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New Meetup: Joanne Pope Melish talk, Slavery in 18th Century @ Royall House - Slave Quarters

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 1:25 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: Joanne Pope Melish talk, Slavery in 18th Century @ Royall House - Slave Quarters

When: May 30,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: The Royall House and Slave Quarters in Medford, Massachusetts is holding a fundraiser for their house on May 30, 2009, and although the price is much more than their usual $7.00 per person for a tour of their house and archeology site, I was still going to attend it. Tickets for this fundraiser are $35.00. Can't make it? That's fine! I was going to plan a detailed Nerd Fun group tour later. After contacting them, they recommend scheduling a group tour for Nerd Fun around June.

From the Royall House and Slave Quarters site:

"Second Century Celebration -- Royall House and Slave Quarters
May 30, 2009, 3-5 pm

"On the grounds of the Royall House and Slave Quarters, 15 George Street, Medford, Massachusetts. Featuring Delicious hors d'oeuvres and libations - Music - Tours and a talk by Joanne Pope Melish -- nationally-renowned scholar and author, who will speak on: "Africa, Antigua, New England: Triangulating Slavery in the 18th-Century Atlantic World" -- Tickets just $35 - all proceeds benefit the Royall House Association

"For tickets and/or Sponsorships, please use this PDF form . For questions, please send an e-mail to [address removed]".

... it appears that the very general tour of the house and the property starts at 3:00 pm, with the Joanne Pope Melish talk at 4:00 pm.

About Joanne Pope Melish:

"Joanne Pope Melish is associate professor of history at the University of Kentucky, where she teaches American and African American history. Her research focuses on slavery, emancipation, and the development of racial ideologies from the colonial period through Reconstruction, especially in the northern colonies and states. She is author of Disowning Slavery: Gradual Emancipation and "Race" in New England,[masked] (1998) and is currently working on a book about the evolving racial order and how it was encoded in language in the northern United States between 1780 and 1880".

About the Royall House:

"After Isaac Royall, Jr. fled to England, the General Court confiscated his estate. The mansion was used during the early months of the Revolution by Generals Lee, Stark, and Sullivan, and was visited by George Washington who, according to legend, interrogated two British soldiers in the Marble Chamber.

"The mansion was used during the early months of the Revolution by Generals Lee, Stark, and Sullivan, and was visited by George Washington.
After the Revolution, Washington's secretary, Colonel Cary lived in the house for two years and in 1790 William Woodbridge kept a boarding and day school in the house. In 1804 the estate was returned to Isaac Royall, Jr.'s heir, his granddaughter Elizabeth (Royall) Hutton, who sold the estate to Robert Fletcher for ?16,000 in 1806.

"Fletcher, in turn, sold portions of the property to a group of investors, and it was eventually sold (in 1810) to Jacob and Ruth (Dawes) Tidd. Jacob Tidd was a successful rum distiller in Medford who owned a fashionable home in Boston. The Royall estate was intended to be a summer home for him and his family, and he purchased many acres of land surrounding the house, which he used for the cultivation of flowers and fruit trees. After he passed away in 1821, Ruth Tidd lived in the house year-round until she died 40 years later in 1861. The house passed through several hands after this, and by the end of the 19th century had fallen into disrepair.

" A number of interior and exterior restorations of the buildings and site have been conducted over the years, and in 1962, the Royall House was designated a National Historic Landmark.

"Today the Royall House Association (RHA) owns and operates the Royall House and Slave Quarters as a museum and educational resource, with seasonal tours, a public program series and more".

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Where to meet:

Er, I dunno... need to look into this. T.J. Maher is 5 foot 7, with short brown hair, blue eyes, and a red MEETUP sign attached to his black messenger bag.

Directions by Car:

Directions by Public Transportation:

"MBTA Bus 96 from Harvard Square or Davis Square (Red Line) stops on Main Street, next to George Street: MBTA Bus 96 Schedule. (From Medford Square, the 96 stops on George Street next to the Royall House.

"MBTA Bus 101 from Malden Center (Orange Line) or Sullivan Square (Blue Line) stops on Main Street, next to George Street: MBTA Bus 101 Schedule".

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