Programs and Events
Book Group #3: “Live to the Truth: the Life and Times of Cyrus Peirce” by Barbara Ann White
Tuesday, January 22, 6:00 PM, Lexington Depot
Join us as we talk about a new history book over dinner!
January’s book is a new look at our local history right here in Lexington. “Live to the Truth: the Life and Times of Cyrus Peirce” follows the story of Cyrus Peirce, who was chosen by Horace Mann to be the first director of the Lexington Normal School in 1839. The school, in the same building as the current Simon W. Robinson Masonic Lodge, was the first teacher training school in the United States. An early advocate for student teaching, conversational learning, and school integration, Peirce was often at odds with the 19th century establishment, but his methods that were formulated here form the basis of much of our modern education today.
Author Barbara Ann White will lead the discussion. Catered dinner from Neillio's included.
Single club meetings are $30 for members, $35 for non-members. Full sessions (5 meetings) are $100 for members, $125 for non-members.
Cronin Lecture: “Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919” by Stephen Puleo
Thursday, February 7, 7:30 PM, Lexington Depot
On January 15, 1919, Boston was struck by a wholly unique tragedy: a storage tank in Boston’s North End, holding over 2 million gallons of molasses, collapsed, sending a deadly tidal wave of sweet, sticky sludge through the streets. The force of the flood bent steel girders, tore buildings off their foundations, and injured 150 and killed 21 people. Award-winning local author Stephen Puleo will discuss the flood for its hundredth anniversary, bringing humanity to the many lives altered by this catastrophic event. As stated by the Associated Press, “the cleanup lasted months, the lawsuits years, the fearful memories a lifetime”.
Copies of Puleo’s book “Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919” will be available for purchase and signing.
Refreshments will be served.
Suggested donation $5.
Space for this event is limited, please rsvp by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of seats you would like to reserve.
Taverns at Twilight
Saturday, February 23, 6:30 PM, Buckman Tavern
Buckman Tavern's liquor license expired in 1813, but we've renewed it for a night of fun!
Ale sponsored by Cambridge Brewing Company will be flowing as we bring Buckman Tavern back to life as a working colonial bar. Sing a rowdy song with our Colonial Singers, mingle with minutemen, and try a few authentic 18th century games - you might even beat the brewer in a round of whist!
$15 Members, $20 Nonmembers
Tickets include one complimentary beer and light snacks. Cash bar available. This is a 21+ event.
Wine and beer at our events is generously donated by Busa Wine and Spirits.