• Hospital workers reflect and focus on the care they provide through the power of literature thanks to our facilitated group sessions in the Literature & Medicine program.

  • Bay State citizens host group readings of an abolitionist's historic words and consider contemporary race relations with our support for the Reading Frederick Douglass program.

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Reading Douglass

He had Lincoln's ear, now lend him yours. Participate in a communal reading of Frederick Douglass' fiery speech on human rights and the meaning of the Fourth of July. Communal readings happening all over the state!

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Sights to See

Now that spring has sprung, here is an excuse to get outside. Choose from more than 25 walking tours we funded around the state and get to know your state history while soaking in the sunshine.

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Going Public

Our Community College Public Humanities Center initiative promises to transform the cultural and civic landscape of Massachusetts. Work is underway on three sites across the state.

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We Are One

Defining liberty in the 21st century with the wisdom of the crowd. Libraries are a cornerstone of our democracy, a place where ideas are promulgated and exchanged in a barrier-free environment. Through We are One: Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence, Boston Public Library’s Norman B. Leventhal Map Center engaged library-goers in conversations about modern definitions of liberty by using the liberty tree as a physical and virtual symbol of dialogue and protest.

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The trial intends to answer the question "Is American slavery legal under the American Constitution?" We will use the testimonies of American througho...  Learn More
7/1/17 7/2/17
Life and Labor Guided Tours, at 11:00, 1:00 & 2:00 both days, will explore the work and labor history at The House of the Seven Gables....  Learn More

Dr. Boylston Experiments with Smallpox Inoculation

On this day in 1721, Boston doctor Zabdiel Boylston took a gamble with his young son's life and inoculated him against smallpox. Puritan minister Cotton Mather had learned from one of his slaves that ...
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