This Month at the MHS

Exhibition

Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country

Massachusetts Women in WWI. 12 June 2014 to 24 January 2015

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              • Environmental History SeminarThe Rise and Fall of the Texas Longhorn
                Environmental History SeminarThe Rise and Fall of the Texas Longhorn
                5:15PM - 7:30PM Joshua Specht, Harvard University Beth LaDow, author of The Medicine Line: Life and Death on a North American Borderland Please RSVP  Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
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                              • Teacher Workshop, Public Program, Adams SeriesJohn & Abigail: A Life in Letters
                                Teacher Workshop, Public Program, Adams SeriesJohn & Abigail: A Life in Letters
                                9:00AM - 3:00PM This program will take place at the Abigail Adams Birthplace in Weymouth, Massachusetts Please RSVP   registration required details
                              Exhibition Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: Massachusetts Women in the First World War 12 June 2014 to 24 January 2015 this event is free Open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM Hall at Ecury

                              To commemorate the centennial of the outbreak of World War I, the MHS has organized the exhibition Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: Massachusetts Women in the First World War focusing on two of the hundreds of women from the Commonwealth who went to France as members of the U.S. armed forces, the Red Cross, and other war relief organizations.

                              From the Society’s extraordinary collection of women’s recollections, this exhibition features photographs, letters, diaries, and memorabilia related to Margaret Hall and Eleanor (Nora) Saltonstall, Red Cross volunteers in France. The exhibition will highlight Hall’s large-format photographs of the battlefront on loan from the Cohasset Historical Society. Both women were keen observers of the climactic months of the war and depicted what they witnessed in vivid detail.

                              The exhibition celebrates the forthcoming MHS publication Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: The World War I Memoir of Margaret Hall.

                              You can view all of the photographs from Margaret Hall's memoir on our companion website.

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                              Exhibition The Father of His Country Returns to Boston, October 24, 1789 24 October 2014 to 9 January 2015 this event is free Open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM George Washington portrait by Gullager

                              Two hundred twenty-five years ago, during his first year in office, President George Washington embarked on a month-long tour of New England. Young John Quincy Adams observed the great excitement of people everywhere:

                              At the present moment they indulge themselves in sentiments of joy, arising/resulting . . . from the gratification of their affection in beholding personally among them, the friend, the benefactor, the father of his Country.

                              In Boston the president was met by a great procession that paraded beneath a triumphal arch designed by Charles Bulfinch. The MHS holds six portraits of Washington, including a life study by Christian Gullager painted during the New England tour.

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                              Building Closed New Years Day 1 January 2015.Thursday, all day

                              The MHS library and exhibition galleries are closed on New Years Day.

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                              Galleries Open Exhibition Galleries Open 2 January 2015.Friday, all day close
                              Library Closed Library Closed 2 January 2015.Friday, all day close
                              MHS Tour History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society 3 January 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, "Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: Massachusetts Women in World War I."

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                              Notice Exhibition Galleries Open 3 January 2015.Saturday, all day close
                              Library Closed Library Closed 3 January 2015.Saturday, all day close
                              Brown Bag Charles Sumner's America: A Cultural Biography in History and Memory 7 January 2015.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free John Stauffer, Harvard University

                              From the 1850s until his death, Charles Sumner was one of the nation's most important politicians. He provided the platform for the Free-Soil and Republican Parties, was Lincoln's closest political advisor, and spearheaded the Reconstruction Amendments and a Civil Rights bill that became the blueprint for the 1964 Civil Rights Act. But white writers and filmmakers in the twentieth century erased or demonized him. This project represents the first full symapathetic biography of Sumner in over a century, and the lunch program will address the central themes and the dilemmas of the work.

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                              Public Program Over There: The Boys Who Went to Fight and the Women Who Endured 7 January 2015.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Please RSVP   registration required 6:00 pm program with 5:30 reception $10 fee (no charge for Fellows and Members)

                              “Over There:  The Boys Who Went to Fight and the Women Who Endured.”In the last weeks that the Massachusetts Historical Society is displaying the WWI exhibition “Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country,” we will host two events that explore the cultural and musical history of the time. The first program will be an approximately 70 minute program of songs telling the story of the U.S.’s involvement in WWI and its effects on the women, men and children.  Starting from before the U.S. entered the war until after the war when the “boys came home”, the program will feature some of the most popular songs of the era including “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary”, “Till We Meet Again”, “Oh How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning”, “Over There” and “How Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm.”

