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  • Brown BagNeutrality and Anti-Imperialism: A New Synthesis for the 1920s
    Brown BagNeutrality and Anti-Imperialism: A New Synthesis for the 1920s
    12:00PM - 1:00PM David Shorten, Boston University More
  • Public Program, Conversation, This Land is Your LandThis Land is Your Land Series: The Future of Our Land
    Public Program, Conversation, This Land is Your LandThis Land is Your Land Series: The Future of Our Land
    6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 Kathy Abbott, Boston Harbor Now; Austin Blackmon, Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space for the City of Boston; Madhu C. Dutta-Koehler, City Planning and Urban Affairs, Boston University $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). More
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        • Public Program, ConversationOff the Charts: The Hidden Lives & Lessons of American Child Prodig...
          Public Program, ConversationOff the Charts: The Hidden Lives & Lessons of American Child Prodigies
          6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 Ann Hulbert, The Atlantic; and Megan Marshall, Emerson College There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). More
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              • Public Program, Author TalkThe Burr Conspiracy
                Public Program, Author TalkThe Burr Conspiracy
                6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 James E. Lewis, Jr., Kalamazoo College There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). More
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                    • Public Program, Author TalkLafayette in America
                      Public Program, Author TalkLafayette in America
                      6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 Alan Hoffman More
                          • Galleries Open, Library ClosedMemorial Day
                            Galleries Open, Library ClosedMemorial Day
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                                Early American History Seminar The Time of Anarchy: the Susquehannock Scattering and the Crisis of English Colonialism, 1675-1685 1 May 2018.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Matthew Kruer, University of Chicago Comment: Linford Fisher, Brown University

                                Part of a larger book project, this paper argues that the seemingly distinct conflicts across the English colonies in the 1670s were actually connected by the political initiatives of the scattered Susquehannock Indians. The dispersion of the Susquehannocks caused instability in surrounding Native American and colonial societies, drawing them into a spiral of violence interrupted only by Susquehannock success, which brought stability to the northeast and shattered the southeast.

                                To RSVP: email seminars@masshist.org or call (617) 646-0579.

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                                Brown Bag Neutrality and Anti-Imperialism: A New Synthesis for the 1920s 2 May 2018.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM David Shorten, Boston University

                                This presentation will discuss how World War I disrupted traditional notions of neutrality in the United States. After the war, a movement comprised of scholars, journalists, peace activists, and “anti-monopolist” US Senators worked together to articulate a new conception of US neutrality. Unlike the more widely discussed international war outlawry movement, this national movement focused narrowly on one radical conclusion: that protection of capitalist interests had motivated World War I, and thus, that the US government must permanently disavow the right to protect those interests in order to prevent war’s future recurrence.

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                                Public Program, Conversation, This Land is Your Land This Land is Your Land Series: The Future of Our Land 2 May 2018.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 Kathy Abbott, Boston Harbor Now; Austin Blackmon, Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space for the City of Boston; Madhu C. Dutta-Koehler, City Planning and Urban Affairs, Boston University $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

                                Watch the recording of this event, embedded below:

                                The Boston metropolitan area is in the enviable spot of having more people who want to live and work here than there is space for. Real estate regularly sells for prices that would have seemed inconceivable twenty five years ago. This situation puts more funds in municipal coffers, but what will this increased demand and density do to plans to preserve open space? How will climate change impact our priorities for preserving open space and how might it limit our options?

                                 MHS is proud to partner with the Trustees of Reservations, the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Mount Auburn Cemetery, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, and the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center to plan this programming.

                                This program is supported by the Barr Foundation.

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                                Teacher Workshop David McCullough: History and the American Spirit 5 May 2018.Saturday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Registration fee: $25 per person

                                This workshop is FULL and registration has closed.  Please contact Kate Melchior at kmelchior@masshist.org with any questions.

                                Known as the “master of the art of narrative history,” David McCullough is the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, two National Book Awards, and has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. He will join us to discuss his perspective on history, education, and American legacy.

