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April 17, 2014, 7PM—–THURSDAY EVENINGS AT THE SOCIETY
Author Mary Fuhrer presents “Paths to the Harvard Poor House”

Mary Fuhrer is an author and public historian who interprets 18th and 19th century New England through primary source materials for historic societies and museums. Her new book, entitled, A Crisis of Community: The Trials and Transformation of a New England Town, 1815-1848, is scheduled for release March 17th. Her book describes life around Boylston and the active choices people made in that community that ultimately brought about changes with historic consequences. Mary will be conducting two distinct presentations in Harvard during April, where she will incorporate themes from her book to discuss topics of local interest.

Monday, April 7th at the Harvard Women's Club Meeting: Harvard Women's Club Member member, Karen Dolimount, a talented artist and art teacher recently collaborated with author, Mary Fuhrer, illustrating a non-fiction book about New England. Mary is a public historian who interprets 18th and 19th century New England for historic societies and museums. The book describes life around Boylston and the active choices people made in that community that ultimately brought about changes with historic consequences. For more info about this presentation go to http://www.harvardwomansclub.com

 

 

At 7 P.M. Thursday evening April 17th, she will present “Paths to the Harvard Poor House”, an in depth look at how Harvard handled the poor in the 18th and 19th centuries. From alms house to poor farm Harvard has a long history of helping the poor and “Paths to the Harvard Poor House” will illustrate how treatment of the poor changed throughout Harvard’s early history.

To learn more about Mary Fuhrer and her book, A Crisis of Community: The Trials and Transformation of a New England Town,
1815-1848, visit her web page at http://maryfuhrer.com/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


SUNDAY, April 27, 2014, 1PM—NATIONAL SOCIETY FOR THE PRESERVATION OF COVERED BRIDGES

We are happy to have NSPCB meeting at The Harvard Historical Society again this year. After a brief business meeting and a demonstration of NoChar, a fire retardant used on many covered bridges, Bill Caswell will give a presentation on Massachusetts covered bridges.

For more information on covered bridges visit http://www.lostbridges.org/.

May 15th, 7 P.M.—THURSDAY EVENINGS AT THE SOCIETY—The Harvard Historical Society’s very own Board of Director’s will present “Years of Change: An Overview of the Post-Revolution Age of Reform” Throughout the years between the Revolutionary War and The Civil War great change dominated every aspect life. A new country was born and with it a new outlook on politics, religion, and society. Come join us as we explore Harvard’s involvement in these great reforms.

Saturday, June 7, 9 A.M. – 5 P.M. – Civil War Encampment & Cemetery Tour
The weekend of July 6-8 Bromfield teacher Kristin McManus and her eighth grade Social Studies class have organized a Civil War encampment on the common featuring The Massachusetts 28th Volunteer Infantry, also known as the “Irish Brigade”. Based in New England, the recreated 28th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry is a non-profit living history organization founded in 1984 for the purpose of accurately portraying the life of the common soldier in the Union army. Come to The Common and visit the Irish Brigade then on Saturday, June 7th take a tour of Harvard’s historic Center Cemetery and meet some of Harvard’s very own Civil War era men and women, like Civil War veteran William Savage who served in the Union Army from 1861-1868 and was wounded at Gettysburg and Arathusala Sawyer whose father, Arad Sawyer, helped former slaves escape to Canada on the Underground Rail Road. Also stop by The Center on the Common to see The Harvard Historical Society’s Civil War collection. Uniforms, canteens, soldier’s pictures, Confederate currency and letters from the battlefield highlight this wonderful exhibit.

To learn more about The Massachusetts 28th Volunteer Infantry Re-Enactors visit their web site http://www.28thmass.org/28thtoday.htm.

For more information, email curator@harvardhistory.org

Harvard Historical Society
PO Box 542
Harvard, Massachusetts 01451

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