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  • Brown BagClio and America's Civil War
    Brown BagClio and America's Civil War
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Jordan Watkins, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

    This project examines the place of historical thought and historical representation in the build up to, and event and aftermath of, America's Civil War.

    this event is free details
  • Public ProgramGallery Talk
    Public ProgramClover: Artistry in Light and Shadow
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Anne Bentley, MHS Curator of Art this event is free details
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      • Brown BagYankee Passages to India
        Brown BagYankee Passages to India
        12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Hari Vishwanadha, Santa Monica College

        This project focuses on the young captains and sailors who went to seek a fortune and found a strange and rich world that profoundly influenced them and the young nation. As they encountered an entirely different culture and society, these men negotiated innumerable differences in traditions and beliefs in order to survive and succeed.

        this event is free details
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                • Library ClosedLibrary Closing @ 3:00 PM
                  Library ClosedLibrary Closing @ 3:00 PM
                  all day

                  Due to a program in the building, the library will close at 3:00 PM.  Please contact the Head of Reader Services with any questions.

                  details
                • Special Event, Member EventMHS Annual Meeting and Kennedy Medal Ceremony
                  Special Event, Member EventMHS Annual Meeting and Kennedy Medal Ceremony
                  5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Special event for MHS Fellows and Members

                  MHS annual business meeting followed by a program and reception honoring Gordon S. Wood, recipient of the John F. Kennedy Medal.

                  Please RSVP   free eventregistration required at no cost details
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                          • Brown BagResearching a Naval History of the American Revolution
                            Brown BagResearching a Naval History of the American Revolution
                            12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Sam Willis

                            Sam Willis is currently researching the naval aspects of the American Revolution. He is interested in telling the story from the American, British, French, Spanish and Dutch perspectives. A major theme in his work is how naval power crossed the boundaries between land in sea and affected many different people in many different ways.

                            this event is free details
                          • Author Talk, Public ProgramWhere We Worked: A Celebration of America’s Workers and the Natio...
                            Author Talk, Public ProgramWhere We Worked: A Celebration of America’s Workers and the Nation They Built
                            6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 P.M. Jack Larkin, Clark University & Old Sturbridge Village

                            Jack Larkin presents the experience of work and the workplace in America during the golden age of labor, beginning with the Industrial Revolution and carried through to the mid-twentieth century.

                            free eventregistration required at no cost details
                            • Building ClosedMemorial Day
                              begins Building ClosedMemorial Day
                              26 May 2012 to 28 May 2012 all day

                              The MHS Library and exhibition galleries will be closed Saturday, May 26 and Monday, May 28.

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                              • Building ClosedMemorial Day
                                ends Building ClosedMemorial Day
                                all day

                                The MHS Library and exhibition galleries will be closed Saturday, May 26 and Monday, May 28.

                                details
                                • Author Talk, Public ProgramChasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens
                                  Author Talk, Public ProgramChasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens
                                  7:00 PM - 8:00 PM LOCATION: Arnold Arboretum (Weld Hill Research Building, 1300 Centre Street, Roslindale) Andrea Wulf, Design Historian and Writer

                                  In her new book, Chasing Venus, Andrea Wulf tells the extraordinary story of the first global scientific collaboration, set amid warring armies, hurricanes, scientific endeavors, and personal tragedy.

                                  this event requires a feeregistration required details
                                  this event is free Exhibition

                                  A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life: The Photographs of Clover Adams, 1883-1885

                                  9 February 2012 to 2 June 2012
                                  Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM

                                  A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life: The Photographs of Clover AdamsThe striking photographs of Clover Adams, wife of historian and writer Henry Adams, capture iconic moments of Gilded Age Boston and Washington, D.C., while also opening pathways to her long-concealed inner life. Her photographs tell a story—her story. This exhibition features many of Clover's images, some of which have not been shown publicly, along with her letters, the notebook she used to record the technical aspects of her photographs, Henry's letters, and other family materials.

                                  At the heart of Clover’s story is a mystery: just when she found a powerful way through photography to document her life, it started to unravel. On a gloomy Sunday morning in December 1885, Clover committed suicide by drinking from a vial of potassium cyanide, a chemical used to develop photographs. Henry Adams commissioned a bronze statue by Augustus Saint-Gaudens to mark his wife’s grave in Washington’s Rock Creek Cemetery. But he rarely spoke of her and never mentioned her in his Pulitzer prize-winning The Education of Henry Adams.

