Events

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
Thursday, March 5, 2015 1:00 PM3:00 PM
This year Mass Humanities will award $350,000 in grants. Come learn more about our grant program and meet with our staff. Light refreshments will be served.
Saturday, March 7, 2015 2:00 PM3:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Turner Free Library, 2 North Main Street
  • Randolph, Norfolk County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: (781) 961-0932
  • email: mrmalone@ocln.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, March 7, 2015 10:30 AM12:00 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Bigelow Free Public Library, 54 Walnut Street
  • Clinton, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (978) 365-4160 x223
  • email: dmarini@bigelowlibrary.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, March 7, 2015 10:00 AM11:30 AM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Marston Mills Public Library, 2160 Main Street
  • Marston Mills, Barnstable County, MA (Cape & Islands)
  • contact: (508) 428-5175 x15
  • email: shevener@clamsnet.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, March 7, 2015 2:00 PM3:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main Street
  • Andover, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (978) 623-8401
  • email: bkerrigan@mhl.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, March 7, 2015 2:00 PM
Canal historian Carl Walter returns to Historic Northampton for an encore presentation of his public lecture. Mr. Walter is a retired pathologist who has been studying the canal since 1991. He has entered his research on the canal into a computer database accessed by referencing a map of the canal. Currently the database contains several thousand pictures and documents. He has walked the line of the canal twice and has visited all the libraries and historical societies in the canal towns of Connecticut and Massachusetts. Mr. Walter will explain why the canal was built, where it was located, how it was constructed as well as its importance to the canal towns with emphasis on the line of the canal in Northampton.
Sunday, March 8, 2015 3:00 PM
Julian Vasquez Heilig, internationally recognized leader in education policy, explores the move to privatize America's public education system. Teacher Sean Brooks responds with suggestions about ways that communities can speak out against the social forces supporting privatizations and for a strong system of public schools.
  • First Parish in Cambridge, 3 Church Street
  • Cambridge, Middlesex County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • contact: (617) 495-2727
  • web: www.cambridgeforum.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Sunday, March 8, 2015 3:00 PM
Ani and her husband Marco run a failing Armenian grocery store in a transitional Boston neighborhood. On the day they put the store up for sale, unexpected events bring in immigrants from Mexico, China and the Carribean. As these customers share their stories, songs and dances, they change the way they see eachother, their community and the future of their store.
  • Everett Mill, 15 Union Street
  • Lawrence, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (978) 686-9230
  • web: www.lawrencehistory.org
  • cost: Tickets $20, Children 12 and under $11
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Thursday, March 12, 2015 6:00 PM8:00 PM
Askia M. Touré, award-winning poet, author, social activist, and African American Studies professor, is a fountain of fascinating oral history about the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), civil rights campaigns, the Black Panthers, and the evolution of 'Black Arts.' Along with Sonia Sanchez, Amiri Baraka, and other black writers, Touré helped shape the legacy of the 'Black Arts' Movement and profoundly changed how race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, politics, and art were and are understood. A lifelong interest in the history of Africa inspired Touré to use his work to restore the lost heritage of African American people. Touré is featured in a host of anthologies and authored five books.
  • 46 Joy Street
  • Boston, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • contact: 617-725-0022 x22
  • web: maah.org/events.htm
  • email: rsvp@maah.org
  • cost: General $5; Youth (13 - 17) and seniors (62+): $3; MAAH members and children 12 years and under: free
Saturday, March 14, 2015 2:00 PM3:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Turner Free Library, 2 North Main Street
  • Randolph, Norfolk County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: (781) 961-0932
  • email: mrmalone@ocln.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, March 14, 2015 10:30 AM12:00 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Bigelow Free Public Library, 54 Walnut Street
  • Clinton, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (978) 365-4160 x223
  • email: dmarini@bigelowlibrary.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, March 14, 2015 1:00 PM2:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Plymouth Public Library, 132 South Street
  • Plymouth, Plymouth County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: (508) 830-4250
  • email: pplyouth@yahoo.com
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, March 14, 2015 10:00 AM11:30 AM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Marston Mills Public Library, 2160 Main Street
  • Marston Mills, Barnstable County, MA (Cape & Islands)
  • contact: (508) 428-5175 x15
  • email: shevener@clamsnet.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, March 14, 2015 4:00 PM10:00 PM
Experience a unique micro-conference with fellow teachers of literature. Enjoy drinks, a communal dinner, and workshops on teaching poetry & literature in this inspiring and informative event with like-minded people located at the very cool Eastern Point Lit House in Gloucester.
