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  • Library ClosedLibrary Closed
    Library ClosedLibrary Closed
    all day

    The MHS library will be closed Tuesday, 25 December 2013, through Wednesday, 1 January 2014.  The library will return to regular business hours on Thursday, 2 January 2014.

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  • Building ClosedMHS Closing
    Building ClosedMHS Closing
    12:00 PM - 4:45 PM

    The MHS will be closing at noon on Thursday due to inclement weather. The building will be closed Friday, 3 January, 2014.

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  • Building ClosedMHS Closed
    Building ClosedMHS Closed
    all day

    The MHS will be closed Friday due to inclement weather.

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  • NoticeBuilding Open Saturday
    NoticeBuilding Open Saturday
    all day

    Building is expected to reopen Saturday, but check here for any further updates.

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            • 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 SeminarOut of the Blue: Nantucket and the Pacific World
                  Environmental History SeminarOut of the Blue: Nantucket and the Pacific World
                  5:15 PM - 7:30 PM Edward D. Melillo, Amherst College Comment: Nancy Shoemaker, University of Connecticut

                  Building upon insights from environmental history, migration studies, and cultural geography, this project argues that certain historical groups have displayed a rooted cosmopolitanism, which develops through sustained encounters with the peoples and environments of far-away places. Through whaling, Nantucket mariners came to know a distant ocean and its inhabitants in ways that were often more refined and subtle than many contemporaneous understandings of the Pacific World.

                  Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                  Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
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                • Brown BagAmericanizing America: Yankee Civilization and the U.S. State
                  Brown BagAmericanizing America: Yankee Civilization and the U.S. State
                  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Dylan Yeats, New York University this event is free details
                • Special Event, Member EventAn Evening Social
                  Special Event, Member EventAn Evening Social
                  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM This event is open only to MHS Associate Members

                  MHS Associate Members (age 40 and under) are invited to an evening social with the Young Friends of Historic New England.

                  Please RSVP   free eventregistration required at no cost details
                • Biography SeminarWhen Subjects Talk Back: Oral History, Contemporary Biography, and...
                  Biography SeminarWhen Subjects Talk Back: Oral History, Contemporary Biography, and the Runaway Interview
                  5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Joyce Antler, Brandeis University, Claire Potter, New School for Public Engagement, Ted Widmer, Brown University Moderator: Carol Bundy, author of The Nature of Sacrifice: A Biography of Charles Russell Lowell, Jr., 1835-64

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

                  Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                  Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
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                • ExhibitionThe Cabinetmaker & the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collec...
                  ends ExhibitionThe Cabinetmaker & the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collections
                  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.

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                      • Public Program, Author TalkThe Hub's Metropolis
                        Public Program, Author TalkThe Hub's Metropolis: Greater Boston's Development from Railroad Suburb to Smart Growth
                        6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30pm James O'Connell, National Park Service

                        Urban historian James O’Connell will present an illustrated talk about how metropolitan Boston has been shaped by distinct eras of suburbanization, with each one producing a land use development pattern that is still apparent on the regional landscape.

                        Please RSVP   free eventregistration required at no cost details
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                                • Immigration and Urban History SeminarMaking a Workforce, Unmaking a Working Class: The Development of "...
                                  Immigration and Urban History SeminarMaking a Workforce, Unmaking a Working Class: The Development of "Human Capital" in Houston, 1900-1980
                                  5:15 PM - 7:30 PM Bryant Etheridge, Harvard University Comment: John R. Harris, Boston University

                                  This paper documents the emergence of access to quality, job-relevant education and training as a central economic issue among 1960s civil rights activists in Houston. In so doing it takes issue with a central aspect of the Long Civil Rights Movement historiography, which typically labels education desegregation and reform as issues of social equality. In fact, African Americans and Mexican Americans fought for because they believed them to be vital and urgent economic issues.

                                  Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                                  Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
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                                      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.

                                      1 January 2014 Library Closed

                                      Library Closed

                                      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. 

                                      2 January 2014 Building Closed

                                      MHS Closing

                                      12:00 PM - 4:45 PM

                                      The MHS will be closing at noon on Thursday due to inclement weather. The building will be closed Friday, 3 January, 2014.

                                      3 January 2014 Building Closed

                                      MHS Closed

                                      all day

                                      The MHS will be closed Friday due to inclement weather.

                                      4 January 2014 Notice

                                      Building Open Saturday

                                      all day

                                      Building is expected to reopen Saturday, but check here for any further updates.

