October 2020
Brown Bag, Online Event The Confederation Period Origins of American Migration Policy 22 October 2020.Thursday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM This is an online program Cody Nager, CUNY As migrants arrived in the United States after the 1783 Treaty of Paris, the new nation balanced the ...

As migrants arrived in the United States after the 1783 Treaty of Paris, the new nation balanced the economic potential of migration against domestic and international turmoil. Debates over regulation centered around potential disloyalty in the trans-Appalachian west, the environment of interstate competition, and foreign commercial interference. From these debates developed the first national migration policy codified when Congress passed the Naturalization Act of 1790.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Fall_2020/6406_hamilton_postconservation_work_lg.jpg Public Program, Online Event Hamilton the Musical 22 October 2020.Thursday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM This is an online program Richard Bell, University of Maryland America has Hamilton-mania! Its crafty lyrics, hip-hop tunes, and big, bold story have ...

America has Hamilton-mania! Its crafty lyrics, hip-hop tunes, and big, bold story have rejuvenated interest in the real lives and true histories that Hamilton: the Musical puts center stage. In this talk, Dr. Richard Bell explores this musical phenomenon to reveal what its success tells us about the marriage of history and show-business. Bell will examine what the musical gets right and gets wrong about Alexander Hamilton, the American Revolution, and the birth of the United States. He will also discuss Hamilton’s cultural impact: what does its runaway success reveal about the stories we tell each other about who we are and about the nation we made?

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Public Program, Online Event, Tour Virtual Gallery Tour of Who Counts: A Look at Voter Rights through Political Cartoons 23 October 2020.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM This is an online program Peter Drummey, MHS Join Peter Drummey, the Stephen T. Riley Librarian for a look at our virtual exhibition Who Counts? ...

Join Peter Drummey, the Stephen T. Riley Librarian for a look at our virtual exhibition Who Counts? A Look at Voter Rights through Political Cartoons.  Political cartoons have long served as provocateurs of public debate illustrating opinions of the day for the masses. Our show looks at how cartoons have explored two broad themes: efforts to expand access to voting and efforts to restrict access to voting. Illustrations explore voting as a civil right, women suffrage, and voting by mail as well as Gerrymandering, the Electoral College; and political corruption.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/masc_banner.jpg Malgeri Modern American Society and Culture Seminar, Online Event Writing Uncompensated Emancipation into the Lost Cause 27 October 2020.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 6:30PM This is an online program Amanda Kleintop, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Comment: Nina Silber, Boston University After the US Civil War, white southerners claimed federal reimbursements for the value of freed ...

After the US Civil War, white southerners claimed federal reimbursements for the value of freed slaves Federal lawmakers rejected these claims in the Fourteenth Amendment. Yet, historians have long concluded that white southerners accepted uncompensated emancipation. Why did Americans forget these claims? This paper argues that white southerners abandoned them in the 1880s-1890s and rewrote history. They insisted that property in humans was “unprofitable,” and they did not need compensation after Confederate defeat. This narrative helped them reestablish political power and absolve themselves of four years of bloodshed and generations of enslavement. 

The Dina G. Malgeri Modern American Society & Culture Seminar invites you to come join the conversation. Seminars bring together a diverse group of scholars and interested members of the public to workshop a pre-circulated paper. Learn more.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/Jefferson_cropped.jpg Public Program, Online Event, Conversation Jefferson: Then and Now 29 October 2020.Thursday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM This is an online program Peter Onuf, University of Virginia and Annette Gordon-Reed, Harvard University The reputations of all of the founders have changed dramatically over the course of American history ...

The reputations of all of the founders have changed dramatically over the course of American history, none more than that of Thomas Jefferson. Historians Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter Onuf will discuss the implications of recent political and social developments for our image of the slave-owning author of the Declaration of Independence, emphasizing the importance of situating Jefferson in his own historical context for a better understanding of the history and future prospects of democracy in America.

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November 2020
Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/exhibitions/WhoCounts_calendar-listing-graphic.jpg Exhibitionends Who Counts: A Look at Voter Rights through Political Cartoons 4 November 2020.Wednesday, all day This is a virtual exhibition. Political cartoons have long served to provoke public debate, illustrating opinions of the day for ...

Political cartoons have long served to provoke public debate, illustrating opinions of the day for the masses. From early in the 19th century, arguments over voting rights—who votes and who counts the votes—have been depicted in cartoons, especially with the rise of illustrated newspapers and magazines with a national circulation before the Civil War. 

Featuring examples of published cartoons from the MHS collections as well as other libraries and foundations, this exhibition illustrates how cartoonists helped to tell the story of voting rights in the United States. In addition to many drawings by Thomas Nast, the most influential American political cartoonist in the decades following the Civil War, this exhibition features modern reinterpretations of these topics by editorial cartoonists, including Herblock (Herbert Block), Tom Toles, Bill Mauldin, and the work of current Boston-area artists.

Explore the online exhibition at www.masshist.org/whocounts.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/banner_draft_2.jpg African American History Seminar, Online Event Success to the Literary Society! Black Male Youth Organizing in Early Nineteenth-Century Boston 5 November 2020.Thursday, 5:15PM - 6:30PM This is an online program Kabria Baumgartner, University of New Hampshire, Durham Comment: Elizabeth McHenry, New York University In 1841, a dozen or so African American male youth aged twelve to sixteen established the Young ...

