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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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July

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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August
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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September
Building Closed Labor Day 1 September 2012.Saturday, all day The MHS library and exhibition galleries will be closed all day Saturday, September 1 and Monday, ...

The MHS library and exhibition galleries will be closed all day Saturday, September 1 and Monday, September 3.

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Building Closed Labor Day 2 September 2012.Sunday, all day The MHS library and exhibition galleries will be closed all day Saturday, September 1 and Monday, ...

The MHS library and exhibition galleries will be closed all day Saturday, September 1 and Monday, September 3.

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Building Closed Labor Day 3 September 2012.Monday, all day The MHS library and exhibition galleries will be closed all day Saturday, September 1 and Monday, ...

The MHS library and exhibition galleries will be closed all day Saturday, September 1 and Monday, September 3.

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Progressive Bull Moose pin Exhibitionbegins In the Arena: The Presidential Election of 1912 in Massachusetts 4 September 2012.Tuesday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM One hundred years ago, the presidential election of 1912 saw the emergence of the strongest third ...

Progressive Bull Moose pinOne hundred years ago, the presidential election of 1912 saw the emergence of the strongest third-party candidate in American history when former president Theodore Roosevelt returned to the political arena as the standard bearer of the Progressive "Bull Moose" Party and Eugene Debs made the best showing ever for a Socialist Party candidate. Between 4 September and 27 November, the Society will display personal correspondence, photographs, and political memorabilia to show how Woodrow Wilson eked out a victory in one of the most closely contested presidential elections in Massachusetts history.

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Brown Bag Francis Parkman and the Women of New France 5 September 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Kathleen Barker, Northeastern University and MHS Parkman amassed thousands of documents while researching his histories of New France. Although he ...

Parkman amassed thousands of documents while researching his histories of New France. Although he focused primarily on the Jesuits, Native Americans, and others, his collections offer fascinating perspectives on the work of French women to create and propagate French culture in the New World.

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Brown Bag Rhetoric of the "Lady Emancipators": The Woman-Slave Analogy in Nineteenth-Century Social Reform 7 September 2012.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Ana Stevenson, University of Queensland During the nineteenth century, the woman-slave analogy became an important rhetorical strategy for ...

During the nineteenth century, the woman-slave analogy became an important rhetorical strategy for the women involved in social reform, gaining particular significance in the women's rights and women's suffrage movements.  This presentation seeks to investigate how the woman-slave analogy was used when discussing the social, legal and political status of nineteenth-century women.  

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Mr. Madison's War Exhibitionends Mr. Madison's War: The Controversial War of 1812 8 September 2012.Saturday, 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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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 8 September 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, the tour ...

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 Cabinets of Miscellany and Meaning: Managing Information in Antebellum America 12 September 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Ann Johnson, University of Southern California This project examines how mid 19th-century Americans sought to filter the barrage of facts and ...

This project examines how mid 19th-century Americans sought to filter the barrage of facts and figures assailing them during the communications revolution. It investigates the development of educational practices related to organizing information, as well as the types of media, such as lectures and reference books, that helped Americans to sort through it all.

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Public Program, Exhibition 'I Have Had My Share of Mishaps in Politics': Henry Cabot Lodge & the Presidential Election of 1912 14 September 2012.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Gallery Talk Peter Drummey, MHS The bitter split between the conservative and progressive wings of the Republican Party in 1912 ...

The bitter split between the conservative and progressive wings of the Republican Party in 1912 threatened the 30-year friendship of Henry Cabot Lodge and Theodore Roosevelt. Stephen T. Riley Librarian Peter Drummey will explain how the two struggled to remain friends during a divisive political campaigns, and how their close bond was saved, at least in part, by a failed assassination attempt just before the election.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 15 September 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM details
Immigration and Urban History Seminar Devil’s Bargain: New York City’s Premier Spanish Shipping Agents and Allied Strategy during World War II 18 September 2012.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Brooke L. Blower, Boston University Comment: Christopher Schmidt-Nowara, Tufts University The Spaniards Marcelino Garcia and Manuel Diaz immigrated to the United States as young men, ...

The Spaniards Marcelino Garcia and Manuel Diaz immigrated to the United States as young men, founding what became by the 1930s the most important shipping agency in the Iberian Atlantic world. As ardent Franco supporters and apparent Nazi sympathizers, these agents maintained an elaborate network of support for the Axis during World War II from their perch in New York City. This paper explores why, despite knowing all about this, Allied strategists allowed these men and their transatlantic merchant traffic to remain in play for the duration of the conflict.

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Graduate Student Reception 20 September 2012.Thursday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM All graduate students and faculty are welcome! Join us to meet colleagues from other universities, ...

All graduate students and faculty are welcome! Join us to meet colleagues from other universities, enjoy delicious refreshments, and learn about the MHS collections and programs that can support you in your work.

