Calendar of Events

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Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country

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

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December

MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 1 December 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour ...

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.

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Public Program, Author Talk Marigold: The Lost Chance for Peace in Vietnam 1 December 2012.Saturday, 2:00PM - 3:30PM James Hershberg, George Washington University & Woodrow Wilson Center Dr. Hershberg, author of Marigold: The Lost Chance for Peace in Vietnam, explores one of ...

Dr. Hershberg, author of Marigold: The Lost Chance for Peace in Vietnam, explores one of the war's last lingering mysteries: the secret Polish-Italian peace initiative, codenamed "Marigold.” His analysis draws on the papers of Massachusetts Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, who served as the US ambassador in Saigon, as well as newly-available communist sources. Dr. Hershberg is Professor of History and International Affairs at George Washington University, and former director of the Woodrow Wilson Center's Cold War International History Project.

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

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Early American History Seminar “To know if it is true”: Spies, Sentinels, and Prisoners of War in the South Carolina-Florida Borderland 4 December 2012.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Alejandra Dubcovsky, Yale University Comment: Daniel Tortora, Colby College The seminar paper describes how the Spanish created a new network of information that consisted of ...

The seminar paper describes how the Spanish created a new network of information that consisted of mobile and trusted informers. It is part of a project that examines the acquisition and transmission of information in the pre-postal, pre-printing press colonial South.

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Brown Bag Entitling Marriage: A History of Marriage, Public Money, and the Law 5 December 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Kristin Collins, Boston University Today public marriage-based entitlements, such as Social Security benefits for spouses, are ...

Today public marriage-based entitlements, such as Social Security benefits for spouses, are considered part and parcel of marriage itself. This was not always the case. “Entitling Marriage” charts the development of centralized marriage-based entitlements from the late 18th century into the early 20th century. The emergence and proliferation of such entitlements profoundly shaped the legal definition of marriage, as well as Americans’ shared understanding of their rights and roles as husbands, wives, and citizens.

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Library Closed Library Closing @ 3:45 5 December 2012.Wednesday, all day details
History of Women and Gender Seminar The Origins of the Domestic Worker Rights Movement 6 December 2012.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Premilla Nadasen, Queens College Comment: Ruth Milkman, City University of New York and Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study This seminar paper is part of a book-length project. It follows four women in particular, Geraldine ...

This seminar paper is part of a book-length project. It follows four women in particular, Geraldine Roberts, Mary McClendon, Geraldine Miller, and Dorothy Bolden, to examine how and why they launched local campaigns for the rights of domestic workers.

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Public Program, Exhibition A Family Remembers: The Cheever, Davis, & Shattuck Memorial Jewels 7 December 2012.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Gallery Talk Anne Bentley, MHS In 1971, George Cheever Shattuck made a gift to the Society that included half a dozen mourning ...

In 1971, George Cheever Shattuck made a gift to the Society that included half a dozen mourning jewels from his family's history. Join MHS Curator of Art Anne E. Bentley for an inside view of the jewelry and the stories.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 8 December 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour ...

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.

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Environmental History Seminar Changes in the Water: Early Modern Settler Society Impacts on the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound 11 December 2012.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Strother Roberts, Brown University Comment: John T. Cumbler, University of Louisville This seminar paper explores how the commodity production activities of early settlers impacted the ...

This seminar paper explores how the commodity production activities of early settlers impacted the land- and waterscapes of New England’s longest river. It is the capstone chapter to a book project on the environmental history of the colonial Connecticut Valley.

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Member Event, Special Event Fellows & Members Holiday Party 12 December 2012.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM Registration is now closed. Celebrate the season with the Trustees and staff of the MHS for a special year-end receptionto thank ...

Celebrate the season with the Trustees and staff of the MHS for a special year-end reception
to thank our Fellows and Members for their continuing support.

Registration is required.

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Public Program Making History: King Philip's War in Documents & Artifacts 13 December 2012.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM This event is SOLD OUT Facilitator: James H. Johnson, Boston University Students of a new Boston University course "Making History" discuss the MHS exhibit on King Philip's ...

Students of a new 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.

James H. Johnson, who teaches "Making History," is Associate Professor of History at Boston University. He is the recipient of the University's highest teaching award and the author of two prize-winning books, Listening in Paris: A Cultural History and Venice Incognito: Masks in the Serene Republic.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 15 December 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour ...

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.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 22 December 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour ...

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.

