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October 2020

The Vote! Screening of ‘Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed’

October 27 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities

Shirley Chisholm was an American politician who became the first Black woman elected to the United States Congress, representing New York’s 12th congressional district for seven terms. In 1972, Chisholm ran for President of the United States and was the first African American woman to do so. Join us for a discussion of Shola Lynch’s Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed. We'll view clips of the film and hear about Chisholm's political life. Boston University Professor of History and African American…

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Encore Virtual Panel: Alexander Keyssar: Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College? at the Act Up & Vote! Festival

October 27 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Free

Alexander Keyssar is Stirling Professor of History and Social Policy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and the author of numerous books, including Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College? (released July 2020) and The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States, a 2001 Pulitzer Prize finalist and winner of the Beveridge Award from the American Historical Association for the best book in U.S. history. He has also taught at Duke University,…

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The Participation of Immigrant Women in the 20th Century U.S. Suffrage Movement

October 29 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Brockton Public Library, 304 Main Street
Brockton, 02301
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Free

Facilitator: Shoshanna Ehrlich, Professor UMass Boston Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Department will lead a virtual discussion about women’s history and immigration. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86343634103?pwd=WHZkOXd1ZnJSS2xWVW1VN3k1NXJlUT09 Passcode: 454117

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Encore Virtual Performance – Act Up & Vote!

October 29 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT
Free

Every two years about 7 million Americans turn 18 and are eligible to vote. Despite their newfound eligibility, these voters participate at a much lower rate than the rest of the population. Why? Does their vote matter? Does your vote matter? Hear the voices of these voters in our community as they speak up on civic engagement and how to make the world a better place for future generations. For the past two years, Central Square Theater's youth ensemble, Youth…

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Encore Virtual Panel- Women’s Vote Centennial: A Historical Perspective at the Act Up & Vote! Festival

October 29 @ 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Free

Join experts and Youth Underground as we explore the impact of the women’s suffrage movement. Featured Panelists:  Eva Martin Blythe, Cambridge YWCA Executive Director;  Dr. Billie Jean Young; and the Honorable Denise Simmons, Cambridge City Council

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Walking Tour of Jamaica Pond

October 31 @ 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM EDT
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One event on October 31, 2020 at 11:00 AM

Jamaica Pond Bandstand, 570 Jamaicaway
Jamaica Plain, 02130
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Free

Join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society on a walk around the Jamaica Pond. 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.…

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November 2020

Every Voice Counts: Lowell’s Immigrant Communities and the Push for Equitable Voting Representation

November 10 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM EST
Funded by Mass Humanities
Online Workshop, Tsongas Industrial History Center
Lowell, MA 01852 United States
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Free

What can we learn about how people have secured equitable political representation in the United States by examining case studies from Lowell’s past and present? Find out by participating in the Tsongas Industrial History Center’s webinar series for educators that explores how underrepresented communities have fought for equitable representation and overcome barriers to civic participation. In each webinar, historians and educators share content on a civics topic and discuss how to adapt it for the classroom. Each session includes companion…

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Holocaust education – Teachers workshop on “Exile and Community: the Life of Carola Domar”

November 15 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM EST
Online, Zoom
Northampton, MA 01060
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Teachers workshop on Exile and Community: the Life of Carola Domar Sunday, Nov. 15: 4:00-5:30 pm Please join us for an online, interactive workshop for educators interested in the Holocaust. Sponsored by The Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI) and Mass Humanities, this event helps educators think about how to use the documentary film Exile and Community: The Life of Carola Domar, and the accompanying curriculum guide, in the classroom. The 60-minute film follows the moving story of a young Jewish girl…

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Every Voice Counts: Activating Youth Voices

November 17 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM EST
Funded by Mass Humanities
Online Workshop, Tsongas Industrial History Center
Lowell, MA 01852 United States
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Free

What can we learn about how people have secured equitable political representation in the United States by examining case studies from Lowell’s past and present? Find out by participating in the Tsongas Industrial History Center’s webinar series for educators that explores how underrepresented communities have fought for equitable representation and overcome barriers to civic participation. In each webinar, historians and educators share content on a civics topic and discuss how to adapt it for the classroom. Each session includes companion…

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Threats to our Democracy in Historical Context

November 19 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST
Online, Zoom
Northampton, MA 01060
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Threats to our Democracy in Historical Context Thurs., Nov. 19: 7:00-8:00 pm EST What can we learn about the current state of our democracy by examining it within the long arc of American history? Please join us for the first event in our “Let’s talk about our democracy” series for an informative and engaging exploration of this question. Peter Levine, an expert on civic engagement, will moderate a conversation and audience Q & A with Suzanne Mettler and Robert Lieberman, authors…

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Exhibitions

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

October 15 @ 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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Free

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 @ 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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