Events

Monday, December 22, 2014 11:30 AM1:00 PM
Millions around the world celebrate Kwanzaa, a joyous celebration of family, community, and culture. It is a holiday that grew out of ancient African "first-fruit" harvest festivals, which celebrate the abundant good of life, the rich goodness of the earth, and all living things. It also rises out of our modern struggle for an inclusive freedom, a substantive justice, a dignity-affirming equality, and a life-enhancing power that people have over their destiny. Join us to discover the roots of Kwanzaa, created at the height of the Civil Rights Movement by Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor and chairman of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach. In 1966, Dr. Karenga combined aspects of several different harvest celebrations, such as those of the Ashanti and of the Zulu, to form the basis of Kwanzaa and seven principles or Nguza Saba, a set of ideals designed to enhance daily life and foster community pride. What better way to celebrate Kwanzaa than with the Paige Academy drummers, ranging in age from 5 to 10 years old, performing and participating in a celebratory ritual with music, storytelling, and a candle lighting ceremony. Come and learn how to make this holiday tradition your own and celebrate during the official days of Kwanzaa, December 26 through January 1.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 1:00 PM2:45 PM
On New Year's Day in 1863, Frederick Douglass said that he "finally knew joy!" Join the Museum of African American History and the Handel and Haydn Society at the historic African Meeting House, the nexus of the abolitionist movement, to commemorate President Abraham Lincoln's signing of the Emancipation Proclamation 152 years ago on that day as well as the forthcoming 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War in 1865. The co-hosts collaborate for their third First Night Jubilee Day Concert with music by H+H and stories by MAAH, while also celebrating the bicentennial of H+H, America's oldest continuously performing arts organization. Discover the role of Boston's black and white abolitionists that led to Lincoln's historic proclamation, and the part H+H played during Jubilee Celebrations on January 1, 1863. Let this music in celebration of freedom inspire you, including the Battle Hymn of the Republic, written by H+H member Julia Ward Howe. Feel the anticipation that was palpable awaiting the Emancipation Proclamation at a time when the nation was in the midst of the Civil War. Visit maah.org or handelandhaydn.org for more information.
Thursday, January 8, 2015 7:00 PM8:30 PM
Bruce Laurie, professor of history emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will discuss five rebellious figures who launched Northampton's mid-nineteenth century abolitionist movement. Laurie's new book uses their individual stories to trace the evolution of the antislavery movement in western Massachusetts and link it to broader developments in economics, civil life, and political affairs. Refreshments will be served, and books will be offered for sale and signing by the author. Co-sponsored by Smith College Department of American Studies, Historic Northampton, and the the David Ruggles Center for Early Florence History. Historic Northampton was a recipient of a 2012 MH SIR grant that funded research for background material for this book.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 6:30 PM8:00 PM
A reading and discussion program for families with children ages 10-13. Children and their parents or caregivers will read chapters from age-appropriate novels and convene four times. Skilled facilitators will lead provocative conversations.
  • Joshua Hyde Library, 306 Main Street
  • Sturbridge, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • email: czelazo@cwmars.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 6:30 PM8:00 PM
A reading and discussion program for families with children ages 10-13. Children and their parents or caregivers will read chapters from age-appropriate novels and convene four times. Skilled facilitators will lead provocative conversations.
  • Joshua Hyde Library, 306 Main Street
  • Sturbridge, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (508) 347-2512
  • email: czelazo@cwmars.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 6:30 PM8:00 PM
A reading and discussion program for families with children ages 10-13. Children and their parents or caregivers will read chapters from age-appropriate novels and convene four times. Skilled facilitators will lead provocative conversations.
  • Joshua Hyde Library, 306 Main Street
  • Sturbridge, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (508) 347-2512
  • email: czelazo@cwmars.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 6:30 PM8:00 PM
A reading and discussion program for families with children ages 10-13. Children and their parents or caregivers will read chapters from age-appropriate novels and convene four times. Skilled facilitators will lead provocative conversations.
  • Joshua Hyde Library, 306 Main Street
  • Sturbridge, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (508) 347-2512
  • email: czelazo@cwmars.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities

Exhibits

Thursday, February 16, 2012 11:00 AMThursday, December 31, 2015 5:00 PM
A renovated and expanded exhibition about slavery, abolition, and the Underground Railroad including hands-on interactives and audio elements. Tuesday-Friday, 11 AM to 5 PM Saturday and Sunday, 12 Noon to 5 PM Closed Mondays and major holidays
  • Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street
  • Newton, Middlesex County, MA (Metrowest Boston)
  • contact: (617) 796-1450
  • web: www.historicnewton.org/
  • cost: $6 for general admission, $5 for a discounted ticket (Newton residents, seniors, children 6-12 years, AAA members, students with ID), and free for children 5 and under and Historic Newton members
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Monday, April 28, 2014 Sunday, March 15, 2015
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.
Thursday, June 12, 2014 10:00 AMSaturday, January 24, 2015 4:00 PM
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, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • contact: 617-536-1608
  • web: www.masshist.org
  • cost: free
Friday, September 26, 2014 Friday, April 3, 2015
Taunton has 375 years of characters to draw from, and the many personalities of the city will be on display in our fall exhibition. Selected from the museum’s remarkable portrait collection, and enhanced with photographs from the archives, Faces of Taunton celebrates the men, women, and children, past and present, who have called the city home.
  • Old Colony Historical Society, 66 Church Green
  • Taunton, Bristol County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: 508-822-1622
  • web: www.oldcolonyhistoricalsociety.org
  • cost: Free with museum admission ($4)

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