[slides] Prince Demah, Portrait Painter, with Paula Bagger

Two 18th century portraits that have been on display since the 1920s in the Hingham Historical Society’s house museum, the Old Ordinary, have now been attributed to an enslaved African American artist.  Prince Demah‘s short life was eventful and included painting lessons in London, a brief commercial career in Boston, and service in an artillery regiment during[…]

[slides] Decoding and Applying Common Core for Public Historians: Close Reading 19th Century Sources, with Mark Gardner

In this session, Western Rhode Island Civic Historical Society archivist and American History teacher Mark Gardner (@HistoryGardner) will walk everyone through several hands-on exercises designed to familiarize the museum and historical society folks with the vernacular of the Common Core, in particular close reading, lenses, and response to informational text. Using primary source materials not[…]

[slides] Risky Business: Living History Events in Traditional Museums, panel

Despite being known for traditional educational programming like lectures, walking and house tours, and exhibitions, we recently collaborated to present successful site-specific, first-person immersive living history programs. The Newport Historical Society (NHS) used the city itself as the backdrop and setting for the Stamp Act Protest commemorating the 1765 Stamp Act riots in that town.[…]

[slides] Researching the Old Homesteads of Marlborough, with Chandra Lothian

There were 124 paintings of local homesteads and landscapes done by noted artist Ellen M Carpenter over the period 1875-1908.  These paintings appear in the book, “Historical Reminiscences of the Early Times in Marlborough, Massachusetts,” by Ella Bigelow, published in 1910. Today the paintings are owned easy to find: They’re on display at the Marlborough Library.  But what[…]

[slides] Soldiers in Our Homes: The French and Indian War & Quartering in Albany, New York, 1756-1763, with Liz Covart

Explores how the French and Indian War and the act of military quartering caused the people of Albany, New York to confront the British Empire in close, intimate terms. This talk will reveal the lasting implications of this confrontation and how it helped the people of Albany decide whether they would become Patriots, Loyalists, or[…]

[slides] (Panel) Don’t let History Get STEAMrolled: Practical approaches to getting kids engaged with history

Participating Panelists: Patricia Violette, Executive Director of the Shirley-Eustis House; Paul Wexler, a history teacher at Needham High School who has been using National History Day as a way to engage students; Kyle Jenks, who wrote, produced and directed a play about Colonial history in the Mohawk Valley of upstate NY for middle school children; Rayshauna Gray,[…]

[slides] In Defense of Material Culture, with Erik Bauer

The term “material culture” typically brings to mind images of objects behind glass in galleries, archives and museums. However, what defines material culture – and it’s role –stretches beyond these boundaries. This session looks at ways to connect the public, especially students, with the wider world of material culture. Presenter: Erik R. Bauer, Archivist, Peabody Institute Library,[…]