In 1841, a dozen or so African American male youth aged twelve to sixteen established the Young Men’s Literary Society in Boston with the stated aim to promote intellectual growth. The very success of this endeavor laid bare the severe educational inequalities and inequities that African American youth faced in Boston’s public schools. In response, these youth organized for change. This paper traces their organizing efforts and describes how their skills in composition, penmanship, elocution, and the literary arts set the stage for the “overthrow of caste schools” in Boston in 1855.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets//20190220_103727.jpg Teacher Workshop Legislating the Environment: Teaching Environmental History and Civics 7 November 2020.Saturday, 9:30AM - 4:00PM Please RSVP   $25 Registration Fee In partnership with the Tsongas Industrial History Center, we will explore the intersections of ...

In partnership with the Tsongas Industrial History Center, we will explore the intersections of environmental history, science, and engineering. Chad Montrie, Professor at UMass Lowell, will provide an overview to the study of environmental history, particularly as it relates to New England industry. Teachers will examine primary sources and participate in hands-on activities with Tsongas Center staff drawn from their "Industrial Watershed and "River as Classroom" programs.

Note: This workshop will be taking place off-site at the Tsongas Industrial History Center in Lowell, MA.

This program is open to all who work with K-12 students. Teachers can earn 22.5 PDPs or 1 graduate credit (for an additional fee).

This program is made possible by the generous support of the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation.

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Fall_2020/thumbnail_Marblehead_Jeremiah_Lee_House_1768_grand_stair.jpg Public Program, Online Event, Conversation A Treasury of Massachusetts House Museums and Local History Orgs: Part I: What is a House Museum 9 November 2020.Monday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM This is an online program A conversation led by William Hosley, Terra Firma Northeast Massachusetts has more house museums and historical organizations than most states twice our size. ...

Massachusetts has more house museums and historical organizations than most states twice our size. In recent years there’s been a national conversation about the sustainability of house museums. Our presenter argues that this widespread, mostly small class of museums vary tremendously. While many of our community-based historical organizations preserve and present their collections in historic houses, a house museum is something different. We will hear from three outstanding ones that are grappling with the usual challenges of audience engagement, preservation and interpretation.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/ehs_banner.jpg Environmental History Seminar, Online Event ‘Not to Us Chained’: Nature and the Radicalism of Sacco and Vanzetti 10 November 2020.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 6:30PM This is an online program Chad Montrie, UMass Lowell; Federico Paolini, Università della Campania L. Vanvitelli Comment: Avi Chomsky, Salem State University This paper brings a fresh perspective to the study of modern American environmental thought as well ...

This paper brings a fresh perspective to the study of modern American environmental thought as well as modern American radicalism by exploring the significance of nature in the lives and writing of anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, following a narrative arc from their formative years in different parts of the Italian countryside to their final years as dedicated revolutionaries confined to Massachusetts prisons.

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Biography Seminar, Online Event How We Go On: Three Lives of Persistence, Resistance, and Resilience 12 November 2020.Thursday, 5:15PM - 6:30PM This is an online program Nicholas Basbanes; Kimberly Hamlin, Miami University; John Loughery Julie Dobrow, Tufts University The New England Biography Series begins with a discussion of three recent biographies, published ...

The New England Biography Series begins with a discussion of three recent biographies, published during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we know from the months of uncertainty we’ve all lived through so far, there are lessons about persistence, resistance and resilience to be learned from looking at the past. Tufts University professor Julie Dobrow, author of After Emily, will chair a panel featuring Nicholas Basbanes (Cross of Snow: A Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow), Kimberly Hamlin (Free Thinker: Sex, Suffrage, and the Extraordinary Life of Helen Hamilton Gardener) and John Loughery (Dorothy Day: Dissenting Voice of the American Century) to explore how their subjects prevailed in times of personal tragedy and public dissent, and how the authors learned to apply the lessons of their subjects to their own trials and travails as writers.

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Public Program, Online Event, Conversation A Treasury of Massachusetts House Museums and Local History Orgs: Part II: Authors Houses 16 November 2020.Monday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM This is an online program A conversation led by William Hosley, Terra Firma Northeast Massachusetts is a famously literary culture. At the birth of the house museum movement in the late ...

Massachusetts is a famously literary culture. At the birth of the house museum movement in the late 19th century, authors’ houses were among the first to be preserved, notably John Greenleaf Whittier and now others like Emily Dickinson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Ralph Waldo Emerson and more. We will explore three outstanding authors’ houses and how they grapple with the challenges of audience engagement, preservation and interpretation.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Development/MakingHistoryGala_logo_2020.jpg Virtual Making History Gala 2020 17 November 2020.Tuesday, 6:30PM - 7:30PM Featuring Jon Meacham in conversation with Emily Rooney, Host of "Beat the Press" on GBH! 6:00pm Sponsor Cocktail Corner6:30pm Virtual Program featuring JON MEACHAMin conversation withEMILY ...

6:00pm Sponsor Cocktail Corner
6:30pm Virtual Program

featuring JON MEACHAM
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EMILY ROONEY 

 

Jon Meacham is a Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian, contributing writer to The New York Times Book Review, and contributing editor at TIME. His #1 New York Times bestseller, The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels, looks at tumultuous periods in American history when presidents and ordinary citizens came together to rebuild a civic trust.

Emily is the creator and former host of Greater Boston. Since 1997, Emily has brought her journalistic credentials and deep knowledge of media, politics and culture to the WGBH audience and has earned numerous awards, including the National Press Club's prestigious Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism, a series of New England Emmy Awards, and Associated Press recognition for Best News/Talk Show. Before coming to WGBH, Emily was director of political coverage and special events at Fox Network in New York from 1994 to 1997. Prior to that, she was executive producer of ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. Emily also worked at WCVB-­TV in Boston from 1979 to 1993, where she served as news director for three years and as assistant news director before that.


