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) 

October 2017 and January 2018 program: note special time and place

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
THE ART OF THE WOOD TURNER
David Graf
Program held at the Old Schwamb Mill
For over two decades, Graf has carried on the tradition of crafting the finest oval and circular frames which make the Old Schwamb Mill truly a living museum.  Enjoy his presentation in the setting of one of America’s most authentically preserved Victorian industrial interiors.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
POETRY:  THE SERIOUS AND THE NOT
Miriam Levine and Chuck Kraemer
Levine, Arlington’s first poet laureate, reads from her work described as “Hills-Pond haunted, garden-centered, elegiac, people-centric, celebratory.”  Kraemer, Arlington’s leading proponent of the lowly limerick, defends himself, and sketches the long history of AABBA.

 

Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
THE CONJUCTION OF ART AND LIFE:  DECORATIVE ARTS IN THE SOCIETY’S COLLECTION
Doris Birmingham
Program held in Smith Museum at Jason Russell House
Enjoy a fresh look at some familiar pieces and become acquainted with some “hidden treasures” that are not on regular display.

   Tuesday, February 27, 2018
MAPPING PAST AND PRESENT  
Adam Kurowski
Maps help us to visualize the relationships between places at a specific point in time.  Come along on a journey through Arlington’s past by way of historical maps and see how technology has changed our ability to map Arlington today.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
ALL THAT JAZZ:  THE EXPLOSION OF THE SWING ERA FROM 1935-1945
Dan LeClerc
Folks in Arlington enjoyed swing jazz on the radio, and at nearby dance venues such as the Totem Pole in Newton and several ballrooms in Revere Beach.  This multimedia talk features the rise of swing music with historic videos and visuals—from legendary performers of worldwide fame, to Boston’s own Bob Batchelder Swing Band, the house band at Norembega Park on the Charles River.–

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
SCULPTURE IN SERVICE OF SOCIAL JUSTICE: CYRUS DALLIN’S MONUMENTAL TRIBUTES TO AMERICA’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLES  
Heather Leaveall  
Learn how Dallin, through his art and advocacy, pioneered the role of the artist as an agent of social change.  To help understand the way towards more inclusive art in America, the focus will be on the history of three of his local monuments:  Menotomy Indian Hunter” in Arlington, Massasoit Ousamequin in Plymouth, and “Appeal to the Great Spirit” outside of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.

 
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
ARLINGTON’S ARCHITECTS
Richard A. Duffy
 
Learn about historical architects who called Arlington home.  Discover the wide variety and evolutions of their designs for homes, schools, churches, and commercial buildings.  The emphasis will be on structures that we continue to enjoy right here in Arlington, plus we’ll look at some of these architects’ most significant works further afield.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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