Fantastic Arts and Attractions in
Greater Taunton


Lecture: “Stabbed in the Back”

“Stabbed in the Back: The Life of Civil War Private James Gillispie” presented by Norman DuPuis and Irene Watson Spend the afternoon at the Museum as we hear from Norman DuPuis and Irene Watson speak on their book "Stabbed in the Back: The Life of Civil War Private James Gillispie," a biographical novel based on the life of Irish immigrant, Civil War soldier, and great-great-grandfather of Mr. DuPuis, James Gillispie of Taunton. It is a tale of his call to serve his adopted country, the unusual injury he endured, and the battles he fought when he returned home to Taunton as a veteran. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served at 12:30 pm with the talk to begin at 1 pm.

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Wednesday Workshop: Intro to Gouache & Watercolor Part II

Wednesday Workshop with Yellow Ochre Studio: Intro to Gouache & Watercolor Part II Come learn how to paint with gouache in this introductory class! You will learn the difference between gouache and watercolor as well as basic techniques that you’ll apply while painting a portrait of an object from the museum’s collection. This workshop is two hours in length and is limited to 12 people. To purchase tickets visit www.oldcolonyhistorymuseum.org/shop. The fee for each workshop is $10 for members, $15 for non-members, and always includes cost of materials.

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Wednesday Workshop: Intro to Gouache & Watercolor Part I

Wednesday Workshop with Yellow Ochre Studio: Intro to Gouache & Watercolor Part I Come learn how to paint with gouache in this introductory class! You will learn the difference between gouache and watercolor as well as basic techniques that you’ll apply while painting a portrait of an object from the museum’s collection. This workshop is two hours in length and is limited to 12 people. To purchase tickets visit www.oldcolonyhistorymuseum.org/shop. The fee for each workshop is $10 for members, $15 for non-members, and always includes cost of materials.

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Wednesday Workshop: Everyday Herbal Health

Nourishing our bodies is essential to maintaining health, and winter is a time when nourishment is extra important! Did you know that herbal teas are the perfect way to support your health in the coldest season? Come join us for "Everyday Herbal Health", where we will discuss the benefits of "nutritive herbal tonics," and learn how herbs can offer us the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that our bodies need to keep us well throughout the seasons. This workshop will include tea tasting & crafting your own personalized tonic tea! A South Coast native, Carissa Wills-DeMello is constantly inspired by the intelligence & abundance of nature. This led her to become a student and practitioner of Western Herbalism and to creating “Bilo Herbs”. With a belief that simple habits cultivate lifelong wellness, Bilo Herbs crafts medicinal teas and other products with the most delicious and nutritious plants possible. Carissa regularly offers herbal education, too, with a foundational belief that plant medicine belongs to each one of us! This workshop is two hours in length and is limited to 20 people. Please bring something to take notes with. For tickets visit www.oldcolonyhistorymuseum.org/shop The fee for each workshop is $10 for members, $15 for non-members, and always includes cost of materials.

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Wednesday Workshop: Intro to Crochet

Learn the basics of crochet in this workshop. This workshop is two hours in length and is limited to 20 people. Visit www.oldcolonyhistorymuseum.org/shop to purchase a ticket. The fee for this workshop is $5 for members, $10 for non-members, and always includes cost of materials.

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Free Fun Friday at Old Colony History Museum

Visit OCHM for a day of FREE FUN!! Free Fun Fridays offer visitors no-cost admission to many of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts. This program was created to increase access and enrichment opportunities for children and families throughout Massachusetts during the summer months. Every Friday, from the end of June through the end of August, multiple sites are open for free. For more information and other sites please visit http://www.highlandstreet.org/programs/free-fun-fridays

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Liberty & Union Walking Tour

Come walk the Liberty and Union Downtown Walking Tour! Join us for a free, one-hour guided tour of Historic Downtown Taunton. Our one-mile walking tour highlights some of the important architectural, cultural, and commercial sites between Church Green and Taunton Green. A great way to learn about the city, from its earliest days through the present, these tours are the third Saturday of every month, May through October, rain or shine.

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Trick or Treat at Old Colony History Museum

Everyone who visits the Museum in costume will receive free admission to the exhibits and a special treat!

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Smithsonian Museum Day Live! @ OCHM

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! Join us at OCHM for America’s annual celebration of boundless curiosity. Museum Day brings together museums, zoos & cultural centers from all 50 states to offer free admission to all ticket holders. To participate visit: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2019/ Simply select the museum you would like to visit and enter your email. Tickets will be sent to the email provided for you to print. Bring the ticket to the museum to receive free admission for two visitors!