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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Young_Patron_Party_111720/Bully_Boy_Distillers.jpg Online Event Young Patron Party: Embrace your inner nerd! 17 November 2020.Tuesday, 8:00PM - 9:00PM This is a virtual event. Hosted by Tori Bedford, reporter at GBH News and producer of the All Rev'd Up podcast Embrace your inner nerd and join us for our first annual Young Patron Party! Hosted by Tori Bedford ...

Embrace your inner nerd and join us for our first annual Young Patron Party!

Hosted by Tori Bedford, reporter at GBH News and producer of the All Rev'd Up podcast, this pay-your-age event will feature lively cocktail demonstrations, automatic entries into the drawings for special door prizes, and engaging conversations with your fellow young patrons in Zoom Breakout Rooms. The Rising History Maker Award will also be conferred upon Dr. Karilyn Crockett, the City of Boston's first Chief of Equity.

 

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Public Program, Online Event, Author Talk Penelope Winslow, Plymouth Colony First Lady: Re-Imagining a Life 18 November 2020.Wednesday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM This is an online program Michelle Marchetti Coughlin Historian Michelle Marchetti Coughlin explores the life of Plymouth Colony First Lady Penelope ...

Historian Michelle Marchetti Coughlin explores the life of Plymouth Colony First Lady Penelope Pelham Winslow, a woman of influence during the eventful years of Plymouth's existence, through wartime and the end of its independence. Tracking fragmentary records and traces of Penelope Winslow's material world, Coughlin illuminates the story of a long-forgotten historical figure and offers fresh insight into the experiences of women in early New England.

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Digital History Seminar, Online Event Data Prosopography and Archives of Violence in Nineteenth-Century Virginia 19 November 2020.Thursday, 5:15PM - 6:30PM This is an online program Anelise Shrout, Bates College Comment: Robert K. Nelson, University of Richmond This project combines digital history methods with theories from critical archive studies to explore ...

This project combines digital history methods with theories from critical archive studies to explore the intersection of data, power, documentation and violence in antebellum Virginia. It explores these issues through a history of the First African Baptist Church (FABC) in Richmond, Virginia, which, in the years before the American Civil War, was a religious space open to both free and enslaved people of color, and simultaneously a site of surveillance and violence. This project combines quantitative analysis, interactive visualization and traditional historical narrative in order to tell the history of the FABC in new ways.

The Digital History Projects Seminar at the MHS invites you to join the conversation. Seminars bring together a diverse group of scholars and interested members of the public to workshop a pre-circulated paper. Learn more.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Fall_2020/Fall_2020/thumbnail_image005.jpg Public Program, Online Event, Conversation A Treasury of Massachusetts House Museums and Local History Orgs: Part III: Hidden Gems 23 November 2020.Monday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM This is an online program A conversation led by William Hosley, Terra Firma Northeast Most of our 351 towns have a community-based historical organization. Many are volunteer-run. ...

Most of our 351 towns have a community-based historical organization. Many are volunteer-run. Collectively, they present and preserve the stuff and stories that make up our history - usually with an emphasis on local art, industries, and material culture. William Hosley has criss-crossed Massachusetts visiting them in every corner of the state, from Adams to Andover, Northampton to Nantucket. We will hear from three of what he calls gems - house museums and historicals with amazing stuff and stories, that fly a bit under the radar. They too are grappling with the usual challenges of audience engagement, preservation, and interpretation.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/fall_2020/Fall_2020/Power_of_Objects.jpg Public Program, Online Event, Author Talk The Power of Objects in 18th-Century British America 30 November 2020.Monday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM This is an online program Jennifer Van Horn, University of Delaware Over the course of the eighteenth century, Anglo-Americans purchased an unprecedented number and ...

Over the course of the eighteenth century, Anglo-Americans purchased an unprecedented number and array of goods. Prof. Jennifer Van Horn investigates these diverse artifacts—from portraits and city views to gravestones, dressing furniture, and prosthetic devices—to explore how elite American consumers assembled objects to form a new civil society on the margins of the British Empire. In this interdisciplinary transatlantic study, artifacts emerge as key players in the formation of Anglo-American communities and eventually of American citizenship. This presentation is the second annual lecture in honor of President Emeritus Dennis Fiori in recognition of his leadership. This lecture is made possible by gifts from friends of the Society.

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December 2020
Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/eahs_banner.jpg Pauline Maier Early American History Seminar, Online Event Caribbean Connections – Panel Discussion 1 December 2020.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 6:30PM This is an online program Charlotte Carrington-Farmer, Roger Williams University; Casey Schmitt, Cornell University Comment: Ryan Quintana, Wellesley College This panel brings together the work of two historians investigating the Caribbean. Casey ...

This panel brings together the work of two historians investigating the Caribbean. Casey Schmitt’s paper explores the intersection of warfare and human trafficking in the 17th century. Unmet demand for enslaved labor in smaller markets coupled with near-constant warfare among major European powers in the region reinforced practices of raiding and captivity. Schmitt’s paper shows how the lure of seizing captives facilitated manning expeditions during wartime, and demonstrates the centrality of violence against enslaved communities to 17th-century warfare. Carrington Farmer’s paper explores why New England emerged as a breeding ground for horses in the eighteenth century, and how it came to dominate the equine trade to the West Indies. Whilst some of the horses that crossed the Atlantic were riding horses, many were destined for “the slavery of the draught” toiling crushing sugar.

