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May 2019
Public Program, Conversation Boston Women Designers: Then and Now 14 May 2019.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Mikyoung Kim, Tamara Roy, Regan Shields Ives, Justine Orlando, and moderator Catherine Allgor There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members, Fenway Alliance and Boston Preservation Alliance members, or EBT cardholders). Join us for a conversation with women working in architecture, design, and planning. They will ...

Join us for a conversation with women working in architecture, design, and planning. They will explore social and political landscapes for women designers in Boston today and when they got started, some challenges they overcame to get to where they are today, how Boston compares with other cities on the topic of gender equity, and if Boston is receptive to women in leadership roles.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//children4.jpg Brown Bag Beyond the Boundaries of Childhood: Black Children's Cultural and Political Resistance 15 May 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Crystal Webster, University of Texas at San Antonio This talk examines the lives of African American children in Philadelphia, New York, and Boston ...

This talk examines the lives of African American children in Philadelphia, New York, and Boston during the late-18th to early-20th centuries by focusing on Black children's labor, play, and schooling. It argues that northern Black children intersected shifting constructions of race and childhood, as a group upon which society experimented with treatments of the newly recognized social category of the child, and came to terms with the social and economic place of the nascent free Black community.

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Public Program, Conversation Fenway Fans 16 May 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Richard Flavin, Bill Nowlin, and Larry Ruttman There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). Red Sox poet laureate Dick Flavin, author Bill Nowlin, and chronicler of Red Sox history Larry ...

Red Sox poet laureate Dick Flavin, author Bill Nowlin, and chronicler of Red Sox history Larry Ruttman will gather to share stories and reminisce about some of the highs and lows in the thousands of Red Sox games they have attended. With the joy of winning the World Series fresh in our memory, these stalwart fans and prolific scribes will tell of behind-the-scenes moments not often heard. Perhaps a mystery guest will be there! Bring your own story to tell.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 18 May 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led ...

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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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//hooper.jpg Brown Bag Samuel Hooper, Merchant and Politician 22 May 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Ann Daly, Brown University Samuel Hooper is best known as a politician and architect of Civil War era financial reforms like ...

Samuel Hooper is best known as a politician and architect of Civil War era financial reforms like the greenback, but before arriving in Congress, Hooper made a fortune in the China trade. Using Hooper’s papers and published writings, this talk examines how Hooper’s work as a China trader shaped his understanding of the relationship between banking, trade, and democracy; and argues that his time as a merchant directly influenced his later work regulating of banking and currency markets.

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Public Program, Author Talk American States of Nature: The Origins of Independence, 1761-1775 22 May 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Mark Somos There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). In the British colonies, the phrase “state of nature,” or the condition of human beings ...

In the British colonies, the phrase “state of nature,” or the condition of human beings before or without political association, appeared thousands of times in juridical, theological, medical, political, economic, and other texts from 1630 to 1810. But by the 1760s, a distinctively American state-of-nature discourse started to emerge. In laws, resolutions, petitions, sermons, broadsides, pamphlets, letters, and diaries, the American states of nature came to justify independence at least as much as colonial formulations of liberty, property, and individual rights did. The founding generation transformed this flexible concept into a powerful theme that shapes their legacy to this day. No constitutional history of the Revolution can be written without it.

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Building Closed Memorial Day 25 May 2019.Saturday, all day The MHS is CLOSED for the Memorial Day weekend.

The MHS is CLOSED for the Memorial Day weekend.

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Building Closed Memorial Day 27 May 2019.Monday, all day The MHS is CLOSED in observance of Memorial Day.

The MHS is CLOSED in observance of Memorial Day.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//6068_hartwell_work_lg.jpg Brown Bag, Research Fellow The Right to Hail an Officer at Night: Contests of Authority in Occupied Boston 29 May 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Nicole Breault, University of Connecticut Who had authority in occupied Boston? The arrival of British regulars and the encounters that ...

Who had authority in occupied Boston? The arrival of British regulars and the encounters that followed raised such questions for Boston’s night watch. Using official reports and complaints filed by the night watchmen in November of 1768, this talk explores the logistical and emotional dimensions of occupation at street level.

 

This event is free and requires no RSVP or registration.