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Building Closed Christmas Holiday 24 December 2012.Monday, all day details
Building Closed Christmas Holiday 25 December 2012.Tuesday, all day details
Notice Galleries Open 26 December 2012.Wednesday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM The MHS exhibition galleries will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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

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Library Closed Library Closed 26 December 2012.Wednesday, all day details
Notice Galleries Open 27 December 2012.Thursday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM The MHS exhibition galleries will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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

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Library Closed Library Closed 27 December 2012.Thursday, all day details
Notice Galleries Open 28 December 2012.Friday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM The MHS exhibition galleries will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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

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Library Closed Library Closed 28 December 2012.Friday, all day details
Notice Galleries Open 29 December 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM The MHS exhibition galleries will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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

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Library Closed Library Closed 29 December 2012.Saturday, all day details
Building Closed New Year's Eve 31 December 2012.Monday, all day details
January
Pen used to sign Emancipation Proclamation Forever Free: Lincoln & the Emancipation Proclamation - Open 1 January 1 January 2013.Tuesday, 12:00PM - 4:00PM Tuesday, 1 January from 12 PM to 4 PM In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation on 1 ...

Pen used to sign Emancipation ProclamationIn commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation on 1 January 1863, this exhibition features the pen Abraham Lincoln used to sign the document. Visitors can learn how the MHS acquired this extraordinary pen as well as view paintings, broadsides, engravings, and manuscripts that tell the story of how Boston celebrated Emancipation.

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Notice Galleries Open 1 January 2013.Tuesday, 12:00PM - 4:00PM The exhibition galleries will be open 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. 

The exhibition galleries will be open 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. 

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Bronze cast of Abraham Lincoln Lincoln in Manuscript & Artifact - Open 1 January 1 January 2013.Tuesday, 12:00PM - 4:00PM Tuesday, 1 January from 12 PM to 4 PM View documents and artifacts related to Abraham Lincoln. Featured items include Lincoln's letter ...

Bronze cast of Abraham LincolnView documents and artifacts related to Abraham Lincoln. Featured items include Lincoln's letter to Joshua F. Speed explaining his evolving views on slavery as well as the casts of the life mask and hands of Lincoln made by Leonard Volk in the spring of 1860.

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Library Closed New Year's Day 1 January 2013.Tuesday, all day details
Public Program, Exhibition The 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation 1 January 2013.Tuesday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Exhibition Spotlight Peter Drummey & Anne Bentley, Massachusetts Historical Society When news arrived in Boston on New Year’s Day 1863 that Lincoln had signed the Emancipation ...

When news arrived in Boston on New Year’s Day 1863 that Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation, long-planned celebrations, the largest anywhere in the United States, already were underway. MHS Librarian Peter Drummey and Curator of Art Anne Bentley will explain how this epochal event in American History became an extraordinary moment in Boston history, and how the pen Lincoln used to sign the proclamation became one of the most treasured artifacts in the MHS collection.

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Pen used to sign Emancipation Proclamation Exhibitionbegins Forever Free: Lincoln & the Emancipation Proclamation 2 January 2013.Wednesday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation on 1 ...

Pen used to sign Emancipation ProclamationIn commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation on 1 January 1863, this exhibition features the pen Abraham Lincoln used to sign the document. Visitors can learn how the MHS acquired this extraordinary pen as well as view paintings, broadsides, engravings, and manuscripts that tell the story of how Boston celebrated Emancipation.

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Bronze cast of Abraham Lincoln Exhibitionbegins Lincoln in Manuscript & Artifact 2 January 2013.Wednesday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM View documents and artifacts related to Abraham Lincoln. Featured items include Lincoln's letter to ...

Bronze cast of Abraham LincolnView documents and artifacts related to Abraham Lincoln. Featured items include Lincoln's letter to Joshua F. Speed explaining his evolving views on slavery as well as the casts of the life mask and hands of Lincoln made by Leonard Volk in the spring of 1860.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 5 January 2013.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour ...

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.

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Brown Bag American Insides: Popular Narrative and the Historiography of Sexuality, 1675-1815 9 January 2013.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Greta LaFleur, University of Hawai'i at Manoa details
MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 12 January 2013.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour ...

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.

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Environmental History Seminar “Whither Have All the Forests Gone": A Case of Land Preservation in Suburban Washington 15 January 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required John Spiers, Boston College Comment: James Levitt, Harvard Forest This paper examines a frustrating question for those concerned with environmental issues: Why has ...

This paper examines a frustrating question for those concerned with environmental issues: Why has land preservation been such a challenge for suburbs in the late 20th century? It considers how land preservation occurs by offering a case study of a grassroots environmental movement in Fairfax County that formed around 1970 in response to plans for a single-family residential development adjacent to the Potomac River.

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Public Program America's Second Revolution: New England, Old England, & the Civil War 19 January 2013.Saturday, 2:00PM - 3:30PM Please RSVP   Len Gougeon, University of Scranton Why did most of Great Britain’s intellectual and artistic class sympathize with the ...