The Pauline Maier Early American History Seminar invites you to join the conversation. Seminars bring together a diverse group of scholars and interested members of the public to workshop a pre-circulated paper. Learn more.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/banner_draft_2.jpg African American History Seminar, Online Event Emancipation In America, Seen Through One Man's Dreadlocks 3 December 2020.Thursday, 5:15PM - 6:30PM This is an online program Abigail Cooper, Brandeis University Comment: Kellie Carter Jackson, Wellesley College 1864. A ship leaves its New England port carrying a USCT regiment to fight Confederates on the ...

1864. A ship leaves its New England port carrying a USCT regiment to fight Confederates on the Louisiana front. But on the way, a showdown takes place when Pvt. John Green refuses his commanding officer's order to cut his hair, protesting that it was contrary to his religion. In the events that follow, a revealing picture of black self-assertion in the making of freedom emerges, one too often hidden by a Civil War master narrative. This paper tells John Green's story, and asks how we might look at emancipation differently when we view it through his dreadlocks.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/fall_2020/Fall_2020/3351howardbank_lg.jpg Public Program, Author Talk, Online Event Bank Notes and Shinplasters: The Rage for Paper Money in the Early Republic 7 December 2020.Monday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM This is an online program Joshua R. Greenberg Before Civil War greenbacks and a national bank network established a uniform federal currency in ...

Before Civil War greenbacks and a national bank network established a uniform federal currency in the United States, loosely regulated banks saturated the early American republic with upwards of 10,000 unique and legal bank notes. Joshua R. Greenberg shows how ordinary Americans accumulated and wielded the financial knowledge required to navigate interpersonal bank note transactions and argues that the shift from state-regulated banks and private shinplaster producers to federally authorized paper money in the Civil War era led to the erasure of the skill, knowledge, and lived experience with banking that informed debates over economic policy.

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History of Women, Gender and Sexuality Seminar, Online Event Black Women’s Worlds in Antebellum America – A Panel Discussion 8 December 2020.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 6:30PM This is an online program Kelly Kean Sharp, Luther College; Alisha Hines, Wake Forest University Comment: Tiya Miles, Harvard University This panel considers the spatial and material worlds of Black women living in Antebellum America. ...

This panel considers the spatial and material worlds of Black women living in Antebellum America. Kelly Sharp’s work weaves together the thin documentary record with rich archaeological evidence to reconstruct the daily life and labor of women enslaved at the Nathaniel Russell House in Charleston, SC. Her paper exemplifies how house museums are beginning to incorporate the story of bondpeople in an authentic and transparent manner. Alisha Hines’s essay examines how enslaved and free black women negotiated power and place in the antebellum steamboat world. Hines argues that black women who were unmoored from plantation landscapes by way of the western rivers trouble prevailing tropes of gendered mobility and immobility that pervade scholarship on slavery in the United States.

The History of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Seminar invites you to join the conversation. Seminars bring together a diverse group of scholars and interested members of the public to workshop a pre-circulated paper. Learn more.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/fall_2020/Fall_2020/Turner_jacket.jpg Public Program, Online Event, Author Talk They Knew They Were Pilgrims: Plymouth Colony and the Contest for American Liberty 14 December 2020.Monday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM This is an online program John G. Turner, George Mason University Americans have been telling two very different stories about the Pilgrims. One is the tale of brave ...

Americans have been telling two very different stories about the Pilgrims. One is the tale of brave religious refugees who established Thanksgiving and democracy in the New England wilderness. The other is the story of unscrupulous invaders who betrayed their Indian allies, stole their land, and went to war against them. John G. Turner narrates a more complex history in They Knew They Were Pilgrims, tracing the contested meanings of liberty – and slavery – in the seven-decade history of Plymouth Colony.

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Public Program, Online Event, Author Talk Cross of Snow: A Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 16 December 2020.Wednesday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM This is an online program Nicholas A. Basbanes In Cross of Snow, Nicholas Basbanes reveals the life, the times, the work--the soul--of ...

In Cross of Snow, Nicholas Basbanes reveals the life, the times, the work--the soul--of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, a man who shaped the literature of a new nation with his countless poems, sonnets, stories, essays, translations, and whose renown was so wide-reaching that his deep friendships included Charles Dickens, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Julia Ward Howe, and Charles Sumner. Highlighting research materials from the MHS archive, Basbanes will frame Longfellow’s life and work in the context of 19th century literary Boston.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/exhibitions/ThomasNast_calendar-listing-graphic.jpg Exhibitionends Thomas Nast: A Life in Cartoons 31 December 2020.Thursday, all day This is a virtual exhibition. Thomas Nast defined American political cartoons in the decades following the Civil War. His ...

Thomas Nast defined American political cartoons in the decades following the Civil War. His illustrations popularized icons such as the Republican elephant, the Democratic donkey, and even the modern image of Santa Claus. This exhibition highlights Thomas Nast’s remarkable impact through a cartoon biography created by local artists.

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Brown Bag, Online Event The Confederation Period Origins of American Migration Policy 22 October 2020.Thursday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM This is an online program Cody Nager, CUNY

As migrants arrived in the United States after the 1783 Treaty of Paris, the new nation balanced the economic potential of migration against domestic and international turmoil. Debates over regulation centered around potential disloyalty in the trans-Appalachian west, the environment of interstate competition, and foreign commercial interference. From these debates developed the first national migration policy codified when Congress passed the Naturalization Act of 1790.

