The year 2020 marks major milestones in American and local history, including the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment and the 400th anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower. The way we choose to interpret and commemorate such significant historical events—as well as the people impacted by them—can provide valuable insights into contemporary society. The Back Roads of the South Shore is pleased to present the 2020 South Shore History Symposium, Myth, Meaning & Memory: Commemoration on the South Shore. This annual conference offers an exciting opportunity for regional historians to present research and share behind-the-scenes projects happening at local museums and historic sites.
This year’s presentations will explore the legacy of the Mayflower Compact, the indigenous perspective of the settlement of Plymouth, the evolution of succotash as a commemorative dish, and the fight to secure women’s right to vote. Keynote speaker Stephen Kenney, Director of the Commonwealth Museum, will examine the trial of Sacco and Vanzetti, two Italian immigrants arrested in the spring of 1920 for murder in a South Braintree payroll robbery. The case, which has many South Shore connections, gained international attention and continues to fascinate historians 100 years later.
Back Roads of the South Shore is a consortium of 20 non-profit organizations operating over 25 historic sites in 12 towns along the South Shore of Massachusetts, from Weymouth to Plymouth. The group is dedicated to celebrating the history and spirit of the region.
Date: Saturday, March 28, 2020
Time: 9:30 a.m. — 1:00 p.m. (Registration opens at 9:00 a.m.)
Location: Spire Center for the Performing Arts, 25 ½ Court Street, Plymouth, MA
Registration Fee: $20/person, includes refreshments and five presentations
Make checks payable to: Back Roads of the South Shore (or BRSS)
Mail checks to: Plymouth Antiquarian Society, P.O. Box 3773, Plymouth, MA 02361
Contact & Tickets: Anne Mason, Plymouth Antiquarian Society
Contact Phone: 508-746-0012