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  • Public Program, Author TalkAmerican Philosophy: A Love Story
    Public Program, Author TalkAmerican Philosophy: A Love Story
    6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. John Kaag, UMass Lowell More
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      • Public ProgramSlavery and Freedom in the Cradle of Liberty: An Exhibit of Object...
        Public ProgramSlavery and Freedom in the Cradle of Liberty: An Exhibit of Objects and Documents from the Massachusetts Historical Society
        10:15AM - 12:00PM Andrew Robichaud & Students of HI 190, Boston University Please RSVP   registration required at no cost More
      • Early American History SeminarPanel: Loyalism
        Early American History SeminarPanel: Loyalism
        5:15PM - 7:30PM Liam Riordan, University of Maine at Orono, and Christina Carrick, Boston University Comment: Steve Bullock, Worcester Polytechnic Institute Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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      • History of Women and Gender SeminarPanel: The History of Black Feminisms
        History of Women and Gender SeminarPanel: The History of Black Feminisms
        5:30PM - 7:30PM Françoise Hamlin, Brown University, Tanisha C. Ford, University of Delaware, and Treva Lindsey, Ohio State University and the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research Moderator: Kali Nicole Gross, Wesleyan University Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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            • Environmental History SeminarPanel: Recreation and Regional Planning
              Environmental History SeminarPanel: Recreation and Regional Planning
              5:15PM - 7:30PM Elsa Devienne, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense and Princeton University, and Garrett Nelson, Dartmouth College Comment: Brian Donahue, Brandeis University Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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            • Public Program, Author TalkNathaniel Bowditch and the Power of Numbers
              Public Program, Author TalkNathaniel Bowditch and the Power of Numbers
              6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Tamara Thornton, SUNY Buffalo registration required at no cost More
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                          Exhibition Turning Points in American History 10 June 2016 to 25 February 2017 Open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM Turning Points

                          Turning Points in American History examines 15 decisive moments when everything suddenly changed or a process began that would change what followed. These are not the only, or even the most important, events in American history, but turning points described in eyewitness accounts and personal records, or commemorated by "dumb witnesses"--artifacts found in the Society's enormous collections. The exhibition begins with an account of sailing a small boat through New York Harbor on 11 September 2001 and then travels back in time to the opening of the American West in the 19th century; the abolitionist movement and the Civil War; the American Revolution and the birth of the United States; and culminates with John Winthrop's account of setting sail for New England in 1630. The exhibition opens on 10 June.

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                          Public Program, Author Talk American Philosophy: A Love Story 1 December 2016.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. John Kaag, UMass Lowell

                           

                           

                          John Kaag--a disillusioned philosopher at sea in his marriage and career--stumbles upon a treasure trove of rare books on an old estate in the hinterlands of New Hampshire that once belonged to the Harvard philosopher William Ernest Hocking. The library includes notes from Whitman, inscriptions from Frost, and first editions of Hobbes, Descartes, and Kant. As he begins to catalog and preserve these priceless books, Kaag rediscovers the very tenets of American philosophy--self-reliance, pragmatism, the transcendent--and sees them in a twenty-first-century context.

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                          Walking Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 3 December 2016.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: Turning Points in American History.

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                          Public Program, Conversation Begin at the Beginning: A Plentiful country - Letters from Maine’s Thomas Gorges 3 December 2016.Saturday, 1:00PM - 3:00PM Abby Chandler, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

                          “The Country heer is plentiful,” Thomas Gorges wrote home to England from Maine, where he had been sent in 1641 to establish a government and legal system. Gorges’ forthright, vivid, and dynamic letters provide us with a unique window onto colonial New England just at a time when England was moving into civil war. Join Abby Chandler in exploring these rare first-hand accounts. 

