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          • Public Program, Author TalkAt Home: A Look at Historic Houses Through the Archives
            Public Program, Author TalkAt Home: A Look at Historic Houses Through the Archives
            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). More
            • MHS TourThe History and Collections of the MHS
              MHS TourThe History and Collections of the MHS
              10:00AM - 11:30AM More
            • NoticeLibrary Closing @ 3:00PM
              NoticeLibrary Closing @ 3:00PM
              all day More
            • Public Program, Conversation, Legacies of 1619Legacies of 1619: Citizenship and Belonging
              Public Program, Conversation, Legacies of 1619Legacies of 1619: Citizenship and Belonging
              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 More
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              • Public Program, Author TalkRevolutionary Networks: The Business and Politics of Printing the N...
                Public Program, Author TalkRevolutionary Networks: The Business and Politics of Printing the News, 1763–1789
                6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be 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). Register registration required More
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                        Exhibition Abigail Adams: Life & Legacy 27 September 2019 to 10 January 2020 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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                        Exhibition Fire! Voices From the Boston Massacre 31 October 2019 to 30 June 2020 Gallery hours are: Mon., Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat.: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Tue.: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

                        On the evening of March 5, 1770, soldiers occupying the town of Boston shot into a crowd, killing or fatally wounding five civilians.

                        In the aftermath of what soon became known as the Boston Massacre, questions about the command to “Fire!” became crucial. Who yelled it? When and why? Because the answers would determine the guilt or innocence of the soldiers, defense counsel John Adams insisted that “Facts are stubborn things.”

                        But what are the facts? The evidence, often contradictory, drew upon testimony from dozens of witnesses. Come learn about the Boston Massacre and “hear” for yourself—through a selection of artifacts, eyewitness accounts, and trial testimony—the voices of ordinary men and women, and discover how this flashpoint changed American history.

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                        Building Closed MHS Closing at 4:00 PM 2 December 2019.Monday, all day

                        Due to weather conditions the MHS will be closing at 4:00 PM today.

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                        Public Program, Author Talk Revolutionary Networks: The Business and Politics of Printing the News, 1763–1789 2 December 2019.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR MONDAY 12/16 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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                        Building Closed MHS Closed 3 December 2019.Tuesday, all day close

                        Environmental History Seminar Climate in Words and Numbers: How Early Americans Recorded Weather in Almanacs 3 December 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Event Cancelled due to weather 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 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.

                        This event is sold out: Space is limited

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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 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 Destination: Boston – Immigration and Migration, 1820-1920 9 December 2019.Monday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM Light refreshments will be served following the presentation. Andrew Robichaud, Boston University

                        From 1820 to 1920, Boston grew by leaps and bounds through an intensive (and often contentious) process of immigration and migration that ultimately created the modern metropolis. In this presentation and virtual exhibit, Professor Andrew Robichaud and students from Boston University will present more than twenty rare artifacts and documents from the archives of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Through letters, diaries, drawings, photographs, reform tracts, and memoirs, presenters will unearth the complex and nuanced dimensions of immigration and migration to Boston

                         

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                        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 Comment: 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 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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                        Notice Building Closing @ 3:30PM 12 December 2019.Thursday, all day

                        The Library and Exhibition Galleries close early at 3:30PM for a staff event.

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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 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 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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                        Public Program, Author Talk Revolutionary Networks: The Business and Politics of Printing the News, 1763–1789 Register registration required 16 December 2019.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be 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). Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/adelman_cover-cropped.jpg

                        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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                        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 Comment: Susan Reverby, Wellesley College 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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