August 2019
Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//0745_washington_work_lg.jpg Brown Bag, Research Fellow To “Watch” and “Gall” the Enemy: George Washington Wages Petite Guerre 21 August 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Thomas Rider, University of Wisconsin - Madison Petite guerre or partisan warfare was a critical component of eighteenth-century armed conflict. ...

Petite guerre or partisan warfare was a critical component of eighteenth-century armed conflict. Historians of the American Revolution, however, have frequently understated and mischaracterized petite guerre as conducted in that war. This discussion will explain petite guerre within an eighteenth-century military context and explore how George Washington’s Continental Army learned to wage it.

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Teacher Workshopbegins Immigration Policy in American History 22 August 2019.Thursday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Please RSVP   Registration fee: $40 This workshop will explore the long history of immigration policy in the United States and its ...

This workshop will explore the long history of immigration policy in the United States and its legacy in politics today. Our discussions will cover the wave of Irish immigration to Boston in the mid 19th century, along with the parallel Know-Nothing anti-immigration movement, and debates over immigration restriction in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as well Progressive Era efforts to “Americanize” immigrants. This workshop will draw on items from the Society’s rich holdings to help put contemporary debates in context.

This workshop will run from 9:00 to 4:00 each day. This program is open to all who work with K-12 students. Teachers can earn 45 Professional Development Points or 2 graduate credits (for an additional fee).

 

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Teacher Workshopends Immigration Policy in American History 23 August 2019.Friday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Please RSVP   Registration fee: $40 This workshop will explore the long history of immigration policy in the United States and its ...

This workshop will explore the long history of immigration policy in the United States and its legacy in politics today. Our discussions will cover the wave of Irish immigration to Boston in the mid 19th century, along with the parallel Know-Nothing anti-immigration movement, and debates over immigration restriction in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as well Progressive Era efforts to “Americanize” immigrants. This workshop will draw on items from the Society’s rich holdings to help put contemporary debates in context.

This workshop will run from 9:00 to 4:00 each day. This program is open to all who work with K-12 students. Teachers can earn 45 Professional Development Points or 2 graduate credits (for an additional fee).

 

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Brown Bag History on the Hoof: New Perspectives on Animal Research during the Civil War Era 23 August 2019.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM David J. Gerleman The Civil War affected America’s farmers in profound ways and especially the horse, cattle, ...

The Civil War affected America’s farmers in profound ways and especially the horse, cattle, and dairy industries. Modern civilization’s reliance on the combustion engine has rendered fully comprehending of those changes increasingly difficult. This talk will provide an overview of the changing husbandry and care practices of America’s livestock industry from the 1850s through war’s end in 1865.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 24 August 2019.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.

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Building Closed Labor Day 31 August 2019.Saturday, all day The MHS is CLOSED for the Labor Day weekend.

The MHS is CLOSED for the Labor Day weekend.

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September 2019
Building Closed Labor Day 2 September 2019.Monday, all day The MHS is CLOSED in observance of Labor Day.

The MHS is CLOSED in observance of Labor Day.

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Public Program, Conversation Legacies of 1619: Recognition & Resilience 7 September 2019.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 3:30. Kerri Greenidge, Tufts University; David Krugler, University of Wisconsin—Platteville; and Peter Wirzbicki, Princeton University; and moderator Robert Bellinger, Suffolk University Location: Museum of African American History, 46 Joy Street, Boston The institution of slavery in English North America began in 1619 with the arrival of roughly 20 ...

The institution of slavery in English North America began in 1619 with the arrival of roughly 20 Africans in the settlement of Jamestown. What has followed has been 400 years of exploitation and discrimination in many different forms. However, telling this story is not complete without an exploration of how African American communities have created culture and institutions that have survived despite these challenges. This program will explore both structures of exploitation and forms of resistance.

Please note: This program will held at the Museum of African American History, 46 Joy Street, Boston.

This program is part one of a four program series titled Legacies of 1619. The series is co-sponsored by the Museum of African American History and the Roxbury Community College.

   

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Public Program, Author Talk Properties of Empire: Indians, Colonists, & Land Speculators on the New England Frontier 10 September 2019.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Ian Saxine There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). Properties of Empire challenges assumptions about the relationship between Indigenous and ...

