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            • Public Program, ConversationLegacies of 1619: Recognition & Resilience
              Public Program, ConversationLegacies of 1619: Recognition & Resilience
              4:00PM - 5:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 3:30. Kerri Greenidge, Tufts University; David Krugler, University of Wisconsin—Platteville; and Peter Wirzbicki, Princeton University; and moderator Robert Bellinger, Suffolk University Location: Museum of African American History, 46 Joy Street, Boston Register registration required at no cost More
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                              • Exhibition"Can She Do It?" Massachusetts Debates a Woman’s Right to Vote
                                ends Exhibition"Can She Do It?" Massachusetts Debates a Woman’s Right to Vote
                                10:00AM - 4:00PM Open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM, and Tuesday from 10 AM to 7 PM this event is free More
                              • ExhibitionAbigail Adams: Independence & Ideals
                                ends ExhibitionAbigail Adams: Independence & Ideals
                                10:00AM - 4:00PM Pop-up display open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM, and Tuesday from 10 AM to 7 PM this event is free More
                              • Public Program, ConversationCan They Do It? Divisions on the Road to the 19th Amendment
                                Public Program, ConversationCan They Do It? Divisions on the Road to the 19th Amendment
                                4:00PM - 5:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 3:30. Allison K. Lange, Wentworth Institute of Technology; Corinne T. Field, University of Virginia; Minisha Sinha, University of Connecticut; Barbara F. Berenson There is no charge for this program. Registration is required. Register registration required at no cost More
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                                    • Public Program, Author TalkThe Arts and Crafts Houses of Massachusetts: A Style Rediscovered
                                      Public Program, Author TalkThe Arts and Crafts Houses of Massachusetts: A Style Rediscovered
                                      6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Heli Meltsner, Cambridge Historical Society There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). Register registration required More
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                                            Exhibition "Can She Do It?" Massachusetts Debates a Woman’s Right to Vote this event is free 26 April 2019 to 21 September 2019 Open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM, and Tuesday from 10 AM to 7 PM Can She Do It? cartoon

                                            Colorful political cartoons, engaging campaign materials, and visual propaganda illustrate the passion of those who argued for and against women’s suffrage.

                                            Commemorating 100 years since Massachusetts ratified the 19th Amendment, this exhibition at the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) explores the activism and debate around women’s suffrage in Massachusetts. Featuring dynamic imagery from the collection of the MHS, “Can She Do It?” Massachusetts Debates a Woman’s Right to Vote illustrates the passion on each side of the suffrage question. The exhibition is open at the MHS April 26 through September 21, 2019, Monday through Saturday, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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                                            Exhibition Abigail Adams: Independence & Ideals this event is free 1 July 2019 to 21 September 2019 Pop-up display open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM, and Tuesday from 10 AM to 7 PM Abigail Adams - Independence and Ideals

                                            For Abigail Adams, the road to independence meant creating and sustaining a new set of American ideals. Abigail knew that the patriot cause must embrace both revolution and reform. Explore her views from the political center of the emerging nation with the manuscripts and artifacts on view as part of this Remember Abigail exhibit.

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                                            Building Closed Labor Day 2 September 2019.Monday, all day

                                            The MHS is CLOSED in observance of Labor Day.

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                                            Public Program, Conversation Legacies of 1619: Recognition & Resilience Register registration required at no cost 7 September 2019.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 3:30. Kerri Greenidge, Tufts University; David Krugler, University of Wisconsin—Platteville; and Peter Wirzbicki, Princeton University; and moderator Robert Bellinger, Suffolk University Location: Museum of African American History, 46 Joy Street, Boston

                                            The institution of slavery in English North America began in 1619 with the arrival of roughly 20 Africans in the settlement of Jamestown. What has followed has been 400 years of exploitation and discrimination in many different forms. However, telling this story is not complete without an exploration of how African American communities have created culture and institutions that have survived despite these challenges. This program will explore both structures of exploitation and forms of resistance.

                                            Please note: This program will held at the Museum of African American History, 46 Joy Street, Boston.

                                            This program is part one of a four program series titled Legacies of 1619. The series is co-sponsored by the Museum of African American History and the Roxbury Community College.

