Cherry Cottage: An American House

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Cherry Cottage: An American House

David Simonds ~ Cherry Cottage: the Story of an American House
Sunday, January 18, 4:00 pm, @ First Congregational Church
Sponsored by the Williamstown Historical Museum

Built in 1782 by Judith Williams Thayer, the sister of Col. Ephraim Williams, Cherry Cottage, has housed a remarkable array of people of historical interest, most notably Mark Hopkins, president of Williams College from 1836 to 1872, and who defined our ideas about small liberal arts education in America.  Other notable residents or owners include a chief of the Stockbridge Indians, Speaker of the House, Theodore Sedgwick, the attorney David Dudley Field, Jr., the surgeon Charles McBurney, the writers Alan Wheelis and Louis Begley, and the astronaut Story Musgrave, who led the effort to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. Please stay for the reception after the end of the film.  Donations to benefit the Williamstown Historical Museum of any amount accepted at the door.

Filmmaker Dave Simonds (director) lives in his hometown of Williamstown, Massachusetts after a 28 year hiatus in NYC, where he worked in film, TV and stage.  He is a graduate of Bard College.

Hans Morris (executive producer/writer) is chairman of the board of overseers at the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth, chairman of the board of trustees of MASS MoCA, and he is a trustee of Jacob’s Pillow.  He served as President of Visa, Inc. Cherry Cottage is his first feature.

For more here’s the trailer: