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April 2020

A Reenactment of the January 1915 Suffrage Meeting at the Ames Mansion

April 11 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM EDT
Free

The Brockton Public Library collaborates with the Ames Mansion, Borderland State Park to celebrate Blanche Ames, suffragist, activist, artist among other things she was active in the suffragette movement in Massachusetts. She fought hard for the equality to vote for all women. On January 13, 1915, a snowy winter’s day, she gathered a lot of local women together in her library at Borderland State Park to plot, plan and strategize to ensure that the ballot question would pass. A reenactment…

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M is for Museum

April 11 @ 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM EDT
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One event on February 22, 2020 at 10:30 AM

One event on March 7, 2020 at 10:30 AM

One event on March 21, 2020 at 10:30 AM

One event on April 11, 2020 at 10:30 AM

One event on April 25, 2020 at 10:30 AM

One event on May 9, 2020 at 10:30 AM

One event on May 30, 2020 at 10:30 AM

One event on June 13, 2020 at 10:30 AM

One event on June 27, 2020 at 10:30 AM

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

Introducing M is for Museum M is for Museum is a new initiative to encourage early literacy in our future historians by providing a sensory-friendly space to hear a story at the Old Colony History Museum. Books will be middle-elementary level and we’ll have a coloring station, Lego corner, and fidget boxes available as well as a spot to take some space with a weighted blanket and headphones. Families of all ages are welcome to drop in on one, a…

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The China Trade

April 26 @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT
Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway (Hunnewell Hall)
Jamaica Plain, 02130
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Free

At a moment when our country seems especially divided, Prof. Dane Morrison of Salem State University will discuss how Americans forged a national identity after the War of Independence. After breaking free from British rule, American identity had more to do with sailing to the East than trekking into the West.  Private  journals, letters, ships’ logs, memoirs, and newspaper accounts help trace America’s earliest encounters on a global stage. This talk will particularly focus on the travels of the Forbes family, from…

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May 2020

The Civil Rights Movement — The Right to Vote: Past, Present, Future

May 4 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Forbes Library, 20 West St
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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Free

The Right to Vote: Past, Present, Future is a series of four events, each starting with a presentation by a panel of speakers, followed by group discussion. The second event explores the Civil Rights movement and historical background, from the 1890’s Mississippi plan through Jim Crow, poll taxes, Voting Rights Act of 1965, to present-day challenges. Four speakers will present historical context and guide discussion. The presenters are: Dr. John H. Bracey, Jr., Professor of Afro-American Studies at UMass Amherst Dr. Traci…

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June 2020

The Suffrage Centennial Display Panels

June 1 @ 9:00 AM - June 30 @ 5:00 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Brockton Public Library, 304 Main Street
Brockton, 02301
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Free

The Suffrage Centennial Display Panels, created by the Commonwealth Museum in partnership with the Women’s Suffrage Celebration Coalition of Massachusetts features information about prominent suffragists. The panels will be on display in the lobby of the main branch Brockton Library for the entire month of June.

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The Vote Kick Off Block Party

June 19 @ 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
Reading Public Library, 64 Middlesex Avenue
Reading, 01867
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Reading Public Library celebrates summer with our annual all-ages food truck and live music block party. Listen to free music, buy dinner and a beer and find out what is on the schedule for The Vote: exploring Voting Rights in America!

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July 2020

Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait? Alice Paul, Woodrow Wilson, and the Fight for the Right to Vote

July 14 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Reading Public Library, 64 Middlesex Avenue
Reading, 01867
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Tina Cassidy lectures on her new book, Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait? Alice Paul, Woodrow Wilson, and the Fight for the Right to Vote; laying the groundwork for a solid understanding of the history of the 19th Amendment.  Ms. Cassidy is Chief Marketing Officer of WGBH, writer on history, politics, and women, and a former journalist.

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The Vote! Book Discussion with author Tina Cassidy

July 29 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Reading Public Library, 64 Middlesex Avenue
Reading, 01867
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Author Tina Cassidy facilitates a discussion of her new book: Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait? Alice Paul, Woodrow Wilson, and the Fight for the Right to Vote.

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August 2020

Belva Lockwood for President: a Living History Performance with Anne Barrett

August 24 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Pleasant Street Center, 49 Pleasant St
Reading, 01867
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Free

It's 1884 and Belva Lockwood is on the campaign trail! Attend her fiery campaign speech to hear her plans for equality and justice for all. She'll recollect her humble beginnings, and describe her fight to become the first woman admitted to the Supreme Court Bar. Includes renditions of popular suffrage songs. Step Back to Election 1884 with historian and performer Anne Barrett.

