Special Event, Notice Open House 8 October 2012.Monday, 10:00AM - 2:00PM Presented in conjunction with the Fenway Alliance's Opening Our Doors

Opening Our Doors 2012Join us as we open our doors as part of the Fenway Alliance's Opening Our Doors, Boston's largest single day of free arts and cultural events. On this day, the institutions that make up the Fenway Alliance along with community partner organizations welcome neighbors near and far to enjoy an unparalleled array of free activities for everyone. Visit the MHS and view In Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry. This exhibition features some of the best examples of mourning jewelry including rings, bracelets, brooches, and other pieces from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, ranging from early gold bands with death’s head iconography to jeweled brooches and intricately woven hairwork pieces of the Civil War era. Also on display is In the Arena: The Presidential Election of 1912 in Massachusetts, an exhibition of personal correspondence, photographs, and political memorabilia that illustrates how Woodrow Wilson eked out a victory in one of the most closely contested presidential elections in Bay State history. The Dowse Library, a preserved, 19th-century gentleman’s library, and the Portrait Gallery will be open throughout the day.