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November 2017

Open House at the Greenwich Historical Society

November 4 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Greenwich Historical Society, 39 Strickland Rd
Cos Cob, CT 06807 United States
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Everyone is invited to a free open house on Saturday, Nov. 4: Be there at this historic moment for the Town of Greenwich when we install the cornerstone in the new building, dedicate a time capsule filled with submissions from Greenwich residents, give hard hat tours of the site, present a talk on the changes in store on campus, and invite visitors for a free tour of National Historic Landmark Bush-Holley House. All events are free but RSVPs are appreciated.…

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Politics on Beacon Hill

November 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

We join forces with rangers from Boston African American National Historic Site in a walking tour of Fanny Longfellow's childhood neighborhood. The tour will start at 12 noon at the Shaw Memorial, across the street from the State House. No RSVP required.

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International Games Week

November 4 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Calling all teens and adults! Register in advance to particpate in a trivia competition from 2-3 pm. We also welcome drop ins for Wii U and board game play and free munchies.

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Powered by Preservation- A PPS Past/Future Gala

November 4 @ 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
South Street Landing, 350 Eddy St
Providence, RI 02903 United States
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For more than six decades, the Providence Preservation Society (PPS) has served as activist for the city’s historic character. POWERED BY PRESERVATION, an anniversary gala, will honor the past and catalyze preservation advocacy for a new era. We are setting the scene at the 1912, Georgian Revival-style South Street Power Station, longtime home to the Narragansett Electric Company until extended vacancy placed it on PPS’s Most Endangered Properties advocacy list in 2011-2012. A visionary public-private partnership and use of historic…

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Hidden History Bus Tour

November 5 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society, 227 S Main St
West Hartford, CT 06107 United States
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The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society will offer a “Hidden History” bus tour of West Hartford on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. This tour will focus on West Hartford history north of Farmington Avenue and will be led by Jennifer DiCola Matos, Executive Director of the museum. The museum offered a similar tour in 2016, covering areas south of Farmington Ave., and in 2015, covering the entire town. “When we first offered…

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Harmonious Migrations Puppetry Performance & Workshop

November 5 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Greenwich Historical Society, 39 Strickland Rd
Cos Cob, CT 06807 United States
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A free, inspiring, and educational puppetry performance and workshop lead by Jim Henson’s daughter Heather Henson and her company IBEX Puppetry, Harmonious Migrations playfully explores the co-existence of people and the endangered whooping crane in North America. Developed to teach children ages 5–12 about the interconnectivity of the environment and all species, this program focuses specifically on cranes through puppetry, storytelling, and crafts. Participants are introduced to the Native American concepts of the Four Directions, four elements, four medicinal herbs,…

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Concert: Americana: Songs from America’s History, 1776 to 1918

November 5 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Blackstone Valley Historical Society, P O Box 125 1873 Old Louisquisset Pike
Lincoln, RI 02865 United States
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TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR BVHS FUND RAISER ON 3 pm, Sunday, November 5: Americana: Songs from America's History, from the Revolution to World War I, a concert, performed by pianist and vocalist Michael DiMucci. ALSO WW I -themed exhibit from the collection of Kevin Heskin will be on display. Tickets $20 on sale at BVHS events and at the door. $20 + $1.69 sevice fee online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3086746 You may also purchase tickets at BrownPaperTickets by calling 1-800-838-3006 (24/7).

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Fall Family Free Day at Herreshoff

November 5 @ 11:00 pm - November 6 @ 3:00 am
Herreshoff Marine Museum/America’s Cup Hall of Fame, 1 Burnside St
Bristol, RI 02809-2003 United States
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FREE MUSEUM ADMISSION All Day, 10am-5pm Activities from 11am-3pm: Arts & Crafts Seasonal Activities for Kids & Adults Outdoor Games Formal Museum Tours Special visit from the Bristol Fire Department, Z food truck., & Del's Lemonade & Refreshments, Inc.

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Life and the Law Seminar Series: Small Business

November 7 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

In this monthly series, Attorneys Rembish and LaSaracina will give an overview of a pre-selected legal topic and will then open the floor for general questions. November’s focus will be on small business. The overview will include a conversation about how to protect your personal assets, how and when you should incorporate, small business risks, and what you need to do before your business doors open. One of the attorneys is able to speak in Polish. For additional information or…

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Animals in World War I

November 8 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Christine Ermenc from the Windsor Historical Society will talk about the numerous roles animals played in World War I.