Properties of Empire challenges assumptions about the relationship between Indigenous and imperial property creation in early America. Many colonists came to believe their prosperity depended on acknowledging Indigenous land rights and Wabanaki Indians’ unity allowed them to forcefully project their own interpretations of poorly remembered land deeds and treaties. The ongoing struggle to construct a commonly agreed-upon culture of landownership shaped diplomacy, imperial administration, and matters of colonial law in powerful ways, and its legacy remains with us today.

 

 

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Public Program Benjamin Franklin’s Influence on Jewish Thought & Practice 12 September 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 Shai Afsai There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). In his 20s, Benjamin Franklin resolved to perfect his character, devising a self-improvement method ...

In his 20s, Benjamin Franklin resolved to perfect his character, devising a self-improvement method to aid him in the challenging task of becoming virtuous and intending to complete a book on its use. This method was eventually incorporated into the Jewish ethical tradition through the publication, in 1808, of Rabbi Mendel Lefin’s Book of Spiritual Accounting, which made it available to Hebrew-reading audiences. Shai Afsai discusses this surprising historical development, which has often confused Judaic scholars, and of which Franklin specialists have been largely oblivious.

 

 

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Abigail Adams: Independence and Ideals, Pop-up Display and Talk 13 September 2019.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM The Pop-Up Display will be on view from July 1-September 21. September 13 at 2:00 PM: Join an Adams Papers editor for an in-depth look at the display. Never “an uninterested Spectator” when it came to the American political landscape, ...

Never “an uninterested Spectator” when it came to the American political landscape, Abigail Adams leveraged a wide network of correspondents to discuss her vision of the emerging nation.

 

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Public Program, Author Talk Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth 18 September 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Kevin M. Levin There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). More than 150 years after the end of the Civil War, scores of websites, articles, and organizations ...

More than 150 years after the end of the Civil War, scores of websites, articles, and organizations repeat claims that anywhere between 500 and 100,000 free and  enslaved African Americans fought willingly as soldiers in the Confederate army. But as Kevin M. Levin argues, such claims would have shocked anyone who served in the army during the war itself. Levin explains that imprecise contemporary accounts, poorly understood primary source material, and rising backlash against African Americans’ gains in civil rights have helped fuel the rise of the black Confederate myth.

 

 

 

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Can She Do It? cartoon Exhibitionends "Can She Do It?" Massachusetts Debates a Woman’s Right to Vote 21 September 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM, and Tuesday from 10 AM to 7 PM Colorful political cartoons, engaging campaign materials, and visual propaganda illustrate ...

Colorful political cartoons, engaging campaign materials, and visual propaganda illustrate the passion of those who argued for and against women’s suffrage.

Commemorating 100 years since Massachusetts ratified the 19th Amendment, this exhibition at the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) explores the activism and debate around women’s suffrage in Massachusetts. Featuring dynamic imagery from the collection of the MHS, “Can She Do It?” Massachusetts Debates a Woman’s Right to Vote illustrates the passion on each side of the suffrage question. The exhibition is open at the MHS April 26 through September 21, 2019, Monday through Saturday, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Abigail Adams - Independence and Ideals Exhibitionends Abigail Adams: Independence & Ideals 21 September 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Pop-up display open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM, and Tuesday from 10 AM to 7 PM For Abigail Adams, the road to independence meant creating and sustaining a new set of American ...

For Abigail Adams, the road to independence meant creating and sustaining a new set of American ideals. Abigail knew that the patriot cause must embrace both revolution and reform. Explore her views from the political center of the emerging nation with the manuscripts and artifacts on view as part of this Remember Abigail exhibit.

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Public Program, Conversation Can They Do It? Divisions on the Road to the 19th Amendment 21 September 2019.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 3:30. Allison K. Lange, Wentworth Institute of Technology; Corinne T. Field, University of Virginia; Minisha Sinha, University of Connecticut; Barbara F. Berenson There is no charge for this program. Registration is required. The women’s suffrage movement was not always a cohesive or inclusive space for everyone who ...

