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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              • Public ProgramThe Better Angels with John Stauffer
                Public ProgramThe Better Angels with John Stauffer
                1:30PM - 3:30PM Event at Landmark Theaters Kendall Square (355 Binney Street, One Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139) Commentary and discussion by John Stauffer following film details
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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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                          MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 1 November 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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                          Brown Bag Choosing Challenges 5 November 2014.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Gavin Kleespies, Massachusetts Historical Society

                          Public programs are often the most direct contact a historical society has with its members and the larger community. If an institution's presentations are well targeted, they can be an effective tool for forging new relationships, establishing connections among previously disparate groups, increasing support, and even redefining public perception. However, like any tool, programs are only effective if you have a clear sense of the goals you're aiming for. This presentation, by the Society’s new Director of Public Programs, will give a rough outline of goals determined through meetings with key constituents at the Massachusetts Historical Society and proposed tactics to meet these challenges. 

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                          Public Program, Author Talk The Rising at Roxbury Crossing: Boston 1919 5 November 2014.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   registration required Pre-talk reception at 5:30pm James Redfearn

                          In this fascinating fictional tale Willie Dwyer, an Irish immigrant and Boston patrolman, struggles with his conscience after being caught up in the violence of his native land’s rebellion. The Rising at Roxbury Crossing features a hard and gritty look at post-World War I Boston when she was burdened with high unemployment, radical anarchists, and labor unrest. Escaped political prisoner, Eamon de Valera campaigns for financial assistance for Ireland’s revolutionary government as the city’s police prepare to strike for fair pay and better working conditions. It is 1919, and just as Boston’s Irish patrolman strike and the city erupts into riots and chaos, Willie’s nemesis crosses the Atlantic to track him down. Willie Dwyer must decide whether to run from his past or confront his future.

                          Jim Redfearn was raised in Boston’s Mission Hill neighborhood and is a former Massachusetts State Trooper, an investigator for a prominent Boston law firm, and an industrial photographer. He earned a graduate degree in writing from Harvard University at the age of fifty-nine. His short fiction has been published by the University’s Charles River Review and the New England Writer’s Network. Among his many appearances, Jim has participated in several authors’ panels, including last year’s panel at Harvard University, moderated by Pulitzer Prize winner, Paul Harding. He has lectured in the Moses Greeley Parker Lecture Series, at the Irish Cultural Center of New England and the Union Club of Boston. Visit www.TheRisingAtRoxburyCrossing.com to learn more about Jim or his novel.

                          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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                          Biography Seminar Understanding the Presidency: Personality, Politics, and Policy 6 November 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.
                          Evan Thomas, Kathleen Dalton, and David Michaelis Moderator: Ted Widmer

                          Ted Widmer, a presidential speech writer during the Clinton administration, will moderate a panel of three distinguished biographers: Evan Thomas (Ike’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Battle to Save the World), Kathleen Dalton (Theodore Roosevelt: A Strenuous Life), and David Michaelis (author of a forthcoming biography of Eleanor Roosevelt) who will focus on the peculiar balance between policy and politics as it affects writing presidential biography.

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                          Library Closed Library Closed 7 November 2014.Friday, all day

                          The MHS library will be closed to researchers on Friday, 7 November.

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                          Special Event Cocktails with Clio 7 November 2014.Friday, 6:00PM - 9:00PM registration required Cocktails with Clio 2014

                          The fifth annual Cocktails with Clio will take place on 7 November 2014. Named for the muse of history, this festive evening celebrates American history and the 223-year-old mission of the Society. Following an elegant cocktail buffet at the Society’s building, guests will proceed to the nearby Harvard Club for dessert and a conversation with historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Hackett FIscher.

                          Purchase tickets (tickets cost $250 per person). All net proceeds from the event will support the Society's outreach efforts.


                          Become a sponsor of Cocktails with Clio

                          Our sponsors are crucial to the success of the event. As a result of their generosity, the Society’s outreach efforts have expanded. The additional funding has an important impact on our programming, and this year we hope to surpass last year’s goal in order to further enhance our exhibitions, public programs, and education initiatives. 

