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This Week @ MHS

We hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday! Now, back to business. We have two brown-bag lunches and a seminar this week at the Historical Society. First, the lunch events: On Wednesday, 2 December, Dean Grodzins will give a brown-bag lunch talk, "A Civil War in [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 30 November, 2009, 9:08 AM

" shall be Eliza ..."; or, Attributing a Diary

Among the many personal diaries in MHS collections are the remarkable 200-year-old travel journals of Eliza Cheever Davis (later Shattuck), recently discovered in the Caleb Davis papers (Ms. N-1096). These two thin volumes, kept from 1809 to 1811 on outings to various New [...] read more

comments: 3 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 25 November, 2009, 9:14 AM

Holiday Closure Notice

The MHS, including the library, will be closed this Thursday through Saturday (26-28 November) in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. We will resume regular hours on Monday, 30 November. Additionally, the MHS website, including this blog, will be unavailable between [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 23 November, 2009, 12:13 PM

The Other John Quincy Adams

A former MHS research fellow (Dael Norwood, Princeton University) sent along a pretty cool project the New York Times is doing right now: in "But the Name is Familiar," they're profiling people who share the same name as former presidents. This week's feature was John Quincy [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Thursday, 19 November, 2009, 2:58 PM

This Week @ MHS

On Tuesday, 17 November, join us for a lecture by William M. Bulger on his new book, James Michael Curley: A Short Biography with Personal Reminiscences (Commonwealth Editions, 2009). Refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m., with the talk at 6 p.m. There will be an opportunity [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 16 November, 2009, 8:48 AM

November Object: American POW in WWI

Our November Object of the Month is up: it's an October 1918 photograph of a group of American prisoners of war taken at the German prison camp Landshut. Atlantic Monthly correspondent (and fighter pilot) James Norman Hall, one of those prisoners, sent the photo along with [...] read more

comments: 1 | permalink | Published: Thursday, 12 November, 2009, 5:33 PM

"The Letters of the Presidents" Lunch Talk Recap

On 4 November, Assistant Reference Librarian Tracy Potter and intern Sarah Desmond (Endicott College), gave a progress report on their project to survey the presidential papers held at the MHS. This project, funded by a generous donation from MHS trustee Dennis Shapiro (in [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Tuesday, 10 November, 2009, 8:40 AM

This Week @ MHS

A reminder that tonight, 9 November, we'll host the official book launch for Woody Holton's Abigail Adams. Refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m., with a talk to follow at 6 p.m. There will be an opportunity to purchase copies of Abigail Adams and have books signed after [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 9 November, 2009, 8:43 AM

Remember, Remember ...

Most of us probably don't tend to think of 5 November as a holiday, but in colonial Boston it was one of the most festive days of the year. In Britain the holiday was (and still is) known as Guy Fawkes Day; here in New England it was called Pope's Day, or Pope Night. There [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Thursday, 5 November, 2009, 10:21 AM

Join Us for Launch of Holton's "Abigail Adams"

On Monday, 9 November, the MHS hosts the official launch of Woody Holton's Abigail Adams, a new biography of the woman Holton calls the "most richly documented woman of America's founding era." Holton offers important new insights into the life and times of his subject: [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 4 November, 2009, 10:50 AM

This Week @ MHS

Another busy week around here! Join us on Wednesday, 4 November for two events: at 12 noon Tracy Potter and Sarah Desmond will discuss their current and ongoing MHS research project, "The Letters of the Presidents: A Survey of the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 2 November, 2009, 10:00 AM

Voices from the Past: 1-2 November

A new month, something new and different here at The Beehive. Since there are a tremendous number of diaries in the MHS collections, I thought it would be neat to pick out some "voices from the past" and highlight a few of these. I'm going to try this in various different [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 2 November, 2009, 8:00 AM