This year, join us for an ongoing exploration of VISION and INITIATIVE through an exciting variety of programs and events.
DIGITAL SPEAKER SERIES
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 @ 7:00 – 8:15 pm
Henry and Fanny Longfellow: An American Love Story of Uncommon Consequence
Speaker: Author Nicholas A. Basbanes
Author Nicholas A. Basbanes will discuss the remarkable relationship of the celebrated 19th-century poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and his wife, Frances Appleton Longfellow, the focus of his recent biography of the couple, Cross of Snow, which is set largely in Boston and Cambridge during the tumultuous years leading up to the Civil War. The couple’s marriage in 1843 represented a melding of two highly gifted and principled people whose shared values and deeply held convictions found expression and purpose in manifold ways, not least of which was the influence Fanny brought to bear on Henry’s creative process, serving, in her words, as “a pretty active spur upon his Pegasus.” Revered in his time as a “poet of the people,” Longfellow’s works were translated into more than 30 languages, memorized by millions of people, with lines that resonate to this day.
You may purchase a copy of Cross of Snow with your registration, or simply make a donation. A Zoom link will be sent to you on the afternoon of the 24th.
Nicholas Basbanes is a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar, and the author of ten works of nonfiction, including A Gentle Madness, a finalist in 1996 for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Nonfiction, and On Paper, a finalist in 2014 for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. His most recent book, Cross of Snow: A Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, has been hailed as “essential” and “a sheer joy to read” by Library Journal, “absorbing” by the Boston Globe, “valuable,” “comprehensive,” “affectionate,” and “astute” by Kirkus Reviews, and “an excellent addition to a worthy cause” by Publisher’s Weekly. It was named a book of the year by the Times Literary Supplement and the Christian Science Monitor. His articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Humanities, Smithsonian, and Civilization.
DIGITAL SPEAKER SERIES
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 @ 7:00 – 8:00 pm
How Fears of “Passing” Changed the 1930 U.S. Census
Speaker: Gabrielle “Gabby” Womack
Completing the United States Census is a core element of active citizenship. Census numbers impact community funding, representation in congress, and so much more. And yet, the history of the Census includes barriers to full participation. Although the United States Census is meant to be an unbiased and apolitical part of American democracy, it has been altered by popular opinion and fear numerous times in the past. Race is one such category that has changed consistently since the creation of the census. Gabby Womack will discuss how mixed-race Americans were erased from the census in 1930 and how it was connected to racial "passing".
This presentation dives into the stories of “passers,” creation of race science, passing in pop culture, and the U.S. government’s attempt to stop this practice and erase the nuanced identities of mixed race people. A Zoom link will be sent to you on the afternoon of February 24th.
Gabrielle “Gabby” Womack is a Reference/Access Librarian, archivist, and historian specializing in nineteenth and twentieth-century African American history. Gabby’s work analyzes personal and societal racial identities, particularly among descendants of the African diaspora, and their effects on policy in the United States. Her research interests include the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, immigration, eugenics/race science, inequity, and policy in the United States. Gabby loves inspiring folks to read diverse books by underrepresented populations on her Instagram and Facebook pages. Follow her on Instagram @Bookish_AfroLatina and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BookishAfroLatina.
DIGITAL SPEAKER SERIES
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 @ 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Revolutionary Women, Live!
Hosted by The Freedom Trail Foundation & Old North Foundation
Celebrate women’s history month and join in on a special program presented by Old North Church Historic Site and the Freedom Trail Foundation! With two engaging historians as your guides, learn about the unique ways women of Boston influenced and shaped the world around them throughout the centuries. This one-hour program is complete with an interactive question and answer session to help delve deeper into history’s complexities and satisfy curiosities. Featured women include Anne Hutchinson, Phillis Wheatley, and Melnea Cass.
Register for a free ticket or by making a donation. All proceeds will benefit Old North Church Historic Site.
4.01K - Run, Walk, Hop, or Strut to benefit Old North Church & Historic Site
Sponsored by Twelve Points
Thursday, April 1, 2021 @ 4:01pm
Whether you are a veteran runner, walker, or just getting started on the journey, you can participate in this fun and active event to support Old North Church & Historic Site.
How to participate: The event will take place via the Charge Running app. Charge goes light years beyond traditional running apps by letting you run with others from all around the world, while also providing you with a LIVE remote trainer to help you run smarter, faster, and give you that extra push! When you register, you'll receive an email from Old North with a link to download the app and receive a free two-week trial. When the event goes live, you'll log in via the app, press play, and go!
Date: April 1 at 4:01pm (or anytime after!) The audio experience for the event includes an hour of music, motivation, and appearances from the event's nonprofit partners that can be launched at your convenience.
Registration Fee: $40
Distance: 4.01K (See what we did there?? It's about 2.49 miles)
The 4.01K is sponsored by Twelve Points Wealth Management. Twelve Points affords individuals and families the freedom to pursue their life’s work, their charitable mission, or simply their version of a better tomorrow. We are proud to partner with Twelve Points in acheiving our mission of education, engagement, and preservation at Old North Church. 401.K nonprofit partners are, Old North Church Historic Site, EmpowerHer, The Light Foundation, and Marisa's Mission.