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November 2015

Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize Awarded to Mary Babson Fuhrer

Mary Fuhrer awarded Gomes PrizeAt an award ceremony on 29 October, the MHS presented the first Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize to Mary Babson Fuhrer for her book A Crisis of Community: The Trials and Transformation of a New England Town, 1815-1848, published in 2014 by the University of North Carolina Press. The Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize is given to the best nonfiction work on the history of Massachusetts published during the preceding year. Read more about Mary Fuhrer and A Crisis of Community.

MHS Achieves Charity Navigator Third Consecutive Four-Star Rating

Charity NavigatorThe MHS recently received Charity Navigator's coveted four-star rating for the third consecutive year. Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that the MHS adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way. Only 14 percent of the charities rated by Charity Navigator have received at least three consecutive four-star evaluations, indicating that the MHS outperforms most other charities in America. Charity Navigator is the nation's premier independent charity evaluator. It helps charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions by providing in-depth, objective ratings, and analysis of the financial health, accountability, and transparency of America's largest charities. Review the Society's four star rating.

Fellowship Deadlines Approaching

MHS Reading RoomIf 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 2016; New England Regional Fellowships, 1 February 2016; Suzanne and Caleb Loring Fellowship on the Civil War, Its Origins, and Consequences, 15 February 2016; MHS Short-term Fellowships, 1 March 2016. For more information, please visit or contact Kate Viens at or 617-646-0568.

Visit the MHS at the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair

Boston Book Fair 2015The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair returns to the Hynes Convention Center Friday to Sunday, 13 to 15 November. Stop by, visit the Society's booth (Cultural Row booth number 623), and browse the offerings of more than 120 dealers. One of the oldest and most respected antiquarian book shows in the country, the Fair is an event that offers the 'créme de la créme' of items that are available on the international literary market. Whether just browsing or buying, the Fair offers something for every taste and budget—books on art, politics, travel, gastronomy, and science to sport, natural history, literature, music, and children's books7mdash;that will appeal to the serious collector and the curious browser. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Thanksgiving Week at the MHS

Wild TurkeyFollowing the Thanksgiving holiday, the exhibition galleries will be open Friday, 27 November and Saturday, 28 November from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Visitors are welcome to explore Terra Firma: The Beginnings of the MHS Map Collection, "Always Your Friend": Letters from Theodore Roosevelt to Henry Cabot Lodge, 1884-1918, and The Unitarian Conscience: Letters & Publications from the George E. Nitzsche Unitariana Collection. The library will be closed to researchers during this time.

Object of the Month

The Mount Kenya book club: Theodore Roosevelt discusses politics and literature while on safari in East Africa in 1909

Theodore Roosevelt letterFrom 1884 until 1919, Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge and their spouses exchanged hundreds of letters, notes, telegrams, annotated copies of speeches, newspaper articles, and photographs. Because of Roosevelt's wide travels, many of his letters to Lodge were written from exotic locales, but perhaps none from such a long distance—although largely about matters at home—as an eight-page letter written in pencil from "North of Mount Kenia" on 10 September 1909. Read more about Theodore Roosevelt and his correspondence with Henry Cabot Lodge.

On View

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

Terra Firma: The Beginnings of the MHS Map Collection

Compass Rose detailAs the MHS approaches its 225th year, Terra Firma celebrates the beginnings of one of its most diverse and interesting collections. Among the maps on display are landmarks of map publishing that include the first published map of New England, the first map of Massachusetts published in America, and a unique copy of the earliest separate map of Vermont, as well as maps of important battles and maps and atlases from the United States and beyond.

"Always Your Friend": Letters from Theodore Roosevelt to Henry Cabot Lodge, 1884-1918

Theodore Roosevelt on HorsebackOne of the Society's most interesting collections of presidential papers consists of the extensive personal correspondence of Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge. From 1884 until just before Roosevelt's death in 1919, the two friends and their spouses exchanged hundreds of letters, notes, telegrams, annotated copies of speeches, newspaper articles, and photographs. "Always Your Friend" highlights selections from this remarkable collection.

The Unitarian Conscience: Letters & Publications from the George E. Nitzsche Unitariana Collection

The Unitarian ConscienceIn 2008, the MHS acquired the George E. Nitzsche Unitariana Collection from the Unitarian Society of Germantown in Philadelphia. To celebrate the sesquicentennial of the founding of the Germantown Society in 1865, the Society will display letters and publications from the collection that illustrate the engagement of eminent Unitarians and liberal religious thinkers in a wide range of 19th-century reform movements.

Upcoming Programs

Thursday, 12 November 5:30 PM

Biography Seminar
Writing with Giants: Making the Human Larger than Life
John Stauffer, Harvard University
Comment: Carol Bundy, author of The Nature of Sacrifice: A Biography of Charles Russell Lowell, Jr., 1835-1864
More Info | Register

Friday, 13 November 6:00 PM

Special Event
An Evening with David McCullough
David McCullough
This event is sold out.

Saturday, 14 November 10:00 AM

MHS Tour
The History & Collections of the MHS

Wednesday, 18 November 5:30 PM reception; 6:00 program

Program 3 - Transforming Boston: From Basket Case to Innovation Hub Series
The New Economy: Eds and Meds, 1980s to Today
Anthony Pangaro, Barbara Rubel, Peter Kiang, Kathy Spiegelman, and moderator, Kairos Shen
$10 fee (no charge for MHS, BARI, or Rappaport Fellows or Members)
More Info | Register

Friday, 20 November 2:00 PM

Gallery Talk
From Bunker Hill to Yorktown: Collecting Maps along America's Road to Independence
Ronald E. Grim, Curator, Leventhal Map Center, BPL
More Info

Saturday, 21 November 10:00 AM

MHS Tour
The History & Collections of the MHS

Saturday, 21 November 1:00 PM

Begin at the Beginning: Boston's Founding Documents
"A Stock of Slaves": New England and Native American Enslavement
Margaret Newell
Co-hosted by the Partnership of Historic Bostons and the MHS
More Info | Register

Monday, 23 November 6:00 PM

Author Talk
Lucy Stone
Sally McMillen, Davidson College
$10 fee (no charge for MHS Fellows or Members)
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Tuesday, 24 November 5:15 PM

Immigration and Urban History Seminar
"A barbarous practice that would not be permitted in other civilized countries": The Evolution & Enduring Presence of the African Dodger Game at Boston-Area Amusement Venues
Mark Herlihy, Endicott College
Comment: Jeff Melnick, University of Massachusetts—Boston
More Info | Register

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

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