Events

Monday, July 22, 2019 7:00 PM
Mass Humanities and Harvard Book Store welcome award-winning poet DAVID BLAIR and bestselling author STEVE ALMOND for a discussion of their new works of literary criticism, "Walk Around: Essays on Poetry and Place" and "William Stoner and the Battle for the Inner Life."
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 9:00 AMFriday, July 26, 2019 3:00 PM
Explore the new exhibition, America Transformed: Mapping the 19th Century at the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center and consider ways to engage students with maps. Teaching the history of Westward Expansion is complicated and challenging as we and our students contend with the role of the U.S. in the dispossession of land from and genocide of Native Peoples. Regional divisions over slavery in new states fueled conflict leading to the Civil War. One way to approach this history is to help students counter stereotypes with primary source evidence and analysis and to help them think critically about the interests of individuals, communities, the federal government, and corporations in the West. Try out hands-on strategies for teaching with maps, visuals, and documents from the Leventhal Map & Education Center and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Educators from the Akomawt Educational Initiative will work with participants on approaches to teaching this history through the lens of the maps and art at both institutions. Audience: Grades 4-12 Teachers. PDP/Graduate Credit: 22.5 PDPs or 1 graduate credit optional (additional $75 payable to Framingham State University)
Sunday, July 28, 2019 2:00 PM4:30 PM
Join us for a performance and discussion of "On the Exhale". Free panel discussion begins after performance at approximately 3:30pm.
  • Town Hall Theatre, 15 Middlefield Road
  • Chester, Hampden County, MA (CT Valley)
  • contact: 413-354-7771
  • web: www.chestertheatre.org
  • email: info@chestertheatre.org
  • cost: Tickets to performance: $10 - $42.50. Panel discussion: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 6:00 PM7:30 PM
Through treaty violations, struggles for food and water security and protection of sacred sites, Native people have resisted environmental injustice and land incursions for hundreds of years. Join Indigenous researcher and activist Dina Gilio-Whitaker to explore this history and discuss how modern environmentalists can look to Indigenous resistance for new approaches. Book signing to follow.
Thursday, August 1, 2019 5:15 PM7:30 PM
In Maine, a historic investigation--the first government-sanctioned truth and reconciliation commission (TRC) in the United States--begins a bold journey. For over two years, Native and non-Native commissioners travel across Maine. They gather testimony and bear witness to the devastating impact of the state's child welfare practices on families in Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot tribal communities. Collectively, these tribes make up the Wabanaki people. The feature-length documentary Dawnland follows the TRC to contemporary Wabanaki communities to witness intimate, sacred moments of truth-telling and healing. With exclusive access to this groundbreaking process and never-before-seen footage, the film reveals the untold narrative of Indigenous child removal in the United States.
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Fine Arts
  • Boston, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • web: dawnland.org/
  • cost: Free
Saturday, August 3, 2019 2:00 PM3:30 PM
Join us at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum for an afternoon conversation that brings together Nobel Prize winning neuroscientist Eric Kandel with Emily Braun, Distinguished Professor of 20th Century European and American Art at Hunter College. The two experts will discuss Kandel's most recent book, Reductionism in Art and Brain Science, in which he examines how science can inform the way we experience a work of art and seek to understand its meaning.
Saturday, August 3, 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, August 10, 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 August, we'll be discussing "Hen Frigates" by Joan Druett. Maritime historian Joan Druett paints an intimate portrait of the courageous wives of sailing ship captains in the 19th century, told for the first time in their own words through journals and letters and takes us into the wildly colorful, dangerous, and romantic world of seafaring women who left friends and families behind to join their husbands at sea.
Sunday, August 11, 2019 2:00 PM4:30 PM
Join us for a performance and discussion of "Curve of Departure". Free panel discussion begins after performance at approximately 3:30pm.