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Exhibit Opening Reception: That’s Weird

November 9 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth St
Hartford, CT 06105 United States
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We invite CHS members and special guests to join us for the Opening Reception for That’s Weird. “That’s weird” is a phrase staff hears all the time in galleries and on tours. Visitors often encounter collection items that are quirky, surprising, or rare. But, take a second look and weird objects can have surprising and unique histories. The CHS is excited to show off some of our funny little oddballs of history. Displaying many of these objects for the first…

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Wicked Hartford Book Talk with Steve Thornton

November 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Hartford History Center, 500 Main St
Hartford, CT 06103 United States
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Join author, activist, and director of The Shoeleather History Project (stories from Hartford’s past), Steve Thornton, in a discussion of his recently released book, Wicked Hartford. Signed books will be available for purchase. About the book: One of the oldest cities in America, Hartford holds plenty of sinful stories. Famed inventor and industrialist Samuel Colt sold arms to both the North and South in the buildup to the Civil War. The notorious Seyms Street jail was the subject of national…

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Veterans Day Open House

November 11 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Old Colony History Museum, 66 Church Grn
Taunton, MA 02780 United States
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Open house for Veterans and families from 1-4pm Special Vietnam slideshow at 2pm presented by Dennis Proulx Members of the Taunton Area Vietnam Veterans Association will share a slideshow presentation and memories of their experiences during the Vietnam War. They will also bring military memorabilia as well as items from their time in Vietnam, including a Montagnard crossbow and sword, shrapnel from a 122mm rocket, and a piece of a Skycrane helicopter. The Taunton Area Vietnam Veterans Association (TAVVA) will…

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New Hampshire at War

November 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
New Hampshire Historical Society, 30 Park St
Concord, NH 03301 United States
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In honor of Veterans Day, please join us for a lecture on "New Hampshire at War." Covering all major conflicts that have affected the Granite State from the colonial period to the present, this lecture focuses on New Hampshire's contributions to the war efforts and famous New Hampshire residents who participated in the conflicts. Delivered by Sue Kelly, one of the Society's professional museum educators, this presentation includes a 45-minute lecture and a brief guided tour of the Citizen Soldier…

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West Hartford House Tour

November 12 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for the West Hartford House Tour on Sunday, November 12 from 12-4 p.m. The neighborhood chosen for this year's tour is Farmington Ave. west of the Center. Visitors have the opportunity to view the interiors of some of the area's most historically and architecturally significant homes. The private homes on the tour feature a variety of Colonial Revival and Shingle styles and range in date from 1893 (the oldest) to 1920 (the newest.) Visitors will have the rare…

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Titanic with David Gallo

November 12 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main St
Hartford, CT 06103 United States
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Join us for a Titanic afternoon! Tour the special exhibition "Morgan: Mind of the Collector," enjoy food inspired by menus from the famed ocean liner, attend oceanographer David Gallo’s talk about the relics found aboard the sunken ship, and stay for a screening of "Titanic" (1953). Tickets are $25/$20 for members.

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Sam Messer & Jonathan Safran Foer

November 15 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main St
Hartford, CT 06103 United States
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5pm | Exhibition Viewing & Public Reception 6pm | Screening & Discussion Join MATRIX 178 artist Sam Messer and acclaimed writer Jonathan Safran Foer for a special screening of Messer’s animation "Denis the Pirate," followed by a discussion between Messer and Foer about artistic collaboration, religion, art, and piracy. Tickets $20/$15 museum members.

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Steering to Freedom

November 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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Book talk by author Patrick Gabridge. In May 1862, Robert Smalls, an enslaved ship's pilot in Charleston, South Carolina, crafted a daring plan to steal the steamship Planter and deliver it, along with the crew and their families, to the Union blockade. After risking his life to escape slavery, Robert faced an even more difficult challenge: convincing Abraham Lincoln to enlist black troops. Based on a true story, "Steering to Freedom" tells the powerful and inspirational story of a young…

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Third Thursday Theater: Book to Movie Challenge

November 16 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This month's movie is based on the book A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

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“…if I wanted to get out of Paris I must leave at once”

