Calendar of Events

Exhibition

Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country

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

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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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Proclaim Liberty banner 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 ...

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.

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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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March
Teacher Workshop Writing, Reading, & Preserving Eighteenth-Century Letters (Part I) 2 March 2013.Saturday, 9:00AM - 4:30PM Join us at this two-day workshop as we explore eighteenth-century letters from the collections of ...

Join us at this two-day workshop as we explore eighteenth-century letters from the collections of the Revere House and the Massachusetts Historical Society! Teachers will learn more about the importance of letters as a communication tool in the eighteenth century, as well as their importance as historical sources today. Participants can also try their hand at writing letters using eighteenth-century technology and conventions and transcribing letters written by members of the Revere and Adams families.

Participants can earn 12 PDPs by attending both days of the course and writing one lesson plan, or One Graduate Credit (equal to 22.5 PDPs) from Framingham State (credit pending) by paying an additional fee of $75 and completing a more extensive project.

Registration Fee: $80. Includes course readings, morning snacks and one lunch. To Register: Please complete this registration form and send it with your check (payable to the Revere House) to:19 North Sq., Boston, MA 02113.

Workshop Schedule

SATURDAY, March 2, 2013
9:00 – 4:30 Paul Revere House 19 North Square, Boston, MA 02113

Morning Sessions:
Letter-writing in the 18th century: Who wrote letters and why?

Reading Between the Lines: What do surviving Revere letters tell us about the family? Small groups work together to note information gleaned from original and transcribed Revere family letters. A short tour of the Revere House is included to see a few Revere written items on display. Staff reveal the recent discovery of a missing Revere letter, how it came to light and how it has since been conserved.

Afternoon Sessions:
Composition Workshop: Write your own 18th c. style letter by following patterns & styles noted in examples shared in the morning sessions and required reading.

Penmanship: Quill Pen Writing Workshop: Copy out your own letter with a quill pen and ink. Proper 18th c. writing style & quill pen sharpening method will be taught by R. P. Hale, calligrapher and printer extraordinaire.

SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 2013
9:00 – 4:30 Massachusetts Historical Society 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

Morning Sessions
Making Sense of Manuscripts: Learn more about the challenges & rewards of working with eighteenth-century documents such as the Adams Family Papers.

Collections Tour: View examples of letters in the Massachusetts Historical Society’s extensive collections.

Afternoon Sessions:
Your turn: Try your hand at transcribing eighteenthcentury letters from the Society’s collections. After working in small groups, participants can share their own challenges and successes.

A Life in Letters: What does the correspondence between Abigail Adams and her husband and sisters tell us about life in the late eighteenth century? Participants will examine a series of letters in order to create a sketch of Adams family life at the time of the American Revolution.

For Further Information: Contact the Education Department: 617-646-0557 or education@masshist.org.

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Early American History Seminar Blood in the Water: The Pequot War, Kieft’s War, and the Contagion of Coastal Violence 5 March 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Andrew Lipman, Syracuse University Comment: Katherine Grandjean, Wellesley College Recently scholars have pointed out links between the 1636-1637 Anglo-Indian conflict known as the ...

Recently scholars have pointed out links between the 1636-1637 Anglo-Indian conflict known as the "Pequot War" and the 1643-1645 Dutch-Indian conflict known as "Kieft's War." This paper unpacks the larger historiographic implications of seeing the two wars as tandem events, and viewing New England and New Netherland as part of a single contested region.

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Brown Bag Charles E. Wyzanski, Jr.: Lawyer, Judge, Public Citizen in Massachusetts and Beyond 6 March 2013.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Charles Wyzanski, Independent Scholar For much of the 20th century, Charles E. Wyzanski, Jr., the presenter's father, engaged the leading ...

For much of the 20th century, Charles E. Wyzanski, Jr., the presenter's father, engaged the leading individuals and intellectuals of his time and left his imprint on a surprising number of them. While a first-year law student in 1927, Wyzanski received a handwritten note from Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, in which Holmes hoped that whenever Wyzanski's work "seemed to present only mean details, he might realize that every detail has the mystery of the universe behind it and keep up [his] heart with undying faith." Wyzanski did just that until his death in 1986, influencing to a remarkable degree the legal, political, intellectual, and moral life of his times.

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Conversation, Public Program Walking the Great Beach with a Volume of the MHS "Collections" in Hand 6 March 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 In Cape Cod, Henry David Thoreau describes using an early MHS publication as a sort of ...

In Cape Cod, Henry David Thoreau describes using an early MHS publication as a sort of antiquarian travel guide -- a way of looking back on the landscape he traversed as it had been described almost 50 years earlier. What did the founders of the MHS set out to print and what have later generations made of our early publications?

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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Notice MHS Closing @ 1:00 PM 8 March 2013.Friday, all day details
Teacher Workshop Writing, Reading, & Preserving Eighteenth-Century Letters (Part II) 9 March 2013.Saturday, 9:00AM - 4:30PM Join us at this two-day workshop as we explore eighteenth-century letters from the collections of ...

Join us at this two-day workshop as we explore eighteenth-century letters from the collections of the Revere House and the Massachusetts Historical Society! Teachers will learn more about the importance of letters as a communication tool in the eighteenth century, as well as their importance as historical sources today. Participants can also try their hand at writing letters using eighteenth-century technology and conventions and transcribing letters written by members of the Revere and Adams families.

Participants can earn 12 PDPs by attending both days of the course and writing one lesson plan, or One Graduate Credit (equal to 22.5 PDPs) from Framingham State (credit pending) by paying an additional fee of $75 and completing a more extensive project.

Registration Fee: $80. Includes course readings, morning snacks and one lunch. To Register: Please complete this registration form and send it with your check (payable to the Revere House) to:19 North Sq., Boston, MA 02113 by 31 January 2013.

