Events

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 6:00 PM7:30 PM
Julien Icher is a 25-year-old French entrepreneur, web developer, geographer, and historian enamored with the U.S. He is the Founder and Executive Director of The Lafayette Trail, a Franco-American effort to document, map, and mark the footsteps of General Lafayette across the United States during his 1824-25 Farewell Tour (www.thelafayettetrail.com). This presentation will highlight Julien's efforts in the Massachusetts and his travels across the U.S. almost 200 years after Lafayette's fourth and last visit to his adopted land.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 10:00 AM4:00 PM
Join the Lexington Field and Garden Club at Munroe Tavern for an exploration of their meticulously researched and maintained Garden of Colonial Flowers and Garden of Native Plants. LFGC members will be on hand to answer questions about gardens in 18th century America, and the rare flowers displayed here. This "living museum" where only 18th century flowers grow is a little-known highlight of Munroe Tavern!
Thursday, May 23, 2019 7:00 PM8:00 PM
Jim Kraskouskas will share Lithuanian immigrant stories and his family's and other Lithuanians' contributions to the Gardner community. All four of his grandparents came from Lithuania around the turn of the century. Program at 7 PM after a museum-hosted reception at 6:30 PM. Please reserve your seat(s)!
Saturday, May 25, 2019 1:00 PM3:00 PM
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, we will host a conversation featuring Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown, creators of Instagram's @lgbt_history, and acclaimed author Garrard Conley (Boy Erased). Their shared experience casts a powerful light on the LGBTQ+ community's hardships in the past, its challenges for the future, and what Stonewall means to us today.
Saturday, May 25, 2019 7:00 PM9:30 PM
In his most recent book, "An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago," acclaimed journalist Alex Kotlowitz once again takes up the subject of youth, poverty, and gun violence in urban America that he explored in "There Are No Children Here." Joining him to discuss his work and the issues it tackles will be Adam Moss, whose fifteen years of innovative work as editor-in-chief of New York Magazine made it the must-read that it is today.
Sunday, May 26, 2019 1:30 PM3:30 PM
Don't miss opening day of this rich exhibit, based on the journals of a 37-year-old Hatfield woman who left her job as business manager of the family farm and sailed to France in August 1918 to do her part during World War I. Her notes not only tell us what life was like for a canteen worker, but give us touching and sometimes gruesome stories about the soldiers she cares for -- the "boys," as she calls them. We also feature mini stories of some of Hatfield WWI soldiers. For the opening, Red Cross canteen reenactors will be serving coffee, cider donuts and chocolate to reenactor soldiers and YOU! Also please list your WWI family member on our board of remembrance, pinned with a poppy.
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 7:00 PM
Mass Humanities and Harvard Book Store welcomes cartoonist, author, and illustrator NICK THORKELSON for a discussion of his latest book, "Herbert Marcuse, Philosopher of Utopia: A Graphic Biography." Marcuse was one of the twentieth century's most unlikely pop stars: a celebrity philosopher. Readers are introduced to the development of Marcuse's philosophical theories and the political realities that shaped his work.
Thursday, May 30, 2019 6:00 PM9:00 PM
Open Studio event for Twenty Summers Resident Artist Jenna Wortham, an award-winning journalist for the New York Times and host of the podcast "Still Processing." Wortham is working on a collection of essays about the formation of identity, and a blueprint for how to keep it, especially in our newly digitized lives.
Friday, May 31, 2019 7:00 PM9:30 PM
Authors Rebecca Makkai and Christopher Castellani will discuss their latest novels, both capturing pivotal historical moments in gay history. Makkai's "The Great Believers," is about friendship and redemption in 1980's Chicago at the height of the AIDS epidemic. Castellani's "Leading Men," a historical novel inspired by the romance between Tennessee Williams and Frank Merlo, is set in 1950's Italy and modern-day New York and Provincetown.
Saturday, June 1, 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, June 1, 2019 Sunday, June 9, 2019
The Nature Plays, the first of two series of site-specific plays created by the Cemetery's first Playwright Artist-in-Residence, Patrick Gabridge. Gabridge's Mount Auburn Plays will be presented in two sets of 5 unique plays each: The Nature Plays premiere June 1-9, 2019, highlighting stories inspired by the rich natural environment of Mount Auburn with topics such as spotted salamanders in Consecration Dell, birders at Auburn Lake, and historic debates between naturalists who are buried at the Cemetery. Audiences will experience the performances at various spots across the grounds, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the natural world. Each performance will be followed by a discussion.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 7:00 PM8:00 PM
In 1870, the newly completed transcontinental railroad offered a chance for New England manufacturers to advertise for a different kind of factory labor, less prone to the enticements of labor unions, and Chinese workers to head eastward for opportunity and adventure. This talk focuses on the very first instance of this phenomenon of Chinese migrancy in Massachusetts, of mutual needs and desires between industrialists and their hired hands, and uses rare photographs to tell the story. Speaker: Anthony W. Lee.
