Upcoming Events

The Inter-war Years (1918-1939) Lecture Series

Tuesdays, August 12 through September 19, 2017 | 7:00 pm @ the Mattapoisett Free Public Library

 

Labeled by some as “the war to end all wars” the First World War failed in all respects and in many ways sowed the seeds for another World War in only twenty short years. During these years Lenin and Stalin built the Soviet Communist State. The Italians, humiliated by their losses to Germany during the war, eagerly followed Benito Mussolini in building a Fascist State based on exaggerated nationalism. The German people, broken by defeat in the war and further punished by the allied Powers with heavy reparation payments, were ready to follow a charismatic Adolf Hitler who talked of a master race and a thousand year Reich. In the Orient the Japanese military faction gained control of the government and in 1936 Japanese forces began invading the Chinese mainland. The League of Nations during the inter-war years was merely a sounding board with no means to enforce its declarations. The League was also minus the United States which had played such an important role in the defeat of Germany.

This series of six lectures will attempt to analyze the events of the period and the reactions of England, France, and the United States as the structure set up by the Paris Peace Conference and Treaty of Versailles crumbled, sending Europe and the world into another war. The lectures will be held on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library, beginning on August 15 and ending September 19.

Past Events

American Treasures: The Secret Efforts to Save the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Gettysburg Address

April 9, 2017 | 2:00 pm

On Sunday, April 9, at 2pm, author and historian Stephen Puleo will talk about his latest book American Treasures at Mattapoisett Free Public Library, 7 Barstow St, Mattapoisett.

American Treasures is the story of the U.S. government’s secret efforts to save the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Gettysburg Address.  These and other priceless documents were secretly relocated from the Library of Congress to other places for safekeeping in 1941 and 1942, when U.S. political and military leaders feared an attack on Washington D.C. in the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

After his talk, Mr. Puleo will answer questions and sign copies of his book, which will be available for purchase.

This event is sponsored by the local historical societies of Freetown, Mattapoisett, Rochester, Sippican, and Wareham.

Everyone is welcome.  Admission is free.

Trivia Night

March 8, 2017 | 7:30 pm

Join the Mattapoisett Historical Society and The Inn on Shipyard Park for an evening of knowledge and fun on Wednesday, March 8 at 7:30 pm. Bring your friends to support the Mattapoisett Historical Society and test your familiarity with the trivial facts of Mattapoisett. Prizes will be awarded.

Mattapoisett Map-a-palooza

February 23, 2017 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Hands on learning with the Mattapoisett Historical Society, Mattapoisett Land Trust & Matt Rec. Games, landmark hunting, map making & map swapping.Create a visual representation of your community to be exhibited in our summer Map Exhibition.

For children 6-12 years of age.

3rd Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair

December 3, 2016 | 9:00 am – 12:00 noon

The Mattapoisett Historical Society’s 3rd annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair will be held at the museum on Saturday, December 3 from 9:00 am until 12 noon. The Fair will offer delightful gifts for all ages and interests. We will have books, totes, cosmetics, art, bookmarks, sea glass, artisanal soap, handmade clothing, and photography as well as a few surprises – items that are just great for stocking stuffers or that special present under the tree.
Come by to see us and then head over to the Congregational and St. Anthony Church Fairs for other gifts and lunch. It is sure to be a great day for shopping in Mattapoisett!

Special Exhibit Member’s Preview

June 30, 2016 | 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Come be the first to see our special summer exhibit! For member’s only.

Mattapoisett Fun: Celebrate Summer

July 1 – August 27, 2016 | 1:00 – 4:00 pm, Wednesday – Saturday

Our annual summer exhibit is open from July 1 through August 27, Wednesday through Saturday 1 – 4 p.m. Visit the museum to learn about the history of recreation in Mattapoisett, including boating, biking, running, dancing & more!

Ice Cream Social

July 6, 2016 | 6:15 pm

Celebrate summer with a nice ice cream treat before heading to the band concert in Shipyard Park. Free, donations accepted. Rain Date Wednesday, July 13. Ice cream generously donated by the Oxford Creamery.

