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In a letter written on 2 June 1872, Henry Adams reviews the state of historical scholarship in the United States and advises Henry Cabot Lodge on the possibility of a career writing American history. More »

Notice: Library Closing @ 2:30 PM
Wednesday, 7 May 2014

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Gallery Talk
2:00PM Friday, 25 April 2014

MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS
10:00AM Saturday, 26 April 2014

Immigration and Urban History Seminar Panel Discussion: American Catholics and U.S. Immigration Policy before the Immigration and ...
5:15PM Tuesday, 29 April 2014

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