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This Fall at Quincy Historical Society

All Events at Adams Academy Unless Otherwise Noted

 Wed. Oct. 22, 7:00 PM.  Hancock Cemetery Preservation Project.  Conservator Ta Mara Conde reports on her recently finished work preserving the cemetery’s historic gravestones. Presented in cooperation with the City of Quincy Planning Department and Board of Cemetery Overseers  

Sat. Oct. 25, 10:00 AM at Hancock Cemetery.  Quincy Parks Dept. Environmental Treasures Program:  Walking Tour of Hancock Cemetery to view early gravestone designs and learn about notable persons buried there.  Led by Historical Society executive director Ed Fitzgerald.

Thurs. Oct. 30, 7:00 PM.  “The Story of Jesse Ewing Glasgow, Jr.”  UMass Boston History Professor Julie Winch tells the story of a young free African American in the 1850s who went to Scotland to attend the University of Glasgow and became the first African American to write the story of John Brown for a European audience.  Presented in cooperation with the Saint Andrew’s Society of Massachusetts and the Scots Charitable Society of Boston.

Wed. Nov. 12, 2:00 PM.  “The Story of the U.S.S. Quincy”  The story of the first Navy heavy cruiser Quincy, which was lost with tragic loss of life in World War II at the Battle of Guadalcanal, and of the men who served on her is told by Robert Begin, who has spent years researching the subject.

Thurs. Nov. 20, 7:00 PM.  “John Quincy Adams and the Treaty That Ended the War of 1812.”  Alan Henrikson, Lee E. Dirks Professor of Diplomatic History at the Fletcher School of Tufts University, will detail the long peace negotiations between the U.S. and Britain seeking an end to the war and the critical role played by Adams in these negotiations.  Arguably, the U.S. won more in these negotiations than it did on the battlefields.  Presented in partnership with Adams National Historical Park.

Tues. Dec.2, 7:00 PM. at Thomas Crane Public Library.  “The Centennial of the Cape Cod Canal.” Samantha Gray, Park Ranger with the U.S. Corps of Engineers, will relate the history of the Canal.  Presented in cooperation with the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Thurs. Dec. 11, 7:00 PM. “Death of an Empire: The Murderous Fall of Salem as America’s Richest City.”  As a postscript to our series on the War of 1812, we look ahead a generation.  Salem, Massachusetts, before the war was a great seaport and the richest city in the country.  A generation after the war the port was in decline and the city’s elites were troubled by hidden scandals and ultimately by murder.  Salem historian and author will relate a story as dark and disturbing as that of the infamous witch trials. Presented in partnership with Adams National Historical Site.




The Quincy History Museum at Quincy Historical Society takes you through more than 400 years of some of America's richest, most influential history.Meet rebels and reformers, workers and visionaries:

John and Abigail Adams and others who helped create the United States;

Granite workers who moved 5-ton blocks and helped change the look of America;

Three centuries of shipbuilders, culminating in 30,000 men and women who built the ships that helped win World War II;

Entrepreneurs who brought Americans
28 flavors of ice cream, do-it-yourself home repair, and drive-thru coffee and doughnuts.

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