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Public Program The Story of the Philosopher's Camp 5 August 2015.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Please RSVP   James Schlett, journalist 5:30 reception will precede talk   James Schlett will speak on his new book A Not Too Greatly Changed Eden: The Story of ...

 

James Schlett will speak on his new book A Not Too Greatly Changed Eden: The Story of the Philosophers Camp in the Adirondacks. In August of 1858 America’s leading intellectuals gathered at Follensby Pond in the Adirondacks. Included in this group were the transcendentalist philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, the Harvard scientist Louis Agassiz, and the Cambridge poet James Russell Lowell. They were led into the Adirondack wilderness by William James Stillman, a painter who co-founded the nation’s first art journal, the Crayon. News that these cultured men were living in tents appeared in newspapers across the nation. Schlett’s will talk about the expereince of those who attended and the way their journey into the woods began to change how Americans saw the wilderness.

 

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Public Programbegins Maritime Massachusetts: Falmouth Stories and Sources 10 August 2015.Monday, 8:30AM - 3:30PM Please RSVP   This program will take place in Falmouth, Massachusetts Join us for this three-day workshop as we explore the maritime history of Falmouth and Cape Cod. In ...

Join us for this three-day workshop as we explore the maritime history of Falmouth and Cape Cod. In the nineteenth century, Falmouth was home to thriving maritime industries such as whaling and salt making. Between 1820 and 1864, thirteen whale ships sailed from Falmouth, making more than 50 voyages and connecting the town to global networks of trade and travel. By the late nineteenth century, Falmouth’s economy shifted as tourists flocked to the region for a nostalgic glimpse of the seaside town's nautical past, and the village of Woods Hole became host to some of the world’s foremost institutions for oceanographic research. Throughout the program, we will visit historic sites and landscapes, sing a sea shanty or two, and analyze documents and artifacts that connect people to stories of the sea. Along the way we will explore the influence of the sea on local architecture, art, and literature.

This program is open to educators and history enthusiasts. Educators can earn 22.5 PDPs.

Dates: August 10-12, 2015

Times: 8:30am - 3:30pm

Fee: $35 per person

To Register / For more information: complete this registration form, or contact the education department at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557.

Program Highlights

  • Tour the exhibitions, historic homes, and gardens maintained by the Falmouth Museums on the Green, and participants in a hands-on activity that will engage your detective skills.
  • Discuss New England's maritime history, and its connections to global networks, with Dr. William Fowler (Northeastern University).
  • Learn more about Falmouth's whaling history with Dr. Curtis Martin (Emeritus, Merrimack College).
  • Engage in a bit of marine science as you explore the institutions of Woods Hole (tentative).
  • Take in the view of Falmouth Harbor from the top of Nobska Light.
  • Take a cruise in Falmouth Harbor on the Schooner Liberte.

This program is funded in part by the Richard E. Saltonstall Charitable Foundation.

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Public Programends Maritime Massachusetts: Falmouth Stories and Sources 12 August 2015.Wednesday, 8:30AM - 3:30PM Please RSVP   This program will take place in Falmouth, Massachusetts Join us for this three-day workshop as we explore the maritime history of Falmouth and Cape Cod. In ...

Join us for this three-day workshop as we explore the maritime history of Falmouth and Cape Cod. In the nineteenth century, Falmouth was home to thriving maritime industries such as whaling and salt making. Between 1820 and 1864, thirteen whale ships sailed from Falmouth, making more than 50 voyages and connecting the town to global networks of trade and travel. By the late nineteenth century, Falmouth’s economy shifted as tourists flocked to the region for a nostalgic glimpse of the seaside town's nautical past, and the village of Woods Hole became host to some of the world’s foremost institutions for oceanographic research. Throughout the program, we will visit historic sites and landscapes, sing a sea shanty or two, and analyze documents and artifacts that connect people to stories of the sea. Along the way we will explore the influence of the sea on local architecture, art, and literature.

This program is open to educators and history enthusiasts. Educators can earn 22.5 PDPs.

Dates: August 10-12, 2015

Times: 8:30am - 3:30pm

Fee: $35 per person

To Register / For more information: complete this registration form, or contact the education department at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557.

Program Highlights

  • Tour the exhibitions, historic homes, and gardens maintained by the Falmouth Museums on the Green, and participants in a hands-on activity that will engage your detective skills.
  • Discuss New England's maritime history, and its connections to global networks, with Dr. William Fowler (Northeastern University).
  • Learn more about Falmouth's whaling history with Dr. Curtis Martin (Emeritus, Merrimack College).
  • Engage in a bit of marine science as you explore the institutions of Woods Hole (tentative).
  • Take in the view of Falmouth Harbor from the top of Nobska Light.
  • Take a cruise in Falmouth Harbor on the Schooner Liberte.

This program is funded in part by the Richard E. Saltonstall Charitable Foundation.

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Public Program The Story of the Philosopher's Camp 5 August 2015.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Please RSVP   registration required at no cost James Schlett, journalist 5:30 reception will precede talk

 

James Schlett will speak on his new book A Not Too Greatly Changed Eden: The Story of the Philosophers Camp in the Adirondacks. In August of 1858 America’s leading intellectuals gathered at Follensby Pond in the Adirondacks. Included in this group were the transcendentalist philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, the Harvard scientist Louis Agassiz, and the Cambridge poet James Russell Lowell. They were led into the Adirondack wilderness by William James Stillman, a painter who co-founded the nation’s first art journal, the Crayon. News that these cultured men were living in tents appeared in newspapers across the nation. Schlett’s will talk about the expereince of those who attended and the way their journey into the woods began to change how Americans saw the wilderness.

 

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Public Program Maritime Massachusetts: Falmouth Stories and Sources 10 August 2015 to 12 August 2015 Please RSVP   registration required This program will take place in Falmouth, Massachusetts

Join us for this three-day workshop as we explore the maritime history of Falmouth and Cape Cod. In the nineteenth century, Falmouth was home to thriving maritime industries such as whaling and salt making. Between 1820 and 1864, thirteen whale ships sailed from Falmouth, making more than 50 voyages and connecting the town to global networks of trade and travel. By the late nineteenth century, Falmouth’s economy shifted as tourists flocked to the region for a nostalgic glimpse of the seaside town's nautical past, and the village of Woods Hole became host to some of the world’s foremost institutions for oceanographic research. Throughout the program, we will visit historic sites and landscapes, sing a sea shanty or two, and analyze documents and artifacts that connect people to stories of the sea. Along the way we will explore the influence of the sea on local architecture, art, and literature.

This program is open to educators and history enthusiasts. Educators can earn 22.5 PDPs.

Dates: August 10-12, 2015

Times: 8:30am - 3:30pm

Fee: $35 per person

To Register / For more information: complete this registration form, or contact the education department at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557.

Program Highlights

  • Tour the exhibitions, historic homes, and gardens maintained by the Falmouth Museums on the Green, and participants in a hands-on activity that will engage your detective skills.
  • Discuss New England's maritime history, and its connections to global networks, with Dr. William Fowler (Northeastern University).
  • Learn more about Falmouth's whaling history with Dr. Curtis Martin (Emeritus, Merrimack College).
  • Engage in a bit of marine science as you explore the institutions of Woods Hole (tentative).
  • Take in the view of Falmouth Harbor from the top of Nobska Light.
  • Take a cruise in Falmouth Harbor on the Schooner Liberte.

This program is funded in part by the Richard E. Saltonstall Charitable Foundation.

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