Public Programs and Special Events

The MHS offers many engaging programs and special events.

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Public Program A Family Remembers: The Cheever, Davis, & Shattuck Memorial Jewels 7 December 2012. Friday, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM this event is free Gallery Talk Anne Bentley, MHS details
Public Program Making History: King Philip's War in Documents & Artifacts 13 December 2012. Thursday, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM free eventregistration required at no cost This event is SOLD OUT Facilitator: James H. Johnson, Boston University details
Public Program The 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation 1 January 2013. Tuesday, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM this event is free Exhibition Spotlight Peter Drummey & Anne Bentley, Massachusetts Historical Society details
Public Program America's Second Revolution: New England, Old England, & the Civil War 19 January 2013. Saturday, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Please RSVP   free eventregistration required at no cost Len Gougeon, University of Scranton

Examine the cultural conflict that erupted between New England intellectuals and their British counterparts as a result of the Civil War.

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Public Program The Real Gettysburg Address 25 January 2013. Friday, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM this event is free Exhibition Spotlight Peter Drummey, Massachusetts Historical Society details
Public Program Dumb Witnesses: Relics of George Washington at the Massachusetts Historical Society 30 January 2013. Wednesday, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Please RSVP   this event requires a feeregistration required Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 PM Peter Drummey, Massachusetts Historical Society Part of "The Object of History" series details
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7 December 2012 this event is free Public Program

A Family Remembers: The Cheever, Davis, & Shattuck Memorial Jewels

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Gallery Talk Anne Bentley, MHS

In 1971, George Cheever Shattuck made a gift to the Society that included half a dozen mourning jewels from his family's history. Join MHS Curator of Art Anne E. Bentley for an inside view of the jewelry and the stories.

13 December 2012 free eventregistration required at no cost Public Program

Making History: King Philip's War in Documents & Artifacts

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
This event is SOLD OUT Facilitator: James H. Johnson, Boston University

Students of a new 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.

James H. Johnson, who teaches "Making History," is Associate Professor of History at Boston University. He is the recipient of the University's highest teaching award and the author of two prize-winning books, Listening in Paris: A Cultural History and Venice Incognito: Masks in the Serene Republic.

1 January 2013 this event is free Public Program

The 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Exhibition Spotlight Peter Drummey & Anne Bentley, Massachusetts Historical Society

When news arrived in Boston on New Year’s Day 1863 that Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation, long-planned celebrations, the largest anywhere in the United States, already were underway. MHS Librarian Peter Drummey and Curator of Art Anne Bentley will explain how this epochal event in American History became an extraordinary moment in Boston history, and how the pen Lincoln used to sign the proclamation became one of the most treasured artifacts in the MHS collection.

19 January 2013 Please RSVP   free eventregistration required at no cost Public Program

America's Second Revolution: New England, Old England, & the Civil War

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Len Gougeon, University of Scranton

Why did most of Great Britain’s intellectual and artistic class sympathize with the Confederacy, either overtly or covertly, during the Civil War? This presentation examines the cultural conflict that erupted between New England poets and intellectuals and their British counterparts as a result of tensions arising out of the Civil War. Prof. Gougeon is a Distinguished University Fellow at the University of Scranton, where he teaches American literature. He is the author of Virtue’s Hero: Emerson, Antislavery, and Reform and Emerson and Eros: The Making of a Cultural Hero.

This event is co-sponsored by The New England Quarterly.

Reservations requeted. Please click on the ticket icon above, or contact the education department at 617-646-0560 / education@masshist.org.

25 January 2013 this event is free Public Program

The Real Gettysburg Address

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Exhibition Spotlight Peter Drummey, Massachusetts Historical Society

Edward Everett is known to history as the “other” speaker at the commemoration of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg – the man who, by his own admission, in two hours could not accomplish what Lincoln did in two minutes. Learn more about who said what—and why—at Gettysburg, and view letters exchanged by Lincoln and Everett.

30 January 2013 Please RSVP   this event requires a feeregistration required Public Program

Dumb Witnesses: Relics of George Washington at the Massachusetts Historical Society

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 PM Peter Drummey, Massachusetts Historical Society Part of "The Object of History" series

From the beginnings of the MHS, George Washington has been the subject of fascination and veneration. What does the Society’s early collection of Washington artifacts and documents say about the founding of the MHS—and the image of Washington in the early Republic?

The Object of History
A series of chats with MHS Librarian Peter Drummey about what documents and artifacts from the collections can tell us about the characters, events, and issues of the past, as well as the role of MHS in documenting the rich history of our state and nation.

Registration Required. Fee $25/$15 (F/M); Free for MHS Fund Giving Circle members. Please click on the ticket icon above, or contact the education department at 617-646-0557 / education@masshist.org.

Register for all three programs in “The Object of History” series and receive a registration discount! Series fee: $60/30 (F/M); Free for MHS Fund Circle members.


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