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    • Conference"Listen my children and you shall hear": Balancing History and Myth...
      Conference"Listen my children and you shall hear": Balancing History and Myth in Massachusetts Public History
      9:00 AM - 4:00 PM This conference will take place at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester Keynote Speaker: Ray Raphael, author of Constitutional Myths: What We Get Wrong and How to Get it Right

      Explore the intersection of myth and history through programs, exhibitions, workshops and tours.

      this event requires a feeregistration required details
    • Public Program, Author Talk, Brown BagConstitutional Myths
      Public Program, Author Talk, Brown BagWhat "The Federalist Papers" Are Not
      12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Ray Raphael this event is free details
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              • Library ClosedLibrary Closing @ 4:00
                Library ClosedLibrary Closing @ 4:00
                all day

                To accommodate the MHS Annual Meeting, the Library will close at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, 12 June 2013.

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              • Special EventMHS Annual Meeting
                Special EventMHS Annual Meeting
                5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Special event for MHS Fellows

                MHS Fellows are invited to attend the Society's annual business meeting followed by a program and preview reception for The Object of History: 18th-Century Treasures from the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society. RSVP required.

                free eventregistration required at no cost details
              • Special Event, Member EventPreview Reception for The Object of History: 18th-Century Treasures...
                Special Event, Member EventPreview Reception for The Object of History: 18th-Century Treasures from the Massachusetts Historical Society
                6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Special Event for MHS Fellows and Members

                Object of HistoryMHS Fellows and Members are invited to a special preview reception of The Object of History: 18th-Century Treasures from the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society.

                Please RSVP   free eventregistration required at no cost details
              • Exhibition"Estlin Cummings Wild West Show"
                begins Exhibition"Estlin Cummings Wild West Show"
                13 June 2013 to 30 August 2013 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm

                “Estlin Cummings Wild West Show” features a selection of E.E. Cummings’s childhood writings and drawings, showcasing the young poet’s earliest experiments with words and illustrations.

                this event is free details
              • Exhibition"The Education of Our Children Is Never out of My Mind"
                begins Exhibition"The Education of Our Children Is Never out of My Mind"
                13 June 2013 to 7 September 2013 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm

                Letters written by John and Abigail Adams to each other, to their children, and to friends and family regarding their views on education will be on display from 13 June through 7 September.

                this event is free details
              • ExhibitionThe Object of History: 18th-Century Treasures from the Massachusett...
                begins ExhibitionThe Object of History: 18th-Century Treasures from the Massachusetts Historical Society
                13 June 2013 to 7 September 2013 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM

                Object of HistoryPortraits, needlework, firearms, clothing, furniture, silver, scientific instruments, documents, and books from the Society's collections will be on display.

                this event is free details
              • Public Program, ExhibitionCurator's Choice
                Public Program, ExhibitionCurator's Choice
                2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Exhibition Spotlight J. L. Bell

                J.L. Bell will discuss the provenance, history, and people connected with Ephraim Moors's powder horn, one of the items featured in The Object of History exhibition.

                this event is free details
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                • Public Program, ConversationThe Object of History
                  Public Program, ConversationThe Object of History: A Conversation
                  6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 PM David Wood, Concord Museum & Peter Drummey, Massachusetts Historical Society Part of "The Object of History" series Please RSVP   this event requires a feeregistration required details
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                                  1 June 2013 this event is free MHS Tour

                                  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.

                                  3 June 2013 this event requires a feeregistration required Conference

                                  "Listen my children and you shall hear": Balancing History and Myth in Massachusetts Public History

                                  9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
                                  This conference will take place at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester Keynote Speaker: Ray Raphael, author of Constitutional Myths: What We Get Wrong and How to Get it Right

                                  This conference for Massachusetts history organizations is presented by Mass Humanities, Massachusetts Historical Society, University of Massachusetts Amherst Public History Program, and the University of Massachusetts Boston Public History and Archives Track

                                  Join us on Monday, June 3rd at the Hogan Campus Center, College of the Holy Cross, for a thought-provoking day examining myth in Massachusetts history. Ray Raphael, author of the forth-coming Constitutional Myths: What We Get Wrong and How to Get it Right (March 2013), a companion volume to the earlier Founding Myths: Stories that Hide our Patriotic Past, will explore “Why Myths Persist” in his keynote address.