The women’s suffrage movement was not always a cohesive or inclusive space for everyone who fought for the vote, nor did the Nineteenth Amendment bring about political enfranchisement for all women. Conflicts around political philosophy, campaign tactics, and most notably, issues of race, led to a movement that was deeply fractured. Our panel will further examine the divisions inherent in the movement and will look at how other social reform activists have historically struggled with coalition building and intersectionality.

This program is made possible through the co-sponsorship of the Greater Boston Women's Vote Centennial (presented by Mayor Walsh's Office of Women's Advancement).

 

 

 

 

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Public Program, Author Talk The Arts and Crafts Houses of Massachusetts: A Style Rediscovered 25 September 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Heli Meltsner, Cambridge Historical Society There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). At the opening of the twentieth century, Massachusetts architects struggled to create an authentic ...

At the opening of the twentieth century, Massachusetts architects struggled to create an authentic new look that would reflect their clients’ increasingly informal way of life. Inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement in England, the result was a charming style that proved especially appropriate for the rapidly expanding suburbs and vacation houses in the states. Through meticulous research, Heli Meltsner brings this distinctly New England architectural style the attention it deserves.

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Public Program Primary Sources for Fashion and Costume History Research 28 September 2019.Saturday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Kimberly Alexander, University of New Hampshire; Sara Georgini, MHS Antique textiles, images of historical figures, and material culture hold a wealth of information ...

Antique textiles, images of historical figures, and material culture hold a wealth of information that can enrich personal stories, explain relationships, and contextualize the world that people occupied. However, these sources can seem daunting to explore. Two experts on fashion and material culture will guide you through unraveling the stories woven into history’s fabric.

This workshop is part of our Remember Abigail programming.

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October 2019
Public Program, Conversation Housing as History: Columbia Point and Commonwealth 2 October 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Lawrence Vale, Ford Professor of Urban Design and Planning, MIT; Jane Roessner, author, "A Decent Place To Live: From Columbia Point to Harbor Point-A Community History" This program will be held at MHS. In 1979, after touring public housing sites with deplorable conditions, Massachusetts Superior Court ...

In 1979, after touring public housing sites with deplorable conditions, Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Paul Garrity ordered the Boston Housing Authority into receivership. Lewis H. (Harry) Spence was appointed as receiver. As Spence oversaw a massive redevelopment of the fourth largest housing authority in America, two very different housing models emerged: Columbia Point in Dorchester and Commonwealth in Brighton. Columbia Point was the largest public housing complex in New England and had once been a source of pride. However, a quarter century after it opened, it stood neglected, isolated, and mostly vacant. When it was redeveloped into the new community of Harbor Point, less than one-third of the resultant apartments were targeted to public housing residents. By contrast, Commonwealth remained 100% public housing. Nearly two-thirds of its original residents, many of whom had been deeply involved in the site’s redevelopment, were able to return to the site. This conversation will explore these outcomes, situating these redevelopments in the overall history of the Boston Housing Authority.

This program is made possible by the generosity of Mass Humanities and the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.

 

 

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Library Closed Library Closed 14 October 2019.Monday, all day The Library is CLOSED for a special event.

The Library is CLOSED for a special event.

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Public Program, Conversation Housing as History: Villa Victoria and the Fenway Community Development Corporation 16 October 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Mario Luis Small, Grafstein Professor of Sociology, Harvard University; Mathew Thall, founding Executive Director, Fenway CDC; Mayra I. Negrón-Roche, COO, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción Location: Blackstone Community Center, 50 W. Brookline St, Boston, MA 02118. In the 1960s and 1970s Boston struggled to stem urban flight and a landscape of deteriorating ...

In the 1960s and 1970s Boston struggled to stem urban flight and a landscape of deteriorating housing stock. Massive redevelopment projects, such as the razing of the West End, sent shockwaves through the city. By the mid-1960s, the South End found itself the focus of redevelopment plans. A group of mostly Puerto Rican residents began to meet and then incorporated as the Emergency Tenants’ Council, which became Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, Inc. (IBA). In 1969, following a widespread campaign, the IBA won the right to serve as the developer for their neighborhood and; using the architecture of Puerto Rico as inspiration, built Villa Victoria. A few years later and few blocks away, the Fenway neighborhood faced the Fenway Urban Renewal Plan (FURP), which planned to clear sections of the neighborhood. local residents sued the city to block FURP and won the right to have a neighborhood-elected board become part of the decision-making process. Out of these efforts came the Fenway CDC with a mission to develop and maintain affordable housing and advocate on behalf of a vibrant and diverse community.