Workshop Schedule

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2013
9:00 – 4:30 Paul Revere House 19 North Square, Boston, MA 02113

Morning Sessions:
Letter-writing in the 18th century: Who wrote letters and why?

Reading Between the Lines: What do surviving Revere letters tell us about the family? Small groups work together to note information gleaned from original and transcribed Revere family letters. A short tour of the Revere House is included to see a few Revere written items on display. Staff reveal the recent discovery of a missing Revere letter, how it came to light and how it has since been conserved.

Afternoon Sessions:
Composition Workshop: Write your own 18th c. style letter by following patterns & styles noted in examples shared in the morning sessions and required reading.

Penmanship: Quill Pen Writing Workshop: Copy out your own letter with a quill pen and ink. Proper 18th c. writing style & quill pen sharpening method will be taught by R. P. Hale, calligrapher and printer extraordinaire.

SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 2013
9:00 – 4:30 Massachusetts Historical Society 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

Morning Sessions
Making Sense of Manuscripts: Learn more about the challenges & rewards of working with eighteenth-century documents such as the Adams Family Papers.

Collections Tour: View examples of letters in the Massachusetts Historical Society’s extensive collections.

Afternoon Sessions:
Your turn: Try your hand at transcribing eighteenthcentury letters from the Society’s collections. After working in small groups, participants can share their own challenges and successes.

A Life in Letters: What does the correspondence between Abigail Adams and her husband and sisters tell us about life in the late eighteenth century? Participants will examine a series of letters in order to create a sketch of Adams family life at the time of the American Revolution.

For Further Information: Contact the Education Department: 617-646-0557 or education@masshist.org.

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Environmental History Seminar The First Local Food Movement: Elizabeth Lowell Putnam and Boston’s Campaign for Clean Milk 12 March 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Sarah Sutton, Brandeis University Comment: Kendra Smith-Howard, SUNY-Albany In 1909, Elizabeth Lowell Putnam formed the Massachusetts Milk Consumers’ Association with the ...

In 1909, Elizabeth Lowell Putnam formed the Massachusetts Milk Consumers’ Association with the intent of tackling what was then known as “the milk question.” Using the MMCA as a case study, this paper argues that Boston milk reformers’ understanding of the new science of bacteriology fundamentally shaped their perceptions of the relationship between the rural environment, the food city dwellers consumed, and the health of human bodies.

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Author Talk, Public Program An Evening with Margaret Fuller in Italy 13 March 2013.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   This event is SOLD OUT. Megan Marshall and Newpoli Part of the "New Books/New Looks: Revisiting the Past" series Prize-winning author and MHS Fellow Megan Marshall will read from Margaret Fuller: A New ...

Prize-winning author and MHS Fellow Megan Marshall will read from Margaret Fuller: A New American Life, her biography of the 19th-century heroine who spent her last years in Rome and Florence as a war correspondent covering the early stages of Italy’s Risorgimento. How should we remember this period in Fuller’s life, particularly given the scandal of her love affair with Giovanni Ossoli? Folk ensemble Newpoli will conjure the vibrant music that Fuller came to love as emblematic of Italy. Ms. Marshall is the author of The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism, winner of the Francis Parkman Prize, the Mark Lynton History Prize, the Massachusetts Book Award, and a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Newpoli performs southern Italian folk music from the Middle Ages to the 19th century.

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

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New Fellows and Members Reception & Tour 14 March 2013.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Special event for new MHS Fellows and Members New Fellows and Members are invited to a special reception and tour to learn more about the MHS and ...

New Fellows and Members are invited to a special reception and tour to learn more about the MHS and its collections. For more information, call 617-646-0543. RSVP required.

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Public Program, Exhibition “Our Fanaticism”: Garrison’s Antislavery Banners 15 March 2013.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Exhibition Spotlight Anne Bentley, Massachusetts Historical Society Curator of Art Anne Bentley will examine the nature and use of our set of William Lloyd ...

Curator of Art Anne Bentley will examine the nature and use of our set of William Lloyd Garrison’s banners, displayed circa 1840s to 1850s in local fairs and demonstrations sponsored by the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 16 March 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 MHS Closed 19 March 2013.Tuesday, all day details
Immigration and Urban History Seminar Postponed: Dynamic Tensions: Charles Atlas, Immigrant Bodybuilders, and Eugenics, 1920-45 19 March 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required This event has been postponed until April 16. Dominique Padurano, Scarsdale High School Comment: Martin Summers, Boston College This paper explores the paradox of bodybuilders such as Atlas espousing eugenics principles while ...

This paper explores the paradox of bodybuilders such as Atlas espousing eugenics principles while highlighting their own allegedly innate weaknesses as a marketing strategy for their diet and exercise regimens. It also argues that both techniques functioned as assimilation strategies for the immigrant and ethnic bodybuilding community at a time when the U.S. was less than hospitable to foreigners.

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Biography Seminar Subjects in Context: The Role of Place in the Writing of Biography 21 March 2013.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Carla Kaplan, Diane McWhorter, and Lois Rudnick Moderator: Carol Bundy Join us for a panel discussion featuring Carla Kaplan, who will talk about her forthcoming book on ...

Join us for a panel discussion featuring Carla Kaplan, who will talk about her forthcoming book on white women in the Harlem Renaissance; Diane McWhorter, who will discuss the civil rights struggle and the growth of the military-industrial complex in postwar Alabama; and Lois Rudnick, who will reflect on Mabel Dodge Luhan and her circle of friends in New Mexico.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 23 March 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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Writing with Scissors Public Program, Author Talk Writing with Scissors: 19th-Century Activists & Their Scrapbooks 27 March 2013.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 PM Ellen Gruber Garvey, New Jersey City University Part of the "New Books/New Looks: Revisiting the Past" series Men and women 150 years ago grappled with information overload by making scrapbooks—the ...

Writing with ScissorsMen and women 150 years ago grappled with information overload by making scrapbooks—the ancestors of Google and blogging. Mark Twain and Susan B. Anthony, abolitionists and Confederates, African American janitors and farmwomen cut out and pasted down their reading. Professor Garvey will discuss these various perspectives, covered in her recent book Writing with Scissors, including the findings she uncovered while doing research at the MHS. All scrapbook makers passed along their understanding that the press was not a simple record, but a set of voices and conversations.

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

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 30 March 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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April
Early American History Seminar Making Saltpetre for the Continental Army: How Americans Understood the Environment During the War of Independence 2 April 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required David Hsiung, Juniata College Comment: Rob Martello, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering This case study focuses on how Americans understood the workings of the natural world as they ...

This case study focuses on how Americans understood the workings of the natural world as they imperfectly made gunpowder for the Continental Army. It argues that paying attention to the interactions between humans and the natural environment leads to a richer understanding of the war, and that modern American attitudes towards the environment have important roots in the Revolutionary period.

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Brown Bag Mourning Lincoln: Shock, Sorrow, Anger, and Glee in the Archives 3 April 2013.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Martha Hodes, New York University Reading private letters and journals, this book-in-progress investigates personal responses to ...

Reading private letters and journals, this book-in-progress investigates personal responses to Lincoln’s assassination, encompassing Union and Confederate, black and white, men and women, soldiers and civilians, rich and poor, the well-known and the unknown. What can these responses to such a cataclysmic event tell us about the aftermath of the Civil War, and what can we learn about understanding a transformative event on a human scale?

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Conferencebegins Massachusetts and the Civil War: the Commonwealth and National Disunion 4 April 2013.Thursday, all day Prof. Stauffer’s lecture on Thursday evening will open a conference that will consider almost ...

Prof. Stauffer’s lecture on Thursday evening will open a conference that will consider almost every major aspect of Massachusetts’ participation in the war: reform activities and the origins of the war; military life; the war, politics, and the economy; slavery and emancipation; and how the citizens of Massachusetts came to terms with the consequences of the conflict. It will feature established scholars as well as up-and-coming historians who will tackle new areas of emphasis, including the radical intellectual tradition, health and the environment, and the memory of the war.

Conference papers will be made available in advance to those who preregister. In six sessions on Friday and Saturday, panelists and commentators will offer brief remarks; a discussion with the audience will follow. Registration fee required to attend sessions. Registration available in late 2012. For information, contact kviens@masshist.org.

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Public Program Massachusetts and the Civil War in Black and White: The Commonwealth’s Role in Secession, Emancipation, and Reconstruction 4 April 2013.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Please RSVP   John Stauffer, Harvard University Prof. Stauffer is a member of Harvard’s English Department and the chair of the ...

Prof. Stauffer is a member of Harvard’s English Department and the chair of the university’s graduate program on the History of American Civilization. He will speak on the contribution of the Bay State’s black and white abolitionists and political leaders to secession, freedom, and equality under the law. He will also discuss briefly how the state responded to the "counter-Revolution" that stripped away these new rights after Reconstruction. This lecture and the reception that will follow will be free and open to the public. This program is also the keynote address for the MHS conference Massachusetts and the Civil War: The Commonwealth and National Disunion.

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Conferenceends Massachusetts and the Civil War: the Commonwealth and National Disunion 6 April 2013.Saturday, all day Prof. Stauffer’s lecture on Thursday evening will open a conference that will consider almost ...

Prof. Stauffer’s lecture on Thursday evening will open a conference that will consider almost every major aspect of Massachusetts’ participation in the war: reform activities and the origins of the war; military life; the war, politics, and the economy; slavery and emancipation; and how the citizens of Massachusetts came to terms with the consequences of the conflict. It will feature established scholars as well as up-and-coming historians who will tackle new areas of emphasis, including the radical intellectual tradition, health and the environment, and the memory of the war.

Conference papers will be made available in advance to those who preregister. In six sessions on Friday and Saturday, panelists and commentators will offer brief remarks; a discussion with the audience will follow. Registration fee required to attend sessions. Registration available in late 2012. For information, contact kviens@masshist.org.

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Environmental History Seminar "Good Meat & Good Skins": Winter Game and Political Ecology on the Maritime Peninsula, 1620-1727 9 April 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Thomas Wickman, Trinity College Comment: Neal Salisbury, Smith College The search for a heterogeneous menu of game animals allowed northeastern Indians a flexible pattern ...

The search for a heterogeneous menu of game animals allowed northeastern Indians a flexible pattern of winter mobility. After 1704, however, English soldiers patrolled Indians’ winter hunting grounds, interfering with native reliance on wild animals. Political ecology—how power affects people’s access to routes and resources—mattered more than environmental degradation to the fate of the winter hunt on the Maritime Peninsula.

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Brown Bag Child Soldiers in America 10 April 2013.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Frances Clarke, University of Sydney Children aged seven to seventeen made up a significant portion of the American military until ...

Children aged seven to seventeen made up a significant portion of the American military until recently. This project, co-authored with Rebecca Jo Plant (UCSD), aims to study the relationship between childhood and militarism in American history, tracing debates over the enlistment of minors from the Revolution to the modern era and analyzing shifting representations and experiences of child soldiers.

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Public Program, Author Talk Defiant Brides of the American Revolution 10 April 2013.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 PM Nancy Rubin Stuart Part of the "New Books/New Looks: Revisiting the Past" series How did the marriages to Benedict Arnold and Henry Knox change the lives and personal development of ...

