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The Museum of Afro American History in Boston is New England's largest African American history museum, with three national historic sites dating back to the 1800's: the African Meeting House in Boston (1806), the Abiel Smith School (1835) and the African Meeting House in Nantucket (1824) Education programs are offered around exhibits, including "Separate Schools, Unequal Education", an Object Theater Presentation on "Building a Firm Foundation," and "The Times We Had, including historical artifacts and art works. Computer interactives cover the topics: " The Atlantic Voyage", "Conscience, Valor, Glory, " "Shake a Nation ("Newspapers, speeches) and "The Abiel Smith School" (now under construction). The Black Heritage Trail is a 1.6 walking tour that relates to the free black community on the back of Beacon Hill.

The Nantucket Meeting House offers programs in the summer, and is part of a black history walking tour (tours by appointment.)

Nantucket Historical Association is a center for Nantucket heritage covering over 300 years of Island history, including the Peter Foulger Museum, the Whaling Museum, a research library, and historic sites: The Hadwen House (1845), the Jethro Coffin House (1686, Island's oldest house), The Old Mill (1745), the Old Gaol (1806), the Fire Hose Cart House (1886) and Macy-Christian House (1745). The regular schedule of Saturday walking tours has an expanded seasonal schedule in mid-May. Living History programs for students include hands-on activities based on island life during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The Stackpole Research Library has recently reopened at a larger location (7 Fair St.) where books, manuscript materials, photo images can be seen, and a changing exhibit on library collections is shown.


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