                          We are proud to offer individual sponsorship opportunities at the following levels:
                          $5,000 - Clio’s Circle
                          $2,500 - Patrons of the Muse
                          $1,000 - Friends of the Muse   

                          For more information about becoming a sponsor, please contact Carol Knauff at cknauff@masshist.org or 617-646-0554.

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                          Teacher Workshop Painless: A Survival Guide to the Dreaded History Project 8 November 2014.Saturday, 9:00AM - 2:30PM this event is free Co-Sponsored by the National Archives at Boston

                          This free hands-on workshop provides teachers and students with strategies for creating amazing history projects! Using the broad theme of “Leadership & Legacy” as a springboard, you’ll explore how to approach primary source research through a range of historical documents related to the antislavery movement, including letters, diaries, songs, petitions, and government records.

                          Activities will model research skills such as:

                          • collecting evidence
                          • analyzing information
                          • drawing conclusions
                          • assembling your findings into an historical narrative
                          • designing a history project as a paper, website, exhibit, documentary, or performance

                          By applying National History Day methodologies, the “dreaded” history project is transformed into the creation of imaginative, engaging, and meaningful history experiences.

                          To Register: Contact the MHS Education Department at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557.

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                          MHS Tour Canceled:
                          The History and Collections of the MHS
                          8 November 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 Veterans Day 11 November 2014.Tuesday, all day

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

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                          Brown Bag Making the Self-Made American: The Original Meanings and Purposes of America’s Public Schools 12 November 2014.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Johann Neem, Western Washington University and the University of Virginia

                          In Making the Self-Made American, Professor Neem seeks to answer a simple question: why, in the age of individualism, did so many parents, taxpayers, and policymakers invest significant resources to build and to support public school systems? The answer is deceptively simple: new ideas about democracy and freedom combined with the economic imperative of “making it” in a free market economy. In other words, engaging in self-making was difficult and challenging and people had to prepare for it. Failure, both spiritual and economic, was a very real possibility. Public schools thus provided what young people needed to face the world. In short, American individualism required collective effort.

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                          Public Program, Author Talk Forgotten Drinks of Colonial New England 14 November 2014.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Corin Hirsch

                          Colonial New England was awash in ales, beers, wines, cider and spirits. Everyone from teenage farmworkers to our founding fathers imbibed heartily and often. Tipples at breakfast, lunch, teatime and dinner were the norm, and low-alcohol hard cider was sometimes even a part of children’s lives. This burgeoning cocktail culture reflected the New World’s abundance of raw materials: apples, sugar and molasses, wild berries and hops. This plentiful drinking sustained a slew of smoky taverns and inns—watering holes that became vital meeting places and the nexuses of unrest as the Revolution brewed. New England food and drinks writer Corin Hirsch explores the origins and taste of the favorite potations of early Americans and offers some modern-day recipes to revive them today.

                          Corin Hirsch is an award-winning food and drinks writer at Seven Days, the alt-weekly in Burlington, Vermont. She learned to pull a pint of Schlitz (for her grandfather) at the age of six, and she used to tend bar inside a sixteenth-century English pub. She has written about craft beer for Serious Eats and also ghost-blogs and writes in the wine world. This is her first book.

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                          MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 15 November 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 The Better Angels with John Stauffer 16 November 2014.Sunday, 1:30PM - 3:30PM Event at Landmark Theaters Kendall Square (355 Binney Street, One Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139) Commentary and discussion by John Stauffer following film

                          The Better AngelsSpecial screening of The Better Angels, a film about Abraham Lincoln's childhood followed by a discussion led by Professor John Stauffer of Harvard University. 

                          This is a story of the youth of one of America’s greatest heroes, Abraham Lincoln. Spanning nearly three years in the wilderness of Indiana, it tells of the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him forever and the two women who guided him to immortality.

                          Tom Lincoln leads his wife and children, Sally and Abe from Kentucky to the new state of Indiana. Abe, 10, is a quiet boy; gentle and intelligent. He knows happiness for a time until his mother is infected and dies from a mysterious illness. Abe, Sally and their cousin Dennis are left under the care of Tom, a callous disciplinarian.