                                This program is open to all K-12 educators. Teachers can earn 22.5 PDPs or one graduate credit (for an additional fee).

                                Note: Due to high demand, this workshop is currently restricted to K-12 educators ONLY. This includes both classroom educators and museum/heritage institution educators.

                                If you have any questions, please contact Kate Melchior at kmelchior@masshist.org or 617-646-0588.

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                                Library Closed Library Closed 5 May 2018.Saturday, all day

                                The library is CLOSED to make way for a teacher workshop. Normal hours resume on Monday, 7 May.

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                                Public Program, Conversation Off the Charts: The Hidden Lives & Lessons of American Child Prodigies 7 May 2018.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 Ann Hulbert, The Atlantic; and Megan Marshall, Emerson College There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

                                Ann Hulbert and Megan Marshall will discuss Hulbert’s new book, which examines the lives of children whose rare accomplishments have raised hopes about untapped human potential and questions about how best to nurture it. The conversation will draw on a range of examples that span a century—from two precocious Harvard boys in 1909 to literary girls in the 1920s to music virtuosos today. Hulbert and Marshall will explore the changing role of parents and teachers, as well as of psychologists, a curious press and, above all, the feelings of the prodigies themselves, who push back against adults more as the decades proceed.

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                                Brown Bag For Love and Money: Marriage in Early America 9 May 2018.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Lindsay Keiter, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

                                While historians have analyzed the rise of companionship and romance in marriage, they have overlooked a critical continuity: marriage continued to serve vital financial functions. This talk briefly sketches the economic importance of marriage and families’ strategies for managing wealth across generations.

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                                Notice Library Closing at 3:00PM 10 May 2018.Thursday, all day

                                In preparation for an evening event, the reading room closes at 2:45PM and the library closes at 3:00PM.

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                                Special Event, Member Event Entrepreneurship & Classical Design in Boston’s South End Preview & Reception 10 May 2018.Thursday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

                                Isaac Vose CouchMHS Fellows and Members special preview and reception for Entrepreneurship & Classical Design in Boston’s South End: The Furniture of Isaac Vose &Thomas Seymour, 1815 to 1825 is SOLD OUT.

                                Virtually forgotten for 200 years, Isaac Vose and his brilliant furniture are revealed in a new exhibition and accompanying volume. Beginning with a modest pair of collection boxes he made for his localBoston church in 1788, Vose went on to build a substantial business empire and to make furniture for the most prominent Boston families. The exhibition and catalog restore Vose from relative obscurity to his rightful position as one of Boston’s most important craftsmen. Opening at the MHS on May 11, the exhibition will be on view through September 14.

                                Become a Member today!

                                Image: Couch, Isaac Vose & Son, with Thomas Wightman, carver, Boston, 1824. Historic New England, Gift of the Massachusetts Historical Society (1923.507); photograph by David Bohl.

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                                Exhibition Entrepreneurship & Classical Design in Boston’s South End: The Furniture of Isaac Vose & Thomas Seymour, 1815 to 1825 this event is free 11 May 2018 to 14 September 2018 Open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM Isaac Vose Couch

                                Virtually forgotten for 200 years, Isaac Vose and his brilliant furniture are revealed in a new exhibition and accompanying volume. Beginning with a modest pair of collection boxes he made for his localBoston church in 1788, Vose went on to build a substantial business empire and to make furniture for the most prominent Boston families. The exhibition and catalog restore Vose from relative obscurity to his rightful position as one of Boston’s most important craftsmen. Opening at the MHS on May 11, the exhibition will be on view through September 14.

                                The complementary book, Rather Elegant Than Showy (May 2018), by Robert Mussey and Clark Pearce, will be available for sale at the MHS.

                                Image: Couch, Isaac Vose & Son, with Thomas Wightman, carver, Boston, 1824. Historic New England, Gift of the Massachusetts Historical Society (1923.507); photograph by David Bohl.

