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June 2023

Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum Opens for 2023 Season

June 3 @ 1:00 PM - October 15 @ 5:00 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities

The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum, an historic house dating to 1752 in Hadley Massachusetts, re-opens to the public on Saturday, June 3rd, 2023, for its 74th season. The Museum new tour tells a more complete story of the many different lives lived in this place, drawn from extensive research made possible by grant support from MassHumanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2022. Guided tours will be available Saturday through Wednesday from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. Tours will be offered…

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Without Concealment, Without Compromise: The Courageous Lives of Black Civil War Sugeons

June 7 @ 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. Of some twelve thousand Union Civil War surgeons, only fourteen were Black men. This book is the first-ever comprehensive exploration of their lives and service. Jill L. Newmark’s research uncovers stories hidden for more than 150…

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Field Trip to Harvard Forest Museum and Trails

June 10 @ 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM EDT
Athol Public Library, 568 Main Street
Athol, 01331 United States
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Free

This will be a free bus trip to view the dioramas at the Harvard forest museum, followed by a guided woods walk. Program participants will view 23 internationally acclaimed dioramas in Harvard Forest’s Fisher Museum. Seven of the dioramas form a historical series depicting 230 years of landscape change in central New England, beginning with European colonization in 1700. The remaining dioramas portray 20th-century forest management techniques and a series of conservation challenges including erosion and fire. Following the diorama…

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Politics & Pride: A History of Massachusetts’s LGBTQ+ Politicians & Campaigns

June 12 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDT
Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boyleston St
Boston, 02215
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Free

In Partnership with The History Project. Please visit here to register. Massachusetts has a long history leading the way for LGBTQ+ rights, from Gerry Studds, the first openly gay Congressman to the issuance of the first same sex marriage license in the country. The panelists will consider how being gay affected politicians’ careers, how viewing gay marriage as a civil right helped build African American support that was crucial in passing this legislation, and where the fight for LGBTQ+ issues…

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Harvard Square: A Love Story

June 14 @ 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. Diving into Harvard Square’s past and present, Turco explores why we love our local marketplaces and why we so often struggle with changes in them. Along the way, she introduces readers to a compelling set of…

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Wednesday Folk Traditions at the PPH Museum Presents: Evelyn Harris with Giving Voice!

June 14 @ 6:30 PM EDT
$2 – $16

The Wednesday Folk Traditions concert series at The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum kicks off  its 42nd season on June 14th  at 6:30 pm with Evelyn Harris and Giving Voice in our 11th annual Horace Clarence Boyer Memorial Gospel Performance. Evelyn Harris, the powerhouse vocalist whose remarkable instrument creates stirring interpretations of the traditional African-American spiritual canon, joins with  Mary Witt and Ellen Cogen in Giving Voice. Harris performs as lead vocalist, Cogen performs vocals and piano, and Witt specializes in harmony. The…

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Walking the Road to Resilience with Frederick Douglass

June 17 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Boston Nature Center, Address: 500 Walk Hill St
Mattapan, 02126
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Free

H.E.R.O. is hosting a FREE community event on Saturday, June 17th at the Boston Nature Center in Mattapan, from 11 AM to 1 PM. This special event will include a public reading of rFrederick Douglass’s influential address, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?,” as well H.E.R.O.’s “Art 2 Heart” and “Sing 2 Heal” programming, with activities for all ages.   EventBright page here and FaceBook post here. H.E.R.O. Nurturing Center is pleased to announce it has received a $2,000 Reading…

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Reading Frederick Douglass Together in Sudbury

June 24 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
First Parish of Sudbury, 327 Concord Rd
Sudbury, 01776
Free

Athina Education and First Parish of Sudbury are co-hosting a community read-aloud of Frederick Douglass's address, What to the Slave is the 4th of July? The event will begin outdoors on the terrace of First Parish (weather permitting). After the reading, everyone is invited indoors for light refreshments and to reflect on the words of Douglass by participating in a community art project.

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Reading Frederick Douglass Together (JP)

June 25 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
First Baptist Church, Jamaica Plain, 633 Centre Street
Jamaica Plain, 02130
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Free

The Jamaica Plain community is invited to gather together to read and talk about Frederick Douglass’s influential address, What to the Slave is the Fourth of July? Find the text online here. After escaping slavery in 1838, the famous abolitionist lived for many years in Massachusetts. The most celebrated orator of his day, Douglass’ denunciations of slavery and forceful examination of the Constitution challenge us to think about the stories we tell and don’t tell, the ideas that they teach or don’t teach,…

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Spoken word poetry workshop with Lyrical Faith

June 28 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM EDT
Athol Public Library, 568 Main Street
Athol, 01331 United States
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Free

Find Your Voice in Spoken Word Poetry! Join celebrated poet and spoken word artist Lyrical Faith for this interactive workshop. In this workshop, participants will understand and be able to identify the elements of dynamic storytelling through spoken word poetry. You will analyze and unpack the works of award-winning spoken word artists that engage audience members around passionate delivery and social justice oriented concepts. You'll will have the opportunity to listen, write, and share aloud your own stories through discussion…

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