Public Programs and Special Events

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Public Program Defiant Brides of the American Revolution 10 April 2013. Wednesday, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Please RSVP   free eventregistration required at no cost Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 PM Nancy Rubin Stuart Part of the "New Books/New Looks: Revisiting the Past" series details
Public Program “You Know I Dislike Slavery”: Lincoln before the Presidency 12 April 2013. Friday, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM this event is free Exhibition Spotlight Elaine Grublin, Massachusetts Historical Society details
Public Program Authors & Abolitionists 28 April 2013. Sunday, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM Please RSVP   this event requires a feeregistration required Location: Concord, Mass. Jayne Gordon, Massachusetts Historical Society details
Public Program Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution 1 May 2013. Wednesday, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM this event requires a feeregistration required Location: Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline Nathaniel Philbrick

In his newest book, Bunker Hill, author Nathaniel Philbrick reconstructs the revolutionary landscape—geographic and ideological—in a mesmerizing narrative of the robust, messy, blisteringly real origins of America.

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Public Program The Three Lives of Anthony Burns 3 May 2013. Friday, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM this event is free Exhibition Spotlight Peter Drummey, Massachusetts Historical Society details
Public Program New Perspectives on Jefferson's Monticello: House, Landscape, and Family 8 May 2013. Wednesday, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Please RSVP   free eventregistration required at no cost Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 PM Susan R. Stein, Monticello Annual Jefferson Lecture details
Public Program “The Tender Heart & Brave”: The Politics & Friendship of Charles Sumner & Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 16 May 2013. Thursday, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Please RSVP   free eventregistration required at no cost Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 PM Rob Velella, Longfellow-Washington’s Headquarters NHS Stepehn Puleo, author of "The Caning" details
Public Program Sounds of the Civil War 29 May 2013. Wednesday, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Please RSVP   this event requires a feeregistration required Boston Saxophone Quartet details
Public Program What "The Federalist Papers" Are Not 4 June 2013. Tuesday, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM this event is free Ray Raphael details
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10 April 2013 Please RSVP   free eventregistration required at no cost Public Program

Defiant Brides of the American Revolution

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 PM Nancy Rubin Stuart Part of the "New Books/New Looks: Revisiting the Past" series

How did the marriages to Benedict Arnold and Henry Knox change the lives and personal development of their brides, Peggy Shippen and Lucy Knox? Nancy Rubin Stuart’s talk reveals the contradictory paths two young women followed subsequent to their passionate marriages to patriotic men during the American Revolution and the early Federal era. Using historical correspondence and historical drawings and portraits, Ms. Stuart will shed light on how these defiant brides affected the course of the Revolution. Ms. Stuart is an award-winning author and journalist who specializes in women and social history.

Reservations requested. Please click on the ticket icon above, or contact the education department at 617-646-0560 / education@masshist.org.

12 April 2013 this event is free Public Program

“You Know I Dislike Slavery”: Lincoln before the Presidency

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Exhibition Spotlight Elaine Grublin, Massachusetts Historical Society

Focusing on the text of the August 1855 letter Lincoln wrote to his friend Joshua Fry Speed, Elaine Grublin, MHS Head of Reader Services, will discuss Lincoln’s early thoughts on slavery in America and his reaction to the rise of the American (“Know-Nothing”) Party.

28 April 2013 Please RSVP   this event requires a feeregistration required Public Program

Authors & Abolitionists

2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Concord, Mass. Jayne Gordon, Massachusetts Historical Society

Slavery was the great social and moral issue of the 19th century, and Concord was a hotbed of abolitionist sentiment. Residents Emerson, Thoreau, and the Alcotts confronted slavery head-on in their writings and actions, as indignation turned to outrage. This leisurely two-mile walking tour explores the involvement of these authors and their neighbors in antislavery efforts in Concord and beyond. It begins and ends at the Concord train depot (an easy ride out from Boston and Cambridge) and is coordinated with the Sunday train schedule. Walk leader Jayne Gordon, MHS Director of Education and Public Programs, is a resident of Concord who has worked at most of the town’s historic sites. She teaches the Concord history course required for all town guides.

Registration Required. Fee $25/$15 (F/M); Free for MHS Fund Giving Circle members. Light refreshments included. Please click on the ticket icon above, or contact the education department at 508-577-4599 / education@masshist.org.

1 May 2013 this event requires a feeregistration required Public Program

Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline Nathaniel Philbrick

Nathaniel Philbrick, the bestselling author of In the Heart of the Sea and Mayflower, brings his prodigious talents to the story of the first major battle of the American Revolution. Boston in 1775 is an island city occupied by British troops after a series of incendiary incidents by patriots who range from sober citizens to thuggish vigilantes. After the Boston Tea Party, British and American soldiers and Massachusetts residents have warily maneuvered around each other until 19 April, when violence finally erupts at Lexington and Concord. In June, however, with the city cut off from supplies by a British blockade and Patriot militia poised in siege, skirmishes give way to outright war in the Battle of Bunker Hill. It would be the bloodiest battle of the Revolution to come, and the point of no return for the rebellious colonists.