                                 

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                                MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 12 May 2018.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: Entrepreneurship & Classical Design in Boston’s South End: The Furniture of Isaac Vose & Thomas Seymour, 1815 to 1825

                                 

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                                Public Program, Author Talk The Burr Conspiracy 15 May 2018.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 James E. Lewis, Jr., Kalamazoo College There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

                                In 1805 and 1806, former vice president Aaron Burr traveled through the trans-Appalachian West gathering support for a mysterious enterprise, for which he was arrested and tried for treason in 1807. The Burr Conspiracy was a cause célèbre of the early republic-with Burr cast as the chief villain of the Founding Fathers—even as the evidence against him was vague and conflicting. James Lewis will explore how Americans made sense of the reports of Burr’s intentions and examine what the crisis revealed about the new nation’s uncertain future.

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                                Special Event Cocktails with Clio 17 May 2018.Thursday, 6:30PM - 10:00PM Clio 2018

                                Feast, sip, and celebrate history at the eighth Cocktails with Clio! 

                                Thursday, 17 May 2018
                                6:30 PM

                                Fairmont Copley Plaza
                                Boston, Massachusetts

                                We invite you to join us for a festive evening in support of the Center for the Teaching of History at the MHS featuring Harvard President Drew Faust in conversation with MHS President Catherine Allgor. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception. A seated dinner will follow.

                                Tickets are $300 per person. Purchase tickets today!

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                                MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 19 May 2018.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: Entrepreneurship & Classical Design in Boston’s South End: The Furniture of Isaac Vose & Thomas Seymour, 1815 to 1825

                                 

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                                Public Program, Author Talk Lafayette in America 21 May 2018.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 Alan Hoffman

                                In 1824 and 1825 General Lafayette made a farewell tour of the United States. The 67-year-old hero was welcomed in an adoring frenzy. The visit to Boston of the sole surviving major general of the Continental Army was one of the largest celebrations the city had ever seen. A “Committee of Arrangements” was organized to rent and furnish an appropriate home and all of the furniture was purchased from Isaac Vose & Son. Alan Hoffman will recount the general’s visit and discuss his translation of Lafayette’s private secretary’s journal.

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                                Brown Bag Are We Descended from Puritans or Pagans?: New England’s Critique of Manifest Destiny 23 May 2018.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Daniel Burge, University of Alabama

                                This talk examines the religious critique of manifest destiny put forth by New Englanders from 1848-1871. Although manifest destiny is often portrayed as an ideology rooted in Puritan theology, this talk explores how opponents of expansion in New England used religion to castigate and separate themselves from this ideology.

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                                Galleries Open, Library Closed Memorial Day 26 May 2018.Saturday, all day

                                The MHS library is CLOSED. The exhibition galleries remain open, 10:00AM-4:00PM.

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                                Building Closed Memorial Day 28 May 2018.Monday, all day

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

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                                Brown Bag Conjuring Emancipation: Making Freedom in the U.S. Civil War’s Refugee Camps this event is free 30 May 2018.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Abigail Cooper, Brandeis University

                                Black Americans did not just pray for emancipation, they conjured it. This project examines the political work of revival in wartime refugee camps and envisions emancipation as a religious event. It reckons with religion as a mediating force between the enslaved and the state, asking "Who belongs and how?" for those negotiating statelessness and peoplehood in the midst of self-emancipation.

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                                Public Program, Author Talk Apostles of Revolution: Jefferson, Paine, Monroe, & the Struggle against the Old Order in America & Europe registration required 30 May 2018.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 John Ferling, University of West Georgia There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

                                As Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, and James Monroe risked their lives and their liberty for  American independence, and as reformers, each rejoiced at the opportunity to be part of the French Revolution, praying that it in turn would inspire others to sweep away Europe’s monarchies and titled nobilities. But as the 18th century unfolded, these three embarked on different routes to revolution. As writers, soldiers,and statesmen, these three men reshaped their country and the Western world.

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