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December 2021

Researching Civil War Ancestors

December 1 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM EST
online, No Address
Boston, 02116
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$85

The American Civil War was a defining moment for our young country, changing its trajectory forever. Nearly 3 million Americans served, resulting in approximately 750,000 casualties: everyone living in America at that time was affected in some way by the events of 1861 to 1865 and its long aftermath. Whether your ancestor wore blue or grey, this three-week online course led by Chief Genealogist and military history expert, David Allen Lambert will explore the records, resources, and strategies for tracing…

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A Look Back at Winter 1621

December 2 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST
Funded by Mass Humanities
Plimoth Patuxet Museums, 137 Warren Ave
Plymouth, 02360
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Free

This program is supported by a grant from the Bridge Street Fund, a special initiative of Mass Humanities. 2021 marks the anniversary of the famous event known as the First Thanksgiving. As the year progresses join Plimoth Patuxet Museums’ Deputy Executive Director and Chief Historian, Richard Pickering, in a series of Lunch & Learn lectures as he chronicles the Pilgrims' first year in New England. This month's focus will be Winter 1621. Not long after the First Thanksgiving the Fortune…

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Julie Flavell with The Howe Dynasty: The Untold Story of a Military Family and the Women Behind Britain’s Wars for America

December 2 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
online, No Address
Boston, 02116
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Free

Many historians have documented the lives and exploits of Howe men including Richard Admiral Lord Howe and his younger brother British General Sir William Howe, victor in the Battle of Bunker Hill. But few have measured the influence of the Howe women including sister Caroline Howe, a friend of Benjamin Franklin, and her savvy aunt Mary Herbert Countess Pembroke. Drawn from letters and correspondence, The Howe Dynasty sheds new light one of one of England’s most famous military families and…

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Photo Scanning Days

December 4 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST
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An event every month that begins at 10:00 AM on day First of the month, repeating until December 4, 2021

Old Colony History Museum, 66 Church Green
Taunton, MA 02780 United States
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Free

Bring in your photos taken in the Taunton area (people, events, landmarks, holidays, and more) and let us scan them for our digital collection. We'll give you back the originals and your images will become a part of OCHM’s photographic record of our community.

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M is for Museum story time

December 7 @ 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM EST
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An event every month that begins at 10:30 AM on day First of the month, repeating until December 7, 2021

Old Colony History Museum, 66 Church Green
Taunton, MA 02780 United States
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Free

M is for Museum is the OCHM’s initiative to encourage early literacy in our future historians! Books will be middle-elementary level with stations for coloring and Legos and fidget boxes available. Families of all ages are welcome! Drop by the Museum or watch from home on Facebook Live!

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New England on Parade Exhibit Virtual Tour

December 10
Funded by Mass Humanities
Free

New England has a rich history of parades and community celebrations, from muster days and Fourth of July festivities to temperance parades and Decoration Day commemorations. Join us for a virtual exploration of Old Sturbridge Village’s exhibition “New England on Parade” and learn more about the many different functions parades served in our region’s history.

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William Lloyd Garrison Lecture

December 10 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST
Funded by Mass Humanities
Old South Presbyterian Church, 29 Federal Street
Newburyport, MA 01950 United States
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Free

The William Lloyd Garrison lecture is on December 10 at 7 PM at Old South Church on 29 Federal Street,  Newburyport. The lecture is supported by the Newburyport Daily News, The Massachusetts Humanities Bridge Street fund, and the Newburyport Preservation Trust. This important event addresses themes first proposed by Garrison, and relates them to modern issues (especially around diversity, race, gender, and inclusion). In our inaugural lecture in 2020,author Kate Clifford Larson discussed the relationship between Harriet Tubman and Garrison…

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A Salem Witch: The Trial, Execution and Exoneration of Rebecca Nurse

December 15 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EST
Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page Street
Danvers, 01923
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Free

Meet the Author, Dan Gagnon.   "Dan has written a highly readable and first scholarly biography of Rebecca Nurse . . . Meticulously researched, Gagnon’s account traces Nurse and her family through their New World settlement; the dramatic events of her accusation, trial, and final execution; and her legacy. Gagnon makes the complex history of the Salem witch trials more easily understood, while at the same time giving us a very good read."     – Richard Trask, author of The Devil Hath…

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February 2022

Frederick Douglass Community Reading

February 6, 2022 @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST
Funded by Mass Humanities
Tabernacle Congregational Church, 50 Washington St.
Salem, 01970
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Free

On February 6, 2022, the Salem Athenaeum will host a public reading of Frederick Douglass’s speech, “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July.” Douglass first gave this speech, perhaps his most famous, in Rochester, New York on July 5, 1852. As an acclaimed abolitionist orator and agent for The Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society, Douglass gave speeches across the North and Midwest United States, including in Salem. While public readings of this speech are often conducted on or around the Fourth…

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