How did the marriages to Benedict Arnold and Henry Knox change the lives and personal development of their brides, Peggy Shippen and Lucy Knox? Nancy Rubin Stuart’s talk reveals the contradictory paths two young women followed subsequent to their passionate marriages to patriotic men during the American Revolution and the early Federal era. Using historical correspondence and historical drawings and portraits, Ms. Stuart will shed light on how these defiant brides affected the course of the Revolution. Ms. Stuart is an award-winning author and journalist who specializes in women and social history.

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

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Special Event, Member Event Historical Happy Hour 10 April 2013.Wednesday, 7:30PM - 8:30PM Special event for MHS Associate Members MHS Associate Members are invited to the second Historical Happy Hour. Following the talk by Nancy ...

MHS Associate Members are invited to the second Historical Happy Hour. Following the talk by Nancy Rubin Stuartwe will continue the conversation while enjoying a cocktail at The Back Bay Social Club located at 867 Boylston Street.

Associate Members and their guests will receive priority admission to the program as well as complimentary appetizers and a drink at the Happy Hour. A cash bar will also be available. The program is open to the public, but the Historical Happy Hour is only for Associate Members and their guests.

Registration is required. Please contact Katy Capó at 617-646-0518 with any questions. 


Evening Lecture

Defiant Brides of the American Revolution
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Nancy Rubin Stuart

How did the marriages to Benedict Arnold and Henry Knox change the lives and personal development of their brides, Peggy Shippen and Lucy Knox? Nancy Rubin Stuart’s talk reveals the contradictory paths two young women followed subsequent to their passionate marriages to patriotic men during the American Revolution and the early Federal era. Using historical correspondence and historical drawings and portraits, Ms. Stuart will shed light on how these defiant brides affected the course of the Revolution. Ms. Stuart is an award-winning author and journalist who specializes in women and social history.

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Public Program, Exhibition “You Know I Dislike Slavery”: Lincoln before the Presidency 12 April 2013.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Exhibition Spotlight Elaine Grublin, Massachusetts Historical Society Focusing on the text of the August 1855 letter Lincoln wrote to his friend Joshua Fry Speed, Elaine ...

Focusing on the text of the August 1855 letter Lincoln wrote to his friend Joshua Fry Speed, Elaine Grublin, MHS Head of Reader Services, will discuss Lincoln’s early thoughts on slavery in America and his reaction to the rise of the American (“Know-Nothing”) Party.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 13 April 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 Patriots' Day 15 April 2013.Monday, all day details
Notice Library & Exhibitions Open 16 April 2013.Tuesday, all day The MHS library and exhibition galleries will be open regular business hours today.  The ...

The MHS library and exhibition galleries will be open regular business hours today.  The library will be open 9:00 AM to 7:45 PM.  The galleries will be open 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  This evening's scheduled seminar has been canceled.  

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Notice Seminar Canceled 16 April 2013.Tuesday, all day details
Immigration and Urban History Seminar Canceled: Dynamic Tensions: Charles Atlas, Immigrant Bodybuilders, and Eugenics, 1920-45 16 April 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Dominique Padurano, Scarsdale High School Comment: Martin Summers, Boston College Rescheduled from March 19. This paper explores the paradox of bodybuilders such as ...

Rescheduled from March 19. This paper explores the paradox of bodybuilders such as Atlas espousing eugenics principles while highlighting their own allegedly innate weaknesses as a marketing strategy for their diet and exercise regimens. It also argues that both techniques functioned as assimilation strategies for the immigrant and ethnic bodybuilding community at a time when the U.S. was less than hospitable to foreigners.

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History of Women and Gender Seminar Panel Discussion: The Big Tent of U.S. Women’s and Gender History: A State of the Field 18 April 2013.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Essayists: Cornelia H. Dayton, University of Connecticut, and Lisa Levenstein, University of North Carolina at Greensboro Panelists: Crystal Feimster, Yale University, Carol F. Karlsen, University of Michigan, and Betsy More, Harvard University details
MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 20 April 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.

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Library Closed, Building Closed Library and Exhibitions Closed; Building Tour Canceled 20 April 2013.Saturday, all day Due to police action in the area the MHS will be closed Saturday, 20 April  2013.    

Due to police action in the area the MHS will be closed Saturday, 20 April  2013.    

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Special Event Bus Trip to the Museum of World War II 26 April 2013.Friday, 11:00AM - 5:00PM Special event for Members of the MHS Fund Paine through Adams Circles This special event is open to Members of the MHS Fund Paine through Adams Circles. Enjoy a special ...

This special event is open to Members of the MHS Fund Paine through Adams Circles. Enjoy a special lunch and behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum of World War II with Founder and Director Kenneth Rendell. The museum houses the most comprehensive collection of WWII artifacts on display anywhere in the world. A bus will leave from the MHS at 11 AM and return by 5 PM.  Space is limited. RSVP required. Fee: $50. Part of the MHS Local Travel Series.

For more information or to register, contact Katy Capó at kcapo@masshist.org or 617-646-0518.

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Public Program, Walking Tour Authors & Abolitionists 28 April 2013.Sunday, 2:00PM - 4:30PM Please RSVP   Location: Concord, Mass. Jayne Gordon, Massachusetts Historical Society Slavery was the great social and moral issue of the 19th century, and Concord was a hotbed of ...

Slavery was the great social and moral issue of the 19th century, and Concord was a hotbed of abolitionist sentiment. Residents Emerson, Thoreau, and the Alcotts confronted slavery head-on in their writings and actions, as indignation turned to outrage. This leisurely two-mile walking tour explores the involvement of these authors and their neighbors in antislavery efforts in Concord and beyond. It begins and ends at the Concord train depot (an easy ride out from Boston and Cambridge) and is coordinated with the Sunday train schedule. Walk leader Jayne Gordon, MHS Director of Education and Public Programs, is a resident of Concord who has worked at most of the town’s historic sites. She teaches the Concord history course required for all town guides.

