Since it's founding, Pittsfield has been the hub for innovation and arts within Berkshire County.
It's no surprise that the shakers chose this area to build one of their villages within the rolling hills.
Just outside Pittsfield, the Hancock Shaker Village has been a living history museum for nearly 60 years.
"It was the third village founded in America by the shakers. It was founded about 1790," said Lesley Herzberg, Curator at Hancock Shaker Village.
The museum maintains the village just as it was left, including the unique round stone barn and communal house.
"It is split down the middle and imaginary line down the middle. Brothers would've been habited one side, and sisters would've been on the other side with separate staircases and doors," said Herzberg.
In town, the Berkshire Museum uses an interdisciplinary approach to their exhibits.
"Our exhibits focus across art, history, and natural science. Our goal is to bring those objects together to tell really unique stories. Our holdings are quite diverse, we have about 40,000 objects in our collection," said Craig Lanlois, Chief Experience Officer at Berkshire Museum.
The nearby colonial theater is a nod to Pittsfield's past. Built in the 1880s, it was closed for 50 years before it reopened in 2006.
"It's always incredibly exciting to open a theater for Pittsfield is a recognition that Pittsfield was going through a great restoration," said Kate Maguire, CEO of Berkshire Theater Group.
From James Taylor to junior performances of the Lion King, the theater is bring culture to the area, and the colonial is committed to Pittsfield for generations to come.
"A lot of what we do isn't just educating future audiences but future talent as well," said Maguire.
To ensure that Pittsfield stays beautiful is the Berkshire Environmental Action Team. They are the ones dedicated to preserving nature in the Berkshires.
"I think those of us who grew up in the Berkshires and have lived here all our lives forget how lucky we are. I hope part of what beat does is remind us that this is important and we should be standing up for it," said Jane Winn, Executive Director for B.E.A.T.
Western Mass News on the behalf of Diamond RV and Big Y wanted to help out B.E.A.T. by donating a $500 check to continue their work on preserving the Berkshires.
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