Events

Monday, May 1, 2017 Friday, June 30, 2017
Who am I? Where am I? These are the fundamental questions proposed by the humanities. Inquiries related to local history, literature, and education, inspire us to think deeply about the places where we live and how our identity fits into the context of our community and the seasons. Learning Ahead: Cultural Itinerary for Western Massachusetts is a bimonthly publication produced by Hilltown Families that sheds light on embedded learning opportunities found in cultural resources that exist within the geography, history, and cultural traditions of Western Massachusetts. With these downloadable seasonal itineraries, self-directed teens, lifelong learners, and families are encouraged to engage together in cultural opportunities that support similar interests, resulting in a shared history, strengthening a sense of place.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 7:30 PM9:30 PM
Creaking floors, slamming doors, and ghostly footsteps - The Mount's haunted history includes it all! Take a guided tour of the most haunted parts of the estate to find out who may still call The Mount home. Advance reservations are required. This spooky tour is not recommended for children under 12.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 6:00 PM
The trial intends to answer the question "Is American slavery legal under the American Constitution?" We will use the testimonies of American throughout the history of the United States. Frederick Douglass will be against slavery, and the Auld family will be pro-slavery. We will use people from pop culture to take stands for and against slavery.
  • Worcester City Hall, Levi Lincoln Room, 455 Main Street
  • Worcester, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (774) 253-1131
  • email: cedric.musicmaniatv@gmail.com
  • cost: Free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, July 1, 2017 11:00AM
Join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society to tour a residential area that includes a National Historic District. View architecture that spans three centuries; the oldest community theater company in the United States; and an elegant 18th-century mansion that once served as the country's first military hospital. Learn about the monument that commemorates fallen Civil War soldiers from West Roxbury and about Pauline Agassiz Shaw who established the class that became the model for continuous free kindergarten education. We will visit a house dating to 1716 that once served as a tavern, the Eliot School dating back to 1689, the home of the first woman to graduate from MIT and the First Church Burying Ground. Tours last between 60 and 90 minutes and are canceled in case of heavy rain. No reservations are required, just meet the guide at the location listed.
Saturday, July 1, 2017 Sunday, July 2, 2017
Life and Labor Guided Tours, at 11:00, 1:00 & 2:00 both days, will explore the work and labor history at The House of the Seven Gables.
  • The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street
  • Salem, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: 978-744-0991 x152
  • web: www.7Gables.org
  • email: jarrison@7Gables.org
  • cost: included with general admission; free for Salem residents
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, July 1, 2017 2:00 PM3:30 PM
Boston has a great seafaring heritage. Ocean trade and its related industries had a major impact on the growth of Boston and the shape and character of its waterfront. This tour includes the beginnings of Long Wharf as the grand entry into Boston, and the genesis of its Financial District, the lore of clipper ships and the China Trade, and classic 19th century Boston granite wharf buildings such as Commercial Wharf, Lewis Wharf, and Union Wharf. Today's waterfront is a vibrant mix of hotels, restaurants, residences, and recreational spaces, from Atlantic Wharf on the Fort Point Channel to Battery Wharf in the North End. Take in the spectacular views of Boston Harbor as we wind our way among the wharves old and new.
Sunday, July 2, 2017 3:00 PM4:30
Celebrate and learn about the life of Benjamin Franklin by walking among the sites of his homes and haunts in Colonial Boston. In his day, Benjamin Franklin was America's greatest scientist, inventor, diplomat, humorist, statesman, and entrepreneur. Ben was born in Boston, came of age in Philadelphia, and was the darling of Paris. From his many inventions, creations of civic, philanthropic, and educational institutions, to his roles in the founding of America, his legacy is immeasurable.
