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This Week @ MHS

We are back to business this week at the Society, thought it appears that Mother Nature may have other plans for us. Without thinking about the weather, here is what is on the calendar for the first week of the new year:

- Wednesday, 3 January, 12:00PM : Derek O'Leary of the University of California, Berkeley, kicks off the year with the first Brown Bag talk of 2018, "Excavating the Western Indian Mound and Building the American Archive." Settlers and travelers moving westward in the early republid encountered the myriad Indian mounds scattered along the American frontier. These sundry earthworks furnished ample grist for various projects: frontier infrastructure, literary nationalism, the national historical narrative, and - as this talk explores - the emergence of the American archives. This talk is free and open to the public. 

- Saturday, 6 January, 10:00AM : The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition: Yankees in the West.

Throughout the winter, please keep an eye on our main website and online calendar for information about weather-related closings. 

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