[[13]]Object of the Month

Protecting American Interests: the Steamer Queen on the Pearl River, 1855

This watercolor by Chinese artist Sunqua shows the Steamer Queen on the Pearl River, in the Thirteen Factories quarter of Canton (now Guangzhou) circa 1855. More

[[11]]The Adams Papers Digital Edition Turns Ten!

Visit our relaunched site with a fresh design, new features, and the addition of Papers of John Adams, Volume 17.
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[[10]]The Papers of Robert Treat Paine
Volume 4: 1778-1786

Now available, this volume encompasses Robert Treat Paine’s time as Massachusetts Attorney General and highlights the quest for order in a nation gripped by violence and upheaval.
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[[15]]Entrepreneurship & Classical Design in Boston’s South End: The Furniture of Isaac Vose & Thomas Seymour, 1815 to 1825

Isaac Vose and his brilliant furniture are revealed in a new exhibition and accompanying volume.
Open 11 May to 14 September Details.

[[14]]Fashion Preview

See garments, textiles, and costumes in a sneak peak of the upcoming Fashioning the New England Family project. View

Who We Are

As the nation’s first historical society, the MHS strives to enhance the understanding of our nation’s past and its connection to the present, demonstrating that history is not just a series of events that happened to individuals long ago but is integral to the fabric of our daily lives. More about the MHS

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