November 16 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join Park Ranger Garrett Cloer for "'...if I wanted to get out of Paris I must leave at once': Escaping the Great War". We will follow three Longfellow family members as they view the coming of the First World War up close and join them as they make their way to safety. This program will be based upon letters and images in the archives of Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site. Reservations are required. Please call (617)876-4491 or email reservationsat105@gmail.com…

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1950s Casino Night

November 17 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Vermont Historical Society, 60 Washington St
Barre, VT 05641 United States
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Test your luck and support the Vermont Historical Society at our first ever Casino Night! We’ll have blackjack, roulette, and more spread throughout the Vermont History Center in Barre. Collect your chips and swap them out for raffle tickets to win great prizes (such as passes from the Montshire Museum of Science and ski lift passes to Suicide Six from the Woodstock Inn.) The evening will also feature a 1950s theme in food and décor, so pull out your most…

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The MOuTH: All in the Family

November 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Ave
Hartford, CT 06105 United States
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Everybody has stories about things that have happened in or with their family. Or becoming part of someone else’s. Or making your own! Hear and tell stories on the theme “All In The Family” hosted by Chion Wolf at The MOuTH at The Mark Twain House & Museum on Friday, November 17, at 7:30 pm! E-mail HartfordMouth@gmail.com with your name and a short description of what your story is about. No need to write every detail, just a few sentences…

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G. Fox & Co. – Hartford’s Iconic Department Store

November 18 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth St
Hartford, CT 06105 United States
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Shopping in Hartford in the 1950s through the 1990s was synonymous with its largest downtown department store. Come browse through the CHS’s collection of G. Fox memorabilia, store displays, and G. Fox & Co. branded products from scotch to toilet paper! Share your own pleasant memories of tea in the Connecticut Room, back-to-school shopping and the holiday decorations that made your visit special. This trip down memory lane is a perfect chance to get in the mood for the holidays!…

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Oral History Workshop with Dr. Annie Valk

November 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Hartford History Center, 500 Main St
Hartford, CT 06103 United States
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Interested in collecting oral histories in your neighborhood? Learn the techniques with public humanities professor and oral history specialist at Williams College. Dr. Valk is author of Radical Sisters: Second-Wave Feminism and Black Liberation in Washington, D.C. (University of Illinois Press, 2008), which won the Richard Wentworth Prize; and, Living with Jim Crow: African American and Memories of the Segregated South (Palgrave, 2010), a collection of oral history interviews edited with Professor Leslie Brown and winner of the annual book…

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Beer in the Garden: Traditional Toys & Games

November 21 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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Join us for beer and snacks, a rare opportunity to enjoy our historic garden at night, and a chance to see some very special artifacts from our collections! Free for MHS Members; $5 general admission. RSVP not required – drop in any time! Apply your program fee to MHS membership! Beer in the Garden is sponsored by Shipyard Brewing Company.

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10th Annual Holiday Shoppe & Craft Fair – Runs through Dec 23rd!

November 25 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Danbury Museum & Historical Society, 43 Main St
Danbury, CT 06810 United States
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Once again, The Danbury Museum & Historical Society will be hosting their annual Holiday Shoppe and Craft Fair, November 25 through December 23, 2017 in Huntington Hall, located at 43 Main Street, Danbury. The Shoppe is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The museum is currently seeking artisans and crafters who are interested in featuring and selling their unique crafts and fine goods during this very popular and well-attended, month-ong event. There are a limited number…

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Slavery in the North: The Enslaved People of Cambridge & Medford

November 30 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Event is full! Thank you for your amazing response! Park volunteer and Tufts University graduate student Jules Long will give a presentation on what we know about the lives of the enslaved in Cambridge and Medford in the colonial period. She will focus on the stories of those enslaved by the Vassall families of Brattle Street and their connections to the Isaac Royall Estate in Medford. Space is limited, so please RSVP by calling (617)876-4491 or via email at reservationsat105@gmail.com.

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December 2017

Prelude Trolley Rides Weekend 1

December 1 @ 12:00 pm - December 3 @ 4:00 pm
Seashore Trolley Museum, 195 Log Cabin Rd
Kennebunkport, ME 04046 United States
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Daytime rides on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in heated trolleys decked out with aromatic greenery. For $8 per person, this is great fun at an amazing price. Tickets are available at the door. Friday Hours Museum Store Open Noon - 4:00 pm Streetcar Rides 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm Saturday & Sunday Hours Museum Store Open 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Streetcar Rides 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

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Deck the Halls

December 2 @ 10:00 am - December 3 @ 4:00 pm
Shelburne Museum, 6000 Shelburne Rd
Shelburne, VT 05482 United States
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Celebrate the creative spirit of the holiday season and ring in the holidays with a visit to our festive trees. Participate in art activities, enjoy the sounds of the season, and explore the grounds.

