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June 2015

Time is Running Out—Support the MHS Fund!

WatchWe are 90% of the way there and with less than three weeks until the end of our fiscal year it is imperative that we reach our MHS Fund goal. If you have not already done so please consider making a gift today to help the Society fulfill its mission to nurture a deeper understanding of the American experience. Your donation enables the Society to offer a roster of programs that are engaging and intellectually strong, exhibitions that are thought provoking and visually stimulating, and high-quality teacher workshops that impact thousands of students. Committed to fostering new scholarship through research fellowships and seminars, producing innovative online resources, and welcoming more visitors to our library and historic building, the MHS relies on contributions to the MHS Fund. Give today and know that your support makes a difference.

Introducing Portal1791

Portal1791Portal1791 is an automated registration and request system that allows researchers to schedule visits, request materials to be viewed, and request and pay for reproductions—all from the comfort of home. Portal1791 works with the Society's catalog tools, ABIGAIL and the online Collection Guides, providing links for researchers to make requests, which they can then manage through their portal account. Researchers wishing to view materials must complete their registration by providing a valid, photo ID upon arrival, and use all original materials within the library. Set up your Portal1791 account by visiting today.

Announcing 2015-2016 Research Fellowships

MHS libraryThe MHS staff offers hearty congratulations to all of the 2015-2016 fellowship recipients. Each year the MHS grants a number of research fellowships to scholars from around the country. The various fellowship programs bring a wide variety of researchers working on a full range of topics into the MHS library. Keep an eye on the Society's events calendar over the course of the upcoming year, as all research fellows present their research at brown-bag lunch programs as part of their commitment to the MHS. We look forward to seeing the fellows at the MHS.

The Revolution Comes to Boston in July

Boston MassacreWhile July 4th fireworks are still fresh in your memory, a series of events will explore stories from the American Revolution this July. Thanks to the support of the Society of the Cincinnati and the partnership of the Bostonian Society and, from 7 to 9 July the MHS will offer a three-day immersive workshop exploring the Boston Massacre. Participants will have the opportunity to view original documents and artifacts from the Society's collections and take a walking tour of downtown Boston and the Old State House Museum. On 9 July at 5:30 PM, the MHS will host an author talk with leading military historian John Ferling. In his new book Whirlwind: The American Revolution and the War That Won It Ferling explores the causes of the American Revolution, the war that won it, and the meaning of the Revolution overall. Finally, the City of Boston will host the Hermione, an exact replica of the 18th-century French frigate that transported the Marquis de Lafayette from France to America in 1780 with news that France was sending 5,500 troops to fight the British. Constructed over the last 20 years, the ship set sail from France and is making its way up the Atlantic coast of America and is expected to dock at Rowe's Wharf on 11 July.

Explore Maritime Massachusetts with the MHS

Nora SaltonstallDiscover our maritime past and present this summer through these hands-on workshops offered in Salem and Falmouth, Mass. Teachers and history enthusiasts will have the opportunity to hear from scholars of the sea, read nautical narratives, discover seafaring artifacts, and even take a voyage on a seagoing vessel. We will visit the homes, wharves, and workshops that built and benefitted from Massachusetts' connections to the seas. Join us in Salem 20 to 21 July or in Falmouth 10 to 12 August (or both!). The registration fee for each workshop is $35 per person, and the fee includes lunches, admissions to historic sites, and reading materials. Teachers can earn 25 PDPs. The programs are funded in part by the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation. Visit our events calendar for more information, including individual program schedules.

Join in Our Brown-bag Lunch Programs This Summer

Brown-bag lunch at the MHSMHS brown-bag lunchtime programs are a chance to hear accomplished scholars present their latest findings upon conducting research in the MHS collections. Topics vary; please check the online calendar and consider joining us for these free, informal programs. All will begin at noon and conclude promptly at 1:00 PM. No RSVP required. Scholars will speak for about twenty minutes, after which we will open the floor to discussion. Participants may bring a lunch; the MHS provides soft drinks. All are welcome!

Object of the Month

"If it pleases you to have another 'Mayor Quincy' in the family": Col. Samuel Miller Quincy describes his appointment as military mayor of New Orleans, 5 May 1865

Samuel Quincy letterShortly after the restoration of civilian government to Louisiana at the end of the Civil War, Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks, the commander of Union military forces in the state, "executed a 'coup d'etat,' by which the Civil Mayor [of New Orleans was] decapitated," and Col. Samuel Miller Quincy of Massachusetts was "installed as military vicegerent in his place." Banks had feared the growing power of conservative opponents of Reconstruction including former Confederates in the new state and city government. "Half the city," Quincy informed his mother in this letter written on official city hall stationery, was "delighted--the other half furious . . . but if it pleases you to have another 'Mayor Quincy' in the family--soyez en heureuse. I hope it won't last long." Read more about Mayor Quincy.

On View

God Save the People! From the Stamp Act to Bunker Hill

Boston Massacre engraving by Paul RevereTo tell the story of the coming of the American Revolution in Boston, this exhibition follows the evolution of colonial thought and political action through the letters and diaries of men and women caught up in the conflict, together with political cartoons, newspapers, maps, artifacts, and portraits. The exhibition is on display at the Society 27 February through 4 September.

Explore the coming of the American Revolution through these online displays. Perspectives of the Boston Massacre is an interactive website that allows visitors to examine materials offering a range of perspectives related to the events of 5 March 1765. The Siege of Boston presents more than one dozen accounts written by individuals personally engaged in or affected by the siege, which occurred from April 1775 to March 1776. The Annotated Newspapers of Harbottle Dorr, Jr., presents the complete four-volume set of Revolutionary-era Boston newspapers and pamphlets assembled, annotated, and indexed by Harbottle Dorr, Jr., a shopkeeper in Boston. Discover the fears, friction, and turmoil that shaped these times with The Coming of the American Revolution, a web display of newspapers, official documents, and personal correspondence arranged into fifteen key topics.

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

MHS Events Calendar

The library will be closed on Friday, 3 July but the galleries will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The library and galleries will be closed on Saturday, 4 July.

Saturday, 13 June 10:00 AM

MHS Tour
The History & Collections of the MHS

Monday, 15 June 12:00 PM

This World in a Teacup: Chinese-American Tea Trade in the 19th Century
Dan Du, University of Georgia

Saturday, 20 June 10:00 AM

MHS Tour
The History & Collections of the MHS

Wednesday, 24 June 5:00 PM

Special Event
MHS Fellows Annual Meeting & Reception
This event is open only to MHS Fellows
Registration required: Annual Meeting

Saturday, 27 June 10:00 AM

MHS Tour
The History & Collections of the MHS

Tuesday, 7 July to Thursday, 9 July 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Perspectives on the Boston Massacre
Fee: $35 per person
Registration required: Perspectives on the Boston Massacre

Thursday, 9 July 5:30 PM

Author Talk
Whirlwind: The American Revolution & the War that Won It
John Ferling, University of West Georgia
Registration required: Whirlwind

Saturday, 11 July 10:00 AM

MHS Tour
The History & Collections of the MHS

Tuesday, 14 July to Thursday, 16 July 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Abigail & John: A Life in Letters
Fee: $125 per person
Registration required: Abigail & John

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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