                                      8 January 2014 this event is free Brown Bag

                                      A Climatic Debate: Abolition and Climate in Eighteenth-Century Britain

                                      12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
                                      Katherine Johnston, Columbia University

                                      Toward the end of the eighteenth century, as British Parliamentary debates over abolition in the West Indies grew increasingly serious, the Board of Trade interrogated people familiar with plantation life. What sorts of health risks did plantation work pose for enslaved laborers? Could Europeans labor in the West Indian climate? This project examines some of the testimony that absentee planters provided to Parliament and contrasts these arguments with evidence taken from these same planters' private letters. Public testimony did not always match up with personal opinions, and this project explores some of the differences between the two.

                                      11 January 2014 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 January 2014 Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                                      Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
                                      Environmental History Seminar

                                      Out of the Blue: Nantucket and the Pacific World

                                      5:15 PM - 7:30 PM
                                      Edward D. Melillo, Amherst College Comment: Nancy Shoemaker, 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.

                                      15 January 2014 this event is free Brown Bag

                                      Americanizing America: Yankee Civilization and the U.S. State

                                      12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
                                      Dylan Yeats, New York University

                                      Please join Loring Fellow Dylan Yeats to discuss his dissertation and the research he is conducting at the Massachusetts Historical Society and Boston Athenaeum. Yeats is charting the evolution of what he terms the Yankee Network, comprising academic, educational, missionary, and social reform organizations, and the ways in which this network sought to harness those organs of the state that it could over the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

                                      15 January 2014 Please RSVP   free eventregistration required at no cost Special Event, Member Event

                                      An Evening Social

                                      6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
                                      This event is open only to MHS Associate Members

                                      MHS Associate Members (age 40 and under) are invited to an evening social with the Young Friends of Historic New England. Guests will gather at the MHS for a reception followed by a scavenger hunt based on "The Cabinetmaker and the Carver" exhibition.

                                      For more information please call 617-646-0543 or e-mail awolfe@masshist.org.

                                      16 January 2014 Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                                      Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
                                      Biography Seminar

                                      When Subjects Talk Back: Oral History, Contemporary Biography, and the Runaway Interview

                                      5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
                                      Joyce Antler, Brandeis University, Claire Potter, New School for Public Engagement, Ted Widmer, Brown University Moderator: Carol Bundy, author of The Nature of Sacrifice: A Biography of Charles Russell Lowell, Jr., 1835-64

                                      This program will feature a conversation with Joyce Antler, Professor of American Studies at Brandeis, who is currently writing a book on Jewish women active in the feminist movement; Claire Potter, Professor of History at the New School, who is writing on anti-pornography efforts in the 1980s; and Ted Widmer, senior advisor to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

                                      20 January 2014 Building Closed

                                      Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

                                      all day

                                      The MHS is closed for Martin Juther King Jr. Day.

                                      22 January 2014 Please RSVP   free eventregistration required at no cost Public Program, Author Talk

                                      The Hub's Metropolis: Greater Boston's Development from Railroad Suburb to Smart Growth

                                      6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
                                      Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30pm James O'Connell, National Park Service

                                      The population of the Boston Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is ranked tenth largest in the United States. The region’s sprawling scale, with 234 municipalities, can make it difficult to grasp its character. Urban historian James O’Connell will present an illustrated talk about how metropolitan Boston has been shaped by distinct eras of suburbanization, with each one producing a land use development pattern that is still apparent on the regional landscape. Drawing upon his recent book, The Hub’s Metropolis: Greater Boston’s Development from Railroad Suburbs to Smart Growth, O’Connell will explain how each period had specific characteristics related to modes of transportation, building types, commercial uses, and the treatment of open and public space. He will describe how Boston has been a national pace-setter for country estates, railroad suburbs, metropolitan parks, land use zoning, highway beltways, shopping centers, office parks, edge cities, and central city redevelopment. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of how the region’s development legacy is shaping current efforts to promote smart growth and sustainable development.

                                      James O’Connell is a planner and historian for the Boston Regional Office of the National Park Service. He has a B.A. from Bates College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Urban History from the University of Chicago. He has written five books, including Becoming Cape Cod: Creating a Seaside Resort, and has contributed chapters to A Landscape History of New England, Remaking Boston: An Environmental History of the City and Its Surroundings, and The Encyclopedia of New England.

                                      To Register: Reservations Requested. Click here to register online or call the MHS reservations line at 617-646-0560.

                                      28 January 2014 Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                                      Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
                                      Immigration and Urban History Seminar

                                      Making a Workforce, Unmaking a Working Class: The Development of "Human Capital" in Houston, 1900-1980

                                      5:15 PM - 7:30 PM
                                      Bryant Etheridge, Harvard University Comment: John R. Harris, Boston 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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