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June 2021

Historical Photos from the Winfried P. Sommerfeld Collection

June 14 @ 9:30 AM - October 31 @ 12:30 PM EDT
Auburn Historical Museum, 41 South Street
Auburn, 01501
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Free

Who doesn’t remember postcards of the many roadside hotels and restaurants dotting New England highways from the 1950s-1970s? Not only are they nostalgic, their historical value is immeasurable: they document the physical, economic, and leisure landscape of the era. Where did these postcards come from? Shortly after the end of World War II, German native Winfried P. Sommerfeld immigrated to the United States and settled in Auburn, Massachusetts, where he established his photography studio on Southbridge Street. His business was…

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September 2021

Using Probate Records in Your Family History Research

September 22 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, repeating until September 29, 2021

online, No Address
Boston, 02116
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$65

Probate records are crucial—but sometimes overlooked—sources for family historians. Hiding in these legal documents may be full family groups, immediate and extended family connections, origins, and even maiden names. These sources may also be used as vital record substitutes and provide a glimpse into your ancestor’s property and worldly possessions. This three-week online course will provide an in-depth tutorial on how to understand, locate, and leverage wills, inventories, guardianships, and other probate records in your family history research. This course…

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Monuments and Memorials: Visual Culture and Historical Traumas

September 22 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDT
Wistariahurst Museum, 238 Cabot Street
Holyoke, 01040
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Free

Museum Educator Waleska Santiago-Centeno will present a lecture and discussion about public art that will focus attention on the intersection between visual culture and historical trauma. The purpose of this presentation is to raise awareness and increase understanding about the sensitivities that advocate the removal, renaming, repositioning and appreciation of monuments and memorials around the world. Santiago-Centeno will deconstruct the semiotics at the intersections between monuments and memorials, on the one hand, and history, culture, space, memory, manifest destiny, ideologies,…

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Foggy Mountain Consort

September 22 @ 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
Gore Place, 52 Gore Street
Waltham, 02453
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Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 7:30 pm The Foggy Mountain Consort is Boston’s premier R&B band, Renaissance & Bluegrass! This five-member ensemble fuses the delicate beauty of Renaissance music with the inventiveness and energy of fiddle and banjo-driven roots music, with the honest beauty of traditional folk songs https://goreplace.org/whats-on/foggy-mountain

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Nathaniel Philbrick with Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy

September 23 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDT
online, No Address
Boston, 02116
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Free

In the fall of 1789, Washington, only six months into his presidency, set out on the first of four road trips as he attempted to unite what were in essence thirteen independent states into a single nation. In the fall of 2018, Philbrick, his wife Melissa, and their dog Dora set out on their own series of road trips as they retraced Washington’s route. At historic houses and landmarks from Savannah, Georgia, to Kittery Point, Maine, Philbrick met reenactors, tour…

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A Taste of Old Colony History

September 23 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Old Colony History Museum, 66 Church Green
Taunton, MA 02780 United States
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Free

Join the OCHM staff from their home kitchens as we try our hand at historic recipes and local favorites. Once you've registered, you’ll have access to the Zoom meeting so you can cook along with us, step-by-step, or just sit back and watch! The recipe of the month is Apple Cider Doughnuts!

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Online Close Encounters – Addison B. LeBoutillier – Architect, Artist and Designer

September 23 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Free

On September 23rd at 7pm, we’ll share the story of Addison B. LeBoutillier (1872-1951), an architect, renowned artist, jewelry designer and chief designer at Grueby Faience Company in Boston. LeBoutillier's work lives on in museums throughout the world. We’ll share his life through some of the more than 500 items belonging to LeBoutillier that are part of the Andover Center for History & Culture collection. Time for questions and discussion will follow the presentation of the LeBoutillier story. There is…

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American Patriotism

September 23 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
The Gardner Museum, 28 Pearl St.
Gardner, MA 01440 United States
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$3

For Americans, the word Patriotism tends to mean shared celebrations like the national anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance. Prof. Ben Railton will demonstrate that this communal expression of an idealized America is just one of four types of Patriotism, and that there are also a mythic version (the creation of national myths that exclude certain communities), an active version (acts of service and sacrifice for the nation), and a critical version (arguments for how the nation has fallen short…

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Writing History: An Extended Q&A with Nathaniel Philbrick

September 23 @ 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
online, No Address
Boston, 02116
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$50

Following his Zoom Webinar public talk (separate registration required), Nathaniel Philbrick will engage in further conversation and Q&A. He’ll answer your questions about his inspirations, research, and process behind writing Travels with George and his other works of American history. Moderator Ryan J. Woods will be joined by Catherine Allgor, President of the Massachusetts Historical Society to facilitate this more intimate Zoom meeting.

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Walking Tour of Green Street

September 25 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
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One event on August 7, 2021 at 11:00 AM

One event on September 25, 2021 at 11:00 AM

Southern JP Health Center, 640 Centre St
Jamaica Plain, 02130
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Free

Join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society on a walk along Green Street. Laid out in 1836, the street played a key role in Jamaica Plain’s development, functioning as a residential, commercial, and transportation conduit in the lives of the district’s residents. Although Green Street was subdivided as early as 1851 for stores, factories and houses, it was not extensively developed until the late 1870s with construction continuing until the early 1900s. The Bowditch School was completed in 1892, and early…

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