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11/19/14 - Discovering The Mohawk Trail/ 100th Anniversary
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Discovering The Mohawk Trail/ 100th Anniversary celebrates this part of the Berkshires, from Albany, NY to Boston, MA. Some of New England's most historic sites are located here along with the last vestiges of Fall Foliage and a pristine Winter scene that soon follows.Visit with us this famous track, a 65 mile jaunt on Rt.2, its main stem, from Pittsfield, MA through Williamstown and N.Adams, their "museum Mile" to Harvard, MA on US Rt. 495.

Guests - Our thanks to the following individuals who helped make this show a winning combination for us:

. Lauri Ostrander Klefos, 1) Lauri Klefos is the President and CEO of the Berkshire Visitors Bureau, the official regional tourism council for Berkshire County and Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of 1Berkshire, the County’s official regional economic development organization.

Her past experience includes President of the Arizona Tourism Alliance, Director of Tourism Marketing for Moses Anshell Advertising in Phoenix, and State Travel Director for the State of New Hampshire.

In addition, she was a founding Director and past Chair of Discover New England and the Board of the National Association of State Development Agencies. A graduate of Southern New Hampshire University, Laurie has strong ties to the Berkshires having had both parents born and raised in the county.

. Laurie Nivison, Laurie Nivison is the Director of Marketing at Historic Deerfield, a position she has held since March 2013. She previously was Communications and Membership Administrator at the Connecticut Bar Association in New Britain, Connecticut and Advertising Manager for Goodspeed Musicals in East Haddam, Connecticut. Ms. Nivison graduated from Westfield State University in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in mass communications.




. Victoria Saltzman, Victoria Saltzman, the director of communications at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, represents the Clark in a wide variety of media, public and community relations, and tourism activities. During the last three years, Saltzman has worked in Europe, Asia, and North America to promote the Clark’s international tour of its nineteenth-century French paintings collection. The tour provided an unparalleled opportunity for the Clark, especially after the July 2014 opening of it's new campus, to also share the story of the rich cultural and natural offerings found in the Berkshires to tourism and travel professionals around the globe,

A graduate of the University of Maryland’s School of Journalism, Saltzman has 35 years of professional communication experience including working for several McGraw-Hill’s construction and business publications. Prior to the Clark, she was senior manager of communications at Winterthur Museum & Gardens, located outside Wilmington, Delaware.

. Eugene Michalenko, Eugene Michalenko is the President, Adams Historical Society, in Adams, Mass. In his capacity he has jurisdiction over The Quaker Meeting House, the Susan B.Anthony Birthplace Museum and the Roman Catholic Church of St. Stanislaus Kostka, a restored cathedral in the heart of the city, an extraordinary architectural site sponsored by a league of Polish immigrants at the start of the 20th century. For more details in what’s there to see in Adams please e-mail Eugene at: aspco@albany.twebe.com

. Peteer L. Tomyl, Peter L. Tomyl, Pres. of the Mohawk Trail Association since 1998 is responsible for all aspects of the association which includes the implementation and development of various programs including trade and media relations, public relations, consumer and co-operative initiatives, finance and consumer marketing in support of the MTA’s mission to increase the visitor count to the Mohawk region of Western Mass.

Peter has held senior management positions is Massachusetts and Florida in the tourism publishing industry with Miles Media, 1995-2008.

. Joseph Thompson, Joseph Thompson has been Director of MASSMoca, the Mass.Museum of Contemporary Art since 1999. The museum is international in scope with over 200,000 sq.’ of space devoted to the Arts. It rests on a 13 acre site, with 26 buildings in reserve. It was formerly a textile mill in the 19th century. Anselm Kiefer’s multi-panel exposition of political satire in the 20th century is the major presentation through February of 2015.
The site also houses a live theatre, two outdoor arenas, a motion picture facility, a number of restaurants with ample free parking and more. More than 200 work here. The museum is open 7-days, 11-5 PM and is located off Rt. 2 in N.Adams, Mass. For more info try: www.massmoca.org

. Colleen Janz, Colleen Janz is the Executive Director of the Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum, located at 67 East Rd, Adams, MA. The Museum is dedicated to raising public awareness of the wide-ranging legacy of the great social reformer, Susan B. Anthony, who was a pioneering feminist and suffragist as well as a noteworthy figure in the abolitionist, opposition to Restellism, and temperance movements of the 19th century. As part of its mission, the Museum highlights the familial and regional influences which shaped Ms. Anthony’s early life, by displaying the textiles and furnishings of that period, as well as the literature and other memorabilia associated with her later career.

Colleen is a former educator and worked as a Capacity Builder for the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York. She currently serves on the Board of the Mohawk Trail Association and is a member of the Northern Berkshire Business and Professional Women. www.susanbanthonybirthplace.org.


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