Lydia Maria Child: Author & Abolitionist Series

Exhibit: “Gathering up the Fragments” June 21, 2018-March 31, 2019
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. 


Thursday, June 21, 7:00 PM, at MHSM
Exhibit Opening Reception and Talk
A talk by Emma Newcombe, a recent PhD graduate of BU’s American Studies program. Newcombe will speak on “Abolition through Tourism: Lydia Maria Child’s Mammoth Cave Letters.” The talk is followed by a reception and an opportunity for visitors to browse the exhibit.

NOTE: We will open at 3:30 PM on Thursday, June 21 to coincide with Circle the Square.

Thursday, July 12, 2018, 7:00 PM, at MHSM
“Nothing but a Tiger: The Portraits of Lydia Maria Child”
In this talk, Kyna Hamill, faculty at Boston University, will survey the many portraits made of Lydia Maria Child over her lifetime and how she was enthusiastic to have her likeness made by popular artists working in various media such as painting, silhouette, daguerreotype and photography. Refreshments will follow.

Saturdays: September 8, October 6, & November 3, 2018, 10:00 AM – Noon
Walking Tour: Lydia Maria Child’s Medford
Meet at Riverside Ave Plaza, between River Street and City Hall Plaza
The tour, led by MHSM Programs Committee member, Nancy White, covers Medford during the period of Lydia’s birth (1802), the people who were influential in her education, religious and social development, and the institutions that were present in Medford Square during the early nineteenth century.  Free and open to the public.

Throughout July and August 2018, MHSM will be open on Saturdays and Sundays, 12:00 – 4:00 PM.
Additional tours by special arrangement.

Mapping Medford and 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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