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Exhibition

Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country

Massachusetts Women in WWI. 12 June 2014 to 24 January 2015

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June

A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life: The Photographs of Clover Adams Exhibitionends A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life: The Photographs of Clover Adams, 1883-1885 2 June 2012.Saturday, Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM The striking photographs of Clover Adams, wife of historian and writer Henry Adams, capture iconic ...

A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life: The Photographs of Clover AdamsThe striking photographs of Clover Adams, wife of historian and writer Henry Adams, capture iconic moments of Gilded Age Boston and Washington, D.C., while also opening pathways to her long-concealed inner life. Her photographs tell a story—her story. This exhibition features many of Clover's images, some of which have not been shown publicly, along with her letters, the notebook she used to record the technical aspects of her photographs, Henry's letters, and other family materials.

At the heart of Clover’s story is a mystery: just when she found a powerful way through photography to document her life, it started to unravel. On a gloomy Sunday morning in December 1885, Clover committed suicide by drinking from a vial of potassium cyanide, a chemical used to develop photographs. Henry Adams commissioned a bronze statue by Augustus Saint-Gaudens to mark his wife’s grave in Washington’s Rock Creek Cemetery. But he rarely spoke of her and never mentioned her in his Pulitzer prize-winning The Education of Henry Adams.

What got lost—until now—was the remarkable story of how Clover, in the last years of her life, discovered with her camera an eloquent means with which to express herself.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 2 June 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, ...

Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour.  For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

Free and open to the public.

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Public Program The Fenway Victory Gardens: Finding History Inside and Out 5 June 2012.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   Pre-Program Reception at 5:30 P.M. View items from the Fenway Garden Society's collections, which are preserved at the MHS, and take a ...

View items from the Fenway Garden Society's collections, which are preserved at the MHS, and take a tour of the nearby Victory Gardens.Presented in collaboration with the Fenway Garden Society to commemorate the 70th birthday of the Gardens.

 

Reservations requested. Please call 617-646-0560 or click on the ticket icon above.

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Brown Bag The Origins of Black Boston, 1700-1775 6 June 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Jared Hardesty, Boston College This project examines the formation of a slave community in pre-Revolutionary Boston and argues that ...

This project examines the formation of a slave community in pre-Revolutionary Boston and argues that historians have overstated the significance of freedom as a motivating factor for slaves. Instead, the enslaved acted for myriad reasons, such as the protection of their families or the ability to labor independently, only one of which was liberty. By eschewing teleological notions of freedom, we see Afro-Bostonians as dynamic actors capable of decoding their new homeland, ameliorating their condition, and appropriating white values and institutions to better serve their interests.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 9 June 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, ...

Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour.  For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

Free and open to the public.

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Conference Taking Center Stage: Conflict and Collaboration in the Peopling of Massachusetts 11 June 2012.Monday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Monday, June 11, 2012 9:00am - 4:00pm Hogan Campus Center, College of Holy Cross, Worcester ...

Monday, June 11, 2012
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Hogan Campus Center, College of Holy Cross, Worcester
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Presented by Mass Humanities, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the University of Massachusetts Amherst Program in Public History, the Joseph P. Healey Library and the Public History Track at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

To mark the 100th anniversary of the "Bread and Roses" strike in Lawrence, known for a high level of collaboration between various groups of immigrants, the 2012 Massachusetts History Conference will explore im/migration history in the Bay State.

Visit the Mass Humanities Conference website for an overview of the day or view the Conference Registration page to register or to learn more about registration options.

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Special Event MHS Open House 16 June 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 3:00PM Join us on Saturday, June 16 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at our annual Open House featuring a preview ...

Chesapeake versus ShannonJoin us on Saturday, June 16 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at our annual Open House featuring a preview of our summer exhibition Mr. Madison’s War: The Controversial War of 1812. Visitors are invited to participate in tours; listen to exhibition talks; enjoy refreshments; and learn more about the Society’s collections, programs, and services.

A variety of activities will be offered throughout the day.

  • Starting in the front lobby at 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, and 2:00 PM, tours of the Society's public rooms will give visitors a taste of the history and collections of the MHS.
  • At 11:00 AM, visitors are invited to "Frederic Baury's Extraordinary War," a detailed description of the brief but illustrious Naval career of a Midshipman during the War of 1812. This talk will be given by Nora Saltonstall Preservation Librarian Kathy Griffin.
  • At 1:00 PM, Stephen T. Riley Librarian Peter Drummey will present "War and Peace: John Quincy Adams in St. Petersburg and at Ghent, 1809-1814," a talk focused on John Quincy Adams. While serving as the American minister to Russia, Adams witnessed events leading up to the War of 1812 in America, and at the same time, the “other” War of 1812, the titanic French invasion of Russia. In detailed letters to his parents and voluminous diary accounts, Adams documented his observations of both.
  • View Mr. Madison’s War: The Controversial War of 1812 and examine the controversial nature of the war in Massachusetts and the struggles between the Federalists and Jeffersonian Republicans.

