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This Week @ MHS

The library is hopping lately at the Society, while things are a bit quieter in terms of programs. Here is what is on the calendar this week:

- Tuesday, 26 July: "Women in the Era of the American Revolution" is a three-day teacher workshop taking place here at the MHS, that is open to educators and history enthusiasts. However, this workshops is SOLD OUT. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please call 617-646-0557.

- Friday, 29 July, 2:00PM : "Augustus Saint-Gaudens Civil War Monuments" is a survey of the life and work of the influential sculptor, focusing on his heroic, yet compassionate 1887 "Abraham Lincoln: The Man" (or Standing Lincoln) as representative of his method, art, and time. This talk by Jack Curtis will give students an appreciation of Saint-Gaudens' pioneering integration of architecture, landscape design, and monumental sculpture. This talk is free and open to the public. 

- Saturday, 30 July, 8:30AM : We end the week with another teacher workshop. Civil War Seminar is led by Joseph Fornier of the Rochester Institute of Technology and explores three themes: how the Union and the Confederacy justified secession and war; the idea of emancipation as a revolutionary form of war; and Lincoln's proposals for reconstruction of the United States as the Civil War came to an end in 1865. This program is open to all K-12 educators and is co-sponsored by the Ashbrook Institute at Ashland University, with assistance from the Lincoln and Therese Filene Foundation. Contact education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557 for more information. 

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

This Week @ MHS

It's a fairly quiet week-to-come at the Society. Here are the programs we have on tap:

- Wednesday, 20 July, 12:00PM : Stop by for a Brown Bag talk given by Craig Bruce Smith of William Woods University. "Atlantic Abolitionism and National Reputation: The Intersection of Ethics and Policy in the United States and Britain" frames the British movement to end slavery as a conscious effort to assert the country's reputation and moral superiority over the United States in the aftermath of the Revolution. It advances that American abolitionism, in turn, became a direct response to the British challenge. This talk is free and open to the public. 

- Thursday, 21 July, 6:00PM : Boston Historical. The MHS is pleased to invite the public and representatives of local historical organizations for a change to mingle and share recent accomplishments or the great projects they are working on. Registration is required for this event at no cost. 

- Saturday, 23 July, 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: Turning Points in American History.

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

This Week @ MHS

The busy summer research season is in full swing here at the Society. If you don't want to come in and use the reading room, though, here are some public programs you can take in this week:

- Tuesday, 12 July - Thursday, 14 July : Teaching Three Centuries of History through MHS Collections is a three-day teacher workshop taking place here at the MHS. Participants will engage with items in the collections, learn from guest historians, and investigate different methods for using primary sources in the classroom. Educators in grades 5-12 are welcome to apply. For more information, including application instructions, contact education@masshist.org or call 617-646-0557. 

- Wednesday, 13 July, 12:00PM : Join us for a Brown Bag talk titled "The Great Peace of 1670 and the Forgotten Corner of the Iroquios Confederacy's Eastern Door." Evan Haefeli of Texas A&M University examines the origins of the treaty int he war against the Iroquois and the previously overlooked alliance between the Hudson Valley and New England Algonquians int he 1660s. This talk is free and open to the public. 

- Wednesday, 13 July, 6:00PM : Author Larry Tye peels away layers of myth and misconception to paint a complete portrait of a singularly fascinating figure in Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon. Come in on Wednesday evening for a talk with the author. This event is open to the public, though registration is required with a fee of $20 (no charge for MHS Fellows or Members). A pre-talk reception begins at 5:30PM and the talk commences at 6:00PM. 

- Saturday, 16 July, 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: Turning Points in American History.

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

This Week @ MHS

Please note that the Society is CLOSED on Monday, 4 July, in observance of Independence Day. Normal hours resume on Tuesday, 5 July. 

We're back after a long holiday weekend and we're ready to give you some more public programs! Here is what we have lined up this week:

- Wednesday, 6 July, 12:00PM : Join us for a Brown Bag lunch talk with David Faflik of the University of Rhode Island. The talk is titled "Passing Transcendental: Harvard, Heresy, and the Modern American Origins of Unbelief." The project examines the idea of the transcendentalists of Boston in the 1830s, 1840s, and 1850s, as "infidels" in their day. Faflik also asks if the alternative faith that they articulated constituted not just a kind of unorthodoxy, but of outright unbelief. This talk is free and open to the public. 

- Wednesday, 6 July, 6:00PM : Bone Rooms: From Scientific Racism to Human Prehistory in Museums is an author talk featuring Samuel Redman of UMASS - Amherst. Redman unearths the story of how human remains became highly sought-after artifacts for both scientific research and public display. This talk is open to the public with a fee of $10 (no charge for MHS Members and Fellows). A pre-talk reception begins at 5:30PM and the talk begins at 6:00PM. 

- Saturday, 9 July, 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: Turning Points in American History.

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

This Week @ MHS

It is a quiet week here at the Society as we approach the holiday. Here's what's happening:

- Wednesday, 29 June, 6:00PM : "A New Perspective on the 19th Century Rivalry Between New York and Boston" is a talk about how changing technology introduces tools that can change the way we see and understand history. Join Dr. Michael Wheeler who will talk about the use of Historical Geographic Information Systems (HGIS) in the development of three-dimensional animated maps for studying historical events, placing New York and Boston in the limelight. This talk is open to the public free of charge, registraiton required. A recption precedes the talk at 5:30PM and the event begins at 6:00PM. 

- Saturday, 2 July, 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: Turning Points in American History.

Please note that the Society is CLOSED on Monday, 4 July, in observance of Independence Day. Normal hours resume on Tuesday, 5 July.

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 26 June, 2016, 12:00 AM

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