February 2013
MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 2 February 2013.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour ...

Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour. For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

Free and open to the public.

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Early American History Seminar Panel Discussion: Race, Religion, and Freedom in the 18th Century North 5 February 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Location: Old State House Richard Boles, George Washington University, and Jared Hardesty, Boston College Comment: Linford Fisher, Brown University Discussion will focus on two seminar papers: “African American and Indian Church Affiliation: ...

Discussion will focus on two seminar papers: “African American and Indian Church Affiliation: Reevaluating Race and Religion in the North, 1730-1776,” by Richard Boles of George Washington University, and  “A World of Deference and Dependence: Slavery and Unfreedom in Eighteenth-century Boston,” by Jared Hardesty of Boston College. Boles’s paper explores black and Indian participation in each major Protestant denomination, suggesting the need to reevaluate aspects of the religious history of the colonial North in regard to how blacks and Indians influenced theology and church practices. Hardesty’s essay aims to raise serious questions about the nature of freedom in the American Colonies by engaging the literature concerning liberty in early America and challenging the popular slave/free dichotomy that dominates the historiography.

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Brown Bag Finding Sedgwick In the Archives: Recent Discoveries in the Complex Life of Catharine Maria Sedgwick (1789-1867) 6 February 2013.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Lucinda Damon-Bach, Salem State University Internationally famous author, pioneering Unitarian, rural and urban benevolent worker, sister to ...

Internationally famous author, pioneering Unitarian, rural and urban benevolent worker, sister to six siblings, active aunt to 37 nieces and nephews, and prolific correspondent, Catharine Maria Sedgwick’s fascinating life deserves a full-length biography. With over 4,000 letters in addition to personal journals at the MHS, there is much to examine. In her brown bag talk Lucinda Damon-Bach will share some of the questions and discoveries to date that are helping her to clear up misconceptions and prepare a long-overdue book about Sedgwick’s life and work.

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History of Women and Gender Seminar Partus Sequitur Ventrem: Slave Law and the History of Women in Slavery 7 February 2013.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:30PM Location: Schlesinger Library Jennifer Morgan, New York University Comment: Linda Heywood, Boston University More
Building Closed Library & Exhibitions Closing @ 12:30 8 February 2013.Friday, all day More
Building Closed Library & Exhibitions Closed 9 February 2013.Saturday, all day More
Notice Opening @ Noon 11 February 2013.Monday, all day More
Public Program, Author Talk Lincoln & Liberty, Too 11 February 2013.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 PM William Martin In March 1861, when Lincoln delivered his First Inaugural, neither he nor many in the audience ...

William Martin The Lincoln LetterIn March 1861, when Lincoln delivered his First Inaugural, neither he nor many in the audience envisioned that four years later, at his Second, the eradication of slavery would be imminent. What events led to the Emancipation Proclamation? And what would follow as Lincoln led the nation toward his “king’s cure for all the evils,” the Thirteenth Amendment? On the eve of Lincoln’s birthday, William Martin will explore Lincoln’s passage from the careful Constitutional lawyer of the First Inaugural to the almost messianic figure of the Second. An MHS Fellow,  Mr. Martin has written novels that appear on the New York Times bestsellers list, as well as scripts for television and film.

Reservations requested. Please click on the RSVP link above, or contact the education department at 617-646-0560 / education@masshist.org.

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Environmental History Seminar “To clear the herring brook": Fluvial Control, Common Rights, and Commercial Development in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, 1660-1860 12 February 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Ben Cronin, University of Michigan Comment: William F. Hanna III, author of A History of Taunton, Massachusetts By examining towns of Plymouth County, particularly Pembroke and Middleboro, this project shows how ...

By examining towns of Plymouth County, particularly Pembroke and Middleboro, this project shows how political, economic, and at times military power flowed from effective control of the waterways. The shift in what might be called “water regimes” was a crucial location of what Charles Sellers has called the Market Revolution.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 16 February 2013.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour ...

Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour. For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

Free and open to the public.

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Building Closed Presidents' Day 18 February 2013.Monday, all day More
Early American History Seminar Revolutionary Ideologies and Wartime Economic Regulation 19 February 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Daniel Mandell, Truman State University Comment: Brendan McConville, Boston University Rescheduled from October 30. This seminar paper will focus on the ideological ...

