July

Teacher Workshop Civil War Seminar 30 July 2016.Saturday, 8:30AM - 2:30PM Please RSVP   Joseph Fornier, Rochester Institute of Technology This seminar will explore, through the use of primary source documents, three themes: how the Union ...

This seminar will explore, through the use of primary source documents, three themes: how the Union and the Confederacy justified secession and war; the idea of emancipation as a revolutionary form of war; and Lincoln's proposals for reconstruction the United States as the Civil War came to an end in 1865. This program is co-sponsored by the Ashbrook institute at Ashland University, with assistance from the Lincoln and Therese Filene Foundation.

This program is open to all  K-12 educators.

Register at the Ashbrook website:

http://teachingamericanhistory.org/event/forum-civil-war-boston-ma/

Contact education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557 for more information.

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August
Brown Bag Motherhood and the Court of Public Opinion: Transgressive Maternity in America, 1768-1868 1 August 2016.Monday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Cassandra Berman, Brandeis University This project examines the figure of the transgressive mother in the United States from 1768 to 1868 ...

This project examines the figure of the transgressive mother in the United States from 1768 to 1868, a period in which an idealized version of motherhood began to be seen as integral to the moral development of the nation. Many women violated these ideals, however, and transgressed both legal and social expectations as they did so. Moreover, these mothers fascinated ordinary Americans, who eagerly read of their crimes and indiscretions in the burgeoning mass media. This research shifts the focus away from ideals, and instead examines how the public judged those mothers who either could not or would not conform.

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Brown Bag "Missionary Nation": Imagining America's Role in the Post-Civil War World 3 August 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM James Shinn, Yale University How did the Civil War change the way Americans thought about their country's role in global affairs? ...

How did the Civil War change the way Americans thought about their country's role in global affairs? This talk examines how the struggle for the Union exercised a powerful and lasting--but deeply ambiguous--influence on the Republican foreign policy vision of the late 1860s and 1870s.

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Teacher Workshopbegins Whaling in Nineteenth-Century Massachusetts 4 August 2016.Thursday, 9:00AM - 5:00PM Please RSVP   Funded by the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation. Investigate American whaling in the age of sail, and its effects on the politics, economy, and ...

Investigate American whaling in the age of sail, and its effects on the politics, economy, and culture of Massachusetts. Whaling provided men and women of the Commonwealth with new opportunities for financial and cultural exchange. Using documents from the MHS and Leventhal Map Center, we will explore the lives of sailors, whaling wives and entrepreneurs, and trace the expanding geographical horizons afforded by the whaling industry. On August 5th we will take a field trip to New Bedford, Massachusetts, the largest whaling port in the world by the 1830s. We will visit the New Bedford Whaling Museum to explore art and artifacts from whaling voyages that spanned the globe, and take a walking tour of the city whose whale oil "lit the world."

This program is open to educators and history enthusiasts. Educators can earn 22.5 PDPs and one graduate credit (for an additional fee).

Dates: August 4 & 5, 2016

Times: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Fee: $75 per person

To Register / For more information: complete this registration form, or contact the education department at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557.

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Teacher Workshopends Whaling in Nineteenth-Century Massachusetts 5 August 2016.Friday, 9:00AM - 5:00PM Please RSVP   Funded by the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation. Investigate American whaling in the age of sail, and its effects on the politics, economy, and ...

Investigate American whaling in the age of sail, and its effects on the politics, economy, and culture of Massachusetts. Whaling provided men and women of the Commonwealth with new opportunities for financial and cultural exchange. Using documents from the MHS and Leventhal Map Center, we will explore the lives of sailors, whaling wives and entrepreneurs, and trace the expanding geographical horizons afforded by the whaling industry. On August 5th we will take a field trip to New Bedford, Massachusetts, the largest whaling port in the world by the 1830s. We will visit the New Bedford Whaling Museum to explore art and artifacts from whaling voyages that spanned the globe, and take a walking tour of the city whose whale oil "lit the world."

This program is open to educators and history enthusiasts. Educators can earn 22.5 PDPs and one graduate credit (for an additional fee).

Dates: August 4 & 5, 2016

Times: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Fee: $75 per person

To Register / For more information: complete this registration form, or contact the education department at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 6 August 2016.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led ...

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: Turning Points in American History.

