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            • Brown BagAmerican Relics and the Material Politics of Public Memory
              Brown BagAmerican Relics and the Material Politics of Public Memory
              12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Matthew Dennis, University of Oregon

              This project assesses American relics—publicly significant mortal remains and related artifacts—that have emerged since the colonial period. It analyzes the evolving meanings and deployments of American mementos mori and other potent objects.

              this event is free details
                • Building ClosedVeterans Day
                  Building ClosedVeterans Day
                  all day

                  The MHS library and exhibition galleries will be closed all day.

                  details
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                  • Building ClosedVeterans Day
                    Building ClosedVeterans Day
                    all day

                    The MHS library and exhibition galleries will be closed all day.

                    details
                  • Environmental History Seminar“Many Bulldozers are Drooling”: The Urban Origins of Rail Trail...
                    Environmental History Seminar“Many Bulldozers are Drooling”: The Urban Origins of Rail Trails
                    5:15 PM - 7:30 PM Silas Chamberlin, Lehigh University Comment: Julia O’Brien, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation

                    This history of rail trails highlights the increasingly fractious relationship among urban constituencies and sheds light on the meaning of recreational trails as spaces of potential conflict between groups of walkers, landowners, policymakers, and residents.

                    Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                    Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
                    details
                    • Public Program, ExhibitionCurator's Choice/Collector's Insight
                      Public Program, ExhibitionCurator's Choice/Collector's Insight
                      2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Gallery Talk Anne Bentley, MHS Sarah Nehama, Jeweler & Private Collector this event is free details
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                          • Public Program, Author TalkQueen of America
                            Public Program, Author TalkQueen of America: In Search of the Real Dolley Madison
                            12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Catherine Allgor, University of California, Riverside this event is free details
                          • Immigration and Urban History SeminarPolitical Rights in the Age of Migration: The Case of Immigrant Vot...
                            Immigration and Urban History SeminarPolitical Rights in the Age of Migration: The Case of Immigrant Voting in the U.S.
                            5:15 PM - 7:30 PM Ron Hayduk, City University of New York Comment: Alexander Keyssar, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

                            This seminar paper chronicles the rise, fall, and re-emergence of immigrant voting. It examines the arguments for and against noncitizen voting—as well as proponents and opponents—and its impact on policy and American political development.

                            Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                            Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
                            details
                          • Brown BagEmancipating Citizenship: Race, Sex and (the Trouble with) Egalitar...
                            Brown BagEmancipating Citizenship: Race, Sex and (the Trouble with) Egalitarian Visions
                            12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Ann Holder, Pratt Institute

                            From sidewalks to streetcars, public space was a significant battleground in the post-Civil War urban south. With a focus on Richmond and New Orleans, this talk recaptures the vibrant movements for citizenship without regard to race or status, as well as the anxieties over sexual histories of racial uncertainty that fueled their political opposition.

                            this event is free details
                          • Building ClosedThanksgiving
                            Building ClosedThanksgiving
                            all day

                            The MHS library and exhibition galleries will be closed all day.

                            details
                          • Building ClosedThanksgiving
                            Building ClosedThanksgiving
                            all day

                            The MHS library and exhibition galleries will be closed all day.

                            details
                          • Building ClosedThanksgiving
                            Building ClosedThanksgiving
                            all day

                            The MHS library and exhibition galleries will be closed all day.

                            details
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                              • ExhibitionIn the Arena: The Presidential Election of 1912 in Massachusetts
                                ends ExhibitionIn the Arena: The Presidential Election of 1912 in Massachusetts
                                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
                              • Public ProgramThe Confederacy in History, Myth, & Memory
                                Public ProgramThe Confederacy in History, Myth, & Memory
                                6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 P.M. Waite Rawls, Museum of the Confederacy free eventregistration required at no cost details
                              • Member EventHistorical Happy Hour
                                Member EventHistorical Happy Hour
                                8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Special Event for MHS Associate Members

                                Associate Members are invited to gather after the talk by Waite Rawls to enjoy a cocktail and continue the discussion. Immediately following the talk, we will walk to The Hawthorne in Kenmore Square for a Southern cocktail and some delightful discourse.

                                Please RSVP   free eventregistration required at no cost details
                                  • NoticeLibrary Closing @ 2:00 PM
                                    NoticeLibrary Closing @ 2:00 PM
                                    all day details
                                  • Special EventCocktails with Clio
                                    Special EventCocktails with Clio
                                    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

                                    Cocktails with ClioJoin us for the third annual Cocktails with Clio, the Society’s signature fundraising event. Feast, sip, and celebrate history with MHS Overseer, cultural critic, and Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

                                    Please RSVP   this event requires a feeregistration required details
                                  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.

