadable below are available at this link, and more!

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Municipal Registers of the City of Pittsfield 1895  1898  1900 interesting information about the various schools.

1898 was the first year of Pittsfield High School on the Common and has much information about the building. Sounds grand! (my grandmother was class of 1901, my father 1940)

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The History of Pittsfield (Berkshire County) Massachusetts, from the year 1734 to the year 1800"
Compiled and written, under general direction of a committee, by J.E.A. Smith.
45MegaBytes PDF file (searchable), please download and save to your hard drive!
 here
Click on the link and once the file is downloaded to your computer you can save it to your hard drive. If you download this pdf file to your computer (right-click on the link and then save-target-as) you can search the document for key words using ctrl-f

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The History of Pittsfield (Berkshire County) Massachusetts, from the year 1800 to the year 1876"
Compiled and written, under general direction of a committee, by J.E.A. Smith.
45MegaBytes PDF file (searchable), please download and save to your hard drive!
 here
Go to page 361 for a very interesting story of one distant branch on my family tree, the Butlers.

Click on the link and once the file is downloaded to your computer you can save it to your hard drive. If you download this pdf file to your computer (right-click on the link and then save-target-as) you can search the document for key words using ctrl-f

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The history of Pittsfield, Massachusetts: from the year 1876 to the year 1916 

Edward Boltwood - Pittsfield (Mass.) - 1916 - 387 pages

(21MegaBytes, please download and save to your hard drive!) here

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"Gazetteer of Berkshire County Mass 1725-1885" compiled and published by Hamilton Child 62MB PDF file (searchable), please download and save to your hard drive!
 here
in the above document, starting on page 421 is "Business Directory of Berkshire County Mass. 1884-1885" published by Hamilton Child which is similar to the Pittsfield directories listing all inhabitants of the various Berkshire towns

Click on the link and once the file is downloaded to your computer you can save it to your hard drive. If you download this pdf file to your computer (right-click on the link and then save-target-as) you can search the document for key words using ctrl-f

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Pittsfield 1859 business directory here which contains a short history of the area

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"The Book of Berkshire" by Clark W. Bryan" published in 1886 describing and illustrating its hills and homes and telling where they are, what they are and why they are destined to become the most charming and desirable summer homes in America" here  22MB, searchable.
Do not miss this! Includes a fantastic assortment of advertising!

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The outcome of a thorough revision and re-writing of The Book of Berkshire, originally published in 1886, is A New Book of Berkshire for 1890. "The New Book of Berkshire" by Clark W. Bryan" describing and illustrating its hills and homes and telling where they are, what they are and why they are destined to become the most charming and desirable summer homes in America" here  19MB, searchable.
Do not miss this! Includes a fantastic assortment of advertising!
- added March 1, 2014

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 “Picturesque Berkshire” published in 1893 here  (56MB) a rare find!

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 Amazing addition provided by Joe Stergis
“Industrial Edition of the  Evening Eagle Illustrating Pittsfield and Dalton Mass in the year 1897
 published in 1897 here (21MB)

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 “Lenox and the Berkshire Highlands” published in 1902 here

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Berkshire history with stories about the people behind the street and school names:
 “Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Berkshire County Massachusetts, volume 1” - 1906
15 megabytes, please download and save locally!
searchable, added March 1, 2014

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Berkshire history with stories about the people behind the street and school names:
 “Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Berkshire County Massachusetts, volume 2” - 1906
36 megabytes, please download and save locally!
searchable, added March 1, 2014

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Pittsfield Directory 1908 advertisements here added January 5, 2014

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Photos of the Pittsfield Baseball Glove Sculptures 2006

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Downtown Pittsfield May 2007

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Berkshire Park, Aero Park and the Old Elm by Susanlyn Fish here

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Pittsfield Memories slideshow from Jim Shulman here Enjoy and make comments!

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Pittsfield Memories from Jim Pivero here Enjoy and make comments!

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Interesting Pittsfield tidbits concerning Pittsfield and the Berkshire Brewery Association here, here and here  (the 3rd one I found March 2014)
and Marshall Field info here
Did you know that Marshall Field got his retailing start at England Brothers?
Why were the following Pittsfiedodeons in his will (1906-07-19)?

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Is Pittsfield on the map? Thoughts from Jim(my) Shulman
Pittsfield Carousel project (remember the Merry-Go-Round at Pontoosuc lake?) is working on a Carousel for downtown Pittsfield!
Carousel event May 3, 2008

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Lindon Wallace Bates, Jr

"A tiny graveyard on the western slope of Lebanon Mountain, tucked away just off Route 20 in Bates Memorial State Park, remains as a very obscure local reminder of the legacy of the Bates family for whom the park is named, and a physical window into the curious story of the mammoth obelisk that very nearly got built there. It contains only a few simple headstones, clustered around a six foot tall granite cross marking the grave of Lindon W. Bates Jr. The cross bears the inscription "Le vrai caractere perce toujours dans le grandes circonstances, true character always shows through in great circumstances.https://fbstatic-a.akamaihd.net/rsrc.php/v2/y4/r/-PAXP-deijE.gif"  from article linked below by Joe Durwin, joe@durwin.net

Graves of the Bates family on top of Lebanon Mountain, South side of Route 20.
Fascinating information, overview of
The Missing 'Monument to Sacrifice' here,
William hereLindon Jr. here and here

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Interesting historical tidbits at Greener Pasture here

Berkshires Historical Photos/Postcards

Pittsfield 250 anniversary 2011 Here

History of Elmwood Court, corner of Bartlett Ave and Broad St Here

Pittsfield 250 anniversary articles relating to the schools Here

Pittsfield Schools 1897, as part of the Municipal Register of the City of Pittsfield, 1898 Here
Includes photos of the old PHS on the Common taken in 2011

Pittsfield Schools 1900, as part of the Municipal Register of the City of Pittsfield, 1901 Here
Many photos, will take a while to load

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Soldiers' Memorial in Park Square here restored and rededicated 2013

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www.phs1968.com Home

Photographs:

Pittsfield Schools

Berkshires Historical Photos

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Website courtesy of Clark W. Nicholls, PHS 1968 CWNicholls@aol.com

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History of  Pittsfield High School buildings will be added.

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