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September 2020

The Vote! Spectacles of Suffrage: Women and the Right to Vote in Massachusetts

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

In October 1915, the Massachusetts Women Suffrage Association organized a suffrage parade. Some 15,000 marched through the Public Garden and Boston Common. Why did they select the Public Garden? How did it compare to suffrage parades and tactics elsewhere? How did local conditions and spaces inform strategies? What backlash did marchers face and why? Join Paula Austin, author of Coming of Age in Jim Crow DC (NYU Press, 2019) and Lauren Santangelo, author of Suffrage and the City: New York…

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October 2020

The Vote! RPL Book Group

October 13 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities

Featured Book: Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait? : Alice Paul, Woodrow Wilson, and the Fight for the Right to Vote by Tina Cassidy. Multiple digital and physical copies available: https://reading.noblenet.org/eg/opac/results?query=mr%20president;action=http%3A%2F%2Freading.noblenet.org%2Feg%2Fopac%2Fresults;submit=Search;facet=author%7Call_authors%5BCassidy%2C%20Tina%5D Discussion Leader: Librarian Andrea Fiorillo The RPL Book Group is a participant-run adult book discussion group that meets online to discuss a broad range of book selections, both fiction and nonfiction. Copies of each months selection are available at the Borrower Services Desk.

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The Vote! Black Women, Suffrage, and the Long Struggle for Voting Rights

October 14 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities

The National Association of Colored Women was an early leader in the voting rights movement. While celebrating the passage of 19th Amendment, many Black women continued to fight for electoral power well into the 20th century.  In our contemporary moment, with the rise of Stacy Abrams and Kamala Harris on national party tickets, what obstacles do some American women still face as they try to exercise the rights protected by the 19th Amendment? Join historian Paula Austin in a discussion…

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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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Exhibitions

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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“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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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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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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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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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: 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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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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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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