Please note: This program will be held at Blackstone Community Center, 50 W. Brookline St, Boston, MA 02118.

This program is made possible by the generosity of Mass Humanities and the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.

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Conversation, Public Program Legacies of 1619: Afro-Native Connections 19 October 2019.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 3:30. Christine DeLucia, Williams College; Kendra Field, Tufts University; and moderator Catherine Allgor, MHS Even before the arrival of enslaved Africans, Native Americans were forced into bondage and ...

Even before the arrival of enslaved Africans, Native Americans were forced into bondage and transported far from their homes in North America. Even as the Native populations were decimated and displaced, the communities that survived remained a refuge for African Americans. These distinct communities forged familial, social, and cultural bonds with each other over time. This program will explore the complex relationship between African Americans, Native Americans, the institution of slavery, and these groups’ attempts to seek equal rights in American society.

This program is part two of a four program series titled Legacies of 1619. The series is a production of the Massachusetts Historical Society and is co-sponsored by the Museum of African American History and the Roxbury Community College.

  

 

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Special Event Queen Victoria: The Making of an Icon 23 October 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM There will be a reception at 7pm, following the presentation. Polly Putnam, Historic Royal Palaces There is a $25 fee to register. This event is complimentary for MHS Fund Giving Circle donors and Algonquin Club Foundation members. This talk, given by Polly Putnam, Collections Curator for the Historic Royal Palaces, considers the ...

This talk, given by Polly Putnam, Collections Curator for the Historic Royal Palaces, considers the development of Queen Victoria's public image over the course of her 63-year reign. Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and later Empress of India, is only second to Queen Elizabeth II as the longest ruling monarch in British history. Queen Victoria ruled from June 20, 1837 until her death on January 22, 1901. Ms. Putnam’s presentation reveals how Queen Victoria made a virtue of and shared her personal life with the people of Great Britain, which ensured not only her popularity but also an enduring public image.

Giving Circle donors* will be our complimentary guests at this special event. Following the presentation, donors will enjoy a lively reception and receive a special gift. Donate $500 or more now to receive your invitation!

*Giving Circle donors have given $500 or more to the MHS Fund in the past 12 months.

This event is co-sponsored by the Algonquin Club Foundation.

 

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November 2019
Building Closed Veteran's Day 11 November 2019.Monday, all day The Society is CLOSED in observance of Veteran's Day.

The Society is CLOSED in observance of Veteran's Day.

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Public Program, Conversation Housing as History: the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and Orchard Gardens 13 November 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Karilyn Crockett, Lecturer of Public Policy and Urban Planning, MIT; Tony Hernandez, Director of Operations and Stewardship, Dudley Neighbors, Inc.; Valerie Shelley, President, Orchard Gardens Resident Association Location: Dewitt Center, 122 Dewitt Drive, Boston, MA 02120 By the 1980s the Dudley Square neighborhood of Roxbury was facing significant challenges. Absentee ...

By the 1980s the Dudley Square neighborhood of Roxbury was facing significant challenges. Absentee landlords had allowed property to deteriorate, left units vacant, or had used arson to raze buildings and make insurance claims. Facing what many considered insurmountable obstacles, the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative was formed to create a comprehensive plan for “development without displacement.” The first non-governmental organization in America to be granted eminent domain authority, they began purchasing vacant land, protecting affordable housing and creating a community land trust. Meanwhile, the nearby housing project Orchard Park became notorious for crime and drugs. The Orchard Park Tenants Association lobbied for years for improvements and by the mid-1990s began to see a path forward partnering with the police and using community organizing to reduce crime and linking the redevelopment to the new federal HOPE VI program which was meant to revitalize the worst housing projects in America. HOPE VI was in part modeled on the redevelopment of Columbia Point and encouraged partnerships with private developers and a mixture of incomes among the residents. Through community action and smart development, Orchard Park was redeveloped as Orchard Gardens and became a safe, stable neighborhood.

