Events

Sunday, September 8, 2019 1:30 PMSunday, September 8, 2109 3:00 PM
Join Partnership of Historic Bostons as we follow in the footsteps of early Bostonians by taking our fabulous Founders Trail tour. Strolling through the area of Boston's original settlement, you'll learn about the city's first English settlers, from governor John Winthrop to the charismatic and controversial Anne Hutchinson. Who were the Puritans, and how did they differ from Pilgrims? Why did they leave their homes in England? What did they find when they got here, and why was Boston, then known to the local tribe as the Shawmut Peninsula, chosen as the heart of the new Massachusetts Bay Colony? With our experienced and knowledgeable tour guides, you'll visit the Founders Memorial, the sites of the Great Spring, the first Puritan Meeting House, and more.
  • Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon Street
  • Boston, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • web: bit.ly/30vZfmf
  • cost: Free
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 7:00 PM8:30 PM
David Blight, author of "Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom" will keynote. This event celebrates the arrival of Frederick Douglass to New Bedford, his first free home in 1838.
Thursday, September 19, 2019 5:00 PM
Mount Auburn Cemetery was founded in 1831, during the post-Colonial era that would help define America's identity. This series of 5 short plays, staged at sites across the landscape, will bring to life the drama, philosophies, and struggles shared by Mount Auburn founders Jacob Bigelow, by sculptors Edmonia Lewis and Martin Milmore, and by strong women like Harriot Kezia Hunt and Charlotte Cushman who sought new opportunities beyond the social norms of the time. This journey through the American experience concludes with an immigrant story, featuring some of Mount Auburn's Armenian residents. Experience the personalities and drama that lie at the heart of America's first large-scale designed landscape open to the public.
Thursday, September 19, 2019 7:00 PM8:00 PM
Between the late 18th and early 19th centuries, hundreds of ships were built in Duxbury, Massachusetts. The resulting economic boom resonated throughout the community and contributed to a rise in both employment and population. Duxbury became the home to many shipbuilding and maritime families, including dozens of master mariners and their wives. For all the history that has been examined and celebrated, however, very little has been said of the women, other than to mention the obvious-- that they were the mothers, wives and sisters of the male shipbuilders and sailors. This project puts them not only into the narrative, but directly on to the ships. Duxbury Rural and Historical Society Archivist & Historian, Carolyn Ravenscroft, embarked on a journey to find the names of other women who made voyages and to discover their stories. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm.
Thursday, September 19, 2019 7:00 PM8:00 PM
Native Gardner Bruce Humphrey, who worked as an Economist for the US Government, for the Edison Electric Institute, for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and consulted corporations and government agencies, will give a presentation about The Greenwood Memorial Bathhouse and Pool 1915-1940. In 1914, Gardner was a vigorous manufacturing town. As Gardner grew and prospered, the physical and social infrastructure needs of the town had the attention of civic leaders. On April 14, 1914, Levi Greenwood offered to build a bath house and swimming pool for the town. After some debate, the residents accepted. Yet, there were challenges. Contagious diseases were common and swimming pool sanitation was not well understood. And experts felt that the bath house and pool envisioned by Greenwood was not economically feasible. Yet, we know that the Greenwood Memorial was built and that it enriched the life of the community. This is more than a story of a building. It is a story about community values. Reception 6:30 pm. Program 7-8 pm. Reservation required.
Thursday, September 19, 2019 6:00 PM8:00 PM
Please join the Sharon Historical Society and the Sharon Public Library as we present information about Sharon's early historians and their collections. On view will be the recently conserved Eugene Tappan papers and handwritten maps of Sharon. Also on view will be the William Mann diaries, dissertation by Amy Rafter Pratt and writings by Solomon Talbot and other Sharon historians. We will also present our digital historical collections and collections and publications from the Sharon Historical Society.
  • Sharon Public Library Community Room, 11 North Main Street
  • Sharon, Norfolk County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: 781-784-1578 x1425
  • email: Lamend@ocln.org
  • cost: Free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Friday, September 20, 2019 7:00 PM8:30 PM
Professor Julio Cap? is a transnational historian whose research and teaching interests include modern U.S. history, especially the United States's relationship to the Caribbean and Latin America. He addresses how gender and sexuality have historically intersected and coalesced with constructions of ethnicity, race, class, nation, age, and ability. This program includes 30 minutes for Q&A/community conversations.
