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Exhibition

Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country

Massachusetts Women in WWI. 12 June 2014 to 24 January 2015

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November

Notice Exhibition Galleries Open 28 November 2014.Friday, all day details
Library Closed Thanksgiving 28 November 2014.Friday, all day The MHS library is closed for Thanksgiving.  The exhibition galleries are open 10:00 AM to 4:00 ...

The MHS library is closed for Thanksgiving.  The exhibition galleries are open 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Friday, 28 November and Saturday, 29 November.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 29 November 2014.Saturday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM 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.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition, "Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: Massachusetts Women in World War I."

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Notice Exhibition Galleries Open 29 November 2014.Saturday, all day details
Library Closed Thanksgiving 29 November 2014.Saturday, all day The MHS library is closed for Thanksgiving.  The exhibition galleries are open 10:00 AM to 4:00 ...

The MHS library is closed for Thanksgiving.  The exhibition galleries are open 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Friday, 28 November and Saturday, 29 November.

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December
Early American History Seminar Threads that Bind: Irish Linens, Immigration, and the Consumer Atlantic World 2 December 2014.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Kristin Condotta, Tulane University Comment: Marla R. Miller, University of Massachusetts - Amherst This paper traces early Irish immigration to the Americas through the Irish linen trade. It ...

This paper traces early Irish immigration to the Americas through the Irish linen trade. It considers how the American desire to imitate Europeans and the immigrants’ wish to feel comfortable in their new homes intersected to ease Irish cultural transitions abroad. It will also consider the ways in which transatlantic consumerisms prepared travelers for movement around the Atlantic world.

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Brown Bag Denominating a People: Congregational Laity, Church Disestablishment, and the Struggles of Denominationalism in Massachusetts, 1780-1865 3 December 2014.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Seth Meehan, Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, Boston College Local sources of church history—historical societies, libraries, town halls, and church ...

Local sources of church history—historical societies, libraries, town halls, and church basements and vaults—reveal a new half to Congregational historiography. Within the churches themselves power shifted to the pews and the laity and clergy fractured. There was no small degree of chaos, and it inhibited Congregationalists from denominating themselves from other groups and from articulating what was the unity in their diversity. Using a comparative approach focusing on Barnstable and Berkshire counties, this program will interest Congregational scholars and other historians alike.

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Cogswell snow scene Member Event, Special Event MHS Fellows and Members Holiday Party 3 December 2014.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM Please RSVP   This event is open only to MHS Fellows and Members. MHS Fellows and Members are invited to celebrate the season at the Society’s annual ...

MHS Fellows and Members are invited to celebrate the season at the Society’s annual holiday party. Enjoy festive music, holiday cheer, and the annual tradition of reading the anti-Christmas laws.

Become a Member today!

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History of Women and Gender Seminar "One’s Own Branch of the Human Race": Frances Watkins Harper, Anna Dickinson, and Frederick Douglass 4 December 2014.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Sharon Hartman Strom, University of Rhode Island Comment: Julie Winch, University of Massachusetts - Boston Sharon Hartman Strom taught U.S. Social History and Women’s Studies courses at the University ...

Sharon Hartman Strom taught U.S. Social History and Women’s Studies courses at the University of Rhode Island from 1969 to 2011 and is the author of Political Woman: Florence Luscomb and the Legacy of Radical Reform, and Beyond the Typewriter: Gender, Class and the Origins of Modern Office Work. She is completing a manuscript entitled Fame, Fortune and Desire: Public and Private Lives of the Nineteenth Century.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 6 December 2014.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.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition, "Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: Massachusetts Women in World War I."

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Public Program Making History: King Philip's War in Documents & Artifacts 8 December 2014.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   Facilitator: Bruce J. Schulman, Boston University Students of the Boston University course "Making History" discuss the MHS exhibit on King Philip's ...

Students of the Boston University course "Making History" discuss the MHS exhibit on King Philip's War they have researched and compiled. The semester-long project on the bloody conflict between English colonists and Native Americans includes work on letters and diaries, sermons, early printed books, and objects from the war.