Walking tour of historic Mattapoisett Village

July 16, 2016 | 2:00 pm

Learn about historic buildings, the electric rail, the saltworks on Goodspeed’s Island, the Charles King Mansion at the mouth of the river, and “The Dude Special.” Visualize the building of whale ships in the park and how the British attempted to burn the shipyards during the War or 1812. The duration of the walk is approximately one hour and a quarter.

Open House

July 20, 2016 | 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Come see our newest acquisitions, including a fantastically detailed scale model of a 26’ Brownell Bass boat. A free event open to all.

Walking tour of historic Mattapoisett Village

July 30, 2016 | 2:00 pm

Learn about historic buildings, the electric rail, the saltworks on Goodspeed’s Island, the Charles King Mansion at the mouth of the river, and “The Dude Special.” Visualize the building of whale ships in the park and how the British attempted to burn the shipyards during the War or 1812. The duration of the walk is approximately one hour and a quarter.

The Great Community Picnic

August 4, 2016 | 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Where: Munro Park, Mattapoisett

When: Thursday, August 4, 6-9 pm (rain-date: August 11)

What: Join the Mattapoisett Historical Society and the Mattapoisett Land Trust for The Great Community Picnic at Munro Park (south of the town wharves). We will provide tables, chairs, table clothes, cash bar, and music. Bring your own picnic, utensils, and plates. Creatively transform your table with flowers, napkins, etc. Tables will be sold for 4 ($80), 6 ($120), and 8 ($160) diners. Buy a table and invite your friends or get your friends to pitch-in ($20 per diner). It will be a fun and memorable event for the community. The Historical Society & the Land Trust will be selling tickets throughout the summer. Space is limited – buy a table while they last!

Walking tour of historic Mattapoisett Village

August 13, 2016 | 2:00 pm

Learn about historic buildings, the electric rail, the saltworks on Goodspeed’s Island, the Charles King Mansion at the mouth of the river, and “The Dude Special.” Visualize the building of whale ships in the park and how the British attempted to burn the shipyards during the War or 1812. The duration of the walk is approximately one hour and a quarter.

WWI Lecture Series: Prologue and Outbreak of War

August 16, 2016 | 7:00 pm at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library

Seth Mendell gives with a broad overview of the nations of Europe as they were in the last half of the 19th century, and the circumstances that led to the outbreak of war in 1914.

WWI Lecture Series: The Opening Phases – Strategies and Battle

August 23, 2016 | 7:00 pm at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library

“Let the last man on the right brush the channel with his sleeve.” Seth Mendell describes the failure of the initial German offensive, how the British Gallipoli Campaign was devised, and the importance of naval forces to the conflict.

WWI Lecture Series: Middle Phases – Major Battles and Events

August 30, 2016 | 7:00 pm at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library

Seth Mendell continues his fascinating tale of WWI by examining how some of the war’s most notable battles and events played out in the context of changing warfare practices in the early 20th century.

Lecture: History of Naushon Island

September 4, 2016 | 7:00 pm at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library

Seth Mendell will trace the colorful history of Naushon Island including the pirates and village at Tarpaulin Cove, the British during the American Revolution, the arrival of John Murray Forbes and the settlement at Hadley’s Harbor.

WWI Lecture Series: United States Entry – The Russion Revolution

September 6, 2016 | 7:00 pm at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library

In his fourth lecture, Seth Mendell outlines the circumstances that brought the US into the war and the impact of Lenin’s ascendance in Russia.

WWI Lecture Series: Ploughboys into Doughboys – Collapse of Central Powers

September 13, 2016 | 7:00 pm at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library

This final entry of Seth Mendell’s WWI series focuses on the American side of the conflict and the eventual surrender of Germany and the Central Powers.

