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Event | Massachusetts History Conference

Registration for the Massachusetts History Conference on June 7, 2021 is now open! View program and register here Want to engage volunteers in digital projects? Thinking about using crowdsourcing as a tool to build digital collections? Join experts from UMass Boston’s University Archives and Special Collections and the Boston Public Library for two sessions all … Continue reading Event | Massachusetts History Conference

Workshop | Researching Black History and Genealogy

2021 Finding Our Roots Hosted by the BLACK HERITAGE TRAIL OF NEW HAMPSHIRE Register here Thursday, June 17 | 10:00 PM – 2:30 PMVirtual Workshop | Cost $40 Embarking for the first time, or relatively new to researching African American History and Genealogy? This workshop, divided into 4 one-hour sessions, will provide you with the … Continue reading Workshop | Researching Black History and Genealogy

What Alexander Hamilton’s deep connections to slavery reveal about the need for reparations today

Alexander Hamilton publicly opposed slavery, but research reveals he was also complicit in it. Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Nicole S. Maskiell, University of South Carolina Alexander Hamilton has received a resurgence of interest in recent years on the back of the smash Broadway musical bearing his name. But alongside tales of his role in … Continue reading What Alexander Hamilton’s deep connections to slavery reveal about the need for reparations today

Cicely was young, Black and enslaved – her death during an epidemic in 1714 has lessons that resonate in today’s pandemic

Over 3.2 million people have died from COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. How history memorializes them will reflect those we most value.CC BY-ND Nicole S Maskiell, University of South Carolina What I believe to be the oldest surviving gravestone for a Black person in the Americas memorializes an enslaved teenager named Cicely. Cicely’s … Continue reading Cicely was young, Black and enslaved – her death during an epidemic in 1714 has lessons that resonate in today’s pandemic

Event | Diverse Histories of Boston’s Oldest Buildings on 5/12/21

Hosted by Old North Church Joe Bagley shares the stories of six of the North End's oldest buildings--and what they can tell us about the people who lived in them. Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:00 PM – 8:00 p.m. ET Register here As Boston approaches its four-hundredth anniversary, it is remarkable that the city still … Continue reading Event | Diverse Histories of Boston’s Oldest Buildings on 5/12/21

Event | Traces of the Trade: Portsmouth’s Connection to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

A presentation by JerriAnne Boggis, Executive Director, Black Heritage Trial of New Hampshire Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 6:45pm Hosted By Virtual Gundalow Gatherings Register here Institutionalized slavery in Colonial America provided immense wealth and material culture to many European immigrants and their descendants.Portsmouth, like Newport RI, flourished as a shipbuilding city and like Newport, … Continue reading Event | Traces of the Trade: Portsmouth’s Connection to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

Event tonight: The Hard History Project VPLC

The Civil War: Union Policies, Black Communities, and Indigenous People Tuesday, May 4th - 7:00p EST Host: Kate Shuster In this session we’ll learn about how Union policies concerning slavery and African American military service affected the Civil War. We’ll also discuss how free black and enslaved communities affected the Civil War, and how Indigenous … Continue reading Event tonight: The Hard History Project VPLC

Event: Kate McBrien presents “Malaga Island, Fragmented Lives” on 5/6/21

Hosted by The First Amendment Museum May 6, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Register here This 40-minute presentation and discussion explores the true history of the community who lived on Malaga Island, off the coast of Phippsburg, Maine, in the late 1800s. The program examines the individuals who were part of this community … Continue reading Event: Kate McBrien presents “Malaga Island, Fragmented Lives” on 5/6/21

Jagged Edges of Progress, Part II

By Elise A. Guyette Originally published at https://rokeby.org/blog/. From 1793 to 1961, Rokeby was home to four generations of Robinsons — a remarkable family of Quakers, farmers, abolitionists, artists, and authors. Today, the Robinson family’s home is a National Historic Landmark, designated for its exceptional Underground Railroad history. Rokeby is among the best-documented Underground Railroad … Continue reading Jagged Edges of Progress, Part II

ABB event today: Monthly Research Forum

Today at 5:00 pm ET, we will be hosting our first monthly ABB Research Forum for members. This is an informal gathering of scholars, independent researchers, citizen historians, educators, archivists, genealogists, museum specialists, artists, antiracism activists and more, all coming together to discuss best practices in researching and reckoning with New England’s role in the … Continue reading ABB event today: Monthly Research Forum