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"Can She Do It?" Explores the Activism and Debate Around Women’s Right to Vote in Massachusetts

Opens to the public on Friday, 26 April at 10:00 AM Colorful political cartoons, engaging campaign materials, and visual propaganda illustrate the passion of those who argued for and against women’s suffrage. Commemorating 100 years since Massachusetts ratified the 19th Amendment, a new exhibition at the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) explores the activism and debate around women’s suffrage in Massachusetts. Featuring dynamic imagery from the collection of the MHS, “Can She Do It?” Massachusetts Debates a Woman’s Right to Vote illustrates the passion on each side of the suffrage question. The exhibition is open at the MHS April 26 through September 21, 2019, Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and Tuesday from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM. For over a century, ...

New Exhibition at the MHS Showcases Never-Before-Seen Textiles and Uncovers Little Known Stories

Take a journey through several centuries of New England style in an exhibition of clothing, fabric, accoutrements, and associated manuscripts. Many of us spend time thinking about what we wear and what these choices say about our personality, interests, position, and beliefs. This has been true throughout history. Yet, over time the coded messages in material culture of the American past have become harder for us to read. Fashioning the New England Family uncovers stories as told by various examples of clothing, fabric, accoutrements, and associated manuscripts. The exhibition is on display at the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) through April 6, 2019, Monday through Saturday, from ...

Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize Awarded

Douglas Winiarski recognized for Darkness Falls on the Land of Light: Experiencing Religious Awakenings in Eighteenth-Century New England The Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) has announced that the 2018 Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize will go to Douglas Winiarski for his book Darkness Falls on the Land of Light: Experiencing Religious Awakenings in Eighteenth-Century New England, published in 2017 by the University of North Carolina Press for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. The Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize is given to the best nonfiction work on the history ...

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Celebrating National History Day in Massachusetts at the State House

22Apr 10:00AM 2019
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Massachusetts State House (Grand Staircase) 24 Beacon Street, Boston   The Massachusetts Historical Society, the state sponsor of National History Day in ...

Modern American Society and Culture Seminar

Boston’s North End: Post-World War II Italian Immigration, Segmented Assimilation, and the ...

23Apr 5:15PM 2019

This paper examines the dynamics and impact of Italian immigration in the North End via the lens of segmented assimilation. Depending on age, gender, parental style, and ...

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“Can She Do It?” Massachusetts Debates a Woman’s Right to Vote: Sneak Preview Reception

25Apr 6:00PM 2019
Please note: space at this event is limited.

MHS Fellows and Members are invited to the sneak preview reception for “Can She Do It?” The exhibition explores the activism and debate around women’s ...

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Join us for a program this week! Here is a look at what is going on: - Tuesday, 29 January, 5:15 PM: Better Teaching through Technology, 1945-1969, with Victoria Cain, Northeastern ...

Founder to Founder

Like so many good stories here at the Historical Society, it began with a reference question. Jeremy Belknap, hunting through his sources, asked Vice President John Adams for some help. Belknap, the ...

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