Founded in 2016, The Mastheads offers a range of programs to support its mission. These include a lecture series, a writers residency, mobile writing studios, public educational programming, and the publication of anthologies filled with writings from around the region. In 2019, support from the NEH and Mass Humanities, the NEH’s state affiliate, helped the Mastheads connect local residents to the Berkshires’ literary, artistic, and urban history through a four-part public lecture series. Two programs were focused on work produced through the writers residency and two focused on the Gilded Age and late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century cultural figures who spent time in the Berkshires. This public programming serves as a catalyst for community-wide engagement with Pittsfield and Berkshire County’s shared history and cultural heritage, and helps to cultivate pride in place and community.