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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October

Early American History Seminar Town Hall Meeting with the New Director of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture 1 October 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Karin A. Wulf, College of William and Mary and Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture Be sure to RSVP for this program by emailing seminars@masshist.org or phoning 617-646-0568. Authors ...

Be sure to RSVP for this program by emailing seminars@masshist.org or phoning 617-646-0568.

Authors will not read their essays but will offer brief remarks; please read the paper ahead of time and come prepared to join in the discussion. If you are not a subscriber to the series (subscribers receive online advance access to the papers) you may pick up a copy at the MHS front desk on the day of the program. Please phone 617-646-0568 with any questions.

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Brown Bag “New Englands Teares, for Old England's Feares”: Comparing Attitudes Toward Infertility in Early Modern England and Colonial New England 2 October 2013.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Marisa Benoit, University of Oxford This project is a comparative study of attitudes toward infertility in early modern England and ...

This project is a comparative study of attitudes toward infertility in early modern England and colonial New England from c.1650 to 1750 through analysis of a wide variety of contemporary sources. To compare early modern England with its own “child,” colonial New England, is to examine two societies linked by cultural and religious norms but facing different challenges. These challenges are explored by analyzing infertility’s representation in popular, religious, and medical literature and personal writing from both societies. As the two societies’ relationship was often described through reproductive language, analyzing representations of infertility provides a different angle through which to view the links between “Old” and New England while highlighting the connections between the sources themselves. The topic of infertility provides the opportunity to untangle the web of emerging anatomical discoveries, social ideas about gender relations, the family, and the importance of children, and religious ideas about generation that characterized attitudes toward reproduction in the early modern period.

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Desk and bookcase Special Event, Member Event The Cabinetmaker & the Carver - Preview Reception 3 October 2013.Thursday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM Please RSVP   This event is open only to MHS Fellows and Members. MHS Fellows and Members are invited to a special preview and reception for the Society’s fall ...

Desk and bookcaseMHS Fellows and Members are invited to a special preview and reception for the Society’s fall exhibition. The Cabinetmaker & the Carver provides visitors with an opportunity to view nearly 50 examples of rarely seen furniture borrowed from distinguished private collections in the greater Boston area. Ranging in date from teh late-17th century to about 1900, these privately held treasures, generously lent by their owners, provide a look at the trajectory of cabinetmaking in the Hub.

To Reserve: Tickets are $25 (no charge for MHS Fund Giving Circle members). Please click on the registration link to purchase tickets.

The exhibition is presented as part of Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture a collaborative project of the Massachusetts Historical Society and ten other institutions that features exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations and publications to celebrate the Bay State's legacy of furniture-making. Visit fourcenturies.org

Image: Desk and bookcase, carving attributed to John Welch, Boston, Mass. ca. 1750-1755, private collection. Photograph by Laura Wulf

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Public Program, Exhibition New Thoughts on Old Things: Four Centuries of Furnishing the Northeast 4 October 2013.Friday, 10:00AM - 5:30PM Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Co-sponsored by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, and the ...

Co-sponsored by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Historical Society, this day-long symposium is devoted to new scholarly research on the design, production, and circulation of furnishings in New England. New Thoughts on Old Things will feature keynote speaker Glenn Adamson, Head of Research at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London, along with a select group of emerging scholars. The event is associated with Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture—a collaborative of 11 institutions celebrating furniture and furniture-making in Massachusetts. For more information on the Four Centuries initiative and events, please visit: http://www.fourcenturies.org/.

To Reserve: The symposium is free with admission to the museum. Advanced ticketing recommended. For information, please contact Lauren Spengler at lspengler@mfa.org.

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Keynote Speaker: Glenn Adamson, Head of Research, V&A Museum, Furniture History: The View from Old England

Speakers

  • Tania Batley, E. W. Vaill Patent Chair Manufacturer (Worcester, MA)
  • Nicole Belolan, Aunt Patty's Furniture: Adult Cradles and the History of Physical Mobility Impairment in Early America
  • Louisa Brouwer, “Vanishable Antiques”: The Story of Israel Sack, Inc., and the Building of an American Industry
  • Ben Colman, Between Memory and Antiquity:The Circulation of Seventeenth-Century Furniture in 18th-Century Plymouth
  • Philippe Halbert, Noblesse in New France: Furnishing the Hôtel de Vaudreuil and the Chateau Saint-Louis 1725-1760
  • Marissa S. Hershon, The Egyptian Revival in the 1870's: The Reception Room at Cedar Hill (Warwick, RI)
  • Jennifer N. Johnson, Patterns of Gentility: Pictorial Needlework Upholstery of Eighteenth-Century Newport
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Desk and bookcase Exhibitionbegins The Cabinetmaker & the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collections 4 October 2013.Friday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm This exhibition provides visitors with a rare opportunity to see nearly 50 examples of significant ...

Desk and bookcaseThis exhibition provides visitors with a rare opportunity to see nearly 50 examples of significant furniture borrowed from distinguished private collections in the greater Boston area. Ranging in date from the late-17th-century to about 1900, these privately held treasures, generously lent by their owners, provide a look at the trajectory of cabinetmaking in the Hub. They are supplemented with documents, portraits, and other material from the Society's collections that help place the furniture into historical context.

The exhibition is part of Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture a collaborative project of the Massachusetts Historical Society and ten other institutions that features exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations and publications to celebrate the Bay State's legacy of furniture-making. Visit fourcenturies.org.

Image: Desk and bookcase, carving attributed to John Welch, Boston, Mass., ca. 1750–1755, private collection. Photo by Laura Wulf.

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Teacher Workshop Painless: A Survival Guide to the "Dreaded" History Project 5 October 2013.Saturday, 9:00AM - 3:00PM WHO: For teachers, students, librarians, archivistsWHAT: A FREE ...
WHO: For teachers, students, librarians, archivists
WHAT: A FREE hands-on workshop
WHEN: Saturday, October 5, 2013 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
WHERE: Massachusetts Historical Society

 

Using the broad theme of “Rights and Responsibilities” as a springboard, you’ll explore how to approach primary source research in special libraries and archives, the Massachusetts Historical Society & the National Archives, through a range of historical documents, including letters, diaries, songs, petitions, and government records.

You’ll collect evidence, analyze information, draw conclusions, assemble your findings into an historical narrative, and design a history project as a paper, website, exhibit, documentary, or performance.

By applying National History Day methodologies, the “dreaded” history project is transformed into the creation of imaginative, engaging, and meaningful history experiences. Representatives from Massachusetts History Day will share how the program works.

This free workshop is open to students, teachers, librarians, and archivists. Lunch will be provided. Teachers can earn 10 Professional Development Points.

For more information, or to register, please contact Kathleen Barker at the Massachusetts Historical Society: education@masshist.org or (617) 646-0557.

This workshop is presented by the Massachusetts Historical Society and the National Archives at Boston in collaboration with Massachusetts History Day.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 5 October 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 ...

Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour. For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

Free and open to the public.

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Environmental History Seminar From Wilderness Environments to Well-Ordered Plantations: The Gifts of God Perfected by Industry 8 October 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required John Lauritz Larson, Purdue University Comment: Joyce Chaplin, Harvard University Be sure to RSVP for this program by emailing seminars@masshist.org or phoning 617-646-0568. Authors ...

Be sure to RSVP for this program by emailing seminars@masshist.org or phoning 617-646-0568.

Authors will not read their essays but will offer brief remarks; please read the paper ahead of time and come prepared to join in the discussion. If you are not a subscriber to the series (subscribers receive online advance access to the papers) you may pick up a copy at the MHS front desk on the day of the program. Please phone 617-646-0568 with any questions.

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Brown Bag An Empire of Fakes: Counterfeit Goods in Eighteenth-Century America 9 October 2013.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Catherine Cangany, University of Notre Dame This project investigates the market, commodities, producers, suppliers, vendors, and consumers of ...

This project investigates the market, commodities, producers, suppliers, vendors, and consumers of spurious merchandise in early Anglo-America. In so doing, it reclaims forgotten commercial actors and networks and downplays the primacy of mercantilism to emphasize individualism (defined by counterfeits' propensity to subvert legal commerce for personal gain). Given that the underground economy constituted half of all economic transactions in this period, individualism may have been the more important commercial doctrine, a full century earlier than most scholarship suggests.

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Public Program Behind the Scenes at the Museum: The Curator’s View of "Boston Furniture from Private Collections" 9 October 2013.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   Pre-talk reception at 5:30 pm Gerald W. R. Ward, Museum of Fine Arts Boston This program is part of the Massachusetts Furniture Series Boston’s history is written not only in documents and manuscripts but in the three-dimensional ...

Boston’s history is written not only in documents and manuscripts but in the three-dimensional objects that its craftsmen and factories have made, and its citizens have used, since 1630. This presentation will offer an opportunity to learn about and tour this loan exhibition of more than 40 rarely seen examples of Boston furniture from ca. 1690 to ca. 1900 with guest curator Gerald W. R. Ward.

Gerald W. R. Ward is the Katherine Lane Weems Senior Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Art of the Americas, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

To Register: Tickets are $10 per person (no charge for Fellows and Members). Please call 617-646-0560 or register online by clicking the ticket icon above.

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History of Women and Gender Seminar "Qualified Women": Women, Performance and Political Labor in the New Deal 10 October 2013.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:00PM RSVP required Location: Schlesinger Library Kate Dossett, University of Leeds Comment: Susan Ware, General Editor, American National Biography Be sure to RSVP for this program by emailing seminars@masshist.org or phoning 617-646-0568. Authors ...

