Events

Friday, November 23, 2018 9:30 AM4:00 PM
Come visit our historic homes this holiday season! Guided tour and First Shot! film at Hancock-Clarke House, 10 AM - 4 PM. Self-guided audio tour and social media exhibit at Buckman Tavern, 9:30 AM - 4 PM.
Monday, November 26, 2018 2:00 PM4:00 PM
A fun art event where youth will paint or draw what signifies an African family. Artwork will be displayed and the jury will choose winners using criteria like most detailed, color theme, use of space, and creativeness. Fun art activities for all ages available. Come one, come all, and let's dive into the fine art imagination with Abel!
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 7:00 PM
Mass Humanities and Harvard Book Store welcome award-winning journalist DAVID A. KAPLAN for a discussion of his latest book, "The Most Dangerous Branch: Inside the Supreme Court's Assault on the Constitution." With the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Court has never before been more central in American life. It is the nine justices who too often now decide the controversial issues of our time, from abortion and same-sex marriage, to gun control, campaign finance and voting rights. Kaplan presents a sweeping narrative of the justices' aggrandizement of power over the decades, from Roe v. Wade to Bush v. Gore to Citizens United, to rulings during the 2017-18 term. The arrogance of the Court isn't partisan: conservative and liberal justices alike are guilty of overreach.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 7:30 PM9:00 PM
Like many northern commercial institutions, Brooks Brothers, celebrating its bicentennial this year, benefited from the institution of slavery. The storied clothier's livery department provided garments for coachmen, footmen, and chauffeurs in wealthy American households, including those in the antebellum South. This illustrated talk by Jonathan Michael Square, a writer and historian specializing in fashion and visual culture of the African Diaspora, will explore this intriguing connection. Dr. Square is a lecturer on history and literature at Harvard University. He founded and edits the digital humanities project "Fashioning the Self in Slavery and Freedom," a curated platform that explores intersections between slavery and the fashion system on various social media platforms.
  • Royall House and Slave Quarters, 15 George Street, Medford
  • Medford, Middlesex County, MA (Metrowest Boston)
  • contact: 781-396-9032
  • web: www.royallhouse.org
  • email: director@royallhouse.org
  • cost: Free admission for RH&SQ members; general admission $10
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 6:30 PM7:45 PM
Join Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, The Friends of Winthrop Beach and The Friends of Belle Isle Marsh for a reading and conversation with author Eric Jay Dolin on his new book, "Black Flags, Blue Waters: Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates", including songs and stories of the sea with Save the Harbor, and a discussion about what we have accomplished by "Hauling Away Together"? on Boston Harbor and the challenges we face going forward.
Saturday, December 1, 2018 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!
Thursday, December 6, 2018 6:00 PM8:00 PM
In the shadow of the Holocaust, what is the world's continuing responsibility to prevent genocide and mass atrocity crimes and hold accountable those who commit them? In recent decades genocide and mass atrocities have been committed in Cambodia, Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia, Darfur, Libya and Syria, among other places. The world stood by and did nothing in several of these situations, but intervened in others under the UN doctrine of responsibility to protect. Today, nationalism and authoritarianism are on the rise, the US has withdrawn from human rights leadership, and support for implementing the responsibility to protect has diminished in the UN. John Shattuck is a former US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor who participated in the successful international effort to end the genocidal war in Bosnia, and helped establish the International Criminal Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.
Saturday, December 8, 2018 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 December we will be reading A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. A Christmas Carol has long been one of the most beloved stories in the English language. As much a part of the holiday season as holly, mistletoe, and evergreen wreaths, this perennial favorite continues to delight new readers and rekindle thoughts of charity and goodwill.
Thursday, December 13, 2018 7:30 PM9:30 PM
Actors' Shakespeare Project's young people take on Shakespeare's brooding and supernatural tragedy of a ruthless king's rise to power and the retribution visited upon him for his bloody deeds.
Friday, December 14, 2018 7:30 PM9:30 PM
Actors' Shakespeare Project's young people take on Shakespeare's brooding and supernatural tragedy of a ruthless king's rise to power and the retribution visited upon him for his bloody deeds.
  • Charlestown Working Theater, 442 Bunker Hill St.
  • Charlestown, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • web: www.actorsshakespeareproject.org/plays-events/macbeth/
  • cost: $10 for adults; $5 for youth under 21; free for any patrons facing financial hardship
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, December 15, 2018 7:30 PM9:30 PM
Actors' Shakespeare Project's young people take on Shakespeare's brooding and supernatural tragedy of a ruthless king's rise to power and the retribution visited upon him for his bloody deeds.
  • Charlestown Working Theater, 442 Bunker Hill St.
  • Charlestown, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • web: www.actorsshakespeareproject.org/plays-events/macbeth/
  • cost: $10 for adults; $5 for youth under 21; free for any patrons facing financial hardship
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Thursday, December 20, 2018 7:00 PM8:00 PM
Enjoy a dramatic reading of the classic holiday tale by Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol. Paul Hayden narrates, along with various members of OCHM's board and community playing their parts of the story while you enjoy refreshments sure to transport you back to Dickensian England. All ages are welcome to join us for this nostalgic evening to celebrate the holiday season.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 6:00 PM8:30 PM
The UU Urban Ministry is pleased to welcome long-time Roxbury resident, community organizer, and Civil Rights veteran Mimi Jones to facilitate a community reading series featuring works by influential women. These moving readings with audience participation will be followed by a conversation about the author's words, their place in history, and their relevance today. Event is free, dinner will be served, and all are welcome. Please join us!
  • 10 Putnam Street (use 8 John Eliot Square for parking lot)
  • Roxbury, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • contact: 617-318-6010
  • web: www.uuum.org
  • email: ghagen@uuum.org
  • cost: Free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 6:00 PM8:30 PM
The UU Urban Ministry is pleased to welcome long-time Roxbury resident, community organizer, and Civil Rights veteran Mimi Jones to facilitate a community reading series featuring works by influential women. These moving readings with audience participation will be followed by a conversation about the author's words, their place in history, and their relevance today. Event is free, dinner will be served, and all are welcome. Please join us!
  • 10 Putnam Street (use 8 John Eliot Square for parking lot)
  • Roxbury, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • contact: 617-318-6010
  • web: www.uuum.org
  • email: ghagen@uuum.org
  • cost: Free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 7:00 PM9:00 PM
Join Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, and the Hull Lifesaving Museum for a reading and conversation with author Eric Jay Dolin on his new book, "Black Flags, Blue Waters: Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates", including songs and stories of the sea with Save the Harbor, and a discussion about what we have accomplished by "Hauling Away Together"? on Boston Harbor and the challenges we face going forward.

