Virtual Public Programs

Performance in the reading roomAAS seeks to connect scholars and citizens by bringing the work of historians and scholars of pre-twentieth-century America before the general public through virtual public programs. These programs also spotlight the work of creative and performing artists and writers who have conducted research at the Society.

Programs typically last 45 minutes to one hour.


bookcoverThursday August 19, 2021 at 7 pm
“Mouth and Toes: The World of 19th-Century Silhouette Artists with Disabilities”
with Laurel Daen and Marianne R. Petit



2021 Previous Programs

bookcoverThursday July 22, 2021 at 7 pm
“Mapping America: The Incredible Story and Stunning Hand-Colored Maps and Engravings That Created the United States”
with Neal Asbury and Jean-Pierre Isbouts


bookcoverTuesday, July 13, 2021 at 7 pm
“Rescued from Oblivion: Historical Cultures in the Early United States”
Alea Henle

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Thirteen ClocksTuesday, June 29, 2021 at 7 pm
"Thirteen Clocks: How Race Made America Independent"
Robert Parkinson

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Thursday, June 17, 2021, at 4 pm
“Historically Hers: Revisiting American Girl Doll Stories through the AAS Collections”
with Lynne Zacek Bassett


Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at 7 pm
“Slave Rebellions in the Atlantic World”
with Vincent Brown and Marjoleine Kars

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BoneyarnThursday, June 10, 2021 at 7 pm
"Boneyarn: A Poetry Reading and Discussion about Slavery in New York City"
David Mills

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Thursday, May 6, 2021
"How Baseball Happened: A Conversation with Thomas Gilbert”
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Wednesday, April 20, 2021 at 4 pm EDT
"Making Marbling: A Beginner's Guide to the History and Practice of the Art”


Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 7 pm
"Rethinking Reconstruction”
A conversation with Manisha Sinha

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Monday, February 15, 2021 at 7 pm
In partnership with the Concord Museum
"Mount Vernon’s African American Community in Slavery and Freedom”
Scott Casper

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Additional previous programs are available to view on the AAS YouTube channel

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