                                  What got lost—until now—was the remarkable story of how Clover, in the last years of her life, discovered with her camera an eloquent means with which to express herself.

                                  this event is free Exhibition

                                  The First Seasons of the Federal Street Theatre, 1794-1798

                                  28 March 2012 to 30 July 2012
                                  Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM

                                  Boston Theatre, Federal Street, Engraving by A. Bowen, 1825In 1794, the first public theater in Boston opened on Federal Street despite strong legal and public opposition. The First Seasons of the Federal Street Theatre, 1794-1798 documents the battle over the Federal Street Theatre through playbills from early performances as well as the letters and publications of supporters and opponents of public theater in Boston. The MHS show is a satellite display of an exhibition titled Forgotten Chapters of Boston's Literary History on display at the Boston Public Library (BPL). Created by Professor Paul Lewis of the Boston College English Department and his students, the exhibition tells stories about Boston's literary history through letters, manuscripts, and early editions from the collections of the MHS, the BPL, the American Antiquarian Society, and Boston College. Divided into six “chapters,”  the exhibition follows the rise and fall of reputations, recovers out-of-print materials, and walks the streets of Boston in its literary heyday. The materials at the MHS will be on view 28 March through 30 July.

                                  1 May 2012 Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                                  Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
                                  Early American History Seminar

                                  The Classical Origins of the American Self: Puritans and Indians in New England Epics

                                  5:15 PM - 7:15 PM
                                  Joanne van der Woude, Harvard University Comment: Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, Northeastern University

                                  In colonial New England, classicism was not a common stylistic choice for preachers and poets. Puritan authors much preferred typology-casting Biblical figures as figurative forefathers of their own leaders-to antique heroes and forms. The guiding question of this paper is big and simple: what representative advantages does classicism confer? Or, what do you see if you look at early New England through a classical, rather than a Scriptural lens? What gets lost and what gets emphasized when Boston, for once, is a new Troy or Rome, instead of a shining Jerusalem? Only two exceptional events, Thomas Morton's Merrymount and King Philip's War, prompted a turn to classic origins: Morton's own The New English Canaan (Amsterdam, 1637) and Benjamin Tompson's New-Englands Crisis (London, 1676) and New-Englands Tears (1677). These (proto-)epics display an acute concern with place. Both authors depict the landscape and leadership of New England based on classical precedence-to opposite ends, one might argue. This paper will consider the larger stakes of such representations with an eye to future Puritan epics, such as Cotton Mather's Magnalia (1702).

                                  2 May 2012 this event is free Brown Bag

                                  Clio and America's Civil War

                                  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
                                  Jordan Watkins, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

                                  This project examines the place of historical thought and historical representation in the build up to, and event and aftermath of, America's Civil War. A religiously tinged republicanism and a politicized millenarianism informed much of the antebellum abolitionist and the proslavery anti-abolitionist rhetoric and the arrival of the war intensified chiliastic sentiment. While the apocalypticism continued throughout the war, widespread destruction dampened hopes of Christ’s return. Perhaps the impact of the Civil War on American historical consciousness can be profitably compared to the French Revolution’s impact on European historical consciousness.

                                  3 May 2012 Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                                  Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
                                  Biography Seminar

                                  POSTPONED: Biographers' Round Table: A Conversation with Stacy Schiff

                                  5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
                                  Susan Ware, Moderator

                                  This program has been postponed until our 2012-2013 New England Biography Seminar series. Ms. Schiff will present on January 24, 2013. We apologize for any inconvenience that this change may cause.

                                  4 May 2012 this event is free Public Program

                                  Clover: Artistry in Light and Shadow

                                  2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
                                  Anne Bentley, MHS Curator of Art

                                  This talk, led by MHS curator of Art Anne Bentley, will examine Clover Adams's use of the photographic medium to reflect her emotional connections to the arts and her subjects.

                                  5 May 2012 this event is free MHS Tour

                                  The History and Collections of the MHS

                                  10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

                                  Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

                                  The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour.  For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

                                  Free and open to the public.