Why did most of Great Britain’s intellectual and artistic class sympathize with the Confederacy, either overtly or covertly, during the Civil War? This presentation examines the cultural conflict that erupted between New England poets and intellectuals and their British counterparts as a result of tensions arising out of the Civil War. Prof. Gougeon is a Distinguished University Fellow at the University of Scranton, where he teaches American literature. He is the author of Virtue’s Hero: Emerson, Antislavery, and Reform and Emerson and Eros: The Making of a Cultural Hero.

This event is co-sponsored by The New England Quarterly.

Reservations requeted. Please click on the ticket icon above, or contact the education department at 617-646-0560 / education@masshist.org.

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Building Closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 21 January 2013.Monday, all day details
Biography Seminar Biographers' Round Table: A Conversation with Stacy Schiff 24 January 2013.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Stacy Schiff, Pulitizer-Prize winning author Moderator: Susan Ware Pulitizer-Prize winning author Stacy Schiff will discuss her career as a writer and biographer in ...

Pulitizer-Prize winning author Stacy Schiff will discuss her career as a writer and biographer in conversation with Susan Ware. 

Stacy Schiff's most recent book is Cleopatra: A Life (2010), which was named one of the New York Times Book Review's top ten books of the year.  Her previous books include A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America (2005), Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabakov): Portrait of a Marriage (1999), which won the Pulitizer Prize, and Saint-Exupery: A Biography (1994). 

Susan Ware is an independent scholar who specializes in twentieth-century U.S. History, women's history, and biography.  Her most recent book is Game, Set, Match: Billie Jean King and the Revolution in Women's Sports (2011).

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Public Program, Exhibition The Real Gettysburg Address 25 January 2013.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Exhibition Spotlight Peter Drummey, Massachusetts Historical Society Edward Everett is known to history as the “other” speaker at the commemoration of the ...

Edward Everett is known to history as the “other” speaker at the commemoration of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg – the man who, by his own admission, in two hours could not accomplish what Lincoln did in two minutes. Learn more about who said what—and why—at Gettysburg, and view letters exchanged by Lincoln and Everett.

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Immigration and Urban History Seminar "Pretended love of personal liberty": Antislavery, Nativism, and Deportation Policy in Antebellum Massachusetts 29 January 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Hidetaka Hirota, Boston College Comment: Lucy Salyer, University of New Hampshire This paper explores the implementation of deportation policy during the 1850s, when anti-Irish ...

This paper explores the implementation of deportation policy during the 1850s, when anti-Irish nativism reached its zenith with the rise of nativist politicians, the Know Nothings, in state politics. In particular, it examines the contradiction between the defense of African Americans’ personal liberty and the seizure of Irish immigrants by exposing the tangible presence of nativist force in the antislavery movement.

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Conversation, Public Program Dumb Witnesses: Relics of George Washington at the Massachusetts Historical Society 30 January 2013.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 PM Peter Drummey, Massachusetts Historical Society Part of "The Object of History" series From the beginnings of the MHS, George Washington has been the subject of fascination and veneration ...

From the beginnings of the MHS, George Washington has been the subject of fascination and veneration. What does the Society’s early collection of Washington artifacts and documents say about the founding of the MHS—and the image of Washington in the early Republic?

The Object of History
A series of chats with MHS Librarian Peter Drummey about what documents and artifacts from the collections can tell us about the characters, events, and issues of the past, as well as the role of MHS in documenting the rich history of our state and nation.

Registration Required. Fee $25/$15 (F/M); Free for MHS Fund Giving Circle members. Please click on the ticket icon above, or contact the education department at 617-646-0557 / education@masshist.org.

Register for all three programs in “The Object of History” series and receive a registration discount! Series fee: $60/30 (F/M); Free for MHS Fund Circle members.

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In Death Lamented Exhibitionends In Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry 31 January 2013.Thursday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM In Death Lamented features rings, bracelets, brooches, and other pieces of mourning jewelry ...

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.

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February
MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 2 February 2013.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour ...

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.

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Early American History Seminar Panel Discussion: Race, Religion, and Freedom in the 18th Century North 5 February 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Location: Old State House Richard Boles, George Washington University, and Jared Hardesty, Boston College Comment: Linford Fisher, Brown University Discussion will focus on two seminar papers: “African American and Indian Church Affiliation: ...

Discussion will focus on two seminar papers: “African American and Indian Church Affiliation: Reevaluating Race and Religion in the North, 1730-1776,” by Richard Boles of George Washington University, and  “A World of Deference and Dependence: Slavery and Unfreedom in Eighteenth-century Boston,” by Jared Hardesty of Boston College. Boles’s paper explores black and Indian participation in each major Protestant denomination, suggesting the need to reevaluate aspects of the religious history of the colonial North in regard to how blacks and Indians influenced theology and church practices. Hardesty’s essay aims to raise serious questions about the nature of freedom in the American Colonies by engaging the literature concerning liberty in early America and challenging the popular slave/free dichotomy that dominates the historiography.

