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                • Public Program, Author TalkUnited Tastes: The Making of the First American Cookbook
                  Public Program, Author TalkUnited Tastes: The Making of the First American Cookbook
                  6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 Keith Stavely and Kathleen Fitzgerald There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). More
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                    • Public Program, Author TalkChateau Higginson: Social Life in Boston’s Back Bay, 1870–1920
                      Public Program, Author TalkChateau Higginson: Social Life in Boston’s Back Bay, 1870–1920
                      6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 Margo Miller, Boston Globe (retired) There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). More
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                      • Public Program, Author TalkWilliam James on Democratic Individuality
                        Public Program, Author TalkWilliam James on Democratic Individuality
                        6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 Stephen Bush, Brown University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). registration required More
                        Exhibition Entrepreneurship & Classical Design in Boston’s South End: The Furniture of Isaac Vose & Thomas Seymour, 1815 to 1825 11 May 2018 to 14 September 2018 Open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM Isaac Vose Couch

                        Virtually forgotten for 200 years, Isaac Vose and his brilliant furniture are revealed in a new exhibition and accompanying volume. Beginning with a modest pair of collection boxes he made for his localBoston church in 1788, Vose went on to build a substantial business empire and to make furniture for the most prominent Boston families. The exhibition and catalog restore Vose from relative obscurity to his rightful position as one of Boston’s most important craftsmen. Opening at the MHS on May 11, the exhibition will be on view through September 14.

                        The complementary book, Rather Elegant Than Showy (May 2018), by Robert Mussey and Clark Pearce, will be available for sale at the MHS.

                        Image: Couch, Isaac Vose & Son, with Thomas Wightman, carver, Boston, 1824. Historic New England, Gift of the Massachusetts Historical Society (1923.507); photograph by David Bohl.

                         

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                        MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 2 June 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: Entrepreneurship & Classical Design in Boston’s South End: The Furniture of Isaac Vose & Thomas Seymour, 1815 to 1825.

                         

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                        Mass History Day Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration 2 June 2018.Saturday, 1:00PM - 3:00PM Location: Roxbury Community College Media Arts Center David Blight, Lois Brown, and John Stauffer

                        Join us in celebrating Frederick Douglass’s Bicentennial alongside three of the country’s leading Douglass scholars. A group discussion will be led by David Blight (Yale University), Lois Brown (Wesleyan University), and John Stauffer (Harvard University) on the relevance of Frederick Douglass today with a focus on the theme, “Democracy and the Informed Citizen.” What is Douglass’s rightful place in American history and how is he relevant to the social and civic concerns of today?

                        During the event, the projects of student winners of the Mass History Day Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Awards will be on display for guests to view, and the winners will present their projects alongside the three scholars. The afternoon will close with a specially commissioned, Frederick Douglass-themed “choral poem” researched, written, and performed by the young poets of Mass LEAP.   

                        This is a free, public event; you're encouraged to bring friends and family! Free parking is available and there is easy access on the T (Orange line, Roxbury Crossing).

                        Location: Roxbury Community College Media Arts Center

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                        Brown Bag Genres of the Mind: 19th-Century American Literature and the Idea of Intelligence 4 June 2018.Monday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Ittai Orr, Yale University

                        While the measurement of human intelligence is now fully in the purview of science, antebellum novelists and poets engaged in public debate over its meaning. Key to recovering this contentious field are the student essays of Richard Henry Dana, Jr. and Henry David Thoreau for Harvard professor Edward Channing in 1836.

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                        Brown Bag Projecting Power in the Dawnland: Empires, Native Americans, & Settlement Schemes in the Gulf of Maine, 1710-1800 6 June 2018.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Alexandra Montgomery, University of Pennsylvania

                        In the eighteenth century, the far northeastern coast of North America had more in common with the trans-Appalachian west than the white settler colonial east. This talk examines British and French efforts to import white settlers in an attempt to change these demographic and political realities. These state projects offer a different view of the role of settlement in 18th-century North American empires.

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                        Public Program, Author Talk Massachusetts Leadership in the Woman Suffrage Movement 6 June 2018.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 Barbara Berenson There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

                        Few are familiar with Massachusetts’s role at the center of the national struggle for woman suffrage. Lucy Stone and other Massachusetts abolitionists were some of the first figures who vocally opposed women’s exclusion from political life. Demanding the vote and other reforms, they launched the organized women’s movement at the first National Woman’s Rights Convention, held in Worcester in 1850.Barbara Berenson gives Massachusetts suffragists the attention they deserve in this engaging story and discusses the battle over historical memory that long obscured the state’s leading role.

