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This Week @ MHS

Entering the month of June we have a couple of special programs on offer this week at the Society.

First up, on Monday, 2 June, the MHS is co-sponsoring "Never Done: Interpreting the History of Women at Work in Massachusetts." Join us at the Hogan Campus Center, College of the Holy Cross, for a thought-provoking day examining women in Massachusetts history. At this, the tenth annual Mass History Conference we will welcome the many small historical organizations that preserve, interpret, and deepen the exploration of Massachusetts history. The stories of lesser-known women change-makers get lost in the larger narrative of industry, politics and conflict, but the timing is right for an examination of their tales of great and compelling variety, of lives lived with courage and determination. This conference for Massachusetts history organizations is presented by Mass HumanitiesMassachusetts Historical SocietyUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst Public History Program, and the University of Massachusetts Boston Public History and Archives TrackThe Colonial Society of Massachusetts, and Elizabeth & Ned Bacon. The conference begins at 9:00AM and will feature as Keynote Speaker Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Harvard University. For more information--including a detailed schedule of the day, or to register for the conference, visit the Mass Humanities website:

On Wednesday, 4 June, stop by the Society at 1154 Boylston Street for a Brown Bag lunch talk. In this week's installment, Sara Georgini, Adams Papers and Boston University, presents "Creating Adams Family Values." This project is a history of religion in the Adams family of Massachusetts from 1583 to 1927. Most Adams family members accepted organized religion as a public good, but they filled letters and lives with the effort to answer one query: What was it good for? As men and women operating at the heart of the nation, prevailing notions of Christian citizenship laid out duties for them to fulfill, and the Adamses repeatedly sought out God for help. Drawing on the public and private papers of several generations, this project explores the “cosmopolitan Christianity” that the Adams family developed over time. The talk begins at 12:00PM and is free and open to the public. 

Also on Wednesday, 4 June, there is a special evening program as the society welcomes the Archivist of the United States for "A Conversation with David S. Ferriero." Join us for a pre-talk reception beginning at 5:30PM, followed by the program which begins at 6:00PM. Registration is required for this event at no charge. Click here to register online, or call the MHS reservations line at 617-646-0560.

Finally, please note that the library is closing at 3:00PM on Thursday, 5 June


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