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                • Environmental History SeminarDrafting the Cape Cod Formula
                  Environmental History SeminarDrafting the Cape Cod Formula
                  5:15PM - 7:30PM Jacqueline Gonzales, Historical Research Associates Comment: Steven Moga, Smith College More
                • Public Program, Author TalkJefferson: Architect of American Liberty
                  Public Program, Author TalkJefferson: Architect of American Liberty
                  6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. John Boles, Rice University $10 registration fee per person. (No Charge for MHS Members or Fellows) More
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                    • Public Program, Author TalkSchlesinger: The Imperial Historian
                      Public Program, Author TalkSchlesinger: The Imperial Historian
                      6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Richard Aldous, Bard College in conversation with Fredrik Logevall, Harvard University $10 registration fee per person. (No Charge for MHS Members or Fellows) registration required More
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                          • Public Program, Author Talk, ConversationThe New Annotated African American Folktales
                            Public Program, Author Talk, ConversationThe New Annotated African American Folktales
                            6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University, and Maria Tatar, Harvard University $10 registration fee per person. (No Charge for MHS Members or Fellows) registration required More
                          • Modern American Society and Culture SeminarPanel Discussion: Volunteerism and Civil Society in the Twentieth C...
                            Modern American Society and Culture SeminarPanel Discussion: Volunteerism and Civil Society in the Twentieth Century
                            5:15PM - 7:30PM K. Ian Shin, Bates College, and Chris Staysniak, Boston College Comment: Timothy Neary, Salve Regina University Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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                            • Public Program, Author TalkRevolution Song
                              Public Program, Author TalkRevolution Song
                              6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Russell Shorto, New York Times Magazine $10 registration fee per person. (No Charge for MHS Members or Fellows) registration required More
                            Exhibition Yankees in the West 6 October 2017 to 6 April 2018 Open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM Yankees in the West

                            For generations Americans have been fascinated with the American west. Depictions of the western landscape flooded New England in the mid19th century, spurring a stream of western tourism. Yankees in the West draws from the Society's collections of letters, diaries, photographs, drawings, and artifacts to explore the ways New Englanders experienced the trans-Mississippi west in the late19th and early 20th centuries.

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                            Brown Bag Equal School Rights: Black Girlhood and School Desegregation in Antebellum Massachusetts 1 November 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Kabria Baumgartner, University of New Hampshire

                            Eunice Ross. Phebe Ann Boston. Sarah Roberts. Sarah Parker Remond. Charlotte Forten Grimké. Joanna Turpin Howard. These six African American women, among others, played an integral role in the fight to desegregate public schools in antebellum Massachusetts. They authored anti-discrimination petitions, they helped to organize boycotts, and they wrote missives against racial prejudice. As this school desegregation campaign grew, so too did an activist network that bound together African American women, men, and children as well as their allies from Salem to Nantucket to Boston.

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                            MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 4 November 2017.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: Yankees in the West.

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                            Public Program The Devil and the Crown 4 November 2017.Saturday, 11:00AM - 5:30PM For more information about this event please contact Jim Hollister at 978-318-7829 or jim_hollister@nps.gov

                            Two hundred fifty years ago, the winds of change began to blow.  The French and Indian War was over and now the Crown looked for sources to help pay the bill.  The Stamp Act, a new tax directly applied to the colonies on legal documents, newspapers and more, would meet stiff resistance in the colonies, causing protest and eventual repeal.  Two years later, an alternative series of acts were created in the form of the Townshend Duties.  Like the Stamp Act before, urban communities in places like Boston would quickly coalesce and voice their opposition and protest Royal authority.  

                            Protest often took different forms. Those with property, the “better sorts,” would meet , discuss and draft petitions and organize boycotts.  Meanwhile, those of the laboring class, the “lower sorts,” who did not own enough property to vote, would voice their disapproval in the street and sometimes engage in mob violence. Each group had their own particular grievances with the Crown and ways to protest.

                             
                            On Saturday, November 4, experience revolutionary politics “indoors” and “out-of-doors” as it would have happened 250 years ago. Participate in a live reenactment at Faneuil Hall of a Boston town meeting which took place in October 1767. Join in the discussion as local citizens argue over whether or not to stop importing British goods. Following the town meeting, join a rowdy procession of laboring-class Bostonians of 1767 from Faneuil Hall to the Old State House, as they express their disapproval of British trade policies in a rather colorful and intimidating way.

