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This Week @ MHS

The Society is CLOSED on Monday, 4 September, in observance of Labor Day. Normal hours resume on Tuesday, 5 September. 

With September comes a return to much more activity here at the Society as far as programs are concerned. But after a long weekend, the increase begins quietly. Here is what is happening at the MHS this week:

- Wednesday, 6 September, 12:00PM : "The Liberator's Legacy: Memory, Ablitionism, and the Struggle for Civil Rights, 1865-1965" is the first Brown Bag talk in a month. In it, Donald Yacovone of Harvard University explores popular memory of William Lloyg Garrison, Frederick Douglass, and their fellow abolitionists in the decades following the Civil War and reveals how that legacy influenced the rise of the modern Civil Rights Movements. This talks is open to the public with no charge. 

- Saturday, 9 September, 10:00AM : The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour 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 or abentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition: The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine Migration and Opportunity.

 

And don't forget to check our online calendar to see what else is coming in the weeks ahead!

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This Week @ MHS

The only item on the calendar this week is a free tour on Saturday, 2 September, at 10:00AM

The library is closed on Saturday, 2 September, though the exhibition galleries remain open, 10:00AM-4:00PM.

The building is closed on Monday, 4 September, in observance of Labor Day. Normal hours resume on Tuesday, 5 September.

Be sure to check our online calendar to see what is coming up in the fall!

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This Week @ MHS


The only things on the calendar for the week ahead are a full teacher workshop and a free tour:

- Wednesday, 9 August, 9:00AM : Participants in "Food in American History" - a three-day workshop, August 9-11 - will taste their way throguh 400 years of American history while discussing ways to share this (mostly) delicious past with students. Offsite sessions will provide opportunities to consider Boston's contributions to American cuisine and dining habits. This workshop is FULL. Please contact the Center for the Teaching of History at MHS for more information: education@masshist.org or call 617-646-0570.

- Saturday, 12 August, 10:00AM : The History and Collections of the MHS 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 or abentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition: The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine Migration and Opportunity.

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 6 August, 2017, 12:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

Things are pretty quiet here at the Society as we enter August, at least as far as the calendar is concerned. Here is what's happening in the week ahead:

- Wednesday, 2 August - Friday, 4 August : "Teaching LGBTQ History" is a three-day teacher workshop that explores ideas about sexual orientation and gender identity through the lives of New Englanders. Investigations will take participants from the Puritan era through the twenty-first century, as well as to local repositories and historical sites, working with primary sources and curricular materials that will help contextualize current debates over LGBTQ rights. This program is open to all K-12 educators. For more information, or to register, contact the Center for the Teaching of History at the MHS: education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557.  

- Wednesday, 2 August, 12:00PM : Stop by for a Brown Bag lunch talk with Paul Gilje, University of Oklahoma. "The Year 1800: The Union of the Personal and the Political" focuses on the elections of 1800 to reveal the extensive intrigues of a year that historians have often reduced to a single political contest. The personal and the political were inseparable among women and men in New York, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina, where power, prejudice, servitude, insiders, and foreigners converged in illicit unions that rocked individuals and families and altered electoral outcomes. This talk is free and open to the public. 

- Saturday, 5 August, 10:00AM : The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour 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 or abentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition: The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine Migration and Opportunity.

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This Week @ MHS

- Tuesday, 25 July, 9:00AM : America in World War I is a two-day teacher workshop put on by the Center for the Teaching of History at the MHS. Participants will immerse themselves in the letters, diaries, and photographs created by soldiers, Red Cross volunteers, and relief workers, among others. In addition, the workshop examines the role of government propaganda campaigns in recruiting volunteers, financing war efforts, and promoting national unity and nativism. This program is open to all K-12 educators with a registration fee of $35 per person. For more information, or to register, contact the Center for the Teaching of History at the MHS by e-mailing education@masshist.org or calling 617-646-0557. [N.B. - This workshop takes place on non-consecutive days, with the second session on Thursday, 27 July.]

- Thursday, 27 July, 6:00PM : Come in for a public author talk with Mark Robert Schneider, whose recent book is titled Gerry Studds: America's First Openly Gay Congressman. Studds fought in Congress to allow gays to serve in the military, fund AIDS research, and enact marriage equality. He was also a champion of coastal and ocean environmental issues and helped to protect the American fishing industry. In composing the first biography of this important leader, Schneider consulted a vivid unpublished memoir and other items from the collection of the MHS (see an earlier post on the Beehive about the Gerry Studds papers to learn more). This talk is open to the public and registration is required with a fee of $10 (no charge for MHS Members or Fellows). A reception, beginning at 5:30PM, precedes the talk, followed by the speaking program at 6:00PM.

- Saturday, 29 July, 3:00PM :  Join us on Saturday for a special walking tour, "Fabricated Fenway: The Mixed Legacy of our Invasive Urban Environment." Co-sponsored by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, this tour provides an overiew of urban invasion by every species of good intentions. From the early 19th-century Mill Dam to landmarks like Kenmore Square, Boston's made environments have been riddles with surprising and sometimes perplexing consequences, for both physical and social spaces. This tour is open to the public at no cost, though registration is required. 

 

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