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  • Early American History SeminarTown Hall Meeting with the New Director of the Omohundro Institute ...
    Early American History SeminarTown Hall Meeting with the New Director of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
    5:15 PM - 7:30 PM Karin A. Wulf, College of William and Mary and Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture

    This town hall meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss the present and future of the OIEAHC. Through conferences, fellowships, and publications including The William and Mary Quarterly, the institute fosters scholarship on colonial and early national American history as well as the Atlantic world. Wulf began her tenure on July 1.

    Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
    Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
    details
  • Brown Bag“New Englands Teares, for Old England's Feares”: Comparing Atti...
    Brown Bag“New Englands Teares, for Old England's Feares”: Comparing Attitudes Toward Infertility in Early Modern England and Colonial New England
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 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.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.

    this event is free details
  • NoticeLibrary Closing @ 3:30PM
    NoticeLibrary Closing @ 3:30PM
    all day details
  • Special Event, Member EventThe Cabinetmaker & the Carver - Preview Reception
    Special Event, Member EventThe Cabinetmaker & the Carver - Preview Reception
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM This event is open only to MHS Fellows and Members.

    Desk and bookcaseMHS Fellows and Members are invited to a special preview and reception for The Cabinetmaker & the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collections.

    Please RSVP   this event requires a feeregistration required details
  • Public Program, ExhibitionNew Thoughts on Old Thing
    Public Program, ExhibitionNew Thoughts on Old Things: Four Centuries of Furnishing the Northeast
    10:00 AM - 5:30 PM 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.

    free eventregistration required at no cost details
  • ExhibitionThe Cabinetmaker & the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collec...
    begins ExhibitionThe Cabinetmaker & the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collections
    4 October 2013 to 17 January 2014 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm

    Desk and bookcaseCreated by many of the city’s most talented cabinetmakers, carvers, turners, and other craftsmen, the pieces in the exhibition are drawn from distinguished local collections, providing a rare public glimpse of privately held treasures.

    This exhibition is part of the Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture collaboration, fourcenturies.org.

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

    details
  • Teacher WorkshopPainless: A Survival Guide to the "Dreaded" History Project
    Teacher WorkshopPainless: A Survival Guide to the "Dreaded" History Project
    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    This free hands-on workshop provides teachers and students with strategies for creating amazing history projects!

    free eventregistration required at no cost details
  • MHS TourMHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS
    MHS TourMHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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

    this event is free details
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      • Environmental History SeminarFrom Wilderness Environments to Well-Ordered Plantations: The Gifts...
        Environmental History SeminarFrom Wilderness Environments to Well-Ordered Plantations: The Gifts of God Perfected by Industry
        5:15 PM - 7:30 PM John Lauritz Larson, Purdue University Comment: Joyce Chaplin, Harvard University

        This project is located at the intersection of environmental history and political economy.  The paper will consider how people understood what it meant to exploit natural resources in the early period as part of a much wider study of Americans’ engagement with the environment from the 17th through the 20th centuries. 

        Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
        Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
        details
      • Brown BagAn Empire of Fakes: Counterfeit Goods in Eighteenth-Century America
        Brown BagAn Empire of Fakes: Counterfeit Goods in Eighteenth-Century America
        12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Catherine Cangany, University of Notre Dame this event is free details
      • Public ProgramBehind the Scenes at the Museum
        Public ProgramBehind the Scenes at the Museum: The Curator’s View of "Boston Furniture from Private Collections"
        6:00 PM - 7:30 PM 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.

        Please RSVP   this event requires a feeregistration required details
      • History of Women and Gender Seminar"Qualified Women": Women, Performance and Political Labor in the Ne...
        History of Women and Gender Seminar"Qualified Women": Women, Performance and Political Labor in the New Deal
        5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Location: Schlesinger Library Kate Dossett, University of Leeds Comment: Susan Ware, General Editor, American National Biography

        This project is focused on how women were able to develop a mode of public presentation that challenged the masculine political culture of the New Deal. It aims to move beyond the “good-or-bad for women?” question, which continues to shape gender scholarship on the New Deal particularly and studies of women in politics more broadly.

        Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
        Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
        details
        • MHS TourMHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS
          MHS TourMHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS
          10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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

          this event is free details
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          • Special Event, Public ProgramMHS Open House
            Special Event, Public ProgramMHS Open House
            10:00 AM - 3:00 PM 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.

            this event is free details
          • Library ClosedColumbus Day
            Library ClosedColumbus Day
            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.

            details
            • Public Program, Author TalkCapital of the World
              Public Program, Author TalkCapital of the World: The Race to Host the United Nations
              6:00 PM - 7:30 PM 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. 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.

              Please RSVP   this event requires a feeregistration required details
            • Public Program, Author TalkBook of Ages
              Public Program, Author TalkBook of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin
              6:00 PM - 7:00 PM 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.

              this event is free details
            • Public Program, ExhibitionThe Call of Classicism: Boston Furniture from the Early 19th Centur...
              Public Program, ExhibitionThe Call of Classicism: Boston Furniture from the Early 19th Century
              2:00 PM - 3:00 PM 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.

              this event is free details
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                    • Brown BagReviving a Spirit of Controversy: Early American Catholicism and th...
                      Brown BagReviving a Spirit of Controversy: Early American Catholicism and the Separation of Church and State, 1633-1839
                      12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Nicholas Pellegrino, University of Nevada, Las Vegas this event is free details
                    • Public Program, Exhibition“Newest Fashion” Furniture in Boston
                      Public Program, Exhibition“Newest Fashion” Furniture in Boston, 1690–1730: A Transatlantic View
                      6:00 PM - 7:30 PM 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.