Registration Required. Fee $25/$15 (F/M); Free for MHS Fund Giving Circle members. Light refreshments included. Please click on the ticket icon above, or contact the education department at 508-577-4599 / education@masshist.org.

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Immigration and Urban History Seminar Panel Discussion: 19th-century Immigration, Nativism, and Politics 30 April 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Millington Bergeson-Lockwood, George Mason University, and Mimi Cowan, Boston College Comment: Evelyn Sterne, University of Rhode Island This discussion will focus on two papers, “Honorable Citizens, Ethnic Militias in Chicago, ...

This discussion will focus on two papers, “Honorable Citizens, Ethnic Militias in Chicago, 1855-1879,” by Mimi Cowan of Boston College, and "African American and Irish Political Coalitions in Boston, Massachusetts, 1881-1890,” by Millington Bergeson-Lockwood of George Mason University. Cowan’s paper highlights the ways in which participation in volunteer military groups sometimes helped immigrants to combat nativism and, at other times, fueled nativists’ concerns about foreigners. Bergeson-Lockwood’s paper identifies three areas where African Americans and Irish immigrants established coalitions and laid claim, not only to a historic resistance to oppression, but also to participation in the founding events of the United States.

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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.

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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 Proclaim Liberty banner

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.

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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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Teacher Workshop Writing, Reading, & Preserving Eighteenth-Century Letters (Part I) 2 March 2013.Saturday, 9:00AM - 4:30PM registration required

Join us at this two-day workshop as we explore eighteenth-century letters from the collections of the Revere House and the Massachusetts Historical Society! Teachers will learn more about the importance of letters as a communication tool in the eighteenth century, as well as their importance as historical sources today. Participants can also try their hand at writing letters using eighteenth-century technology and conventions and transcribing letters written by members of the Revere and Adams families.

Participants can earn 12 PDPs by attending both days of the course and writing one lesson plan, or One Graduate Credit (equal to 22.5 PDPs) from Framingham State (credit pending) by paying an additional fee of $75 and completing a more extensive project.

Registration Fee: $80. Includes course readings, morning snacks and one lunch. To Register: Please complete this registration form and send it with your check (payable to the Revere House) to:19 North Sq., Boston, MA 02113.

Workshop Schedule

SATURDAY, March 2, 2013
9:00 – 4:30 Paul Revere House 19 North Square, Boston, MA 02113

Morning Sessions:
Letter-writing in the 18th century: Who wrote letters and why?

Reading Between the Lines: What do surviving Revere letters tell us about the family? Small groups work together to note information gleaned from original and transcribed Revere family letters. A short tour of the Revere House is included to see a few Revere written items on display. Staff reveal the recent discovery of a missing Revere letter, how it came to light and how it has since been conserved.

Afternoon Sessions:
Composition Workshop: Write your own 18th c. style letter by following patterns & styles noted in examples shared in the morning sessions and required reading.

Penmanship: Quill Pen Writing Workshop: Copy out your own letter with a quill pen and ink. Proper 18th c. writing style & quill pen sharpening method will be taught by R. P. Hale, calligrapher and printer extraordinaire.

SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 2013
9:00 – 4:30 Massachusetts Historical Society 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

Morning Sessions
Making Sense of Manuscripts: Learn more about the challenges & rewards of working with eighteenth-century documents such as the Adams Family Papers.

Collections Tour: View examples of letters in the Massachusetts Historical Society’s extensive collections.

Afternoon Sessions:
Your turn: Try your hand at transcribing eighteenthcentury letters from the Society’s collections. After working in small groups, participants can share their own challenges and successes.

A Life in Letters: What does the correspondence between Abigail Adams and her husband and sisters tell us about life in the late eighteenth century? Participants will examine a series of letters in order to create a sketch of Adams family life at the time of the American Revolution.

For Further Information: Contact the Education Department: 617-646-0557 or education@masshist.org.

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Early American History Seminar Blood in the Water: The Pequot War, Kieft’s War, and the Contagion of Coastal Violence 5 March 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Andrew Lipman, Syracuse University Comment: Katherine Grandjean, Wellesley College

Recently scholars have pointed out links between the 1636-1637 Anglo-Indian conflict known as the "Pequot War" and the 1643-1645 Dutch-Indian conflict known as "Kieft's War." This paper unpacks the larger historiographic implications of seeing the two wars as tandem events, and viewing New England and New Netherland as part of a single contested region.

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Brown Bag Charles E. Wyzanski, Jr.: Lawyer, Judge, Public Citizen in Massachusetts and Beyond 6 March 2013.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Charles Wyzanski, Independent Scholar

For much of the 20th century, Charles E. Wyzanski, Jr., the presenter's father, engaged the leading individuals and intellectuals of his time and left his imprint on a surprising number of them. While a first-year law student in 1927, Wyzanski received a handwritten note from Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, in which Holmes hoped that whenever Wyzanski's work "seemed to present only mean details, he might realize that every detail has the mystery of the universe behind it and keep up [his] heart with undying faith." Wyzanski did just that until his death in 1986, influencing to a remarkable degree the legal, political, intellectual, and moral life of his times.

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Conversation, Public Program Walking the Great Beach with a Volume of the MHS "Collections" in Hand 6 March 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

In Cape Cod, Henry David Thoreau describes using an early MHS publication as a sort of antiquarian travel guide -- a way of looking back on the landscape he traversed as it had been described almost 50 years earlier. What did the founders of the MHS set out to print and what have later generations made of our early publications?

