The Beehive: the official blog of the Massachusetts Historical Society

Our Newest Arrival

One of the MHS' most recent acquisitions arrived late last week: it's an 18 October 1800 letter from Abigail Adams in Quincy to her friend Dr. Benjamin Rush in Philadelphia, responding to political attacks made against John Adams during the presidential election campaign [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Thursday, 27 May, 2010, 11:41 AM

Holiday Closure Notice

Please note that the MHS, including the reading room, will be closed on Saturday, 29 May and Monday, 31 May, in observance of Memorial Day. On the placards we use to announce holiday closures here in the library, our Librarian likes to include a relevant quote. The current [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Tuesday, 25 May, 2010, 10:23 AM

This Week @ MHS

Two brown-bag lunches this week: we hope you'll join us! On Wednesday, 26 May, Richard Rath of the University of Hawaii at Manoa will speak on "Media and the Senses in the New England Psalm Controversy, 1721-1724." More info here. And on Friday, 28 May, Alea Henle of the [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 24 May, 2010, 7:09 AM

Research Recently Published

A few of the recent publications by research fellows and/or friends of the MHS which involved use of our collections or publications: - Adam Cooke, "'An Unpardonable Bit of Folly and Impertinence": Charles Francis Adams Jr., American Anti-Imperialists, and the Philippines." [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Thursday, 20 May, 2010, 11:58 AM

The Catholic Exodus from Eliot School: Lunch Talk Recap

On Friday, 14 May local historian and author of The North End: A Brief History of Boston’s Oldest Neighborhood Alex Goldfeld gave a presentation on “The Eliot School and the Catholic Exodus of 1859.” 

Before getting into details about the [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 17 May, 2010, 8:00 AM

MHS Annual Meeting on Wednesday

The annual meeting of the Historical Society will be held this Wednesday, 19 May, beginning at 5 p.m. The business meeting will be followed by a program honoring the memory of MHS Trustee and Fellow William L. Saltonstall. Reservations are required; please go here for more [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 17 May, 2010, 7:56 AM

"Send us every regiment ... " - May Object of the Month

Our Object of the Month for May is a fascinating 3 July 1898 letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Henry Cabot Lodge, written just after the famous Battle of San Juan Hill, as the siege of Santiago continued. Roosevelt (pictured at left in his Rough Rider uniform) urges his [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 12 May, 2010, 1:53 PM

This Week @ MHS

Here's what's on our calendar for this week: On Wednesday, 12 May, we'll have a brown-bag lunch at 12 noon with Justin Pope of The George Washington University. Justin will speak on "Whispers and Waves: Insurrection, Conspiracy, and the Search for Salvation in the British [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 10 May, 2010, 8:22 AM

Reviews of "The War Lovers" Roll In

Newsweek editor Evan Thomas' new book The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Heart, and the Rush to Empire, 1898 (Little, Brown & Co., 2010) has received rave reviews by Ronald Steel in the New York Times and James McGrath Morris in the Washington Post. Steel writes: "Thomas [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 3 May, 2010, 8:00 AM