  • Worcester Historical Museum, 30 Elm Street
  • Worcester, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: 508-753-8278
  • web: www.worcesterhistory.org
  • email: info@worcesterhistory.net
  • cost: Free with Museum admission ($5/adult; free for youth 18 years and under)
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, September 21, 2019 5:00 PM
Mount Auburn Cemetery was founded in 1831, during the post-Colonial era that would help define America's identity. This series of 5 short plays, staged at sites across the landscape, will bring to life the drama, philosophies, and struggles shared by Mount Auburn founders Jacob Bigelow, by sculptors Edmonia Lewis and Martin Milmore, and by strong women like Harriot Kezia Hunt and Charlotte Cushman who sought new opportunities beyond the social norms of the time. This journey through the American experience concludes with an immigrant story, featuring some of Mount Auburn's Armenian residents. Experience the personalities and drama that lie at the heart of America's first large-scale designed landscape open to the public.
Saturday, September 21, 2019 1:00 PM
Mount Auburn Cemetery was founded in 1831, during the post-Colonial era that would help define America's identity. This series of 5 short plays, staged at sites across the landscape, will bring to life the drama, philosophies, and struggles shared by Mount Auburn founders Jacob Bigelow, by sculptors Edmonia Lewis and Martin Milmore, and by strong women like Harriot Kezia Hunt and Charlotte Cushman who sought new opportunities beyond the social norms of the time. This journey through the American experience concludes with an immigrant story, featuring some of Mount Auburn's Armenian residents. Experience the personalities and drama that lie at the heart of America's first large-scale designed landscape open to the public.
Saturday, September 21, 2019 12:00 PM4:00 PM
Referred to as a "neighborhood hidden gem" by the Beacon Hill Times, don't miss this opportunity to tour this beautiful Federal period mansion across from the Boston Common and experience what life was like for an affluent Beacon Hill family in the 1800's. Voted as one of the top 8 examples of Federal architecture by Boston Curbed, and one of the Seven Boston house museums to visit by Boston Magazine, Prescott House was built in 1808 for the Boston merchant, James Smith Colburn. The land was owned by John Singleton Copley, America's most accomplished colonial portrait painter. Tours every hour on Saturdays: September 7, 14, 21, 28. Free admission on 9/21, Smithsonian Museum Day.
Monday, September 23, 2019 6:00 PM8:00 PM
In partnership with Central Square Theater, we invite artists David Fichter, Eryn Johnson, and Vincent Siders to discuss how the arts can serve as a catalyst for -- or reaction to -- change. We ask, how is their work informed by a history of social justice in the arts? Does this build on a legacy of such work in Cambridge? Dr. Marty Blatt will moderate the conversation. This event is part of Central Square Theater's Central Conversations series and the final History Cafe of 2019.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 1:00 PM
Mount Auburn Cemetery was founded in 1831, during the post-Colonial era that would help define America's identity. This series of 5 short plays, staged at sites across the landscape, will bring to life the drama, philosophies, and struggles shared by Mount Auburn founders Jacob Bigelow, by sculptors Edmonia Lewis and Martin Milmore, and by strong women like Harriot Kezia Hunt and Charlotte Cushman who sought new opportunities beyond the social norms of the time. This journey through the American experience concludes with an immigrant story, featuring some of Mount Auburn's Armenian residents. Experience the personalities and drama that lie at the heart of America's first large-scale designed landscape open to the public.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 5:00 PM
Mount Auburn Cemetery was founded in 1831, during the post-Colonial era that would help define America's identity. This series of 5 short plays, staged at sites across the landscape, will bring to life the drama, philosophies, and struggles shared by Mount Auburn founders Jacob Bigelow, by sculptors Edmonia Lewis and Martin Milmore, and by strong women like Harriot Kezia Hunt and Charlotte Cushman who sought new opportunities beyond the social norms of the time. This journey through the American experience concludes with an immigrant story, featuring some of Mount Auburn's Armenian residents. Experience the personalities and drama that lie at the heart of America's first large-scale designed landscape open to the public.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 6:00 PM7:30 PM
Mark Peterson will examine the financial network that supported the New England colonies. Upon arriving in North America, the Puritans created a new financial system to help manage life in the New World, and also to help them interact with the Old. The development of a viable money supply was necessary to support overseas trade and keep New England's colonists connected to the transatlantic network of English dissenting religion. How did they build an economy from the ground up? Mark Peterson, PhD is the Edmund S. Morgan Professor of History at Yale University. In two previous books and his other writings, Professor Peterson has examined the relationship between the growth of Puritan religious culture and the expansion of economic and political power in Boston and the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 10:00 AM11:30 AM
An exploration of the Puritans' challenging first years in North America. The walking tour "Survival: Boston 1630 to 1635" explores the story of the first, dangerous years, when nearly half the original Puritans either died or fled back to England and how, by 1635, they combined their collective skills and religious beliefs to build Boston and create New England against daunting odds. We are an all-volunteer organization whose sole mission is providing the public with accurate history of 17th-century Puritan Boston. Donations are gratefully accepted. You can become a Member of the Partnership with a donation of $35 or more. We'll meet on the front steps of the State House.
