Conference "Listen my children and you shall hear": Balancing History and Myth in Massachusetts Public History 3 June 2013.Monday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM This conference will take place at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester Keynote Speaker: Ray Raphael, author of Constitutional Myths: What We Get Wrong and How to Get it Right

This conference for Massachusetts history organizations is presented by Mass Humanities, Massachusetts Historical Society, University of Massachusetts Amherst Public History Program, and the University of Massachusetts Boston Public History and Archives Track

Join us on Monday, June 3rd at the Hogan Campus Center, College of the Holy Cross, for a thought-provoking day examining myth in Massachusetts history. Ray Raphael, author of the forth-coming Constitutional Myths: What We Get Wrong and How to Get it Right (March 2013), a companion volume to the earlier Founding Myths: Stories that Hide our Patriotic Past, will explore “Why Myths Persist” in his keynote address.

In sessions and round tables such as Massachusetts History beyond the Tea Party; Reinterpretation 101; Redefining Freedom on the Trail, and “It Never Happened Here”: Iconic Myth as Burden we will examine and present organizations, programs and projects that have successfully harnessed myths, expanded their narratives, and redefined their mission without losing their identity. In practical sessions/workshops we will explore “teaching the problem,” and how to use this model for programming purposes in exciting ways that successfully challenge audiences.

Registration Fees
Fee includes workshop, morning refreshments, buffet lunch (vegetarian option available), and afternoon snack.

  • $85 Standard Fee per person
  • $60 Student Fee (include copy of student ID with registration or bring ID to event if registering online)
  • $75 Per person for 3 registrants from same organization at the same time
  • $65 Per person for 4 registrants from same organization at the same time

For more information, or to register for the conference, visit the Mass Humanities website: