Grant Awarded for "Expanding Our Narratives" Series

Historic Newton has won a grant from the Newton Cultural Council and the Mass Cultural Council to support “Expanding Our Narratives,” a series of programs which take a closer look at the people who have been historically marginalized through race, sexual orientation or gender identity, and disability.

Through the programs, the audience actively engages in learning about those who may have been left out of the traditional historical narrative, and how their experiences can inform our understanding of the past as well as current social issues.

The next event in the series, “Disability History: Overlooked Stories,” takes place Tuesday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue. Students from Gann Academy share their research about individuals who attended the Fernald School in Waltham and the Peabody Home in Newton. Panels from the exhibition “Division, Unity, Hardship and Progress: A Disability History of the United States” will be on display during the program.

“Out in Newton: LGBTQ History” takes place Thursday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue. From creating the first Gay-Straight Alliance at an American public high school to hosting one of the nation’s first gay weddings at City Hall, Newton has been at the forefront of LGBTQ history. Hear from those who participated in groundbreaking events and join us for a conversation.

Both events are free; donations are appreciated.

In the fall, we presented “The Power of Language: Our Evolving Narratives,” a discussion in which a panel of experts introduced how language is evolving to reflect changes in our understanding and tolerance of differences. They also considered how negative labels influenced people in the past, and we can create a more inclusive society as we move into the 21st century.

“The Power of the Body: Movement and Community Conversation,” took place in January with a yoga session and conversation about how to create inclusive spaces for people with a broad range of personal histories.

These programs are supported in part by a grant from the Newton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.