Events

Saturday, May 23, 2015 9:30 AMMonday, May 25, 2015 5:00 PM
Discover how New Englanders reared sheep for their wool in the 1830s at Old Sturbridge Village's annual sheep shearing festival, Wool Days, on Memorial Day Weekend. Throughout the weekend, farmers perform sheep shearing, while experts show off the sheep herding skills of border collies. The Village's costumed interpreters demonstrate the entire wool textile process, from scouring and dyeing the wool with natural colorings, to spinning, knitting and weaving. Guests may try their own hand at carding (brushing and de-tangling) the wool, and meet other four-legged creatures like alpacas and llamas that are also raised for their wool.
  • Sturbridge, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: 800-733-1830
  • web: www.osv.org
  • email: osvnews@osv.org
  • cost: $24 Adults, $22 Seniors, $10 Youth, FREE to Children under 3
Friday, May 29, 2015 7:00 PM8:30 PM
Join the JP Forum for a book talk with Tom Hayden - one of America's best-known voices of political and social activism. Based on unprecedented access to both Cuban and American officials, "Listen, Yankee!: Why Cuba Matters" offers fresh insight into one of history’s most enigmatic relationships between nations. Tom Hayden gives us two countries that share much more than a fifty-five-year disagreement. He writes both as an observer of Cuba and as a US revolutionary student leader telling his own story, someone whose efforts to mobilize political change in the US mirrored the radical transformation simultaneously going on in Cuba. Hayden puts the present moment into historical context, and shows how we’re finally finding common ground to the advantage of Cubans and Americans alike.
  • First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist 6 Eliot St
  • Jamaica Plain, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • contact: (617) 524-1634
  • web: www.facebook.com/events/691900437586547/
  • cost: Free, register on Facebook
Saturday, May 30, 2015 10:00 AM2:00 PM
Have you ever wondered what life was like in Northampton three hundred years ago? Are you curious about archaeology? You are invited to participate in the Digging Northampton's History project, an excavation of the 18th century Parsons House in Northampton. We will be excavating the yard and kitchen areas in advance of much-needed rehabilitation to the house. Volunteers interested in helping with excavation or artifact washing are asked to contact the project director, Linda Ziegenbein (diggingnorthampton@gmail.com). Work will be done May 19 - June 6th. The site will be open for general visitors from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on May 23, May 30, and June 30. Come and get your hands in our local history!
Monday, June 1, 2015 9:00 AM4:30 PM
This eleventh annual Massachusetts History Conference is titled "Chew on This: Interpreting Food in Massachusetts History" and Filmmaker Ian Cheney, creator of "The Search for General Tso" and co-founder of Food Corps will give the keynote. Join us in exploring food in Massachusetts public history: what we grow, what we eat, food and identity, food scarcity and quality, innovative partnerships, food emonstrations, and oral history skills. The conference is widely celebrated as the best networking and skill-sharing opportunity for historians of our state culture.
Monday, June 1, 2015 1:30 PM4:30 PM
The Massachusetts State Historical Records Advisory Board (MA SHRAB) will host its Fourth Annual Forum, and its first in partnership with Mass Humanities, on June 1st. The MA SHRAB will sponsor two afternoon sessions at the Massachusetts History Conference. One session will focus on the support the MA SHRAB offers to collecting repositories in the Commonwealth through its roving archivist and regrant programs. The second session will discuss integrated pest management (IPM) strategies and disaster planning. Additional funding for this event is generously provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). Please join us for this great opportunity to network with colleagues, find project collaborators, share information about resources and ask questions about challenges.
Thursday, June 4, 2015 6:00 PM
Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcomes Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley for a reading from her latest novel, "Early Warning," the second installment in The Last Hundred Years Trilogy. Capturing a transformative period through richly drawn characters we come to know and care deeply for, Early Warning continues Smiley’s extraordinary epic trilogy, a gorgeously told saga that began with Some Luck and will span a century in America.
Thursday, June 4, 2015 5:30 PM7:00 PM
In honor of Judith Sargent Murray's 264th birthday, Cape Ann students will read selections written by Judith Sargent Murray, our nation's colonial champion of women. Jay DiPrima will perform excerpts from his 2014 play, "Mingling of Souls from Sorrow to Joy" based on Judith Sargent Murray's relationship with her husband, John Murray, American's first Universalist minister.
Saturday, June 6, 2015 9:00 AM6:00 PM
Help shape climate policy! Take part in a worldwide conversation with people from up to 100 countries. Participants will learn about climate and energy issues and then make recommendations for the United Nations climate policy meeting in the fall. People of all backgrounds and levels are invited to participate. Apply now to be one of 100 participants representing diverse backgrounds. Make your voice heard by climate decision makers. People will come together at Northeastern University for this all-day event to engage in civic participation. Share your views! Apply by May 1. Participants will be paid $100. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Participants outside the Boston area will receive information about transportation to the event.
