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                        • Environmental History SeminarGovernor Francis W. Sargent: Fisheries Manager
                          Environmental History SeminarGovernor Francis W. Sargent: Fisheries Manager
                          5:15PM - 7:30PM Benjamin Kochan, Boston University Comment: Brian Payne, Bridgewater State University Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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                                            • Modern American Society and Culture SeminarPanel Discussion: Capitalism and Culture
                                              Modern American Society and Culture SeminarPanel Discussion: Capitalism and Culture
                                              5:15PM - 7:30PM Jonathan Cohen, University of Virginia, and Davor Mondom, Syracuse University Comment: Sven Beckert, Harvard University Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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                                              Exhibition Yankees in the West this event is free 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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                                              Early American History Seminar “We all agree to exclude...those of unsound mind”: Disability, Doctors, and the Law in the Early Republic Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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                                              6 February 2018.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Laurel Daen, MHS-NEH Fellow Comment: Cornelia Dayton, University of Connecticut

                                              Between 1790 and 1840, Americans deemed to be cognitively disabled lost the right to vote, marry, immigrate, obtain residency, and live independently. This paper charts these legal developments in Massachusetts as well as how disabled people used the courts to negotiate these constraints. Despite some successes, contesting incapacity became increasingly difficult towards the mid-nineteenth century when physicians became regular and trusted expert witnesses in court.

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

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                                              Environmental History Seminar Governor Francis W. Sargent: Fisheries Manager Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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                                              13 February 2018.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Benjamin Kochan, Boston University Comment: Brian Payne, Bridgewater State University

                                              Francis Sargent was a Cape Cod fisherman. Fishing brought him into the government as Director of Fisheries, then head of Public Works, and, eventually, governor of Massachusetts. In his positions, Sargent bridged the gap between working-class fishers and government. This paper examines Sargent’s ability to speak directly to fishermen, arguing that his post-1974 disengagement from public life robbed fishermen of an ally who might have soothed tensions created by late-1970s federal regulations.

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

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                                              Building Closed Presidents Day 19 February 2018.Monday, all day

                                              The MHS is CLOSED in observance of Presidents Day. 

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                                              Teacher Workshop Yankees in the West Please RSVP   registration required 21 February 2018.Wednesday, all day Registration fee: $25 per person

                                              Explore the American West through the eyes of 19th-century New Englanders. Participants will read the diaries and letters of Gold Rush hopefuls, intrepid train travelers, and tourists in search of “authentic” Native Americans. Using the Society’s current exhibition as our guide, we will investigate how writers, artists, and photographers sensationalized the frontier experience for eastern audiences and conceptualized the West for Americans who increasingly embraced the nation’s manifest destiny.

                                              This program is open to all K-12 educators. Teachers can earn 22.5 PDPs or one graduate credit (for an additional fee).

                                              Image: Front and back cover of a fold-out map of Yellowstone National Park, produced by the Northern Pacific Railroad, 1893. MHS Collections. 

                                               

                                              Highlights:

                                              • View and analyze documents and artifacts from the Society's collections


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                                              Teacher Workshop Slavery & the U.S. Supreme Court Please RSVP   registration required 24 February 2018.Saturday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Registration fee: $25 per person

                                              How did the personal and political philosophies of Justices John Marshall, Roger B. Taney, and Joseph Story influence their proslavery positions? Paul Finkelman, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, will discuss why these three influential justices upheld the institution of slavery and continued to deny black Americans their freedom. Participants will connect these federal rulings to local court cases, as well as antislavery and abolitionist efforts to undermine these unpopular decrees.

                                              This program is open to all K-12 educators. Teachers can earn 22.5 PDPs or one graduate credit (for an 

                                              Highlights:

                                              • Meet Professor Paul Finkelman and discuss his new book, Supreme Injustice: Slavery in the Nation's Highest Court. (Hardvard University Press, 2018)
                                              • View and analyze documents and artifacts from the Society's collections


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                                              Modern American Society and Culture Seminar Panel Discussion: Capitalism and Culture Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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                                              27 February 2018.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Jonathan Cohen, University of Virginia, and Davor Mondom, Syracuse University Comment: Sven Beckert, Harvard University

                                              This panel examines the reaction against welfare state capitalism in the mid-20th century U.S., looking at two companies that promoted themselves as bastions of free enterprise or as a solution to high state taxes. Mondom’s paper is “Capitalism with a Human Face: Amway, Direct Sales, and the Redemption of Free Enterprise.” Cohen’s essay is titled “Rivers of Gold: Scientific Games and the Spread of State Lotteries, 1980-1984.”

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

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