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Teacher Workshopbegins SOLD OUT: The Maritime History of Massachusetts' North Shore 9 August 2016.Tuesday, 9:00AM - 5:00PM Please RSVP   THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. This event is sold out. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please call 617 ...

This event is sold out. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please call 617-646-0557.

Explore Massachusetts's connections to the sea through the documents, artifacts, landscapes, and historic structures in Beverly, Gloucester, and Marblehead. Join us as we learn more about the original inhabitants of this region and their earliest encounters with European settlers. Tour the working waterfront of Gloucester, and learn how global trade has affected these communities over the past three centuries. View the region's past from an artistic perspective and discuss the works of Winslow Homer, Fitz Henry Lane, and other artists who found inspiration from the sea.

This program is open to educators and history enthusiasts. Teachers can earn 45 PDPs and two graduate credits (for an additional fee).

Dates: August 9-11, 2016 

Times: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Fee: $35 per person

To Register: This workshop is sold out!

    This program is funded in part by the Richard E. Saltonstall Charitable Foundation.

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Teacher Workshopends SOLD OUT: The Maritime History of Massachusetts' North Shore 11 August 2016.Thursday, 9:00AM - 5:00PM Please RSVP   THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. This event is sold out. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please call 617 ...

This event is sold out. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please call 617-646-0557.

Explore Massachusetts's connections to the sea through the documents, artifacts, landscapes, and historic structures in Beverly, Gloucester, and Marblehead. Join us as we learn more about the original inhabitants of this region and their earliest encounters with European settlers. Tour the working waterfront of Gloucester, and learn how global trade has affected these communities over the past three centuries. View the region's past from an artistic perspective and discuss the works of Winslow Homer, Fitz Henry Lane, and other artists who found inspiration from the sea.

This program is open to educators and history enthusiasts. Teachers can earn 45 PDPs and two graduate credits (for an additional fee).

Dates: August 9-11, 2016 

Times: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Fee: $35 per person

To Register: This workshop is sold out!

    This program is funded in part by the Richard E. Saltonstall Charitable Foundation.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 13 August 2016.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led ...

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: Turning Points in American History.

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Brown Bag Disciplining Freedom: Union Army Slave Rebels and Emancipation in the Civil War Courts-Martial 17 August 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Jonathan Lande, Brown University This project offers a new interpretation of the history of black Union soldiers by placing the ...

This project offers a new interpretation of the history of black Union soldiers by placing the troops’ service in the context of slave-soldiers’ service and emancipation throughout the Atlantic. It reexamines the political structure involved in arming slaves and the experiences of soldiers serving in the U.S. Colored Troops.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 20 August 2016.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led ...

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: Turning Points in American History.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 27 August 2016.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led ...

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: Turning Points in American History.

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September
Library Closed, Galleries Open Labor Day 3 September 2016.Saturday, all day The MHS library is closed; the exhibition galleries are open, 10:00AM-4:00PM.

The MHS library is closed; the exhibition galleries are open, 10:00AM-4:00PM.

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Building Closed Labor Day 5 September 2016.Monday, all day The MHS library and exhibition galleries are closed.

The MHS library and exhibition galleries are closed.

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Library Closed Library Closed 9 September 2016.Friday, all day The MHS library is closed for the day; the galleries remain open, 10:00AM-4:00PM.

The MHS library is closed for the day; the galleries remain open, 10:00AM-4:00PM.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 10 September 2016.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led ...

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: Turning Points in American History.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 24 September 2016.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led ...

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: Turning Points in American History.

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October
Brown Bag A Muss Among the Flunkies: Unruly Choristers and Instrumentalists in the Antebellum Opera 7 October 2016.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Rachel Miller, University of Michigan In the decades before the Civil War, opera in the United States became a major financial and ...

In the decades before the Civil War, opera in the United States became a major financial and infrastructural undertaking that generated enormous attention from fans and investors alike. As a result, opera generated intense conflict about the manner in which this entirely new scale of entertainment would be produced. This presentation traces how “a muss among the flunkies”--the haphazard strikes of anonymous choristers and instrumentalists--grew into the nation's first performers' unions and protective associations, which in turn continue to shape our contemporary ideas and practices of creative work.

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Library Closed, Galleries Open Columbus Day 10 October 2016.Monday, all day The MHS library is closed; the exhibition galleries are open, 10:00AM-4:00PM.

The MHS library is closed; the exhibition galleries are open, 10:00AM-4:00PM.

