New Housatonic Heritage Trail in Honor of the 54th Mass.


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“The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment Trail, which honors the famous Civil War regiment of African Americans from this region, will be inaugurated on Wednesday, June 22, from 5:30 – 7 p.m., the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area (Housatonic Heritage) announced today.  The festivities, which are free and open to the public, include a reception and a book signing and will be held at Chesterwood, former home and studio of sculptor Daniel Chester French, in Stockbridge, Mass.

“The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, one of the first official African American units in the United States during the Civil War, was comprised of men from Berkshire County, Mass. and Litchfield County, Conn. The story of the unit, including its struggle for equal pay, was depicted in the 1989 film “Glory.”  The MASS 54th Trail is the most recent addition to the African American Heritage Trail, a program of Housatonic Heritage.

“The kick-off celebration will coincide with the publication of a new book, “On the Other Side of Glory,” by David Levinson and Emilie Piper and published by Housatonic Heritage. The reception will include remarks by David Levinson.”


About marcferguson

I teach history, including the American Civil War Era, as an Adjunct at American International College in Springfield, Ma. I also teach survey courses in U.S. history, Western Civilization, and World History, and have taught at other area colleges, including the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, and Holyoke Community College. While my academic background is in European History, my interest in the American Civil War began about a decade ago. Other areas of interest include Modernism, 20th century World Thought and Culture, The Rise of the West after 1400, 19th c. American Society and Culture, Central and Eastern European History and Culture, and Local History. I have in recent years cut back my teaching drastically in order to devote more time raising my kids (15 year old twins now), including working part-time at their elementary/middle school for the past 6 years, they are now launched and off to High School, and I plan to crank up my involvement in teaching history and local history projects, particularly in light of the American Civil War Sesquicentennial.
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