                              Benjamin Sears & Bradford Conner have been called “Boston’s favorite song duo” by the Boston Globe, and “the delightful cabaret team” by the Boston Phoenix.  Recipients of IRNE (Independent Reviewers of New England) and LIP (Life in Provincetown) awards, they have performed as a duo since 1989, carrying on the great cabaret tradition of “the song, the singer, and the pianist”.  They are noted recording artists with a discography which features many previously unrecorded songs by Irving Berlin, the Gershwins, and E.Y. Harburg. 

                              Cynthia Mork, mezzo-soprano, is a performer of classical repertoire, American popular song and jazz, appearing around greater Boston and New England in a variety of concerts, recitals, operas, and other engagements. A vocal student of soprano Sue Ellen Kuzma for over ten years, she studied vocal performance as an undergraduate and was a student of tenor Jon Humphrey.  She currently resides with her husband and son in Bedford, MA.

                              Please call 617-646-0578 to register

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                              MHS Tour History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society 10 January 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, "Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: Massachusetts Women in World War I."

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                              Environmental History Seminar The Rise and Fall of the Texas Longhorn 13 January 2015.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP  Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                              Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
                              Joshua Specht, Harvard University Beth LaDow, author of The Medicine Line: Life and Death on a North American Borderland

                              This essay will highlight the relationship between the Texas Longhorn and the evolution of the cattle ranching industry, and explore the linkages between economic systems and the biology of domesticated animals. It will also investigate how popular beliefs about cattle ranching and the West solidified the centrality of beef in the American diet, and serve as a meditation on environmental and business history.

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                              Brown Bag The Emerson Sisters’ Correspondence: A Record of Daily Life in the Emerson Home and Nineteenth-Century Concord 14 January 2015.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Kate Culkin, Bronx Community College, CUNY

                              Ellen Tucker Emerson and Edith Emerson Forbes, the daughters of Ralph Waldo Emerson, wrote an extensive correspondence to one another from their adolescence through Ellen's death in 1909. Their long, frequent letters offer an intimate look at the life inside the Emerson home, shedding light on the importance of Emerson's family to him and his ability to work. The sisters also document daily life in Concord, including the town's response to the Civil War and the changing world of the nineteenth century.

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                              Biography Seminar Biography, the Visual Artist, and the Story Behind Public Art 15 January 2015.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP  Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                              Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
                              Belinda Rathbone, Jane Kamensky, and Ruth Butler Moderator: Carol Bundy

                              Carol Bundy will moderate this session, which will include panelists Belinda Rathbone (The Boston Raphael), Jane Kamensky (Copley: A Life in Color, forthcoming), and Ruth Butler (Rodin: The Shape of a Genius).

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                              MHS Tour History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society 17 January 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, "Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: Massachusetts Women in World War I."

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                              Building Closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 19 January 2015.Monday, all day

                              The MHS library and exhibition galleries are closed.

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                              Public Program Here Comes America-WWI Performance by the Boston Saxophone Quartet 21 January 2015.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Please RSVP   registration required Pre-talk reception at 5:30pm $10 fee (no charge for Fellows and Members)

                              Boston Saxophone QuartetThe Boston Saxophone Quartet, a unique blend of musicians combining a range of repertoire, will perform a selection of songs taking the audience through the musical landscape of World War One. This will include selections of music from both sides of the Atlantic before the war, songs that show the changing attitudes of Americans to the war, patriotic songs, and finally songs reflecting on the impact of the war. After all, “How Ya Gonna Keep 'em Down on the Farm After They've Seen Paree”? Members of the BSQ have performed with the Boston Pops and Boston Symphony Orchestra and leading Broadway theaters throughout New England.

                              • Most of Tom Ferrante's performing career has been in the orchestras of the Colonial, Wang and Schubert Theaters of Boston. Other credits include membership in the Herb Pomeroy Jazz Orchestra, The Viola Premier Saxophone Quartet, and the Greg Hopkins Big Band.  A former Director of Bands for Waltham (MA) High School, Tom has been featured jazz clarinet soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra for the past twenty seasons.
                              • As an accomplished woodwind doubler on oboe, English horn, flute, saxophone, and clarinet,  Rod Ferland can often be heard and seen in the orchestra pit of Boston's Wang, Shubert and Colonial Theaters performing for Broadway productions.  Rod has also performed with the Boston Lyric Opera, the Boston Pops, Boston Symphony Orchestra and the North Shore Music Theater.  He was a former faculty member at Berklee College of Music.
                              • Bob Bowlby is an active woodwind doubler and a Theater pit musician at Boston's Colonial, Wang, Shubert, Opera House and NSMT in Beverly.  He has been Lead alto with Buddy Rich, Frank Sinatra, Artie Shaw Orch and plays with the Boston Pops. Currently, he is a member of John Allmark Jazz Orchestra.
                              • Sharing a dual performing career as an instrumentalist and conductor, Peter Cokkinias has conducted the Boston Ballet, Boston Pops, Springfield Symphony (MA), and the Atlantic Sinfonietta (NY).  He has performed with the Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Ballet, and Cincinnati, Hartford, Pittsburgh, and Boston Symphony Orchestras.  Presently, Dr. Cokkinias is Music Director/Conductor of the Metrowest Symphony Orchestra (MA) since 1979,  Professor at Berklee College of Music and is a woodwind doubler at the North Shore Music Theater in Beverly (MA) and Colonial and Wang Theaters in Boston (MA) and PPAC in Providence (RI).

