Events

Saturday, August 29, 2015 11:00AM12:00PM
Explore a fascinating industrial area at the geographic heart of Boston that includes 19th-century tannery and brewery buildings, the homes of early German settlers, and today’s Boston Beer Company, the brewers of Samuel Adams. In the 1970s, a coalition of community groups joined together to block construction of the Southwest Expressway through Jamaica Plain and other Boston neighborhoods. Today, the Southwest Corridor Park that runs through the Stony Brook neighborhood stands as a testament to the power of community activism.
  • Stony Brook T Stop, Boylston St.
  • Jamaica Plain, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • web: www.jphs.org
  • email: info@jphs.org
  • cost: Free
Sunday, August 30, 2015 10:00 AM4:00 PM
This is the third of 10 "Farm Values" appearances at markets and festivals in summer and fall 2015 to hold informal public conversations about the past, present, and future of farming in north-central Massachusetts. Look for us at Petersham Old Home Day on the Petersham town common.
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!
  • Old Sturbridge Village, 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
Saturday, September 5, 2015 11:00AM12:00PM
Learn about 1840s Hyde Square when German and Irish immigrants transformed the neighborhood with their businesses, schools, and institutions. See how in the early 1960s, Hyde Square changed again when Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Dominican immigrants transformed it into Boston’s first predominantly Hispanic neighborhood. This tour also takes us to the home of Maud Cuney Hare, a prominent music historian and one of only two black women students at the New England Conservatory of Music in 1890. You will also learn about the property currently housing the MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center which was once a site of the Perkins School for the Blind. The tour will also walk through the Sunnyside neighborhood, the site of homes built by philanthropist Robert Treat Paine from 1889 to 1899 as a “worker’s utopia” for working families.
Monday, September 7, 2015 4:35 PM6:30 PM
In celebration of Boston Charter Day 2015, we have updated our famous Boston Founders Trail to reflect this year's theme: Food and Drink in 17th Century Boston. ‘Food and the Founders’ reveals not only leading Bostonians’ culinary tastes, but the stories behind clam chowder, baked beans, and other traditional favorites. This tour of central Boston will explore the key sites of Puritan Boston, including the curious character of the first man licensed to sell ale, an eccentric innkeeper who defied the Puritan authorities, and the site of Boston’s first apples. As we walk, we'll learn more about the popular foods of the time - like why the English initially hated shellfish- and about Puritan family habits at dinnertime.
  • Reader's Park, Old South Meeting House
  • Boston, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • contact: 781–540–1847
  • web: www.historicbostons.org
  • email: phbostons@gmail.com
  • cost: free but rsvp required at https://bcd2015sept7.eventbrite.com
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 6:00 PM
Richard Brown, co-author of "Revolution: Mapping the Road to American Independence, 1755-1783" (W.W. Norton, 2015) and a member of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center’s Board of Directors, speaks about maps reflecting Boston’s role during the Revolutionary War period. Ronald Grim, Leventhal Map Center curator and co-author of the "We Are One" exhibition catalog, discusses the mapping of America’s new geography during the first two decades following independence. Reception at 5:30, tour of "We Are One" exhibition to follow talk.
  • Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, Abbey Room, 2nd floor, 700 Boylston Street
  • Boston, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • web: maps.bpl.org/events
  • cost: free
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome ILAN STAVANS, general editor of The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature, for a discussion of his latest book, "Quixote: The Novel and the World". This book is the groundbreaking cultural history of the most influential, most frequently translated, and most imitated novel in the world.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 7:30 PM
The third woman and first Hispanic justice appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Justice Sotomayor will discuss her memoir, "My Beloved World," and the work of the Supreme Court.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 6:00 PM7:30 PM
In the summer of 1630, a thousand Puritans with dwindling supplies of food and medicine stepped off their boats into an uncertain future. There was no time to plant crops and no supply ships for seven months; food was a meager diet of acorns, nuts, and whatever seafood could be found. Their welcome was highlighted by the Boston Harbor being frozen solid for two straight months. This illustrated lecture will immerse you in the world of Boston 1630: the water from one clean spring, the makeshift shelters, the struggle to find food, and the English settlers starting from scratch to gain a foothold in a new land. Lecturer Rose Doherty is president of The Partnership of the Historic Bostons.