Thursday, June 6, 2019 7:00 PM8:00 PM
Gardner High School students explore local history topics. The winning research paper receives a $250 award tonight; 3 finalists will read their essays. This annual contest encourages students to research and learn more about Gardner history. It is a successful effort to keep Mr. Bowden's (1900-1988) memory alive with each new generation of students. This teacher awakened an interest in history in many students! Please reserve your seat(s).
Thursday, June 6, 2019 5:30 PM8:30 PM
"Please Touch the Art" invites blind, low vision, and sighted visitors to use their sense of touch to experience artwork. The art exhibition addresses issues surrounding the aesthetic appreciation and perception of art. Can "visual" art be perceived through touch in addition to or instead of sight? The accompanying humanities gallery will provide context about the evolution of inclusivity in arts programming using objects, technology, and textual resources. Please join us for an opening reception and panel discussion with guest curator Georgina Kleege, disability studies scholar and author of "More Than Meets the Eye: What Blindness Brings to Art."
Friday, June 7, 2019 9:00 AM4:00 PM
Six promising graduate students will present their work on colonial history. Commentary by Marla Miller, Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts.
Saturday, June 8, 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 June we will be reading "Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution" by best-selling author Nathaniel Philbrick. He tells the epic story of the Boston battle that ignited the American Revolution as he reconstructs both the geographical and ideological revolutionary landscape through new characters as well as new facets to familiar ones.
Saturday, June 8, 2019 9:00 AM11:30 AM
Join fellow educators as we roll out our new curriculum for visiting school groups to the Ruggles Center. We put the same vibrant primary sources used by historians into students' hands and guide them toward constructing their own narratives. They create short biographies of the compelling figures who gathered in Florence in the 1840s to end slavery and model a social order that worked for everyone. Students then present their findings to their classmates on the very sites where events transpired. We will sample the curriculum with a short walk near our museum followed by a discussion of how it addresses objectives in the classroom as well as the new State Frameworks.
  • David Ruggles Center, 225 Nonotuck St
  • Florence, Hampshire County, MA (CT Valley)
  • email: info@davidrugglescenter.org
  • cost: Free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, June 8, 2019 10:00 AM12:00 PM
On this neighbor-led tour of Somerville's Winter Hill and Gilman Square neighborhoods, participants will share stories, insights, and visions about the changing areas. We will start atop Winter Hill outside Summit Apartments (425 Broadway) and will make our way down to Gilman Square, with tasty stops at Winter Hill Brewing (free small coffee for walkers) and Tipping Cow Ice Cream (discounted ice cream for walkers).Co-sponsored by the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission and the Winter Hill and Gilman Square Neighborhood Associations.
Saturday, June 8, 2019 7:00 PM9:30 PM
"Meet Jeremy O. Harris: The Queer Black Savior the Theater World Needs." So read a recent headline in Out magazine; Vogue anointed him "one of the most promising playwrights of his generation." The hype is understandable. Though still in his final semester at Yale Drama School, Harris has had two plays in production Off Broadway this past season. "Daddy," the second, stars Alan Cumming and Ronald Peet. Joining him on our very own stage to discuss his work and career will be cultural critic Emily Bobrow, who observed in the Economist that Harris writes about race and sexuality "with humour, intellectual rigour, nods to pop culture and an engaging sense of spectacle," asking audiences to confront their own complicity in prejudice.
Saturday, June 8, 2019 1:00 PM2:30 PM
The Old Colony History Museum will be showing the documentary "Portuguese In New England," which showcases the magnificent history, culture, and community of the Portuguese people in New England. Directed by Nelson Ponta-Garca, this four-episode documentary showcases incredible stories of ten generations that have worked hard to achieve the success they have today and will feature gorgeous images of the ancient and modern Azores, the history of whaling in New England and much more! This event is free to the public and will include a discussion just following the film!
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 3:00 PM4:00 PM
Discover the origin of several xenophobic myths created to denigrate migrant Chinese workers in nineteenth-century America which persist and underlie the unending "perpetual foreigner" image of Asian Americans. The narrative demonstrates the fallacy of the myths and replaces them with historically correct evidence. Speaker: Richard Cheu.
