Berkshire Museum: Letters To The Editor

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A collection of Letters to the Editor on the topic of the Berkshire Museum's "New Vision" and a plan to sell 40 works of art. The letters are listed in chronological order, based on the date the letters appeared in the paper.

Letter: Museum will link past, present, future

Letter: Museum will link past, present, future

Letter: Positive change for Berkshire Museum

Letter: Positive change for Berkshire Museum

Letter: Museum contributes to city's bright future

Letter: Museum contributesto city's bright future

Letter: Plan assures museum of solid county future

Letter: Plan assures museum of solid county future

Letter: Berkshire Museum plan violates ethical code

Letter: Berkshire Museum planviolates ethical code

Letter: Berkshire Museum plan violates ethical code

Letter: Berkshire Museum planviolates ethical code

Letter: Bravo to museum for long-term plan

Letter: Bravo to museum for long-term plan

Letter: Museum's crown jewels glitter in many ways

Letter: Museum's crown jewelsglitter in many ways

Letter: Masterpieces belong in Berkshire County

Letter: Masterpieces belong in Berkshire County

Letter: Museum board should reconsider art selloff

Letter: Museum board shouldreconsider art selloff

Letter: Museum must not violate ethical code

Letter: Museum must not violate ethical code

Letter: Museum must keep its three key ingredients

Letter: Museum must keep its three key ingredients

Letter: Bold change assures future of museum

Letter: Bold change assures future of museum

Letter: Museum plan assures walls to hang art upon

Letter: Museum plan assureswalls to hang art upon

Letter: Rockwell would have satirized museum

Letter: Rockwell would havesatirized museum

Letter: Problems are real, solution is wrong

Letter: Problems are real,solution is wrong

Letter: Berkshire Museum must not sell our heritage

Letter: Berkshire Museummust not sell our heritage

Letter: Berkshire Museum made difficult, wise decision

Letter: Berkshire Museum madedifficult, wise decision

Letter: Why not sell art by the yard?

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Letter: Courageous decision to keep museum vital

Letter: Courageous decisionto keep museum vital

Letter: Museum doesn't merit art upon its walls

Letter: Museum doesn't meritart upon its walls

Letter: Museum doesn't merit art upon its walls

Letter: Museum doesn't meritart upon its walls

Letter: Keep art, reach out to arts community

Letter: Keep art, reach outto arts community

Letter: Art to be sold is part of Berkshire history

Letter: Art to be sold is partof Berkshire history

Letter: Thompson clarifies what is at stake

Letter: Thompson clarifieswhat is at stake

Letter: Preserve art for future generations

Letter: Preserve art forfuture generations

Letter: Plan enables museum to continue evolution

Letter: Plan enables museumto continue evolution

Letter: Museum should remain "window to the world"

Letter: Museum should remain"window to the world"

