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March 2020

Brockton Library Makerspace Celebrates the Suffrage Centennial

March 10 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Brockton Public Library, 304 Main Street
Brockton, 02301
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Free

Makerspace activities, for grade 5-12 students include making "Vote" buttons, rosettes and pop-up cards with yellow roses in celebration of the Suffrage Centennial.

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IGNITE: A Youth Showcase of Art Inspired by Historic Women of the SouthCoast

March 12 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill
New Bedford, 02740
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Free

Young artists are invited to ignite interest in the impact of women from the region through original art projects. Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast is a project that is unearthing remarkable stories of women who have shaped their communities. Original works of art are being solicited that highlight the themes, accomplishments, or stories amplified through these profiles. Projects that focus on the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, honor the unfinished legacy of the women's suffrage movement, or highlight women…

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Caribbean Ancestors: Surfing Anglican Records Online

March 14 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
American Ancestors Research Center, 99-101 Newbury Street
Boston, 02116
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Free

Presented by genealogist Sandra Taitt-Eaddy Saturday, March 14, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM American Ancestors Research Center, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston Cost: FREE Whether you are researching early colonial families involved in the West Indies, enslaved Africans or more recent arrivals to America, Caribbean Ancestors will start you on an exciting journey into your past. This workshop, led by genealogist Sandra Taitt-Eaddy, highlights documentary evidence, records and resources specific to the “English speaking islands in the Caribbean." The most accessible…

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The Alcotts and the Marches

March 15 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Framingham History Center, 3 Oak Street
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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$5 – $10

Featuring: Joan Spinazola, Alcott Historian Who were the real people behind the characters of Louisa May Alcott’s famous 1868 novel? How much were the fictional Marches based on the actual lives of Bronson and Abigail Alcott, and their daughters Anna, Louisa, Elizabeth and May? What prompted Louisa to write this book, and why is it still so beloved? The latest film adaptation of Little Women, directed by Greta Gerwig, combines the actual writing of the book with the story itself.…

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Free Screening & Discussion: Of Men and Gods

March 19 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Great Hall at Codman Square Health Center, 6 Norfolk Street
Dorchester, MA 02472 United States
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Of Men And Gods examines the daily existence of several Haitian men who are openly gay. Prevalent, yet still taboo, homosexuality and gay culture are allowed to flourish within the context of Haiti’s Vodou religion. As “children of the gods,” the men find an explanation for homosexuality as well as divine protection. They also find an outlet for theatrical expression through exhilarating performances in which they embody the gods. In Creole, with English subtitles. Screening and discussion afterwards.

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Screening and Talkback: College Behind Bars

March 20 @ 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
Holyoke Public Library, Community Room, 250 Chestnut Street
Holyoke, MA 01040 United States
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Free

Fifty minutes of highlights from the PBS series College Behind Bars, about students in the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI), will be followed by a conversation among BPI alums featured in the film and students and alums of Bard Microcollege Holyoke.

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Lecture: “Plymouth Colony First Lady Penelope Winslow”

March 21 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
Old Colony History Museum, 66 Church Green
Taunton, MA 02780 United States
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Lecture: "Plymouth Colony First Lady Penelope Winslow: Reconstructing a Life through Material Culture" by Michelle Marchetti Coughlin   Penelope Pelham Winslow, a member of the English gentry who was married to Plymouth Colony Governor Josiah Winslow, was one of the most powerful women in Plymouth Colony's history. Like most of her female contemporaries, however, she has largely been forgotten. Though she authored or is mentioned in few surviving documents, she left behind a trove of physical evidence—from surviving homes and possessions…

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Borderland Screening for Mansfield Votes

March 22 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
Borderland: The Life & Times of Blanche Ames Ames, Stonehill College, McCarthy Hall, 320 Washington Street
Easton, 02357
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Mansfield Democratic Town Committee requested a screening of the Borderland Documentary viewing will be followed by a discussion with Kevin Friend (Producer) and Quentin Palfrey (head of Voter Protection Corp.)  

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Feminism, Philosophy, and the Walking Dead

March 24 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Athol Public Library, 568 Main St.
Athol, MA 01331-1821 United States
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Free

Please join us for a lecture and discussion facilitated by Mount Wachusett Community College professors Dan Soucy and Shelley Nicholson.

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Journey Back in Time: In Search of Crypto-Jewish Ancestors

March 25 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
American Ancestors Research Center, 99-101 Newbury Street
Boston, 02116
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Free

A Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center event in partnership with Vilna Shul and the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Boston Wednesday, March 25, 6:30 PM American Ancestors Research Center, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA Cost: FREE Tracing her family back 15 generations to 1405 pre-Inquisition Spain, Genie Milgrom was able to unravel the web of lies and deceit that her family had spun around themselves in order to survive the Spanish Inquisition. This fascinating story brought her on a journey…

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Exhibitions

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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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