Bruce J. Schulman is the William E. Huntington Professor and Chair of the History Department at Boston University. His teaching and research concentrate on the history of the modern United States, particularly on the relationships between politics and broader cultural change. Schulman is currently at work on a volume for the Oxford History of the United States covering the years 1896-1929. He lives with his family in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Image: Bowl attributed to the Wampanoag. Elm burl, 1655-1675. Massachusetts Historical Society .

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Environmental History Seminar Water Rights in the American Southwest 9 December 2014.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Steven Rudnick, University of Massachusetts - Boston Comment: Megan Kate Nelson, author of Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War This paper will primarily consider legal entanglements over water rights in the Southwest, which ...

This paper will primarily consider legal entanglements over water rights in the Southwest, which have been developing since the 1920s and continue to reshape the use and abuse of water in New Mexico. Local contests between Pueblo and Navajo rights and those claimed by the descendants of the Spanish also play a role in this narrative.

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Public Program, Author Talk Race to the Top of the World: Richard Byrd & the First Flight to the North Pole 11 December 2014.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   Pre-talk reception at 5:30pm Sheldon Bart One hundred years ago—then as now—the eyes of the industrialized world were on the ...

Race to the Top of the World book coverOne hundred years ago—then as now—the eyes of the industrialized world were on the Arctic. It was widely held in this era that a new, uncharted continent would be found in the Arctic Ocean. Scientific treatises “proved” its existence. As aviation developed, the mythical land became endowed with commercial value and strategic importance. This was the context in which Richard Byrd (1888-1957) emerged as an explorer—an international quest for a mythic grail. His rivals included Roald Amundsen, Lincoln Ellsworth, and Hubert Wilkins.

The Arctic was considered as remote as outer space in the 1920s, and aerial exploits north of the Arctic Circle attracted a tremendous amount of attention. The New York Times called the race “the greatest story of the year.” The sensationalism, however, has never ended. Byrd’s flight to the North Pole has been bitterly disputed for the better part of a century, and almost every part of his early life and career has become controversial. Author Sheldon Bart offers compelling new evidence and new revelations to substantiate his thesis that the controversies still swirling around Admiral Byrd—including the legitimacy of his flight to the North Pole—are based on incomplete research, distortion, and superficial assessment.

Writer-explorer Sheldon Bart is a member of the Board of Governors of the American Polar Society and president and founder of Wilderness Research Foundation (WRF), a not-for-profit organization seeking to create more opportunities for scientific exploration beyond the limited regime of government funding. He organized and led the 1996 American Expedition to Baffin Island in the Canadian Eastern Arctic and was project manager of the 2010 WRF Antarctic Peninsula field program. Sheldon has lectured at the National Archives, the Explorers Club, the Virginia Historical Society, the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, the Geographical Society of Philadelphia, the Elisha Kent Kane Historical Society, Hunter College of the City University of New York, and the Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State University. He is a senior associate at LAPA Fundraising, a consulting firm based in New York City, and has published fiction and nonfiction. He is currently working on a novel based on his own polar adventures.

There is a $10 fee (no charge for Fellows and Members). Please call 617- 646-0560 or click here to register.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 13 December 2014.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.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition, "Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: Massachusetts Women in World War I."

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 20 December 2014.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.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition, "Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: Massachusetts Women in World War I."

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Building Closed Christmas Eve 24 December 2014.Wednesday, all day The MHS library and exhibition galleries are closed on 24 & 25 December.

The MHS library and exhibition galleries are closed on 24 & 25 December.

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Building Closed Christmas Day 25 December 2014.Thursday, all day The MHS library and exhibition galleries are closed on Christmas Day.

The MHS library and exhibition galleries are closed on Christmas Day.

