Events

Monday, October 20, 2014 7:00 PM8:30 PM
Dr. Arthur Kleinman will discuss the primacy of the patient’s lived experience of illness, the relationship between narrative and caregiving, and the ways in which the humanities and interpretive social sciences matter for doctors and other caregivers. Kleinman is professor of medical anthropology in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine and Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
Monday, October 20, 2014 4:00 PM
A public seminar led by Timothy Patrick McCarthy, with Jim Hubbard, co-founder, ACT-UP Oral History Project, and Gregory Eow, Charles Warren Bibliographer of American History, Harvard University.
  • Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, 219 Rubenstein Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
  • Cambridge, Middlesex County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • contact: (617) 547-8300
  • web: americanrepertorytheater.org/events/show/art-human-rights
  • cost: Free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Monday, October 20, 2014 7:00 PM
Timothy Patrick McCarthy in conversation with Jim Hubbard, Director, United in Anger; Evelynn Hammonds, Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science, and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University; and David Pendleton, programmer, Harvard Film Archives
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 7:00 PMSunday, October 26, 2014 5:00 PM
Last year over 140 writers took part. This, the fifth year, will be 6 days, with one day for a story competition called The Mole, five minute true stories without a script or notes, voted on by the entire audience. 5 days of venues throughout downtown Greenfield where beginner and pro writers, poets, spoken word artists will present their work in 10 minute slots. Each night has a 9:00 show, showcasing some of the best in New England and beyond.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 4:30 PM6:00 PM
Using examples from paintings, manuscripts, and printed books, Professor Ann Blair will explore how collaboration was just as (and perhaps even more) widespread and essential to scholarship during the early modern period than it is in current times. Clark University Provost and Professor of Philosophy Davis Baird will offer commentary.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 7:00 PM
Timothy Patrick McCarthy in conversation with Robert Schenkkan, 2014 Tony Award-winning playwright (All the Way) and Professor Lani Guinier, civil rights theorist and Bennett Boskey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.
  • Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street
  • Cambridge, Middlesex County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • contact: (617) 547-8300
  • web: americanrepertorytheater.org/events/show/art-human-rights
  • cost: Free, but this is a ticketed event. Please reserve tickets at: http://americanrepertorytheater.org/events/show/art-human-rights
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Thursday, October 23, 2014 7:00 PM10:00 PM
Mass Humanities celebrates its fortieth anniversary with a film-and-discussion program that takes on urgent questions about the American social contract today. What do we owe each other? How can we deliver on the promise of equality that animates our democracy? The time to talk is NOW! Join moderator Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello for a two-hour film-and-discussion program. The program will feature clips from "The Loving Story," "Slavery by Another Name," "Freedom Riders," and "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers." Followed by a reception.
  • Berkshire Museum, 39 South St
  • Pittsfield, Berkshire County, MA (Berkshire)
  • contact: (413) 584-8440 x100
  • web: masshumanities.org/40th_events_pittsfield
  • cost: Free and open to the public. Pre-registration required. Register online or by calling.
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, October 25, 2014 1:00 PM2:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Lynn Public Library, 5 North Common Street
  • Lynn, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (781) 595-0567 ext. 110
  • email: scronin@noblenet.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, October 25, 2014 10:30 AM12:00 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Huntington Public Library, 7 East Main Street
  • Huntington, Hampshire County, MA (CT Valley)
  • contact: (413) 667-3506
  • email: huntingtonlib@comcast.net
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, October 25, 2014 3:00 PM4:30 PM
A reading and discussion program for families with children ages 10-13. Children and their parents or caregivers will read chapters from age-appropriate novels and convene four times. Skilled facilitators will lead provocative conversations.