Enjoy refreshments throughout the day and visit our information table to learn about MHS resources, upcoming programs, and how to become a member.  For more information e-mail rsvp@masshist.org.

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Mr. Madison's War Exhibitionbegins Mr. Madison's War: The Controversial War of 1812 18 June 2012.Monday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM In 1812, Massachusetts was bitterly divided along partisan political lines and a wave of popular ...

Mr. Madison's WarIn 1812, Massachusetts was bitterly divided along partisan political lines and a wave of popular protests greeted the declaration of war on 18 June. The MHS is commemorating the bicentennial with the exhibition Mr. Madison's War: The Controversial War of 1812. The exhibition showcases a number of letters, broadsides, artifacts, and images from the Society's rich collections including a midshipman's log of the USS Constitution describing the ship's first great victory, letters written by John Quincy Adams to his mother while serving as the American minister to Russia, and a brass cannon captured from the British at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815.

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Brown Bag Next to Kin: Native Americans and Friendship in Early America 20 June 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Tyler Boulware, West Virginia University Native Americans attached deep and varied meanings to friendship. Often inseparable from the ...

Native Americans attached deep and varied meanings to friendship. Often inseparable from the structures and obligations of kinship, friendship influenced both informal and formal relationships within Native communities and between Indians, Europeans, and Africans. Boulware is particularly interested in how the cultural meanings of friendship (both Indian and European) influenced personal relationships and inter-group alliances, and how ideas about friendship and its obligations contributed to the violence that erupted between individuals and communities.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 23 June 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, ...

Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour.  For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

Free and open to the public.

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Brown Bag Found at Sea: Mapping Ships' Locations on the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic 27 June 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM John Dixon, Harvard University How did ships move from Port A to Port B? What happened in the middle? This project uses ships&rsquo ...

How did ships move from Port A to Port B? What happened in the middle? This project uses ships’ logbooks and a computer-aided mapping approach to address these foundational, previously unanswered questions about the 18th-century Atlantic World. Depicting the human geography of the ocean opens the Atlantic to historical questions about the existence and characteristics of sea lanes, the effects of weather conditions on sailing routes, the frequency and nature of meetings at sea (friendly, hostile, and otherwise), the practice of maritime navigation, and captains’ decision-making in the context of these and other complex factors.

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Author Talk, Public Program Dr. Kimball's Time Machine: The Man Who Rediscovered Thomas Jefferson, Architect 28 June 2012.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 P.M. Hugh Howard, author of "Dr. Kimball and Mr. Jefferson" Hugh Howard, author of Dr. Kimball and Mr. Jefferson: Rediscovering the Founding Fathers of ...

Hugh Howard, author of Dr. Kimball and Mr. Jefferson: Rediscovering the Founding Fathers of American Architecture, will discuss Fiske Kimball, the pioneering writer, scholar, and museum director who recovered Thomas Jefferson’s architectural genius from historical memory. View a selection of Jefferson's drawings from the collection of the Massachusetts Historical Society, and learn more about the Society's Coolidge Collection of Thomas Jefferson Manuscripts.

Registration requested: please call 617-646-0560 or click on the ticket icon above to register online.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 30 June 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, ...

Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour.  For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

Free and open to the public.

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Public Program Gallery Talk: The Most Memorable Day in the History of America 2 July 2012.Monday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM Stephen T. Riley Librarian Peter Drummey In this gallery talk, Peter Drummey will explain why John Adams believed July 2, 1776 would be the ...

In this gallery talk, Peter Drummey will explain why John Adams believed July 2, 1776 would be the most memorable day in the history of America.

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Exhibitionbegins The Most Memorable Day in the History of America: July 2, 1776 2 July 2012.Monday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM On 2 July 1776, the Continental Congress resolved "That these United Colonies are, and of right, ...

John Adams letter to Abigail Adams July 3, 1776On 2 July 1776, the Continental Congress resolved "That these United Colonies are, and of right, ought to be, Free and Independent States." In a letter written to Abigail Adams on 3 July 1776, John Adams reflected on the event and summed up what it meant for Americans of his own time and in the future. He writes that the day will be celebrated with, "Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other." Adams seems to have understood more clearly than any other member of the Continental Congress the momentous importance of the vote for independence on 2 July, 1776 and how it should be celebrated. He was right about everything except the date. On 2 July, in celebration of America's independence, the MHS will open an exhibition of letters and documents relating to this important moment in United States history. The exhibition will be on display through 31 August.

