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Lafayette in America

The Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., will welcome author Alan Hoffman from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 21.

In 1824 and 1825 General Lafayette made a farewell tour of the United States. The 67- year-old hero and sole surviving major general of the Continental Army was welcomed in an adoring frenzy and his visit to Boston was one of the largest celebrations the city had ever seen. Hoffman will recount the general’s visit and discuss his translation of Lafayette’s private secretary’s journal.

There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 p.m.

Registration is required for this free program, by calling 617-646-0578 or online at www.masshist.org.

Boston baseball

The Gibson House Museum, 137 Beacon St., will host its annual baseball program “Honoring and Memorializing the World Champion 1918 Red Sox” at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 21.

In 1918 the Red Sox were cementing their place as baseball’s first great dynasty and would win their fifth World Series in 16 seasons— and their last in 86 years.

Red Sox team historian Gordon Edes, a former sports journalist for the Boston Globe and ESPN, and Skip Desjardin, author of the book “September 1918: War, Plague and the World Series,” will be the guest speakers for the evening.

Prior to the program, Edes will offer a special tour of Fenway Park at 3:30 p.m. The tour is limited to 30. This is a unique opportunity to get a special, behind-the-scenes look at the park from the perspective of a sports journalist and historian who has covered the team for decades. Tickets are $10. Registrants should bring their e-mail receipt to the meeting point of 4 Yawkey Way.

A “ballpark cocktail hour” reception will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the courtyard of the Gibson House, featuring beer, hot dogs and Crackerjack. The program will begin at 6:45 p.m. in the trustees’ reading room at Fisher College, 118 Beacon St.

Admission is $30 general and $25 for members.

To RSVP, call 617-267-6338 or register online at www.thegibson.org/events.

Documentary premiere

The Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., will welcome Benjamin Zander of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 24.

Maestro Zander will screen the world premiere of “Shining Eyes,” a 26-minute documentary that follows the young people of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra as they perform for crowds of thousands across the South American continent. The players, age 12 -21, are astonishingly skilled musicians, and are no less remarkable for the warm and authentic friendships they form wherever they go.

Admission is free.

Call 617-536-5400 or visit www.bpl.org for more information.

Coffee hour

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Parks and Recreation Department will host the 20th annual neighborhood coffee hours from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 24 at the Commonwealth Avenue Mall.

Residents can discuss open space and recreational needs with the mayor.

There will be prizes, including gift certificates, swan boat rides, free downtown parking and gift baskets. Attendees will receive a flowering plant grown in the city’s greenhouses.

Call 617-635-4505 for more information.

Music of Bach

Les Bostonades will perform in concert from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, May 25 at the Old South Church, 645 Boylston St.

This concert will feature the music of Johann Bernard and Johann Sebastian Bach. It will include J. S. Bach’s “Concerto in C minor for Two Harpsichords” and “Overture for Violin and Strings in A minor.” The program will also feature two rarely performed works, “Orchestral Suites No. 3 in E minor” and “No. 4 in D Major” by Johann Bernhard Bach, Johann Sebastian’s second cousin, whose musical style has been compared to that of Telemann.

Tickets are $30 general admission, $25 for seniors and $15 for students.

For more information, call 617-323-6088 or visit www.bostonwagnersociety.org.

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.