Sippican Historical Society News

Sippican Historical Society is delighted to join forces with author Josh Chalmers to remind children that they, too, are history makers who have the power to change the world – and it’s easier than they think! On May 18 at 11:00 am, SHS will host a reading of the popular new children’s book, Change the World Before Bedtime, a gold medal recipient of the Mom’s Choice Award honoring excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. Co-authored by Mark Kimball Moulton and Karen Good, the book uses simple, engaging rhyme and colorful illustrations (created from recycled materials) to reinforce its influential message: that children can create powerful changes through simple actions.

Designed for children Pre-K through Grade 2, Change the World Before Bedtime explores how the little things in life – a smile, a kind word, a simple deed – can help change the world in a big way, showing readers that even an ordinary kid can be a superhero before bedtime! In addition to reading the book with the children and having a conversation about the many ways young people can make the world a better place, Chalmers will bring a hands-on art activity. Kids can make “How I’d Change the World” banners, posters, flags and signs using construction paper, craft elements, recycled materials, and lots of imagination.

This event will take place at the Marion Music Hall at 164 Front Street (ample parking is available across the street at Island Wharf) and is free to the public. No reservations are required.

Later in May, the public is cordially invited to attend a special lecture presentation, “Frances Perkins: First Female Cabinet Secretary,” co-sponsored by the Sippican Historical Society and Elizabeth Taber Library. To be held on May 24 at the Marion Music Hall at 7:00 pm, the presentation will feature a lecture by David Prentiss, Adjunct Professor of Political Science for UMass-Dartmouth and President/CEO of the New Bedford Symphony. Mr. Prentiss received a B.A. in Philosophy at Assumption College, a J.D. from New England School of Law and the Thomas P. O’Neill Fellowship for graduate studies in political science at Boston College. A popular speaker, he has given talks on Abraham Lincoln and other presidential leadership topics at the New Bedford Civil War Roundtable, the Lincoln Study Group of Boston, the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, and the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center. Prentiss is currently writing a book on presidential leadership and the nature of democratic politics.

The Marion Music Hall is located at 164 Front Street. Ample parking is available across the street at Island Wharf. The presentation will be offered free of charge, though donations are gratefully accepted. No reservations are necessary. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, please call the SHS at 508-748-1116.

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