Events

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 Saturday, December 31, 2016
Who am I? Where am I? These are the fundamental questions proposed by the humanities. Inquiries related to local history, literature, and education, inspire us to think deeply about the places where we live and how our identity fits into the context of our community and the seasons. "Learning Ahead: Cultural Itinerary for Western Massachusetts" is a bimonthly publication produced by Hilltown Families that sheds light on embedded learning opportunities found in cultural resources that exist within the geography, history, and cultural traditions of Western Massachusetts. With these seasonal itineraries, self-directed teens, lifelong learners, and families are encouraged to engage together in cultural opportunities that support similar interests, resulting in a shared history, strengthening sense of place. Download this pdf document and explore!
Saturday, December 10, 2016 9:00 AM5:00 PM
Join us for a day of genealogy for the whole family at our once-a year Holiday Open House! Enjoy free access to our world-class library, one-on-one consultations with our staff genealogists, special discounts on books and charts, and much more. Bring the kids along and spark their interest in family history with a variety of fun, family-themed activities including a genealogical scavenger hunt. Hear from our experts throughout the day at our ever-popular Fireside Chats featuring: Marie Daly and Judy Lucey discussing tips for researching Irish genealogy (10:00 AM); Senior genealogist Christopher Child demonstrating how to use DNA testing in family history research (12:30 PM); Award-winning authors and researchers Robert Charles Anderson, Alicia Crane Williams, and Helen Schatvet Ullmann answering questions about their early New England study project (3:00 PM). Stop by, grab some holiday cheer, and let us open the world of genealogy to you as only NEHGS can!
Sunday, December 11, 2016 2:00PM4:00PM
Please join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society for some Moxie! Between 1928 and 1953 the soft drink Moxie was bottled at 74 Heath Street at a plant known as "Moxieland". Augustin Thompson originally created Moxie in Lowell in 1876. At the peak of Moxie’s popularity, it even outsold Coke! It was marketed as a medicine that can “recover brain and nervous exhaustion; loss of manhood, imbecility, and helplessness.” Hear Merrill Lewis, President of the New England Moxie Congress, speak about the history of Moxie, focusing on the late 1920s to the early 1950s - when Moxieland was in JP.
  • 65 Cornwall St, Community Rm, JP, MA 02130
  • Boston, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • web: www.jphs.org
  • cost: This event is free and open to the public and Moxie will be served.
Monday, December 12, 2016 7:00 PM
Mass Humanities and Harvard Book Store welcome GEORGE SCIALABBA, author of "What Are Intellectuals Good For?" and "Divided Mind," for a discussion of his latest book, "Low Dishonest Decades: Essays & Reviews 1980-2015." Scialabba will be joined in conversation by Harvard Law School's RANDALL KENNEDY. "Low Dishonest Decades" charts the thirty-five years in which income inequality has established itself in America as a fundamental problem.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 7:00 PM
Mass Humanities and Harvard Book Store welcome JANE KAMENSKY—Professor of History at Harvard University and author of "The Exchange Artist"—for a discussion of her latest book, "A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley." An intimate portrait of the artist and his extraordinary times, Jane Kamensky masterfully reveals the world of the American Revolution, a place in time riven by divided loyalties and tangled sympathies
Thursday, December 15, 2016 5:00 PM
Matt Tannenbaum discusses his 40 years of owning this Berkshire literary landmark, in the heart of Lenox. He will be joined by New Yorker cartoonist, Bob Eckstein, author of the book "Footnotes from the World’s Greatest Bookstores: True Tales and Lost Moments from Book Buyers, Booksellers, and Book Lovers," which features The Bookstore.
Saturday, December 17, 2016 11:00 AM4:00 PM
Join us for celebrations and explorations of African life and culture! We will dance, play, socialize, and more! Each Saturday will also have a special theme with activities for children and their families; this week, the theme is African Christmas.
Sunday, January 8, 2017 2:00PM
Please join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Emily Greene Balch. Kristen Gwinn-Becker, PhD will discuss the life and legacy of this prominent American economist, sociologist, internationalist and Nobel Peace Prize winner (1946). The talk will detail how Emily Greene Balch’s strong family upbringing and the spirit of activism in Jamaica Plain spurred on her activities in poverty relief, child labor, immigration, settlement work, and her leadership in the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. Ms. Balch’s teaching and activism from the late 19th century to the post WWII era will be tied to current national and international movements and will show how her work formed the foundation for many of the social, economic, and political movements we recognize today and can serve as an inspiration for current local activism in Jamaica Plain and beyond. Kristen Gwinn-Becker, PhD is the author of "Emily Greene Balch: The Long Road to Internationalism," the first scholarly biography of the second U.S. woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Light refreshments will be served.
  • First Church in Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot Street
  • Boston, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • web: www.jphs.org
  • cost: Free
Saturday, January 21, 2017 11:00 AM4:00 PM
Join us for celebrations and explorations of African life and culture! We will dance, play, socialize, and more! Each Saturday will also have a special theme with activities for children and their families; this week, the theme is African Storytelling.
Friday, February 10, 2017 3:00 PM
Chandra Manning, an American historian who gained her doctorate from Harvard, is a former professor of history at Georgetown University and is now a special advisor at Radcliffe will come to Falmouth to discuss how escaped black women slaves were "contraband" and fled to the safety of the Union soldiers in order to keep their families safe - and together.
Saturday, February 11, 2017 11:00 AM4:00 PM
Join us for celebrations and explorations of African life and culture! We will dance, play, socialize, and more! Each Saturday will also have a special theme with activities for children and their families; this week, the theme is African Music.
Saturday, February 25, 2017 11:00 AMMonday, February 27, 2017 4:00 PM
Join us for celebrations and explorations of African life and culture! We will dance, play, socialize, and more! Each Saturday will also have a special theme with activities for children and their families; this week, the theme is African Jewelry.
Saturday, March 25, 2017 11:00 AM4:00 PM
Join us for celebrations and explorations of African life and culture! We will dance, play, socialize, and more! Each Saturday will also have a special theme with activities for children and their families; this week, the theme is African Toys.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 3:00 PM4:00 PM
Paul K. Chappell graduated from West Point in 2002, was deployed to Iraq, and left active duty in 2009. He grew up in Alabama, the son of a half-black and half-white father who fought in the Korean and Vietnam wars, and a Korean mother. Paul now believes in nonviolence, and he is the author of the "Road to Peace" series, a seven-book series about waging peace, ending war, the art of living, and what it means to be human. Chappell serves as the Peace Leadership Director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Lecturing across the country and internationally, he also teaches courses and workshops on Peace Leadership.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 11:00 AM3:00 PM
Several UMass Boston students from around the world will speak about their experiences having to leave their homeland and then face the challenges of adjusting to life in the United States. The William Joiner Institute has partnered with teachers from four schools in the Boston area (Boston Tech Academy, Cambridge Rindge and Latin, EMK Health Careers Academy, and Seekonk High School) who will bring students who would like to participate in the symposium. We are hoping the symposium will be a forum where stories of exodus and arrival can be told and heard by a diverse group of faculty and students.
Saturday, April 29, 2017 11:00 AM4:00 PM
Join us for celebrations and explorations of African life and culture! We will dance, play, socialize, and more! Each Saturday will also have a special theme with activities for children and their families; this week, the theme is African Musical Instruments.