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Notice Exhibition Galleries Open 26 December 2014.Friday, all day The MHS exhibition galleries are open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

The MHS exhibition galleries are open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Library Closed Library Closed 26 December 2014.Friday, all day The MHS library is closed.  The exhibition galleries are open 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

The MHS library is closed.  The exhibition galleries are open 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Notice Exhibition Galleries Open 27 December 2014.Saturday, all day The MHS exhibition galleries are open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

The MHS exhibition galleries are open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Library Closed Library Closed 27 December 2014.Saturday, all day The MHS library is closed.  The exhibition galleries are open 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

The MHS library is closed.  The exhibition galleries are open 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Notice Exhibition Galleries Open 29 December 2014.Monday, all day The MHS exhibition galleries are open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

The MHS exhibition galleries are open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Library Closed Library Closed 29 December 2014.Monday, all day The MHS library is closed.  The exhibition galleries are open 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

The MHS library is closed.  The exhibition galleries are open 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Notice Exhibition Galleries Open 30 December 2014.Tuesday, all day The MHS exhibition galleries are open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

The MHS exhibition galleries are open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Library Closed Library Closed 30 December 2014.Tuesday, all day The MHS library is closed.  The exhibition galleries are open 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

The MHS library is closed.  The exhibition galleries are open 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Building Closed New Years Eve 31 December 2014.Wednesday, all day The MHS library and exhibition galleries are closed on New Years Eve.

The MHS library and exhibition galleries are closed on New Years Eve.

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January
Building Closed New Years Day 1 January 2015.Thursday, all day The MHS library and exhibition galleries are closed on New Years Day.

The MHS library and exhibition galleries are closed on New Years Day.

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Notice Exhibition Galleries Open 2 January 2015.Friday, all day details
Library Closed Library Closed 2 January 2015.Friday, all day details
Notice Exhibition Galleries Open 3 January 2015.Saturday, all day details
Library Closed Library Closed 3 January 2015.Saturday, all day details
George Washington portrait by Gullager Exhibitionends The Father of His Country Returns to Boston, October 24, 1789 9 January 2015.Friday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM Two hundred twenty-five years ago, during his first year in office, President George Washington ...

Two hundred twenty-five years ago, during his first year in office, President George Washington embarked on a month-long tour of New England. Young John Quincy Adams observed the great excitement of people everywhere:

At the present moment they indulge themselves in sentiments of joy, arising/resulting . . . from the gratification of their affection in beholding personally among them, the friend, the benefactor, the father of his Country.

In Boston the president was met by a great procession that paraded beneath a triumphal arch designed by Charles Bulfinch. The MHS holds six portraits of Washington, including a life study by Christian Gullager painted during the New England tour.

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Environmental History Seminar The Rise and Fall of the Texas Longhorn 13 January 2015.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Joshua Specht, Harvard University Beth LaDow, author of The Medicine Line: Life and Death on a North American Borderland This essay will highlight the relationship between the Texas Longhorn and the evolution of the ...

This essay will highlight the relationship between the Texas Longhorn and the evolution of the cattle ranching industry, and explore the linkages between economic systems and the biology of domesticated animals. It will also investigate how popular beliefs about cattle ranching and the West solidified the centrality of beef in the American diet, and serve as a meditation on environmental and business history.

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Biography Seminar Biography, the Visual Artist, and the Story Behind Public Art 15 January 2015.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Belinda Rathbone, Jane Kamensky, and Ruth Butler Moderator: Carol Bundy Carol Bundy will moderate this session, which will include panelists Belinda Rathbone (The Boston ...

Carol Bundy will moderate this session, which will include panelists Belinda Rathbone (The Boston Raphael), Jane Kamensky (Copley: A Life in Color, forthcoming), and Ruth Butler (Rodin: The Shape of a Genius).

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Hall at Ecury Exhibitionends Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: Massachusetts Women in the First World War 24 January 2015.Saturday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM To commemorate the centennial of the outbreak of World War I, the MHS has organized the exhibition ...

To commemorate the centennial of the outbreak of World War I, the MHS has organized the exhibition Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: Massachusetts Women in the First World War focusing on two of the hundreds of women from the Commonwealth who went to France as members of the U.S. armed forces, the Red Cross, and other war relief organizations.

