Massachusetts Historical Society


Lydia Maria Child: A Radical American Life


Lydia Moland, Colby College, in conversation with Megan Marshall

This is a hybrid event. FREE for MHS Members. $10 per person fee (in person). No charge for virtual attendees or Card to Culture participants (EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare). The celebrity speaker reception begins at 5:00 PM (purchase tickets below). The general reception starts at 5:30 PM. The program begins at 6:00 PM.

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Best known today for the poem “Over the River and through the Wood,” Lydia Maria Child became famous at an early age for spunky self-help books and charming children’s stories. But in 1833, Child shocked her readers by publishing the first book-length history of slavery in the United States—a book so radical in its commitment to abolition that friends abandoned her, patrons ostracized her, and her book sales plummeted. Yet Child soon drew untold numbers to the abolitionist cause, becoming one of the foremost authors and activists of her generation. Philosopher Lydia Moland asks questions just as pressing in our time: What does it mean to change your life when the moral future of your country is at stake? When confronted by sanctioned evil and systematic injustice, how should a citizen live?

Attend a Special Reception with the Speakers

Join us for an intimate reception with our featured speakers. Enjoy libations, hors d’oeuvres, and lively conversation before the program as well as reserved seating at the program. The reception begins at 5:00 PM. Tickets are $250 and include admission to the program. Space is limited to 35 guests.

Register for the 16 November speaker reception

In October and November, join us for two celebrity speaker receptions. On 28 October, Sara Georgini asks Stacy Schiff about her latest book, The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams. On 2 November, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. asks Donald Yacovone about his latest book, Teaching White Supremacy- Speaker Reception SOLD OUT, tickets for regular attendance still available.

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The celebrity speaker reception starts at 5:00 PM.

The in-person general reception starts at 5:30 PM; the program begins at 6:00 PM.

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The virtual program begins at 6:00 PM and will be hosted on Youtube Live. Registrants will receive a confirmation message with attendance information.

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