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The Museum of African American History is dedicated to preserving, conserving and accurately interpreting the contributions of African Americans in New England from the colonial period through the 19th century.

 

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FREE, GUIDED BLACK HERITAGE TRAIL TOURS

 

Rangers Lead Tours Through

19th Century Black Community

 

Mon.-Sat. | 10am, 12pm & 2pm

Depart 54th Monument | Beacon HIll

 

Boston's free Black community led the nation in the movement to end slavery and to achieve equal rights in the 19th and 20th centuries. These remarkable patriots established businesses and residences near the African Meeting House and on Underground Railroad routes on Beacon Hill. <more>

 

 

PICTURING FREDERICK DOUGLASS | JULY 2016

 

Most Photographed American

of the Nineteenth Century

 

Opens Friday | July 15 | 10am

Year-long Exhibit Debuts

 

This first-of-its-kind exhibit features many of the 160 images of Douglass taken from 1841 to 1895. By comparison, there are 130 images of President Lincoln. Hear how Douglass' strategic plan to present positive and accurate images of African Americans contradicted negative stereotypes. <more>

 
 
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JAZZ BEFORE SUNSET CONCERT SERIES

 

Nantucket Music Showcase Continues in Historic Site

 

Sunday | July 31 | 5pm

29 York Street | Five Corners

 

MAAH's series of live performances in the African Meeting House, a National Historic Landmark, continues to shine a spotlight on musical talent from around the region. On the last Sunday of every month, four popular musicians take the stage to the delight of island locals and visitors through the end of September. <more>

 

 

DID YOU LIKE OUR

BLACK BOOKS EXHIBIT?

 

Freedom Rising: Reading, Writing, and Publishing Black Books

 

Share Your View of Past Exhibit

& Suggest Ideas for the Future

 

Black Books celebrated the rich tradition of African American literature, showcased our collection of rare books, and traced the history of black writing. Please share your impressions of historical and cultural implications of forbidding enslaved Africans to read or write, and for future exhibits <share your view>

 

 What's New

 
 

100 YEARS!

LET'S CELEBRATE PARKS

 
Centennial Anniversary of the National Park Service

 

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016, and everyone can take part in the celebration! The centennial will kick off a second century of stewardship of America's national parks and engaging communities through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs. <more>

 
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MAAH HONORS

GLENDORA  M. PUTNAM

 
Champion of Social Justice

and Civil Rights

 

Glendora Putnam (1923-2016) was a trailblazer for civil rights: one of the first African American women admitted to the bar in Mass., Chief of Civil Rights Division in Attorney General’s Office, Chair of MCAD. She is one of our Living Legends and chose to honor MAAH. <more>

 
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WANT FREE ADMISSION TO OUR HISTORIC SITES?

 
'Museums on Us': Your Ticket

to Boston & Nantucket Campuses

 

Join us on the first full weekend of every month this year for 'Museums on Us'. Bank of America® and Merril Lynch® cardholders are admitted free to our National Historic Landmarks in Boston (Saturdays) and Nantucket (Saturdays & Sundays) for exhibits, tours and <more>

 
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BUY LOCAL & SUPPORT MAAH YEAR ROUND

 

One-of-a-kind treasures, hand-

crafted bags, unique books, jewelry, scarves, hats, T-shirts,

and an array of inspired gifts.

 

Monday - Saturday | 10am-4pm

46 Joy Street | Beacon Hill

 

< Museum Store details>

 
 Featured
   

FREEDOM RISING

ONLINE COLLECTION

 
View Images from MAAH's Comprehensive Civl War Exhibit

 

Rare and powerful images from the museum's Freedom Rising Civil War collection have moved Online. We invite you to log on to Flickr, browse through our preview of images from the exhibit, then post your ideas, comments, key words, and tags. Help make this new resource easily accessible and more meaningful for all visitors, on-site and online. Photo: Lewis Hayden. <more>

 
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Image:  Restored interior of the African Meeting House

 

AFRICAN MEETING HOUSE BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED
 
Iconic National Historic Landmark Returned to 1855 Appearance

Descendants of abolitionist giants and a moving performance by Sweet Honey in the Rock, make taking a trip back to 2011 worthwhile. <more>

 
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CELEBRATE HISTORY WITH

PRESERVATION PARTNERS
   

MAAH Welcomes All Visitors
Through its "Doors to History"


Boston campus | 46 Joy Street
Nantucket campus | 29 York Street

Walk through our 19th-century doors to the largest collection of historic sites in the US relating to free, pre-Civil War African American communities. Come learn important history and <more>

 
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Image: MAAH Multimedia

 

Image: Education at MAAH

 
 

Past Regained for African Meeting House. (BNN News) <video>

Boston's African Meeting House Gets Facelift (WGBH) <video>

Inside Boston's African Meeting House. (WGBH) <video>

<more videos>

 

LOVE TO LEARN AT MAAH!
 
Interactive Prograns: Rooted in the Past, Connected to the Present

The Museum's education programs offer fun for all age groups and are rooted in our historic sites, past and present exhibitions, and rich scholarly research.  Our series of hands-on, interactive activities and programs are designed to engage educators, students, families, and organizations serving youth, and to meet Massachusetts’s Social Studies Framework and Common Core curriculum standards.  <more>

 
 

JOIN US... BECOME A MAAH MEMBER TODAY
If you are not already a Member, join us today by signing up on-line
or by visiting one of our campuses on Boston's Beacon HIll or on Nantucket.  Thank you
for standing with us as we preserve and share this amazing American history
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