The Beehive: the official blog of the Massachusetts Historical Society

Visiting Dyer Memorial Library

In “The McKay Stitcher,” I presented a letter from Henry H. Warden of the Russell & Company trade firm in Shanghai to colleague John Cunningham about potential shoe business in China. In response to my post, Joice Himawan, Director of the Dyer Memorial Library [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 30 May, 2014, 1:00 AM

Oliver Lofts: Mapping the Traces of a Music Publishing Empire

A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I moved across town from one former streetcar suburb-turned-neighborhood of Boston (Allston/Brighton) to another (Jamaica Plain). A paltry three mile journey as the crow flies, since we live without a car and get around on foot, public [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 28 May, 2014, 8:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

It is a short and fairly quiet week here at the MHS with just a couple of items on tap. Please note that the Society is closed on Monday, 26 May, in observance of Memorial Day. Normal hours resume on Tuesday, 27 May. On Wednesday, 28 May, join us for a Brown Bag talk titled [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 25 May, 2014, 12:00 PM

Travel Woes in 1814: JQA and Zandelin’s Not-So-Excellent Adventure

Do you remember some of the people you’ve met while traveling?  Maybe your flight got delayed (a real possibility these days!) or you had a long layover during one stage of your trip and you struck up a conversation with someone in a waiting room.  Years [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 23 May, 2014, 8:00 AM

Coming Soon to MHS: Four New Teacher Fellows!

As we all know, teachers look forward to summer vacation just as much (if not more!) than most students. Each year the Society helps teachers relax and recharge their batteries through our workshop offerings and fellowship opportunities. The Society has awarded more than [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 21 May, 2014, 8:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

It is a shortened and quiet week here at the Society. It is also your last opportunity to view our current exhibition "Tell It with Pride: The Massachusetts 54th Regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudens' Shaw Memorial,"  which officially closes on Friday, 23 May. Come in [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 18 May, 2014, 12:00 PM

Symbiosis at the Society: Fellows and Librarians Learn Together

A few weeks ago the Beehive featured an item about the 2014-2015 Fellowship recipients and their research projects for the coming year. This great opportunity for scholars to come and do funded research also is an opportunity for the MHS librarians to expose ourselves [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 16 May, 2014, 3:00 PM


A Civil War soldier at age 16, a captain and regimental commander at 18, and a veteran by 20. This was the trajectory of Luis Fenollosa Emilio’s remarkable military career. Emilio served with the 23rd and 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiments in North Carolina, South [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 14 May, 2014, 1:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

Kicking off this week on Monday, 12 May, is a Brown Bag talk from short-term research fellow Katie Booth, University of Pittsburgh. Alexander Graham Bell believed that his most important contribution was not the telephone, but his work to liberate the deaf by destroying [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 11 May, 2014, 12:00 PM

Stephen Greenleaf Bulfinch Diary, Post 32

The following excerpt is from the diary of Stephen Greenleaf Bulfinch. Monday, May 9th, 1864 The great campaign has begun; & according to recent news, with a victory which promises still better success. God grant it! Wednesday, May 18th 1864 The [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 9 May, 2014, 8:00 AM

Love Birds: Ducks, Doves, and Darlings

Each month I have the pleasure of delving into our rich Civil War era collections seeking just one document to showcase in our “Massachusetts Finds Her Voice” web feature.  It is one of my great pleasures, sitting in the reading room working through page [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Tuesday, 6 May, 2014, 1:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

It is time once again to run through the events on tap for the week ahead. With five days of programs coming there are plenty of reasons to stop by the Society and get a dose of history. Before we jump into the events, though, please note that the library of the MHS closes [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 5 May, 2014, 9:13 AM