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September 2020

100 Years after the 19th Amendment: Their Legacy, and Our Future

September 1 @ 9:00 AM - September 30 @ 5:00 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Brockton Public Library, 304 Main Street
Brockton, 02301
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Free

The American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress has launched a 19th Amendment traveling exhibit, "100 Years After the 19th Amendment: Their Legacy, and Our Future.”  The six-banner free-standing exhibit features historic photos and artifacts and details the story of the battle for ratification and outlines the challenges that remain. The exhibit was recently awarded a 2019 GDUSA American Graphic Design Award.  The banners will be available for viewing in the lobbies of the three branches…

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Exhibitions

America Transformed: Mapping the 19th Century Part I

May 4, 2019 @ 12:00 AM - November 10, 2019 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center At the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., Copley Square
Boston, MA 02116-2813 United States
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Free

During the 19th century, the United States expanded dramatically westward. Immigrant settlers rapidly spread across the continent and transformed it, often through violent or deceptive means, from ancestral Native lands and borderlands teeming with diverse communities to landscapes that fueled the rise of industrialized cities. Historical maps, images and related objects tell the story of the sweeping changes made to the physical, cultural, and political landscape. Moving beyond the mythologized American frontier, this map exhibition explores the complexity of factors…

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“F/V Innovation” Exhibit

September 12, 2019 @ 12:00 AM - March 29, 2020 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, 38 Bethel Street
New Bedford, MA 02740-6318 United States
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$3 – $5

"F/V Innovation" is a new exhibit at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center that explores the evolution of vessels and gear and pays tribute to individuals whose innovations propelled the commercial fishing industry into the modern era. The Center is open Thursday - Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Center is wheelchair accessible with free off-street parking.

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Chinatown PhotoVoice Exhibition

September 12, 2019 @ 11:00 AM - December 7, 2019 @ 5:00 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany Street
Boston, MA 02111-1409 United States
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Free

Inside Chinatown features photography by eleven Chinatown community members who used photography to not only share the experiences, challenges, and successes found in their community, but also to author their own history of what it means to work and live in Boston's Chinatown. The exhibition is a culmination of six months of coursework where participants K.C., Qianying Guan, B.K., Barney Ko, Yingyan Liang, Kim Sit, Angela Soo Hoo, Heman Tang, Justine Wang, and Warren Wong learned about the neighborhood's history…

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Beyond Jazz: A Gathering Place

September 19, 2019 @ 12:00 AM - March 1, 2020 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Museum of African American History, 46 Joy Street
Boston, MA 02108-4620 United States
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$8 – $62

A new exhibit exploring how the African meeting House fortified Boston's 19th-century African American community by providing a space for cultural expression.

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Faith in a City: Exploring Religion in Somerville, Massachusetts

November 17, 2019 - January 26, 2020
Funded by Mass Humanities
The Somerville Museum, One Westwood Road
Somerville, 02143
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Free – $5

"Faith in a City" is a project exploring religion in Somerville through music, photography, video, interviews and history as a way to better understand our community. The focus is how religion is meaningful to people across the City. The project includes concerts, talks, panel discussions and an exhibit. "Faith in a City" includes some congregations near Somerville where local residents go to worship. Many thanks to Keyzom Bhutti, Boston Japanese Christian Church, Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church,…

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America Transformed: Mapping the 19th Century Part II

November 23, 2019 @ 12:00 AM - May 10, 2020 @ 12:00 AM EST
Funded by Mass Humanities
Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center At the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., Copley Square
Boston, MA 02116-2813 United States
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Free

During the 19th century, the United States expanded dramatically westward. Immigrant settlers rapidly spread across the continent and transformed it, often through violent or deceptive means, from ancestral Native lands and borderlands teeming with diverse communities to landscapes that fueled the rise of industrialized cities. Historical maps, images and related objects tell the story of the sweeping changes made to the physical, cultural, and political landscape. Moving beyond the mythologized American frontier, this map exhibition explores the complexity of factors…

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Faith in a City: Artist + Curator Talk

January 11 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
Funded by Mass Humanities
The Somerville Museum, One Westwood Road
Somerville, 02143
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Free – $10

Join us at the Somerville Museum for a talk with some of the artists of the "Faith in a City" exhibit and producer/curator Charan Devereaux. Admission is $10, free for Somerville Museum members and members of participating congregations. More about "Faith in a City" "Faith in a City" is a project exploring religion in Somerville. Massachusetts through music, photography, video, interviews and history as a way to better understand our community. The focus is how religion is meaningful to people…

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Women’s History Exhibit in Celebration of the Suffrage Centennial

March 1 @ 9:00 AM - March 31 @ 5:00 PM EST
Funded by Mass Humanities
Brockton Public Library, 304 Main Street
Brockton, 02301
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Free

An exhibit with a focus on inventive, innovative, industrious women who were left and right brain thinkers in the Brockton area such as Blanche & Oakes Ames.  Blanche Ames was an inventor and used her artistic skills to promote suffrage. Her efforts and those of her husband Oakes Ames helped pass the 19th Amendment to the U.S Constitution on August 18, 1920. Exhibit is located on the second floor of the Brockton Library.

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Closing Reception of Homeward Bound: Global Intimacies in Converging Chinatowns

May 30 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St
Boston, MA 02111 United States
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Free

Pao Arts Center is proud to host Homeward Bound: Global Intimacies in Converging Chinatowns, an exhibition curated by queer Chinese American scholars, organizers, and artists Mei Lum, Diane Wong, and Huiying B. Chan. Join us for refreshments and to celebrate the closing of this exhibition. Homeward Bound centers narratives of home, community, and intergenerational resistance. The exhibition draws from four years of ethnographic research and oral history interviews with the Chinese diaspora that spans nine countries and 13 cities. The…

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