July

Teacher Workshopbegins America in World War I 25 July 2017.Tuesday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Please RSVP   Registration fee: $35 per person This is a two-day workshop that takes place on non-consecutive days: July 25 and 27. ...

This is a two-day workshop that takes place on non-consecutive days: July 25 and 27.

How did Massachusetts men and women experience World War I? Participants will immerse themselves in the letters, diaries, and photographs created by soldiers, Red Cross volunteers, and relief workers, among others. Whether they were at home or abroad, these individuals provide a glimpse of the challenges and occasional pleasures of life during times of war. We will also examine the role of government propaganda campaigns in recruiting volunteers, financing war efforts, and promoting national unity and nativism.

This program is open to all K-12 educators. Teachers can earn 45 PDPs or two graduate credits (for an additional fee).

For more information, or to register, contact the Center for the Teaching of History at MHS: education@masshist.org; 617-646-0557.

Image: Croix de Guerre. France, 1914-1918. Eleanor Saltonstall received this Croix de Guerre on 28 November 1918, for evacuating civilians from the Noyon and Lassigny regions of France during German attacks in March 1918.

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Teacher Workshopends America in World War I 27 July 2017.Thursday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Please RSVP   Registration fee: $35 per person This is a two-day workshop that takes place on non-consecutive days: July 25 and 27. ...

This is a two-day workshop that takes place on non-consecutive days: July 25 and 27.

How did Massachusetts men and women experience World War I? Participants will immerse themselves in the letters, diaries, and photographs created by soldiers, Red Cross volunteers, and relief workers, among others. Whether they were at home or abroad, these individuals provide a glimpse of the challenges and occasional pleasures of life during times of war. We will also examine the role of government propaganda campaigns in recruiting volunteers, financing war efforts, and promoting national unity and nativism.

This program is open to all K-12 educators. Teachers can earn 45 PDPs or two graduate credits (for an additional fee).

For more information, or to register, contact the Center for the Teaching of History at MHS: education@masshist.org; 617-646-0557.

Image: Croix de Guerre. France, 1914-1918. Eleanor Saltonstall received this Croix de Guerre on 28 November 1918, for evacuating civilians from the Noyon and Lassigny regions of France during German attacks in March 1918.

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Public Program, Author Talk Gerry Studds: America's First Openly Gay Congressman 27 July 2017.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Please RSVP   There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Mark Robert Schneider         Gerry Studds, America’s first openly gay congressman, fought ...

 

 

 

 

Gerry Studds, America’s first openly gay congressman, fought in Congress to allow gays to serve in the military, fund AIDS research, and enact marriage equality. He was a champion of coastal and ocean environmental issues and helped to protect the American fishing industry. He was among the leading congressional opponents of President Reagan’s wars in Central America. Perhaps most importantly, he left a vivid unpublished memoir of his life as a closeted gay man in the public eye. Mark Schneider used this memoir and other items from the collection of the MHS to write the first biography of this important leader.

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Public Program, Walking Tour Fabricated Fenway: The Mixed Legacy of our Invasive Urban Environment 29 July 2017.Saturday, 3:00PM - 4:30PM Harper Grace Mills The river-choking, horizon-blocking phragmites of the Fens are not the only alien life forms to have ...

The river-choking, horizon-blocking phragmites of the Fens are not the only alien life forms to have overwhelmed the natural landscape of Boston. From the early 19th century Mill Dam that “made” Back Bay out of tidal marshland (currently buried beneath Beacon Street), to the landmark advances of the Esplanade, Storrow Drive, Emerald Necklace, and Kenmore Square, Boston's made environments have been riddled with surprising and sometimes perplexing consequences—for both our physical and social spaces.

Join us for the Fabricated Fenway tour, an overview of urban invasion by every species of good intentions.

This tour is co-sponsored by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy 

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August
Teacher Workshopbegins Teaching LGBTQ History 2 August 2017.Wednesday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Please RSVP   Registration fee: $50 per peson This is a three-day workshop that takes place on August 2, 3, and 4. ...

This is a three-day workshop that takes place on August 2, 3, and 4.

