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2019 Fall Events

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All events run from 7-8 pm after a museum-hosted reception from 6:30-7pm (unless otherwise noted).
RESERVATION is required for every event!!! Admission for non-member adults is $3 (unless otherwise noted)

Sept 5th - Polish Independence
While early revolutionary sentiments were bubbling to the surface in New England, the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth was closing out its fourth century in existence. By the time the US won its independence, the Slavic kingdom would be well on its way to disappearing from the map entirely and by the time George Washington left office, it would be only a memory. This program will cover the long quest for Polish independence that followed, and a Gardner connection. Presenter Jonathan Zlotnik studied history at the University of Massachusetts and is the author of Actor’s at the End of Bad Play which was selected for inclusion in the UMass Lowell University Library.

The museum’s very own accessions chairperson and in-house historian Bryant LeBlanc will talk about the devastating Hurricane that hit Long Island and New England in September 1938. The presentation will cover what transpired before, during and after this killer storm, and what changed in how the US handles hurricanes now.

Sept 14th - Fall Exhibit Opening Reception 1-3 pm – no reservation needed
The exhibit will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Gardner’s daily newspaper “The Gardner News,” now part of the GateHouse Media Group. The exhibit will run until the end of the year during regular museum opening hours.

Native Gardner Bruce Humphrey, who worked as an Economist for the US Government, for the Edison Electric Institute, for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, (IPCC), and consulted corporations and government agencies, will give a presentation about The Greenwood Memorial Bathhouse and Pool 1915-1940. This is more than a story of a building. It is a story about community values.

Sept 21 - Annual Smithsonian Day – free admission Get your free ticket here
During Museum's regular opening hours 1-4 pm - event hosted by Smithsonian magazine

Sept 26 - Silversmith demonstrationback by popular demand!
Take a walk down memory lane and revisit Gardner’s silversmith tradition with local silversmith Peter Erickson, as he handcrafts a spoon in the museum’s replica silver shop, using the museum’s and his grandfather’s tools. During this event a unique “Erickson Silver” ring will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Melissa Fleming lives in Central MA with her husband and three children. After the birth of their 3rd child, she decided to leave her career and pursue her lifelong dream of writing a book. She decided that self publishing was the way to go. Her 1st fiction novel, My Only Sunshine was published this spring. It is Part 1 of the Sunshine Series, Part 2 is expected to come out in early 2020. The book is set in Templeton, with a few scenes set in Gardner. This program will feature a presentation and discussion about the book and about self publishing. The book will be available for purchase tonight, signed on request by the author.

Gardner’s Conservation Agent Jeff Legros will share images and pictures of scenic landscapes and wildlife, captured right here in Gardner within our own protected open space lands, to showcase and highlight the natural wonders that abound in our own back yards and the many lakes, ponds, rivers, wetlands, fields and forests that surround and encompass our City. He will highlight the many benefits, values, and opportunities that exist on Gardner’s Conservation Lands, trails, and Open Space and Recreation Areas. Whether you are a life-long resident or new neighbor, this presentation will welcome and encourage all of us to EXPLORE GARDNER!

Annual panel discussion about war experiences – Moderator Alan Dernalowicz. Panelists include female veterans (members of the Women’s Veterans Network) and MA Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs Francisco Urena.

The Berlin Wall fell on Nov. 9, 1989, marking the end of the massive border complex that left the city divided into east and west for 28 years. This November, Berlin will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Peaceful Revolution with a major festival. Join us for our own celebration when local eyewitness Mark Knoll (a musicologist who at the time was studying in Berlin on a Fulbright scholarship) shares his experiences and impressions with slides that he took himself or collected from acquaintances during these historic times in Germany. The fall of the Wall paved the way for the reunification of Germany in freedom and democracy. Symbolically, it brought an end not only to Germany’s division but also to that of Europe and the wider world, making it a historical event of global significance.

Cartoonist, Publisher, Comics Historian, Artist and Author Denis Kitchen will share his research on the prominent cartoonist, illustrator, and painter from the 1890s into the 1960s. (He designed the Gardner seal when he was still in high school!) The hot-off-the-press lavish new art book by Denis and Violet Kitchen titled Madness in Crowds: The Teeming Mind of Harrison Cady (Beehive Books) will be available tonight, signed on request by the authors.

Nov 14 - Festival of Trees No reservation needed!
The beloved event is open to the public. Starting today, it is open Wednesdays,Thursdays 1-4 pm; Fridays 1-7 pm; Saturdays, Sundays 10 am-4 pm

Nov 20 - Holiday Coffee 
10 am – noon - No reservation needed!

Nov 30 - Santa is coming to The Gardner Museum 
11 am – 1 pm - No reservation needed

Dec 07 - Last day of Festival of Trees
No ticket sales after 12:30 pm No reservation 
Drawing of winners Winners will be notified 

Dec 08 - Tree pick up
10 am-4 pm