  • Northeastern University Egan Center
  • Boston, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • contact: 617-589-4250
  • web: bit.ly/applywwviewsma
  • email: forumrsvp@mos.org
  • cost: Free ($100 stipend for participants)
Sunday, June 7, 2015 1:00 PM4:00 PM
Join us for a history adventure exploring how we can see the early settlement of Plainfield in the landscape today. 1:00 maps and 2:00 guided tour of "Old County Road to Allis Cemetery."
Sunday, June 7, 2015 3PM5PM
In the wake of the American Revolution, Belinda, enslaved for fifty years by the Royall family, successfully petitioned the Massachusetts legislature for a pension from the proceeds of Isaac Royall’s estate. Her eloquent petition, among the earliest narratives by an African American woman, opens a rare window onto the life of an enslaved woman in colonial North America. Renowned storyteller, teaching artist, and living historian Tammy Denease will use Belinda’s own words to bring this strong woman to life -- on the site where she lived and worked -- and will discuss her own fascinating creative process with the audience. This benefit event on the museum grounds will include music, refreshments, and museum tours.
  • Royall House and Slave Quarters, 15 George Street
  • Medford, Middlesex County, MA (Metrowest Boston)
  • contact: 781-396-9032
  • web: www.RoyallHouse.org
  • email: programs@royallhouse.org
  • cost: $40 for members; $50 for non-members
Thursday, June 11, 2015 6:00 PM7:30 PM
Following a screening of the newly restored documentary, "James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket," the filmmaker Karen Thorsen, Tufts professor Peniel Joseph, poet Nikky Finney and James Baldwin's niece Aisha Karefa-Smart discuss his call for equality and its relevance today.
Friday, June 19, 2015 7:00 PM
Aaron Miller, Archeologist and Assistant Curator of the Mt. Holyoke College Art Museum, will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the town of Charlemont by recounting its history, dating from the earliest residents of Native Americans to immigrant arrivals in the mid-18th century.
  • Charlemont Federated Church, 175 Main Street
  • Charlemont, Franklin County, MA (CT Valley)
  • contact: (413) 339-4294
  • cost: Free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Friday, June 26, 2015 10:00 AM3:00 PM
Join us for a dynamic and informative workshop interpreting historic houses for visitors who are blind or have low-vision! We'll hear from Hannah Goodwin, Manager of Accessibility for the MFA, participate in fun and informative interactive exercises designed to develop skills in describing for the blind, and test our new skills during a tour of the mansion. Snacks provided. You can brown-bag your lunch or we will order from Panera for you.
  • Gore Place, 52 Gore Street
  • Waltham, Middlesex County, MA (Metrowest Boston)
  • contact: (781) 894-2798 ext. 12
  • email: events@goreplace.org
  • cost: Free. Reservations required.
  • funded by Mass Humanities
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
Sunday, June 28, 2015 4:00 PM
Join Brockton in a communal reading of the fiery July 5, 1852, speech in which Frederick Douglass took exception to being asked to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 10:00 AM2:00 PM
Have you ever wondered what life was like in Northampton three hundred years ago? Are you curious about archaeology? You are invited to participate in the Digging Northampton's History project, an excavation of the 18th century Parsons House in Northampton. We will be excavating the yard and kitchen areas in advance of much-needed rehabilitation to the house. Volunteers interested in helping with excavation or artifact washing are asked to contact the project director, Linda Ziegenbein (diggingnorthampton@gmail.com). Work will be done May 19 - June 6th. The site will be open for general visitors from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on May 23, May 30, and June 30. Come and get your hands in our local history!
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 5:00 PM
Join Worcester in a communal reading of the fiery July 5, 1852, speech in which Frederick Douglass took exception to being asked to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Thursday, July 2, 2015 12:00 PM
A communal reading of the fiery July 5, 1852, speech in which Frederick Douglass took exception to being asked to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Friday, July 3, 2015 6:00 PM
Join our 5th annual communal reading of the famous Frederick Douglass speech at High Rock Tower in Lynn, MA, home of Douglass' friends the Hutchinson Family Singers.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 7:00 PM
David Hernandez, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at Mt. Holyoke College will join William Joyce, former immigration judge in Boston, to examine current U. S. immigration law and the practice of detention and deportation. Sofia Campos, (Peru/Los Angeles), board chair 2011-2014 of United We Dream, a national immigrant youth network, brings a vibrant voice to the discussion.