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                        MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 9 June 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: Entrepreneurship & Classical Design in Boston’s South End: The Furniture of Isaac Vose & Thomas Seymour, 1815 to 1825

                         

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                        Brown Bag "We have no need for Virginia Trade": New England Tobacco in the Atlantic World 11 June 2018.Monday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Andrew Rutledge, University of Michigan

                        This talk examines tobacco’s role in the agriculture, commerce, and political economy of New England. By the 18th-century, tobacco figured prominently in the region, and was exported in large quantities to Dutch Suriname and to West African slave traders. Tobacco was a true “Atlantic Commodity;” and, just as in the southern colonies, it drew New England farmers into the world of Atlantic slavery.

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                        Notice Library Closing @ 1:30PM 13 June 2018.Wednesday, all day

                        In preparation for the Society's Annual Meeting, the library closes at 1:30PM.

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                        MHS Fellows Annual Meeting 13 June 2018.Wednesday, 5:00PM - 6:30PM This event is open only to MHS Fellows.

                        MHS Fellows are invited to the Society's annual business meeting. RSVP by e-mailing dbeardsley@masshist.org or calling 617-646-0572.

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                        Public Program, Author Talk United Tastes: The Making of the First American Cookbook 14 June 2018.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 Keith Stavely and Kathleen Fitzgerald There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

                        American Cookery (1796) by Amelia Simmons is known as the “first American cookbook”and has attracted an enthusiastic modern audience of historians, food journalists, and general readers. Yet until now American Cookery has not received the sustained scholarly attention it deserves. Keith Stavely and Kathleen Fitzgerald’s United Tastes fills this gap by providing a detailed examination of the social circumstances and culinary tradition that produced this American classic.

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                        Notice Library Closing @ 3:00PM 15 June 2018.Friday, all day

                        The library closes at 3:00PM in preparation for a staff event.

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                        Brown Bag U.S. Monarchism in the Middle East?: Orientalism, American Travelers, and Arab Rulers 15 June 2018.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Adam Mestyan, Duke University

                        The origins of the United States are often framed as anti-monarchist, yet Americans entertain a fascination with monarchs and royalty. Is it possible to create a taxonomy of popular Orientalist images of modern Muslim and Arab rulership in the United States? Next to foreign policy considerations and economic interests, this talk searches for the private views of American travelers about modern Muslim and Arab rulers in the Middle East in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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                        MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 16 June 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: Entrepreneurship & Classical Design in Boston’s South End: The Furniture of Isaac Vose & Thomas Seymour, 1815 to 1825

                         

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                        Public Program Gallery Talk: Entrepreneurship & Classical Design in Boston’s South End 16 June 2018.Saturday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Gallery Talk Robert Mussey

                        Guest curator and furniture conservator Robert Mussey will lead visitors through the exhibition’s highlights while giving deeper context to the life and work of two extraordinary Massachusetts craftsmen, Isaac Vose and Thomas Seymour.

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                        Notice Library Closing @ 4:00PM 18 June 2018.Monday, all day

                        The library closes at 4:00PM in preparation for the evening's Juneteenth Open House.

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                        Public Program Juneteenth Open House 18 June 2018.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM

                        Join us for an open house and a one-day display celebrating milestones on the road to the end of slavery. Featured items explore the 1783 abolition of slavery in Massachusetts; celebrations within the African American community in Boston of the ending of slavery in the British West Indies in 1833; Garrisonian protest banners; and a look at the evolution of depictions of Crispus Attucks’s death in the Boston Massacre as a symbol of black abolitionism before and during the Civil War.

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                        Brown Bag Picturing Modernism in the Work and Archive of Henry Adams 20 June 2018.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Matthew Fernandez, Columbia University

                        This talk examines three interrelated elements of Henry Adams’s literary output: his transnational focus, his reconsideration of subject/object relations, and his interest in the visual arts. While travelling during the 1890s, Adams took a break from writing to immerse himself in painting and sketching—after which he produced acclaimed works like Chartres and The Education. His time abroad represents an important transitional moment between the Romanticism of the nineteenth century and the Modernism of the twentieth century.

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                        Public Program, Author Talk Chateau Higginson: Social Life in Boston’s Back Bay, 1870–1920 21 June 2018.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 Margo Miller, Boston Globe (retired) There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

                        Chateau Higginson is a vivid and absorbing account of one man’s efforts to construct a building that would create “a new way for Bostonians—and Americans—to live.” Henry Lee Higginson is best known for founding the Boston Symphony Orchestra, but exploring his housing gamble helps bring him to life, as well as a whole social class in 19th-century urban America.