                                  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.

                                  3 November 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.

                                  7 November 2012 this event is free Brown Bag

                                  American Relics and the Material Politics of Public Memory

                                  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
                                  Matthew Dennis, University of Oregon

                                  This project assesses American relics—publicly significant mortal remains and related artifacts—that have emerged and persisted since the colonial period.  American Relics will analyze the evolving meanings and deployments of American mementos mori and other potent objects.  Its interpretive narrative focuses attention on exemplary relics—whether ordinary or extraordinary—placing them in a broader context, using their histories to analyze the means through which Americans have used them to express and authorize their public words by making those words (literally) concrete.

                                  10 November 2012 Building Closed

                                  Veterans Day

                                  all day
                                  12 November 2012 Building Closed

                                  Veterans Day

                                  all day
                                  13 November 2012 Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                                  Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
                                  Environmental History Seminar

                                  “Many Bulldozers are Drooling”: The Urban Origins of Rail Trails

                                  5:15 PM - 7:30 PM
                                  Silas Chamberlin, Lehigh University Comment: Julia O’Brien, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation

                                  This history of rail trails highlights the increasingly fractious relationship among urban constituencies and sheds light on the meaning of recreational trails as spaces of potential conflict between groups of walkers, landowners, policymakers, and residents.

                                  15 November 2012 this event is free Public Program, Exhibition

                                  Curator's Choice/Collector's Insight

                                  2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
                                  Gallery Talk Anne Bentley, MHS Sarah Nehama, Jeweler & Private Collector

                                  In an intimate and relaxed walk through the exhibition In Death Lamented, co-curators Anne Bentley and Sarah Nehama will discuss their favorite pieces, and Ms. Nehama will relay some of the adventures she encountered while building her private collection.

                                  19 November 2012 free eventregistration required at no cost Public Program

                                  Cotton & Race in the Making of Massachusetts & America

                                  6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
                                  Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 P.M. Gene Dattel

                                  Gene Dattel, author of Cotton and Race in the Making of America, will bring the relationship of cotton and race out of the regional shadows into the forefront of American history. The powerful dynamic of cotton, the first truly global business, produced catastrophic racial consequences and performed a critical nation-building economic impact. Dattel casts light upon today’s economic and racial issues and financial policies. He explains why the antebellum North provides the key to the tragedy of African American history from Reconstruction to the present.

                                  Gene Dattel grew up in the cotton country of the Mississippi Delta and studied history at Yale and law at Vanderbilt. He then embarked on a twenty-year career in financial capital markets. Mr Dattel is now a New York/Connecticut-based financial historian who lectures widely. Additional information may be obtained at genedattel.com.

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

                                  Due to circumstances beyond his control, Niall Ferguson will no longer be able to moderate the talk.

                                  20 November 2012 this event is free Public Program, Author Talk

                                  Queen of America: In Search of the Real Dolley Madison

                                  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
                                  Catherine Allgor, University of California, Riverside

                                  Despite her role as an influential first Lady, Dolley Madison left no autobiographical record of her experiences as a woman or as a socio-political figure. In The Queen of America, acclaimed author Catherine Allgor along with other Madison historians offer the annotated memoir of Dolley from her niece, Mary Cutts. Revealing much about public women in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Allgor also offers an example of the ways in which historians can recover the lives of these "vanishing ladies."

                                  Granting considerable insight into the figures of both Madison and her ambitious niece, whose memoir touches upon nineteenth-century femininity and historical relevancy as well as Dolley’s own life and times, The Queen of America assesses, contextualizes, and comments upon the two drafts of Cutts’s biography. Including a newly annotated transcription, the book evaluates the adequacy, accuracy, and general utility of Cutts’s memoir as a historical and biographical source.

                                  As noted by Cokie Roberts in the book’s foreword, in the midst of a “detective story” of this historical puzzle, Allgor acts as both guide and investigator into the information that was provided—and withheld—by Cutts.

                                  Catherine Allgor, Professor of History and Presidential Chair at the University of California, Riverside, is the author of A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation and Parlor Politics: In Which the Ladies of Washington Help Build a City and a Government.

                                  20 November 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

                                  Political Rights in the Age of Migration: The Case of Immigrant Voting in the U.S.

