Opportunity | Mystic Seaport Museum Summer Internship

Summer 2022 | Monday, June 6 through Friday, August 12, 2022 Learn more here Spend your summer on the banks of the beautiful Mystic River as you learn more about museums and the maritime world. The summer internship program at Mystic Seaport Museum is for college students interested in pursuing a career in museum studies, … Continue reading Opportunity | Mystic Seaport Museum Summer Internship

Abolition and the Underground Railroad in Essex County

By Gordon Harris The Fugitive Slave Acts By the time of the United States Constitutional Convention in 1787, many Northern states including Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut had already abolished slavery, but Article 4 of the Constitution included a clause that, “no person held to service or labor” would be released from … Continue reading Abolition and the Underground Railroad in Essex County

Event | Recovering Northern New England’s Voices on 4/14/22

Hosted by Historic New England Thursday, April 14, 5:00 p.m. EDT Register here Through our multi-year project Recovering New England's Voices, Research Scholar Scot McFarlane explores the missing stories of the people who lived and worked at our historic properties in northern New England. At this virtual event, learn more about these people and how researching the wider context … Continue reading Event | Recovering Northern New England’s Voices on 4/14/22

ABB event tonight at 5 | John Peters & Phillis Wheatley Peters: The Middleton Years with Dr. Cornelia Dayton

Hosted by Atlantic Black Box Thu, Feb 24, 2022, 5:00 PM EST Register here Next up in our What Happened Here speaker series: A free Black couple move to a town north of Boston and are run out by its residents In the years when slavery was ending in Massachusetts, the Peterses, a free Black … Continue reading ABB event tonight at 5 | John Peters & Phillis Wheatley Peters: The Middleton Years with Dr. Cornelia Dayton

ABB Event | John Peters & Phillis Wheatley Peters: The Middleton Years, a talk by Dr. Cornelia Dayton on 2/24/22

Hosted by Atlantic Black Box Next up in our What Happened Here speaker series: A free Black couple move to a town north of Boston and are run out by its residents Thursday, February 24, 2022 from 5:00 - 6:00 pm ET Register here Phillis Wheatley Peters (1753 – 1784) was enslaved and educated in … Continue reading ABB Event | John Peters & Phillis Wheatley Peters: The Middleton Years, a talk by Dr. Cornelia Dayton on 2/24/22

Event | Beverly’s Enslaved and Freed on 2/16/22

Hosted by Historic Beverly Wednesday, February 16, 7:00 pm $10 / free for members Register here Have you ever wondered about some of the earliest African-Americans in Beverly? Explore a few of their stories through objects and documents in Historic Beverly’s collection during this virtual program.  We will show you how some Beverly citizens participated in the slave trade … Continue reading Event | Beverly’s Enslaved and Freed on 2/16/22

Event | Recovering Black History in the Monadnock Region on 2/22/22

Monadnock Center for History & Culture of Peterborough, NH February 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Register here An inventor, a healer, and a fiddler are among the people you will ‘meet’ in this program about the Recovering Black History in the Monadnock Region project. A collaboration between the Historical Society of Cheshire County … Continue reading Event | Recovering Black History in the Monadnock Region on 2/22/22

Resource | Online Database Documenting Free and Enslaved People of Color in Marblehead, Mass

Discover the stories of the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color who lived and worked in Marblehead through the 19th century. The purpose of this database is to shed light on the diverse individuals who contributed to the Marblehead community. Written in an accessible narrative form, the database is built for genealogists, researchers, students, and … Continue reading Resource | Online Database Documenting Free and Enslaved People of Color in Marblehead, Mass

Event tonight | An Upside Down World: The Reign of Black Governors in Connecticut on 2/10/22

Professor Kerima Lewis will discuss the state's rich history of Black governors Hosted by the New Haven Museum Thu, February 10, 2022 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST Register here You may be familiar with William Lanson, the 19th-century engineer, entrepreneur, and civic leader elected as Black governor in New Haven in 1825 and whose … Continue reading Event tonight | An Upside Down World: The Reign of Black Governors in Connecticut on 2/10/22