Letter: Collection a monument to the Gilded Age

Letter: Collection a monumentto the Gilded Age

Letter: Trump's leaks to Russia are a criminal offense

Letter: Trump's leaks to Russiaare a criminal offense

Letter: Art collection should be at center of new plan

Letter: Art collection should beat center of new plan

Letter: Rockwell family urges museum to keep artwork

Letter: Rockwell family urgesmuseum to keep artwork

Letter: Public must know full story on art sale

Letter: Public must knowfull story on art sale

Letter: Unanswered questions about museum's sales

Letter: Unanswered questionsabout museum's sales

Letter: Museum is pursuing responsible pathway

Letter: Museum is pursuingresponsible pathway

Letter: Together, let's save our Berkshire Museum

Letter: Together, let's saveour Berkshire Museum

Letter: Debate prompted visit to impressive museum

Letter: Debate prompted visitto impressive museum

Letter: Museum scapegoats community in code

Letter: Museum scapegoatscommunity in code

Letter: High-tech exhibits are of doubtful value

Letter: High-tech exhibitsare of doubtful value

Letter: Museum should consider evolving by degree

Letter: Museum should considerevolving by degree

Letter: New museum mission serves wider audience

Letter: New museum missionserves wider audience

Letter: Support our wonderful Berkshire Museum

Letter: Support our wonderfulBerkshire Museum

Letter: A suggestion for the Berkshire Museum

Letter: A suggestion forthe Berkshire Museum

Letter: Museum board has undermined public trust

Letter: Museum board hasundermined public trust

All parties were misled by Berkshire Museum

Letter: All parties were misledby Berkshire Museum

Letter: Museum shouldn't sell Berkshire treasures

Letter: Museum shouldn't sellBerkshire treasures

Letter: Museum wasn't up front about financial problems

Letter: Museum wasn't up frontabout financial problems

Letter: Financial information needed from museum

Letter: Financial informationneeded from museum

Letter: Late-arriving critics should end the insults

Letter: Late-arriving critics should end the insults

Letter: County boasts huge number of museums

Letter: County boasts hugenumber of museums

Letter: Financial history of museum needed

Letter: Financial history of museum needed

Letter: Museum should pause, explore other options

Letter: Museum should pause,explore other options

Letter: Museum shouldn't risk getting pariah status

Letter: Museum shouldn't riskgetting pariah status

Letter: Criticism of museum descends into shaming

Letter: Criticism of museum descends into shaming

Letter: We should all support our Berkshire Museum

Letter: We should all supportour Berkshire Museum

Letter: Template established for museum's rebirth

Letter: Template established for museum's rebirth

Letter: Harness outpouring of passion for museum

Letter: Harness outpouring of passion for museum

Letter: Satisfied by museum's explanation for sales

Letter: Satisfied by museum'sexplanation for sales

Letter: Issue is implementing museum board's plan

Letter: Issue is implementing museum board's plan

Letter: Museum risks losing support of community

Letter: Museum risks losingsupport of community

Letter: Museum sale only postpones inevitable

Letter: Museum sale onlypostpones inevitable

Letter: Museum board must find a better solution

Letter: Museum board must find a better solution

Letter: Trashing of museum is well underway

Letter: Trashing of museumis well underway

Letter: Support the desired museum changes

Letter: Support the desiredmuseum changes

Letter: Honesty a victim in museum consultation

Letter: Honesty a victim inmuseum consultation

Letter: Sale will tarnish history, reputation of museum

Letter: Sale will tarnish history,reputation of museum

Letter: Son of the Berkshires supports museum

Letter: Son of the Berkshires supports museum

Letter: Museum losing baby, keeping bathwater

Letter: Museum losing baby, keeping bathwater

Letter: Museum chooses future, owes nothing to past

Letter: Museum chooses future,owes nothing to past

Letter: Transparency the way to museum success

Letter: Transparency the wayto museum success

Letter: As museum evolves children must come first

Letter: As museum evolves children must come first

Letter: Many questions for the Berkshire Museum's board

Letter: Many questions for theBerkshire Museum's board

Letter: Berkshire Museum a precious gift

Letter: Berkshire Museum a precious gift

Letter: Art must have role at Berkshire Museum

Letter: Art must have role at Berkshire Museum

Letter: Berkshire Museum resembles tag sale

