Calendar of Events

Exhibition

Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country

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

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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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October
Public Program The War of 1812 & the Making of Modern America 1 October 2012.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 P.M. Christian Samito, Boston University School of Law Christian G. Samito will speak about the impact of changes in voting rights, the expansion of ...

Christian G. Samito will speak about the impact of changes in voting rights, the expansion of industry, the defeat of Native American resistance on the Northwestern and Southern borders, and judicial cases of national significance coming out of the War of 1812 and the years directly following. This program is presented in partnership with the USS Constitution Museum as part of the War of 1812 Bicentennial Series. Dr. Samito earned his law degree from Harvard Law School and doctorate in U.S. history from Boston College. His most recent book is Becoming American Under Fire: Irish Americans, African Americans, and the Politics of Citizenship during the Civil War Era. He presently teaches at the Boston University School of Law and practices law in Boston.

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

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Early American History Seminar Colonial Proprieties: Atlantic Possession in England’s Restoration Era 2 October 2012.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Daniel K. Richter, University of Pennsylvania Comment: Steven Pincus, Yale University A century ago, historians of the “imperial school” were fascinated by the fact that ...

A century ago, historians of the “imperial school” were fascinated by the fact that every new English colony established during the Restoration period took the form of a proprietorship, that is that they were the personal property of one or a few great men enjoying neo-feudal privileges. This paper suggests that, despite its fusty fixation on constitutional forms, the imperial school was on to something. Proprietaries were not mere institutional devices but central to the kind of empire Charles II and his courtiers thought they were creating.

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Brown Bag “Some are weatherwise, some are otherwise”: Popular Almanacs and Weather Cosmology in Mid-eighteenth Century America 3 October 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Lauri Coleman, College of William and Mary Historians of early America have turned to almanacs such as those written by Nathaniel Ames and son ...

Historians of early America have turned to almanacs such as those written by Nathaniel Ames and son and Benjamin Franklin for any number of reasons, but these sources have rarely been studied for the main purpose for which they were written: namely, the interpretation and prediction of the weather. Studied as a culturally-constructed discourse, the weather offers historians a window into the religious, philosophical, and experiential worldviews of those who wrote and read about it. Coleman’s interest in almanacs is part of her larger cultural study of weather and the multiple ways it was interpreted and used as a rhetorical tool in eighteenth-century America.

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Biography Seminar Symphony and Song: Writing Lives in Music 4 October 2012.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Judith Tick, Northeastern University; Jan Swafford, The Boston Conservatory; and Tim Riley, Emerson College Moderator: Megan Marshall, Emerson College Join us to discuss the process of writing biography with these panelists, who will share their ...

Join us to discuss the process of writing biography with these panelists, who will share their perspectives based on their extensive publications in the fields of classical and popular music.

Tim Riley is an NPR critic and the author of Lennon: The Man, the Myth, the Music—The Definitive Life (2011). His other books include Hard Rain: A Dylan Commentary (1999), Madonna: Illustrated (1992), and Fever: How Rock 'n' Roll Transformed Gender in America (2005).

Jan Swafford is a composer and author. He has written the biography Charles Ives: A Life with Music (1998), which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle award, and Johannes Brahms: A Biography (1999). He is presently completing a biography of Beethoven.

Judith Tick is a leading authority on the history of women in music. She is the author, with Gail Levin, of Aaron Copland’s America: A Cultural Perspective (2000). She is also the author of the biography Ruth Crawford Seeger: A Composer’s Search for American Music (1997) and is currently working on a biography of Ella Fitzgerald. Her book Music in the USA: A Documentary Companion (2008) provides several of the selections for this session’s supplementary readings.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 6 October 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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Special Event, Notice Open House 8 October 2012.Monday, 10:00AM - 2:00PM Presented in conjunction with the Fenway Alliance's Opening Our Doors Join us as we open our doors as part of the Fenway Alliance's Opening Our Doors, Boston's largest ...

