Press Releases

Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize Awarded

Tamara Plakins Thornton recognized for her insightful biography Nathaniel Bowditch and the Power of Numbers

Nathaniel Bowditch and the Power of Numbers book coverThe MHS has announced that the Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize will go to Tamara Plakins Thornton for her book Nathaniel Bowditch & the Power of Numbers: How a 19th-Century Man of Business, Science, & the Sea Changed American Life, published in 2016 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. Thornton will receive the award at an event at the Society on January 25, 2018.

Yankees in the West Now Open at the MHS

Explore how a generation of eastern tourists set out to claim their storyline in the expanding narrative of the American West.

Henry Adams - YellowstoneThe American West has long loomed large in the popular imagination. Depicted alternately as a harsh, untamed, and unpopulated wilderness; a land of opportunity; and the embodiment of America’s sense of entitlement through manifest destiny, realizing western promise was a dominant theme throughout the 19th century. Beginning mid-century, descriptions of the trans-Mississippi West flowed steadily east, capturing the Yankee eye and fueling still steadier streams of westward travel. Through a selection of letters, diaries, artifacts, photographs, and drawings, Yankees in the West explores how New Englanders experienced the trans-Mississippi west in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The exhibition is on display at the Society through April 6, 2018, Monday through Saturday, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

MHS Statement on Racism and Violence

The Massachusetts Historical Society joins the nation in condemning racism, hate, bigotry, and the violence borne of those views as evident in the recent actions in Charlottesville, Virginia. The MHS celebrates the American values of inclusion and diversity and will not tolerate individuals or groups who incite fear and hate based on factors such as race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.

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