From the Society’s extraordinary collection of women’s recollections, this exhibition features photographs, letters, diaries, and memorabilia related to Margaret Hall and Eleanor (Nora) Saltonstall, Red Cross volunteers in France. The exhibition will highlight Hall’s large-format photographs of the battlefront on loan from the Cohasset Historical Society. Both women were keen observers of the climactic months of the war and depicted what they witnessed in vivid detail.

The exhibition celebrates the forthcoming MHS publication Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: The World War I Memoir of Margaret Hall.

You can view all of the photographs from Margaret Hall's memoir on our companion website.

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Immigration and Urban History Seminar Interpreters in Ellis Island: A Tool for Americanization, 1892-1954 27 January 2015.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Maria Aguilar-Solano, University of Massachusetts - Boston Emma Teng, MIT Through the narrative of existing interviews with Fiorello LaGuardia, personal letters of Ludmila ...

Through the narrative of existing interviews with Fiorello LaGuardia, personal letters of Ludmila Foxlee, and immigration literature, this paper will examine the role of interpreters in Ellis Island and the institutionalization of these interpreters as tools for assimilation into American culture.

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February
Early American History Seminar Panel Discussion: Slavery in Early Massachusetts 3 February 2015.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Barbara A. Mathews, Historic Deerfield, and Gloria McCahon Whiting, Harvard University Comment: Maria A. Bollettino, Framingham State University This session will consider two papers. “‘Is this where Titus lived?’ Researching ...

This session will consider two papers. “‘Is this where Titus lived?’ Researching and Interpreting African-American Presence in 18th-Century Rural New England,” by Barbara A. Mathews, and “The Body of Liberties and Bodies in Bondage: Dorcas the Blackmore, Dorchester’s First Church, and the Legalization of Slavery in the Anglo-Atlantic World,” by Gloria McCahon Whiting.

Mathews’s paper draws on a remarkable cache of documentation preserved by early antiquarians of Deerfield, Massachusetts. It discusses the preliminary results of research into slavery in the 18th-century town, focusing on the ways in which slavery was inextricably bound up in the social, economic, and political web that defined a closely-knit rural community. Drawing on the work of Joanne Pope Melish, it also explores the broader implications of this history and its preservation even as Deerfielders in company with other New Englanders disassociated themselves in the decades before and after the Civil War from the region’s slave-holding history.

Whiting’s paper contextualizes the lived experience of one of the Bay Colony’s first African slaves to argue that slavery was bound up with democracy in the colony’s early years; that race shaped servitude from the colony’s founding; that Puritan religion provided slaves with unique opportunities for family building; that family was linked to freedom for the region’s early blacks; that Africans were building kin networks—and whites were recognizing them—from the first decades of Puritan settlement; and that the histories of whites and blacks, of powerful men and their polyglot households, and of law and social relations are inextricably linked.

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Environmental History Seminar An Enervating Environment: Altered Bodies in the Lowcountry and the British West Indies 10 February 2015.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Katherine Johnston, Columbia University Conevery Bolton Valencius, University of Massachusetts - Boston This paper examines the interactions between humans and the environment in the eighteenth century. ...

This paper examines the interactions between humans and the environment in the eighteenth century. Both Britons and creoles believed in a close connection between bodies and place, and colonists tried to change the environment based on those perceptions. That interaction created concern for Caribbean inhabitants who attempted to manage the environment to promote their health while noting the environmental changes their actions caused.

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History of Women and Gender Seminar Her Hat Will Not Down: Sumptuary Laws and Consumer Rights in 1890s Chicago 12 February 2015.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Location: Schlesinger Library Emily A. Remus, American Academy of Arts and Sciences Comment: Ardis Cameron, University of Southern Maine This presentation examines a sumptuary law passed in Chicago to regulate the size of ladies’ ...

