Events

Saturday, August 1, 2015 9:00 AM4:00 PM
Featuring great books and great writing, the MV Book Festival celebrates the island's rich literary heritage with nationally and local renowned authors. Over 30 acclaimed authors will speak throughout the day in a series of panel discussions. Festival continues up island in Chilmark on Sunday.
Saturday, August 1, 2015 9:30 AMSunday, August 2, 2015 5:00 PM
Old Sturbridge Village will be transformed into a military camp from the time of the American War for Independence. Come see what it was like for those who fought to win America's freedoms. Daytime events include: Mock battles and skirmishes, "School of the Soldier" training demonstrations, 18th-century Fashions in the Press featuring military and civilian clothing, Musket drilling with kids, visit the battlefield hospital, see the daily life of a Revolutionary War soldier, learn 18th-century dances, and so much more! Twilight Encampment: On Saturday, stay for special extended hours where visitors can mingle with troops in their camps from 5:00 - 8:00 PM.
  • Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
  • Sturbridge, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (800) 733-1830
  • web: www.osv.org/event/redcoats-to-rebels-2015
  • cost: Children free in August, $24 Adults, $22 Seniors (55+)
Saturday, August 1, 2015 1:00PM2:30PM
Mount Auburn, designated a National Historic Landmark, is one of the country’s most significant designed landscapes. Here the arts of horticulture, architecture and sculpture combine with the beauty of nature to create a place of comfort and inspiration. This 1.5-mile walking tour will focus on stories of history, monuments, and the lives of those buried here. This tour will be filmed by Cambridge Community Television for their piece on Mount Auburn.
Sunday, August 2, 2015 9:00 AM4:00 PM
Featuring great books and great writing, the festival celebrates the island's rich literary heritage with nationally and locally renowned authors. Over 30 acclaimed authors will speak throughout the day in tents on the grounds of the Chilmark Community Center. Authors will sign their books. Book sales by Bunch of Grapes Bookstore.
Thursday, August 6, 2015 7:00 PM
David Martin, Distinguished Professor of International Law at the University of Virginia, will examine current political and ethical controversies relating to immigration. Alex Morse will reflect on his experience as Mayor of Holyoke, a city with a significant immigrant population. Marise Lyra, (Brazil/Amherst), teacher of English language learners at the Center for New Americans in Northampton, will share her immigration story.
  • Charlemont Federated Church, 175 Main Street
  • Charlemont, Franklin County, MA (CT Valley)
  • contact: (413) 339-4294
  • cost: Free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Thursday, August 6, 2015 6:00 PM7:30 PM
On the heels of numerous acts of violence and terrorism, there was an unprovoked attack by state troopers on peaceful marchers crossing the bridge in Selma. President Johnson and the Congress were moved to act and overcame Southern legislators' resistance to effective voting rights legislation and 50 years ago on this day -- August 6, 1965 -- the Voting Rights Act became law of the land. Challenges to this and other landmark decisions continue to be met by resistance leaving many to question the power of the vote to ensure justice and equal rights. The MAAH and the Portraits of Purpose Initiative invite you to add your voice to this important conversation with leaders of several community-based organizations.
Saturday, August 15, 2015 9:30 AMSunday, August 16, 2015 5:00 PM
Each year, Old Sturbridge Village explores a different aspect of 19th-century textiles. This year will focus on everyday elegance of ladies and gentlemen. If you are interested in 1830s fashion and period dress this special weekend is for you!
  • Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road`
  • Sturbridge, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (800) 733-1830
  • web: www.osv.org/event/textile-weekend-2015
  • cost: Children free in August, $24 Adults, $22 Seniors (55+)
Saturday, August 15, 2015 2:00 PM
Historic Northampton invites you to a panel discussion on the local history of Pro Brush. This public discussion is the launch of the oral history project "Remembering Pro Brush" with panelists Dorrie Blakney, Tom Gagnon & Terry Minnick.
