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  • Building ClosedLabor Day
    Building ClosedLabor Day
    all day

    The MHS library and exhibition galleries will be closed all day Saturday, September 1 and Monday, September 3.

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  • Building ClosedLabor Day
    Building ClosedLabor Day
    all day

    The MHS library and exhibition galleries will be closed all day Saturday, September 1 and Monday, September 3.

    details
  • Building ClosedLabor Day
    Building ClosedLabor Day
    all day

    The MHS library and exhibition galleries will be closed all day Saturday, September 1 and Monday, September 3.

    details
  • ExhibitionIn the Arena: The Presidential Election of 1912 in Massachusetts
    begins ExhibitionIn the Arena: The Presidential Election of 1912 in Massachusetts
    4 September 2012 to 27 November 2012 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM

    Progressive Bull Moose pinThis exhibition showcases personal correspondence, photographs, and political memorabilia to show how Woodrow Wilson eked out a victory in one of the most closely contested presidential elections in Massachusetts history.

    this event is free details
  • Brown BagFrancis Parkman and the Women of New France
    Brown BagFrancis Parkman and the Women of New France
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Kathleen Barker, Northeastern University and MHS

    Parkman amassed thousands of documents while researching his histories of New France. Although he focused primarily on the Jesuits, Native Americans, and others, his collections offer fascinating perspectives on the work of French women to create and propagate French culture in the New World.

    this event is free details
    • Brown BagRhetoric of the "Lady Emancipators": The Woman-Slave Analogy in Nin...
      Brown BagRhetoric of the "Lady Emancipators": The Woman-Slave Analogy in Nineteenth-Century Social Reform
      12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Ana Stevenson, University of Queensland

      During the nineteenth century, the woman-slave analogy became an important rhetorical strategy for the women involved in social reform, gaining particular significance in the women's rights and women's suffrage movements.  This presentation seeks to investigate how the woman-slave analogy was used when discussing the social, legal and political status of nineteenth-century women.  

      this event is free details
    • ExhibitionMr. Madison's War: The Controversial War of 1812
      ends ExhibitionMr. Madison's War: The Controversial War of 1812
      10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM

      Mr. Madison's WarView items from the Society's rich collections including a midshipman's log of the USS Constitution describing the ship's actions early in the war, letters written by John Quincy Adams to his mother while serving as the American minister to Russia documenting his observations of both the Napoleonic Wars and the war at home, and a brass cannon captured from the British at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815.

      this event is free details
    • MHS TourThe History and Collections of the MHS
      MHS TourThe History and Collections of the MHS
      10:00 AM - 11:30 AM this event is free details
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          • Brown BagCabinets of Miscellany and Meaning: Managing Information in Antebel...
            Brown BagCabinets of Miscellany and Meaning: Managing Information in Antebellum America
            12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Ann Johnson, University of Southern California

            This project examines how mid 19th-century Americans sought to filter the barrage of facts and figures assailing them during the communications revolution.

            this event is free details
            • MHS TourThe History and Collections of the MHS
              MHS TourThe History and Collections of the MHS
              10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

              Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

              The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour. For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

              Free and open to the public.

              this event is free details
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                • Immigration and Urban History SeminarDevil’s Bargain: New York City’s Premier Spanish Shipping Agent...
                  Immigration and Urban History SeminarDevil’s Bargain: New York City’s Premier Spanish Shipping Agents and Allied Strategy during World War II
                  5:15 PM - 7:30 PM Brooke L. Blower, Boston University Comment: Christopher Schmidt-Nowara, Tufts University

                  This paper explores why Allied strategists allowed Spaniards Marcelino Garcia and Manuel Diaz, two ardent Franco supporters and Nazi sympathizers, and their transatlantic merchant traffic to remain in play for the duration of World War II.

                  Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                  Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
                  details
                  • Graduate Student Reception
                    Graduate Student Reception
                    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

                    All graduate students and faculty are welcome! Join us to meet colleagues from other universities, enjoy delicious refreshments, and learn about the MHS collections and programs that can support you in your work.

                    RSVP required. Email kviens@masshist.org or phone 617-646-0568.

                    this event is free details
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                        • Public Program, Author TalkThe Curious Creation of the Electoral College
                          Public Program, Author TalkThe Curious Creation of the Electoral College: What the Founders Didn't Want and Didn't See Coming
                          6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 P.M. Ray Raphael Please RSVP   free eventregistration required at no cost details
                            • Member Event, Special EventIn Death Lamented: Preview Reception
                              Member Event, Special EventIn Death Lamented: Preview Reception
                              6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

                              Edward Wigglesworth RingIn Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry

                              MHS Fellows and Members are invited to attend a special preview of the Society's fall exhibition. The evening will begin with remarks by MHS Curator of Art Anne E. Bentley and will be followed by a reception and exhibtion viewing.

