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This Week @ MHS

February starts slowly at the MHS. As we leave January behind it is a fairly quiet week here at the MHS. Here is what is to come: - Wednesday, 1 February, 12:00PM : Pack a lunch and come by for a Brown Bag talk with Andrea Gray of George Mason University and the Thomas [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 29 January, 2017, 12:00 AM

Benedict Arnold’s Heart

Unlike any other historical figure, Benedict Arnold’s contributions to the Patriotic Cause were so great that, had he not committed treason, history might have depicted him as a Founding Father. His accomplishments cannot be negated, his leadership and skill as a solider [...] read more

comments: 1 | permalink | Published: Friday, 27 January, 2017, 12:00 AM

“Free Soil, Free Speech, Free Labor, Free Men”: Charles Sumner and the Massachusetts Free Soil Party

It was the summer of 1850, and the Massachusetts Free Soil Party needed a standard-bearer. The party was just two years old and struggled to make headway against the two-party juggernaut of Democrats and Whigs. Free Soilers had seated only a handful of their candidates in [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 25 January, 2017, 12:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

It's a pretty busy week ahead for programs at the Society. Here is what's on tap: - Monday, 23 January, 12:00PM : Come on in at lunchtime for a Brown Bag talk. "'Faraway Women' and the Atlantic Monthly" discusses Ellery Sedgwick, editor of the Atlantic Monthly from [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 22 January, 2017, 12:00 AM

Gertrude Codman Carter’s Diary, January 1917

In late December, I introduced readers to Lady Gertrude Codman Carter, whose diary we will be exploring month-by-month through 2017. While a fairly regular diarist, Gertrude Carter’s journal skips from the end of December 1916 to February 8, 1917 without clear explanation. [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 20 January, 2017, 12:00 AM

Teacher and Student Fellowships at MHS

Are you an educator looking for a relaxing and rewarding summer professional development opportunity? Consider applying for a Swensrud Teacher Fellowship! Perhaps you don’t have much time to devote to research this summer, but you have a student (or a few) who would [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 18 January, 2017, 3:57 PM

This Week @ MHS

The Society is CLOSED on Monday, 16 January, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Here are the events on the schedule this week: - Wednesday, 18 January, 12:00PM : "The Fight for Women's Equality in the Anti-Slavery Movement, 1833-1840" is a Brown Bag talk with [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 15 January, 2017, 12:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

We're back to business here at the MHS, heading into year 226! Our programs begin in earnest this week with a seminar, a brown bag, and a tour. Here's the rundown: - Tuesday, 10 January, 5:15PM : The first seminar of the year is part of the Environmental History series [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Saturday, 7 January, 2017, 1:00 PM

Book Review: "Not A Catholic Nation"

New England is perhaps not the first region in which twenty-first century readers place the Ku Klux Klan.  Yet, in Not A Catholic Nation: The Ku Klux Klan Confronts New England in the 1920s, Mark Paul Richard thoroughly dispels the notion that the infamous secret [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 4 January, 2017, 12:00 AM