Opening Our Doors 2012Join us as we open our doors as part of the Fenway Alliance's Opening Our Doors, Boston's largest single day of free arts and cultural events. On this day, the institutions that make up the Fenway Alliance along with community partner organizations welcome neighbors near and far to enjoy an unparalleled array of free activities for everyone. Visit the MHS and view In Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry. This exhibition features some of the best examples of mourning jewelry including rings, bracelets, brooches, and other pieces 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. Also on display is In the Arena: The Presidential Election of 1912 in Massachusetts, an exhibition of personal correspondence, photographs, and political memorabilia that illustrates how Woodrow Wilson eked out a victory in one of the most closely contested presidential elections in Bay State history. The Dowse Library, a preserved, 19th-century gentleman’s library, and the Portrait Gallery will be open throughout the day.

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Library Closed Columbus Day 8 October 2012.Monday, all day details
Environmental History Seminar "Guests of the Nation": American Camping and Designs for Public Nature, 1920s-'40s 9 October 2012.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Phoebe S. K. Young, University of Colorado at Boulder Comment: James C. O'Connell, National Park Service This seminar paper explores how camping embodies the ways in which Americans envisioned access to ...

This seminar paper explores how camping embodies the ways in which Americans envisioned access to nature as linked to notions of civic belonging, public culture, and political voice. It is drawn from Young’s book in progress.

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Special Event Time with the Treasures 11 October 2012.Thursday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM This event is open to all members of the MHS Fund Giving Circles Members of the MHS Fund Giving Circles are invited to enjoy an evening of cocktails and "show and ...

Members of the MHS Fund Giving Circles are invited to enjoy an evening of cocktails and "show and tell" of rarely seen treasures with Stephen T. Riley Librarian Peter Drummey. Registration is required; contact Katy Capó at 617-646-0518 or kcapo@masshist.org.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 13 October 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 Joseph Warren's "Ciceronian" Toga 17 October 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Katherine Harper, University of Sydney Joseph Warren gave his 1775 Boston Massacre oration dressed in a toga. Why did none of his ...

Joseph Warren gave his 1775 Boston Massacre oration dressed in a toga. Why did none of his contemporaries remark upon this as strange behavior? And what does it tell us about pre-Revolutionary Boston?

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Brown Bag POSTPONED Neither Man nor Woman, Neither Here nor There: 18th Century Gender Crossings at Sea 17 October 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Jen Manion, Connecticut College This program has been POSTPONED. It will be reannounced in spring 2013.

This program has been POSTPONED. It will be reannounced in spring 2013.

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Public Program, Author Talk Insuring the City: The Prudential Center & the Postwar Urban Landscape 17 October 2012.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 P.M. Elihu Rubin, Yale School of Architecture One of the most significant urban developments of the 1950s and 60s, the Prudential Center anchors ...

One of the most significant urban developments of the 1950s and 60s, the Prudential Center anchors the Boston skyline with its tall gray tower. It is also a beacon of a mid-century moment when insurance companies like Prudential deployed buildings in cities to symbolize and advertise their intangible product: financial security. The Prudential’s story also exemplifies the transition from the nineteenth century metropolis to the post-industrial city organized around highways and easy parking. In his new book, Insuring the City: The Prudential Center and the Postwar Urban Landscape, Yale architectural historian Elihu Rubin tells the full story of "The Pru," placing it in its political, economic, and architectural contexts and providing new insights into urban renewal in postwar America. Elihu Rubin is Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at Yale. He received a doctorate in architecture and a master’s in city planning from the University of California, Berkeley.

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

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History of Women and Gender Seminar Male Same-Sex Intimacy and a Clergy Sex Scandal in Early 19th-Century New England 18 October 2012.Thursday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM RSVP required Location: Schlesinger Library Bruce Dorsey, Swarthmore College Comment: Aaron S. Lecklider, University of Massachusetts—Boston This essay focuses on a sex scandal surrounding the only known instance in the early U.S. of a ...

This essay focuses on a sex scandal surrounding the only known instance in the early U.S. of a clergyman accused of making same-sex sexual advances. The scandal points to the contested meanings of Christian manliness and the gendered construction of male networks of gossip, sex talk, and sex reform, and addresses the crucial historical question of how to distinguish among intimacy, love, spirituality, and sexual desire.

