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This Week @ MHS

On Tuesday, 14 April, there is an Environmental History seminar taking place at 5:15PM. Join us as Joel Tarr of Carnegie Mellon University presents "Legacy Pollution Issues in Energy Development: The Cases of Manufactured Gas and Natural Gas." Patrick Malong, Brown University, provides comment. Seminars are free and open to the public, though RSVP is required. You can also subscribe to receive advance copies of the seminar papers. 

And on Wednesday, 15 April, there is a Brown Bag talk, starting at noon, in which Mary Draper of the University of Virginia presents "The Urban World of the Early Modern British Caribbean." Draper's project examines the history fo the early modern British Caribbean through its cities and urban residents. This event is free and open to the public. 

Also on Wednesday is the fourth installment of the Lincoln & the Legacy of Conflict series which features John Stauffer, Professor of English and African American Studies at Harvard University. "Mourning Lincoln & Racial Equality" explores the responses of Frederick Douglass and other black and white abolitionists to Lincoln's assassination and the degree to which it prompted Northerners to consider and accept full black citizenship. Registration is required for this event with a fee of $20 (no charge for Fellows and Members). Please RSVP. There will be a short reception beginning at 5:30PM with the program beginning at 6:00PM. 

Finally, on Saturday, 18 April, stop by the Society for a free tour. The History and Collections of the MHS is a 90-minute docent-led tour that explores all of the public spaces in the Society's building on Boylston Street, touching on the history, art, architecture, and collections of the MHS. The tour begins at 10:00AM and is open to the public with no need for reservations for individuals or small groups. If would like to bring a larger group (8 or more) please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org. While you are here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition, "God Save the People! From the Stamp Act to Bunker Hill." 

Please note that the Society is closed on Monday, 20 April, in observance of Patriot's Day.

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Saturday, 11 April, 2015, 12:21 PM

This Week @ MHS

It is an active week here at the Society. Here is what is on tap.

Kicking things off on Monday, 6 April, is a special book launch featuring author David Grayson Allen and his new publication Investment Management in Boston: A History. This book explores the history of Boston's evolution as a center of American money management, from early settlement to the twenty-first century. This event begins at 5:30PM and is open to the public. Please RSVP by calling 617-646-0578. 

On Wednesday, 8 April, stop by at noon for a Brown Bag lunch talk. This time around we have Jacqueline Reynoso of Cornell University presenting "When 'the Fourteenth Colony' Lost its Place: Quebec after 1776." This event is free and open to the public. 

Also on Wednesday is the third program in the Lincoln & the Legacy of Conflict series. Join us as Martha Hodes, Professory of History - New York University, presents "Mourning Lincoln." This event is open to the public with a fee of $20 (no charge for Fellows and Members). Registration is required so please RSVP. Reception begins at 5:30PM and the program begins at 6:00PM. 

And on Thursday, 9 April, begins "'So Sudden an Alteration': The Causes, Course, and Consequences of the American Revolution." This conference continues on Friday and Saturday, 10 and 11 April and consists of a variety of sessions focused on discussion of academic papers circlated prior to the conference. While the conference is open to the public, registration is required to attend the various sessions

Kicking off the conference on Thursday evening is the keynote address given by Holton McCauslan, Professor of History at the University of South Carolina. McCausland's talk, "'Not Yet': The Originality Crisis in American Revolution Studies" begins at 5:00PM and is followed by a reception, 6:00PM-8:00PM. All are welcome to attend. RSVP by email or phone 617-646-0568.

Please note that the library closes early at 3:30PM on Thursday, 9 April, and remains closed on Friday and Saturday, 10-11 April. Normal hours resume on Monday, 13 April. 

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 5 April, 2015, 12:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

On Tuesday, 31 March, come in at 5:15PM for an Early American History Seminar called "Frontiers and Geopolitics of Early America." This installment is presented by Patrick Spero of Williams College with Kate Grandjean, Wellesley College, providing comment. The seminar is free and open to the public though an RSVP is required. You can also subscribe to receive advance copies of the seminar papers. 

Then, on Wednesday, 1 April, pack a lunch and come by at noon for a Brown Bag talk given by Krista Kinslow of Boston Univesity. Ms. Kinslow will discuss her current research project, "Contesting the Centennial: Civil War Memory at the 1876 World's Fair." As always, this brown bag talk is free and open to the public and starts at 12:00PM. No fooling!

Also on Wednesday, 1 April, is the second installment in the Lincoln & the Legacy of Conflict Series. Join us as author and editor Richard Brookhiser presents "Founders' Son: A Portrait of Abraham Lincoln," the title of his newest book. Registration is required for this event with a fee of $20 (no charge for Fellows and Members). The events begins at 6:00PM with a pre-talk reception starting at 5:30PM. 

