"Rethinking Western Massachusetts: What the Princes and DuBois Can Tell Us about Our Past"
Commonwealth Honors College Dean Gretchen Gerzina will be delivering the Fall 2017 Plenary Lecture. This year, she discusses how though W.E.B. DuBois was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts in 1868, over one hundred years earlier a black family in Deerfield ended up as some of the earliest settlers of Vermont. The talk uses archival research to show how such remarkable stories are embedded in early Western Massachusetts.