Events

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 7:00 PM8:30 PM
David Blight, author of "Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom" will keynote. This event celebrates the arrival of Frederick Douglass to New Bedford, his first free home in 1838.
Thursday, September 19, 2019 7:00 PM8:00 PM
Between the late 18th and early 19th centuries, hundreds of ships were built in Duxbury, Massachusetts. The resulting economic boom resonated throughout the community and contributed to a rise in both employment and population. Duxbury became the home to many shipbuilding and maritime families, including dozens of master mariners and their wives. For all the history that has been examined and celebrated, however, very little has been said of the women, other than to mention the obvious-- that they were the mothers, wives and sisters of the male shipbuilders and sailors. This project puts them not only into the narrative, but directly on to the ships. Duxbury Rural and Historical Society Archivist & Historian, Carolyn Ravenscroft, embarked on a journey to find the names of other women who made voyages and to discover their stories. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm.
Thursday, September 19, 2019 6:00 PM8:00 PM
Please join the Sharon Historical Society and the Sharon Public Library as we present information about Sharon's early historians and their collections. On view will be the recently conserved Eugene Tappan papers and handwritten maps of Sharon. Also on view will be the William Mann diaries, dissertation by Amy Rafter Pratt and writings by Solomon Talbot and other Sharon historians. We will also present our digital historical collections and collections and publications from the Sharon Historical Society.
  • Sharon Public Library Community Room, 11 North Main Street
  • Sharon, Norfolk County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: 781-784-1578 x1425
  • email: Lamend@ocln.org
  • cost: Free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Thursday, September 26, 2019 1:00 PM4:00 PM
Martin House Farm will be hosting Spencer from Warren Cider Works to explain how cider is fermented and demonstrate the making of apple juice using a 19th-century small farm mill. Juice and apple tasting will be offered! Learn about the apple culture: varietal selection, flavor profile with tastings, propagation, growing conditions, crop protection, etc. Several apple pressing will take place in the afternoon. Before you leave, take a free pumpkin from our farmers and celebrate fall! Martin House Farm is a rare example of an early 19th-century farm which still retains the character of its original setting. It is on the National Register of Historic Places, an official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation.
  • 22 Stoney Hill Road at Route 6
  • Swansea, Bristol County, MA (Southeast)
  • web: nscdama.org/martin-house-farm/
  • cost: $5 for adults, children under 12 and active military and families free
Saturday, September 28, 2019 1:00 PM2:00 PM
Spend the afternoon at the Museum as we hear from Norman DuPuis and Irene Watson speak on their book "Stabbed in the Back: The Life of Civil War Private James Gillispie," a biographical novel based on the life of Irish immigrant, Civil War soldier, and great-great-grandfather of Mr. DuPuis, James Gillispie of Taunton. It is a tale of his call to serve his adopted country, the unusual injury he endured, and the battles he fought when he returned home to Taunton as a veteran. Refreshments will be served at 12:30 pm with the talk to begin at 1 pm.
  • Old Colony History Museum, 66 Church Green
  • Taunton, Bristol County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: 508-822-1622
  • email: info@oldcolonyhistorymuseum.org
  • cost: This event is free and open to the public.
Saturday, October 5, 2019 10:00 AM12:00 PM
Become a part of local history! Bring us a photo taken in the Taunton area and let us scan it for our digital collection. We'll give you back the original and your image will become a part of our archive collection. Bring in your photographs, preferably loose rather than in an album, and unframed. Anything up through 11 x 17 inches is welcome. Please provide us any information you have about the photos. People, places, events, local landmarks, holiday displays--share your photographs, memories, and even help us solves some mysteries! No more than five per person, please. Visit those attics, sort those closets, and dig out those boxes of mementos to help us add to the photographic record of our local community!
Saturday, October 5, 2019 12:00 PM1:00 PM
Take a special, guided tour with our curator as he highlights the archaeological finds throughout our museum.
  • Old Colony History Museum, 66 Church Green
  • Taunton, Bristol County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: 508-822-1622
  • email: info@oldcolonyhistorymuseum.org
  • cost: free with admission
Thursday, October 17, 2019 7:00 PM8:00 PM
Attend a lecture by Christian DiSpigna on his book "Founding Martyr: The Life and Death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution's Lost Hero." Little has been known of one of the most important figures in early American history, Dr. Joseph Warren. Warren was involved in almost every major rebellious act in the Boston area for a decade and his provocative writings included the famous Suffolk Resolves, which helped unite the colonies against Britain and inspired the Declaration of Independence. Yet after his death, his life and legend faded, leaving his contemporaries to rise to fame in his place and obscuring his essential role in bringing America to independence. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm with the talk to begin at 7 pm.
  • Old Colony History Museum, 66 Church Green
  • Taunton, Bristol County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: 508-822-1622
  • email: info@oldcolonyhistorymuseum.org
  • cost: free and open to the public
Friday, October 18, 2019 Saturday, October 19, 2019
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 2019 will feature a tavern tour on Friday, October 18 and a festival on Saturday, October 19, 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 26, 2019 2:00 PM3:00PM
