September 2019
Building Closed Labor Day 2 September 2019.Monday, all day The MHS is CLOSED in observance of Labor Day.

The MHS is CLOSED in observance of Labor Day.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 7 September 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led ...

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

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Public Program, Conversation, Legacies of 1619 Legacies of 1619: Recognition & Resilience 7 September 2019.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS PROGRAM Kerri Greenidge, Tufts University; David Krugler, University of Wisconsin—Platteville; and Peter Wirzbicki, Princeton University; and moderator Robert Bellinger, Suffolk University Location: Museum of African American History, 46 Joy Street, Boston The institution of slavery in English North America began in 1619 with the arrival of roughly 20 ...

The institution of slavery in English North America began in 1619 with the arrival of roughly 20 Africans in the settlement of Jamestown. What has followed has been 400 years of exploitation and discrimination in many different forms. However, telling this story is not complete without an exploration of how African American communities have created culture and institutions that have survived despite these challenges. This program will explore both structures of exploitation and forms of resistance.

Please note: This program will held at the Museum of African American History, 46 Joy Street, Boston.

This program is part one of a four program series titled Legacies of 1619. The series is co-sponsored by the Museum of African American History and the Roxbury Community College.

   

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Notice Library & Galleries Open @ Noon 10 September 2019.Tuesday, all day To accommodate an all-staff meeting the library and exhibition galleries will delay opening until 12 ...

To accommodate an all-staff meeting the library and exhibition galleries will delay opening until 12:00 PM on Tuesday, September 10.

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Public Program, Author Talk Properties of Empire: Indians, Colonists, & Land Speculators on the New England Frontier 10 September 2019.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Ian Saxine There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). Properties of Empire challenges assumptions about the relationship between Indigenous and ...

Properties of Empire challenges assumptions about the relationship between Indigenous and imperial property creation in early America. Many colonists came to believe their prosperity depended on acknowledging Indigenous land rights and Wabanaki Indians’ unity allowed them to forcefully project their own interpretations of poorly remembered land deeds and treaties. The ongoing struggle to construct a commonly agreed-upon culture of landownership shaped diplomacy, imperial administration, and matters of colonial law in powerful ways, and its legacy remains with us today.

 

 

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Public Program Benjamin Franklin’s Influence on Jewish Thought & Practice 12 September 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 Shai Afsai There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). In his 20s, Benjamin Franklin resolved to perfect his character, devising a self-improvement method ...

In his 20s, Benjamin Franklin resolved to perfect his character, devising a self-improvement method to aid him in the challenging task of becoming virtuous and intending to complete a book on its use. This method was eventually incorporated into the Jewish ethical tradition through the publication, in 1808, of Rabbi Mendel Lefin’s Book of Spiritual Accounting, which made it available to Hebrew-reading audiences. Shai Afsai discusses this surprising historical development, which has often confused Judaic scholars, and of which Franklin specialists have been largely oblivious.

 

 

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Abigail Adams: Independence and Ideals, Pop-up Display and Talk 13 September 2019.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM The Pop-Up Display will be on view from July 1-September 21. September 13 at 2:00 PM: Join an Adams Papers editor for an in-depth look at the display. Never “an uninterested Spectator” when it came to the American political landscape, ...

Never “an uninterested Spectator” when it came to the American political landscape, Abigail Adams leveraged a wide network of correspondents to discuss her vision of the emerging nation.

 

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 14 September 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led ...

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

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Public Program, Author Talk Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth 18 September 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Kevin M. Levin There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). More than 150 years after the end of the Civil War, scores of websites, articles, and organizations ...

More than 150 years after the end of the Civil War, scores of websites, articles, and organizations repeat claims that anywhere between 500 and 100,000 free and  enslaved African Americans fought willingly as soldiers in the Confederate army. But as Kevin M. Levin argues, such claims would have shocked anyone who served in the army during the war itself. Levin explains that imprecise contemporary accounts, poorly understood primary source material, and rising backlash against African Americans’ gains in civil rights have helped fuel the rise of the black Confederate myth.

 

 

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//mhs067-evening.jpg Grad Student Reception 19 September 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM Calling all graduate students and faculty! Please join us at our tenth annual Graduate Student ...

Calling all graduate students and faculty! Please join us at our tenth annual Graduate Student Reception for students in history, American Studies, and related fields. Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres as you meet colleagues from other universities working in your field. Take a behind-the-scenes tour and learn about the resources the MHS offers to support your scholarship, from research fellowships to our seminar series.

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Can She Do It? cartoon Exhibitionends "Can She Do It?" Massachusetts Debates a Woman’s Right to Vote 21 September 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM, and Tuesday from 10 AM to 7 PM Colorful political cartoons, engaging campaign materials, and visual propaganda illustrate ...

