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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November

MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 3 November 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 American Relics and the Material Politics of Public Memory 7 November 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Matthew Dennis, University of Oregon This project assesses American relics—publicly significant mortal remains and related ...

This project assesses American relics—publicly significant mortal remains and related artifacts—that have emerged and persisted since the colonial period.  American Relics will analyze the evolving meanings and deployments of American mementos mori and other potent objects.  Its interpretive narrative focuses attention on exemplary relics—whether ordinary or extraordinary—placing them in a broader context, using their histories to analyze the means through which Americans have used them to express and authorize their public words by making those words (literally) concrete.

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Building Closed Veterans Day 10 November 2012.Saturday, all day details
Building Closed Veterans Day 12 November 2012.Monday, all day details
Environmental History Seminar “Many Bulldozers are Drooling”: The Urban Origins of Rail Trails 13 November 2012.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Silas Chamberlin, Lehigh University Comment: Julia O’Brien, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation This history of rail trails highlights the increasingly fractious relationship among urban ...

This history of rail trails highlights the increasingly fractious relationship among urban constituencies and sheds light on the meaning of recreational trails as spaces of potential conflict between groups of walkers, landowners, policymakers, and residents.

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Public Program, Exhibition Curator's Choice/Collector's Insight 15 November 2012.Thursday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Gallery Talk Anne Bentley, MHS Sarah Nehama, Jeweler & Private Collector In an intimate and relaxed walk through the exhibition In Death Lamented, co-curators Anne ...

In an intimate and relaxed walk through the exhibition In Death Lamented, co-curators Anne Bentley and Sarah Nehama will discuss their favorite pieces, and Ms. Nehama will relay some of the adventures she encountered while building her private collection.

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Public Program Cotton & Race in the Making of Massachusetts & America 19 November 2012.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 P.M. Gene Dattel Gene Dattel, author of Cotton and Race in the Making of America, will bring the ...

Gene Dattel, author of Cotton and Race in the Making of America, will bring the relationship of cotton and race out of the regional shadows into the forefront of American history. The powerful dynamic of cotton, the first truly global business, produced catastrophic racial consequences and performed a critical nation-building economic impact. Dattel casts light upon today’s economic and racial issues and financial policies. He explains why the antebellum North provides the key to the tragedy of African American history from Reconstruction to the present.

Gene Dattel grew up in the cotton country of the Mississippi Delta and studied history at Yale and law at Vanderbilt. He then embarked on a twenty-year career in financial capital markets. Mr Dattel is now a New York/Connecticut-based financial historian who lectures widely. Additional information may be obtained at genedattel.com.

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

Due to circumstances beyond his control, Niall Ferguson will no longer be able to moderate the talk.

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Public Program, Author Talk Queen of America: In Search of the Real Dolley Madison 20 November 2012.Tuesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Catherine Allgor, University of California, Riverside Despite her role as an influential first Lady, Dolley Madison left no autobiographical record of her ...

Despite her role as an influential first Lady, Dolley Madison left no autobiographical record of her experiences as a woman or as a socio-political figure. In The Queen of America, acclaimed author Catherine Allgor along with other Madison historians offer the annotated memoir of Dolley from her niece, Mary Cutts. Revealing much about public women in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Allgor also offers an example of the ways in which historians can recover the lives of these "vanishing ladies."

Granting considerable insight into the figures of both Madison and her ambitious niece, whose memoir touches upon nineteenth-century femininity and historical relevancy as well as Dolley’s own life and times, The Queen of America assesses, contextualizes, and comments upon the two drafts of Cutts’s biography. Including a newly annotated transcription, the book evaluates the adequacy, accuracy, and general utility of Cutts’s memoir as a historical and biographical source.

As noted by Cokie Roberts in the book’s foreword, in the midst of a “detective story” of this historical puzzle, Allgor acts as both guide and investigator into the information that was provided—and withheld—by Cutts.

Catherine Allgor, Professor of History and Presidential Chair at the University of California, Riverside, is the author of A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation and Parlor Politics: In Which the Ladies of Washington Help Build a City and a Government.

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Immigration and Urban History Seminar Political Rights in the Age of Migration: The Case of Immigrant Voting in the U.S. 20 November 2012.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Ron Hayduk, City University of New York Comment: Alexander Keyssar, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University This seminar paper chronicles the rise, fall, and re-emergence of immigrant voting. It examines the ...

This seminar paper chronicles the rise, fall, and re-emergence of immigrant voting. It examines the arguments for and against noncitizen voting—as well as proponents and opponents—and its impact on policy and American political development.

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Brown Bag Emancipating Citizenship: Race, Sex and (the Trouble with) Egalitarian Visions 21 November 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Ann Holder, Pratt Institute From sidewalks to streetcars, public space was a significant battleground in the post-Civil War ...

From sidewalks to streetcars, public space was a significant battleground in the post-Civil War urban south. With a focus on Richmond and New Orleans, this talk recaptures the vibrant movements for citizenship without regard to race or status, as well as the anxieties over sexual histories of racial uncertainty that fueled their political opposition.

