Events

Saturday, March 23, 2019 7:00 PM9:00 PM
Back by popular demand! Join us for a night in the 18th century underworld with a bawdy singalong and a presentation of The Beggar's Opera, the first modern comedy musical from 1728. Follow the infamous highwayman Macheath as he tries to dodge his wife's greedy family and the other ladies he abandoned along the way. This jukebox musical uses popular 18th century melodies, but with sarcastic lyrics and a biting political commentary rarely seen on stage at this time. Fill ev'ry glass and sing along!
Saturday, March 23, 2019 2:00 PM3:00 PM
How did Framingham manage to avoid the catastrophic death rates from the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic? Join us as two public health experts review the measures put in place by the Framingham Health and Tuberculosis Demonstration Project (1916-1923) and how these drastically reduced the incidence of death from the flu locally. Kathy Hursen, former Framingham Public Health Nurse, and Dr. Alfred DeMaria, Jr., retired Medical Director and State Epidemiologist at the Mass. Bureau of Infectious Disease, will present Framingham's public health legacy during WWI and during a pandemic that took 50 million lives worldwide.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 6:00 PM8:00 PM
Join us as we talk about a new history book over dinner: "Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy" by Karen Abbott. Everyone loves a good untold story, and this month's book offers four. Follow the stories of Belle Boyd, Emma Edmonds, Rose Greenhow, and Elizabeth Van Lew as they use their wits and feminine wiles to participate in the Civil War. From running espionage rings to running headfirst onto the battlefield, these four women defied the odds and accomplished more than anyone would have thought possible. After all, just how dangerous could a woman be?
Friday, April 5, 2019 1:00 PMSaturday, April 6, 2019 4:00 PM
Come celebrate spring and join us for a display of beautiful floral arrangements inspired by our historic artifacts. Members of the Framingham Garden Club picked ten pieces from our collection to interpret and their designs will be on display throughout the Edgell Memorial Library. Meet the designers and hear about their inspiration at Friday's opening reception and enjoy docent-led tours throughout the day on Saturday.

Exhibits

Sunday, April 9, 2017 Sunday, December 8, 2019
Networks. Posting. Sharing. Memes. These may sound like buzzwords describing 21st century social media, but all had their equivalents in the 18th century, some with the same names. In a time of candlelight and horse drawn carriages, there were many sophisticated communications networks in place. Lexington Historical Society's new exhibit #Alarmed! 18th Century Social Media explores how news went viral 250 years ago, and lets visitors imagine how colonials might have made use of our modern media tools to kick start a revolution. Located on the second floor of the tavern, the exhibit contains nearly a dozen interactive activities. The exhibit team of Susan Bennett, Rick Byer, Stacey Fraser, and Lauren Kennedy hopes that visitors engage with the exhibit in both analog and digital ways. Mass Humanities sponsored a consulting scholar, J. L. Bell, who is a savvy social media user in his own right.

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