Vol. IV No. 2 1/15/2023
One more Daniel Chester French item in Town that people can readily see and appreciate — the Standing Lincoln in the Jackson Wing of the Stockbridge Library. Long on loan from the Williams High School Alumni Association, the statue was gifted to the Museum & Archives in 2020. A little history: when the "new" school (now Town Offices) was dedicated in 1914, the statue was a remembrance from the "Graduates and Friends of the Old School," (Academy) who had contributed $1 each and purchased the statue for $165.
No one seems to have been aware that the Historic Preservation Commission should have been notified and that public discussion should have taken place.
All round, not a success. Personally, I feel that even a symbolic fine is in order. I'm putting this topic on our commission agenda for Feb 6. This is a special problem, but there will be others down the road. Publicity is good. Concern is welcome. Any thoughts would help.
Carl Sprague, Chair, Historic Preservation Committee
Coming soon! A monthly column, Dateline: Stockbridge, in The Berkshire Edge
Photo: Xavier Letteron