  • J.V. Fletcher Library, 50 Main Street
  • Westford, Middlesex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (978) 399-2307
  • email: kmcgann@westfordma.gov
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, October 25, 2014 11:00 AM12:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Parlin Memorial Library, 410 Broadway
  • Everett, Middlesex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (617) 394-2306
  • email: vandalin@noblenet.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, October 25, 2014 2:00 PM3:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Grafton Public Library, 35 Grafton Common
  • Grafton, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (508) 839-4649
  • email: acusher@cwmars.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, October 25, 2014 12:00 PM1:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Raynham Public Library, 760 South Main Street
  • Raynham, Bristol County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: (508) 823-1344
  • email: kbrother@sailsinc.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, October 25, 2014 4:00 PM6:00 PM
Do you dare to be led amongst the tombstones, summoning the ghosts of Framingham’s past to tell their legendary tales? You just may hear from the heroic Peter Salem, the quick-thinking Jonathan Maynard, midnight rider Abel Benson, the wealthy Buckminsters, the tragic Mrs. Twitchell, and other specters who may or may not appear. This program is presented by the Framingham History Center program in collaboration with Plymouth Church. Content is most suitable for persons age 8+. Wear appropriate footwear to accommodate hilly terrain.
Saturday, October 25, 2014 1:00 PM3:00 PM
Massachusetts is celebrating its 23rd annual Archaeology Month in 2014 and we are joining in with a Kid’s Archaeology Day. Do you ever wonder how people lived hundreds or even thousands of years ago? What kind of tools did they use? What did their toys look like? Come and learn about life long ago at our Archaeology Day event! You’ll see real artifacts from New England history and learn how archaeologists decipher our past. Kids will even get to take home their own treasures.
  • Old Colony Historical Society, 66 Church Green
  • Taunton, Bristol County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: 508-822-1622
  • cost: Free but call to reserve your spot.
Saturday, October 25, 2014 10:30 AM12:00 PM
Do you have a wedding dress, christening gown, or other important family textile that you would like to preserve? Preservation specialist Renee Walker-Tuttle will be on hand to lead an interactive workshop on textile preservation and work one-on-one to help you preserve your important family treasures. Amazing textiles from the OCHS collection will be on view for this workshop only, giving class participants the chance to see rare 18th, 19th, and 20th century textiles released from storage. You will leave with an archival-safe means of storage and the knowledge to care for other objects in your own personal collection. Registration is needed one week prior to the class, so we can order the appropriate amount of archival materials.
  • Old Colony Historical Society, 66 Church Green
  • Taunton, Bristol County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: 508-822-1622
  • cost: $40 for OCHS members, $50 for non-members,
Saturday, October 25, 2014 3:00 PM6:00 PM
Join Bentley University Professor Christopher Beneke and a panel of religious leaders for a discussion of the right to religious liberty as guaranteed by the Constitution. Professor Beneke is the author of "Beyond Toleration: The Religious Origins of American Pluralism" and co-editor of "The First Prejudice: Religious Tolerance and Intolerance in Early America." His current research focuses on the history of the First Amendment's religious clauses ("Free Exercise" is forthcoming with Cornell University Press). Sponsored by the Sargent House Museum.
Sunday, October 26, 2014 2:00 PM5:00 PM
Mass Humanities celebrates its fortieth anniversary with a film-and-discussion program that takes on urgent questions about the American social contract today. What do we owe each other? How can we deliver on the promise of equality that animates our democracy? The time to talk is NOW! Join moderator Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello for a two-hour film-and-discussion program. The program will feature clips from "The Loving Story," "Slavery by Another Name," "Freedom Riders," and "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers." Followed by an alcohol free reception.
  • Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem St
  • Worcester, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (413) 584-8440 x100
  • web: masshumanities.org/40th_events_worcester
  • cost: Free and open to the public. Pre-registration required. Register online or by calling.