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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Notice MHS Closing @ 1:00 PM 8 March 2013.Friday, all day close
Teacher Workshop Writing, Reading, & Preserving Eighteenth-Century Letters (Part II) 9 March 2013.Saturday, 9:00AM - 4:30PM registration required

Join us at this two-day workshop as we explore eighteenth-century letters from the collections of the Revere House and the Massachusetts Historical Society! Teachers will learn more about the importance of letters as a communication tool in the eighteenth century, as well as their importance as historical sources today. Participants can also try their hand at writing letters using eighteenth-century technology and conventions and transcribing letters written by members of the Revere and Adams families.

Participants can earn 12 PDPs by attending both days of the course and writing one lesson plan, or One Graduate Credit (equal to 22.5 PDPs) from Framingham State (credit pending) by paying an additional fee of $75 and completing a more extensive project.

Registration Fee: $80. Includes course readings, morning snacks and one lunch. To Register: Please complete this registration form and send it with your check (payable to the Revere House) to:19 North Sq., Boston, MA 02113 by 31 January 2013.

Workshop Schedule

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2013
9:00 – 4:30 Paul Revere House 19 North Square, Boston, MA 02113

Morning Sessions:
Letter-writing in the 18th century: Who wrote letters and why?

Reading Between the Lines: What do surviving Revere letters tell us about the family? Small groups work together to note information gleaned from original and transcribed Revere family letters. A short tour of the Revere House is included to see a few Revere written items on display. Staff reveal the recent discovery of a missing Revere letter, how it came to light and how it has since been conserved.

Afternoon Sessions:
Composition Workshop: Write your own 18th c. style letter by following patterns & styles noted in examples shared in the morning sessions and required reading.

Penmanship: Quill Pen Writing Workshop: Copy out your own letter with a quill pen and ink. Proper 18th c. writing style & quill pen sharpening method will be taught by R. P. Hale, calligrapher and printer extraordinaire.

SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 2013
9:00 – 4:30 Massachusetts Historical Society 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

Morning Sessions
Making Sense of Manuscripts: Learn more about the challenges & rewards of working with eighteenth-century documents such as the Adams Family Papers.

Collections Tour: View examples of letters in the Massachusetts Historical Society’s extensive collections.

Afternoon Sessions:
Your turn: Try your hand at transcribing eighteenthcentury letters from the Society’s collections. After working in small groups, participants can share their own challenges and successes.

A Life in Letters: What does the correspondence between Abigail Adams and her husband and sisters tell us about life in the late eighteenth century? Participants will examine a series of letters in order to create a sketch of Adams family life at the time of the American Revolution.

For Further Information: Contact the Education Department: 617-646-0557 or education@masshist.org.

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Environmental History Seminar The First Local Food Movement: Elizabeth Lowell Putnam and Boston’s Campaign for Clean Milk 12 March 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Sarah Sutton, Brandeis University Comment: Kendra Smith-Howard, SUNY-Albany

In 1909, Elizabeth Lowell Putnam formed the Massachusetts Milk Consumers’ Association with the intent of tackling what was then known as “the milk question.” Using the MMCA as a case study, this paper argues that Boston milk reformers’ understanding of the new science of bacteriology fundamentally shaped their perceptions of the relationship between the rural environment, the food city dwellers consumed, and the health of human bodies.

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Author Talk, Public Program An Evening with Margaret Fuller in Italy 13 March 2013.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP  registration closed This event is SOLD OUT. Megan Marshall and Newpoli Part of the "New Books/New Looks: Revisiting the Past" series

Prize-winning author and MHS Fellow Megan Marshall will read from Margaret Fuller: A New American Life, her biography of the 19th-century heroine who spent her last years in Rome and Florence as a war correspondent covering the early stages of Italy’s Risorgimento. How should we remember this period in Fuller’s life, particularly given the scandal of her love affair with Giovanni Ossoli? Folk ensemble Newpoli will conjure the vibrant music that Fuller came to love as emblematic of Italy. Ms. Marshall is the author of The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism, winner of the Francis Parkman Prize, the Mark Lynton History Prize, the Massachusetts Book Award, and a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Newpoli performs southern Italian folk music from the Middle Ages to the 19th century.

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

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New Fellows and Members Reception & Tour 14 March 2013.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM registration required at no cost Special event for new MHS Fellows and Members

New Fellows and Members are invited to a special reception and tour to learn more about the MHS and its collections. For more information, call 617-646-0543. RSVP required.

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Public Program, Exhibition “Our Fanaticism”: Garrison’s Antislavery Banners 15 March 2013.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM this event is free Exhibition Spotlight Anne Bentley, Massachusetts Historical Society

Curator of Art Anne Bentley will examine the nature and use of our set of William Lloyd Garrison’s banners, displayed circa 1840s to 1850s in local fairs and demonstrations sponsored by the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 16 March 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 MHS Closed 19 March 2013.Tuesday, all day close
Immigration and Urban History Seminar Postponed:
Dynamic Tensions: Charles Atlas, Immigrant Bodybuilders, and Eugenics, 1920-45
19 March 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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This event has been postponed until April 16. Dominique Padurano, Scarsdale High School Comment: Martin Summers, Boston College

This paper explores the paradox of bodybuilders such as Atlas espousing eugenics principles while highlighting their own allegedly innate weaknesses as a marketing strategy for their diet and exercise regimens. It also argues that both techniques functioned as assimilation strategies for the immigrant and ethnic bodybuilding community at a time when the U.S. was less than hospitable to foreigners.