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                          Public Program, Author Talk A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley registration required 5 December 2016.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Jane Kamensky, Harvard

                           

                           

                          This bold new history recovers an unknown American Revolution as seen through the eyes of Boston-born painter John Singleton Copley. Jane Kamensky masterfully untangles the web of principles and interests that shaped the age of America’s revolution. Copley’s prodigious talent earned him the patronage of Boston’s patriot leaders, including Samuel Adams and Paul Revere. But the artist did not share their politics, and painting portraits failed to satisfy his lofty artistic goals. An ambitious British subject who lamented America’s provincialism, Copley looked longingly across the Atlantic. When resistance escalated into all-out war, Copley was in London. The magisterial canvases he created there made him one of the towering figures of the British art scene: a painter of America’s revolution as Britain’s American War.

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                          Public Program Slavery and Freedom in the Cradle of Liberty: An Exhibit of Objects and Documents from the Massachusetts Historical Society Please RSVP   registration required at no cost 6 December 2016.Tuesday, 10:15AM - 12:00PM Andrew Robichaud & Students of HI 190, Boston University

                          Broadside advertising adn 1854 anti-slavery rally in FraminghamIn this virtual exhibit, Boston University students in HI 190 (The History of Boston) will present more than twenty rare artifacts and documents from the archives of the Massachusetts Historical Society. From first editions of Phillis Wheatley’s poems and William Lloyd Garrison’s Liberator, to John Brown’s pistol—to documents and objects related to Boston’s famous fugitive slave cases—students will explore the contentious and powerful history of nineteenth-century Boston as its residents grappled with questions of slavery, freedom, and Civil War.

                          This event is open to the public.

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                          Early American History Seminar Panel: Loyalism Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                          Subscribe to receive advance copies of the seminar papers.
                          6 December 2016.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Liam Riordan, University of Maine at Orono, and Christina Carrick, Boston University Comment: Steve Bullock, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

                          Riordan’s essay, “Revisiting Thomas Hutchinson: The Strengths and Weaknesses of Loyalist Biography” argues that loyalism’s deep colonial roots, wartime travails, and British Atlantic diaspora are its most important qualities. Hutchinson’s place at the center of our understanding of the subject causes us to lose critical aspects of the loyalist experience. Carrick’s essay, “‘The earlier we form good Connections the better’: David Greene's Loyalist Merchant Network in the Revolutionary Atlantic,” explores how some Loyalist refugees, like Greene, found ways to develop new prospects and connections while in exile. After returning to Boston in 1785 Greene used his social and commercial connections to the wartime enemy to make himself appealing in the new Republic.

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                          Brown Bag The Abolitionist Origins of Radical Reconstruction: Charles Sumner, Thaddeus Stevens and Black Citizenship this event is free 7 December 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Manisha Sinha, University of Connecticut

                          This talk will examine how Radical Republicans such as Charles Sumner and Thaddeus Stevens helped convert a radical social movement into a program for political change. It will illustrate how state formation and progressive constitutionalism during Radical Reconstruction were inspired by the abolitionist vision of an interracial democracy.

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                          Member Event, Special Event MHS Fellows and Members Holiday Party registration required at no cost 7 December 2016.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM This event is open only to MHS Fellows and Members Winter trees

                          MHS Fellows and Members are invited to celebrate the season at the Society’s annual holiday party. Enjoy an evening of holiday cheer along with the annual tradition of reading the anti-Christmas laws. 

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                          History of Women and Gender Seminar Panel: The History of Black Feminisms Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                          Subscribe to receive advance copies of the seminar papers.
                          8 December 2016.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:30PM Françoise Hamlin, Brown University, Tanisha C. Ford, University of Delaware, and Treva Lindsey, Ohio State University and the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research Moderator: Kali Nicole Gross, Wesleyan University

                          A conversation about black feminisms that will encompass issues of identity, class, and culture and pay tribute to the scholarship of Leslie Brown of Williams College. Ford is the author of Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul. Hamlin is the author of Crossroads at Clarksdale: The Black Freedom Struggle in the Mississippi Delta After World War II, while Lindsey’s forthcoming book is Colored No More: New Negro Womanhood in the Nation’s Capital.

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                          Notice Library Closing @ 3:30PM 12 December 2016.Monday, all day

                          The library closes at 3:30PM for a staff event. 