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Brown Bag Finding Sedgwick In the Archives: Recent Discoveries in the Complex Life of Catharine Maria Sedgwick (1789-1867) 6 February 2013.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Lucinda Damon-Bach, Salem State University Internationally famous author, pioneering Unitarian, rural and urban benevolent worker, sister to ...

Internationally famous author, pioneering Unitarian, rural and urban benevolent worker, sister to six siblings, active aunt to 37 nieces and nephews, and prolific correspondent, Catharine Maria Sedgwick’s fascinating life deserves a full-length biography. With over 4,000 letters in addition to personal journals at the MHS, there is much to examine. In her brown bag talk Lucinda Damon-Bach will share some of the questions and discoveries to date that are helping her to clear up misconceptions and prepare a long-overdue book about Sedgwick’s life and work.

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History of Women and Gender Seminar Partus Sequitur Ventrem: Slave Law and the History of Women in Slavery 7 February 2013.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Location: Schlesinger Library Jennifer Morgan, New York University Comment: Linda Heywood, Boston University details
Building Closed Library & Exhibitions Closing @ 12:30 8 February 2013.Friday, all day details
Building Closed Library & Exhibitions Closed 9 February 2013.Saturday, all day details
Notice Opening @ Noon 11 February 2013.Monday, all day details
Author Talk, Public Program Lincoln & Liberty, Too 11 February 2013.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 PM William Martin In March 1861, when Lincoln delivered his First Inaugural, neither he nor many in the audience ...

William Martin The Lincoln LetterIn March 1861, when Lincoln delivered his First Inaugural, neither he nor many in the audience envisioned that four years later, at his Second, the eradication of slavery would be imminent. What events led to the Emancipation Proclamation? And what would follow as Lincoln led the nation toward his “king’s cure for all the evils,” the Thirteenth Amendment? On the eve of Lincoln’s birthday, William Martin will explore Lincoln’s passage from the careful Constitutional lawyer of the First Inaugural to the almost messianic figure of the Second. An MHS Fellow,  Mr. Martin has written novels that appear on the New York Times bestsellers list, as well as scripts for television and film.

Reservations requested. Please click on the RSVP link above, or contact the education department at 617-646-0560 / education@masshist.org.

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Environmental History Seminar “To clear the herring brook": Fluvial Control, Common Rights, and Commercial Development in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, 1660-1860 12 February 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Ben Cronin, University of Michigan Comment: William F. Hanna III, author of A History of Taunton, Massachusetts By examining towns of Plymouth County, particularly Pembroke and Middleboro, this project shows how ...

By examining towns of Plymouth County, particularly Pembroke and Middleboro, this project shows how political, economic, and at times military power flowed from effective control of the waterways. The shift in what might be called “water regimes” was a crucial location of what Charles Sellers has called the Market Revolution.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 16 February 2013.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour ...

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.

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Building Closed Presidents' Day 18 February 2013.Monday, all day details
Early American History Seminar Revolutionary Ideologies and Wartime Economic Regulation 19 February 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Daniel Mandell, Truman State University Comment: Brendan McConville, Boston University Rescheduled from October 30. This seminar paper will focus on the ideological ...

Rescheduled from October 30. This seminar paper will focus on the ideological elements in the conflict that emerged over wage and price regulation, as wartime debates created a conceptual gap between calls for economic equality and liberty. It is part of a larger study of the evolution of notions of equality in America.

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Proclaim Liberty banner Special Event, Member Event "Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land": Preview Reception 21 February 2013.Thursday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM This event is available to MHS Fellows and Members MHS Fellows and Members are invited to a special preview reception of "Proclaim Liberty Throughout ...

Proclaim Liberty bannerMHS Fellows and Members are invited to a special preview reception of "Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land." The evening will begin with remarks by Stephen T. Riley Librarian Peter Drummey.

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Exhibitionbegins "Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land": Boston Abolitionists, 1831-1865 22 February 2013.Friday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM In the decades leading up to the Civil War, Boston became a center of the national antislavery ...

In the decades leading up to the Civil War, Boston became a center of the national antislavery movement, and in 1831 William Lloyd Garrison, "all on fire" for the cause, began publication of The Liberator, the country's leading abolitionist newspaper. There was strong resistance to the radical movement, however, not only in the slaveholding South, but among Northerners' as well. The exhibition features manuscripts, photographs, artifacts—including the imposing stone for The Liberator—and portraits related to the abolitionist movement in Boston.