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Building Closed Thanksgiving 22 November 2012.Thursday, all day details
Building Closed Thanksgiving 23 November 2012.Friday, all day details
Building Closed Thanksgiving 24 November 2012.Saturday, all day details
Progressive Bull Moose pin Exhibitionends In the Arena: The Presidential Election of 1912 in Massachusetts 27 November 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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Public Program The Confederacy in History, Myth, & Memory 27 November 2012.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 P.M. Waite Rawls, Museum of the Confederacy The Confederacy in history, myth, and memory continues to be a topic that fascinates a global ...

The Confederacy in history, myth, and memory continues to be a topic that fascinates a global audience. Why? How has the memory developed from the eras of the War, the Lost Cause, Civil Rights, and today? Waite Rawls, President and CEO of the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, will address these and related questions as he demonstrates how this history is relevant in the 21st century, especially its complications and nuances.

Mr. Rawls spent 30 years as an investment banker in New York and Chicago before returning to his native Virginia 8 years ago. He is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and has a JD and MBA from the University of Virginia.

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

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Member Event Historical Happy Hour 27 November 2012.Tuesday, 8:00PM - 9:00PM Please RSVP   Special Event for MHS Associate Members Join us for our first historical happy hour! Associate Members are invited to gather after the talk ...

Join us for our first historical happy hour! Associate Members are invited to gather after the talk by Waite Rawls to enjoy a cocktail and continue the discussion. Immediately following the talk, we will walk to The Hawthorne in Kenmore Square for a Southern cocktail and some delightful discourse.


Evening Lecture

The Confederacy in History, Myth, & Memory

Waite Rawls, Museum of the Confederacy

The Confederacy in history, myth, and memory continues to be a topic that fascinates a global audience. Why? How has the memory developed from the eras of the War, the Lost Cause, and Civil Rights? Mr. Rawls will address these and related questions as he demonstrates how this history is relevant in the 21st century, especially its complications and nuances.

Reception at 5:30 PM / Lecture at 6:00 PM

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Notice Library Closing @ 2:00 PM 30 November 2012.Friday, all day details
Cocktails with Clio Special Event Cocktails with Clio 30 November 2012.Friday, 6:00PM - 9:00PM Please RSVP   The third annual Cocktails with Clio will take place on 30 November 2012, from 6 to 9 PM. Named for ...

Cocktails with ClioThe third annual Cocktails with Clio will take place on 30 November 2012, from 6 to 9 PM. Named for the muse of history, this festive evening celebrates American history and the 221-year-old mission of the Society. Following an elegant cocktail buffet at the Society’s building, guests will proceed to the nearby Harvard Club for dessert and a conversation with cultural critic, Harvard scholar, host of PBS series Finding Your Roots, and MHS Overseer Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  As the evening progresses, Professor Gates will discuss his approach to writing and teaching history, his interest in tracing our nation’s roots through individual stories, and how he has used MHS collections in his research.

Tickets cost $200 per person. All net proceeds from the event will support the Society's outreach efforts.

The MHS is pleased to offer the following event sponsorships:

$5,000 - Clio’s Circle
•    Thank you in the event invitation and program book.
•    Complimentary valet parking for three vehicles.
•    Six tickets to the event.
•    Six reserved seats at the front of the hall for the speaking program.
•    Six tickets to the V.I.P. champagne pre-reception with special guest Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

$2,500 - Patrons of the Muse
•    Thank you in the event invitation and program book.
•    Complimentary valet parking for two vehicles.
•    Four tickets to the event.
•    Four reserved seats at the front of the hall for the speaking program.

$1,000 - Friends of the Muse    
•    Thank you in the event invitation and program book.
•    Complimentary valet parking for one vehicle.
•    Two tickets to the event.
•    Two reserved seats at the front of the hall for the speaking program.

For more information about becoming a sponsor, please contact Carol Knauff at cknauff@masshist.org or 617-646-0554.

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December
MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 1 December 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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Public Program, Author Talk Marigold: The Lost Chance for Peace in Vietnam 1 December 2012.Saturday, 2:00PM - 3:30PM James Hershberg, George Washington University & Woodrow Wilson Center Dr. Hershberg, author of Marigold: The Lost Chance for Peace in Vietnam, explores one of ...

Dr. Hershberg, author of Marigold: The Lost Chance for Peace in Vietnam, explores one of the war's last lingering mysteries: the secret Polish-Italian peace initiative, codenamed "Marigold.” His analysis draws on the papers of Massachusetts Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, who served as the US ambassador in Saigon, as well as newly-available communist sources. Dr. Hershberg is Professor of History and International Affairs at George Washington University, and former director of the Woodrow Wilson Center's Cold War International History Project.

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

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Early American History Seminar “To know if it is true”: Spies, Sentinels, and Prisoners of War in the South Carolina-Florida Borderland 4 December 2012.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Alejandra Dubcovsky, Yale University Comment: Daniel Tortora, Colby College The seminar paper describes how the Spanish created a new network of information that consisted of ...

The seminar paper describes how the Spanish created a new network of information that consisted of mobile and trusted informers. It is part of a project that examines the acquisition and transmission of information in the pre-postal, pre-printing press colonial South.

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Brown Bag Entitling Marriage: A History of Marriage, Public Money, and the Law 5 December 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Kristin Collins, Boston University Today public marriage-based entitlements, such as Social Security benefits for spouses, are ...