                              Please RSVP   free eventregistration required at no cost details
                            • ExhibitionIn Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry
                              begins ExhibitionIn Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry
                              28 September 2012 to 31 January 2013 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM

                              In Death LamentedIn Death Lamented features rings, bracelets, brooches, and other pieces of mourning jewelry from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, ranging from early gold bands with death’s head iconography to jeweled brooches and intricately woven hairwork pieces of the Civil War era.

                              this event is free details
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                              this event is free Exhibition

                              Mr. Madison's War: The Controversial War of 1812

                              18 June 2012 to 8 September 2012 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
                              Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM

                              Mr. Madison's WarIn 1812, Massachusetts was bitterly divided along partisan political lines and a wave of popular protests greeted the declaration of war on 18 June. The MHS is commemorating the bicentennial with the exhibition Mr. Madison's War: The Controversial War of 1812. The exhibition showcases a number of letters, broadsides, artifacts, and images from the Society's rich collections including a midshipman's log of the USS Constitution describing the ship's first great victory, letters written by John Quincy Adams to his mother while serving as the American minister to Russia, and a brass cannon captured from the British at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815.

                              1 September 2012 Building Closed

                              Labor Day

                              all day

                              The MHS library and exhibition galleries will be closed all day Saturday, September 1 and Monday, September 3.

                              2 September 2012 Building Closed

                              Labor Day

                              all day

                              The MHS library and exhibition galleries will be closed all day Saturday, September 1 and Monday, September 3.

                              3 September 2012 Building Closed

                              Labor Day

                              all day

                              The MHS library and exhibition galleries will be closed all day Saturday, September 1 and Monday, September 3.

                              this event is free Exhibition

                              In the Arena: The Presidential Election of 1912 in Massachusetts

                              4 September 2012 to 27 November 2012 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
                              Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM

                              Progressive Bull Moose pinOne hundred years ago, the presidential election of 1912 saw the emergence of the strongest third-party candidate in American history when former president Theodore Roosevelt returned to the political arena as the standard bearer of the Progressive "Bull Moose" Party and Eugene Debs made the best showing ever for a Socialist Party candidate. Between 4 September and 27 November, the Society will display personal correspondence, photographs, and political memorabilia to show how Woodrow Wilson eked out a victory in one of the most closely contested presidential elections in Massachusetts history.

                              5 September 2012 this event is free Brown Bag

                              Francis Parkman and the Women of New France

                              12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
                              Kathleen Barker, Northeastern University and MHS

                              Parkman amassed thousands of documents while researching his histories of New France. Although he focused primarily on the Jesuits, Native Americans, and others, his collections offer fascinating perspectives on the work of French women to create and propagate French culture in the New World.

                              7 September 2012 this event is free Brown Bag

                              Rhetoric of the "Lady Emancipators": The Woman-Slave Analogy in Nineteenth-Century Social Reform

                              12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
                              Ana Stevenson, University of Queensland

                              During the nineteenth century, the woman-slave analogy became an important rhetorical strategy for the women involved in social reform, gaining particular significance in the women's rights and women's suffrage movements.  This presentation seeks to investigate how the woman-slave analogy was used when discussing the social, legal and political status of nineteenth-century women.  

                              8 September 2012 this event is free MHS Tour

                              The History and Collections of the MHS

                              10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

                              Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

                              The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour. For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

                              Free and open to the public.

                              12 September 2012 this event is free Brown Bag

                              Cabinets of Miscellany and Meaning: Managing Information in Antebellum America

                              12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
                              Ann Johnson, University of Southern California

                              This project examines how mid 19th-century Americans sought to filter the barrage of facts and figures assailing them during the communications revolution. It investigates the development of educational practices related to organizing information, as well as the types of media, such as lectures and reference books, that helped Americans to sort through it all.

                              14 September 2012 this event is free Public Program, Exhibition

                              'I Have Had My Share of Mishaps in Politics': Henry Cabot Lodge & the Presidential Election of 1912

                              2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
                              Gallery Talk Peter Drummey, MHS

                              The bitter split between the conservative and progressive wings of the Republican Party in 1912 threatened the 30-year friendship of Henry Cabot Lodge and Theodore Roosevelt. Stephen T. Riley Librarian Peter Drummey will explain how the two struggled to remain friends during a divisive political campaigns, and how their close bond was saved, at least in part, by a failed assassination attempt just before the election.

