Events

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 10:00 AMFriday, September 1, 2017 4:00 PM
The Old Colony History Museum announces a new collaborative museum program. Passport to History is a joint effort of nine local museums, spearheaded by Old Colony History Museum, to share and explore the fantastic and diverse history of southeastern Massachusetts. At each participating museum, guests can pick up a passport and complete a location-specific activity to earn a passport stamp. Altogether, visitors will have a chance to explore and learn about the exciting and varied history of the Old Colony region. The participating museums are the Old Colony History Museum, The Fuller Craft Museum, the Carpenter Museum, the Hanover Historical Society, the Freetown Historical Society, the Middleborough Historical Association, The Robbins Museum, the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society, and the Attleboro Area Industrial Museum. Many of the listed museums are offering free admission for those on their first visit with the passport. Additionally, to celebrate the launch of the passport, we are holding a raffle for those who post photos from each location by September 1, 2017 with #PassportToHistory.
Friday, July 28, 2017 10:30 AM12:00 PM
Family Adventures in Reading is a 6-session series, open to kids ages 6-10 and their families. Each family gets a copy of the book to keep. Each 90-minute session includes a book discussion, snack, and craft led by Storyteller Karen Chace. This week's theme is Friendship. We will read and discuss "Tomas and the Library Lady" by Pat Mora/Illustrated by Raul Colon. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Please email Jessica Henderson directly. Include the names and ages of your children, and your phone number.
Friday, August 4, 2017 10:30 AM12:00 PM
Family Adventures in Reading is a 6-session series, open to kids ages 6-10 and their families. Each family gets a copy of the book to keep. Each 90-minute session includes a book discussion, snack, and craft led by Storyteller Karen Chace. This week's theme is Cooperation. We will read and discuss And "Tango Makes Three" by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell/illustrated by Henry Cole. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Please email Jessica Henderson directly to register . Include the names and ages of your children, and your phone number.
Friday, August 11, 2017 10:30 AM12:00 PM
Family Adventures in Reading is a 6-session series, open to kids ages 6-10 and their families. Each family gets a copy of the book to keep. Each 90-minute session includes a book discussion, snack, and craft led by Storyteller Karen Chace. This week's theme is Leadership. We will read and discuss "Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom" by Carole Boston Weatherford/ illustrated by Kadir Nelson. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Please email Jessica Henderson directly to register and include the names and ages of your children, and your phone number.
Friday, August 18, 2017 10:30 AM12:00 PM
Family Adventures in Reading is a 6-session series, open to kids ages 6-10 and their families. Each family gets a copy of the book to keep. Each 90-minute session includes a book discussion, snack, and craft led by Storyteller Karen Chace. This week's theme is Home. We will read and discuss "The Ugly Vegetables" by Grace Lin. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Please email Jessica Henderson directly to register and include the names and ages of your children, and your phone number.
Saturday, August 19, 2017 12:00 PM2:00 PM
Does asparagus ice cream sound delicious to you? How about chestnut or parmesan? These are a few of the somewhat odd flavors people used to actually eat! Taste ice cream flavors from throughout history! You'll have a chance to make your own ice cream and enjoy a trip to the sundae bar for mix-ins! We will serve chocolate and vanilla for those who prefer the classics.
Thursday, September 21, 2017 6:30 PM8:00 PM
Perhaps women need to be reminded of how far we've come in order to see how far we still can go. Discover what life was really like for New England's colonial women - because we've always been curious about: menstruation, sex & birth control, childbirth, sickness & medicine. The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife not only makes audience members laugh and grimace, but it also honors our foremothers. It's not about quilting bees and spinning wheels - it's an interactive presentation about the little-known issues faced by New England's colonial women. Ms. Jancz-Urban has traveled throughout the east coast presenting at libraries, historical societies, women's groups, conferences, universities, book festivals, and women's history month events. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm with the talk to begin at 7 pm.
Saturday, September 23, 2017 1:00 PM3:00PM
Are you interested in music? Poetry? Storytelling? Do you want to learn more about these things? Join us for an afternoon program featuring local artists who will be sharing their songs, poems, stories, and artwork in a casual, friendly setting. You can come and just listen, or if you would like to participate, let us know as there are a limited number of open mic slots to share your work. This is our second event following a successful June launch and we hope you can join us to continue to expand. Please contact us to reserve a performance slot.
Thursday, October 19, 2017 6:30 PM8:00 PM
Help us celebrate Archaeology Month with archaeologist and author Dan Sivilich as he traces the history of musket balls and small shot, and explores their uses as lethal projectiles and in nonlethal alterations. Sivilich asks, and answers, a variety of questions to demonstrate how a musket ball found in a military context can help to interpret the site: Was it fired? What did it hit? What type of gun is it associated with? Has it been chewed, and if so, by whom or what? Was it hammered into gaming pieces? By equipping historians and archaeologists with the information necessary for answering these questions, Sivilich's accessible work opens new views into firing lines, casualty areas, and military camps. It dispels long-held misperceptions about lead shot having been bitten by humans, offers examples of shot altered to improve lethality, and discusses balls made of materials other than lead, such as pewter. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm with the talk to begin at 7 pm.
Saturday, October 21, 2017 12:00 PM4:00 PM
Liberty and Union Weekend is an annual celebration of the unique role that the City of Taunton played in our nation's founding. The Weekend is held each fall to commemorate the events of October 1774, when Taunton became the first community in the American colonies to raise a flag the "Liberty and Union" flag in opposition to British rule. Liberty and Union Weekend 2017 will feature a tavern tour on Friday, October 20 and a festival on Saturday, October 21, with activities for residents and visitors of all ages. Programs will include 18th century re-enactors and artisans, farming and livestock displays, a ceremonial flag-raising, and free pumpkin decorating for children. There will be food, fun, and lots to see and do. You won't want to miss it!
Saturday, October 28, 2017 10:00 AM4:00 PM
Come celebrate Halloween at the Museum! All visitors in costume will receive free admission for a guided tour of the Museum.
Saturday, October 28, 2017 1:30 PM3:00PM
John F. Gallagher served over thirty years on the Boston Police Department and retired at the rank of superintendent. As a command staff member, he was the department's chief of detectives. His interest in history and genealogy and his background in criminal investigation motivated him to write about these century-old murders on the South Shore. John and his wife, Jeanne, live in Hanover, Massachusetts. Gallagher published his third book, "A Monument to Her Grief: The Sturtevant Murders of Halifax, Massachusetts." Nearly 150 years ago, the Massachusetts state constabulary launched an investigation into the brutal murders of three elderly people at their farmhouse on Thompson Street in rural Halifax. The story of the murders and the aftermath has been passed down through the generations and has become part of local lore. Until now, no comprehensive, definitive account has been published. Refreshments will be served at 1:30 pm with the talk to begin at 2 pm.
Saturday, November 11, 2017 1:00 PM4:00 PM
Members of the Taunton Area Vietnam Veterans Association will share a slideshow presentation at 2pm and memories of their experiences during the Vietnam War. They will also bring military memorabilia as well as items from their time in Vietnam, including a Montagnard crossbow and sword, shrapnel from a 122mm rocket, and a piece of a Skycrane helicopter. The Taunton Area Vietnam Veterans Association (TAVVA) will never let anyone forget the sacrifices made by those that served their country in Vietnam. This program is a wonderful way of remembering "those that gave some and those that gave all." TAVVA is a non-profit organization. Based in Taunton Massachusetts, it was officially founded in January of 1983 by five Vietnam Veterans and one Korean Veteran.

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