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The Adams Papers Digital Edition Turns Ten!

On July 1, 2008, the Massachusetts Historical Society launched the Founding Families Digital Editions, the home of the Adams Papers Digital Edition. This resource converted 45 years’ worth of published material, comprising 32 volumes and three generations of Adamses, [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 29 June, 2018, 12:00 AM

Massachusetts Students at National History Day

On June 10th, 64 middle and high school students from 25 different Massachusetts schools set out to the University of Maryland, College Park for the 2018 NHD National Contest. There they joined a group of over 3,000 students representing all fifty United States, Washington, [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 27 June, 2018, 12:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

 - Monday, 25 June, 12:00PM : Jean Franzino of Beloit College presents this week's first Brown Bag talk, titled "Dis-Union: Disability in the U. S. Civil War." Franzino's project examines the emerging legal category of "disabled" American at the end of the nineteenth [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 24 June, 2018, 12:00 AM

“I still hear her whenever I open my window”

The MHS recently acquired two fascinating letters related to a woman named Nancy Barron, and when cataloging the collection, I found a surprising connection.  The first letter, addressed to Dr. “Hayward” of Concord, Mass., was written on 20 July 1827 by [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 22 June, 2018, 12:00 AM

Introducing John Adams, Vice President

"Huzza for the new World and farewell to the Old One," John Adams wrote in late 1787, wrapping up a decade of diplomatic service in Europe and packing for his new farm, Peacefield. "For a Man who has been thirty Years rolling like a stone," his recall was welcome news indeed. [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Tuesday, 19 June, 2018, 10:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

The week ahead is a busy one, loaded with public programs. Here is the round-up for the week: The library closes early on Monday, 18 June, at 4:00PM. - Monday, 18 June, 6:00PM : Join us for our first Juneteenth Open House, with a one-day display celebrating milestones [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 17 June, 2018, 12:00 AM

Barbara Hillard Smith’s Diary, June 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 previous entries, here:   January | February | March | April May | June | July | August September | October | November | December   As [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 15 June, 2018, 12:52 PM

A Little Free Library @ MHS!

The next time you are in the neighborhood, we invite you to stop to check out the Little Free Library we have installed to the left of our front steps. One of many such book exchanges in Boston, the Little Free Library maintained by Massachusetts Historical Society staff [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 11 June, 2018, 12:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

It is a bit of an odd week ahead with a couple of early library closures. Still, there are plenty of programs to take in here at the Society. This is what's on tap: - Monday, 11 June, 12:00PM : Starting the week is a Brown Bag lunch talk with Andrew Rutledge of University [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 10 June, 2018, 12:00 AM

Massachusetts Historical Review : Its Origins and Legacy

To most MHS members, the Massachusetts Historical Review is the annual publication that appears in their mailboxes every autumn, with a glossy, colorful cover and intriguing historical content. Few members know its rich history or visualize its exciting prospects for the [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 8 June, 2018, 1:15 PM

The Joy of Bookplates

One of the Society’s “hidden gems” is finally getting its day in the sun with the processing of three collections of bookplates. Known since 15th-century Germany, bookplates, sometimes called Ex Libris, have a long and interesting history. Initially a tool [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Thursday, 7 June, 2018, 11:55 AM

This Week @ MHS

It's a Brown Bag Lunch kind of month at the Society in the weeks ahead, with eight noon-time talks on the calendar, two of which take place this week. Here are the details for the goings-on at the MHS in the week ahead: - Monday, 4 June, 12:00PM : The first Brown Bag talk [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 3 June, 2018, 12:00 AM

Charles Cornish Pearson and the Great War, Part VII

This is the seventh and final post in a series about the wartime experience of Charles Cornish Pearson. Go back and read Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, and Part VI for the full story.   We’ve come to the conclusion of the story of Sgt. Charles Cornish [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 1 June, 2018, 12:00 AM