                              15 September 2012 this event is free MHS Tour

                              The History and Collections of the MHS

                              10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
                              18 September 2012 Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                              Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
                              Immigration and Urban History Seminar

                              Devil’s Bargain: New York City’s Premier Spanish Shipping Agents and Allied Strategy during World War II

                              5:15 PM - 7:30 PM
                              Brooke L. Blower, Boston University Comment: Christopher Schmidt-Nowara, Tufts University

                              The Spaniards Marcelino Garcia and Manuel Diaz immigrated to the United States as young men, founding what became by the 1930s the most important shipping agency in the Iberian Atlantic world. As ardent Franco supporters and apparent Nazi sympathizers, these agents maintained an elaborate network of support for the Axis during World War II from their perch in New York City. This paper explores why, despite knowing all about this, Allied strategists allowed these men and their transatlantic merchant traffic to remain in play for the duration of the conflict.

                              20 September 2012 this event is free

                              Graduate Student Reception

                              6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

                              All graduate students and faculty are welcome! Join us to meet colleagues from other universities, enjoy delicious refreshments, and learn about the MHS collections and programs that can support you in your work.

                              RSVP required. Email kviens@masshist.org or phone 617-646-0568.

                              24 September 2012 Please RSVP   free eventregistration required at no cost Public Program, Author Talk

                              The Curious Creation of the Electoral College: What the Founders Didn't Want and Didn't See Coming

                              6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
                              Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 P.M. Ray Raphael

                              Hoping to sidestep popular elections and transcend politics, the framers concocted a bizarre, untried method of selecting the president. Little did they suspect how their system would be gamed, from 1789 through 2012. Ray Raphael’s latest book is Mr. President: How and Why the Founders Created a Chief Executive (Alfred A. Knopf, 2012). His several other books on the Founding Era include A People’s History of the American Revolution and Founding Myths: Stories That Hide Our Patriotic Past. A complete list of his works can be found at www.rayraphael.com.

                              Reservations requested. To RSVP call 617-646-0560 or click on the ticket icon above.

                              27 September 2012 Please RSVP   free eventregistration required at no cost Member Event, Special Event

                              In Death Lamented: Preview Reception

                              6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

                              Edward Wigglesworth RingIn Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry

                              MHS Fellows and Members are invited to attend a special preview of the Society's fall exhibition. The evening will begin with remarks by MHS Curator of Art Anne E. Bentley and will be followed by a reception and exhibtion viewing.

                              In Death Lamented features rings, bracelets, brooches, and other pieces of mourning jewelry from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, ranging from early gold bands with death’s head iconography to jeweled brooches and intricately woven hairwork pieces of the Civil War era. These elegant and evocative objects are presented in the context of their history, use, and meaning, alongside related pieces of material culture.

                              Registration is required.

                              this event is free Exhibition

                              In Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry

                              28 September 2012 to 31 January 2013 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
                              Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM

                              In Death LamentedIn Death Lamented features rings, bracelets, brooches, and other pieces of mourning jewelry from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, ranging from early gold bands with death’s head iconography to jeweled brooches and intricately woven hairwork pieces of the Civil War era. These elegant and evocative objects are presented in the context of their history, use, and meaning, alongside related pieces of material culture.

                              Drawn from the collections of the MHS and Guest Curator Sarah Nehama as well as loans from the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Historic New England in Boston, and the Adams National Historical Park in Quincy, exhibition highlights include the Adams-Winthrop commemorative seal ring containing the braided hair of John Quincy Adams and a gold memorial ring for Queen Caroline of Brandenburg-Ansbach.

                              A full-color companion book, In Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry, available for sale at the MHS, features photographs and descriptions of all of the Nehama and MHS pieces, along with historical and stylistic backgrounds and essays pertaining to cultural practices around death and mourning in England and America.

                              View a selection of mourning jewelry at www.masshist.org/features/mourning-jewelry.

                              29 September 2012 this event is free MHS Tour

                              The History and Collections of the MHS

                              10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

                              Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

                              The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour. For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

                              Free and open to the public.

                              29 September 2012 Building Closed

                              Building Closed

                              all day

                              Due to circumstances beyond our control, the MHS library and exhibition spaces will be closed.


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