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Great Barrington, Massachusetts Historical Markers

 
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By Michael Herrick, August 19, 2012
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Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Great Barrington — Alternating Current Electrification1886 — IEEE Milestone in Electrical Engineering and Computing
On 20 March 1886 William Stanley provided alternating current electrification to offices and stores on Main Street in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. He thus demonstrated the first practical system for providing electrical illumination using . . . — Map (db m58988) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Great Barrington — First Court House of Berkshire County
Near this spot stood the first court house of Berkshire County erected 1764. Here August 16, 1774 occurred the first open resistance to British rule in America — Map (db m58957) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Great Barrington — MA-3 — Gen. Henry Knox Trail
Through this place passed General Henry Knox in the winter of 1775 – 1776 to deliver to General George Washington at Cambridge the train of artillery from Fort Ticonderoga used to force the British Army to evacuate Boston. Erected by the . . . — Map (db m24013) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Great Barrington — Great Barrington Civil War Memorial
A Tribute Of honor and Gratitude To Her Citizens Who Fought For Liberty and Union 1861. – 1865. Erected by the Town of Great Barrington. 1876. — Map (db m58955) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Great Barrington — Great Barrington World War I Monument
Erected November 11th 1936 By the School Children Of Great Barrington and Housatonic In Honor of the 359 Men and Women Who Served Their Country In the World War. Abel, Harrison G. • Ackerman, Arthur P. • Adams, Ernest W. • Alcott, Bruce . . . — Map (db m58960) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Great Barrington — Memorial Street Light
Memorial Street Light erected by Massachusetts Electric Company June 28, 1986 in recognition of William Stanley and his contributions to the Electric Utility Industry — Map (db m58987) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Great Barrington — Shays Rebellion
Last Battle of Shays Rebellion was here Feb. 27, 1787. — Map (db m37487) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Great Barrington — The Mahaiwe Theater
The Mahaiwe Theater has been placed on the National Register Of Historic Places By the United States Department of the Interior Built 1905 — Map (db m58958) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Great Barrington — The Niagara Movement
The Niagara Movement was Du Bois’s first attempt to form a civil rights organization. This was the first substantial Black-organized protest movement of the twentieth century. It led to the founding of the NAACP in 1909. The first meeting . . . — Map (db m107764) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Great Barrington — W.E. B. Du Bois Birthsite
“I was born by a golden river and in the shadow of two great hills, five years after the Emancipation Proclamation.” Birthsite of W.E.B. Dubois (1868-1963) Premier architect of the American Civil Rights Movement Erected by The . . . — Map (db m107756) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Great Barrington — W.E.B. Du Bois: Champion of Rivers Around the World
Kindled by his love for the Housatonic River, W.E.B. Du Bois became a champion of rivers around the world. Harlem Renaissance writer and poet Langston Hughes composed “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” when he was only eighteen years . . . — Map (db m107664) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Great Barrington — William Stanley
William Stanley 1858     1916 Inventor His genius made Great Barrington the first community to be lighted by alternating current in March 1886. Monument erected by the Rotary Club of Great Barrington on its fiftieth anniversary. May 18th . . . — Map (db m58972) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Great Barrington — William Stanley OverlookHousatonic River Walk
William Stanley (1858-1916) devised an innovative electric distribution system using an alternating-current transformer. His laboratory was in Horace Day’s rambling, vacant rubberwear factory, the foundation of which is just visible on the . . . — Map (db m107662) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Great Barrington — You Stand Free Because They Served
You Stand Free Because They Served In everlasting memory and tribute to the men and women of Great Barrington who, in defense of their country and the human rights of mankind, served with honor and distinction in the armed forces of the United . . . — Map (db m58896) HM

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