Calendar of Events

The following are women related events in the area including ones not sponsored by WWHP.  WWHP sponsored events are indicated by our logo.

Ongoing Events

Rediscovering an American Community of Color: The Photographs of William Bullard
Saturday, 10/14/2017 - Sunday, 2/25/2018
Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA - Free with Museum admission
Itinerant photographer William Bullard left behind a trove of over 5,400 glass negatives at the time of his death in 1918. Among these negatives are over 230 portraits of African Americans and Native Americans mostly from the Beaver Brook community in Worcester, Massachusetts. Rediscovering an American Community of Color features eighty of these unprinted and heretofore unpublished photographs that otherwise may have been lost to history. Bullard identified over 80% of his sitters in his logbook, making this collection especially rare among extant photographic collections of people of color taken before World War I and enables this exhibition to tell specific stories about individuals and recreate a more accurate historical context. Moreover, Bullards portraits examine the role of photography as the vehicle for a new Black identity during the nascent years of the New Negro movement. Offering a photographic narrative of migration and resettlement in the aftermath of Emancipation and Reconstruction, Bullards portraits address larger themes involving race in American history, many of which remain relevant today, notably, the story of people of color claiming their rightful place in society as well as the fundamentally American story of migration, immigration, and the creation of a community in new surroundings.

Opening Reception
Thursday, October 19, 5:30 to 8pm; Free with Museum admission.

Rediscovering an American Community of Color: The Photographs of William Bullard, 1897-1917 has been organized at the Worcester Art Museum by Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs, Nancy Kathryn Burns and Janette Thomas Greenwood, Professor of History at Clark University, working together with Frank Morrill, collector, researcher, and steward of William Bullard's remarkable negatives. A partnership with Clark University has made an accompanying illustrated catalogue, website, and interactive map possible.

This exhibition is generously supported in part by grants from the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and the McMillan-Stewart Foundation. Additional funds provided by the Worcester Educational Development Foundation will facilitate high school visits to the exhibition from students throughout the city of Worcester.

Image: William Bullard, James & Jennie Johnson Family, 1894-1918; printed 2016, E.132.16.10


For more information, e-mail information@worcesterart.org or call 508-799-4406.

FREE Admission for February 2018
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 2/1/2018 - 2/28/2018 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Worcester Historical Museum, 30 Elm Street, Worcester, MA
Enjoy FREE Admission to Worcester Historical Museum (Tues-Sat 10am-4pm - every 4th Thursday until 8:30pm) AND Salisbury Mansion (Thurs-Sat 1-4pm) for the entire month of February 2018 courtesy of J.J. Bafaro Mechanical Contractors.
Sponsored by: J.J. BAFARO Mechanical Contractors
For more information, e-mail info@worcesterhistory.net or call 508-753-8278.

February 2018

OurStory Edutainment presents ... Ruby Bridges
Saturday, 2/24/2018 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Worcester Public Library, Saxe Room, 3 Salem Square, Worcester, MA - Free
Join us in Celebration of Black History Month as we watch the movie Ruby Bridges. We will be open to conversation following the movie, if any participants feel so inclined. It is important that our children, White and Black, realize what the process was for Black children to be able to access an education.

If you don't have any children in your life, we would still love for you to join us for the movie. It's a really good movie!!! OurStory!!!

Ruby Bridges is a Disney Movie. I hope you can join us. Here is a brief description:

When bright six-year-old Ruby is chosen to be the first African-American student to integrate her local New Orleans elementary school, she is subjected to the true ugliness of racism for the very first time. But guided by the love of her mother and father, Ruby's heroic struggle for a better education becomes a lesson for us all.

Rated: NR
Released: January 18, 1998
Sponsored by: OurStory Edutainment
For more information, e-mail earthsister17@gmail.com or call 508-410-1209.

Worcester 3OO: How to Celebrate!!
Wednesday, 2/28/2018 5:00 PM-6:00 PM
Worcester Historical Museum, 30 Elm Street, Worcester, MA - Free
Worcester turns 3OO on June 14, 2022--the anniversary of its becoming a town. How might we celebrate? Parades? History? Poetry? Music? Art?
It's not too early to influence plans for this important anniversary. And, stay after the meeting for Queen's Cup cupcakes and champagne as we toast the 170th anniversary of Worcester becoming a city on February 29 (if only we had a February 29th in 201!!).
Sponsored by: Free February with support from J.J. Bafaro Mechanical Contractors
For more information, e-mail info@worcesterhistory.net.

March 2018

Professor Gary Hylander: The Constitution
Thursday, 3/1/2018 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Briarwood Continuing Care Retirement Community: Birches Auditorium, 65 Briarwood Circle, Worcester, MA - Free and Open to the Public

Join local historian Professor Gary Hylander for the second of his four-part series - "We The People: The Constitution". "Professor Hylander is a local favorite who brings history alive through his lectures. He earned his Ph.D. at Boston College and currently, he is an independent scholar who specializes as a Presidential Historian. He is a visiting professor at Framingham State University, on the staff at Boston University School of Education, and a pedagogical specialist for the National Endowment for the Humanities. Dr. Hylander is a frequent lecturer at library forums, historical societies, senior living centers, civic and professional organizations as well as a public affairs commentator on local news and radio.
For more information, e-mail amthomas@briarwoodsl.com or call 508-852-9007.

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