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Monday, October 27, 2014 5:30 PM
Calling all public humanists —past, present, and future! Are you a student looking to apply your skills as a humanities major into a career—like programming, outreach, and education; community cultural work; historic preservation; arts and nonprofit administration; museum education, interpretation and curatorial work; or cultural planning—and seeking more information about the public humanities? Are you a professor or local professional trying to kick-start humanities courses, programs or programming at your college or organization? Have you experience in the public humanities and want to join in the conversation? All are invited to join Steven Lubar, professor of American Studies and History at Brown University as he discusses his decade-long tenure at the helm of Brown’s public humanities program.
  • Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
  • South Hadley, Hampshire County, MA (CT Valley)
  • cost: Free
Thursday, October 30, 2014 7:30 PM8:30 PM
On the heels of their 2014 new CD release and featured performance at the Beantown Jazz Festival, Dr. Bill Banfield’s Jazz Urbane cranks it up a notch with this special concert celebrating music and history in the African Meeting House. The Music Professor and Director of the Africana Studies Department at Berklee College of Music presents his ensemble in a live concert and traces the roots of African inspired music from blues and jazz to contemporary sounds and world music. Award winning composer, jazz guitarist, recording artist, and public radio show host has authored five books for Scarecrow Press on music, arts, cultural criticism and history, Dr. Banfield currently serves as the label's series editor for jazz and cultural studies. Dr. Cornel West called him, "one of the last grand Renaissance men in our time… a towering artist, exemplary educator, rigorous scholar, courageous freedom fighter…"
  • Museum of African American History: Boston Campus, 46 Joy St., Beacon Hill
  • Boston, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • contact: 617-725-0022 x22
  • web: www.maah.org
  • email: rsvp@maah.org
  • cost: $3-10, reservations encouraged
Saturday, November 1, 2014 1:00 PM2:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Lynn Public Library, 5 North Common Street
  • Lynn, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (781) 595-0567 ext. 110
  • email: scronin@noblenet.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, November 1, 2014 11:00 AM12:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Parlin Memorial Library, 410 Broadway
  • Everett, Middlesex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (617) 394-2306
  • email: vandalin@noblenet.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, November 1, 2014 12:00 PM1:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Raynham Public Library, 760 South Main Street
  • Raynham, Bristol County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: (508) 823-1344
  • email: kbrother@sailsinc.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, November 1, 2014 2:00 PM3:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Grafton Public Library, 35 Grafton Common
  • Grafton, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (508) 839-4649
  • email: acusher@cwmars.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, November 1, 2014 1:00 PM2:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • East Longmeadow Public Library, 60 Center Square
  • East Longmeadow, Hampden County, MA (CT Valley)
  • contact: (413) 525-5400 x1505
  • email: jenny.kinder@eastlongmeadowma.gov
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, November 1, 2014 10:30 AM12:00 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Huntington Public Library, 7 East Main Street
  • Huntington, Hampshire County, MA (CT Valley)
  • contact: (413) 667-3506
  • email: huntingtonlib@comcast.net
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, November 1, 2014 10:00 AM
Continuing our genealogy workshops series, we will be visiting the Field Burying Ground to learn the process of documenting a cemetery. Participants will learn to measure, describe, photograph, and transcribe the stones and will get to put their new skills to the test documenting the cemetery and adding to the historical record of this little-known burial ground in Taunton. A camera is not necessary, but if you have one, your work will be added to the OCHS collection for the use of future researchers.
  • Meet at Field Burying Ground, between 34 and 48 Field Street, at 9:45 AM. Parking is available along Field and Bay Street.
  • Taunton, Bristol County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: 508-822-1622
  • cost: Free but space is limited so please R.S.V.P.
Saturday, November 1, 2014 1:00 PM3:00 PM
“Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it? -every, every minute?” Please join us for this unique staged reading of Thornton Wilder’s classic portrayal of the cycle of life and death as directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian, a collaboration with Underground Railway Theater, a company in-residence at Central Square Theater. Acts One and Two of "Our Town" will take place in Story Chapel; the final act will take place in the landscape. Experience the conversation between these two American masterpieces – the play and the place. Please note: Act 3 will be held outside, except in case of extreme weather. There is a short walk involved. Please dress accordingly for cold or light rain.
