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Why Not Have Lincoln Day on 10 August?

Come to the 4th Annual Civil War Concert with Dixon's Gold at 4pm!

Come Early, from 2-4pm: See Exhibits and Re-Enactor Drills from the 22nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry! Go Inside the Lincoln Cabin and Forbes House Museum. And have a Sandwich!


Members of the band, Dixon’s Gold, from left to right, Jill Gross, Donn Scott Shetler, Eric Kilburn and John Moriconi at the 3rd Annual Civil War Concert, 11 August 2013.


The 4th annual Civil War Concert featuring the band, Dixon’s Gold, will take place on the grounds of the Forbes House Museum on Sunday, 10 August at 4pm.


Dixon’s Gold, comprised of lead musician, Donn Scott Shetler, along with Jill Gross, Bruce Millard, John Moriconi and Mitch Nelin will cover songs sung by Civil War troops, both north and south.


The band will perform with mandolin, mandocello, string bass, trumpet, penny whistle, clarinet, banjo, and guitar, along with vocals. They will play favorites such as Johnny Comes Marching Home, The Battle Cry of Freedom and Lakes Of The Pontchatrain. The audience will be encouraged to sing along.


“The music can be traced back to ballads from the old country, England and Ireland,” says Donn Scott Shetler, “since many conscripts were immigrants or descendants of those countries.”


From 2-4pm, the festivities will include a Victorian PT Barnum style exhibit, The Fee Jee Mermaid, by the United States Sanitary Commission Boston Branch (the civilian branch of the 22nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry).


The 22nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry will perform re-enactor drills, and there will be tours of the FHM Lincoln Cabin and viewing of the 1924 silent film featuring Mary Bowditch Forbes and the Grand Army of the Republic.


The Lincoln Cabin, an exact replica of President Lincoln’s Hodgenville, KY birthplace, was built in 1924 by Dorchester native Thomas Murdock and commissioned by Mary Bowditch Forbes (1878- 1962). Ms. Forbes, the daughter and granddaughter of China Trade merchants, collected President Lincoln and Civil War memorabilia for 50 years.


Members of the United States Sanitary Commission Boston Branch (the civilian branch of the 22nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry) on the front steps of Forbes House Museum on 11 August 2013.


Here’s what you need to know to enjoy the afternoon at Forbes House Museum on 10 August:


Come Early to see the Civil War re-enactors and the FHM Lincoln cabin from 2-4pm.


The Concert with Dixon’s Gold begins at 4pm on the south lawn of the Museum! Concert goers MUST bring their own lawn chairs and/or blankets.


Tickets can be purchased in advance (in fact we strongly suggest that you do) by calling the Museum with a credit card at 617.696.1815, or using the Paypal link here:


Adult $15; Adult Member $13
Student/Senior $10; Student/Senior Member $8
Children under age 5 are free!


Purchase your tickets in advance, and order a box meal from Gerard's in Adams Village for $10 per person! The box contains a sandwich, fruit cup, chips, brownie and bottled water (your choice of chicken salad, ham and cheese or vegetarian).


*Please note: the deadline for ordering a box meal is 11am on Saturday, 9 August!


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For more information on Donn Scott Shetler and Dixon’s Gold, visit the website: www.cmonman.com

or the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/donnscott.shetler?fref=ts.


For more information about the 22nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, and the United States Sanitary Commission Boston Branch (the civilian branch of the 22nd Massachusetts), visit their website at: www.22ndmass.org.


For more information on programs, events, exhibits and group tours at Forbes House Museum, call 617.696.1815.



The 4th Annual Civil War Concert with Dixon’s Gold is sponsored in part by the Milton Cultural Council. www.mass-culture.org/milton


Want to know what songs your will hear at the Dixon’s Gold Concert? Here’s a partial playlist:

Ashokan Farewell: Jay Ungar
Battle Cry Of Freedom: George Fredrick Root
Kingdom Coming : Henry Clay
Two Brothers: Irving Gordon
My Southern Solder Boy: Captain G.W. Alexander
Flora (The Lily Of THe West): Traditional
Hard Times: Steven Foster
Shebeg & Shemore: Traditional
The Valiant Conscript: (Yankee Doodle) ( Lucy Locket)
Dixons Gold : Donn Scott Shetler
Lakes Of The Pontchatrain: Traditional
Fenario: Traditional
The Rebel Soldier: Southern Appalachian
Tenting Tonight: Walter Kittredge
Johnny Comes Marching Home: Patrick Gilmore
Dimming Of The Day: Richard Thompson




Summer - Fall 2014
Mary Bowditch Forbes and the FHM Lincoln Collection
An Exhibition at the Milton Public Library



The FHM Lincoln Cabin, an exact 16 x 18ft, replica of the Hodgenville, KY, birth cabin of President Abraham Lincoln, taken soon after its construction in 1924.


