The Beehive: the official blog of the Massachusetts Historical Society

World Poetry Day, Porcine Edition

Today, 21 March, is World Poetry Day as proclaimed by UNESCO in 1999. To recognize this designation we will look at a bit of newly-acquired poetry found here in the collections at the MHS.  A few years ago here on the Beehive I published a post, "Porcineographs [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 21 March, 2018, 4:28 PM

This Week @ MHS

It is the middle of the month and it appears that the lion of March is not making way for the lamb. Below is the round-up of events in the week to come, just be sure to keep an eye on our website to ensure that the event you want to attend is not affected by weather-related [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 18 March, 2018, 12:00 AM

Welcome to Our 2018-2019 MHS-NEH Fellows!

The Massachusetts Historical Society’s Research Department is pleased to announce our two 2018-2019 MHS-NEH Long-Term Fellows, Mara Caden and Brent Sirota. Mara Caden will be researching the mint and early economic conditions in New England, and revising her book manuscript, [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 16 March, 2018, 10:36 AM

From Absolute Monarchy to Absolute Demon: “Identity of Napoleon and Antichrist”

As a newer library assistant in the MHS library, I occasionally peruse different subjects in ABIGAIL in the hopes of further familiarizing myself with topics our collections cover. Often, the search topics pertain to my own historical interests. A few months ago I was looking [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 14 March, 2018, 12:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

It is a fairly quiet week ahead, so this round-up will be brief: - Wendesday, 14 March, 6:00PM : Between 1638 and today, the Browns of Rhode Island have provided community leaders, endowed academic institutions, and transformed communities through art and architecture. [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 11 March, 2018, 12:00 AM

“Too many things to do in the cause”

As I looked through the MHS collections for a Massachusetts woman to profile for Women’s History Month, I found myself faced with an embarrassment of riches. Our library holds the papers of female writers, doctors, teachers, artists, war volunteers, and mill workers, [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 9 March, 2018, 4:44 PM

Barbara Hillard Smith’s Diary, March 1918

Today we return to the 1918 diary of Newton teenager Barbara Hillard Smith. You may read our introduction to the diary, and Barbara’s January and February entries, here:   January | February | March | April May | June | July | August September | October | [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 7 March, 2018, 12:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

As of this writing, it is a very dreary and soggy day outside. After you dry your bones this weekend, consider visiting the MHS in the week ahead for one or more of these upcoming events: - Tuesday, 6 March, 5:15PM : We start our programs this week with a seminar combo, [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 4 March, 2018, 12:00 AM

Book Review: "The Palatine Wreck: The Legend of the New England Ghost Ship"

  For nearly three centuries, stories of a burning ghost ship haunted the residents of Block Island, Rhode Island. Although it is unknown what it was witnesses have seen, the origin of “The Palatine Light” tells a different tale then the one passed down [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 2 March, 2018, 3:58 PM