Rescheduled from October 30. This seminar paper will focus on the ideological elements in the conflict that emerged over wage and price regulation, as wartime debates created a conceptual gap between calls for economic equality and liberty. It is part of a larger study of the evolution of notions of equality in America.

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Proclaim Liberty banner Special Event, Member Event "Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land": Preview Reception 21 February 2013.Thursday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM This event is available to MHS Fellows and Members MHS Fellows and Members are invited to a special preview reception of "Proclaim Liberty Throughout ...

Proclaim Liberty bannerMHS Fellows and Members are invited to a special preview reception of "Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land." The evening will begin with remarks by Stephen T. Riley Librarian Peter Drummey.

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Exhibitionbegins "Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land": Boston Abolitionists, 1831-1865 22 February 2013.Friday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM In the decades leading up to the Civil War, Boston became a center of the national antislavery ...

In the decades leading up to the Civil War, Boston became a center of the national antislavery movement, and in 1831 William Lloyd Garrison, "all on fire" for the cause, began publication of The Liberator, the country's leading abolitionist newspaper. There was strong resistance to the radical movement, however, not only in the slaveholding South, but among Northerners' as well. The exhibition features manuscripts, photographs, artifacts—including the imposing stone for The Liberator—and portraits related to the abolitionist movement in Boston.

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Public Program, Exhibition "I Will Be Heard!" William Lloyd Garrison & the Abolitionist Movement in Boston, 1831-1865 22 February 2013.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Exhibition Spotlight Peter Drummey, Massachusetts Historical Society Librarian Peter Drummey will discuss materials in the new exhibition that illustrate the life and ...

Proclaim Liberty banner Librarian Peter Drummey will discuss materials in the new exhibition that illustrate the life and career of William Lloyd Garrison, editor of the Liberator, and a central figure in the antislavery movement in Boston.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 23 February 2013.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour ...

Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour. For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

Free and open to the public.

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Immigration and Urban History Seminar Seeing in the City: Broadway and the Culture of Vision in 19th-Century New York 26 February 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM David Jaffee, Bard Graduate Center Comment: Keith Morgan, Boston University This essay will explore Broadway as the central location for many of Jaffe’s case studies of ...

This essay will explore Broadway as the central location for many of Jaffe’s case studies of cultural entrepreneurs as well as the subject and site of new ways of seeing in the city. His research includes Currier & Ives lithographs, John Rogers sculptures, E. & H. T. Anthony Stereographs, and Harper's illustrations.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 2 February 2013.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour. For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

Free and open to the public.

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Early American History Seminar Panel Discussion: Race, Religion, and Freedom in the 18th Century North 5 February 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Location: Old State House Richard Boles, George Washington University, and Jared Hardesty, Boston College Comment: Linford Fisher, Brown University

Discussion will focus on two seminar papers: “African American and Indian Church Affiliation: Reevaluating Race and Religion in the North, 1730-1776,” by Richard Boles of George Washington University, and  “A World of Deference and Dependence: Slavery and Unfreedom in Eighteenth-century Boston,” by Jared Hardesty of Boston College. Boles’s paper explores black and Indian participation in each major Protestant denomination, suggesting the need to reevaluate aspects of the religious history of the colonial North in regard to how blacks and Indians influenced theology and church practices. Hardesty’s essay aims to raise serious questions about the nature of freedom in the American Colonies by engaging the literature concerning liberty in early America and challenging the popular slave/free dichotomy that dominates the historiography.

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Brown Bag Finding Sedgwick In the Archives: Recent Discoveries in the Complex Life of Catharine Maria Sedgwick (1789-1867) 6 February 2013.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Lucinda Damon-Bach, Salem State University

Internationally famous author, pioneering Unitarian, rural and urban benevolent worker, sister to six siblings, active aunt to 37 nieces and nephews, and prolific correspondent, Catharine Maria Sedgwick’s fascinating life deserves a full-length biography. With over 4,000 letters in addition to personal journals at the MHS, there is much to examine. In her brown bag talk Lucinda Damon-Bach will share some of the questions and discoveries to date that are helping her to clear up misconceptions and prepare a long-overdue book about Sedgwick’s life and work.

