«December 2017

January 2018

go to today
February 2018»
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5 6
    7 8 9 10 11 12 13
            14 15 16 17 18 19 20
              • Environmental History SeminarThe Fight before the Flood: Rural Protest and the Debate over Bosto...
                Environmental History SeminarThe Fight before the Flood: Rural Protest and the Debate over Boston’s Quabbin Reservoir, 1919-1927
                5:15PM - 7:30PM Jeffrey Egan, University of Connecticut Comment: Karl Haglund, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation More
                  21 22 23 24 25 26 27
                      • History of Women and Gender SeminarThe "Woman Inventor" as a Political Tool of Female Suffragists: Pat...
                        History of Women and Gender SeminarThe "Woman Inventor" as a Political Tool of Female Suffragists: Patents, Invention, and Civil Rights in the 19th-Century United States
                        5:30PM - 7:45PM Location: Massachusetts Historical Society Kara Swanson, Northeastern University School of Law Comment: Rebecca Herzig, Bates College More
                        • Public Program, ConversationPeter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize Award & Reception
                          Public Program, ConversationPeter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize Award & Reception
                          6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Tamara Plakins Thornton, University at Buffalo, and Catherine Allgor, MHS More
                          28 29 30 31
                            • Public Program, ConversationAesthetics of the Everyday in New England Film
                              Public Program, ConversationAesthetics of the Everyday in New England Film
                              6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Martha McNamara, Wellesley College, and Karan Sheldon, Northeast Historic Film $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). More
                            • Modern American Society and Culture Seminar“Momentum Toward Evil Is Strong”: Poor Women, Moral Panics, and...
                              Modern American Society and Culture Seminar“Momentum Toward Evil Is Strong”: Poor Women, Moral Panics, and the Rise of Crime-Fighting Policing in Depression-Era America
                              5:15PM - 7:30PM Anne Gray Fischer, Brown University Comment: Michael Willrich, Brandeis University 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.

                            MCC logo

                            close
                            Building Closed New Year's Day 1 January 2018.Monday, all day

                            The MHS is CLOSED for New Year's Day.

                            close
                            Brown Bag Excavating the Western Indian Mound and Building the American Archive 3 January 2018.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Derek O'Leary, University of California, Berkeley

                            Settlers and travelers moving westward in the early republic encountered the myriad Indian mounds scattered along the American frontier. These sundry earthworks furnished ample grist for various projects: frontier infrastructure, literary nationalism, the national historical narrative, and—as this talk explores—the emergence of American archives.

                            close
                            Building Closed MHS Closed 4 January 2018.Thursday, all day

                            Due to the severe weather forecast, the MHS is CLOSED on Thursday, 22 March.

                            close
                            Building Closed MHS Closed 5 January 2018.Friday, all day

                            Due to inclement weather the MHS will be closed on Friday, January 5.

                            close
                            MHS Tour CANCELLED!: The History and Collections of the MHS 6 January 2018.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

                            Today's scheduled tour has been cancelled. The exhibition galleries will be open, so you can still enjoy the opportunity to view our current exhibition: Yankees in the West.

                            close
                            Notice Regularly Scheduled Hours Resume 6 January 2018.Saturday, all day

                            The MHS will return to regular operating hours on Saturday, January 6.  The library will be open 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  The galleries will be open 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  

                            The docent-led building tour (History and Collections of the MHS) has been cancelled.  Visitors are welcome to visit the galleries on their own.  

                            close
                            Notice Galleries Closed 8 January 2018.Monday, all day

                            The exhibition galleries are CLOSED on Monday, 8 January, and Tuesday, 9 January. Normal hours resume on Wednesday, 10 January. 

                            close
                            Notice Galleries Closed 9 January 2018.Tuesday, all day

                            The exhibition galleries are CLOSED on Monday, 8 January, and Tuesday, 9 January. Normal hours resume on Wednesday, 10 January. 

                            close
                            MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 13 January 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: Yankees in the West.

                            close
                            Building Closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 15 January 2018.Monday, all day

                            The MHS is CLOSED in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

                            close
                            Environmental History Seminar The Fight before the Flood: Rural Protest and the Debate over Boston’s Quabbin Reservoir, 1919-1927 16 January 2018.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Jeffrey Egan, University of Connecticut Comment: Karl Haglund, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation

                            In 1919, state engineers proposed solving Boston’s water supply crisis by damming the Swift River, flooding a western Massachusetts valley and evicting 2,500 people. The contentious six-year debate that followed does not fit the standard story of urban conservationists versus rural peoples, as many valley residents defined themselves as rural and conservationist, and thus offers scholars a chance to see fresh nuances in early twentieth-century land management, rural life, and urban development.

