In partnership with local institutions and organizations, we organize events, projects, and programs that emphasize the value in exploring our many cultures, religions, and ways of life.

Join Us at an Upcoming Event

Film Screen & Discussion: Traces of The Trade

Date: September 26, 2019

Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Wellesley Free Library

Film and discussion with family member James DeWolf Perry. In the feature documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide. Learn more about the film. In partnership with the Wellesley Free Library.

Indigenous Peoples Day

Start date: October 13, 2019

End date: October 14, 2019

We’re planning multiple events and family friendly activities to celebrate the many indigenous communities across Massachusetts and the country; and commemorate their shared history and culture. Wellesley will celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day on October 13th and 14th. Please save the date! Events will include:

  • Ceremony honoring the earth and land
  • Film screening and community conversation providing education about Indigenous culture and history
  • Children and family event celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day offering education, storytelling, activities and crafts
  • Town clean up at local parks and areas around Wellesley

Indigenous Peoples Day Children and Family Event

Date: October 14, 2019

Time: 11:00 AM - 1:15 PM

Location: Schofield Elementary School

Please join the World of Wellesley in honoring Indigenous Peoples Day with a children and family event that will explore Indigenous culture, traditions, and history. Professional educator Claudia Fox Tree, M.Ed. (Arawak/Yurumein)​, will lead our engagement together with a presentation centered on Native American (First Nations People) identity, culture, and history. Indigenous food options and pizza will be served. Opening ceremony begins at 11:00 AM. FREE and open to the public.​

Claude Kaitare – Rwanda Journey

Date: November 5, 2019

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Wakelin Room, Wellesley Free Library

All are welcome for light refreshments beginning at 6:30 PM. The speaker will start at 7:00 PM.

Claude Kaitare was born in the early 80’s in Rwanda. He spent his childhood primarily in Kigali until the Rwandan president was assassinated on April 6th, 1994. This provided the catalyst for what is known as the genocide against Tutsi.

Claude’s began an odyssey that separated him from his family in an orphanage, led him to live with an aunt and some family members in Portland Maine. He went on to attend high school and graduated from Clark University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in History in 2005. In January, he complete graduate level Holocaust and Genocide Studies certificate program at Salem State University. Claude has travelled extensively through Eastern Europe and most recently visited Rwanda with Salem State University in 2015, 16 and 17.

Claude continues to testify about the tragedies that he witnessed in the genocide to different high schools and universities in collaboration with Facing History and Ourselves for whom he has been a resource speaker since the early 2000s. He aims to educate others on genocide and war crimes since unfortunately history does repeat itself. His objective is to continue raising awareness in hope of minimizing ignorance about the human catastrophe of genocide.

This is a joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Wellesley.

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Support Indigenous Peoples Day

World of Wellesley, together with other community members, invite you to participate in a community signature drive. Your signature would support a resolution being created and accepted, by the Wellesley Board of Selectman, for Wellesley to honor Indigenous Peoples Day and no longer recognizes Columbus Day, on the second Monday of October.

We as people who reside, work, and engage in Wellesley acknowledge this town is located on the traditional territory of the Massachusett People. Learn more about Native Land.

2018 Program Book

See our full calendar of events for the year along with notes about World of Wellesley from institutions across the town. Thanks to our sponsors for making this book possible and supporting all of our work!

In the Media

Read about World of Wellesley in the June 2019 issue of Living Well Wellesley magazine.

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