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This Week @ MHS

Back from one holiday and looking forward to more. It is another shortened week here at the Society but there is no lack of good programming to enjoy. On the schedule this week:

- Tuesday, 1 December, 5:15PM : "Faces, Beauty, and Brains: Physiognomy and Female Education in Post-Revolutionary America." This Early American History seminar is presented by Rachel Walker of the University of Maryland and explores how the "science" of interpreting facial features was used to distinguish between the minds of men and women in early republican America. Robert A. Gross, University of Connnecticut, provides comment. Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP requiredSubscribe to receive advance copies of the seminar papers.

- Wedndesday, 2 December, 12:00PM : "Liberty Ports: Sex, Crime, and Policing in World War Two America" is a Brown Bag lunch talk presented by Aaron Hiltner of Boston University. His project tracks interactions between American civilians and troops, the military's policing of stateside servicement, and the transformation of American cities during wartime. This talk is free and open to the public. 

- Wednesday, 2 December, 6:00PM : Transforming Boston: From Basket Case to Innovation Hub, Program 4 - What's Next. This program features a panel discussion with John Barros, chief of economic development, City of Boston; Marc Draisen, MAPC; Cassandra Campbell, Fresh Food Generation; and moderator David Luberoff, Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI). The program is open to the public with a fee of $10 (no charge for MHS, BARI, or Rappaport Fellows or Members), registration required. 

- Friday, 4 December : LIBRARY CLOSED. Galleries remain open, 10:00AM-4:00PM.

- Saturday, 5 December, 9:00AM : Teacher Workshop: Roosevelt, Lodge, and the Rush to Empire. To register for this event, complete our Registration Form and mail/email it to the MHS Education Department. For more information, contact the education department at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557.

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 29 November, 2015, 12:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

We have a much-shortened week at the Society as we prepare for Thanksgiving, but there are still a couple of events going on here for you take in. 

- Monday, 23 November, 6:00PM : Join us for an author talk with Sally G. McMillen of Davidson College. She is speaking on her new book, Lucy Stone: An Unapologetic Life, which addresses Stone's omission from the pantheon of women suffragists of the 19th century. This talk is open to the public for a fee of $10 (no charge for MHS Fellows or Members). Registration is required. 

- Tuesday, 24 November, 5:15PM : Mark Herlihy of Endicott College presents "'A barbarous practice that would not be permitted in other civilized countries': The Evolution and Enduring Presence of the African Dodger Game at Boston-Area Amusement Venues," a seminar talk that is part of the Immigration and Urban History series. Jeff Melnick of UMass - Boston provides comment. Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP requiredSubscribe to receive advance copies of the seminar papers.

Please note that the MHS is closed on Thursday, 26 November, for Thanksgiving. The library remains closed through Saturday, 28 November. The exhibition galleries are open on Friday, 27 November, and Saturday, 28 November, 10:00AM-4:00PM. Normal hours resume on Monday, 30 November. 

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 22 November, 2015, 12:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

It is a little bit quieter at the Society this week, but there are still some programs for your history-loving pleasure. Here's what's happening:

- Wednesday, 18 November, 6:00PM : "Transforming Boston: From Basket Case to Innovation Hub, Program 3 - The New Economy: Eds and Meds, 1980s to Today." Regsitration is required for this event with a fee of $10 (no charge for MHS, BARI, or Rappaport Fellows or Members). Please note that this program takes place at the MIT Stata Center (Vassar Street near Main Street), room 33-123.

- Friday, 20 November, 2:00PM : "From Bunker Hill to Yorktown: Collecting Maps Along America's Road to Independence." Join us for this gallery talk in which Ronald Grim, Curator of Maps at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, will discuss the history of map collection in relation to Terra Firma: The Beginnings of the MHS Map Collection. This talk is free and open to the public. 

- Saturday, 21 November, 10:00AM : The History and Collections of the MHS is a free public tour of the Society's building on Boylston St. The walk-through is docent-led and lasts about 90 minutes. No need for reservations for individuals and small groups, but parties of 8 or more should contact Art Curator Anne Bentley in advance at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org

- Saturday, 21 November, 1:00PM : "Begin at the Beginning: Boston's Founding Documents." Historian Margaret Newell leads a discussion of the enslavement of Native Americans from the first years of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Registration is required at no cost. Please RSVP.

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 15 November, 2015, 12:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

Here is the round-up of events in the week to come here at the MHS:

- Tuesday, 10 October, 5:15PM : "Andre Michaux and the Many Politics of Trees in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World." This talk given by Elizabeth Hyde of Kean University is part of the Environmental History Seminar series. Comment provided by Joseph Cullon, MIT/WPI. Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP requiredSubscribe to receive advance copies of the seminar papers.

- Wednesday, 11 October : Building CLOSED, Veteran's Day.

- Thursday, 12 October, 5:30PM : "Writing with Giants: Making the Human Larger than Life." This latest installment of the New England Biography Seminar series features a discussion between Civil War biographer Carol Bundy and Harvard's John Stauffer about his upcoming biography of Charles Sumner.

- Friday, 13 October, 6:00PM : An Evening with David McCullough. This event is SOLD OUT. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please call 617-646-0518 or click here

- Saturday, 14 October, 10:00AM : The History and Collections of the MHS is a 90-minute, docent-led walk through the public spaces at the Society's building. The tour is free and open to the public. Parties of 8 or more should contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley in advance at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org. While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibitions.

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Tuesday, 10 November, 2015, 10:29 AM

This Week @ MHS

It's a busy week at the Society heading into November. Here's what we have on tap:

- "War of Two." An author talk with John Sedgwick, discussing the antagonism between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, as detailed in his new book War of Two: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Duel That Stunned the Nation. This SOLD OUT talk begins at 6:00PM on Monday, 2 November.

- "From the Indian Ocean to the New England Frontier: Huguenot Refugees and the Geopolitics of Empire, 1682-1700." This Early American History seminar is give by Owen Stanwood of Boston College, with Wim Klooster of Clark University providing comment. The seminar begins at 5:15PM on Tuesday, 3 November. Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP requiredSubscribe to receive advance copies of the seminar papers.

- "China's Wartime Interpreter Program for the U.S. Army, 1941-1945." On Wednesday, 4 November, stop by at noon for this Brown Bag talk with Zach Fredman of Boston University. Free and open to the public. 

- "Jefferson and Volney's Ruins of Empire." Author Thomas Christian Williams outlines his discovery of a manuscript at the MHS which proves Jefferson's involvement with the translation of Volney's controversial work. The talk begins at 6:00PM on Thursday, 5 November, and is open to the public for a fee of $10 (no charge for MHS Fellows or Members). 

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society is a 90-minute 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 orabentley@masshist.org. The tour begins on Saturday, 7 November, at 10:00AM.

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 1 November, 2015, 12:00 AM

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