Sunday, July 2, 2017 10:00 AM11:30 AM
Relive the adventures of Johnny Tremain in Colonial Boston based on Esther Forbes' prize-winning coming-of-age novel featuring a young boy who gets caught up in the whirlwind of events that led up to the American Revolution. Johnny's story unfolds in downtown and North End locales, many of which are today's Freedom Trail sites including the Old State House, Copp's Hill Burying Ground, Paul Revere's House, and the Old North Church. On this tour, hear of Johnny's fictional friends, like Rab and Cilla, but also of the actual patriots he met along the way, such as Dr. Joseph Warren, John Hancock, William Dawes, and Paul Revere. Get acquainted with the bustling and political town of Johnny's Boston that has become the great American city of today.
Monday, July 3, 2017 12:00 PM
A communal reading and facilitated discussion of Frederick Douglass's speech in which Frederick Douglass took exception to being asked to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. (Sponsors: Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School, Community Change, Inc., Mass Humanities, and a host of other civic and community organizations)
  • Boston Common at the State House, Shaw-MA 54th Memorial
  • Boston, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • email: rsackey-milligan@masshumanities.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Monday, July 3, 2017 6:00 PM11:00 PM
The Parks Department of Lynn, Ward Councilor Richard Colucci and coordinator Wendy Joseph are partnering with the New Lynn Coalition for our 7th annual reading of the Mass Humanities Program "Reading Frederick Douglass" at the beautiful High Rock Tower Park. All the usual favorites that make up this highly anticipated Community Event over the July 4th weekend are in place; the local musical and dance acts, local food vendors and pony rides are on board are ready for action! Per usual, we are delighted to offer this event Free to the public, Monday July 3rd, 6pm until dark at High Rock Tower Park, ending with the Fireworks display.
  • High Rock Tower Park, Circuit Ave
  • Lynn, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (617) 680-1707
  • email: wendy_joseph@mac.com
  • cost: Free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Monday, July 3, 2017 5:30 PM7:30 PM
Follow the words and history of four generations of Adamses, from their experiences at the Old State House, through Beacon Hill, and into Back Bay. John, Abigail, and their descendants were prolific writers. The trove of documents they left behind intimately describe their lives, public service, and Boston from the eve of the Revolution to the turn of the twentieth century.
Monday, July 3, 2017 12:00 PM2:00 PM
The Friends of the Edgartown Library present a free community reading of Frederick Douglass's famous speech "The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro", originally delivered in Rochester, NY, in 1852. The Reading will take place in the Federated Church in Edgartown, where Frederick Douglass spoke in the sanctuary in 1857.
  • Federated Church, 21 Cooke St
  • Edgartown, Dukes County, MA (Cape & Islands)
  • contact: 617-910-6626
  • email: alicdelana36@gmail.com
  • cost: Free
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 9:00 AM12:00 PM
A Boston tradition! Footloose on the Freedom Trail is a 3 hour guided walking tour of the entire Freedom Trail from the Boston Common and Massachusetts State House to the U.S.S. Constitution offered every Independence Day. Walk the 2.5-mile route with us on this patriotic tour through 16 historic sites, as it winds its way through Boston's history. There's no better time to do it than on the Fourth of July, no better way to start off the day, and no better way to celebrate America's birthday! The tour ends in the Charlestown Navy Yard. Following the tour, you may wish to check out the USS Constitution Museum or enjoy the views on a water shuttle trip back to downtown. Celebrations throughout Boston continue through the day and conclude with the Pops concert and fireworks display over the Charles River.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017 7:00 PM9:30 PM
The Charlemont Forum is hosting a community reading of Frederick Douglass' famous speech, will take place exactly 165 years after its initial presentation. The co-artistic directors of the Double Edge Theater of Ashfield, are partnering with the Charlemont Forum to choreograph an engaging event. Actors from the Double Edge Theater together with approximately nine other readers who have volunteered from the hill towns, will give a dramatic reading of this stirring speech, which dates back to 5 July, 1852. The event will include singing of Negro spirituals and a post-reading discussion of the issues raised in the reading. After the event, refreshments will be served in the Social Hall.
