Dec 1 @ 4:00 pm

In response to a precipitous rise in the price of kosher meat, thousands of Jewish women took to the streets of Manhattan’s Lower East Side on May 15, 1902. Their stated intention was to shut down every kosher butcher shop until prices came down. What was conceived as a nonviolent effort did not remain so for long. In The Great Kosher Meat War of 1902: Immigrant Housewives and the Riots That Shook New York City (University of Nebraska Press, 2020), writer and historian Scott D. Seligman tells the twin stories of the Beef Trust, the midwestern cartel that conspired to keep meat prices high despite efforts by the U.S. government to curtail its nefarious practices, and the mostly uneducated female immigrants who discovered their collective consumer power. With few resources and little experience but a great deal of steely determination, this group of women organized themselves into a potent fighting force, and in their first foray into the political arena in their adopted country, successfully challenged powerful vested corporate interests and set a pattern for future generations to follow.

Deciphering the Past: Transcription Hour @ Science History Institute
Dec 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join the American Philosophical Society (APS) and the Science History Institute for this three-part series on deciphering historical documents throughout time. Puzzle through mysterious writing and try your hand at decrypting colloquialisms and unfamiliar spellings with APS fellow Julie Fisher. In each session we’ll be working with a specially selected manuscript straight from our vaults. Learn tips you can use when transcribing historical documents, practice new skills, and discover your inner detective.

Please check back to see which manuscript we will feature during our December session!

About the Speaker

Julie Fisher holds a PhD in history from the University of Delaware, with a focus on early American and Native American history. She is currently at the American Philosophical Society as the Members Bibliography and Biography Postdoctoral Fellow. Before coming to the APS she was a consulting editor with the Native Northeast Portal, a digital humanities project based at Yale University from 2017 to 2019, and the primary investigator for a National Park Service grant at the Roger Williams National Memorial in Providence, Rhode Island, from 2016 to 2018. She began transcribing and learning paleography skills for her first book, Ninigret, Sachem of the Niantics and Narragansetts: Diplomacy, War, and the Balance of Power in Seventeenth-Century New England and Indian Country. She has been transcribing ever since.

Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Drawing on period texts and illustrations (travelogues, almanacs, journals, advertisements) promoting coal, this talk will consider how contemporary audiences came to understand this fossil fuel in three ways: through the lens of landscape, as a geological specimen, and as a central component of the domestic sphere. Come learn about how coal’s multiple roles in the visual economy of the early-19th-century prompted a broadening of its use in the following decades.

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About Rebecca Szantyr

Rebecca Szantyr was the 2019-2020 William H. Helfand Visual Culture Fellow at the Library Company of Philadelphia. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at Brown University, where her research focuses on 18th- and 19th-century print culture. Her dissertation on the Neapolitan-American artist Nicolino Calyo examines the overlap of popular culture and the fine arts in the Atlantic World. From 2015-2018, Rebecca was the Florence B. Selden Fellow in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Yale University Art Gallery, where she curated exhibitions on Jacob Lawrence and the history of caricature. Her research has been supported by the American Antiquarian Society, the Joukowsky Research Travel Fund at Brown, the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, and the Library Company.

Essential Work in the Cultural Field: Mental Health @ Museum Association of New York and Museum Hue
Dec 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This conversation will highlight how the Studio Museum in Harlem and Colored Girls Museum provide a holistic approach to mental health and well-being. Their therapeutic approaches and techniques are rooted in the idea that creative expression can foster healing.

  • Chloe Hayward, LCAT, ATR-BC, Manager Education Programs, The Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Vashti Dubois, Executive Director, Colored Girls Museum
  • Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Museum Hue

The program is free but advance registration required. Closed Caption and/or ASL interpretation will be provided upon request.

Women Lighthouse Keepers @ Ocean County Historical Society
Dec 6 @ 2:00 pm

Celebrate yet one more important role women have played in our national and state history when you tune in to Ocean County Historical Society’s Zoom presentation. Mary Rasa, historian, former National Park interpreter, and former museum curator at Sandy Hook, will present her discoveries as she researched records and artifacts and did oral history interviews. You will learn about the U.S. Lighthouse Service from colonial days until when the Coast Guard took over in 1939, lighthouse technology and administrative history, and the second national paid position given to women in the U.S. beside that of clerk: lighthouse keeper. You will enjoy meeting several of the 140 courageous and hard-working official women keepers who enabled seafarers to navigate the U.S. shorelines more safely.

