November 2019
Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminars 2019-2020//parlortableaux_cut.jpg Brown Bag Staged Readings: Parlor Play and Contesting Class in Nineteenth-Century America 13 November 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Michael D’Alessandro, Duke University This talk focuses on the curious practice of nineteenth-century parlor theatricals in the United ...

This talk focuses on the curious practice of nineteenth-century parlor theatricals in the United States. In the postbellum years, the country’s evolving middle classes created elaborate sets, donned fancy costumes, and even attempted amateur special effects as a means of entertainment. While they staged these shows in order to create class definition and solidarity, the performances often revealed unforeseen social anxieties and prejudices.

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Public Program, Conversation, Housing as History 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 Atlas of Boston History 14 November 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Nancy Seasholes, Robert Allison, Richard Garver, and Jim Vrabel REGISTRATION FOR THIS PROGRAM IS NOW CLOSED. Few American cities possess a history as long, rich, and fascinating as Boston’s. The Atlas of ...

Few American cities possess a history as long, rich, and fascinating as Boston’s. The Atlas of Boston History traces the history of Boston from late prehistoric times to the present using thematic maps that are drawn from the latest scholarship and supplemented with historical images, maps, illustrations, and graphs as well as explanatory text. The subjects of the maps and atlas plates were determined by a board of noted scholars. The editor will present the project and then discuss the process of determining the contents of the atlas with three of the consulting scholars.

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Public Program, Conversation, Legacies of 1619 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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Public Program, Author Talk This Land Is Their Land The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving 18 November 2019.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. David J. Silverman, George Washington University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). David Silverman explores the history of the Wampanoag people to reveal the distortions of the ...

David Silverman explores the history of the Wampanoag people to reveal the distortions of the Thanksgiving Myth, a persisting story that promotes the idea that Native people willingly ceded their country to the English to give rise to a white, Christian, democratic nation. Silverman traces how the Wampanoags have lived—and told—a different history over the past four centuries

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//eahs_banner.jpg Pauline Maier Early American History Seminar Murder at the Manhattan Well: The Personal and the Political in the Election of 1800 19 November 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Paul Gilje, University of Oklahoma Kate Grandjean, Wellesley College In 1800, journeyman carpenter, Levi Weeks, was accused of murdering Guliema Sands, a young woman ...

In 1800, journeyman carpenter, Levi Weeks, was accused of murdering Guliema Sands, a young woman living in the same boarding house. Using the trial transcript, this paper places the lives of Weeks and Sands in a larger context: Weeks as an artisan in a dynamic economy and Sands as a poor unattached woman amidst changing ideas about sexuality. The author also relates the trial to the New York election that occurred a month later.

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Public Program, Conversation, Housing as History Housing as History: New Directions for Boston’s Subsidized Housing: Learning from the Past 20 November 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Kate Bennett, Acting Administrator of the Boston Housing Authority; Soni Gupta, Director of Neighborhoods and Housing, The Boston Foundation; Lawrence Vale, Ford Professor of Urban Design and Planning, MIT; Sandra Henriquez, Executive Director, Detroit Housing Commission; former administrator and CEO, Boston Housing Authority; and moderator David Luberoff, Deputy Director, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. As neighborhoods across Boston face enormous development pressure, there is a risk that low-income ...

As neighborhoods across Boston face enormous development pressure, there is a risk that low-income residents will be forced out of the city. Social disruption due to gentrification, shifting government policies and programs, and the challenges of climate change make the future of affordable housing in Boston precarious. In the past, Boston modeled creative and successful solutions to dire housing problems, and there is hope that the city can continue to deploy innovative policies that will brighten the future for all city residents. Our final panel in this series will look at the future of affordable housing in Boston, taking stock of past lessons learned.

Note: We had originally scheduled William McGonagle to be a part of this discussion. We were shocked and heartbroken to learn of his passing. Kate Bennett, the Acting Administrator of the Boston Housing Authority, has agreed to participate in his place. We apologize if there is any confusion due to the names listed in printed material being different from the names listed online. 