                             

                            Schedule of events: 11:00 am to 5:30 pm: Saturday, November 4, 2017.  Free to all.

                             11:00 am-2:00 pm. “Goods for Your Master, Taxes for Your King”

                            Come try your luck as a young apprentice in this colonial marketplace game.  Whether you buy, barter, or smuggle, the goal's the same: bring all your goods back to your employer and get promoted! This drop in program is best for ages 6-10, Faneuil Hall, Education Space, basement.

                             1:00 - 4:30 pm: “Talk of the Town” - meet reenactors portraying Bostonians of different social classes in Samuel Adams Park, directly in front of Faneuil Hall, and learn about why they are protesting the new laws.

                             2:30 and 4:00 pm:Revolutionary Town Meeting: 1767 Townshend Acts” Stand up! Speak Out! Join a lively meeting to debate Boston’s response to the hated Townshend Acts. Character cards are available. Free, 30 minutes, Faneuil Hall, Great Hall, second floor.

                             5:00 pm: Procession from Faneuil Hall to Old State House, State Street, Boston, MA.

                             5:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Dive into Boston’s Revolutionary past and explore the galleries inside the Old State House. Admission is free to all.

                             The Devil and the Crow program is being offered as a joint program of Boston National Historical Park, Minute Man National Historical Park, The Bostonian Society, and Revolution 250, a program of MHS.  

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                            Early American History Seminar British Caledonia: English America and the Scottish Darien Project, 1675-1702 7 November 2017.Tuesday, 5:30PM - 7:45PM Craig Gallagher, Boston College Comment: Hannah Muller, Brandeis University

                            Beginning in 1695, Scots at home and abroad flocked to support their country's nascent colony on the Darien isthmus in Panama. This paper argues that Scots’ enthusiasm for the Darien project stemmed not from national impulses, but from a desire to define their status in a liberal, Protestant British Atlantic World alongside their colonial American allies and patrons.

                            To RSVP: email seminars@masshist.org or call (617) 646-0579. Please note that unlike other sessions in the series, this session begins at 5:30 pm.

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                            Brown Bag Politics at the Poles: Liberty Poles and the Popular Struggle for the New Republic 8 November 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Shira Lurie, University of Virginia

                            This project examines conflicts over liberty poles in the 1790s. Liberty poles offered grassroots partisans a tangible symbol through which to channel debates about political participation, popular sovereignty, and dissent under the new Constitution.

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                            Public Program, Author Talk, Conversation The Weeping Angel: Letter and Poems from World War I France 8 November 2017.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Mary Kelley, editor, and Christopher Capozzola, MIT $10 registration fee per person. (No Charge for MHS Members or Fellows)

                            Army recruitment posters proclaimed “Join up and be in France in 60 days.” Young high school graduate Hubert Kelley answered the call. Working as a soldier on the railroads in France during World War I, he found his vocation as a poet and writer through vivid letters to family. Kelley will describe her efforts to retrace the forgotten history of a perceptive observer of the war’s destruction, and Capozzola will comment on the letters’ contribution to new historical understandings that have emerged during the war’s centennial.

                             

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                            Building Closed Veterans Day 10 November 2017.Friday, all day

                            The MHS is CLOSED for Veterans Day (observed).

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                            Building Closed Veterans Day 11 November 2017.Saturday, all day

                            The MHS is CLOSED for Veterans Day.

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                            Environmental History Seminar Drafting the Cape Cod Formula 14 November 2017.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Jacqueline Gonzales, Historical Research Associates Comment: Steven Moga, Smith College

                            When the National Park Service wanted to create a federal park on Cape Cod, residents worried about what would happen to their homes, communities, and coastal traditions. This paper examines how citizens articulated their concerns, and how these responses helped the NPS and Senators John F. Kennedy and Leverett Saltonstall to create a new acquisition and land management policy that would then be applied to other living landscapes.

