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The Architecture of Edmund March Wheelwright and the Building of the Harvard Lampoon Castle

At the turn of the 20th-century, Edmund March Wheelwright was the Boston City Architect, a board member of the American Institute of Architects, and designer of several notable buildings in Boston including the Massachusetts Historical Society's home on Boylston Street. He also designed the Harvard Lampoon Castle. Along with an overview of Wheelwright's life and accomplishments, Wheelwright and Lampoon enthusiasts discuss the design and inspiration for the Castle.

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Kurt Andersen

Edward L. Widmer

Michael K. Frith

Samuel W. Van Dam 

Henry N. Cobb

William Donnell

John Tittmann

MHS Presents Kennedy Medal to Gordon S. Wood

On May 16, 2012, the MHS honored Gordon S. Wood as the 11th recipient of the John F. Kennedy Medal.  Awarded to persons who have rendered distinguished service to the cause of history, it is the highest award given by the Society. Wood, a Corresponding Fellow of the MHS since 2002 and the Alva O. Way University Professor at Brown University, was presented the medal as part of the Society’s Annual Meeting. In remarks to MHS Fellows and Members he spoke about the way in which history writing has divided between the academics who write for one another and the growing numbers of popular non-academic historians who write for the general reading public.

New Israel/New England: Jews & Puritans in Early America

The New England Puritans’ fascination with the legacy of the Jewish religion has been well documented, but their interactions with actual Jews have escaped sustained historical attention. Michael Hoberman's New Israel/New England tells the story of the Sephardic merchants who traded and sojourned in Boston and Newport between the mid-seventeenth century and the era of the American Revolution. It also explores the complex and often contradictory meanings that the Puritans attached to Judaism and the fraught attitudes that they bore toward the Jews as a people. Hoberman conducted research for his book while on an MHS-NEH Long-term Fellowship in 2008-2009.

Phillis Wheatley: Biography of a Genius in Bondage

With Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral (1773), Phillis Wheatley (1753?-1784) became the first English-speaking person of African descent to publish a book and only the second woman--of any race or background--to do so in America. Written in Boston while she was just a teenager, and when she was still a slave, Wheatley's work was an international sensation. In Phillis Wheatley, Vincent Carretta offers the first full-length biography of a figure whose origins and later life have remained shadowy despite her iconic status.

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When the Red Sox Ruled: Baseball's First Dynasty, 1912-1918

In the early twentieth century, the Boston Red Sox rode major league baseball like a colossus, capturing four World Series titles in seven seasons. Blessed with legendary players like Babe Ruth, Tris Speaker, Harry Hooper, and Smokey Joe Wood, and a brand new, thoroughly modern stadium, the Red Sox reigned as kings of the Deadball Era. Just in time for the centenary of baseball's hallowed Fenway Park and the dawn of the Red Sox dynasty, Tom Whalen gracefully recounts the rise and fall of one of baseball's greatest teams.

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