This program is made possible by the generosity of Mass Humanities and the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.

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Public Program, Conversation Legacies of 1619: Black Radicalism / Black Power 16 November 2019.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 3:30. John Stauffer, Harvard University; Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar, University of Connecticut; Adrienne Lentz-Smith, Duke University; and moderator Valerie Roberson, Roxbury Community College Location: Roxbury Community College, Student Commons, 1234 Columbus Avenue Facing the hegemonic force of slavery, discrimination, and disenfranchisement, communities of color ...

Facing the hegemonic force of slavery, discrimination, and disenfranchisement, communities of color have resisted and presented radical models of empowerment. Along with countless and often unknown stories of personal courage, large scale resistance, such as Nat Turner’s Rebellion, go back to the very beginnings of the United States. This program will explore the different forms African Americans have taken to assert their agency and autonomy.

This program is part three of a four program series titled Legacies of 1619. The series is a production of the Massachusetts Historical Society and is co-sponsored by the Museum of African American History and the Roxbury Community College. 

   

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Brown Bag, Research Fellow To “Watch” and “Gall” the Enemy: George Washington Wages Petite Guerre this event is free 21 August 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Thomas Rider, University of Wisconsin - Madison Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//0745_washington_work_lg.jpg

Petite guerre or partisan warfare was a critical component of eighteenth-century armed conflict. Historians of the American Revolution, however, have frequently understated and mischaracterized petite guerre as conducted in that war. This discussion will explain petite guerre within an eighteenth-century military context and explore how George Washington’s Continental Army learned to wage it.

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Teacher Workshop Immigration Policy in American History Please RSVP   registration required 22 August 2019 to 23 August 2019 Registration fee: $40

This workshop will explore the long history of immigration policy in the United States and its legacy in politics today. Our discussions will cover the wave of Irish immigration to Boston in the mid 19th century, along with the parallel Know-Nothing anti-immigration movement, and debates over immigration restriction in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as well Progressive Era efforts to “Americanize” immigrants. This workshop will draw on items from the Society’s rich holdings to help put contemporary debates in context.

This workshop will run from 9:00 to 4:00 each day. This program is open to all who work with K-12 students. Teachers can earn 45 Professional Development Points or 2 graduate credits (for an additional fee).

 

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Brown Bag History on the Hoof: New Perspectives on Animal Research during the Civil War Era this event is free 23 August 2019.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM David J. Gerleman

The Civil War affected America’s farmers in profound ways and especially the horse, cattle, and dairy industries. Modern civilization’s reliance on the combustion engine has rendered fully comprehending of those changes increasingly difficult. This talk will provide an overview of the changing husbandry and care practices of America’s livestock industry from the 1850s through war’s end in 1865.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 24 August 2019.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.

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Building Closed Labor Day 31 August 2019.Saturday, all day

The MHS is CLOSED for the Labor Day weekend.

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Building Closed Labor Day 2 September 2019.Monday, all day

The MHS is CLOSED in observance of Labor Day.

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Public Program, Conversation Legacies of 1619: Recognition & Resilience Register registration required at no cost 7 September 2019.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 3:30. Kerri Greenidge, Tufts University; David Krugler, University of Wisconsin—Platteville; and Peter Wirzbicki, Princeton University; and moderator Robert Bellinger, Suffolk University Location: Museum of African American History, 46 Joy Street, Boston

The institution of slavery in English North America began in 1619 with the arrival of roughly 20 Africans in the settlement of Jamestown. What has followed has been 400 years of exploitation and discrimination in many different forms. However, telling this story is not complete without an exploration of how African American communities have created culture and institutions that have survived despite these challenges. This program will explore both structures of exploitation and forms of resistance.

Please note: This program will held at the Museum of African American History, 46 Joy Street, Boston.

This program is part one of a four program series titled Legacies of 1619. The series is co-sponsored by the Museum of African American History and the Roxbury Community College.