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Public Program Gallery Talk: The Most Memorable Day in the History of America 2 July 2012.Monday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM In this gallery talk, Stephen T. Riley Librarian Peter Drummey will discuss why John Adams believed ...

In this gallery talk, Stephen T. Riley Librarian Peter Drummey will discuss why John Adams believed July 2, 1776 would be the most memorable day in the history of America.

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Building Closed 4th of July 4 July 2012.Wednesday, all day details
MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 7 July 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, ...

Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour.  For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

Free and open to the public.

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Brown Bag The Emergence of the American Corporation: The New England Example 9 July 2012.Monday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Moira Gillis, University of Oxford This project explores the legal and historical parameters of the corporation as it developed in New ...

This project explores the legal and historical parameters of the corporation as it developed in New England during the English colonial period through the initial years of the new republic. Gillis seeks to identify certain thematic developments relating to the incorporation, operation and regulation of such corporations, whether municipal, charitable, religious, educational or commercial. She will compare this New England corporate experience, as well as those of Virginia, New York and Pennsylvania, with their English counterpart to understand the degree to which the pre-modern American corporation was a unique legal creature rather than a mere offspring of its English corporate parent. 

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Brown Bag Pictures and Progress: The Politics of Images in the Woman Suffrage Movement 11 July 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Allison Lange, Brandeis University This talk will examine the visual culture of the woman suffrage movement. Lange’s ...

This talk will examine the visual culture of the woman suffrage movement. Lange’s research shows that images, from engravings and lithographs to photographs and halftones, shaped Americans' conceptions of gender and women's relationships to politics.  Her project analyzes how suffrage supporters and detractors used these powerful visuals to promote their political causes.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 14 July 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, ...

Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour.  For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

Free and open to the public.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 21 July 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, ...

Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour.  For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

Free and open to the public.

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Brown Bag Conversion and Antislavery, 1750-1830 23 July 2012.Monday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Benjamin Wright, Rice University Wright’s research explores the connections between religious conversion and antislavery ...

Wright’s research explores the connections between religious conversion and antislavery activism in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. It argues that the Americans and Britons who attacked slavery prior to 1830 did so primarily out of a desire to convert the colonies, the new American republic, and eventually the world. This study demonstrates how ideologies of conversion directed the tactics of early antislavery reformers and how changes in these ideologies transformed antislavery into abolitionism. 

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Brown Bag Terror ubique tremor: Communicating Terror in Early New England, 1677-1713 25 July 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Katherine Grandjean, Wellesley College This program investigates two concurrent stories: the wars plaguing New England’s northern ...

This program investigates two concurrent stories: the wars plaguing New England’s northern frontier around the turn of the eighteenth century and, in the same years, the rise of the press. Between the 1670s and 1710s, the borderlands of northern New England were repeatedly convulsed by violence.  French and Indian raiders doggedly punished English towns, snatched captives, ambushed farmers in their fields. And, for better or worse, the news spread widely. Although printing had been present in New England since the 1630s, it was only in the latter part of the century—as the most terrific frontier violence was unfolding—that it truly took off. To what extent did the appetite for news of imperial warfare drive the rise of print publication? What appeared in print concerning the border raids—and how did these items circulate? Following the spread of terror in early New England suggests new ways to gauge the effects of imperial warfare in early America.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 28 July 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, ...

Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour.  For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

Free and open to the public.

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Boston Theatre, Federal Street, Engraving by A. Bowen, 1825 Exhibitionends The First Seasons of the Federal Street Theatre, 1794-1798 30 July 2012.Monday, Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM In 1794, the first public theater in Boston opened on Federal Street despite strong legal and public ...

Boston Theatre, Federal Street, Engraving by A. Bowen, 1825In 1794, the first public theater in Boston opened on Federal Street despite strong legal and public opposition. The First Seasons of the Federal Street Theatre, 1794-1798 documents the battle over the Federal Street Theatre through playbills from early performances as well as the letters and publications of supporters and opponents of public theater in Boston. The MHS show is a satellite display of an exhibition titled Forgotten Chapters of Boston's Literary History on display at the Boston Public Library (BPL). Created by Professor Paul Lewis of the Boston College English Department and his students, the exhibition tells stories about Boston's literary history through letters, manuscripts, and early editions from the collections of the MHS, the BPL, the American Antiquarian Society, and Boston College. Divided into six “chapters,”  the exhibition follows the rise and fall of reputations, recovers out-of-print materials, and walks the streets of Boston in its literary heyday. The materials at the MHS will be on view 28 March through 30 July.

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Brown Bag Riots and Remembrance: America's Idols and the Origins of American Nationalism 30 July 2012.Monday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Nichole George, University of Notre Dame This project focuses on popular celebrations and the use of "celebrities" as symbols of the changing ...