  • Eastern Point Lit House, 261 Main Street
  • Gloucester, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • web: www.philosophy4.com
  • cost: $35.00
Saturday, March 14, 2015 2:00 PM3:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main Street
  • Andover, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (978) 623-8401
  • email: bkerrigan@mhl.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Monday, March 16, 2015 9:30 AM4:30 PM
Although literary tourism is now recognized as a subject for scholarly study and as an engine in cultural economic development, no formal association of literary places exists as a way for such sites to share ideas and discuss challenges. Join us for a day devoted to the past present, and future of New England's literary heritage. Share approaches to and strategies for interpretation, preservation and marketing; learn about current scholarship on literary sites and tourism; and explore possibilities for ongoing collaboration among New England literary sites.
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
Thursday, March 19, 2015 7:00 PM9:00 PM
More than 17,000 archaeological artifacts were recovered from the Brewster Homestead in Duxbury, Massachusetts during the fall of 2012. This site has long been associated with Pilgrim Elder William Brewster, and today is owned by the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society. With the help of archaeologist Craig Chartier, the DRHS not only identified 17th century use of the site, including a foundation, but recovered artifacts dating from Native American populations, through the 20th century. Join DRHS Executive Director Erin McGough, as she leads you on a fascinating history of this changing landscape and introduces you to its historic occupants. Artifacts recovered in the dig will be on display for viewing.
  • Old Colony Historical Society, 66 Church Green
  • Taunton, Bristol County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: 508-822-1622
  • cost: FREE
Saturday, March 21, 2015 2:00 PM3:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Turner Free Library, 2 North Main Street
  • Randolph, Norfolk County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: (781) 961-0932
  • email: mrmalone@ocln.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, March 21, 2015 1:00 PM2:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Plymouth Public Library, 132 South Street
  • Plymouth, Plymouth County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: (508) 830-4250
  • email: pplyouth@yahoo.com
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, March 21, 2015 10:30 AM12:00 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Bigelow Free Public Library, 54 Walnut Street
  • Clinton, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (978) 365-4160 x223
  • email: dmarini@bigelowlibrary.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, March 21, 2015 10:00 AM11:30 AM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Marston Mills Public Library, 2160 Main Street
  • Marston Mills, Barnstable County, MA (Cape & Islands)
  • contact: (508) 428-5175 x15
  • email: shevener@clamsnet.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, March 21, 2015 2:00 PM4:00 PM
Libby Franck will portray Kate Ware Smith – a Framingham wife, mother and social worker who became a part of the Dennison family when her son Edmund married Henry S. Dennison’s daughter Helen. Kate will provide a glimpse into this remarkable family of reformers from Henry with his progressive economic and social activities to the women who were highly educated and devoted to local and national reform agendas. Kate will recollect Helen and Edmund’s marriage on the Centre Common after fire destroyed the family home. She marvels at the medical research, healthcare, recreation and art programs run by socially conscious women at the Civic League founded by Henry and other local business leaders. Activities at the family home on Nobscot Mt. filled with horses, dogs, capers and a lot of music will come to life. Kate will also travel to Maine where the Dennisons renewed their energy at the family camp a source of great joy and sorrow.
Sunday, March 22, 2015 2:15 PM4:00 PM
Join us for the film screening of "Of Many" with a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Diana Eck, founder and director of the Pluralism Project at Harvard University. This event is the first in a series entitled "Religion Refocused," which will utilize documentary and narrative films to explore the lived experiences of religious minority communities and promote greater understanding. Synopsis of the film "Of Many": Set against the dramatic backdrop of violence in the Middle East and the tension between Jewish and Muslim students on college campuses, Of Many focuses on the surprising and transformative relationship between an orthodox rabbi and imam, who serve as university chaplains in New York City. Through a series of voyages to communities struck by catastrophe, we witness young religious Jews and Muslims working together and overcoming long-standing divides. Timely and humorous, this short documentary offers an inspiring and hopeful narrative in the face of a seemingly irreconcilable conflict. (http://www.ofmanyfilm.com/trailer/)
  • Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway
  • Cambridge, Middlesex County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • contact: 617-496-2481
  • web: www.pluralism.org
  • email: staff@pluralism.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 6:30 PM8:30 PM
As part of the series, Shaking Two Nickels Together: A Literary Perspective on Impoverishment and Income Inequality, Dr. James Crowley leads a discussion about the novel by Ignazio Silone.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 10:00 AM4:00 PM
On display in the Military Room is Taunton-native and USN Hospitalman Richard D. DeWert’s Medal of Honor received for the courage he displayed during the Korean War. All are encouraged to come by and view the museum, with complimentary admission, in his honor.
