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June 2022

Women’s Suffrage Movement

June 15 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St.
Danvers, MA United States
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Free

Fredie Kay, founder of Suffrage100MA, will discuss the origins and 72+ year history of the Women’s Suffrage movement in the United States, telling the stories of the suffragists – both white and of color –  who waged the battle to achieve women’s suffrage. Ms. Kay will discuss the long and dramatic struggle for the 19th Amendment, as well as the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and other laws that were needed to remove barriers to voting for African Americans, Native…

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Reading Frederick Douglass Together-Oaks Bluff

June 18 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
The Inkwell Beach Oaks Bluff, MA United States View on Google Maps
Free

Join us for a communal reading of Frederick Douglass' speech "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?"

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Walking Tour of Woodbourne

June 18 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Bethel AME Church, Walk Hill Street
Jamaica Plain, 02130
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Free

Join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society to tour this part of the JP neighborhood which developed from 19th-century summer estates into a model suburban enclave. It contains examples representative of New England architecture with designs by local architects and builders. It also contains an unusual garden city model housing development by the Boston Dwelling House Company which was founded in 1912. Please note: tours will be given based on the current COVID 19 directives from the City of Boston and…

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Reading Frederick Douglass Together – Newton

June 19 @ 12:30 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
New Arts Center, Newton North High School
Newton, MA United States
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Join us for a communal reading of Frederick Douglass’ famed speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” Considered one of the most daring, eloquent speeches in the English language, Frederick Douglass’s fiery 1852 speech, “What to the Slave is the 4th of July?” challenges its audience, then and now, to consider the meaning of freedom, citizenship, and patriotism.

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Reading Frederick Douglass Together-Sturbridge

June 20 @ 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd.
Sturbridge, MA 01566 United States
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Free

Inspired by the HBO Max film Frederick Douglass: In Five Speeches, students from Old Sturbridge Academy and area high schools will share abbreviated readings of select speeches by Black abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Born into slavery in 1817 in Maryland, Douglass escaped from slavery in 1838 and became a well-known orator and writer as well as a leading abolitionist in Massachusetts and New York. After hearing his words, guests are invited to engage in discussions about the context and significance of these…

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Beer with Bronson

June 24 @ 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
Old Colony History Museum, 66 Church Green
Taunton, MA 02780 United States
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Free – $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! Admission is free for Old Colony History Museum members, non-members are $5.

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Reading Frederick Douglass Together-Sudbury

June 25 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
The Wayside Inn, 72 Wayside Inn Rd.
Sudbury, MA 01776 United States
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Free

Join us as The Wayside Inn Foundation hosts Reading Frederick Douglass Together on Saturday, June 25th at 10:00 am. The program is funded, in part, by a grant from Mass Humanities as part of an initiative to bring communities together to read Douglass’s 1852 address, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” On the morning of the event, readers will gather on the patio of Longfellow’s Wayside Inn to read the address (sections will be assigned in advance).…

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Walking Tour of Jamaica Pond

June 25 @ 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM EDT
Jamaica Pond Bandstand, 570 Jamaicaway
Jamaica Plain, 02130
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Free

Travel around the Pond with the Jamaica Plain Historical Society. Once a district that only included the houses of Boston’s elite, the Pond later was put to industrial use as tons of ice were harvested there each winter. Learn about the movers and shakers such as Francis Parkman and James Michael Curley who made their homes on the Pond’s shores. Discover how the Pond was transformed from private estates and warehouses into the parkland we know today.  This is the…

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Reading Frederick Douglass Together-Brockton

June 26 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Free

Join us for a communal reading of Frederick Douglass' speech "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?"

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Reading Frederick Douglass Together-Natick

June 26 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Morse Institute Library, 14 East Central Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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The Reading of Frederick Douglass' "What to a Slave is the Fourth of July?" will take place on Sunday, June 26th at 6:00pm on the front steps of the Morse Institute Library in Natick. Each reader will then have the opportunity to read 1-3 paragraphs from the speech, which is about thirty minutes in total. The event will be filmed by local cable station Natick Pegasus. Historian Brenna Greer will deliver opening remarks and hold an informal dialogue about the…

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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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