This project focuses on popular celebrations and the use of "celebrities" as symbols of the changing dynamics of American nationalism from settlement through the Civil War. George’s research focuses on three main idols, the Pope, Benedict Arnold, and Crispus Attucks, each representing a major transition in American national identity.

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Brown Bag Training the Eyes: Romantic Vision and Class Formation in Boston, 1830-1870 1 August 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Justin Clark, University of Southern California In the middle of the nineteenth century, romantic vision, the apprehension of the invisible or the ...

In the middle of the nineteenth century, romantic vision, the apprehension of the invisible or the ideal through a combination of mental and ocular vision, became a popular way for Americans to engage not only with the natural landscape, but with the city and city life. This project investigates why, in the spectacular world of the nineteenth-century city, Boston’s Transcendentalists, clairvoyants, blind autobiographers, naturalists, artists, photographers, and numerous others became invested in seeing more than meets the eye.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 4 August 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, ...

Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour.  For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

Free and open to the public.

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Brown Bag Women, Power, and Litigation in the English Atlantic World, 1630-1700 6 August 2012.Monday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Lindsay Moore, Boston University Moore's project adopts a comparative, transatlantic approach to explore how female litigants in ...

Moore's project adopts a comparative, transatlantic approach to explore how female litigants in England and early colonial America used the law courts to protect their rights to property. Based on a study of over 3,000 court cases, Moore's work shows that women were independent and self-directed legal layers, and that these women challenged ideas of hierarchy and subordination by initiating litigation before the courts.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 11 August 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, ...

Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour.  For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

Free and open to the public.

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Teacher Workshopbegins Canceled: Five Documents/Five Dilemmas of the Early American Republic 13 August 2012.Monday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM This workshop has been CANCELLED. Please contact the MHS Education Department for additional information. Join us for a Seaside Seminar! Who: Teachers and Library Media Specialists, Grades ...

Join us for a Seaside Seminar!

Who: Teachers and Library Media Specialists, Grades 5-12

When: August 13-16, and one Saturday morning in the Fall, 2012

Cost: $50 registration fee covers three lunches, one supper, and all snacks. All materials, instruction, and admissions are included.

Benefits: Four days in a scenic North Shore setting, as well as 30 PDPs and the opportunity to earn additional graduate credit through Framingham State University.

Documents and Dilemmas

In this workshop, participants will explore the challenges faced by the new nation in the years after the American Revolution. Participants will examine five sets of documents selected from the Massachusetts Historical Society that shed light on key issues, including the rights and responsibilities of a new government, the needs of a diverse citizenry, slavery, women’s roles, and America’s relationship with the world. Tigether with fellow participants and workshop staff, we will investigate:

  • the essential questions raised in each of the documents concerning the challenges facing this new country.
  • how these questions can be used as a theme to follow and investigate throughout an American History course.
  • why types of lesson plans you could build around these documents.

For more information, including a detailed schedule, please contact the education department at education@masshist.org or (617) 646-0557.

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Brown Bag Cotton Mather's use of Jacques Basnage's History of the Jews in the Biblia Americana 15 August 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Rick Kennedy, Point Loma Nazarene University Cotton Mather was much impressed with Basnage's History of the Jews up to the Present Time ...

Cotton Mather was much impressed with Basnage's History of the Jews up to the Present Time for both Basnage's scholarship and the book's content.  Mather epitomized Basnage's book and titled it an "Appendix to Acts" in his Biblia.  By looking at the way Mather worked with the book we can learn much about Mather as a historian.

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Teacher Workshopends Canceled: Five Documents/Five Dilemmas of the Early American Republic 16 August 2012.Thursday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM This workshop has been CANCELLED. Please contact the MHS Education Department for additional information. Join us for a Seaside Seminar! Who: Teachers and Library Media Specialists, Grades ...

Join us for a Seaside Seminar!

Who: Teachers and Library Media Specialists, Grades 5-12

When: August 13-16, and one Saturday morning in the Fall, 2012

Cost: $50 registration fee covers three lunches, one supper, and all snacks. All materials, instruction, and admissions are included.

Benefits: Four days in a scenic North Shore setting, as well as 30 PDPs and the opportunity to earn additional graduate credit through Framingham State University.

Documents and Dilemmas

In this workshop, participants will explore the challenges faced by the new nation in the years after the American Revolution. Participants will examine five sets of documents selected from the Massachusetts Historical Society that shed light on key issues, including the rights and responsibilities of a new government, the needs of a diverse citizenry, slavery, women’s roles, and America’s relationship with the world. Tigether with fellow participants and workshop staff, we will investigate:

  • the essential questions raised in each of the documents concerning the challenges facing this new country.
  • how these questions can be used as a theme to follow and investigate throughout an American History course.
  • why types of lesson plans you could build around these documents.

