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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 6:30 PM7:30 PM
The Power of Music for Change: Nedelka Prescod's Boston Solo Debut  
Vocalist Nedelka Prescod is a rising star who presents her first Boston solo concert, The Power of Music for Change, accompanied by guitarist Ben Eunson. She will explore the songs that inspired social awareness, lifted social consciousness and became the anthem and backdrop to social change through the Civil Rights Movement and across the African Diaspora.
Museum of African American History: Boston Campus, 46 Joy St., Beacon Hill
Boston, Middlesex County, MA (Greater Boston Region)

phone: (617) 725-0022
cost: Admission fees apply
Monday, August 4, 2014 9:00 AMFriday, August 15, 2014 4:00 PM
Sanford Tavern Archaeology Field Training Program  
Enjoy searching for artifacts as an archaeologist for two weeks! Mohawk Trail Regional School and the Sons and Daughters of Hawley are offering a two-week field training program in which students will learn the basic methods of archaeology from a trained archaeologist and participate in the excavation of the ruins of the early nineteenth-century Sanford Tavern. They will discover, process, and identify artifacts at a site that has already yielded many artifacts (pipe stems and bowls, pieces of china, a coin, etc.) during two previous excavations. The artifacts will provide insight into the history of Western Massachusetts hilltowns. Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM. Generous financial aid available.
Hawley Old Town Common Historic Site, East Hawley Road at corner of Forget Road and the Grove Building, East Hawley Road at the 1848 Meetinghouse, Hawley
Hawley, Franklin County, MA (CT Valley)

phone: (413) 339-4211
cost: $300 with generous financial aid available
funded by Mass Humanities


Saturday, March 22, 2014 Friday, August 22, 2014
City of Neighborhoods: The Changing Face of Boston  
During the last decade, Boston as a whole has become younger, and more racially and ethnically diverse. However, the neighborhoods that make up Boston often tell their own unique stories of diversity and change. This exhibition tells the story of a "new" Boston by looking at the overall city and at individual neighborhoods. The 45 photos, objects, and maps, many of which are based on recent census data, show us where newer immigrant groups have settled and how the streets and features of a neighborhood reflect who lives and works there. Exhibition translations will be available in the following languages: Haitian Creole, Spanish, Chinese
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street
Boston, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)

phone: (617) 859-2387
cost: free
funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, April 5, 2014 Saturday, October 25, 2014
The Things They Left Us: A Glimpse Into Civil War Life for Hatfield Men and Boys  
What do a blood-stained Bible, a 34-star flag and a small, leatherbound diary from 1862-63 have in common? They are all part of the Civil War history of the Connecticut River Valley, and they tell stories about the men who fought and those who died. We've got canon balls, large and small; an M-1851 Springfield musket; leather cartridge cases; a Confederate and a Union canteen, and more! Come visit the Hatfield Historical Museum on Saturday mornings from 9:30 to 12:30, or Tuesday mornings by appointment.
Hatfield Historical Museum, 39 Main St., 2nd floor of library
Hatfield, Hampshire County, MA (CT Valley)

phone: (413) 247-0308
cost: Free
Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:00 AMSaturday, August 30, 2014 4:00 PM
"Anonymous Among Us: Images from a New England Potter’s Field"  
Between the beautifully manicured grounds of the Mayflower Hill and St. Joseph’s cemeteries, rise the squat, rusted markers of “potter’s field.” There the dead are numbered, not named, and the stories of how they came to rest in anonymity have been forgotten. In 2011, Raynham artist Karen Callan published a volume of hauntingly beautiful photographs taken in Potter’s Field which now make up our spring exhibition. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 - 4:00.
Old Colony Historical Society, 66 Church Green
Taunton, Bristol County, MA (Southeast)

phone: (508) 822-1622
cost: Free
Monday, April 28, 2014 9:30 AMSunday, March 15, 2015 4:30 PM
Deerfield: A Community of Craftwork in the Early 20th Century  
In the early 20th century the village of Deerfield supported a thriving Arts and Crafts community of metalsmiths, potters, furniture makers, photographers, embroiderers, and basket makers. Frequently inspired by objects from New England's past, these artisans combined older designs and techniques in new and creative ways to sell to a 20th-century audience. Several of the Deerfield artisans, who were predominantly women, achieved national recognition for their work. This exhibition will feature more than 25 objects from Historic Deerfield's collections and will include objects made by Madeline Yale Wynne, Cornelius Kelley, the Deerfield Society of Blue and White Needlework, and the Pocumtuck Basket Makers.
Historic Deerfield, The Flynt Center of Early New England Life, 80 Old Main Street
Deerfield, Franklin County, MA (CT Valley)

phone: (413) 775-7214
cost: $5-$14
Thursday, June 12, 2014 10:00 AMSaturday, January 24, 2015 4:00 PM
Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: Massachusetts Women in the First World War  
To commemorate the centennial of the outbreak of World War I, the Massachusetts Historical Society has organized an exhibition focusing on two of the hundreds of women from the Commonwealth who went to France as members of the U.S. armed forces, the Red Cross, and other war relief organizations. From the Society’s extraordinary collection of women’s remembrances, the exhibition features photographs, letters, diaries, and memorabilia related to Margaret Hall and Eleanor (Nora) Saltonstall, Red Cross volunteers in France. Both women were keen observers of the climactic months of the war and depicted what they witnessed in vivid detail. Please see website for building closings.
Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street
Boston, Middlesex County, MA (Greater Boston)

phone: (617) 536-1608
cost: Free

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