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May 12, 2011

The last surviving vaudeville theater in Holyoke, the Victory was built in 1919, its name commemorating the end of World War I. Although the Victory’s exterior is modestly Classical Revival in detail, its interior boasts Vermont marble columns, Brazilian mahogany, flor...

May 12, 2011

For nearly 40 years, the Springfield Preservation Trust has been a strong voice for historic preservation in Springfield. This non-profit has backed the creation of historic districts, fought the demolition of historic buildings, and provided educational publications,...

April 16, 2010

On a snowy evening this past February, Lenox welcomed back its historic 1913 Westinghouse streetlights with a gala celebration. It was a Currier & Ives moment: women in feathered picture-frame hats and bustles and men in frock coats, stand-up collars, and cravats gathe...

February 16, 2010

At the westernmost edge of my Circuit Riding territory, Berkshire County has a long, though not always well-recognized African-American heritage. In the 18th century, Elizabeth “Mum Bett” Freeman of Sheffield successfully sued for her freedom in a landmark case that de...

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