For more information, including a detailed schedule, please contact the education department at education@masshist.org or (617) 646-0557.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 18 August 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, ...

Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour.  For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

Free and open to the public.

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Brown Bag "Neither a Borrower nor a Lender Be"?: The Experience of Credit and Debt in the English Atlantic World, 1660-1720 22 August 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Benjamin Hicklin, University of Michigan This project investigates the on-the-ground production of the rules and networks of credit exchange ...

This project investigates the on-the-ground production of the rules and networks of credit exchange in the colonies of Pennsylvania and Jamaica between the Restoration and the Seven Years' War. Building on new theories of emergence, Hicklin argues that it was the long-distance and longer-term nature of Atlantic credit exchange that altered traditional debt relations. Further, the increasingly distant credit relations brought questions of risk, uncertainty, and the politics of political economy to the fore. This study, in its focus on intra- and inter-colonial borrowing and lending deprivileges London as the center for commercial change.  What had been a regionally, economically, and socially variant system at the time of the Restoration became a largely unified credit economy by the time of the Seven Years' War through a process of evolution more than revolution.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 25 August 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, ...

Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour.  For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

Free and open to the public.

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Exhibitionends The Most Memorable Day in the History of America: July 2, 1776 31 August 2012.Friday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM On 2 July 1776, the Continental Congress resolved "That these United Colonies are, and of right, ...

John Adams letter to Abigail Adams July 3, 1776On 2 July 1776, the Continental Congress resolved "That these United Colonies are, and of right, ought to be, Free and Independent States." In a letter written to Abigail Adams on 3 July 1776, John Adams reflected on the event and summed up what it meant for Americans of his own time and in the future. He writes that the day will be celebrated with, "Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other." Adams seems to have understood more clearly than any other member of the Continental Congress the momentous importance of the vote for independence on 2 July, 1776 and how it should be celebrated. He was right about everything except the date. On 2 July, in celebration of America's independence, the MHS will open an exhibition of letters and documents relating to this important moment in United States history. The exhibition will be on display through 31 August.

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Exhibition A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life: The Photographs of Clover Adams, 1883-1885 2 June 2012.Saturday, this event is free Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life: The Photographs of Clover Adams

A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life: The Photographs of Clover AdamsThe striking photographs of Clover Adams, wife of historian and writer Henry Adams, capture iconic moments of Gilded Age Boston and Washington, D.C., while also opening pathways to her long-concealed inner life. Her photographs tell a story—her story. This exhibition features many of Clover's images, some of which have not been shown publicly, along with her letters, the notebook she used to record the technical aspects of her photographs, Henry's letters, and other family materials.

At the heart of Clover’s story is a mystery: just when she found a powerful way through photography to document her life, it started to unravel. On a gloomy Sunday morning in December 1885, Clover committed suicide by drinking from a vial of potassium cyanide, a chemical used to develop photographs. Henry Adams commissioned a bronze statue by Augustus Saint-Gaudens to mark his wife’s grave in Washington’s Rock Creek Cemetery. But he rarely spoke of her and never mentioned her in his Pulitzer prize-winning The Education of Henry Adams.

What got lost—until now—was the remarkable story of how Clover, in the last years of her life, discovered with her camera an eloquent means with which to express herself.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 2 June 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM this event is free

Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour.  For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

Free and open to the public.

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Public Program The Fenway Victory Gardens: Finding History Inside and Out 5 June 2012.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   registration required at no cost Pre-Program Reception at 5:30 P.M.

View items from the Fenway Garden Society's collections, which are preserved at the MHS, and take a tour of the nearby Victory Gardens.Presented in collaboration with the Fenway Garden Society to commemorate the 70th birthday of the Gardens.

 

Reservations requested. Please call 617-646-0560 or click on the ticket icon above.

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Brown Bag The Origins of Black Boston, 1700-1775 6 June 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Jared Hardesty, Boston College

This project examines the formation of a slave community in pre-Revolutionary Boston and argues that historians have overstated the significance of freedom as a motivating factor for slaves. Instead, the enslaved acted for myriad reasons, such as the protection of their families or the ability to labor independently, only one of which was liberty. By eschewing teleological notions of freedom, we see Afro-Bostonians as dynamic actors capable of decoding their new homeland, ameliorating their condition, and appropriating white values and institutions to better serve their interests.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 9 June 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM this event is free

Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour.  For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

Free and open to the public.

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Conference Taking Center Stage: Conflict and Collaboration in the Peopling of Massachusetts 11 June 2012.Monday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM registration required

Monday, June 11, 2012
9:00am - 4:00pm
Hogan Campus Center, College of Holy Cross, Worcester
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Presented by Mass Humanities, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the University of Massachusetts Amherst Program in Public History, the Joseph P. Healey Library and the Public History Track at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

To mark the 100th anniversary of the "Bread and Roses" strike in Lawrence, known for a high level of collaboration between various groups of immigrants, the 2012 Massachusetts History Conference will explore im/migration history in the Bay State.