Thursday, September 26, 2019 6:00 PM7:00 PM
The venerable New England Historic Genealogical Society located in Boston's Back Bay hosts their second in-depth book discussion as part of their "American Inspiration" author series highlighting inspiring Americans in our nation's cultural, political and social history. This time biographer Brian Jay Jones discusses his newest book on creative genius, Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. A Q&A session and book signing will follow and future events this fall will include other well-known authors.
Thursday, September 26, 2019 1:00 PM4:00 PM
Martin House Farm will be hosting Spencer from Warren Cider Works to explain how cider is fermented and demonstrate the making of apple juice using a 19th-century small farm mill. Juice and apple tasting will be offered! Learn about the apple culture: varietal selection, flavor profile with tastings, propagation, growing conditions, crop protection, etc. Several apple pressing will take place in the afternoon. Before you leave, take a free pumpkin from our farmers and celebrate fall! Martin House Farm is a rare example of an early 19th-century farm which still retains the character of its original setting. It is on the National Register of Historic Places, an official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation.
  • 22 Stoney Hill Road at Route 6
  • Swansea, Bristol County, MA (Southeast)
  • web: nscdama.org/martin-house-farm/
  • cost: $5 for adults, children under 12 and active military and families free
Friday, September 27, 2019 1:00 PM2:30 PM
Captain Myles Standish was one of about 102 passengers who crossed the Atlantic aboard the Mayflower nearly 400 years ago. Made famous by Longfellow's The Courtship of Myles Standish, thousands of his descendants can be found around the world. Join genealogist and author Gary Boyd Roberts to learn about the English ancestry and notable descendants of Myles Standish and view papers donated to NEHGS by descendant Wesley Weyman Standish. In partnership with the Society of Myles Standish Descendants and presented by Gary Boyd Roberts and Tim Salls.
Saturday, September 28, 2019 2:30 PM4:30 PM
Please join us for a discussion on "The Unfinished Agenda of Frederick Douglass in the 21st Century: Which way is the Arc of Justice bending today?" Using storytelling and critical inquiry facilitator Fran Smith will engage the audience in a dialogue about racial justice today. She will use excerpts from "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass an American Slave", "The Origin of Others" by Toni Morrison and excerpts from her short stories entitled "Stories I Want to Tell my Daughter". The storytelling will present an overview of the nation'ss history of white supremacy and efforts to build racial justice. Through guided dialogue she will help participants explore Mr. Douglass' unfinished agenda in 2019. The first 50 participants will receive a free copy of Toni Morrison's book "The Others".
Saturday, September 28, 2019 1:00 PM2:00 PM
Spend the afternoon at the Museum as we hear from Norman DuPuis and Irene Watson speak on their book "Stabbed in the Back: The Life of Civil War Private James Gillispie," a biographical novel based on the life of Irish immigrant, Civil War soldier, and great-great-grandfather of Mr. DuPuis, James Gillispie of Taunton. It is a tale of his call to serve his adopted country, the unusual injury he endured, and the battles he fought when he returned home to Taunton as a veteran. Refreshments will be served at 12:30 pm with the talk to begin at 1 pm.
  • Old Colony History Museum, 66 Church Green
  • Taunton, Bristol County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: 508-822-1622
  • email: info@oldcolonyhistorymuseum.org
  • cost: This event is free and open to the public.
Saturday, September 28, 2019 2:00 PM4:30 PM
How are students raising questions and demanding action around identity and collective memory? Don't miss two documentary short films that highlight the work of students who are speaking up for change. One group of mostly Mexican-American students seeks to repatriate General Santa Anna's prosthetic leg and address the legacy of the Mexican-American war. A second group of students confronts anti-immigrant sentiment in their library catalog that becomes a flashpoint in the Capitol Hill immigration debate. Presented in connection with the exhibition America Transformed: Mapping the 19th Century at the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center. Discussion to follow.