Be sure to RSVP for this program by emailing seminars@masshist.org or phoning 617-646-0568.

Authors will not read their essays but will offer brief remarks; please read the paper ahead of time and come prepared to join in the discussion. If you are not a subscriber to the series (subscribers receive online advance access to the papers) you may pick up a copy at the MHS front desk on the day of the program. Please phone 617-646-0568 with any questions.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 12 October 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 ...

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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Special Event, Public Program MHS Open House 14 October 2013.Monday, 10:00AM - 3:00PM This event is free and open to the public. Join us as part of the Fenway Cultural District’s Opening Our Doors, Boston’s largest ...

Join us as part of the Fenway Cultural District’s Opening Our Doors, Boston’s largest single day of free arts and cultural events. Visit the MHS and view The Cabinetmaker & the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collections and enjoy a demonstration related to furniture on display by craftsmen from the North Bennet Street School.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Library Closed Columbus Day 14 October 2013.Monday, all day The MHS library will be closed on Monday, 14 October in observance of Columbus Day. The exhibition ...

The MHS library will be closed on Monday, 14 October in observance of Columbus Day. The exhibition galleries, featuring The Cabinetmaker and the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collections, will be open as part of the Fenway Alliance's Opening Our Doors event.

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Public Program, Author Talk Capital of the World: The Race to Host the United Nations 16 October 2013.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   Pre-talk reception at 5:30 pm Charlene Mires, Rutgers University In 1945–1946, Bostonians pursued an ambitious dream: to become not only “the Hub” ...

In 1945–1946, Bostonians pursued an ambitious dream: to become not only “the Hub” but also the Capital of the World—the headquarters site for the new United Nations. Drawing from her book, Charlene Mires will present an illustrated talk about the dramatic, surprising, and often comic story of civic boosterism awakened by the UN ’s search for a home.

Charlene Mires is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities at Rutgers University—Camden. She is the author of Independence Hall in American Memory, editor-in-chief of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, and a co-recipient of a Pulitzer Prize in journalism.

To Register: Tickets are $10 per person (no charge for Fellows and Members). Please call 617-646-0560 or register online by clicking the ticket icon above.

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Public Program, Author Talk Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin 17 October 2013.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Location: Boston Public Library, Copley Square Jill Lepore, Harvard University Jane Franklin, the sister of Benjamin Franklin, was a constant presence and influence in her brother ...

Jane Franklin, the sister of Benjamin Franklin, was a constant presence and influence in her brother's life. Like her brother, Jane Franklin was a passionate reader, a gifted writer, and an astonishingly shrewd political commentator. Making use of a collection of little-studied material, including documents, objects, and recently discovered portraits, author Jill Lepore brings Jane Franklin to life. Lepore provides a revelatory portrait of Benjamin Franklin’s youngest sister and a history of history itself.

Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper '41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker.

To Reserve: This event is free and open to the public. Visit the Boston Public Library's website for additional information and directions.

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Public Program, Exhibition The Call of Classicism: Boston Furniture from the Early 19th Century 18 October 2013.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Exhibition Spotlight Irfan Ali The early 19th century was a time of prosperity for the City of Boston and produced some ...

The early 19th century was a time of prosperity for the City of Boston and produced some extraordinary furniture. Irfan Ali, a collector of American furniture, will examine Boston’s answer to the call of classicism by looking at furniture made by craftsmen such as Thomas Seymour, Isaac Vose, and Archibald and Emmons.

To Register: This program is free and open to the public.

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Brown Bag Reviving a Spirit of Controversy: Early American Catholicism and the Separation of Church and State, 1633-1839 23 October 2013.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Nicholas Pellegrino, University of Nevada, Las Vegas This project explores the ways in which American Catholics fought to establish, preserve, reclaim, ...

This project explores the ways in which American Catholics fought to establish, preserve, reclaim, and expand conceptions of religious liberty in early America. Virtually ignored in church-state historiography until the 1840s, Catholics played a heretofore overlooked role in challenging and redefining America's ideal church-state relationship during the colonial period and in the early Republic. By paying closer attention to how Catholics interacted with the laws and culture around them, this project offers fresh insights into questions pertaining to church-state relations and the history of religious freedom.

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Public Program, Exhibition “Newest Fashion” Furniture in Boston, 1690–1730: A Transatlantic View 23 October 2013.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   Pre-talk reception at 5:30 pm Edward S. Cooke, Jr., Yale University This event is part of the Massachusetts Furniture Series This program will explore how the influx of English cabinetmakers and chairmakers and the ...

This program will explore how the influx of English cabinetmakers and chairmakers and the fashionable desires of a new Boston elite combined to transform the furniture trade in Boston in the period after the establishment of the new Charter in 1691. Producers and consumers collaborated to invent a new Boston that was a commercial center more than a providential city on a hill. 

Edward S. Cooke, Jr., the Charles F. Montgomery Professor of American Decorative Arts in the Department of the History of Art at Yale University, has published extensively on both historical and contemporary furniture. Prior to returning to Yale in 1992, he was a curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and taught at Boston University.

To Register: Tickets are $10 per person (no charge for Fellows and Members). Please call 617-646-0560 or register online by clicking the ticket icon above.

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Biography Seminar Telling Lives: Megan Marshall Interviews George E. Vaillant about the Harvard Grant Study 24 October 2013.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:30PM RSVP required George E. Vaillant, Harvard Medical School, author of Triumphs of Experience: The Men of the Harvard Grant Study Moderator: Megan Marshall, author of Margaret Fuller: A New American Life Be sure to RSVP for this program by emailing seminars@masshist.org or phoning 617-646-0568.

Be sure to RSVP for this program by emailing seminars@masshist.org or phoning 617-646-0568.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 26 October 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 ...

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 Dynamic Tensions: Charles Atlas, Immigrant Bodybuilders, and Eugenics, 1920-45 29 October 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Dominique Padurano, Scarsdale High School Comment: E. Anthony Rotundo, Phillips Academy Andover Be sure to RSVP for this program by emailing seminars@masshist.org or phoning 617-646-0568. Authors ...

Be sure to RSVP for this program by emailing seminars@masshist.org or phoning 617-646-0568.

Authors will not read their essays but will offer brief remarks; please read the paper ahead of time and come prepared to join in the discussion. If you are not a subscriber to the series (subscribers receive online advance access to the papers) you may pick up a copy at the MHS front desk on the day of the program. Please phone 617-646-0568 with any questions.

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Round About the Earth Author Talk, Public Program Around the World in 500 Years 30 October 2013.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   Pre-talk reception at 5:30 pm Joyce Chaplin, Harvard University Are we more "global" today than people in the past were, better able to span and understand the ...

Round About the EarthAre we more "global" today than people in the past were, better able to span and understand the entire planet?  Planetary consciousness, our awareness of living on a globe with finite resources, did not begin with those luminous, exquisitely beautiful Apollo 8 photographs of the Earth taken from space in 1968, as is often asserted. Rather, it began with the now-500-year-old tradition of going around the world, the longest human activity done on a planetary scale. Around-the-world travelers' long and self-aware tradition of engagement with the planet questions our sense of uniqueness and may teach us something worth knowing about why we think of the Earth the way we do.

Joyce E. Chaplin is the James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History at Harvard University and author of Round About the Earth: Circumnavigation from Magellan to Orbit.

To Register: Tickets are $10 per person (no charge for Fellows and Members). Please call 617-646-0560 or register online by clicking the ticket icon above.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 2 November 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 ...

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.

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Early American History Seminar The Poison Plot 5 November 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Elaine Crane, Fordham University Comment: Irene Q. Brown, University of Connecticut Be sure to RSVP for this program by emailing seminars@masshist.org or phoning 617-646-0568. Authors ...

Be sure to RSVP for this program by emailing seminars@masshist.org or phoning 617-646-0568.

Authors will not read their essays but will offer brief remarks; please read the paper ahead of time and come prepared to join in the discussion. If you are not a subscriber to the series (subscribers receive online advance access to the papers) you may pick up a copy at the MHS front desk on the day of the program. Please phone 617-646-0568 with any questions.

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Brown Bag Pursuing Respectability in the Cannibal Isles: Americans in Nineteenth-Century Fiji 6 November 2013.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Nancy Shoemaker, University of Connecticut This project resurrects the history of the China Trade and the early nineteenth-century Pacific as ...

This project resurrects the history of the China Trade and the early nineteenth-century Pacific as key sites of American economic and political intervention. It explores the formation of an American sense of self through a study of several individuals, including a “beachcomber,” a sea captain’s wife, and a U.S. Consul.

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Library Closed Library Closed 7 November 2013.Thursday, all day In preparation for our annual gala event, Cocktails with Clio, the MHS library will be closed on ...

In preparation for our annual gala event, Cocktails with Clio, the MHS library will be closed on Thursday, 7 November.

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Cocktails with Clio 7 November 2013.Thursday, 6:00PM - 9:00PM The fourth annual Cocktails with Clio will take place on 7 November 2013. Named for the muse of ...

The fourth annual Cocktails with Clio will take place on 7 November 2013. Named for the muse of history, this festive evening celebrates American history and the 222-year-old mission of the Society. Following an elegant cocktail buffet at the Society’s building, guests will proceed to the nearby Harvard Club for dessert and a conversation with political commentator, author, and MHS Overseer Cokie Roberts. As the evening progresses, Ms. Roberts will discuss her approach to writing bestselling books about history and historical figures, her work as a political commentator, and how she has used MHS collections in her research.

Tickets cost $250 per person. All net proceeds from the event will support the Society's outreach efforts.


