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        • Early American History Seminar, Environmental History SeminarPanel Discussion: Common Spaces: Environmental History and the Stud...
          Early American History Seminar, Environmental History SeminarPanel Discussion: Common Spaces: Environmental History and the Study of Early America
          5:15PM - 7:30PM Christopher Pastore, State University of New York at Albany; Nancy Shoemaker, University of Connecticut at Storrs; Conevery Bolton Valencius, Boston College Moderator: Matthew McKenzie, University of Connecticut at Avery Point More
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              • Building ClosedDue to snowstorm MHS is closed
                Building ClosedDue to snowstorm MHS is closed
                all day More
              • Public Program, ConversationPostponed: Grappling with Legacy
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                Public Program, ConversationGrappling with Legacy
                6:00PM - 7:30PM Due to snow, this program has been postponed until April 16th Sylvia Brown in conversation with Edward Widmer There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). More
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                      • History of Women and Gender SeminarCanceled: On Fantasy
                        Canceled:
                        History of Women and Gender SeminarOn Fantasy
                        5:30PM - 7:45PM Location: Fay House, Radcliffe Institute Rhae Lynn Barnes, Princeton University, and Emily Owens, Brown University Comment: Jasmine Johnson, Brown University More
                      • Public Program, Author TalkPeople before Highways: Boston Activists, Urban Planners, & A New ...
                        Public Program, Author TalkPeople before Highways: Boston Activists, Urban Planners, & A New Movement for City Making
                        6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Karilyn Crockett There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). More
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                            • Modern American Society and Culture SeminarLa Villanía Arizoniana: Disenfranchisement, Citizenship, and Defin...
                              Modern American Society and Culture SeminarLa Villanía Arizoniana: Disenfranchisement, Citizenship, and Defining the Body Politic in the Early 20th-Century US-Mexico Borderlands
                              5:15PM - 7:30PM John Bezís-Selfa, Wheaton College Comment: Alex Keyssar, Harvard Kennedy School More
                            • Public Program, ConversationProtest & Citizenship
                              Public Program, ConversationProtest & Citizenship
                              6:00PM - 7:30PM THIS PROGRAM IS SOLD OUT Stephen Kantrowitz, University of Wisconsin – Madison; Crystal Feimster, Yale University; John Stauffer, Harvard University; and Chad Williams, Brandeis University This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities. 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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                              Notice Library Closing at 3:15 PM 1 March 2018.Thursday, all day

                              The MHS Library will be closing at 3:00 PM to accomodate a special program in the building.  

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                              Special Event Dinner with Dolley 1 March 2018.Thursday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM This event is open only to MHS Fund Giving Circle Members. Catherine Allgor, MHS President Dinner with Dolley

                              MHS Fund Giving Circle members are invited to a festive evening with good food,fine wine, and lively conversation inspired by Dolley Madison. During dinner, MHS President Catherine Allgor, who is known for her published work on Dolley Madison, will provide history and fun facts about dining with Mrs. Madison. 

                              Dinner tickets are $100 per person. Please note that no tickets will be mailed; a master guest list will be at the door. 

                              Registration will open on 29 January.

                              This event is open only to MHS Fund Giving Circle Members. Join a Giving Circle today at www.masshist.org/support/mhsfund

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                              MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 3 March 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.

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                              Early American History Seminar, Environmental History Seminar Panel Discussion: Common Spaces: Environmental History and the Study of Early America 6 March 2018.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Christopher Pastore, State University of New York at Albany; Nancy Shoemaker, University of Connecticut at Storrs; Conevery Bolton Valencius, Boston College Moderator: Matthew McKenzie, University of Connecticut at Avery Point

                              This panel takes the opportunity to bring the fields of environmental and early American history into closer conversation. Environmental historians are concerned with concepts such as ecological imperialism and non-anthropocentric empires, built and natural environments, controlling and organizing space, and the relationship between borders and frontiers. How does or might this influence scholarship on early America? How can work on early American history enrich environmental historians’ understanding of empire, metropoles and borderlands, movement and colonization?

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

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                              Brown Bag A Massachusetts Family's Exile & Return, 1775-1790 7 March 2018.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM G. Patrick O'Brien, University of South Carolina

                              After being forced to flee Marblehead in May 1775, the Robie family joined fellow refugees in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In exile, each family member developed a unique perspective on his or her new home and outlook for the future. Repatriation further complicated these understandings and divided the family between two nations. This project explores how a family in exile struggled to maintain kinship networks while its members adapted to a new social environment.

