UPDATED Nov. 19: The Arlington Historical Society has released its listing of programs for 2021-22. Its regular location for Tuesday’s 7:30 p.m. programs is the Masonic Temple, 19 Academy St. (disabled access is at rear).
With "My Story," the society resumes and expands on the 2019-2020 program theme: The Covid-19 pandemic brought an abrupt suspension to our public programming in March 2020 and prevented gathering for the entire 2020-2021 season—a first in the history of the society. Next up:
'Bullet-Riddled Artifacts: Curated Objects of Memory' by Joel Bohy on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m.
By bringing together scholars and technologists in conflict archaeology, forensics, and material culture, Joel Bohy led a multiyear study of battle damage at historic houses. The Jason Russell House was at its heart, revealing a surprising amount of new information.
Joel Bohy (moree below) will present an illustrated lecture for the Arlington Historical Society on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, 19 Academy St.
It is free for members and $5 for nonmembers. This program will be simulcast live to members -- visit arlingtonhistorical.org/
He went on to become an expert in militaria, working on numerous conflict archaeology projects such as the “Parker’s Revenge” site at Minute Man National Historical Park. It was here he met forensic archeologist Dr. Douglas D. Scott, who pioneered new archaeological techniques at the Little Big Horn battlefield in the 1980s.
Bohy’s team used this practice of combining tools of forensics with experimental archaeology for projects such as a live fire ballistics studies of the weapons used in the American Revolution.
They fired reproduction weapons at cloth, ballistics gelatin, and wood, collecting velocity data to better understand the weaponry. This also helped them to look at bullet strikes in a different way, and they proposed to re-examine the extant holes at the Jason Russell House for a closer look.
Unbelievably, they soon found more holes and damage throughout the house. All of this was meticulously measured on entry and exit sides with calipers, residual lead tests, and ballistics rods to assess the trajectory. These data led to even more discoveries in the house.
Bohy’s presentation will also address some of the items in the society’s collection, many of which are now on display, in its new exhibition “Menotomy – Road to Revolution,” which will open to the public in April 2022.
The team measured musket balls, clapboard and door fragments, and interior shutters that came from damaged buildings in Arlington that no longer exist.
Also part of the project was the donation of services to complete a 3-D laser scan and ground-penetrating radar investigation of the lawn. . Bohy will use all of these materials to visually explain the exciting research and discoveries. “Nothing quite like this has ever been done before and people become fascinated by it,” says Bohy.
Bohy has an enduring passion for the material culture related to military history. Growing up in nearby Concord, Bohy began collecting at an early age and developed a passion for the arms, equipment and uniforms of the common soldier from the American Revolutionary War through World War II.
He is an active member of the American Society of Arms Collectors and an instructor for advanced metal detecting for the archeologist. He is the current director of historic arms & militaria at Bruneau & Co Auctioneers.
His passion for militaria has led him to write and lecture with the Society for Historical Archaeology, Fields of Conflict archaeology conference, Colonial Williamsburg, “Weapons of War” conference, Concord Museum, and Minute Man National Historical Park. He co-authored “The Arms of Lexington and Concord” in The American Rifleman Magazine, “Colonial Era Firearm Bullet Performance: A Live Fire Experimental Study" for Archaeological Interpretation and Firearm Bullet Performance: Phase II, Live Fire Experimental Study for Archaeological Interpretation Colonial Pistol, Colonial Fowler, Colonial Rifle, and a Civil War Rifled Musket. His profile can also be seen in “The Magazine Antiques.”
Sunday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m.
OUR SAMPLER PRESERVATION PROJECT
Sara Lundberg, Museum Director
Program held in Smith Museum at Jason Russell House
Needlework samplers are captivating artifacts of historic adolescence, critical for practical purposes to demonstrate key skills for managing a home. They also were forms of artistic expression and outward manifestations of gentility that could represent part of a family’s pursuit of upward mobility.
*This project was made possible by a Partnership Grant from Freedom’s Way Heritage Area and from the Arlington Cultural Council.
Tuesday, Feb. 22
PLYMOUTH COLONY ARCHEOLOGY: NEW INSIGHTS ON COLONIAL & INDIGENEOUS COMMUNITIES
Christa Beranek, Archeologist
Discover the first intact deposits from inside the palisaded settlement in downtown Plymouth (a house site dating ca. 1620-1660) and a Wampanoag occupation area contemporary with the early town, revealing social and cultural interactions between the English and Wampanoag in the 17th century.
Tuesday, March 29
GEORGE Y. WELLINGTON REMEMBERS
Portrayed by A. Michael Ruderman
I helped found the Arlington Historical Society and was its second president. I also was a surveyor for the Lexington & West Cambridge Rail Road and continued railroading in Cincinnati. I later managed the Arlington horse street-railway and made my financial success in the insurance business. This will be my first talk before the Society in over 100 years, where I shall reminisce about some of the changes Arlington has undergone during my lifetime.
Tuesday, April 26
NOT JUST FOR CHURCHES
Jonathan Ambrosino, Organ Consultant
Eric Helmuth, Organist
In the era before recorded music, the pipe organ allowed a single musician to entertain the masses in many types of secular venues. Enjoy a fun and nostalgic look at this era of music-making, including a demonstration of the fine organ of the 1923 Masonic Temple of today’s Mystic Valley Lodge.
Tuesday, May 24
The Louise Ruma Ivers Memorial Lecture
CONSTANTS AND CHANGES IN SHARING ARLINGTON HISTORY: A 25-YEAR RETROSPECTIVE CONVEYED IN IMAGES
Richard A. Duffy
In my 25+ years showcasing a vast array of topics on Arlington’s history, the ways of discovery and depth of resources have changed more than in any previous quarter-century. We’ve been handed golden keys to our past. How do we use them to properly unlock its secrets? My story unfolds using familiar and never-before-shown images of Arlington.
Tuesday, Oct. 26: WHILE YOU WERE AWAY: A TRIOOF DRAMATIC CHANGES
- Chuck Kraemer: Reimagining the Smith Museum
- Sara Lundberg: New role for the Assembly Room
- Robert Brazile: Geo-Thermal Climate Control for the Jason Russell House
The Arlington Historical Society is an independent nonprofit with a mission dedicated to preserving the Jason Russell House and the Society’s collections, and to discovering and sharing information about Arlington’s history.
This news announcement was published Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, and updated Nov. 19.
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