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This Week @ MHS

Please note that the MHS is closed on Monday, 15 February, in observance of President's Day. Normal hours resume on Tuesday, 16 February.

Here's what we have on tap in this shortened week:

- Tuesday, 16 February, 6:00PM : "Politics of Modernism" is the third of four programs in the Modernism Series and centers on the arrival of Edward Logue as the head of the Boston Redevelopment Authority. The discussion featurs Liz Cohen of the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, Elihu Rubin of Yale University, and Chris Grimley of AIA and Over,Under. There is a pre-talk reception at 5:30PM and the talk begins at 6:00PM. This event is open to the public, registration required. 

- Wednesday, 17 February, 9:00AM : "Adams, Jefferson, and Shakespeare" commemorates the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death by investigating his influence on America's Founding Mothers and Fathers. This full-day teacher workshop is open to educators and history enthusiasts with a fee of $25 per person (to cover materials and lunch). To register, complete this registration form, and for more information contact the education department at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557. 

- Saturday, 20 February, 10:00AM : The History and Collections of the MHS is a docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition.

- Saturday, 20 February, 1:00PM : "'What News?': Communication in Early New England" is the latest installment of the "Begin at the Beginning: Boston's Founding Documents" series. Led by Katherine Grandjean of Wellesley College, this conversation looks at how news traveled in a time before postal service and newspapers. This program is open to the public at no cost, but registration is required. 

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 14 February, 2016, 12:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

On the calendar this week we have a pair of seminars, a pair of public programs, and a free tour. Here's how it all shakes out:

- Tuesday, 9 February, 5:15PM : Join us for an Environmental History seminar discussion with presenter Laura J. Martin of Harvard University, and commentor Brian Payne of Bridgewater State University. The talk focuses on Martin's paper, "The History of Ecological Restoration: From Bombs to Bac-O-Bits," which explores the intellectual and cultural history of ecological restoration from 1945 to 1965. Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP requiredSubscribe to receive advance copies of the seminar papers.

- Thursday, 11 February, 5:30PM : Laura Briggs of UMass-Amherst presents "All Politics are Reproductive Politics: Welfare, Immigration, Gay Marriage, Foreclosure" as part of the History of Women and Gender seminar series. The project looks at the collision of two forces - increasing unpaid care burdens, and ever more need for wage labor - and how they have radically reconfigured both families and political common sense in particularly racialized ways over the last forty years. Suzanna Danuta Walters of Northeastern University provides comment. Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP requiredSubscribe to receive advance copies of the seminar papers. This event takes place at the Schlesinger Library, Harvard.

- Thursday, 11 February, 6:00PM : "Culture of Modernism" is the second of a four-part series on the topic of Modernism. This talk features author Alexandra Lange; Jane Thompson of the Thompson Design Group; and Michael Kubo of Collective-LOK. There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30PM. Registration is required for this program. This program takes place at the Concord Museum.

- Friday, 12 February, 2:00PM : "Jefferson's Journey to Massachusetts: The Origin of the Coolidge Collection at the MHS" is a free gallery talk focused on our current exhibition, The Private Jefferson. Stephen T. Riley Librarian, Peter Drummey, explains the provenance of this collection and how the largest collection of this Virginian's private papers arrived at the MHS. This talk is free and open to the public. 

- Saturday, 13 February, 10:00AM : The History and Collections of the MHS is a docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.orgWhile you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition.

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 7 February, 2016, 12:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

At the top of the list this week is our recently unveiled exhbition! Come by anytime Mon-Sat, 10:00AM-4:00PM, to take a look at The Private Jefferson. The exhibit is free to the public and will remain on display through 20 May 2016. 

There are four other items on the calendar this week for public consumption:

- Tuesday, 2 February : There is an Early American History seminar beginning at 5:15PM. "Sound Believers: Rhyme and Right Belief" is presented by MHS-NEH long-term fellow Wendy Roberts, SUNY-Albany. Roberts' project examines the connection between poetry and evangelicalism in the 18th and early-19th centuries. Stephen A. Marini of Wellesley College provides comment. Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP requiredSubscribe to receive advance copies of the seminar papers.