In his book "In Death Remember'd: Gravestone Carvers of the Taunton River Basin," Vincent Luti focuses on an aspect of our history that has been largely overlooked; the 18th century Taunton River Basin School of Gravestone Carvers. This rich heritage of early American folk artifacts is a precious resource for scholars of all stripes, and something to be enjoyed by an appreciative public as well. The native work of this overlooked area now has its deserved place in the story of American folk art culture as evidenced in its early gravestones and their carvers. Mr. Luti is one of the most knowledgeable people in the world regarding the history of tombstone carvers in New England. Refreshments will be served at 1:30 pm with the talk to begin at 2 pm.
  • Old Colony History Museum, 66 Church Green
  • Taunton, Bristol County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: 508-822-1622
  • email: info@oldcolonyhistorymuseum.org
  • cost: free and open to the public
Saturday, October 26, 2019 4:30PM8:00 PM
Witches, ghosts, and goblins-- think it's all just a bunch of Hocus Pocus? Find out at our Haunted History After Hours. We'll have food and fun inspired by the classic Halloween movie! You can show off your skills in our pumpkin carving competition, sip on some witches brew, and learn about the darker history of our city on our special walking tour. You'll have such a great time you'll think we put a spell on you! Consider becoming a member for reduced admission to this event (and so much more!) Walking tour 4:30 pm, Party 5:30-8:00. Tickets include admission to the Haunted History Downtown Walking Tour and party at the Museum, a slot in our Upside Down Escapes Competition, and a free drink!
Saturday, November 2, 2019 10:00 AM12:00 PM
Become a part of local history! Bring us a photo taken in the Taunton area and let us scan it for our digital collection. We'll give you back the original and your image will become a part of our archive collection. Bring in your photographs, preferably loose rather than in an album, and unframed. Anything up through 11 x 17 inches is welcome. Please provide us any information you have about the photos. People, places, events, local landmarks, holiday displays??"share your photographs, memories, and even help us solves some mysteries! No more than five per person, please. Visit those attics, sort those closets, and dig out those boxes of mementos to help us add to the photographic record of our local community!
Saturday, November 9, 2019 11:00 AM12:00 PM
Join us for a friendly discussion with a group of people who love to read and discuss good books. Scheduled to meet monthly on the second Saturday, newcomers are always welcome to join the group. For November, we'll be reading "American Jezebel: The Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchinson, the Woman Who Defied the Puritans" by Eve LaPlante. The story of Anne Hutchinson in "American Jezebel," told by her direct descendent LaPlante, may be set in the 17th century but it illuminates the origins of our modern concepts of religious freedom, equal rights, and free speech, and showcases an extraordinary woman whose achievements are astonishing by the standards of any era.
Saturday, November 9, 2019 12:00 PM1:00 PM
This extra special walking tour will focus on the history of the war memorials of downtown Taunton from those with a unique perspective on the subject, our honored veterans.
Saturday, November 9, 2019 1:30 PM2:30 PM
Following our Veterans Day Walking Tour, enjoy coffee and donuts in our hall while you hear from Dr. William Hanna, author of "A History of Taunton," speak about the history of Camp Myles Standish.
Saturday, November 9, 2019 1:30 PM2:30 PM
Following our Veterans Day Walking Tour, enjoy coffee and donuts in our hall while you hear from Dr. William Hanna, author of "A History of Taunton", speak about the history of Camp Myles Standish.
Thursday, November 21, 2019 7:00 PM8:00 PM
In November 1637, Anne Hutchinson stood before forty male judges of the Massachusetts General Court. The 46-year-old midwife and Puritan leader, pregnant with her sixteenth child, parried their every charge of heresy and sedition. In a period when a woman could not vote, hold public office, or teach outside the home, Hutchinson showed remarkable political power, prompting Governor John Winthrop to deride her as "this American Jezebel." Hear from her descendant, Eve LaPlante, as she presents on her definitive biography that captures Hutchinson's life in all its complexity, presenting a riveting portrait of early America. Moving from Hutchinson's dramatic courtroom battles to her banishment in Rhode Island, where she became the only woman ever to found an American colony, LaPlante will shed light on the origins of our modern concepts of religious freedom, equal rights, and free speech. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm with a book signing at 6:45 pm (note: cash or check only) followed by the lecture beginning at 7 pm.
Saturday, December 7, 2019 10:00 AM12:00 PM
Become a part of local history! Bring us a photo taken in the Taunton area and let us scan it for our digital collection. We'll give you back the original and your image will become a part of our archive collection. Bring in your photographs, preferably loose rather than in an album, and unframed. Anything up through 11 x 17 inches is welcome. Please provide us any information you have about the photos. People, places, events, local landmarks, holiday displays??"share your photographs, memories, and even help us solves some mysteries! No more than five per person, please. Visit those attics, sort those closets, and dig out those boxes of mementos to help us add to the photographic record of our local community!
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 7:00 PM8:30 PM
Tom Begley, Executive Liaison for Administration, Research, and Special Projects, will discuss the Museum's archaeological roots.
  • Plimoth Plantation, Visitor Center, 137 Warren Ave.
  • Plymouth, Plymouth County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: 508-746-1622
  • web: www.plimoth.org
  • email: srose@plimoth.org
  • cost: Free
  • funded by Mass Humanities

Exhibits

Thursday, September 12, 2019 Sunday, March 29, 2020
"F/V Innovation" is a new exhibit at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center that explores the evolution of vessels and gear and pays tribute to individuals whose innovations propelled the commercial fishing industry into the modern era. The Center is open Thursday - Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Center is wheelchair accessible with free off-street parking.

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