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    • Teacher WorkshopWhaling in Nineteenth-Century Massachusetts
      begins Teacher WorkshopWhaling in Nineteenth-Century Massachusetts
      4 August 2016 to 5 August 2016 9:00AM - 5:00PM Funded by the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation. 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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                                        Brown Bag Motherhood and the Court of Public Opinion: Transgressive Maternity in America, 1768-1868 1 August 2016.Monday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Cassandra Berman, Brandeis University

                                        This project examines the figure of the transgressive mother in the United States from 1768 to 1868, a period in which an idealized version of motherhood began to be seen as integral to the moral development of the nation. Many women violated these ideals, however, and transgressed both legal and social expectations as they did so. Moreover, these mothers fascinated ordinary Americans, who eagerly read of their crimes and indiscretions in the burgeoning mass media. This research shifts the focus away from ideals, and instead examines how the public judged those mothers who either could not or would not conform.

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                                        Brown Bag "Missionary Nation": Imagining America's Role in the Post-Civil War World 3 August 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM James Shinn, Yale University

                                        How did the Civil War change the way Americans thought about their country's role in global affairs? This talk examines how the struggle for the Union exercised a powerful and lasting--but deeply ambiguous--influence on the Republican foreign policy vision of the late 1860s and 1870s.

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                                        Teacher Workshop Whaling in Nineteenth-Century Massachusetts 4 August 2016 to 5 August 2016 Funded by the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation.

                                        Investigate American whaling in the age of sail, and its effects on the politics, economy, and culture of Massachusetts. Whaling provided men and women of the Commonwealth with new opportunities for financial and cultural exchange. Using documents from the MHS and Leventhal Map Center, we will explore the lives of sailors, whaling wives and entrepreneurs, and trace the expanding geographical horizons afforded by the whaling industry. On August 5th we will take a field trip to New Bedford, Massachusetts, the largest whaling port in the world by the 1830s. We will visit the New Bedford Whaling Museum to explore art and artifacts from whaling voyages that spanned the globe, and take a walking tour of the city whose whale oil "lit the world."

                                        This program is open to educators and history enthusiasts. Educators can earn 22.5 PDPs and one graduate credit (for an additional fee).

                                        Dates: August 4 & 5, 2016

                                        Times: 9:00am - 5:00pm

                                        Fee: $75 per person

                                        To Register / For more information: complete this registration form, or contact the education department at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557.

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                                        MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 6 August 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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                                        Teacher Workshop SOLD OUT: The Maritime History of Massachusetts' North Shore 9 August 2016 to 11 August 2016 THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

                                        This event is sold out. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please call 617-646-0557.

                                        Explore Massachusetts's connections to the sea through the documents, artifacts, landscapes, and historic structures in Beverly, Gloucester, and Marblehead. Join us as we learn more about the original inhabitants of this region and their earliest encounters with European settlers. Tour the working waterfront of Gloucester, and learn how global trade has affected these communities over the past three centuries. View the region's past from an artistic perspective and discuss the works of Winslow Homer, Fitz Henry Lane, and other artists who found inspiration from the sea.

                                        This program is open to educators and history enthusiasts. Teachers can earn 45 PDPs and two graduate credits (for an additional fee).

                                        Dates: August 9-11, 2016 

                                        Times: 9:00am - 4:00pm

                                        Fee: $35 per person

                                        To Register: This workshop is sold out!

                                          This program is funded in part by the Richard E. Saltonstall Charitable Foundation.

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                                        MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 13 August 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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                                        Brown Bag Disciplining Freedom: Union Army Slave Rebels and Emancipation in the Civil War Courts-Martial 17 August 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Jonathan Lande, Brown University

                                        This project offers a new interpretation of the history of black Union soldiers by placing the troops’ service in the context of slave-soldiers’ service and emancipation throughout the Atlantic. It reexamines the political structure involved in arming slaves and the experiences of soldiers serving in the U.S. Colored Troops.

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                                        MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 20 August 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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                                        Brown Bag The Puritan Imagination in Antislavery New England 24 August 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Kenyon Gradert, Washington University in St. Louis

                                        The Puritans of seventeenth-century New England generally had few objections to slavery. Those of their descendants who flocked to the antislavery cause from 1830 to the American Civil War were far from their Puritan ancestors in political and religious belief. Yet these two historical facts clash with a puzzling third: New England abolitionists constantly invoked their Puritan ancestry in their writings and speeches as a reason to resist slavery, and their opponents nearly as often insulted and condemned abolitionists as "puritanical." This talk will explore why antebellum Americans reached for the Puritans in the fight against slavery and why this matters for scholarship of American history and culture.

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                                        MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 27 August 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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