This Week @MHS

This week we have two brown-bag lunch presentations, a teacher workshop in Springfield, and a Saturday art tour. Here’s a look at what is planned:

On Wednesday, 14 August, from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM: National History Day in Massachusetts workshop. Join us for an introductory workshop that will provide the tools and strategies for implementing the National History Day curriculum in the classroom. With generous support from Mass Humanities, we will be offering educators a $150 stipend and 22.5 Professional Development Points upon completion of this workshop. The workshop is open to educators in grades 6 to 12 and will take place at the Mason Square Branch of the Springfield City Library (765 State Street, Springfield, MA).

On Wednesday, 14 August, at 12:00 PM: Collecting Music in Revolutionary America with Lance Boos, Stony Brook University. By the 1760s, a robust market for sheet music made newly-composed British songs widely available for musically literate American consumers to collect, perform, and imbue with personal and political meaning. This talk addresses the development of this musical marketplace through its merchants, songs, and collectors who adapted the music to suit their changing cultural and political needs.  This is part of our brown-bag lunch program. Brown-bags are free and open to the public. 

On Friday, 16 August, at 12:00 PM: New England & Haiti with Asaf Almog, University of Virginia.This talk looks at New England’s political elite and its conception of race, as shown through its view of the Haitian Revolution, and later the Republic of Haiti. The talk will discuss and complicate a common binary between abolitionism on the one side and hardening racist consensus on the other usually found in the literature. This is part of our brown-bag lunch program. Brown-bags are free and open to the public. 

On Saturday, 17 August at 10:00 AMThe History & Collections of the MHS. This is a 90-minute docent-led walk through of our public rooms. The tour is free and open to the public. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or

“Can She Do It?”: Massachusetts Debates a Woman’s Right to Vote is open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and Tuesday from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Featuring dynamic imagery from the collection of the MHS, the exhibition illustrates the passion on each side of the suffrage question. For over a century, Americans debated whether women should vote. The materials on display demonstrate the arguments made by suffragists and their opponents. While women at the polls may seem unremarkable today, these contentious campaigns formed the foundations for modern debates about gender and politics.

Take a look at our calendar page for information about upcoming programs.