This presentation examines a sumptuary law passed in Chicago to regulate the size of ladies’ theater hats and a near-riot that erupted over it. It reveals how civic authorities sought to protect the rights of ticketholders by constraining the conspicuous consumption of women. The paper offers insight into early notions of consumer rights and the remaking of gender codes amid capitalist transformation.

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Immigration and Urban History Seminar "I Had Ample Opportunity to Notice the City as It then Was": Social and Economic Geographies in New York City, 1783-1830 24 February 2015.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Steven Carl Smith, Providence College Comment: Joshua Greenberg, Bridgewater State College The essay examines the social and economic geographies of the New York City publishing trade between ...

The essay examines the social and economic geographies of the New York City publishing trade between 1783 and 1830. The paper reveals the contours of social and economic networks formed by tradesmen and merchants on the streets and in the print houses of early New York, and focuses on the possibilities of Geographic Information Systems technology for book history and American studies.

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The Bloody Massacre engraving by Paul Revere Exhibitionbegins God Save the People! From the Stamp Act to Bunker Hill 27 February 2015.Friday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM In recognition of the 250th anniversary of the Stamp Act riots, this exhibition follows the ...

In recognition of the 250th anniversary of the Stamp Act riots, this exhibition follows the evolution of colonial thought and political action “from resistance to revolution” in Boston.

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Notice Exhibition Galleries Open 28 November 2014.Friday, all day close
Library Closed Thanksgiving 28 November 2014.Friday, all day

The MHS library is closed for Thanksgiving.  The exhibition galleries are open 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Friday, 28 November and Saturday, 29 November.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 29 November 2014.Saturday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM this event is free

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.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition, "Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: Massachusetts Women in World War I."

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Notice Exhibition Galleries Open 29 November 2014.Saturday, all day close
Library Closed Thanksgiving 29 November 2014.Saturday, all day

The MHS library is closed for Thanksgiving.  The exhibition galleries are open 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Friday, 28 November and Saturday, 29 November.

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Early American History Seminar Threads that Bind: Irish Linens, Immigration, and the Consumer Atlantic World 2 December 2014.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP  Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
Kristin Condotta, Tulane University Comment: Marla R. Miller, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

This paper traces early Irish immigration to the Americas through the Irish linen trade. It considers how the American desire to imitate Europeans and the immigrants’ wish to feel comfortable in their new homes intersected to ease Irish cultural transitions abroad. It will also consider the ways in which transatlantic consumerisms prepared travelers for movement around the Atlantic world.

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Brown Bag Denominating a People: Congregational Laity, Church Disestablishment, and the Struggles of Denominationalism in Massachusetts, 1780-1865 3 December 2014.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Seth Meehan, Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, Boston College

Local sources of church history—historical societies, libraries, town halls, and church basements and vaults—reveal a new half to Congregational historiography. Within the churches themselves power shifted to the pews and the laity and clergy fractured. There was no small degree of chaos, and it inhibited Congregationalists from denominating themselves from other groups and from articulating what was the unity in their diversity. Using a comparative approach focusing on Barnstable and Berkshire counties, this program will interest Congregational scholars and other historians alike.

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Member Event, Special Event MHS Fellows and Members Holiday Party 3 December 2014.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM Please RSVP   registration required at no cost This event is open only to MHS Fellows and Members. Cogswell snow scene

MHS Fellows and Members are invited to celebrate the season at the Society’s annual holiday party. Enjoy festive music, holiday cheer, and the annual tradition of reading the anti-Christmas laws.

Become a Member today!

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History of Women and Gender Seminar "One’s Own Branch of the Human Race": Frances Watkins Harper, Anna Dickinson, and Frederick Douglass 4 December 2014.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP  Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
Sharon Hartman Strom, University of Rhode Island Comment: Julie Winch, University of Massachusetts - Boston

Sharon Hartman Strom taught U.S. Social History and Women’s Studies courses at the University of Rhode Island from 1969 to 2011 and is the author of Political Woman: Florence Luscomb and the Legacy of Radical Reform, and Beyond the Typewriter: Gender, Class and the Origins of Modern Office Work. She is completing a manuscript entitled Fame, Fortune and Desire: Public and Private Lives of the Nineteenth Century.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 6 December 2014.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM this event is free

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.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition, "Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: Massachusetts Women in World War I."