   

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Public Program, Author Talk Properties of Empire: Indians, Colonists, & Land Speculators on the New England Frontier Register registration required 10 September 2019.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Ian Saxine There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

Properties of Empire challenges assumptions about the relationship between Indigenous and imperial property creation in early America. Many colonists came to believe their prosperity depended on acknowledging Indigenous land rights and Wabanaki Indians’ unity allowed them to forcefully project their own interpretations of poorly remembered land deeds and treaties. The ongoing struggle to construct a commonly agreed-upon culture of landownership shaped diplomacy, imperial administration, and matters of colonial law in powerful ways, and its legacy remains with us today.

 

 

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Public Program Benjamin Franklin’s Influence on Jewish Thought & Practice Register registration required 12 September 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 Shai Afsai There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

In his 20s, Benjamin Franklin resolved to perfect his character, devising a self-improvement method to aid him in the challenging task of becoming virtuous and intending to complete a book on its use. This method was eventually incorporated into the Jewish ethical tradition through the publication, in 1808, of Rabbi Mendel Lefin’s Book of Spiritual Accounting, which made it available to Hebrew-reading audiences. Shai Afsai discusses this surprising historical development, which has often confused Judaic scholars, and of which Franklin specialists have been largely oblivious.

 

 

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Abigail Adams: Independence and Ideals, Pop-up Display and Talk this event is free 13 September 2019.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM The Pop-Up Display will be on view from July 1-September 21. September 13 at 2:00 PM: Join an Adams Papers editor for an in-depth look at the display.

Never “an uninterested Spectator” when it came to the American political landscape, Abigail Adams leveraged a wide network of correspondents to discuss her vision of the emerging nation.

 

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Public Program, Author Talk Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth Register registration required 18 September 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Kevin M. Levin There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

More than 150 years after the end of the Civil War, scores of websites, articles, and organizations repeat claims that anywhere between 500 and 100,000 free and  enslaved African Americans fought willingly as soldiers in the Confederate army. But as Kevin M. Levin argues, such claims would have shocked anyone who served in the army during the war itself. Levin explains that imprecise contemporary accounts, poorly understood primary source material, and rising backlash against African Americans’ gains in civil rights have helped fuel the rise of the black Confederate myth.

 

 

 

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Exhibition "Can She Do It?" Massachusetts Debates a Woman’s Right to Vote this event is free Open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM, and Tuesday from 10 AM to 7 PM Can She Do It? cartoon

Colorful political cartoons, engaging campaign materials, and visual propaganda illustrate the passion of those who argued for and against women’s suffrage.

Commemorating 100 years since Massachusetts ratified the 19th Amendment, this exhibition at the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) explores the activism and debate around women’s suffrage in Massachusetts. Featuring dynamic imagery from the collection of the MHS, “Can She Do It?” Massachusetts Debates a Woman’s Right to Vote illustrates the passion on each side of the suffrage question. The exhibition is open at the MHS April 26 through September 21, 2019, Monday through Saturday, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Exhibition Abigail Adams: Independence & Ideals this event is free Pop-up display open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM, and Tuesday from 10 AM to 7 PM Abigail Adams - Independence and Ideals

For Abigail Adams, the road to independence meant creating and sustaining a new set of American ideals. Abigail knew that the patriot cause must embrace both revolution and reform. Explore her views from the political center of the emerging nation with the manuscripts and artifacts on view as part of this Remember Abigail exhibit.

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Public Program, Conversation Can They Do It? Divisions on the Road to the 19th Amendment Register registration required at no cost 21 September 2019.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 3:30. Allison K. Lange, Wentworth Institute of Technology; Corinne T. Field, University of Virginia; Minisha Sinha, University of Connecticut; Barbara F. Berenson There is no charge for this program. Registration is required.

The women’s suffrage movement was not always a cohesive or inclusive space for everyone who fought for the vote, nor did the Nineteenth Amendment bring about political enfranchisement for all women. Conflicts around political philosophy, campaign tactics, and most notably, issues of race, led to a movement that was deeply fractured. Our panel will further examine the divisions inherent in the movement and will look at how other social reform activists have historically struggled with coalition building and intersectionality.

This program is made possible through the co-sponsorship of the Greater Boston Women's Vote Centennial (presented by Mayor Walsh's Office of Women's Advancement).

