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Courtesy of the MetroBoston DataCommon.


Saturday, November 22, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


How to Do History with Online Mapping Tools


In this workshop, participants will learn how to use online tools to consult and create maps that chart Metro Boston area history. Staff from the MetroBoston DataCommon, a provider of free applications that make it possible to map data, will collaborate with Joanne Riley, University Archivist at UMass Boston, to show lay historians, data fans, and map enthusiasts how visualizations of data and space related to our region can help us understand our history. Whether you are interested in exploring demographics, economy, the physical environment, cultural history, politics or more, bring your curiosity and your questions. Our presenters will share examples and point the way to potential uses of digital mapping for your local history research. It is part of a series related to the Museum and Library’s collection of historic maps and 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. Contact:








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).




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.