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Public Program Making History: King Philip's War in Documents & Artifacts 8 December 2014.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP  this event is free Facilitator: Bruce J. Schulman, Boston University

Students of the Boston University course "Making History" discuss the MHS exhibit on King Philip's War they have researched and compiled. The semester-long project on the bloody conflict between English colonists and Native Americans includes work on letters and diaries, sermons, early printed books, and objects from the war.

Bruce J. Schulman is the William E. Huntington Professor and Chair of the History Department at Boston University. His teaching and research concentrate on the history of the modern United States, particularly on the relationships between politics and broader cultural change. Schulman is currently at work on a volume for the Oxford History of the United States covering the years 1896-1929. He lives with his family in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Image: Bowl attributed to the Wampanoag. Elm burl, 1655-1675. Massachusetts Historical Society .

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Environmental History Seminar Water Rights in the American Southwest 9 December 2014.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP  Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
Steven Rudnick, University of Massachusetts - Boston Comment: Megan Kate Nelson, author of Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War

This paper will primarily consider legal entanglements over water rights in the Southwest, which have been developing since the 1920s and continue to reshape the use and abuse of water in New Mexico. Local contests between Pueblo and Navajo rights and those claimed by the descendants of the Spanish also play a role in this narrative.

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Public Program, Author Talk Race to the Top of the World: Richard Byrd & the First Flight to the North Pole 11 December 2014.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   registration required Pre-talk reception at 5:30pm Sheldon Bart

Race to the Top of the World book coverOne hundred years ago—then as now—the eyes of the industrialized world were on the Arctic. It was widely held in this era that a new, uncharted continent would be found in the Arctic Ocean. Scientific treatises “proved” its existence. As aviation developed, the mythical land became endowed with commercial value and strategic importance. This was the context in which Richard Byrd (1888-1957) emerged as an explorer—an international quest for a mythic grail. His rivals included Roald Amundsen, Lincoln Ellsworth, and Hubert Wilkins.

The Arctic was considered as remote as outer space in the 1920s, and aerial exploits north of the Arctic Circle attracted a tremendous amount of attention. The New York Times called the race “the greatest story of the year.” The sensationalism, however, has never ended. Byrd’s flight to the North Pole has been bitterly disputed for the better part of a century, and almost every part of his early life and career has become controversial. Author Sheldon Bart offers compelling new evidence and new revelations to substantiate his thesis that the controversies still swirling around Admiral Byrd—including the legitimacy of his flight to the North Pole—are based on incomplete research, distortion, and superficial assessment.

Writer-explorer Sheldon Bart is a member of the Board of Governors of the American Polar Society and president and founder of Wilderness Research Foundation (WRF), a not-for-profit organization seeking to create more opportunities for scientific exploration beyond the limited regime of government funding. He organized and led the 1996 American Expedition to Baffin Island in the Canadian Eastern Arctic and was project manager of the 2010 WRF Antarctic Peninsula field program. Sheldon has lectured at the National Archives, the Explorers Club, the Virginia Historical Society, the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, the Geographical Society of Philadelphia, the Elisha Kent Kane Historical Society, Hunter College of the City University of New York, and the Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State University. He is a senior associate at LAPA Fundraising, a consulting firm based in New York City, and has published fiction and nonfiction. He is currently working on a novel based on his own polar adventures.

There is a $10 fee (no charge for Fellows and Members). Please call 617- 646-0560 or click here to register.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 13 December 2014.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM this event is free

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.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition, "Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: Massachusetts Women in World War I."

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 20 December 2014.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM this event is free

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.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition, "Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: Massachusetts Women in World War I."

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Building Closed Christmas Eve 24 December 2014.Wednesday, all day

The MHS library and exhibition galleries are closed on 24 & 25 December.