RSVP required. Email kviens@masshist.org or phone 617-646-0568.

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Public Program, Author Talk The Curious Creation of the Electoral College: What the Founders Didn't Want and Didn't See Coming 24 September 2012.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 P.M. Ray Raphael Hoping to sidestep popular elections and transcend politics, the framers concocted a bizarre, ...

Hoping to sidestep popular elections and transcend politics, the framers concocted a bizarre, untried method of selecting the president. Little did they suspect how their system would be gamed, from 1789 through 2012. Ray Raphael’s latest book is Mr. President: How and Why the Founders Created a Chief Executive (Alfred A. Knopf, 2012). His several other books on the Founding Era include A People’s History of the American Revolution and Founding Myths: Stories That Hide Our Patriotic Past. A complete list of his works can be found at www.rayraphael.com.

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

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Edward Wigglesworth Ring Member Event, Special Event In Death Lamented: Preview Reception 27 September 2012.Thursday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM Please RSVP   In Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry MHS Fellows and Members are ...

Edward Wigglesworth RingIn Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry

MHS Fellows and Members are invited to attend a special preview of the Society's fall exhibition. The evening will begin with remarks by MHS Curator of Art Anne E. Bentley and will be followed by a reception and exhibtion viewing.

In Death Lamented features rings, bracelets, brooches, and other pieces of mourning jewelry from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, ranging from early gold bands with death’s head iconography to jeweled brooches and intricately woven hairwork pieces of the Civil War era. These elegant and evocative objects are presented in the context of their history, use, and meaning, alongside related pieces of material culture.

Registration is required.

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In Death Lamented Exhibitionbegins In Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry 28 September 2012.Friday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM In Death Lamented features rings, bracelets, brooches, and other pieces of mourning jewelry ...

In Death LamentedIn Death Lamented features rings, bracelets, brooches, and other pieces of mourning jewelry from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, ranging from early gold bands with death’s head iconography to jeweled brooches and intricately woven hairwork pieces of the Civil War era. These elegant and evocative objects are presented in the context of their history, use, and meaning, alongside related pieces of material culture.

Drawn from the collections of the MHS and Guest Curator Sarah Nehama as well as loans from the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Historic New England in Boston, and the Adams National Historical Park in Quincy, exhibition highlights include the Adams-Winthrop commemorative seal ring containing the braided hair of John Quincy Adams and a gold memorial ring for Queen Caroline of Brandenburg-Ansbach.

A full-color companion book, In Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry, available for sale at the MHS, features photographs and descriptions of all of the Nehama and MHS pieces, along with historical and stylistic backgrounds and essays pertaining to cultural practices around death and mourning in England and America.

View a selection of mourning jewelry at www.masshist.org/features/mourning-jewelry.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 29 September 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, the tour ...

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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Building Closed Building Closed 29 September 2012.Saturday, all day Due to circumstances beyond our control, the MHS library and exhibition spaces will be closed.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the MHS library and exhibition spaces will be closed.

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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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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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Building Closed Labor Day 1 September 2012.Saturday, all day

The MHS library and exhibition galleries will be closed all day Saturday, September 1 and Monday, September 3.

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Building Closed Labor Day 2 September 2012.Sunday, all day

The MHS library and exhibition galleries will be closed all day Saturday, September 1 and Monday, September 3.

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Building Closed Labor Day 3 September 2012.Monday, all day

The MHS library and exhibition galleries will be closed all day Saturday, September 1 and Monday, September 3.

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Exhibition In the Arena: The Presidential Election of 1912 in Massachusetts 4 September 2012 to 27 November 2012 this event is free Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM Progressive Bull Moose pin

Progressive Bull Moose pinOne hundred years ago, the presidential election of 1912 saw the emergence of the strongest third-party candidate in American history when former president Theodore Roosevelt returned to the political arena as the standard bearer of the Progressive "Bull Moose" Party and Eugene Debs made the best showing ever for a Socialist Party candidate. Between 4 September and 27 November, the Society will display personal correspondence, photographs, and political memorabilia to show how Woodrow Wilson eked out a victory in one of the most closely contested presidential elections in Massachusetts history.

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Brown Bag Francis Parkman and the Women of New France 5 September 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Kathleen Barker, Northeastern University and MHS

Parkman amassed thousands of documents while researching his histories of New France. Although he focused primarily on the Jesuits, Native Americans, and others, his collections offer fascinating perspectives on the work of French women to create and propagate French culture in the New World.

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Brown Bag Rhetoric of the "Lady Emancipators": The Woman-Slave Analogy in Nineteenth-Century Social Reform 7 September 2012.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Ana Stevenson, University of Queensland

During the nineteenth century, the woman-slave analogy became an important rhetorical strategy for the women involved in social reform, gaining particular significance in the women's rights and women's suffrage movements.  This presentation seeks to investigate how the woman-slave analogy was used when discussing the social, legal and political status of nineteenth-century women.  