  • Charlemont Federated Church, 175 Main Street
  • Charlemont, Franklin County, MA (CT Valley)
  • contact: (413) 339-4294
  • email: sspurdy@verizon.net
  • cost: Free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Wednesday, July 5, 2017 12:00 PM1:30 PM
Join us for a community reading of Frederick Douglass' famous speech "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" This event will include an introduction by Cedric 'Ced-Boogie' Arno, our national anthem and a solo performed by Rashida Williams, our Scholar in Residence Rev. Sheree Frazier,and a welcome from the City by City Councilor Khrystian King. All are welcome.
  • Worcester City Hall Common and Plaza, 455 Main Street (rear, by OVAL)
  • Worcester, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (774) 253-1131
  • email: cedric.musicmaniatv@gmail.com
  • cost: Free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Thursday, July 6, 2017 3:00 PM4:15 PM
WAMC's Book Show comes to The Mount! Host Joe Donahue and author Courtney Maum will discuss Courtney's newest book, "Touch," a satirical and moving novel about a New York City trend forecaster who finds herself wanting to overturn her own predictions, move away from technology, and reclaim her heart.
Saturday, July 8, 2017 11:00AM
Join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society to explore this National Historic District which includes one of the finest collections of Victorian houses in the area. Sumner Hill includes the ancestral home of the Dole Pineapple Company founder and the homes of progressives who were active as both abolitionists and women suffragists. Tours last between 60 and 90 minutes and are canceled in case of heavy rain. No reservations are required, just meet the guide at the location listed
Sunday, July 9, 2017 5:00 PM8:00 PM
The Eliot Church, Bacon Free Library, and Natick Historical Society are co-sponsoring "Reading Frederick Douglass Together". Participants are invited to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy on the grounds and to continue the discussion after the reading. All are welcome to this community gathering. There will be information available on site for participants interested in reading. Anyone who knows now that they'd like to read is invited to contact the organizers at info@theeliotchurch.org. Further information can be found at www.theeliotchurch.org, and at masshumanities.org/programs/douglass/ (Eliot Church Sanctuary, 45 Eliot St., in case of rain.)
Friday, July 14, 2017 10:30 AM12:00 PM
Family Adventures in Reading is a 6-session series, open to kids ages 6-10 and their families. Each family gets a copy of the book to keep. Each 90-minute session includes a book discussion, snack, and craft led by Storyteller Karen Chace. This week's theme is "Relationships and Stories." We will read and discuss "Flotsam" by David Wiesner. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Please email Jessica Henderson. Include the names and ages of your children, and your phone number.
Friday, July 14, 2017 10:30 AM12:00 PM
Family Adventures in Reading is a 6-session series, open to kids ages 6-10 and their families. Each family gets a copy of the book to keep. Each 90-minute session includes a book discussion, snack, and craft led by Storyteller Karen Chace. This week's theme is Family. We will read and discuss "Sitti's Secrets" by Naomi Shihab Nye/illustrated by Nancy Carpenter. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Please email Jessica Henderson . Include the names and ages of your children, and your phone number.
Friday, July 14, 2017 7:00 PM
Mass Humanities and Harvard Book Store welcome PATRICK DACEY, author of the short story collection "We've Already Gone This Far," for a discussion of his first novel, "The Outer Cape." Patrick Dacey delivers a story of four people grappling with the shadow of infinite possibility, a book in which chasing the American dream and struggling to survive are one and the same.
Saturday, July 15, 2017 11:00AM
Join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society to explore a fascinating industrial area at the geographic heart of Boston that includes 19th-century tannery and brewery buildings, the homes of early German settlers, and today's Boston Beer Company, the brewers of Samuel Adams. In the 1970s, a coalition of community groups joined together to block construction of the Southwest Expressway through Jamaica Plain and other Boston neighborhoods. Today, the Southwest Corridor Park that runs through the Stony Brook neighborhood stands as a testament to the power of community activism. Tours last between 60 and 90 minutes and are canceled in case of heavy rain. No reservations are required, just meet the guide at the location listed.