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Exhibition, Public Program "I Will Be Heard!" William Lloyd Garrison & the Abolitionist Movement in Boston, 1831-1865 22 February 2013.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Exhibition Spotlight Peter Drummey, Massachusetts Historical Society Librarian Peter Drummey will discuss materials in the new exhibition that illustrate the life and ...

Proclaim Liberty banner Librarian Peter Drummey will discuss materials in the new exhibition that illustrate the life and career of William Lloyd Garrison, editor of the Liberator, and a central figure in the antislavery movement in Boston.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 23 February 2013.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour ...

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.

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Immigration and Urban History Seminar Seeing in the City: Broadway and the Culture of Vision in 19th-Century New York 26 February 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required David Jaffee, Bard Graduate Center Comment: Keith Morgan, Boston University This essay will explore Broadway as the central location for many of Jaffe’s case studies of ...

This essay will explore Broadway as the central location for many of Jaffe’s case studies of cultural entrepreneurs as well as the subject and site of new ways of seeing in the city. His research includes Currier & Ives lithographs, John Rogers sculptures, E. & H. T. Anthony Stereographs, and Harper's illustrations.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 1 December 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM this event is free

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.

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Public Program, Author Talk Marigold: The Lost Chance for Peace in Vietnam 1 December 2012.Saturday, 2:00PM - 3:30PM registration required at no cost James Hershberg, George Washington University & Woodrow Wilson Center

Dr. Hershberg, author of Marigold: The Lost Chance for Peace in Vietnam, explores one of the war's last lingering mysteries: the secret Polish-Italian peace initiative, codenamed "Marigold.” His analysis draws on the papers of Massachusetts Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, who served as the US ambassador in Saigon, as well as newly-available communist sources. Dr. Hershberg is Professor of History and International Affairs at George Washington University, and former director of the Woodrow Wilson Center's Cold War International History Project.

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

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Early American History Seminar “To know if it is true”: Spies, Sentinels, and Prisoners of War in the South Carolina-Florida Borderland 4 December 2012.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Alejandra Dubcovsky, Yale University Comment: Daniel Tortora, Colby College

The seminar paper describes how the Spanish created a new network of information that consisted of mobile and trusted informers. It is part of a project that examines the acquisition and transmission of information in the pre-postal, pre-printing press colonial South.

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Brown Bag Entitling Marriage: A History of Marriage, Public Money, and the Law 5 December 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Kristin Collins, Boston University

Today public marriage-based entitlements, such as Social Security benefits for spouses, are considered part and parcel of marriage itself. This was not always the case. “Entitling Marriage” charts the development of centralized marriage-based entitlements from the late 18th century into the early 20th century. The emergence and proliferation of such entitlements profoundly shaped the legal definition of marriage, as well as Americans’ shared understanding of their rights and roles as husbands, wives, and citizens.

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Library Closed Library Closing @ 3:45 5 December 2012.Wednesday, all day close
History of Women and Gender Seminar The Origins of the Domestic Worker Rights Movement 6 December 2012.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Premilla Nadasen, Queens College Comment: Ruth Milkman, City University of New York and Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

This seminar paper is part of a book-length project. It follows four women in particular, Geraldine Roberts, Mary McClendon, Geraldine Miller, and Dorothy Bolden, to examine how and why they launched local campaigns for the rights of domestic workers.

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Public Program, Exhibition A Family Remembers: The Cheever, Davis, & Shattuck Memorial Jewels 7 December 2012.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM this event is free Gallery Talk Anne Bentley, MHS

In 1971, George Cheever Shattuck made a gift to the Society that included half a dozen mourning jewels from his family's history. Join MHS Curator of Art Anne E. Bentley for an inside view of the jewelry and the stories.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 8 December 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM this event is free

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.

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Environmental History Seminar Changes in the Water: Early Modern Settler Society Impacts on the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound 11 December 2012.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Strother Roberts, Brown University Comment: John T. Cumbler, University of Louisville

This seminar paper explores how the commodity production activities of early settlers impacted the land- and waterscapes of New England’s longest river. It is the capstone chapter to a book project on the environmental history of the colonial Connecticut Valley.

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Member Event, Special Event Fellows & Members Holiday Party 12 December 2012.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM registration required at no cost Registration is now closed.

Celebrate the season with the Trustees and staff of the MHS for a special year-end reception
to thank our Fellows and Members for their continuing support.

Registration is required.

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Public Program Making History: King Philip's War in Documents & Artifacts 13 December 2012.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM registration required at no cost This event is SOLD OUT Facilitator: James H. Johnson, Boston University

Students of a new 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.