Sunday, November 2, 2014 1:00 PM3:00 PM
“Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it? -every, every minute?” Please join us for this unique staged reading of Thornton Wilder’s classic portrayal of the cycle of life and death as directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian, a collaboration with Underground Railway Theater, a company in-residence at Central Square Theater. Acts One and Two of Our Town will take place in Story Chapel; the final act will take place in the landscape. Experience the conversation between these two American masterpieces – the play and the place. Please note: Act 3 will be held outside, except in case of extreme weather. There is a short walk involved. Please dress accordingly for cold or light rain.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 7:00 PM8:30 PM
United States Poet Laureate (2012-2014) and Pulitzer Prize winner Natasha Trethewey will read poems from Thrall, Native Guard, Bellocq’s Ophelia, and other works. In May 2014, Trethewey concluded two terms as the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States. She is currently the State Poet Laureate of Mississippi. She is the author of four collections of poetry and the recipient of numerous fellowships. Trethewey also contributed to “Where Poetry Lives,” a feature on the PBS NewsHour. This event is part of the Higgins School’s African American Intellectual Culture Series and is co-sponsored with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of the Provost at Clark University.
Saturday, November 8, 2014 11:00 AM12:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Parlin Memorial Library, 410 Broadway
  • Everett, Middlesex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (617) 394-2306
  • email: vandalin@noblenet.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, November 8, 2014 1:00 PM2:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Lynn Public Library, 5 North Common Street
  • Lynn, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (781) 595-0567 ext. 110
  • email: scronin@noblenet.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, November 8, 2014 1:00 PM2:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • East Longmeadow Public Library, 60 Center Square
  • East Longmeadow, Hampden County, MA (CT Valley)
  • contact: (413) 525-5400 x1505
  • email: jenny.kinder@eastlongmeadowma.gov
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, November 8, 2014 12:00 PM1:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Raynham Public Library, 760 South Main Street
  • Raynham, Bristol County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: (508) 823-1344
  • email: kbrother@sailsinc.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, November 8, 2014 10:30 AM12:00 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Huntington Public Library, 7 East Main Street
  • Huntington, Hampshire County, MA (CT Valley)
  • contact: (413) 667-3506
  • email: huntingtonlib@comcast.net
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, November 8, 2014 3:00 PM4:30 PM
A reading and discussion program for families with children ages 10-13. Children and their parents or caregivers will read chapters from age-appropriate novels and convene four times. Skilled facilitators will lead provocative conversations.
  • J.V. Fletcher Library, 50 Main Street
  • Westford, Middlesex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (978) 399-2307
  • email: kmcgann@westfordma.gov
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, November 8, 2014 2:30 PM
Proclamation is an eight-week, after-school writing and performance lab for rising high school juniors and seniors from Boston and Cambridge. Each year, ten students are selected to create and perform an original theater piece. This year's program, Proclamation 2, will explore the theme of RADICALS, inspired by Timothy Patrick McCarthy's The Radical Reader.
Saturday, November 8, 2014 7:30 PM
Proclamation is an eight-week, after-school writing and performance lab for rising high school juniors and seniors from Boston and Cambridge. Each year, ten students are selected to create and perform an original theater piece. This year's program, Proclamation 2, will explore the theme of RADICALS, inspired by Timothy Patrick McCarthy's The Radical Reader.
Sunday, November 9, 2014 2:00 PM4:00 PM
Marsha Finley lectures on Elizabeth Reynard and Virginia Gildersleeve, with emphasis on the many important causes they were involved in: women's educational equality and sufferage, the WAVES in WWII, the drafting of the UN Charter, and the establishment of a modern educational system in post-war Japan. Finley focuses on their love of Cape Cod, Reynard's books based on Cape folklore, their time in Chatham in a neighborhood filled with artists (like Harold Brett) and other intellectuals, their renovation and donation of the Jericho House in Dennis, etc. Gildersleeve and Reynard organized a women's group to halt Air Force bombing off Monomoy, for example.