Thursday, June 13, 2019 9:00 AMSunday, June 16, 2019 5:00 PM
The Festival will offer an impressive line-up of award-winning authors with author readings, panel discussions and informal social events. Most events are in town, near ferries. Highlights include presentations by Esi Edugyan (Washington Black), Susan Orlean (The Library Book), and Dave Cullen (Columbine; Parkland). Nathaniel Philbrick, Nantucket's favorite literary son, will discuss In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown, the third in his Revolutionary War series. Readers interested in medical advances will enjoy presentations by Charles Graeber and Matt McCarthy, MD. Nantucket authors Steven Axelrod, Blue Balliett, and Cherie Burns headline a mystery panel, while Madeline Miller, John Burnham Schwartz, and Lea Carpenter will discuss their craft over lunch with fiction lovers.
Thursday, June 13, 2019 7:00 PM8:30 PM
Fishing has always been competitive. In the past, captains did not want to reveal their fishing grounds. "They talked in code sometimes so that the whole fleet didn't come down on them." Today, no one can hide; AIS (Automatic Identification System), required on all fishing vessels as a safety measure, provides a vessel's name/type, geographic position, and speed. A web of agencies monitor fishing vessels at sea. The same technology that enables this government surveillance also allows the Coast Guard to locate a vessel or fisherman in distress. In this program, a panel including fishermen and US Coast Guard will discuss the pros and cons of this technology.
Thursday, June 13, 2019 6:00 PM9:00 PM
Resident Artist Lyle Ashton Harris has cultivated a diverse artistic practice ranging from photography and collage to installation and performance art. His work explores intersections between the personal and the political, examining the impact of ethnicity, gender, and desire on the contemporary social and cultural dynamic. During his Twenty Summers residency, he plans to work on a large-scale collage and portraits. This event made possible with support from the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod.
Friday, June 14, 2019 13:00 PM
The Provincetown Film Society (PFS) and Twenty Summers are pleased to collaborate on the first film screening in the Hawthorne Barn. To commemorate the 100-year history of cinema in Provincetown, we will showcase another 1919 cinematic milestone: "Different From the Others," the first known pro-gay film in the world. We are proud to present the newly restored film with live musical accompaniment featuring an original score by Billy Hough and Sue Goldberg (of "Scream Along with Billy"), followed by a Q&A with Brenden Lucas, an expert on LGBTQ film and history.
Saturday, June 15, 2019 10:00 AM4:00 PM
Kick off the Museum's mini golf season by spending the day with dad exploring local history. Enjoy a donut to fuel you before taking our free walking tour, playing a round of mini golf, and touring the museum! 10-11 am Donuts in Historical Hall, 11 am-12 pm Liberty & Union Downtown Walking Tour, 10 am-4 pm Mini golf and museum tours.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 5:30 PM7:00 PM
Today's history comes deodorized. Join us for a whiff of the past with historical tidbits and learn about the medicinal benefits of various herbs and essential oils. Finally, create your own Herbal Reed Diffuser based on your preference/needs. This 90-minute hands-on workshop includes all materials. This workshop is limited to 20 people.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 7:00 PM8:00 PM
This talk proposes to study the debates concerning Chinese workers in the U.S. that led up to the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 in the context of Reconstruction and the contest over the meaning of slavery and free labor after the Civil War. It examines cultural and literary representations of Chinese workers in the mid to late nineteenth century that employed the most popular and influential form of representing race during and after slavery: blackface minstrelsy. By showing how the representations of Chinese workers perpetuated the racial logic of slavery, the talk expands ways of thinking about Reconstruction and creates a space to consider a different way of knowing about race, slavery, and freedom today. Speaker: Caroline H. Yang.
Thursday, June 20, 2019 7:00 PM8:00 PM
President and curator of the Narragansett Historical Society, Brian Tanguay, will give an updated, narrated slide presentation on the 6-year restoration of Templeton's E. Howard tower clock (installed by the Boston Company in 1872 in the First Baptist Church), one of a very few in the US which can be viewed by the public. Program at 7pm after a museum-hosted reception at 6:30 pm. Please reserve your seat(s) at info@gardnermuseuminc.com or 978-632-3277
Sunday, June 23, 2019 2:00 PM4:30 PM
Join us for a performance and discussion of Conor McPherson's "The Night Alive". 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 for performance from $10 - $42.50. Panel discussion is free.
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 7:00 PM8:00 PM
The Chinese laborers who helped build the transcontinental railroad were one cohort within a multi-generational, deeply rooted, evolving Chinese American community in the 19th century. They also faced brutal violence, prejudicial fears, and the nation's first immigration laws, ones created expressly and solely to exclude and destroy this American community. Remembering these histories thus helps us consider the most inclusive and most exclusionary visions of American identity, competing definitions that remain highly contested. Speaker: Benjamin Railton.
