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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 opposit…
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 convene…
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 old. Du …
"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 Great B…
IEEE Milestone in Electrical Engineering and ComputingAlternating Current Electrification, 1886On 20 March 1886 William Stanley provided alternating current electrification to offices and stores on Main Street in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. H…
Memorial Street Lighterected byMassachusetts Electric CompanyJune 28, 1986in recognition ofWilliam Stanleyand his contributions to theElectric Utility Industry
William Stanley1858 ? ? 1916InventorHis 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 1974
Erected November 11th 1936By the School ChildrenOf Great Barrington and HousatonicIn Honor of the 359 Men and WomenWho Served Their Country In the World War.Abel, Harrison G. · Ackerman, Arthur P. · Adams, Ernest W. · Alcott, …
The Mahaiwe Theaterhas been placed on theNational Register Of Historic PlacesBy the United StatesDepartment of the Interior Built 1905
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