Sunday, November 9, 2014 3:00 PM4:15 PM
Famous today as the country house depicted in the television series Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle has a fascinating history. Home since 1672 of the Herbert family, later Earls of Carnarvon, the house was created in the 19th century by architect Charles Barry. Highclere was home of the 5th Earl, who financed the 1922 expedition that discovered the tomb of King Tut. The 5th Earl's wife, Lady Almina, the illegitimate daughter of Alfred de Rothschild, brought great prominence to Highclere. Through the generosity of her father, she was a pioneer of military hospitals. Architectural historian Curt DiCamillo will explore Highclere, linking it to other historic houses, and explaining how the fictional Downton plot line has unexpected echoes to Highclere's history.
Sunday, November 9, 2014 4:00 PM5:30 PM
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the 40th anniversary of the legal proceedings that led to court-ordered busing to desegregate Boston Public Schools. This forum examines legislative and judicial efforts throughout our history to create a more equitable society and discuss the potential of each to confront the growing inequalities of our time. Distinguished panelists include: Former Congressman Barney Frank; Former Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Margaret H. Marshall; Rutgers Law Professor David Dante Troutt; and Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation. Moderator: Political journalist Todd Purdum
Sunday, November 9, 2014 5:30
To celebrate its 40th year, Mass Humanities will confer the Governor’s Award upon four exemplary individuals whose public actions have been grounded in an appreciation of the humanities, and have enhanced civic life in the Commonwealth. The honorees: Jill Ker Conway, Hubie Jones, J. Donald Monan, S.J., and Malcolm Rogers. Reception and silent auction begins at 5:30 PM, followed by dinner and The Governor’s Awards in the Humanities Presentations at 6:30 PM.
Saturday, November 15, 2014 11:00 AM12:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Parlin Memorial Library, 410 Broadway
  • Everett, Middlesex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (617) 394-2306
  • email: vandalin@noblenet.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, November 15, 2014 1:00 PM2:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Lynn Public Library, 5 North Common Street
  • Lynn, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (781) 595-0567 ext. 110
  • email: scronin@noblenet.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, November 15, 2014 12:00 PM1:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Raynham Public Library, 760 South Main Street
  • Raynham, Bristol County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: (508) 823-1344
  • email: kbrother@sailsinc.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, November 15, 2014 2:00 PM3:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Grafton Public Library, 35 Grafton Common
  • Grafton, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (508) 839-4649
  • email: acusher@cwmars.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, November 15, 2014 1:00 PM2:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • East Longmeadow Public Library, 60 Center Square
  • East Longmeadow, Hampden County, MA (CT Valley)
  • contact: (413) 525-5400 x1505
  • email: jenny.kinder@eastlongmeadowma.gov
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Thursday, November 20, 2014 7:00 PM
lymouth Succotash has featured in the celebration of Forefathers’ Day – the commemoration of the landing of Plymouth’s first English colonists – since its inauguration in 1769. Over the course of twelve decades, the holiday developed from a sociable tavern gathering to a wider entertainment shared by scores of townsfolk to a massive attraction put on for hordes of visitors. Food historian Paula Marcoux examines the rise and fall of the signature dish of succotash, including its evolving composition, reputation, and role in the festivities. Join us as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving and learn about the delicious history of the Old Colony.
