Coming up! The Final Programs for One Book 2014

This year has proved to be a rich exploration of the birth of our country! We’ve heard tales of the American Revolution from different points of view; visited the sites of the iconic Bunker Hill battle; read poems of the day; discussed the artworks born from this revolutionary period; and now we will draw it all to a close with two final programs that we help you will join us for:

Saturday, May 3 at 3:00PM: Spencer Aston of the Powers Music School faculty and The Fenway Brass Quintet will play William Billings, broadside ballads, and more music heard from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War. The concert is free thanks to the sponsorship of the Friends of the Belmont Public Library and the other One Book One Belmont co-sponsors.


Tuesday, May 6 at 7:30 PM at the Beech Street Center, we are pleased to welcome author Nathaniel Philbrick for a talk on the award winning book and One Book One Belmont 2014 selection, Bunker Hill: A city, a Siege, a Revolution. 

Refreshments will be served, and a book signing will be hosted at the end.

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The Revolution in Boston – as Seen at the MFA

Paul_RevereMany of the portraits and paintings that illustrate Bunker Hill come from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, including the portrait Paul Revere© Museum of Fine Arts, Boston shown here. Explore what these masterpieces tell us about the artists of the Revolutionary period, their subjects,  and their society, in a discussion led by Nicole Claris, MFA Manager of School Programs. The program is free and will take place at 7:30 PM Wednesday, April 29, in the Belmont Public Library Assembly Room. Click here for more information.

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Phillis Wheatley and Slavery in Boston

wheatley-statueAt the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, about one-fifth of the families in Boston were slave owners, including some of the most outspoken patriots. This irony was addressed by Phillis Wheatley, a Boston slave and one of the early republic’s most famous poets. Learn more about Wheatley’s remarkable life – and what she had to say about independence – at a talk at 7:30 PM Wednesday, April 23, by John Stauffer, Harvard Professor of English and American Studies and African American Studies.

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