Past Conferences

For more than two decades, the Massachusetts Historical Society has been offering scholarly conferences on a wide variety of topics. These have ranged from the libraries of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, to Transcendentalism, Boston's business community before the Civil War, the city's environmental history, and recent immigration to the U.S.

Presenters come from throughout the U.S. and are leading scholars in their respective fields. Often, conferences culminate in a publication of essays that are drawn from the program and represent a lasting contribution to historical scholarship. Past conferences include:

The Future of History (2016)

"'So Sudden an Alteration': The Causes, Course, and Consequences of the American Revolution" (2015)

Massachusetts and the Civil War: The Commonwealth and National Disunion (2013)

What's New about the New Immigration to the U.S.? Traditions and Transformations since 1965 (2011)

Margaret Fuller and Her Circles (2010)

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson: Libraries, Leadership, and Legacy (2009)

I-CHORA 3: International Conference on the History of Records and Archives (2007)

Power and Protest: The Civil Rights Movement in Boston, 1960-1968 (2006)

Remaking Boston: The City and Environmental Change Over the Centuries (2006)

Women, War, Work: American Women and the U.S. Military in the Twentieth Century (2004)

"Spires of Form": The Emerson Bicentennial Conference (2003)

For information about earlier conference programs, please contact Katy Morris, Research Coordinator, at 617-646-0577 or kmorris@masshist.org.

Upcoming Events

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Mercury Rising: John Glenn, John Kennedy and the New Battleground of the Cold War

30Jun 5:30PM 2021
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If the United States couldn’t catch up to the Soviets in space, how could it compete with them on Earth? That was the question facing John F. Kennedy at the height ...

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Beyond the Boundaries of Childhood: African American Children in the Antebellum North

8Jul 5:30PM 2021
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For all that is known about the depth and breadth of African American history, we still understand surprisingly little about the lives of African American children. But ...

Force and Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence

13Jul 6:00PM 2021
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Please register through the Boston Athenaeum  Register Here In Force and Freedom, Kellie Carter Jackson provides the first historical analysis ...

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