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Author Talk, Public Program, Brown Bag Cedar Grove Cemetery 19 October 2012.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Robert Bayard Severy, Dorchester Historical Society Mr. Severy will describe and illustrate the history and beauty of this Dorchester cemetery, founded ...

Mr. Severy will describe and illustrate the history and beauty of this Dorchester cemetery, founded in the 1660s. Mr. Severy is photographer, secretary, and historian of the Dorchester Historical Society and has done extensive research on the occupants of Cedar Grove. Copies of his latest cemetery guide will be given to all attendees.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 20 October 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.

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MHS Tour, Special Eventbegins Cruise the Historic Towns and Sites of the Chesapeake Bay 22 October 2012.Monday, all day From 22 to 29 October, join fellow travelers on a voyage aboard the American-flagged ...

Cruise the Chesapeake brochureFrom 22 to 29 October, join fellow travelers on a voyage aboard the American-flagged Yorktown to some of America’s loveliest waterways and most important historic sites along the shores of the Chesapeake and the rivers that feed into it. Stops include Annapolis, Md.; St. Michaels, Md.; Richmond, Va.; and Mt. Vernon in Alexandria, Va. Guest lecturer Peter Drummey, the Stephen T. Riley Librarian at the MHS, will share his knowledge of the history of the Chesapeake region through onboard lectures and discussions.

For more information call 617-536-1608 or e-mail membership@masshist.org. For program and pricing details, please view the brochure.

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Public Program, Author Talk Elizabeth Winthrop: Insubordinate Spirit 22 October 2012.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 P.M. Missy Wolfe A historian of Dutch New York, Ms. Wolfe will discuss the turbulent and intrepid 1650s life of ...

A historian of Dutch New York, Ms. Wolfe will discuss the turbulent and intrepid 1650s life of Elizabeth Winthrop Feake Hallett in America. Her first husband drowned, her second went insane, and the Puritans wanted her dead for marrying her third. Hear how John Wnthrop, Jr., saved his cousin's life by enforcing Stuyvesant's Dutch rule over this English woman within Southwestern Connecticut.

Wolfe's documented history, Insubordinate Spirit: A True Story of Life and Loss in Earliest America 1610-1665, draws deeply from across all volumes of the Society's Winthrop Papers, including John Winthrop, Sr.'s Journal. This event officially launches this new publication.

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

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Immigration and Urban History Seminar NOTE: AT THE BPL/ Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America’s Great Public Spaces 23 October 2012.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Location: Boston Public Library John Ochsendorf, The Guastavino Project, MIT This project is dedicated to documenting and preserving the tile vaulted works of the Guastavino ...

This project is dedicated to documenting and preserving the tile vaulted works of the Guastavino Company. In lieu of reading a paper, participants will tour the exhibition “Palaces for the People” with the presenter, and a discussion will follow.

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Special Event Parkman House Tour 25 October 2012.Thursday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM Special Event for Members of the MHS Fund, Belknap through Adams Circles Members of the MHS Fund Belknap through Adams Circles are invited to tour the Parkman House on ...

Members of the MHS Fund Belknap through Adams Circles are invited to tour the Parkman House on Beacon Hill. Built in the early 19th century by Cornelius Coolidge, the house was later given to the city by renowned historian Francis Parkman. Enjoy a unique opportunity to see this significant building and visit some of the MHS treasures that are housed there. A reception will follow the tour. Registration is required; contact Katy Capó at 617-646-0518 or kcapo@masshist.org.

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MHS Tour, Special Eventends Cruise the Historic Towns and Sites of the Chesapeake Bay 29 October 2012.Monday, all day From 22 to 29 October, join fellow travelers on a voyage aboard the American-flagged ...

Cruise the Chesapeake brochureFrom 22 to 29 October, join fellow travelers on a voyage aboard the American-flagged Yorktown to some of America’s loveliest waterways and most important historic sites along the shores of the Chesapeake and the rivers that feed into it. Stops include Annapolis, Md.; St. Michaels, Md.; Richmond, Va.; and Mt. Vernon in Alexandria, Va. Guest lecturer Peter Drummey, the Stephen T. Riley Librarian at the MHS, will share his knowledge of the history of the Chesapeake region through onboard lectures and discussions.