 

 

 

 

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Public Program, Author Talk The Arts and Crafts Houses of Massachusetts: A Style Rediscovered Register registration required 25 September 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Heli Meltsner, Cambridge Historical Society There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

At the opening of the twentieth century, Massachusetts architects struggled to create an authentic new look that would reflect their clients’ increasingly informal way of life. Inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement in England, the result was a charming style that proved especially appropriate for the rapidly expanding suburbs and vacation houses in the states. Through meticulous research, Heli Meltsner brings this distinctly New England architectural style the attention it deserves.

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Public Program Primary Sources for Fashion and Costume History Research Register registration required at no cost 28 September 2019.Saturday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Kimberly Alexander, University of New Hampshire; Sara Georgini, MHS

Antique textiles, images of historical figures, and material culture hold a wealth of information that can enrich personal stories, explain relationships, and contextualize the world that people occupied. However, these sources can seem daunting to explore. Two experts on fashion and material culture will guide you through unraveling the stories woven into history’s fabric.

This workshop is part of our Remember Abigail programming.

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Public Program, Conversation Housing as History: Columbia Point and Commonwealth Register registration required at no cost 2 October 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Lawrence Vale, Ford Professor of Urban Design and Planning, MIT; Jane Roessner, author, "A Decent Place To Live: From Columbia Point to Harbor Point-A Community History" This program will be held at MHS.

In 1979, after touring public housing sites with deplorable conditions, Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Paul Garrity ordered the Boston Housing Authority into receivership. Lewis H. (Harry) Spence was appointed as receiver. As Spence oversaw a massive redevelopment of the fourth largest housing authority in America, two very different housing models emerged: Columbia Point in Dorchester and Commonwealth in Brighton. Columbia Point was the largest public housing complex in New England and had once been a source of pride. However, a quarter century after it opened, it stood neglected, isolated, and mostly vacant. When it was redeveloped into the new community of Harbor Point, less than one-third of the resultant apartments were targeted to public housing residents. By contrast, Commonwealth remained 100% public housing. Nearly two-thirds of its original residents, many of whom had been deeply involved in the site’s redevelopment, were able to return to the site. This conversation will explore these outcomes, situating these redevelopments in the overall history of the Boston Housing Authority.

This program is made possible by the generosity of Mass Humanities and the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.

 

 

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Library Closed Library Closed 14 October 2019.Monday, all day

The Library is CLOSED for a special event.

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Public Program, Conversation Housing as History: Villa Victoria and the Fenway Community Development Corporation Register registration required at no cost 16 October 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Mario Luis Small, Grafstein Professor of Sociology, Harvard University; Mathew Thall, founding Executive Director, Fenway CDC; Mayra I. Negrón-Roche, COO, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción Location: Blackstone Community Center, 50 W. Brookline St, Boston, MA 02118.

In the 1960s and 1970s Boston struggled to stem urban flight and a landscape of deteriorating housing stock. Massive redevelopment projects, such as the razing of the West End, sent shockwaves through the city. By the mid-1960s, the South End found itself the focus of redevelopment plans. A group of mostly Puerto Rican residents began to meet and then incorporated as the Emergency Tenants’ Council, which became Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, Inc. (IBA). In 1969, following a widespread campaign, the IBA won the right to serve as the developer for their neighborhood and; using the architecture of Puerto Rico as inspiration, built Villa Victoria. A few years later and few blocks away, the Fenway neighborhood faced the Fenway Urban Renewal Plan (FURP), which planned to clear sections of the neighborhood. local residents sued the city to block FURP and won the right to have a neighborhood-elected board become part of the decision-making process. Out of these efforts came the Fenway CDC with a mission to develop and maintain affordable housing and advocate on behalf of a vibrant and diverse community.

Please note: This program will be held at Blackstone Community Center, 50 W. Brookline St, Boston, MA 02118.

This program is made possible by the generosity of Mass Humanities and the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.