The exhibition, Mary Bowditch Forbes and the Lincoln Collection is on view in the second floor Local History Gallery at Milton Public Library, 476 Canton Avenue, Milton, from summer through fall 2014.


The artworks and memorabilia are drawn from the permanent collection of the Forbes House Museum, acquired Mary Bowditch Forbes (1878- 1962), granddaughter of Captain Robert Bennet Forbes, over a fifty year period beginning in 1909. The exhibit is comprised of paintings, prints, drawings, photographs and documents highlighting aspects of the American Civil War and the building of the FHM Lincoln Cabin.


Among the works on view are a series of Currier and Ives prints depicting major battles in the Civil War and portraits of Thomas Murdock, the carpenter who built the exact replica of Lincoln’s Hodgenville, Kentucky birth cabin on the grounds of Forbes House.


The exhibit is made possible through a partnership between three Milton organizations spearheaded by Brian Doherty, President of the Milton Historical Society, Dan Hacker, Assistant Director of the Milton Public Library and Robin Tagliaferri, Executive Director of the Forbes House Museum.


The project is also made possible through the support of Will Adamczyk, Director of the Milton Public Library, and his staff.


“The exhibit is gift to the residents of Milton,” says Tagliaferri. “We wanted to give back to the community for its support of the Museum over the years.”


The Forbes House Museum is celebrating its 50th anniversary, offering new and expanded programs and events throughout 2014.


“The exhibit also commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War which took the lives of over 600,000 people, including the 25 soldiers from Milton whose names are engraved on the Civil War Memorial in Town Hall,” says Doherty.


The exhibit will remain on view for several months, culminating with two lectures in the Keyes Room at the Milton Public Library:


Milton Historian and Author, Anthony Sammarco, will give a presentation on the life of Mary Bowditch Forbes on Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 7pm;


Rhode Island Chief Justice (retired) and Lincoln Historian, Frank Williams, will give a presentation on the mental health of President Abraham Lincoln on Sunday, 19 October, 2pm.


For more information on programs and events at the Milton Historical Society and the Milton Public Library, visit their websites:






















Thursday, 16 October 2014, 7:00 pm
Forbes House Museum Annual Meeting


Save the date for the Forbes House Museum's Annual Meeting! The public is welcome to attend.


A reception with beverage and light fare will be offered at the conclusion of the program. Please R.S.V.P. to the FHM office at 617.696.1815.



Thursday, 20 November 2014, 5:30- 8:00pm
Lower Mills Merchants Association Holiday Stroll


The Forbes House Museum will open its doors again for the annual Lower Mills Holiday Stroll. Get into the holiday spirit with refreshments and musical performances from Milton High School students. For more details about this event visit the Merchant's Association website at http://www.lowermillsmerchants.com/



Saturday, 28 March 2015, 1pm
Victorian Egg Hunt


The 5TH Annual Victorian Egg Hunt will take place on the grounds of the Forbes House Museum on Saturday, 28 March, beginning promptly at 1pm. Children ages 3- 8 are welcome. Hundreds of eggs will be hidden on the east and west lawns of the estate. The Museum will hide colorful plastic eggs containing toy surprises!


Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Parents/grandparents should call the Museum at 617.696.1815 by Friday, 27 March at 5pm to pre-register. Admission is $10 per child. Admission includes a colorful handle basket to gather eggs. The handle basket will contain a number of special gifts prior to the commencement of the hunt.


Egg hunters and their parent arrive at the Museum 30 minutes early to check- in and receive handle baskets.


After the hunt, Angela Bonds, Children’s Librarian from the Boston Public Library Lower Mills Branch, will offer a story hour on the Museum’s south porch. Ms. Bonds will read a selection of children’s favorite spring time stories. Light refreshments will be served, and prizes will be drawn from among participating egg hunters!


The Victorian Egg Hunt is sponsored by R. H. Pike Insurance Agency, Milton, Kumon Math and Reading Center of Milton, Pro Forma Printing and Promotion, Milton/Walpole, The Ice Creamsmith, Lower Mills, Dorchester and the Boston Public Library Lower Mills Branch.


The FHM wishes to accommodate children with challenges. If your child has a disability, and she/he plans to participate in the Victorian Egg Hunt, please call the Museum before Friday, 11 April to inform our staff.


About Angela Bonds:

Angela P. Bonds joined the staff at the Boston Public Library Lower Mills Branch in October 2011. She previously worked at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library. Ms. Bonds earned a degree in Library Science degree from Simmons College in December of 2009. She has extensive experience working with the Library’s special/research collection and working with the general public.



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