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                        Brown Bag Cut from the Same Cloth: Salem, Zanzibar, and the Consolidation of the Indo-Atlantic World, 1820-1870 22 June 2018.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Joshua Morrison, University of Virginia

                        This talk explores the economic and cultural exchange between New England and Zanzibar, the premier entrepôt of the Western Indian Ocean. This trade network linked the cotton magnates of Massachusetts with the Omani elite, Indian merchants, and Swahili slaves of Zanzibar. As the trade expanded, each close-knit community found themselves increasingly dependent on an incredibly foreign counterpart for survival. This project maps the many compromises, adaptations, and concessions made in the name of profit.

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                        MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 23 June 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: Entrepreneurship & Classical Design in Boston’s South End: The Furniture of Isaac Vose & Thomas Seymour, 1815 to 1825.

                         

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                        Notice Library Closing @ 3:00 PM 23 June 2018.Saturday, all day

                        To accommodate this evening's program, the MHS library will be closing at 3:00 PM.

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                        Public Program, Conversation The All-American Girls: Women in Professional Baseball 23 June 2018.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 3:30 Kat Williams, Maybelle Blair, Shirley Burkovich, Donna Mills, Marti Sementelli, moderated by Red Sox historian Gordon Edes There is a $20 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

                        Baseball is not just a beloved pastime for American boys and men. From 19th-century college teams formed at Vassar and Smith and the nationally celebrated Boston Bloomer Girls to the formation of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League when major male talent faced the WWII draft, women players have increasingly found ways to make their mark on the game. Today, more women than ever before are playing baseball at a world-class level, staking a claim on the most nostalgic and patriotic of American sports.

                        Attend a panel discussion: Moderated by Red Sox historian Gordon Edes, with panelists Maybelle Blair and Shirley Burkovich (All American Girls Professional Baseball League); Donna Mills (Women's World Cup of Baseball MVP); Marti Sementelli (U.S. Women's National Baseball Team); and Dr. Kat Williams (Women's Sports historian at Marshall University).

                        (sales of Red Sox game tickets have ended)

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                        Brown Bag Dis-Union: Disability and the U.S. Civil War this event is free 25 June 2018.Monday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Jean Franzino, Beloit College

                        This talk will examine the emerging legal category of the “disabled” American at the end of the nineteenth century in relation to the construction of disability in Civil War literature, broadly conceived. In texts ranging from hospital newspaper poetry to mendicant narratives sold for veterans’ financial support, representations of Civil War injury engaged shifting understandings of disability: from individual condition to evolving social class.

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                        Public Program, Author Talk William James on Democratic Individuality registration required 26 June 2018.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 Stephen Bush, Brown University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

                        William James advocated a philosophy of democracy and pluralism that emphasizes individual and collective responsibility for our social arrangements, our morality, and our religion. In James’s view, democracy resides first and foremost not in governmental institutions but rather in the characteristics of individuals and in qualities of mind and conduct. It is a philosophy for social change, counseling action and hope despite the manifold challenges facing democratic politics, and these issues still resonate strongly today. Stephen Bush explores how these themes connect to James’s philosophy of religion, his moral thought, his epistemology, his psychology, and his metaphysics.

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                        Brown Bag The Gendering of Diaspora: Irish American Women Teachers and the Rise of the Irish American Elite, 1880‒1920 this event is free 27 June 2018.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Judith Harford, University College Dublin

                        Focusing on the period 1880‒1920, the peak of Irish emigration to the United States, this talk examines the education, professional training and wider public activism of first-generation Irish American women teachers.

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                        Public Program Gallery Talk: Entrepreneurship & Classical Design in Boston’s South End this event is free 29 June 2018.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Clark Pearce Gallery Talk

                        Guest curator and American furniture specialist Clark Pearce will lead visitors through the exhibition’s highlights while giving deeper context to the life and work of two extraordinary Massachusetts craftsmen, Isaac Vose and Thomas Seymour.

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                        MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 30 June 2018.Saturday, all day

                        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: Entrepreneurship & Classical Design in Boston’s South End: The Furniture of Isaac Vose & Thomas Seymour, 1815 to 1825.

                         

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                        Public Program, Walking Tour Martin Luther King in Boston Walking Tour registration required 30 June 2018.Saturday, 3:00PM - 4:30PM There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

                        As a doctoral student at Boston University’s School of Theology, Martin Luther King, Jr., spent some of his formative years walking the streets of Boston and living in the South End. His life in Boston was King’s first immersive experience outside of the segregated South and while he experienced the de facto racism of the North he also enjoyed the acceptance of the BU and Boston area communities. This tour will guide visitors through areas of Boston where King lived and socialized, where he met and courted Coretta Scott, and where he returned later at the height of the Civil Rights Movement to deliver powerful speeches on the struggle for racial and economic equality.

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