LGBTQ is a relatively modern acronym, but history is brimming with examples of individuals who participated in same-sex relationships or tested the boundaries of gender norms. This workshop will explore ideas about sexual orientation and gender identity through the lives of New Englanders. Our investigations will take us from the Puritan era through the twenty-first century, as well as to local repositories and historic sites. Participants will also work with primary sources and curricular materials that will help contextualize current debates over LGBTQ rights.

This program is open to all K-12 educators. Teachers can earn 45 PDPs or two graduate credits (for an additional fee).

For more information, or to register, contact the Center for the Teaching of History at MHS: education@masshist.org; 617-646-0557.

Image: Herman Mann, The Female Review: or, Memoirs of an American Young Lady ... Dedham, [MA]: 1797.

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Brown Bag The Year 1800: The Union of the Personal and the Political 2 August 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Paul Gilje, University of Oklahoma This project focuses on the elections of 1800 to reveal the extensive intrigues of a year ...

This project focuses on the elections of 1800 to reveal the extensive intrigues of a year that historians have often reduced to a single political contest. The personal and the political were inseparable among women and men in New York, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina, where power, prejudice, servitude, insiders, and foreigners converged in illicit unions that rocked individuals and families and altered electoral outcomes.

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Teacher Workshopends Teaching LGBTQ History 4 August 2017.Friday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Please RSVP   Registration fee: $50 per peson This is a three-day workshop that takes place on August 2, 3, and 4. ...

This is a three-day workshop that takes place on August 2, 3, and 4.

LGBTQ is a relatively modern acronym, but history is brimming with examples of individuals who participated in same-sex relationships or tested the boundaries of gender norms. This workshop will explore ideas about sexual orientation and gender identity through the lives of New Englanders. Our investigations will take us from the Puritan era through the twenty-first century, as well as to local repositories and historic sites. Participants will also work with primary sources and curricular materials that will help contextualize current debates over LGBTQ rights.

This program is open to all K-12 educators. Teachers can earn 45 PDPs or two graduate credits (for an additional fee).

For more information, or to register, contact the Center for the Teaching of History at MHS: education@masshist.org; 617-646-0557.

Image: Herman Mann, The Female Review: or, Memoirs of an American Young Lady ... Dedham, [MA]: 1797.

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Public Program, MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 5 August 2017.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led ...

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition: The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine Migration and Opportunity.

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Teacher Workshop Food in American History 9 August 2017.Wednesday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Please RSVP   This workshop is FULL. Please contact the Center for the Teaching of History at MHS for more information: education@masshist.org; 617-646-0570. This is a three-day workshop that takes place on August 9, 10, and 11. ...

This is a three-day workshop that takes place on August 9, 10, and 11.

Experience food through historical accounts and field trips to local producers and providers! From the coffee, tea, and chocolate of the colonial era to the fusion cuisine of today, examinations of foodways can often reveal broader social, cultural, and political trends. We will taste our way through 400 years of American history while discussing ways to share this (mostly) delicious past with students. Offsite sessions will also provide us with opportunities to consider Boston’s contributions to American cuisine and dining habits.

This program is open to all K-12 educators. Teachers can earn 45 PDPs or two graduate credits (for an additional fee).

Image: Banquet to the Ambassadors of Japan, by Members of the Boston Board of Trade: Bill of Fare. Broadside on silk, 2 August 1872.

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Public Program, MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 12 August 2017.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led ...

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition: The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine Migration and Opportunity.

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Public Program, MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 19 August 2017.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led ...

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition: The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine Migration and Opportunity.

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MHS Tour, Public Program The History and Collections of the MHS 26 August 2017.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led ...

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition: The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine Migration and Opportunity.

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September
Library Closed, Galleries Open Labor Day 2 September 2017.Saturday, all day The MHS library is CLOSED; the exhibition galleries are OPEN, 10:00AM-4:00PM.

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

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Building Closed Labor Day 4 September 2017.Monday, all day The MHS library and exhibition galleries are CLOSED for Labor Day.

The MHS library and exhibition galleries are CLOSED for Labor Day.

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Brown Bag The Liberator’s Legacy: Memory, Abolitionism, and the Struggle for Civil Rights, 1865-1965 6 September 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Donald Yacovone, Harvard University The Liberator’s Legacy explores popular memory of William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick ...

The Liberator’s Legacy explores popular memory of William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, and their fellow abolitionists in the decades following the Civil War and reveals how that legacy influenced the rise of the modern Civil Rights Movement. Through the lens of collective memory, this book will examine the changing meaning of the Civil War in American thought.

