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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

This Week @ MHS

Our map exhibition just closed and we are awaiting the arrival of The Private Jefferson which comes later this month. In the meantime, we still have a couple of free programs to tide you over this week:

- On Tuesday, 12 January, 5:15PM, there is an Environmental History seminar. "Airplanes and Postwar America: An Environmental History of the Jet Age" is presented by Thomas Robertson of Worcester Polytechnic Institute and assesses the environmental consequences of aviation. Sonja Duempelmann of Harvard University provides comment. Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP requiredSubscribe to receive advance copies of the seminar papers.

- On Wednesday, 13 January, there is a Brown Bag lunch talk beginning at noon. This week, Jennifer Chuong, Harvard University, speaks about "'Chargeable Ground' and 'Shaking Meadows': New Models of Land Cultivation in Eighteenth-Century New England." Part of her dissertation research, Chuong's talk examines Connecticut minister Jared Eliot's An Essay Upon Field-Husbandry in New England as It Is or May Be Ordered (1748), with a particular focus on Eliot's identification of different landscapes as entailing different proportions of effort, investment, and delay in their cultivation. This talk is free and open to the public. Pack a lunch and stopy by!

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.

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 10 January, 2016, 12:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

We are back in the library for another year (our 225th!) but we are starting things off slowly. This week we have two items on the agenda for you:

- Wednesday, 6 January, 12:00PM : "Factory Fleets and Fewer Fish: Fisheries Management in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean, 1945-1996" is a Brown Bag lunch talk presented by Benjamin Kochan of Boston University. This project makes heavy use of the Leverett Saltonstall papers to explore the evolution of US fishery policy in the mid-twentieth century. The talk is free and open to the public. 

- Saturday, 9 January, 9:00AM : "Transforming Boston: From Basket Case to Innovation Hub" is a teacher workshop that connects the history of Boston to the major economic and social trends of the late 20th century, providing educators with classroom-ready materials that reveal how Boston became the innovation hub of America. This program is open to educators and history enthusiasts with a fee of $25. To register or to get more information complete this registration form, or contact the education department at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557.

- Finally, this week is your last chance to see our current exhibitions! Come in any day this week, 10:00AM-4:00PM, to get a last glimpse of our map exhibit, the correspondence of Teddy Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge, and the Unitarian Conscience. Then stay tuned to learn more about our upcoming exhibit, The Private Jefferson, opening later in January. 

* N.B. - There are no Saturday public tours scheduled in January before the next exhibit opens.

 

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 3 January, 2016, 12:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

There are no events on the calendar for this shortened week here at the Society. 

Please note that the library of the Massachusetts Historical Society is closed from December 24th through January 3rd and will re-open on Monday, January 4th. The MHS exhibition galleries are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 26, 28-30, and January 2. Find information on our website about our current and upcoming exhibitions

See you in January!

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 20 December, 2015, 12:00 AM

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