Become a sponsor of Cocktails with Clio

Our sponsors are crucial to the success of the event. As a result of their generosity, the Society’s outreach efforts have expanded. The additional funding has an important impact on our programming, and this year we hope to surpass last year’s goal in order to further enhance our exhibitions, public programs, and education initiatives. 

We are proud to offer sponsorship opportunities at the following levels:
$5,000 - Clio’s Circle
$2,500 - Patrons of the Muse
$1,000 - Friends of the Muse   

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

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Building Closed Veterans Day 9 November 2013.Saturday, all day The MHS will be closed Saturday, 9 November, and Monday, 11 November, in observance of Labor Day.

The MHS will be closed Saturday, 9 November, and Monday, 11 November, in observance of Labor Day.

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Building Closed Veterans Day 11 November 2013.Monday, all day The MHS will be closed Saturday, 9 November, and Monday, 11 November, in observance of Labor Day.

The MHS will be closed Saturday, 9 November, and Monday, 11 November, in observance of Labor Day.

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Environmental History Seminar Making Land in Earthquake Country: Urban Development and Disaster in San Francisco 12 November 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Joanna Dyl, University of South Florida Comment: Conevery Bolton Valencius, University of Massachusetts—Boston Be sure to RSVP for this program by emailing seminars@masshist.org or phoning 617-646-0568. Authors ...

Be sure to RSVP for this program by emailing seminars@masshist.org or phoning 617-646-0568.

Authors will not read their essays but will offer brief remarks; please read the paper ahead of time and come prepared to join in the discussion. If you are not a subscriber to the series (subscribers receive online advance access to the papers) you may pick up a copy at the MHS front desk on the day of the program. Please phone 617-646-0568 with any questions.

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Teacher Workshop, Public Programbegins Old Towns/New Country: The First Years of a New Nation 15 November 2013.Friday, 8:30AM - 3:30PM This program will take place in Pittsfield, Massachusetts This two-day workshop explores how to use local resources – documents, artifacts, landscapes ...

This two-day workshop explores 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 western Massachusetts 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 the MHS Department of Education and Public Programs, Gary Shattuck, author of Artful and Designing Men: The Trials of Job Shattuck and the Regulation of 1786-1787, MHS Teacher Fellow Dean Eastman, and the staff of the Berkshire Historical Society. The program will also include visits to the Berkshire Athenaeum and the Crane Museum of Papermaking. There is a $25 charge to cover lunches both days; program and material costs have been generously funded by the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation. Educators can earn 15 PDPs and 1 Graduate Credit (for an additional fee) from Framingham State University.

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.

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Brown Bag The Urban Archival Regime in Trans-national Perspective: Roxbury, Africville, Hogan's Alley 15 November 2013.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Karen Bridget Murray, Kennesaw State University and York University This talk discusses variations in archival regimes, their relationship to the writing of Black urban ...

This talk discusses variations in archival regimes, their relationship to the writing of Black urban history, and their implications for efforts to secure redress for past urban spatial injustices, such as school bussing in Boston, and the razing of African-Canadian communities in Vancouver and Halifax.

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Public Program, Exhibition Early Boston Furniture: Style, Construction, Materials, & Use 15 November 2013.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Exhibition Spotlight John and Marie Vander Sande American furniture collectors John and Marie Vander Sande will discuss late 17th-century joined case ...

American furniture collectors John and Marie Vander Sande will discuss late 17th-century joined case pieces, early 18th-century cabinetwork, and pre-1730 chairs produced in Boston. The style, construction techniques, woods chosen, and motivation for the applied decoration, as well as the use of the pieces in the home, will be highlighted.

To Register: This program is free and open to the public.

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Teacher Workshop, Public Programends Old Towns/New Country: The First Years of a New Nation 16 November 2013.Saturday, 8:30AM - 3:30PM This program will take place in Pittsfield, Massachusetts This two-day workshop explores how to use local resources – documents, artifacts, landscapes ...

This two-day workshop explores 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 western Massachusetts 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 the MHS Department of Education and Public Programs, Gary Shattuck, author of Artful and Designing Men: The Trials of Job Shattuck and the Regulation of 1786-1787, MHS Teacher Fellow Dean Eastman, and the staff of the Berkshire Historical Society. The program will also include visits to the Berkshire Athenaeum and the Crane Museum of Papermaking. There is a $25 charge to cover lunches both days; program and material costs have been generously funded by the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation. Educators can earn 15 PDPs and 1 Graduate Credit (for an additional fee) from Framingham State University.

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.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 16 November 2013.Saturday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the ...

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 The Sullivan Brothers 19 November 2013.Tuesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Murray Forbes Governor James and General John Sullivan, two brothers who forged remarkable and versatile careers ...

Governor James and General John Sullivan, two brothers who forged remarkable and versatile careers during the American Revolution and early republic, were honored in their own time and remained remembered and respected through the 19th century. How should we remember them today? Join Murray Forbes as he discusses his work on the fascinating lives of these two men.

Today we remember James Sullivan as first Massachusetts Governor of Irish descent and as founder and first president of The Massachusetts Historical Society. Yet his achievements defending Irish immigrants, elucidating injustices in Irish history and his landmark legal defense of the Catholic Church against being taxed to support the Commonwealth's official Protestant religion, remain almost unknown. He was also a significant diplomat, a brilliant legal scholar, and historian who influenced the creation of the United States Constitution. He continued throughout his political career to be the principal voice in Massachusetts supporting popular rights.

His brother John Sullivan initiated hostilities of the American Revolution in New Hampshire, played a major role in the Siege of Boston, performed heroically at Long Island, Brandywine, and Germantown, brilliantly at Trenton and Princeton, and incomparably at Butte's Hill.  While serving in Canada he kept the American Army intact during the failed invasion of 1776, and in 1779, Sullivan led a massive campaign against the Iroquois who had sided with the British in the Revolution. As member of the Continental Congress he strengthened the French and Spanish alliances and allayed anti-Catholic prejudice. After the war, he served three terms as Governor of New Hampshire and, confronting hundreds of angry farmers, personally averted another Shays's rebellion. Yet Sullivan's military career has sometimes been downplayed, while his other accomplishments have been undervalued.

Their immigrant father, an indentured servant and dispossessed Chief of Clan O'Sullivan Beara, had extraordinary Irish forbears who rose to prominence in conditions partly presaging the American Revolution. He passed something extraordinary on to these sons.

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Brown Bag On a Bender with Uncle Sam: Freedom, Resources, and the Lure of Progress in the Early Republic 20 November 2013.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM John Lauritz Larson, Purdue University How did the American Revolution change the colonial American economic culture and patterns of ...

How did the American Revolution change the colonial American economic culture and patterns of natural resource exploitation? How did the “release of energy” produced by the new political order contribute to new definitions of public and private acquisitiveness, wealth, and progress?

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Public Program, Exhibition Boston & Its Craft Community, 1650–1850 20 November 2013.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   Pre-talk reception at 5:30 pm J. Ritchie Garrison, Winterthur This program is part of the Massachusetts Furniture Series J. Ritchie Garrison, the Director of the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, will ...

J. Ritchie Garrison, the Director of the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, will explore Boston’s craft community with a focus on three themes: production as part of a regional network, inequalities that drove artisans’ decisions, and the city’s furnituremakers’ adaptations to a number of factors.

To Register: Tickets are $10 per person (no charge for Fellows and Members). Please call 617-646-0560 or register online by clicking the ticket icon above.

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

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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John F. Kennedy Public Program, Author Talk JFK & His Enemies: A Profile in Power, 1946-1963 25 November 2013.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   Pre-talk reception at 5:30 pm Thomas Whalen, Boston University The famed 19th-century humorist Finley Peter Dunne once commented that life “would not be ...

The famed 19th-century humorist Finley Peter Dunne once commented that life “would not be worth living if we didn’t keep our enemies.” John F. Kennedy could certainly appreciated the wisdom behind this observation. At nearly every stage of his noteworthy political career, Kennedy collected his fair share of enemies. Some, like Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., or Richard Nixon, presented formidable political obstacles to his attaining public office. Others, like Nikita Khrushchev during the Cuban Missile Crisis, threatened the very survival of the human race. This lecture will focus on the complex and strained relationship Kennedy had with longtime FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and how their mutual hostility inadvertently led to his death at the hands of Lee Harvey Oswald on November 22, 1963.

Thomas J. Whalen is an associate professor of social science at Boston University and author of Kennedy versus Lodge: The 1952 Massachusetts Senate Race. His forthcoming book, JFK and His Enemies, will be published in March 2014. An expert in modern American politics, American foreign policy and the American presidency, Whalen's commentary has appeared in the New York Times, ABCNews.com, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and the AP. He has also appeared on several national broadcast outlets including CNN, NPR and Reuters TV.

To Register: Tickets are $10 per person (no charge for Fellows and Members). Please call 617-646-0560 or register online by clicking the ticket icon above.

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Immigration and Urban History Seminar "A Place Reeking with Rottenness": The "Corpus Christi Situation" (1933) and Legacies of Abusive Immigrant Detention 26 November 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required David Hernández, Mount Holyoke College Comment: Daniel Kanstroom, Boston College Law School Be sure to RSVP for this program by emailing seminars@masshist.org or phoning 617-646-0568. Authors ...

Be sure to RSVP for this program by emailing seminars@masshist.org or phoning 617-646-0568.

Authors will not read their essays but will offer brief remarks; please read the paper ahead of time and come prepared to join in the discussion. If you are not a subscriber to the series (subscribers receive online advance access to the papers) you may pick up a copy at the MHS front desk on the day of the program. Please phone 617-646-0568 with any questions.