James H. Johnson, who teaches "Making History," is Associate Professor of History at Boston University. He is the recipient of the University's highest teaching award and the author of two prize-winning books, Listening in Paris: A Cultural History and Venice Incognito: Masks in the Serene Republic.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 15 December 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM this event is free

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.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 22 December 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM this event is free

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.

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Building Closed Christmas Holiday 24 December 2012.Monday, all day close
Building Closed Christmas Holiday 25 December 2012.Tuesday, all day close
Notice Galleries Open 26 December 2012.Wednesday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM

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

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Library Closed Library Closed 26 December 2012.Wednesday, all day close
Notice Galleries Open 27 December 2012.Thursday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM

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

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Library Closed Library Closed 27 December 2012.Thursday, all day close
Notice Galleries Open 28 December 2012.Friday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM

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

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Library Closed Library Closed 28 December 2012.Friday, all day close
Notice Galleries Open 29 December 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM

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

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Library Closed Library Closed 29 December 2012.Saturday, all day close
Building Closed New Year's Eve 31 December 2012.Monday, all day close
Forever Free: Lincoln & the Emancipation Proclamation - Open 1 January 1 January 2013.Tuesday, 12:00PM - 4:00PM this event is free Tuesday, 1 January from 12 PM to 4 PM Pen used to sign Emancipation Proclamation

Pen used to sign Emancipation ProclamationIn commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation on 1 January 1863, this exhibition features the pen Abraham Lincoln used to sign the document. Visitors can learn how the MHS acquired this extraordinary pen as well as view paintings, broadsides, engravings, and manuscripts that tell the story of how Boston celebrated Emancipation.

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Notice Galleries Open 1 January 2013.Tuesday, 12:00PM - 4:00PM

The exhibition galleries will be open 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. 

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Lincoln in Manuscript & Artifact - Open 1 January 1 January 2013.Tuesday, 12:00PM - 4:00PM this event is free Tuesday, 1 January from 12 PM to 4 PM Bronze cast of Abraham Lincoln

Bronze cast of Abraham LincolnView documents and artifacts related to Abraham Lincoln. Featured items include Lincoln's letter to Joshua F. Speed explaining his evolving views on slavery as well as the casts of the life mask and hands of Lincoln made by Leonard Volk in the spring of 1860.

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Library Closed New Year's Day 1 January 2013.Tuesday, all day close
Public Program, Exhibition The 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation 1 January 2013.Tuesday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM this event is free Exhibition Spotlight Peter Drummey & Anne Bentley, Massachusetts Historical Society

When news arrived in Boston on New Year’s Day 1863 that Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation, long-planned celebrations, the largest anywhere in the United States, already were underway. MHS Librarian Peter Drummey and Curator of Art Anne Bentley will explain how this epochal event in American History became an extraordinary moment in Boston history, and how the pen Lincoln used to sign the proclamation became one of the most treasured artifacts in the MHS collection.

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Exhibition Forever Free: Lincoln & the Emancipation Proclamation 2 January 2013 to 24 May 2013 this event is free Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM Pen used to sign Emancipation Proclamation

Pen used to sign Emancipation ProclamationIn commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation on 1 January 1863, this exhibition features the pen Abraham Lincoln used to sign the document. Visitors can learn how the MHS acquired this extraordinary pen as well as view paintings, broadsides, engravings, and manuscripts that tell the story of how Boston celebrated Emancipation.

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Exhibition Lincoln in Manuscript & Artifact 2 January 2013 to 24 May 2013 this event is free Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM Bronze cast of Abraham Lincoln

Bronze cast of Abraham LincolnView documents and artifacts related to Abraham Lincoln. Featured items include Lincoln's letter to Joshua F. Speed explaining his evolving views on slavery as well as the casts of the life mask and hands of Lincoln made by Leonard Volk in the spring of 1860.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 5 January 2013.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM this event is free

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.

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Brown Bag American Insides: Popular Narrative and the Historiography of Sexuality, 1675-1815 9 January 2013.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Greta LaFleur, University of Hawai'i at Manoa close
MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 12 January 2013.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM this event is free

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.

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Environmental History Seminar “Whither Have All the Forests Gone": A Case of Land Preservation in Suburban Washington 15 January 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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John Spiers, Boston College Comment: James Levitt, Harvard Forest

This paper examines a frustrating question for those concerned with environmental issues: Why has land preservation been such a challenge for suburbs in the late 20th century? It considers how land preservation occurs by offering a case study of a grassroots environmental movement in Fairfax County that formed around 1970 in response to plans for a single-family residential development adjacent to the Potomac River.