Event | Cuban Slavery and Northern Wealth: The Gibsons’ Time in Cuba on 2/15/22

A presentation by Stephen Chambers and Maddie Webster Hosted by The Gibson House Museum Tuesday, February 15, 7:00 p.m. via Zoom Register here In the 1830s, John Gardiner Gibson, the patriarch of the Gibson family, worked as a sugar trader for a major Cuban export company. At the time, Cuba was on the way to … Continue reading Event | Cuban Slavery and Northern Wealth: The Gibsons’ Time in Cuba on 2/15/22

Event | “Twas Not Long Since I Left My Native Shore”: Phillis Wheatley’s Celestial Cartography on 2/17/22

A talk by William Decker, Oklahoma State University Hosted by Massachusetts Historical Society Thursday, February 17, 2022, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Register here Against the enduring mystery of Phillis Wheatley’s African origin, this talk will address how the poet established bearings in a world far from her natal landscape. A Christian convert whose poems celebrate a spiritual journey from darkness … Continue reading Event | “Twas Not Long Since I Left My Native Shore”: Phillis Wheatley’s Celestial Cartography on 2/17/22

Event | Maine and the Economics of Enslavement with ABB’s Seth Goldstein on 2/9/22

Hosted by Maine Maritime Museum February 9, 2022 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm Register here https://www.mainemaritimemuseum.org/event/maine-and-the-economics-of-enslavement/ About the speaker Seth Goldstein, M.A. is Education Coordinator for Atlantic Black Box. He grew up on Cape Cod, where he developed his passion for maritime history. Seth received his B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz … Continue reading Event | Maine and the Economics of Enslavement with ABB’s Seth Goldstein on 2/9/22

Event | Challenging Assumptions in Telling Underrepresented History on 2/9/22

Hosted by Massachusetts Historical Society With Cynthia Cowan, Historic Newton; Stacen Goldman, Framingham History Center; Kyera Singleton, Royall House and Slave Quarters; and Barbara Brown, Hidden Brookline Wednesday, February 9, 2022, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Register here Too often public history organizations have believed that there were not enough records to give voice to enslaved people … Continue reading Event | Challenging Assumptions in Telling Underrepresented History on 2/9/22

Resource | African Americans in Essex County: An Annotated Guide

This report detailing how and where to locate resources for sharing honest and inclusive Black history within Essex County archives was produced by Dr. Kabria Baumgartner and Dr. Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello for Salem Maritime National Historic Site. It follows from a two-year project, funded by the National Park Service and administered by the Organization of American … Continue reading Resource | African Americans in Essex County: An Annotated Guide

Event tomorrow | Slavery in New England, with Dr. Kellie Carter Jackson on 2/6/22

Dr. Kellie Carter Jackson will examine the history of the slave trade and slavery in the American North. Guiding listeners through the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts to present day racism in New England, she'll underscore the ways in which what occurred in the past had real implications on how the world and power are understood today.

Event | Abolition and the Underground Railroad in Maine: Memory, Myth, and History on 2/15/22

A talk by Dr. Mary T. Freeman, University of Maine Hosted by the Pembroke Historical Society Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 6:00 pm on Zoom Register here Dr. Mary Freeman will discuss one of the most interesting and crucial periods in Maine's and America's history. From the Congressional compromise that tied Maine’s statehood to slavery … Continue reading Event | Abolition and the Underground Railroad in Maine: Memory, Myth, and History on 2/15/22

Event | Community History: What is it, and what can it do for you? 2/4/22

Hosted by Mass History CommonsConversations on the Commons Series February 4, 2022, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Register here With Lee Blake, President of the New Bedford Historical Society and Penni Martorell, curator of collections at Wistariahurst Museum and Holyoke’s City Historian What is Community History? What formats does it take? What is the difference between local history and community history? How … Continue reading Event | Community History: What is it, and what can it do for you? 2/4/22

Event | Reflections on Slavery & Freedom in Brookline on 2/3/22

A conversation with Barbara Brown, Chair of Hidden Brookline Hosted by History Cambridge Thursday, February 3, 2022 7:00-8:30 p.m.via Zoom Register here How do we bring the stories of both enslaved and free Black residents to the forefront of local history, and what can one city’s experiences teach Cantabrigians about uncovering these stories within our own … Continue reading Event | Reflections on Slavery & Freedom in Brookline on 2/3/22