Sunday, January 21, 2018 2:00 PM3:00 PM
A musical that tells the story of how women got their rights in America, told by the women who were there. With catchy musical numbers and a dash of comic relief, this highly entertaining and educational musical is a must see for teens and adults. In a time when our rights are being questioned, "We Did It For You!" shines light on how we got to where we are. Q&A with playwright and cast. Reception to follow provided by Starbucks.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 6:00 PM8:00 PM
Our dinner and book discussion group kicks off the new year with New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America by Wendy Warren. Focusing on the the impact of slavery in the north, this book "conveys the disorientation, the deprivation, the vulnerability, the occasional hunger and the profound isolation that defined the life of most African exiles in Puritan New England," says the New York Times.
Saturday, February 3, 2018 2:00 PM3:00 PM
Framingham was blessed from its beginning with a bountiful supply of fresh water - two major rivers, the Sudbury, and Stony Brook, several ponds, and beneath the ground one of the largest aquifers in the entire state of Massachusetts. As a result nearly every major water works program in the state has gone through Framingham. At the same time, the town found itself with a serious water shortage at the end of the nineteenth century, just as its population was rising dramatically. Why? Town Historian, Fred Wallace, and FHC researcher, Ruthann Tomassini, will uncover a fascinating chain of events from 1846-1931 including massive construction projects, land takings, power politics, and science. They will also present some remarkable photographs from state and local archives illustrating changes to our land and waterways over the course of 100 years.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 7:30 PM9:00 PM
Following the lead of her own ancestors, Tufts University historian Kendra Taira Field's epic new family history chronicles the westward migration of freedom's first generation in the fifty years after emancipation. Drawing on decades of archival research and family lore within and beyond the United States, Field details lives and choices that deepen and widen the roots of the Great Migration, exploring how ideas about race and color powerfully shaped the pursuit of freedom. Dr. Field is assistant professor of history and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Tufts University. Copies of "Growing Up with the Country," slated for publication on January 9th, will be available for purchase and signing at the event. (rescheduled from 1/17 snow event)
  • Royall House and Slave Quarters, 15 George Street
  • Medford, Middlesex County, MA (Metrowest Boston)
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  • cost: Free admission for RH&SQ members; general admission is $10.


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.

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