  • Town Hall Theatre, 15 Middlefield Road
  • Chester, Hampden County, MA (CT Valley)
  • contact: 413-354-7771
  • web: www.chestertheatre.org
  • email: info@chestertheatre.org
  • cost: Tickets to performance: $10 - $42.50. Panel discussion: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 10:30 AM4:30 PM
Join us for an introductory workshop that will provide you with tools and strategies for implementing the National History Day curriculum in your classroom. Looking for a new way to make history come alive for your students? Eager to equip them with the research and writing skills they'll need in college and beyond? National History Day in Massachusetts checks all of the boxes: it's a year-long interdisciplinary program for Grades 6-12 that blends historical research, analysis, and creative expression. National History Day is the nation's leading program for history education and engages more than half a million students across the country each year. Students research history topics of their choice related to an annual theme and create exhibits, documentaries, performances, papers, and documentary films, which they may then enter in competitions at the regional, state, and national levels. With generous support from Mass Humanities, we will be offering educators a $150 stipend and 22.5 PDPs upon completion of this workshop.
Saturday, August 17, 2019
Join us for a symposium about the pressing environmental issues facing the Berkshires. A panel of environmental scholars, activists and community leaders will discuss topics like plastics pollution, water contamination, fuel emissions and the environmental impacts of natural gas pipelines, and what steps we as individuals and members of society can take to address their impact.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 7:00 PM8:30 PM
Eric Marcus, award-winning oral historian of the LGBTQ civil rights movement, will bring the voices of LGBTQ+ history to life through intimate conversations with moderator, Allen Young, co-author of Lavender Culture, former hospital administrator, and a co-founder of the legendary Royalston, MA commune of gay ex-new Yorkers at Butterworth Farm.
Thursday, September 5, 2019 6:00 PM8:00 PM
Are you smarter than a 3rd grader? 8th? How about 12th? Get schooled at our After Hours Trivia Night! Teams will be put to the test with questions from all different grade levels, only the best will graduate to become OCHM's newest trivia night champs! OCHM After Hours is a program for young professionals (21 and older) looking for an evening of low-key, hands-on fun. Developed in conjunction with the Museum's art and history collections and special exhibitions, each OCHM After Hours program will include a variety of music, hands-on art-making, food, beer, wine, cocktails and more!
Saturday, September 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!
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.
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 Francine 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.
Thursday, October 3, 2019 7:00 PM8:30 PM
Join us for a panel discussion examining the history of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Mission in Hawai'i and New England, as well as how recently published research is bringing forward new interpretations of the shared history of Hawai'i and the U.S. The panel will also look at how audiences encounter these histories.
  • 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
Monday, October 7, 2019 7:00 PM8:30 PM
Join us for a panel discussion examining the history of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Mission in Hawai'i and New England, as well as how recently published research is bringing forward new interpretations of the shared history of Hawai'i and the U.S. The panel will also look at how audiences encounter these histories.
  • 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
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.
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
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!
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!
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 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, 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, May 23, 2019 12:00 PMFriday, September 6, 2019 5:00 PM
lease Touch the Art is a multi-sensory exhibition aimed at creating an immersive artistic experience that engages all of the senses. Not only does Please Touch the Art challenge visitors to consider how they may engage with a work of art beyond seeing, it also challenges visual artists to consider how their work engages a diverse range of audience members. There are 52 pieces of art in this exhibition. As you navigate this exhibition, you are encouraged to take your time with each work of art. Many of the pieces tap into multiple senses including sight, touch, sound, and even smell! The exhibit addresses issues about the nature of aesthetic appreciation and perception of art. It also provides an inclusive and accessible experience for all visitors with the use of braille and large print gallery guides, audio guides, tactile maps, and navigational tools.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 1:00 PMSaturday, August 31, 2019 4:00 PM
Brian Tanguay, Certified Watchmaker since 1976, will showcase the evolution of timekeeping. Featured are the advancement of watches (from pocket watches to wrist watches), and machines made to regulate the watches and the tools needed to service them. The exhibit runs during regular opening hours, Wednesday-Sunday, 1-4 PM.
Friday, September 13, 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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