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Biography Seminar Subjects in Context: The Role of Place in the Writing of Biography 21 March 2013.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Carla Kaplan, Diane McWhorter, and Lois Rudnick Moderator: Carol Bundy

Join us for a panel discussion featuring Carla Kaplan, who will talk about her forthcoming book on white women in the Harlem Renaissance; Diane McWhorter, who will discuss the civil rights struggle and the growth of the military-industrial complex in postwar Alabama; and Lois Rudnick, who will reflect on Mabel Dodge Luhan and her circle of friends in New Mexico.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 23 March 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.

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Public Program, Author Talk Writing with Scissors: 19th-Century Activists & Their Scrapbooks 27 March 2013.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   registration required at no cost Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 PM Ellen Gruber Garvey, New Jersey City University Part of the "New Books/New Looks: Revisiting the Past" series Writing with Scissors

Writing with ScissorsMen and women 150 years ago grappled with information overload by making scrapbooks—the ancestors of Google and blogging. Mark Twain and Susan B. Anthony, abolitionists and Confederates, African American janitors and farmwomen cut out and pasted down their reading. Professor Garvey will discuss these various perspectives, covered in her recent book Writing with Scissors, including the findings she uncovered while doing research at the MHS. All scrapbook makers passed along their understanding that the press was not a simple record, but a set of voices and conversations.

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

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 30 March 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.

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Early American History Seminar Making Saltpetre for the Continental Army: How Americans Understood the Environment During the War of Independence 2 April 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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David Hsiung, Juniata College Comment: Rob Martello, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

This case study focuses on how Americans understood the workings of the natural world as they imperfectly made gunpowder for the Continental Army. It argues that paying attention to the interactions between humans and the natural environment leads to a richer understanding of the war, and that modern American attitudes towards the environment have important roots in the Revolutionary period.

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Brown Bag Mourning Lincoln: Shock, Sorrow, Anger, and Glee in the Archives 3 April 2013.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Martha Hodes, New York University

Reading private letters and journals, this book-in-progress investigates personal responses to Lincoln’s assassination, encompassing Union and Confederate, black and white, men and women, soldiers and civilians, rich and poor, the well-known and the unknown. What can these responses to such a cataclysmic event tell us about the aftermath of the Civil War, and what can we learn about understanding a transformative event on a human scale?

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Conference Massachusetts and the Civil War: the Commonwealth and National Disunion 4 April 2013 to 6 April 2013 registration required

Prof. Stauffer’s lecture on Thursday evening will open a conference that will consider almost every major aspect of Massachusetts’ participation in the war: reform activities and the origins of the war; military life; the war, politics, and the economy; slavery and emancipation; and how the citizens of Massachusetts came to terms with the consequences of the conflict. It will feature established scholars as well as up-and-coming historians who will tackle new areas of emphasis, including the radical intellectual tradition, health and the environment, and the memory of the war.

Conference papers will be made available in advance to those who preregister. In six sessions on Friday and Saturday, panelists and commentators will offer brief remarks; a discussion with the audience will follow. Registration fee required to attend sessions. Registration available in late 2012. For information, contact kviens@masshist.org.

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Public Program Massachusetts and the Civil War in Black and White: The Commonwealth’s Role in Secession, Emancipation, and Reconstruction 4 April 2013.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Please RSVP   registration required at no cost John Stauffer, Harvard University

Prof. Stauffer is a member of Harvard’s English Department and the chair of the university’s graduate program on the History of American Civilization. He will speak on the contribution of the Bay State’s black and white abolitionists and political leaders to secession, freedom, and equality under the law. He will also discuss briefly how the state responded to the "counter-Revolution" that stripped away these new rights after Reconstruction. This lecture and the reception that will follow will be free and open to the public. This program is also the keynote address for the MHS conference Massachusetts and the Civil War: The Commonwealth and National Disunion.

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Environmental History Seminar "Good Meat & Good Skins": Winter Game and Political Ecology on the Maritime Peninsula, 1620-1727 9 April 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Thomas Wickman, Trinity College Comment: Neal Salisbury, Smith College

The search for a heterogeneous menu of game animals allowed northeastern Indians a flexible pattern of winter mobility. After 1704, however, English soldiers patrolled Indians’ winter hunting grounds, interfering with native reliance on wild animals. Political ecology—how power affects people’s access to routes and resources—mattered more than environmental degradation to the fate of the winter hunt on the Maritime Peninsula.

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Brown Bag Child Soldiers in America 10 April 2013.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Frances Clarke, University of Sydney

Children aged seven to seventeen made up a significant portion of the American military until recently. This project, co-authored with Rebecca Jo Plant (UCSD), aims to study the relationship between childhood and militarism in American history, tracing debates over the enlistment of minors from the Revolution to the modern era and analyzing shifting representations and experiences of child soldiers.

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Public Program, Author Talk Defiant Brides of the American Revolution 10 April 2013.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   registration required at no cost Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 PM Nancy Rubin Stuart Part of the "New Books/New Looks: Revisiting the Past" series

How did the marriages to Benedict Arnold and Henry Knox change the lives and personal development of their brides, Peggy Shippen and Lucy Knox? Nancy Rubin Stuart’s talk reveals the contradictory paths two young women followed subsequent to their passionate marriages to patriotic men during the American Revolution and the early Federal era. Using historical correspondence and historical drawings and portraits, Ms. Stuart will shed light on how these defiant brides affected the course of the Revolution. Ms. Stuart is an award-winning author and journalist who specializes in women and social history.

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

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Special Event, Member Event Historical Happy Hour 10 April 2013.Wednesday, 7:30PM - 8:30PM registration required at no cost Special event for MHS Associate Members

MHS Associate Members are invited to the second Historical Happy Hour. Following the talk by Nancy Rubin Stuartwe will continue the conversation while enjoying a cocktail at The Back Bay Social Club located at 867 Boylston Street.

