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 SeminarWater Rights in the American Southwest
        Environmental History SeminarWater Rights in the American Southwest
        5:15PM - 7:30PM Steven Rudnick, University of Massachusetts - Boston Comment: Megan Kate Nelson, author of Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War Please RSVP  Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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                              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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                              Early American History Seminar Threads that Bind: Irish Linens, Immigration, and the Consumer Atlantic World 2 December 2014.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.
                              Kristin Condotta, Tulane University Comment: Marla R. Miller, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

                              This paper traces early Irish immigration to the Americas through the Irish linen trade. It considers how the American desire to imitate Europeans and the immigrants’ wish to feel comfortable in their new homes intersected to ease Irish cultural transitions abroad. It will also consider the ways in which transatlantic consumerisms prepared travelers for movement around the Atlantic world.

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                              Brown Bag Denominating a People: Congregational Laity, Church Disestablishment, and the Struggles of Denominationalism in Massachusetts, 1780-1865 3 December 2014.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Seth Meehan, Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, Boston College

                              Local sources of church history—historical societies, libraries, town halls, and church basements and vaults—reveal a new half to Congregational historiography. Within the churches themselves power shifted to the pews and the laity and clergy fractured. There was no small degree of chaos, and it inhibited Congregationalists from denominating themselves from other groups and from articulating what was the unity in their diversity. Using a comparative approach focusing on Barnstable and Berkshire counties, this program will interest Congregational scholars and other historians alike.

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                              Member Event, Special Event MHS Fellows and Members Holiday Party 3 December 2014.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM Please RSVP   registration required at no cost This event is open only to MHS Fellows and Members. Cogswell snow scene

                              MHS Fellows and Members are invited to celebrate the season at the Society’s annual holiday party. Enjoy festive music, holiday cheer, and the annual tradition of reading the anti-Christmas laws.

                              Become a Member today!

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                              History of Women and Gender Seminar "One’s Own Branch of the Human Race": Frances Watkins Harper, Anna Dickinson, and Frederick Douglass 4 December 2014.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.
                              Sharon Hartman Strom, University of Rhode Island Comment: Julie Winch, University of Massachusetts - Boston

                              Sharon Hartman Strom taught U.S. Social History and Women’s Studies courses at the University of Rhode Island from 1969 to 2011 and is the author of Political Woman: Florence Luscomb and the Legacy of Radical Reform, and Beyond the Typewriter: Gender, Class and the Origins of Modern Office Work. She is completing a manuscript entitled Fame, Fortune and Desire: Public and Private Lives of the Nineteenth Century.

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                              Library Closed Library Closing @ 3:45 PM 5 December 2014.Friday, all day close
                              MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 6 December 2014.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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                              Public Program Making History: King Philip's War in Documents & Artifacts 8 December 2014.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP  this event is free Facilitator: Bruce J. Schulman, Boston University

                              Students of the Boston University course "Making History" discuss the MHS exhibit on King Philip's War they have researched and compiled. The semester-long project on the bloody conflict between English colonists and Native Americans includes work on letters and diaries, sermons, early printed books, and objects from the war.

                              Bruce J. Schulman is the William E. Huntington Professor and Chair of the History Department at Boston University. His teaching and research concentrate on the history of the modern United States, particularly on the relationships between politics and broader cultural change. Schulman is currently at work on a volume for the Oxford History of the United States covering the years 1896-1929. He lives with his family in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

                              Image: Bowl attributed to the Wampanoag. Elm burl, 1655-1675. Massachusetts Historical Society .

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                              Environmental History Seminar Water Rights in the American Southwest 9 December 2014.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.
                              Steven Rudnick, University of Massachusetts - Boston Comment: Megan Kate Nelson, author of Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War

                              This paper will primarily consider legal entanglements over water rights in the Southwest, which have been developing since the 1920s and continue to reshape the use and abuse of water in New Mexico. Local contests between Pueblo and Navajo rights and those claimed by the descendants of the Spanish also play a role in this narrative.

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                              Public Program, Author Talk Race to the Top of the World: Richard Byrd & the First Flight to the North Pole 11 December 2014.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   registration required Pre-talk reception at 5:30pm Sheldon Bart

                              Race to the Top of the World book coverOne hundred years ago—then as now—the eyes of the industrialized world were on the Arctic. It was widely held in this era that a new, uncharted continent would be found in the Arctic Ocean. Scientific treatises “proved” its existence. As aviation developed, the mythical land became endowed with commercial value and strategic importance. This was the context in which Richard Byrd (1888-1957) emerged as an explorer—an international quest for a mythic grail. His rivals included Roald Amundsen, Lincoln Ellsworth, and Hubert Wilkins.

                              The Arctic was considered as remote as outer space in the 1920s, and aerial exploits north of the Arctic Circle attracted a tremendous amount of attention. The New York Times called the race “the greatest story of the year.” The sensationalism, however, has never ended. Byrd’s flight to the North Pole has been bitterly disputed for the better part of a century, and almost every part of his early life and career has become controversial. Author Sheldon Bart offers compelling new evidence and new revelations to substantiate his thesis that the controversies still swirling around Admiral Byrd—including the legitimacy of his flight to the North Pole—are based on incomplete research, distortion, and superficial assessment.

                              Writer-explorer Sheldon Bart is a member of the Board of Governors of the American Polar Society and president and founder of Wilderness Research Foundation (WRF), a not-for-profit organization seeking to create more opportunities for scientific exploration beyond the limited regime of government funding. He organized and led the 1996 American Expedition to Baffin Island in the Canadian Eastern Arctic and was project manager of the 2010 WRF Antarctic Peninsula field program. Sheldon has lectured at the National Archives, the Explorers Club, the Virginia Historical Society, the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, the Geographical Society of Philadelphia, the Elisha Kent Kane Historical Society, Hunter College of the City University of New York, and the Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State University. He is a senior associate at LAPA Fundraising, a consulting firm based in New York City, and has published fiction and nonfiction. He is currently working on a novel based on his own polar adventures.

                              There is a $10 fee (no charge for Fellows and Members). Please call 617- 646-0560 or click here to register.

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                              MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 13 December 2014.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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                              MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 20 December 2014.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 Christmas Eve 24 December 2014.Wednesday, all day

                              The MHS library and exhibition galleries are closed on 24 & 25 December.

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                              Building Closed Christmas Day 25 December 2014.Thursday, all day

                              The MHS library and exhibition galleries are closed on Christmas Day.

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                              Notice Exhibition Galleries Open 26 December 2014.Friday, all day

                              The MHS exhibition galleries are open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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                              Library Closed Library Closed 26 December 2014.Friday, all day

                              The MHS library is closed.  The exhibition galleries are open 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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                              Notice Exhibition Galleries Open 27 December 2014.Saturday, all day

                              The MHS exhibition galleries are open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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                              Library Closed Library Closed 27 December 2014.Saturday, all day

                              The MHS library is closed.  The exhibition galleries are open 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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                              Notice Exhibition Galleries Open 29 December 2014.Monday, all day

                              The MHS exhibition galleries are open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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                              Library Closed Library Closed 29 December 2014.Monday, all day

                              The MHS library is closed.  The exhibition galleries are open 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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                              Notice Exhibition Galleries Open 30 December 2014.Tuesday, all day

                              The MHS exhibition galleries are open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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                              Library Closed Library Closed 30 December 2014.Tuesday, all day

                              The MHS library is closed.  The exhibition galleries are open 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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                              Building Closed New Years Eve 31 December 2014.Wednesday, all day

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

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