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War of 1812

War of 1812
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Official title: The War of 1812: Items from the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society

The Massachusetts Historical Society has a rich collection of materials relating to the War of 1812, as it was the first major military conflict that the United States was involved in after the Society's founding in 1791. In recognition of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, the Society presents a selection of broadsides, letters, and artifacts.

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Web presentations of selected broadsides, letters, and artifacts relating to the War of 1812.

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Marian "Clover" Hooper Adams Photographs
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Official title: Marian Hooper Adams: Selected Photographs and Letters

This website presents 48 photographs (one entire album) from the Marian Hooper Adams photograph collection, five selected letters from the Hooper-Adams papers, and two letters by Henry Adams (from a new acquisition) in which he reflects on his wife's death. This website also provides information about Clover's approach to photography by presenting a digital facsimile of a notebook Clover kept from May 1883 to January 1884 in which she listed many of her photographs and commented on exposures, lighting, and other technical details.

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View one entire album assembled by Marian "Clover" Hooper Adams and selected letters and documents conveying her approach to photography.

MHS Gallery: Highlights from Our Collections

MHS Gallery: Highlights from Our Collections
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Official title: MHS Gallery: Highlights from Our Collections

Online presentations of significant items selected from the collections. Included are manuscripts, artifacts, paintings, broadsides and maps that showcase highlights from the Massachusetts Historical Society.

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Online presentations of selected items in the MHS collections

Object of the Month

Object of the Month
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Official title: Object of the Month

A different web display each month showcasing an item from the collections of the MHS; sometimes the features relate to anniversaries, or convey the variety of historical sources within the collection, as well as help the public understand American history.

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A different web display each month showcasing an item from the collections of the MHS.

Margaret Hall’s World War I Photographs

Margaret Hall’s World War I Photographs
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Official title: Photographs from the World War 1 Memoir of Margaret Hall

This website allows users to browse and search all 246 photographs and 29 additional illustrative items from Margaret Hall’s typescript narrative, Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country, 1918-1919. As a member of the American Red Cross in France during World War I, Massachusetts-born Margaret Hall worked at a canteen at a railroad junction in the town of Châlons. On her return home she compiled a typescript narrative from the letters and diary passages that she wrote while overseas. Her words offer a first-hand account of life on the Western Front in the last months of the war. She also copiously illustrated the text with her own photographs, which depict soldiers, canteens, and the extensive destruction and ruin following the war.

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Margaret Hall served as a member of the American Red Cross in France during World War I and took many photographs depicting soldiers, canteens, and the extensive destruction and ruin following the war.

Perspectives on the Boston Massacre

Perspectives on the Boston Massacre
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Official title: Perspectives on the Boston Massacre

Read and examine materials offering a range of perspectives about the Boston Massacre. Included are letters, diary entries, pamphlets, broadsides, newspaper accounts, printed depositions, orations, trial notes, and even bullets recovered from the site. Use a comparison tool to closely view any two of seven featured images side by side.

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A new web presentation featuring letters, pamphlets, diary entries, legal notes, and engravings relating to the Boston Massacre.

MHS Commemorates the Civil War

MHS Commemorates the Civil War
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Official title: The Massachusetts Historical Society Commemorates the Civil War

The Massachusetts Historical Society is recognizing the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with online presentations of manuscripts selected from its collections, lectures by noted Civil War scholars, and exhibitions in our second floor gallery space.

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Overview to online presentations, events, and activities sponsored by the MHS relating to the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Massachusetts in the Civil War, 1861-1862

Massachusetts in the Civil War, 1861-1862
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Official title: Massachusetts in the Civil War, 1861-1862

This website presents letters, photographs, and broadsides related to the first two years of Massachusetts's involvement in the Civil War. In addition to essays on the four key engagements, Ball's Bluff, the Peninsula Campaign, Cedar Mountain, and Antietam, each web page illustrates the sacrifices made by Massachusetts's sons, particularly those of William Lowell Putnam, James Jackson Lowell, Wilder Dwight, and their families.

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View a selection of documents, photographs, broadsides, and maps featured in the exhibition, The Purchase by Blood: Massachusetts in the Civil War.

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