Sunday, September 29, 2019 2:00 PM3:30 PM
Look into the past for a tour of Boston's Old West End. Once a thriving multi-cultural neighborhood representing 23 nationalities, The West End was transformed during a Government-sponsored Urban Renewal Program starting in the late 1950s and lasting through the 1960s. The project displaced over 2,500 families amounting to over 10,000 people. Concurrently, the City Hall Plaza project (through separate funding) forced the demise of Scollay Square - the commercial, entertainment and cultural center of the neighborhood. Lost were relics such as the Old Howard, The Boston Museum (think P.T. Barnum), and the Elizabeth Peabody House. In its place, just a few small plaques commemorate 300 years of lost history. Highlights include: The West End Museum, The Last Tenement Standing, The West End Settlement House, The Old West End Church, The West End Library, Bowdoin Square and Scollay Square.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 7:00 PM8:30 PM
Each year since 2014, the Human Rights Campaign has awarded Worcester a perfect score for being an LGBTQ+ inclusive city. This assessment is based largely on legal and employment protections, and Worcester should be proud of this ranking. In a community conversation moderated by Professor Stephanie Yuhl, we will explore what additional concrete initiatives Worcester civic leaders and community members might pursue to enhance the lives of LGBTQ+ residents. How might the needs, hopes, and aspirations of the city's LGBTQ+ community enhance Worcester's recently released 10-year Cultural Plan? Panelists include LGBTQ+ leaders from neighboring cities Providence and Boston, as well as Worcester City leadership. We expect lively audience engagement. This program includes 30 minutes for Q&A/community conversations.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 6:00 PM7:30 PM
David D. Hall will examine the values that shaped civil life in Puritan New England. Given a free hand to form colony and town governments, what values did the people who arrived in New England in the 1630's bring to this process? How did these values shape the making of a legal system, rules about who could vote, and especially, who could participate in civic life? David D. Hall has written widely on the religious, social, and political culture of 17th century New England.
Thursday, October 3, 2019 7:00 PM9:00 PM
Join us for a panel discussion program of recognized humanities scholars, organized around the presentation of My Name is Opukahaia, a one-person play written by Moses Goods that sets the story of Opukahaia into a narrative of Hawaiian agency. This story, historically used in New England by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions to recruit missionaries and provide funding for the mission to the Sandwich Islands, is at its core, a Hawaiian story. As the first Hawaiian Christian, today he is the subject of an intense debate about his role in Hawaii's history.
  • Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Phillips Academy, 180 Main Street
  • Andover, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: 978-749-4000
  • web: www.andover.edu
  • email: egollin@williams.edu
  • cost: Free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, October 5, 2019 10:00 AM12:00 PM
Become a part of local history! Bring us a photo taken in the Taunton area and let us scan it for our digital collection. We'll give you back the original and your image will become a part of our archive collection. Bring in your photographs, preferably loose rather than in an album, and unframed. Anything up through 11 x 17 inches is welcome. Please provide us any information you have about the photos. People, places, events, local landmarks, holiday displays--share your photographs, memories, and even help us solves some mysteries! No more than five per person, please. Visit those attics, sort those closets, and dig out those boxes of mementos to help us add to the photographic record of our local community!
Saturday, October 5, 2019 12:00 PM1:00 PM
Take a special, guided tour with our curator as he highlights the archaeological finds throughout our museum.
  • Old Colony History Museum, 66 Church Green
  • Taunton, Bristol County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: 508-822-1622
  • email: info@oldcolonyhistorymuseum.org
  • cost: free with admission
Sunday, October 6, 2019 2:00 PM3:00 PM
Join us to hear the old story from another perspective, presented by author-historian Ian Saxine and others followed by discussion on the themes for the year long commemoration in 2020. This program is part of the series "The Story of the First Encounter at Eastham: from conflict to community" and is part of Eastham's 400 Commemoration
  • Salt Pond Visitors Center, 50 Nauset Rd.
  • Eastham, Barnstable County, MA (Cape & Islands)
  • contact: (508) 255-3421
  • web: www.easthamlibrary.org/400.asp
  • cost: Free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Sunday, October 6, 2019 7:30 PM9:30 PM
Join us for a Faith in a City concert, the first event in a series of concerts, exhibits, talks and panels exploring religion in Somerville, MA. The focus of the project is how religion is meaningful to people from across the city. The concert will feature local music from a variety of religious traditions (see website for details) and photographs sampling religious life around the city.