  • Boston Public Library, Abbey Room (2nd Floor). Enter the library through the Dartmouth St entrance.
  • Boston, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • contact: 781–540–1847
  • web: www.historicbostons.org
  • email: phbostons@gmail.com
  • cost: free
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 6:00 PM7:30 PM
Years after her grandparents had passed away, author Sarah Wildman found a cache of letters written to her grandfather revealing the destroyed world that was her family’s prewar Vienna. One woman’s letters stood out: her name was Valerie Scheftel—Valy. She was her grandfather's lover who had remained in Europe after he fled to the United States in 1938. Why had she not left with him? What had happened to her? Learn about Wildman's research journey across five different countries and what she discovered about one woman's story. Book sales and signing to follow. Held in conjunction with the American Jewish Historical Society-NEA's exhibit on the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. About the speaker: Sarah Wildman writes about the intersection of culture and politics in Europe and America. Over the last decade, she has lived in and reported from Paris, Vienna, Madrid, Washington, Jerusalem, and Berlin. She was the 2010 Peter R. Weitz Prize winner, from the German Marshall Fund--a prize awarded for excellence in European coverage. Wildman has been on staff at The New Republic, a senior correspondent at The American Prospect and the Washington correspondent for The Advocate. She has made numerous television and radio appearances and has lectured in the United States and abroad. *To register for our free events, you must "Add to Cart" and go through the checkout process (your total will be $0.00) or email education@nehgs.org.
Saturday, September 12, 2015 11:00AM12:00PM
Laid out in 1836, the street played a key role in Jamaica Plain’s development, functioning as a residential, commercial, and transportation conduit in the lives of the district’s residents. Although Green Street was subdivided as early as 1851 for stores, factories and houses, it was not extensively developed until the late 1870s with construction continuing until the early 1900s. The Bowditch School was completed in 1892, and early in the 20th century the United States Post Office moved from its location on Call Street at Woolsey Square to its new location at the corner of Green and Cheshire Streets.
  • Southern JP Health Ctr, 640 Centre St,
  • Jamaica Plain, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • web: www.jphs.org
  • email: info@jphs.org
  • cost: Free
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 6:00 PM
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks of the PBS NewsHour will join us for a balanced analysis of the upcoming election in a town-hall style event.
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.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome physician DAMON TWEEDY for a discussion of his book "Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine". "Black Man in a White Coat" is one doctor's passionate and profound memoir of his experience grappling with race, bias, and the unique health problems of black Americans
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 7:30 PM
This illustrated book talk will use original photographs of men of color who served in roles that ranged from servants and laborers to enlisted men and junior officers to tell the stories of ordinary men who became fighters, of the prejudice they faced and the challenges they endured. Ron Coddington is a contributor to the New York Times Disunion series. His monthly "Faces of War" columns in the Civil War News, profiling individual enlisted men, were published in three collections that profile Union, Confederate, and African American soldiers. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Medford Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Friday, September 18, 2015 3:00 PM
Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome Professor in U.S. History at Trinity College Dublin DANIEL GEARY and author and essayist BENJAMIN HEDIN for a moderated discussion with The Reverend EUGENE F. RIVERS III of Geary's and Hedin's books "Beyond Civil Rights: The Moynihan Report and Its Legacy" and "In Search of the Movement: The Struggle for Civil Rights Then and Now."
Friday, September 18, 2015 6:00 PM8:00 PM
Throughout history, many popular foods look bizarre in retrospect. From jello molds to Frito pie, American cooking has a colorful history. At this special tasting event, you can taste for yourself what was delicious in Puritan Boston. Your host will be Kathleen Wall, culinarian at Plimoth Plantation. She’ll tell us about the food that the Puritans brought with them from England, and the new foods they found in Massachusetts: corn, pumpkin, molasses and rum were unknown at home. Suddenly a new approach to cooking was needed. While we taste, Kathleen will outline more of the surprising food history of the early Puritans. Advance purchase is required. Repast from the Past is a part of Boston Charter Day 2015.
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, September 19, 2015 10:00 AM4:00 PM
A day-long multi-faceted public history event for all ages including living history demonstrations, vendors, history app center, exhibits, antiques, music and food.