                                               

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                                            Notice Library Opens @ Noon 10 September 2019.Tuesday, all day

                                            To accommodate an all-staff meeting the library will delay opening until 12:00 PM on Tuesday, September 10.

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                                            Public Program, Author Talk Properties of Empire: Indians, Colonists, & Land Speculators on the New England Frontier Register registration required 10 September 2019.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Ian Saxine There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

                                            Properties of Empire challenges assumptions about the relationship between Indigenous and imperial property creation in early America. Many colonists came to believe their prosperity depended on acknowledging Indigenous land rights and Wabanaki Indians’ unity allowed them to forcefully project their own interpretations of poorly remembered land deeds and treaties. The ongoing struggle to construct a commonly agreed-upon culture of landownership shaped diplomacy, imperial administration, and matters of colonial law in powerful ways, and its legacy remains with us today.

                                             

                                             

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                                            Public Program Benjamin Franklin’s Influence on Jewish Thought & Practice Register registration required 12 September 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 Shai Afsai There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

                                            In his 20s, Benjamin Franklin resolved to perfect his character, devising a self-improvement method to aid him in the challenging task of becoming virtuous and intending to complete a book on its use. This method was eventually incorporated into the Jewish ethical tradition through the publication, in 1808, of Rabbi Mendel Lefin’s Book of Spiritual Accounting, which made it available to Hebrew-reading audiences. Shai Afsai discusses this surprising historical development, which has often confused Judaic scholars, and of which Franklin specialists have been largely oblivious.

                                             

                                             

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                                            Abigail Adams: Independence and Ideals, Pop-up Display and Talk this event is free 13 September 2019.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM The Pop-Up Display will be on view from July 1-September 21. September 13 at 2:00 PM: Join an Adams Papers editor for an in-depth look at the display.

                                            Never “an uninterested Spectator” when it came to the American political landscape, Abigail Adams leveraged a wide network of correspondents to discuss her vision of the emerging nation.

                                             

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                                            Public Program, Author Talk Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth Register registration required 18 September 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Kevin M. Levin There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

                                            More than 150 years after the end of the Civil War, scores of websites, articles, and organizations repeat claims that anywhere between 500 and 100,000 free and  enslaved African Americans fought willingly as soldiers in the Confederate army. But as Kevin M. Levin argues, such claims would have shocked anyone who served in the army during the war itself. Levin explains that imprecise contemporary accounts, poorly understood primary source material, and rising backlash against African Americans’ gains in civil rights have helped fuel the rise of the black Confederate myth.

                                             

                                             

                                             

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                                            Public Program, Conversation Can They Do It? Divisions on the Road to the 19th Amendment Register registration required at no cost 21 September 2019.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 3:30. Allison K. Lange, Wentworth Institute of Technology; Corinne T. Field, University of Virginia; Minisha Sinha, University of Connecticut; Barbara F. Berenson There is no charge for this program. Registration is required.

                                            The women’s suffrage movement was not always a cohesive or inclusive space for everyone who fought for the vote, nor did the Nineteenth Amendment bring about political enfranchisement for all women. Conflicts around political philosophy, campaign tactics, and most notably, issues of race, led to a movement that was deeply fractured. Our panel will further examine the divisions inherent in the movement and will look at how other social reform activists have historically struggled with coalition building and intersectionality.

                                            This program is made possible through the co-sponsorship of the Greater Boston Women's Vote Centennial (presented by Mayor Walsh's Office of Women's Advancement).

                                             

                                             

                                             

                                             

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                                            Public Program, Author Talk The Arts and Crafts Houses of Massachusetts: A Style Rediscovered Register registration required 25 September 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Heli Meltsner, Cambridge Historical Society There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

                                            At the opening of the twentieth century, Massachusetts architects struggled to create an authentic new look that would reflect their clients’ increasingly informal way of life. Inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement in England, the result was a charming style that proved especially appropriate for the rapidly expanding suburbs and vacation houses in the states. Through meticulous research, Heli Meltsner brings this distinctly New England architectural style the attention it deserves.

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                                            Public Program Primary Sources for Fashion and Costume History Research Register registration required at no cost 28 September 2019.Saturday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Kimberly Alexander, University of New Hampshire; Sara Georgini, MHS

                                            Antique 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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