Today public marriage-based entitlements, such as Social Security benefits for spouses, are considered part and parcel of marriage itself. This was not always the case. “Entitling Marriage” charts the development of centralized marriage-based entitlements from the late 18th century into the early 20th century. The emergence and proliferation of such entitlements profoundly shaped the legal definition of marriage, as well as Americans’ shared understanding of their rights and roles as husbands, wives, and citizens.

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Library Closed Library Closing @ 3:45 5 December 2012.Wednesday, all day details
History of Women and Gender Seminar The Origins of the Domestic Worker Rights Movement 6 December 2012.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Premilla Nadasen, Queens College Comment: Ruth Milkman, City University of New York and Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study This seminar paper is part of a book-length project. It follows four women in particular, Geraldine ...

This seminar paper is part of a book-length project. It follows four women in particular, Geraldine Roberts, Mary McClendon, Geraldine Miller, and Dorothy Bolden, to examine how and why they launched local campaigns for the rights of domestic workers.

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Public Program, Exhibition A Family Remembers: The Cheever, Davis, & Shattuck Memorial Jewels 7 December 2012.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Gallery Talk Anne Bentley, MHS In 1971, George Cheever Shattuck made a gift to the Society that included half a dozen mourning ...

In 1971, George Cheever Shattuck made a gift to the Society that included half a dozen mourning jewels from his family's history. Join MHS Curator of Art Anne E. Bentley for an inside view of the jewelry and the stories.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 8 December 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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Environmental History Seminar Changes in the Water: Early Modern Settler Society Impacts on the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound 11 December 2012.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Strother Roberts, Brown University Comment: John T. Cumbler, University of Louisville This seminar paper explores how the commodity production activities of early settlers impacted the ...

This seminar paper explores how the commodity production activities of early settlers impacted the land- and waterscapes of New England’s longest river. It is the capstone chapter to a book project on the environmental history of the colonial Connecticut Valley.

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Member Event, Special Event Fellows & Members Holiday Party 12 December 2012.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM Registration is now closed. Celebrate the season with the Trustees and staff of the MHS for a special year-end receptionto thank ...

Celebrate the season with the Trustees and staff of the MHS for a special year-end reception
to thank our Fellows and Members for their continuing support.

Registration is required.

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Public Program Making History: King Philip's War in Documents & Artifacts 13 December 2012.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM This event is SOLD OUT Facilitator: James H. Johnson, Boston University Students of a new Boston University course "Making History" discuss the MHS exhibit on King Philip's ...

Students of a new Boston University course "Making History" discuss the MHS exhibit on King Philip's War they have researched and compiled. The semester-long project on the bloody conflict between English colonists and Native Americans includes work on letters and diaries, sermons, early printed books, and objects from the war.

James H. Johnson, who teaches "Making History," is Associate Professor of History at Boston University. He is the recipient of the University's highest teaching award and the author of two prize-winning books, Listening in Paris: A Cultural History and Venice Incognito: Masks in the Serene Republic.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 15 December 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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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 22 December 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 Christmas Holiday 24 December 2012.Monday, all day details
Building Closed Christmas Holiday 25 December 2012.Tuesday, all day details
Notice Galleries Open 26 December 2012.Wednesday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM The MHS exhibition galleries will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

The MHS exhibition galleries will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Library Closed Library Closed 26 December 2012.Wednesday, all day details
Notice Galleries Open 27 December 2012.Thursday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM The MHS exhibition galleries will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

The MHS exhibition galleries will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Library Closed Library Closed 27 December 2012.Thursday, all day details
Notice Galleries Open 28 December 2012.Friday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM The MHS exhibition galleries will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

The MHS exhibition galleries will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Library Closed Library Closed 28 December 2012.Friday, all day details
Notice Galleries Open 29 December 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM The MHS exhibition galleries will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

The MHS exhibition galleries will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Library Closed Library Closed 29 December 2012.Saturday, all day details
Building Closed New Year's Eve 31 December 2012.Monday, all day details
January
Pen used to sign Emancipation Proclamation Forever Free: Lincoln & the Emancipation Proclamation - Open 1 January 1 January 2013.Tuesday, 12:00PM - 4:00PM Tuesday, 1 January from 12 PM to 4 PM In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation on 1 ...

Pen used to sign Emancipation ProclamationIn commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation on 1 January 1863, this exhibition features the pen Abraham Lincoln used to sign the document. Visitors can learn how the MHS acquired this extraordinary pen as well as view paintings, broadsides, engravings, and manuscripts that tell the story of how Boston celebrated Emancipation.

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Notice Galleries Open 1 January 2013.Tuesday, 12:00PM - 4:00PM The exhibition galleries will be open 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. 

The exhibition galleries will be open 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. 

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Bronze cast of Abraham Lincoln Lincoln in Manuscript & Artifact - Open 1 January 1 January 2013.Tuesday, 12:00PM - 4:00PM Tuesday, 1 January from 12 PM to 4 PM View documents and artifacts related to Abraham Lincoln. Featured items include Lincoln's letter ...

Bronze cast of Abraham LincolnView documents and artifacts related to Abraham Lincoln. Featured items include Lincoln's letter to Joshua F. Speed explaining his evolving views on slavery as well as the casts of the life mask and hands of Lincoln made by Leonard Volk in the spring of 1860.