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Building Closed Thanksgiving 28 November 2013.Thursday, all day The MHS will be closed Thursday, 28 November, through Saturday, 30 November, in observance of ...

The MHS will be closed Thursday, 28 November, through Saturday, 30 November, in observance of Thanksgiving.

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Building Closed Thanksgiving 29 November 2013.Friday, all day The MHS will be closed Thursday, 28 November, through Saturday, 30 November, in observance of ...

The MHS will be closed Thursday, 28 November, through Saturday, 30 November, in observance of Thanksgiving.

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Building Closed Thanksgiving 30 November 2013.Saturday, all day The MHS will be closed Thursday, 28 November, through Saturday, 30 November, in observance of ...

The MHS will be closed Thursday, 28 November, through Saturday, 30 November, in observance of Thanksgiving.

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December
Early American History Seminar Occupying Boston: An Intimate History of the Boston Massacre 3 December 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Serena Zabin, Carleton College Comment: Lisa Wilson, Connecticut College Be sure to RSVP for this program by emailing seminars@masshist.org or phoning 617-646-0568. Authors ...

Be sure to RSVP for this program by emailing seminars@masshist.org or phoning 617-646-0568.

Authors will not read their essays but will offer brief remarks; please read the paper ahead of time and come prepared to join in the discussion. If you are not a subscriber to the series (subscribers receive online advance access to the papers) you may pick up a copy at the MHS front desk on the day of the program. Please phone 617-646-0568 with any questions.

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Brown Bag "To Spread Liberty to the North": The Invasion of Canada and the Coming of American Independence, 1774-1776 4 December 2013.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Amy Noel, Boston University This project seeks to explain the enormous changes taking place in American society between 1774 and ...

This project seeks to explain the enormous changes taking place in American society between 1774 and 1776 by examining the failed invasion of Canada. The campaign played a crucial role in shaping colonial attitudes toward Catholicism and Britishness, the escalation of rebellion into an imperial civil war, and the looming issue of American independence.

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Public Program, Exhibition Elegant Interiors in Early 19th-Century Boston 4 December 2013.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   Pre-talk reception at 5:30 pm Richard and Jane Nylander This program is part of the Massachusetts Furniture Series Early 19th-century Boston witnessed new styles of architecture and furniture. Homes were embellished ...

Early 19th-century Boston witnessed new styles of architecture and furniture. Homes were embellished by a wealth of imported goods such as paintings and sculpture, porcelain, and luxurious fabrics. This lecture will provide a glimpse of the interiors of the homes of some of the city’s wealthiest citizens, among them Nathan Appleton, Charles Russell Codman, Benjamin Bussey, Barney Smith, and David Hinckley.

To Register: Tickets are $10 per person (no charge for Fellows and Members). Please call 617-646-0560 or register online by clicking the ticket icon above.

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St. Nicholas Special Event, Member Event MHS Fellows & Members Holiday Party 5 December 2013.Thursday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM Sold-out event. Please call 617-646-0552 to be added to the waiting list. MHS Fellows and Members are invited to celebrate the season with the Trustees and staff of the MHS ...

St. NicholasMHS Fellows and Members are invited to celebrate the season with the Trustees and staff of the MHS at a special year-end reception. The event is open only to MHS Fellows and Members.

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Public Program, Author Talk End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy 6 December 2013.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM James Swanson Fifty years ago, our country was jolted by tragedy: our 35th president was shot. In End of Days: ...

Fifty years ago, our country was jolted by tragedy: our 35th president was shot. In End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy, Edgar award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of the highly acclaimed Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase For Lincoln's Killer and historian James. L. Swanson, offers a comprehensive understanding of this historic day, lending edge-of-your seat, storyteller's mastery to the subject. With fascinating, colorful detail culled from vast historic resources, Swanson sets the stage for his central drama: the unfolding of the private final hours of John F. Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald as their destinies converge in a rifle's crosshairs-one man bound for infamy, the other for myth. Told in characteristic riveting narrative style, End of Days tracks the seemingly inevitable, and equally improbable, collision course between two men that would change history, devastate a hopeful generation, and spur one of our country's greatest national mysteries.

To Register: This event is free and open to the public.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 7 December 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 ...

Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour. For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

Free and open to the public.

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Environmental History Seminar Panel Discussion: Telling Environmental History 10 December 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Brian Donahue, Brandeis University, Karl Haglund, Department of Conservation and Recreation, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Megan Kate Nelson, Brown University, Aaron Sachs, Cornell University Moderator: Anthony N. Penna, Northeastern University Be sure to RSVP for this program by emailing seminars@masshist.org or phoning 617-646-0568. There ...

Be sure to RSVP for this program by emailing seminars@masshist.org or phoning 617-646-0568.

There are no precirculated papers for this program.

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Brown Bag The Memory Frontier: Memorializing King Philip's War in the Native Northeast 11 December 2013.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Christine DeLucia, Mount Holyoke College The late 17th-century conflict known as King Philip's War has haunted colonial New Englanders and ...

The late 17th-century conflict known as King Philip's War has haunted colonial New Englanders and diverse tribal communities.  Their remembrances of this violence have taken shape in highly local ways, through material objects, performances, and stories about landscapes.  This study highlights the importance of such overlooked sources for understanding the persistent, widespread effects of warfare and settler colonialism in the Northeast.

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Public Program Making History: The Salem Witch Trials in Documents & Artifacts 11 December 2013.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Presentation & Exhibition Viewing Facilitator: James H. Johnson, Boston University Students of the Boston University course “Making History” discuss the MHS exhibition ...

Students of the Boston University course “Making History” discuss the MHS exhibition that they have researched and compiled. The semester-long project on Salem and the wider fear of witches in England and colonial America includes work on letters and diaries, sermons, early printed books, and objects from the period. James H. Johnson, who teaches the course, is Professor of History and a prize-winning author.

To Register: This event is free and open to the public. Please call 617-646-0560 or email education@masshist.org to register.

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History of Women and Gender Seminar Women versus Connecticut: Insights from the Pre-Roe Abortion Battles 12 December 2013.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:00PM RSVP required Amy Kesselman, SUNY at New Paltz Comment: Linda Gordon, New York University Be sure to RSVP for this program by emailing seminars@masshist.org or phoning 617-646-0568. Authors ...

Be sure to RSVP for this program by emailing seminars@masshist.org or phoning 617-646-0568.

Authors will not read their essays but will offer brief remarks; please read the paper ahead of time and come prepared to join in the discussion. If you are not a subscriber to the series (subscribers receive online advance access to the papers) you may pick up a copy at the MHS front desk on the day of the program. Please phone 617-646-0568 with any questions.

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Public Program, Exhibition Patriotic Banding: Red, White, and Blue 13 December 2013.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Exhibition Spotlight Michael Wheeler In the federal period (1790-1820), wealthy Boston merchants expanded trade to the West Indies and ...

In the federal period (1790-1820), wealthy Boston merchants expanded trade to the West Indies and China. As part of this trade, they imported rare and expensive lumber into Boston. Mechanical inventions and the harnessing of waterpower made sawing this lumber into thin veneers possible. New specialists, known as inlay makers, were able to dye, stack, and cut those veneers into decorative geometric bandings which cabinetmakers used as inlays in neoclassical furniture.

Guest speaker Michael Wheeler has recently discovered that red, white, and blue banding was made in Boston during the federal period of the new republic. In his presentation, he will take us through his discovery and research, followed by a gallery tour of the inlaid furniture in our exhibition and his example of modern patriotic banding.

To Register: This program is free and open to the public.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 14 December 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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Library Closed Library closing at 4:45PM 17 December 2013.Tuesday, all day The MHS library will close at 4:45PM due to inclement weather.

The MHS library will close at 4:45PM due to inclement weather.

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Library Closed Library Closed 24 December 2013.Tuesday, all day The MHS library will be closed Tuesday, 24 December 2013, through Wednesday, 1 January 2014.  ...

The MHS library will be closed Tuesday, 24 December 2013, through Wednesday, 1 January 2014.  The library will return to regular business hours on Thursday, 2 January 2014.  The exhibition galleries, featuring The Cabinet Maker and the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collections, will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Thursday, 26 December, through Saturday, 28 December, and Monday, 30 December. 

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Library Closed Library Closed 25 December 2013.Wednesday, all day The MHS library will be closed Tuesday, 24 December 2013, through Wednesday, 1 January 2014.  ...

The MHS library will be closed Tuesday, 24 December 2013, through Wednesday, 1 January 2014.  The library will return to regular business hours on Thursday, 2 January 2014.  The exhibition galleries, featuring The Cabinet Maker and the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collections, will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Thursday, 26 December, through Saturday, 28 December, and Monday, 30 December. 

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Notice Exhibition Galleries Open 26 December 2013.Thursday, all day The MHS galleries, featuring our current exhibition The Cabinetmaker and the Carver: Boston ...

The MHS galleries, featuring our current exhibition The Cabinetmaker and the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collections, will be open to the public from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Library Closed Library Closed 26 December 2013.Thursday, all day The MHS library will be closed Tuesday, 24 December 2013, through Wednesday, 1 January 2014.  ...

The MHS library will be closed Tuesday, 24 December 2013, through Wednesday, 1 January 2014.  The library will return to regular business hours on Thursday, 2 January 2014.  The exhibition galleries, featuring The Cabinet Maker and the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collections, will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Thursday, 26 December, through Saturday, 28 December, and Monday, 30 December. 

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Notice Exhibition Galleries Open 27 December 2013.Friday, all day The MHS galleries, featuring our current exhibition The Cabinetmaker and the Carver: Boston ...