  • Mohawk Trail Regional School, 26 Ashfield Road
  • Shelburne Falls, Franklin County, MA (CT Valley)
  • contact: (413) 625-2555
  • web: marylyonfoundation.org/upcoming/
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, September 19, 2015 8:30 AM3:30 PM
A day long public history conference featuring a keynote speaker and workshops focused on continuity and change in the Connecticut River vally and hilltowns.
Saturday, September 19, 2015 11:00AM12:00PM
This neighborhood developed from 19th-century summer estates into a model suburban enclave. It contains examples representative of New England architecture with designs by local architects and builders. It also contains an unusual garden city model housing development by the Boston Dwelling House Company which was founded in 1912.
  • Bethel AME, Walk Hill and Wachusett Streets
  • Jamaica Plain, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • web: www.jphs.org
  • email: info@jphs.org
  • cost: Free
Sunday, September 20, 2015 2:00 PM4:30 PM
Each of these social and civil rights activists is connected through the life of Frederick Douglass. Come meet them: Amilcar Cabral of Cape Verde, Susan B. Anthony of the United States, Toussaint Louverture of Haiti, and Daniel O'Connell of Ireland. Discover how Americans and Brocktonians are connected through them today. How did their struggles change the world? Who today continues their work in our country, and in our city? Be a part of this inspiring audience-led discussion. Panelists include Professor Lee Farrow, Stonehill College; Charlot Lucien, Haitian Artists Assembly; Dr. Joao Rosa, Bridgewater State University; and Willie A. Wilson, Jr., Brockton Historical Society. A post discussion reception with light refreshments will follow.
Sunday, September 20, 2015 1:00 PM3:00 PM
In celebration of Boston Charter Day 2015, we have updated our famous Boston Founders Trail to reflect this year's theme: Food and Drink in 17th Century Boston. ‘Food and the Founders’ reveals not only leading Bostonians’ culinary tastes, but the stories behind clam chowder, baked beans, and other traditional favorites. This tour of central Boston will explore the key sites of Puritan Boston, including the curious character of the first man licensed to sell ale, an eccentric innkeeper who defied the Puritan authorities, and the site of Boston’s first apples. As we walk, we'll learn more about the popular foods of the time - like why the English initially hated shellfish- and about Puritan family habits at dinnertime. Because space is limited, an RSVP is required for this tour at https://bcd2015sunday.eventbrite.com
Monday, September 21, 2015 7:00 PM9:00 PM
The expansion of Puritan farmland after their arrival in Boston in 1630 often came at the expense of Native Americans – the very same people whose food had helped to keep the newcomers alive through the first hard winters. The Puritans’ pigs literally ran “hog wild” and trampled countless Native American crops. Is Indian pudding a symbol of Yankee tradition, or an appropriation of Native American history? Two of the top scholars in the field will present the complex and harsh reality behind the idealized picture of history of Indian-Puritan cooperation. Moderator: Nathaniel Sheidley, Bostonian Society and Panelists: Katherine Grandjean, Wellseley College; Lorén Spears, Tomaquag Museum. This event is part of Boston Charter Day 2015.
  • Old State House Museum, 206 Washington Street
  • Boston, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • contact: 781–540–1847
  • web: www.historicbostons.org
  • email: phbostons@gmail.com
  • cost: FREE but rsvp required at http://bcd2015foodfight.eventbrite.com
Saturday, September 26, 2015 11:00AM12:30PM
Once a district that only included the houses of Boston’s elite, the Pond later was put to industrial use as tons of ice were harvested there each winter. Learn about the movers and shakers such as Francis Parkman and James Michael Curley who made their homes on the Pond’s shores. Discover how the Pond was transformed from private estates and warehouses into the parkland we know today.
  • Jamaica Pond Bandstand, Pond Street and Jamaicaway
  • Jamaica Plain, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • web: www.jphs.org
  • email: info@jphs.org
  • cost: Free
Saturday, September 26, 2015 10:00 AM12:00 PM
The Puritans who founded the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630 were driven by a commitment to their religious ideals and beliefs. But it was Scottish prisoners of war who did the dirty work building the tools for a new colony. We'll discover how workers at the Saugus Iron Works ate, drank, and lived. On this unique visit to the Saugus Iron Works, learn the inside story of the first successful industrial site in the United States. The tour includes a hearth cooking demonstration in the forge. Curtis White, Lead Ranger, Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site and Neil Wright, Industrial Archaeologist, Lincoln, England. This event is part of Boston Charter Day 2015.