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Library Closed New Year's Day 1 January 2013.Tuesday, all day details
Public Program, Exhibition The 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation 1 January 2013.Tuesday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Exhibition Spotlight Peter Drummey & Anne Bentley, Massachusetts Historical Society When news arrived in Boston on New Year’s Day 1863 that Lincoln had signed the Emancipation ...

When news arrived in Boston on New Year’s Day 1863 that Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation, long-planned celebrations, the largest anywhere in the United States, already were underway. MHS Librarian Peter Drummey and Curator of Art Anne Bentley will explain how this epochal event in American History became an extraordinary moment in Boston history, and how the pen Lincoln used to sign the proclamation became one of the most treasured artifacts in the MHS collection.

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Pen used to sign Emancipation Proclamation Exhibitionbegins Forever Free: Lincoln & the Emancipation Proclamation 2 January 2013.Wednesday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation on 1 ...

Pen used to sign Emancipation ProclamationIn commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation on 1 January 1863, this exhibition features the pen Abraham Lincoln used to sign the document. Visitors can learn how the MHS acquired this extraordinary pen as well as view paintings, broadsides, engravings, and manuscripts that tell the story of how Boston celebrated Emancipation.

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Bronze cast of Abraham Lincoln Exhibitionbegins Lincoln in Manuscript & Artifact 2 January 2013.Wednesday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM View documents and artifacts related to Abraham Lincoln. Featured items include Lincoln's letter to ...

Bronze cast of Abraham LincolnView documents and artifacts related to Abraham Lincoln. Featured items include Lincoln's letter to Joshua F. Speed explaining his evolving views on slavery as well as the casts of the life mask and hands of Lincoln made by Leonard Volk in the spring of 1860.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 5 January 2013.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 American Insides: Popular Narrative and the Historiography of Sexuality, 1675-1815 9 January 2013.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Greta LaFleur, University of Hawai'i at Manoa details
MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 12 January 2013.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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Environmental History Seminar “Whither Have All the Forests Gone": A Case of Land Preservation in Suburban Washington 15 January 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required John Spiers, Boston College Comment: James Levitt, Harvard Forest This paper examines a frustrating question for those concerned with environmental issues: Why has ...

This paper examines a frustrating question for those concerned with environmental issues: Why has land preservation been such a challenge for suburbs in the late 20th century? It considers how land preservation occurs by offering a case study of a grassroots environmental movement in Fairfax County that formed around 1970 in response to plans for a single-family residential development adjacent to the Potomac River.

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Public Program America's Second Revolution: New England, Old England, & the Civil War 19 January 2013.Saturday, 2:00PM - 3:30PM Please RSVP   Len Gougeon, University of Scranton Why did most of Great Britain’s intellectual and artistic class sympathize with the ...

Why did most of Great Britain’s intellectual and artistic class sympathize with the Confederacy, either overtly or covertly, during the Civil War? This presentation examines the cultural conflict that erupted between New England poets and intellectuals and their British counterparts as a result of tensions arising out of the Civil War. Prof. Gougeon is a Distinguished University Fellow at the University of Scranton, where he teaches American literature. He is the author of Virtue’s Hero: Emerson, Antislavery, and Reform and Emerson and Eros: The Making of a Cultural Hero.

This event is co-sponsored by The New England Quarterly.

Reservations requeted. Please click on the ticket icon above, or contact the education department at 617-646-0560 / education@masshist.org.

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Building Closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 21 January 2013.Monday, all day details
Biography Seminar Biographers' Round Table: A Conversation with Stacy Schiff 24 January 2013.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Stacy Schiff, Pulitizer-Prize winning author Moderator: Susan Ware Pulitizer-Prize winning author Stacy Schiff will discuss her career as a writer and biographer in ...

Pulitizer-Prize winning author Stacy Schiff will discuss her career as a writer and biographer in conversation with Susan Ware. 

Stacy Schiff's most recent book is Cleopatra: A Life (2010), which was named one of the New York Times Book Review's top ten books of the year.  Her previous books include A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America (2005), Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabakov): Portrait of a Marriage (1999), which won the Pulitizer Prize, and Saint-Exupery: A Biography (1994). 

Susan Ware is an independent scholar who specializes in twentieth-century U.S. History, women's history, and biography.  Her most recent book is Game, Set, Match: Billie Jean King and the Revolution in Women's Sports (2011).

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Public Program, Exhibition The Real Gettysburg Address 25 January 2013.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Exhibition Spotlight Peter Drummey, Massachusetts Historical Society Edward Everett is known to history as the “other” speaker at the commemoration of the ...

Edward Everett is known to history as the “other” speaker at the commemoration of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg – the man who, by his own admission, in two hours could not accomplish what Lincoln did in two minutes. Learn more about who said what—and why—at Gettysburg, and view letters exchanged by Lincoln and Everett.

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Immigration and Urban History Seminar "Pretended love of personal liberty": Antislavery, Nativism, and Deportation Policy in Antebellum Massachusetts 29 January 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Hidetaka Hirota, Boston College Comment: Lucy Salyer, University of New Hampshire This paper explores the implementation of deportation policy during the 1850s, when anti-Irish ...

This paper explores the implementation of deportation policy during the 1850s, when anti-Irish nativism reached its zenith with the rise of nativist politicians, the Know Nothings, in state politics. In particular, it examines the contradiction between the defense of African Americans’ personal liberty and the seizure of Irish immigrants by exposing the tangible presence of nativist force in the antislavery movement.

