2003 Events, Boston
Saturday, July 19, 11 am - 1 pm
54th Regiment Celebration
Come to the African Meeting House Boston to celebrate the 54th Regiment
with songs, speeches, and historical reenactments. Meet members of the
54th Regiment, the first black unit from the North to fight for the Union
Army during the Civil War. James Spruill will play Frederick Douglass and
Lawrence Watson will perform musical selections. Free.
July 19, 2003 - January 3, 2004
Selections From The Collection:
The Civil War
year marks the 140th anniversary of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer
Infantry, the first black regiment recruited in the North. To honor these
brave Americans who fought for the union and demanded equal rights for
African American soldiers, the Museum of African American History is
showcasing a distinctive selection of Civil War artifacts from its
permanent collection. On display together for the first time are original
artifacts belonging to officers and soldiers, including Col. Robert Gould
Shaw's uniform, Sgt. William H. Carney's account of the Battle of Fort
Wagner, a manual of bayonet exercises, and a rare oil painting of an
unnamed 54th Regiment soldier.
Coming in September
A Tribute to Maria Stewart
Sunday, September 28
4 - 6 pm
The Museum of African American History will celebrate the 200th birthday of
women's rights activist, journalist and educator, Maria Stewart
(1803-1879) who is hailed as the first American-born woman and the first
African American who dared to rise and speak before an audience of both
men and women.
Listen to Stewart's inspiring words as they are read by Carmen M.
Fields, Director, Media Relations, KeySpan Energy New England; Diane B.
Patrick, Partner, Ropes & Gray; Vikki L. Pryor, President & CEO, SBLI USA;
The Reverend Laurel E. Scott, Pastor, Old West Church; Karen Holmes Ward,
Director of Public Affairs and Community Services, WCVB-TV.
Moderator: Dr. Lois Brown, associate professor of English at Mt. Holyoke
College. Book signing: Marilyn Richardson, Maria W. Stewart: America's
First Black Political Writer.
Members of the Museum or the National Trust for Historic Preservation
Museum memberships start at $15 and can be purchased at the door.
Click here to learn more about Maria Stewart.
|Thursday, Oct. 16,
8:00 – 9:30 am
Diversity Event Planning Workshop
Black History Month is
Don't be Caught Unprepared!
Let us help you plan your events!
Learn how to qualify for:
- Terrific speakers
- Special employees & families events
- Advance booking to conduct programs at the largest Museum of
African American History in New England
Join Royall M. Mack, Vice President, the Gillette
Company, for a Diversity Event Planning Workshop
2003 Events, Nantucket
Friday, July 25, 5 pm
Topic: Contemporary Folk Art
Speaker: Brooke Anderson, Director and Curator, American Folk Art Museum,
Saturday, July 26, 11am
Topic: Secrets of Old Houses
Speaker: Ellen Berkland, Boston City Archaeologist
Wednesday, July 30, 4 pm
Topic: The Other Nantucket
Speaker: Fran Karttunen, Author and Historian
Saturday, Aug 2, 4 pm
Topic: Restoration Philosophy: Yale Trowbridge House
Speaker: David Halpern
The following lecture is co-sponsored with the Nantucket Historical
Association. Free admission. Call (508) 228-1894 to make a reservation.
Thursday, Aug 21, 8 pm
Lecture by Lynn Hudson, author of "The Making of Mammy Pleasant: A Black
Entrepreneur in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco."
Saturday, Dec. 6
Christmas Stroll on Nantucket
Featuring Soulsege singing ensemble. Check back for additional details
about this program.
Saturday, Oct.18, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm, Wednesday,
Oct. 22, 10:30 am - 1:30pm
Quilting Workshops: Spoken Stories in Cloth
In conjunction with the Amistad visit to Boston (see Oct. 21 event), learn
to quilt in an intergenerational quilting workshop that offers an
historical view of quilt code language, message and communication from
traditional cultures as it relates to the story of Freedom in America
during slavery and its abolition. Open to beginning and experienced
Reservations required - limited enrollment
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6 – 9pm
Profiles in Color: A Tribute to Captain Pinkney
The Museum of African American History will present "Profiles in Color," an
interview with Captain William Pinkney, conducted by Ron Claiborne, ABC
News correspondent. The master of the
Amistad, Captain Pinkney is the first and only African American to
solo circumnavigate the globe. When he pilots the Amistad into Boston
Harbor on October 14, this will be the final professional voyage of this
renowned sailor's career. The evening will include the interview with
Captain Pinkney, presentation of the Museum’s African American History
Award, and an audience Q & A. A reception for guests at the Abiel Smith
School next door will follow.
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 6:30 pm
What's in Your Attic? Tracing Your Family Tree
This Thanksgiving, learn how to capture those family stories swapped
around the dining table and preserve the historic treasures in your attic.
Hear from local families and historians who can provide insight on
documenting, researching and preserving your family's history. Speakers
will include members of the Sullivan Family (see
Selections from the Collection ) and Dr. Lois Brown, Mt. Holyoke
Dec. 9, 10, 11, 10:30 am -Noon
Learn the principles of Kwanzaa at a workshop that features traditional
West African drum rhythms and music in a hands-on interactive session.
FREE Reservations required
Sunday, Dec. 14, 4 pm
GYBSO Concert/Abolitionist Christmas Tree
Celebrate An Abolitionists’ Christmas
Enjoy our annual holiday presentation of the Greater Boston Youth Symphony
Orchestra's presentation of classical music ensemble performances in the
Museum’s Abiel Smith School. Create special ornaments to honor what
historians believe was the first public Christmas Tree in the United
States in 1834, displayed by the women of the Boston Anti-Slavery Society.
Join in our ornament making station for on-going workshop activity.
Sponsored by the National Park Service.
FREE All ages welcome.