                                  In sessions and round tables such as Massachusetts History beyond the Tea Party; Reinterpretation 101; Redefining Freedom on the Trail, and “It Never Happened Here”: Iconic Myth as Burden we will examine and present organizations, programs and projects that have successfully harnessed myths, expanded their narratives, and redefined their mission without losing their identity. In practical sessions/workshops we will explore “teaching the problem,” and how to use this model for programming purposes in exciting ways that successfully challenge audiences.

                                  Registration Fees
                                  Fee includes workshop, morning refreshments, buffet lunch (vegetarian option available), and afternoon snack.

                                  • $85 Standard Fee per person
                                  • $60 Student Fee (include copy of student ID with registration or bring ID to event if registering online)
                                  • $75 Per person for 3 registrants from same organization at the same time
                                  • $65 Per person for 4 registrants from same organization at the same time

                                  For more information, or to register for the conference, visit the Mass Humanities website: http://masshumanities.org/history_conference.

                                  4 June 2013 this event is free Public Program, Author Talk, Brown Bag

                                  What "The Federalist Papers" Are Not

                                  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
                                  Ray Raphael

                                  When and why did The Federalist become The Federalist Papers? What role did the essays play in the ratification debates? Can Publius be considered an authoritative source for interpreting specific sections of the Constitution – or for discovering its inner meaning?

                                  Ray Raphael’s latest book is Constitutional Myths: What We Get Wrong and How To Get It Right. His previous works include Mr. President: How and Why the Founders Created a Chief Executive, Founding Myths, A People’s History of the American Revolution, and The First American Revolution: Before Lexington and Concord.

                                  5 June 2013 this event is free Brown Bag

                                  Betwixt Brewings: A History of College Students and Alcohol

                                  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
                                  Michael Hevel, University of Arkansas

                                  The project traces the historical roots of contemporary concerns about college students' alcohol use. The brown bag session will specifically focus on college students and alcohol between 1820 and 1860. The diaries that antebellum college men kept reveal students' drinking behaviors, the meanings they made from alcohol, and their reactions to and involvement in the temperance movement. 

                                  8 June 2013 this event is free MHS Tour

                                  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.

                                  12 June 2013 Library Closed

                                  Library Closing @ 4:00

                                  all day

                                  To accommodate the MHS Annual Meeting, the Library will close at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, 12 June 2013.

                                  12 June 2013 free eventregistration required at no cost Special Event

                                  MHS Annual Meeting

                                  5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
                                  Special event for MHS Fellows

                                  MHS Fellows are invited to attend the Society's annual business meeting followed by a program and preview reception for The Object of History: 18th-Century Treasures from the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society. RSVP required.

                                  5:00 PM
                                  Annual Meeting for elected MHS Fellows

                                  6:00 PM
                                  Remarks by Stephen T. Riley Librarian Peter Drummey followed by a reception and exhibition preview for MHS Fellows and Members

                                  12 June 2013 Please RSVP   free eventregistration required at no cost Special Event, Member Event

                                  Preview Reception for The Object of History: 18th-Century Treasures from the Massachusetts Historical Society

                                  6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
                                  Special Event for MHS Fellows and Members

                                  Object of HistoryFollowing the Society's annual business meeting, MHS Fellows and Members are invited to a special preview reception of The Object of History: 18th-Century Treasures from the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society. The evening will begin with remarks by Stephen T. Riley Librarian Peter Drummey. A reception and exhibition preview will follow. The exhibition highlights 18th-century treasures from the Society's collections including portraits, needlework, firearms, clothing, furniture, silver, documents, and books.

                                  this event is free Exhibition

                                  "Estlin Cummings Wild West Show"

                                  13 June 2013 to 30 August 2013 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
                                  Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm

                                  Estlin Cummings Wild West Show“Estlin Cummings Wild West Show” features a selection of E.E. Cummings’s childhood writings and drawings, showcasing the young poet’s earliest experiments with words and illustrations. Drawings and paintings include ink blots, watercolors, and sketches in pen and pencil of cowboys and Indians, boats, the “world’s tallest tower,” wild west shows, hunting expeditions, locomotives, zoos, circuses, elephants, and house plans.

