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This Week @ MHS

It is a very quiet week here at the Society as we await the thaw following last week's storm. Here are the calendar notes for the coming days:

- The Exhibition Galleries are CLOSED on Monday, 8 January and Tuesday, 9 January. Normal hours resume on Wednesday, 10 January.

- Saturday, 13 January, 10:00AM : The History and Collections of the MHS is a 90-minute docent-led tour of the Society's public spaces. The tour is free and open to the public with no need for reservations for indivudals or small groups. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition: Yankees in the West.

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 7 January, 2018, 12:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

We are back to business this week at the Society, thought it appears that Mother Nature may have other plans for us. Without thinking about the weather, here is what is on the calendar for the first week of the new year:

- Wednesday, 3 January, 12:00PM : Derek O'Leary of the University of California, Berkeley, kicks off the year with the first Brown Bag talk of 2018, "Excavating the Western Indian Mound and Building the American Archive." Settlers and travelers moving westward in the early republid encountered the myriad Indian mounds scattered along the American frontier. These sundry earthworks furnished ample grist for various projects: frontier infrastructure, literary nationalism, the national historical narrative, and - as this talk explores - the emergence of the American archives. This talk is free and open to the public. 

- Saturday, 6 January, 10:00AM : The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition: Yankees in the West.

Throughout the winter, please keep an eye on our main website and online calendar for information about weather-related closings. 

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 1 January, 2018, 12:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

The library is CLOSED this week but you can still stop in and view our current exhibition, Yankees in the West. Gallery hours for the week between Christmas and New Year are as follows:

- Monday, 25 December : CLOSED

- Tuesday, 26 December : 10:00AM-4:00PM 

- Wednesday, 27 December : 10:00AM-4:00PM 

- Thursday, 28 December : 10:00AM-4:00PM 

- Friday, 29 December : 10:00AM-4:00PM 

- Saturday, 30 December : 10:00AM-4:00PM. There is also a free building tour on Saturday. Be here at 10:00AM for the History and Collections of the MHS

The Society is CLOSED on Monday, 1 January. Normal hours resume on Tuesday, 2 January. 

Happy Holidays!

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Saturday, 23 December, 2017, 12:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

There is just one event on the calendar for the coming week here at the Society:

- Tuesday, 19 December, 5:30PM : This week's seminar is part of the History of Women and Gender series. Micki McElya of University of Connecticut leads the discussion and Genevieve A Clutario of Harvard University provides comment. "Miss America's Politics: Beauty and the Development of the New Right since 1968" examines the centrality of the Miss America pageant, its local networks, and individual contestants to the rise of conservative women and the New Right in the 1960s and 1970s. It analyzes the celebration, power, and political effects of normative beauty, steeped in heterosexual gender norms and white supremacy, and argues for the transformative effect of putting diverse women's voices at the center of political history and inquiry. 

Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP requiredSubscribe to receive advance copies of the seminar papers.

Please note that the library closes early on Monday, 18 December, at 3:30PM, and the building closes at 4:00PM. Also, the MHS is CLOSED on Saturday, 23 December. The library remains closed the following week and reopens on Tuesday, 2 January. See the online calendar for more details about holiday closures and gallery hours. 

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 17 December, 2017, 12:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

As the end-of-year holidays approach we are slowly applying the brakes to our programming schedule here at the Society. However, we still have a few public events coming in the next couple of weeks. Here are the items on offer in the week ahead:

- Tuesday, 12 December, 5:15PM : Hannah Anderson of University of Pennsylvania leads the discussion in the this week's Environmental History Seminar. "Lived Botany: Settler Colonialism, Household Knowledge Production, and Natural History in Eighteenth-Century Pennsylvania" examines how colonists developed ways of interpreting their landscapes that simultaneously partook of and deviated from the norms of eighteenth-century natural history. Domestic spaces became sites where colonists created information about the natural world, allowing them to feel secure in the new environments where they claimed dominion. Thomas Wickman of Trinity College is on-hand to provide comment. Seminars are free and open to the public. To RSVP, e-mail seminars@masshist.org or call 617-646-0579. Subscribe to receive advance copies of the seminar papers.

- Wedensday, 13 December, 6:00PM : Come in for an author talk with Manisha Sinha of University of Connecticut, whose most recent work is The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition. This book broadens the chronology of abolition beyond the antebellum period, and sets the abolition movement in a transnational context and illustrates how the abolitionist vision ultimately linked the slave's cause to the struggle to redefine democracy and human rights across the globe. This event is open to the public; registration is required with a fee of $10 (no charge for MHS Members or Fellows). A pre-talk reception begins at 5:30PM, followed by the speaking program at 6:00PM.

- Saturday, 16 December, 10:00AM : The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition: Yankees in the West

 

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 10 December, 2017, 12:00 AM

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