 

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//banner_draft_2.jpg African American History Seminar Mary Church Terrell’s Intersectional Black Feminism 21 November 2019.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Alison M. Parker, University of Delaware Kerri Greenidge, Tufts University Civil rights activist Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954) highlighted the intersections of race and sex ...

Civil rights activist Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954) highlighted the intersections of race and sex in black women’s lives. This paper focuses on Terrell’s critiques of the suffrage movement, the social purity movement, and the postbellum white nostalgia for “Black Mammies.” Terrell asserted black women’s right to be full citizens, to vote, and to be treated without violence and with respect.

This session is co-sponsored by the New England Biography Series.

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Life and Legacy pop-up display Public Program Abigail Adams: Life & Legacy Gallery Talk 22 November 2019.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Join an Adams Papers editor to explore how Abigail Adams has come to hold a unique place within the ...

Join an Adams Papers editor to explore how Abigail Adams has come to hold a unique place within the fabric of American life.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 23 November 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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Public Program, Author Talk Black Radical: The Life & Times of William Monroe Trotter 25 November 2019.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Kerri Greenidge, Tufts University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). William Monroe Trotter was an unlikely American hero. With the stylistic verve of a newspaperman and ...

William Monroe Trotter was an unlikely American hero. With the stylistic verve of a newspaperman and the unwavering fearlessness of an emancipator, he galvanized black working- class citizens to wield their political power despite the violent racism of post- Reconstruction America. For more than 30 years, the Harvard-educated Trotter edited and published the Guardian, a weekly Boston newspaper that was read across the nation. Defining himself against the gradualist politics of Booker T. Washington and the elitism of W. E. B. Du Bois, Trotter advocated for a radical vision of black liberation that prefigured leaders such as Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther king, Jr.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//masc_banner.jpg Modern American Society and Culture Seminar Navigating Colonial, Racial, and Indigenous Histories on the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail 26 November 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Laura Barraclough, Yale University Maria John, University of Massachusetts - Boston Launched by Congress in 1978, the National Historic Trail (NHT) system recognizes historic travel ...

Launched by Congress in 1978, the National Historic Trail (NHT) system recognizes historic travel routes that contributed to the making of the United States. This paper examines the collision of colonial, racial, and indigenous histories on the Juan Bautista de Anza NHT, which commemorates the 1775-76 expedition of Mexican settlers from Sonora to San Francisco. While the Anza NHT has been empowering to contemporary Mexican Americans, it struggles to fairly represent the layered impacts of Spanish, Mexican, and U.S. colonization on the region’s Native peoples.

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Building Closed Thanksgiving 28 November 2019.Thursday, all day The Society is CLOSED for Thanksgiving.

The Society is CLOSED for Thanksgiving.

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December 2019
Public Program, Author Talk Revolutionary Networks: The Business and Politics of Printing the News, 1763–1789 2 December 2019.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There is a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Joseph Adelman, Framingham State University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). During the American Revolution, printed material played a crucial role as a forum for public debate. ...

During the American Revolution, printed material played a crucial role as a forum for public debate. Joseph Adelman argues that printers—artisans who mingled with the elite but labored in a manual trade—used their commercial and political connections to directly shape Revolutionary political ideology and mass mobilization. Moving through the era of the American Revolution to the war’s aftermath, this history details the development of the networks of printers and explains how they contributed to the process of creating first a revolution and then the new nation.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//ehs_banner.jpg Environmental History Seminar Climate in Words and Numbers: How Early Americans Recorded Weather in Almanacs 3 December 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Joyce Chaplin, Harvard University With support from the Guggenheim Foundation, Joyce Chaplin is compiling a database of manuscript ...

With support from the Guggenheim Foundation, Joyce Chaplin is compiling a database of manuscript notes about weather in early American almanacs, 1647-1820. Her talk focuses on how people recorded weather in numbers (including degrees Fahrenheit) and in words, ranging from “dull” to “elegant!” These notations are significant as records of a period of climate change, the Little Ice Age, also as records of how people made sense of and coped with that climatic disruption.

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Notice Library Closing @ 3:45PM 4 December 2019.Wednesday, all day The library closes at 3:45PM in preparation for an evening event.

The library closes at 3:45PM in preparation for an evening event.