On Thursday, 2 April, is the next Biography Seminar, this time featuring Dave Sobel, author of Longitude and Galileo's Daughter, in conversation with Susan Ware. The seminar is free and open to the public though an RSVP is required. You can also subscribe to receive advance copies of the seminar papers. The program begins at 5:30PM. 

And on Saturday, 4 April, we have two items on the calendar. First is our weekly tour, the History and Collections of the MHSa 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.orgWhile you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition, "God Save the People!” which explores events leading up to the American Revolution.

Finally, on Saturday afternoon, starting at 1:00PM is "Begin at the Beginning: Boston's Founding Documents." This is the second of our lively MHS/Partnership of Historic Bostons co-hosted discussions, this time focusing on John Winthrop's journal. The discussion is open to all, though the discussion group is limited to 15; available on a first come first served basis. Links to the documents are available at the registration site. (Registration for this discussion group is coordinated by the Partnership of Historic Bostons).

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

This Week @ MHS

On Tuesday, 24 March, come in at 5:15PM for a seminar from the Immigration and Urban History series. Come listen as Thomas Chen from Brown University discusses "Remaking Boston's Chinatown: Race, Place, and Redevelopment after World War II." Jim Vrabel, author of A People's History of the New Boston will be on-hand to provide comment. Seminars are free and open to the public;  RSVP requiredSubscribe to receive advance copies of the seminar papers.

Looking for some lunchtime learning? If so, come in on Wednesday, 25 March, for "Allegiance and Protection: The Problem of Subjecthood in the Glorious Revolution, 1680-1695." This Brown Bag talk is presented by Alex Jablonski, State University of New York at Binghamton, and is free and open to the public. So pack a lunch and come on down!

And on Thursday, 26 March, join us at 6:00PM for the first event in a series called Lincoln and the Legacy of Conflict. "A Civil Conversation" is an author talk and conversation featuring James McPherson and Louis Masur, facilitated by Carol Bundy. The program is open to the public at a fee of $20 (no charge for Fellows and Members). Registration is required; please RSVP. A pre-talk reception begins at 5:30PM.

Part 2 of Lincoln and the Legacy of Conflict takes place on Saturday, 28 March, this time taking the form of a Teacher Workshop. "Emancipation & Assassination: Remembering Abraham Lincoln" will highlight digital resources available from the MHS and Ford's Theatre, Lincoln-related treatures from the Society's collections, and discover methods for teaching Lincoln's life and legacy. A fee of $25 includes lunch and materials. For more information, contact the education department at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557. To register, complete our Registration Form and send it to the education department at education@masshist.org.

Lastly, there is also a tour on Saturday, 28 March. Beginning at 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, "God Save the People!” which explores events leading up to the American Revolution. 

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Saturday, 21 March, 2015, 5:00 PM

This Week @ MHS

Come by on Tuesday, 17 March, for another Environmental History Seminar. This time around, Katherine Johnston of Columbia University presents "An Enervating Environment: Altered Bodies in the Lowcountry and the British West Indies." Conevery Bolton Valencius from the University of Massachusetts - Boston will provide comment. The talk begins at 5:15PM and is free and open to the public; RSVP requiredSubscribe to receive advance copies of the seminar papers. Rescheduled from February 10.

On Wednesday, 18 March, bring a lunch at 12:00PM for "Networks of Faith and Finance: Boston's Scottish Exile Community in the Later Seventeenth Century." This Brown Bag talk is given by Craig Gallagher of Boston College. This event is free and open to the public. 

Also on Wednesday, 18 March, is the third installment of the Landscape Architecture Series. This time around, independent author Elizabeth Hope Cushing presents "Landscape Architect Arthur Shurcliff." There is a reception for the event at 5:30PM with the talk beginning at 6:00PM. The talk is open to the public with a fee of $10 (no charge for Fellows and Members of the MHS, Mount Auburn Cemetery and the Nichols House Museum). Registration is required; please RSVP.

And on Saturday, 21 March, come by for History and Collections of the MHS, a 90-minute, docent-led tour that explores the public space at the Society. Hear a bit about the collections, history, art, and architecture at 1154 Boylston Street. These tours are free and open to the public with no need to set an appointment for individuals and small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact Art Curator Anne Bentley in advance at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org

Finally, don't forget to stop in and view our current exhibition! "God Save the People! From the Stamp Act to Bunker Hill" is open to the public Mon-Sat, 10:00AM-4:00PM, free of charge. 

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Saturday, 14 March, 2015, 5:00 PM

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