 

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Public Program, Author Talk Oliver Wendell Holmes: A Life in War, Law, and Ideas 29 May 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Stephen Budiansky There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). Oliver Wendell Holmes twice escaped death as a young Union officer in the Civil War when musket ...

Oliver Wendell Holmes twice escaped death as a young Union officer in the Civil War when musket balls missed his heart and spinal cord by a fraction of an inch at the Battles of Ball’s Bluff and Antietam. He lived ever after with unwavering moral courage, unremitting scorn for dogma, and an insatiable intellectual curiosity. Named to the Supreme Court by Theodore Roosevelt at age sixty-one, he served for nearly three decades, writing a series of famous, eloquent, and often dissenting opinions that would prove prophetic in securing freedom of speech, protecting the rights of criminal defendants, and ending the Court’s reactionary resistance to social and economic reforms.

 

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Library Closed, Notice Library and Exhibitions Closed 31 May 2019.Friday, all day The library and exhibition galleries are closed for a staff development event.

The library and exhibition galleries are closed for a staff development event.

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June 2019
MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 1 June 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led ...

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, Conversation, Exhibition Sale of the Century: How the Red Sox Peddled Babe Ruth to the Yankees 1 June 2019.Saturday, 3:00PM - 4:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception and display viewing at 2:00 Gordon Edes, Boston Red Sox historian; Jane Leavy; Leigh Montville; and John Thorn, official historian of Major League Baseball There is a $25 per person fee ($10 for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). At 24, Babe Ruth was already regarded as one of the best left-handed pitchers in baseball, having ...

At 24, Babe Ruth was already regarded as one of the best left-handed pitchers in baseball, having helped deliver three World Series titles to the Red Sox in just four seasons. In 1919, he was coming off a season in which he successfully transitioned to outfielder and shattered the Major League record for home runs in a season. Then, on December 26, 1919, Red Sox owner Harry Frazee agreed to sell Ruth to the Yankees for an astronomical sum. In pinstripes, Ruth became the most famous player in baseball history setting a course in which the Yankees won 40 American League pennants and 27 World Series titles. The Red Sox, however, went 86 years without winning a World Series. This drought became known as “The Curse of the Bambino.” Join us as our panel discusses the deal that altered the face of baseball history. A display of Ruth related artifacts will be part of the reception.

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Tour Tour of Fenway Park 3 June 2019.Monday, 12:00PM - 1:30PM The tour group will meet at Fenway Park at Gate D. This event is now sold out. Join Gordon Edes for a private tour of Fenway Park, with opportunities to take photos on the field ...

Join Gordon Edes for a private tour of Fenway Park, with opportunities to take photos on the field and see team artifacts.

 

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//1126_jeremiahallen_work_lg.jpg Brown Bag "Things are not invariably so here": Sheriffs, Capitalism, and the Formation of Legal Authority in Nineteenth-century America 5 June 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Chad Holmes, West Virginia University This project focuses on the sheriff as an upper class representative whose authority and ...

This project focuses on the sheriff as an upper class representative whose authority and responsibility were altered by the democratic and capitalistic transformations of nineteenth-century America. The sheriff was not the gun-slinging officer of the American Wild West. The sheriff’s image—once grounded in pomp and regal status—evolved into one of market regulator and his own individual success. Increased responsibility for collecting debts and conducting sheriff sales redefined how Americans understood law and order in commercial terms.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/calendar/gala-thin.jpg Special Event Making History Gala 2019 5 June 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 9:00PM Tickets for the Gala are now sold out. Donations will still be accepted. Featuring David McCullough in conversation with NPR’s Meghna Chakrabarti   This event is now sold out. Donations will still be accepted. ...

 

This event is now sold out. Donations will still be accepted.

Wednesday, June 5

5:00 pm: Sponsor VIP Reception

6:00 pm: Cocktails and Dinner Program

Fairmont Copley Plaza, 138 St. James Avenue, Boston

 

David McCullough has been acclaimed as a “master of the art of narrative history.” He is twice winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. David’s new book,The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West, will be released in May 2019.

General admission tickets are $500 per person.

 

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Notice Library Closing @ 2:30PM 7 June 2019.Friday, all day The library closes early in preparation for a staff event.

The library closes early in preparation for a staff event.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 8 June 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led ...