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Members and Fellows Holiday Party 4 December 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM MHS Fellows and Members are invited to the Society’s annual holiday party. Celebrate the ...

MHS Fellows and Members are invited to the Society’s annual holiday party. Celebrate the season with an evening of holiday cheer and jovial camaraderie.

This event is open to Members and Fellows of the MHS

To reserve: Please register online at www.masshist.org/events.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 7 December 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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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//eahs_banner.jpg Pauline Maier Early American History Seminar Who Was “One-Eyed” Sarah? Searching for an Indigenous Nurse in Local Government 10 December 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Gabriel J. Loiacono, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh Cornelia Dayton, University of Connecticut This essay considers the life of an indigenous woman, known as “One-Eyed” Sarah, who ...

This essay considers the life of an indigenous woman, known as “One-Eyed” Sarah, who provided full-time nursing care to poor communities in early nineteenth-century Providence, RI. The only historical sources that describe Sarah’s work never provide her last name or details beyond the description “Indian.” So who was she, and how do we tell her story? Using sometimes patchy sources of non-elite people, the author hopes to gain new insights into social welfare history and explore how ordinary women made the poor law function.

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Public Program, Author Talk At Home: A Look at Historic Houses Through the Archives 11 December 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Beth Luey There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). Archival collections held in local institutions can help historians uncover the untold stories of ...

Archival collections held in local institutions can help historians uncover the untold stories of historic houses in Massachusetts. The library of the New Bedford Whaling Museum documents the homes of the great whaling families, while Harvard documents the Ward House and the American Antiquarian Society welcomes us into the Salisbury Mansion in Worcester. The Mary Baker Eddy library documents the many houses where she lived, and, of course, the Massachusetts Historical Society brings the Adams family and their houses to life.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 14 December 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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Notice Library Closing @ 3:00PM 14 December 2019.Saturday, all day In preparation for an afternoon event, the library closes at 3:00PM.

In preparation for an afternoon event, the library closes at 3:00PM.

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Public Program, Conversation, Legacies of 1619 Legacies of 1619: Citizenship and Belonging 14 December 2019.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 3:30. Manisha Sinha, University of Connecticut; Elizabeth Herbin-Triant, University of Massachusetts—Lowell; Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Ohio State University; and moderator Marita Rivero, Museum of African American History, Boston For 400 years, Africans and African Americans carved out a distinctive culture for themselves even ...

For 400 years, Africans and African Americans carved out a distinctive culture for themselves even as they sought equal rights in American society. This program will consider how African Americans struggled to gain equal access to political and social rights, all the while making the American experience their own.

This program is part four 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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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//wgs_banner.jpg History of Women, Gender and Sexuality Seminar Dr. Ana Livia Cordero, Social Medicine, and the Puerto Rican Liberation Struggle 17 December 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Sandy Placido, Queens College, CUNY Born in San Juan in 1931, Ana Livia Cordero was a trailblazing physician and activist-intellectual ...

Born in San Juan in 1931, Ana Livia Cordero was a trailblazing physician and activist-intellectual whose life illuminates the crucial role Puerto Ricans played in Cold War-era freedom struggles. Cordero worked as a physician, public health advocate, and radical organizer in New York, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Ghana, Egypt, and Nicaragua for over four decades. Using a new framework of feminist social medicine, this essay examines Cordero’s contributions to the field of social medicine, particularly maternal and children’s health.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 21 December 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 Building Closed 23 December 2019.Monday, all day The Society is CLOSED.

The Society is CLOSED.

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Building Closed Christmas Day 25 December 2019.Wednesday, all day The Society is CLOSED for Christmas.

The Society is CLOSED for Christmas.

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Building Closed Building Closed 26 December 2019.Thursday, all day The Society is CLOSED.

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Building Closed Building Closed 27 December 2019.Friday, all day The Society is CLOSED.

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Building Closed Building Closed 28 December 2019.Saturday, all day The Society is CLOSED.

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Building Closed Building Closed 30 December 2019.Monday, all day The Society is CLOSED.

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Building Closed Building Closed 31 December 2019.Tuesday, all day The Society is CLOSED.

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January 2020
Building Closed New Year's Day 1 January 2020.Wednesday, all day The Society is CLOSED.