The MHS galleries, featuring our current exhibition The Cabinetmaker and the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collections, will be open to the public from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Library Closed Library Closed 27 December 2013.Friday, all day The MHS library will be closed Tuesday, 24 December 2013, through Wednesday, 1 January 2014.  ...

The MHS library will be closed Tuesday, 24 December 2013, through Wednesday, 1 January 2014.  The library will return to regular business hours on Thursday, 2 January 2014.  The exhibition galleries, featuring The Cabinet Maker and the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collections, will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Thursday, 26 December, through Saturday, 28 December, and Monday, 30 December. 

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Notice Exhibition Galleries Open 28 December 2013.Saturday, all day The MHS galleries, featuring our current exhibition The Cabinetmaker and the Carver: Boston ...

The MHS galleries, featuring our current exhibition The Cabinetmaker and the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collections, will be open to the public from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Library Closed Library Closed 28 December 2013.Saturday, all day The MHS library will be closed Tuesday, 24 December 2013, through Wednesday, 1 January 2014.  ...

The MHS library will be closed Tuesday, 24 December 2013, through Wednesday, 1 January 2014.  The library will return to regular business hours on Thursday, 2 January 2014.  The exhibition galleries, featuring The Cabinet Maker and the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collections, will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Thursday, 26 December, through Saturday, 28 December, and Monday, 30 December. 

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Library Closed Library Closed 29 December 2013.Sunday, all day The MHS library will be closed Tuesday, 24 December 2013, through Wednesday, 1 January 2014.  ...

The MHS library will be closed Tuesday, 24 December 2013, through Wednesday, 1 January 2014.  The library will return to regular business hours on Thursday, 2 January 2014.  The exhibition galleries, featuring The Cabinet Maker and the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collections, will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Thursday, 26 December, through Saturday, 28 December, and Monday, 30 December. 

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Notice Exhibition Galleries Open 30 December 2013.Monday, all day The MHS galleries, featuring our current exhibition The Cabinetmaker and the Carver: Boston ...

The MHS galleries, featuring our current exhibition The Cabinetmaker and the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collections, will be open to the public from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Library Closed Library Closed 30 December 2013.Monday, all day The MHS library will be closed Tuesday, 24 December 2013, through Wednesday, 1 January 2014.  ...

The MHS library will be closed Tuesday, 24 December 2013, through Wednesday, 1 January 2014.  The library will return to regular business hours on Thursday, 2 January 2014.  The exhibition galleries, featuring The Cabinet Maker and the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collections, will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Thursday, 26 December, through Saturday, 28 December, and Monday, 30 December. 

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Library Closed Library Closed 31 December 2013.Tuesday, all day The MHS library will be closed Tuesday, 24 December 2013, through Wednesday, 1 January 2014.  ...

The MHS library will be closed Tuesday, 24 December 2013, through Wednesday, 1 January 2014.  The library will return to regular business hours on Thursday, 2 January 2014.  The exhibition galleries, featuring The Cabinet Maker and the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collections, will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Thursday, 26 December, through Saturday, 28 December, and Monday, 30 December. 

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Early American History Seminar Town Hall Meeting with the New Director of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture 1 October 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
Karin A. Wulf, College of William and Mary and Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture

Be sure to RSVP for this program by emailing seminars@masshist.org or phoning 617-646-0568.

Authors will not read their essays but will offer brief remarks; please read the paper ahead of time and come prepared to join in the discussion. If you are not a subscriber to the series (subscribers receive online advance access to the papers) you may pick up a copy at the MHS front desk on the day of the program. Please phone 617-646-0568 with any questions.

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Brown Bag “New Englands Teares, for Old England's Feares”: Comparing Attitudes Toward Infertility in Early Modern England and Colonial New England 2 October 2013.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Marisa Benoit, University of Oxford

This project is a comparative study of attitudes toward infertility in early modern England and colonial New England from c.1650 to 1750 through analysis of a wide variety of contemporary sources. To compare early modern England with its own “child,” colonial New England, is to examine two societies linked by cultural and religious norms but facing different challenges. These challenges are explored by analyzing infertility’s representation in popular, religious, and medical literature and personal writing from both societies. As the two societies’ relationship was often described through reproductive language, analyzing representations of infertility provides a different angle through which to view the links between “Old” and New England while highlighting the connections between the sources themselves. The topic of infertility provides the opportunity to untangle the web of emerging anatomical discoveries, social ideas about gender relations, the family, and the importance of children, and religious ideas about generation that characterized attitudes toward reproduction in the early modern period.

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Special Event, Member Event The Cabinetmaker & the Carver - Preview Reception 3 October 2013.Thursday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM Please RSVP   registration required This event is open only to MHS Fellows and Members. Desk and bookcase

Desk and bookcaseMHS Fellows and Members are invited to a special preview and reception for the Society’s fall exhibition. The Cabinetmaker & the Carver provides visitors with an opportunity to view nearly 50 examples of rarely seen furniture borrowed from distinguished private collections in the greater Boston area. Ranging in date from teh late-17th century to about 1900, these privately held treasures, generously lent by their owners, provide a look at the trajectory of cabinetmaking in the Hub.

To Reserve: Tickets are $25 (no charge for MHS Fund Giving Circle members). Please click on the registration link to purchase tickets.

The exhibition is presented as part of Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture a collaborative project of the Massachusetts Historical Society and ten other institutions that features exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations and publications to celebrate the Bay State's legacy of furniture-making. Visit fourcenturies.org

Image: Desk and bookcase, carving attributed to John Welch, Boston, Mass. ca. 1750-1755, private collection. Photograph by Laura Wulf

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Public Program, Exhibition New Thoughts on Old Things: Four Centuries of Furnishing the Northeast 4 October 2013.Friday, 10:00AM - 5:30PM registration required at no cost Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Co-sponsored by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Historical Society, this day-long symposium is devoted to new scholarly research on the design, production, and circulation of furnishings in New England. New Thoughts on Old Things will feature keynote speaker Glenn Adamson, Head of Research at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London, along with a select group of emerging scholars. The event is associated with Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture—a collaborative of 11 institutions celebrating furniture and furniture-making in Massachusetts. For more information on the Four Centuries initiative and events, please visit: http://www.fourcenturies.org/.

To Reserve: The symposium is free with admission to the museum. Advanced ticketing recommended. For information, please contact Lauren Spengler at lspengler@mfa.org.

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Keynote Speaker: Glenn Adamson, Head of Research, V&A Museum, Furniture History: The View from Old England

Speakers

  • Tania Batley, E. W. Vaill Patent Chair Manufacturer (Worcester, MA)
  • Nicole Belolan, Aunt Patty's Furniture: Adult Cradles and the History of Physical Mobility Impairment in Early America
  • Louisa Brouwer, “Vanishable Antiques”: The Story of Israel Sack, Inc., and the Building of an American Industry
  • Ben Colman, Between Memory and Antiquity:The Circulation of Seventeenth-Century Furniture in 18th-Century Plymouth
  • Philippe Halbert, Noblesse in New France: Furnishing the Hôtel de Vaudreuil and the Chateau Saint-Louis 1725-1760
  • Marissa S. Hershon, The Egyptian Revival in the 1870's: The Reception Room at Cedar Hill (Warwick, RI)
  • Jennifer N. Johnson, Patterns of Gentility: Pictorial Needlework Upholstery of Eighteenth-Century Newport
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Exhibition The Cabinetmaker & the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collections 4 October 2013 to 17 January 2014 Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm Desk and bookcase

Desk and bookcaseThis exhibition provides visitors with a rare opportunity to see nearly 50 examples of significant furniture borrowed from distinguished private collections in the greater Boston area. Ranging in date from the late-17th-century to about 1900, these privately held treasures, generously lent by their owners, provide a look at the trajectory of cabinetmaking in the Hub. They are supplemented with documents, portraits, and other material from the Society's collections that help place the furniture into historical context.

The exhibition is part of Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture a collaborative project of the Massachusetts Historical Society and ten other institutions that features exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations and publications to celebrate the Bay State's legacy of furniture-making. Visit fourcenturies.org.

Image: Desk and bookcase, carving attributed to John Welch, Boston, Mass., ca. 1750–1755, private collection. Photo by Laura Wulf.

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Teacher Workshop Painless: A Survival Guide to the "Dreaded" History Project 5 October 2013.Saturday, 9:00AM - 3:00PM registration required at no cost
WHO: For teachers, students, librarians, archivists
WHAT: A FREE hands-on workshop
WHEN: Saturday, October 5, 2013 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
WHERE: Massachusetts Historical Society

 

Using the broad theme of “Rights and Responsibilities” as a springboard, you’ll explore how to approach primary source research in special libraries and archives, the Massachusetts Historical Society & the National Archives, through a range of historical documents, including letters, diaries, songs, petitions, and government records.

You’ll collect evidence, analyze information, draw conclusions, assemble your findings into an historical narrative, and design a history project as a paper, website, exhibit, documentary, or performance.

By applying National History Day methodologies, the “dreaded” history project is transformed into the creation of imaginative, engaging, and meaningful history experiences. Representatives from Massachusetts History Day will share how the program works.

This free workshop is open to students, teachers, librarians, and archivists. Lunch will be provided. Teachers can earn 10 Professional Development Points.

For more information, or to register, please contact Kathleen Barker at the Massachusetts Historical Society: education@masshist.org or (617) 646-0557.

This workshop is presented by the Massachusetts Historical Society and the National Archives at Boston in collaboration with Massachusetts History Day.

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

Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour. For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

Free and open to the public.