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Exhibition Mr. Madison's War: The Controversial War of 1812 8 September 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM 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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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 8 September 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 Cabinets of Miscellany and Meaning: Managing Information in Antebellum America 12 September 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Ann Johnson, University of Southern California

This project examines how mid 19th-century Americans sought to filter the barrage of facts and figures assailing them during the communications revolution. It investigates the development of educational practices related to organizing information, as well as the types of media, such as lectures and reference books, that helped Americans to sort through it all.

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Public Program, Exhibition 'I Have Had My Share of Mishaps in Politics': Henry Cabot Lodge & the Presidential Election of 1912 14 September 2012.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM this event is free Gallery Talk Peter Drummey, MHS

The bitter split between the conservative and progressive wings of the Republican Party in 1912 threatened the 30-year friendship of Henry Cabot Lodge and Theodore Roosevelt. Stephen T. Riley Librarian Peter Drummey will explain how the two struggled to remain friends during a divisive political campaigns, and how their close bond was saved, at least in part, by a failed assassination attempt just before the election.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 15 September 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM this event is free close
Immigration and Urban History Seminar Devil’s Bargain: New York City’s Premier Spanish Shipping Agents and Allied Strategy during World War II 18 September 2012.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
Brooke L. Blower, Boston University Comment: Christopher Schmidt-Nowara, Tufts University

The Spaniards Marcelino Garcia and Manuel Diaz immigrated to the United States as young men, founding what became by the 1930s the most important shipping agency in the Iberian Atlantic world. As ardent Franco supporters and apparent Nazi sympathizers, these agents maintained an elaborate network of support for the Axis during World War II from their perch in New York City. This paper explores why, despite knowing all about this, Allied strategists allowed these men and their transatlantic merchant traffic to remain in play for the duration of the conflict.

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Graduate Student Reception 20 September 2012.Thursday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM this event is free

All graduate students and faculty are welcome! Join us to meet colleagues from other universities, enjoy delicious refreshments, and learn about the MHS collections and programs that can support you in your work.

RSVP required. Email kviens@masshist.org or phone 617-646-0568.

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Public Program, Author Talk The Curious Creation of the Electoral College: What the Founders Didn't Want and Didn't See Coming 24 September 2012.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   registration required at no cost Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 P.M. Ray Raphael

Hoping to sidestep popular elections and transcend politics, the framers concocted a bizarre, untried method of selecting the president. Little did they suspect how their system would be gamed, from 1789 through 2012. Ray Raphael’s latest book is Mr. President: How and Why the Founders Created a Chief Executive (Alfred A. Knopf, 2012). His several other books on the Founding Era include A People’s History of the American Revolution and Founding Myths: Stories That Hide Our Patriotic Past. A complete list of his works can be found at www.rayraphael.com.

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

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Member Event, Special Event In Death Lamented: Preview Reception 27 September 2012.Thursday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM Please RSVP   registration required at no cost Edward Wigglesworth Ring

Edward Wigglesworth RingIn Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry

MHS Fellows and Members are invited to attend a special preview of the Society's fall exhibition. The evening will begin with remarks by MHS Curator of Art Anne E. Bentley and will be followed by a reception and exhibtion viewing.

In Death Lamented features rings, bracelets, brooches, and other pieces of mourning jewelry from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, ranging from early gold bands with death’s head iconography to jeweled brooches and intricately woven hairwork pieces of the Civil War era. These elegant and evocative objects are presented in the context of their history, use, and meaning, alongside related pieces of material culture.

Registration is required.

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Exhibition In Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry 28 September 2012 to 31 January 2013 this event is free Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM In Death Lamented

In Death LamentedIn Death Lamented features rings, bracelets, brooches, and other pieces of mourning jewelry from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, ranging from early gold bands with death’s head iconography to jeweled brooches and intricately woven hairwork pieces of the Civil War era. These elegant and evocative objects are presented in the context of their history, use, and meaning, alongside related pieces of material culture.

Drawn from the collections of the MHS and Guest Curator Sarah Nehama as well as loans from the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Historic New England in Boston, and the Adams National Historical Park in Quincy, exhibition highlights include the Adams-Winthrop commemorative seal ring containing the braided hair of John Quincy Adams and a gold memorial ring for Queen Caroline of Brandenburg-Ansbach.

A full-color companion book, In Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry, available for sale at the MHS, features photographs and descriptions of all of the Nehama and MHS pieces, along with historical and stylistic backgrounds and essays pertaining to cultural practices around death and mourning in England and America.

View a selection of mourning jewelry at www.masshist.org/features/mourning-jewelry.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 29 September 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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Building Closed Building Closed 29 September 2012.Saturday, all day

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the MHS library and exhibition spaces will be closed.

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