For more information call 617-536-1608 or e-mail membership@masshist.org. For program and pricing details, please view the brochure.

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Notice, Building Closed Library and Galleries Closed 29 October 2012.Monday, all day Due to predictions of severe weather in the Boston area the MHS library and exhibition galleries ...

Due to predictions of severe weather in the Boston area the MHS library and exhibition galleries will be closed on Monday, 29 October 2012.  Please check website to see status of library and galleries for Tuesday, 30 October on Monday evening.  

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Brown Bag The Theology of Citizenship: Local Preachers and the Production of Nationalism in Early America 31 October 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Benjamin Park, University of Cambridge Though ideas of nationalism were directed to a much larger environment, and influenced by broader ...

Though ideas of nationalism were directed to a much larger environment, and influenced by broader cultural currents, they were cultivated at the local level. As part of a dissertation that examines the local productions of nationalism, this project engages how parochial religious communities, especially patriotic sermons, influenced Americans' ideas of their country.

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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.

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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.

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Exhibition The Most Memorable Day in the History of America: July 2, 1776 31 August 2012.Friday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM 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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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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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.
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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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Public Program The War of 1812 & the Making of Modern America 1 October 2012.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM registration required at no cost Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 P.M. Christian Samito, Boston University School of Law

Christian G. Samito will speak about the impact of changes in voting rights, the expansion of industry, the defeat of Native American resistance on the Northwestern and Southern borders, and judicial cases of national significance coming out of the War of 1812 and the years directly following. This program is presented in partnership with the USS Constitution Museum as part of the War of 1812 Bicentennial Series. Dr. Samito earned his law degree from Harvard Law School and doctorate in U.S. history from Boston College. His most recent book is Becoming American Under Fire: Irish Americans, African Americans, and the Politics of Citizenship during the Civil War Era. He presently teaches at the Boston University School of Law and practices law in Boston.

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

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Early American History Seminar Colonial Proprieties: Atlantic Possession in England’s Restoration Era 2 October 2012.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Daniel K. Richter, University of Pennsylvania Comment: Steven Pincus, Yale University

A century ago, historians of the “imperial school” were fascinated by the fact that every new English colony established during the Restoration period took the form of a proprietorship, that is that they were the personal property of one or a few great men enjoying neo-feudal privileges. This paper suggests that, despite its fusty fixation on constitutional forms, the imperial school was on to something. Proprietaries were not mere institutional devices but central to the kind of empire Charles II and his courtiers thought they were creating.

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Brown Bag “Some are weatherwise, some are otherwise”: Popular Almanacs and Weather Cosmology in Mid-eighteenth Century America 3 October 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Lauri Coleman, College of William and Mary

Historians of early America have turned to almanacs such as those written by Nathaniel Ames and son and Benjamin Franklin for any number of reasons, but these sources have rarely been studied for the main purpose for which they were written: namely, the interpretation and prediction of the weather. Studied as a culturally-constructed discourse, the weather offers historians a window into the religious, philosophical, and experiential worldviews of those who wrote and read about it. Coleman’s interest in almanacs is part of her larger cultural study of weather and the multiple ways it was interpreted and used as a rhetorical tool in eighteenth-century America.

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Biography Seminar Symphony and Song: Writing Lives in Music 4 October 2012.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Judith Tick, Northeastern University; Jan Swafford, The Boston Conservatory; and Tim Riley, Emerson College Moderator: Megan Marshall, Emerson College

Join us to discuss the process of writing biography with these panelists, who will share their perspectives based on their extensive publications in the fields of classical and popular music.

Tim Riley is an NPR critic and the author of Lennon: The Man, the Myth, the Music—The Definitive Life (2011). His other books include Hard Rain: A Dylan Commentary (1999), Madonna: Illustrated (1992), and Fever: How Rock 'n' Roll Transformed Gender in America (2005).

Jan Swafford is a composer and author. He has written the biography Charles Ives: A Life with Music (1998), which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle award, and Johannes Brahms: A Biography (1999). He is presently completing a biography of Beethoven.

