Events

Sunday, May 3, 2015 2:00 PM4:00 PM
Come and hear the author discuss his newest work, "Pushing for Cushing In War and Peace." The book is a history of Framingham's Cushing Hospital from 1943-1991 by Frederic A. Wallace. Fred tackles a fascinating piece of twentieth century town history, that of the Cushing Hospital, a complex built here during World War II for the U.S. Army. Relying heavily on in-person interviews, he reconstructs its wartime history and how, in peacetime, it became a leader in the field of geriatric medicine. Book signing to follow. Exclusive price at the Framingham History Center $15.94 (includes tax). Free for members, $5 for non-members.
Sunday, May 3, 2015 3:00 PM
Join us in welcoming Lorenz Finison as he presents his latest book, Boston's Cycling Craze, 1880-1900. Lorenz examines cycling here in the Bay State and its social implications for the men and women who dared to join the craze on two and three wheels! He will also discuss the connections of Valley cyclists to the larger movement.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 7:00 PM8:30 PM
Join us to celebrate the launch of "Interpreting Slavery at Museums and Historic Sites," a new book from Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Editors Kristin Gallas and James DeWolf Perry, of the Tracing Center on Histories and Legacies of Slavery, will be on hand to talk about why the history of slavery in the United States is important and relevant to our communities, how historic sites and museums can facilitate the sharing of these stories, and how they tie into vital contemporary public debates. Copies of Interpreting Slavery at Museums and Historic Sites will be available for purchase and signing after the talk.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 9:30 PM10:00 PM
As part of our Central Conversations series, after the May 6th performance of Mr g we will host a post-show talkback with Dr. J.L.A. Garcia, one of our Mass Humanities Scholars, and discuss a philosophical perspective on Mr g.
  • Central Square Theater, 450 Massachusetts Ave.
  • Cambridge, Middlesex County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • contact: (617) 576-9278
  • web: www.centralsquaretheater.org
  • email: seg@centralsquaretheater.org
  • cost: Post-show conversation is free, ticket fees apply to performance
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Friday, May 8, 2015 Sunday, May 10, 2015
The Peace Encampment Herstory Project (PeHP) presents "HeRSToRy HaPPeNiNG,” a 3-day, 5-event celebration over Mother's Day weekend to officially launch its online archive peacecampherstory.blogspot.com and celebrate its collection being added to The Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University. Founded in 2005, PeHP is a collection of oral herstories, songs, images, and articles from the Women’s Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice (1982-2006), an all-women’s community of nonviolent protest established adjacent to the Seneca Army Depot in Romulus, New York. PeHP will be collecting peace camp material and recording stories for the archives. Please bring yours to share!
  • various locations in and around Boston
  • Boston, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • web: peacecampherstory.blogspot.com
  • cost: All events are free and open to the public
Friday, May 8, 2015 5:30 PM8:00 PM
To kick off the Reel Talk film series, we will be exploring the social dynamics of gender roles through screening and facilitating thought-provoking conversation around "Miss Representation," a film that explores how the mainstream media contributes to the shaping and circulating of limited and often disparaging portrayals of women. The discussion, led by Raechel Tiffe, Assistant Professor of Communication Arts & Sciences at Merrimack College, will focus mainly on the representations of women in the media. We will also examine what we as society can do to help ensure we paint more accurate representations of women to further reduce the reinforcement of the gender binary. While we encourage community members of all ages to come join us for this important conversation, we are especially interested in providing a platform for youth to share their perspectives and insights.
  • Lawrence Community Works, 168 Newbury Street
  • Lawrence, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (508) 243-0817
  • email: jravreby@lawrencecommunityworks.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, May 9, 2015 1:00 PM3:30 PM
A Pop-Up Museum is a temporary exhibit created by the participants. Its purpose is to create an opportunity for conversation around a topic through objects and their stories. For this Pop-Up experience we are asking participants to bring an object connected to "Memories of Shopping in Downtown Taunton." We have room for 30 participants, but everyone is welcome to stop by once the Pop-Up is set up to view the objects and share stories. If you would like to participate simply send an email or call. Please include the following information: name, contact information, description of your object. It will be a great way to hear stories about our city and to get to know your friends and neighbors! For more information on Pop-Ups in general check out: www.popupmuseum.org
Saturday, May 9, 2015 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.
  • New Bedford Free Public Library, 613 Pleasant Street
  • New Bedford, Bristol County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: (508) 961-3067
  • email: gdickinson@sailsinc.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Sunday, May 10, 2015 4:00 PM4:30 PM
As part of our Central Conversations series, after the May 10th performance of Mr g we will host a post-show talk back with Professor and Nobel Laureate Wolfgang Ketterle as we discuss the relation between scientific and religious narratives.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 6:00 PM8:00 PM
Dr. Suzanne Koven, writer in Residence in Mass General Hospital's Division of General Internal Medicine and a Mass Humanities Literature & Medicine discussion leader, lectures on the art of the medical memoir. There will be plenty of time for discussion, refreshments, and exploring the beautiful building and its treasures.
