Events

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!
Saturday, May 30, 2015 9:30 AMSunday, May 31, 2015 5:00 PM
Get a Pound of Cure at Old Sturbridge Village’s healthy living fair that bridges 19th-century medicine with present day health and wellness programs. In the historic village, meet a 19th-century traveling dentist and a phrenologist, learn about home remedies and medicinal plants, and see antique medical implements. At our modern health fair, local health care partners will provide visitors with health screenings such as cholesterol and blood pressure testing, as well as information, demonstrations and tips on good nutrition, physical fitness and health living. On Sunday, the Village will host a re-created funeral, and visitors will have a chance to learn more about how families cared for the sick during their final illness in addition to 1830s funerary practices.
  • 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
  • Sturbridge, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (800) 733-1830
  • web: www.osv.org/event/pound-of-cure-2015
  • cost: $24 Adults, $22 Seniors (55+), $10 Youths (3-17), Children 2 & Under FREE, Woo card discounts available
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.
Thursday, June 4, 2015 7:00 PM8:00 PM
Words proclaimed on behalf of freedom are brought to life through music and spoken word performed by Castle of Our Skins, an innovative chamber ensemble. The featured work -- a world premiere collaboration by 2010 national poetry slam star Amber Rose Johnson and COOS Composer-in-Residence and Co-Artistic Director Anthony Green -- draws inspiration from civil rights broadsides and calls to action current politics and police brutality, African American spirituals, and the post-Civil War freedom song, Oh, Freedom.
  • Museum of African American History: Boston Campus, 46 Joy St., Beacon Hill
  • Boston, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • web: www.maah.org
  • email: rsvp@maah.org
  • cost: $0-$5
Saturday, June 6, 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 6. Come and get your hands in our local history!
Sunday, June 7, 2015 1:00 PM2:30 PM
Celebrated, scandalous, and unknown: meet some of the fascinating figures of Boston’s LGBT past on a walk led by docent and historian Robin Hazard Ray. We will visit the resting places of Senator Charles Sumner, actress Charlotte Cushman, collector and curator William Sturgis Bigelow, religious scholar Mary Daly, and participants in Harvard’s secret anti-homosexual “court” in the 1920s, among others, in recognition of Boston Pride Week 2015.
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. Learn to "read" stone walls, cellar holes, and cemeteries. At 1:00, we explore maps. At 2:00, we depart for a guided tour of "Old County Road to Allis Cemetery." The tour is a 2-3 mile walk up moderately steep terrain with some bushwhacking. Wear appropriate footwear. Bring water, compass, or GPS if you want.
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.
Thursday, June 11, 2015 5:30 PM7:00 PM
Boston University professor, Pulitzer finalist, and former Boston Globe reporter Dick Lehr will present his latest work, "The Birth of a Nation: How a legendary Filmmaker and a Crusading Editor Reignited America's Civil War." "The Birth of a Nation" chronicles the controversy around the 1915 film of the same title. The film is hailed as a groundbreaking technical achievement. It is also a virulently racist depiction of the Civil War and Reconstruction. It portrayed black people as inhuman monsters, glorified the terrorism of the Ku Klux Klan. For this, early civil rights leader and radical newspaper editor Monroe Trotter embarked on a campaign to have the film censored in Boston. Lehr’s work explores the parallel lives of Trotter and the film’s director. D.W. Griffith, and the film which has remained a symbol for the intersection of free expression and hate speech. Presented in partnership with the Boston African American National Historic Site.
Saturday, June 13, 2015 9:30 AM5:00 PM
See more than 100 pre-1946 antique cars from around the region as their owners proudly display these vintage automobiles, from a Ford Model T to a Cadillac Sedan. Don't miss the grand procession at 3:30 pm as these treasures parade around Old Sturbridge Village.