Judith Tick is a leading authority on the history of women in music. She is the author, with Gail Levin, of Aaron Copland’s America: A Cultural Perspective (2000). She is also the author of the biography Ruth Crawford Seeger: A Composer’s Search for American Music (1997) and is currently working on a biography of Ella Fitzgerald. Her book Music in the USA: A Documentary Companion (2008) provides several of the selections for this session’s supplementary readings.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 6 October 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.

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Special Event, Notice Open House 8 October 2012.Monday, 10:00AM - 2:00PM Presented in conjunction with the Fenway Alliance's Opening Our Doors

Opening Our Doors 2012Join us as we open our doors as part of the Fenway Alliance's Opening Our Doors, Boston's largest single day of free arts and cultural events. On this day, the institutions that make up the Fenway Alliance along with community partner organizations welcome neighbors near and far to enjoy an unparalleled array of free activities for everyone. Visit the MHS and view In Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry. This exhibition features some of the best examples of mourning jewelry including rings, bracelets, brooches, and other pieces 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. Also on display is In the Arena: The Presidential Election of 1912 in Massachusetts, an exhibition of personal correspondence, photographs, and political memorabilia that illustrates how Woodrow Wilson eked out a victory in one of the most closely contested presidential elections in Bay State history. The Dowse Library, a preserved, 19th-century gentleman’s library, and the Portrait Gallery will be open throughout the day.

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Environmental History Seminar "Guests of the Nation": American Camping and Designs for Public Nature, 1920s-'40s 9 October 2012.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Phoebe S. K. Young, University of Colorado at Boulder Comment: James C. O'Connell, National Park Service

This seminar paper explores how camping embodies the ways in which Americans envisioned access to nature as linked to notions of civic belonging, public culture, and political voice. It is drawn from Young’s book in progress.

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Special Event Time with the Treasures 11 October 2012.Thursday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM registration required at no cost This event is open to all members of the MHS Fund Giving Circles

Members of the MHS Fund Giving Circles are invited to enjoy an evening of cocktails and "show and tell" of rarely seen treasures with Stephen T. Riley Librarian Peter Drummey. Registration is required; contact Katy Capó at 617-646-0518 or kcapo@masshist.org.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 13 October 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.

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Brown Bag Joseph Warren's "Ciceronian" Toga 17 October 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Katherine Harper, University of Sydney

Joseph Warren gave his 1775 Boston Massacre oration dressed in a toga. Why did none of his contemporaries remark upon this as strange behavior? And what does it tell us about pre-Revolutionary Boston?

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Brown Bag POSTPONED Neither Man nor Woman, Neither Here nor There: 18th Century Gender Crossings at Sea 17 October 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Jen Manion, Connecticut College

This program has been POSTPONED. It will be reannounced in spring 2013.

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Public Program, Author Talk Insuring the City: The Prudential Center & the Postwar Urban Landscape 17 October 2012.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM registration required at no cost Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 P.M. Elihu Rubin, Yale School of Architecture

One of the most significant urban developments of the 1950s and 60s, the Prudential Center anchors the Boston skyline with its tall gray tower. It is also a beacon of a mid-century moment when insurance companies like Prudential deployed buildings in cities to symbolize and advertise their intangible product: financial security. The Prudential’s story also exemplifies the transition from the nineteenth century metropolis to the post-industrial city organized around highways and easy parking. In his new book, Insuring the City: The Prudential Center and the Postwar Urban Landscape, Yale architectural historian Elihu Rubin tells the full story of "The Pru," placing it in its political, economic, and architectural contexts and providing new insights into urban renewal in postwar America. Elihu Rubin is Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at Yale. He received a doctorate in architecture and a master’s in city planning from the University of California, Berkeley.

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

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History of Women and Gender Seminar Male Same-Sex Intimacy and a Clergy Sex Scandal in Early 19th-Century New England 18 October 2012.Thursday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Location: Schlesinger Library Bruce Dorsey, Swarthmore College Comment: Aaron S. Lecklider, University of Massachusetts—Boston

This essay focuses on a sex scandal surrounding the only known instance in the early U.S. of a clergyman accused of making same-sex sexual advances. The scandal points to the contested meanings of Christian manliness and the gendered construction of male networks of gossip, sex talk, and sex reform, and addresses the crucial historical question of how to distinguish among intimacy, love, spirituality, and sexual desire.