  • Charlemont Federated Church, 175 Main Street
  • Charlemont, Franklin County, MA (CT Valley)
  • contact: (413) 339-4294
  • cost: Free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, July 18, 2015 10:00AMSunday, July 19, 2015 5:00PM
A festival of indigenous art, music, & cultures from around the world featuring indigenous artists, performers, and handmade products benefiting the livelihoods of artists, projects in their communities, and fair trade. Shop unique folk art, jewelry, clothing, crafts, decor, tribal rugs, & much more. Meet the artists, learn about their art and cultures. Enjoy FREE music performances, presentations, Native American storytelling, educational displays, craft-making demonstrations, & ethnic cuisine.
Saturday, August 1, 2015 9:00 AM4:00 PM
Featuring great books and great writing, the MV Book Festival celebrates the island's rich literary heritage with nationally and local renowned authors. Over 30 acclaimed authors will speak throughout the day in a series of panel discussions. Festival continues up island in Chilmark on Sunday.
Sunday, August 2, 2015 9:00 AM4:00 PM
Featuring great books and great writing, the festival celebrates the island's rich literary heritage with nationally and locally renowned authors. Over 30 acclaimed authors will speak throughout the day in tents on the grounds of the Chilmark Community Center. Authors will sign their books. Book sales by Bunch of Grapes Bookstore.
Thursday, August 6, 2015 7:00 PM
David Martin, Distinguished Professor of International Law at the University of Virginia, will examine current political and ethical controversies relating to immigration. Alex Morse will reflect on his experience as Mayor of Holyoke, a city with a significant immigrant population. Marise Lyra, (Brazil/Amherst), teacher of English language learners at the Center for New Americans in Northampton, will share her immigration story.
  • Charlemont Federated Church, 175 Main Street
  • Charlemont, Franklin County, MA (CT Valley)
  • contact: (413) 339-4294
  • cost: Free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, October 10, 2015 10:00 AMMonday, October 12, 2015 5:00 PM
A festival of indigenous art, music, & cultures from around the world featuring Indigenous artists, performers, and handmade products benefiting the livelihoods of artists, projects in their communities, and fair trade. Shop unique folk art, jewelry, clothing, crafts, decor, tribal rugs, & much more. Meet the artists, learn about their art and cultures. Enjoy FREE music performances, presentations, Native American storytelling, educational displays, craft-making demonstrations, & ethnic cuisine.

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
Thursday, January 1, 2015 Thursday, December 31, 2015
The Museum's new Black Books exhibition and complementary programming examine historical and cultural implications of learning to read and write, as well as publishing the works of free and formerly enslaved African American voices. Free black communities from Boston and beyond began sharing books, newspapers, periodicals, poems, and other writings to advance campaigns for freedom from the Colonial period through the 19th century and for personal expression and enjoyment. These pioneering wordsmiths continue to inspire gifted writers to use their published works as agents for social change. To celebrate their passion for free speech and draw parallels across the ages, Black Books places 18th and 19th century African American authors from the Museum’s collection of rare books in dialogue with more contemporary works. The exhibit and programs feature a wide array of selected genres, including poetry, fiction, autobiography, medicine, military experience, sociology, and music. Lead partners: National Park Service, Boston African American National Historic Site and Suffolk University’s Mildred F. Sawyer Library, where the Museum’s book collection is housed.
  • Museum of African American History, 46 Joy Street
  • Boston, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • contact: 617-725-0022, ext. 222
  • web: maah.org
  • cost: Free
Saturday, February 28, 2015 9:30 AMTuesday, February 16, 2016 4:30 PM
A new exhibition in the lobby of the Flynt Center of Early New England Life at Historic Deerfield, highlights the new design style that developed in mid-18th century France and England, referred to today as Neoclassicism, which harkened back to the shapes and ornaments of classical Greece and Rome. It eventually took hold in the United States as the Federal style, and can be seen in everything from architecture to furniture, emphasizing clean, geometric lines and more delicate Neoclassical detailing. Characteristic motifs of the Neoclassical style are frequent use of swags, festoons, ribbons, beading, vases, and urns. Neoclassical forms and decoration will be seen in objects in the exhibition that range from ceramics and card tables to needlework pictures and prints.
Saturday, May 2, 2015 Saturday, September 12, 2015
This exceptional, compelling selection of 48 icons and extraordinary artifacts from the British Museum traces the stylistic development of sacred art from ancient Byzantium, center of Christian civilization, to the introduction of Christianity to Russia. The exhibition of rare icons will also include Byzantine cast metal objects, ivories and engraved gems. This is the first time the renowned British Museum in London has lent Saint John the Baptist (Constantinople c. 1300) and the famous Saint George and the Dragon (Pskov, late 14th century) to a museum in the U.S.A. These extraordinarily rare icons—two of the oldest and finest icons in existence—alone are worth a visit to the exhibit. In addition to the icons and artifacts from the British Museum, the exhibition will be augmented with related icons from the collection of the Museum of Russian Icons.

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