CURRENT Exhibits

Stearns, Shaw, and the Hallowells, and
Lydia Maria Child: Gathering up the Fragments
EXHIBIT HOURS: Sundays, 12:00 – 4:00 PM or by appointment
Medford Historical Society & Museum, 10 Governors Avenue


Transcendentalists, Abolitionists, John Brown, and Beyond: The New Englanders who made John Brown a Hero
Sunday, January 12, 2020 / 7:00 PM
10 Governors Avenue

John Brown’s raid on the Harpers Ferry arsenal in 1859 brought the US one step closer to civil war. Many people in the South hated Brown and considered him a deranged fanatic. While his actions were condemned by some in the North, a small but vocal group of New England writers, poets and abolitionists did their best to make Brown a hero.

Join Historian Richard Smith for an entertaining and educational lecture and discussion on the aftermath of Brown’s Raid. Why did the New England literati adore Brown? How did Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Lydia Maria Child, George Luther Stearns, and others reinvent Brown and turn a supposedly insane fanatic into an Abolitionist martyr?

Co-hosted with the Royal House and Slave Quarters.

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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  and the “Stearns, Shaw and the Hallowells” exhibits 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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