                          When Tom leaves to find a new wife, the children are abandoned in the wilderness during a harsh winter. Abe must protect his siblings from wild animals, cold and hunger. Weeks pass before Tom’s return. He brings a new mother, Sarah. Having pledged his love solely to his late mother, Abe resists Sarah as she strives to win him over.

                          Recognizing Abe’s insatiable appetite for knowledge, Sarah takes up the challenge of schooling him and raising him as if he was her own. Sarah proves unyielding in her tenderness, love and devotion to Abe and his family. He learns to accept her, seeing that, in her he has regained his lost mother and a loving parent who inspires him forever. This understanding frees him to journey onward to the destiny that awaits him. He would later in life call her his “angel mother.”

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                          Public Program, Author Talk Decoding Roger Williams: The Lost Essay of Rhode Island's Founding Father 17 November 2014.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   registration required Linford D. Fisher, Brown University and J. Stanley Lemons, Rhode Island College

                          In the margins of a curious seventeenth century book at the John Carter Brown Library is a mysterious handwritten code, long suspected to be the work of Roger Williams, the seventeenth century theologian and founder of Rhode Island. In the spring of 2012, an interdisciplinary team of undergraduates, with support from faculty members, was able to crack this code, revealing a brand new essay by Roger Williams. Come peer into the mind of Roger Williams through the presentations by Linford D. Fisher (Brown University) and J. Stanley Lemons (Rhode Island College), who will discuss what this new essay tells us about Williams. Copies of their new book, Decoding Roger Williams (2014), co-authored with Lucas Mason-Brown, will also be available for purchase.

                          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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                          Environmental History Seminar The Ravages of Teredo: The Historical Impacts of Marine Wood-Boring Worms on American Society, Geography, and Culture, 1865-1930 18 November 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.
                          Derek Lee Nelson, University of New Hampshire Comment: Robert Martello, Olin College of Engineering

                          In an episode of history largely forgotten today, teredo, or shipworm, caused millions of dollars’ worth of damage in American ports by destroying the structural integrity of wharves and ships. Even more startling was the extent to which the wood-boring mollusk invaded the American consciousness through congressional reports, newspapers, and popular culture from the coast deep into America’s heartland. This paper contributes to the history of the “littoral,” or coastal, environment.

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                          MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 22 November 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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                          Brown Bag “Gratuitous Distribution”: Distributing African American Antislavery Texts, 1773-1850 24 November 2014.Monday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Nathan Jérémie-Brink, Loyola University Chicago

                          This project highlights the diverse distribution strategies employed by authors, editors, and publishers of African American antislavery texts. Against slavery and pervasive racial discrimination in the early American republic, individuals and communities developed creative methods--private and public, personal and institutional, formal and informal, legal and illegal--to distribute antislavery imprints and the work of black authors and editors. Close reading and material investigations elucidate the alternative practices and activist networks that moved these texts and eventually shaped the broader abolitionist movement.

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                          Immigration and Urban History Seminar "Greetings from the Levee!": Labor and Leisure on the Streets and Docks of Postbellum New Orleans 25 November 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.
                          Theresa McCulla, Harvard University Lynnell Thomas, University of Massachusetts - Boston

                          This essay examines the histories of labor and leisure among the New Orleanian working poor and the white tourists who came to observe them, and underscores the constructed nature of the city’s food and culture industries. The paper also excavates the origins of longstanding racial distinctions between those who produced and those who consumed in the New South.

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                          Building Closed Thanksgiving Day 27 November 2014.Thursday, all day

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

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                          Notice Exhibition Galleries Open 28 November 2014.Friday, all day close
                          Library Closed Thanksgiving 28 November 2014.Friday, all day

                          The MHS library is closed for Thanksgiving.  The exhibition galleries are open 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Friday, 28 November and Saturday, 29 November.

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                          MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 29 November 2014.Saturday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM 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 29 November 2014.Saturday, all day close
                          Library Closed Thanksgiving 29 November 2014.Saturday, all day

                          The MHS library is closed for Thanksgiving.  The exhibition galleries are open 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Friday, 28 November and Saturday, 29 November.

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