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, Author Talk Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait? Alice Paul, Woodrow Wilson, & the Fight for the Right to Vote 10 June 2019.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Tina Cassidy There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). In 1913, on the eve of his presidential oath of office, Woodrow Wilson landed in Washington, D.C., ...

In 1913, on the eve of his presidential oath of office, Woodrow Wilson landed in Washington, D.C., to witness 8,000 protesting suffragists, led by Alice Paul. From solitary confinement, hunger strikes, and mental institutions to sitting right across from President Wilson, this narrative reveals the inspiring near-death journey, spearheaded in no small part by Paul’s leadership, it took to grant women the right to vote in America.

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Public Program, Conversation Boston Women Designers: Then and Now 14 May 2019.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Mikyoung Kim, Tamara Roy, Regan Shields Ives, Justine Orlando, and moderator Catherine Allgor There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members, Fenway Alliance and Boston Preservation Alliance members, or EBT cardholders).

Watch the recording of this event, embedded below:

Join us for a conversation with women working in architecture, design, and planning. They will explore social and political landscapes for women designers in Boston today and when they got started, some challenges they overcame to get to where they are today, how Boston compares with other cities on the topic of gender equity, and if Boston is receptive to women in leadership roles.

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Brown Bag Beyond the Boundaries of Childhood: Black Children's Cultural and Political Resistance 15 May 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Crystal Webster, University of Texas at San Antonio Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//children4.jpg

This talk examines the lives of African American children in Philadelphia, New York, and Boston during the late-18th to early-20th centuries by focusing on Black children's labor, play, and schooling. It argues that northern Black children intersected shifting constructions of race and childhood, as a group upon which society experimented with treatments of the newly recognized social category of the child, and came to terms with the social and economic place of the nascent free Black community.

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Public Program, Conversation Fenway Fans 16 May 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Richard Flavin, Bill Nowlin, and Larry Ruttman There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

Red Sox poet laureate Dick Flavin, author Bill Nowlin, and chronicler of Red Sox history Larry Ruttman will gather to share stories and reminisce about some of the highs and lows in the thousands of Red Sox games they have attended. With the joy of winning the World Series fresh in our memory, these stalwart fans and prolific scribes will tell of behind-the-scenes moments not often heard. Perhaps a mystery guest will be there! Bring your own story to tell.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 18 May 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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Brown Bag Samuel Hooper, Merchant and Politician 22 May 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Ann Daly, Brown University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//hooper.jpg

Samuel Hooper is best known as a politician and architect of Civil War era financial reforms like the greenback, but before arriving in Congress, Hooper made a fortune in the China trade. Using Hooper’s papers and published writings, this talk examines how Hooper’s work as a China trader shaped his understanding of the relationship between banking, trade, and democracy; and argues that his time as a merchant directly influenced his later work regulating of banking and currency markets.

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Public Program, Author Talk American States of Nature: The Origins of Independence, 1761-1775 22 May 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Mark Somos There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

In the British colonies, the phrase “state of nature,” or the condition of human beings before or without political association, appeared thousands of times in juridical, theological, medical, political, economic, and other texts from 1630 to 1810. But by the 1760s, a distinctively American state-of-nature discourse started to emerge. In laws, resolutions, petitions, sermons, broadsides, pamphlets, letters, and diaries, the American states of nature came to justify independence at least as much as colonial formulations of liberty, property, and individual rights did. The founding generation transformed this flexible concept into a powerful theme that shapes their legacy to this day. No constitutional history of the Revolution can be written without it.

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Building Closed Memorial Day 25 May 2019.Saturday, all day

The MHS is CLOSED for the Memorial Day weekend.

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Building Closed Memorial Day 27 May 2019.Monday, all day

The MHS is CLOSED in observance of Memorial Day.

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Brown Bag, Research Fellow The Right to Hail an Officer at Night: Contests of Authority in Occupied Boston 29 May 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Nicole Breault, University of Connecticut Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//6068_hartwell_work_lg.jpg

Who had authority in occupied Boston? The arrival of British regulars and the encounters that followed raised such questions for Boston’s night watch. Using official reports and complaints filed by the night watchmen in November of 1768, this talk explores the logistical and emotional dimensions of occupation at street level.

 

This event is free and requires no RSVP or registration.