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Environmental History Seminar From Wilderness Environments to Well-Ordered Plantations: The Gifts of God Perfected by Industry 8 October 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
John Lauritz Larson, Purdue University Comment: Joyce Chaplin, Harvard University

Be sure to RSVP for this program by emailing seminars@masshist.org or phoning 617-646-0568.

Authors will not read their essays but will offer brief remarks; please read the paper ahead of time and come prepared to join in the discussion. If you are not a subscriber to the series (subscribers receive online advance access to the papers) you may pick up a copy at the MHS front desk on the day of the program. Please phone 617-646-0568 with any questions.

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Brown Bag An Empire of Fakes: Counterfeit Goods in Eighteenth-Century America 9 October 2013.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Catherine Cangany, University of Notre Dame

This project investigates the market, commodities, producers, suppliers, vendors, and consumers of spurious merchandise in early Anglo-America. In so doing, it reclaims forgotten commercial actors and networks and downplays the primacy of mercantilism to emphasize individualism (defined by counterfeits' propensity to subvert legal commerce for personal gain). Given that the underground economy constituted half of all economic transactions in this period, individualism may have been the more important commercial doctrine, a full century earlier than most scholarship suggests.

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Public Program Behind the Scenes at the Museum: The Curator’s View of "Boston Furniture from Private Collections" 9 October 2013.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   registration required Pre-talk reception at 5:30 pm Gerald W. R. Ward, Museum of Fine Arts Boston This program is part of the Massachusetts Furniture Series

Boston’s history is written not only in documents and manuscripts but in the three-dimensional objects that its craftsmen and factories have made, and its citizens have used, since 1630. This presentation will offer an opportunity to learn about and tour this loan exhibition of more than 40 rarely seen examples of Boston furniture from ca. 1690 to ca. 1900 with guest curator Gerald W. R. Ward.

Gerald W. R. Ward is the Katherine Lane Weems Senior Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Art of the Americas, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

To Register: Tickets are $10 per person (no charge for Fellows and Members). Please call 617-646-0560 or register online by clicking the ticket icon above.

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History of Women and Gender Seminar "Qualified Women": Women, Performance and Political Labor in the New Deal 10 October 2013.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:00PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Location: Schlesinger Library Kate Dossett, University of Leeds Comment: Susan Ware, General Editor, American National Biography

Be sure to RSVP for this program by emailing seminars@masshist.org or phoning 617-646-0568.

Authors will not read their essays but will offer brief remarks; please read the paper ahead of time and come prepared to join in the discussion. If you are not a subscriber to the series (subscribers receive online advance access to the papers) you may pick up a copy at the MHS front desk on the day of the program. Please phone 617-646-0568 with any questions.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 12 October 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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Special Event, Public Program MHS Open House 14 October 2013.Monday, 10:00AM - 3:00PM this event is free This event is free and open to the public.

Join us as part of the Fenway Cultural District’s Opening Our Doors, Boston’s largest single day of free arts and cultural events. Visit the MHS and view The Cabinetmaker & the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collections and enjoy a demonstration related to furniture on display by craftsmen from the North Bennet Street School.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Library Closed Columbus Day 14 October 2013.Monday, all day

The MHS library will be closed on Monday, 14 October in observance of Columbus Day. The exhibition galleries, featuring The Cabinetmaker and the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collections, will be open as part of the Fenway Alliance's Opening Our Doors event.

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Public Program, Author Talk Capital of the World: The Race to Host the United Nations 16 October 2013.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   registration required Pre-talk reception at 5:30 pm Charlene Mires, Rutgers University

In 1945–1946, Bostonians pursued an ambitious dream: to become not only “the Hub” but also the Capital of the World—the headquarters site for the new United Nations. Drawing from her book, Charlene Mires will present an illustrated talk about the dramatic, surprising, and often comic story of civic boosterism awakened by the UN ’s search for a home.

Charlene Mires is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities at Rutgers University—Camden. She is the author of Independence Hall in American Memory, editor-in-chief of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, and a co-recipient of a Pulitzer Prize in journalism.

To Register: Tickets are $10 per person (no charge for Fellows and Members). Please call 617-646-0560 or register online by clicking the ticket icon above.

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Public Program, Author Talk Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin 17 October 2013.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM this event is free Location: Boston Public Library, Copley Square Jill Lepore, Harvard University

Jane Franklin, the sister of Benjamin Franklin, was a constant presence and influence in her brother's life. Like her brother, Jane Franklin was a passionate reader, a gifted writer, and an astonishingly shrewd political commentator. Making use of a collection of little-studied material, including documents, objects, and recently discovered portraits, author Jill Lepore brings Jane Franklin to life. Lepore provides a revelatory portrait of Benjamin Franklin’s youngest sister and a history of history itself.

Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper '41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker.

To Reserve: This event is free and open to the public. Visit the Boston Public Library's website for additional information and directions.

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Public Program, Exhibition The Call of Classicism: Boston Furniture from the Early 19th Century 18 October 2013.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM this event is free Exhibition Spotlight Irfan Ali

The early 19th century was a time of prosperity for the City of Boston and produced some extraordinary furniture. Irfan Ali, a collector of American furniture, will examine Boston’s answer to the call of classicism by looking at furniture made by craftsmen such as Thomas Seymour, Isaac Vose, and Archibald and Emmons.

To Register: This program is free and open to the public.

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Brown Bag Reviving a Spirit of Controversy: Early American Catholicism and the Separation of Church and State, 1633-1839 23 October 2013.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Nicholas Pellegrino, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

This project explores the ways in which American Catholics fought to establish, preserve, reclaim, and expand conceptions of religious liberty in early America. Virtually ignored in church-state historiography until the 1840s, Catholics played a heretofore overlooked role in challenging and redefining America's ideal church-state relationship during the colonial period and in the early Republic. By paying closer attention to how Catholics interacted with the laws and culture around them, this project offers fresh insights into questions pertaining to church-state relations and the history of religious freedom.

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Public Program, Exhibition “Newest Fashion” Furniture in Boston, 1690–1730: A Transatlantic View 23 October 2013.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   registration required Pre-talk reception at 5:30 pm Edward S. Cooke, Jr., Yale University This event is part of the Massachusetts Furniture Series

This program will explore how the influx of English cabinetmakers and chairmakers and the fashionable desires of a new Boston elite combined to transform the furniture trade in Boston in the period after the establishment of the new Charter in 1691. Producers and consumers collaborated to invent a new Boston that was a commercial center more than a providential city on a hill. 

Edward S. Cooke, Jr., the Charles F. Montgomery Professor of American Decorative Arts in the Department of the History of Art at Yale University, has published extensively on both historical and contemporary furniture. Prior to returning to Yale in 1992, he was a curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and taught at Boston University.

To Register: Tickets are $10 per person (no charge for Fellows and Members). Please call 617-646-0560 or register online by clicking the ticket icon above.

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Biography Seminar Telling Lives: Megan Marshall Interviews George E. Vaillant about the Harvard Grant Study 24 October 2013.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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George E. Vaillant, Harvard Medical School, author of Triumphs of Experience: The Men of the Harvard Grant Study Moderator: Megan Marshall, author of Margaret Fuller: A New American Life

Be sure to RSVP for this program by emailing seminars@masshist.org or phoning 617-646-0568.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 26 October 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 Dynamic Tensions: Charles Atlas, Immigrant Bodybuilders, and Eugenics, 1920-45 29 October 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: E. Anthony Rotundo, Phillips Academy Andover

Be sure to RSVP for this program by emailing seminars@masshist.org or phoning 617-646-0568.

Authors will not read their essays but will offer brief remarks; please read the paper ahead of time and come prepared to join in the discussion. If you are not a subscriber to the series (subscribers receive online advance access to the papers) you may pick up a copy at the MHS front desk on the day of the program. Please phone 617-646-0568 with any questions.

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Author Talk, Public Program Around the World in 500 Years 30 October 2013.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   registration required Pre-talk reception at 5:30 pm Joyce Chaplin, Harvard University Round About the Earth

Round About the EarthAre we more "global" today than people in the past were, better able to span and understand the entire planet?  Planetary consciousness, our awareness of living on a globe with finite resources, did not begin with those luminous, exquisitely beautiful Apollo 8 photographs of the Earth taken from space in 1968, as is often asserted. Rather, it began with the now-500-year-old tradition of going around the world, the longest human activity done on a planetary scale. Around-the-world travelers' long and self-aware tradition of engagement with the planet questions our sense of uniqueness and may teach us something worth knowing about why we think of the Earth the way we do.

Joyce E. Chaplin is the James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History at Harvard University and author of Round About the Earth: Circumnavigation from Magellan to Orbit.

To Register: Tickets are $10 per person (no charge for Fellows and Members). Please call 617-646-0560 or register online by clicking the ticket icon above.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 2 November 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.

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Early American History Seminar The Poison Plot 5 November 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Elaine Crane, Fordham University Comment: Irene Q. Brown, University of Connecticut

Be sure to RSVP for this program by emailing seminars@masshist.org or phoning 617-646-0568.

Authors will not read their essays but will offer brief remarks; please read the paper ahead of time and come prepared to join in the discussion. If you are not a subscriber to the series (subscribers receive online advance access to the papers) you may pick up a copy at the MHS front desk on the day of the program. Please phone 617-646-0568 with any questions.

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Brown Bag Pursuing Respectability in the Cannibal Isles: Americans in Nineteenth-Century Fiji 6 November 2013.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Nancy Shoemaker, University of Connecticut

This project resurrects the history of the China Trade and the early nineteenth-century Pacific as key sites of American economic and political intervention. It explores the formation of an American sense of self through a study of several individuals, including a “beachcomber,” a sea captain’s wife, and a U.S. Consul.

