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November 2019

Orchestrating Change

November 13 @ 5:30 PM - 7:45 PM
Funded by Mass Humanities
Waltham Public Library, 735 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02451-0698 United States
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Free

Join us for a screening of the new feature documentary, "Orchestrating Change" that tells the inspiring story of the only orchestra in the world created by and for people living with mental illness and those who support them. Based in Boston, this extraordinary orchestra is reducing stigma one concert at a time and changing the lives of these musicians in ways they never imagined.

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Housing as History: the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and Orchard Gardens

November 13 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Funded by Mass Humanities
Dewitt Center, 122 Dewitt Drive
Boston, MA 02120-2402 United States
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By the 1980s the Dudley Square neighborhood of Roxbury was facing significant challenges. Absentee landlords had allowed property to deteriorate, left units vacant, or had used arson to raze buildings and make insurance claims. Facing what many considered insurmountable obstacles, the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative was formed to create a comprehensive plan for "development without displacement." The first non-governmental organization in America to be granted eminent domain authority, they began purchasing vacant land, protecting affordable housing and creating a community…

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Orchestrating Change

November 14 @ 5:30 PM - 7:45 PM
Funded by Mass Humanities
Grove Hall Branch Library, 41 Geneva Ave
Dorchester, MA 02121-3109 United States
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Free

Join us for a screening of the new feature documentary, "Orchestrating Change" that tells the inspiring story of the only orchestra in the world created by and for people living with mental illness and those who support them. Based in Boston, this extraordinary orchestra is reducing stigma one concert at a time and changing the lives of these musicians in ways they never imagined.

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Legacies of Innovation

November 14 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Funded by Mass Humanities
New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, 38 Bethel Street
New Bedford, MA 02740-6318 United States
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Join the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center for a panel discussion by and about local innovators and their impacts on the fishing industry. This event is part of a series of programs for the Center's latest exhibit, F/V Innovation, which explores the evolution of vessels and gear and pays tribute to individuals whose innovations propelled the commercial fishing industry into the modern era.

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Model Boat Building Demonstration with Keith Richards

November 16 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Funded by Mass Humanities
New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, 38 Bethel Street
New Bedford, MA 02740-6318 United States
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Keith Richards has been building model boats for almost forty years, and is currently working on his first fishing boat model. This model is a mid-1940s, wooden hull Eastern Rig dragger built in Thomaston, Maine named Priscilla V. On the afternoon of November 16th, Richards will be at the Fishing Heritage Center to work on and talk about this new model. Learn about fishing vessels and gear and how they've changed over time! This program accompanies the Center's latest exhibit,…

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Housing as History

November 20 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Funded by Mass Humanities
Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02215-3631 United States
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Series looks at new directions for Boston's subsidized housing.

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First Americans: a new collection

November 21 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page Street
Danvers, 01923
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Free

Society Vice President and avocational Archaeologist, Dave McKenna will give a presentation on a collection of more than 500 First American artifacts, donated by the family of a man who spent decades surface collecting from plowed fields in the Four Corners area of West Boxford. The collection represents a time period of several eons of occupation. Artifacts include several sherds of ceramic, steatite, and ground and pecked tools, and a plethora of flaked points and blades including starks, orient fishtails,…

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Mass Rock Against Racism 40th Birthday Bash: Reflections on Popular Culture and Race Relations in Boston

November 23 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116-2813 United States
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Join us for a powerful panel and video screening exploring the legacy of Mass Rock Against Racism (RAR). RAR was designed to address some of the racial divides that had been inflamed during the Boston School Desegregation offering teens a safe and nourishing place to both think critically about issues of race and class, and explore their creativity through music, dance, video production, and cross-cultural learning and sharing.

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December 2019

Reading King in Boston: Dr. Gary Dorrien

December 5 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Funded by Mass Humanities
Grove Hall Public Library, 41 Geneva Ave
Dorchester, MA 02121-3109 United States
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Join us in recognition of the 71st Anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights for a reading and discussion of Martin Luther King Junior's "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?" Ch. VI and "The World House".

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Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds: A History of Slavery in New England

December 18 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Tufts University, Cabot Hall, 170 Packard Avenue
Medford, 02155
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Historian Jared Hardesty will discuss his new book, a concise yet comprehensive history of slavery in New England, which focuses on the individual stories of enslaved people to bring their experiences to life. A professor at Western Washington University, Dr. Hardesty will also explore larger issues such as the importance of slavery to the colonization of the region and to agriculture and industry, New England’s deep connections to Caribbean plantation societies, and the significance of emancipation movements in the era…

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Exhibitions

America Transformed: Mapping the 19th Century Part I

May 4 @ 12:00 AM - November 10 @ 12:00 AM
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
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 @ 11:00 AM - December 7 @ 5:00 PM
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
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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America Transformed: Mapping the 19th Century Part II

November 23, 2019 @ 12:00 AM - May 10, 2020 @ 12:00 AM
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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