Programs & Events

Educational Talks 2018

   
Tiny Seats for Tiny Buns
Arthur Liverant of Nathan Liverant and Son Antiques
Saturday, March 24 at 2 pm

Arthur Liverant is the third generation to own and operate Nathan Liverant and Son Antiques.  Founded in 1920, the Firm maintains a large inventory of fine examples of New England furniture, art works and decorative arts of the 17th, 18th and early 19th century.

Arthur has long held a particular affection for antique children’s chairs, with their distinct personalities and individual proportions.  While his collection ranges widely in style, each and every chair is endearing in its own right, and each has a story to tell.

Nathan Liverant and Son is located in Colchester, Connecticut, and the Shop is open Monday through Saturday from 10-5.  You may also visit Nathan Liverant and Son on the web at liverantantiques.com, or at any of six major antiques shows.

    

Soil and Shul in the Berkshires: The Untold Story of Sandisfield’s Jewish Farm Colony
Lorraine German of Mad River Antiques
Sunday, March 25 at 2 pm

Not many people realize that the first Jewish families who came to Sandisfield, Massachusetts in 1902 were part of a plan by the Jewish Agricultural and Industrial Aid Society in New York City to settle a Jewish agricultural colony in Berkshire County.  There was a movement at the time to ease New York’s overcrowded Jewish neighborhoods by moving immigrants to rural areas where they could become farmers. Lorraine German has spent the last two years researching newspapers, historical records and first-hand accounts to tell the tale of this Jewish farming community and will share some stories from her book of the forgotten events and characters she’s uncovered.

Lorraine and Steve German are the owners of Mad River Antiques, LLC, specializing in Americana and decorative arts from the 18th century through the early 20th century.  They can be seen at many antiques shows throughout New England and are members of the Antiques Dealers’ Association of America.  Their roots in Sandisfield’s Jewish community go deep because Steve’s grandparents bought the family home in the Sandisfield village of Montville in 1922 and they are proud to be third generation owners.

 

Soil and Shul in the Berkshires: The Untold Story of Sandisfield’s Jewish Farm Colony will be available in the late summer.