In 2003, Williamstown celebrates its 250th birthday. This project, Picturing Our Past, has been fashioned in order to provide some insight into the rich and enlightening past of this rural/academic community: its people, and its land.
Williamstown posses a natural beauty that has been attracting people for over two and a half centuries, and a vein of cultural and historical significance that is ever evolving. Its 18th Century frontier economy became dominated by agriculture, education, and water-powered industry in the 19th and early 20th centuries, only to undergo further transition to an economy dominated by education, tourism, and the service industry as we enter the 21st Century. Long the lifeblood of the community, Williamstowns farming history offers vivid illustrations of changing times: shifting populations, land development, and changing technology. ---click to read more---
Picturing Our Past is a digital archive of photographs collected from current and former Williamstown/Berkshire area residents that illustrate the passage of 250 years. These images from scrapbooks and family albums, attics, basements, and shoeboxes are keys to the history of Williamstown -- primary sources of visual information. Landscape images, portraits, cameos, structural photographs illuminate this collection, telling tales of the many different walks of life that have found their way into Williamstown. With these images indexed and preserved, it will be possible for them to remain vital resources for years to come.
The images are indexed by source, geographic location, and subject matter for accessibility. The copyrights of these images reside with their original owners who have given permission for their images to be displayed on this web site. Please read the following section on Rights and Uses and Technical Information for more information. ---click to read more---