  • Old Colony Historical Society, 66 Church Green
  • Taunton, Bristol County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: 508-822-1622
  • cost: FREE
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 7:00 PM
Historian Colin Gordon explores the growth of wealth inequality in late 20th and early 21st century United States and its implications for a healthy democracy. Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation examines how tax policy can support or lessen wealth inequality.
  • First Parish in Cambridge, 3 Church Street
  • Cambridge, Middlesex County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • contact: (617) 495-2727
  • web: www.cambridgeforum.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Thursday, March 26, 2015 11:30 AMSaturday, March 28, 2015 4:00 PM
COMMUNITY CHARACTER AND COMMON THEMES is the focus of a 3-day interpretive conference. Using this historic town as laboratory, participants will investigate engaging ways to interpret the meaning and memory of place through a variety of innovative sessions and field excursions. The conference will explore the intimate link between discovery and interpretation as a means of bringing local stories to life within individual communities, connecting them to themes within the National Heritage Area. Harvard University Robert & Lois Orchard Professor in the History of Landscape, John R. Stilgoe will deliver the keynote address and historian Bill Fowler of Northeastern University will open Friday's session. Behind-the-scene pre-conference tours will be offered of The Wayside at Minute Man National Historical Park, The Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods and The Old Manse as well as field excursions throughout Concord. Best practices in interpretation and educational programming will be explored. The conference is offered in partnership with the U.S. National Park Service.
Friday, March 27, 2015 7:35PM9:25 PM
"The Black Power Mixtape" 1967-1975 is a 2011 documentary film, directed by Göran Olsson, that examines the evolution of the Black Power Movement in American society from 1967 to 1975. It features the found footage shot by a group of Swedish journalists (discovered some 30 years later in the cellar of Swedish Television) overlaid with commentaries and interviews from leading contemporary African-American artists, activists, musicians and scholars. The footage includes appearances by Stokely Carmichael, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Eldridge Cleaver, Bobby Seale, Huey P. Newton, Emile de Antonio, Angela Davis and commentaries by Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, Harry Belafonte, Kathleen Cleaver, Angela Davis, Robin Kelley and Abiodun Oyewole. Watch the trailer: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1592527/
  • Luna Theater, Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson Street
  • Lowell, Middlesex County, MA (Northeast)
  • web: 5.lunalowell.com/luna/
  • cost: $8-9.75
Saturday, March 28, 2015 10:30 AM12:00 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Bigelow Free Public Library, 54 Walnut Street
  • Clinton, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (978) 365-4160 x223
  • email: dmarini@bigelowlibrary.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, March 28, 2015 1:00 PM2:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Plymouth Public Library, 132 South Street
  • Plymouth, Plymouth County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: (508) 830-4250
  • email: pplyouth@yahoo.com
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, March 28, 2015 2:00 PM3:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main Street
  • Andover, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (978) 623-8401
  • email: bkerrigan@mhl.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, March 28, 2015 2:35PM
Documentary about the lives of Richard and Mildred Loving, set during the turbulent Civil Rights era. Long Way Home: The Loving Story is a story of love and the struggle for dignity set against a backdrop of historic anti-miscegenation sentiments in the U.S. The Lovings, an interracial couple, fell in love and married at a critical time in American history, and, because of a confluence of social and political turmoil our reluctant heroes bring about change where previously no one else could. They are paired with two young and ambitious lawyers who are driven to pave the way for Civil Rights and social justice through an historic Supreme Court ruling. Watch the trailer: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1759682/
  • Luna Theater, Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson Street
  • Lowell, Middlesex County, MA (Northeast)
  • web: 5.lunalowell.com/luna/
  • cost: $8-9.75
Sunday, March 29, 2015 2:35 PM
A documentary on Gospel music's 200-year history. REJOICE & SHOUT covers 200 years of musical history of African-American Christianity, featuring the legends of Gospel music, including The Staple Singers, The Clara Ward Singers, The Dixie Hummingbirds, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Culled from hundreds of hours of music, tracing the evolution of gospel music through its many styles the spirituals and early hymns, the four-part harmony-based quartets, the integration of blues and swing, the emergence of soul, and the blending of rap and hip-hop elements. It connects the history of African-American culture and politics. Watch the trailer: http://www.magpictures.com/rejoiceandshout/
  • Luna Theater, Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson Street
  • Lowell, Middlesex County, MA (Northeast)
  • web: 5.lunalowell.com/luna/
  • cost: $8-9.75
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
Thursday, April 2, 2015 5:00 PM7:00 PM
Come celebrate the opening of our spring exhibition: A Most Commodious Store: N.H. Skinner & Co., featuring clothing, photographs, and much more from one of the most influential and beloved institutions of historic downtown Taunton. The first Taunton merchant to fully embrace the idea of a modern department store, Nathan Hack Skinner and his company became inextricably linked to the commercial, social, and cultural development of the city. He boasted that new and exciting products and appliances could be found on every shelf, and it was none other than Skinner who brought the first elevator to Taunton. Join us for this opening night and enjoy good company and delicious refreshments. We hope you can join us, bring a friend, and share in the city’s rich historic past.