  • Saugus Iron Works, 244 Central St
  • Saugus, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: 781–540–1847
  • web: www.historicbostons.org
  • email: phbostons@gmail.com
  • cost: FREE, RSVP requested at http://bcd2015saugus.eventbrite.com
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 6:00 PM
Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome acclaimed travel writer and novelist PAUL THEROUX for a discussion of his latest book, "Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads." Theroux has spent fifty years crossing the globe, adventuring in the exotic, seeking the rich history and folklore of the far away. Now, for the first time, in his tenth travel book, Theroux explores a piece of America—the Deep South.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 6:00 PM7:30 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.
  • Erving Elementary School Library, 28 Northfield Road
  • Erving, Franklin County, MA (CT Valley)
  • contact: (413) 423-3326
  • email: urban@erving.com
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 6:00 PM
Having served for nearly three decades under both Democratic and Republican Presidents, Ambassador Burns was at the forefront of shaping and articulating the United States position on the world stage during unprecedented crisis and change. Now a professor at Harvard Kennedy School, Ambassador Burns will offer an experienced view of how the U.S. should respond to violence and instability.
  • Springfield Symphony Hall, 34 Court Street
  • Springfield, Hampden County, MA (CT Valley)
  • web: www.springfieldpublicforum.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, October 3, 2015 1:00 PM2:30 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.
  • Brockton Public Library, 304 Main Street
  • Brockton, Plymouth County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: (508) 580-7890
  • email: squint@cobma.us
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, October 3, 2015 10:30 AM12:00 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.
  • Lenox Library Association, 18 Main Street
  • Lenox, Berkshire County, MA (Berkshire)
  • contact: (413) 637-0197
  • email: pspinrad@lenoxlib.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, October 3, 2015 12:00 PM
In 1783, in the wake of the American Revolution, Belinda successfully petitioned the Massachusetts legislature for a pension from the estate of Loyalist Isaac Royall, whose family had enslaved her for fifty years. This first-person interpretation by storyteller Tammy Denease brings Belinda to life on the site where she lived and worked. Performances at noon and 3:00 pm. Reservations required. The mansion and slave quarters will be open for tours following each 45-minute performance. Co-sponsored by Historic New England. Funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts. This event is part of Arts Across Medford, a month-long festival curated by CACHE. Photo credit GildartPhoto.com.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 6:00 PM7:30 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.
  • Erving Elementary School Library, 28 Northfield Road
  • Erving, Franklin County, MA (CT Valley)
  • contact: (413) 423-3326
  • email: urban@erving.com
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
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, October 10, 2015 1:00 PM2:30 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.
  • Brockton Public Library, 304 Main Street
  • Brockton, Plymouth County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: (508) 580-7890
  • email: squint@cobma.us
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, October 10, 2015 10:30 AM12:00 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.
  • Sutton Public Library, 4 Uxbridge Road
  • Sutton, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (508) 865-8752
  • email: brajotte@cwmars.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, October 10, 2015 10:30 AM12:00 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.
  • Lenox Library Association, 18 Main Street
  • Lenox, Berkshire County, MA (Berkshire)
  • contact: (413) 637-0197
  • email: pspinrad@lenoxlib.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 6:00 PM7:30 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.
  • Erving Elementary School Library, 28 Northfield Road
  • Erving, Franklin County, MA (CT Valley)
  • contact: (413) 423-3326
  • email: urban@erving.com
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Thursday, October 15, 2015 12:00 PM1:00 PM
The physical hardships of creating the Massachusetts Bay Colony were extreme, especially for unprepared English colonists, most of whom were urban. Hunger and starvation were everywhere, and in this crucible of suffering, the colony was transformed: Massachusetts became a place where people deliberately went to be transformed by a powerful combination of physical suffering and pure religion. Massachusetts' religious ecstasy also created a radical political identity; the former faded away as the 17th century drew to a close, but the latter grew stronger as the 18th century progressed. Dr. Lori Stokes describes the founding decades of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and the early relationship between church and state that would shape Massachusetts and American history for centuries to come.
Saturday, October 17, 2015 10:30 AM12:00 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.
  • Sutton Public Library, 4 Uxbridge Road
  • Sutton, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (508) 865-8752
  • email: brajotte@cwmars.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, October 17, 2015 1:00 PM2:30 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.
