Events

Thursday, December 14, 2017 7:30 PM9:30 PM
A piece of original theater taking Shakespeare's political tragedy Julius Caesar as the launching point, with youth interacting along the way with the artists working on Actors' Shakespeare Project's all-female professional production.
Friday, December 15, 2017 7:30 PM9:30 PM
A piece of original theater taking Shakespeare's political tragedy Julius Caesar as the launching point, with youth interacting along the way with the artists working on Actors' Shakespeare Project's all-female professional production.
Saturday, December 16, 2017 7:30 PM9:30 PM
A piece of original theater taking Shakespeare's political tragedy Julius Caesar as the launching point, with youth interacting along the way with the artists working on Actors' Shakespeare Project's all-female professional production.
Sunday, December 17, 2017 4:30 PM5:00 PM
Julius Caesar is sometimes thought to be a play with no true villain. Join members of the Actors' Shakespeare Project cast as they discuss whether there is a villain in the story, and how the intents behind characters actions are justified.
Monday, February 5, 2018 11:15 AM
A film and discussion featuring the Oscar Nominated film "I Am Not Your Negro," a 2016 documentary film directed by Raoul Peck, based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript, "Remember This House". Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, the film explores the history of racism in the U.S. through Baldwin's reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr, as well as his personal observations of American history.
Monday, February 5, 2018 1:35 PM
A film and discussion featuring the Oscar Nominated film "I Am Not Your Negro," a 2016 documentary film directed by Raoul Peck, based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript, "Remember This House." Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, the film explores the history of racism in the U.S. through Baldwin's reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr, as well as his personal observations of American history.
Monday, February 5, 2018 4:00 PM
A film and discussion featuring the Oscar Nominated film "I Am Not Your Negro," a 2016 documentary film directed by Raoul Peck, based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript, "Remember This House." Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, the film explores the history of racism in the U.S. through Baldwin's reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr, as well as his personal observations of American history.
Saturday, March 3, 2018 5:30 PM
An exploration of the period of South Asian history referenced in Rajiv Joseph's play "Guards at the Taj." The plot revolves around the construction of the Taj Majal and raises questions about how grand building projects affect the ordinary lives of people who are caught in the great game of power and politics. During this symposia, actors will perform scenes from "Guards at the Taj" and audience members will be guided to explore the following questions: What drives the building of a monumental masterpiece like the Taj Majal? To whose benefit? At what cost? These questions --? as well as related questions raised in the play about beauty, love, and the power to design one's life --? will all be posed in relationship to the history of India and in the context of today's cultural/political climate.
Monday, March 5, 2018 11:15 AM
A film and discussion featuring the Oscar Nominated film "Hidden Figures," a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Theodore Melfi and written by Melfi and Allison Schroeder, based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly about Black female mathematicians who worked at the NASA during the Space Race.
Monday, March 5, 2018 1:35 PM
A film and discussion featuring the Oscar Nominated film "Hidden Figures," a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Theodore Melfi and written by Melfi and Allison Schroeder, based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly about Black female mathematicians who worked at the NASA during the Space Race.
Monday, March 5, 2018 4:00 PM
A film and discussion featuring the Oscar Nominated film "Hidden Figures," a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Theodore Melfi and written by Melfi and Allison Schroeder, based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly about Black female mathematicians who worked at the NASA during the Space Race.
Saturday, March 10, 2018 5:30 PM
This symposia explores the dynamics between the discipline of history on the one hand (involving research and complex interpretations designed to arrive at truth) and the discipline of theater on the other (involving the retelling of history at the service of discerning meaning from the past). Actors from State Ensemble Theater Unit will perform scenes from "Shah Jahan" and "Guards at the Taj." Following the scene performances, audience members will engage in discussion asking the following questions: What is the nature of the truths we seek from the stage? How does the history of the Mogul Emperor Shah Jahan differ from the work of the late 19th century Bengali playwright D.L. Ray in "Shah Jahan," and the contemporary Indian--?American playwright Rajiv Joseph in "Guards at the Taj?"
Thursday, March 29, 2018 6:00 PM7:30 PM
Some of the great stories of American freedom explore how disenfranchised groups have asserted their rights to be citizens. We will host a discussion that will explore how groups through American history have used agitation to help change the dialog about their position as citizens and how this history can help inform our views and reactions to the changing political climate we see today. We will explore questions of race, politics, sexuality, immigration and throughout all of it, citizenship.
  • Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street
  • Boston, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • contact: (617) 646-0515
  • web: www.masshist.org
  • email: gkleespies@masshist.org
  • cost: Free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Monday, April 2, 2018 11:15 AM
A film and discussion featuring the Emmy Nominated film "Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," a film directed by George C. Wolfe and starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne. It is based on the book of the same name by Rebecca Skloot and documents the story of Henrietta Lacks, who was diagnosed with cervical cancer in the 1950s, and whose cancer cells (later known as HeLa) would change the course of cancer treatment.
Monday, April 2, 2018 1:35 PM
A film and discussion featuring the Emmy Nominated film "Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," a film directed by George C. Wolfe and starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne. It is based on the book of the same name by Rebecca Skloot and documents the story of Henrietta Lacks, who was diagnosed with cervical cancer in the 1950s, and whose cancer cells (later known as HeLa) would change the course of cancer treatment.
Monday, April 2, 2018 4:00 PM
A film and discussion featuring the Emmy Nominated film "Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," a film directed by George C. Wolfe and starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne. It is based on the book of the same name by Rebecca Skloot and documents the story of Henrietta Lacks, who was diagnosed with cervical cancer in the 1950s, and whose cancer cells (later known as HeLa) would change the course of cancer treatment.
Thursday, April 19, 2018 7:00 PM8:30 PM
Artifacts come to life through the eyes of volunteer researchers with audience participation in a moderated discussion. Participants will be able to carefully handle and closely view 4 to 6 objects from the Society's collections.
  • Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page Street
  • Danvers, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (978) 777-1666
  • web: www.danvershistory.org
  • email: DHS@DANVERSHISTORY.ORG
  • cost: donations gratefully accepted for educational programming
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Thursday, September 20, 2018 7:00 PM8:30 PM
Artifacts come to life through the eyes of volunteer researchers with audience participation in a moderated discussion. Participants will be able to carefully handle and closely view 4 to 6 objects from the Society's collections.