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Building Closed Christmas Day 25 December 2014.Thursday, all day

The MHS library and exhibition galleries are closed on Christmas Day.

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Notice Exhibition Galleries Open 26 December 2014.Friday, all day

The MHS exhibition galleries are open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Library Closed Library Closed 26 December 2014.Friday, all day

The MHS library is closed.  The exhibition galleries are open 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Notice Exhibition Galleries Open 27 December 2014.Saturday, all day

The MHS exhibition galleries are open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Library Closed Library Closed 27 December 2014.Saturday, all day

The MHS library is closed.  The exhibition galleries are open 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Notice Exhibition Galleries Open 29 December 2014.Monday, all day

The MHS exhibition galleries are open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Library Closed Library Closed 29 December 2014.Monday, all day

The MHS library is closed.  The exhibition galleries are open 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Notice Exhibition Galleries Open 30 December 2014.Tuesday, all day

The MHS exhibition galleries are open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Library Closed Library Closed 30 December 2014.Tuesday, all day

The MHS library is closed.  The exhibition galleries are open 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Building Closed New Years Eve 31 December 2014.Wednesday, all day

The MHS library and exhibition galleries are closed on New Years Eve.

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Building Closed New Years Day 1 January 2015.Thursday, all day

The MHS library and exhibition galleries are closed on New Years Day.

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Exhibition The Father of His Country Returns to Boston, October 24, 1789 9 January 2015.Friday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM this event is free Open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM George Washington portrait by Gullager

Two hundred twenty-five years ago, during his first year in office, President George Washington embarked on a month-long tour of New England. Young John Quincy Adams observed the great excitement of people everywhere:

At the present moment they indulge themselves in sentiments of joy, arising/resulting . . . from the gratification of their affection in beholding personally among them, the friend, the benefactor, the father of his Country.

In Boston the president was met by a great procession that paraded beneath a triumphal arch designed by Charles Bulfinch. The MHS holds six portraits of Washington, including a life study by Christian Gullager painted during the New England tour.

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Environmental History Seminar The Rise and Fall of the Texas Longhorn 13 January 2015.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP  Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Joshua Specht, Harvard University Beth LaDow, author of The Medicine Line: Life and Death on a North American Borderland

This essay will highlight the relationship between the Texas Longhorn and the evolution of the cattle ranching industry, and explore the linkages between economic systems and the biology of domesticated animals. It will also investigate how popular beliefs about cattle ranching and the West solidified the centrality of beef in the American diet, and serve as a meditation on environmental and business history.

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Biography Seminar Biography, the Visual Artist, and the Story Behind Public Art 15 January 2015.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP  Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Belinda Rathbone, Jane Kamensky, and Ruth Butler Moderator: Carol Bundy

Carol Bundy will moderate this session, which will include panelists Belinda Rathbone (The Boston Raphael), Jane Kamensky (Copley: A Life in Color, forthcoming), and Ruth Butler (Rodin: The Shape of a Genius).

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Exhibition Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: Massachusetts Women in the First World War 24 January 2015.Saturday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM this event is free Open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM Hall at Ecury

To commemorate the centennial of the outbreak of World War I, the MHS has organized the exhibition Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: Massachusetts Women in the First World War focusing on two of the hundreds of women from the Commonwealth who went to France as members of the U.S. armed forces, the Red Cross, and other war relief organizations.

From the Society’s extraordinary collection of women’s recollections, this exhibition features photographs, letters, diaries, and memorabilia related to Margaret Hall and Eleanor (Nora) Saltonstall, Red Cross volunteers in France. The exhibition will highlight Hall’s large-format photographs of the battlefront on loan from the Cohasset Historical Society. Both women were keen observers of the climactic months of the war and depicted what they witnessed in vivid detail.

The exhibition celebrates the forthcoming MHS publication Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: The World War I Memoir of Margaret Hall.

You can view all of the photographs from Margaret Hall's memoir on our companion website.

