August

Brown Bag African Americans and the Cultural Work of Freemasonry: From Revolution Through Reconstruction 5 August 2015.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Sueanna Smith, University of South Carolina This talk will explore the print, manuscript, art, and artifact culture that freemasons created in ...

This talk will explore the print, manuscript, art, and artifact culture that freemasons created in the late 18th and 19th Centuries. As a social institution, freemasonry was a private society governed by brotherly love and social harmony; underlying this social vision, however, was a vibrant material culture that provided the basis for fraternal exchanges. Such exchanges provide insight into the ways in which masonic culture—as opposed to the institution itself—function on a more personal level, promoting individual masonic friendships that oftentimes transgressed social divisions caused by race and class.

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Author Talk, Public Program The Story of the Philosopher's Camp 5 August 2015.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Please RSVP   James Schlett, journalist 5:30 reception will precede talk   James Schlett will speak on his new book A Not Too Greatly Changed Eden: The Story of ...

 

James Schlett will speak on his new book A Not Too Greatly Changed Eden: The Story of the Philosophers Camp in the Adirondacks. In August of 1858 America’s leading intellectuals gathered at Follensby Pond in the Adirondacks. Included in this group were the transcendentalist philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, the Harvard scientist Louis Agassiz, and the Cambridge poet James Russell Lowell. They were led into the Adirondack wilderness by William James Stillman, a painter who co-founded the nation’s first art journal, the Crayon. News that these cultured men were living in tents appeared in newspapers across the nation. Schlett’s will talk about the expereince of those who attended and the way their journey into the woods began to change how Americans saw the wilderness.

 

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MHS Tour History and the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society 8 August 2015.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 orabentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition, "God Save the People!” which explores events leading up to the American Revolution. 

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Teacher Workshop, Public Programbegins Maritime Massachusetts: Falmouth Stories and Sources 10 August 2015.Monday, 8:30AM - 3:30PM Please RSVP   This program will take place in Falmouth, Massachusetts Join us for this three-day workshop as we explore the maritime history of Falmouth and Cape Cod. In ...

Join us for this three-day workshop as we explore the maritime history of Falmouth and Cape Cod. In the nineteenth century, Falmouth was home to thriving maritime industries such as whaling and salt making. Between 1820 and 1864, thirteen whale ships sailed from Falmouth, making more than 50 voyages and connecting the town to global networks of trade and travel. By the late nineteenth century, Falmouth’s economy shifted as tourists flocked to the region for a nostalgic glimpse of the seaside town's nautical past, and the village of Woods Hole became host to some of the world’s foremost institutions for oceanographic research. Throughout the program, we will visit historic sites and landscapes, sing a sea shanty or two, and analyze documents and artifacts that connect people to stories of the sea. Along the way we will explore the influence of the sea on local architecture, art, and literature.

This program is open to educators and history enthusiasts. Educators can earn 22.5 PDPs.

Dates: August 10-12, 2015

Times: 8:30am - 3:30pm

Fee: $35 per person

To Register / For more information: complete this registration form, or contact the education department at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557.

Program Highlights

  • Tour the exhibitions, historic homes, and gardens maintained by the Falmouth Museums on the Green, and participants in a hands-on activity that will engage your detective skills.
  • Discuss New England's maritime history, and its connections to global networks, with Dr. William Fowler (Northeastern University).
  • Learn more about Falmouth's whaling history with Dr. Curtis Martin (Emeritus, Merrimack College).
  • Engage in a bit of marine science as you explore the institutions of Woods Hole (tentative).
  • Take in the view of Falmouth Harbor from the top of Nobska Light.
  • Take a cruise in Falmouth Harbor on the Schooner Liberte.

This program is funded in part by the Richard E. Saltonstall Charitable Foundation.

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Teacher Workshop, Public Programends Maritime Massachusetts: Falmouth Stories and Sources 12 August 2015.Wednesday, 8:30AM - 3:30PM Please RSVP   This program will take place in Falmouth, Massachusetts Join us for this three-day workshop as we explore the maritime history of Falmouth and Cape Cod. In ...