Sunday, July 16, 2017 1:30 PM3:00 PM
This season, The Mount, in partnership with SculptureNow, is pleased to welcome back an exhibition of large-scale outdoor sculptures. Join us for a free 90-minute artist-guided tour of this world-class show, and hear the stories behind the art and artists. The tour will start at the Ticketbooth at 1:30 pm. The tour includes access to The Mount's grounds, Cafe, and Bookstore only. The tour will commence rain or shine.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 6:00 PM7:30 PM
Come explore the narrative of racial and sexual danger that arose from the murder of Elsie Wiegel in 1909 and the widespread concerns about interracial and sexual mixing during the era. Join Mary Lui, author and Columbia University professor, in this second 2017 Community Conversation about the murder's far-reaching impacts on white working-class and middle-class women in New York City and beyond.
  • The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street
  • Salem, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (978) 744-0991 x152
  • web: www.7Gables.org
  • email: jarrison@7Gables.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Thursday, July 20, 2017 7:00 PM
Mass Humanities and Harvard Book Store welcome bestselling biographer JAMES MCGRATH MORRIS-author of the National Book Prize–winning "Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, The First Lady of the Black Press" and "Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power"-for a discussion of his latest book, "The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War." This is a biography of a turbulent friendship between two of the century's greatest writers, and an illustration of how war both inspires and destroys, unites and divides.
Thursday, July 20, 2017 6:00 PM7:30 PM
Called one of America's first architects, Charles Bulfinch defined the Federal style of architecture and the physical fabric of Boston, capturing the vision and spirit of the young Republic. As an architect, town planner, and selectman, Bulfinch designed some of the city's most enduring buildings, and the street layout now known as the Bulfinch Triangle. This tour unfolds Bulfinch's story through some of his greatest works, including the Massachusetts State House, the residences of Beacon Hill, the sites of Boston's first theater and first Catholic cathedral, and the Tontine Crescent, which was his architectural masterpiece and ultimate financial ruin. One can hardly walk through downtown Boston without running into a building designed or inspired by Charles Bulfinch. This tour is the perfect opportunity to explore his life and legacy.
Saturday, July 22, 2017 11:00AM
Join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society to learn about 1840s Hyde Square when German and Irish immigrants transformed the neighborhood with their businesses, schools, and institutions. See how in the early 1960s, Hyde Square changed again when Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Dominican immigrants transformed it into Boston's first predominantly Hispanic neighborhood. This tour also takes us to the home of Maud Cuney Hare, a prominent music historian and one of only two black women students at the New England Conservatory of Music in 1890. You will also learn about the property currently housing the MSPCA's Angell Animal Medical Center which was once a site of the Perkins School for the Blind. The tour will also walk through the Sunnyside neighborhood, the site of homes built by philanthropist Robert Treat Paine from 1889 to 1899 as a "worker's utopia" for working families. Tours last between 60 and 90 minutes and are canceled in case of heavy rain. No reservations are required, just meet the guide at the location listed.
Friday, July 28, 2017 10:30 AM12:00 PM
Family Adventures in Reading is a 6-session series, open to kids ages 6-10 and their families. Each family gets a copy of the book to keep. Each 90-minute session includes a book discussion, snack, and craft led by Storyteller Karen Chace. This week's theme is Friendship. We will read and discuss "Tomas and the Library Lady" by Pat Mora/Illustrated by Raul Colon. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Please email Jessica Henderson directly. Include the names and ages of your children, and your phone number.
