Calendar/ Upcoming Events


NBDMHC  calendar provides  information  on doll conventions and events across the country and in our region.  An active member of the community we  also host  robust programming  including a  series of discussions, readings, screenings, and workshops that highlight our exciting exhibitions and collections for a diverse community of learners. Visit often for updates.

Doll Appraisal & Sale @ National Black Doll Museum
May 4 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Appraisal & Sale Day

Is there doll that was given to you as a family heirloom or  one  that you want  more information about?  Executive Director of the National Black Doll Museum Debra Britt and doll  appraiser Joyce Stamps  will be at the  Museum  to verbally appraise your hidden treasures.

On Saturday morning  the public is invited to participate in a doll sale and   appraisal..  Each person  can  meet individually with an appraiser for a  10 minute verbal appraisal session  and possible consignment of their items. While participants wait there will be opportunity  to walk through the Museum and purchase dolls from doll artist and vendors. 

Each 10 minute session is $ 20.00 and limited to one item  additional items require an additional fee & session .

All proceeds support the Museum’s education programming fund


What’s it Worth ? Doll E Tea @ National Black Doll Museum
May 5 @ 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

What’s it Worth?
$30 per person or $50 per couple
Admission includes the appraisal of one item per person or per couple
Pre-registration required online
Space is limited
On Sunday afternoon guests can enjoy a “What’s it Worth?” event starting with a tea reception from 12:30-2:00PM. Browse through the National Black Doll Museum with curators and expert appraisers Deb Britt and Joyce Stamps and learn about a number of pieces in the museum’s collection. From 2:00-4:00 the group will gather in the main gallery to enjoy a presentation where the appraisers will provide information and estimated values on the objects that guests have brought to the event.   Opportunity to purchase  selected one of a kind must have collector pieces.

11th Community Discussion on race @ National Black Doll Museum of History and Culture
May 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for our 11th Community Discussion Night as we explore the issues of race on our road to diversity and understanding.  This  month’s two part  discussion series  featured  film  will  examine The William Still Story an account of the Underground Railroad  and  New York Time s best seller “Force & Freedom”,  by Dr. Kellie Carter Jackson.

Bring your ideas and open hearts as we learn to navigate this complex topic.

World Doll Day @ National Black Doll Museum
Jun 8 all-day

Join Us for a  fun filled day of  Lunch & Learning. This all Day event  includes tour, dollmaking, lunch   and much more…

Neponset Valley Young Democrats Elections And General Meeting @ National Black Doll Museum
Jun 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Neponset Valley Young Democrats Elections And General Meeting

Contact Brendan Roche at if you are interested in running.

Black Gold Doll Club Monthly Meeting @ Vine Street Community Center
Jun 16 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Rainbow Bazaar 8th Annual Doll & Bear Show and Sale @ Holiday Inn
Jun 17 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Daughters of the Dust & Kindred @ National Black Doll Museum
Jun 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Image result for Daughters of the Dust 1991 Join us on our Road to Diversity

  Bridging the racial divide through conversations, books, and movies for the betterment of our communities
Family Fun Night 2019 @ National Black Doll Museum
Jul 9 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Save The Date !!!    For A Community Celebration Food, Music , Crafts, Resources … Meet your Neighbors”

Negro Election Day aka Black Picnic @ Salem Willows Park
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join Us a we  Celebrate and exhibit in  the 278th year anniversary  of Negro Election Day  at Salem Willows Park.

Election Day was a holiday for slaves in the 18th century New England, and usually included an “election” of a governor. In Salem, the slaves held their election in one of the fields around town, and spent the day eating, dancing, singing, and meeting relatives from surrounding communities.

In 1741 a humble gathering of 26 slaves assembled for a daylong celebration on their day off on the Saugus River in Lynn for what was known as “Colored People’s Picnic”

In 1885, Negro Election Day was relocated to Salem Willows Park and because the word Negro was no longer acceptable, its name became “the “Colored People’s Picnic”. The tradition continued throughout the 18th century, and dovetailed with another celebration started by clergy.
By the 1920’s the “colored people’s picnic” became more of a “Sunday School picnic” sponsored by black churches from Lynn, Malden, Everett, Cambridge, and Boston on the third Sunday of July.
In the early 20th century, the “Colored People’s Picnic” had church choirs performing, and track and field events were held. Dances were held with wonderful jazz performers, such as Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway.
During World War II, the picnic was switched to the third Saturday of July because Black American’s were working in factories and defense plants and weekends were the only option. Churches began to take a less active role after World War II.
The name the “Colored People’s Picnic” was changed in the 1968, due to the civil rights movement. Black Power was recognized and people refused to be called “Colored”, so the picnic was renamed the “Black Picnic”.
In 1990’s the Black Picnic brought larger crowds, corporate sponsors and much more.
In the 2000’s Black-Americans with roots from the North Shore and Boston still come from all over the United States to Salem Willows Park for an annual family-centric picnic on the third Saturday of July.


.To obtain a copy of Salem United/ Salem Willows History Brochure click here