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                              Public Program, Author Talk Chicago Renaissance: Literature & Art in the Midwest Metropolis 7 March 2018.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Liesl Olson, Newberry Library There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

                              The remarkable cultural history of the great Midwestern city of Chicago contains some exceptional modernist credentials. From the 1893 World’s Fair through mid-century, Chicago writers revolutionized literary forms during the first half of the 20th century, a period of sweeping aesthetic transformations all over the world. Olson’s enthralling study bridges the gap between two distinct and equally vital Chicago-based artistic “renaissance” moments: the primarily white renaissance of the early teens and the creative ferment of the “Black Metropolis” of Bronzeville.

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                              Building Closed Due to inclement weather the MHS will be closed 8 March 2018.Thursday, all day

                              Due to inclement weather conditions the MHS will be closed on Thursday, March 8th.  Normal business hours will resume on Friday, March 9th.

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                              MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 10 March 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.

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                              Building Closed Due to snowstorm MHS is closed today 13 March 2018.Tuesday, all day

                              Due to the forecasted snow, the MHS will be closed on Tuesday, 13 March 2018.  

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                              Building Closed Due to snowstorm MHS is closed 14 March 2018.Wednesday, all day close
                              Public Program, Conversation Postponed:
                              Grappling with Legacy
                              14 March 2018.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Due to snow, this program has been postponed until April 16th Sylvia Brown in conversation with Edward Widmer There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

                              What fuels a family’s compulsion for philanthropy? Charitable giving is an intrinsic part of our culture and its story can be told through a colorful, multifaceted family whose actions mirror America’s attitudes towards giving. Between 1638 and today, the Browns of Rhode Island have provided community leaders, endowed academic institutions, and transformed communities through art and architecture. However, they also have wrestled with society’s toughest issues slavery, immigration, child labor, inequality and with their own internal tensions. Sylvia Brown, of the family’s 11th generation, and Edward Widmer will explore this story.

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                              Teacher Workshop Monuments & Historical Memory 17 March 2018.Saturday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Registration fee: $25 per person

                              Who decides what should be remembered in public spaces? Is removing a monument the equivalent of erasing history, or should monuments change along with their communities? Join MHS in exploring how monuments and memorials can help students understand history, historical memory, and how national symbols play a critical role in articulating culture and identity.

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

                              Image: Dedication of the Memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, Boston, 31 May 1897, albumen print.

                              Highlights:

                              • Explore WWII and Holocaust commemoration across the globe 
                              • Learn about the history of Confederate monuments in America: When were they erected? Who built them? What do they signify? 
                              • Discuss ways to engage students in conversation on current national debates over Confederate symbols in public spaces
                              • Take a tour of Reconstruction-era Boston Monuments


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                              History of Women and Gender Seminar Canceled:
                              On Fantasy
                              20 March 2018.Tuesday, 5:30PM - 7:45PM Location: Fay House, Radcliffe Institute Rhae Lynn Barnes, Princeton University, and Emily Owens, Brown University Comment: Jasmine Johnson, Brown University

                              This program is canceled due to illness.

                              This paper argues that fantasies of racial and gendered mastery—seen in law, racial performance, and sexual violence—were important world-making tools in the nineteenth century. It looks at how white supremacist fantasies took shape in the courtroom and in blackface dramas, what their impact was, and how historians might begin to find and examine these fantasies in the archives.

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

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                              Public Program, Author Talk People before Highways: Boston Activists, Urban Planners, & A New Movement for City Making 20 March 2018.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Karilyn Crockett There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

                              In 1948, inspired by changes to federal law, Massachusetts officials started to plan highways circling and cutting through the heart of Boston. But when officials began to hold hearings in 1960 the people pushed back. The story of how an unlikely multiracial coalition of urban and suburban residents, planners, and activists emerged to stop a highway is one full of suspenseful twists and surprises. And yet the victory and its aftermath are undeniable: federally funded mass transit expansion, a linear central city park, and a highway-less urban corridor that serves as a daily reminder of the power of citizen-led city-making and has had lasting national implications.