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OCHM After Hours: Trivia Night

Are you smarter than a 3rd grader? 8th? How about 12th? Get schooled at our After Hours Trivia Night! Teams will be put to the test with questions from all different grade levels, only the best will graduate to become OCHM’s newest trivia night champs! OCHM After Hours is a program for young professionals (21 and older) looking for an evening of low-key, hands-on fun. Developed in conjunction with the Museum’s art and history collections and special exhibitions, each OCHM After Hours program will include a variety of music, hands-on art-making, food, beer, wine, cocktails and more!

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OCHM After Hours: Mele Kalikimaka

"Mele Kalikimaka" is our way of saying get out of the cold and into the Museum for our Hawaiian holiday party! Have some fun with Hawaiian-themed games and activities or come just to taste the tropical treats and drinks that will transport you to an island paradise. Hawaiian shirts strongly encouraged but not required. OCHM After Hours is a program for young professionals (21 and older) looking for an evening of low-key, hands-on fun. Developed in conjunction with the Museum’s art and history collections and special exhibitions, each OCHM After Hours program will include a variety of music, hands-on art-making, food, beer, wine, cocktails and more!

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Lecture: “American Jezebel”

Lecture presented by Eve LaPlante on her book "American Jezebel: The Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchinson, the Woman Who Defied the Puritans" In November 1637, Anne Hutchinson stood before forty male judges of the Massachusetts General Court. The 46-year-old midwife and Puritan leader, pregnant with her sixteenth child, parried their every charge of heresy and sedition. In a period when a woman could not vote, hold public office, or teach outside the home, Hutchinson showed remarkable political power, prompting Governor John Winthrop to deride her as “this American Jezebel.” Hear from her descendant, Eve LaPlante, as she presents on her definitive biography that captures Hutchinson’s life in all its complexity, presenting a riveting portrait of early America. Moving from Hutchinson’s dramatic courtroom battles to her banishment in Rhode Island, where she became the only woman ever to found an American colony, LaPlante will shed light on the origins of our modern concepts of religious freedom, equal rights, and free speech. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm with a book signing at 6:45 pm (note: cash or check only) followed by the lecture beginning at 7 pm.

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Veterans Day Lecture: A History of Camp Myles Standish

Following our Veterans Day Walking Tour, enjoy coffee and donuts in our hall while you hear from Dr. William Hanna, author of "A History of Taunton," speak about the history of Camp Myles Standish. For more information call 508-822-1622 or email ssweeney@oldcolonyhistorymuseum.org

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Arts & Humanity

Join us for a friendly, inclusive afternoon of sharing of the human spirit through the arts. Singer-songwriters and folk singers will present their original works and all are invited to simply listen and enjoy the work of these area artists and share in their vibrant, creative energy. Pre-registration is encouraged to ensure a presentation slot, please email info@oldcolonyhistorymuseum.org or call us at 508-822-1622 to get on the list.

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OCHM After Hours: Haunted History

Witches, ghosts, and goblins… think it’s all just a bunch of Hocus Pocus? Find out at our Haunted History After Hours. We’ll have food and fun inspired by the classic Halloween movie! You can show off your skills in our pumpkin carving competition, sip on some witches brew, and learn about the darker history of our city on our special walking tour. You’ll have such a great time you’ll think we put a spell on you! Consider becoming a member for reduced admission to this event (and so much more!) Walking tour 4:30 pm Party 5:30-8:00 Ticket cost: $10 for members $15 for non-members Tickets include admission to the Haunted History Downtown Walking Tour and party at the Museum, a slot in our Upside Down Escapes Competition, and a free drink! To purchase tickets visit www.oldcolonyhistorymuseum.org/shop This event is 21+, please bring a valid photo ID. OCHM After Hours is a program for young professionals (21 and older) looking for an evening of low-key, hands-on fun. Developed in conjunction with the Museum’s art and history collections and special exhibitions, each OCHM After Hours program will include a variety of music, hands-on art-making, food, beer, wine, cocktails and more!

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Other Attractions in Southeastern, MA

    • Plainrigde Park Casino

      301 Washington St
      Plainville, MA 02762
      Phone: 508-576-4500
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    • Lizzy Borden House

      230 2nd Street
      Fall River, MA 02721
      Phone: 508-675-7333
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    • NB Fishing Heritage Center

      38 Bethel Street
      New Bedford, MA 02740
      Phone: 508-993-8894
      Website

    • Fort Phoenix

      South end of Fort Street
      Fairhaven, MA 02719
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