Exhibits

Saturday, February 27, 2016 Sunday, February 12, 2017
Natural Selections: Flora and the Arts explores through more than 20 objects how nature has inspired, impressed, and enlightened society long before the publication of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species in 1859. Using three themes, the exhibition explores the subject of flora and how it inspired the decorative arts. “Botanizing” looks at the movement to classify, study, and teach though a selection of educational books and prints detailing floral anatomy and stages of life. “Art in Nature” delves into the museum’s rich collection of decorative arts to see how plants and flowers have influenced designers and craftspeople in fields as diverse as textiles, ceramics, furniture, and architecture. Finally, “Bringing the Outdoors In” showcases ceramic and glass vessels which literally brought colorful and fragrant flowers and plants indoors for personal enjoyment and study.
Friday, July 15, 2016 Wednesday, May 31, 2017
"Picturing Frederick Douglass," the first major exhibition of photographs of the famed abolitionist, promises to revolutionize our knowledge of race and photography in 19th-century America. Many were unpublished, forgotten for decades, and previously unseen by contemporary viewers. Several were taken in Boston. Together, the images trace Douglass's visual journey from self-emancipated man to firebrand abolitionist and elder statesman, and they narrate a photographic autobiography across a half-century of history. Douglass, who was in love with photography, sat for his portrait whenever possible, from his earliest known photograph in 1841 until his passing in 1895. As a result, he became the most photographed American of the 19th century; more photographed than President Abraham Lincoln. Picturing Frederick Douglass offers a visually stunning re-introduction to America's first black celebrity immediately recognizable in his own lifetime by millions.
  • 46 Joy St.
  • Boston, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • web: maah.org
  • cost: On July 15th cost will be admission by donation. After the 15th, admission will be $5 for Adults $3 for seniors, Free for members
Friday, October 28, 2016 1:00 PMSaturday, April 29, 2017 4:00 PM
The Framingham History Center is unveiling an exhibition of its extensive costume collection with fashions ranging from tea-gowns to flapper dresses to an elaborate kimono representing the influence of Japanese design on ladies’ salons across the country. These styles and the stories of the women who wore them provides a fascinating glimpse into their lives, their times, and their town. Parking: Please park on 3 Oak St. (street parking available) or in the Village Hall lot (2 Oak St.). Hours: 1:00-4:00 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, October 28, 2016 – April 29, 2017

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