Visit the Mass Humanities Conference website for an overview of the day or view the Conference Registration page to register or to learn more about registration options.

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Special Event MHS Open House 16 June 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 3:00PM this event is free

Chesapeake versus ShannonJoin us on Saturday, June 16 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at our annual Open House featuring a preview of our summer exhibition Mr. Madison’s War: The Controversial War of 1812. Visitors are invited to participate in tours; listen to exhibition talks; enjoy refreshments; and learn more about the Society’s collections, programs, and services.

A variety of activities will be offered throughout the day.

  • Starting in the front lobby at 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, and 2:00 PM, tours of the Society's public rooms will give visitors a taste of the history and collections of the MHS.
  • At 11:00 AM, visitors are invited to "Frederic Baury's Extraordinary War," a detailed description of the brief but illustrious Naval career of a Midshipman during the War of 1812. This talk will be given by Nora Saltonstall Preservation Librarian Kathy Griffin.
  • At 1:00 PM, Stephen T. Riley Librarian Peter Drummey will present "War and Peace: John Quincy Adams in St. Petersburg and at Ghent, 1809-1814," a talk focused on John Quincy Adams. While serving as the American minister to Russia, Adams witnessed events leading up to the War of 1812 in America, and at the same time, the “other” War of 1812, the titanic French invasion of Russia. In detailed letters to his parents and voluminous diary accounts, Adams documented his observations of both.
  • View Mr. Madison’s War: The Controversial War of 1812 and examine the controversial nature of the war in Massachusetts and the struggles between the Federalists and Jeffersonian Republicans.

Enjoy refreshments throughout the day and visit our information table to learn about MHS resources, upcoming programs, and how to become a member.  For more information e-mail rsvp@masshist.org.

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Exhibition Mr. Madison's War: The Controversial War of 1812 18 June 2012 to 8 September 2012 this event is free Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM Mr. Madison's War

Mr. Madison's WarIn 1812, Massachusetts was bitterly divided along partisan political lines and a wave of popular protests greeted the declaration of war on 18 June. The MHS is commemorating the bicentennial with the exhibition Mr. Madison's War: The Controversial War of 1812. The exhibition showcases a number of letters, broadsides, artifacts, and images from the Society's rich collections including a midshipman's log of the USS Constitution describing the ship's first great victory, letters written by John Quincy Adams to his mother while serving as the American minister to Russia, and a brass cannon captured from the British at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815.

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Brown Bag Next to Kin: Native Americans and Friendship in Early America 20 June 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Tyler Boulware, West Virginia University

Native Americans attached deep and varied meanings to friendship. Often inseparable from the structures and obligations of kinship, friendship influenced both informal and formal relationships within Native communities and between Indians, Europeans, and Africans. Boulware is particularly interested in how the cultural meanings of friendship (both Indian and European) influenced personal relationships and inter-group alliances, and how ideas about friendship and its obligations contributed to the violence that erupted between individuals and communities.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 23 June 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM this event is free

Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour.  For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

Free and open to the public.

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Brown Bag Found at Sea: Mapping Ships' Locations on the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic 27 June 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free John Dixon, Harvard University

How did ships move from Port A to Port B? What happened in the middle? This project uses ships’ logbooks and a computer-aided mapping approach to address these foundational, previously unanswered questions about the 18th-century Atlantic World. Depicting the human geography of the ocean opens the Atlantic to historical questions about the existence and characteristics of sea lanes, the effects of weather conditions on sailing routes, the frequency and nature of meetings at sea (friendly, hostile, and otherwise), the practice of maritime navigation, and captains’ decision-making in the context of these and other complex factors.

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Author Talk, Public Program Dr. Kimball's Time Machine: The Man Who Rediscovered Thomas Jefferson, Architect 28 June 2012.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   registration required at no cost Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 P.M. Hugh Howard, author of "Dr. Kimball and Mr. Jefferson"

Hugh Howard, author of Dr. Kimball and Mr. Jefferson: Rediscovering the Founding Fathers of American Architecture, will discuss Fiske Kimball, the pioneering writer, scholar, and museum director who recovered Thomas Jefferson’s architectural genius from historical memory. View a selection of Jefferson's drawings from the collection of the Massachusetts Historical Society, and learn more about the Society's Coolidge Collection of Thomas Jefferson Manuscripts.

Registration requested: please call 617-646-0560 or click on the ticket icon above to register online.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 30 June 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM this event is free

Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour.  For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

Free and open to the public.