  • Paul S. Russell Museum of Medical History and Innovation, 2 North Grove Street
  • Boston, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • contact: 617-724-2755
  • email: mghhistory@partners.org
  • cost: free and open to the public, please register
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 6:30 PM8:30 PM
As part of the series, Shaking Two Nickels Together: A Literary Perspective on Impoverishment and Income Inequality, Dr. Elaine Craghead leads a discussion about "Nickeled and Dimed" by Barbara Ehrenreich.
Thursday, May 14, 2015 7:00 PM9:00 PM
Join author Timothy Brown for an ‘Armchair’ tour of the Taunton River. Journey down the river and journey back in time to explore the river through pictures, postcards and maps. The ‘tour’ will cover a distance of about 8 miles, from where the river crosses under the Route 44 Bridge on the Taunton-Raynham line to the Weir section of town. Along the way, items of interest on the banks of the river are identified and discussed. Some of these items are still visible: old vacant buildings, rock walls, and old stone footings: other items are no longer around and are only faint memories or listings in the old texts. The talk is based on the book "On the Taunton River in Taunton, MA - A Journey down the river and a Journey back in time" by Timothy Brown/Tetiquet Press, 2003. All these items are captured in this one book; stories of old grist mills, iron forges, cotton mills, bridges, schooners, barges and herring runs. This is a great talk about the river and also good preparation for those interested in our real river tour on May 16th.
  • Old Colony Historical Society, 66 Church Green
  • Taunton, Bristol County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: 508-822-1622
  • cost: FREE
Saturday, May 16, 2015 9:00 AM1:00 PM
WHO: Everyone is welcome. This traverses a gentle part of the river, but we want all participants to feel comfortable, so flat-water river paddling experience is suggested. Please note that getting in and out of the canoe can be the hardest part! WHAT: A leisurely, yet informative kayak/canoe tour of the Taunton River with experienced guides leading the way. To learn more ahead of time, come by for Timothy Brown’s talk on May 14th at 7 p.m. Copies of his book are available at the OCHS. WHERE: We will start from the Riverbend Condominiums on Old Colony Avenue and finish at Waterfront Park on East Water Street. WHEN: We will start at 9 a.m. and this trip will last 3-4 hours. WHY: History, health, and happiness…what more could you want?! Don’t have a kayak or canoe but still want to join? Give us a call and we’ll help arrange a rental.
  • Trip starts at Riverbend Condominiums but finishes downriver at Waterfront Park on East Water Street. please arrange transportation appropriately.
  • Taunton, Bristol County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: 508-822-1622
  • cost: FREE
Saturday, May 16, 2015 7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcomes Cambridge writer Joanna Rakoff, author of the novel "A Fortunate Age," and the Boston Globe's SACHA PFEIFFER for a discussion of Rakoff's new-to-paperback memoir, "My Salinger Year." Keenly observed and irresistibly funny, "My Salinger Year" is a memoir about literary New York in the late nineties, a pre-digital world on the cusp of vanishing.
Saturday, May 16, 2015 6:00 PM
Join Framingham History Center for an elegant dinner in one of Framingham’s most historic homes in the Salem End neighborhood of town. Built in 1780 by Major Lawson Nurse, a descendant of the families who migrated here from Salem following the witch trials of 1692. This house, featured on HGTV, was also part of the John Macomber Raceland Estate and has been beautifully restored. It is not to be missed. Dinner and hors d’oeuvres will be catered by Tastings Caterers and as always there is an open bar. Reserve tickets today.
Saturday, May 16, 2015 6:45 PM7:30 PM
As part of our Central Conversations series, before the May 16th performance of Mr g, Central Square Theater will host a pre-show Saturday Symposium with Professor Priyamvada Natarajan as we discuss the parallels between religion and physics! "Genesis/The Big Bang: Why is there something rather than nothing?"
Saturday, May 16, 2015 10:00 PM10:30 PM
As part of our Central Conversations series, after the May 16th performance of Mr g we will host a post-show talkback with youth in the community as we discuss the question: How does age affect our impressions of the character of "g"?
Sunday, May 17, 2015 4:00 PM4:30 PM
As part of our Central Conversations series, after the May 17th performance of Mr g Central Square Theater will host a post-show talkback with Pastor Paul Ford and Pastor Larry Ward as we look at Mr g from a religious perspective.
  • Central Square Theater, 450 Massachusetts Ave.
  • Cambridge, Middlesex County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • contact: (617) 576-9278
  • web: www.centralsquaretheater.org
  • email: seg@centralsquaretheater.org
  • cost: Post-show conversation is free, ticket fees apply for performance
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Monday, May 18, 2015 7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcomes two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough for a discussion of his latest book, "The Wright Brothers," the dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright. In this thrilling book, historian David McCullough draws on the immense riches of the Wright Papers, including private diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks, and more than a thousand letters from private family correspondence to tell the human side of the Wright Brothers’ story.
Saturday, May 23, 2015 6:45 PM7:30 PM
As part of our Central Conversations series, Central Square Theater will host a pre-show symposium before the May 23rd evening performance of Mr g with Professors Daniel McKaughan and Edmund Bertschinger.
Saturday, May 23, 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!
  • Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge St., Parsons House,
  • Northampton, Hampshire County, MA (CT Valley)
  • contact: (413) 584-6011
  • email: diggingnorthampton@gmail.com
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
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 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.
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.
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)
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
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!
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.
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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