Join us for this three-day workshop as we explore the maritime history of Falmouth and Cape Cod. In the nineteenth century, Falmouth was home to thriving maritime industries such as whaling and salt making. Between 1820 and 1864, thirteen whale ships sailed from Falmouth, making more than 50 voyages and connecting the town to global networks of trade and travel. By the late nineteenth century, Falmouth’s economy shifted as tourists flocked to the region for a nostalgic glimpse of the seaside town's nautical past, and the village of Woods Hole became host to some of the world’s foremost institutions for oceanographic research. Throughout the program, we will visit historic sites and landscapes, sing a sea shanty or two, and analyze documents and artifacts that connect people to stories of the sea. Along the way we will explore the influence of the sea on local architecture, art, and literature.

This program is open to educators and history enthusiasts. Educators can earn 22.5 PDPs.

Dates: August 10-12, 2015

Times: 8:30am - 3:30pm

Fee: $35 per person

To Register / For more information: complete this registration form, or contact the education department at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557.

Program Highlights

  • Tour the exhibitions, historic homes, and gardens maintained by the Falmouth Museums on the Green, and participants in a hands-on activity that will engage your detective skills.
  • Discuss New England's maritime history, and its connections to global networks, with Dr. William Fowler (Northeastern University).
  • Learn more about Falmouth's whaling history with Dr. Curtis Martin (Emeritus, Merrimack College).
  • Engage in a bit of marine science as you explore the institutions of Woods Hole (tentative).
  • Take in the view of Falmouth Harbor from the top of Nobska Light.
  • Take a cruise in Falmouth Harbor on the Schooner Liberte.

This program is funded in part by the Richard E. Saltonstall Charitable Foundation.

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Teacher Workshop Framing America’s Constitution 14 August 2015.Friday, 8:00AM - 3:00PM Please RSVP   Co-Sponsored by the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University Gordon Lloyd, Ashbrook Center Senior Fellow and Emeritus Professor at Pepperdine University Join us for this free one-day program for teachers, co-sponsored by TeachingAmericanHistory.org and ...

Join us for this free one-day program for teachers, co-sponsored by TeachingAmericanHistory.org and the Massachusetts Historical Society, with assistance from the Lincoln and Therese Filene Foundation.

Thanks to more than fifty years of research and teaching, Dr. Gordon Lloyd has distilled his knowledge into an interactive, dynamic online exhibition on the Constitutional Convention, designed for teachers to use in their classroom. Dr. Lloyd will lead participants through the documents and ideas at the core of the Constitutional Convention, exploring the event as a ‘Four Act Drama,' and inviting teachers to study the Founding through primary documents. Teachers will deepen their understanding of the Founding while becoming familiar with clusters of documents ready to use in their classrooms.

Participating teachers will receive lunch, refreshments, along with reading materials. Each participant will also receive copies of both "50 Core American Documents" and Dr. Lloyd’s recent publication "James Madison’s Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787."

To Register: visit www.TeachingAmericanHistory.org to complete the online registration form.

For more information: contact the MHS education department at education@masshist.org or (617) 646-0557.

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MHS Tour History and the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society 15 August 2015.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 orabentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition, "God Save the People!” which explores events leading up to the American Revolution. 

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MHS Tour History and the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society 22 August 2015.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 orabentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition, "God Save the People!” which explores events leading up to the American Revolution. 

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Library Closed Library Closing @ 3:45 PM 26 August 2015.Wednesday, all day The library will be closing at 3:45 PM on Wednesday, 26 August.

The library will be closing at 3:45 PM on Wednesday, 26 August.

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MHS Tour History and the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society 29 August 2015.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 orabentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition, "God Save the People!” which explores events leading up to the American Revolution. 

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September
Boston Massacre Engraving Exhibitionends God Save the People! From the Stamp Act to Bunker Hill 4 September 2015.Friday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM To tell the story of the coming of the American Revolution in Boston, this exhibition follows the ...

To tell the story of the coming of the American Revolution in Boston, this exhibition follows the evolution of colonial thought and political action through the letters and diaries of men and women caught up in the conflict, together with political cartoons, newspapers, maps, artifacts, and portraits.

Between 1765 and 1775, as imperial reforms encroached upon what colonists perceived to be their English liberties, Boston became a center of resistance and site of a series of spectacular events that undercut royal authority. Citizens of Massachusetts bonded together to reject the British administration over their activities and lives. Imposed customs duties and taxes -- such as the Stamp Act and Tea Act -- were successfully overturned due to well-ordered and systematic mob violence.