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Public Program America's Second Revolution: New England, Old England, & the Civil War 19 January 2013.Saturday, 2:00PM - 3:30PM Please RSVP   registration required at no cost Len Gougeon, University of Scranton

Why did most of Great Britain’s intellectual and artistic class sympathize with the Confederacy, either overtly or covertly, during the Civil War? This presentation examines the cultural conflict that erupted between New England poets and intellectuals and their British counterparts as a result of tensions arising out of the Civil War. Prof. Gougeon is a Distinguished University Fellow at the University of Scranton, where he teaches American literature. He is the author of Virtue’s Hero: Emerson, Antislavery, and Reform and Emerson and Eros: The Making of a Cultural Hero.

This event is co-sponsored by The New England Quarterly.

Reservations requeted. Please click on the ticket icon above, or contact the education department at 617-646-0560 / education@masshist.org.

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Building Closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 21 January 2013.Monday, all day close
Biography Seminar Biographers' Round Table: A Conversation with Stacy Schiff 24 January 2013.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Stacy Schiff, Pulitizer-Prize winning author Moderator: Susan Ware

Pulitizer-Prize winning author Stacy Schiff will discuss her career as a writer and biographer in conversation with Susan Ware. 

Stacy Schiff's most recent book is Cleopatra: A Life (2010), which was named one of the New York Times Book Review's top ten books of the year.  Her previous books include A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America (2005), Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabakov): Portrait of a Marriage (1999), which won the Pulitizer Prize, and Saint-Exupery: A Biography (1994). 

Susan Ware is an independent scholar who specializes in twentieth-century U.S. History, women's history, and biography.  Her most recent book is Game, Set, Match: Billie Jean King and the Revolution in Women's Sports (2011).

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Public Program, Exhibition The Real Gettysburg Address 25 January 2013.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM this event is free Exhibition Spotlight Peter Drummey, Massachusetts Historical Society

Edward Everett is known to history as the “other” speaker at the commemoration of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg – the man who, by his own admission, in two hours could not accomplish what Lincoln did in two minutes. Learn more about who said what—and why—at Gettysburg, and view letters exchanged by Lincoln and Everett.

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Immigration and Urban History Seminar "Pretended love of personal liberty": Antislavery, Nativism, and Deportation Policy in Antebellum Massachusetts 29 January 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Hidetaka Hirota, Boston College Comment: Lucy Salyer, University of New Hampshire

This paper explores the implementation of deportation policy during the 1850s, when anti-Irish nativism reached its zenith with the rise of nativist politicians, the Know Nothings, in state politics. In particular, it examines the contradiction between the defense of African Americans’ personal liberty and the seizure of Irish immigrants by exposing the tangible presence of nativist force in the antislavery movement.

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Conversation, Public Program Dumb Witnesses: Relics of George Washington at the Massachusetts Historical Society 30 January 2013.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   registration required Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 PM Peter Drummey, Massachusetts Historical Society Part of "The Object of History" series

From the beginnings of the MHS, George Washington has been the subject of fascination and veneration. What does the Society’s early collection of Washington artifacts and documents say about the founding of the MHS—and the image of Washington in the early Republic?

The Object of History
A series of chats with MHS Librarian Peter Drummey about what documents and artifacts from the collections can tell us about the characters, events, and issues of the past, as well as the role of MHS in documenting the rich history of our state and nation.

Registration Required. Fee $25/$15 (F/M); Free for MHS Fund Giving Circle members. Please click on the ticket icon above, or contact the education department at 617-646-0557 / education@masshist.org.

Register for all three programs in “The Object of History” series and receive a registration discount! Series fee: $60/30 (F/M); Free for MHS Fund Circle members.

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Exhibition In Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry 31 January 2013.Thursday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM this event is free Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM In Death Lamented

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.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 2 February 2013.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM this event is free

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.

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Early American History Seminar Panel Discussion: Race, Religion, and Freedom in the 18th Century North 5 February 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Location: Old State House Richard Boles, George Washington University, and Jared Hardesty, Boston College Comment: Linford Fisher, Brown University

Discussion will focus on two seminar papers: “African American and Indian Church Affiliation: Reevaluating Race and Religion in the North, 1730-1776,” by Richard Boles of George Washington University, and  “A World of Deference and Dependence: Slavery and Unfreedom in Eighteenth-century Boston,” by Jared Hardesty of Boston College. Boles’s paper explores black and Indian participation in each major Protestant denomination, suggesting the need to reevaluate aspects of the religious history of the colonial North in regard to how blacks and Indians influenced theology and church practices. Hardesty’s essay aims to raise serious questions about the nature of freedom in the American Colonies by engaging the literature concerning liberty in early America and challenging the popular slave/free dichotomy that dominates the historiography.

