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December 2022

Reading Frederick Douglas Together in the Context of Contemporary Forms of Slavery

December 3 @ 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM EST
Funded by Mass Humanities
Nevins Memorial Library, 305 Broadway
Methuen, MA 01844 United States
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Free

The purpose of this event is to commemorate the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery and to raise awareness about contemporary forms of slavery such as human trafficking, sexual exploitation, forced marriage, etc. This bilingual (English-Spanish) program is intended for adults and youth adults. It will begin with a reading and discussion of the speech "What is the Fourth of July to the Slave?" by Frederick Douglass. Followed by several presentations (online & face-to-face) related to the topic of…

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Live reading of “A Christmas Carol”

December 10 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST
Old Colony History Museum, 66 Church Green
Taunton, MA 02780 United States
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Free

“Christmas, a humbug?” We think not! Get in the spirit at the Old Colony History Museum with a live reading of Charles Dickens' holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, performed by OCHM staff, board members, and friends! Enjoy coffee, cocoa, and holiday goodies while you listen to this live reading. Want to join in on the fun? Sign up for a part! Contact us at 508-822-1622 for more information on how to participate.

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The History of New England Christmas Traditions

December 11 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
Funded by Mass Humanities
Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum, 11 Strawberry Lane
Yarmouth Port, MA 02675 United States
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Free

At this winter salon Amy Whorf McGuiggan will discuss the History of New England Christmas Traditions. This will be a hybrid (in person and online) event with limited live audience seating.

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Boston Massacre: A History in Objects and Documents

December 12 @ 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM EST
Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boyleston St
Boston, 02215
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$10

In person program, registration required, free and open to the public. In this program, Boston University students will make brief presentations of objects and documents from the MHS collection related to the Boston Massacre of March 5, 1770. Light refreshments served.

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Zoom Program Celebrating an Andover Business Woman: Alice Hinton

December 13 @ 6:30 PM EST
Funded by Mass Humanities
This program will be on Zoom, 97 Main Street
Andover, MA 01810 United States
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Free

We’ll explore the story of Alice Hinton through the speech she gave to the 1915 National Negro Business League in Boston. Alice Hinton’s father founded the ice cream business in Andover, a long way from Georgia where he started his life in slavery. After running the business with her parents, Alice went on to other business ventures. Time for questions and discussion will follow the presentation. There is no charge for this virtual program. The Zoom link will be sent…

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The Grimkes: The Legacy of Slavery in an American Family

December 14 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST
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. Sarah and Angelina Grimke are revered figures in American history, famous for rejecting their privileged lives on a plantation in South Carolina to become firebrand activists in the North. Yet retellings of their epic story have long obscured their Black relatives.…

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Beer with Bronson

December 16 @ 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM EST
Old Colony History Museum, 66 Church Green
Taunton, MA 02780 United States
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$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! This month, we will look at drinking vessels from the Museum's collections. Admission is free for Old Colony History Museum members, non-members are $5.

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January 2023

Ice Harvesting on Jamaica Pond

January 21, 2023 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM EST
Free

Back by popular demand, this talk will explore the history of ice harvesting on Jamaica Pond. Before the 19th century, ice was a commodity available only to the very rich and to those who could harvest it themselves. That changed as the ice harvesting industry became increasingly mechanized. New technologies allowed more people to enjoy the benefits of ice year-round. By 1880, the Jamaica Pond Ice Company had 22 icehouses on Jamaica Pond with a storage capacity of 30,000 tons. …

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