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August 2020

Brockton Library’s 1st Thursday Suffrage Conversation Series. Suffrage 1920-2020.

August 6 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Brockton Public Library, 304 Main Street
Brockton, 02301
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Free

Suffrage 1920-2020, celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Women's Suffrage Movement and the role of Brockton area residents and organizations in the Suffrage Movement. It highlights the role of women and men who supported and opposed suffrage for women and the strategies employed to overcome the belief that women did not want to vote and lacked the expertise or mental capacity to offer a useful opinion about political issues. This month's program will launch the first-ever viewing of an 18-minute…

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Virtual Writing for Representation Workshop with Nancy Genevieve Kohl

August 12 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Free

Poet & Professor Nancy Genevieve Kohl will lead a writing workshop with the Representative Shirley Chisholm quote as a prompt “If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” Inviting attendees to reflect on, write about, and discuss political voice. Writer's choice: poetry, memoir, prose... Register for this online event here: https://libcal.readingpl.org/event/6601149

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Reclaiming Their Voice: The Native American Vote in New Mexico and Beyond

August 19 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Brockton Public Library, 304 Main Street
Brockton, 02301
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Free

The movie follows Native Americans in New Mexico taking a stand against injustice in the political process. Personal stories demonstrate how minority communities are using their voting rights as they participate more fully in elections. Their efforts lead to significant positive changes in New Mexico state election law. This story might serve as a model for how other minority populations throughout the U.S. can work together to make sure they can cast their votes and that their votes will be…

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Belva Lockwood for President: a Living History Performance with Anne Barrett

August 24 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Free

It's 1884 and Belva Lockwood is on the campaign trail! Attend her fiery campaign speech to hear her plans for equality and justice for all. She'll recollect her humble beginnings, and describe her fight to become the first woman admitted to the Supreme Court Bar. Includes renditions of popular suffrage songs. Step Back to Election 1884 with historian and performer Anne Barrett. Register for this live online performance: https://libcal.readingpl.org/event/6488502

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Impact of Cyberattacks and Civic Engagement

August 26 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Brockton Public Library, 304 Main Street
Brockton, 02301
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Free

Along with Brockton Mayor Robert Sullivan (in photo), MassCyberCenter Director Stephanie Helm and others will participate in the conversation.  Topics include: managing cyber security risks, MA Innovations Pathway Programs, how to earn a cyber security certificate, PreK-12 digital literacy & computer science programs, MA grant programs including Community Compact Cabinet Information Technology Grants and Cybersecurity Awareness Grant Program for communities. Potential questions to be addressed: What has been the impact of COVID-19 and protests for equity on voting? How do we define and…

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She the People: Author Visit with Jen Deaderick

August 26 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM EDT
Reading Public Library, 64 Middlesex Avenue
Reading, 01867
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Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment and Women's Equality Day with author Jen Deaderick  discussing her new graphic novel She the People: A Graphic History of Uprisings, Breakdowns, Setbacks, Revolts, and Enduring Hope on the Unfinished Road to Women's Equality. Register for this online event here: https://libcal.readingpl.org/event/6580993

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September 2020

100 Years after the 19th Amendment: Their Legacy, and Our Future

September 1 @ 9:00 AM - September 30 @ 5:00 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Brockton Public Library, 304 Main Street
Brockton, 02301
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Free

The American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress has launched a 19th Amendment traveling exhibit, "100 Years After the 19th Amendment: Their Legacy, and Our Future.”  The six-banner free-standing exhibit features historic photos and artifacts and details the story of the battle for ratification and outlines the challenges that remain. The exhibit was recently awarded a 2019 GDUSA American Graphic Design Award.  The banners will be available for viewing in the lobbies of the three branches…

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Walking Tour of Woodbourne

September 5 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
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One event on September 5, 2020 at 11:00 AM

One event on October 24, 2020 at 11:00 AM

Bethel AME Church, Walk Hill Street
Jamaica Plain, 02130
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Free

Join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society to walk around Woodbourne. This neighborhood developed from 19th-century summer estates into a model suburban enclave. It contains examples representative of New England architecture with designs by local architects and builders. It also contains an unusual garden city model housing development by the Boston Dwelling House Company which was founded in 1912. All JPHS tours last between 60 and 90 minutes and are canceled in case of heavy rain. No reservations are required, just…

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Walking Tour of Jamaica Pond

September 12 @ 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM EDT
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One event on September 12, 2020 at 11:00 AM

One event on October 31, 2020 at 11:00 AM

Jamaica Pond Bandstand, 570 Jamaicaway
Jamaica Plain, 02130
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Free

Join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society on a walk around the Jamaica Pond. Once a district that only included the houses of Boston’s elite, the Pond later was put to industrial use as tons of ice were harvested there each winter. Learn about the movers and shakers such as Francis Parkman and James Michael Curley who made their homes on the Pond’s shores. Discover how the Pond was transformed from private estates and warehouses into the parkland we know today.…

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Current Barriers to Voting — The Right to Vote: Past, Present, Future

September 21 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Forbes Library, 20 West St
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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Free