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Conversation, Public Program Dumb Witnesses: Relics of George Washington at the Massachusetts Historical Society 30 January 2013.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 PM Peter Drummey, Massachusetts Historical Society Part of "The Object of History" series From the beginnings of the MHS, George Washington has been the subject of fascination and veneration ...

From the beginnings of the MHS, George Washington has been the subject of fascination and veneration. What does the Society’s early collection of Washington artifacts and documents say about the founding of the MHS—and the image of Washington in the early Republic?

The Object of History
A series of chats with MHS Librarian Peter Drummey about what documents and artifacts from the collections can tell us about the characters, events, and issues of the past, as well as the role of MHS in documenting the rich history of our state and nation.

Registration Required. Fee $25/$15 (F/M); Free for MHS Fund Giving Circle members. Please click on the ticket icon above, or contact the education department at 617-646-0557 / education@masshist.org.

Register for all three programs in “The Object of History” series and receive a registration discount! Series fee: $60/30 (F/M); Free for MHS Fund Circle members.

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In Death Lamented Exhibitionends In Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry 31 January 2013.Thursday, 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 3 November 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 American Relics and the Material Politics of Public Memory 7 November 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Matthew Dennis, University of Oregon

This project assesses American relics—publicly significant mortal remains and related artifacts—that have emerged and persisted since the colonial period.  American Relics will analyze the evolving meanings and deployments of American mementos mori and other potent objects.  Its interpretive narrative focuses attention on exemplary relics—whether ordinary or extraordinary—placing them in a broader context, using their histories to analyze the means through which Americans have used them to express and authorize their public words by making those words (literally) concrete.

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Building Closed Veterans Day 10 November 2012.Saturday, all day close
Building Closed Veterans Day 12 November 2012.Monday, all day close
Environmental History Seminar “Many Bulldozers are Drooling”: The Urban Origins of Rail Trails 13 November 2012.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Silas Chamberlin, Lehigh University Comment: Julia O’Brien, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation

This history of rail trails highlights the increasingly fractious relationship among urban constituencies and sheds light on the meaning of recreational trails as spaces of potential conflict between groups of walkers, landowners, policymakers, and residents.

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Public Program, Exhibition Curator's Choice/Collector's Insight 15 November 2012.Thursday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM this event is free Gallery Talk Anne Bentley, MHS Sarah Nehama, Jeweler & Private Collector

In an intimate and relaxed walk through the exhibition In Death Lamented, co-curators Anne Bentley and Sarah Nehama will discuss their favorite pieces, and Ms. Nehama will relay some of the adventures she encountered while building her private collection.

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Public Program Cotton & Race in the Making of Massachusetts & America 19 November 2012.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM registration required at no cost Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 P.M. Gene Dattel

Gene Dattel, author of Cotton and Race in the Making of America, will bring the relationship of cotton and race out of the regional shadows into the forefront of American history. The powerful dynamic of cotton, the first truly global business, produced catastrophic racial consequences and performed a critical nation-building economic impact. Dattel casts light upon today’s economic and racial issues and financial policies. He explains why the antebellum North provides the key to the tragedy of African American history from Reconstruction to the present.

Gene Dattel grew up in the cotton country of the Mississippi Delta and studied history at Yale and law at Vanderbilt. He then embarked on a twenty-year career in financial capital markets. Mr Dattel is now a New York/Connecticut-based financial historian who lectures widely. Additional information may be obtained at genedattel.com.

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

Due to circumstances beyond his control, Niall Ferguson will no longer be able to moderate the talk.

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Public Program, Author Talk Queen of America: In Search of the Real Dolley Madison 20 November 2012.Tuesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Catherine Allgor, University of California, Riverside

Despite her role as an influential first Lady, Dolley Madison left no autobiographical record of her experiences as a woman or as a socio-political figure. In The Queen of America, acclaimed author Catherine Allgor along with other Madison historians offer the annotated memoir of Dolley from her niece, Mary Cutts. Revealing much about public women in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Allgor also offers an example of the ways in which historians can recover the lives of these "vanishing ladies."

Granting considerable insight into the figures of both Madison and her ambitious niece, whose memoir touches upon nineteenth-century femininity and historical relevancy as well as Dolley’s own life and times, The Queen of America assesses, contextualizes, and comments upon the two drafts of Cutts’s biography. Including a newly annotated transcription, the book evaluates the adequacy, accuracy, and general utility of Cutts’s memoir as a historical and biographical source.

As noted by Cokie Roberts in the book’s foreword, in the midst of a “detective story” of this historical puzzle, Allgor acts as both guide and investigator into the information that was provided—and withheld—by Cutts.

Catherine Allgor, Professor of History and Presidential Chair at the University of California, Riverside, is the author of A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation and Parlor Politics: In Which the Ladies of Washington Help Build a City and a Government.

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Immigration and Urban History Seminar Political Rights in the Age of Migration: The Case of Immigrant Voting in the U.S. 20 November 2012.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Ron Hayduk, City University of New York Comment: Alexander Keyssar, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

This seminar paper chronicles the rise, fall, and re-emergence of immigrant voting. It examines the arguments for and against noncitizen voting—as well as proponents and opponents—and its impact on policy and American political development.

