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June 2022

Virtual Visits

June 3 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Old Colony History Museum, 66 Church Green
Taunton, MA 02780 United States
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Free

Virtually visit the Mattapoisett Museum! On the first Friday of each month, we share a video tour of one historic site or museum from around the Old Colony region and host a speaker from the site for a live Q&A with the audience on Zoom! Register on Eventbrite to access the program.

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Walking Tour of Hyde Square

June 4 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Brendan Behan Pub, 378 Centre Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
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Free

Learn about 1840s Hyde Square when German and Irish immigrants transformed the neighborhood with their businesses, schools, and institutions. See how in the early 1960s, Hyde Square changed again when Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Dominican immigrants transformed it into Boston’s first predominantly Hispanic neighborhood. This tour also takes us to the home of Maud Cuney Hare, a prominent music historian and one of only two black women students at the New England Conservatory of Music in 1890. You will also…

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Criminalized Cross-Dressing: Policing Gender Expression

June 8 @ 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Free

The current trend of criminalizing trans issues is nothing new—the first major wave of anti-trans legislation started in the 1840s lasted for more than a century. In this virtual talk, Dr. Susan Stryker briefly surveys this history, starting with the first prosecutions for cross-gender expression in the early colonial period, including seventeenth-century New England. Susan Stryker is Professor Emerita of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Arizona, and a 2022-23 Stanford University Humanities Institute External Faculty Fellow. She is the…

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Walking Tour of Green Street

June 11 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
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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Frederick Douglass Community Reading in Salem, Massachusetts

June 12 @ 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Tabernacle Congregational Church, 50 Washington St.
Salem, 01970
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Free

On June 12, 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 many speeches across the North and Midwest United States, including in Salem. The reading will be followed by a reception where we encourage the audience…

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Prescribing Equality: Women of Beacon Hill Breaking Barriers in 19th C. Medicine

June 13 @ 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Free

In this virtual talk, Dr. Leo Lovemore explores the fascinating community of women practicing medicine on Boston’s Beacon Hill during the mid-nineteenth century. Focusing on the lives and legacies of Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler, the first African American woman physician in the U.S., and Dr. Harriot Kezia Hunt, the first woman to apply to—and be rejected from—Harvard Medical School, the talk uncovers how these figures navigated barriers of gender, race, and sexuality to forge new approaches to health and medicine that would…

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Walking Tour of Woodbourne

June 18 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Bethel AME Church, Walk Hill Street
Jamaica Plain, 02130
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Free

Join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society to tour this part of the JP neighborhood which 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. Please note: tours will be given based on the current COVID 19 directives from the City of Boston and…

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Beer with Bronson

June 24 @ 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
Old Colony History Museum, 66 Church Green
Taunton, MA 02780 United States
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Free – $5

Grab a pour and take a tour with Curator of Collections, Bronson Michaud. Hear about the untold stories from our collection and take a peek at objects on display just for you. Plus, you’ll receive a Beer with Bronson koozie to keep your beer (or root beer) cold and hands warm! Admission is free for Old Colony History Museum members, non-members are $5.

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Walking Tour of Jamaica Pond

June 25 @ 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM EDT
Jamaica Pond Bandstand, 570 Jamaicaway
Jamaica Plain, 02130
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Free

Travel around the Pond with the Jamaica Plain Historical Society. 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.  This is the…

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