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Massachusetts Historical Review Volume 14 on Its Way

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: that time when a new volume of the Massachusetts Historical Review goes to press! Print subscribers will receive Volume 14 by mail in the early days of the new year, and the electronic version will be published simultaneously [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 30 November, 2012, 1:00 AM

Making the Body Politic

On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Suzanne and Caleb Loring Research Fellow Ann Holder of the Pratt Institute discussed her research on post-Civil War citizenship, race, and public spaces in a presentation titled “Making the Body Politic: Sexual Histories, Racial [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 28 November, 2012, 8:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

Bouncing back from the November holidays, we have a very busy week ahead at the MHS. Tuesday, 27 November at 6:00 PM, Waite Rawls, Museum of the Confederacy, presents The Confederacy in History, Myth, & Memory.  A pre-event reception begins at 5:30 PM. Reservations [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 26 November, 2012, 8:00 AM

Credit Where Credit Is Due: Thank You from the MHS

At this time of giving thanks, we at the Society reflect on all of those friends who have made our work possible. As part of the recent renovations to the building, we installed plaques to honor our supporters, both past and present, and we take the time now to thank them [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 21 November, 2012, 4:10 PM

Stephen Greenleaf Bulfinch Diary, Post 18

The following excerpt is from the diary of Stephen Greenleaf Bulfinch. Saturday, Nov. 29th, 1862 The election in Massachusetts disappointed the party just named [the People’s party], & maintained the high patriotic position of the state. On the [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 16 November, 2012, 8:00 AM

A Civil War Surgeon & Prisoner of War

The Joseph H. Hayward family papersis one of five collections on deposit at the MHS from the Mary M. B. Wakefield Charitable Trust. The collection contains over two centuries of correspondence, diaries, sketchbooks, and other personal papers of members of the Hayward family [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 14 November, 2012, 8:00 AM

Who’s Your Favorite Historian?

Although it’s only early November, program planning for the winter and spring of 2013 is well under way here in the Education Department. The MHS will be offering an interesting mix of public programs in the coming months, including concerts, author talks, a walking [...] read more

comments: 1 | permalink | Published: Thursday, 8 November, 2012, 1:00 AM

Terrorism No New Topic to Presidential Elections

It’s Election Day, and there has been a lot of talk in the news lately about terrorism influencing the current and last two presidential elections. But although sometimes it feels like it’s a relatively new political issue, the fear of terrorism has been part [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Tuesday, 6 November, 2012, 1:00 AM

The Past in the Present: Election Day

As evidenced in this 1798 cartoon, politcs in America have always been contentious. To mark Election Day the MHS offers a retrospective of items from our blog and across our website related to American electoral history.  From the Beehive: Terrorism No New Topic [...] read more

comments: 2 | permalink | Published: Monday, 5 November, 2012, 9:00 PM

This Week @ MHS

It is a relatively quiet week at the MHS, with only one public program being offered.  But it promises to be a great one. If you are looking for something to do on your lunch hour on Wednesday, 7 November, come to 1154 Boylston Street at 12:00 PM for a brown-bag lunch [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 5 November, 2012, 8:00 AM

Brown Bag Lunch Talk: “The Theology of Citizenship”

On Wednesday, October 31, Andrew W. Mellon research fellow Ben Park, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Cambridge, England,  presented a brown bag lunch talk, “The Theology of Citizenship: Local Preachers and the Production of Nationalism in Early America.” [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 2 November, 2012, 1:00 AM