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      • Early American History Seminar“To know if it is true”: Spies, Sentinels, and Prisoners of War...
        Early American History Seminar“To know if it is true”: Spies, Sentinels, and Prisoners of War in the South Carolina-Florida Borderland
        5:15 PM - 7:30 PM 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.

        Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
        Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
        details
      • Brown BagEntitling Marriage: A History of Marriage, Public Money, and the La...
        Brown BagEntitling Marriage: A History of Marriage, Public Money, and the Law
        12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Kristin Collins, Boston University

        “Entitling Marriage” charts the development of centralized marriage-based entitlements from the late 18th century into the early 20th century.

        this event is free details
      • Library ClosedLibrary Closing @ 3:45
        Library ClosedLibrary Closing @ 3:45
        all day

        The MHS Library will close one hour early, at 3:45 PM.

        details
      • History of Women and Gender SeminarThe Origins of the Domestic Worker Rights Movement
        History of Women and Gender SeminarThe Origins of the Domestic Worker Rights Movement
        5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 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.

        Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
        Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
        details
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          • Environmental History SeminarChanges in the Water: Early Modern Settler Society Impacts on the C...
            Environmental History SeminarChanges in the Water: Early Modern Settler Society Impacts on the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound
            5:15 PM - 7:30 PM 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.

            Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
            Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
            details
          • Member Event, Special EventFellows & Members Holiday Party
            Member Event, Special EventFellows & Members Holiday Party
            6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 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.

            free eventregistration required at no cost details
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                            this event is free Exhibition

                            In Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry

                            28 September 2012 to 31 January 2013 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
                            Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM

                            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.

                            1 December 2012 this event is free MHS Tour

                            The History and Collections of the MHS

                            10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

                            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.

                            1 December 2012 free eventregistration required at no cost Public Program, Author Talk

                            Marigold: The Lost Chance for Peace in Vietnam

                            2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
                            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.

                            4 December 2012 Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                            Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
                            Early American History Seminar

                            “To know if it is true”: Spies, Sentinels, and Prisoners of War in the South Carolina-Florida Borderland

                            5:15 PM - 7:30 PM
                            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.

                            5 December 2012 this event is free Brown Bag

                            Entitling Marriage: A History of Marriage, Public Money, and the Law

                            12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
                            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.

                            5 December 2012 Library Closed

                            Library Closing @ 3:45

                            all day
                            6 December 2012 Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                            Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
                            History of Women and Gender Seminar

                            The Origins of the Domestic Worker Rights Movement

                            5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
                            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.

                            7 December 2012 this event is free Public Program, Exhibition

                            A Family Remembers: The Cheever, Davis, & Shattuck Memorial Jewels

                            2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
                            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.

                            8 December 2012 this event is free MHS Tour

                            The History and Collections of the MHS

                            10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

                            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.

                            11 December 2012 Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                            Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
                            Environmental History Seminar

                            Changes in the Water: Early Modern Settler Society Impacts on the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound

                            5:15 PM - 7:30 PM
                            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.

                            12 December 2012 free eventregistration required at no cost Member Event, Special Event

                            Fellows & Members Holiday Party

                            6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
                            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.

                            13 December 2012 free eventregistration required at no cost Public Program

                            Making History: King Philip's War in Documents & Artifacts

                            6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
                            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.

                            15 December 2012 this event is free MHS Tour

                            The History and Collections of the MHS

                            10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

                            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.

                            22 December 2012 this event is free MHS Tour

                            The History and Collections of the MHS

                            10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

                            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.

                            24 December 2012 Building Closed

                            Christmas Holiday

                            all day
                            25 December 2012 Building Closed

                            Christmas Holiday

                            all day
                            26 December 2012 Notice

                            Galleries Open

                            10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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

                            26 December 2012 Library Closed

                            Library Closed

                            all day
                            27 December 2012 Notice

                            Galleries Open

                            10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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

                            27 December 2012 Library Closed

                            Library Closed

                            all day
                            28 December 2012 Notice

                            Galleries Open

                            10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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

                            28 December 2012 Library Closed

                            Library Closed

                            all day
                            29 December 2012 Notice

                            Galleries Open

                            10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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

                            29 December 2012 Library Closed

                            Library Closed

                            all day
                            31 December 2012 Building Closed

                            New Year's Eve

                            all day

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