Associate Members and their guests will receive priority admission to the program as well as complimentary appetizers and a drink at the Happy Hour. A cash bar will also be available. The program is open to the public, but the Historical Happy Hour is only for Associate Members and their guests.

Registration is required. Please contact Katy Capó at 617-646-0518 with any questions. 


Evening Lecture

Defiant Brides of the American Revolution
6:00 PM
Nancy Rubin Stuart

How did the marriages to Benedict Arnold and Henry Knox change the lives and personal development of their brides, Peggy Shippen and Lucy Knox? Nancy Rubin Stuart’s talk reveals the contradictory paths two young women followed subsequent to their passionate marriages to patriotic men during the American Revolution and the early Federal era. Using historical correspondence and historical drawings and portraits, Ms. Stuart will shed light on how these defiant brides affected the course of the Revolution. Ms. Stuart is an award-winning author and journalist who specializes in women and social history.

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Public Program, Exhibition “You Know I Dislike Slavery”: Lincoln before the Presidency 12 April 2013.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM this event is free Exhibition Spotlight Elaine Grublin, Massachusetts Historical Society

Focusing on the text of the August 1855 letter Lincoln wrote to his friend Joshua Fry Speed, Elaine Grublin, MHS Head of Reader Services, will discuss Lincoln’s early thoughts on slavery in America and his reaction to the rise of the American (“Know-Nothing”) Party.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 13 April 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 Patriots' Day 15 April 2013.Monday, all day close
Notice Library & Exhibitions Open 16 April 2013.Tuesday, all day

The MHS library and exhibition galleries will be open regular business hours today.  The library will be open 9:00 AM to 7:45 PM.  The galleries will be open 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  This evening's scheduled seminar has been canceled.  

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Notice Seminar Canceled 16 April 2013.Tuesday, all day close
Immigration and Urban History Seminar Canceled:
Dynamic Tensions: Charles Atlas, Immigrant Bodybuilders, and Eugenics, 1920-45
16 April 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Dominique Padurano, Scarsdale High School Comment: Martin Summers, Boston College

Rescheduled from March 19. This paper explores the paradox of bodybuilders such as Atlas espousing eugenics principles while highlighting their own allegedly innate weaknesses as a marketing strategy for their diet and exercise regimens. It also argues that both techniques functioned as assimilation strategies for the immigrant and ethnic bodybuilding community at a time when the U.S. was less than hospitable to foreigners.

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History of Women and Gender Seminar Panel Discussion: The Big Tent of U.S. Women’s and Gender History: A State of the Field 18 April 2013.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Essayists: Cornelia H. Dayton, University of Connecticut, and Lisa Levenstein, University of North Carolina at Greensboro Panelists: Crystal Feimster, Yale University, Carol F. Karlsen, University of Michigan, and Betsy More, Harvard University close
MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 20 April 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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Library Closed, Building Closed Library and Exhibitions Closed; Building Tour Canceled 20 April 2013.Saturday, all day

Due to police action in the area the MHS will be closed Saturday, 20 April  2013.    

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Special Event Bus Trip to the Museum of World War II 26 April 2013.Friday, 11:00AM - 5:00PM registration required Special event for Members of the MHS Fund Paine through Adams Circles

This special event is open to Members of the MHS Fund Paine through Adams Circles. Enjoy a special lunch and behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum of World War II with Founder and Director Kenneth Rendell. The museum houses the most comprehensive collection of WWII artifacts on display anywhere in the world. A bus will leave from the MHS at 11 AM and return by 5 PM.  Space is limited. RSVP required. Fee: $50. Part of the MHS Local Travel Series.

For more information or to register, contact Katy Capó at kcapo@masshist.org or 617-646-0518.

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Public Program, Walking Tour Authors & Abolitionists 28 April 2013.Sunday, 2:00PM - 4:30PM Please RSVP   registration required Location: Concord, Mass. Jayne Gordon, Massachusetts Historical Society

Slavery was the great social and moral issue of the 19th century, and Concord was a hotbed of abolitionist sentiment. Residents Emerson, Thoreau, and the Alcotts confronted slavery head-on in their writings and actions, as indignation turned to outrage. This leisurely two-mile walking tour explores the involvement of these authors and their neighbors in antislavery efforts in Concord and beyond. It begins and ends at the Concord train depot (an easy ride out from Boston and Cambridge) and is coordinated with the Sunday train schedule. Walk leader Jayne Gordon, MHS Director of Education and Public Programs, is a resident of Concord who has worked at most of the town’s historic sites. She teaches the Concord history course required for all town guides.

Registration Required. Fee $25/$15 (F/M); Free for MHS Fund Giving Circle members. Light refreshments included. Please click on the ticket icon above, or contact the education department at 508-577-4599 / education@masshist.org.

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Immigration and Urban History Seminar Panel Discussion: 19th-century Immigration, Nativism, and Politics 30 April 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Millington Bergeson-Lockwood, George Mason University, and Mimi Cowan, Boston College Comment: Evelyn Sterne, University of Rhode Island

This discussion will focus on two papers, “Honorable Citizens, Ethnic Militias in Chicago, 1855-1879,” by Mimi Cowan of Boston College, and "African American and Irish Political Coalitions in Boston, Massachusetts, 1881-1890,” by Millington Bergeson-Lockwood of George Mason University. Cowan’s paper highlights the ways in which participation in volunteer military groups sometimes helped immigrants to combat nativism and, at other times, fueled nativists’ concerns about foreigners. Bergeson-Lockwood’s paper identifies three areas where African Americans and Irish immigrants established coalitions and laid claim, not only to a historic resistance to oppression, but also to participation in the founding events of the United States.

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