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History of Women and Gender Seminar Partus Sequitur Ventrem: Slave Law and the History of Women in Slavery 7 February 2013.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:30PM Location: Schlesinger Library Jennifer Morgan, New York University Comment: Linda Heywood, Boston University close

Building Closed Library & Exhibitions Closing @ 12:30 8 February 2013.Friday, all day close

Building Closed Library & Exhibitions Closed 9 February 2013.Saturday, all day close

Notice Opening @ Noon 11 February 2013.Monday, all day close

Public Program, Author Talk Lincoln & Liberty, Too 11 February 2013.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 PM William Martin

William Martin The Lincoln LetterIn March 1861, when Lincoln delivered his First Inaugural, neither he nor many in the audience envisioned that four years later, at his Second, the eradication of slavery would be imminent. What events led to the Emancipation Proclamation? And what would follow as Lincoln led the nation toward his “king’s cure for all the evils,” the Thirteenth Amendment? On the eve of Lincoln’s birthday, William Martin will explore Lincoln’s passage from the careful Constitutional lawyer of the First Inaugural to the almost messianic figure of the Second. An MHS Fellow,  Mr. Martin has written novels that appear on the New York Times bestsellers list, as well as scripts for television and film.

Reservations requested. Please click on the RSVP link above, or contact the education department at 617-646-0560 / education@masshist.org.

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Environmental History Seminar “To clear the herring brook": Fluvial Control, Common Rights, and Commercial Development in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, 1660-1860 12 February 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Ben Cronin, University of Michigan Comment: William F. Hanna III, author of A History of Taunton, Massachusetts

By examining towns of Plymouth County, particularly Pembroke and Middleboro, this project shows how political, economic, and at times military power flowed from effective control of the waterways. The shift in what might be called “water regimes” was a crucial location of what Charles Sellers has called the Market Revolution.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 16 February 2013.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour. For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

Free and open to the public.

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Building Closed Presidents' Day 18 February 2013.Monday, all day close

Early American History Seminar Revolutionary Ideologies and Wartime Economic Regulation 19 February 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Daniel Mandell, Truman State University Comment: Brendan McConville, Boston University

Rescheduled from October 30. This seminar paper will focus on the ideological elements in the conflict that emerged over wage and price regulation, as wartime debates created a conceptual gap between calls for economic equality and liberty. It is part of a larger study of the evolution of notions of equality in America.

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Special Event, Member Event "Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land": Preview Reception 21 February 2013.Thursday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM This event is available to MHS Fellows and Members Proclaim Liberty banner

Proclaim Liberty bannerMHS Fellows and Members are invited to a special preview reception of "Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land." The evening will begin with remarks by Stephen T. Riley Librarian Peter Drummey.

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Exhibition "Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land": Boston Abolitionists, 1831-1865 22 February 2013 to 24 May 2013 Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM

In the decades leading up to the Civil War, Boston became a center of the national antislavery movement, and in 1831 William Lloyd Garrison, "all on fire" for the cause, began publication of The Liberator, the country's leading abolitionist newspaper. There was strong resistance to the radical movement, however, not only in the slaveholding South, but among Northerners' as well. The exhibition features manuscripts, photographs, artifacts—including the imposing stone for The Liberator—and portraits related to the abolitionist movement in Boston.

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Public Program, Exhibition "I Will Be Heard!" William Lloyd Garrison & the Abolitionist Movement in Boston, 1831-1865 22 February 2013.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Exhibition Spotlight Peter Drummey, Massachusetts Historical Society

Proclaim Liberty banner Librarian Peter Drummey will discuss materials in the new exhibition that illustrate the life and career of William Lloyd Garrison, editor of the Liberator, and a central figure in the antislavery movement in Boston.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 23 February 2013.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour. For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

Free and open to the public.

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Immigration and Urban History Seminar Seeing in the City: Broadway and the Culture of Vision in 19th-Century New York 26 February 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM David Jaffee, Bard Graduate Center Comment: Keith Morgan, Boston University

This essay will explore Broadway as the central location for many of Jaffe’s case studies of cultural entrepreneurs as well as the subject and site of new ways of seeing in the city. His research includes Currier & Ives lithographs, John Rogers sculptures, E. & H. T. Anthony Stereographs, and Harper's illustrations.

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