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Brown Bag Emancipating Citizenship: Race, Sex and (the Trouble with) Egalitarian Visions 21 November 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Ann Holder, Pratt Institute

From sidewalks to streetcars, public space was a significant battleground in the post-Civil War urban south. With a focus on Richmond and New Orleans, this talk recaptures the vibrant movements for citizenship without regard to race or status, as well as the anxieties over sexual histories of racial uncertainty that fueled their political opposition.

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Building Closed Thanksgiving 22 November 2012.Thursday, all day close
Building Closed Thanksgiving 23 November 2012.Friday, all day close
Building Closed Thanksgiving 24 November 2012.Saturday, all day close
Exhibition In the Arena: The Presidential Election of 1912 in Massachusetts 27 November 2012.Tuesday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM 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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Public Program The Confederacy in History, Myth, & Memory 27 November 2012.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM registration required at no cost Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 P.M. Waite Rawls, Museum of the Confederacy

The Confederacy in history, myth, and memory continues to be a topic that fascinates a global audience. Why? How has the memory developed from the eras of the War, the Lost Cause, Civil Rights, and today? Waite Rawls, President and CEO of the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, will address these and related questions as he demonstrates how this history is relevant in the 21st century, especially its complications and nuances.

Mr. Rawls spent 30 years as an investment banker in New York and Chicago before returning to his native Virginia 8 years ago. He is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and has a JD and MBA from the University of Virginia.

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

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Member Event Historical Happy Hour 27 November 2012.Tuesday, 8:00PM - 9:00PM Please RSVP   registration required at no cost Special Event for MHS Associate Members

Join us for our first historical happy hour! Associate Members are invited to gather after the talk by Waite Rawls to enjoy a cocktail and continue the discussion. Immediately following the talk, we will walk to The Hawthorne in Kenmore Square for a Southern cocktail and some delightful discourse.


Evening Lecture

The Confederacy in History, Myth, & Memory

Waite Rawls, Museum of the Confederacy

The Confederacy in history, myth, and memory continues to be a topic that fascinates a global audience. Why? How has the memory developed from the eras of the War, the Lost Cause, and Civil Rights? Mr. Rawls will address these and related questions as he demonstrates how this history is relevant in the 21st century, especially its complications and nuances.

Reception at 5:30 PM / Lecture at 6:00 PM

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Special Event Cocktails with Clio 30 November 2012.Friday, 6:00PM - 9:00PM Please RSVP   registration required Cocktails with Clio

Cocktails with ClioThe third annual Cocktails with Clio will take place on 30 November 2012, from 6 to 9 PM. Named for the muse of history, this festive evening celebrates American history and the 221-year-old mission of the Society. Following an elegant cocktail buffet at the Society’s building, guests will proceed to the nearby Harvard Club for dessert and a conversation with cultural critic, Harvard scholar, host of PBS series Finding Your Roots, and MHS Overseer Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  As the evening progresses, Professor Gates will discuss his approach to writing and teaching history, his interest in tracing our nation’s roots through individual stories, and how he has used MHS collections in his research.

Tickets cost $200 per person. All net proceeds from the event will support the Society's outreach efforts.

The MHS is pleased to offer the following event sponsorships:

$5,000 - Clio’s Circle
•    Thank you in the event invitation and program book.
•    Complimentary valet parking for three vehicles.
•    Six tickets to the event.
•    Six reserved seats at the front of the hall for the speaking program.
•    Six tickets to the V.I.P. champagne pre-reception with special guest Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

$2,500 - Patrons of the Muse
•    Thank you in the event invitation and program book.
•    Complimentary valet parking for two vehicles.
•    Four tickets to the event.
•    Four reserved seats at the front of the hall for the speaking program.

$1,000 - Friends of the Muse    
•    Thank you in the event invitation and program book.
•    Complimentary valet parking for one vehicle.
•    Two tickets to the event.
•    Two reserved seats at the front of the hall for the speaking program.

For more information about becoming a sponsor, please contact Carol Knauff at cknauff@masshist.org or 617-646-0554.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 1 December 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM this event is free

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

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

Free and open to the public.

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Public Program, Author Talk Marigold: The Lost Chance for Peace in Vietnam 1 December 2012.Saturday, 2:00PM - 3:30PM registration required at no cost James Hershberg, George Washington University & Woodrow Wilson Center

Dr. Hershberg, author of Marigold: The Lost Chance for Peace in Vietnam, explores one of the war's last lingering mysteries: the secret Polish-Italian peace initiative, codenamed "Marigold.” His analysis draws on the papers of Massachusetts Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, who served as the US ambassador in Saigon, as well as newly-available communist sources. Dr. Hershberg is Professor of History and International Affairs at George Washington University, and former director of the Woodrow Wilson Center's Cold War International History Project.

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

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Early American History Seminar “To know if it is true”: Spies, Sentinels, and Prisoners of War in the South Carolina-Florida Borderland 4 December 2012.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Alejandra Dubcovsky, Yale University Comment: Daniel Tortora, Colby College

The seminar paper describes how the Spanish created a new network of information that consisted of mobile and trusted informers. It is part of a project that examines the acquisition and transmission of information in the pre-postal, pre-printing press colonial South.