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The Great Halifax Explosion: 100th Anniversary Presentation

December 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Peirce Farm at Witch Hill, 116 Boston St
Topsfield, MA 01983 United States
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On December 6, 1917, during the height of the First World War, two ships trying to navigate Halifax Harbor collided resulting in the largest man-made explosion of the pre-atomic age. Essex Heritage Trustee, David Read, will recount the events leading up to this devastating tragedy and the impressive Massachusetts rescue effort. Relive the personal stories and riveting details of the weeks that followed – and learn about the most important train to ever travel through Essex County. Join us on…

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Prelude Trolley Rides weekend 2

December 8 @ 12:00 pm - December 10 @ 4:00 pm
Seashore Trolley Museum, 195 Log Cabin Rd
Kennebunkport, ME 04046 United States
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Daytime rides on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in heated trolleys decked out with aromatic greenery. For $8 per person, this is great fun at an amazing price. Tickets are available at the door. Friday Hours Museum Store Open Noon - 4:00 pm Streetcar Rides 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm Saturday & Sunday Hours Museum Store Open 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Streetcar Rides 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

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NH’s WWI Pilot Arthur Cole’s Diary by Byron Champlin

December 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
New Hampshire Aviation Historical Society, 27 Navigator Rd
Londonderry, NH 03053 United States
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Details pending Program is included with regular admission to the museum.

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Surprise! Santa’s on the Trolley at Seashore!

December 9 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Seashore Trolley Museum, 195 Log Cabin Rd
Kennebunkport, ME 04046 United States
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You arrive for a short story and sing along carol in our Visitor center. Every guest receives a cup of hot chocolate to sip on your after-dark ride in a heated trolley car. Then, SURPRISE! Santa's riding with you! He and his helpers will give each guest a pencil and a Postcard addressed to Santa (to put in our special Santa mailbox back at the Visitor Center) Everyone will get a goodie bag with an small toy and a cookie…

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Mixers and Merriment at Maine Maritime Museum

December 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Maine Maritime Museum – Bath, ME, 243 Washington St
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Back for a second year, celebrate the season with a toast to Maine’s incredible craft distilleries! Join us for this popular evening of festive fun, and sample specialty cocktails from Maine’s artisan spirit makers. Tickets include samplings of unique elixirs featuring Maine ingredients, and guests will vote to crown the people’s choice best cocktail of the night. A festive soundtrack from Performance Entertainment will keep the holiday spirits high! Tickets are limited, book yours early! Members $40; nonmembers $50 (21+…

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January 2018

Growing Up with the Country

January 17, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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Growing Up with the Country: Family, Race, and Nation after the Civil War Illustrated book talk by historian Kendra Taira Field Following the lead of her own ancestors, Kendra Taira Field’s epic family history chronicles the westward migration of freedom’s first generation in the fifty years after emancipation. Drawing on decades of archival research and family lore within and beyond the United States, Field traces their journey out of the South to Indian Territory, where they participated in the development…

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March 2018

Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, American Hero

March 21, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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Harriet Tubman is one of the giants of American history—a fearless visionary who led scores of her fellow slaves to freedom and battled courageously behind enemy lines during the Civil War. Drawing from a trove of primary documents as well extensive genealogical research, Kate Clifford Larson reveals Tubman as a complex woman—brilliant, shrewd, deeply religious, and passionate in her pursuit of freedom. The descendant of the vibrant, matrilineal Asanti people of the West African Gold Coast, Tubman was born into…

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April 2018

Canadian Slavery History

April 18, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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Art historian Charmaine Nelson, a professor at McGill University in Montreal, is currently at Harvard as the William Lyon Mackenzie King Chair in Canadian studies. Her research "comparing fugitive slave ads in two Canadian provinces and Jamaica takes the history of slavery beyond its association with a tropical plantation model, as existed in the Caribbean or the southern U.S., and opens it up to include places where that history is rarely discussed or acknowledged." Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/harvard-research-slavery-ads-newspapers-nova-scotia-1.4287485

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