  • Brockton Public Library, 304 Main Street
  • Brockton, Plymouth County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: (508) 580-7890
  • email: squint@cobma.us
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, October 17, 2015 10:30 AM12:00 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.
  • Lenox Library Association, 18 Main Street
  • Lenox, Berkshire County, MA (Berkshire)
  • contact: (413) 637-0197
  • email: pspinrad@lenoxlib.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, October 17, 2015 10:30 AM12:00 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.
  • Needham Free Public Library, 1139 Highland Avenue
  • Needham, Norfolk County, MA (Metrowest Boston)
  • contact: (781) 455-7559
  • email: pdugan@minlib.net
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, October 24, 2015 10:30 AM12:00 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.
  • Needham Free Public Library, 1139 Highland Avenue
  • Needham, Norfolk County, MA (Metrowest Boston)
  • contact: (781) 455-7559
  • email: pdugan@minlib.net
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, October 24, 2015 10:30 AM12:00 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.
  • Lenox Library Association, 18 Main Street
  • Lenox, Berkshire County, MA (Berkshire)
  • contact: (413) 637-0197
  • email: pspinrad@lenoxlib.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, October 24, 2015 1:00 PM2:30 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.
  • Brockton Public Library, 304 Main Street
  • Brockton, Plymouth County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: (508) 580-7890
  • email: squint@cobma.us
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, October 24, 2015 10:30 AM12:00 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.
  • Sutton Public Library, 4 Uxbridge Road
  • Sutton, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (508) 865-8752
  • email: brajotte@cwmars.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 6:00 PM7:30 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.
  • Erving Elementary School Library, 28 Northfield Road
  • Erving, Franklin County, MA (CT Valley)
  • contact: (413) 423-3326
  • email: urban@erving.com
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, October 31, 2015 10:30 AM12:00 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.
  • Sutton Public Library, 4 Uxbridge Road
  • Sutton, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (508) 865-8752
  • email: brajotte@cwmars.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, October 31, 2015 10:30 AM12:00 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.
  • Lenox Library Association, 18 Main Street
  • Lenox, Berkshire County, MA (Berkshire)
  • contact: (413) 637-0197
  • email: pspinrad@lenoxlib.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, October 31, 2015 10:30 AM12:00 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.
  • Needham Free Public Library, 1139 Highland Avenue
  • Needham, Norfolk County, MA (Metrowest Boston)
  • contact: (781) 455-7559
  • email: pdugan@minlib.net
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Sunday, November 1, 2015 3:30 PM5:30 PM
A panel discussion between scholars, writers, and public intellectuals who have interesting, thoughtful and constructive things to say about how to understand and improve race relations in the United States.
  • Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point, 210 Morrissey Boulevard
  • Boston, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • web: masshumanities.org/programs/symposium/
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 9:30 AM4:00 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.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 6:00 PM7:30 PM
From the porpoise that provided desperately needed sustenance for travellers to the New World to a recipe for ‘French bisket’ and a witchcraft judge's record of the declaration of a day of Thanksgiving, the New England Historic Genealogical Society is full of treasures. Archivist Judy Lucey will reveal the lives of ordinary people through the records of food, their recipes for medicine, and their account books documenting the cost of food in the market. Dr Lori Stokes, a member of the Partnership of Historic Bostons and a brilliant and popular communicator, will explore five unusual beliefs about food during the 17th century. Like most Europeans, Puritans were highly suspicious of vegetables; their solution: boil it!
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 6:00 PM7:30 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.
  • Erving Elementary School Library, 28 Northfield Road
  • Erving, Franklin County, MA (CT Valley)
  • contact: (413) 423-3326
  • email: urban@erving.com
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, November 7, 2015 9:30 AMSunday, November 8, 2015 5:00 PM
Join us to experience the traditions of an early 19th-century New England Thanksgiving. Learn about 1830s dining etiquette and watch the men of the Village compete in a post-dinner target shoot. Smell the scents of roasted turkey and pies warming by the fire. Learn about Native American Thanksgiving traditions and customs, and hear the minister talk about the real meaning of Thanksgiving in the Village's historic Center Meetinghouse.