- Wednesday, 3 February : Starting at noon is a Brown Bag talk given by independent scholar Robert G. Mann. His work, "Making Another Massachusetts of South Carolina: Reconstruction in the Sea Islands," evaluates the achievements and disappointments of a unique, integrated community centered around Beaufort, South Carolina, in the years 1863-1880 through the intertwined stories of three Massachusetts men and one former slave. This talk is free and open to the public. 

- Wednesday, 3 February : Join us for the first of a four part series on Modernism, "Brutalism to Heroic." This conversation features Mark Pasnik, AIA, Over, Under; Chris Grimley, AIA, Over,Under; and Michael Kubo, Collectiove-LOK. There is a pre-talk reception that begins at 5:30PM with the talk beginning at 6:00PM. Registration is required for this event. 

- Saturday, 4 February : The History and Collection of the MHS is a docent-led tour that is free and open to the public. Spend about 45 minutes learning about the Society and touring the library area and then take the opportunity to visit our exhibition space. No need for reservations for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact Curator of Art, Anne Bentley, in advance at abentley@masshist.org or 617-646-0508.

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 31 January, 2016, 12:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

It's hard to believe that the end of the month is here already but we have a big exhibit opening to round out our January programs. More on that down the page. Here's what is on tap at the MHS this week:

- Tuesday, 26 January, 5:15PM : This week's lone seminar is part of the Immigration and Urban History series. This time around, Cristina Groeger of Harvard University presents "Laborers, Servants, and Schools: Aspirations of Mobility and the Reproduction of Inequality in Boston, 1880-1940." John McClymer of Assumption College provides comment. Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP requiredSubscribe to receive advance copies of the seminar papers

- Wednesday, 27 January, 12:00PM : Pack up a lunch and spend an hour here at the Society so you can hear short-term research fellow Alisa Wade, The Graduate Center - CUNY, present her Brown Bag talk: "'Prepared to do Businessy with Many': Elite Women's Investment in Early National New York City." This project traces, among other things, women's participation in New York's transition to market capitalism in the early republic. The talk is free and open to the public. 

- Thursday, 28 January, 6:00PM : "'The Private Jefferson' Preview Reception." SOLD OUT This special member event gives visitors a sneak peak at the Society's newest exhibition before opening to the public. Remarks by Peter S. Onuf begin at 6:00PM, and the reception and preview begin at 6:30PM. 

This event is sold out. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please call 617-646-0518 or click on the RSVP link to submit your name online.

- Friday, 29 January, 9:00AM : The Private Jefferson, Special Breakfast PreviewMHS Fellows and Members are invited to a special breakfast preview. For those who are unable to attend the preview the night before, we will open the galleries at 9:00 AM. Stroll through the galleries and talk to MHS Stephen T. Riley Librarian Peter Drummey before the doors open to the public. Coffee and pastries will be available. 

- Friday, 29 January, 10:00AM : The Private Jefferson opens to the public. This exhibit is open Monday-Saturday, 10:00AM-4:00PM, free of charge until 20 May 2016. 

- Saturday, 30 January, 10:00AM : "The History and Collections of the MHS" returns! Stop by for a free tour of the Society. This docent-led tour is open to the public, free of charge. While you're here you can also take in the current exhibition (see above). 

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 24 January, 2016, 12:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

Please note that the MHS is CLOSED on Monday, 18 January, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Normal hours resume on Tuesday, 19 January.

This week we have two seminars on tap to sate your historical appetite. They are

- Tuesday, 19 January, 5:15PM - Join us as Sara Georgini from the Adams Papers Editorial Project presents "The Providence of John and Abigail Adams," which asks what it meant for the Adamses of Massachusetts to be "raised" Christian in America. Chris Beneke of Bentley University provides comment. This talk is part of the Early American History Seminar series. Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP requiredSubscribe to receive advance copies of the seminar papers.

- Thursday, 21 January, 5:30PM - "Biography, Inc.: Two Writers Talk about the Trade." Join Christopher Benfey, Mount Holyoke College, and Megan Marshall, Emerson College, in a wide-ranging conversation moderated by Susan Ware of American National Biography about teaching, reviewing, and writing biography. This seminar is part of the New England Biography seriesPlease RSVP, this event is free.

There is no Saturday tour this week.

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 17 January, 2016, 12:00 AM

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