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Brown Bag Exploring Conflict, Collaboration, and Conciliation in Colonial Families before the American Revolution 20 September 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Nina Sankovitch, Independent Researcher The Quincy, Adams, and Hancock families represent three different social classes all living in the ...

The Quincy, Adams, and Hancock families represent three different social classes all living in the small village of Braintree, MA before the American Revolution. This talk considers how the men and women of the families interacted, especially in their attitudes towards England in the late colonial era, and the different roles the families played in fomenting agitation against English rule.

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Exhibitionends The Irish Atlantic 22 September 2017.Friday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM Explore 175 years of the Irish in Boston from the founding of the Charitable Irish Society in 1737, ...

Explore 175 years of the Irish in Boston from the founding of the Charitable Irish Society in 1737, through famine relief efforts led by Capt. Robert Bennet Forbes at the helm of the Jamestown, to a mass migration movement, decades of community and institutional building, and a rise in political power. The exhibition is co-sponsored by the MHS and the Forbes House Museum.

See the exhibit’s companion website for an overview, timeline, and more videos about the Irish in Boston.

Watch this video for an overview of the exhibit by guest curator William M. Fowler, Distinguished Professor of History at Northeastern University.

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Brown Bag The Constitution of Disability in the Early United States 27 September 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Laurel Daen, MHS-NEH Fellow Disability emerged in the Early Republic as a meaningful bureaucratic, legal, institutional, and ...

Disability emerged in the Early Republic as a meaningful bureaucratic, legal, institutional, and cultural category. It was rooted in ideas about work, social worth, and economic independence and increasingly determined by the expert discourse of medicine. This project examines this development and considers its consequences for the new nation and its citizens.

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October
Brown Bag Commerce and the Material Culture of the Maritime Atlantic World 4 October 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM J. Ritchie Garrison, University of Delaware This talk considers the maritime economy in the early modern Atlantic World, focusing on the ...

This talk considers the maritime economy in the early modern Atlantic World, focusing on the infrastructure of commercial exchanges as port cities adapted to larger ships, increased consumer goods, and productivity challenges in environments that included bays, rivers, and estuaries. The argument is grounded on historical documents, maps, objects, and archaeological fieldwork to show that people—from dock workers to financiers—sought to stabilize local variables to accommodate rapid market shifts.

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Library Closed, Galleries Open Columbus Day 9 October 2017.Monday, all day The MHS library is CLOSED; the exhibition galleries are OPEN, 10:00AM-4:00PM.

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

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Brown Bag Palatable Slavery: Food, Race, and Freedom in the British Atlantic, 1620-1838 18 October 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Heather Sanford, Brown University This project uses food in the British Atlantic to understand ideas about the body, race, and freedom ...

This project uses food in the British Atlantic to understand ideas about the body, race, and freedom. In New England, the Caribbean, and the Gold Coast of Africa, supplies of foodstuffs sustained colonization and slavery. Food allowed for survival, and also demarcated hierarchies of class, gender, and especially race. However, subjugated populations often used food-related practices to negotiate degrees of freedom within (and in defiance of) oppressive systems of colonization and slavery.

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Brown Bag "Let it be your resolution to be happy": Women's Emotion Work in the Early Republic 23 October 2017.Monday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Laura McCoy, Northwestern University Tasked with maintaining the comfort and happiness of their families even in the face of adversity, ...

Tasked with maintaining the comfort and happiness of their families even in the face of adversity, many middling- and upper-class women in the early-nineteenth century saw expressing and managing emotions as the foundation of their daily labors. This talk explores the everyday realities of this emotion work and helps us understand women’s actions and self-perceptions—as well as wider familial and social dynamics—in the early republic.

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Teacher Workshop America in World War I Please RSVP   registration required 25 July 2017 to 27 July 2017 Registration fee: $35 per person

This is a two-day workshop that takes place on non-consecutive days: July 25 and 27.

How did Massachusetts men and women experience World War I? Participants will immerse themselves in the letters, diaries, and photographs created by soldiers, Red Cross volunteers, and relief workers, among others. Whether they were at home or abroad, these individuals provide a glimpse of the challenges and occasional pleasures of life during times of war. We will also examine the role of government propaganda campaigns in recruiting volunteers, financing war efforts, and promoting national unity and nativism.

