Early 2011 Events on the Bicentennial of Charles Sumner

Thursday, January 20, 6 pm
Abiel Smith School, Museum of African American History, 46 Joy Street, Boston
Prof. John Stauffer of Harvard University introduces “Senator Charles Sumner and His Beacon Hill Roots.” This event begins the House’s bicentennial commemoration of Longfellow’s best friend. Free with admission to the Abiel Smith School (free for African American History Museum members; $5 for adults; $3 for visitors under 18 years old or over 61).

Thursday, February 17, 6 pm - NEW
Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston
The editor of the Charles Sumner Papers, Beverly Wilson Palmer, highlights the senator’s achievements in a talk titled “‘To Place the Federal Govt on the Side of Freedom’: Remembering Charles Sumner.” Free, with a 5:30 reception. Please call 617-646-0560 to reserve a space.

Friday, February 25, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm
Longfellow House
Special tours of the House on the theme of “Henry W. Longfellow & Charles Sumner—The Poet & the Politician.” Free. Tours filled on a “first come, first served” basis.

Friday, February 25, 6 pm
Longfellow House
Curatorial tour of the House focused on “Charles Sumner’s Art & Sculpture.” Free. Reservations required. To reserve space, visit our page for the event at Eventbrite or call the House at 617-876-4491.

Saturday, February 26, 10 am
Story Chapel, Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge
The annual Longfellow Birthday Celebration will have the theme of “Henry W. Longfellow & Charles Sumner, Best Friends.” John Stauffer, chair of the History of American Civilization program at Harvard, speaks on the two men. Wreath-laying ceremony and refreshments to follow. Free.

Thursday, March 24, 6 pm
Longfellow carriage house
Ryan McNabb, National Park Service ranger, describes “Beacon Hill’s Black Heritage Trail.” Free. Reservations required. To reserve space, visit our page for the event at Eventbrite or call the House at 617-876-4491.

April and ongoing - NEW
Mount Auburn Cemetery
The Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery unveils a special letterbox in honor of Charles Sumner. Learn more about the family activity of letterboxing here.

Saturday, April 30, 1 pm - NEW
Mount Auburn Cemetery
The Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery explores “The Many Sides of Sumner” by visiting his grave and those of many friends and associates. $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Please call 617-547-7105 for more information.

Saturday, May 14, 10 am - 3:30 pm - NEW
Abiel Smith School, Longfellow House, Mount Auburn Cemetery
Three linked guided tours follow the life of Charles Sumner from his birth on Beacon Hill through his death in 1874. Each segment of the tour is approximately an hour long and takes place in a different site. Free. Space is limited. To reserve space in the walking tour starting at the Abiel Smith School at 10 am, please call 617-742-5415. To reserve space in the house tour at Longfellow House at 1 pm, please call 617-876-4491. To reserve space in the walking tour at Mount Auburn Cemetery at 2:30 pm, please call 617-547-7105.

Thursday, May 19, 6 pm
First Parish Church, Church Street, Cambridge
The Cambridge Forum hosts a Charles Sumner Bicentennial Celebration coinciding with the rededication of the Sumner statue in Harvard Square. Speakers include Beverly Morgan-Welch, Executive Director of the African American History Museum, Boston and Nantucket, and Prof. Daniel R. Coquillette of Boston College. Free.