Monday, October 7, 2019 7:00 PM8:30 PM
Join us for a panel discussion program of recognized humanities scholars, organized around the presentation of My Name is Opukahaia, a one-person play written by Moses Goods that sets the story of Opukahaia into a narrative of Hawaiian agency. This story, historically used in New England by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions to recruit missionaries and provide funding for the mission to the Sandwich Islands, is at its core, a Hawaiian story. As the first Hawaiian Christian, today he is the subject of an intense debate about his role in Hawaii's history.
  • Williams College, 880 Main Street
  • Williamstown, Berkshire County, MA (Berkshire)
  • contact: 413-597-3131
  • web: www.williams.edu
  • email: egollin@williams.edu
  • cost: Free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 7:00 PM8:30 PM
Join us for a panel discussion program of recognized humanities scholars, organized around the presentation of My Name is Opukahaia, a one-person play written by Moses Goods that sets the story of Opukahaia into a narrative of Hawaiian agency. This story, historically used in New England by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions to recruit missionaries and provide funding for the mission to the Sandwich Islands, is at its core, a Hawaiian story. As the first Hawaiian Christian, today he is the subject of an intense debate about his role in Hawaii's history.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 3:00 PM5:00 PM
Join us for a panel discussion program of recognized humanities scholars, organized around the presentation of "My Name is Opukahaia," a one-person play written by Moses Goods that sets the story of Opukahaia into a narrative of Hawaiian agency. This story, historically used in New England by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions to recruit missionaries and provide funding for the mission to the Sandwich Islands, is at its core, a Hawaiian story. As the first Hawaiian Christian, today he is the subject of an intense debate about his role in Hawaii's history.
Thursday, October 10, 2019 6:00 PM7:30 PM
In the 17th-century, reconciling civil order and religious zeal was a daunting task. Quaker interventions, transatlantic pressures and official responses shaped the politics of toleration in Massachusetts Bay. Though frameworks for broad-based religious liberty were beginning to circulate, few people in this era were willing to subordinate their religious beliefs to ideas of human rationality. Religious tolerance in the Puritan world was shaped by official response, transatlantic pressures, and Quaker interventions. How did these religious dissenters build a strong and lasting civil order? Adrian Chastain Weimer PhD, associate professor of history at Providence College, discusses the effect of the Quakers on Puritan civil order.
Saturday, October 12, 2019 2:00 PM4:30 PM
Join us for a screening of the new feature documentary, "Orchestrating Change" that tells the inspiring story of the only orchestra in the world created by and for people living with mental illness and those who support them. Based in Boston, this extraordinary orchestra is changing the lives of these musicians in ways they never imagined.
Sunday, October 13, 2019 2:00 PM3:00 PM
As part of "The Story of the First Encounter: From Conflict to Community" series (part of the Eastham 400), join us for a tour and presentation on the two existing stone tablets at First Encounter Beach followed by a facilitated workshop on developing the text for a new tablet. Audiences will be asked to read the project narrative before the presentation.
  • Eastham Public Library, 190 Samoset Rd
  • Eastham, Barnstable County, MA (Cape & Islands)
  • contact: (508) 240-5950
  • web: www.easthamlibrary.org/400.asp
  • cost: Free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Sunday, October 13, 2019 3:00 PM5:30 PM
Join us for a rehearsed reading of the play, VERITAS. In 1660 Harvard College's governors insisted "Indian" youths be trained as Christian missionaries to their own people. The play explores the true story of the toll thistook on the four students chosen to be part of this project.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 6:00 PM8:15 PM
Join us for a screening of the new feature documentary, "Orchestrating Change" that tells the inspiring story of the only orchestra in the world created by and for people living with mental illness and those who support them. Based in Boston, this extraordinary orchestra is changing the lives of these musicians in ways they never imagined.
Thursday, October 17, 2019 7:00 PM8:00 PM
Attend a lecture by Christian DiSpigna on his book "Founding Martyr: The Life and Death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution's Lost Hero." Little has been known of one of the most important figures in early American history, Dr. Joseph Warren. Warren was involved in almost every major rebellious act in the Boston area for a decade and his provocative writings included the famous Suffolk Resolves, which helped unite the colonies against Britain and inspired the Declaration of Independence. Yet after his death, his life and legend faded, leaving his contemporaries to rise to fame in his place and obscuring his essential role in bringing America to independence. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm with the talk to begin at 7 pm.