Monday, July 31, 2017 7:00 PM
The Harvard Square Book Circle, our in-store book club, discusses James Baldwin's classic, "The Fire Next Time." This month's Book Circle is co-sponsored by Mass Humanities. A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 7:00 PM
Mass Humanities and Harvard Book Store welcome School of Visual Arts professor HILDA WERSCHKUL for a discussion of her book, "Experiences of Art: Reflections on Masterpieces," a book that explores themes in the history of art through the insights of students.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 6:00 PM8:00 PM
This is the illustrated life history of USS Constitution in a presentation by Naval Historian Margherita Desy. For nearly 150 of her 220-year career, "Old Ironsides" has called Boston her homeport and the two have become inextricably entwined. Desy will review the building of Constitution, the service of U.S. Navy sailors and Marines in the War of 1812 when she battled the Royal Navy, the largest navy in the western world, and the tremendous skill and effort that it takes to preserve a national icon!
  • The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street
  • Salem, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (978) 744-0991 x152
  • web: www.7Gables.org
  • email: jarrison@7Gables.org
  • cost: $7; free for members
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 7:00 PM
Mass Humanities and Harvard Book Store welcome travel writer DOUG MACK, author of "Europe on Five Wrong Turns a Day," for a discussion of his latest book, "The Not-Quite States of America: Dispatches from the Territories and Other Far-Flung Outposts of the USA." This book is an entertaining account of the territories' place in the USA, and it raises fascinating questions about the nature of empire. As Mack shows, the territories aren't mere footnotes to American history; they are a crucial part of the story.
Friday, August 4, 2017 10:30 AM12:00 PM
Family Adventures in Reading is a 6-session series, open to kids ages 6-10 and their families. Each family gets a copy of the book to keep. Each 90-minute session includes a book discussion, snack, and craft led by Storyteller Karen Chace. This week's theme is Cooperation. We will read and discuss And "Tango Makes Three" by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell/illustrated by Henry Cole. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Please email Jessica Henderson directly to register . Include the names and ages of your children, and your phone number.
Saturday, August 5, 2017 11:00AM
Join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society? to tour this part of the JP neighborhood which developed from 19th-century summer estates into a model suburban enclave. It contains examples representative of New England architecture with designs by local architects and builders. It also contains an unusual garden city model housing development by the Boston Dwelling House Company which was founded in 1912. Tours last between 60 and 90 minutes and are canceled in case of heavy rain. No reservations are required, just meet the guide at the location listed.
Saturday, August 5, 2017 Sunday, August 6, 2017
Life and Labor Guided Tours, at 11:00, 1:00 & 2:00 both days, will explore the work and labor history at The House of the Seven Gables.
  • The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street
  • Salem, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (978) 744-0991 x152
  • web: www.7Gables.org
  • email: jarrison@7Gables.org
  • cost: included with general admission; Free for Salem residents
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Friday, August 11, 2017 10:30 AM12:00 PM
Family Adventures in Reading is a 6-session series, open to kids ages 6-10 and their families. Each family gets a copy of the book to keep. Each 90-minute session includes a book discussion, snack, and craft led by Storyteller Karen Chace. This week's theme is Leadership. We will read and discuss "Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom" by Carole Boston Weatherford/ illustrated by Kadir Nelson. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Please email Jessica Henderson directly to register and include the names and ages of your children, and your phone number.
Saturday, August 12, 2017 11:00AM
Travel around the Pond with the Jamaica Plain Historical Society?. Once a district that only included the houses of Boston's elite, the Pond later was put to industrial use as tons of ice were harvested there each winter. Learn about the movers and shakers such as Francis Parkman and James Michael Curley who made their homes on the Pond's shores. Discover how the Pond was transformed from private estates and warehouses into the parkland we know today. All tours are free to the public and are offered on dates shown. Tours last between 60 and 90 minutes and are canceled in case of heavy rain. No reservations are required, just meet the guide at the location listed.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome local debut author BENJAMIN RACHLIN for a discussion of his new book, "Ghost of the Innocent Man: A True Story of Trial and Redemption." With meticulous, prismatic research and pulse-quickening prose, Benjamin Rachlin presents one man's tragedy and triumph. The jarring and unsettling truth is that the story of Willie J. Grimes, for all its outrage, dignity, and grace, is not a unique travesty.