  • Old Colony Historical Society, 66 Church Green
  • Taunton, Bristol County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: 5088221622
  • cost: Free and open to the public with light refreshments to follow
Saturday, November 22, 2014 1:00 PM2:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Lynn Public Library, 5 North Common Street
  • Lynn, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (781) 595-0567 ext. 110
  • email: scronin@noblenet.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, November 22, 2014 1:00 PM2:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • East Longmeadow Public Library, 60 Center Square
  • East Longmeadow, Hampden County, MA (CT Valley)
  • contact: (413) 525-5400 x1505
  • email: jenny.kinder@eastlongmeadowma.gov
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, November 22, 2014 2:00 PM3:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Grafton Public Library, 35 Grafton Common
  • Grafton, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (508) 839-4649
  • email: acusher@cwmars.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, November 22, 2014 3:00 PM4:30 PM
A reading and discussion program for families with children ages 10-13. Children and their parents or caregivers will read chapters from age-appropriate novels and convene four times. Skilled facilitators will lead provocative conversations.
  • J.V. Fletcher Library, 50 Main Street
  • Westford, Middlesex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (978) 399-2307
  • email: kmcgann@westfordma.gov
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, November 29, 2014 2:00 PM3:30 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.
  • Grafton Public Library, 35 Grafton Common
  • Grafton, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (508) 839-4649
  • email: acusher@cwmars.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, December 13, 2014 1:00 PM3:00 PM
Many families collect Christmas ornaments and other holiday decorations to build tradition and long-lasting memories. For this class only, we will bring out from storage our entire ornament collection, and discuss the history of “The Christmas City.” We will provide the supplies to make your own glass ornaments to share with family this holiday season. All ages are welcome, so bring the kids for a fun day of holiday cheer. Registration is needed one week prior to the class, so we can order the appropriate amount of materials. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Taunton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
  • Old Colony Historical Society, 66 Church Green
  • Taunton, Bristol County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: 5088221622
  • cost: Free but call to register.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 6:30 PM8:00 PM
A reading and discussion program for families with children ages 10-13. Children and their parents or caregivers will read chapters from age-appropriate novels and convene four times. Skilled facilitators will lead provocative conversations.
  • Joshua Hyde Library, 306 Main Street
  • Sturbridge, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • email: czelazo@cwmars.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 6:30 PM8:00 PM
A reading and discussion program for families with children ages 10-13. Children and their parents or caregivers will read chapters from age-appropriate novels and convene four times. Skilled facilitators will lead provocative conversations.
  • Joshua Hyde Library, 306 Main Street
  • Sturbridge, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (508) 347-2512
  • email: czelazo@cwmars.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 6:30 PM8:00 PM
A reading and discussion program for families with children ages 10-13. Children and their parents or caregivers will read chapters from age-appropriate novels and convene four times. Skilled facilitators will lead provocative conversations.
  • Joshua Hyde Library, 306 Main Street
  • Sturbridge, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (508) 347-2512
  • email: czelazo@cwmars.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 6:30 PM8:00 PM
A reading and discussion program for families with children ages 10-13. Children and their parents or caregivers will read chapters from age-appropriate novels and convene four times. Skilled facilitators will lead provocative conversations.
  • Joshua Hyde Library, 306 Main Street
  • Sturbridge, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (508) 347-2512
  • email: czelazo@cwmars.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities

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: Adults $5.00; Children/Seniors $3.00; AAA Members, 2 for 1; Newton Residents: Adults $2.00; Children/Seniors $1.00; Historic Newton Members: Free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, April 5, 2014 Saturday, October 25, 2014
What do a blood-stained Bible, a 34-star flag and a small, leather-bound diary from 1862-63 have in common? They are all part of the Civil War history of the Connecticut River Valley, and they tell stories about the men who fought and those who died. We've got canon balls, large and small; an M-1851 Springfield musket; leather cartridge cases; a Confederate and a Union canteen, and more! Come visit the Hatfield Historical Museum on Saturday mornings from 9:30 to 12:30, or Tuesday mornings by appointment.
Saturday, April 5, 2014 10:00 AMFriday, October 31, 2014 4:00 PM
Visit the Buckman Tavern, the gathering place for the Lexington militia before they encountered British soldiers in the first battle of the American Revolution, and enjoy a new self-guided audio tour.