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

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                            Brown Bag The Roasting of Hugh Peter: Satire and Politics in Early America 15 November 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Adrian Weimer, Providence College

                            Accused regicide and former pastor of Salem, Massachusetts, Hugh Peter was the target of colorful satirical ballads and mock-sermons in the mid-seventeenth century. This presentation will explore the ways Royalists attacked Peter as a way of mocking the culture of puritanism, expressing anxieties about the very existence of puritan colonies.

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                            Public Program, Author Talk Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty 16 November 2017.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. John Boles, Rice University $10 registration fee per person. (No Charge for MHS Members or Fellows)

                            Jefferson challenges us more thoroughly than any other Founder; he was at once the most idealistic, contradictory, and quintessentially American of them all. This biography does not ignore aspects of Jefferson that trouble us today but strives to see him in full and understand him amid the sweeping upheaval of his times. From his inspiring defenses of political and religious liberty to his heterodox abridgment of Christian belief, this book explores Jefferson’s expansive intellectual life and the profound impact of his ideas on the world.

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                            MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 18 November 2017.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: Yankees in the West.

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                            Public Program, Author Talk Schlesinger: The Imperial Historian registration required 20 November 2017.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Richard Aldous, Bard College in conversation with Fredrik Logevall, Harvard University $10 registration fee per person. (No Charge for MHS Members or Fellows)

                            Drawing on oral histories, rarely seen archival documents, and the official Schlesinger papers, this biography crafts an invaluable portrait of a brilliant and controversial historian who framed America’s rise to global empire. Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., the architect of John F. Kennedy’s legacy, redefined the art of presidential biography. A Thousand Days, his best selling record of the Kennedy administration, remains immensely influential and cemented his place as one of the nation’s greatest political image makers.

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                            Building Closed Thanksgiving 23 November 2017.Thursday, all day

                            The MHS is CLOSED for Thanksgiving.

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                            Library Closed, Galleries Open Friday after Thanksgiving 24 November 2017.Friday, 12:00PM - 11:59PM

                            The MHS library is CLOSED; the exhibition galleries are OPEN, 10:00AM-4:00PM.

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                            MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 25 November 2017.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: Yankees in the West.

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                            Library Closed, Galleries Open Saturday after Thanksgiving 25 November 2017.Saturday, all day

                            The MHS library is CLOSED; the exhibition galleries are OPEN, 10:00AM-4:00PM.

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                            Public Program, Author Talk, Conversation The New Annotated African American Folktales registration required 27 November 2017.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University, and Maria Tatar, Harvard University $10 registration fee per person. (No Charge for MHS Members or Fellows)

                            This new publication presents nearly 150 African American stories, among them familiar Brer Rabbit classics, but also stories like “The Talking Skull” and “Witches Who Ride,” as well as out-of-print tales from the 1890s’ Southern Workman. Arguing for the value of these stories as part of a sophisticated, complex, and heterogeneous cultural heritage, Gates and Tatar show how these stories deserve a place alongside the classic works of African American literature and American literature more broadly.

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                            Modern American Society and Culture Seminar Panel Discussion: Volunteerism and Civil Society in the Twentieth Century Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                            Subscribe to receive advance copies of the seminar papers.
                            28 November 2017.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM K. Ian Shin, Bates College, and Chris Staysniak, Boston College Comment: Timothy Neary, Salve Regina University

                            This panel considers volunteerism as sponsored by ethnic and service organizations. Both essays challenge our notions of “belonging” in a civil society, including our understandings of assimilation, activism, and protest. Shin’s paper is “Masons, Scouts, and Legionnaires: Voluntary Associations and the Making of Chinese American Civil Society, 1864-1945.” Staysniak’s essay is “Poverty Warriors, Service Learners, and a Nationwide Movement: Youth Volunteer Service, 1964-1973.”

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

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                            Public Program, Author Talk Revolution Song registration required 30 November 2017.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Russell Shorto, New York Times Magazine $10 registration fee per person. (No Charge for MHS Members or Fellows)

                            With America’s founding principles being debated today as never before, Shorto looks back to the era in which those principles were forged. Drawing on new sources, he weaves the lives of six people into a seamless narrative that casts fresh light on the range of experience in colonial America on the cusp of revolution. While some of the protagonists play major roles, others struggle no less valiantly. Through these lives we understand that the Revolution was, indeed, fought over the meaning of individual freedom.

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