 

close

Public Program, Author Talk Oliver Wendell Holmes: A Life in War, Law, and Ideas 29 May 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Stephen Budiansky There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

Oliver Wendell Holmes twice escaped death as a young Union officer in the Civil War when musket balls missed his heart and spinal cord by a fraction of an inch at the Battles of Ball’s Bluff and Antietam. He lived ever after with unwavering moral courage, unremitting scorn for dogma, and an insatiable intellectual curiosity. Named to the Supreme Court by Theodore Roosevelt at age sixty-one, he served for nearly three decades, writing a series of famous, eloquent, and often dissenting opinions that would prove prophetic in securing freedom of speech, protecting the rights of criminal defendants, and ending the Court’s reactionary resistance to social and economic reforms.

 

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Library Closed, Notice Library and Exhibitions Closed 31 May 2019.Friday, all day

The library and exhibition galleries are closed for a staff development event.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 1 June 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, Conversation, Exhibition Sale of the Century: How the Red Sox Peddled Babe Ruth to the Yankees 1 June 2019.Saturday, 3:00PM - 4:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception and display viewing at 2:00 Gordon Edes, Boston Red Sox historian; Jane Leavy; Leigh Montville; and John Thorn, official historian of Major League Baseball There is a $25 per person fee ($10 for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

Watch the recording of this event, embedded below:

At 24, Babe Ruth was already regarded as one of the best left-handed pitchers in baseball, having helped deliver three World Series titles to the Red Sox in just four seasons. In 1919, he was coming off a season in which he successfully transitioned to outfielder and shattered the Major League record for home runs in a season. Then, on December 26, 1919, Red Sox owner Harry Frazee agreed to sell Ruth to the Yankees for an astronomical sum. In pinstripes, Ruth became the most famous player in baseball history setting a course in which the Yankees won 40 American League pennants and 27 World Series titles. The Red Sox, however, went 86 years without winning a World Series. This drought became known as “The Curse of the Bambino.” Join us as our panel discusses the deal that altered the face of baseball history. A display of Ruth related artifacts will be part of the reception.

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Tour Tour of Fenway Park 3 June 2019.Monday, 12:00PM - 1:30PM The tour group will meet at Fenway Park at Gate D. This event is now sold out.

Join Gordon Edes for a private tour of Fenway Park, with opportunities to take photos on the field and see team artifacts.

 

 

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Brown Bag "Things are not invariably so here": Sheriffs, Capitalism, and the Formation of Legal Authority in Nineteenth-century America 5 June 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Chad Holmes, West Virginia University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//1126_jeremiahallen_work_lg.jpg

This project focuses on the sheriff as an upper class representative whose authority and responsibility were altered by the democratic and capitalistic transformations of nineteenth-century America. The sheriff was not the gun-slinging officer of the American Wild West. The sheriff’s image—once grounded in pomp and regal status—evolved into one of market regulator and his own individual success. Increased responsibility for collecting debts and conducting sheriff sales redefined how Americans understood law and order in commercial terms.

close

Special Event Making History Gala 2019 5 June 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 9:00PM Tickets for the Gala are now sold out. Donations will still be accepted. Featuring David McCullough in conversation with NPR’s Meghna Chakrabarti Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/calendar/gala-thin.jpg

 

This event is now sold out. Donations will still be accepted.

Wednesday, June 5

5:00 pm: Sponsor VIP Reception

6:00 pm: Cocktails and Dinner Program

Fairmont Copley Plaza, 138 St. James Avenue, Boston

 

David McCullough has been acclaimed as a “master of the art of narrative history.” He is twice winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. David’s new book,The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West, will be released in May 2019.

General admission tickets are $500 per person.

 

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Notice Library Closing @ 2:30PM 7 June 2019.Friday, all day

The library closes early in preparation for a staff event.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 8 June 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.

close

Public Program, Author Talk Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait? Alice Paul, Woodrow Wilson, & the Fight for the Right to Vote 10 June 2019.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Tina Cassidy There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

In 1913, on the eve of his presidential oath of office, Woodrow Wilson landed in Washington, D.C., to witness 8,000 protesting suffragists, led by Alice Paul. From solitary confinement, hunger strikes, and mental institutions to sitting right across from President Wilson, this narrative reveals the inspiring near-death journey, spearheaded in no small part by Paul’s leadership, it took to grant women the right to vote in America.

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