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Lexington Alarm Letter, 1775. Daniel Tyler. Brooklyn, Connecticut, Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library, # A95/011/1.


Wednesday, April 22, 2:00 p.m.

Family Program

The Lexington Alarm

Each year at this time, the Museum displays an exciting piece of American history, the Lexington Alarm Letter. Written on April 19, 1775 by a citizen of Watertown to notify the American colonies near and far that war had begun, the letter still conveys the urgency of the shocking news. Families are invited to work together on hands-on, minds-on activities that explore the moment and the world in which this document was set down. Appropriate for ages 8 through adult. $6/family (members); $9/family (non-members). No registration necessary for this approximately 1.5 hour program.


15-Star Flag, 1794-1818. Rite Masonic Museum & Library, gift of John E. Craver, 95.021. Photo by David Bohl.


Thursday, April 23, 2:00 p.m.

Family Program

Get to Know Our Flag

April is a great month for flags! This family program explores the origins, history, legends and myths of the American flag. With the Museum’s historically significant 15-star flag as a backdrop, participants will enjoy hands-on activities. Bring family and friends to discover some surprising April flag history. $5/family (members); $7/family (non-members). No registration necessary for this approximately one-hour program. 



Urn, 1800-1801. Paul Revere (1734-1818), Boston, MA. Loaned by the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts. Photo by David Bohl.


Saturday, May 9, 2:00 p.m.

Gallery Talk

Prized Relics: Historic Souvenirs from the Collection

In the 1800s Americans became increasingly interested in collecting souvenirs that physically connected them to important places, people and events in the emerging national story.  Fragments of a cherished quilt, medals crafted from copper taken from George Washington’s tomb, or bits of wood and stone collected on tourists’ journeys all tell us something about their collectors and what places and events they deemed historic. Come explore these and more historic relics from the museum’s collection with museum staff on this free gallery tour.




Benjamin Coffin, 1815-1833. Probably Massachusetts, Special Acquisitions Fund, 77.12.


Saturday, June 6, 12:00 noon

Gallery Talk

“Every Variety of Painting for Lodges”: 
Decorated Furniture, Paintings and Ritual Objects from the Collection

Come learn about the different kinds of paintings and decorated furniture craftsman produced for Masonic lodges in the 1800s. This gallery talk will also introduce some of the ornamental painters—both amateur and professional—who drew on their talents to create colorful aprons, illustrations and designs for Masonic clientele. Attendees will also see some of the many works Masons commissioned, including portraits, paintings and miniatures to reflect their pride in the fraternity.


Elaine McCluskey Stomber.


Saturday, June 6, 2:00 p.m.

Elaine McCluskey Stomber, Special Collections & College Archives, Skillman Library, Lafayette College

The Art of Persuasion:
Howard Chandler Christy’s Posters from the First World War

American magazine and book illustrator Howard Chandler Christy (1873-1952) created over forty recruitment, bond sale, and service organization posters for the U.S. Division of Pictorial Publicity during World War I. His trademark Christy Girl became one of the most influential images of the U.S. government’s propaganda campaign to bolster domestic support for the war. This illustrated talk will demonstrate how the artist capitalized on stereotypical gender roles in his posters and adapted his idealized American beauty to inspire self-sacrifice on the home front and entice thousands of young men to enlist. This program is free thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Ruby W. and LaVon P. Linn Foundation.



Courtesy Rose Hayden-Smith.


Saturday, October 3, 2:00 p.m.

Rose Hayden-Smith, Strategic Initiative Leader, Sustainable Food Systems, University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Community Gardening During World War I:
Sowing the Seeds of Victory

Ruth Hayden-Smith will consider the significant impact on American food production, consumption patterns, and cultural life of three popular World War I national gardening and agricultural programs: the National War Garden Commission, the United States School Garden Army, and the Woman’s Land Army. Through these programs, the federal government, in partnership with private organizations and a strong grassroots effort, urged Americans to express their loyalty and patriotism through by producing and conserving their own food. As then, the connection between the nation’s food readiness and national security has relevance today. This program is free thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Ruby W. and LaVon P. Linn Foundation.


Courtesy Marian Moser-Jones.


Saturday, October 17, 2:00 p.m.

Marian Moser-Jones, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Health

The Boston Red Cross in the 1918-19 Influenza Pandemic:
Vanguard Fighter or Rogue Chapter?

In August 1918, when pandemic influenza first struck Boston, the local Red Cross chapter acted quickly to meet the emergency. But after the pandemic began spreading to other parts of the United States, Red Cross National Headquarters stepped in to call the shots—and the headstrong Boston chapter ignored or rejected these directives. This talk will explore the Red Cross-led response to the 1918-1919 flu in Boston and New England, and will discuss whether the local officials acted wisely in charting their own course during this public health crisis. This program is free thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Ruby W. and LaVon P. Linn Foundation.



Courtesy Jayne Gordon.


Saturday, November 14, 2:00 p.m.


Jayne Gordon,
Former Director of Education, Massachusetts Historical Society

Exploring the World War One Home Front:
How to Discover Your Family and Community History

When Americans sang the popular tune about how “the Yanks are coming," World War I had been raging in Europe for three years. Even before 1917, the Great War transformed American lives and communities. This workshop will support you in your exploration of family or community stories from the World War I era. Whether you are already researching or just getting started, Jayne Gordon will help you pose the right questions and find the right documents and resources to uncover your family or community narrative. This program is free thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Ruby W. and LaVon P. Linn Foundation.
Space is limited; registration is required by November 5.