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Author Talk, Public Program, Brown Bag Cedar Grove Cemetery 19 October 2012.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Robert Bayard Severy, Dorchester Historical Society

Mr. Severy will describe and illustrate the history and beauty of this Dorchester cemetery, founded in the 1660s. Mr. Severy is photographer, secretary, and historian of the Dorchester Historical Society and has done extensive research on the occupants of Cedar Grove. Copies of his latest cemetery guide will be given to all attendees.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 20 October 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, Special Event Cruise the Historic Towns and Sites of the Chesapeake Bay 22 October 2012 to 29 October 2012 registration required

Cruise the Chesapeake brochureFrom 22 to 29 October, join fellow travelers on a voyage aboard the American-flagged Yorktown to some of America’s loveliest waterways and most important historic sites along the shores of the Chesapeake and the rivers that feed into it. Stops include Annapolis, Md.; St. Michaels, Md.; Richmond, Va.; and Mt. Vernon in Alexandria, Va. Guest lecturer Peter Drummey, the Stephen T. Riley Librarian at the MHS, will share his knowledge of the history of the Chesapeake region through onboard lectures and discussions.

For more information call 617-536-1608 or e-mail membership@masshist.org. For program and pricing details, please view the brochure.

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Public Program, Author Talk Elizabeth Winthrop: Insubordinate Spirit 22 October 2012.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM registration required at no cost Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 P.M. Missy Wolfe

A historian of Dutch New York, Ms. Wolfe will discuss the turbulent and intrepid 1650s life of Elizabeth Winthrop Feake Hallett in America. Her first husband drowned, her second went insane, and the Puritans wanted her dead for marrying her third. Hear how John Wnthrop, Jr., saved his cousin's life by enforcing Stuyvesant's Dutch rule over this English woman within Southwestern Connecticut.

Wolfe's documented history, Insubordinate Spirit: A True Story of Life and Loss in Earliest America 1610-1665, draws deeply from across all volumes of the Society's Winthrop Papers, including John Winthrop, Sr.'s Journal. This event officially launches this new publication.

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

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Immigration and Urban History Seminar NOTE: AT THE BPL/ Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America’s Great Public Spaces 23 October 2012.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Location: Boston Public Library John Ochsendorf, The Guastavino Project, MIT

This project is dedicated to documenting and preserving the tile vaulted works of the Guastavino Company. In lieu of reading a paper, participants will tour the exhibition “Palaces for the People” with the presenter, and a discussion will follow.

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Special Event Parkman House Tour 25 October 2012.Thursday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM registration required at no cost Special Event for Members of the MHS Fund, Belknap through Adams Circles

Members of the MHS Fund Belknap through Adams Circles are invited to tour the Parkman House on Beacon Hill. Built in the early 19th century by Cornelius Coolidge, the house was later given to the city by renowned historian Francis Parkman. Enjoy a unique opportunity to see this significant building and visit some of the MHS treasures that are housed there. A reception will follow the tour. Registration is required; contact Katy Capó at 617-646-0518 or kcapo@masshist.org.

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Notice, Building Closed Library and Galleries Closed 29 October 2012.Monday, all day

Due to predictions of severe weather in the Boston area the MHS library and exhibition galleries will be closed on Monday, 29 October 2012.  Please check website to see status of library and galleries for Tuesday, 30 October on Monday evening.  

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Notice, Building Closed Library & Exhibitions Closed 30 October 2012.Tuesday, all day close
Brown Bag The Theology of Citizenship: Local Preachers and the Production of Nationalism in Early America 31 October 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Benjamin Park, University of Cambridge

Though ideas of nationalism were directed to a much larger environment, and influenced by broader cultural currents, they were cultivated at the local level. As part of a dissertation that examines the local productions of nationalism, this project engages how parochial religious communities, especially patriotic sermons, influenced Americans' ideas of their country.

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