Friday, August 18, 2017 10:30 AM12:00 PM
Family Adventures in Reading is a 6-session series, open to kids ages 6-10 and their families. Each family gets a copy of the book to keep. Each 90-minute session includes a book discussion, snack, and craft led by Storyteller Karen Chace. This week's theme is Home. We will read and discuss "The Ugly Vegetables" by Grace Lin. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Please email Jessica Henderson directly to register and include the names and ages of your children, and your phone number.
Saturday, August 19, 2017 11:00AM
Join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society to tour a residential area that includes a National Historic District. View architecture that spans three centuries; the oldest community theater company in the United States; and an elegant 18th-century mansion that once served as the country's first military hospital. Learn about the monument that commemorates fallen Civil War soldiers from West Roxbury and about Pauline Agassiz Shaw who established the class that became the model for continuous free kindergarten education. We will visit a house dating to 1716 that once served as a tavern, the Eliot School dating back to 1689, the home of the first woman to graduate from MIT and the First Church Burying Ground. Tours last between 60 and 90 minutes and are canceled in case of heavy rain. No reservations are required, just meet the guide at the location listed.
Saturday, August 26, 2017 11:00AM
Join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society to explore this National Historic District which includes one of the finest collections of Victorian houses in the area. Sumner Hill includes the ancestral home of the Dole Pineapple Company founder and the homes of progressives who were active as both abolitionists and women suffragists. Tours last between 60 and 90 minutes and are canceled in case of heavy rain. No reservations are required, just meet the guide at the location listed
Monday, August 28, 2017 7:00 PM
The Harvard Square Book Circle, our in-store book club, discusses Peter Pomerantsev's critically acclaimed book, "Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia." Dazzling yet piercingly insightful, Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible is an unforgettable voyage into a country spinning from decadence into madness. This month's Book Circle is co-sponsored by Mass Humanities.
Saturday, September 2, 2017 11:00AM
Join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society to explore a fascinating industrial area at the geographic heart of Boston that includes 19th-century tannery and brewery buildings, the homes of early German settlers, and today's Boston Beer Company, the brewers of Samuel Adams. In the 1970s, a coalition of community groups joined together to block construction of the Southwest Expressway through Jamaica Plain and other Boston neighborhoods. Today, the Southwest Corridor Park that runs through the Stony Brook neighborhood stands as a testament to the power of community activism. Tours last between 60 and 90 minutes and are canceled in case of heavy rain. No reservations are required, just meet the guide at the location listed.
Saturday, September 2, 2017 Sunday, September 3, 2017
Life and Labor Guided Tours, at 11:00, 1:00 & 2:00 both days, will explore the work and labor history at The House of the Seven Gables.
  • The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street
  • Salem, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (978) 744-0991 x152
  • web: www.7Gables.org
  • email: jarrison@7Gables.org
  • cost: included with general admission; Free for Salem residents
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 6:00 PM8:00 PM
This lecture will illustrate the diversity of domestic service in New England over the 19th and 20th centuries by focusing on three Historic New England properties. Period domestic manuals, ephemera, and other general material will also bring the lives of servants and relationships with their employers to the foreground.
  • The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street
  • Salem, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (978) 744-0991 x152
  • web: www.7Gables.org
  • email: jarrison@7Gables.org
  • cost: $7; free for Gables and Historic New England members
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, September 9, 2017 11:00AM
Join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society to learn about 1840s Hyde Square when German and Irish immigrants transformed the neighborhood with their businesses, schools, and institutions. See how in the early 1960s, Hyde Square changed again when Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Dominican immigrants transformed it into Boston's first predominantly Hispanic neighborhood. This tour also takes us to the home of Maud Cuney Hare, a prominent music historian and one of only two black women students at the New England Conservatory of Music in 1890. You will also learn about the property currently housing the MSPCA's Angell Animal Medical Center which was once a site of the Perkins School for the Blind. The tour will also walk through the Sunnyside neighborhood, the site of homes built by philanthropist Robert Treat Paine from 1889 to 1899 as a "worker's utopia" for working families. Tours last between 60 and 90 minutes and are canceled in case of heavy rain. No reservations are required, just meet the guide at the location listed.