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Life and Legacy pop-up exhibition Exhibitionends Abigail Adams: Life & Legacy 10 January 2020.Friday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Abigail Adams urged her husband to “Remember the Ladies” and made herself impossible to ...

Abigail Adams urged her husband to “Remember the Ladies” and made herself impossible to forget. But Abigail is memorable for more than her famous 1776 admonition. This final Remember Abigail display uses documents and artifacts through the ages to consider the way Abigail viewed her own legacy and to explore how and why we continue to Remember Abigail.

Gallery talks will take place on 25 October and 22 November at 2:00 PM.

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Brown Bag Staged Readings: Parlor Play and Contesting Class in Nineteenth-Century America this event is free 13 November 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Michael D’Alessandro, Duke University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminars 2019-2020//parlortableaux_cut.jpg

This talk focuses on the curious practice of nineteenth-century parlor theatricals in the United States. In the postbellum years, the country’s evolving middle classes created elaborate sets, donned fancy costumes, and even attempted amateur special effects as a means of entertainment. While they staged these shows in order to create class definition and solidarity, the performances often revealed unforeseen social anxieties and prejudices.

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Public Program, Conversation, Housing as History 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 Atlas of Boston History 14 November 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Nancy Seasholes, Robert Allison, Richard Garver, and Jim Vrabel REGISTRATION FOR THIS PROGRAM IS NOW CLOSED.

Few American cities possess a history as long, rich, and fascinating as Boston’s. The Atlas of Boston History traces the history of Boston from late prehistoric times to the present using thematic maps that are drawn from the latest scholarship and supplemented with historical images, maps, illustrations, and graphs as well as explanatory text. The subjects of the maps and atlas plates were determined by a board of noted scholars. The editor will present the project and then discuss the process of determining the contents of the atlas with three of the consulting scholars.

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Public Program, Conversation, Legacies of 1619 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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Public Program, Author Talk This Land Is Their Land The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving Register registration required 18 November 2019.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. David J. Silverman, George Washington University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

David Silverman explores the history of the Wampanoag people to reveal the distortions of the Thanksgiving Myth, a persisting story that promotes the idea that Native people willingly ceded their country to the English to give rise to a white, Christian, democratic nation. Silverman traces how the Wampanoags have lived—and told—a different history over the past four centuries

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Pauline Maier Early American History Seminar Murder at the Manhattan Well: The Personal and the Political in the Election of 1800 Register registration required at no cost 19 November 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Paul Gilje, University of Oklahoma Kate Grandjean, Wellesley College Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//eahs_banner.jpg

In 1800, journeyman carpenter, Levi Weeks, was accused of murdering Guliema Sands, a young woman living in the same boarding house. Using the trial transcript, this paper places the lives of Weeks and Sands in a larger context: Weeks as an artisan in a dynamic economy and Sands as a poor unattached woman amidst changing ideas about sexuality. The author also relates the trial to the New York election that occurred a month later.

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Public Program, Conversation, Housing as History Housing as History: New Directions for Boston’s Subsidized Housing: Learning from the Past registration closed 20 November 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Kate Bennett, Acting Administrator of the Boston Housing Authority; Soni Gupta, Director of Neighborhoods and Housing, The Boston Foundation; Lawrence Vale, Ford Professor of Urban Design and Planning, MIT; Sandra Henriquez, Executive Director, Detroit Housing Commission; former administrator and CEO, Boston Housing Authority; and moderator David Luberoff, Deputy Director, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

As neighborhoods across Boston face enormous development pressure, there is a risk that low-income residents will be forced out of the city. Social disruption due to gentrification, shifting government policies and programs, and the challenges of climate change make the future of affordable housing in Boston precarious. In the past, Boston modeled creative and successful solutions to dire housing problems, and there is hope that the city can continue to deploy innovative policies that will brighten the future for all city residents. Our final panel in this series will look at the future of affordable housing in Boston, taking stock of past lessons learned.

Note: We had originally scheduled William McGonagle to be a part of this discussion. We were shocked and heartbroken to learn of his passing. Kate Bennett, the Acting Administrator of the Boston Housing Authority, has agreed to participate in his place. We apologize if there is any confusion due to the names listed in printed material being different from the names listed online. 

