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February 2023

Reading Frederick Douglass Together-Feb 14

February 14 @ 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM EST
Funded by Mass Humanities
Worcester City Hall, 455 Main St.
Worcester, MA 01608 United States
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Free

Join us for a public reading of Frederick Douglass' Fourth of July Address: "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?"

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March 2023

Archaeology at the Loring Greenough House

March 9 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM EST
Free

Joe Bagley, the Archaeologist for the City of Boston will present the initial findings from the dig conducted at the Loring Greenough House in the fall of 2022. The goal of this project was to survey the basement of the house’s early 19th century summer kitchen and areas of the door yard ahead of planned improvements. This event is co-sponsored by the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library, the Jamaica Plain Historical Society and the Jamaica Plain Tuesday…

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The Odyssey Of Phillis Wheatley: A Poet’s Journeys Through American Slavery And Independence

March 13 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDT
Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boyleston St
Boston, 02215
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$10

This is a hybrid event. FREE for MHS Members. $10 per person fee (in person). No charge for virtual attendees or Card to Culture participants (EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare). The in-person reception starts at 5:30 and the program will begin at 6:00. Please visit here to register. Admired by George Washington, ridiculed by Thomas Jefferson, published, and read far and wide, Phillis Wheatley led an extraordinary life. Seized in West Africa and forced into slavery as a child, she was sold to a…

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Making Maine: Statehood And The War Of 1812

March 15 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDT
Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boyleston St
Boston, 02215
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$10

This is a hybrid event. FREE for MHS Members. $10 per person fee (in person). No charge for virtual attendees or Card to Culture participants (EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare). The in-person reception starts at 5:30 and the program will begin at 6:00. Please visit here to register. After the Revolutionary War ended, the new American nation grappled with a question about its identity: Were the states sovereign entities or subordinates to a powerful federal government? The War of 1812 brought this issue into…

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The Nature of Slavery: Environment and Plantation Labor in the Anglo-Atlantic World

March 22 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDT
Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boyleston St
Boston, 02215
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$10

This is a hybrid event. FREE for MHS Members. $10 per person fee (in person). No charge for virtual attendees or Card to Culture participants (EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare). The in-person reception starts at 5:30 and the program will begin at 6:00. Please visit here to register. In the late 18th century, planters in the Caribbean and the American South insisted that only Black people could labor on plantations, arguing that Africans, unlike Europeans, had bodies particularly suited to cultivate crops in hot…

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Dinner With The President: Food, Politics, And A History Of Breaking Bread At The White House

March 27 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDT
Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boyleston St
Boston, 02215
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$10

This is a hybrid event. FREE for MHS Members. $10 per person fee (in person). No charge for virtual attendees or Card to Culture participants (EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare). The in-person reception starts at 5:30 and the program will begin at 6:00. Please visit here to register. Some of the most significant moments in American history have occurred over meals. Alex Prud’homme invites readers into the White House kitchen to reveal the curious tastes of twenty-six American presidents, how their meals were prepared…

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Lethal Tides: Mary Sears and the Marine Scientists Who Helped Win World War II

March 29 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDT
Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boyleston St
Boston, 02215
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$10

This is a hybrid event. FREE for MHS Members. $10 per person fee (in person). No charge for virtual attendees or Card to Culture participants (EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare). The in-person reception starts at 5:30 and the program will begin at 6:00. Please visit here to register. When World War II began, the U.S. Navy was unprepared to enact its island-hopping strategy to reach Japan. Mary Sears, a marine biologist, was the expert they turned to, and she along with a team of…

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April 2023

The Sculptures of Daniel Chester French at Forest Hills Cemetery

April 15 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
Forest Hills Cemetery, Forsyth Chapel, 95 Forest Hills Ave
Jamaica Plain, 02130
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Free

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society invites you to hear Dana Pilson curatorial researcher and collections coordinator at Chesterwood, the historical home, studio, and gardens of sculptor Daniel Chester French in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, who will present an illustrated talk focusing on French’s works in Jamaica Plain’s Forest Hills Cemetery. While most well-known for his statue of the Minute Man for Concord and the colossal seated Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, French sculpted almost one hundred other monuments and…

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