  • Old Colony History Museum, 66 Church Green
  • Taunton, Bristol County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: 508-822-1622
  • email: info@oldcolonyhistorymuseum.org
  • cost: free and open to the public
Thursday, October 17, 2019 4:00 PM6:15 PM
Join us for a screening of the new feature documentary, "Orchestrating Change" that tells the inspiring story of the only orchestra in the world created by and for people living with mental illness and those who support them. Based in Boston, this extraordinary orchestra is reducing stigma one concert at a time and changing the lives of these musicians in ways they never imagined.
Friday, October 18, 2019 Saturday, October 19, 2019
Liberty and Union Weekend is an annual celebration of the unique role that the City of Taunton played in our nation's founding. The Weekend is held each fall to commemorate the events of October 1774, when Taunton became the first community in the American colonies to raise a flag - the "Liberty and Union" flag - in opposition to British rule. Liberty and Union Weekend 2019 will feature a tavern tour on Friday, October 18 and a festival on Saturday, October 19, with activities for residents and visitors of all ages. Programs will include 18th century re-enactors and artisans, farming and livestock displays, a ceremonial flag-raising and free pumpkin decorating for children. There will be food, fun, and lots to see and do. You won't want to miss it!
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 6:00 PM7:30 PM
Come learn about how Puritans have been represented in print and illustration from the 1630's to the 1930's with Peter Drummey of MHS. From the 1630s to the 1930s, the Puritans were stigmatized and chastised in literature as dour, joyless and oppressing. H.L. Menckin's epigram, "Puritanism is the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy," summarizes much of the first 300 years of Puritan historiography. But against the background of the Great War, Depression and Prohibition, the heavens began to open and Puritan society was examined in a new light. In 1930, historian S.E. Morison wrote "My attitude toward seventeenth-century puritanism has passed through scorn and boredom to a warm interest and respect." How did the literary portrayal of the Puritans change, and how does that change help us understand our national history? Peter Drummey is the Stephen T. Riley Librarian of the Massachusetts Historical Society. He was appointed MHS Librarian in 2004, having joined MHS in 1978. Mr. Drummey serves on the board of Plymouth 400 and is a member of the American Antiquarian Society.
Saturday, October 26, 2019 2:00 PM3:00PM
In his book "In Death Remember'd: Gravestone Carvers of the Taunton River Basin," Vincent Luti focuses on an aspect of our history that has been largely overlooked; the 18th century Taunton River Basin School of Gravestone Carvers. This rich heritage of early American folk artifacts is a precious resource for scholars of all stripes, and something to be enjoyed by an appreciative public as well. The native work of this overlooked area now has its deserved place in the story of American folk art culture as evidenced in its early gravestones and their carvers. Mr. Luti is one of the most knowledgeable people in the world regarding the history of tombstone carvers in New England. Refreshments will be served at 1:30 pm with the talk to begin at 2 pm.
  • Old Colony History Museum, 66 Church Green
  • Taunton, Bristol County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: 508-822-1622
  • email: info@oldcolonyhistorymuseum.org
  • cost: free and open to the public
Saturday, October 26, 2019 4:30PM8:00 PM
Witches, ghosts, and goblins-- think it's all just a bunch of Hocus Pocus? Find out at our Haunted History After Hours. We'll have food and fun inspired by the classic Halloween movie! You can show off your skills in our pumpkin carving competition, sip on some witches brew, and learn about the darker history of our city on our special walking tour. You'll have such a great time you'll think we put a spell on you! Consider becoming a member for reduced admission to this event (and so much more!) Walking tour 4:30 pm, Party 5:30-8:00. Tickets include admission to the Haunted History Downtown Walking Tour and party at the Museum, a slot in our Upside Down Escapes Competition, and a free drink!
Saturday, October 26, 2019 11:00 AM12:00 PM
Join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society and author Heli Meltsner, who will talk about her new book "The Arts & Crafts Houses of Massachusetts: A Style Rediscovered." At the opening of the 20th century, Massachusetts architects struggled to create an authentic new look that would reflect their clients' increasingly informal way of life. Inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement in England, the result was a charming style that proved especially appropriate for the rapidly expanding suburbs and vacation houses in the state--charming but overlooked, principally because the style is somewhat difficult to describe. Meticulously researched and with abundant color photos, the book is the only work focusing on the state's Arts and Crafts domestic architecture and the only one to include an illustrated field guide. It is also the first book to explore the use of this cutting-edge style in designing buildings for estate servants, transit workers, and renters--groups that historically lacked access to professionally designed homes. Several of the houses featured in the book are in the Woodbourne section of Jamaica Plain! Heli Meltsner is a long-time historic preservation consultant, author and editor. She is curator of the Cambridge Historical Society and serves on Cambridge's Avon Hill neighborhood conservation district commission.
  • Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St
  • Jamaica Plain, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • contact: 617-522-1960
  • web: www.jphs.org
  • email: connolly@bpl.org
  • cost: Free, light refreshments served
Sunday, October 27, 2019 3:00 PM4:30 PM
Two of the nation's leading scholars join together for their first onstage conversation. Danielle Allen and Jill Lepore will explore the role of historians in society, and the importance of history in a democracy. How can the study of the past inform a nation grappling with issues of identity, citizenship, and misinformation? In an era of contentious debates about historical events and figures, what forces influence public memory?
  • Edward M. Kennedy Institute, Columbia Point
  • Boston, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • contact: (413) 584-8440
  • web: masshumanities.org/programs/forum/
  • cost: Free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Sunday, October 27, 2019 5:00 PM
Join Mass Humanities in conferring the Governor's Award upon four exemplary honorees whose public actions have been grounded in an appreciation of the humanities and have enhanced civic life in the Commonwealth. The honorees: Danielle Allen, Lee Blake, Nancy Donahue, and Jeffrey Mussman. Reception begins at 5:00 PM, followed by dinner and The Governor's Awards in the Humanities.
Saturday, November 2, 2019 10:00 AM12:00 PM
Become a part of local history! Bring us a photo taken in the Taunton area and let us scan it for our digital collection. We'll give you back the original and your image will become a part of our archive collection. Bring in your photographs, preferably loose rather than in an album, and unframed. Anything up through 11 x 17 inches is welcome. Please provide us any information you have about the photos. People, places, events, local landmarks, holiday displays??"share your photographs, memories, and even help us solves some mysteries! No more than five per person, please. Visit those attics, sort those closets, and dig out those boxes of mementos to help us add to the photographic record of our local community!
Saturday, November 9, 2019 11:00 AM12:00 PM
Join us for a friendly discussion with a group of people who love to read and discuss good books. Scheduled to meet monthly on the second Saturday, newcomers are always welcome to join the group. For November, we'll be reading "American Jezebel: The Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchinson, the Woman Who Defied the Puritans" by Eve LaPlante. The story of Anne Hutchinson in "American Jezebel," told by her direct descendent LaPlante, may be set in the 17th century but it illuminates the origins of our modern concepts of religious freedom, equal rights, and free speech, and showcases an extraordinary woman whose achievements are astonishing by the standards of any era.
Saturday, November 9, 2019 12:00 PM1:00 PM
This extra special walking tour will focus on the history of the war memorials of downtown Taunton from those with a unique perspective on the subject, our honored veterans.
Saturday, November 9, 2019 1:30 PM2:30 PM
Following our Veterans Day Walking Tour, enjoy coffee and donuts in our hall while you hear from Dr. William Hanna, author of "A History of Taunton," speak about the history of Camp Myles Standish.
Saturday, November 9, 2019 1:30 PM2:30 PM
Following our Veterans Day Walking Tour, enjoy coffee and donuts in our hall while you hear from Dr. William Hanna, author of "A History of Taunton", speak about the history of Camp Myles Standish.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 5:30 PM7:45 PM
Join us for a screening of the new feature documentary, "Orchestrating Change" that tells the inspiring story of the only orchestra in the world created by and for people living with mental illness and those who support them. Based in Boston, this extraordinary orchestra is reducing stigma one concert at a time and changing the lives of these musicians in ways they never imagined.
Thursday, November 14, 2019 5:30 PM7:45 PM
Join us for a screening of the new feature documentary, "Orchestrating Change" that tells the inspiring story of the only orchestra in the world created by and for people living with mental illness and those who support them. Based in Boston, this extraordinary orchestra is reducing stigma one concert at a time and changing the lives of these musicians in ways they never imagined.
Thursday, November 21, 2019 7:00 PM8:00 PM
In November 1637, Anne Hutchinson stood before forty male judges of the Massachusetts General Court. The 46-year-old midwife and Puritan leader, pregnant with her sixteenth child, parried their every charge of heresy and sedition. In a period when a woman could not vote, hold public office, or teach outside the home, Hutchinson showed remarkable political power, prompting Governor John Winthrop to deride her as "this American Jezebel." Hear from her descendant, Eve LaPlante, as she presents on her definitive biography that captures Hutchinson's life in all its complexity, presenting a riveting portrait of early America. Moving from Hutchinson's dramatic courtroom battles to her banishment in Rhode Island, where she became the only woman ever to found an American colony, LaPlante will shed light on the origins of our modern concepts of religious freedom, equal rights, and free speech. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm with a book signing at 6:45 pm (note: cash or check only) followed by the lecture beginning at 7 pm.