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Brown Bag Finding Sedgwick In the Archives: Recent Discoveries in the Complex Life of Catharine Maria Sedgwick (1789-1867) 6 February 2013.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Lucinda Damon-Bach, Salem State University

Internationally famous author, pioneering Unitarian, rural and urban benevolent worker, sister to six siblings, active aunt to 37 nieces and nephews, and prolific correspondent, Catharine Maria Sedgwick’s fascinating life deserves a full-length biography. With over 4,000 letters in addition to personal journals at the MHS, there is much to examine. In her brown bag talk Lucinda Damon-Bach will share some of the questions and discoveries to date that are helping her to clear up misconceptions and prepare a long-overdue book about Sedgwick’s life and work.

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History of Women and Gender Seminar Partus Sequitur Ventrem: Slave Law and the History of Women in Slavery 7 February 2013.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Building Closed Library & Exhibitions Closing @ 12:30 8 February 2013.Friday, all day close
Building Closed Library & Exhibitions Closed 9 February 2013.Saturday, all day close
Notice Opening @ Noon 11 February 2013.Monday, all day close
Author Talk, Public Program Lincoln & Liberty, Too 11 February 2013.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   registration required at no cost Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 PM William Martin

William Martin The Lincoln LetterIn March 1861, when Lincoln delivered his First Inaugural, neither he nor many in the audience envisioned that four years later, at his Second, the eradication of slavery would be imminent. What events led to the Emancipation Proclamation? And what would follow as Lincoln led the nation toward his “king’s cure for all the evils,” the Thirteenth Amendment? On the eve of Lincoln’s birthday, William Martin will explore Lincoln’s passage from the careful Constitutional lawyer of the First Inaugural to the almost messianic figure of the Second. An MHS Fellow,  Mr. Martin has written novels that appear on the New York Times bestsellers list, as well as scripts for television and film.

Reservations requested. Please click on the RSVP link above, or contact the education department at 617-646-0560 / education@masshist.org.

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Environmental History Seminar “To clear the herring brook": Fluvial Control, Common Rights, and Commercial Development in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, 1660-1860 12 February 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Ben Cronin, University of Michigan Comment: William F. Hanna III, author of A History of Taunton, Massachusetts

By examining towns of Plymouth County, particularly Pembroke and Middleboro, this project shows how political, economic, and at times military power flowed from effective control of the waterways. The shift in what might be called “water regimes” was a crucial location of what Charles Sellers has called the Market Revolution.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 16 February 2013.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM this event is free

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.

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Building Closed Presidents' Day 18 February 2013.Monday, all day close
Early American History Seminar Revolutionary Ideologies and Wartime Economic Regulation 19 February 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Daniel Mandell, Truman State University Comment: Brendan McConville, Boston University

Rescheduled from October 30. This seminar paper will focus on the ideological elements in the conflict that emerged over wage and price regulation, as wartime debates created a conceptual gap between calls for economic equality and liberty. It is part of a larger study of the evolution of notions of equality in America.

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Special Event, Member Event "Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land": Preview Reception 21 February 2013.Thursday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM registration required at no cost This event is available to MHS Fellows and Members Proclaim Liberty banner

Proclaim Liberty bannerMHS Fellows and Members are invited to a special preview reception of "Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land." The evening will begin with remarks by Stephen T. Riley Librarian Peter Drummey.

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Exhibition "Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land": Boston Abolitionists, 1831-1865 22 February 2013 to 24 May 2013 this event is free Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM

In the decades leading up to the Civil War, Boston became a center of the national antislavery movement, and in 1831 William Lloyd Garrison, "all on fire" for the cause, began publication of The Liberator, the country's leading abolitionist newspaper. There was strong resistance to the radical movement, however, not only in the slaveholding South, but among Northerners' as well. The exhibition features manuscripts, photographs, artifacts—including the imposing stone for The Liberator—and portraits related to the abolitionist movement in Boston.

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Exhibition, Public Program "I Will Be Heard!" William Lloyd Garrison & the Abolitionist Movement in Boston, 1831-1865 22 February 2013.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM this event is free Exhibition Spotlight Peter Drummey, Massachusetts Historical Society

Proclaim Liberty banner Librarian Peter Drummey will discuss materials in the new exhibition that illustrate the life and career of William Lloyd Garrison, editor of the Liberator, and a central figure in the antislavery movement in Boston.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 23 February 2013.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM this event is free

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.

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Immigration and Urban History Seminar Seeing in the City: Broadway and the Culture of Vision in 19th-Century New York 26 February 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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David Jaffee, Bard Graduate Center Comment: Keith Morgan, Boston University

This essay will explore Broadway as the central location for many of Jaffe’s case studies of cultural entrepreneurs as well as the subject and site of new ways of seeing in the city. His research includes Currier & Ives lithographs, John Rogers sculptures, E. & H. T. Anthony Stereographs, and Harper's illustrations.

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