Our Stories, Our Stuff, Our Somerville

Curated by Bess Paupeck

Opens with a Public Reception on February 14, 2019, 6 pm – 9 pm All are welcome!

This exhibition will be a celebration of the people of Somerville and their life experiences as expressed through their prized possessions and personal stories.  The exhibit will bring people together by bringing their things together in a large scale exhibition at the Somerville Museum in Somerville, MA – and the convergence of these things, and the stories that go with them, will offer a renewed sense of community at a time of rapid change for Somerville.

Opening Reception

This Somerville Museum Community Curator Grant exhibit will open with a public reception on February 14, 2019, 6-8pm.  This event is free to everyone and all are welcome!

Our Stuff

If you have something you’d like to lend to this exhibition or if you’d like to be involved as a volunteer, please email the curator, Bess Paupeck, at ourstuffsomerville@gmail.com.


Curator Talk

Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. CURATOR TALK with Somerville Museum Community Curator, Bess Paupeck
Join Somerville Museum’s community curator, Bess Paupeck, for a walk through the exhibition Our Stories, Our Stuff, Our Somerville.


The Unofficial Somerville Antiques Road Show

Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 2:00-4:00 p.m. 
Bring an object to the museum and let some of our local historians tell you what they think of it! 


TRANS/LUCENT/SEE (glass, doorknob, portal) Performance

Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Somerville-based artist collective Excavate, currently in a 9-month research and performance residency at the deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, will perform a celebration of a recent gift to the Somerville Museum and Historic Somerville: a Somerville-made Union Glass doorknob. 


Closing Celebration: A Community Talk-In

Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.
Meet the people who contributed objects to the exhibition and hear their stories about these objects and their lives in Somerville.


There is an $8 admission for all programs and $5 admission fee to see the exhibit during open hours; free to members.


Curator Bio: Bess Paupeck

Beth Paupeck

Bess Paupeck has happily lived in Somerville since February 2002. From deep within this changing city and the lived experience of evolving notions around home and place, Bess draws inspiration for her work, which focuses on creating and producing experiences that support dialogue, exploration and growth for individuals and communities.

An arts producer, curator and collaborator, Bess has worked at a few of the many cultural and academic institutions in and around Boston such as the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis, Harvard University, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Science and the Somerville Arts Council.