Along with celebrated Sons and Daughters of Liberty, this is the story of forgotten patriots who died for a country-to-be, brothers who served against each other in the courtroom, propagandists and war profiteers, merchants whose enterprise was threatened by political chaos and young lovers divided by battle lines.


If you are unable to visit the exhibition in person, you can explore the coming of the American Revolution through the following online displays.

Perspectives of the Boston Massacre is an interactive website that allows visitors to examine materials offering a range of perspectives related to the events of 5 March 1765.

The Siege of Boston presents more than one dozen accounts written by individuals personally engaged in or affected by the siege, which occurred from April 1775 to March 1776.

The Annotated Newspapers of Harbottle Dorr, Jr., presents the complete four-volume set of Revolutionary-era Boston newspapers and pamphlets assembled, annotated, and indexed by Harbottle Dorr, Jr., a shopkeeper in Boston.

Discover the fears, friction, and turmoil that shaped these times with The Coming of the American Revolution, a web display of newspapers, official documents, and personal correspondence arranged into fifteen key topics.

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Galleries Open, Library Closed Labor Day 5 September 2015.Saturday, all day The MHS Library will be closed all day.  The Galleries will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

The MHS Library will be closed all day.  The Galleries will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Building Closed Labor Day 7 September 2015.Monday, all day The MHS Library and Galleries will be closed all day.

The MHS Library and Galleries will be closed all day.

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Brown Bag Constructing Empire: Fortifications, Politics, and Labor in an Age of Imperial Reform, 1689-1715 9 September 2015.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Jared Hardesty, Western Washington University Historians of the British North American Colonies consider the Age of the Glorious Revolution (1689 ...

Historians of the British North American Colonies consider the Age of the Glorious Revolution (1689-1715) a period of imperial reform.

Often overlooked, however, is that the English--and later British--fiscal-military state expanded into the American colonies mostly through an unprecedented campaign of fortification building.

Examining the construction of these forts and other defensive works, this project explores the intersection of labor and empire in colonial America. In many ways, the fortifications were microcosms of imperial reform and provide a lens into the British government's post-Glorious Revolution attempts to construct empire in its American colonies. Early modern empires had physical manifestations—forts, wharves, customs houses, etc.—in need of construction and had to recruit or coerce enough labor to complete those projects. Metropolitan designs and goals, however, were easier to propose than implement. As these fortifications demonstrate, labor was and had to be an integral component in these imperial calculations and only furthered the negotiated reality of empire in the American colonies.

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MHS Tour History and the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society 12 September 2015.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 orabentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition, "God Save the People!” which explores events leading up to the American Revolution. 

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MHS Tour History and the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society 19 September 2015.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 orabentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition, "God Save the People!” which explores events leading up to the American Revolution. 

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October
MHS Tour History and the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society 3 October 2015.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 orabentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition, "Terra Firma” which explores the early map collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society. 

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MHS Tour History and the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society 10 October 2015.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 orabentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition, "Terra Firma” which explores the early map collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society. 

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Library Closed Columbus Day 12 October 2015.Monday, all day The MHS Library will be closed all day.

The MHS Library will be closed all day.

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MHS Tour History and the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society 17 October 2015.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 orabentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition, "Terra Firma” which explores the early map collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society. 

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MHS Tour History and the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society 24 October 2015.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 orabentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition, "Terra Firma” which explores the early map collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society. 

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MHS Tour History and the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society 31 October 2015.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 orabentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition, "Terra Firma” which explores the early map collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society. 

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Brown Bag African Americans and the Cultural Work of Freemasonry: From Revolution Through Reconstruction 5 August 2015.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Sueanna Smith, University of South Carolina

This talk will explore the print, manuscript, art, and artifact culture that freemasons created in the late 18th and 19th Centuries. As a social institution, freemasonry was a private society governed by brotherly love and social harmony; underlying this social vision, however, was a vibrant material culture that provided the basis for fraternal exchanges. Such exchanges provide insight into the ways in which masonic culture—as opposed to the institution itself—function on a more personal level, promoting individual masonic friendships that oftentimes transgressed social divisions caused by race and class.