Monday, August 17, 2015 7:00 PM9:00 PM
In collaboration with numerous community partners, the Mahaiwe will present South County Stories, a local history plays project. Dozens of community members have participated in story circles in recent months, sharing memories and experiences of families who have lived and worked in the Southern Berkshires for many generations. Teaching artists Joshua Briggs, Barby Cardillo, Glendon Chamberlin, Jim Frangione, Rebecca Honig, and Kristen van Ginhoven facilitated the workshops and are collaborating with community members to create short plays that focus on teachers, students, and farmers from throughout the area, as well as residents of Housatonic in particular. Bard College at Simon's Rock Dean of Academic Affairs Anne O'Dwyer will moderate a post-show discussion to extend the reflections and community conversation.
  • Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street
  • Great Barrington, Berkshire County, MA (Berkshire)
  • contact: (413) 528-0100
  • web: www.mahaiwe.org
  • email: info@mahaiwe.org
  • cost: Free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, September 5, 2015 9:00 AMMonday, September 7, 2015 5:00 PM
Bring the whole family and celebrate Labor Day Weekend with games and excitement for everyone! You're invited to join the fun on these days! You will be able to: play baseball the way early New Englanders did, make a craft, join a game of French and English (Tug of War), meet the oxen in training, try your hand at marbling paper, watch 19th-century magic with Bob Olson, learn a dance with the Old Sturbridge Village Dancers, see a puppet show, watch a toy fire-balloon flight, and so much more!
  • Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
  • Sturbridge, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (800) 733-1830
  • web: www.osv.org/event/family-fun-days-2015
  • cost: $24 Adults, $22 Seniors (55+), $10 Youths (3-17), Children 2 & Under FREE, Woo card discounts available
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 9:30 AM5:00 PM
Our Home School Days offer you and your children the opportunity to explore the Village and participate in hands-on activities. This is a great opportunity for children to gain exposure to many aspects of 1830s New England life in an interactive way. We recommend that you allow for up to three hours to visit the Village, in addition to any scheduled hands-on studios. If time permits, consider making a quick craft in the Hands-on Crafts Center; $5-10 per activity (first come, first served); some age and safety restrictions apply.
Saturday, September 19, 2015 9:30 AMSunday, September 20, 2015 5:00 PM
Craft brewers from throughout New England will serve mouth-watering beers in a spectacular beer garden, while exquisite glass artisans, woodcrafters and other tradespeople will demonstrate their work and sell their wares. See 19th century distilling practices along with hard cider sampling, and feast on delicious grilled meats and other treats.
Saturday, September 19, 2015 10:00 AM4:00 PM
A day-long multi-faceted public history event for all ages including living history demonstrations, vendors, history app center, exhibits, antiques, music and food.
  • Mohawk Trail Regional School, 26 Ashfield Road
  • Shelburne Falls, Franklin County, MA (CT Valley)
  • contact: (413) 625-2555
  • web: marylyonfoundation.org/upcoming/
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, September 19, 2015 8:30 AM3:30 PM
A day long public history conference featuring a keynote speaker and workshops focused on continuity and change in the Connecticut River vally and hilltowns.
Sunday, September 20, 2015 2:00 PM4:30 PM
Each of these social and civil rights activists is connected through the life of Frederick Douglass. Come meet them: Amilcar Cabral of Cape Verde, Susan B. Anthony of the United States, Toussaint Louverture of Haiti, and Daniel O'Connell of Ireland. Discover how Americans and Brocktonians are connected through them today. How did their struggles change the world? Who today continues their work in our country, and in our city? Be a part of this inspiring audience-led discussion. Panelists include Professor Lee Farrow, Stonehill College; Charlot Lucien, Haitian Artists Assembly; Dr. Joao Rosa, Bridgewater State University; and Willie A. Wilson, Jr., Brockton Historical Society. A post discussion reception with light refreshments will follow.
Saturday, October 10, 2015 10:00 AMMonday, October 12, 2015 5:00 PM
A festival of indigenous art, music, & cultures from around the world featuring Indigenous artists, performers, and handmade products benefiting the livelihoods of artists, projects in their communities, and fair trade. Shop unique folk art, jewelry, clothing, crafts, decor, tribal rugs, & much more. Meet the artists, learn about their art and cultures. Enjoy FREE music performances, presentations, Native American storytelling, educational displays, craft-making demonstrations, & ethnic cuisine.