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Public Program, Online Event Hamilton the Musical Register registration required at no cost 22 October 2020.Thursday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM This is an online program Richard Bell, University of Maryland Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Fall_2020/6406_hamilton_postconservation_work_lg.jpg

America has Hamilton-mania! Its crafty lyrics, hip-hop tunes, and big, bold story have rejuvenated interest in the real lives and true histories that Hamilton: the Musical puts center stage. In this talk, Dr. Richard Bell explores this musical phenomenon to reveal what its success tells us about the marriage of history and show-business. Bell will examine what the musical gets right and gets wrong about Alexander Hamilton, the American Revolution, and the birth of the United States. He will also discuss Hamilton’s cultural impact: what does its runaway success reveal about the stories we tell each other about who we are and about the nation we made?

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Public Program, Online Event, Tour Virtual Gallery Tour of Who Counts: A Look at Voter Rights through Political Cartoons Register registration required at no cost 23 October 2020.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM This is an online program Peter Drummey, MHS

Join Peter Drummey, the Stephen T. Riley Librarian for a look at our virtual exhibition Who Counts? A Look at Voter Rights through Political Cartoons.  Political cartoons have long served as provocateurs of public debate illustrating opinions of the day for the masses. Our show looks at how cartoons have explored two broad themes: efforts to expand access to voting and efforts to restrict access to voting. Illustrations explore voting as a civil right, women suffrage, and voting by mail as well as Gerrymandering, the Electoral College; and political corruption.

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Malgeri Modern American Society and Culture Seminar, Online Event Writing Uncompensated Emancipation into the Lost Cause Register registration required at no cost 27 October 2020.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 6:30PM This is an online program Amanda Kleintop, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Comment: Nina Silber, Boston University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/masc_banner.jpg

After the US Civil War, white southerners claimed federal reimbursements for the value of freed slaves Federal lawmakers rejected these claims in the Fourteenth Amendment. Yet, historians have long concluded that white southerners accepted uncompensated emancipation. Why did Americans forget these claims? This paper argues that white southerners abandoned them in the 1880s-1890s and rewrote history. They insisted that property in humans was “unprofitable,” and they did not need compensation after Confederate defeat. This narrative helped them reestablish political power and absolve themselves of four years of bloodshed and generations of enslavement. 

The Dina G. Malgeri Modern American Society & Culture Seminar invites you to come join the conversation. Seminars bring together a diverse group of scholars and interested members of the public to workshop a pre-circulated paper. Learn more.

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Public Program, Online Event, Conversation Jefferson: Then and Now Register registration required at no cost 29 October 2020.Thursday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM This is an online program Peter Onuf, University of Virginia and Annette Gordon-Reed, Harvard University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/Jefferson_cropped.jpg

The reputations of all of the founders have changed dramatically over the course of American history, none more than that of Thomas Jefferson. Historians Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter Onuf will discuss the implications of recent political and social developments for our image of the slave-owning author of the Declaration of Independence, emphasizing the importance of situating Jefferson in his own historical context for a better understanding of the history and future prospects of democracy in America.

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Exhibition Who Counts: A Look at Voter Rights through Political Cartoons this event is free This is a virtual exhibition. Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/exhibitions/WhoCounts_calendar-listing-graphic.jpg

Political cartoons have long served to provoke public debate, illustrating opinions of the day for the masses. From early in the 19th century, arguments over voting rights—who votes and who counts the votes—have been depicted in cartoons, especially with the rise of illustrated newspapers and magazines with a national circulation before the Civil War. 

Featuring examples of published cartoons from the MHS collections as well as other libraries and foundations, this exhibition illustrates how cartoonists helped to tell the story of voting rights in the United States. In addition to many drawings by Thomas Nast, the most influential American political cartoonist in the decades following the Civil War, this exhibition features modern reinterpretations of these topics by editorial cartoonists, including Herblock (Herbert Block), Tom Toles, Bill Mauldin, and the work of current Boston-area artists.

Explore the online exhibition at www.masshist.org/whocounts.

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African American History Seminar, Online Event Success to the Literary Society! Black Male Youth Organizing in Early Nineteenth-Century Boston Register registration required at no cost 5 November 2020.Thursday, 5:15PM - 6:30PM This is an online program Kabria Baumgartner, University of New Hampshire, Durham Comment: Elizabeth McHenry, New York University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/banner_draft_2.jpg

In 1841, a dozen or so African American male youth aged twelve to sixteen established the Young Men’s Literary Society in Boston with the stated aim to promote intellectual growth. The very success of this endeavor laid bare the severe educational inequalities and inequities that African American youth faced in Boston’s public schools. In response, these youth organized for change. This paper traces their organizing efforts and describes how their skills in composition, penmanship, elocution, and the literary arts set the stage for the “overthrow of caste schools” in Boston in 1855.

The African American History Seminar invites you to join the conversation. Seminars bring together a diverse group of scholars and interested members of the public to workshop a pre-circulated paper. Learn more.

Please note, this is an online event held on the video conference platform, Zoom. Registrants will receive an email with links to join the program.