  • Buckman Tavern, 1 Bedford Street
  • Lexington, Middlesex County, MA (Metrowest Boston)
  • contact: (781) 862-1703
  • web: www.lexingtonhistory.org
  • email: office@lexingtonhistory.org
  • cost: $7 Adult / $5 Child or visit all 3 historic houses for $12 Adult / $8 Child
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Monday, April 28, 2014 Sunday, March 15, 2015
In the early 20th century the village of Deerfield supported a thriving Arts and Crafts community of metalsmiths, potters, furniture makers, photographers, embroiderers, and basket makers. Frequently inspired by objects from New England's past, these artisans combined older designs and techniques in new and creative ways to sell to a 20th-century audience. Several of the Deerfield artisans, who were predominantly women, achieved national recognition for their work. This exhibition will feature more than 25 objects from Historic Deerfield's collections and will include objects made by Madeline Yale Wynne, Cornelius Kelley, the Deerfield Society of Blue and White Needlework, and the Pocumtuck Basket Makers.
Thursday, June 12, 2014 10:00 AMSaturday, January 24, 2015 4:00 PM
To commemorate the centennial of the outbreak of World War I, the Massachusetts Historical Society has organized an exhibition focusing on two of the hundreds of women from the Commonwealth who went to France as members of the U.S. armed forces, the Red Cross, and other war relief organizations. From the Society’s extraordinary collection of women’s remembrances, the exhibition features photographs, letters, diaries, and memorabilia related to Margaret Hall and Eleanor (Nora) Saltonstall, Red Cross volunteers in France. Both women were keen observers of the climactic months of the war and depicted what they witnessed in vivid detail. Please see website for building closings.
  • Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street
  • Boston, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • contact: 617-536-1608
  • web: www.masshist.org
  • cost: free
Friday, September 12, 2014 Friday, October 31, 2014
Forbes Library Archives exhibits photography by U. Stephen Johnson in celebration of the World Premiere of the new screwball comedy, "Nobody's Girl," at Northampton's Academy of Music Theater in October. In addition to being a photographer, Mr. Johnson worked as a freelance union projectionist at Northampton's various movie theaters. He appears in "Nobody's Girl" as a projectionist at the Academy in the early 1940s, and as a flirtation -- perhaps even romantic interest -- of Mildred E Walker, the play's lead character. In real life, he married Ms. Walker in 1949. Included in the exhibit is an original print of the photo portrait taken of Ms. Walker by Mr. Johnson, which is featured in the artwork for the Academy's production.
  • Forbes Library, 20 West Street
  • Northampton, Hampshire County, MA (CT Valley)
  • web: forbeslibrary.org/
  • cost: free
Friday, September 26, 2014 Friday, April 3, 2015
Taunton has 375 years of characters to draw from, and the many personalities of the city will be on display in our fall exhibition. Selected from the museum’s remarkable portrait collection, and enhanced with photographs from the archives, Faces of Taunton celebrates the men, women, and children, past and present, who have called the city home.
  • Old Colony Historical Society, 66 Church Green
  • Taunton, Bristol County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: 508-822-1622
  • web: www.oldcolonyhistoricalsociety.org
  • cost: Free with museum admission ($4)
Friday, October 3, 2014 Friday, October 31, 2014
Work House is the October exhibition at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts. It traces the evolution of worker housing in the city of Pittsfield as a way to uncover untold stories of the forces that have shaped the city throughout its two hundred year relationship with industry. Frank Lloyd Wright's 1941 commission for Defense Worker Housing in Pittsfield, never built, will be exhibited in the city for the first time. Opening reception October 3rd, 3-8 pm.
  • Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave
  • Pittsfield, Berkshire County, MA (Berkshire)
  • web: www.discoverpittsfield.com
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities

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