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                                      Exhibition God Save the People! From the Stamp Act to Bunker Hill 27 February 2015 to 4 September 2015 this event is free Open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM Boston Massacre Engraving

                                      To tell the story of the coming of the American Revolution in Boston, this exhibition follows the evolution of colonial thought and political action through the letters and diaries of men and women caught up in the conflict, together with political cartoons, newspapers, maps, artifacts, and portraits.

                                      Between 1765 and 1775, as imperial reforms encroached upon what colonists perceived to be their English liberties, Boston became a center of resistance and site of a series of spectacular events that undercut royal authority. Citizens of Massachusetts bonded together to reject the British administration over their activities and lives. Imposed customs duties and taxes -- such as the Stamp Act and Tea Act -- were successfully overturned due to well-ordered and systematic mob violence.

                                      Along with celebrated Sons and Daughters of Liberty, this is the story of forgotten patriots who died for a country-to-be, brothers who served against each other in the courtroom, propagandists and war profiteers, merchants whose enterprise was threatened by political chaos and young lovers divided by battle lines.


                                      If you are unable to visit the exhibition in person, you can explore the coming of the American Revolution through the following online displays.

                                      Perspectives of the Boston Massacre is an interactive website that allows visitors to examine materials offering a range of perspectives related to the events of 5 March 1765.

                                      The Siege of Boston presents more than one dozen accounts written by individuals personally engaged in or affected by the siege, which occurred from April 1775 to March 1776.

                                      The Annotated Newspapers of Harbottle Dorr, Jr., presents the complete four-volume set of Revolutionary-era Boston newspapers and pamphlets assembled, annotated, and indexed by Harbottle Dorr, Jr., a shopkeeper in Boston.

                                      Discover the fears, friction, and turmoil that shaped these times with The Coming of the American Revolution, a web display of newspapers, official documents, and personal correspondence arranged into fifteen key topics.

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                                      Brown Bag Rumors and the Restoration in Boston 1 July 2015.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Adrian C. Weimer, Providence College

                                      Royal commissioners arrived in Massachusetts Bay in 1664, demanding that colonists demonstrate submission to the king by expanding baptism and the franchise. Their actions provoked a crisis as colonists faced the potential unraveling of carefully constructed legal and religious institutions. Analyzing the rapid transmission of news and rumors alongside official reports and petitions opens up new ways of seeing the formation of local political cultures.

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                                      Library Closed, Galleries Open 4th of July 3 July 2015.Friday, all day

                                      The MHS Library will be closed all day.  Galleries will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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                                      Building Closed 4th of July 4 July 2015.Saturday, all day

                                      The MHS Library and Galleries will be closed all day.  

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                                      Teacher Workshop, Public Program Perspectives on the Boston Massacre 7 July 2015 to 9 July 2015 Please RSVP   registration required

                                      On the evening of March 5, 1770, a confrontation between British soldiers and a boisterous crowd in front of the Custom House on King Street in Boston turned deadly. Five men were killed and nine soldiers were tried for their murder. Why and how did this confrontation come to pass? In the days after the event, the men who lost their lives became martyrs for the Patriot cause, and propagandists labeled the event a “massacre.” Using letters, depositions, newspapers, and engravings, we will explore how participants, onlookers, residents, authorities, and outsiders made meaning of the “massacre” and its aftermath. Participants will have an opportunity to view original documents and artifacts from MHS collections, and take a walking tour of downtown Boston and the Old State House Museum. Educators can earn 22.5 PDPs.

                                      Dates: July 7 - 9, 2015

                                      Fee: $35 per person

                                      To Register / For more information: complete this registration form, or contact the education department at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557.

                                      Program Highlights

                                      • Tour the Old State House and other sites associated with the Boston Massacre with Dr. Robert Allison, Professor of History at Suffolk University.
                                      • View original documents and artifacts of the pre-Revolutionary era from the Society’s collections.
                                      • Discuss with historians the various perspectives on the Massacre, the role of propaganda in the conflict, and public memory of the event. 
                                      • Meet J.L Bell, author of the blog Boston1775, and discuss ways to continue exploring the Massacre after the conclusion of the workshop!

                                      This program is funded in part by the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati.

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                                      Brown Bag Native Hawaiian Labor in a Global Economy: The View from Nineteenth-Century New England 8 July 2015.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Gregory Rosenthal, SUNY Stony Brook

                                      Rosenthal will discuss his current research project, Beyond Hawaiʻi: Native Labor in the Pacific World, which grows out of his dissertation. This work presents a history of Native Hawaiian migrant labor in the nineteenth-century global economy. Rosenthal will discuss the manuscript and archival sources that he is currently using at the Houghton Library, the Baker Business Library, and the Massachusetts Historical Society to explore the complex interrelationships between New England capital and Pacific Islander labor in an era of capitalist expansion and globalization.