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Public Program Gallery Talk: The Most Memorable Day in the History of America 2 July 2012.Monday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM this event is free Stephen T. Riley Librarian Peter Drummey

In this gallery talk, Peter Drummey will explain why John Adams believed July 2, 1776 would be the most memorable day in the history of America.

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Exhibition The Most Memorable Day in the History of America: July 2, 1776 2 July 2012 to 31 August 2012 this event is free Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM

John Adams letter to Abigail Adams July 3, 1776On 2 July 1776, the Continental Congress resolved "That these United Colonies are, and of right, ought to be, Free and Independent States." In a letter written to Abigail Adams on 3 July 1776, John Adams reflected on the event and summed up what it meant for Americans of his own time and in the future. He writes that the day will be celebrated with, "Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other." Adams seems to have understood more clearly than any other member of the Continental Congress the momentous importance of the vote for independence on 2 July, 1776 and how it should be celebrated. He was right about everything except the date. On 2 July, in celebration of America's independence, the MHS will open an exhibition of letters and documents relating to this important moment in United States history. The exhibition will be on display through 31 August.

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Public Program Gallery Talk: The Most Memorable Day in the History of America 2 July 2012.Monday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM this event is free

In this gallery talk, Stephen T. Riley Librarian Peter Drummey will discuss why John Adams believed July 2, 1776 would be the most memorable day in the history of America.

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Building Closed 4th of July 4 July 2012.Wednesday, all day close
MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 7 July 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM this event is free

Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour.  For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

Free and open to the public.

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Brown Bag The Emergence of the American Corporation: The New England Example 9 July 2012.Monday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Moira Gillis, University of Oxford

This project explores the legal and historical parameters of the corporation as it developed in New England during the English colonial period through the initial years of the new republic. Gillis seeks to identify certain thematic developments relating to the incorporation, operation and regulation of such corporations, whether municipal, charitable, religious, educational or commercial. She will compare this New England corporate experience, as well as those of Virginia, New York and Pennsylvania, with their English counterpart to understand the degree to which the pre-modern American corporation was a unique legal creature rather than a mere offspring of its English corporate parent. 

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Brown Bag Pictures and Progress: The Politics of Images in the Woman Suffrage Movement 11 July 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Allison Lange, Brandeis University

This talk will examine the visual culture of the woman suffrage movement. Lange’s research shows that images, from engravings and lithographs to photographs and halftones, shaped Americans' conceptions of gender and women's relationships to politics.  Her project analyzes how suffrage supporters and detractors used these powerful visuals to promote their political causes.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 14 July 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM this event is free

Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour.  For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

Free and open to the public.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 21 July 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM this event is free

Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour.  For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

Free and open to the public.

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Brown Bag Conversion and Antislavery, 1750-1830 23 July 2012.Monday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Benjamin Wright, Rice University

Wright’s research explores the connections between religious conversion and antislavery activism in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. It argues that the Americans and Britons who attacked slavery prior to 1830 did so primarily out of a desire to convert the colonies, the new American republic, and eventually the world. This study demonstrates how ideologies of conversion directed the tactics of early antislavery reformers and how changes in these ideologies transformed antislavery into abolitionism. 

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Brown Bag Terror ubique tremor: Communicating Terror in Early New England, 1677-1713 25 July 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Katherine Grandjean, Wellesley College

This program investigates two concurrent stories: the wars plaguing New England’s northern frontier around the turn of the eighteenth century and, in the same years, the rise of the press. Between the 1670s and 1710s, the borderlands of northern New England were repeatedly convulsed by violence.  French and Indian raiders doggedly punished English towns, snatched captives, ambushed farmers in their fields. And, for better or worse, the news spread widely. Although printing had been present in New England since the 1630s, it was only in the latter part of the century—as the most terrific frontier violence was unfolding—that it truly took off. To what extent did the appetite for news of imperial warfare drive the rise of print publication? What appeared in print concerning the border raids—and how did these items circulate? Following the spread of terror in early New England suggests new ways to gauge the effects of imperial warfare in early America.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 28 July 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM this event is free

Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour.  For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

Free and open to the public.

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Exhibition The First Seasons of the Federal Street Theatre, 1794-1798 30 July 2012.Monday, this event is free Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM Boston Theatre, Federal Street, Engraving by A. Bowen, 1825

Boston Theatre, Federal Street, Engraving by A. Bowen, 1825In 1794, the first public theater in Boston opened on Federal Street despite strong legal and public opposition. The First Seasons of the Federal Street Theatre, 1794-1798 documents the battle over the Federal Street Theatre through playbills from early performances as well as the letters and publications of supporters and opponents of public theater in Boston. The MHS show is a satellite display of an exhibition titled Forgotten Chapters of Boston's Literary History on display at the Boston Public Library (BPL). Created by Professor Paul Lewis of the Boston College English Department and his students, the exhibition tells stories about Boston's literary history through letters, manuscripts, and early editions from the collections of the MHS, the BPL, the American Antiquarian Society, and Boston College. Divided into six “chapters,”  the exhibition follows the rise and fall of reputations, recovers out-of-print materials, and walks the streets of Boston in its literary heyday. The materials at the MHS will be on view 28 March through 30 July.