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Teacher Workshop Legislating the Environment: Teaching Environmental History and Civics Please RSVP   registration required 7 November 2020.Saturday, 9:30AM - 4:00PM $25 Registration Fee Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets//20190220_103727.jpg

In partnership with the Tsongas Industrial History Center, we will explore the intersections of environmental history, science, and engineering. Chad Montrie, Professor at UMass Lowell, will provide an overview to the study of environmental history, particularly as it relates to New England industry. Teachers will examine primary sources and participate in hands-on activities with Tsongas Center staff drawn from their "Industrial Watershed and "River as Classroom" programs.

Note: This workshop will be taking place off-site at the Tsongas Industrial History Center in Lowell, MA.

This program is open to all who work with K-12 students. Teachers can earn 22.5 PDPs or 1 graduate credit (for an additional fee).

This program is made possible by the generous support of the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation.

 

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Public Program, Online Event, Conversation A Treasury of Massachusetts House Museums and Local History Orgs: Part I: What is a House Museum Register registration required at no cost 9 November 2020.Monday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM This is an online program A conversation led by William Hosley, Terra Firma Northeast Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Fall_2020/thumbnail_Marblehead_Jeremiah_Lee_House_1768_grand_stair.jpg

Massachusetts has more house museums and historical organizations than most states twice our size. In recent years there’s been a national conversation about the sustainability of house museums. Our presenter argues that this widespread, mostly small class of museums vary tremendously. While many of our community-based historical organizations preserve and present their collections in historic houses, a house museum is something different. We will hear from three outstanding ones that are grappling with the usual challenges of audience engagement, preservation and interpretation.

Please note, this is an online event held on the video conference platform, Zoom. Registrants will receive an email with links to join the program.

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Environmental History Seminar, Online Event ‘Not to Us Chained’: Nature and the Radicalism of Sacco and Vanzetti Register registration required at no cost 10 November 2020.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 6:30PM This is an online program Chad Montrie, UMass Lowell; Federico Paolini, Università della Campania L. Vanvitelli Comment: Avi Chomsky, Salem State University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/ehs_banner.jpg

This paper brings a fresh perspective to the study of modern American environmental thought as well as modern American radicalism by exploring the significance of nature in the lives and writing of anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, following a narrative arc from their formative years in different parts of the Italian countryside to their final years as dedicated revolutionaries confined to Massachusetts prisons.

The Environmental History Seminar invites you to join the conversation. Seminars bring together a diverse group of scholars and interested members of the public to workshop a pre-circulated paper. Learn more.

Please note, this is an online event held on the video conference platform, Zoom. Registrants will receive an email with links to join the program.

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Biography Seminar, Online Event How We Go On: Three Lives of Persistence, Resistance, and Resilience Register registration required at no cost 12 November 2020.Thursday, 5:15PM - 6:30PM This is an online program Nicholas Basbanes; Kimberly Hamlin, Miami University; John Loughery Julie Dobrow, Tufts University

The New England Biography Series begins with a discussion of three recent biographies, published during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we know from the months of uncertainty we’ve all lived through so far, there are lessons about persistence, resistance and resilience to be learned from looking at the past. Tufts University professor Julie Dobrow, author of After Emily, will chair a panel featuring Nicholas Basbanes (Cross of Snow: A Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow), Kimberly Hamlin (Free Thinker: Sex, Suffrage, and the Extraordinary Life of Helen Hamilton Gardener) and John Loughery (Dorothy Day: Dissenting Voice of the American Century) to explore how their subjects prevailed in times of personal tragedy and public dissent, and how the authors learned to apply the lessons of their subjects to their own trials and travails as writers.

Please note, this is an online event held on the video conference platform, Zoom. Registrants will receive an email with links to join the program.

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Public Program, Online Event, Conversation A Treasury of Massachusetts House Museums and Local History Orgs: Part II: Authors Houses Register registration required at no cost 16 November 2020.Monday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM This is an online program A conversation led by William Hosley, Terra Firma Northeast

Massachusetts is a famously literary culture. At the birth of the house museum movement in the late 19th century, authors’ houses were among the first to be preserved, notably John Greenleaf Whittier and now others like Emily Dickinson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Ralph Waldo Emerson and more. We will explore three outstanding authors’ houses and how they grapple with the challenges of audience engagement, preservation and interpretation.

Please note, this is an online event held on the video conference platform, Zoom. Registrants will receive an email with links to join the program.

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Virtual Making History Gala 2020 Register registration required 17 November 2020.Tuesday, 6:30PM - 7:30PM Featuring Jon Meacham in conversation with Emily Rooney, Host of "Beat the Press" on GBH! Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Development/MakingHistoryGala_logo_2020.jpg

6:00pm Sponsor Cocktail Corner
6:30pm Virtual Program

featuring JON MEACHAM
in conversation with
EMILY ROONEY 

 

Jon Meacham is a Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian, contributing writer to The New York Times Book Review, and contributing editor at TIME. His #1 New York Times bestseller, The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels, looks at tumultuous periods in American history when presidents and ordinary citizens came together to rebuild a civic trust.

Emily is the creator and former host of Greater Boston. Since 1997, Emily has brought her journalistic credentials and deep knowledge of media, politics and culture to the WGBH audience and has earned numerous awards, including the National Press Club's prestigious Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism, a series of New England Emmy Awards, and Associated Press recognition for Best News/Talk Show. Before coming to WGBH, Emily was director of political coverage and special events at Fox Network in New York from 1994 to 1997. Prior to that, she was executive producer of ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. Emily also worked at WCVB-­TV in Boston from 1979 to 1993, where she served as news director for three years and as assistant news director before that.


