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Board members (pictured above) with Dr. Homer "Skip" Meade,II, Ed.D (center) at the 5th Annual Samuel Harrison Birthday Celebration, Second Congregational Church, Pittsfield, MA on April 20th, 2010.


SHS Board of Trustees

Marlena Willis - President: Chairperson of the Westside Neighborhood Resource Center, Inc.; treasurer of the Women of Color Giving Circle; board member of the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts; member of the Pittsfield Garden Tour; holds a masters degree in integrated studies from Cambridge College; employed as an outreach program director at the Gladys Brigham Community Center. Trustee since 2009.

Blayne Whitfield - Vice President: Great, great, grandson of Reverend Samuel Harrison; established and administers the Samuel Harrison Society's website; a graduate of Pittsfield High School and called the Samuel Harrison House home between 1978 and 1986; employed as an engineer in Connecticut. Trustee since 2004.

Churchill Cotton - Treasurer: Current member of the Second Congregational Church; Council Member of the City of Pittsfield; former City of Pittsfield School Committee; former Chairperson and current member of the Westside Neighborhood Initiative; and the Berkshire United Way Board of Directors; employed by Guardian Life Insurance Company. Trustee since 2004.

Rev. John G. Wightman - Clerk: Retired United Church of Christ Minister; teaches Boundary Awareness for the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ; member of the Berkshire Bach Singers; writes for the Sheffield Times; convener of The Religious Roundtable; a weekly radio program airing on WSBS radio. Trustee since 2004.

Jeannie Williams - Trustee: Samuel Harrison Society program coordinator; holds a masters degree in nursing education; is a doctoral student at Capella University of Minnesota; employed as a nurse educator and registered nurse in Connecticut. Trustee since 2004.

Patricia Cotton - Trustee: Current member of Second Congregational Church; Member of the Westside Neighborhood Initiative; employed by Target. Trustee since 2004.

Gail Krumpholz - Trustee: Chairperson of the Morningside Neighborhood Initiative; employed at the Highland Restaurant and Samel's Deli and Catering. Trustee since 2004.

Ivan Newton - Trustee: Second Congregational Church member and former historian; engineer and naval officer, recently retired from General Dynamics. Trustee since 2004.

Dr. Frances Jones-Sneed, Ph.D - Trustee: Professor of history at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts; co-director of the Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail; former board member at MassHumanities; recent recipient of the Sarah A. Lewis Social Justice Award. Trustee since 2004.

Dr. Barbara Krauthamer, Ph.D - Trustee: Professor of history at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst with a field of 19th - century African American life and culture. Trustee since 2009.

Rosanne M. Frieri - Trustee: Director of Veterans Services for the City of Pittsfield and the Town of Richmond; an active member of the Massachusetts National Guard 104th Public Affairs Office at Barnes ANG. Trustee since 2007.

Don Quinn Kelley, Ph.D - Trustee: Historian and Filmmaker; Partner, ThinkLarge.org; Emeritus Professor, City University of New York, Medgar Evers College; Co-Chair, Lift Ev'ry Voice, The Berkshires; Resident Historian, TRANSART & Cultural Services, Inc., New Paltz, New York. Trustee since 2011.

Ruth Edmonds Hill - Honorary Member: Great granddaughter of Samuel Harrison; donated the Samuel Harrison House to the Samuel Harrison Society; employed as an oral historian at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study of Harvard University; researcher for conducting the Black Womtor, and historic preservation advocate. Member since 2004.



Society Newsletters
Fall/Winter 2009-10 Newsletter
The Samuel Harrison Society fall/winter 2009-10 newsletter.

Fall/Winter 2008-09 Newsletter
The Samuel Harrison Society fall/winter 2008-09 newsletter.

Summer 2008 Inagural Newsletter
The Samuel Harrison Society inagural newsletter.


Media for Purchase

Please contact the Samuel Harrison Society at this website or write us at PO Box 378, Pittsfield, MA 01202 about purchasing the items below.


The Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail (UHVAAHT) have release the book, "African American Heritage in the Upper Housatonic Valley".  The UHVAAHT is a non profit organization which manages the national heritage area encompassing western Massachusetts and northwestern Connecticut. (Cost $25)

Date Released: September 14, 2006
A PBS documentary on DVD entitled “A Trumpet at the Walls of Jericho: The Untold Story of Samuel Harrison” premiered in Pittsfield at the Berkshire Museum with a Gala Celebration. (Cost $20)

Date Premiered: January 22, 2005