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                              Brown Bag From Corporate Charter to Modern Constitution: Massachusetts Transformations 21 March 2018.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM David Ciepley, University of Denver

                              The U.S. Constitution is not a “social contract,” but a popularly issued corporate charter.  America’s constitutional innovations—constitutional conventions, written charters, judicial review, and charter amendment—represent a transfer of the governance mechanisms of corporations to the state.  Ciepley's current project examines the roots of this new mode of constitutionalism in New England’s corporate colonies.

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                              Library Closed MHS Library & Exhibitions Closed Tomorrow 22 March 2018.Thursday, all day

                              Due to weather forecast the MHS library and exhibitions will be closed to the public Thursday, 22 March 2018.

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                              Special Event Make Women's History at the MHS on 24 March by Donating Women's March Memorabilia 24 March 2018.Saturday, 10:00AM - 3:00PM In celebration of Women's History Month, the MHS is calling for items--pink hats, signs, pins, t-shirts, photographs, written accounts--from the 2017 and 2018 Women's March events

                              Catherine Allgor at 2017 Women's MarchOn 24 March 2018 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, we invite the public to stop by 1154 Boylston Street in Boston to donate 2017 and 2018 Women’s March memorabilia—pink hats, signs, pins, t-shirts, photographs (prints or digital images)—as well as written accounts to its collection.

                              If you do not want to part with your Women’s March items, consider wearing them to the MHS and having your picture taken (a photographer will be on site) to be added to our collection. We also encourage written experiences and accounts of the marches to be shared. These can be e-mailed to collections@masshist.org or mailed to: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02215, attention Brenda Lawson. Images can be donated online at www.masshist.org/womensmarch

                              If you are unable to come to the MHS on 24 March but have items you would like to donate, please contact Anne Bentley (abentley@masshist.org or 617-646-0508) or Brenda Lawson (blawson@masshist.org or 617-646-0502) to discuss.

                              Selected items collected on 24 March will be displayed as part of our 2019 exhibition on women’s suffrage.

                              Image: Catherine Allgor, 2017 Women's March

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                              MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 24 March 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.

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                              Modern American Society and Culture Seminar La Villanía Arizoniana: Disenfranchisement, Citizenship, and Defining the Body Politic in the Early 20th-Century US-Mexico Borderlands 27 March 2018.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM John Bezís-Selfa, Wheaton College Comment: Alex Keyssar, Harvard Kennedy School

                              In 1909 and 1912, the Arizona legislature enacted requirements that all voters be literate in English, sparking a storm of multilingual protests in the papers and the courts. How and why Anglo-Arizonans took the right to vote from thousands of Mexican-American men and how Spanish-speakers fought back shows how conflicting views of race and ethnicity have influenced citizenship in the U.S.’s southwestern borderlands.

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

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                              Brown Bag Learning the Values of a Dollar: Childhood & Cultures of Economy, 1825-1900 28 March 2018.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Jaclyn Schultz, University of California at Santa Cruz

                              Nineteenth-century children rarely had access to money, even when they worked. Yet, several forms of authority instructed children in specific expectations of spending, saving, and giving. This talk explores how and why children were taught to interact with and value financial resources as well as how these lessons were racialized.

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                              Public Program, Conversation Protest & Citizenship 29 March 2018.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM THIS PROGRAM IS SOLD OUT Stephen Kantrowitz, University of Wisconsin – Madison; Crystal Feimster, Yale University; John Stauffer, Harvard University; and Chad Williams, Brandeis University This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities.

                              Watch the recording of this event, embedded below:

                              THIS PROGRAM IS SOLD OUT

                              PLEASE NOTE - PEOPLE WHO REGISTERED FOR THIS PROGRAM AFTER 3/15/18 MAY BE ASKED TO SIT IN OVERFLOW SEATING 
                              (The overflow seating is on the same floor, one room over with a live video feed)

                              Throughout American history many groups have struggled to establish their rights as citizens. While the United States was a grand experiment in republican government, in the beginning only a small percentage was allowed to participate. Over time, citizenship has grown, but this has often not been a simple or a smooth process. Join MHS for a panel discussion that will explore this history of citizenship and protest. How have groups throughout American history used agitation to help change the dialog about their position as citizens? How can this history help inform our views and reactions to the changing political climate we see today?

                              This program is made possible by a grant from Mass Humanities

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                              MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 31 March 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.

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