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)
January 2020 program: Smith Museum at Jason Russell House

Hale’s 1830 map of present-day Arlington.
Our October program.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
THE STORYING OF OUR PLACE: THE ECOLOGICAL FORCES THAT SHAPED AND CONTINUE TO SHAPE OUR COMMUNITY
Bill Reed of Regenesis Group
Tracing histories and mapping places often begins and ends with human activities.  Yet these places were shaping themselves before humans existed.  Discover a methodology of discerning the timeless patterns of nature that make each place truly unique.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
A WOMAN’S JOURNEY
Elaine Shea
As bride in the 1960s, I read “How to Be a Good Wife.”  In the 1980s I began Arlington’s First Step Group, helping women in circumstances much different from mine, to NOT to be an abused wife.  What a journey for me as a woman – tradition to freedom!

Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.
GOING WITH THE GRAIN
Melissa Carr of Masterwork Conservation
Program held in Smith Museum at Jason Russell House
Arlington’s renowned furniture conservator discusses the Society’s restored Abel Whitney sideboard, owned by Amos Whittemore, at its unveiling. See through her skilled eyes many details you might otherwise miss.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
“WHAT THEY FOUGHT FOR”
Michael Ruderman
Arlington’s Soldiers and Sailors Monument tells a host of stories.  Of the 33 Arlington men who died in the Civil War.  Of the remembrance of their native town.  Can we “read” this monument even more deeply?   Can it tell us what causes they fought and ultimately gave their lives for?

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
GEORGE Y. WELLINGTON REMEMBERS
“George Y. Wellington”
 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 28, 2020
NOT JUST FOR CHURCHES
Jonathan Ambrosino, Organ Consultant
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.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
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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