Saturday, November 23, 2019 11:30 AM1:30 PM
Join us for a powerful panel and video screening exploring the legacy of Mass Rock Against Racism (RAR). RAR was designed to address some of the racial divides that had been inflamed during the Boston School Desegregation offering teens a safe and nourishing place to both think critically about issues of race and class, and explore their creativity through music, dance, video production, and cross-cultural learning and sharing.
Saturday, December 7, 2019 10:00 AM12:00 PM
Become a part of local history! Bring us a photo taken in the Taunton area and let us scan it for our digital collection. We'll give you back the original and your image will become a part of our archive collection. Bring in your photographs, preferably loose rather than in an album, and unframed. Anything up through 11 x 17 inches is welcome. Please provide us any information you have about the photos. People, places, events, local landmarks, holiday displays??"share your photographs, memories, and even help us solves some mysteries! No more than five per person, please. Visit those attics, sort those closets, and dig out those boxes of mementos to help us add to the photographic record of our local community!
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 7:00 PM8:30 PM
Tom Begley, Executive Liaison for Administration, Research, and Special Projects, will discuss the Museum's archaeological roots.
  • Plimoth Plantation, Visitor Center, 137 Warren Ave.
  • Plymouth, Plymouth County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: 508-746-1622
  • web: www.plimoth.org
  • email: srose@plimoth.org
  • cost: Free
  • funded by Mass Humanities

Exhibits

Sunday, April 9, 2017 Sunday, December 8, 2019
Networks. Posting. Sharing. Memes. These may sound like buzzwords describing 21st century social media, but all had their equivalents in the 18th century, some with the same names. In a time of candlelight and horse drawn carriages, there were many sophisticated communications networks in place. Lexington Historical Society's new exhibit #Alarmed! 18th Century Social Media explores how news went viral 250 years ago, and lets visitors imagine how colonials might have made use of our modern media tools to kick start a revolution. Located on the second floor of the tavern, the exhibit contains nearly a dozen interactive activities. The exhibit team of Susan Bennett, Rick Byer, Stacey Fraser, and Lauren Kennedy hopes that visitors engage with the exhibit in both analog and digital ways. Mass Humanities sponsored a consulting scholar, J. L. Bell, who is a savvy social media user in his own right.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 Sunday, December 1, 2019
The Westford Museum has two new permanent exhibits! Explore the beginnings of Westford from the time of the Native Americans through its founding. How did Westford come to be? What was the town like in 1729? What did people do? Survey the nearly 275-year history of Westford Academy. Discover notable WA graduates and of their contribution to history. See the evolution of the WA's four buildings.
Friday, April 26, 2019 Saturday, October 12, 2019
An exhibit that brings together the scattered documentation of Worcester County's LGBTQ+ experience in addition to a collection of oral histories to tell the story of the history of the LGBTQ+ community in Worcester.
Saturday, May 4, 2019 Sunday, November 10, 2019
During the 19th century, the United States expanded dramatically westward. Immigrant settlers rapidly spread across the continent and transformed it, often through violent or deceptive means, from ancestral Native lands and borderlands teeming with diverse communities to landscapes that fueled the rise of industrialized cities. Historical maps, images and related objects tell the story of the sweeping changes made to the physical, cultural, and political landscape. Moving beyond the mythologized American frontier, this map exhibition explores the complexity of factors that shaped our country over the century.
Thursday, September 12, 2019 Sunday, March 29, 2020
"F/V Innovation" is a new exhibit at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center that explores the evolution of vessels and gear and pays tribute to individuals whose innovations propelled the commercial fishing industry into the modern era. The Center is open Thursday - Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Center is wheelchair accessible with free off-street parking.
Thursday, September 19, 2019 Sunday, March 1, 2020
A new exhibit exploring how the African meeting House fortified Boston's 19th-century African American community by providing a space for cultural expression.
  • Museum of African American History, 46 Joy Street
  • Boston, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • contact: 617-725-0022
  • web: www.maah.org
  • email: charrington@maah.org
  • cost: $10 museum admission ($8 for seniors 62+ or students, free for children 12 and under
  • funded by Mass Humanities

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