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Governor Charlie Baker and First Lady Lauren Baker
Edward C. and Elizabeth B. Johnson
Henry Lee
CJ and Neil Musante
Mayor Martin J. Walsh








 

 

                                                                                                        

 

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Online Event Young Patron Party: Embrace your inner nerd! Register registration required 17 November 2020.Tuesday, 8:00PM - 9:00PM This is a virtual event. Hosted by Tori Bedford, reporter at GBH News and producer of the All Rev'd Up podcast Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Young_Patron_Party_111720/Bully_Boy_Distillers.jpg

Embrace your inner nerd and join us for our first annual Young Patron Party!

Hosted by Tori Bedford, reporter at GBH News and producer of the All Rev'd Up podcast, this pay-your-age event will feature lively cocktail demonstrations, automatic entries into the drawings for special door prizes, and engaging conversations with your fellow young patrons in Zoom Breakout Rooms. The Rising History Maker Award will also be conferred upon Dr. Karilyn Crockett, the City of Boston's first Chief of Equity.

 

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Public Program, Online Event, Author Talk Penelope Winslow, Plymouth Colony First Lady: Re-Imagining a Life Register registration required at no cost 18 November 2020.Wednesday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM This is an online program Michelle Marchetti Coughlin

Historian Michelle Marchetti Coughlin explores the life of Plymouth Colony First Lady Penelope Pelham Winslow, a woman of influence during the eventful years of Plymouth's existence, through wartime and the end of its independence. Tracking fragmentary records and traces of Penelope Winslow's material world, Coughlin illuminates the story of a long-forgotten historical figure and offers fresh insight into the experiences of women in early New England.

Please note, this is an online event held on the video conference platform, Zoom. Registrants will receive an email with links to join the program.

 

 

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Digital History Seminar, Online Event Data Prosopography and Archives of Violence in Nineteenth-Century Virginia Register registration required at no cost 19 November 2020.Thursday, 5:15PM - 6:30PM This is an online program Anelise Shrout, Bates College Comment: Robert K. Nelson, University of Richmond

This project combines digital history methods with theories from critical archive studies to explore the intersection of data, power, documentation and violence in antebellum Virginia. It explores these issues through a history of the First African Baptist Church (FABC) in Richmond, Virginia, which, in the years before the American Civil War, was a religious space open to both free and enslaved people of color, and simultaneously a site of surveillance and violence. This project combines quantitative analysis, interactive visualization and traditional historical narrative in order to tell the history of the FABC in new ways.

The Digital History Projects Seminar at the MHS invites you to join the conversation. Seminars bring together a diverse group of scholars and interested members of the public to workshop a pre-circulated paper. Learn more.

Please note, this is an online event held on the video conference platform, Zoom. Registrants will receive an email with links to join the program.

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Public Program, Online Event, Conversation A Treasury of Massachusetts House Museums and Local History Orgs: Part III: Hidden Gems Register registration required at no cost 23 November 2020.Monday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM This is an online program A conversation led by William Hosley, Terra Firma Northeast Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Fall_2020/Fall_2020/thumbnail_image005.jpg

Most of our 351 towns have a community-based historical organization. Many are volunteer-run. Collectively, they present and preserve the stuff and stories that make up our history - usually with an emphasis on local art, industries, and material culture. William Hosley has criss-crossed Massachusetts visiting them in every corner of the state, from Adams to Andover, Northampton to Nantucket. We will hear from three of what he calls gems - house museums and historicals with amazing stuff and stories, that fly a bit under the radar. They too are grappling with the usual challenges of audience engagement, preservation, and interpretation.

Please note, this is an online event held on the video conference platform, Zoom. Registrants will receive an email with links to join the program.

 

 

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Public Program, Online Event, Author Talk The Power of Objects in 18th-Century British America Register registration required at no cost 30 November 2020.Monday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM This is an online program Jennifer Van Horn, University of Delaware Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/fall_2020/Fall_2020/Power_of_Objects.jpg

Over the course of the eighteenth century, Anglo-Americans purchased an unprecedented number and array of goods. Prof. Jennifer Van Horn investigates these diverse artifacts—from portraits and city views to gravestones, dressing furniture, and prosthetic devices—to explore how elite American consumers assembled objects to form a new civil society on the margins of the British Empire. In this interdisciplinary transatlantic study, artifacts emerge as key players in the formation of Anglo-American communities and eventually of American citizenship. This presentation is the second annual lecture in honor of President Emeritus Dennis Fiori in recognition of his leadership. This lecture is made possible by gifts from friends of the Society.

Please note, this is an online event held on the video conference platform, Zoom. Registrants will receive an email with links to join the program.

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Pauline Maier Early American History Seminar, Online Event Caribbean Connections – Panel Discussion Register registration required at no cost 1 December 2020.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 6:30PM This is an online program Charlotte Carrington-Farmer, Roger Williams University; Casey Schmitt, Cornell University Comment: Ryan Quintana, Wellesley College Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/eahs_banner.jpg

This panel brings together the work of two historians investigating the Caribbean. Casey Schmitt’s paper explores the intersection of warfare and human trafficking in the 17th century. Unmet demand for enslaved labor in smaller markets coupled with near-constant warfare among major European powers in the region reinforced practices of raiding and captivity. Schmitt’s paper shows how the lure of seizing captives facilitated manning expeditions during wartime, and demonstrates the centrality of violence against enslaved communities to 17th-century warfare. Carrington Farmer’s paper explores why New England emerged as a breeding ground for horses in the eighteenth century, and how it came to dominate the equine trade to the West Indies. Whilst some of the horses that crossed the Atlantic were riding horses, many were destined for “the slavery of the draught” toiling crushing sugar.