  • Old Colony Historical Society, 66 Church Green
  • Taunton, Bristol County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: 508-822-1622
  • cost: FREE
Thursday, April 2, 2015 6:00 PM8:00 PM
Bob Moses’ vision of grass roots organizing led him to become a leader in the civil rights movement and Mississippi Freedom Summer Project. He initiated and organized voter registration drives, sit-ins, and Freedom Schools for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Nearly 40 years later, the renowned activist began organizing again, this time as teacher and founder of the national math literacy program called the Algebra Project. His work was recognized with a MacArthur "Genius" Grant, which he used to found the Algebra Project. He argues that the crisis in math literacy in poor communities is as urgent as the crisis of political access in Mississippi in 1961. Moses earned a B.A. from Hamilton College and an M.A. in philosophy at Harvard, and received numerous prestigious awards and recognition. His book, "Radical Equations: Civil Rights from Mississippi to the Algebra Project," is featured in the Museum's current exhibit entitled Freedom Rising, Reading Writing and Publishing Black Books.
Saturday, April 4, 2015 2:00 PM3:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Turner Free Library, 2 North Main Street
  • Randolph, Norfolk County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: (781) 961-0932
  • email: mrmalone@ocln.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, April 4, 2015 1:00 PM2:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Plymouth Public Library, 132 South Street
  • Plymouth, Plymouth County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: (508) 830-4250
  • email: pplyouth@yahoo.com
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, April 4, 2015 10:30 AM12:00 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Bigelow Free Public Library, 54 Walnut Street
  • Clinton, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (978) 365-4160 x223
  • email: dmarini@bigelowlibrary.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, April 4, 2015 10:00 AM11:30 AM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Marston Mills Public Library, 2160 Main Street
  • Marston Mills, Barnstable County, MA (Cape & Islands)
  • contact: (508) 428-5175 x15
  • email: shevener@clamsnet.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, April 4, 2015 1:00 PM2:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • New Bedford Free Public Library, 613 Pleasant Street
  • New Bedford, Bristol County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: (508) 961-3067
  • email: gdickinson@sailsinc.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, April 4, 2015 2:00 PM3:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main Street
  • Andover, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (978) 623-8401
  • email: bkerrigan@mhl.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 7:00 PM
Political scientist Erin O'Brien explores current moves to restrict access to the ballot, through both legislative and judicial changes. Journalist Phillip Martin responds with examples from the Civil Rights Movement about citizen actions, including civil disobedience, that opened ballot access to previously disenfranchised African Americans.