                      Please RSVP   this event requires a feeregistration required details
                    • Biography SeminarTelling Lives: Megan Marshall Interviews George E. Vaillant about t...
                      Biography SeminarTelling Lives: Megan Marshall Interviews George E. Vaillant about the Harvard Grant Study
                      5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 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

                      For more than three decades, George E. Vaillant of the Harvard Medical School directed the longitudinal study known as the Harvard Grant Study. His recent book, Triumphs of Experience (2012), traces the men's lives into their nineties. Megan Marshall, the author of Margaret Fuller: A New American Life (2013) and the daughter of a Grant Study participant, will interview Dr. Vaillant about the art of writing case studies and the implications for biographers of his findings on human development through the life course. 

                      Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                      Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
                      details
                      • MHS TourMHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS
                        MHS TourMHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS
                        10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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

                        this event is free details
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                          • Immigration and Urban History SeminarDynamic Tensions: Charles Atlas, Immigrant Bodybuilders, and Eugeni...
                            Immigration and Urban History SeminarDynamic Tensions: Charles Atlas, Immigrant Bodybuilders, and Eugenics, 1920-45
                            5:15 PM - 7:30 PM Dominique Padurano, Scarsdale High School Comment: E. Anthony Rotundo, Phillips Academy Andover

                            Rescheduled from April 2013. This paper explores the paradox of bodybuilders such as Atlas espousing eugenics principles while highlighting their own allegedly innate weaknesses as a marketing strategy for their diet and exercise regimens. It argues that both techniques functioned as assimilation strategies for the immigrant and ethnic bodybuilding community at a time when the U.S. was less than hospitable to foreigners.

                            Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                            Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
                            details
                          • Author Talk, Public ProgramAround the World in 500 Years
                            Author Talk, Public ProgramAround the World in 500 Years
                            6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Pre-talk reception at 5:30 pm Joyce Chaplin, Harvard University

                            Round About the EarthAround-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.

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

                            Town Hall Meeting with the New Director of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture

                            5:15 PM - 7:30 PM
                            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.

                            2 October 2013 this event is free Brown Bag

                            “New Englands Teares, for Old England's Feares”: Comparing Attitudes Toward Infertility in Early Modern England and Colonial New England

                            12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
                            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.

                            3 October 2013 Notice

                            Library Closing @ 3:30PM

                            all day
                            3 October 2013 Please RSVP   this event requires a feeregistration required Special Event, Member Event

                            The Cabinetmaker & the Carver - Preview Reception

                            6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
                            This event is open only to MHS Fellows and Members.

                            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

                            4 October 2013 free eventregistration required at no cost Public Program, Exhibition

                            New Thoughts on Old Things: Four Centuries of Furnishing the Northeast

                            10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
                            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.

                            Event Details

                            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
                            Exhibition

                            The Cabinetmaker & the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collections

                            4 October 2013 to 17 January 2014 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
                            Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm

                            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.

                            5 October 2013 free eventregistration required at no cost Teacher Workshop

                            Painless: A Survival Guide to the "Dreaded" History Project

                            9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
                            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.

                            5 October 2013 this event is free MHS Tour

                            MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS

                            10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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

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

                            Free and open to the public.

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

                            From Wilderness Environments to Well-Ordered Plantations: The Gifts of God Perfected by Industry

                            5:15 PM - 7:30 PM
                            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.

                            9 October 2013 this event is free Brown Bag

                            An Empire of Fakes: Counterfeit Goods in Eighteenth-Century America

                            12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
                            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.

                            9 October 2013 Please RSVP   this event requires a feeregistration required Public Program

                            Behind the Scenes at the Museum: The Curator’s View of "Boston Furniture from Private Collections"

                            6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
                            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.

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

                            "Qualified Women": Women, Performance and Political Labor in the New Deal

                            5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
                            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.

                            12 October 2013 this event is free MHS Tour

                            MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS

                            10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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

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

                            Free and open to the public.

                            14 October 2013 this event is free Special Event, Public Program

                            MHS Open House

                            10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
                            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.

                            14 October 2013 Library Closed

                            Columbus Day

                            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.

                            16 October 2013 Please RSVP   this event requires a feeregistration required Public Program, Author Talk

                            Capital of the World: The Race to Host the United Nations

                            6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
                            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.

                            17 October 2013 this event is free Public Program, Author Talk

                            Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin

                            6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
                            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.

                            18 October 2013 this event is free Public Program, Exhibition

                            The Call of Classicism: Boston Furniture from the Early 19th Century

                            2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
                            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.

                            23 October 2013 this event is free Brown Bag

                            Reviving a Spirit of Controversy: Early American Catholicism and the Separation of Church and State, 1633-1839

                            12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
                            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.

                            23 October 2013 Please RSVP   this event requires a feeregistration required Public Program, Exhibition

                            “Newest Fashion” Furniture in Boston, 1690–1730: A Transatlantic View

                            6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
                            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.

                            24 October 2013 Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                            Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
                            Biography Seminar

                            Telling Lives: Megan Marshall Interviews George E. Vaillant about the Harvard Grant Study

                            5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
                            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.

                            26 October 2013 this event is free MHS Tour

                            MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS

                            10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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

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

                            Free and open to the public.

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

                            Dynamic Tensions: Charles Atlas, Immigrant Bodybuilders, and Eugenics, 1920-45

                            5:15 PM - 7:30 PM
                            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.

                            30 October 2013 Please RSVP   this event requires a feeregistration required Author Talk, Public Program

                            Around the World in 500 Years

                            6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
                            Pre-talk reception at 5:30 pm Joyce Chaplin, Harvard University

                            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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