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December 2021

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

December 2, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021
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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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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Finding Royal Connections in Your Family Tree

December 16, 2021 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116 United States
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Free

So, you think you’re descended from royalty? You might be surprised to learn that a large number of Americans can claim descent from European nobility. In this webinar, Researcher Zachary J. Garceau will help you navigate some of the first steps in uncovering and proving your descent from British, French, and German royalty from the 10th through the 17th centuries. We will also look at several go-to published and online resources that can assist you along the way.

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A Taste of Old Colony History: Caraway Cookies

December 23, 2021 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM EST
Funded by Mass Humanities
Old Colony History Museum, 66 Church Green
Taunton, MA 02780 United States
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Free

  Join the OCHM staff from their home kitchens as we try our hand at historic recipes and local favorites. Once you register on Eventbrite, you’ll have access to the recipe of the month and ingredient list so you can cook along with us, step-by-step, or just sit back and watch!   This month we're making a classic holiday treat, Lemon-Glazed Caraway Cookies!    

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January 2022

A Thousand May Fall: An Immigrant Regiment’s Civil War

January 11 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM EST
New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116 United States
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Free

See the Civil War anew in this intimate, absorbing chronicle told from the ordinary soldier’s perspective—a revelatory history that documents the forgotten contributions of immigrants to the Union cause. Based on prodigious new research, including diaries, letters, and unpublished memoirs, A Thousand May Fall restores the common man and the immigrant striver to the center of the Civil War. Pulitzer Prize finalist Brian Matthew Jordan chronicles the chaos of battle and the trials of military life in this account of 107th Ohio…

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Wythe & Web: An approach to public art

January 13 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM EST
Free

In this presentation, artist Matthew Hinçman will discuss his latest commission for the City of Boston, Wythe & Web. The presentation will also highlight Matthew's other public art works installed in Jamaica Plain, and how creating works specific to his neighborhood is an integral component of his artistic practice. This will be a hybrid event. Limited in-person seating is available - please reserve a seat by emailing jamaicaplain@bpl.org or register to attend via Zoom using this link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UZq2eZgrSuyBeXiKmCdFYw This talk…

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Exhibitions

Somerville Museum: Postcard Show & Sale

December 18, 2021 @ 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
Somerville Museum, 1 Westwood Road
Somerville, 02143
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$5

Stock up on holiday gifts! Postcards for everyone! Thousands of cards! 4 top dealers! Are you a postcard collector looking for holiday gifts? Interested in local history? Come see! Browse vintage and historic postcards offered by 4 top dealers! Hundreds of categories with special attention to local towns and sites! Reserve your spot today or purchase tickets at the door. Penny Chronicles and the Stories They Tell is an exhibition about the history of Somerville through the vintage postcard. “Postcard Show…

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#PrideExtended

July 9, 2021 @ 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Free

From Stonewall Inn in 1969 to the Trans Resistance March in Boston on June 12, 2021, Black trans women and non-binary people have led the vanguard on the path toward a true freedom- one that is intersectional and layered. But the Pride Movement has whitewashed both history and the present. #PrideExtended, an initiative founded by Mercedes Loving-Manley, is a benefit festival and mutual aid initiative highlighting Black trans and non-binary talent with live performances and film screenings. It honors Black…

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At The Waves’ Edges: A Cross-Generational Dialogue on Black Feminism: Part 1 and Part 2

June 26, 2021 @ 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT
Free

This two-part program will be live streamed on June 12 and June 26, at 3pm through our Youtube Channel! Featuring Demita Frazier, Co-Founder of the Combahee River Collective “The fecundity and power of oceanic and fresh water meeting in the brackish wetlands of sweet grasses, that is us as Black women coming together.” -Demita Frazier (2021) At the confluence of the Combahee, history was made. Yet long since forming the name-sake radical socialist Black Feminist Combahee River Collective in Boston…

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At The Waves’ Edges, a Cross-Generational Dialogue on Black Feminism: Part 1

June 12, 2021 @ 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Free

“The fecundity and power of oceanic and fresh water meeting in the brackish wetlands of sweet grasses, that is us as Black women coming together.”  -Demita Frazier (2021)   At the confluence of the Combahee, history was made. Yet long since forming the name-sake radical socialist Black Feminist Combahee River Collective in Boston in 1974 and co-publishing the landmark statement in 1977, Collective Co-Founder Demita Frazier remains eyes forward. And basic justice remains elusive. And capitalism’s chokehold tightens. And academic…

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Virtual Curator Talk: Art, Culture, and Adaptation with Elizabeth James Perry

October 15, 2020 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Zoom presentation/New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill Rd.
New Bedford, MA 02740 United States
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Join Aquinnah Wampanoag, whaling descendant, and marine scientist Elizabeth James Perry as she discusses her exhibition and how it connects to her family history, Wampanoag culture, and 400-years of environmental change and adaptation. In this hour-long interactive discussion, Elizabeth, along with the Museum’s Curator of Social History Dr. Akeia de Barros Gomes and other panelists, will share the importance of future generations taking an active role in exploring history, community connections, and awareness of and capacity for cultural adaptation to…

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Closing Reception of Homeward Bound: Global Intimacies in Converging Chinatowns

May 30, 2020 @ 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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Facebook Live Salem State Artifacts Showing

April 29, 2020 @ 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EDT
Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page Street
Danvers, 01923
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Tune into our Facebook channel at 1:30 on Wednesday April 29 and watch our Discover Danvers Roundtable Live! Artifacts come to life through the eyes of volunteer researchers from Salem State University. Unfortunately, we will not have live audience participation nor a moderated discussion this spring. We will have a tour via Facebook Live and we hope you all watch, especially kids who are not in school right now. We will closely view several objects from the Society’s collections and…

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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: 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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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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