 

 

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African American History Seminar Mary Church Terrell’s Intersectional Black Feminism Register registration required at no cost 21 November 2019.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Alison M. Parker, University of Delaware Kerri Greenidge, Tufts University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//banner_draft_2.jpg

Civil rights activist Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954) highlighted the intersections of race and sex in black women’s lives. This paper focuses on Terrell’s critiques of the suffrage movement, the social purity movement, and the postbellum white nostalgia for “Black Mammies.” Terrell asserted black women’s right to be full citizens, to vote, and to be treated without violence and with respect.

This session is co-sponsored by the New England Biography Series.

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Public Program Abigail Adams: Life & Legacy Gallery Talk this event is free 22 November 2019.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Life and Legacy pop-up display

Join an Adams Papers editor to explore how Abigail Adams has come to hold a unique place within the fabric of American life.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 23 November 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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Public Program, Author Talk Black Radical: The Life & Times of William Monroe Trotter Register registration required 25 November 2019.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Kerri Greenidge, Tufts University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

William Monroe Trotter was an unlikely American hero. With the stylistic verve of a newspaperman and the unwavering fearlessness of an emancipator, he galvanized black working- class citizens to wield their political power despite the violent racism of post- Reconstruction America. For more than 30 years, the Harvard-educated Trotter edited and published the Guardian, a weekly Boston newspaper that was read across the nation. Defining himself against the gradualist politics of Booker T. Washington and the elitism of W. E. B. Du Bois, Trotter advocated for a radical vision of black liberation that prefigured leaders such as Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther king, Jr.

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Modern American Society and Culture Seminar Navigating Colonial, Racial, and Indigenous Histories on the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail Register registration required at no cost 26 November 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Laura Barraclough, Yale University Maria John, University of Massachusetts - Boston Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//masc_banner.jpg

Launched by Congress in 1978, the National Historic Trail (NHT) system recognizes historic travel routes that contributed to the making of the United States. This paper examines the collision of colonial, racial, and indigenous histories on the Juan Bautista de Anza NHT, which commemorates the 1775-76 expedition of Mexican settlers from Sonora to San Francisco. While the Anza NHT has been empowering to contemporary Mexican Americans, it struggles to fairly represent the layered impacts of Spanish, Mexican, and U.S. colonization on the region’s Native peoples.

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Building Closed Thanksgiving 28 November 2019.Thursday, all day

The Society is CLOSED for Thanksgiving.

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Building Closed Thanksgiving Friday 29 November 2019.Friday, all day close

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Public Program, Author Talk Revolutionary Networks: The Business and Politics of Printing the News, 1763–1789 Register registration required 2 December 2019.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There is a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Joseph Adelman, Framingham State University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

During the American Revolution, printed material played a crucial role as a forum for public debate. Joseph Adelman argues that printers—artisans who mingled with the elite but labored in a manual trade—used their commercial and political connections to directly shape Revolutionary political ideology and mass mobilization. Moving through the era of the American Revolution to the war’s aftermath, this history details the development of the networks of printers and explains how they contributed to the process of creating first a revolution and then the new nation.

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Environmental History Seminar Climate in Words and Numbers: How Early Americans Recorded Weather in Almanacs Register registration required at no cost 3 December 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Joyce Chaplin, Harvard University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//ehs_banner.jpg

With support from the Guggenheim Foundation, Joyce Chaplin is compiling a database of manuscript notes about weather in early American almanacs, 1647-1820. Her talk focuses on how people recorded weather in numbers (including degrees Fahrenheit) and in words, ranging from “dull” to “elegant!” These notations are significant as records of a period of climate change, the Little Ice Age, also as records of how people made sense of and coped with that climatic disruption.

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Notice Library Closing @ 3:45PM 4 December 2019.Wednesday, all day

The library closes at 3:45PM in preparation for an evening event.

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Members and Fellows Holiday Party Register registration required at no cost 4 December 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM

MHS Fellows and Members are invited to the Society’s annual holiday party. Celebrate the season with an evening of holiday cheer and jovial camaraderie.