Nathaniel Philbrick is the New York Times bestselling author of National Book Award winner In the Heart of the Sea, Pulitzer Prize finalist Mayflower, Sea of Glory, and The Last Stand. He is also the author of Why Read Moby- Dick? and Away Off Shore. He lives on Nantucket.

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  • Tickets will go on sale on Monday, April 8, 2013.
  • Tickets are $5 per person and are available from Brookline Booksmith.
  • Please visit brooklinebooksmith.com/tickets or call 617-566-6660 to reserve your space!
  • When you purchase the book, you receive one free ticket and the option to purchase a second ticket for $5.

This event is co-sponsored with Brookline Booksmith and will take place at the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline. For directions, please visit http://www.coolidge.org/. 

3 May 2013 this event is free Public Program

The Three Lives of Anthony Burns

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Exhibition Spotlight Peter Drummey, Massachusetts Historical Society

The rendition of Anthony Burns—his return from Boston to slavery in 1854—was a turning point in the Abolitionist struggle. But who was Anthony Burns? A fugitive slave? A symbol of the antislavery cause in Boston? What happened to him after he was freed and his celebrity faded? We will explore the heroic, and tragic, life of Anthony Burns through documents on display at the Society.

8 May 2013 Please RSVP   free eventregistration required at no cost Public Program

New Perspectives on Jefferson's Monticello: House, Landscape, and Family

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 PM Susan R. Stein, Monticello Annual Jefferson Lecture

The wide lens of this talk will focus on recent restoration and interpretive efforts including Monticello's work spaces beneath the house, public rooms, and upper floors as well as Mulberry Row, the plantation's principal street. The discussion will also describe Monticello's free and enslaved community. Susan R. Stein is the longtime Richard Gilder Senior Curator and Vice President for Museum Programs.

Reservations requested. Please click on the ticket icon above, or contact the education department at 617-646-0560 / education@masshist.org.

16 May 2013 Please RSVP   free eventregistration required at no cost Public Program

“The Tender Heart & Brave”: The Politics & Friendship of Charles Sumner & Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 PM Rob Velella, Longfellow-Washington’s Headquarters NHS Stepehn Puleo, author of "The Caning"

How did a fiery abolitionist senator and a genteel poet come together as the closest of friends? Presented as a dramatic reading of actual historic documents - including letters, journals, poetry, and speeches - this program will highlight the deep personal relationship shared between abolitionist politician Charles Sumner and poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The reading takes listeners from the earliest friendship of these two men to their antislavery advocacy, from their personal triumphs and tragedies and into their final years, weaving through the events of the nation including Emancipation.

Stephen Puleo, author of The Caning: The Assault that Drove America to Civil War, will be on hand to provide commentary and sign copies of his book.

Co-sponsored by Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site and the Boston African American National Historic Site.

Reservations requested. Please click on the ticket icon above, or contact the education department at 617-646-0560 / education@masshist.org.

29 May 2013 Please RSVP   this event requires a feeregistration required Public Program

Sounds of the Civil War

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Boston Saxophone Quartet

Sing along with the Boston Saxophone Quartet as we explore the music of the Civil War era. This program will feature familiar tunes from the 1860s that were sung around the parlor piano, as well as songs written specifically for the newest instrument of the era: the saxophone. The evening will include musical performances and historical commentary on the selected pieces. Members of the Boston Saxophone Quartet have performed with the Boston Pops and Boston Symphony Orchestra and leading Broadway theaters throughout New England. Conductor and instrumentalist Peter Cokkinias, Professor at neighboring Berklee College of Music, has served for over 30 seasons as Music Director/Conductor of the Metrowest Symphony Orchestra; has conducted the Boston Ballet and Boston Pops; and has performed with the Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Ballet, and Cincinnati, Hartford, Pittsburgh, and Boston Symphony Orchestras.

Registration Required. Fee $30/$20 (F/M); Free for MHS Fund Giving Circle members. Please click on the ticket icon above, or contact the education department at 617-646-0557 / education@masshist.org.

4 June 2013 this event is free Public Program

What "The Federalist Papers" Are Not

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Ray Raphael

When and why did The Federalist become The Federalist Papers? What role did the essays play in the ratification debates? Can Publius be considered an authoritative source for interpreting specific sections of the Constitution – or for discovering its inner meaning?

Ray Raphael’s latest book is Constitutional Myths: What We Get Wrong and How To Get It Right. His previous works include Mr. President: How and Why the Founders Created a Chief Executive, Founding Myths, A People’s History of the American Revolution, and The First American Revolution: Before Lexington and Concord.


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