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Brown Bag Henry Cabot Lodge and the Decline of the Eastern Establishment 12 October 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Luke A. Nichter, Texas A&M University Senator, statesman, presidential advisor, and presidential candidate by popular demand, Henry Cabot ...

Senator, statesman, presidential advisor, and presidential candidate by popular demand, Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. and his national political career that stretched from the 1930s to the 1970s have up to now escaped biographical treatment. During the height of the Cold War, Lodge was consistently at the epicenter of power, whether in the Senate, Saigon, or his bipartisan roles serving four successive presidents from Kennedy to Nixon.

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Wooden lily pads carved at the Eliot School in 1910 Public Program Art, Craft and Reform: The Eliot School, Manual Arts Training and the Arts and Crafts Movement 20 October 2016.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   Nonie Gadsden, Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Museum of Fine Arts The rapid rise of industrialization and immigration during the 19th century greatly affected ...

The rapid rise of industrialization and immigration during the 19th century greatly affected American society, especially in major cities such as Boston. Faced with the prospect of an unskilled or semi-skilled work force, many reform leaders sought out ways to provide the craft training that could benefit the well-being of the individual and society at large. In the 1870s, after 200 years of academic instruction, the Trustees of the Eliot School decided to explore more experimental modes of education to meet the new needs of its community. The School provided manual arts training for students of many backgrounds—from young boys and girls, to upper and middle class hobbyists, to immigrants seeking vocational education. Gadsden will place the efforts of the Eliot School in a larger context, exploring how the School related to rise of manual arts training and the advent of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

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Teacher Workshop Civil War Seminar Please RSVP   registration required at no cost 30 July 2016.Saturday, 8:30AM - 2:30PM Joseph Fornier, Rochester Institute of Technology

This seminar will explore, through the use of primary source documents, three themes: how the Union and the Confederacy justified secession and war; the idea of emancipation as a revolutionary form of war; and Lincoln's proposals for reconstruction the United States as the Civil War came to an end in 1865. This program is co-sponsored by the Ashbrook institute at Ashland University, with assistance from the Lincoln and Therese Filene Foundation.

This program is open to all  K-12 educators.

Register at the Ashbrook website:

http://teachingamericanhistory.org/event/forum-civil-war-boston-ma/

Contact education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557 for more information.

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Brown Bag Motherhood and the Court of Public Opinion: Transgressive Maternity in America, 1768-1868 this event is free 1 August 2016.Monday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Cassandra Berman, Brandeis University

This project examines the figure of the transgressive mother in the United States from 1768 to 1868, a period in which an idealized version of motherhood began to be seen as integral to the moral development of the nation. Many women violated these ideals, however, and transgressed both legal and social expectations as they did so. Moreover, these mothers fascinated ordinary Americans, who eagerly read of their crimes and indiscretions in the burgeoning mass media. This research shifts the focus away from ideals, and instead examines how the public judged those mothers who either could not or would not conform.

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Brown Bag "Missionary Nation": Imagining America's Role in the Post-Civil War World this event is free 3 August 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM James Shinn, Yale University

How did the Civil War change the way Americans thought about their country's role in global affairs? This talk examines how the struggle for the Union exercised a powerful and lasting--but deeply ambiguous--influence on the Republican foreign policy vision of the late 1860s and 1870s.

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Teacher Workshop Whaling in Nineteenth-Century Massachusetts Please RSVP   registration required 4 August 2016 to 5 August 2016 Funded by the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation.

Investigate American whaling in the age of sail, and its effects on the politics, economy, and culture of Massachusetts. Whaling provided men and women of the Commonwealth with new opportunities for financial and cultural exchange. Using documents from the MHS and Leventhal Map Center, we will explore the lives of sailors, whaling wives and entrepreneurs, and trace the expanding geographical horizons afforded by the whaling industry. On August 5th we will take a field trip to New Bedford, Massachusetts, the largest whaling port in the world by the 1830s. We will visit the New Bedford Whaling Museum to explore art and artifacts from whaling voyages that spanned the globe, and take a walking tour of the city whose whale oil "lit the world."

This program is open to educators and history enthusiasts. Educators can earn 22.5 PDPs and one graduate credit (for an additional fee).

Dates: August 4 & 5, 2016

Times: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Fee: $75 per person

To Register / For more information: complete this registration form, or contact the education department at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557.