  • 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
  • Sturbridge, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (800) 733-1830
  • web: www.osv.org/event/thanksgiving-weekend-2015
  • cost: $24 Adults, $22 Seniors (55+), $10 Youths (3-17), Children 2 & Under FREE, Woo card discounts available
Saturday, November 7, 2015 6:00 PM7:30 PM
Step into the past and experience the quiet charms of evening as early New Englanders did. Enjoy a special guided tour of select buildings around the Village common, with shops and homes lit by the soft glow of candles, oil lamps and firelight. See a slide show. Light refreshments, mulled cider, and a cash bar await at the Bullard Tavern to make the night complete. Tours are limited to 15 guests each and leave the Visitor Center every 10 minutes from 6:00 p.m. through 7:30 p.m. Registration will open in early Autumn.
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.
Saturday, November 7, 2015 10:30 AM12:00 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.
  • Sutton Public Library, 4 Uxbridge Road
  • Sutton, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (508) 865-8752
  • email: brajotte@cwmars.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, November 7, 2015 1:00 PM2:30 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.
  • Brockton Public Library, 304 Main Street
  • Brockton, Plymouth County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: (508) 580-7890
  • email: squint@cobma.us
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, November 7, 2015 10:30 AM12:00 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.
  • Needham Free Public Library, 1139 Highland Avenue
  • Needham, Norfolk County, MA (Metrowest Boston)
  • contact: (781) 455-7559
  • email: pdugan@minlib.net
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, November 7, 2015 10:30 AM12:00 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.
  • Lenox Library Association, 18 Main Street
  • Lenox, Berkshire County, MA (Berkshire)
  • contact: (413) 637-0197
  • email: pspinrad@lenoxlib.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 9:30 AM4:00 PM
To celebrate Veterans Day, Old Sturbridge Village will present special activities celebrating the nation's military history. See how lead musket balls were cast in the Small House. See how American military uniforms and weapons have changed over the past 300 years and see demonstrations of the weapons. Meet the U.S.S. Constitution's surgeon from the War of 1812. Children will get an opportunity to drill with toy muskets under the command of the Captain of the Village militia.
  • 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
  • Sturbridge, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (800) 733-1830
  • web: www.osv.org/event/veterans-day-2015
  • cost: All active, veteran and retired members of the military and their families* receive free admission on Veterans Day. (*up to 6 people.), $24 Adults, $22 Seniors (55+), $10 Youths (3-17), Children 2 & Under FREE, Woo card discounts available
Saturday, November 14, 2015 9:30 AMSunday, November 15, 2015 5:00 PM
Join us to experience the traditions of an early 19th-century New England Thanksgiving. Learn about 1830s dining etiquette and watch the men of the Village compete in a post-dinner target shoot. Smell the scents of roasted turkey and pies warming by the fire. Learn about Native American Thanksgiving traditions and customs, and hear the minister talk about the real meaning of Thanksgiving in the Village's historic Center Meetinghouse.
  • Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
  • Sturbridge, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (800) 733-1830
  • web: www.osv.org/event/thanksgiving-weekend-2015
  • cost: $24 Adults, $22 Seniors (55+), $10 Youths (3-17), Children 2 & Under FREE, Woo card discounts available
Saturday, November 14, 2015 10:30 AM12:00 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.
  • Needham Free Public Library, 1139 Highland Avenue
  • Needham, Norfolk County, MA (Metrowest Boston)
  • contact: (781) 455-7559
  • email: pdugan@minlib.net
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, November 14, 2015 1:00 PM2:30 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.
  • Brockton Public Library, 304 Main Street
  • Brockton, Plymouth County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: (508) 580-7890
  • email: squint@cobma.us
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, November 14, 2015 10:30 AM12:00 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.
  • Sutton Public Library, 4 Uxbridge Road
  • Sutton, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (508) 865-8752
  • email: brajotte@cwmars.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 6:00 PM7:30 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.
  • Erving Elementary School Library, 28 Northfield Road
  • Erving, Franklin County, MA (CT Valley)
  • contact: (413) 423-3326
  • email: urban@erving.com
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, November 21, 2015 9:30 AMSunday, November 22, 2015 4:00 PM
Join us to experience the traditions of an early 19th-century New England Thanksgiving. Learn about 1830s dining etiquette and watch the men of the Village compete in a post-dinner target shoot. Smell the scents of roasted turkey and pies warming by the fire. Learn about Native American Thanksgiving traditions and customs, and hear the minister talk about the real meaning of Thanksgiving in the Village's historic Center Meetinghouse.
  • Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
  • Sturbridge, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (800) 733-1830
  • web: www.osv.org/event/thanksgiving-weekend-2015
  • cost: $24 Adults, $22 Seniors (55+), $10 Youths (3-17), Children 2 & Under FREE, Woo card discounts available
Sunday, November 22, 2015 4:00 PM
Blending his background as an artist with his love for science and history, Sereno's passion carries him to the harshest and most remote corners of the world to discover new species. Bring your family to hear Sereno share his experiences as a paleontologist-and dinosaur hunter.
Thursday, November 26, 2015 9:30 AM4:00 PM
Join us to experience the traditions of an early 19th-century New England Thanksgiving. Learn about 1830s dining etiquette and watch the men of the Village compete in a post-dinner target shoot. Smell the scents of roasted turkey and pies warming by the fire. Learn about Native American Thanksgiving traditions and customs, and hear the minister talk about the real meaning of Thanksgiving in the Village's historic Center Meetinghouse.
  • Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
  • Sturbridge, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (800) 733-1830
  • web: www.osv.org/event/thanksgiving-weekend-2015
  • cost: $24 Adults, $22 Seniors (55+), $10 Youths (3-17), Children 2 & Under FREE, Woo card discounts available
Saturday, November 28, 2015 10:30 AM12:00 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.
  • Needham Free Public Library, 1139 Highland Avenue
  • Needham, Norfolk County, MA (Metrowest Boston)
  • contact: (781) 455-7559
  • email: pdugan@minlib.net
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Friday, December 4, 2015 4:00 PMSunday, December 20, 2015 9:00 PM
Escape the frenzy of a modern Christmas with an enchanted evening of gingerbread, roasted chestnuts, music, dance, and a sleigh ride (weather permitting). Meet Father Christmas and chat with Santa Claus (bring your camera!). Christmas by Candlelight highlights include: Re-creation of Mrs. Cratchit's Christmas Dinner; Sleigh rides (weather permitting); Gingerbread House Contest - winners determined by your votes; Holiday traditions explained and recreated- roasting chestnuts, yule logs, mistletoe, and more; Demonstrations of period gingerbread baking and cider mulling; Victorian carolers.
  • Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
  • Sturbridge, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: (800) 733-1830
  • web: www.osv.org/event/christmas-by-candlelight
  • cost: $24 Adults, $22 Seniors (55+), $10 Youths (3-17), Children 2 & Under FREE, Woo card discounts available

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.
Thursday, August 6, 2015 Tuesday, December 1, 2015
An exhibit built around immigration documents including letters, passports, photographs and visas recently uncovered inside Lowell City Hall and donated to UMass Lowell. These materials combined with other historical and contemporary collections of photographs, maps, city records and cultural and religious artifacts tell the stories of Portuguese laborers who arrived in Massachusetts over 100 years ago and their families, revealing the challenges they faced and the choices they made in the mill city. The exhibit will kick off with a free, public reception on Thursday, Aug. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum, 115 John St., Lowell and will be on view through Tuesday, Dec. 1. See website for hours of admission.
Monday, August 24, 2015 3:00 PMFriday, August 28, 2015 6:00 PM
Girls Inc. is pleased to implement the exhibit of the Mill Girls of Lowell Photovoice Project. The Photovoice program puts cameras in the hands of girls 10 and older and enables them to write narratives about their communities. The focus of their work was "The history of Lowell Mill girls, then and now." Since the majority of the girls that attend our programs have grown up in and around Lowell, we educated them on how the Mill girls lived ad how theoretically this has impacted the quality of their lives today, all while learning about a very important part of Lowell history.
  • Lowell Telecommunications Inc., 246 Market Street, 2nd floor hall space
  • Lowell, Middlesex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (978) 458-6529
  • email: tingersoll@girlsinclowell.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Friday, September 4, 2015 5:00 PMWednesday, September 9, 2015 8:00 PM
This exhibition celebrates the work and creativity of Lift Ev'ry Voice Project erLEVate, a youth program within the 2015 Lift Ev'ry Voice Festival, a festival celebrating African Americans in the Berkshires, and their history, heritage and culture.
  • Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave
  • Pittsfield, Berkshire County, MA (Berkshire)
  • web: liftevryvoice.org
  • cost: free
  • funded by Mass Humanities

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