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Author Talk, Public Program The Story of the Philosopher's Camp 5 August 2015.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Please RSVP   registration required at no cost James Schlett, journalist 5:30 reception will precede talk

 

James Schlett will speak on his new book A Not Too Greatly Changed Eden: The Story of the Philosophers Camp in the Adirondacks. In August of 1858 America’s leading intellectuals gathered at Follensby Pond in the Adirondacks. Included in this group were the transcendentalist philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, the Harvard scientist Louis Agassiz, and the Cambridge poet James Russell Lowell. They were led into the Adirondack wilderness by William James Stillman, a painter who co-founded the nation’s first art journal, the Crayon. News that these cultured men were living in tents appeared in newspapers across the nation. Schlett’s will talk about the expereince of those who attended and the way their journey into the woods began to change how Americans saw the wilderness.

 

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MHS Tour History and the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society 8 August 2015.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 orabentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition, "God Save the People!” which explores events leading up to the American Revolution. 

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Teacher Workshop, Public Program Maritime Massachusetts: Falmouth Stories and Sources 10 August 2015 to 12 August 2015 Please RSVP   registration required This program will take place in Falmouth, Massachusetts

Join us for this three-day workshop as we explore the maritime history of Falmouth and Cape Cod. In the nineteenth century, Falmouth was home to thriving maritime industries such as whaling and salt making. Between 1820 and 1864, thirteen whale ships sailed from Falmouth, making more than 50 voyages and connecting the town to global networks of trade and travel. By the late nineteenth century, Falmouth’s economy shifted as tourists flocked to the region for a nostalgic glimpse of the seaside town's nautical past, and the village of Woods Hole became host to some of the world’s foremost institutions for oceanographic research. Throughout the program, we will visit historic sites and landscapes, sing a sea shanty or two, and analyze documents and artifacts that connect people to stories of the sea. Along the way we will explore the influence of the sea on local architecture, art, and literature.

This program is open to educators and history enthusiasts. Educators can earn 22.5 PDPs.

Dates: August 10-12, 2015

Times: 8:30am - 3:30pm

Fee: $35 per person

To Register / For more information: complete this registration form, or contact the education department at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557.

Program Highlights

  • Tour the exhibitions, historic homes, and gardens maintained by the Falmouth Museums on the Green, and participants in a hands-on activity that will engage your detective skills.
  • Discuss New England's maritime history, and its connections to global networks, with Dr. William Fowler (Northeastern University).
  • Learn more about Falmouth's whaling history with Dr. Curtis Martin (Emeritus, Merrimack College).
  • Engage in a bit of marine science as you explore the institutions of Woods Hole (tentative).
  • Take in the view of Falmouth Harbor from the top of Nobska Light.
  • Take a cruise in Falmouth Harbor on the Schooner Liberte.

This program is funded in part by the Richard E. Saltonstall Charitable Foundation.

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Teacher Workshop Framing America’s Constitution 14 August 2015.Friday, 8:00AM - 3:00PM Please RSVP   registration required at no cost Co-Sponsored by the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University Gordon Lloyd, Ashbrook Center Senior Fellow and Emeritus Professor at Pepperdine University

Join us for this free one-day program for teachers, co-sponsored by TeachingAmericanHistory.org and the Massachusetts Historical Society, with assistance from the Lincoln and Therese Filene Foundation.

Thanks to more than fifty years of research and teaching, Dr. Gordon Lloyd has distilled his knowledge into an interactive, dynamic online exhibition on the Constitutional Convention, designed for teachers to use in their classroom. Dr. Lloyd will lead participants through the documents and ideas at the core of the Constitutional Convention, exploring the event as a ‘Four Act Drama,' and inviting teachers to study the Founding through primary documents. Teachers will deepen their understanding of the Founding while becoming familiar with clusters of documents ready to use in their classrooms.

Participating teachers will receive lunch, refreshments, along with reading materials. Each participant will also receive copies of both "50 Core American Documents" and Dr. Lloyd’s recent publication "James Madison’s Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787."

To Register: visit www.TeachingAmericanHistory.org to complete the online registration form.

For more information: contact the MHS education department at education@masshist.org or (617) 646-0557.

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MHS Tour History and the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society 15 August 2015.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 orabentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition, "God Save the People!” which explores events leading up to the American Revolution. 

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MHS Tour History and the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society 22 August 2015.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 orabentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition, "God Save the People!” which explores events leading up to the American Revolution. 

