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      • Building ClosedMHS Closed
        Building ClosedMHS Closed
        12:00AM - 11:59PM More
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              • Public Program, ConversationThe Great Molasses Flood Revisited: Immigrants in an Industrial Acc...
                Public Program, ConversationThe Great Molasses Flood Revisited: Immigrants in an Industrial Accident
                6:00PM - 7:30PM Registration for this program is now closed. Stephen Puleo; Marilynn Johnson, Boston College; Jim Vrabel; and moderator Peter Drummey This program will be held at MHS. More
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                      • Public Program, Author TalkIke’s Mystery Man: The Secret Lives of Robert Cutler
                        Public Program, Author TalkIke’s Mystery Man: The Secret Lives of Robert Cutler
                        6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Peter Shinkle 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 SeminarPanel: Carceral Culture
                              Modern American Society and Culture SeminarPanel: Carceral Culture
                              5:15PM - 7:30PM Melanie D. Newport, University of Connecticut—Hartford, and Morgan Jane Shahan, Johns Hopkins University Comment: Elizabeth Hinton, Harvard University More
                            • Public Program, ConversationFirst Annual Fiori Lecture on Material Culture
                              Public Program, ConversationReuse, Recycling, & Refashioning: Past, Present, & Future in Fashion
                              6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Linzy Brekke-Aloise, Stonehill College; Jay Calderin, Boston Fashion Week; Michelle Finamore, Museum of Fine Arts; and Pete Lankford, Timberland; moderated by Kimberly Alexander There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). More
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                                  Exhibition Fashioning the New England Family 5 October 2018 to 6 April 2019 Open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM Fashioning the New England Family

                                  Fashioning the New England Family explores the ways in which the multiple meanings of fashion and fashionable goods are reflected in patterns of consumption and refashioning, recycling, and retaining favorite family pieces. Many of the items that will be featured have been out of sight, having never been exhibited for the public or seen in living memory. The exhibition will give scholars, students, and professionals in fields such as fashion, material culture, and history the chance to see these items for the first time; encourage research; and, provide the possibility for new discoveries. For the public, it is an opportunity to view in detail painstaking craftsmanship, discover how examples of material culture relate to significant moments in our history, and learn how garments were used as political statements, projecting an individual’s religion, loyalties, and social status. It may allow some to recognize and appreciate family keepsakes but it will certainly help us all to better understand the messages we may have previously missed in American art and literature. 

                                  The exhibition is organized as part of MASS Fashion, a consortium of eight cultural institutions set up to explore and celebrate the many facets of the culture of fashion in Massachusetts. 

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                                  Building Closed MHS Closed 2 March 2019.Saturday, 12:00AM - 11:59PM

                                  Due to inclement weather, the MHS is CLOSED on Saturday, 2 March.

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                                  MHS Tour Canceled:
                                  The History and Collections of the MHS
                                  2 March 2019.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.

                                   

                                   

                                   

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                                  Building Closed MHS Closed 4 March 2019.Monday, 12:00AM - 11:59PM

                                  Due to inclement weather, the MHS is CLOSED on Monday, March 4th.

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                                  Early American History Seminar Washington, Lincoln, and Weems: Recovering the Parson's Life of George Washington 5 March 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Steven C. Bullock, Worcester Polytechnic Institute Comment: Elizabeth Maddock-Dillon, Northeastern University

                                  (Previously titled Parson Weems: Maker and Remaker)

                                  This paper argues that Mason Locke Weems’s biography of George Washington built a bridge between Washington and the world of Abraham Lincoln and Ellen Montgomery. Weems’s stories were not just expressing early-19th century cultural commonplaces, but helping to create them. The paper connects these transformations with Weems’s work to recover Weems’s importance within his own time.

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

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                                  Brown Bag A Meaningful Subjection: Coercive Inequality and Indigenous Political Economy in the Colonial Northeast 6 March 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Peter Olsen-Harbich, College of William and Mary

                                  This talk presents archaeological and documentary evidence of indigenous authority structures and law enforcement in northeastern North America in the period immediately prior to European settlement. It then evaluates European comprehension of indigenous mechanisms of rule enforcement, and the degree to which awareness of them factored into designs for colonization.

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                                  Notice Library Opening at Noon 6 March 2019.Wednesday, all day

                                  To accommodate an all-staff meeting the library will delay opening until 12:00 PM on Wednesday, March 6.

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                                  Public Program, Author Talk Household Gods: The Religious Lives of the Adams Family 6 March 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception 5:30. Sara Georgini, MHS There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

                                  Reflecting on his past, President John Adams mused that it was religion that had shaped his family’s fortunes and young America’s future. Globetrotters who chronicled their religious journeys extensively, the Adamses ultimately developed a cosmopolitan Christianity that blended discovery and criticism, faith and doubt. Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/abigail_adams_1764_image.jpgSara Georgini demonstrates how pivotal Christianity—as the different generations understood it—was in shaping the family’s decisions, great and small.

                                  This event is part of our Remember Abigail programming.

                                   

                                   

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                                  African American History Seminar, Seminar (Rescheduled) Mourning in America: Black Men in a White House 7 March 2019.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Leah Wright Rigueur, Harvard Kennedy School Comment: Elizabeth Hinton, Harvard University

                                  (Rescheduled from Feb. 21)

                                  This paper focuses on the 1980s HUD Scandal, wherein contractors, developers, lobbyists, HUD officials, and others misappropriated billions in federal monies set aside for low-income housing. Of particular interest are the intertwined stories of two African Americans: Samuel R. Pierce, Ronald Reagan’s HUD Secretary, and Kimi Gray, a Washington, D.C. public housing activist. In exploring these narratives, this paper aims to complicate our understanding of the “Black 1980s,” the Ronald Reagan-led White House, and democracy in post-civil rights America.

