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November 2014

The Storrow Family Papers Collection Guide Now Available

MHS stacksThe MHS has recently processed and made available to researchers the Storrow family papers (1762-1999). The collection primarily contains the correspondence, personal papers, and business papers of Boston merchant Thomas Wentworth Storrow and his son, engineer Charles S. Storrow. Among the highlights are Charles S. Storrow's Civil War correspondence with his sons, who served with the 44th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment from 1862 to 1865, as well as his memoranda books documenting his work with the Essex Company in Lawrence, Mass., and the Pemberton Mill disaster of 1860, including lists of the injured and killed, and the financial relief provided by the company. Visit the full collection guide for the Storrow family papers.

Fifth Annual Cocktails with Clio Celebrated in Style

ClioThe fifth annual Cocktails with Clio held on 7 November was a success with more than 250 guests in attendance and over $168,000 raised to support the Society's outreach efforts and educational programs. Following a reception at the Society, where friends socialized and mingled while sipping cocktails and nibbling on tasty hors d'oeuvres, guests moved to the Harvard Club for dessert and the program. Everyone was able to sit back and listen as MHS Pres. Dennis Fiori led a fascinating conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author, historian, and MHS Fellow David Hackett Fischer. The audience was captivated with stories from Prof. Fischer's distinguished career teaching and writing about well-known historical events. He shared how MHS collections have influenced his work over the past 50 years and revealed to the audience some of his current and upcoming projects. Thanks to the support of all of our generous sponsors as well as all of our ticket buyers, Cocktails with Clio made history once again.

New November Programs and Thanksgiving Week at the MHS

TurkeyThree new programs have been added to the calendar on 16 November, 17 November, and 24 November. Details about these and other programs at the MHS during Thanksgiving week are below.

Join us on Sunday, 16 November, at the Kendall Square Cinema located in Cambridge, Mass., for a special matinee screening of The Better Angels followed by a discussion led by Prof. John Stauffer of Harvard University. Purchase of a matinee ticket is required. For more information or to register please visit The Better Angels with John Stauffer.

On Monday, 17 November, at 6:00 PM, Linford D. Fisher and J. Stanley Lemons will present Decoding Roger Williams: The Lost Essay of Rhode Island's Founding Father. There is a pre-talk reception at 5:30 PM. There is a $10 fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members). Registration is required for Decoding Roger Williams.

On Monday, 24 November, at noon, Nathan Jérémie-Brink of Loyola University Chicago will present "Gratuitous Distribution": Distributing African American Antislavery Texts, 1773-1850, a project that highlights the diverse distribution strategies employed by authors, editors, and publishers of African American antislavery texts.

On Tuesday, 25 November, at 5:15 PM, Theresa McCulla of Harvard University will present "Greetings from the Levee!" Labor & Leisure on the Streets & Docks of Postbellum New Orleans as part of the Society's Immigration and Urban History Seminar series. 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. Registration is required for "Greetings from the Levee!"

Following the Thanksgiving holiday, the exhibition galleries will be open Friday, 28 November and Saturday, 29 November from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Visitors are welcome to explore Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: Massachusetts Women in the First World War and The Father of His Country Returns to Boston, October 24, 1789. The library will be closed to researchers during this time.

Visit the MHS at the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair

Boston Book FairThe Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair returns to the Hynes Convention Center Friday to Sunday, 14 to 16 November. Stop by, visit the Society's booth (Cultural Row booth number 623), and browse the offerings of a record-breaking 134 dealers. The book fair is open to book lovers, buyers, browsers, and sellers alike. Dealers exhibit and sell rare, collectible, and antiquarian books, illuminated manuscripts, autographs, maps, atlases, modern first editions, photographs, and prints. Seminars and events punctuate the weekend, including a talk by MHS Stephen T. Riley Librarian Peter Drummey on Sunday, 16 November at 2:00 PM. He will speak about Benjamin Franklin's youthful career as a journalist and newspaper publisher in Boston. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Fellowship Deadlines Approaching

If your scholarly research would benefit from a period of residence at the Society, don't miss these deadlines to apply for support: MHS-NEH Long-term Fellowships, 15 January 2015; New England Regional Fellowships, 1 February 2015; Suzanne and Caleb Loring Fellowship on the Civil War, Its Origins, and Consequences, 15 February 2015; MHS Short-term Fellowships, 1 March 2015. For more information, please visit or contact Kate Viens at or 617-646-0568.

Object of the Month

A view of U. S. cavalry advancing on a Cheyenne village by Bear's Heart, 1877

Drawing by Bear's HeartThis striking image of dismounted United States cavalrymen, assembled in stark opposition to an Indian encampment under attack, may represent a Native American's record of a pivotal moment in the bitter history of Native American-white conflict. One hundred fifty years ago, on 29 November 1864, Colorado volunteers led by Col. John M. Chivington brutally slaughtered the inhabitants—mostly women and children—of a "peaceable" Cheyenne village and neighboring Arapaho encampment at Sand Creek in eastern Colorado. Janet C. Berlo has written with great insight about Plains Indian drawings and speculated that this image, made in 1877 by a Cheyenne prisoner named Bear's Heart (Nockkoist) at Fort Marion, in St. Augustine, Fla., may recollect these events. Read more about the Sand Creek Massacre and the drawings by Bear's Heart.

Looking at the Civil War: Massachusetts Finds Her Voice

November 1864: "The only good we got from the great effort to give every soldier a dinner was a barrel of apples reached the Battery. . ."