Letter: Berkshire Museum resembles tag sale

Letter: Museum fails donors, violates code of ethics

Letter: Museum fails donors, violates code of ethics

Letter: Museum's wise plan prepares for future

Letter: Museum's wise plan prepares for future

Letter: Museum has time to undo damage

Letter: Museum has time to undo damage

Letter: Museum's attitude is typical of times

Letter: Museum's attitudeis typical of times

Letter: Art donors' intentions argue against sale

Letter: Art donors' intentionsargue against sale

Letter: Museum coverage is quality journalism

Letter: Museum coverageis quality journalism

Letter: Contrite museum board should get art returned

Letter: Contrite museum boardshould get art returned

Letter: Museum sells out for mess of pottage

Letter: Museum sells outfor mess of pottage

Letter: Onus falls on board of Berkshire Museum

Letter: Onus falls on boardof Berkshire Museum

Letter: Cassandra, we still have wax in our ears

Letter: Cassandra, we still have wax in our ears

Letter: Museum has obligation to its own history

Letter: Museum has obligationto its own history

Letter: AG may bring closure to museum debate

It does not look like the controversy surrounding the sale of Berkshire Museum assets will end without leaving a very bitter taste for a long time in the mouths of significant supporters of the arts and many Berkshire County citizens.

Letter: Solutions can be found without selling off art

The art collection is at the heart of the Berkshire Museum. It is Pittsfield's history, a legacy to take pride in and celebrate. Let's spotlight it and put it at the core of a revitalized institution — not monetize it!

Letter: Selling art has had happy endings before

In the beginning of the 20th century, a young couple began collecting Impressionist paintings and other fine works of art to eventually amass one of the most superlative and prized collections found anywhere.

Letter: Museum debate doesn't include common folks

We hear from wealthy, knowledgeable people, some academic, some tourists, and people in high places in the museum world around the country, and they always focus on the sale of the artworks.

Letter: Deja vu about lost art

When I rented an apartment in West Stockbridge years ago, my landlady was a little spitfire who was into anything to do with the arts. She knew Sandy Calder, Aaron Copland, Ted Shawn — you name it.

Letter: Museum does disservice to Rockwell and Scouts

As a life-long Berkshire County resident and a multi-year Boy Scout leader, I am appalled by the Berkshire Museum's plans to auction off the best of its art collection, including two original Rockwells, gifted by the artist himself.

Letter: Mishandled art sale compounds damage

The current issue with the Berkshire Museum is no longer just about selling its best art, but also the way the sale has been handled.

Letter: An existential threat to our cultural heritage

The name of the Berkshire Museum will forever be synonymous with an existential threat to our cultural heritage. It casts an ominous pall over collections in all institutions.

Letter: Auction house terms a mystery, and a concern

If the Berkshire Museum director and board did not negotiate favorable terms regarding commission fees and withdrawal of consignments, they are even more incompetent than I had thought.

Letter: Museum plan fits city's cultural development

During my years as mayor, I worked closely with the nonprofit cultural organizations in our city, and I understand all too well the challenges they face.

Letter: Listen to Zenas, Olivia, on future of museum

At the end of her letter to the editor of Sept. 19, 17-year-old Olivia Kinney states her support of the new vision plan for the Berkshire Museum because it augments the science and natural history programming that has inspired her childhood.

Letter: Museum success hinges on local buy-in

Recent developments at the Berkshire Museum fill me with alternating enthusiasm and dismay. The vision for a new 21st-century institution is exciting, but the cost — loss of a significant number of artworks — is excessive.

Letter: Lacking vision, ideas

How fortunate that Hancock Shaker Village has as its new president and CEO Jennifer Trainer Thompson who has breathed new life, energy and vitality into this beloved and beautiful institution.

Letter: Nuts-and-bolts details missing from plan

With regard to recent letters supporting the Berkshire Museum's intended conversion into a technology/science museum, here are my thoughts.

Letter: Do art sale opponents have ulterior motives?