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Library Closed Library Closed 7 November 2013.Thursday, all day

In preparation for our annual gala event, Cocktails with Clio, the MHS library will be closed on Thursday, 7 November.

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Cocktails with Clio 7 November 2013.Thursday, 6:00PM - 9:00PM registration required

The fourth annual Cocktails with Clio will take place on 7 November 2013. Named for the muse of history, this festive evening celebrates American history and the 222-year-old mission of the Society. Following an elegant cocktail buffet at the Society’s building, guests will proceed to the nearby Harvard Club for dessert and a conversation with political commentator, author, and MHS Overseer Cokie Roberts. As the evening progresses, Ms. Roberts will discuss her approach to writing bestselling books about history and historical figures, her work as a political commentator, and how she has used MHS collections in her research.

Tickets cost $250 per person. All net proceeds from the event will support the Society's outreach efforts.


Become a sponsor of Cocktails with Clio

Our sponsors are crucial to the success of the event. As a result of their generosity, the Society’s outreach efforts have expanded. The additional funding has an important impact on our programming, and this year we hope to surpass last year’s goal in order to further enhance our exhibitions, public programs, and education initiatives. 

We are proud to offer sponsorship opportunities at the following levels:
$5,000 - Clio’s Circle
$2,500 - Patrons of the Muse
$1,000 - Friends of the Muse   

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

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Building Closed Veterans Day 9 November 2013.Saturday, all day

The MHS will be closed Saturday, 9 November, and Monday, 11 November, in observance of Labor Day.

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Building Closed Veterans Day 11 November 2013.Monday, all day

The MHS will be closed Saturday, 9 November, and Monday, 11 November, in observance of Labor Day.

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Environmental History Seminar Making Land in Earthquake Country: Urban Development and Disaster in San Francisco 12 November 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Joanna Dyl, University of South Florida Comment: Conevery Bolton Valencius, University of Massachusetts—Boston

Be sure to RSVP for this program by emailing seminars@masshist.org or phoning 617-646-0568.

Authors will not read their essays but will offer brief remarks; please read the paper ahead of time and come prepared to join in the discussion. If you are not a subscriber to the series (subscribers receive online advance access to the papers) you may pick up a copy at the MHS front desk on the day of the program. Please phone 617-646-0568 with any questions.

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Teacher Workshop, Public Program Old Towns/New Country: The First Years of a New Nation 15 November 2013 to 16 November 2013 registration required This program will take place in Pittsfield, Massachusetts

This two-day workshop explores 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 western Massachusetts 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 the MHS Department of Education and Public Programs, Gary Shattuck, author of Artful and Designing Men: The Trials of Job Shattuck and the Regulation of 1786-1787, MHS Teacher Fellow Dean Eastman, and the staff of the Berkshire Historical Society. The program will also include visits to the Berkshire Athenaeum and the Crane Museum of Papermaking. There is a $25 charge to cover lunches both days; program and material costs have been generously funded by the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation. Educators can earn 15 PDPs and 1 Graduate Credit (for an additional fee) from Framingham State University.

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.

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Brown Bag The Urban Archival Regime in Trans-national Perspective: Roxbury, Africville, Hogan's Alley 15 November 2013.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Karen Bridget Murray, Kennesaw State University and York University

This talk discusses variations in archival regimes, their relationship to the writing of Black urban history, and their implications for efforts to secure redress for past urban spatial injustices, such as school bussing in Boston, and the razing of African-Canadian communities in Vancouver and Halifax.

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Public Program, Exhibition Early Boston Furniture: Style, Construction, Materials, & Use 15 November 2013.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM this event is free Exhibition Spotlight John and Marie Vander Sande

American furniture collectors John and Marie Vander Sande will discuss late 17th-century joined case pieces, early 18th-century cabinetwork, and pre-1730 chairs produced in Boston. The style, construction techniques, woods chosen, and motivation for the applied decoration, as well as the use of the pieces in the home, will be highlighted.

To Register: This program is free and open to the public.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 16 November 2013.Saturday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM 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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Public Program The Sullivan Brothers 19 November 2013.Tuesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Murray Forbes

Governor James and General John Sullivan, two brothers who forged remarkable and versatile careers during the American Revolution and early republic, were honored in their own time and remained remembered and respected through the 19th century. How should we remember them today? Join Murray Forbes as he discusses his work on the fascinating lives of these two men.

Today we remember James Sullivan as first Massachusetts Governor of Irish descent and as founder and first president of The Massachusetts Historical Society. Yet his achievements defending Irish immigrants, elucidating injustices in Irish history and his landmark legal defense of the Catholic Church against being taxed to support the Commonwealth's official Protestant religion, remain almost unknown. He was also a significant diplomat, a brilliant legal scholar, and historian who influenced the creation of the United States Constitution. He continued throughout his political career to be the principal voice in Massachusetts supporting popular rights.

His brother John Sullivan initiated hostilities of the American Revolution in New Hampshire, played a major role in the Siege of Boston, performed heroically at Long Island, Brandywine, and Germantown, brilliantly at Trenton and Princeton, and incomparably at Butte's Hill.  While serving in Canada he kept the American Army intact during the failed invasion of 1776, and in 1779, Sullivan led a massive campaign against the Iroquois who had sided with the British in the Revolution. As member of the Continental Congress he strengthened the French and Spanish alliances and allayed anti-Catholic prejudice. After the war, he served three terms as Governor of New Hampshire and, confronting hundreds of angry farmers, personally averted another Shays's rebellion. Yet Sullivan's military career has sometimes been downplayed, while his other accomplishments have been undervalued.

Their immigrant father, an indentured servant and dispossessed Chief of Clan O'Sullivan Beara, had extraordinary Irish forbears who rose to prominence in conditions partly presaging the American Revolution. He passed something extraordinary on to these sons.

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Brown Bag On a Bender with Uncle Sam: Freedom, Resources, and the Lure of Progress in the Early Republic 20 November 2013.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free John Lauritz Larson, Purdue University

How did the American Revolution change the colonial American economic culture and patterns of natural resource exploitation? How did the “release of energy” produced by the new political order contribute to new definitions of public and private acquisitiveness, wealth, and progress?

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Public Program, Exhibition Boston & Its Craft Community, 1650–1850 20 November 2013.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   registration required Pre-talk reception at 5:30 pm J. Ritchie Garrison, Winterthur This program is part of the Massachusetts Furniture Series

J. Ritchie Garrison, the Director of the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, will explore Boston’s craft community with a focus on three themes: production as part of a regional network, inequalities that drove artisans’ decisions, and the city’s furnituremakers’ adaptations to a number of factors.

To Register: Tickets are $10 per person (no charge for Fellows and Members). Please call 617-646-0560 or register online by clicking the ticket icon above.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 23 November 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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Public Program, Author Talk JFK & His Enemies: A Profile in Power, 1946-1963 25 November 2013.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   registration required Pre-talk reception at 5:30 pm Thomas Whalen, Boston University John F. Kennedy

The famed 19th-century humorist Finley Peter Dunne once commented that life “would not be worth living if we didn’t keep our enemies.” John F. Kennedy could certainly appreciated the wisdom behind this observation. At nearly every stage of his noteworthy political career, Kennedy collected his fair share of enemies. Some, like Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., or Richard Nixon, presented formidable political obstacles to his attaining public office. Others, like Nikita Khrushchev during the Cuban Missile Crisis, threatened the very survival of the human race. This lecture will focus on the complex and strained relationship Kennedy had with longtime FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and how their mutual hostility inadvertently led to his death at the hands of Lee Harvey Oswald on November 22, 1963.

Thomas J. Whalen is an associate professor of social science at Boston University and author of Kennedy versus Lodge: The 1952 Massachusetts Senate Race. His forthcoming book, JFK and His Enemies, will be published in March 2014. An expert in modern American politics, American foreign policy and the American presidency, Whalen's commentary has appeared in the New York Times, ABCNews.com, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and the AP. He has also appeared on several national broadcast outlets including CNN, NPR and Reuters TV.

To Register: Tickets are $10 per person (no charge for Fellows and Members). Please call 617-646-0560 or register online by clicking the ticket icon above.

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Immigration and Urban History Seminar "A Place Reeking with Rottenness": The "Corpus Christi Situation" (1933) and Legacies of Abusive Immigrant Detention 26 November 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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David Hernández, Mount Holyoke College Comment: Daniel Kanstroom, Boston College Law School

Be sure to RSVP for this program by emailing seminars@masshist.org or phoning 617-646-0568.

Authors will not read their essays but will offer brief remarks; please read the paper ahead of time and come prepared to join in the discussion. If you are not a subscriber to the series (subscribers receive online advance access to the papers) you may pick up a copy at the MHS front desk on the day of the program. Please phone 617-646-0568 with any questions.

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Building Closed Thanksgiving 28 November 2013.Thursday, all day

The MHS will be closed Thursday, 28 November, through Saturday, 30 November, in observance of Thanksgiving.

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Building Closed Thanksgiving 29 November 2013.Friday, all day

The MHS will be closed Thursday, 28 November, through Saturday, 30 November, in observance of Thanksgiving.

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Building Closed Thanksgiving 30 November 2013.Saturday, all day

The MHS will be closed Thursday, 28 November, through Saturday, 30 November, in observance of Thanksgiving.

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Early American History Seminar Occupying Boston: An Intimate History of the Boston Massacre 3 December 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Serena Zabin, Carleton College Comment: Lisa Wilson, Connecticut College

Be sure to RSVP for this program by emailing seminars@masshist.org or phoning 617-646-0568.