Thursday, September 14, 2017 6:00 PM7:30 PM
Salem State University's Avi Chomsky returns for her second Community Conversation to share the diverse stories about labor and work in the Point neighborhood of Salem. This neighborhood represents an ever-changing fabric of newly arriving immigrants to Salem.
  • The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street
  • Salem, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (978) 744-0991 x152
  • web: www.7Gables.org
  • email: jarrison@7Gables.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, September 16, 2017 11:00AM
Join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society to tour Green Street. Laid out in 1836, the street played a key role in Jamaica Plain's development, functioning as a residential, commercial, and transportation conduit in the lives of the district's residents. Although Green Street was subdivided as early as 1851 for stores, factories and houses, it was not extensively developed until the late 1870s with construction continuing until the early 1900s. The Bowditch School was completed in 1892, and early in the 20th century the United States Post Office moved from its location on Call Street at Woolsey Square to its new location at the corner of Green and Cheshire Streets. Tours last between 60 and 90 minutes and are canceled in case of heavy rain. No reservations are required, just meet the guide at the location listed.
Sunday, September 17, 2017 1:00 PM2:30 PM
This talk and discussion will focus on Boston's Hidden Sacred Spaces.
Saturday, September 23, 2017 11:00AM
?Join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society? to tour this part of the JP neighborhood which developed from 19th-century summer estates into a model suburban enclave. It contains examples representative of New England architecture with designs by local architects and builders. It also contains an unusual garden city model housing development by the Boston Dwelling House Company which was founded in 1912. Tours last between 60 and 90 minutes and are canceled in case of heavy rain. No reservations are required, just meet the guide at the location listed.??
Sunday, September 24, 2017 1:00 PM
This is a walking tour of Salem's Point Neighborhood focusing on the work in the mills and in the homes. What has made this neighborhood of enclaves for immigrant families function through the years? Join us to find out! This program is free as part of Essex National Heritage Area's Trails and Sails events. Space is limited and registration is required. The meeting location will be sent with the reservation confirmation.
  • The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street
  • Salem, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (978) 744-0991 x152
  • web: www.7Gables.org
  • email: jarrison@7Gables.org
  • cost: free with preregistration
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Thursday, September 28, 2017 3:00 PM4:30 PM
How we can join together across "borders" of all kinds to build vibrant communities? This question is at the heart Naomi Shihab Nye's poems. It is also the question that will serve as the focus of No Human is Illegal, a community conversation with Naomi Shihab Nye. Assumption Professor Lucia Knoles will open the discussion by inviting Naomi Shihab Nye to share her poems and thoughts on immigrants, border crossings, and how we can learn to live as true neighbors. In the second part of the session, the conversation will be broadened to include comments and questions from the audience. Following this discussion there will be a free community dinner with Naomi Shihab Nye at Trinity Lutheran Church (across the street from the museum) followed by group discussions. All welcome. This event is sponsored by The Clemente Course in the Humanities, Worcester, with support from Mass Humanities and the Worcester Art Museum. Now in its fourth year serving Worcester, Clemente offers accredited college-level instruction to educationally and economically disadvantaged adults at no cost. Participants study literature, art history, moral philosophy, and U.S. History in a welcoming community setting.
Saturday, September 30, 2017 11:00AM
Travel around the Pond with the Jamaica Plain Historical Society?. Once a district that only included the houses of Boston's elite, the Pond later was put to industrial use as tons of ice were harvested there each winter. Learn about the movers and shakers such as Francis Parkman and James Michael Curley who made their homes on the Pond's shores. Discover how the Pond was transformed from private estates and warehouses into the parkland we know today. Tours last between 60 and 90 minutes and are canceled in case of heavy rain. No reservations are required, just meet the guide at the location listed.