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Immigration and Urban History Seminar Interpreters in Ellis Island: A Tool for Americanization, 1892-1954 27 January 2015.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP  Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Maria Aguilar-Solano, University of Massachusetts - Boston Emma Teng, MIT

Through the narrative of existing interviews with Fiorello LaGuardia, personal letters of Ludmila Foxlee, and immigration literature, this paper will examine the role of interpreters in Ellis Island and the institutionalization of these interpreters as tools for assimilation into American culture.

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Early American History Seminar Panel Discussion: Slavery in Early Massachusetts 3 February 2015.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP  Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Barbara A. Mathews, Historic Deerfield, and Gloria McCahon Whiting, Harvard University Comment: Maria A. Bollettino, Framingham State University

This session will consider two papers. “‘Is this where Titus lived?’ Researching and Interpreting African-American Presence in 18th-Century Rural New England,” by Barbara A. Mathews, and “The Body of Liberties and Bodies in Bondage: Dorcas the Blackmore, Dorchester’s First Church, and the Legalization of Slavery in the Anglo-Atlantic World,” by Gloria McCahon Whiting.

Mathews’s paper draws on a remarkable cache of documentation preserved by early antiquarians of Deerfield, Massachusetts. It discusses the preliminary results of research into slavery in the 18th-century town, focusing on the ways in which slavery was inextricably bound up in the social, economic, and political web that defined a closely-knit rural community. Drawing on the work of Joanne Pope Melish, it also explores the broader implications of this history and its preservation even as Deerfielders in company with other New Englanders disassociated themselves in the decades before and after the Civil War from the region’s slave-holding history.

Whiting’s paper contextualizes the lived experience of one of the Bay Colony’s first African slaves to argue that slavery was bound up with democracy in the colony’s early years; that race shaped servitude from the colony’s founding; that Puritan religion provided slaves with unique opportunities for family building; that family was linked to freedom for the region’s early blacks; that Africans were building kin networks—and whites were recognizing them—from the first decades of Puritan settlement; and that the histories of whites and blacks, of powerful men and their polyglot households, and of law and social relations are inextricably linked.

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Environmental History Seminar An Enervating Environment: Altered Bodies in the Lowcountry and the British West Indies 10 February 2015.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP  Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Katherine Johnston, Columbia University Conevery Bolton Valencius, University of Massachusetts - Boston

This paper examines the interactions between humans and the environment in the eighteenth century. Both Britons and creoles believed in a close connection between bodies and place, and colonists tried to change the environment based on those perceptions. That interaction created concern for Caribbean inhabitants who attempted to manage the environment to promote their health while noting the environmental changes their actions caused.

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History of Women and Gender Seminar Her Hat Will Not Down: Sumptuary Laws and Consumer Rights in 1890s Chicago 12 February 2015.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP  Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Location: Schlesinger Library Emily A. Remus, American Academy of Arts and Sciences Comment: Ardis Cameron, University of Southern Maine

This presentation examines a sumptuary law passed in Chicago to regulate the size of ladies’ theater hats and a near-riot that erupted over it. It reveals how civic authorities sought to protect the rights of ticketholders by constraining the conspicuous consumption of women. The paper offers insight into early notions of consumer rights and the remaking of gender codes amid capitalist transformation.

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Immigration and Urban History Seminar "I Had Ample Opportunity to Notice the City as It then Was": Social and Economic Geographies in New York City, 1783-1830 24 February 2015.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP  Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Steven Carl Smith, Providence College Comment: Joshua Greenberg, Bridgewater State College

The essay examines the social and economic geographies of the New York City publishing trade between 1783 and 1830. The paper reveals the contours of social and economic networks formed by tradesmen and merchants on the streets and in the print houses of early New York, and focuses on the possibilities of Geographic Information Systems technology for book history and American studies.

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Exhibition God Save the People! From the Stamp Act to Bunker Hill 27 February 2015 to 4 September 2015 this event is free Open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM The Bloody Massacre engraving by Paul Revere

In recognition of the 250th anniversary of the Stamp Act riots, this exhibition follows the evolution of colonial thought and political action “from resistance to revolution” in Boston.

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