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        • Teacher Workshop, Public ProgramBattle Road
          begins Teacher Workshop, Public ProgramBattle Road: Crisis, Choices, and Consequences
          5 August 2013 to 8 August 2013 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM This workshop includes sessions in Boston, Concord, and Lexington

          Using historical documents, landscapes, buildings and artifacts as investigative tools, participants will examine the concerns, conflicts, dilemmas, decisions, and dramatic confrontations of people along the road to revolution.

          this event requires a feeregistration required details
          • Brown BagPrivate Lives and Public Spaces: John Banister and Colonial Consume...
            Brown BagPrivate Lives and Public Spaces: John Banister and Colonial Consumers
            12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Marian Desrosiers, Salve Regina University

            When merchant John Banister (1707-1767) owned his Newport, Rhode Island, wharf in the 1740s, he imported luxury apparel, tools, household items, and foods from other American colonies, the West Indies, and Europe. The Banister account books provide a focus on this golden era of trade and offer insight into his roles as merchant, retailer, ship owner, broker, and as a trade and industry leader of Newport. These details reveal how Banister, as an adventurous capitalist, influenced the economy of pre-Revolutionary America.

            this event is free details
          • Teacher Workshop, Public ProgramBattle Road
            ends Teacher Workshop, Public ProgramBattle Road: Crisis, Choices, and Consequences
            9:00 AM - 5:00 PM This workshop includes sessions in Boston, Concord, and Lexington

            Using historical documents, landscapes, buildings and artifacts as investigative tools, participants will examine the concerns, conflicts, dilemmas, decisions, and dramatic confrontations of people along the road to revolution.

            this event requires a feeregistration required details
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              • Teacher Workshop, Public ProgramOld Towns/New Country
                begins Teacher Workshop, Public ProgramOld Towns/New Country: The First Years of a New Nation
                13 August 2013 to 14 August 2013 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM This workshop will take place at Coolidge Point in Manchester, Massachusetts this event requires a feeregistration required details
              • Teacher Workshop, Public ProgramOld Towns/New Country
                ends Teacher Workshop, Public ProgramOld Towns/New Country: The First Years of a New Nation
                8:30 AM - 3:30 PM This workshop will take place at Coolidge Point in Manchester, Massachusetts this event requires a feeregistration required details
              • Brown BagWorking to Become: Women, Work, and Literary Legacy in American Wom...
                Brown BagWorking to Become: Women, Work, and Literary Legacy in American Women’s Postbellum Literature
                12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Kristin Allukian, University of Florida this event is free details
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                                      • Exhibition"Estlin Cummings Wild West Show"
                                        ends Exhibition"Estlin Cummings Wild West Show"
                                        10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm

                                        “Estlin Cummings Wild West Show” features a selection of E.E. Cummings’s childhood writings and drawings, showcasing the young poet’s earliest experiments with words and illustrations.

                                        this event is free details
                                      • Building ClosedLabor Day
                                        Building ClosedLabor Day
                                        all day The MHS will be closed Saturday, 31 August, and Monday, 2 September, in observance of Labor Day. details
                                      this event is free Exhibition

                                      "Estlin Cummings Wild West Show"

                                      13 June 2013 to 30 August 2013 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
                                      Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm

                                      Estlin Cummings Wild West Show“Estlin Cummings Wild West Show” features a selection of E.E. Cummings’s childhood writings and drawings, showcasing the young poet’s earliest experiments with words and illustrations. Drawings and paintings include ink blots, watercolors, and sketches in pen and pencil of cowboys and Indians, boats, the “world’s tallest tower,” wild west shows, hunting expeditions, locomotives, zoos, circuses, elephants, and house plans.

                                      Image: “Estlin Cummings Wild West Show,” drawing by E. E. Cummings. From the Cummings-Clarke family papers. Artwork by E.E. Cummings. Used by permission of the Trustees for the E. E. Cummings Trust.

                                      this event is free Exhibition

                                      "The Education of Our Children Is Never out of My Mind"

                                      13 June 2013 to 7 September 2013 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
                                      Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm

                                      Letter from John Adams to Abigail, August 28, 1774From 13 June through 7 September, the Society will display letters written by John and Abigail Adams to each other, to their children, and to friends and family regarding their views on education.

                                      In a letter to his wife, Abigail, dated August 28, 1774, John Adams writes: “The Education of our Children is never out of my Mind. Train them to Virtue, habituate them to industry, activity, and Spirit. Make them consider every Vice, as shamefull and unmanly: fire them with Ambition to be usefull-make them disdain to be destitute of any usefull, or ornamental Knowledge or Accomplishment. Fix their Ambition upon great and solid Objects, and their Contempt upon little, frivolous, and useless ones.”

