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Gilding Demonstration

Watch professional gilder, Nancy Dick Atkinson, apply gossamer thin sheets of gold leaf to wooden ornaments, just as craftsmen did in Revere’s era.

The demonstration is included with the price of admission ($1 - $5). 

1:00pm - 3:00pm
19 North Square
North End, MA 02113
Price:
Included in price of admission: $1 - $5
Contact:
Emily Holmes
Neighborhood:
Downtown
North End
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Institute of Contemporary Art Watershed Opening Day

The ICA Watershed opens for the season (May 26 - September 2) with the U.S. premiere of the immersive video installation "Purple" by artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah.

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Admission to the Watershed is always free, and water shuttle transportation between the Watershed and the ICA is included in ICA/Boston admission.

11:00am - 5:00pm
Located in the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina
East Boston, MA 02128
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Institute of Contemporary Art
Neighborhood:
East Boston
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Tour of Shirley-Eustis House

Join a free tour of the Shirley-Eustis House, a National Historic Landmark built between 1747 and 1751.

As one of only several remaining Royal Colonial Governor's residences in the United States, the Georgian-style structure is an architectural and historical treasure, spanning the development of our nation, our commonwealth, and local communities from the mid-18th century to the present.

In 1991, Shirley Place was awarded the prestigious Boston Preservation Alliance Award for best restored small-scale structure in the City of Boston. This former summer estate of William Shirley, Royal Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony and Commander-in-Chief of all British forces in North America, was re-modeled by Federalist-era Massachusetts Governor William Eustis. The mansion has hosted a who's who of Colonial and Federalist America. Shirley Place and its grounds are a hidden gem located in Roxbury's Dudley neighborhood.

Tours are offered on the hour. The mansion is only accessible by stairs.

11:00am - 2:00pm
33 Shirley Street
Roxbury, MA 02119
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Jeanne E. Richardson
Neighborhood:
Roxbury
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Boston Women Designers: Then and Now

Join us for a conversation with women working in architecture, design, and planning.

They will explore social and political landscapes for women designers in Boston today and when they got started, some challenges they overcame to get to where they are today, how Boston compares with other cities on the topic of gender equity, and if Boston is receptive to women in leadership roles. Please note: there will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 p.m.

Host and Moderator:
  • Catherine Allgor, PHD, President, Massachusetts Historical Society
Panelists:
  • Mikyoung Kim, Founding Principal, Mikyoung Kim Design
  • Tamara Roy, Principal, Stantec
  • Regan Shields Ives, Principal, Finegold Alexander Architects
  • Justine Orlando, Project Manager, Shawmut Design and Construction
6:00pm - 7:30pm
1154 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Matthew Dickey
Neighborhood:
Back Bay
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Plants Go to War: A botanical history of World War II

As the first botanical history of World War II, Plants Go to War examines military history from the perspective of plant science.

From victory gardens to drugs, timber, rubber, and fibers, plants supplied materials with key roles in victory. Author and botanist Judith Sumner will speak of the many plants that were incorporated into wartime safety materials, diet and rations, and even bombers.

6:30pm - 8:00pm
125 Arborway
Boston, MA 02130
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Arnold Arboretum
Neighborhood:
Jamaica Plain
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Untold stories of the Public Garden

Join the Friends of the Public Garden for walking tours of Boston’s iconic Public Garden.

Learn about the history, sculpture, and horticulture of America’s first public botanical garden by taking a guided tour through this treasured oasis. Please meet at the Make Way for Ducklings sculpture and watch for our volunteer tour guides in green aprons.

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Two volunteer tour guides lead each tour. About one-half of the Public Garden (from Beacon Street to the bridge) is covered. We may cancel tours due to the weather. Please call the office at 617-723-8144 to confirm. You may want to bring a hat, sunblock, and water on warm days.

4:00pm - 5:00pm
4 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02116
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Friends of the Public Garden
Neighborhood:
Back Bay
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'Balancing Act: Urbanism and Emerging Technologies' opening reception

This special event is an opportunity to explore the exhibition with the curators while enjoying complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

The exhibition explores the idea of this balance by posing a series of questions about how we can focus emerging technologies towards the human experience and develop best urban practices to make our cities more livable, equitable, and sustainable. Through a process of reflecting on the past, listening to contemporary perspectives, and learning the current technological forces, the exhibition speculates imaginative futures and ongoing projects and initiatives.

"Balancing Act: Urbanism and Emerging Technologies" provides a thoughtful lens to examine the current conditions of our urban environments and the future of emerging technologies in the design and development of cities around the world.

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This exhibition is on view May 17 through September 27, 2019.

6:00pm - 8:00pm
290 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Boston Society for Architects
Neighborhood:
Downtown
South Boston
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Untold stories of the Public Garden

Join the Friends of the Public Garden for walking tours of Boston’s iconic Public Garden.

Learn about the history, sculpture, and horticulture of America’s first public botanical garden by taking a guided tour through this treasured oasis. Please meet at the Make Way for Ducklings sculpture and watch for our volunteer tour guides in green aprons.

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Two volunteer tour guides lead each tour. About one-half of the Public Garden (from Beacon Street to the bridge) is covered. We may cancel tours due to the weather. Please call the office at 617-723-8144 to confirm. You may want to bring a hat, sunblock, and water on warm days.

4:00pm - 5:00pm
4 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02116
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Friends of the Public Garden
Neighborhood:
Back Bay
Posted:
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Untold stories of the Public Garden

Join the Friends of the Public Garden for walking tours of Boston’s iconic Public Garden.

Learn about the history, sculpture, and horticulture of America’s first public botanical garden by taking a guided tour through this treasured oasis. Please meet at the Make Way for Ducklings sculpture and watch for our volunteer tour guides in green aprons.

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Two volunteer tour guides lead each tour. About one-half of the Public Garden (from Beacon Street to the bridge) is covered. We may cancel tours due to the weather. Please call the office at 617-723-8144 to confirm. You may want to bring a hat, sunblock, and water on warm days.

10:00am - 11:00am
4 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02116
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Friends of the Public Garden
Neighborhood:
Back Bay
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Contests of authority in occupied Boston

Who had authority in occupied Boston? The arrival of British regulars and the encounters that followed raised such questions for Boston’s night watch.

Using official reports and complaints filed by the night watchmen in November of 1768, this talk explores the logistical and emotional dimensions of occupation at street level.

This is a brown-bag lunch hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society. This event is free and requires no RSVP or registration.

12:00pm - 1:00pm
1154 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Massachusetts Historical Society
Neighborhood:
Back Bay
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