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.
Saturday, February 24, 2018 9:30 AMSunday, February 10, 2019 4:30 PM
This exhibition celebrates both Thomas Chippendale's legacy and the iconic style he helped promote through a number of English and American Rococo decorative art forms from Historic Deerfield's rich collection.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018 1:00 PMFriday, December 21, 2018 4:00 PM
Fall exhibit featuring work and cameras used by photography studios and photographers from the late 1800's to the mid 1970's. Gardner alone had numerous photography studios for portraits and commercial entities over this period, during which photo sessions changed from formal, stern affairs to lighthearted events. The exhibit is shown during regular opening hours Wednesday-Sunday, 1-4 pm, until the end of the year.
Saturday, September 29, 2018 Saturday, March 9, 2019
From 1637 until the 1920s, Arlington's Mill Brook bustled with industrial activity, ranging from grist and saw mills to large-scale manufacturing of saws, spices, wheat meal, fur clothing, wood products, and calico printing. The original source of water power from the cascading brook was gradually replaced by steam and electric power, but this fast-moving brook was a significant reason for Arlington's early growth and development. The exhibit looks as efforts over the past 100 years to protect and restore the Mill Brook corridor as an ecologically healthy linear park linking public open spaces with the parallel transportation routes of the Minuteman Bikeway, Massachusetts Avenue, and Summer Street.

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