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Brown Bag Entitling Marriage: A History of Marriage, Public Money, and the Law 5 December 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Kristin Collins, Boston University

Today public marriage-based entitlements, such as Social Security benefits for spouses, are considered part and parcel of marriage itself. This was not always the case. “Entitling Marriage” charts the development of centralized marriage-based entitlements from the late 18th century into the early 20th century. The emergence and proliferation of such entitlements profoundly shaped the legal definition of marriage, as well as Americans’ shared understanding of their rights and roles as husbands, wives, and citizens.

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Library Closed Library Closing @ 3:45 5 December 2012.Wednesday, all day close
History of Women and Gender Seminar The Origins of the Domestic Worker Rights Movement 6 December 2012.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Premilla Nadasen, Queens College Comment: Ruth Milkman, City University of New York and Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

This seminar paper is part of a book-length project. It follows four women in particular, Geraldine Roberts, Mary McClendon, Geraldine Miller, and Dorothy Bolden, to examine how and why they launched local campaigns for the rights of domestic workers.

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Public Program, Exhibition A Family Remembers: The Cheever, Davis, & Shattuck Memorial Jewels 7 December 2012.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM this event is free Gallery Talk Anne Bentley, MHS

In 1971, George Cheever Shattuck made a gift to the Society that included half a dozen mourning jewels from his family's history. Join MHS Curator of Art Anne E. Bentley for an inside view of the jewelry and the stories.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 8 December 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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Environmental History Seminar Changes in the Water: Early Modern Settler Society Impacts on the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound 11 December 2012.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Strother Roberts, Brown University Comment: John T. Cumbler, University of Louisville

This seminar paper explores how the commodity production activities of early settlers impacted the land- and waterscapes of New England’s longest river. It is the capstone chapter to a book project on the environmental history of the colonial Connecticut Valley.

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Member Event, Special Event Fellows & Members Holiday Party 12 December 2012.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM registration required at no cost Registration is now closed.

Celebrate the season with the Trustees and staff of the MHS for a special year-end reception
to thank our Fellows and Members for their continuing support.

Registration is required.

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Public Program Making History: King Philip's War in Documents & Artifacts 13 December 2012.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM registration required at no cost This event is SOLD OUT Facilitator: James H. Johnson, Boston University

Students of a new Boston University course "Making History" discuss the MHS exhibit on King Philip's War they have researched and compiled. The semester-long project on the bloody conflict between English colonists and Native Americans includes work on letters and diaries, sermons, early printed books, and objects from the war.

James H. Johnson, who teaches "Making History," is Associate Professor of History at Boston University. He is the recipient of the University's highest teaching award and the author of two prize-winning books, Listening in Paris: A Cultural History and Venice Incognito: Masks in the Serene Republic.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 15 December 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 22 December 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 Christmas Holiday 24 December 2012.Monday, all day close
Building Closed Christmas Holiday 25 December 2012.Tuesday, all day close
Notice Galleries Open 26 December 2012.Wednesday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM

The MHS exhibition galleries will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Library Closed Library Closed 26 December 2012.Wednesday, all day close
Notice Galleries Open 27 December 2012.Thursday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM

The MHS exhibition galleries will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Library Closed Library Closed 27 December 2012.Thursday, all day close
Notice Galleries Open 28 December 2012.Friday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM

The MHS exhibition galleries will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Library Closed Library Closed 28 December 2012.Friday, all day close
Notice Galleries Open 29 December 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM

The MHS exhibition galleries will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Library Closed Library Closed 29 December 2012.Saturday, all day close
Building Closed New Year's Eve 31 December 2012.Monday, all day close
Forever Free: Lincoln & the Emancipation Proclamation - Open 1 January 1 January 2013.Tuesday, 12:00PM - 4:00PM this event is free Tuesday, 1 January from 12 PM to 4 PM Pen used to sign Emancipation Proclamation

Pen used to sign Emancipation ProclamationIn commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation on 1 January 1863, this exhibition features the pen Abraham Lincoln used to sign the document. Visitors can learn how the MHS acquired this extraordinary pen as well as view paintings, broadsides, engravings, and manuscripts that tell the story of how Boston celebrated Emancipation.

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Notice Galleries Open 1 January 2013.Tuesday, 12:00PM - 4:00PM

The exhibition galleries will be open 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. 

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Lincoln in Manuscript & Artifact - Open 1 January 1 January 2013.Tuesday, 12:00PM - 4:00PM this event is free Tuesday, 1 January from 12 PM to 4 PM Bronze cast of Abraham Lincoln

Bronze cast of Abraham LincolnView documents and artifacts related to Abraham Lincoln. Featured items include Lincoln's letter to Joshua F. Speed explaining his evolving views on slavery as well as the casts of the life mask and hands of Lincoln made by Leonard Volk in the spring of 1860.

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Library Closed New Year's Day 1 January 2013.Tuesday, all day close
Public Program, Exhibition The 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation 1 January 2013.Tuesday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM this event is free Exhibition Spotlight Peter Drummey & Anne Bentley, Massachusetts Historical Society

When news arrived in Boston on New Year’s Day 1863 that Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation, long-planned celebrations, the largest anywhere in the United States, already were underway. MHS Librarian Peter Drummey and Curator of Art Anne Bentley will explain how this epochal event in American History became an extraordinary moment in Boston history, and how the pen Lincoln used to sign the proclamation became one of the most treasured artifacts in the MHS collection.