MHS Yard Sale

June 4, 2016 | 8:00 am

On Saturday, June 4th starting at 8 am the Mattapoisett Historical Society will have a yard sale on Baptist Street. There will be a variety of items for sale, from collection duplicates, furniture, Presto Press, etc.  We welcome donations of small household items. Call or email if you have a box of items you would like us to pick up (508-758-2844 or mattapoisett.museum@verizon.net). Come buy a treasure and support the Mattapoisett Historical Society acquisition fund!

Your Story: Open mic, stories, songs & poetry

April 10, 2016 | 4:00 pm

Inspired by the tradition of poetry slams and the recent appearance of “The Moth” at the Zeiterion Theater in New Bedford, the Mattapoisett Historical Society invites you to our own open mic event. Members will tell stories, share poetry, and sing. Maybe you will be inspired to jump up and grab the mic. Refreshments will be served.

Collaborative Movie Night

April 3, 2016 | 7:00 pm

The Mattapoisett Historical Society, the Sippican Historical Society, the Rochester Historical Society & the Wareham Historical Society are teaming up to bring the movie Peter & John to the Tri-town community. Kingdom County director Jay Craven created a screenplay he adapted from Guy de Maupassant’s 19th-century seaside novel, Pierre et Jean.  The book introduced intense psychological complexity into its naturalistic depiction of a family brought to the breaking point through startling revelations. Peter & John is set in 1872 Nantucket, after the demise of the whaling industry, before the rise of tourism, and in the wake of the still-reverberating Civil War.  Here is a link to a trailer for the film: http://kingdomcounty.org/portfolio-items/peter-john/

Trivia Night

March 2, 2016 | 7:30 pm

Join the Mattapoisett Historical Society and The Inn on Shipyard Park for an evening of knowledge and fun on Wednesday, March 2 at 7:30 pm. Bring your friends to support the Mattapoisett Historical Society and test your familiarity with the trivial facts of Mattapoisett. Prizes will be awarded.

Seaside Scavenger Hunt

February 18, 2016 | 1-3 pm

The Mattapoisett Historical Society & the Mattapoisett Land Trust invite you to join the fun at our Seaside Scavenger Hunt. Starts and ends at the Mattapoisett Historical Society Museum, 5 Church Street, Mattapoisett. Please sign up by February 16, call 508-758-2844 or email mattapoisett.museum@verizon.net. Have fun and learn about nature, history, and our special town at this February vacation event geared toward children ages 6-12. (Parental supervision required for children 8 and under. Participants will cross streets.)

Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair

December 5, 2015 | 9 am – noon

This will be a great time to get some stocking stuffers and to see some unusual items. Last year we featured small works of art, lamps, photographs, sea glass, cosmetics, jewelry and many other items. Information about this year’s Fair has been sent to all the participants in last year’s Fair but we would certainly hope that we will hear from some additional interested artists and crafters who did not participate last year.

Additional information for participation is available at the Museum. Just call (508-758-2844) and leave your name and number and you will be contacted.

December 5 is the same day as the St. Anthony Christmas Fair so folks will be in a shopping mood and we hope to see all of you at the Museum for a bit of last minute shopping. Admission to the Fair is free so come stop by and show with us!

Presto Press Sale to Benefit the Mattapoisett Historical Society

September 27, 2015 | 2-3:30 pm

Would you like to own a piece of local history? Original issues of the weekly “The Presto Press” dating from 1954 to 1991 will be available for purchase at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library on Sunday, September 27th from 2-3:30 pm.

The Mattapoisett Free Public Library and the Mattapoisett Historical Society partnered to digitize the available issues of “The Presto Press” collection, generously donated to the library by the Hartley family, heirs of Donald and Joan Jason, publishers of “The Presto Press.” The issues available for sale are duplicates of the complete set being housed at the Mattapoisett Library.

A tutorial on how to search the digital “Presto Press” will run at the same time as the sale. Library staff will demonstrate how to conduct a search of content in past issues – including news, press releases, photo captions, and ad content.

New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus

May 3, 2015 |  2pm 

Our favorite sea chantey singers are back to get our toes tapping to some wonderful maritime music.  Come join us for a truly enjoyable program.  $5 Donation; Members Free.