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June 2020

Film Screening and Discussion: “Exile and Community: The Life of Carola Domar”

June 18 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Online, Zoom
Northampton, MA 01060
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Free

Join us for a free screening of the documentary film Exile and Community: The Life of Carola Domar (1 hour), which follows the moving story of a young Jewish girl who grew up in Nazi Germany, escaped to the United States in her teens, and settled in an idealistic residential community in Concord, MA.  Told by Carola Domar and her daughter, Alice, Domar’s story is all the more remarkable for the spirit of forgiveness with which she ultimately came to…

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When We Open — Checking in: Join a Conversation on the Mass History Commons with Gloria Greis and Penni Martorell

June 19 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Free

Following up from our conversation two weeks ago, we'll talk through the reopening process for our institutions, small to large. Some are opening outdoor spaces. Others are focusing on distance engagement or doing much-needed work in their buildings or on their collections. What does the landscape look like now? How is the process going? Join Penni Martorell of Wistariahurst (Holyoke) and Gloria Greis of the Needham Historical Society for an informal discussion. What are your reopening plans? What is at the top of your…

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ZOOMING THE FIELD MILL: A VIRTUAL MILL SITE VISIT HOSTED BY THE LEVERETT HISTORICAL COMMISSION

June 19 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Free

Finding and Interpreting Mill Sites in the Landscape: Zooming the Field Mill. On June 19th, 7:00-8:30 pm, the Leverett Historical Commission will host a virtual visit to the Field Mill as part of its ongoing project “A SENSE OF WHERE YOU ARE – Conversations about Leverett’s historic industrial landscape and community.”  Follow LHC members and historian Pleun Bouricius as they explore and learn to interpret the site and gain insights into the history of one of our many mill sites. The…

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Women’s Suffrage — The Right to Vote: Past, Present, Future

June 23 @ 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

THIS VIRTUAL PROGRAM WILL BE HELD ON ZOOM. PLEASE PREREGISTER and we will send you the Zoom link the day of the program. 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 first event in the series will engage with the women’s suffrage movement, from 1848-1920. We'll explore aspects of the history of the movement that led to the 19th amendment, such as alliances across race and…

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Rick Beyer with Rivals Unto Death: Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr

June 24 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT
Online, https://wgbh.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TUJ37hOESyKWPs0wcrseBA MA United States View on Google Maps
Free

American Ancestors and NEHGS together with us at the Boston Public Library present this virtual program in the American Stories, Inspiration Today author series. You may know that Hamilton and Burr faced-off in America’s most famous duel and that they are both featured in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s breakout Broadway play Hamilton!, but do you know what really prompted the former Treasury Secretary of the United States and the sitting Vice President to settle their differences with guns blazing? Don’t miss hearing…

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Discussion: Orchestrating Change

June 26 @ 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Online, Zoom
Northampton, MA 01060
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Free

Orchestrating Change is a documentary film that tells the inspiring story of the only classical music organization in the world created by and for people living with mental illness and those who support them. The mission of Me2/Orchestra is to erase stigma one concert at a time.  This amazing film, which received a film distribution grant from Mass Humanities and which was created by two Emmy award-winning filmmakers, will be premiering on public television stations across the country this fall…

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July 2020

Brockton Library Virtual Suffrage Conversation Series – Live

July 2 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Brockton Public Library, 304 Main Street
Brockton, 02301
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Free

Our facilitator will be Dr. Aminah Pilgrim who is a Humanities Scholar on our Suffrage Centennial project.  Dr. Pilgrim is Assistant Professor of Africana Studies (African-American history) at UMass Boston. She is a historian, an Oral History practitioner, and a community organizer/activist.  To receive a Zoom link to participate in this event, please email: bpl.suffrage@gmail.com Dr. Pilgrim is also planning to host a panel discussion in October for us on “The Contemporary Case of Voting Rights in the U.S.”

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Reading Frederick Douglass Together with the Somerville Museum

July 2 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Somerville Museum, 1 Westwood Road
Somerville, 02143
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The Somerville Museum will be hosting a reading of Frederick Douglass’ famous address, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” delivered to an AntiSlavery Society in 1852. We will be part of a number of communities across the Commonwealth that are reading this address together and reflecting on our present and past. Given the current pandemic conditions, this event will look different than last year. With the help of the Somerville Media Center, we will be creating a video…

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What, to the slave, is your 4th of July? A Virtual Community Reading Event

July 2 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
Wayland Free Public Library, 5 Concord Road
Wayland, MA 01778 United States
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Free

We will take turns reading aloud Frederick Douglass' powerful 1852 speech to the Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society and share some time for optional discussion and reflection. In an effort to provide educational programming and virtual discussion spaces addressing Black Lives Matter and issues of systemic racism in America, the Wayland Library will be hosting this event on Thursday, July 2nd at 7pm. We are following the model program created by Mass Humanities and hosted on the Boston Common the last few years. If you…

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5th Annual Fourth of July Community Reading

July 4 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Free

In 1852 Frederick Douglass rhetorically asked his audience in his Fourth of July address whether Black lives do not, indeed, matter, given the words of the declaration of Independence. He spoke on the topic for some hours. This year, even more than ever, we want to read the Declaration of Independence and Frederick Douglass' Fourth of July address (1852) together on July 4. But we won't be able to congregate under the pavilion with as many as 60 people and…

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Exhibitions

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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Facebook Live Salem State Artifacts Showing

April 29 @ 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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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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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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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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