                                      this event is free Exhibition

                                      The Object of History: 18th-Century Treasures from the Massachusetts Historical Society

                                      13 June 2013 to 7 September 2013 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
                                      Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM

                                      Object of HistoryWhat is the meaning of historical objects? Why are they preserved, and why have they survived? Are they valued for their associations with notable historical figures or landmark events, as objects of beauty, as the survival of relics from a distant past, or for the stories they convey? The exhibition explores these questions through the display of 18th-century portraits and objects from the Society's collections, along with rarely seen engravings, needlework, maps, weapons, furniture, clothing, scientific instruments, and silver.

                                      3 August 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.

                                      this event requires a feeregistration required Teacher Workshop, Public Program

                                      Battle Road: Crisis, Choices, and Consequences

                                      5 August 2013 to 8 August 2013 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
                                      This workshop includes sessions in Boston, Concord, and Lexington

                                      Using historical documents, landscapes, buildings and artifacts as investigative tools, participants will examine the concerns, conflicts, dilemmas, decisions, and dramatic confrontations of people along the road to revolution. Presented by the Massachusetts Historical Society and partnering organizations, the workshop takes place in locations throughout Boston, Lexington, Lincoln and Concord. An outstanding group of historians, educators, and site interpreters will work with the group over the course of the four day workshop.

                                      This workshop is open to teachers and the general public, and is funded in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati. Educators can earn PDPs and 2 graduate credits (for an additional fee) through Framingham State University.

                                      Registration

                                      $125 ($100 for teachers and MHS fellows/members)

                                      Workshop fee includes:

                                      • Four-day program (daytime, plus one Thursday evening) with additional half day for educators
                                      • Admission to all partnering sites
                                      • Packet of reading materials
                                      • Welcome breakfast on Monday at the Massachusetts Historical Society, lunches on Tuesday (Concord Museum), Wednesday (Lexington Historical Society) and Thursday (Old Manse), and a final evening with living history characters, colonial entertainment, and dessert in Minute Man National Park

                                      To register, complete this registration form and send the form with your payment to:

                                      Kathleen Barker
                                      Massachusetts Historical Society
                                      1154 Boylston Street
                                      Boston, MA 02215
                                      education@masshist.org

                                      Complete directions for public transportation options, parking, and special lodging rates in Concord will be sent to all registrants. Questions? Call workshop directors Jayne Gordon (617) 646-0519 or Kathleen Barker (617) 646-0557.

                                      Workshop Schedule

                                      MONDAY, August 5: in Boston
                                      Morning:

                                      • Welcome breakfast at the Massachusetts Historical Society Introductions of participants, partners, places, and theme
                                      • The Curious Newspaper Collections of Harbottle Dorr 
                                      • Documenting the Coming of the American Revolution

                                      Afternoon:

                                      • Lunch on your own in Boston
                                      • Background walking tour with Historian Bill Fowler (from the Common to the North End)

                                      TUESDAY, August 6: in Concord
                                      Morning:

                                      • The Characters and the Community with Historian Bob Gross/ Part 1 (Concord Museum)
                                      • “Reading” the artifacts in the “Why Concord?” gallery (Concord Museum)

                                      Afternoon:

                                      • Lunch at the Concord Museum
                                      • The Characters and the Community with Bob Gross/ Part 2 (Concord Museum)
                                      • “Reading” the Landscape: the world and worries of the Concord farmer with historian Brian Donahue (Minute Man National Park, Battle Road Farm fields)

                                      WEDNESDAY, August 7: in Lexington
                                      Morning:

                                      • Paul Revere Capture Site and The Road to Revolution film (Minute Man National Park)
                                      • Who Shot First 1? Depositions and other accounts with NPS Education Coordinator Jim Hollister (Lexington Green)

                                      Afternoon:

                                      • Lunch at Munroe Tavern (Lexington Historical Society)
                                      • The experience of the British soldier (at Munroe Tavern)

                                      THURSDAY, August 8: in Concord and Lincoln

                                      Morning:

                                      • Using primary source documents to (re)construct lost lives with Historian Mary Fuhrer (Major John Buttrick House, Minute Man National Park)
                                      • Who Shot First 2? Depositions and other accounts with Jim Hollister (North Bridge)

                                      Afternoon:

                                      • Lunch and tour of Old Manse: William Emerson, Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Legacy of Revolution
                                      • Research/Writing workshop: “People at a Crossroads” with Mary Fuhrer and Educator Joanne Myers (on the grounds of the Old Manse)
                                      •  Break for supper on your own in Concord

                                      Evening:

                                      • Special living history program “Battle Road Heroes” (Hartwell Tavern historic area, Minute Man National Park)
                                      • Dessert and colonial entertainment in the Hartwell Barn

                                      FRIDAY, August 9: in Boston

                                      • Optional morning for educators to work on lesson plans with teacher-facilitator Duncan Wood (MHS)
                                      7 August 2013 this event is free Brown Bag

                                      Private Lives and Public Spaces: John Banister and Colonial Consumers

                                      12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
                                      Marian Desrosiers, Salve Regina University

