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This Week @ MHS

A chill is in the air as autumn arrives. And with the turning of the leaves comes a return to more public programs for your consumption here at the Society. This is what's coming up in the week ahead:

- Wednesday, 13 September, 6:00PM : John Kenneth Galbraith devoted his professional life to three main political goals: ending war, fighting poverty, and improving quality of life by achieving a balance between private and public goods in an affluent capitalist society. In The Selected Letters of John Kenneth Galbraith, Richard P. F. Holt selected the most important of the thousands of letters that Galbraith wrote in his long, cosmopolitan life. This talk with Mr. Holt is open to the public and 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. 

- Thursday, 14 September, 6:00PM : The second author talk this week features Hidetaka Hirota of the City College of New York. Expelling the Poor: Atlantic Seaboard States & the Nineteenth-Century Origins of American Immigration Policy, is a groundbreaking work which reinterprets the origins of immigration restriction in the U.S. This work fundamentally revises the history of American immigration policy by locating the roots of immigration control in cultural and economic nativism against the Irish on the 19th-century Atlantic seaboard. This talk is open tot he public free of charge. The program begins at 6:00PM, and is preceded by a reception beginning at 5:30PM. 

- Saturday, 16 September, 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

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition: The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine Migration and Opportunity. This exhibit ends on Friday, 22 September, so don't miss it!

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