I may be developing paranoia over this controversy, but I am beginning to wonder if many of the people protesting the decisions made by the Berkshire Museum's board of trustees are hoping that this venerable and beloved institution will be allowed to go u

Letter: Berkshire Museum stuck on autopilot

Letter: Berkshire Museumstuck on autopilot

Letter: Sale must be stopped, full accounting given

Letter: Sale must be stopped,full accounting given

Letter: Museum's art sale will hamstring future funding

Letter: Museum's art sale will hamstring future funding

Letter: Art sale akin to selling 'the people's paintings'

Letter: Art sale akin to selling 'the people's paintings'

Letter: Don't rob Peter just to pay Paul

Letter: Don't rob Peterjust to pay Paul

Letter: A bold step forward for Berkshire Museum

Letter: A bold step forward for Berkshire Museum

Letter: Call off art sale while there is time

Letter: Call off art salewhile there is time

Letter: Museum owes us a public dialogue

Letter: Museum owes us a public dialogue

Letter: Museum owes us a public dialogue

Letter: Museum owes us a public dialogue

Letter: The museum's vision is in need of re-vision

Letter: The museum's vision is in need of re-vision

Letter: The museum's vision is in need of re-vision

Letter: The museum's visionis in need of re-vision

Letter: Locking out nurses was over the top

Letter: Locking out nurseswas over the top

Letter: Aside from selling art, what is the plan?

Letter: Aside from selling art,what is the plan?

Letter: Save-the-Art doesn't mean scrap 'New Vision'

Letter: Save-the-Art doesn'tmean scrap 'New Vision'

Letter: Museum board must put a stop to the sale

Letter: Museum board mustput a stop to the sale

Letter: Museum plan is about money, not about children

Letter: Museum plan is about money,not about children

Letter: Unfair attack on those who want to save art

Letter: Unfair attack on thosewho want to save art

Letter: A knee-jerk reaction backing museum plan

Letter: A knee-jerk reactionbacking museum plan

Letter: On museum, state rep. fails leadership test

Letter: On museum, state rep.fails leadership test

Letter: Museum Rockwell loved is sacrificing its future

Letter: Museum Rockwell lovedis sacrificing its future

Letter: Find ways to counter art sales polarization

Letter: Find ways to counterart sales polarization

Letter: Questions about Sotheby's, contractors unanswered

Letter: Questions about Sotheby's,contractors unanswered

Letter: Supporters of museum should now speak up

Letter: Supporters of museumshould now speak up

Letter: Remove first 16 from chopping block

Letter: Remove first 16from chopping block

Letter: Crane's good intentions violated by museum

Letter: Crane's good intentionsviolated by museum

Letter: Museum should explore options, not renovate

Letter: Museum should exploreoptions, not renovate

Letter: Crane's good intentions violated by museum

Letter: Crane's good intentionsviolated by museum

Letter: Cancelled meeting with MCC is final straw

Letter: Canceled meeting with MCC is final straw

Letter: Community demands better of museum administration

Letter: Community demands betterof museum administration

Letter: Consider Crane family along with Rockwell's

Letter: Consider Crane family along with Rockwell's

Letter: Keep barbershop painting and get a barber chair

Letter: Keep barbershop paintingand get a barber chair

Letter: Keep the 'new vision' and the artwork, too

Letter: Keep the 'new vision' and the artwork, too

Letter: Museum board must put a stop to art sale

Letter: Museum board must put a stop to art sale

Letter: Art sale, new vision will destroy museum

Letter: Art sale, new vision will destroy museum

Letter: Pause sale of art gifts to people of Berkshires

Letter: Pause sale of art gifts to people of Berkshires

Letter: Honor donors' intent, support the public trust

Letter: Honor donors' intent, support the public trust

Letter: Critics of art sale are undermining museum

Letter: Critics of art sale are undermining museum

Letter: Loss of great art makes museum poor, not rich

Letter: Loss of great art makesmuseum poor, not rich

Letter: Teammates stand behind trustee head McGraw

Letter: Teammates stand behindtrustee head McGraw

Letter: A breach of public trust, and of museum ethics

Letter: A breach of public trust,and of museum ethics

Letter: Rockwell's masterpiece was donated to us all

Letter: Rockwell's masterpiecewas donated to us all

Letter: Museum put money before its collection

Letter: Museum put money before its collection

Letter: Reinvent museum as Museum of Berkshires

Letter: Reinvent museum as Museum of Berkshires


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