Category Archives: Programs

Digging up Marshfield history behind the Winslow House

Thank you to Plymouth Archaeological Rediscovery Project’s Craig Chartier and Greg Lott for giving our members and guests the opportunity to connect to local and Winslow history and learn that taking out the trash can be an educational experience.

Our appreciation also  to the Marshfield Mariner for their recent cover story about the Saturday program (10/22/16).  A link to the story is available here:

Marshfield’s Special Spot on the Road to Concord

Thomas_Gage_John_Singleton_Copley.jpegIf you are interested in the history of Marshfield during the American Revolution, be sure to check out J.L. Bell’s Boston 1775 this week.  In preparation for Mr. Bell’s presentation “The Road to Concord” on the evening of July 7th at the Winslow House, he is highlighting Marshfield and the events involving Nathaniel Ray Thomas and General Thomas Gage in January of 1775.  

The Negro Spiritual: History and Influence

1699 Historic Winslow House and Cultural Center is pleased to present a musical history program on Saturday, August 2, at 2:00 p.m. entitled “The Negro Spiritual: History and Influence.” Vocalist Melodee Savage will perform eight spirituals with commentary in-between. Jazz pianist George W. Russell, Jr. will accompany on
keyboard. Negro spirituals are known for poignant words and rich melodies. Through verse and song, the audience will learn how these “Black and Unknown Bards” used their folk songs and how these songs made their way into American culture.

Tickets for the program are $10 for members and $15 for non-members and are available in advance by calling 781-837-5753 , by visiting or emailing or may be purchased at the door.  Light refreshments will be served.

Ms. Savage, a Marshfield resident, has performed professionally on Broadway,  off-Broadway, in national tours and in regional theater as a singer, actor and dancer.   She received critical acclaim for her solo vocal performances with the American Jazz Orchestra,  Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and an All-Star Jazz Band at Carnegie Hall which recreated Duke Ellington’s premier concert of 1943.  For more information, visit her website at

George W. Russell, Jr. is an inspirational jazz pianist, composer and educator and a Professor of Harmony at Berklee College of Music. For more information, visit

David Porter and the Epic Voyage of the U.S.S. Essex during the War of 1812

Adventure on the high seas takes focus as the Winslow House Authors Series starts for the 2014 season. Wednesday, June 11th, noted Naval Historian George Daughan will appear and discuss the life and adventures of Boston-born Captain David Porter (1780 – 1843).

While Porter’s Naval career included captaining the USS Constitution and acting as commander-in- chief of the Mexican Navy, of focus this evening will be his time as commander of the USS Essex  as highlighted in Mr. Daughan’s latest publication, The Shining Sea:  David Porter and the Epic Voyage of the U.S.S. Essex during the War of 1812.

Mr. Daughan has appeared twice prior at the Winslow House to discuss his earlier books:  If By Sea: The Forging of the American Navy–from the Revolution to the War of 1812 and 1812: The Navy’s War.    If by Sea won the 2008 Samuel Eliot Morison Award, and  1812 was acknowledged with the 2012 gold medal in the history division of the Independent Publisher book Awards and also the 2012 George Pendleton Prize.

Opportunities: Marshfield Life Long Learning

The Winslow House is pleased to take part again this spring with “Opportunities”: Marshfield COA’s Life Long Learning 2012 Spring/Summer Program.

This season, WHA President, Robert W. Smith will be lecturing on the War of 1812 during this bicentennial year.  Topics covered by Dr. Smith will include: European & American Stages, Military Campaigns of land & sea, New England Opposition, Diplomacy and the legacy of the War of 1812.

Other Course offerings this Season include:

  • Art History –Styles and Temperaments
  • Beginner’s Photography
  • Global Warming/Climate Change
  • Gospel Music
  • Great Thinkers of the Past
  • Marshfield Days Gone By: 1600-1900
  • Physical & Cultural Geography of Africa
  • Sketching from Nature at 3 Locations
  • Travel Planning

Brown Bag Day Trips

  • Backroads Bus Trip: South to North
  • Walk a Labyrinth
  • Irish Maritime & Mossing Museum
  • North End Walk with Author Stephen Puleo

The Kick-Off Breakfast and Registration is Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at the Marshfield Senior Center.  230 Webster Street, Marshfield, MA 02050 ph: 781-834-5581.