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Our Stories, Our Stuff, Our Somerville



Our Stories, Our Stuff, Our Somerville


Curated by Bess Paupeck


Opens with a Public Reception on February 14, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. All are welcome!


Watch an interview with Bess Paupeck about the exhibition!


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.


This Somerville Museum Community Curator Grant exhibit will open with a public reception on February 14, 2019, 6-8pm.  All are welcome! 





Beth Paupeck


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.


Antique Roadshow



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! 






Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
TRANS-LUCENT-SEE (glass, doorknob, portal)
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.





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; free to members.




We are seeking individuals, families and organizations to lend a meaningful, everyday object to this exhibition.  Share with us the things that bring to life your stories of Somerville past, present, and future! This exhibition will bring the Somerville Community together by bringing our stories and our stuff together.

Our Stuff


We are looking for stuff like:

photos and ephemera ...

wedding keepsakes, family objects ...

souvenirs: sports, military, school, travel ...

clothing, uniforms, costumes ...

music, movies, books ...

hobbies: automotive, games, carpentry, sewing, etc ...

things you collect ...

anything else that tells a story you want to share!


The Museum will be open on the following dates for people to drop off the items they are lending for the show: Saturday, January 5 and Saturday, January 19, 2019 - from 10am-4pm.


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




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.

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