Exhibits

Thursday, September 7, 2017 1:00 PMSaturday, December 23, 2017 4:00 PM
The Chair City Oral History Book Series honors the people who made the product that defines Chair City, while bringing the community together to celebrate the legacy, values, and skills of furniture workers. In this project, first-hand accounts from furniture workers are made into hand-crafted books using a vintage letterpress and hand-binding techniques. The books are all made by volunteers right in downtown Gardner at the Chair City Community Workshop. This exhibit focuses on the stories of people who worked at Nichols & Stone, the last large furniture factory to close in Gardner in 2008. The exhibit also shows examples of the antique tools and old-fashioned techniques that are used to print and bind the books. The exhibit runs during regular museum opening hours Wednesday-Sunday 1-4 pm.
Saturday, September 9, 2017 10:00 AMFriday, December 22, 2017 4:00 PM
Andover's special places are as diverse as the community itself. The Places juried art show, on exhibit September 9 through December 22, 2017, at the Andover Historical Society, 97 Main Street, Andover, features original works of art inspired by Andover's many special places. Thirty-five original works of art by 20 artists from Andover and as far away as Acton and Dunstable were selected for the show. Watercolor, acrylic, and oil paintings will be on display along with works in decoupage and clay. Places is supported by Andover Historical Society, Andover Cultural Council, Andover Artists Guild, Essex Art Center, Andover PK-12 Visual & Performing Arts Department, artists and community members.
Saturday, October 14, 2017 Sunday, February 25, 2018
Itinerant photographer William Bullard left behind a trove of over 5,400 glass negatives at the time of his death in 1918. Among these negatives are over 230 portraits of African Americans and Native Americans mostly from the Beaver Brook community in Worcester,MA. This exhibit features eighty of these unprinted and heretofore unpublished photographs. that otherwise may have been lost to history. Bullard's identification of over 80% of his sitters makes this collection especially rare and enables this exhibition to tell specific stories about individuals and recreate a more accurate historical context. Moreover, Bullard's portraits examine the role of photography as the vehicle for "a new Black identity" during the nascent years of the New Negro movement. Offering a photographic narrative of migration and resettlement in the aftermath of Emancipation and Reconstruction, Bullard's portraits address larger themes involving race in American history, many of which remain relevant today, notably, the story of people of color claiming their rightful place in society as well as the fundamentally American story of migration, immigration, and the creation of a community in new surroundings.

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