This program is open to all K-12 educators. Teachers can earn 45 PDPs or two graduate credits (for an additional fee).

For more information, or to register, contact the Center for the Teaching of History at MHS: education@masshist.org; 617-646-0557.

Image: Croix de Guerre. France, 1914-1918. Eleanor Saltonstall received this Croix de Guerre on 28 November 1918, for evacuating civilians from the Noyon and Lassigny regions of France during German attacks in March 1918.

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Public Program, Author Talk Gerry Studds: America's First Openly Gay Congressman Please RSVP   registration required 27 July 2017.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Mark Robert Schneider

 

 

 

 

Gerry Studds, America’s first openly gay congressman, fought in Congress to allow gays to serve in the military, fund AIDS research, and enact marriage equality. He was a champion of coastal and ocean environmental issues and helped to protect the American fishing industry. He was among the leading congressional opponents of President Reagan’s wars in Central America. Perhaps most importantly, he left a vivid unpublished memoir of his life as a closeted gay man in the public eye. Mark Schneider used this memoir and other items from the collection of the MHS to write the first biography of this important leader.

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Public Program, Walking Tour Fabricated Fenway: The Mixed Legacy of our Invasive Urban Environment registration required at no cost 29 July 2017.Saturday, 3:00PM - 4:30PM Harper Grace Mills

The river-choking, horizon-blocking phragmites of the Fens are not the only alien life forms to have overwhelmed the natural landscape of Boston. From the early 19th century Mill Dam that “made” Back Bay out of tidal marshland (currently buried beneath Beacon Street), to the landmark advances of the Esplanade, Storrow Drive, Emerald Necklace, and Kenmore Square, Boston's made environments have been riddled with surprising and sometimes perplexing consequences—for both our physical and social spaces.

Join us for the Fabricated Fenway tour, an overview of urban invasion by every species of good intentions.

This tour is co-sponsored by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy 

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Teacher Workshop Teaching LGBTQ History Please RSVP   registration required 2 August 2017 to 4 August 2017 Registration fee: $50 per peson

This is a three-day workshop that takes place on August 2, 3, and 4.

LGBTQ is a relatively modern acronym, but history is brimming with examples of individuals who participated in same-sex relationships or tested the boundaries of gender norms. This workshop will explore ideas about sexual orientation and gender identity through the lives of New Englanders. Our investigations will take us from the Puritan era through the twenty-first century, as well as to local repositories and historic sites. Participants will also work with primary sources and curricular materials that will help contextualize current debates over LGBTQ rights.

This program is open to all K-12 educators. Teachers can earn 45 PDPs or two graduate credits (for an additional fee).

For more information, or to register, contact the Center for the Teaching of History at MHS: education@masshist.org; 617-646-0557.

Image: Herman Mann, The Female Review: or, Memoirs of an American Young Lady ... Dedham, [MA]: 1797.

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Brown Bag The Year 1800: The Union of the Personal and the Political this event is free 2 August 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Paul Gilje, University of Oklahoma

This project focuses on the elections of 1800 to reveal the extensive intrigues of a year that historians have often reduced to a single political contest. The personal and the political were inseparable among women and men in New York, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina, where power, prejudice, servitude, insiders, and foreigners converged in illicit unions that rocked individuals and families and altered electoral outcomes.

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Public Program, MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 5 August 2017.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition: The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine Migration and Opportunity.

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Teacher Workshop Food in American History Please RSVP  registration closed 9 August 2017.Wednesday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM This workshop is FULL. Please contact the Center for the Teaching of History at MHS for more information: education@masshist.org; 617-646-0570.

This is a three-day workshop that takes place on August 9, 10, and 11.

Experience food through historical accounts and field trips to local producers and providers! From the coffee, tea, and chocolate of the colonial era to the fusion cuisine of today, examinations of foodways can often reveal broader social, cultural, and political trends. We will taste our way through 400 years of American history while discussing ways to share this (mostly) delicious past with students. Offsite sessions will also provide us with opportunities to consider Boston’s contributions to American cuisine and dining habits.

This program is open to all K-12 educators. Teachers can earn 45 PDPs or two graduate credits (for an additional fee).

