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December 2019

Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds: A History of Slavery in New England

December 18, 2019 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM EST
Tufts University, Cabot Hall, 170 Packard Avenue
Medford, 02155
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Free

Historian Jared Hardesty will discuss his new book, a concise yet comprehensive history of slavery in New England, which focuses on the individual stories of enslaved people to bring their experiences to life. A professor at Western Washington University, Dr. Hardesty will also explore larger issues such as the importance of slavery to the colonization of the region and to agriculture and industry, New England’s deep connections to Caribbean plantation societies, and the significance of emancipation movements in the era…

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Holiday House Tours with Cheer and Carols

December 20, 2019 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM EST
William Hickling Prescott House, 55 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108 United States
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$12

See what it was like to pull up in a one-horse open sleigh! Welcome to Holiday Historic House Tours at William Hickling Prescott House.  Join us for nibbles, cheer, and docent-led tours of this Beacon Hill townhouse built in 1808. Peer through the windows at the Boston Common and enjoy the trees sparkling with Christmas lights. As you mingle with our neighbors and friends, enjoy Christmas carols played on our square piano: rare, recently restored, and original to the house.…

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Dories to Draggers: The Evolution of New Bedford’s Fishing Fleet, An Illustrated Talk by Paul Doucette

December 20, 2019 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EST
Funded by Mass Humanities
National Park Theater, 33 William Street
New Bedford, MA 02740-6318 United States
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Free

Author Paul Doucette was born and raised in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, the youngest son of Captain Louis Doucette, Jr., a New Bedford fisherman whose career spanned fifty years. His grandfather, Captain Louis Doucette, Sr., was one of the earliest proponents of the movement from dory fishing to trawling, a change which catapulted New Bedford to fishing prominence. Doucette will present an illustrated talk and share stories about the evolution of fishing vessels. Doors open at 6:30pm. Seating for this event is…

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January 2020

Faith and Community: A Panel Discussion at the Somerville Museum

January 5 @ 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

Please join us for a panel discussion at the Somerville Museum featuring members of local religious congregations discussing how they think about and build community! Participating Panelists: Aliza Arzt, Havurat Shalom Faye Dupras, Somerville Baha'i Vijay Selhi, Shivalaya Temple of Greater Boston Priya Rakkhit Sraman, Buddhist Chaplain, Tufts University Haiti Thomas, Missionary Church of the Haitian Community Panelists will discuss the importance of community in their congregations, how they work to build community, and also how they see the role…

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Introduction to Plimoth Plantation: Henry Hornblower’s Vision

January 8 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EST
Funded by Mass Humanities
Plimoth Plantation, Visitor Center, 137 Warren Ave.
Plymouth, MA 02362-1620 United States
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Free

Tom Begley, Executive Liaison for Administration, Research, and Special Projects, will discuss the Museum's archaeological roots.

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Author Talk and Book Signing with Vincent Brown

January 14 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST
State Library of Massachusetts, Massachusetts State House, Room 341
Boston, 02133
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Free

The State Library’s first author talk of 2020 will feature Harvard Professor Vincent Brown, author of Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War. This new book is scheduled to be released on the same day as our author talk, on Tuesday, January 14. As described by the publisher, Tacky’s Revolt is a gripping account of the largest slave revolt in the 18th-century British Atlantic world. This uprising laid bare the interconnectedness of Europe, Africa, and America, shook the…

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Re-reading the Cartographies of Dispossession

January 14 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST
Funded by Mass Humanities
Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116-2813 United States
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Free

The United States achieved its 19th-century policy of expansionism across the midwestern and western regions of the continent by aggressively enacting policies of dispossession and genocide at the state and federal level against Indigenous people. Maps were both the mechanisms for, and witnesses to, the betrayals of justice that made the violence of dispossession and extermination possible. Margaret Pearce, independent cartographer and Faculty Associate at the University of Maine, asks us to stand in witness, look closely and listen to…

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Slavery’s Descendants: Shared Legacies of Race and Reconciliation

January 15 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM EST
Royall house and Slave Quarters, 15 George Street
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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$2 – $10

Co-editor Dionne Ford and contributor Catherine Sasanov will discuss this collection by writers from a variety of backgrounds -- all members of Coming to the Table, a national racial reconciliation organization -- recounting their stories of dealing with America’s racial past through their experiences and their family histories. Some of the contributors are descendants of slaveholders, some are descendants of the enslaved, and many are descendants of both slaveholders and those they enslaved. What they have in common is a commitment…

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Somerville’s Ambassador of Harmony: The Spiritual Music of Henry Hadley

January 16 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM EST
Funded by Mass Humanities
The Somerville Museum, One Westwood Road
Somerville, 02143
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Free – $10

A talk at the Somerville Museum by Professor Dan Breen featuring a live performance by pianist Mina Cho. Please join us for an evening of history and music! Composer Henry Hadley (1871-1937) was one of the most performed and published American composers of his day. Born in Somerville to a musical family, Hadley's mother was active in local church music as a member of Somerville's First Congregational Church, then located on Franklin Street. Henry Hadley became the church's music director at age…

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Exile and Community: The Life of Carola Domar

January 19 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm St
Concord, 01742
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Free

(run time 60 minutes) This film is a story of reconciliation, chronicling a young Jew’s experience in Nazi Germany, her escape from fascism, and her search for community. Domar’s story has particular relevance in the context of current mass migration and anti-semitism. A discussion will follow with Carola Domar’s daughters, Alice Domar and Erica Banderob, along with the producer, Susan Orleans Rieder. Location: 81 Elm St, Concord MA 01742 Contact info: (978) 369-3715 trinity@trinityconcord.org

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Exhibitions

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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