What’s in a Name? The Streets of Pittsfield

The streets of Pittsfield bear the names of directions, numbers, seasons, flowers, trees, and people.  Who are these people who grace the names of our streets and what were their contributions to the city?

As part of Pittsfield’s 10 x 10 Arts Festival in 2021, the virtual exhibit “What’s in a Name? The Streets of Pittsfield” explores who are the people our streets are named after.  For the each of the ten days of the festival, from February 11 – 21, a panel will be revealed that highlights those honored on our sign posts.

The Berkshire County Historical Society undertook this project with the collaboration of Chris Laney at Berkshire Community College and the Local History Department at the Berkshire Athenaeum.


February 11, 2021 – 10 x 10  Introduction and Founders

February 12, 2021 – 10 x 10  Native American Heritage

February 13, 2021 – 10 x 10  Military Service

February 14, 2021 – 10 x 10  Mill Owners

February 15, 2021 – 10 x 10  Innovators

February 16, 2021 – 10 x 10  Arts and Letters

February 17, 2021 – 10 x 10  Who’s Who in Business

February 18, 2021 – 10 x 10  Civic Leaders

February 19, 2021 – 10 x 10  Two for One

February 20, 2021 – 10 x 10  Who’s Missing?


Perhaps you know the history behind one of the streets of Pittsfield.  Please send your info along to dickson.john2@gmail.com and we’ll add another post at the end of the ten days of the exhibit.  

And, if you want to know more about the history of Pittsfield’s streets, here’s a 2018 Berkshire Eagle article by Jim Shulman:  Pittsfield Streets Have Stories to Tell. 




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