Lecture Series

Our regular location for Tuesday’s 7:30 p.m. programs will be the Masonic Temple, 19 Academy Street (disabled access is at rear)
Programs will also be simulcast. Links will be sent to all members prior to each program. At the request of some speakers, some programs may be simulcast for members only. Please consider becoming a member https://arlingtonhistorical.org/contribute/membership/

January 2022 program: Smith Museum at Jason Russell House

REDUX – We resume and expand on the 2019-2020 program theme
The COVID-19 pandemic brought an abrupt suspension to our public programming in March 2020 and prevented gathering for the entire 2020-2021 season—a first in the history of the Society.
We are delighted to not only offer the three programs we had to leave behind, where we left off, but also to expand the “My Story” program theme in which our presenters share dimensions of their personal engagements with historical topics.

The Assembly Room of the Jason Russell House, as it appeared around 1925.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
WHILE YOU WERE AWAY:  A TRIO OF DRAMATIC CHANGES

  • Chuck Kraemer: Reimagining the Smith Museum
  • Sara Lundberg: New role for the Assembly Room
  • Robert Brazile: Geo-Thermal Climate Control for the Jason Russell House


Tuesday, November 30, 2021
BULLET-RIDDLED ARTIFACTS: CURATED OBJECTS OF MEMORY
Joel Bohy, Historic Arms & Militaria Expert
Gathering scholars and technologists in conflict archaeology, forensics, and material culture, Bohy led a multi-year study of battle damage at historic houses. The Jason Russell House was at its heart, revealing a surprising amount of new information.

Sunday, January 30, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.
OUR SAMPLER PRESERVATION PROJECT
Sara Lundberg, Museum Director
Program held in Smith Museum at Jason Russell House
Needlework samplers are captivating artifacts of historic adolescence, critical for practical purposes to demonstrate key skills for managing a home. They also were forms of artistic expression and outward manifestations of gentility that could represent part of a family’s pursuit of upward mobility.
*This project was made possible by a Partnership Grant from Freedom’s Way Heritage Area and from the Arlington Cultural Council.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022
PLYMOUTH COLONY ARCHEOLOGY:  NEW INSIGHTS ON COLONIAL & INDIGENEOUS COMMUNITIES
Christa Beranek, Archeologist
Discover the first intact deposits from inside the palisaded settlement in downtown Plymouth (a house site dating ca. 1620-1660) and a Wampanoag occupation area contemporary with the early town, revealing social and cultural interactions between the English and Wampanoag in the 17th century.

George Y. Wellington, at his theodolite with his surveyor’s field book tucked beneath his arm. Circa 1850 studio daguerreotype.

Tuesday, March 29, 2022
GEORGE Y. WELLINGTON REMEMBERS
Portrayed by A. Michael Ruderman
 I helped found the Arlington Historical Society and was its second president.  I also was a surveyor for the Lexington & West Cambridge Rail Road and continued railroading in Cincinnati.  I later managed the Arlington horse street-railway and made my financial success in the insurance business. This will be my first talk before the Society in over 100 years, where I shall reminisce about some of the changes Arlington has undergone during my lifetime.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022
NOT JUST FOR CHURCHES
Jonathan Ambrosino, Organ Consultant
Eric Helmuth, Organist
In the era before recorded music, the pipe organ allowed a single musician to entertain the masses in many types of secular venues.  Enjoy a fun and nostalgic look at this era of music-making, including a demonstration of the fine organ of the 1923 Masonic Temple of today’s Mystic Valley Lodge.

William Wilkins Warren House, 1840 (detail). An image from an early point in a long and fruitful journey interpreting Arlington’s history. (Courtesy Historic New England.)

Tuesday, May 24, 2022
The Louise Ruma Ivers Memorial Lecture
CONSTANTS AND CHANGES IN SHARING ARLINGTON HISTORY: A 25-YEAR RETROSPECTIVE CONVEYED IN IMAGES
Richard A. Duffy
In my 25+ years showcasing a vast array of topics on Arlington’s history, the ways of discovery and depth of resources have changed more than in any previous quarter-century. We’ve been handed golden keys to our past.  How do we use them to properly unlock its secrets?  My story unfolds using familiar and never-before-shown images of Arlington.

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