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They’re Comin’ Out, They Want the World to Know: Boston’s Depression Debutantes

Elizabeth Elliot Mixter was born in Boston on 24 January 1913. She was the oldest child and only daughter of renowned neurosurgeon William Jason Mixter and his wife Dorothy (Fay) Mixter. Like other young women hailing from the elite Brahmin families of Boston, coming of [...] read more

comments: 1 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 29 March, 2017, 12:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

Even though March is on its way out, it seems bent on imposing its will. Escape the late-winter bluster in the week ahead with some history: - Monday, 27 March, 6:00PM : First up this week is a public program centered on our current exhibit, The Irish Atlantic, and is the [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 26 March, 2017, 12:00 AM

Gertrude Codman Carter’s Diary, March 1917

Today we return to the 1917 diary of Gertrude Codman Carter. You may read the previous entries here: Introduction | January | February All but the last page of March 1917 is sliced out of the diary; a practice of selective record-keeping that seems to have been somewhat [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 24 March, 2017, 12:00 AM

Women and Organized Labor in Early 20th-Century Boston

According to Tom Juravich, William F. Hartford, and James R. Green, authors of Commonwealth of Toil: Chapters in the History of Massachusetts Workers and their Unions (University of Massachusetts Press, 1996), the years around the turn of the 20th century were [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 22 March, 2017, 4:05 PM

This Week @ MHS

Here is the round-up of events in the week ahead: - Monday, 20 March, 6:00PM : "Republic of Taste" is the first installment in a new series of author talks called Politics of Taste, and it takes its name from Catherine E. Kelly's new book, Republic of Taste: Art, Politics, [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 19 March, 2017, 12:00 AM

From Hero to Barbarian: The Adamses on Andrew Jackson

As March 15 marks Andrew Jackson’s 250th birthday it will come as no surprise that this incredibly influential and controversial figure in American history provoked strong and memorable reactions from the Adams family as he entered their circle in the 1820s, eventually [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 15 March, 2017, 8:37 AM

This Week @ MHS

The icy grip of winter is clinging on for life as we head into this new week. But to balance it out, we also have a new exhibit up for viewing! Stop by any time Monday-Saturday, 10:00AM-4:00PM, to view The Irish Atlantic. Co-sponsored by the Forbes House Museum, this exhibit [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 12 March, 2017, 12:00 AM

Archivist as Detective: Francis Parkman's Spurs

The MHS recently acquired this letter by Mary Ware Hall about spurs belonging to famed historian Francis Parkman, possibly worn during his expedition on the Oregon Trail in 1846. To catalog the letter, I had to identify its writer, recipient, date, and subject. But [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 8 March, 2017, 12:37 PM

This Week @ MHS

The coming week will see the opening of a new exhibit as well as a few public programs to take in. Here is what's on the calendar: - Tuesday, 7 March, 5:15PM : Come in for the next installment from the Early American History seminar series, "A History of Violence: The Harpe [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 5 March, 2017, 12:00 AM

Gertrude Codman Carter’s Diary, February 1917

Today we return to the 1917 diary of Gertrude Codman Carter -- artist, wife of Sir Gilbert Thomas Carter, a British colonial official, and mother to a young son, John Codman Carter. In February of 1917 the family resided in Barbados where Gertrude spent her days overseeing [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 3 March, 2017, 12:00 AM

Spend your Summer with the CTH

The calendar has turned to March, which means here at the Center for the Teaching of History we are thinking of summer! Every K-12 teacher knows that it’s never too early to begin planning your upcoming professional development activities. If you teach the American [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 1 March, 2017, 10:05 AM