[[10]]The Papers of Robert Treat Paine
Volume 4: 1778-1786

Now available, this volume encompasses Robert Treat Paine’s time as Massachusetts Attorney General and highlights the quest for order in a nation gripped by violence and upheaval.
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[[11]]Object of the Month

Baseball's Barnstorming Bloomer Girls

Women and the National Pastime Read more

[[15]]Entrepreneurship & Classical Design in Boston’s South End: The Furniture of Isaac Vose & Thomas Seymour, 1815 to 1825

Isaac Vose and his brilliant furniture are revealed in a new exhibition and accompanying volume.
Open 11 May to 14 September Details.

[[14]]Fashion Preview

See garments, textiles, and costumes in a sneak peak of the upcoming Fashioning the New England Family project. View

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