Sunday, November 1, 2015 3:30 PM5:30 PM
A panel discussion between scholars, writers, and public intellectuals who have interesting, thoughtful and constructive things to say about how to understand and improve race relations in the United States.
  • Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point, 210 Morrissey Boulevard
  • Boston, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • web: masshumanities.org/programs/symposium/
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, November 7, 2015 9:30 AMSunday, November 8, 2015 4:00 PM
Spend some time at OSV learning a historical craft. These adult workshops vary from blacksmithing to textiles, coopering, foodways, and more. Come and try your hand at a craft and take home your finished masterpiece! Unless otherwise specified, workshops will be held in the Museum Education building.

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
Thursday, January 1, 2015 Thursday, December 31, 2015
The Museum's new Black Books exhibition and complementary programming examine historical and cultural implications of learning to read and write, as well as publishing the works of free and formerly enslaved African American voices. Free black communities from Boston and beyond began sharing books, newspapers, periodicals, poems, and other writings to advance campaigns for freedom from the Colonial period through the 19th century and for personal expression and enjoyment. These pioneering wordsmiths continue to inspire gifted writers to use their published works as agents for social change. To celebrate their passion for free speech and draw parallels across the ages, Black Books places 18th and 19th century African American authors from the Museum’s collection of rare books in dialogue with more contemporary works. The exhibit and programs feature a wide array of selected genres, including poetry, fiction, autobiography, medicine, military experience, sociology, and music. Lead partners: National Park Service, Boston African American National Historic Site and Suffolk University’s Mildred F. Sawyer Library, where the Museum’s book collection is housed.
  • Museum of African American History, 46 Joy Street
  • Boston, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • contact: 617-725-0022, ext. 222
  • web: maah.org
  • cost: Free
Saturday, February 28, 2015 9:30 AMTuesday, February 16, 2016 4:30 PM
A new exhibition in the lobby of the Flynt Center of Early New England Life at Historic Deerfield, highlights the new design style that developed in mid-18th century France and England, referred to today as Neoclassicism, which harkened back to the shapes and ornaments of classical Greece and Rome. It eventually took hold in the United States as the Federal style, and can be seen in everything from architecture to furniture, emphasizing clean, geometric lines and more delicate Neoclassical detailing. Characteristic motifs of the Neoclassical style are frequent use of swags, festoons, ribbons, beading, vases, and urns. Neoclassical forms and decoration will be seen in objects in the exhibition that range from ceramics and card tables to needlework pictures and prints.
Saturday, May 2, 2015 Saturday, September 12, 2015
This exceptional, compelling selection of 48 icons and extraordinary artifacts from the British Museum traces the stylistic development of sacred art from ancient Byzantium, center of Christian civilization, to the introduction of Christianity to Russia. The exhibition of rare icons will also include Byzantine cast metal objects, ivories and engraved gems. This is the first time the renowned British Museum in London has lent Saint John the Baptist (Constantinople c. 1300) and the famous Saint George and the Dragon (Pskov, late 14th century) to a museum in the U.S.A. These extraordinarily rare icons—two of the oldest and finest icons in existence—alone are worth a visit to the exhibit. In addition to the icons and artifacts from the British Museum, the exhibition will be augmented with related icons from the collection of the Museum of Russian Icons.
Thursday, August 6, 2015 Tuesday, December 1, 2015
An exhibit built around immigration documents including letters, passports, photographs and visas recently uncovered inside Lowell City Hall and donated to UMass Lowell. These materials combined with other historical and contemporary collections of photographs, maps, city records and cultural and religious artifacts tell the stories of Portuguese laborers who arrived in Massachusetts over 100 years ago and their families, revealing the challenges they faced and the choices they made in the mill city. The exhibit will kick off with a free, public reception on Thursday, Aug. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum, 115 John St., Lowell and will be on view through Tuesday, Dec. 1. See website for hours of admission.

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