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Black children’s resistance

The Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., will welcome guest speaker Crystal Webster of the University of Texas at San Antonio at noon on Wednesday, March 14. In “Beyond the Boundaries of Childhood: Black Children’s Cultural and Political Resistance,” Webster will examine the lives of African American children in Philadelphia, New York and Boston during the late-18th to early-20th centuries by focusing on Black children’s labor, play and schooling. It argues that northern Black children intersected shifting constructions of race and childhood, as a group upon which society experimented with treatments of the newly recognized social category of the child, and came to terms with the social and economic place of the nascent free Black community. Registration is required, by calling 617-646- 0578 or online at www.masshist.org.

Irish invasion of Canada

The Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., will welcome author Christopher Klein at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 14. Klein is the author of “When the Irish Invaded Canada: The Incredible True Story of the Civil War Veterans Who Fought for Ireland’s Freedom.” He will discuss the little-known story of how a year after the Civil War, a group of both Union and Confederate soldiers tried to seize the British province of Canada and hold it hostage until the independence of Ireland was secured. They carried out five attacks on Canada, known as the Fenian Raids, between 1866 and 1871. With the tacit support of the U.S. government, this motley group managed to seize a piece of America’s northern neighbor, if only for a matter of days. Admission is free. Call 617-536-5400 for more information.

Women composers

La Donna Musicale will perform in concert at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 at the Old South Church, 645 Boylston St. The audience will enjoy music by women composers Barbara Strozzi, Antonia Bembo and others. Strozzi was at the heart of the unique and thriving musical culture of Venice. Taught by Francesco Cavalli, the city’s most prominent composer, she and Bembo found distinctive ways to sing and to create extraordinarily passionate music. The program includes captivating songs and powerful laments by Strozzi from several of her eight published books, as well as arias from Bembo’s book “Produzione armoniche” and from Cavalli’s “L’Artemisia.” For more information, visit www.oldsouth.org or call 617-536-1970.

Collections tour

The Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., will host tours of the collections of the society at 10 a.m. on Saturdays. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the 90-minute tour focuses on the history and collections of the MHS. The tour is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required for individuals or small groups. Parties of eight or more should contact the MHS. Further information can be found at www.masshist.org or by calling 617-646- 0560.

Bach cantatas

Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St., is presenting its 42nd season of the J. S. Bach Cantatas at 10 a.m. on Sundays now through May 20. The orchestra and chorus of Emmanuel Music will present weekly performances of the cantatas and motets of J.S. Bach and others, conducted by Ryan Turner. For more information, call 617-536-3356 or visit www.emmanuelmusic.org.

Library tours

Boston Public Library volunteers will give art and architecture tours of the McKim Building, a National Historic Landmark, in its main building, constructed in 1895, throughout the week. Highlights include the murals of John Singer Sargent, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes and Edwin Austin Abbey and the work of architect Charles Follen McKim. Self-guided tours are available as well, and literature describing the architectural highlights is available on the web at www.bpl.org/central/tours.htm. For tours by appointment, call 617-536- 5400.

Revolutionary women

The Freedom Trail Foundation is offering new 90-minute walking tours celebrating four centuries of women who changed history at 12:45 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, now through March 31. The tours will leave from the visitor information center on Boston Common, 139 Tremont St. Led by 18th century costumed guides, the tours will feature tales of the early religious rebellions of Anne Hutchinson, patriotic actions of Abigail Adams and Mercy Otis Warren, the abolitionist movements of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Harriet Tubman, writings of Phillis Wheatley and Louisa May Alcott and speeches of birth control advocate Margaret Sanger and suffragette Susan B. Anthony, with visits to places where they lived, where their works were published and where they were laid to rest. Further information can be found at www.thefreedomtrail.org or by calling 617- 357-8300.

Frog Pond skating

The Frog Pond on Boston Common is open for skating from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays (except Mondays when the rink closes at 3:45 p.m.) and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is based on skater’s height and is $6 for those taller than 58 inches and free for those under. Season passes are available. Skate rentals are $6 for children, ages 13 and under, $13 for 14 and older. Lockers are also available. For more information, call 617-635-2120 or visit www.bostonfrogpond.com.