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

                            close
                            Brown Bag Skulls, Selves, and Showmanship: Itinerant Phrenologists in 19th-Century America 17 January 2018.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Kathrinne Duffy, Brown University

                            "Come, then, one and all, and learn to know yourselves." With these words, a traveling phrenologist advertised his lecture to the public. Proponents of phrenology — a controversial, influential science — believed that the shape of one’s cranium revealed one’s character. This talk explores the world of phrenological lecture-demonstrations and the circulation of materialist ideas about the self.

                            close
                            Public Program, Author Talk Pauline Maier Memorial Lecture - Madison’s Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention 17 January 2018.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Mary Sarah Bilder, Boston College Law School $10 registration fee per person. (No Charge for MHS Members or Fellows)

                            James Madison’s Notes on the 1787 Constitutional Convention have acquired nearly unquestioned authority as the description of the U.S. Constitution’s creation. No document provides a more complete record of the deliberations in Philadelphia. But how reliable is this account? In an unprecedented investigation Mary Sarah Bilder reveals that Madison revised the Notes to a far greater extent than previously recognized. Madison’s Hand offers a biography of a document that, over two centuries, developed a life and character all its own.

                            close
                            MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 20 January 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: Yankees in the West.

                            close
                            History of Women and Gender Seminar The "Woman Inventor" as a Political Tool of Female Suffragists: Patents, Invention, and Civil Rights in the 19th-Century United States 23 January 2018.Tuesday, 5:30PM - 7:45PM Location: Massachusetts Historical Society Kara Swanson, Northeastern University School of Law Comment: Rebecca Herzig, Bates College

                            After the Patent Act of 1790, patents played an important social and political role in the formation of American nationhood and citizenship. Part of a larger book project, this paper demonstrates how nineteenth-century American women mobilized patents granted to women as justification for civil rights claims. It identifies the creation of the “woman inventor” as a cultural trope and political weapon of resistance.

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

                            close
                            Public Program, Conversation Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize Award & Reception 25 January 2018.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Tamara Plakins Thornton, University at Buffalo, and Catherine Allgor, MHS

                            Watch the recording of this event, embedded below:

                            Please join us for a special evening in which Tamara Plakins Thornton will receive the 2017 Gomes Prize for Nathaniel Bowditch and the Power of Numbers: How a 19th-Century Man of Business, Science, and the Sea Changed American Life. Thornton will join MHS President and Dolley Madison biographer Catherine Allgor in a conversation about why historians become biographers. How do they pull off that transformation? Thornton and Allgor will explore what drew them to the life of a single individual after they had published “standard” historical monographs. They will address the sorts of novel challenges they faced as both scholars and writers— and the new intellectual pleasures they encountered.

                            close
                            MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 27 January 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: Yankees in the West.

                            close
                            Public Program, Conversation Aesthetics of the Everyday in New England Film 29 January 2018.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Martha McNamara, Wellesley College, and Karan Sheldon, Northeast Historic Film $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

                            The term “amateur film” conjures visions of shaky, out-of-focus images depicting family vacations and kids’ birthday parties, but early twentieth-century amateur filmmaking produced irreplaceable records of people’s lives and beloved places. This volume of essays, interprets a wide variety of visually expressive amateur films made in New England. Martha McNamara and Karan Sheldon will highlight three examples: the comedies of landscape architect Sidney N. Shurcliff, depictions of pastoral family life by Elizabeth Woodman Wright, and the chronicles of Anna B. Harris, an African American resident of Manchester, Vermont.

                            close
                            Modern American Society and Culture Seminar “Momentum Toward Evil Is Strong”: Poor Women, Moral Panics, and the Rise of Crime-Fighting Policing in Depression-Era America 30 January 2018.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Anne Gray Fischer, Brown University Comment: Michael Willrich, Brandeis University

                            Between Prohibition and World War II, American law enforcement went from being seen as a brutal and incompetent political liability to a professional crime-fighting regime. This essay explores the dramatic shift in public perception by studying the changing practices of Depression-era morality policing in Boston and Los Angeles—specifically, the police enforcement of morals misdemeanors, including vagrancy, disorderly conduct, lewdness, and prostitution, which disproportionately targeted poor women on city streets.

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

                            close
                            Brown Bag Indian Doctresses: Race, Labor, and Medicine in the 19th-century United States 31 January 2018.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Angela Hudson, Texas A&M University

                            This project focuses on women who worked as Indian doctresses and the clients who sought their care. The study strives to more fully integrate indigeneity into fields of study from which it is often absent, most notably labor history and the history of medicine.

                            close

                              Key to event colors:
                            • MHS Tours
                            • Seminars
                            • Public Programs
                            • Brown Bags
                            • Special Events