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Brown Bag Riots and Remembrance: America's Idols and the Origins of American Nationalism 30 July 2012.Monday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Nichole George, University of Notre Dame

This project focuses on popular celebrations and the use of "celebrities" as symbols of the changing dynamics of American nationalism from settlement through the Civil War. George’s research focuses on three main idols, the Pope, Benedict Arnold, and Crispus Attucks, each representing a major transition in American national identity.

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Brown Bag Training the Eyes: Romantic Vision and Class Formation in Boston, 1830-1870 1 August 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Justin Clark, University of Southern California

In the middle of the nineteenth century, romantic vision, the apprehension of the invisible or the ideal through a combination of mental and ocular vision, became a popular way for Americans to engage not only with the natural landscape, but with the city and city life. This project investigates why, in the spectacular world of the nineteenth-century city, Boston’s Transcendentalists, clairvoyants, blind autobiographers, naturalists, artists, photographers, and numerous others became invested in seeing more than meets the eye.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 4 August 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM this event is free

Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour.  For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

Free and open to the public.

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Brown Bag Women, Power, and Litigation in the English Atlantic World, 1630-1700 6 August 2012.Monday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Lindsay Moore, Boston University

Moore's project adopts a comparative, transatlantic approach to explore how female litigants in England and early colonial America used the law courts to protect their rights to property. Based on a study of over 3,000 court cases, Moore's work shows that women were independent and self-directed legal layers, and that these women challenged ideas of hierarchy and subordination by initiating litigation before the courts.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 11 August 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM this event is free

Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour.  For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

Free and open to the public.

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Teacher Workshop Canceled:
Five Documents/Five Dilemmas of the Early American Republic
13 August 2012 to 16 August 2012 registration closed This workshop has been CANCELLED. Please contact the MHS Education Department for additional information.

Join us for a Seaside Seminar!

Who: Teachers and Library Media Specialists, Grades 5-12

When: August 13-16, and one Saturday morning in the Fall, 2012

Cost: $50 registration fee covers three lunches, one supper, and all snacks. All materials, instruction, and admissions are included.

Benefits: Four days in a scenic North Shore setting, as well as 30 PDPs and the opportunity to earn additional graduate credit through Framingham State University.

Documents and Dilemmas

In this workshop, participants will explore the challenges faced by the new nation in the years after the American Revolution. Participants will examine five sets of documents selected from the Massachusetts Historical Society that shed light on key issues, including the rights and responsibilities of a new government, the needs of a diverse citizenry, slavery, women’s roles, and America’s relationship with the world. Tigether with fellow participants and workshop staff, we will investigate:

  • the essential questions raised in each of the documents concerning the challenges facing this new country.
  • how these questions can be used as a theme to follow and investigate throughout an American History course.
  • why types of lesson plans you could build around these documents.

For more information, including a detailed schedule, please contact the education department at education@masshist.org or (617) 646-0557.

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Brown Bag Cotton Mather's use of Jacques Basnage's History of the Jews in the Biblia Americana 15 August 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Rick Kennedy, Point Loma Nazarene University

Cotton Mather was much impressed with Basnage's History of the Jews up to the Present Time for both Basnage's scholarship and the book's content.  Mather epitomized Basnage's book and titled it an "Appendix to Acts" in his Biblia.  By looking at the way Mather worked with the book we can learn much about Mather as a historian.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 18 August 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM this event is free

Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour.  For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

Free and open to the public.

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Brown Bag "Neither a Borrower nor a Lender Be"?: The Experience of Credit and Debt in the English Atlantic World, 1660-1720 22 August 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Benjamin Hicklin, University of Michigan

This project investigates the on-the-ground production of the rules and networks of credit exchange in the colonies of Pennsylvania and Jamaica between the Restoration and the Seven Years' War. Building on new theories of emergence, Hicklin argues that it was the long-distance and longer-term nature of Atlantic credit exchange that altered traditional debt relations. Further, the increasingly distant credit relations brought questions of risk, uncertainty, and the politics of political economy to the fore. This study, in its focus on intra- and inter-colonial borrowing and lending deprivileges London as the center for commercial change.  What had been a regionally, economically, and socially variant system at the time of the Restoration became a largely unified credit economy by the time of the Seven Years' War through a process of evolution more than revolution.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 25 August 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM this event is free

Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour.  For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

Free and open to the public.

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