The Right to Vote: Past, Present, Future is a series of four events, each starting with a presentation by a panel of speakers, followed by group discussion. The third event will focus on current barriers to voting, such as incarceration, citizenship status, accessibility, ID requirements, transportation, voting on reservations, and gerrymandering. Four speakers will present historical context and guide discussion. The presenters are: Lois Ahrens, founder of the Real Cost of Prisons Project Dr. Donald C. Baumer, Professor of Government at Smith College David Daley, author of Unrigged: How Americans…

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Exhibitions

America Transformed: Mapping the 19th Century Part I

May 4, 2019 @ 12:00 AM - November 10, 2019 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center At the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., Copley Square
Boston, MA 02116-2813 United States
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Free

During the 19th century, the United States expanded dramatically westward. Immigrant settlers rapidly spread across the continent and transformed it, often through violent or deceptive means, from ancestral Native lands and borderlands teeming with diverse communities to landscapes that fueled the rise of industrialized cities. Historical maps, images and related objects tell the story of the sweeping changes made to the physical, cultural, and political landscape. Moving beyond the mythologized American frontier, this map exhibition explores the complexity of factors…

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“F/V Innovation” Exhibit

September 12, 2019 @ 12:00 AM - March 29, 2020 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, 38 Bethel Street
New Bedford, MA 02740-6318 United States
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$3 – $5

"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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Chinatown PhotoVoice Exhibition

September 12, 2019 @ 11:00 AM - December 7, 2019 @ 5:00 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany Street
Boston, MA 02111-1409 United States
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Free

Inside Chinatown features photography by eleven Chinatown community members who used photography to not only share the experiences, challenges, and successes found in their community, but also to author their own history of what it means to work and live in Boston's Chinatown. The exhibition is a culmination of six months of coursework where participants K.C., Qianying Guan, B.K., Barney Ko, Yingyan Liang, Kim Sit, Angela Soo Hoo, Heman Tang, Justine Wang, and Warren Wong learned about the neighborhood's history…

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Beyond Jazz: A Gathering Place

September 19, 2019 @ 12:00 AM - March 1, 2020 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Museum of African American History, 46 Joy Street
Boston, MA 02108-4620 United States
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$8 – $62

A new exhibit exploring how the African meeting House fortified Boston's 19th-century African American community by providing a space for cultural expression.

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Faith in a City: Exploring Religion in Somerville, Massachusetts

November 17, 2019 - January 26, 2020
Funded by Mass Humanities
The Somerville Museum, One Westwood Road
Somerville, 02143
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Free – $5

"Faith in a City" is a project exploring religion in Somerville through music, photography, video, interviews and history as a way to better understand our community. The focus is how religion is meaningful to people across the City. The project includes concerts, talks, panel discussions and an exhibit. "Faith in a City" includes some congregations near Somerville where local residents go to worship. Many thanks to Keyzom Bhutti, Boston Japanese Christian Church, Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church,…

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America Transformed: Mapping the 19th Century Part II

November 23, 2019 @ 12:00 AM - May 10, 2020 @ 12:00 AM EST
Funded by Mass Humanities
Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center At the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., Copley Square
Boston, MA 02116-2813 United States
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Free

During the 19th century, the United States expanded dramatically westward. Immigrant settlers rapidly spread across the continent and transformed it, often through violent or deceptive means, from ancestral Native lands and borderlands teeming with diverse communities to landscapes that fueled the rise of industrialized cities. Historical maps, images and related objects tell the story of the sweeping changes made to the physical, cultural, and political landscape. Moving beyond the mythologized American frontier, this map exhibition explores the complexity of factors…

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Faith in a City: Artist + Curator Talk

January 11 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
Funded by Mass Humanities
The Somerville Museum, One Westwood Road
Somerville, 02143
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Free – $10

Join us at the Somerville Museum for a talk with some of the artists of the "Faith in a City" exhibit and producer/curator Charan Devereaux. Admission is $10, free for Somerville Museum members and members of participating congregations. More about "Faith in a City" "Faith in a City" is a project exploring religion in Somerville. Massachusetts through music, photography, video, interviews and history as a way to better understand our community. The focus is how religion is meaningful to people…

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Facebook Live Salem State Artifacts Showing

April 29 @ 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EDT
Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page Street
Danvers, 01923
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Tune into our Facebook channel at 1:30 on Wednesday April 29 and watch our Discover Danvers Roundtable Live! Artifacts come to life through the eyes of volunteer researchers from Salem State University. Unfortunately, we will not have live audience participation nor a moderated discussion this spring. We will have a tour via Facebook Live and we hope you all watch, especially kids who are not in school right now. We will closely view several objects from the Society’s collections and…

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Closing Reception of Homeward Bound: Global Intimacies in Converging Chinatowns

May 30 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St
Boston, MA 02111 United States
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Free

Pao Arts Center is proud to host Homeward Bound: Global Intimacies in Converging Chinatowns, an exhibition curated by queer Chinese American scholars, organizers, and artists Mei Lum, Diane Wong, and Huiying B. Chan. Join us for refreshments and to celebrate the closing of this exhibition. Homeward Bound centers narratives of home, community, and intergenerational resistance. The exhibition draws from four years of ethnographic research and oral history interviews with the Chinese diaspora that spans nine countries and 13 cities. The…

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