                                  7 May 2012 this event is free Brown Bag

                                  A Consuming Femininity: Gender, Culture, and the Material Worlds of Young Womanhood, 1750-1850

                                  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
                                  Kathryn Goetz, University of Minnesota
                                  9 May 2012 this event is free Brown Bag

                                  Yankee Passages to India

                                  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
                                  Hari Vishwanadha, Santa Monica College

                                  This project focuses on the young captains and sailors who went to seek a fortune and found a strange and rich world that profoundly influenced them and the young nation. As they encountered an entirely different culture and society, these men negotiated innumerable differences in traditions and beliefs in order to survive and succeed.

                                  12 May 2012 this event is free MHS Tour

                                  The History and Collections of the MHS

                                  10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

                                  Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

                                  The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour.  For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

                                  Free and open to the public.

                                  16 May 2012 Library Closed

                                  Library Closing @ 3:00 PM

                                  all day
                                  16 May 2012 Please RSVP   free eventregistration required at no cost Special Event, Member Event

                                  MHS Annual Meeting and Kennedy Medal Ceremony

                                  5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
                                  Special event for MHS Fellows and Members

                                  MHS annual business meeting followed by a program and reception honoring Gordon S. Wood, recipient of the John F. Kennedy Medal.

                                  5:00 PM
                                  Annual Meeting for elected MHS Fellows

                                  6:00 PM
                                  MHS Fellows and Members are invited to the presentation of the Kennedy Medal and remarks by recipient, Gordon S. Wood. A reception will follow.

                                  RSVP by May 9 by calling 617-646-0560 or by clicking on the link above.

                                  19 May 2012 this event is free MHS Tour

                                  The History and Collections of the MHS

                                  10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

                                  Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

                                  The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour.  For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

                                  Free and open to the public.

                                  23 May 2012 this event is free Brown Bag

                                  Researching a Naval History of the American Revolution

                                  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
                                  Sam Willis

                                  Sam Willis is currently researching the naval aspects of the American Revolution. He is interested in telling the story from the American, British, French, Spanish and Dutch perspectives. A major theme in his work is how naval power crossed the boundaries between land in sea and affected many different people in many different ways.

                                  23 May 2012 free eventregistration required at no cost Author Talk, Public Program

                                  Where We Worked: A Celebration of America’s Workers and the Nation They Built

                                  6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
                                  Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 P.M. Jack Larkin, Clark University & Old Sturbridge Village

                                  Jack Larkin is Affiliate Professor of History at Clark University and Chief Historian Emeritus at Old Sturbridge Village, the outdoor museum of early American history. He has also written The Reshaping of Everyday Life 1790-1840, and Where We Lived: Discovering the Places We Once Called Home, The American Home 1775-1840.

                                  Reservations requested: please call 617-646-0560 or click on the ticket icon above to register online.

                                  24 May 2012 Library Closed

                                  Library Closing @ 3:00 PM

                                  all day
                                  Building Closed

                                  Memorial Day

                                  26 May 2012 to 28 May 2012 all day
                                  30 May 2012 this event requires a feeregistration required Author Talk, Public Program

                                  Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens

                                  7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
                                  LOCATION: Arnold Arboretum (Weld Hill Research Building, 1300 Centre Street, Roslindale) Andrea Wulf, Design Historian and Writer

                                  On June 6, 1761 and June 3, 1769, the planet Venus passed between Earth and Sun – each time visible as a small black dot against the burning face of the Sun for six hours. Transits of Venus always arrive in pairs – eight years apart – but then it takes more than a century before they are seen again. In the 1760s the world’s scientific community was electrified because the transit would allow them for the first time to calculate the distance between the planets in our solar system. This would require triangulated data to be compiled from various exact points around the globe – all taken simultaneously during the short period of the actual Transit. Join us for an intriguing glimpse at the spirit of the Enlightenment and the collaborative race to measure the heavens. Chasing Venus will be published in May 2012 in conjunction of the Transit of Venus on June 5/6, 2012.

                                  Offered by the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Historical Society. Fee: $10 MHS and Arboretum members, $20 nonmember. Register by phone at 617-384-5277.


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