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Library Closed Library Closing @ 3:45 PM 26 August 2015.Wednesday, all day

The library will be closing at 3:45 PM on Wednesday, 26 August.

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MHS Tour History and the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society 29 August 2015.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 orabentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition, "God Save the People!” which explores events leading up to the American Revolution. 

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Exhibition God Save the People! From the Stamp Act to Bunker Hill 4 September 2015.Friday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM this event is free Open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM Boston Massacre Engraving

To tell the story of the coming of the American Revolution in Boston, this exhibition follows the evolution of colonial thought and political action through the letters and diaries of men and women caught up in the conflict, together with political cartoons, newspapers, maps, artifacts, and portraits.

Between 1765 and 1775, as imperial reforms encroached upon what colonists perceived to be their English liberties, Boston became a center of resistance and site of a series of spectacular events that undercut royal authority. Citizens of Massachusetts bonded together to reject the British administration over their activities and lives. Imposed customs duties and taxes -- such as the Stamp Act and Tea Act -- were successfully overturned due to well-ordered and systematic mob violence.

Along with celebrated Sons and Daughters of Liberty, this is the story of forgotten patriots who died for a country-to-be, brothers who served against each other in the courtroom, propagandists and war profiteers, merchants whose enterprise was threatened by political chaos and young lovers divided by battle lines.


If you are unable to visit the exhibition in person, you can explore the coming of the American Revolution through the following online displays.

Perspectives of the Boston Massacre is an interactive website that allows visitors to examine materials offering a range of perspectives related to the events of 5 March 1765.

The Siege of Boston presents more than one dozen accounts written by individuals personally engaged in or affected by the siege, which occurred from April 1775 to March 1776.

The Annotated Newspapers of Harbottle Dorr, Jr., presents the complete four-volume set of Revolutionary-era Boston newspapers and pamphlets assembled, annotated, and indexed by Harbottle Dorr, Jr., a shopkeeper in Boston.

Discover the fears, friction, and turmoil that shaped these times with The Coming of the American Revolution, a web display of newspapers, official documents, and personal correspondence arranged into fifteen key topics.

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Galleries Open, Library Closed Labor Day 5 September 2015.Saturday, all day

The MHS Library will be closed all day.  The Galleries will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Building Closed Labor Day 7 September 2015.Monday, all day

The MHS Library and Galleries will be closed all day.

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Brown Bag Constructing Empire: Fortifications, Politics, and Labor in an Age of Imperial Reform, 1689-1715 9 September 2015.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Jared Hardesty, Western Washington University

Historians of the British North American Colonies consider the Age of the Glorious Revolution (1689-1715) a period of imperial reform.

Often overlooked, however, is that the English--and later British--fiscal-military state expanded into the American colonies mostly through an unprecedented campaign of fortification building.

Examining the construction of these forts and other defensive works, this project explores the intersection of labor and empire in colonial America. In many ways, the fortifications were microcosms of imperial reform and provide a lens into the British government's post-Glorious Revolution attempts to construct empire in its American colonies. Early modern empires had physical manifestations—forts, wharves, customs houses, etc.—in need of construction and had to recruit or coerce enough labor to complete those projects. Metropolitan designs and goals, however, were easier to propose than implement. As these fortifications demonstrate, labor was and had to be an integral component in these imperial calculations and only furthered the negotiated reality of empire in the American colonies.

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MHS Tour History and the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society 12 September 2015.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 orabentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition, "God Save the People!” which explores events leading up to the American Revolution. 

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MHS Tour History and the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society 19 September 2015.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 orabentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition, "God Save the People!” which explores events leading up to the American Revolution. 

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MHS Tour History and the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society 3 October 2015.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 orabentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition, "Terra Firma” which explores the early map collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society. 

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MHS Tour History and the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society 10 October 2015.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 orabentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition, "Terra Firma” which explores the early map collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society. 

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Library Closed Columbus Day 12 October 2015.Monday, all day

The MHS Library will be closed all day.

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MHS Tour History and the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society 17 October 2015.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 orabentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition, "Terra Firma” which explores the early map collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society. 

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MHS Tour History and the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society 24 October 2015.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 orabentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition, "Terra Firma” which explores the early map collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society. 

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MHS Tour History and the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society 31 October 2015.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 orabentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition, "Terra Firma” which explores the early map collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society. 

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