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                          Public Program, Author Talk Building Old Cambridge: Architecture and Development registration required 12 December 2016.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Susan Maycock and Charles Sullivan

                           

                           

                          Old Cambridge is the traditional name of the early settlement of Newtowne, which served briefly as the capital of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and then became the site of Harvard College. Building Old Cambridge traces the development of the neighborhood as it became a suburban community and bustling intersection of town and gown. The authors explore Old Cambridge’s architecture and development in the context of its social and economic history; the development of Harvard Square as a commercial center and regional mass transit hub; the creation of parks and open spaces; and the formation of a thriving nineteenth-century community of booksellers, authors, printers, and publishers that made Cambridge a national center of the book industry. Finally, they examine Harvard’s relationship with Cambridge and the community's often impassioned response to the expansive policies of successive Harvard administrations.

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                          Environmental History Seminar Panel: Recreation and Regional Planning Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                          Subscribe to receive advance copies of the seminar papers.
                          13 December 2016.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Elsa Devienne, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense and Princeton University, and Garrett Nelson, Dartmouth College Comment: Brian Donahue, Brandeis University

                          Devienne’s essay, “Shifting Sands: A Social and Environmental History of Los Angeles’s Beaches, 1920s-1970s” examines the beaches as urban spaces whose modernization had profound consequences for the working-class. The beach clean-up and enlargement turned a popular shoreline into a semi-privatized playground for the white middle class. Nelson’s essay, “Assembling the Metropolis, Arresting the Metropolis: Competing Unit Geographies of Boston and Its Region, 1890-1930,” approaches parks as landscapes that express attitudes toward community, polity, and territory. By examining Sylvester Baxter’s metropolitan parks and Benton MacKaye’s Bay Circuit, it explores the intellectual tensions between Progressivism and the radical cultural regionalism that followed.

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                          Public Program, Author Talk Nathaniel Bowditch and the Power of Numbers registration required at no cost 14 December 2016.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Tamara Thornton, SUNY Buffalo

                           

                           

                          Tamara Plakins Thornton delves into the life and work of Nathaniel Bowditch (1773-1838), a man Thomas Jefferson once called a “meteor in the hemisphere.” Bowditch was a mathematician, astronomer, navigator, seafarer, and business executive whose Enlightenment-inspired perspectives shaped nineteenth-century capitalism while transforming American life more broadly. Fleshing out the multiple careers of Nathaniel Bowditch, this book is at once a lively biography, a window into the birth of bureaucracy, and a portrait of patrician life, giving us a broader, more-nuanced understanding of how powerful capitalists operated during this era and how the emerging quantitative sciences shaped the modern experience.

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                          MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 17 December 2016.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: Turning Points in American History.

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                          Notice Library Closing @ 3:30PM 19 December 2016.Monday, all day

                          The library closes at 3:30PM for a staff event. 

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                          Building Closed MHS Closed 23 December 2016.Friday, all day

                          The library and exhibition galleries will be closed all day.  

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                          Building Closed Christmas Eve -- MHS Closed 24 December 2016.Saturday, all day

                          The library and exhibition galleries will be closed all day.  

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                          Building Closed Christmas Observed -- MHS Closed 26 December 2016.Monday, all day

                          The library and exhibition galleries will be closed all day.  

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                          Holiday Hours Galleries Open 27 December 2016.Tuesday, all day

                          The exhibition galleries will be open 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

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                          Library Closed Library Closed 27 December 2016.Tuesday, all day

                          The MHS library is closed.

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                          Holiday Hours Galleries Open 28 December 2016.Wednesday, all day close
                          Library Closed Library Closed 28 December 2016.Wednesday, all day

                          The MHS library is closed.

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                          Holiday Hours Galleries Open 29 December 2016.Thursday, all day

                          The exhibition galleries will be open 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

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                          Library Closed Library Closed 29 December 2016.Thursday, all day

                          The MHS library is closed.

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                          Holiday Hours Galleries Open 30 December 2016.Friday, all day

                          The exhibition galleries will be open 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

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                          Library Closed Library Closed 30 December 2016.Friday, all day

                          The MHS library is closed.

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                          Building Closed New Years Eve -- MHS Closed 31 December 2016.Saturday, all day

                          The library and exhibition galleries will be closed all day.  

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