Giving Voice

Each year’s Giving Voice benefit provides important support for the Royall House and Slave Quarters while building a community of engaged members and visitors and showcasing the museum’s important interpretation of critical themes in our past.


Giving Voice: An Afternoon with Annette Gordon-Reed

Sunday, October 1, 2017 

Photo by Stephanie Mitchell

Renowned historian and Harvard Law School professor Annette Gordon-Reed will speak about the history and legacies of slavery on the estate of the largest slaveholding family in colonial Massachusetts. She writes, “History is to a great degree an imaginative enterprise; when writing it or reading it, we try to see the subjects in their time and space. Imagining requires some starting point of connection.”

Dr. Gordon-Reed is the author of The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, which won the Pulitzer Prize in history and the National Book Award for nonfiction.

Her most recent book is “Most Blessed of the Patriarchs”: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination, written in collaboration with historian Peter S. Onuf. Her many honors include the National Humanities Medal, a Guggenheim Fellowship in the humanities, and a MacArthur Fellowship.

Giving Voice Annual Benefit Event – 2:30-4:30 p.m.
The museum’s annual benefit event supports the continued preservation and interpretation of the Royall House and Slave Quarters, site of the only freestanding slave quarters in the Northern United States and a testament to the complex history of slavery and meanings of freedom in America.

The event on the museum grounds will include refreshments and tours.

Giving Voice tickets are $40 for RH&SQ members, $50 for nonmembers.

Special Opportunity: Conversation with Annette Gordon-Reed – 2:00-3:00 p.m.
This year’s event also offers the opportunity to participate in an additional small-group discussion with Dr. Gordon-Reed inside the Royall House, prior to her Giving Voicepresentation. Please consider increasing your support to experience this special conversation.

Space is limited. Refreshments will be served.

Conversation + Giving Voice tickets are $125.

Tickets and Donations
Tickets for Giving Voice are $40 for RH&SQ members and $50 for non-members, and may be purchased online or at the event.  

Tickets for the special Conversation + Giving Voice are $125 and must be purchased in advance. Please note that space is limited.  

To purchase tickets in advance or donate by check, please download the order form hereTo purchase tickets or donate via Eventbrite, please visit our Eventbrite page. Please note that all tickets will be held at the door.