  • First Parish in Cambridge, 3 Church Street
  • Cambridge, Middlesex County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • contact: (617) 495-2727
  • web: www.cambridgeforum.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, April 11, 2015 2:00 PM3:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Turner Free Library, 2 North Main Street
  • Randolph, Norfolk County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: (781) 961-0932
  • email: mrmalone@ocln.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, April 11, 2015 10:30 AM12:00 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Bigelow Free Public Library, 54 Walnut Street
  • Clinton, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (978) 365-4160 x223
  • email: dmarini@bigelowlibrary.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, April 11, 2015 1:00 PM2:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Plymouth Public Library, 132 South Street
  • Plymouth, Plymouth County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: (508) 830-4250
  • email: pplyouth@yahoo.com
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, April 11, 2015 1:00 PM2:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • New Bedford Free Public Library, 613 Pleasant Street
  • New Bedford, Bristol County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: (508) 961-3067
  • email: gdickinson@sailsinc.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, April 11, 2015 2:00 PM3:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main Street
  • Andover, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (978) 623-8401
  • email: bkerrigan@mhl.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
Thursday, April 16, 2015 7:30 PM9:00 PM
A performance by Bohemian Quartet is a journey through musical vernacular of gypsy life, with fast tempos, virtuosic playing, spry strings crying and dancing, and above all flair of performance that makes this sound so utterly riveting. This acclaimed Providence, Rhode Island-based ensemble-featuring violin, viola, cello, and bass specializes in music of the Romany or “Gypsy” tradition, along with related Eastern European folk styles. Violinist, Stan Renard, a composer and virtuoso player with an impressive list of credentials, assembled the group with the idea of preserving the tradition and indulging in the virtuosic playing of classic gypsy music. Renard recruited like-minded friends: Dave Zinno on upright bass, Christine Harrington on cello, and Nancy Richardson on viola. The performance will be preceded by a presentation by the quartet. The presentation will start at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 16, 2015 7:00 PM9:00 PM
Emily Sweeney is a multimedia journalist at "The Boston Globe" and author of the book, "Boston Organized Crime". She has been a staff writer at the Globe since 2001, and her work has been featured in "Outside Magazine", "Yankee Magazine", The Howard Stern Show, New England Cable News, WBZ News Radio, the Howie Carr Show, and other media outlets. For many years Emily served as president of the New England chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. She now sits on the Board of Directors of the New England First Amendment Coalition, and she’s a frequent guest speaker at schools, universities, and industry events. Drawing upon an eclectic collection of crime scene photographs, mug shots, and police documents, Emily Sweeney lecture leads you on an eye-opening journey through Boston’s underworld, with a special focus on the bootlegging days of Prohibition.
  • Old Colony Historical Society, 66 Church Green
  • Taunton, Bristol County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: 508-822-1622
  • cost: FREE
Saturday, April 18, 2015 7:30 PM9:00 PM
Join us for an unforgettable evening of a unique musical experience titled Cyclonic. Cyclonic is a dramatized stage rendering of four scenes from the book "The Queen of Vaudeville," told with music and pictures. Author Andrew Erdman came up with the idea of turning an ordinary book signing into a something livelier – a musical show. Acclaimed songwriter and musician, Mary Lorson, has written songs inspired by Eva, as well as interpreted a number of the tunes that helped Tanguay to become the “cyclonic comedienne” of the vaudeville stage. Cyclonic not only gives a taste of the book Queen of Vaudeville and a sample of Mary Lorson’s performing talents, but also revives the spirit of Eva Tanguay, the mighty queen of vaudeville—if only for an evening. This event is sponsored by Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts. Reservations required.
Saturday, April 18, 2015 2:00 PM3:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Turner Free Library, 2 North Main Street
  • Randolph, Norfolk County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: (781) 961-0932
  • email: mrmalone@ocln.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, April 18, 2015 1:00 PM2:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Plymouth Public Library, 132 South Street
  • Plymouth, Plymouth County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: (508) 830-4250
  • email: pplyouth@yahoo.com
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, April 18, 2015 10:00 AM11:30 AM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Marston Mills Public Library, 2160 Main Street
  • Marston Mills, Barnstable County, MA (Cape & Islands)
  • contact: (508) 428-5175 x15
  • email: shevener@clamsnet.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, April 18, 2015 1:00 PM2:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • New Bedford Free Public Library, 613 Pleasant Street
  • New Bedford, Bristol County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: (508) 961-3067
  • email: gdickinson@sailsinc.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, April 18, 2015 2:00 PM3:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main Street
  • Andover, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (978) 623-8401
  • email: bkerrigan@mhl.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1:00 PM4:00 PM
Scouts, earn your Genealogy badge with the Old Colony Historical Society. Private classes may be booked for Troops of 8 or more.
  • Old Colony Historical Society, 66 Church Green
  • Taunton, Bristol County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: 508-822-1622
  • cost: $5 per Scout, $2 per adult, pre-registration is required.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 7:00 PM
Michael Dimock of the Pew Research Center discusses how the American people have become polarized overt the past 50 years. How can citizens create and support effective community dialogues aimed at strengthening social bonds?
