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        • Early American History SeminarPanel Discussion: Race, Religion, and Freedom in the 18th Century N...
          Early American History SeminarPanel Discussion: Race, Religion, and Freedom in the 18th Century North
          5:15 PM - 7:30 PM 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.

          Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
          Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
          details
        • Brown BagFinding Sedgwick In the Archives
          Brown BagFinding Sedgwick In the Archives: Recent Discoveries in the Complex Life of Catharine Maria Sedgwick (1789-1867)
          12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 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.

          this event is free details
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          • NoticeOpening @ Noon
            NoticeOpening @ Noon
            all day

            The MHS library & exhibitions will open at 12:00 PM on Monday, 11 February.

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          • Author Talk, Public ProgramLincoln & Liberty, Too
            Author Talk, Public ProgramLincoln & Liberty, Too
            6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 PM William Martin Please RSVP   free eventregistration required at no cost details
          • Environmental History Seminar“To clear the herring brook": Fluvial Control, Common Rights, and...
            Environmental History Seminar“To clear the herring brook": Fluvial Control, Common Rights, and Commercial Development in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, 1660-1860
            5:15 PM - 7:30 PM 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.

            Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
            Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
            details
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                  • Early American History SeminarRevolutionary Ideologies and Wartime Economic Regulation
                    Early American History SeminarRevolutionary Ideologies and Wartime Economic Regulation
                    5:15 PM - 7:30 PM 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.

                    Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                    Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
                    details
                    • Exhibition"Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land": Boston Abolitionists, 1...
                      begins Exhibition"Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land": Boston Abolitionists, 1831-1865
                      22 February 2013 to 24 May 2013 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM

                      Proclaim Liberty bannerThis exhibition features manuscripts; broadsides and banners announcing antislavery meetings and fairs; artifacts—including the imposing stone for The Liberator; and portraits of key players to illustrate the role of Massachusetts in the national debate over slavery and demonstrate how the movement was communicated and followed.

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

                      Librarian Peter Drummey will discuss materials in the new exhibition that illustrate the life and career of William Lloyd Garrison.

                      this event is free details
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                        • Immigration and Urban History SeminarSeeing in the City: Broadway and the Culture of Vision in 19th-Cent...
                          Immigration and Urban History SeminarSeeing in the City: Broadway and the Culture of Vision in 19th-Century New York
                          5:15 PM - 7:30 PM 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.

                          Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                          Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
                          details
                            this event is free Exhibition

                            Forever Free: Lincoln & the Emancipation Proclamation

                            2 January 2013 to 24 May 2013 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
                            Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM

                            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.

                            this event is free Exhibition

                            Lincoln in Manuscript & Artifact

                            2 January 2013 to 24 May 2013 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
                            Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM

                            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.

                            2 February 2013 this event is free MHS Tour

                            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.

                            5 February 2013 Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                            Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
                            Early American History Seminar

                            Panel Discussion: Race, Religion, and Freedom in the 18th Century North

                            5:15 PM - 7:30 PM
                            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.

                            6 February 2013 this event is free Brown Bag

                            Finding Sedgwick In the Archives: Recent Discoveries in the Complex Life of Catharine Maria Sedgwick (1789-1867)

                            12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
                            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.

                            7 February 2013 Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                            Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
                            History of Women and Gender Seminar

                            Partus Sequitur Ventrem: Slave Law and the History of Women in Slavery

                            5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
                            Location: Schlesinger Library Jennifer Morgan, New York University Comment: Linda Heywood, Boston University
                            8 February 2013 Building Closed

                            Library & Exhibitions Closing @ 12:30

                            all day
                            9 February 2013 Building Closed

                            Library & Exhibitions Closed

                            all day
                            11 February 2013 Notice

                            Opening @ Noon

                            all day
                            11 February 2013 Please RSVP   free eventregistration required at no cost Author Talk, Public Program

                            Lincoln & Liberty, Too

                            6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
                            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.

                            12 February 2013 Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                            Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
                            Environmental History Seminar

                            “To clear the herring brook": Fluvial Control, Common Rights, and Commercial Development in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, 1660-1860

                            5:15 PM - 7:30 PM
                            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.

                            16 February 2013 this event is free MHS Tour

                            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.

                            18 February 2013 Building Closed

                            Presidents' Day

                            all day
                            19 February 2013 Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                            Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
                            Early American History Seminar

                            Revolutionary Ideologies and Wartime Economic Regulation

                            5:15 PM - 7:30 PM
                            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.

                            21 February 2013 free eventregistration required at no cost Special Event, Member Event

                            "Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land": Preview Reception

                            6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
                            This event is available to MHS Fellows and Members

                            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.

                            this event is free Exhibition

                            "Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land": Boston Abolitionists, 1831-1865

                            22 February 2013 to 24 May 2013 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
                            Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM

                            Proclaim Liberty bannerIn 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.

                            22 February 2013 this event is free Exhibition, Public Program

                            "I Will Be Heard!" William Lloyd Garrison & the Abolitionist Movement in Boston, 1831-1865

                            2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
                            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.

                            23 February 2013 this event is free MHS Tour

                            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.

                            26 February 2013 Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                            Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
                            Immigration and Urban History Seminar

                            Seeing in the City: Broadway and the Culture of Vision in 19th-Century New York

                            5:15 PM - 7:30 PM
                            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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