Oral Histories from the NAACP Returns to the Berkshire Museum October 2, with an online panel discussion at 5:30 p.m.
The Berkshire Museum, the NAACP Berkshire County Branch, and Housatonic Heritage Oral History Center at Berkshire Community College will present an updated, virtual version of our 2019 exhibition Their Stories: Oral Histories from the NAACP October 2, 2020 through January 10, 2021. The digital show will open with an online panel discussion moderated by Housatonic Heritage Oral History Center Director Judith Monachina, with Dennis Powell, NAACP Berkshire Branch President, and Len Kates, NAACP Oral History Project Liaison, on Friday, October 2 at 5:30 pm.
Their Stories: Oral Histories from the NAACP includes excerpts from interviews with 10 community leaders and members of the NAACP Berkshire Branch whose stories were a part of the NAACP Oral History Project conducted by the Oral History Center and the NAACP over a period of two years. These stories are presented alongside portraits by photographer Julie McCarthy and a timeline of events – both local and national. The exhibition was first presented February through May of 2019, and has since made pop-up appearances at Lee Elementary School and Lee Middle and High School. The virtual version that opens October 2 will include an updated timeline that highlights key events that have taken place in the last year.
The online version of the exhibition will include a 3D rendering of the museum’s galleries that guests can explore at their own pace and a pre-recorded video tour that guides viewers through the complete exhibition. Portraits and recordings of each participant may also be enjoyed separately from the 3D galleries. The new digital show at explore.berkshiremuseum.org/their-stories-oral-histories-from-the-naacp is the museum’s third online exhibition since its Berkshire Museum@Home series launched in March of this year.
Individuals featured in the exhibition include:
- Magdalene Adams
- Churchill Cotton
- Wray Gunn
- Mabel Hamilton
- Dennis Powell
- Reverend Charles Pratt
- Evelyn Pratt
- Shirley Ann Session Edgerton
- Will Singleton
- Gwendolyn VanSant
The museum, together with the NAACP Berkshire County Branch and the Housatonic Heritage Oral History Center at Berkshire Community College will present Our Own Words: The Importance of Sharing Stories and Listening in These Unprecedented Times, a live, virtual discussion on Friday, October 2 at 5:30 pm. Moderator Judith Monachina of the Housatonic Heritage Oral History Center at Berkshire Community College and panelists will discuss the Oral History Project, the museum exhibition, and the ways oral histories and sharing with and listening to each other can help us understand each other and then rise to the unique challenges posed by 2020. The event is free with registration and open to the community. Guests are encouraged to visit explore.berkshiremuseum.org/events to sign up in advance or tune in once the event has begun.
. To learn more, visit www.theoralhistorycenter.org.