Coming up in September
Tuesday 15 Sept, 7-8:30 p.m. -
Old Towns in a New Nation: New England Village Life in the Early Republic, a lecture by Mary Fuhrer
In partnership with Freedom's Way Heritage Association
We sometimes romanticize New England towns in the first decades of the nineteenth century as peaceful, bucolic havens -- they were not. In this talk, Mary Babson Fuhrer will discuss the remarkable stories of conflict and transformation that reshaped local communities in the decades leading up to the Civil War. The Massachusetts, diaries, letters, and account books she draws on form the basis of her recent book, Crisis of Community: Trials and Transformation of a New England Town, 1815-1848 (2014).
Mary Babson Fuhrer is a public historian and independent scholar with a Ph.D in American History. She specializes in using primary sources to recover everyday lives from the past; she was recently honored by the Mass Humanities with their 2014 History Commendation for 20 years of contribution to public history. Her research has been supported by MFH, Old Sturbridge Village, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the American Antiquarian Society.
Sunday, 20 September, 2-4 p.m. - "Graniteville Fractal" Exhibit Kickoff
Have you ever looked closely at a fractal? The more you zoom in, the more there is to see. As we dive into a year of Graniteville, the details of the village come into focus. Families and famous people, businesses and industries, large gathering halls and small hideaways are all part of the picture. Stop by the Museum and see what you can discover in the details!