Thursday, Oct 29, 2020 6:30p -
310 Washington St
Boston, Massachusetts 02108
History, Virtual & Streaming
In this contentious election year, we’re reminded voting has never been the only way to make your voice heard. Join us as we reflect on ways some 18th-century New Englanders built power and shaped priorities both within and outside of their communities.
We’ll hear from several historians of 18th-century New England, including:
Amanda Moniz, the David M. Rubenstein Curator of Philanthropy, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, will discuss how women and African Americans shaped public priorities through philanthropy.
Kerima Lewis, an Early American historian with a focus on slavery in New England, will explore “Negro Election Days” and how they helped build power within enslaved communities.
John L. Bell, a Massachusetts historian who maintains the blog Boston 1775, will talk about how poor men and youth impacted public policy through service in militia organizations.
We plan to explore more under-told stories of exercising leadership and power to inform priorities within communities outside of typical government power structures. Do you have an idea for a future topic, person, or event we should explore? Let us know when you register for the event!
This event is generously sponsored by the Lowell Institute.