This event is open to Members and Fellows of the MHS

To reserve: Please register online at www.masshist.org/events.

Space is limited

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 7 December 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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Pauline Maier Early American History Seminar Who Was “One-Eyed” Sarah? Searching for an Indigenous Nurse in Local Government Register registration required at no cost 10 December 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Gabriel J. Loiacono, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh Cornelia Dayton, University of Connecticut Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//eahs_banner.jpg

This essay considers the life of an indigenous woman, known as “One-Eyed” Sarah, who provided full-time nursing care to poor communities in early nineteenth-century Providence, RI. The only historical sources that describe Sarah’s work never provide her last name or details beyond the description “Indian.” So who was she, and how do we tell her story? Using sometimes patchy sources of non-elite people, the author hopes to gain new insights into social welfare history and explore how ordinary women made the poor law function.

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Public Program, Author Talk At Home: A Look at Historic Houses Through the Archives Register registration required 11 December 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Beth Luey There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

Archival collections held in local institutions can help historians uncover the untold stories of historic houses in Massachusetts. The library of the New Bedford Whaling Museum documents the homes of the great whaling families, while Harvard documents the Ward House and the American Antiquarian Society welcomes us into the Salisbury Mansion in Worcester. The Mary Baker Eddy library documents the many houses where she lived, and, of course, the Massachusetts Historical Society brings the Adams family and their houses to life.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 14 December 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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Notice Library Closing @ 3:00PM 14 December 2019.Saturday, all day

In preparation for an afternoon event, the library closes at 3:00PM.

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Public Program, Conversation, Legacies of 1619 Legacies of 1619: Citizenship and Belonging Register registration required at no cost 14 December 2019.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 3:30. Manisha Sinha, University of Connecticut; Elizabeth Herbin-Triant, University of Massachusetts—Lowell; Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Ohio State University; and moderator Marita Rivero, Museum of African American History, Boston

For 400 years, Africans and African Americans carved out a distinctive culture for themselves even as they sought equal rights in American society. This program will consider how African Americans struggled to gain equal access to political and social rights, all the while making the American experience their own.

This program is part four 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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History of Women, Gender and Sexuality Seminar Dr. Ana Livia Cordero, Social Medicine, and the Puerto Rican Liberation Struggle Register registration required at no cost 17 December 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Sandy Placido, Queens College, CUNY Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//wgs_banner.jpg

Born in San Juan in 1931, Ana Livia Cordero was a trailblazing physician and activist-intellectual whose life illuminates the crucial role Puerto Ricans played in Cold War-era freedom struggles. Cordero worked as a physician, public health advocate, and radical organizer in New York, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Ghana, Egypt, and Nicaragua for over four decades. Using a new framework of feminist social medicine, this essay examines Cordero’s contributions to the field of social medicine, particularly maternal and children’s health.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 21 December 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 Building Closed 23 December 2019.Monday, all day

The Society is CLOSED.

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Building Closed Building Closed 24 December 2019.Tuesday, all day close

Building Closed Christmas Day 25 December 2019.Wednesday, all day

The Society is CLOSED for Christmas.

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Building Closed Building Closed 26 December 2019.Thursday, all day

The Society is CLOSED.

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Building Closed Building Closed 27 December 2019.Friday, all day

The Society is CLOSED.

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Building Closed Building Closed 28 December 2019.Saturday, all day

The Society is CLOSED.

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Building Closed Building Closed 30 December 2019.Monday, all day

The Society is CLOSED.

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Building Closed Building Closed 31 December 2019.Tuesday, all day

The Society is CLOSED.

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Building Closed New Year's Day 1 January 2020.Wednesday, all day

The Society is CLOSED.

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Exhibition Abigail Adams: Life & Legacy this event is free Life and Legacy pop-up exhibition

Abigail Adams urged her husband to “Remember the Ladies” and made herself impossible to forget. But Abigail is memorable for more than her famous 1776 admonition. This final Remember Abigail display uses documents and artifacts through the ages to consider the way Abigail viewed her own legacy and to explore how and why we continue to Remember Abigail.

Gallery talks will take place on 25 October and 22 November at 2:00 PM.

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