                                  Image: “Estlin Cummings Wild West Show,” drawing by E. E. Cummings. From the Cummings-Clarke family papers. Artwork by E.E. Cummings. Used by permission of the Trustees for the E. E. Cummings Trust.

                                  this event is free Exhibition

                                  "The Education of Our Children Is Never out of My Mind"

                                  13 June 2013 to 7 September 2013 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
                                  Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm

                                  Letter from John Adams to Abigail, August 28, 1774From 13 June through 7 September, the Society will display letters written by John and Abigail Adams to each other, to their children, and to friends and family regarding their views on education.

                                  In a letter to his wife, Abigail, dated August 28, 1774, John Adams writes: “The Education of our Children is never out of my Mind. Train them to Virtue, habituate them to industry, activity, and Spirit. Make them consider every Vice, as shamefull and unmanly: fire them with Ambition to be usefull-make them disdain to be destitute of any usefull, or ornamental Knowledge or Accomplishment. Fix their Ambition upon great and solid Objects, and their Contempt upon little, frivolous, and useless ones.”

                                  this event is free Exhibition

                                  The Object of History: 18th-Century Treasures from the Massachusetts Historical Society

                                  13 June 2013 to 7 September 2013 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
                                  Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM

                                  Object of HistoryWhat is the meaning of historical objects? Why are they preserved, and why have they survived? Are they valued for their associations with notable historical figures or landmark events, as objects of beauty, as the survival of relics from a distant past, or for the stories they convey? The exhibition explores these questions through the display of 18th-century portraits and objects from the Society's collections, along with rarely seen engravings, needlework, maps, weapons, furniture, clothing, scientific instruments, and silver.

                                  14 June 2013 this event is free Public Program, Exhibition

                                  Curator's Choice

                                  2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
                                  Exhibition Spotlight J. L. Bell

                                  J.L. Bell will discuss the provenance, history, and people connected with one of the fascinating items featured in The Object of History exhibition: Ephraim Moors's powder horn. Carvings on the horn icnlude a crude drawing of the Continental Army encampment on Winter Hill, five grenadiers, a mansion house, and the head of a beast. Aside from what the carving itself says and the name of the sea captain who donated it to the Society, almost nothing else is known about this object. Bell will discuss his investigation into the object's details, and what they tell us about the Siege of Boston.

                                  J. L.Bell is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. His blog, Boston1775.net, features "history, analysis, and unabashed gossip about the start of the American Revolution in Massachusetts."

                                  15 June 2013 this event is free MHS Tour

                                  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.

                                  17 June 2013 Please RSVP   this event requires a feeregistration required Public Program, Conversation

                                  The Object of History: A Conversation

                                  6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
                                  Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 PM David Wood, Concord Museum & Peter Drummey, Massachusetts Historical Society Part of "The Object of History" series

                                  David Wood, the curator of the Concord Museum, and Peter Drummey, the Librarian for the Society, will discuss early works of art, artifacts, and documents on display at the MHS as part of The Object of History exhibition.

                                  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.

                                  19 June 2013 this event is free Brown Bag

                                  19th-Century Narratives of Transgender Experience & the History of Possibility

                                  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
                                  Jen Manion, Connecticut College

                                  In the 1880s, the field of sexology declared masculine women to be inverts—true homosexuals. Prior to this period, representations of gender crossings were more varied and common. Such representations shine a spotlight on some of the most obvious anxieties concerning women’s place in society as well as the constitutive relationships between sex, gender, and sexuality.

                                  22 June 2013 this event is free MHS Tour

                                  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.

                                  26 June 2013 this event is free Brown Bag

                                  Island Masters: Gender, Race, and Power in the Eighteenth-Century British Caribbean

                                  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
                                  Brooke Newman, Virginia Commonwealth University

                                  At its height in the late eighteenth century, Jamaica was the most valuable and productive of Britain’s colonial possessions in the Atlantic world. Yet intertwined with Jamaica’s reputation for unparalleled profit was a growing apprehension of settler degeneration—in manners, morals, bloodlines, and especially life expectancy. The island, as one would-be colonist put it, offers “the most flattering prospect of pecuniary acquisition or death.” Such notions signify Britain’s ambivalent and contradictory relationship with Jamaica, and the West India colonies more generally, during the era of slavery.

                                  29 June 2013 this event is free MHS Tour

                                  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.


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