Wellesley Historical Society

2019-2020 Lecture Series

All events are co-sponsored by the Wellesley Free Library

Sunday
October 6, 2019
2:00 pm
Wellesley Main Library
"The Italians in Boston"

Well-known historian and author, Stephen Puleo, will discuss the history of Italian immigration to Boston from its inception in the 19th Century right up to the present day.  He will focus, in particular, on the role of the North End of Boston in the Italians’ remarkable rise from “rags to riches." 

Co-sponsored by the Council on Aging

Sunday
November 3, 2019
2:00 pm
Wellesley Main Library

“The Rescue of the U.S.S. Squalls”  

In honor of Veterans’ Day, local historian, Bob Begin, will discuss the heroic efforts to rescue the crew of the U.S.S. Squalus, which sank during her sea trials off the coast of Portsmouth, NH in 1939. 

Sunday
March 29, 2020
2:00 pm
Wellesley Main Library

“An Afternoon with Susan B. Anthony”

In honor of Women’s History Month and the Centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, Jessa Piaia will present her interpretation of the life of Susan B. Anthony.  Anthony is generally considered the driving force behind the women’s suffrage movement in America.

Thursday
April 16, 2020
7:00 pm
Wellesley Main Library

“Robert Treat Paine:  The Forgotten Founding Father”

In honor of Patriots’ Day, Tom Paine, a local historian and direct descendant of Robert Treat Paine, will discuss the life of his famous ancestor, who was a major player in Massachusetts politics and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. 

Thursday
May 7, 2020
7:00 pm  
Wellesley Main Library

“The Life of Isaac Sprague IV:  Wellesley’s Audubon” 

Dr. Robert Savage, a retired surgeon and local art historian, will discuss the life of Wellesley resident, Isaac Sprague IV.  Sprague was a 19th Century artist and naturalist who worked closely with John James Audubon and Asa Gray, as well as some of the most famous writers of his day.


The lecture series has been generously underwritten by:


Chris Mayer




For more information about our programs, please call the Society at (781) 235-6690 or email director@wellesleyhistoricalsociety.org

 

The Wellesley Free Library

Many Programs are presented at the Wellesley Free Library at 530 Washington Street, Wellesley MA 02482. Their phone number is: (781) 235-1610.

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