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Chocolate tour

The Back Bay Chocolate Tour will be held at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1, starting and ending at Flour Bakery, 131 Clarendon St.

The two-and-a-half-hour tour will highlight the architecture of the Back Bay, the history and life of chocolate and how gourmet chocolates are made. Participants will pick up tips on tasting, buying and storing chocolate, as well as be offered plenty of samples.

Advance reservations are required as space is limited, and can be made at

Introduction to genealogy

The New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury St., will host a new visitors’ day at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5.

This free orientation and tour will introduce resources available at the NEHGS research facility, home to more than 15 million artifacts, books, manuscripts, microfilms, journals, photographs and records to help research family histories. Tour attendees are welcome to use the resources following the tour. Registration is not required.

Visit or call 888-296-3447 for more details.

19th century abolitionists

The Massachusetts Historical Society will host a free talk, “Garrisonian Rhode Island: Reassessing Abolitionism’s Radicals,” from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5.

Kevin Vrevich of Ohio State University will explore the place of Rhode Island, a center of William Lloyd Garrison’s “radical” abolitionism, in the larger antislavery network. As historians of abolitionism increasingly focus on continuities within the movement, Rhode Island offers an opportunity to reassess the place of the Garrisonians and to reconsider their contributions.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-536-1608.

Music of the Fifties

The Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., will welcome musician Marc Black in a special multi-media experience “History of ’50s and ’60s Through Popular Music” at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6.

Black will perform a wide range of popular songs of the baby boomer generation, including favorites like “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Blowin’ in the Wind.” Attendees are invited to reflect on the history and sing along. Admission is free.

For more information, call 617-536-5400.