Program Highlights

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 6 August 2016.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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: Turning Points in American History.

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Teacher Workshop SOLD OUT: The Maritime History of Massachusetts' North Shore Please RSVP  registration closed 9 August 2016 to 11 August 2016 THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

This event is sold out. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please call 617-646-0557.

Explore Massachusetts's connections to the sea through the documents, artifacts, landscapes, and historic structures in Beverly, Gloucester, and Marblehead. Join us as we learn more about the original inhabitants of this region and their earliest encounters with European settlers. Tour the working waterfront of Gloucester, and learn how global trade has affected these communities over the past three centuries. View the region's past from an artistic perspective and discuss the works of Winslow Homer, Fitz Henry Lane, and other artists who found inspiration from the sea.

This program is open to educators and history enthusiasts. Teachers can earn 45 PDPs and two graduate credits (for an additional fee).

Dates: August 9-11, 2016 

Times: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Fee: $35 per person

To Register: This workshop is sold out!

    This program is funded in part by the Richard E. Saltonstall Charitable Foundation.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 13 August 2016.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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: Turning Points in American History.

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Brown Bag Disciplining Freedom: Union Army Slave Rebels and Emancipation in the Civil War Courts-Martial this event is free 17 August 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Jonathan Lande, Brown University

This project offers a new interpretation of the history of black Union soldiers by placing the troops’ service in the context of slave-soldiers’ service and emancipation throughout the Atlantic. It reexamines the political structure involved in arming slaves and the experiences of soldiers serving in the U.S. Colored Troops.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 20 August 2016.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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: Turning Points in American History.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 27 August 2016.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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: Turning Points in American History.

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Library Closed, Galleries Open Labor Day 3 September 2016.Saturday, all day

The MHS library is closed; the exhibition galleries are open, 10:00AM-4:00PM.

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Building Closed Labor Day 5 September 2016.Monday, all day

The MHS library and exhibition galleries are closed.

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Library Closed Library Closed 9 September 2016.Friday, all day

The MHS library is closed for the day; the galleries remain open, 10:00AM-4:00PM.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 10 September 2016.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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: Turning Points in American History.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 24 September 2016.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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: Turning Points in American History.

close
Brown Bag A Muss Among the Flunkies: Unruly Choristers and Instrumentalists in the Antebellum Opera this event is free 7 October 2016.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Rachel Miller, University of Michigan

In the decades before the Civil War, opera in the United States became a major financial and infrastructural undertaking that generated enormous attention from fans and investors alike. As a result, opera generated intense conflict about the manner in which this entirely new scale of entertainment would be produced. This presentation traces how “a muss among the flunkies”--the haphazard strikes of anonymous choristers and instrumentalists--grew into the nation's first performers' unions and protective associations, which in turn continue to shape our contemporary ideas and practices of creative work.

close
Library Closed, Galleries Open Columbus Day 10 October 2016.Monday, all day

The MHS library is closed; the exhibition galleries are open, 10:00AM-4:00PM.

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Brown Bag Henry Cabot Lodge and the Decline of the Eastern Establishment this event is free 12 October 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Luke A. Nichter, Texas A&M University

Senator, statesman, presidential advisor, and presidential candidate by popular demand, Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. and his national political career that stretched from the 1930s to the 1970s have up to now escaped biographical treatment. During the height of the Cold War, Lodge was consistently at the epicenter of power, whether in the Senate, Saigon, or his bipartisan roles serving four successive presidents from Kennedy to Nixon.

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Public Program Art, Craft and Reform: The Eliot School, Manual Arts Training and the Arts and Crafts Movement Please RSVP   registration required 20 October 2016.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Nonie Gadsden, Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Museum of Fine Arts Wooden lily pads carved at the Eliot School in 1910

The rapid rise of industrialization and immigration during the 19th century greatly affected American society, especially in major cities such as Boston. Faced with the prospect of an unskilled or semi-skilled work force, many reform leaders sought out ways to provide the craft training that could benefit the well-being of the individual and society at large. In the 1870s, after 200 years of academic instruction, the Trustees of the Eliot School decided to explore more experimental modes of education to meet the new needs of its community. The School provided manual arts training for students of many backgrounds—from young boys and girls, to upper and middle class hobbyists, to immigrants seeking vocational education. Gadsden will place the efforts of the Eliot School in a larger context, exploring how the School related to rise of manual arts training and the advent of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

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