Sunday, October 15, 2017 2:30 PM4:30 PM
So-called fake news is not a new phenomenon. It's been around since the beginning of the Republic. And yet there is something different and more insidious going on when we have officials in the highest reaches of our government attempting to delegitimize the mainstream media by labeling stories that run counter to their preferred narratives as "fake news." Yet there is fake news. Lots of it. Conspiracy theories abound like weeds in the garden and persist despite repeated debunking. What does this tell about ourselves and what are the implications for our democracy?
Sunday, October 15, 2017 5:00 PM
Join Mass Humanities in conferring the Governor's Award upon three exemplary honorees whose public actions have been grounded in an appreciation of the humanities and have enhanced civic life in the Commonwealth. The honorees: Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Sacha Pfeiffer, and David Starr. Reception begins at 5:00 PM, followed by dinner and The Governor's Awards in the Humanities.
Thursday, November 2, 2017 6:00 PM8:00 PM
Historical novelist William Martin's next book, "The Mother Lode," is due out in the fall of 2017. This work continues his lifelong epic of American history with the further adventures of Boston rare-book dealer Peter Fallon and his girlfriend, Evangeline Carrington. This time, they are headed to California, where their search for a lost journal takes them into the history of the Gold Rush and gets them into plenty of trouble, too. The journal follows a group of young men who journey by sea from staid Boston to wild San Francisco, then travel up into the gold country, where they confront greed, racism, and themselves in an epic tale of adventure. Join the author for the final lecture in the Seven Lectures at Seven Gables and learn about his research and writing process. A book signing will follow the lecture.
  • The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street
  • Salem, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (978) 744-0991 x152
  • web: www.7Gables.org
  • email: jarrison@7Gables.org
  • cost: $7, free for Gables members
  • funded by Mass Humanities

Exhibits

Friday, April 7, 2017 Saturday, September 30, 2017
This annual exhibition will examine life and labor over four centuries and the work roles of those that have worked in the buildings on our site ranging from the slaves to settlement workers. The Seven Lectures at Seven Gables series will welcome authors from around the country to speak on topics that related to work and how it has impacted American culture. The popular Community Conversation series will open up dialogue about the impact of labor on modern American immigrants. Besides these signature programs, Gables staff will be offering themed tours, family programs, and theatrical experiences in the coming year.
  • National Historic Landmark District museum campus at The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street
  • Salem, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (978) 744-0991 x152
  • web: www.7Gables.org
  • email: jarrison@7Gables.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Thursday, May 4, 2017 1:00 PMSaturday, September 30, 2017 4:00 PM
The Framingham History Center's current exhibition of its extensive costume collection with fashions ranges from tea-gowns to flapper dresses to an elaborate kimono representing the influence of Japanese design on ladies' salons across the country. These styles and the stories of the women who wore them will provide a fascinating glimpse into their lives, their times, and their town. Parking: Please park on 3 Oak St. (street parking available) or in the Village Hall lot (2 Oak St.) Hours: 1:00-4:00 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, October 28, 2016 - September 30, 2017.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 1:00 PMSunday, September 3, 2017 4:00 PM
See the progression of bridal gown designs from 1870 to the present. The gowns all come from a private collection and are accompanied by headpieces. The exhibit will run until Labor Day during regular museum opening hours Wednesday-Sunday from 1-4 PM
Saturday, June 17, 2017 8:00 AMWednesday, July 19, 2017 6:00 PM
A family-favorite tradition returns! Fitchburg-made Iver Johnson bicycles are on display, in one of the largest displays ever, within one mile of the factory where they were created. The Iver Johnson company made some of the most highly regarded racing and pleasure bikes in America, from the 1890's till World War II. They were shipped from Fitchburg to Iver Johnson sporting goods stores all over the world. These historic bikes have been loaned by local collectors and restoration experts.

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