                                      Tourists stream into shops and restaurants on Banister's Wharf in Newport, purchasing products from Rhode Island and around the globe. When merchant John Banister (1707-1767) owned this wharf in the 1740s, he imported luxury apparel, tools, household items, and foods from many places. For nearly thirty years Banister's ships traded goods from and to other American colonies, the West Indies, and Europe. The Banister account books provide a focus on this golden era of trade. Lists of commodities provide information about the lives of consumers and producers in the public marketplace. The transactions reveal a merchant's family expenses and income. Banister's careful delineation of profit, loss, commissions, taxes, and ownership shares provides insight into his roles as merchant, retailer, ship owner, broker, and as a trade and industry leader of Newport. These details of mid-eighteenth-century Rhode Island reveal how Banister, as an adventurous capitalist, influenced the economy of pre-Revolutionary America.

                                      10 August 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.

                                      12 August 2013 this event is free Brown Bag

                                      Rebelling Subjects, Revealing Objects: The Material and Visual Culture of Making and Remembering the American Revolution

                                      12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
                                      Zara Anishanslin, College of Staten Island, CUNY

                                      This project considers how women, Loyalists, slaves, and Native Americans, as well as Patriots, experienced, made, and remembered the American Revolution from 1763 to 1791, with a coda about historical memory arranged around General Lafayette’s Jubilee Tour. In an effort to get past the binaries that often still characterize the historiography on the Revolution, it uses objects and images to narrate how ideology, politics, and war—and their material practices—were ambivalent and fluid in the revolutionary era.

                                      this event requires a feeregistration required Teacher Workshop, Public Program

                                      Old Towns/New Country: The First Years of a New Nation

                                      13 August 2013 to 14 August 2013 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
                                      This workshop will take place at Coolidge Point in Manchester, Massachusetts

                                      This two-day workshop will focus on how to use local resources – documents, artifacts, landscapes and the rich expertise in every town – to examine historical issues with a national focus. We will concentrate on the period just after the Revolution and the concerns and conflicts, hopes and fears, experiences and expectations of the people living in the Boston area at a time of uncertainty, fragility, and possibility. We will investigate such questions as: What was it like to live in a town that had been around for a long time in a country that was new? When the nation was first forming after the Revolution, what were people in our town/region worried about? How much did the geography, economy, culture, and social makeup of our region influence those concerns? How can we find out? What resources/pieces of evidence does our community have that relate to this time period and the people living in it? How can we best present this evidence and allow people of all ages to discover answers to some of these questions? How does our local focus add a crucial dimension to our understanding of a key period in American history?

                                      The workshop is open to teachers, librarians, archivists, members of local historical societies, and all interested local history enthusiasts. Workshop faculty will include Jayne Gordon and Kathleen Barker of the MHS Department of Education and Public Programs, Historian Christian Samito, MHS Teacher Fellow Dean Eastman, andLaura Lowell, MHS Manuscript Processor. Worksho ppartners include Salem Maritime National Historic Site and The Trustees of Reservations. There is a $25 charge to cover lunches both days; program and material costs have been generously funded by the Saltonstall Foundation. Educators can earn 14 PDPs and 1 Graduate Credit (for an additional fee) from Framingham State University.

                                      Additional two-day workshops will be held in Boston on July 15/16, Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area towns of Leominster and Lancaster (central Massachusetts) on July 30/31, and in Pittsfield (Berkshires) on November 8/9.

                                      To Register: Please complete this registration form and send it with your payment to: Kathleen Barker, Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215.

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

                                      14 August 2013 this event is free Brown Bag

                                      Working to Become: Women, Work, and Literary Legacy in American Women’s Postbellum Literature

                                      12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
                                      Kristin Allukian, University of Florida

                                      This project is interdisciplinary in nature and has foundations in both 19th-century American women’s history and literature. It focuses on literary representations of career women by late 19th-century American women writers. By reimagining the intertwinings and interconnections of society and women’s paid labor, the project shows that work, and women’s work in particular, was no longer a fixed entity that showed up in the lives of those living during the 19th-century but rather was a shaping force.

                                      17 August 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.

                                      21 August 2013 this event is free Brown Bag

                                      Our Peculiar Family: The Massachusetts Schools for Idiotic Children, 1848-1900

                                      12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
                                      Kathryn Irving, Yale University

                                      In 1848, the first American institutions for children with intellectual disability opened in Massachusetts. The state school in Boston was the project of prominent reformers; the private school in Barre was founded by an entrepreneurial physician. Despite their differences, the trajectories of both schools were grounded in the state's social and political climate. This project explores the schools, their staff and pupils, from their antebellum origins up to the Eugenics movement.

                                      24 August 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.

                                      31 August 2013 Building Closed

                                      Labor Day

                                      all day
                                      The MHS will be closed Saturday, 31 August, and Monday, 2 September, in observance of Labor Day.

                                      The MHS will be closed Saturday, 31 August, and Monday, 2 September, in observance of Labor Day.


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