The Ocean County Historical Society remains closed out of an abundance of caution. Still, we are finding ways to continue our mission, “telling the stories of Ocean County”. In this spirit, we are proud to announce we will resume our popular lecture series online, using the free “Zoom” platform. Attending a Zoom talk is as simple as clicking the link we will send you via email a few days before the event. (You may wish to create a free Zoom account in advance, for the sake of ease, by visiting

To register for a Zoom program, please e-mail us at stating the date of the program(s) for which you are registering, your zip code, and the email address that we should use to send you instructions for accessing the program.

Virtual Tour and Discussion Innovations in Museum Practice: Tang Teaching Museum @ Museum Association of New York
Dec 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Michael Janairo, Manager of Communications and Strategic Initiatives, Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College

Join us for a tour and a discussion at The Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, a leading academic museum and well-regarded participant in national investigations of contemporary art, education, and cultural concerns. You will see highlights of the Museum’s 16,500-object collection and gain insights about the Tang’s innovative practices.

Virtual Program

Registrants will receive the Zoom link via email the day before or by 11:30 AM for same-day registrations. Registration will close at 11:20 AM.

Monday, December 7, 2020

12 – 1 PM

Live program is free, MANY Members will have access to the program recording; advance registration required. 

Please submit any questions you may have for the presenter when you register.

Closed Caption and/or ASL Interpretation will be provided upon request. Please contact us via email.

Renwick Invitational 2020 Virtual Conversation: Artist Rowland Ricketts and Curator Emily Zilber
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm

Learn more about art and process in a lively online conversation with Forces of Nature: Renwick Invitational 2020 artist Rowland Ricketts and exhibition guest curator Emily Zilber. Discover how Ricketts’s farm-to-studio artistic practice uses natural dyes and historical techniques to create contemporary textiles and immersive site-specific installations. This program is presented in partnership with the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum.

Photo credit: Rowland Rickets dyeing cloth with his grown, harvested, and processed indigo. Photo courtesy the artist

Q&A with PNJ: Preservation Activism @ Preservation New Jersey
Dec 10 @ 1:00 pm

How do you build a movement around preservation? We’ll ask Dr. Doris Carpenter who worked in Camden, New Jersey on a team that worked tirelessly and effectively to bring crucial attention to Camden High School. Though the school was ultimately demolished – the energy, partnerships, action, and publicity secured by passionate advocates provides a case study in preservation activism.

Dr. Doris Carpenter was reared in the city of Camden, New Jersey, and attended Camden City public schools. After graduating Camden High School, she received her bachelor’s degree in
Music Education from Westminster Choir College, a master’s degree in educational theory and Administration from Rutgers University and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from Temple University in Psycho-educational Processes. Dr. Carpenter is a Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association.

A Call to Justice, Action, and Mercy @ Montclair Art Museum
Dec 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join MAM’s African American Cultural Committee and The Bibliophiles, Inc.– the oldest, continuously operating, incorporated, Black book club in America – for a public book group discussion of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson.

The bestselling book, which has been adapted into a feature film, has been described as “an unforgettable true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to end mass incarceration in America.”

Stevenson is a public interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. He’s the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), a museum and memorial. The Legacy Museum bears witness from enslavement to mass incarceration; while The National Memorial for Peace and Justice is the nation’s first dedicated to people terrorized by lynching.

The Bibliophiles heard the power and conviction of Mr. Stevenson’s voice and included Just Mercy as part of its 2017 reading list.

We are very excited to share this work with the audience.

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption is available through a partnership with Source of Knowledge Book Store. You can buy in-person or online.  It is also available locally at Watchung Booksellers or at your local library.

Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon: Chicanx Art and Artists Edition @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Dec 11 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join us for a virtual Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon that helps to highlight more artists and stories like those featured in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s landmark exhibition ¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to NowThe exhibition brings together five decades of innovative printmaking by Chicano artists to explore the social justice-rooted artistic tradition and its contemporary legacy. Many of the featured artists came of age during the civil rights era and channeled the period’s social activism into assertive aesthetic statements that announced a new political and cultural consciousness among people of Mexican descent in the United States. Learn how to edit and create new Wikipedia articles in this online editing workshop and work to amplify and expand on articles about Chicanx women and LGBTQ+ artists. All levels of technological proficiency welcome.