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Exhibition Forever Free: Lincoln & the Emancipation Proclamation 2 January 2013 to 24 May 2013 this event is free Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM Pen used to sign Emancipation Proclamation

Pen used to sign Emancipation ProclamationIn commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation on 1 January 1863, this exhibition features the pen Abraham Lincoln used to sign the document. Visitors can learn how the MHS acquired this extraordinary pen as well as view paintings, broadsides, engravings, and manuscripts that tell the story of how Boston celebrated Emancipation.

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Exhibition Lincoln in Manuscript & Artifact 2 January 2013 to 24 May 2013 this event is free Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM Bronze cast of Abraham Lincoln

Bronze cast of Abraham LincolnView documents and artifacts related to Abraham Lincoln. Featured items include Lincoln's letter to Joshua F. Speed explaining his evolving views on slavery as well as the casts of the life mask and hands of Lincoln made by Leonard Volk in the spring of 1860.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 5 January 2013.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 American Insides: Popular Narrative and the Historiography of Sexuality, 1675-1815 9 January 2013.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Greta LaFleur, University of Hawai'i at Manoa close
MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 12 January 2013.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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Environmental History Seminar “Whither Have All the Forests Gone": A Case of Land Preservation in Suburban Washington 15 January 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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John Spiers, Boston College Comment: James Levitt, Harvard Forest

This paper examines a frustrating question for those concerned with environmental issues: Why has land preservation been such a challenge for suburbs in the late 20th century? It considers how land preservation occurs by offering a case study of a grassroots environmental movement in Fairfax County that formed around 1970 in response to plans for a single-family residential development adjacent to the Potomac River.

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Public Program America's Second Revolution: New England, Old England, & the Civil War 19 January 2013.Saturday, 2:00PM - 3:30PM Please RSVP   registration required at no cost Len Gougeon, University of Scranton

Why did most of Great Britain’s intellectual and artistic class sympathize with the Confederacy, either overtly or covertly, during the Civil War? This presentation examines the cultural conflict that erupted between New England poets and intellectuals and their British counterparts as a result of tensions arising out of the Civil War. Prof. Gougeon is a Distinguished University Fellow at the University of Scranton, where he teaches American literature. He is the author of Virtue’s Hero: Emerson, Antislavery, and Reform and Emerson and Eros: The Making of a Cultural Hero.

This event is co-sponsored by The New England Quarterly.

Reservations requeted. Please click on the ticket icon above, or contact the education department at 617-646-0560 / education@masshist.org.

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Building Closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 21 January 2013.Monday, all day close
Biography Seminar Biographers' Round Table: A Conversation with Stacy Schiff 24 January 2013.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Stacy Schiff, Pulitizer-Prize winning author Moderator: Susan Ware

Pulitizer-Prize winning author Stacy Schiff will discuss her career as a writer and biographer in conversation with Susan Ware. 

Stacy Schiff's most recent book is Cleopatra: A Life (2010), which was named one of the New York Times Book Review's top ten books of the year.  Her previous books include A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America (2005), Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabakov): Portrait of a Marriage (1999), which won the Pulitizer Prize, and Saint-Exupery: A Biography (1994). 

Susan Ware is an independent scholar who specializes in twentieth-century U.S. History, women's history, and biography.  Her most recent book is Game, Set, Match: Billie Jean King and the Revolution in Women's Sports (2011).

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Public Program, Exhibition The Real Gettysburg Address 25 January 2013.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM this event is free Exhibition Spotlight Peter Drummey, Massachusetts Historical Society

Edward Everett is known to history as the “other” speaker at the commemoration of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg – the man who, by his own admission, in two hours could not accomplish what Lincoln did in two minutes. Learn more about who said what—and why—at Gettysburg, and view letters exchanged by Lincoln and Everett.

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Immigration and Urban History Seminar "Pretended love of personal liberty": Antislavery, Nativism, and Deportation Policy in Antebellum Massachusetts 29 January 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Hidetaka Hirota, Boston College Comment: Lucy Salyer, University of New Hampshire

This paper explores the implementation of deportation policy during the 1850s, when anti-Irish nativism reached its zenith with the rise of nativist politicians, the Know Nothings, in state politics. In particular, it examines the contradiction between the defense of African Americans’ personal liberty and the seizure of Irish immigrants by exposing the tangible presence of nativist force in the antislavery movement.

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Conversation, Public Program Dumb Witnesses: Relics of George Washington at the Massachusetts Historical Society 30 January 2013.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   registration required Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 PM Peter Drummey, Massachusetts Historical Society Part of "The Object of History" series

From the beginnings of the MHS, George Washington has been the subject of fascination and veneration. What does the Society’s early collection of Washington artifacts and documents say about the founding of the MHS—and the image of Washington in the early Republic?

The Object of History
A series of chats with MHS Librarian Peter Drummey about what documents and artifacts from the collections can tell us about the characters, events, and issues of the past, as well as the role of MHS in documenting the rich history of our state and nation.

Registration Required. Fee $25/$15 (F/M); Free for MHS Fund Giving Circle members. Please click on the ticket icon above, or contact the education department at 617-646-0557 / education@masshist.org.

Register for all three programs in “The Object of History” series and receive a registration discount! Series fee: $60/30 (F/M); Free for MHS Fund Circle members.

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Exhibition In Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry 31 January 2013.Thursday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM 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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