                              Please call 617-646-0578 to register

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                              MHS Tour History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society 24 January 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, "Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: Massachusetts Women in World War I."

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                              Library Closed Library Closing @ Noon 24 January 2015.Saturday, all day

                              Due to weather conditions, the MHS Library will close at noon today.  

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                              Library Closed Library Closed 27 January 2015.Tuesday, all day

                              Due to severe weather in the Boston area the MHS Library will be closed on Tuesday, 27 January and Wedneday 28 January. 

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                              Immigration and Urban History Seminar Canceled:
                              Interpreters in Ellis Island: A Tool for Americanization, 1892-1954
                              27 January 2015.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP  Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                              Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
                              Maria Aguilar-Solano, University of Massachusetts - Boston Emma Teng, MIT

                              Through the narrative of existing interviews with Fiorello LaGuardia, personal letters of Ludmila Foxlee, and immigration literature, this paper will examine the role of interpreters in Ellis Island and the institutionalization of these interpreters as tools for assimilation into American culture.

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                              Library Closed Library Closed 28 January 2015.Wednesday, all day

                              Due to severe weather in the Boston area the MHS Library will be closed on Tuesday, 27 January and Wedneday 28 January. 

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                              Author Talk, Public Program, Adams Series The Adams Series - Program One: The Remarkable Education of John Quincy Adams 29 January 2015.Thursday, all day Please RSVP   registration required 6:00 pm program with 5:30 reception Phyllis Lee Levin, independent author $10 fee (no charge for Fellows and Members)

                              The Remarkable Education of John Quincy Adams A patriot by birth, John Quincy Adams’s destiny was foreordained. He was not only “The Greatest Traveler of His Age,” but a gifted linguist and diplomat. His world encompassed the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the early and late Napoleonic Age. As an adolescent, he met everyone who was anyone in Europe, including America’s own luminaries, Franklin and Jefferson. Coming back to America he was determined to make his own career, but was soon embarked, at Washington’s appointment, on work aboard. At 50, he returned to America to serve as Secretary of State to President Monroe. He was inaugurated President in 1824, after which he served as a stirring defender of the slaves of the Amistad rebellion and as a member of the House of Representatives from 1831 until his death in 1848. In The Remarkable Education of John Quincy Adams, Phyllis Lee Levin provides the deeply researched and beautifully written definitive story of the intellectual development of one of the most fascinating and towering early Americans.

                              Phyllis Lee Levin is the author of several books including Abigail Adams and Edith and Woodrow. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she has been a reporter, editor, and columnist for The New York Times. As writer and editor at Vogue she wrote a profile of Patricia Nixon whom she interviewed at the White House. She lives in Manhattan. 

                              Please call 617-646-0578 to register

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                              Teacher Workshop, Public Program, Adams Series John & Abigail: A Life in Letters 31 January 2015.Saturday, 9:00AM - 3:00PM Please RSVP   registration required This program will take place at the Abigail Adams Birthplace in Weymouth, Massachusetts

                              Immerse yourself in the lives of John & Abigail Adams! This hands-on workshop will (re)introduce participants to the famous couple and their rich correspondence. What can these letters tell us about life in the late eighteenth century? We will explore topics such 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. This program is open to all K-12 educators, as well as history enthusiasts. Teachers can earn 10 PDPs.

                              Pleae visit http://www.abigailadamsbirthplace.com/ for directions to the Birthplace.

                              Fee: $25 per person

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

                              To register: complete this registration form, or contact the education department at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557.

                              Program Highlights

                              • Tour the Abigail Adams Birthplace
                              • Try your hand at transcribing eighteenth-century Adams letters and diaries.
                              • Analyze documents from the 1770s and 1780s, and explore the relationships forged between Thomas Jefferson and different members of the Adams family.

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

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