Berkshire Conference of Women Historians

The Berkshire Conference of Women Historians was founded in 1930 by Louise Fargo Brown of Vassar College and Louise Ropes Loomis of Wells College. Initially called the Lakeville History Group, after the Connecticut retreat where early meetings were held, the organization became the Berkshire Conference to reflect its new meeting place: the Red Lion Inn at Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

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The Berks organization gives out two annual prizes. One is called The Article Award and the other The Book Prize. There are roughly a hundred books submitted annually to the Book Prize and seventy-five to the Article Award.