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This Week @ MHS

- On Wednesday, 29 September we'll host an author talk with Eric Jay Dolin on his new book Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America. Refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m., with the talk starting at 6 p.m. Registration is required for this [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 27 September, 2010, 8:00 AM

New on our Bookshelves

Another of the new publications featuring an MHS collection is Castorland Journal: An Account of the Exploration and Settlement of Northern New York State by French Émigrés in the Years 1793 to 1797, by Simon Desjardins and Pierre Pharoux. This edition, just [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Thursday, 23 September, 2010, 2:19 PM

MHS Members Gone Bad

I suspect every membership-based organization has some stories about the members that have warranted expulsion over the years. The MHS kicked out three members in its first two decades (but has used the practice very sparingly - if at all - ever since). What did those members [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Tuesday, 21 September, 2010, 9:40 AM

This Week @ MHS

Here's what's going on this week at 1154 Boylston: - On Thursday, 23 September from 6-8 p.m. we'll host a Graduate Student Reception. All graduate students in American history and related subjects are invited to an open house to meet each other and learn about the Society's [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 20 September, 2010, 8:56 AM

New on our Shelves: American Insurgents, American Patriots

It's no exaggeration to say that you could fill a shelf with books coming out this fall which draw on collections or publications of the MHS. I'll be highlighting some of these in a series of posts, beginning with this one. T.H. Breen's American Insurgents, American Patriots: [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 17 September, 2010, 1:10 PM

This Week @ MHS

Our intense fall events schedule kicks off this week with the first seminar of the season and a brown-bag lunch: - On Thursday, 16 September, the Boston Early American History Seminar series begins with a talk at 5:15 p.m. by Francis J. Bremer of Millersville University, [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 13 September, 2010, 7:55 AM

Emailed Reference Queries Not Received

We have recently experienced a problem with the MHS website email.  All emailed queries submitted to the library through the "Contact Us" page on the MHS website between August 19 and September 7 did not reach the library staff.  This includes emails sent [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 10 September, 2010, 1:00 AM

The MHS, Now on Facebook

You can now connect with the MHS through Facebook, at As the official announcement in this month's @MHS puts it, "The page will host news updates, project stories, interesting facts about the Society, links to articles, [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Thursday, 9 September, 2010, 9:48 AM

Seminar Series 2010

The Massachusetts Historical Society sponsors four seminar series, each addressing a diverse range of topics including: Early American History, Environmental History, Immigration & Urban History, and the History of Women & Gender. Seminars are open to everyone. [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Tuesday, 7 September, 2010, 7:29 AM

This Week @ MHS

Please join us on Wednesday, 8 September at 12 noon for a brown-bag lunch talk with research fellow Sarah Keyes of the University of Southern California. Sarah will speak on "Beyond the Plains: Migration to the Pacific and the Reconfiguration of America, 1820-1900." More [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Tuesday, 7 September, 2010, 7:20 AM

Just Published: Mather's "Biblia Americana"

We received a long-awaited and much-anticipated package in today's mail: a copy of the first volume of Cotton Mather's Biblia Americana, just published by Mohr Siebeck/Baker Academic. This volume (of ten) marks the first publication of this weighty and important work, edited [...] read more

comments: 1 | permalink | Published: Thursday, 2 September, 2010, 4:31 PM

Holiday Closure Notice

Please note that the MHS, including the library, will be closed for the Labor Day holiday on Saturday 4 September as well as Monday 6 September. [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Thursday, 2 September, 2010, 3:38 PM