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DECEMBER


 

 

Saturday, December 13, 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 14, 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m.


Model Trains

An annual favorite, the HUB Division of the National Railroad Association will delight fans large and small with their model train display. $5/family (members); $7/family (non-members).

 

 
 

FEBRUARY

Quilt Fragments, 1820-1830.  Probably Massachusetts. Gift of Mrs. Joseph E. Belcher, 83.44.3a-b. Photo by David Bohl.

 

Saturday, February 7, 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.

 

 
 


 

Saturday, February 14, 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 15, 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m.

NTRAK Model Train Show

Join the Northeast NTRAK Modular Railroad Club for a February vacation weekend of fun. Proceeds will benefit both organizations.
Admission: $5/individual; $5/family (members of either organization);
$7/family (non-members).

 

 
 

Specimen Box, early 1900s.  New York, NY. Gift of Dorothy A. and Albert H. Richardson, Jr., 85.53.26. Photo by David Bohl.

 

Wednesday, February 18, 2:00 p.m.

Family Program

Pieces of the Past - Telling Stories with Historic Relics

Bring family and friends to explore the fascinating stories behind the historic souvenirs in our exhibition. We will start with an exploration of the “Prized Relics: Historic Souvenirs from the Collection” gallery, where we will see pieces of the past saved by heroes and history fans. Then, participants can work together on hands-on activities that engage the imagination. Appropriate for ages 8 through adult.
$6/family (members); $9/family (non-members).
No registration is necessary for this approximately 1.5 hour program.


 
 

Punch Bowl, 1906. Hugo A. Possner (1859-1937).
Waterbury, CT. Gift of Clark Commandery No. 7, Knights Templar, Waterbury, CT, 92.034a-b.

 

Saturday, February 21, 2:00 p.m.

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.

 
 

MARCH


Moccasins, 1800s.  Attributed to Penobscot, Maine.  Gift of Charles W. Skinner, 81.27a-b. Photo by David Bohl.

 

Saturday, March 7, 11:00 a.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.

 

 
 

Captain Aaron Bird, 1804. Benjamin Greenleaf (1769-1821). Maine or Massachusetts. Museum Purchase, 98.064.1.

 

Saturday, March 21, 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.

 
 

Courtesy Christopher Capozzola.

 

Saturday, March 21, 2:00 p.m.

Christopher Capozzola, Associate Professor of History, MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Uncle Sam Wants You!
American Citizens and their Obligations on the World War One Home Front


When most Americans think about what it means to be a citizen, they think of their rights—but what are citizens’ obligations, and how does war change those duties? During the First World War, Americans contemplated, debated, and enforced the obligations of citizenship, with legacies that reverberate today. Drawing heavily on the history of New England communities, and looking in particular at military conscription and wartime policies regarding bonds and taxes, this talk explores a crucial moment in America’s history and its lessons a century later. This program is free thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Ruby W. and LaVon P. Linn Foundation.

 
 

APRIL

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. 

 
 

JUNE

Courtesy
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.