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, this 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 through Saturday, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Abigail Adams - Independence and Ideals Exhibitionends Abigail Adams: Independence & Ideals 21 September 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Pop-up display open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM, and Tuesday from 10 AM to 7 PM For Abigail Adams, the road to independence meant creating and sustaining a new set of American ...

For Abigail Adams, the road to independence meant creating and sustaining a new set of American ideals. Abigail knew that the patriot cause must embrace both revolution and reform. Explore her views from the political center of the emerging nation with the manuscripts and artifacts on view as part of this Remember Abigail exhibit.

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Notice Library Closing @ 3:00PM 21 September 2019.Saturday, all day In preparation for an afternoon event, the library closes at 3:00PM.

In preparation for an afternoon event, the library closes at 3:00PM.

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Public Program, Conversation Can They Do It? Divisions on the Road to the 19th Amendment 21 September 2019.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 3:30. Allison K. Lange, Wentworth Institute of Technology; Corinne T. Field, University of Virginia; Manisha Sinha, University of Connecticut; Barbara F. Berenson There is no charge for this program. Registration is required. The women’s suffrage movement was not always a cohesive or inclusive space for everyone who ...

The women’s suffrage movement was not always a cohesive or inclusive space for everyone who fought for the vote, nor did the Nineteenth Amendment bring about political enfranchisement for all women. Conflicts around political philosophy, campaign tactics, and most notably, issues of race, led to a movement that was deeply fractured. Our panel will further examine the divisions inherent in the movement and will look at how other social reform activists have historically struggled with coalition building and intersectionality.

This program is made possible through the co-sponsorship of the Greater Boston Women's Vote Centennial (presented by Mayor Walsh's Office of Women's Advancement).

 

 

 

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/masc_banner.jpg Modern American Society and Culture Seminar Fifty Shades of Green: Sexing Economics 24 September 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Bethany Moreton, Dartmouth College Nancy Cott, Harvard University From the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship to the Chicago School, thinkers on the Right ...

From the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship to the Chicago School, thinkers on the Right have vigorously theorized the foundational connections between sexual and economic ideologies, even while self-identified partisans of labor democracy scold radicals for “trying to persuade people on the left that gay issues, black issues, feminist issues and so on are all really about capitalism.” What happens when we consider economic “science” as a chapter in the history of sexuality?

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//peggotty_beach_postcard_with_third_cliff_jpeg_-_crop.jpg Brown Bag Suffragists of Scituate 25 September 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Lyle Nyberg, Scituate Historical Society A hundred years ago, several nationally prominent suffragists spent summers in Scituate, which had ...

A hundred years ago, several nationally prominent suffragists spent summers in Scituate, which had become a popular seaside destination. They included Inez Haynes Irwin, who wrote the history of the National Woman’s Party, and Judith Winsor Smith, who wrote for the Woman’s Journal and gave public speeches into her 90s promoting a woman’s right to vote. This talk examines their little-known stories and unique relationship to Scituate.

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Public Program, Author Talk The Arts and Crafts Houses of Massachusetts: A Style Rediscovered 25 September 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Heli Meltsner, Cambridge Historical Society There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). At the opening of the twentieth century, Massachusetts architects struggled to create an authentic ...

At the opening of the twentieth century, Massachusetts architects struggled to create an authentic new look that would reflect their clients’ increasingly informal way of life. Inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement in England, the result was a charming style that proved especially appropriate for the rapidly expanding suburbs and vacation houses in the states. Through meticulous research, Heli Meltsner brings this distinctly New England architectural style the attention it deserves.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//eahs_banner.jpg Early American History Seminar Toward the Sistercentennial: New Light on Women’s Participation in the American Revolution 26 September 2019.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Woody Holton, University of South Carolina Mary Bilder, Boston College Law This essay offers new insight on some of the iconic stories of women’s involvement in the ...

This essay offers new insight on some of the iconic stories of women’s involvement in the American Revolution. For example, it (1) documents disputes among the Patriot boycotters of 1769 and 1770 (male vs. female, enslaved vs. free, and northern vs. southern) and 2) describes the male-on-male conflicts that led to and resulted from Esther Reed’s famous Ladies Association of 1780.

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Life and Legacy pop-up exhibition Exhibitionbegins Abigail Adams: Life & Legacy 27 September 2019.Friday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Abigail Adams urged her husband to “Remember the Ladies” and made herself impossible to ...

Abigail Adams urged her husband to “Remember the Ladies” and made herself impossible to forget. But Abigail is memorable for more than her famous 1776 admonition. This final Remember Abigail display uses documents and artifacts through the ages to consider the way Abigail viewed her own legacy and to explore how and why we continue to Remember Abigail.