  • 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
  • Sturbridge, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (800) 733-1830
  • web: www.osv.org/event/antique-car-rally-2015
  • cost: $24 Adults, $22 Seniors (55+), $10 Youths (3-17), Children 2 & Under FREE, Woo card discounts available
Sunday, June 14, 2015 1:00 PM4:00 PM
With Framingham’s iconic Centre Common as the backdrop, this guided walking tour of General Gordon's Framingham will feature four living history tableaux that will bring the period before, during and after the Civil War to life. This tour is truly a walk back in time with so many of the buildings and settings of General Gordon’s childhood and later life intact. It will end at the Edgell Memorial Library where much of General Gordon’s possessions are on display in addition to the flag carried by the 13th Regiment through battles like Bull Run, Antietam, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Remember – it will be flag day and we will include a special salute to this beautifully preserved symbol of Framingham’s contribution to the Civil War. The Civil War exhibition at the end of the tour in the Edgell Memorial Library.
Monday, June 15, 2015 9:30 AMSunday, June 21, 2015 5:00 PM
Old Sturbridge Village recognizes Juneteenth (a celebration dating back to 1865 thought to be the first known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States) by telling some of the most inspiring stories in African-American history. Visitors can learn about the movement leading up to the abolition of slavery that took place in the early 19th century and also enjoy activities and crafts with African-American themes.
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
Saturday, June 20, 2015 1:00 PM2:30 PM
On June 19th, 1865, in Galveston, Texas, Union General Gordon Grange read aloud the contents of “General Order No. 3,” announcing the total emancipation of slaves throughout the reunited United States. Jubilant former slaves rejoiced in the streets. The following year, Galveston’s free men and women of color organized the first of what has since become the annual celebration of “Juneteenth” as an official holiday in Texas and throughout the nation. Join Volunteer Docent Stephen Pinkerton on the 150th anniversary of this momentous occasion for a guided tour of the graves of key members of Boston’s African American community who lived through the Civil War and celebrated the abolition of slavery in their own time.
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
Saturday, June 27, 2015 1:00 PM2:30 PM
Join Volunteer Docent Helen Abrams on a walk to visit the famous (Felix Frankfurter, Bernard Malamud and Edwin Land among others) and not so famous Jews buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery. Learn why 19th century and early 20th century Jews chose Mount Auburn instead of a traditional Jewish Cemetery. Since no Cemetery records were kept of religious preference, how are scholars and researchers identifying people of Jewish descent? How does Mount Auburn accommodate Jewish burial practices? This walk will cover a lot of ground, wear your walking shoes!
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.
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.
Friday, July 3, 2015 9:30 AMSunday, July 5, 2015 5:00 PM
Come celebrate the best July 4th in history with old-fashioned, patriotic family fun. For the safety and comfort of all guests, all coolers, bags, chairs, and backpacks will be subject to inspection at the point of admission. Join in the fun as the martial band leads the citizens' procession as they march through the streets. Cheer and huzzah during a rousing patriotic reading of the Declaration of Independence and sign a giant reproduction of the document. Make your own tri-cornered hat to wear as you learn to drill with the Sturbridge Militia. Learn dances done by 19th-century Americans and play a game of "base ball." Watch music and other special performances on the Common.
  • 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
  • Sturbridge, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (800) 733-1830
  • web: www.osv.org/event/independence-day-celebration-2015
  • cost: $24 Adults, $22 Seniors (55+), $10 Youths (3-17), Children 2 & Under FREE, Woo card discounts available
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
Thursday, July 16, 2015 6:00 PM
Everyone is invited to this community reading of an excerpt of Frederick Douglass' famous speech on human rights, African Americans and the meaning of the Fourth of July and the federal Constitution. Come to the event and read a part of this speech (no more than a few sentences), then participate in a discussion of the meaning of freedom today. No one is too old or too young to be a reader. This is a wonderful family activity to celebrate American freedom.