Thursday, June 27, 2019 7:00 PM8:00 PM
Cartoonist, Publisher, Comics Historian, Artist and Author Denis Kitchen will share his research on the prominent cartoonist, illustrator, and painter from the 1890s into the1960s. The hot-off-the-press lavish new art book by Denis and Violet Kitchen titled "Madness in Crowds: The Teeming Mind of Harrison Cady" (Beehive Books) will be available, signed on request by the authors. Program at 7pm after a museum-hosted reception at 6:30 pm. Please reserve your seat.
Thursday, June 27, 2019 6:30 PMFriday, June 28, 2019 9:00 PM
The WATERTown Film Fest screens the best new water-themed short films of all genres by independent filmmakers from around the globe. Films will screen in the main gallery of the Plumbing Museum. Post-screening there will be a Q&A with the films' creators, and audience members will participate in the selection process for the Audience Choice Award.
Saturday, June 29, 2019
Join the last day of mural painting at the Building Bridges Mural on the field house in Unity Park! Weave our images together with native neighbors, then stay for storytelling, discussion, drumming, and dancing. Light refreshments provided.
Sunday, June 30, 2019 4:00 PM5:30 PM
Members of the Brockton community will assemble not far from our Liberty Tree and Underground Railroad stop to read Douglass' iconic speech "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July" in the language of our ancestors. Participants can access a copy of the speech online and sign up in advance using our Facebook page to choose a segment, translate it in advance and share it on the day of our reading - or simply come and spontaneously read a paragraph in English at the event. After the reading, we'll enjoy community conversation and many delicious varieties of pie.
Sunday, June 30, 2019 2:00 PM
Join Professor Robert Forrant and Ranger Sebastian Cardona for a tour and conversation on Colombian immigration. Though many migrants and immigrants came to Lowell to find work, some were specifically recruited. Cardona will share his insights and research on the settlement and evolution of the Colombian community in Lowell.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 6:00 PM10:30 PM
Come celebrate your Freedom of speech with us at Beautiful high Rock Tower Park! Enjoy Live music, dance and spoken word at our 9th annual Community Celebration, open to all. Children get free pony rides. Bring a picnic or meet one of our food truck vendors. We will have a communal reading of Frederick Douglass' famous 4th of July speech followed by fireworks viewed from the Tower.
  • High Rock Tower Park, Circuit Ave.
  • Lynn, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: 617-680-1707
  • email: wendy_joseph@mac.com
  • cost: FREE
Thursday, July 4, 2019 10:00 AM12:00 PM
Join us for the fourth annual community reading and discussion of the Declaration of Independence and abolitionist Frederick Douglass' 1852 Fourth of July speech in response, challenging Americans to live up to our founding principles. We will read the documents aloud, takin gturns, and then we'll talk.
  • Shaw Memorial Library Pavilion, 312 Main Street
  • Plainfield, Hampshire County, MA (CT Valley)
  • contact: 413-262-1587
  • email: plainfieldmareads@gmail.com
  • cost: Free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Friday, July 5, 2019 1:00 PM2:30 PM
Join us for a reading of Douglass' famous speech, read by participants in English, Spanish, and French plus a paragraph or two translated in Portuguese and Cape Verdean Kriolu and stay for an informal discussion afterward.
  • Falmouth Historical Society/Museums on the Green Cultural Center, 65 Palmer Ave.
  • Falmouth, Barnstable County, MA (Cape & Islands)
  • contact: 508-930-5981
  • web: www.museumsonthegreen.org
  • email: bjburgo19@gmail.com
  • cost: Free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Sunday, July 7, 2019 2:00 PM4:30 PM
Join us for a performance and discussion of "Now Circa Then." 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
Saturday, July 20, 2019 10:00 AMSunday, July 21, 2019 6:00 PM
This free admission, family-friendly festival features art, crafts and other ethically made cultural products created by Indigenous artists from dozens of countries. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to exchange, connect, and build community. Meet Indigenous artists and members of your local community, learn about other cultures, and bring home a beautiful memento or a gift for someone special from your local trip around the world. Rain or shine. Sat. and Sun., July 20-21, 2019 10 AM-6 PM.
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
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.
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

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.
Thursday, April 11, 2019 Thursday, July 11, 2019
Over the past century, new technologies have allowed New Bedford's fleet to arrive on the grounds faster, fish safer and communicate more easily. But at what cost? This exhibit considers the evolution and impact of technological change on the industry, the community, and the fish.
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.
Monday, June 10, 2019 Wednesday, July 10, 2019
The exhibit provides a historical overview of the Chinese railroad workers who were instrumental in building the United States' first transcontinental railroad. Utilizing graphic panels, the exhibit features historical and contemporary photos, illustrations, and stories of descendants of the workers. Text in Chinese and English.

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