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Conversation, Public Program Legacies of 1619: Afro-Native Connections Register registration required at no cost 19 October 2019.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 3:30. Christine DeLucia, Williams College; Kendra Field, Tufts University; and moderator Catherine Allgor, MHS

Even before the arrival of enslaved Africans, Native Americans were forced into bondage and transported far from their homes in North America. Even as the Native populations were decimated and displaced, the communities that survived remained a refuge for African Americans. These distinct communities forged familial, social, and cultural bonds with each other over time. This program will explore the complex relationship between African Americans, Native Americans, the institution of slavery, and these groups’ attempts to seek equal rights in American society.

This program is part two of a four program series titled Legacies of 1619. The series is a production of the Massachusetts Historical Society and is co-sponsored by the Museum of African American History and the Roxbury Community College.

  

 

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Special Event Queen Victoria: The Making of an Icon Register registration required 23 October 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM There will be a reception at 7pm, following the presentation. Polly Putnam, Historic Royal Palaces There is a $25 fee to register. This event is complimentary for MHS Fund Giving Circle donors and Algonquin Club Foundation members.

This talk, given by Polly Putnam, Collections Curator for the Historic Royal Palaces, considers the development of Queen Victoria's public image over the course of her 63-year reign. Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and later Empress of India, is only second to Queen Elizabeth II as the longest ruling monarch in British history. Queen Victoria ruled from June 20, 1837 until her death on January 22, 1901. Ms. Putnam’s presentation reveals how Queen Victoria made a virtue of and shared her personal life with the people of Great Britain, which ensured not only her popularity but also an enduring public image.

Giving Circle donors* will be our complimentary guests at this special event. Following the presentation, donors will enjoy a lively reception and receive a special gift. Donate $500 or more now to receive your invitation!

*Giving Circle donors have given $500 or more to the MHS Fund in the past 12 months.

This event is co-sponsored by the Algonquin Club Foundation.

 

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Building Closed Veteran's Day 11 November 2019.Monday, all day

The Society is CLOSED in observance of Veteran's Day.

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Public Program, Conversation Housing as History: the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and Orchard Gardens Register registration required at no cost 13 November 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Karilyn Crockett, Lecturer of Public Policy and Urban Planning, MIT; Tony Hernandez, Director of Operations and Stewardship, Dudley Neighbors, Inc.; Valerie Shelley, President, Orchard Gardens Resident Association Location: Dewitt Center, 122 Dewitt Drive, Boston, MA 02120

By the 1980s the Dudley Square neighborhood of Roxbury was facing significant challenges. Absentee landlords had allowed property to deteriorate, left units vacant, or had used arson to raze buildings and make insurance claims. Facing what many considered insurmountable obstacles, the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative was formed to create a comprehensive plan for “development without displacement.” The first non-governmental organization in America to be granted eminent domain authority, they began purchasing vacant land, protecting affordable housing and creating a community land trust. Meanwhile, the nearby housing project Orchard Park became notorious for crime and drugs. The Orchard Park Tenants Association lobbied for years for improvements and by the mid-1990s began to see a path forward partnering with the police and using community organizing to reduce crime and linking the redevelopment to the new federal HOPE VI program which was meant to revitalize the worst housing projects in America. HOPE VI was in part modeled on the redevelopment of Columbia Point and encouraged partnerships with private developers and a mixture of incomes among the residents. Through community action and smart development, Orchard Park was redeveloped as Orchard Gardens and became a safe, stable neighborhood.

This program is made possible by the generosity of Mass Humanities and the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.

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Public Program, Conversation Legacies of 1619: Black Radicalism / Black Power Register registration required at no cost 16 November 2019.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 3:30. John Stauffer, Harvard University; Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar, University of Connecticut; Adrienne Lentz-Smith, Duke University; and moderator Valerie Roberson, Roxbury Community College Location: Roxbury Community College, Student Commons, 1234 Columbus Avenue

Facing the hegemonic force of slavery, discrimination, and disenfranchisement, communities of color have resisted and presented radical models of empowerment. Along with countless and often unknown stories of personal courage, large scale resistance, such as Nat Turner’s Rebellion, go back to the very beginnings of the United States. This program will explore the different forms African Americans have taken to assert their agency and autonomy.

This program is part three of a four program series titled Legacies of 1619. The series is a production of the Massachusetts Historical Society and is co-sponsored by the Museum of African American History and the Roxbury Community College. 

   

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