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, July 18, 2015 9:30 AMSunday, July 19, 2015 5:00 PM
Hazy Summer Days are not so lazy on the farm. Come visit the farm at Old Sturbridge Village and participate in some of the ways farmers kept busy during the summer, one of the most important times of the year for all farm families in the 19th century. Help the farmers with, arguably, the most important crop each and every year: hay! In the 1800's farmers used the summer months working on the farm. One of their primary goals was to fill their barns with as much hay as it would fit in order to feed their animals through the next winter, never know how long that winter would be. Work occupies most a farm family's time in the summer, but kids are still kids. Children's books from the 1800's are littered with all sorts of games and activities that kept children busy and entertained through the summer. Try some of these activities with us at the Village: playing ball, fishing, school yard games and more will all be waiting for you to try your hand.
  • 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
  • Sturbridge, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (800) 733-1830
  • web: www.osv.org/event/summer-work-play-2015
  • cost: $24 Adults, $22 Seniors (55+), $10 Youths (3-17), Children 2 & Under FREE, Woo card discounts available
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.
Saturday, August 1, 2015 9:30 AMSunday, August 2, 2015 5:00 PM
Old Sturbridge Village will be transformed into a military camp from the time of the American War for Independence. Come see what it was like for those who fought to win America's freedoms. Daytime events include: Mock battles and skirmishes, "School of the Soldier" training demonstrations, 18th-century Fashions in the Press featuring military and civilian clothing, Musket drilling with kids, visit the battlefield hospital, see the daily life of a Revolutionary War soldier, learn 18th-century dances, and so much more! Twilight Encampment: On Saturday, stay for special extended hours where visitors can mingle with troops in their camps from 5:00 - 8:00 PM.
  • Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
  • Sturbridge, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (800) 733-1830
  • web: www.osv.org/event/redcoats-to-rebels-2015
  • cost: Children free in August, $24 Adults, $22 Seniors (55+)
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, August 15, 2015 9:30 AMSunday, August 16, 2015 5:00 PM
Each year, Old Sturbridge Village explores a different aspect of 19th-century textiles. This year will focus on everyday elegance of ladies and gentlemen. If you are interested in 1830s fashion and period dress this special weekend is for you!
  • Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road`
  • Sturbridge, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (800) 733-1830
  • web: www.osv.org/event/textile-weekend-2015
  • cost: Children free in August, $24 Adults, $22 Seniors (55+)
Saturday, September 5, 2015 9:00 AMMonday, September 7, 2015 5:00 PM
Bring the whole family and celebrate Labor Day Weekend with games and excitement for everyone! You're invited to join the fun on these days! You will be able to: play baseball the way early New Englanders did, make a craft, join a game of French and English (Tug of War), meet the oxen in training, try your hand at marbling paper, watch 19th-century magic with Bob Olson, learn a dance with the Old Sturbridge Village Dancers, see a puppet show, watch a toy fire-balloon flight, and so much more!
  • 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
  • Sturbridge, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (800) 733-1830
  • web: www.osv.org/event/family-fun-days-2015
  • cost: $24 Adults, $22 Seniors (55+), $10 Youths (3-17), Children 2 & Under FREE, Woo card discounts available
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 9:30 AM5:00 PM
Our Home School Days offer you and your children the opportunity to explore the Village and participate in hands-on activities. This is a great opportunity for children to gain exposure to many aspects of 1830s New England life in an interactive way. We recommend that you allow for up to three hours to visit the Village, in addition to any scheduled hands-on studios. If time permits, consider making a quick craft in the Hands-on Crafts Center; $5-10 per activity (first come, first served); some age and safety restrictions apply.
Saturday, September 19, 2015 9:30 AMSunday, September 20, 2015 5:00 PM
Craft brewers from throughout New England will serve mouth-watering beers in a spectacular beer garden, while exquisite glass artisans, woodcrafters and other tradespeople will demonstrate their work and sell their wares. See 19th century distilling practices along with hard cider sampling, and feast on delicious grilled meats and other treats.
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.
Saturday, November 7, 2015 9:30 AMSunday, November 8, 2015 4:00 PM
Spend some time at OSV learning a historical craft. These adult workshops vary from blacksmithing to textiles, coopering, foodways, and more. Come and try your hand at a craft and take home your finished masterpiece! Unless otherwise specified, workshops will be held in the Museum Education building.

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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