The Beehive: the official blog of the Massachusetts Historical Society

This Week @MHS

This week we have a pair of Brown Bag talks, two evening programs, the first seminar in a new series, and a sold out tour. Details below: - Monday, 15 October, 12:00 PM: Examining Land Ownership in the Praying Towns of New England with Taylor Kirsch, University [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 15 October, 2018, 1:00 AM

New Transcriptions Released for John Quincy Adams' Diary

Amid his daily whirl of diplomatic duties, John Quincy Adams paused to reflect on his latest dispatch to President James Monroe. After several rewrites, Adams had drafted a course of action that would shape American foreign policy for more than a century, and he was proud [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 12 October, 2018, 1:00 AM

A Mother’s Conviction and A Little Girl’s Courage: Cancer Surgery in 1881

In honor of Cancer Awareness month, I would like to share with you the extraordinary story of young Mabel Cabot, who underwent cancer surgery in 1881. Mabel’s story is preserved thanks to the careful and detailed diary entries kept by Mabel’s mother, Elizabeth [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 10 October, 2018, 1:00 AM

This Week @MHS

Here is a look at what is going on at the MHS this week: - Monday, 8 October, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM: MHS Open House in conjunction with Opening Our Doors celebration in the Fenway Cultural District. Please note that the library will be closed for the day. - Tuesday, [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 8 October, 2018, 1:00 AM

A Yankee in Virginia, 1864

The MHS recently acquired a fascinating manuscript volume by Lt. Henry L. Estabrooks of the 26th Massachusetts Infantry describing his six weeks as a fugitive in Virginia during the Civil War. Estabrooks was captured by the Confederate Army in September 1864, but escaped [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 5 October, 2018, 1:00 AM

Barbara Hillard Smith’s Diary, October 1918

Today we return to the 1918 diary of Newton teenager Barbara Hillard Smith. You may read our introduction to the diary, and Barbara’s previous entries, here: January | February | March | April May | June | July | [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 3 October, 2018, 1:00 AM

This Week @MHS

There is a lot going on at the MHS this week including the opening of our next exhibition Fashioning the New England Family on Friday, 5 October. - Tuesday, 2 October, 5:15 PM: The Protestant Cult of the Dead in New England, 1800-1848 with Erik Seeman, State University [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 1 October, 2018, 1:00 AM