Object of the Month


October 2005

Ralph Farnham, the Last Survivor of the Battle of Bunker Hill?

September 2005

Harvard in 1726: The First Prospect of an American College

The First Prospect of an American College

August 2005

Slavery, Bleeding Kansas, and a Test of Friendship

A letter from Abraham Lincoln to Joshua Fry Speed

July 2005

"A Covenant with Death and an Agreement with Hell"

Broadside advertising a Fourth of July rally sponsored by the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society in 1854.

June 2005

Fort Independence

Castle Island in Boston Harbor

May 2005

Three extraordinary women:

The Peabody sisters of Salem

April 2005

From the desk of Phillis Wheatley

Published in London in 1773, Wheatley's Poems on Various Subjects, Religous and Moral, was the first book of poetry by a Black American.

March 2005

Deborah Sampson, soldier in disguise

Paul Revere writes in support of Deborah Sampson Gannett, who served during the American Revolution disguised as a man.

February 2005

Montcalm and Wolfe

Francis Parkman's Account of the Deaths of Montcalm and Wolfe

January 2005

The Know-Nothing Party

The American Party (the Know-Nothing Party) comes to power in Massachusetts in 1855

December 2004

Benjamin Franklin's milk punch recipe

Benjamin Franklin sent a recipe "To make Milk Punch" to James Bowdoin, a Boston merchant and the future governor of Massachusetts, on 11 October 1763.

November 2004

Certificate of attendance at Dr. John Warren's course of anatomical lectures

One of two known surviving copies of a certificate of attendance at Dr. John Warren's anatomical lectures and demonstrations, engraved by Paul Revere.

October 2004

GOP campaign mugs

Mugs depicting the heads of the 1960 Republican candidates for President, Richard M. Nixon, and Vice President, Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

September 2004

The Selling of Joseph A Memorial

Written by Samuel Sewall in 1700, The Selling of Joseph was the first anti-slavery tract published in New England.

August 2004

Letter from Eleanor "Nora" Saltonstall to her family

Saltonstall wrote this letter to her family while she was serving with the American Red Cross in France during World War I.

July 2004

Letter from Alexander Hamilton to Theodore Sedgwick, 10 July 1804

Hamilton wrote this letter the day before his duel with Aaron Burr.

June 2004

Colombo Yogurt: A Massachusetts Success Story

Colombo Yogurt 8-ounce container

May 2004

The Columbia and Washington Medal

The Columbia and Washington Medal commemorating "the first American Adventure on the Pacific Ocean."

April 2004

The Boston News-Letter

This is the first issue of the first continuously published newspaper in America.

March 2004

The Tragedy of Zara

"On Saturday next will be perform'd, by a society of ladies and gentlemen, at Faneuil-Hall, the Tragedy of Zara ... "

February 2004

Preble before Tripoli

Edward Preble and the burning of the Philadelphia

January 2004

The Mischief at Deerfield

Letter from William Whiting to Fitz-John Winthrop, 4 March 1703/4 [1704]

December 2003

100th Anniversary of First Flight

Letters by Octave Chanute and Godfrey L. Cabot following the Wright brothers' successful flights at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

November 2003

Atkins Family Photographs

Robert M. Grey, Mr. Brooks, and Thomas Barbour gathering papayas at the Harvard Botanical Garden, Soledad, Cuba

October 2003

View of Boston & Albany passenger train from grounds of Keewaydin

Photograph by Francis Blake, circa 1885

September 2003

"I have not yet begun to fight"

Copper medal by Augustin Dupré, circa 1787

August 2003

Map of Massachusetts Proper

Compiled from actual surveys made by Order of the General Court and under the inspection of Agents of their appointment. by Osgood Carleton; engraved by Joseph Callender and Samuel Hill, 1801.

June 2003

The Last Horse Drawn Streetcar in Boston

May 2003

Daguerreotype of Faneuil Hall

April 2003

The Boston Red Sox

March 2003

Aid for Mother Ireland

February 2003

The Ratification of the U.S. Constitution in Massachusetts

January 2003

Amistad Letters to JQA

December 2002

Benjamin Franklin Tries to Electrocute a Turkey

November 2002

John Hancock

October 2002

John Singleton Copley

September 2002

New England Maps

August 2002

Schoolgirl Needlework

July 2002

Declaration of Independence

June 2002

Women and War

May 2002

Order of the Rising Sun

April 2002

Paul Revere's Ride

March 2002

Harriet Beecher Stowe

February 2002

Anthony Burns Checks

January 2002

New Year's Address

December 2001

Santa Claus Bank Note

November 2001

The Parkman Murder

October 2001

Indian Ledger Art