  • First Parish Church in Cambridge, 3 Church Street
  • Cambridge, Middlesex County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • contact: (617) 495-2727
  • web: www.cambridgeforum.org
  • cost: Free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, April 25, 2015 1:00 PM2:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • New Bedford Free Public Library, 613 Pleasant Street
  • New Bedford, Bristol County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: (508) 961-3067
  • email: gdickinson@sailsinc.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, May 2, 2015 1:00 PM2:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • New Bedford Free Public Library, 613 Pleasant Street
  • New Bedford, Bristol County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: (508) 961-3067
  • email: gdickinson@sailsinc.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, May 9, 2015 1:00 PM3:30 PM
A Pop-Up Museum is a temporary exhibit created by the participants. Its purpose is to create an opportunity for conversation around a topic through objects and their stories. For this Pop-Up experience we are asking participants to bring an object connected to "Memories of Shopping in Downtown Taunton." We have room for 30 participants, but everyone is welcome to stop by once the Pop-Up is set up to view the objects and share stories. If you would like to participate simply send an email or call. Please include the following information: name, contact information, description of your object. It will be a great way to hear stories about our city and to get to know your friends and neighbors! For more information on Pop-Ups in general check out: www.popupmuseum.org
Saturday, May 9, 2015 1:00 PM2:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • New Bedford Free Public Library, 613 Pleasant Street
  • New Bedford, Bristol County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: (508) 961-3067
  • email: gdickinson@sailsinc.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Thursday, May 14, 2015 7:00 PM9:00 PM
Join author Timothy Brown for an ‘Armchair’ tour of the Taunton River. Journey down the river and journey back in time to explore the river through pictures, postcards and maps. The ‘tour’ will cover a distance of about 8 miles, from where the river crosses under the Route 44 Bridge on the Taunton-Raynham line to the Weir section of town. Along the way, items of interest on the banks of the river are identified and discussed. Some of these items are still visible: old vacant buildings, rock walls, and old stone footings: other items are no longer around and are only faint memories or listings in the old texts. The talk is based on the book "On the Taunton River in Taunton, MA - A Journey down the river and a Journey back in time" by Timothy Brown/Tetiquet Press, 2003. All these items are captured in this one book; stories of old grist mills, iron forges, cotton mills, bridges, schooners, barges and herring runs. This is a great talk about the river and also good preparation for those interested in our real river tour on May 16th.
  • Old Colony Historical Society, 66 Church Green
  • Taunton, Bristol County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: 508-822-1622
  • cost: FREE
Saturday, May 16, 2015 9:00 AM1:00 PM
WHO: Everyone is welcome. This traverses a gentle part of the river, but we want all participants to feel comfortable, so flat-water river paddling experience is suggested. Please note that getting in and out of the canoe can be the hardest part! WHAT: A leisurely, yet informative kayak/canoe tour of the Taunton River with experienced guides leading the way. To learn more ahead of time, come by for Timothy Brown’s talk on May 14th at 7 p.m. Copies of his book are available at the OCHS. WHERE: We will start from the Riverbend Condominiums on Old Colony Avenue and finish at Waterfront Park on East Water Street. WHEN: We will start at 9 a.m. and this trip will last 3-4 hours. WHY: History, health, and happiness…what more could you want?! Don’t have a kayak or canoe but still want to join? Give us a call and we’ll help arrange a rental.
  • Trip starts at Riverbend Condominiums but finishes downriver at Waterfront Park on East Water Street. please arrange transportation appropriately.
  • Taunton, Bristol County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: 508-822-1622
  • cost: FREE
Saturday, June 27, 2015 1:00 PM3:00 PM
We are launching a new initiative with free, family-friendly programming at its center: MAKING HISTORY partners with organizations and local artists throughout Southeastern Mass. These workshops focus on learning about artistic techniques and always include an opportunity for kids to explore their creativity hands-on in a supervised environment. Guardians can join in the fun or receive a free, guided tour of the museum during the workshop.
  • Old Colony Historical Society, 66 Church Green
  • Taunton, Bristol County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: 508-822-1622
  • cost: FREE but call to register

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
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)
Friday, February 6, 2015 Sunday, March 8, 2015
An exhibition of photographs by Ellen Augarten and prints from the museum's Howland Collection of photographs. In 1998, when the home of the late Agnes Wright Howland (1903-1995) on Lyman Road in Northampton, was being cleared and cleaned for sale, several old photo albums were found in the dusty basement. The 350 photographs, made in the five years between 1895 and 1900, include images of families, identified and unidentified landscapes, Smith College, and other familiar Northampton sites. The family donated the albums to Historic Northampton. Though Augarten set out to discover who the photographer/s of this collection were, that is still unknown; perhaps it was created by early photo enthusiasts. Her exhibit combines reprinted and mounted cyanotypes from the Howland Album, original pages from the Album, and 15 new contemporary, double exposures, together with brief histories.

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