Object of the Month


March 2014

The Trapp Family Singers sign Governor Leverett Saltonstall's guest book at the Massachusetts State House

February 2014

"We welcome you, Lords of the Land of the Sun!" The menu for a banquet in honor of the Iwakura Mission during the Japanese embassy's visit to Boston in 1872.

Broadside on silk, 1872

January 2014

"I think we shall succeed in copper plate printing": Views of Hawaii Engraved at the Lahainaluna Seminary

Engraving, 1840

December 2013

1914 New Year’s greetings from Daniel Berkeley Updike to the Friends of the Merrymount Press

engraving, 1913

November 2013

An Unknown Love: the letters of Amy Lowell and Elizabeth Seccombe

letter, 1907

October 2013

“Wisdom is better than Rubies”: A Masterpiece of 19th–century Boston Furniture Making

Carved oak bookcase, 1880

September 2013

Fort Wagner Falls, 7 September 1863

Painting, 1863

August 2013

“New England Bravery”: Boston Celebrates the Most Notable Feat of Arms in American Colonial History

Broadside, 1745

July 2013

A Rhinoceros Tells Tales to a Soldier: the Childhood Imaginings of E. E. Cummings

Ink on paper, circa 1901

June 2013

Dorothy Quincy: Portrait of the Little Maid with her Parrot

Paintings, circa 1720

May 2013

“This Convulsed Commonwealth”: Daniel Shays Attempts to Call a Truce during Shays’ Rebellion, the Agrarian Revolt Named for Him

Letter, 1787

April 2013

"We searched its gaunt face for the mysteries of our destiny ...": Estelle Ishigo’s Scenes of a Japanese Internment Camp

Watercolor, 1943

March 2013

Washington Mazurkerwitz and Veronica Ryewhiskey: Recollections of the Polish Community in Salem

Letter (retained copy), 1930

February 2013

"Anti-Slavery Excitement" in Boston

Journal entry, 1835

January 2013

"Let all your voices, like merry bells, join loud and clear in the grand chorus of liberty:" Emancipation Proclaimed on New Year's Day 1863

Broadside, 1863

December 2012

Theodore Roosevelt Comes to Lunch—and the Massachusetts Historical Society Turns Itself Upside Down

Program, 1912

November 2012

"Under the Commission of Massachusetts We Shall March Forward to the Mountain Plains of the Aztecs:" Recruiting Volunteers for the First Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment during the Mexican War

Broadside, 1846

October 2012

In Death Lamented: A Mourning Ring for Mary Otis Gray

Ring, 1763

September 2012

"What do I owe to Taft?"

Letter, 1912

August 2012

"To the Farthest Ports of the Rich East": Salem and the Sumatra Pepper Trade

Map, 1827

July 2012

"The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America"

Letter, 1776

June 2012

"The Spirit of Party ... stupefies even those whom it cannot deprave"

Letter, 1810

May 2012

Starring Susannah Rowson

Broadside, 1796

March 2012

Regulations to be Observed by Persons Employed in the Boott Cotton Mills

Broadside, 1866

February 2012

A photographic portrait of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., by Marian "Clover" Hooper Adams

Photograph, 1884

January 2012

Souvenir of a "Splendid Exhibition": Cupid as Drawn by Maelzel's Automaton, the Juvenile Artist

Drawing by automaton machine, 1835

December 2011

Phillis Wheatley's Earliest Poem

Diary page, 1773

November 2011

Recently Discovered: A Letter from W. E. B. Du Bois

Letter, 1895

October 2011

Ball's Bluff--The Civil War Comes Home to Massachusetts

Letter, 1861

September 2011

"There is nothing like having a good repository": Jeremy Belknap Describes the Mission of the Massachusetts Historical Society in 1795

Letter, 1795

August 2011

"We are going out to make calls": Life of a Victorian Girl

Crayon and pencil drawing, circa 1876-1800

July 2011

Ring Those Bells: Paul Revere, Bell Maker

Advertising card, circa 1800

June 2011

Crossed Swords: Prescott and Linzee Swords from the Battle of Bunker Hill

Plaque with two swords, circa 1730s-1750s and circa 1780s

May 2011

A Record of Thomas Jefferson's Garden

Manuscript, 1771 (featured page), 1770-1824 (whole volume)

April 2011

The Battle Lines are Drawn: the Attack on Fort Sumter

Broadside, 1861

March 2011

Seth Eastman on Dighton Rock

Photograph, 1857

February 2011

"Propaganda destructive to the home and church": The Massachusetts Public Interests League and the Battle against "Radicalism"

Letter, 1923

January 2011

Celebrating Charles Sumner: Abolitionist, Orator, Reformer, and Statesman

Portrait, 1887

December 2010

Christmas Revels: A Bowditch Family Christmas Play

Playbill, 1883

November 2010

"The Usual Consequence of Martial Law": William Cheever's Diary during the Siege of Boston

Manuscript diary, May 1775 - March 1776

October 2010

Historical Editing in Wartime: The Extraordinary Military Career of Samuel Miller Quincy

Watercolor drawing, circa 1865

September 2010

"Only the Beginning of Difficulties": The Trial and Rendition of Anthony Burns

Letter, 1854

August 2010

Spoils of War: John Vryling's Silver Punch Strainer

Punch Strainer, circa 1741

July 2010

"A rash and dreadful act for a woman": The 1915 Woman Suffrage Parade in Boston

Broadside, 1862

June 2010

Extraordinary Living Wonders: The Aztec Children in Boston

Broadside, 1862

May 2010

"We are within measurable distance of a terrible military disaster...."

Letter, 1898

April 2010

A Draft Copy of "Notes on the State of Connecticut"

Letter, 1782

March 2010

"All this may be very 'unlovely,' but it is I": A Margaret Fuller Letter as Edited by Her Friends

Letter, 1836