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Crossing Borders: a Shared History


    Crossing Borders: a Shared History

    Historic Newton, the Natick Historical Society, the Needham History Center & Museum, and the Wellesley Historical Society are joining together to present four programs this Spring that celebrate the centennial of the Women’s Suffrage movement. The partnership combines our research and knowledge, and engages our broad audience in learning about the shared history of our bordering communities.

    Our collaboration grew from the recognition that borders in this region – municipal and psychological – have shifted over time. Together, our four organizations can interpret a larger story that crosses the porous borders between our cities and towns, learning about the trends that have shaped our region.  These events are FREE and open to all.  For more information, please see the web links in each description.

    Join us for these four events:

    1.  Votes for Women: a History of the Suffrage Movement in MA.   Fredie Kay, Suffrage 100 MA; and Gloria Greis, Needham History Center & Museum.  Tuesday, February 18 at 2:00 pm, at the Center at the Heights, 300 Hillside Avenue, Needham. Hear about the fight for women to obtain the vote from both the state and local perspective, including participation of women of color in the battle for the vote, and the challenges women still face in trying to achieve equality.  Sponsored by the Needham History Center. For more information, please see The Needham Compass, page 17.

    2.   I Now Pronounce You Lucy Stone.  Judith Kalaora, History at Play. Thursday, March 12 at 7:00 pm at the Morse Institute Library, 14 East Central Street, Natick. This one-woman show chronicles the life of Lucy Stone, a leader in the women’s suffrage movement. Suitable for all ages. Followed by Q&A.  Sponsored by the Natick Historical Society. For more information, click HEREThis program is supported by a grant from the Natick Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.   

    3.   Images in the U.S. Women’s Suffrage Movement.  Allison K. Lange, Wentworth Institute of Technology. Thursday, March 26 at 7:00 pm,  at the Newton Free Library, 300 Homer Street, Newton.  This talk analyzes gender, images, and political power from the founding of the United States through the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920, and examines the ways that suffragists used images throughout their campaign to counter powerful opponents. The suffragists’ innovative visual campaigns laid the foundations for modern ones, and the visual themes from this historical debate are still familiar today.  For more information, see  Part of the Newton History Series, co-sponsored by Historic Newton and the Newton Free Library.

    4.  An Afternoon with Susan B. Anthony. Jessa Piaia Sunday, March 29 at 2:00 pm, at the Wellesley Main Library, 530 Washington Street, Wellesley.  In honor of Women’s History Month and the Centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, Jessa Piaia will present her interpretation of the life of Susan B. Anthony.  Anthony is generally considered the driving force behind the women’s suffrage movement in America.  Sponsored by the Wellesley Historical Society.  For more information, click HERE.


    For further information and updates, you can also contact each historical organization: Historic Newton, the Natick Historical Society, the Needham History Center & Museum, and the Wellesley Historical Society.