Author/Lecture.  Barbara Berenson,
Massachusetts in the Women’s Suffrage Movement.
Thursday, March 21, 7:00 PM, at MHSM, 10 Governors Avenue
2019 marks the Centennial Anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S Constitution and Women’s Suffrage.  It was a long road from the founding of our country to the year 1919. The Women’s Rights Movement was initiated in Massachusetts with the first convention held in Worcester.  Attorney Barbara Berenson’s book details the role of leading Massachusetts women and how their efforts laid the foundation for the movement. Attorney Barbara Berenson is Senior Lawyer for the MA Supreme Judicial Court.  Co-sponsored with the Medford Public Library.


An historical series featuring Medford, Abolition and Heroes of the Civil War
Presented by: Medford Historical Society & Museum, Medford Public Library, Royall House & Slave Quarters, West Medford Community Center, and the Medford Arts Council.

EXHIBIT HOURS: Sundays, 12 noon – 4:00 PM or by appointment
Medford Historical Society & Museum, 10 Governors Avenue.

BOOK TALK: Kellie Carter Jackson
Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 7:30 PM

Royall House and Slave Quarters, 15 George Street, Medford
Wellesley historian Kellie Carter Jackson will talk about her new book, Force and Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence, the first historical analysis of the tactical use of violence by antebellum black activists to instigate social change.

GUEST SPEAKER: Charles E. Heller
Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 7:30 PM
Medford Public Library, 111 High Street
Biographer, Charles E. Heller, will offer the story of  George Luther Stearns, prominent industrialist, local resident and anti-slavery leader.  Stearns’ home near Tufts was a Medford stop on the Underground Railroad; he was a major supporter of John Brown, and leader of the “Secret Six.”  He is also credited with the recruitment of Black troops for the Civil War, including the 54th and 55th Massachusetts Infantries. Heller’s book, In Advance of Fate, Portrait of an Abolitionist, can be found in the Special Collections section at the Medford Library.

Sunday, April 7, 2019, 2:00 PM, Opening Reception: Stearns, Shaw, and the Hallowells
Medford Historical Society & Museum, 10 Governors Avenue
The Stearns, Shaw, and the Hallowells exhibit includes items from the Museum’s collections, drawing attention to the connections among George Luther Stearns, Robert Gould Shaw, and the Medford Hallowell brothers Edward and Norwood.

NEIGHBORHOOD WALKING TOUR: led by Dee Morris, historian
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Meet at the corner of High and Mystic Streets, Medford
Strolling through the Hallowells’ Neighborhood on Lower Mystic Street will be a visit to the domestic world of these families. Their stories reveal an array of independent thinkers who loved their children, neighbors and pets. Nicknamed “the Colony,” these households infused creative energy into the Medford community.

Sunday, June 9, 2019, 2:00-4:00 PM
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington Street,
Music from the Heart: Rediscovering the ‘Calhoun Plantation Songs’ presents spirituals compiled by Emily Hallowell, Edward’s daughter, when she taught in Alabama’s Calhoun Colored School in the 1890s. A live performance will recreate these sacred folk songs after Dee Morris highlights Emily’s life-changing adventure.

Lydia Maria Child: Author & Abolitionist Series
Exhibit: “Gathering up the Fragments” 

Learn how Lydia Maria Child, a Medford-born daughter of a baker, became one of the most important writers and activists in nineteenth-century America. Special focus is given to her portraits and personal items. 

EXHIBIT HOURS: Sundays, 12 noon – 4:00 PM or by appointment
Medford Historical Society & Museum, 10 Governors Avenue.

Lydia Maria Child: Author & Abolitionist are funded in part by a grant from the Medford Arts Council, a local commission that is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the City of Medford.

Lydia Maria Child: Author & Abolitionist is also funded by the Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund.


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