                                  5:15 PM - 7:30 PM
                                  Ron Hayduk, City University of New York Comment: Alexander Keyssar, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

                                  This seminar paper chronicles the rise, fall, and re-emergence of immigrant voting. It examines the arguments for and against noncitizen voting—as well as proponents and opponents—and its impact on policy and American political development.

                                  21 November 2012 this event is free Brown Bag

                                  Emancipating Citizenship: Race, Sex and (the Trouble with) Egalitarian Visions

                                  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
                                  Ann Holder, Pratt Institute

                                  From sidewalks to streetcars, public space was a significant battleground in the post-Civil War urban south. With a focus on Richmond and New Orleans, this talk recaptures the vibrant movements for citizenship without regard to race or status, as well as the anxieties over sexual histories of racial uncertainty that fueled their political opposition.

                                  22 November 2012 Building Closed

                                  Thanksgiving

                                  all day
                                  23 November 2012 Building Closed

                                  Thanksgiving

                                  all day
                                  24 November 2012 Building Closed

                                  Thanksgiving

                                  all day
                                  27 November 2012 free eventregistration required at no cost Public Program

                                  The Confederacy in History, Myth, & Memory

                                  6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
                                  Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 P.M. Waite Rawls, Museum of the Confederacy

                                  The Confederacy in history, myth, and memory continues to be a topic that fascinates a global audience. Why? How has the memory developed from the eras of the War, the Lost Cause, Civil Rights, and today? Waite Rawls, President and CEO of the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, will address these and related questions as he demonstrates how this history is relevant in the 21st century, especially its complications and nuances.

                                  Mr. Rawls spent 30 years as an investment banker in New York and Chicago before returning to his native Virginia 8 years ago. He is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and has a JD and MBA from the University of Virginia.

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

                                  27 November 2012 Please RSVP   free eventregistration required at no cost Member Event

                                  Historical Happy Hour

                                  8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
                                  Special Event for MHS Associate Members

                                  Join us for our first historical happy hour! Associate Members are invited to gather after the talk by Waite Rawls to enjoy a cocktail and continue the discussion. Immediately following the talk, we will walk to The Hawthorne in Kenmore Square for a Southern cocktail and some delightful discourse.


                                  Evening Lecture

                                  The Confederacy in History, Myth, & Memory

                                  Waite Rawls, Museum of the Confederacy

                                  The Confederacy in history, myth, and memory continues to be a topic that fascinates a global audience. Why? How has the memory developed from the eras of the War, the Lost Cause, and Civil Rights? Mr. Rawls will address these and related questions as he demonstrates how this history is relevant in the 21st century, especially its complications and nuances.

                                  Reception at 5:30 PM / Lecture at 6:00 PM

                                  30 November 2012 Notice

                                  Library Closing @ 2:00 PM

                                  all day
                                  30 November 2012 Please RSVP   this event requires a feeregistration required Special Event

                                  Cocktails with Clio

                                  6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

                                  Cocktails with ClioThe third annual Cocktails with Clio will take place on 30 November 2012, from 6 to 9 PM. Named for the muse of history, this festive evening celebrates American history and the 221-year-old mission of the Society. Following an elegant cocktail buffet at the Society’s building, guests will proceed to the nearby Harvard Club for dessert and a conversation with cultural critic, Harvard scholar, host of PBS series Finding Your Roots, and MHS Overseer Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  As the evening progresses, Professor Gates will discuss his approach to writing and teaching history, his interest in tracing our nation’s roots through individual stories, and how he has used MHS collections in his research.

                                  Tickets cost $200 per person. All net proceeds from the event will support the Society's outreach efforts.

                                  The MHS is pleased to offer the following event sponsorships:

                                  $5,000 - Clio’s Circle
                                  •    Thank you in the event invitation and program book.
                                  •    Complimentary valet parking for three vehicles.
                                  •    Six tickets to the event.
                                  •    Six reserved seats at the front of the hall for the speaking program.
                                  •    Six tickets to the V.I.P. champagne pre-reception with special guest Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

                                  $2,500 - Patrons of the Muse
                                  •    Thank you in the event invitation and program book.
                                  •    Complimentary valet parking for two vehicles.
                                  •    Four tickets to the event.
                                  •    Four reserved seats at the front of the hall for the speaking program.

                                  $1,000 - Friends of the Muse    
                                  •    Thank you in the event invitation and program book.
                                  •    Complimentary valet parking for one vehicle.
                                  •    Two tickets to the event.
                                  •    Two reserved seats at the front of the hall for the speaking program.

                                  For more information about becoming a sponsor, please contact Carol Knauff at cknauff@masshist.org or 617-646-0554.


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