Letter from Warren GoodaleLetter from Warren Goodale to his children, 27 November 1864

On 27 November 1864, sitting in the relative comfort of his winter quarters in Fort Cummings, Va., Pvt. Warren Goodale of the 11th Regiment Massachusetts Light Artillery writes to his children describing in great detail his newly constructed winter home and regaling them with tales of how he passed his time on Thanksgiving Day. He notes that he and his fellow soldiers received just "two small greenings" (a type of apple) for their Thanksgiving meal. However, he adds that on the following day some small turkeys arrived at the camp and that he received a portion consisting of two pieces of bone, part of a wing, and some sour bread stuffing. On Saturday, two days after Thanksgiving, he was given "three baldwins [apples] and a roll of bread from Boston, Massachusetts." Read more about Warren Goodale.

On View

Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: Massachusetts Women in the First World War

Margaret Hall photoTo commemorate the centennial of the outbreak of World War I, the MHS has organized this exhibition 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 remembrances, the exhibition features photographs, letters, diaries, and memorabilia related to Margaret Hall and Eleanor (Nora) Saltonstall, Red Cross volunteers in France. The exhibition highlights 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. Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country is open at the MHS through 24 January 2015.

Visit, a companion website featuring 246 of Hall's photographs and 29 other illustrative items from the Society's typescript of her memoir.

The new edition of Hall's previously unpublished memoir of her World War I experiences is available for purchase:

The Father of His Country Returns to Boston, October 24, 1789

Washington portraitTwo hundred twenty-five years ago, during his first year in office, Pres. George Washington embarked on a month-long tour of New England including a ten-day visit to Massachusetts. The Society is commemorating this visit with an exhibition of paintings, accounts, and other memorabilia including a portrait of Washington by Christian Gullager painted during the New England tour, the Bowdoin Bishop Cup from which Washington is said to have drunk punch, and a lock of hair that Washington gave to Alexander Hamilton. The exhibition is open in the Treasures Gallery of the Society through 9 January 2015.

The exhibitions are open to the public, Monday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

MHS Events Calendar

The building will be closed on Thursday, 27 November for Thanksgiving. The exhibition galleries will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Friday, 28 November and Saturday, 29 November; however the library will be closed.

Friday, 14 November 12:00 PM

Author Talk
Forgotten Drinks of Colonial New England
Corin Hirsch

Saturday, 15 November 10:00 AM

MHS Tour
The History and Collections of the MHS

Sunday, 16 November Matinee

*NEW* Film Screening and Discussion
The Better Angelswith John Stauffer
Location: Landmark Theaters Kendall Square, Cambridge, Mass.

Monday, 17 November 6:00 PM

*NEW* Author Talk
Decoding Roger Williams: The Lost Essay of Rhode Island's Founding Father
Linford D. Fisher, Brown University and J. Stanley Lemons, Rhode Island College
Pre-talk reception at 5:30
There is a $10 fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members)
Registration required: Decoding Roger Williams

Tuesday, 18 November 5:15 PM

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

Saturday, 22 November 10:00 AM

MHS Tour
The History and Collections of the MHS

Monday, 24 November 12:00 PM

"Gratuitous Distribution": Distributing African American Antislavery Texts, 1773-1850
Nathan Jérémie-Brink, Loyola University Chicago

Tuesday, 25 November 5:15 PM

Immigration and Urban History Seminar
"Greetings from the Levee!": Labor & Leisure on the Streets & Docks of Postbellum New Orleans
Theresa McCulla, Harvard University
Comment: Lynnell Thomas, University of Massachusetts – Boston
Registration required: "Greetings from the Levee!"

Tuesday, 2 December 5:15 PM

Early American History Seminar
Threads That Bind: Irish Linens, Immigration, & the Consumer Atlantic World
Kristin Condotta, Tulane University
Comment: Marla R. Miller, University of Massachusetts – Amherst
Registration required: Threads That Bind

Wednesday, 3 December 12:00 PM

Denominating a People: Congregational Laity, Church Disestablishment, & the Struggles of Denominationalism in Massachusetts, 1780-1865
Seth Meehan, Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, Boston College

Wednesday, 3 December 6:00 PM

Special Event
MHS Fellows and Members Holiday Party
This event is open only to MHS Fellows and Members
Registration required: Fellows and Members Holiday Party

Thursday, 4 December 5:30 PM

History of Women and Gender Seminar
"One's Own Branch of the Human Race": Frances Watkins Harper, Anna Dickinson, & Frederick Douglass
Sharon Hartman Strom, University of Rhode Island
Comment: Julie Winch, University of Massachusetts – Boston
Registration required: "One's Own Branch of the Human Race"

Saturday, 6 December 10:00 AM

MHS Tour
The History and Collections of the MHS

Monday, 8 December 6:00 PM

Student Presentation
Making History: King Philip's War in Documents & Artifacts
Facilitator: Bruce J. Schulman, Boston University
Registration required: Making History

Tuesday, 9 December 5:15 PM

Environmental History Seminar
Water Rights in the American Southwest
Steven Rudnick, University of Massachusetts – Boston
Comment: Megan Kate Nelson, author of Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War
Registration required: Water Rights in the American Southwest

Thursday, 11 December 6:00 PM

Author Talk
Race to the Top of the World: Richard Byrd & the First Flight to the North Pole
Sheldon Bart
Pre-talk reception at 5:30
There is a $10 fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members)
Registration required: Race to the Top of the World

All events are free and open to the public and held at the MHS unless otherwise noted. Reservations are requested for most events. There is a charge to receive seminar papers in advance.

For complete event and RSVP information, visit the MHS online calendar:

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