Image: Banquet to the Ambassadors of Japan, by Members of the Boston Board of Trade: Bill of Fare. Broadside on silk, 2 August 1872.

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Public Program, MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 12 August 2017.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition: The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine Migration and Opportunity.

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Public Program, MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 19 August 2017.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition: The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine Migration and Opportunity.

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MHS Tour, Public Program The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 26 August 2017.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition: The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine Migration and Opportunity.

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Library Closed, Galleries Open Labor Day 2 September 2017.Saturday, all day

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

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Building Closed Labor Day 4 September 2017.Monday, all day

The MHS library and exhibition galleries are CLOSED for Labor Day.

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Brown Bag The Liberator’s Legacy: Memory, Abolitionism, and the Struggle for Civil Rights, 1865-1965 this event is free 6 September 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Donald Yacovone, Harvard University

The Liberator’s Legacy explores popular memory of William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, and their fellow abolitionists in the decades following the Civil War and reveals how that legacy influenced the rise of the modern Civil Rights Movement. Through the lens of collective memory, this book will examine the changing meaning of the Civil War in American thought.

close
Brown Bag Exploring Conflict, Collaboration, and Conciliation in Colonial Families before the American Revolution this event is free 20 September 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Nina Sankovitch, Independent Researcher

The Quincy, Adams, and Hancock families represent three different social classes all living in the small village of Braintree, MA before the American Revolution. This talk considers how the men and women of the families interacted, especially in their attitudes towards England in the late colonial era, and the different roles the families played in fomenting agitation against English rule.

close
Exhibition The Irish Atlantic this event is free 22 September 2017.Friday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM

Explore 175 years of the Irish in Boston from the founding of the Charitable Irish Society in 1737, through famine relief efforts led by Capt. Robert Bennet Forbes at the helm of the Jamestown, to a mass migration movement, decades of community and institutional building, and a rise in political power. The exhibition is co-sponsored by the MHS and the Forbes House Museum.

See the exhibit’s companion website for an overview, timeline, and more videos about the Irish in Boston.

Watch this video for an overview of the exhibit by guest curator William M. Fowler, Distinguished Professor of History at Northeastern University.

close
Brown Bag The Constitution of Disability in the Early United States this event is free 27 September 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Laurel Daen, MHS-NEH Fellow

Disability emerged in the Early Republic as a meaningful bureaucratic, legal, institutional, and cultural category. It was rooted in ideas about work, social worth, and economic independence and increasingly determined by the expert discourse of medicine. This project examines this development and considers its consequences for the new nation and its citizens.

close
Brown Bag Commerce and the Material Culture of the Maritime Atlantic World this event is free 4 October 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM J. Ritchie Garrison, University of Delaware

This talk considers the maritime economy in the early modern Atlantic World, focusing on the infrastructure of commercial exchanges as port cities adapted to larger ships, increased consumer goods, and productivity challenges in environments that included bays, rivers, and estuaries. The argument is grounded on historical documents, maps, objects, and archaeological fieldwork to show that people—from dock workers to financiers—sought to stabilize local variables to accommodate rapid market shifts.

close
Library Closed, Galleries Open Columbus Day 9 October 2017.Monday, all day

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

close
Brown Bag Palatable Slavery: Food, Race, and Freedom in the British Atlantic, 1620-1838 this event is free 18 October 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Heather Sanford, Brown University

This project uses food in the British Atlantic to understand ideas about the body, race, and freedom. In New England, the Caribbean, and the Gold Coast of Africa, supplies of foodstuffs sustained colonization and slavery. Food allowed for survival, and also demarcated hierarchies of class, gender, and especially race. However, subjugated populations often used food-related practices to negotiate degrees of freedom within (and in defiance of) oppressive systems of colonization and slavery.

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Brown Bag "Let it be your resolution to be happy": Women's Emotion Work in the Early Republic this event is free 23 October 2017.Monday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Laura McCoy, Northwestern University

Tasked with maintaining the comfort and happiness of their families even in the face of adversity, many middling- and upper-class women in the early-nineteenth century saw expressing and managing emotions as the foundation of their daily labors. This talk explores the everyday realities of this emotion work and helps us understand women’s actions and self-perceptions—as well as wider familial and social dynamics—in the early republic.

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