Gallery talks will take place on 25 October and 22 November at 2:00 PM.

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Public Program Primary Sources for Fashion and Costume History Research 28 September 2019.Saturday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Kimberly Alexander, University of New Hampshire; Sara Georgini, MHS Antique textiles, images of historical figures, and material culture hold a wealth of information ...

Antique textiles, images of historical figures, and material culture hold a wealth of information that can enrich personal stories, explain relationships, and contextualize the world that people occupied. However, these sources can seem daunting to explore. Two experts on fashion and material culture will guide you through unraveling the stories woven into history’s fabric.

This workshop is part of our Remember Abigail programming.

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Building Closed Labor Day 2 September 2019.Monday, all day

The MHS is CLOSED in observance of Labor Day.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 7 September 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

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Public Program, Conversation, Legacies of 1619 Legacies of 1619: Recognition & Resilience 7 September 2019.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS PROGRAM Kerri Greenidge, Tufts University; David Krugler, University of Wisconsin—Platteville; and Peter Wirzbicki, Princeton University; and moderator Robert Bellinger, Suffolk University Location: Museum of African American History, 46 Joy Street, Boston

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The institution of slavery in English North America began in 1619 with the arrival of roughly 20 Africans in the settlement of Jamestown. What has followed has been 400 years of exploitation and discrimination in many different forms. However, telling this story is not complete without an exploration of how African American communities have created culture and institutions that have survived despite these challenges. This program will explore both structures of exploitation and forms of resistance.

Please note: This program will held at the Museum of African American History, 46 Joy Street, Boston.

This program is part one of a four program series titled Legacies of 1619. The series is co-sponsored by the Museum of African American History and the Roxbury Community College.

   

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Notice Library & Galleries Open @ Noon 10 September 2019.Tuesday, all day

To accommodate an all-staff meeting the library and exhibition galleries will delay opening until 12:00 PM on Tuesday, September 10.

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Public Program, Author Talk Properties of Empire: Indians, Colonists, & Land Speculators on the New England Frontier 10 September 2019.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Ian Saxine There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

Properties of Empire challenges assumptions about the relationship between Indigenous and imperial property creation in early America. Many colonists came to believe their prosperity depended on acknowledging Indigenous land rights and Wabanaki Indians’ unity allowed them to forcefully project their own interpretations of poorly remembered land deeds and treaties. The ongoing struggle to construct a commonly agreed-upon culture of landownership shaped diplomacy, imperial administration, and matters of colonial law in powerful ways, and its legacy remains with us today.

 

 

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Public Program Benjamin Franklin’s Influence on Jewish Thought & Practice 12 September 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 Shai Afsai There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

In his 20s, Benjamin Franklin resolved to perfect his character, devising a self-improvement method to aid him in the challenging task of becoming virtuous and intending to complete a book on its use. This method was eventually incorporated into the Jewish ethical tradition through the publication, in 1808, of Rabbi Mendel Lefin’s Book of Spiritual Accounting, which made it available to Hebrew-reading audiences. Shai Afsai discusses this surprising historical development, which has often confused Judaic scholars, and of which Franklin specialists have been largely oblivious.

 

 

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Abigail Adams: Independence and Ideals, Pop-up Display and Talk 13 September 2019.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM The Pop-Up Display will be on view from July 1-September 21. September 13 at 2:00 PM: Join an Adams Papers editor for an in-depth look at the display.

Never “an uninterested Spectator” when it came to the American political landscape, Abigail Adams leveraged a wide network of correspondents to discuss her vision of the emerging nation.

 

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 14 September 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

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Public Program, Author Talk Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth 18 September 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Kevin M. Levin There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

More than 150 years after the end of the Civil War, scores of websites, articles, and organizations repeat claims that anywhere between 500 and 100,000 free and  enslaved African Americans fought willingly as soldiers in the Confederate army. But as Kevin M. Levin argues, such claims would have shocked anyone who served in the army during the war itself. Levin explains that imprecise contemporary accounts, poorly understood primary source material, and rising backlash against African Americans’ gains in civil rights have helped fuel the rise of the black Confederate myth.

 

 

 

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Grad Student Reception 19 September 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//mhs067-evening.jpg

Calling all graduate students and faculty! Please join us at our tenth annual Graduate Student Reception for students in history, American Studies, and related fields. Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres as you meet colleagues from other universities working in your field. Take a behind-the-scenes tour and learn about the resources the MHS offers to support your scholarship, from research fellowships to our seminar series.

