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Saturday, 24 January 2015, 8 – 11 p.m.
Forbes House Museum 50th Anniversary Gala – Winter Wonderland
Please join the Forbes House Museum in celebrating its Golden Anniversary as we look back at our accomplishments over the past 50 years and plan ahead to a future where preservation of the 1833 mansion will be a priority.
Tickets to Winter Wonderland are $100 per person must be purchased in advance before January 10, 2015. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Museum with a credit card at 617.696.1815, mailing a check to FHM, 215 Adams Street, Milton, MA 02186 or using the PayPal "Add to Cart" button below.
Summer 2014 - Spring 2015
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:
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.