North Adams, Mass. - Local historian Paul W. Marino is pleased to announce the next in his series of Historical Walks for the summer of 2006. It will be one of his "Hidden Treasures" Walks, and will take place on Saturday, August 5, starting at 2:30pm.
The Hidden Treasures series looks at historical and architectural points of interest at various locations throughout the city. This one explores Marino’s home turf, the Veazie Street area, and includes the sites of the Veazie homestead, the Veazie Street School, and of the Berkshire Hills Sanatorium, once the largest private institution in the nation for the treatment of cancer. Still existing in the neighborhood is Johnson School, which contains one of two remaining examples in the city of the Mahoney System of Ventilation, a precursor of the modern air conditioning system, and once state of the art. Also still existing are a host of architectural details; styles that are out of fashion and features that are no longer used, but remain to be admired if one knows what to look for. Through the Hidden Treasures series, Marino offers to share his unique perspective on North Adams and what should be appreciated about it.
As with all Marino’s historical Walks, this event is free and open to the public. It starts at the intersection of Veazie and River Streets. Interested persons are advised to dress for the weather, wear a hat with a wide brim and a good pair of walking shoes; carry a canteen or bottle of water, and be prepared to have their ears talked off.