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Exhibition "Can She Do It?" Massachusetts Debates a Woman’s Right to Vote this event is free Open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM, and Tuesday from 10 AM to 7 PM Can She Do It? cartoon

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, this 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 through Saturday, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Exhibition Abigail Adams: Independence & Ideals this event is free Pop-up display open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM, and Tuesday from 10 AM to 7 PM Abigail Adams - Independence and Ideals

For Abigail Adams, the road to independence meant creating and sustaining a new set of American ideals. Abigail knew that the patriot cause must embrace both revolution and reform. Explore her views from the political center of the emerging nation with the manuscripts and artifacts on view as part of this Remember Abigail exhibit.

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Notice Library Closing @ 3:00PM 21 September 2019.Saturday, all day

In preparation for an afternoon event, the library closes at 3:00PM.

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Public Program, Conversation Can They Do It? Divisions on the Road to the 19th Amendment Register registration required at no cost 21 September 2019.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 3:30. Allison K. Lange, Wentworth Institute of Technology; Corinne T. Field, University of Virginia; Manisha Sinha, University of Connecticut; Barbara F. Berenson There is no charge for this program. Registration is required.

The women’s suffrage movement was not always a cohesive or inclusive space for everyone who fought for the vote, nor did the Nineteenth Amendment bring about political enfranchisement for all women. Conflicts around political philosophy, campaign tactics, and most notably, issues of race, led to a movement that was deeply fractured. Our panel will further examine the divisions inherent in the movement and will look at how other social reform activists have historically struggled with coalition building and intersectionality.

This program is made possible through the co-sponsorship of the Greater Boston Women's Vote Centennial (presented by Mayor Walsh's Office of Women's Advancement).

 

 

 

 

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Modern American Society and Culture Seminar Fifty Shades of Green: Sexing Economics Register registration required at no cost 24 September 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Bethany Moreton, Dartmouth College Nancy Cott, Harvard University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/masc_banner.jpg

From the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship to the Chicago School, thinkers on the Right have vigorously theorized the foundational connections between sexual and economic ideologies, even while self-identified partisans of labor democracy scold radicals for “trying to persuade people on the left that gay issues, black issues, feminist issues and so on are all really about capitalism.” What happens when we consider economic “science” as a chapter in the history of sexuality?

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Brown Bag Suffragists of Scituate this event is free 25 September 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Lyle Nyberg, Scituate Historical Society Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//peggotty_beach_postcard_with_third_cliff_jpeg_-_crop.jpg

A hundred years ago, several nationally prominent suffragists spent summers in Scituate, which had become a popular seaside destination. They included Inez Haynes Irwin, who wrote the history of the National Woman’s Party, and Judith Winsor Smith, who wrote for the Woman’s Journal and gave public speeches into her 90s promoting a woman’s right to vote. This talk examines their little-known stories and unique relationship to Scituate.

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Public Program, Author Talk The Arts and Crafts Houses of Massachusetts: A Style Rediscovered Register registration required 25 September 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Heli Meltsner, Cambridge Historical Society There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

At the opening of the twentieth century, Massachusetts architects struggled to create an authentic new look that would reflect their clients’ increasingly informal way of life. Inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement in England, the result was a charming style that proved especially appropriate for the rapidly expanding suburbs and vacation houses in the states. Through meticulous research, Heli Meltsner brings this distinctly New England architectural style the attention it deserves.

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Early American History Seminar Toward the Sistercentennial: New Light on Women’s Participation in the American Revolution Register registration required at no cost 26 September 2019.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Woody Holton, University of South Carolina Mary Bilder, Boston College Law Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//eahs_banner.jpg

This essay offers new insight on some of the iconic stories of women’s involvement in the American Revolution. For example, it (1) documents disputes among the Patriot boycotters of 1769 and 1770 (male vs. female, enslaved vs. free, and northern vs. southern) and 2) describes the male-on-male conflicts that led to and resulted from Esther Reed’s famous Ladies Association of 1780.

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Exhibition Abigail Adams: Life & Legacy this event is free 27 September 2019 to 10 January 2020 Life and Legacy pop-up exhibition

Abigail Adams urged her husband to “Remember the Ladies” and made herself impossible to forget. But Abigail is memorable for more than her famous 1776 admonition. This final Remember Abigail display uses documents and artifacts through the ages to consider the way Abigail viewed her own legacy and to explore how and why we continue to Remember Abigail.

Gallery talks will take place on 25 October and 22 November at 2:00 PM.

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Public Program Primary Sources for Fashion and Costume History Research Register registration required at no cost 28 September 2019.Saturday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Kimberly Alexander, University of New Hampshire; Sara Georgini, MHS

Antique textiles, images of historical figures, and material culture hold a wealth of information that can enrich personal stories, explain relationships, and contextualize the world that people occupied. However, these sources can seem daunting to explore. Two experts on fashion and material culture will guide you through unraveling the stories woven into history’s fabric.

This workshop is part of our Remember Abigail programming.

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