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                                      Public Program, Author Talk Whirlwind: The American Revolution and the War that Won It 9 July 2015.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:00PM Please RSVP   registration required at no cost John Ferling, University of West Georgia

                                       

                                      John Ferling will speak on his new book Whirlwind: The American Revolution and the War That Won It. Balancing social and political concerns of the period and perspectives of the average American revolutionary with a careful examination of the war itself, Ferling has crafted the ideal book for armchair military history buffs, a book about the causes of the American Revolution, the war that won it, and the meaning of the Revolution overall.

                                      Throughout his long career, John Ferling has specialized in the American Revolution. At University of West Georgia for almost 40 years, he taught numerous courses on the Revolution, America’s Founders, and U. S. military history. He is the author of thirteen books, all but two of which have dealt with the American Revolution and its leaders.

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                                      MHS Tour History and the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society 11 July 2015.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM this event is free

                                      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. 

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                                      Teacher Workshop, Public Program Abigail & John: A Life in Letters 14 July 2015 to 16 July 2015 Please RSVP   registration required Adams Family Series

                                      Meet John and Abigail Adams! Our hands-on workshop will introduce participants to this famous couple and their rich correspondence. What can these letters tell us about life in the late eighteenth century, especially those connected to the creation of the United States? We will analyze primary sources related to topics such as education, women’s rights, and the challenges John and Abigail faced as a young family living through a revolution. Participants will have the opportunity to view treasures from the Society’s collections and tour the Abigail Adams Birthplace in Weymouth. Educators can earn 22.5 PDPs, as well as 1 graduate credit (for an additional $75).

                                      Fee: $125 per person

                                      Schedule:

                                      July 14 @ the Massachusetts Historical Society

                                      • Learn more about John and Abigail Adams and their connections to the American Revolution.
                                      • View original Adams documents and artifacts from the Society's collections.
                                      • Try your hand at transcribing eighteenth-century Adams letters and diaries.

                                      July 15 -- Reading Day on your own

                                      July 16 @ the Abigail Adams Birthplace

                                      • Explore treasures from the collections of the Abigail Adams Historical Society.
                                      • Tour the Abigail Adams Birthplace
                                      • Analyze documents from the 1770s and 1780s, and explore the relationships forged between Thomas Jefferson and different members of the Adams family.

                                      For more information: contact the education department at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557.

                                      To register: visit The Education Cooperative website: http://www.tec-coop.org/sites/default/files/PD-Sum15-AbigailandJohn.pdf 

                                      Watercolor, circa 1800; birthplace of Abigail (Smith) Adams

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                                      MHS Tour History and the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society 18 July 2015.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM this event is free

                                      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. 

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                                      Teacher Workshop, Public Program Maritime Massachusetts: Salem Stories and Sources 20 July 2015 to 22 July 2015 Please RSVP   registration required This program will take place in Salem, Massachusetts.

                                      Over the past four centuries, Massachusetts’s coastal towns have served as sites of exchange: places where sailors, merchants, slaves, craftsmen, and native peoples shared goods and ideas. In the years after the American Revolution Salem’s wharves and shipyards served as symbolic connections between exotic places like Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean, and the world of everyday life. Join us for this three-day workshop as we explore the maritime history of Salem, in particular the town’s connection to trade routes in Asia and the Pacific. We will visit historic sites and landscapes, take a cruise on a (replica) nineteenth-century schooner, and analyze documents and artifacts that connect people, places, documents, and artifacts to stories of the sea. Along the way we will explore the influence of the sea on local architecture, art, and literature.

                                      This program is open to educators and history enthusiasts. Educators can earn 22.5 PDPs.

                                      Dates: July 20-22, 2015

                                      Times: 9:30am - 4:00pm

                                      Fee: $35 per person

                                      Lodging Option: Workshop participants can stay at Salem's Hawthorne Hotel for a discounted rate! Contact us for details.

                                      To Register / For more information: complete this registration form, or contact the education department at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557.

                                      Program Highlights

                                      • Tour the Phillips House (an Historic New England property) and participate in a hands-on activity using the Phillips’ extensive collection of Hawaiian and Polynesian artifacts.
                                      • Take a cruise in Salem Harbor and learn how to sail a traditional wooden schooner onboard the Fame, a replica of an 1812 privateer.
                                      • Discuss global trade, art, and culture as you tour the Peabody Essex Museum, including the maritime galleries and he Chinese Export art exhibition Fish Silk Tea Bamboo.
                                      • Sail along Triangle Trade routes and relive the experience of fluctuating markets and danger on the high seas through a role-playing game at the House of Seven Gables.
                                      • Engage your five senses to analyze objects that traveled through Salem's ports in the nineteenth century though a hands-on program at Salem Maritime National Historic Site.

                                      This program is funded in part by the Richard E. Saltonstall Charitable Foundation.

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                                      MHS Tour History and the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society 25 July 2015.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM this event is free

                                      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. 

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