                                   

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

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                                  MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 9 March 2019.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.

                                   

                                   

                                   

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                                  Environmental History Seminar Biological Exchange in the Pacific World in the Age of Industrial Sugarcane Plantations 12 March 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Lawrence Kessler, Consortium for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Comment: Nancy Shoemaker, University of Connecticut

                                  This paper traces how sugarcane planters directed circulations of plant and animal species in the Pacific World. This new biological exchange served the political and economic interests of the plantation owners and their allies. Planters, however, were unable to control the biological exchange processes they created. This paper thus argues that through the creation of new patterns of biological exchange, sugarcane plantations induced ecological changes throughout the Pacific World.

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

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                                  Public Program, Conversation The Great Molasses Flood Revisited: Immigrants in an Industrial Accident 14 March 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Registration for this program is now closed. Stephen Puleo; Marilynn Johnson, Boston College; Jim Vrabel; and moderator Peter Drummey This program will be held at MHS.

                                  Watch the recording of this event, embedded below:

                                  Nearly 60 percent of Italian immigrants living in the North End in the early 20th century lacked legal citizenship, diminishing their political voice when the Purity Distilling Company erected a shoddily built molasses tank in their densely populated neighborhood. The tragedy that followed is a central event in Boston’s urban and immigrant history and still elicits questions as to the rights of non-citizen residents and the responsibilities of city governments to protect vulnerable communities. The final panel in our Molasses Flood Series will explore the social and political dimensions of immigration in Boston’s past, present and future.

                                  The program is a collaboration between MHS and Old South Meeting House.

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                                  MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 16 March 2019.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.

                                   

                                   

                                   

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                                  Public Program Primary Sources for Fashion & Costume History Research 16 March 2019.Saturday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Kimberly Alexander, University of New Hampshire, and Sara Georgini, MHS Registration for this program is closed.

                                  Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/abigail_adams_1764_image.jpgAntique textiles, images of historical figures, and material culture hold a wealth of information that can enrich personal stories, explain relationships, and contextualize the world that people occupied. However, these sources can seem daunting to explore. Two experts on fashion and material culture will guide you through unraveling the stories woven into history’s fabric.

                                  This workshop is part of our Remember Abigail programming.

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                                  Public Program, Author Talk Ike’s Mystery Man: The Secret Lives of Robert Cutler 20 March 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Peter Shinkle There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

                                  This Cold War narrative brings a new dimension to our understanding of the inner-workings of the Eisenhower White House. It also shines a bright light on the indispensable contributions and sacrifices made by patriotic gay Americans in an era when Executive Order 10450 banned anyone suspected of “sexual perversion”, i.e. homosexuality, from any government job, and gays in the government were persecuted by the likes of Joseph McCarthy and Roy Cohn in the Senate, and J. Edgar Hoover and Clyde Tolson at the FBI.

                                   

                                   

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                                  Biography Seminar, Seminar Reckless Youth: Three Writers on their Youthful (Biographical) Passions 21 March 2019.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:45PM John Kaag, University of Massachusetts Lowell; Abigail Santamaria; Holly Van Leuven Moderator: Megan Marshall, Emerson College

                                  Who are the new biographers shaping the future of the genre? What drove them to take up life writing at a young age? And what does a “youthful passion” for a biographical subject mean to a writer in retrospect? We’ve borrowed the title of Nigel Hamilton’s vivid narrative of JFK’s early years for this panel which features Holly Van Leuven, Ray Bolger: More than a Scarecrow; Abigail Santamaria, Joy: Poet, Seeker, and the Woman Who Captivated C.S. Lewis; and John Kaag, Hiking with Nietzsche: On Becoming Who You Are, three writers who started in on their respective books in college or soon after—with the exception of Kaag, who looks back on his student infatuation from the perspective of a thirty-something father. Megan Marshall, whose Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast tells the life of her poetry professor, moderates.

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                                  MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 23 March 2019.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.

                                   

                                   

                                   

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                                  Modern American Society and Culture Seminar Panel: Carceral Culture 26 March 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Melanie D. Newport, University of Connecticut—Hartford, and Morgan Jane Shahan, Johns Hopkins University Comment: Elizabeth Hinton, Harvard University

                                  This panel examines carceral culture in the twentieth century. Morgan Jane Shahan’s paper, “‘Making Good’: On Parole in Early 20th Century Illinois,” traces the experience of ex-prisoners, and exposes the negotiations between employers, voluntary organizations, prisons, and parolees. Melanie Newport’s chapter, “‘I’m Afraid of Cook County Jail’: Making Space for Women in Chicago’s Jails,” addresses how women both inside and outside Cook County jail contested the plan to double the jail’s capacity in the 1970s.

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

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                                  Public Program, Conversation Reuse, Recycling, & Refashioning: Past, Present, & Future in Fashion 27 March 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Linzy Brekke-Aloise, Stonehill College; Jay Calderin, Boston Fashion Week; Michelle Finamore, Museum of Fine Arts; and Pete Lankford, Timberland; moderated by Kimberly Alexander There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

                                  Watch the recording of this event, embedded below:

                                  Throughout history, garments have been handed down to be worn in different contexts or to be used as material to create something new. Our panel will talk about the history of reuse and refashioning as well as how designers today are using secondhand clothing or previously disposed of material in new ways. This panel will be the first in an annual lecture series in honor of President Emeritus Dennis Fiori in recognition of his leadership. The lecture series is made possible by gifts from friends of the Society.

                                   

                                   

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                                  MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 30 March 2019.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.

                                   

                                   

                                   

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