What a View! Nantucket Through the Stereoscope
Whitney Gallery, NHA Research Library, Nantucket
Opening May 27, 2016 through spring 2017
Stereographs, an early form of three-dimensional photographs, were a major vehicle for popular education and entertainment in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Displaying highlights from the NHA’s collection of over 700 stereographs, this exhibition explores both traditional and modern viewing techniques of this early 3D technology.
Famine, Friends & Fenians
Opened Oct 21, 2016 – September 2017, New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford
Explore New Bedford’s curious role in Irish history from the 18th century through the famous “Easter Rising” in 1916. The Whaling Museum will be receiving a proclamation from the Irish government in honor of the exhibit.
Icons of the Civil Rights Movement
November 1 – February 26; Springfield
Exhibit by artist Pamela Chatterton-Purdy paying tribute to those who risked physical harm, imprisonment and death for the sake of freedom. The subjects include Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks, are presented using “Iconic” form (gold leaf with red background on wood panels) to represent the sacred nature of their sacrifice in the fight for racial equality.
October – March 2017, Boston Public Library, Boston
Shakespeare Unauthorized pulls back the curtain on four hundred years of collaboration, confusion, and even literary deception that surround the plays, poems, and life of William Shakespeare
Wedding 396: 4 Centuries of Wedding Fashion from the First Plymouth Colony Marriage in 1621 to the Present
February 1, 2017, Plymouth
The exhibit centers on a dazzling display of vintage and antique wedding gowns reflecting the full range of New England’s diversity, with a creative re-imagining of the very first Plymouth Colony marriage in 1621 and multimedia displays of real-life wedding images from the past 150 years.
JFK at 100: Life & Legacy exhibit
May 25-December 1, 2017, JFK Hyannis Museum, Hyannis
From his boyhood years sailing his boat Victura in Nantucket Sound to his final summer as President, the Cape was a place John F. Kennedy loved and often called home. The exhibition will tell JFK’s story through the lens of his years at the Cape: time with parents, brothers, and sisters; entertaining friends; summers with his wife Jacqueline and their children, political campaigns, and above all, the Presidency. The President-elect gave his acceptance speech at the Hyannis Armory, sharing the stage with Jacqueline and his family. President Kennedy came to the Cape as much as his schedule would allow, flying into Otis Air Force Base and taking Marine One straight to the lawn of his parents’ house in Hyannis Port. Those precious weekends were filled with family, friends, sailing, boating, and entertaining dignitaries. They were also times when the President attended to the black phone at the house in Squaw Island, coping with the stresses of the Cold War and the push for Civil Rights. JFK took advantage of all the Cape had to offer and left a lasting legacy by signing the bill that established the National Seashore in 1961. The profound attachment of the Kennedys to the Cape led Ted Kennedy to call Hyannis Port “sacred ground” for the family. JFK at 100: Life & Legacy will give visitors a fresh insight into John F. Kennedy as a son, brother, husband, father – and lifetime devotee of Hyannis Port.
Thoreau Bicentennial Gathering: Celebrating the Life, Works, and Legacy of Henry David Thoreau
July 12, 2017- July 16, 2017, The Thoreau Society, 341 Virginia Road, Concord
Thoreau’s Bicentennial Annual Gathering boasts an exciting lineup of activities, including: walks, conversations, music, dramatic performances and more. All are welcome to help celebrate Henry David Thoreau’s 200th Birthday!