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Free tickets to commissioning of newest US Navy destroyer, USS Thomas Hudner

Since 2015 a committee has been working to plan the commissioning ceremony for the newest destroyer for the US Navy, USS THOMAS HUDNER (DDG 116), an ARLEIGH BURKE-class destroyer that has been under construction at Bath Iron Works since November 2012.

The Ship is named for Captain Thomas J. Hudner, Jr., US Navy (Retired), a former naval aviator and Medal of Honor recipient. Hudner grew up in Fall River, Massachusetts and graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1946. As a Lieutenant (Junior Grade) in December 1950, he attempted to rescue his element leader, Ensign Jesse Brown, the first African American naval combat aviator, who crash landed as a result of enemy fire behind enemy lines near Chosin Reservoir in sub-zero weather. For his selfless action he was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Harry S. Truman in April 1951. Captain Hudner remained in the Navy for another 22 years before retiring in 1973 with the rank of Captain. He went on to work as a management consultant, served as president of the regional USO, and served as the Commissioner of Veteran Services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1991-1999. As you may have seen in the news last November, Captain Hudner passed away.

The Commissioning Committee is sponsoring the receptions and events around the Commissioning, planning activities for the crew and their families during the week that the Ship is in Boston, and establishing a scholarship fund in Captain Hudner’s memory for the Ship’s crew members and their families. They are also responsible for raising awareness about the commissioning and coordinating the public guest list in collaboration with the Navy.

The commissioning ceremony is FREE and open to the public. If you would like to receive an invitation to attend the ceremony in early-December, please visit the commissioning committee’s website to request an invitation:

Requesting an invitation online now is not a commitment to attend the ceremony in December. If you fill out the online form, an invitations will be mailed directly to you by the Department of the Navy in late-summer or early-fall, at which time you can decide whether you would like to attend and respond to request tickets. Please feel free to browse the Commissioning Committee’s website and learn more about Captain Hudner as well as the crew of the Ship and the Committee’s plans and efforts in support of the Ship.

Historic New England to Host Conference on Preserving Affordable Housing

Historic New England presents Preserving Affordability, Affording Preservation: Prospects for Historic Multi-Family Housing on Friday, April 27, 2018, at the All Saints’ Church in Boston. The conference gathers leading advocates in affordable housing and historic preservation to look at the past, present, and future of our region’s historic multi-family housing.

Historic multi-family buildings, such as New England’s iconic three-deckers, once served as “gateway” housing, providing affordable options for renters and a path to home ownership. Can these historically affordable buildings be adapted to meet current needs? Can we preserve affordability while also preserving historic buildings, neighborhood character, and urban density?

Presentations include scholars and practitioners in urban planning, historic preservation, architecture, and politics. The conference explores how cities can approach preserving historic character while balancing sustainability, affordability, and diversity.

Join us for this conversation that brings together voices from historic preservation and affordable housing to consider historic multi-family housing and its place in our communities. See a complete list of speakers and an agenda.

Registration information

Register online or by calling 617-994-6678. The registration fee is $85 for adults and $35 for students with ID. Fees include a continental breakfast, lunch, and reception.

History in Hot Water – the Tea is Brewing Program Gets Smarter at Old South Meeting House

When: Wednesday, February 14 
6:30pm – 8:00pm 
Where: 310 Washington St, Boston, MA 02108, USA 

How do we talk about race, gender and power when presenting 1770s politics to students and the public? Old South Meeting House Education Director Erica Lindamood, Museum Educator Kelsey Merriam, and a group of teachers-in-training from Boston University’s School of Education will present a condensed version of our most popular interactive school program, Tea is Brewing™, as a springboard for discussion. This program reenacts the December 16, 1773 meeting that led to the Boston Tea Party. How can educators and participants give voice to African Americans, Native Americans, women, and others who were excluded from the “tea tax meetings”? Join us as we consider how to present inclusive, hands-on history for all!

This program is made possible with funding from the Lowell Institute. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, registration requested at 

(Snow date Wednesday, March 7, 6:30 pm)

Old South Meeting House is accessible for visitors using wheelchairs.

Assistive listening system is available.
Old South Meeting House is committed to accessibility for all visitors and has been designated as an UP Organization by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Access questions? Call us at 617-482-6439

Winterthur Furniture Forum, April 12-14, 2018

The Sewell C. Biggs
Furniture Traditions of the Early American Countryside

April 12–14, 2018

Don’t miss lectures, a craft demonstration, and workshops highlighting exciting new research on cabinetmakers in New England, the Shenandoah Valley, and the South, which will inspire greater understanding of, and appreciation for, the many cultural crosscurrents that shaped life throughout 18th- and early 19th-century rural America.

Registration now open! Call 800.448.3883 or download the Registration Form.

You may also be interested in the Furniture Forum Brochure or applying for the Furniture Forum Scholarship.

New England Furniture Class

Explore New England furniture at this in-depth series. Historic New
England Senior Curator of Collections Nancy Carlisle introduces
furniture made and used in New England from the seventeenth to
the mid-nineteenth century. Learn about regional variations in style,
changing shop practices, consumer patterns, craftsmanship, and
technology. Examine original pieces from Historic New England’s
extensive collection up close. The course concludes with a tour of the
furniture collection and conservation lab.

Wednesdays, 2–4 pm:
October 4: Seventeenth Century and William and Mary Style
October 11: Queen Anne and Chippendale Styles
October 18: Federal and Empire Styles
October 25: Victorian and Arts and Craft Styles
November 1: In-depth tour of furniture storage
Per class: $20, $15 Historic New England members and students
Series pricing: $75, $50 Historic New England members and students

Registration required. In order to attend the in-depth tour of furniture storage, Wednesday, November 1, you must register for the entire series. For more information and to register, call 617-994-5959 or visit

Haverhill Facility,151 Essex Street, Haverhill, Massachusetts

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