Authors will not read their essays but will offer brief remarks; please read the paper ahead of time and come prepared to join in the discussion. If you are not a subscriber to the series (subscribers receive online advance access to the papers) you may pick up a copy at the MHS front desk on the day of the program. Please phone 617-646-0568 with any questions.

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Brown Bag "To Spread Liberty to the North": The Invasion of Canada and the Coming of American Independence, 1774-1776 4 December 2013.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Amy Noel, Boston University

This project seeks to explain the enormous changes taking place in American society between 1774 and 1776 by examining the failed invasion of Canada. The campaign played a crucial role in shaping colonial attitudes toward Catholicism and Britishness, the escalation of rebellion into an imperial civil war, and the looming issue of American independence.

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Public Program, Exhibition Elegant Interiors in Early 19th-Century Boston 4 December 2013.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   registration required Pre-talk reception at 5:30 pm Richard and Jane Nylander This program is part of the Massachusetts Furniture Series

Early 19th-century Boston witnessed new styles of architecture and furniture. Homes were embellished by a wealth of imported goods such as paintings and sculpture, porcelain, and luxurious fabrics. This lecture will provide a glimpse of the interiors of the homes of some of the city’s wealthiest citizens, among them Nathan Appleton, Charles Russell Codman, Benjamin Bussey, Barney Smith, and David Hinckley.

To Register: Tickets are $10 per person (no charge for Fellows and Members). Please call 617-646-0560 or register online by clicking the ticket icon above.

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Special Event, Member Event MHS Fellows & Members Holiday Party 5 December 2013.Thursday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM registration closed Sold-out event. Please call 617-646-0552 to be added to the waiting list. St. Nicholas

St. NicholasMHS Fellows and Members are invited to celebrate the season with the Trustees and staff of the MHS at a special year-end reception. The event is open only to MHS Fellows and Members.

Become a Member today.

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Public Program, Author Talk End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy 6 December 2013.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM this event is free James Swanson

Fifty years ago, our country was jolted by tragedy: our 35th president was shot. In End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy, Edgar award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of the highly acclaimed Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase For Lincoln's Killer and historian James. L. Swanson, offers a comprehensive understanding of this historic day, lending edge-of-your seat, storyteller's mastery to the subject. With fascinating, colorful detail culled from vast historic resources, Swanson sets the stage for his central drama: the unfolding of the private final hours of John F. Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald as their destinies converge in a rifle's crosshairs-one man bound for infamy, the other for myth. Told in characteristic riveting narrative style, End of Days tracks the seemingly inevitable, and equally improbable, collision course between two men that would change history, devastate a hopeful generation, and spur one of our country's greatest national mysteries.

To Register: This event is free and open to the public.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 7 December 2013.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM this event is free

Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour. For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

Free and open to the public.

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Environmental History Seminar Panel Discussion: Telling Environmental History 10 December 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Brian Donahue, Brandeis University, Karl Haglund, Department of Conservation and Recreation, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Megan Kate Nelson, Brown University, Aaron Sachs, Cornell University Moderator: Anthony N. Penna, Northeastern University

Be sure to RSVP for this program by emailing seminars@masshist.org or phoning 617-646-0568.

There are no precirculated papers for this program.

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Brown Bag The Memory Frontier: Memorializing King Philip's War in the Native Northeast 11 December 2013.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Christine DeLucia, Mount Holyoke College

The late 17th-century conflict known as King Philip's War has haunted colonial New Englanders and diverse tribal communities.  Their remembrances of this violence have taken shape in highly local ways, through material objects, performances, and stories about landscapes.  This study highlights the importance of such overlooked sources for understanding the persistent, widespread effects of warfare and settler colonialism in the Northeast.

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Public Program Making History: The Salem Witch Trials in Documents & Artifacts 11 December 2013.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM registration required at no cost Presentation & Exhibition Viewing Facilitator: James H. Johnson, Boston University

Students of the Boston University course “Making History” discuss the MHS exhibition that they have researched and compiled. The semester-long project on Salem and the wider fear of witches in England and colonial America includes work on letters and diaries, sermons, early printed books, and objects from the period. James H. Johnson, who teaches the course, is Professor of History and a prize-winning author.

To Register: This event is free and open to the public. Please call 617-646-0560 or email education@masshist.org to register.

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History of Women and Gender Seminar Women versus Connecticut: Insights from the Pre-Roe Abortion Battles 12 December 2013.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:00PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Amy Kesselman, SUNY at New Paltz Comment: Linda Gordon, New York University

Be sure to RSVP for this program by emailing seminars@masshist.org or phoning 617-646-0568.

Authors will not read their essays but will offer brief remarks; please read the paper ahead of time and come prepared to join in the discussion. If you are not a subscriber to the series (subscribers receive online advance access to the papers) you may pick up a copy at the MHS front desk on the day of the program. Please phone 617-646-0568 with any questions.

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Public Program, Exhibition Patriotic Banding: Red, White, and Blue 13 December 2013.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM this event is free Exhibition Spotlight Michael Wheeler

In the federal period (1790-1820), wealthy Boston merchants expanded trade to the West Indies and China. As part of this trade, they imported rare and expensive lumber into Boston. Mechanical inventions and the harnessing of waterpower made sawing this lumber into thin veneers possible. New specialists, known as inlay makers, were able to dye, stack, and cut those veneers into decorative geometric bandings which cabinetmakers used as inlays in neoclassical furniture.

Guest speaker Michael Wheeler has recently discovered that red, white, and blue banding was made in Boston during the federal period of the new republic. In his presentation, he will take us through his discovery and research, followed by a gallery tour of the inlaid furniture in our exhibition and his example of modern patriotic banding.

To Register: This program is free and open to the public.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 14 December 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 Library closing at 4:45PM 17 December 2013.Tuesday, all day

The MHS library will close at 4:45PM due to inclement weather.

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Library Closed Library Closed 24 December 2013.Tuesday, all day

The MHS library will be closed Tuesday, 24 December 2013, through Wednesday, 1 January 2014.  The library will return to regular business hours on Thursday, 2 January 2014.  The exhibition galleries, featuring The Cabinet Maker and the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collections, will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Thursday, 26 December, through Saturday, 28 December, and Monday, 30 December. 

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Library Closed Library Closed 25 December 2013.Wednesday, all day

The MHS library will be closed Tuesday, 24 December 2013, through Wednesday, 1 January 2014.  The library will return to regular business hours on Thursday, 2 January 2014.  The exhibition galleries, featuring The Cabinet Maker and the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collections, will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Thursday, 26 December, through Saturday, 28 December, and Monday, 30 December. 

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Notice Exhibition Galleries Open 26 December 2013.Thursday, all day

The MHS galleries, featuring our current exhibition The Cabinetmaker and the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collections, will be open to the public from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Library Closed Library Closed 26 December 2013.Thursday, all day

The MHS library will be closed Tuesday, 24 December 2013, through Wednesday, 1 January 2014.  The library will return to regular business hours on Thursday, 2 January 2014.  The exhibition galleries, featuring The Cabinet Maker and the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collections, will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Thursday, 26 December, through Saturday, 28 December, and Monday, 30 December. 

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Notice Exhibition Galleries Open 27 December 2013.Friday, all day

The MHS galleries, featuring our current exhibition The Cabinetmaker and the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collections, will be open to the public from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Library Closed Library Closed 27 December 2013.Friday, all day

The MHS library will be closed Tuesday, 24 December 2013, through Wednesday, 1 January 2014.  The library will return to regular business hours on Thursday, 2 January 2014.  The exhibition galleries, featuring The Cabinet Maker and the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collections, will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Thursday, 26 December, through Saturday, 28 December, and Monday, 30 December. 

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Notice Exhibition Galleries Open 28 December 2013.Saturday, all day

The MHS galleries, featuring our current exhibition The Cabinetmaker and the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collections, will be open to the public from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Library Closed Library Closed 28 December 2013.Saturday, all day

The MHS library will be closed Tuesday, 24 December 2013, through Wednesday, 1 January 2014.  The library will return to regular business hours on Thursday, 2 January 2014.  The exhibition galleries, featuring The Cabinet Maker and the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collections, will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Thursday, 26 December, through Saturday, 28 December, and Monday, 30 December. 

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Library Closed Library Closed 29 December 2013.Sunday, all day

The MHS library will be closed Tuesday, 24 December 2013, through Wednesday, 1 January 2014.  The library will return to regular business hours on Thursday, 2 January 2014.  The exhibition galleries, featuring The Cabinet Maker and the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collections, will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Thursday, 26 December, through Saturday, 28 December, and Monday, 30 December. 

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Notice Exhibition Galleries Open 30 December 2013.Monday, all day

The MHS galleries, featuring our current exhibition The Cabinetmaker and the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collections, will be open to the public from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Library Closed Library Closed 30 December 2013.Monday, all day

The MHS library will be closed Tuesday, 24 December 2013, through Wednesday, 1 January 2014.  The library will return to regular business hours on Thursday, 2 January 2014.  The exhibition galleries, featuring The Cabinet Maker and the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collections, will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Thursday, 26 December, through Saturday, 28 December, and Monday, 30 December. 

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Library Closed Library Closed 31 December 2013.Tuesday, all day

The MHS library will be closed Tuesday, 24 December 2013, through Wednesday, 1 January 2014.  The library will return to regular business hours on Thursday, 2 January 2014.  The exhibition galleries, featuring The Cabinet Maker and the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collections, will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Thursday, 26 December, through Saturday, 28 December, and Monday, 30 December. 

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