The Spirit of Enterprise

A seven-part lecture series on the industries of yesterday and businesses of today that influence Hingham, Massachusetts. Entertaining speakers, accompanying exhibits and select featured meals deliver afternoons of enlightenment.


Sunday, September 23 | 3:00 PM

American Whaling in the Age of Sail
Curt Martin

Author Curt Martin kicks off the lecture series with an introduction to the US whale fishery from the 17th to early 20th century. His discussion will include historical development, the purpose and economic importance of the fishery, risks associated with whaling, and the hunt, capture and processing of whales. He will share recent discoveries of Hingham’s involvement with whaling.

Saturday, October 13 | 3:00 PM

America’s Founding Fruit: The Cranberry in a New Environment
Susan Playfair

Author and former Cohasset resident Susan Playfair will discuss the cranberry, one of only three cultivated fruits native to North America. She will take us on a walk that begins fifteen thousand years ago, traveling through the winter months of our founding fathers and onto the whaling vessels where sailors ingested the cranberry to prevent scurvy. Sharing stories about the cranberry’s use during the Civil War and World War II, Susan will conclude her presentation with the effects a changing climate has on America’s superfruit.

Sunday, November 4 | 3:00 PM

Talbots: Seven Decades of Modern Classic Style. A Panel Discussion and Exhibit
Patrick Walsh, Annie Price & Deb Cavanaugh

Join Talbots executives for a panel discussion and the opening night of Talbots exhibit of iconic pieces from their collection representing over 70 plus years in business. Learn about Nancy Talbot's inspiration for the crisp white shirt from the 1940s a la Lauren Bacall, the slouchy turtleneck from the `1970s as in Ali McGraw in "Love Story" and Michelle Obama's silk dress on the cover of Essence in May 2009. From the iconic store on North St., to their pioneering foray into direct mail in 1950s to today's Hingham headquarters employing over 11,000 associates. Learn about this uniquely American retail enterprise.

Saturday, January 12, 2019 | 3:00 PM

The Fish & Fisheries of Hingham & Hingham Bay: Mackerel, Rainbow Smelt and more. Fish Chowder for Supper
Steve Hurley

Enjoy a cup of fish chowder as Hingham resident Steve Hurley, Southeast District Fisheries Manager for the MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife shares his extensive knowledge and interest in the early fishing industry in Hingham. With compelling visuals, Steve will share the amazing story of how this industry contributed to the daily life of Hingham’s early settlers and how the town’s fisheries have changed over time.

Saturday, February 2, 2019 | 12:00 PM

Lunch Anyone?: A Taste of Two Cultures; Colonial and Native American Lunch
Plimoth Plantation

Join Plimouth Plantation Food Historian for Taste of Two Cultures: Colonial and Native American for lunch with beer tasting notes. The menu includes Turkey served with Colonial Onion Sauce & Native Walnut Sauce on the side, Cheate Bread with butter, Naussamp, Carrots Sop, and Stewed Squash, each paired with a selected beer popular in colonial times. Lunch will be served at 12:00 PM in a private dining room at Plimouth Planation.

March 2019

From Lincoln St. to the World: Massa Products: Sonar & Ultrasonic Products. A Panel Discussion and Exhibit
Don Massa & Dawn Massa Stancavish

Much of the undersea technologies that are the eyes and ears of naval ships and submarines that protect the U.S. coastline are Massa products. The first burglar alarm, monitoring devices for the infamous windows on Boston’s John Hancock Tower, the largest sonar array ever built in U.S History. Come learn about pioneering founder, Frank Massa from his son, Don and granddaughter, Dawn who now lead this award-winning, cutting edge family business.

Saturday, April 13, 2019 | 3:00 PM

Hingham's Country Store
Alec Macmillan


Your series subscription includes all seven programs, access to the accompanying exhibits for Talbots and MASSA and the meals provided with January and February programs. Subscriptions will be on sale until October 13. Ticket sales are limited. If space remains after subscription sales, individual lecture tickets will be $25 (members) and $30 (nonmembers).

All ticket sales are final. Lectures will take place at the Hingham Heritage Museum at Old Derby. Thank you for supporting Hingham Historical Society.

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