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Creating the Past through Drama

Rebecca Eaton, executive producer of PBS Masterpiece and Stephen Marini, Elisabeth Luce Moore professor of religion at Wellesley College

Part of the Massachusetts Historical Society’s Creating the Past Conversation Series, Rebecca Eaton, executive producer of PBS Masterpiece, and Stephen Marini, Elisabeth Luce Moore professor of religion at Wellesley College, discuss how historical dramas have shaped popular perceptions of past eras.  Creating the Past: History Through the Popular Arts is the 2009-2010 series theme and features professionals who bring history to popular audiences through music, literature, drama, and the visual arts.

Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution

Pauline Maier, William Rand Kenan, Jr. Professor of American History at MIT

MHS Trustee Pauline Maier of MIT discusses her book, Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788, which tells the dramatic story of the two-year debate over the ratification of the Constitution, filled with chicanery and statesmanship, drawing on the speeches and letters of founding fathers on both sides of the debate--the first new account of this seminal moment in American history in decades.

Letters of John and Abigail Adams

Governor and Mrs. Deval Patrick, the Kennedys, and the Dukakises celebrate the publication of a new book of the letters of President John and First Lady Abigail Adams. This is the first collection of their letters selected from the entire 40 years span of their correspondence and includes several letters never before published.

Letters of John and Abigail Adams

Blacks in Boston: A Fifty Year Retrospective

Hubie Jones assistant to chancellor, Urban Affairs, UMass Boston

For more than 40 years, Hubie Jones has played a key role in the formation, rebuilding, and leadership of at least 30 organizations within the black community and across Boston. While at UMass Boston, Jones has worked to build the City to City Program, an initiative in which Boston's corporate, government, and nonprofit leaders visit cities in the U.S. and abroad to learn how their urban leaders solve problems. He is dean emeritus of the Boston University School of Social Work, where he served as professor and dean from 1977 to 1993. He was BU's first African-American dean. For eight months in 1992, he was acting president of Roxbury Community College. Jones has served on numerous nonprofit boards in the Greater Boston area. He is the founder of the Massachusetts Advocacy Center, where he served as board president for ten years. He is a trustee of the Foley, Hoag and Eliot Foundation, and has served on the boards of City Year and the Conservation Law Foundation.