The Pauline Maier Early American History Seminar invites you to join the conversation. Seminars bring together a diverse group of scholars and interested members of the public to workshop a pre-circulated paper. Learn more.

Please note, this is an online event held on the video conference platform, Zoom. Registrants will receive an email with links to join the program.

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African American History Seminar, Online Event Emancipation In America, Seen Through One Man's Dreadlocks Register registration required at no cost 3 December 2020.Thursday, 5:15PM - 6:30PM This is an online program Abigail Cooper, Brandeis University Comment: Kellie Carter Jackson, Wellesley College Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/banner_draft_2.jpg

1864. A ship leaves its New England port carrying a USCT regiment to fight Confederates on the Louisiana front. But on the way, a showdown takes place when Pvt. John Green refuses his commanding officer's order to cut his hair, protesting that it was contrary to his religion. In the events that follow, a revealing picture of black self-assertion in the making of freedom emerges, one too often hidden by a Civil War master narrative. This paper tells John Green's story, and asks how we might look at emancipation differently when we view it through his dreadlocks.

The African American History Seminar invites you to join the conversation. Seminars bring together a diverse group of scholars and interested members of the public to workshop a pre-circulated paper. Learn more.

Please note, this is an online event held on the video conference platform, Zoom. Registrants will receive an email with links to join the program.

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Public Program, Author Talk, Online Event Bank Notes and Shinplasters: The Rage for Paper Money in the Early Republic Register registration required at no cost 7 December 2020.Monday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM This is an online program Joshua R. Greenberg Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/fall_2020/Fall_2020/3351howardbank_lg.jpg

Before Civil War greenbacks and a national bank network established a uniform federal currency in the United States, loosely regulated banks saturated the early American republic with upwards of 10,000 unique and legal bank notes. Joshua R. Greenberg shows how ordinary Americans accumulated and wielded the financial knowledge required to navigate interpersonal bank note transactions and argues that the shift from state-regulated banks and private shinplaster producers to federally authorized paper money in the Civil War era led to the erasure of the skill, knowledge, and lived experience with banking that informed debates over economic policy.

Please note, this is an online event held on the video conference platform, Zoom. Registrants will receive an email with links to join the program.

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History of Women, Gender and Sexuality Seminar, Online Event Black Women’s Worlds in Antebellum America – A Panel Discussion Register registration required at no cost 8 December 2020.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 6:30PM This is an online program Kelly Kean Sharp, Luther College; Alisha Hines, Wake Forest University Comment: Tiya Miles, Harvard University

This panel considers the spatial and material worlds of Black women living in Antebellum America. Kelly Sharp’s work weaves together the thin documentary record with rich archaeological evidence to reconstruct the daily life and labor of women enslaved at the Nathaniel Russell House in Charleston, SC. Her paper exemplifies how house museums are beginning to incorporate the story of bondpeople in an authentic and transparent manner. Alisha Hines’s essay examines how enslaved and free black women negotiated power and place in the antebellum steamboat world. Hines argues that black women who were unmoored from plantation landscapes by way of the western rivers trouble prevailing tropes of gendered mobility and immobility that pervade scholarship on slavery in the United States.

The History of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Seminar invites you to join the conversation. Seminars bring together a diverse group of scholars and interested members of the public to workshop a pre-circulated paper. Learn more.

Please note, this is an online event held on the video conference platform, Zoom. Registrants will receive an email with links to join the program.

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Public Program, Online Event, Author Talk They Knew They Were Pilgrims: Plymouth Colony and the Contest for American Liberty Register registration required at no cost 14 December 2020.Monday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM This is an online program John G. Turner, George Mason University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/fall_2020/Fall_2020/Turner_jacket.jpg

Americans have been telling two very different stories about the Pilgrims. One is the tale of brave religious refugees who established Thanksgiving and democracy in the New England wilderness. The other is the story of unscrupulous invaders who betrayed their Indian allies, stole their land, and went to war against them. John G. Turner narrates a more complex history in They Knew They Were Pilgrims, tracing the contested meanings of liberty – and slavery – in the seven-decade history of Plymouth Colony.

Please note, this is an online event held on the video conference platform, Zoom. Registrants will receive an email with links to join the program.

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Public Program, Online Event, Author Talk Cross of Snow: A Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Register registration required at no cost 16 December 2020.Wednesday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM This is an online program Nicholas A. Basbanes

In Cross of Snow, Nicholas Basbanes reveals the life, the times, the work--the soul--of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, a man who shaped the literature of a new nation with his countless poems, sonnets, stories, essays, translations, and whose renown was so wide-reaching that his deep friendships included Charles Dickens, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Julia Ward Howe, and Charles Sumner. Highlighting research materials from the MHS archive, Basbanes will frame Longfellow’s life and work in the context of 19th century literary Boston.

Please note, this is an online event held on the video conference platform, Zoom. Registrants will receive an email with links to join the program.

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Exhibition Thomas Nast: A Life in Cartoons this event is free This is a virtual exhibition. Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/exhibitions/ThomasNast_calendar-listing-graphic.jpg

Thomas Nast defined American political cartoons in the decades following the Civil War. His illustrations popularized icons such as the Republican elephant, the Democratic donkey, and even the modern image of Santa Claus. This exhibition highlights Thomas Nast’s remarkable impact through a cartoon biography created by local artists.

Explore the online exhibition at www.masshist.org/thomasnast.

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