Exhibitions & Ongoing Events

Exhibition Tell It with Pride: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudens' Shaw Memorial this event is free 21 February 2014 to 23 May 2014 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM details
this event is free Exhibition

Tell It with Pride: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudens' Shaw Memorial

21 February 2014 to 23 May 2014 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington

Shaw MemorialIn commemoration of the Civil War battle of Fort Wagner led by Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and the men of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment and in cooperation with the Massachusetts Historical Society, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. has organized the exhibition Tell It with Pride: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Shaw Memorial.

The exhibition celebrates Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ magisterial Shaw Memorial (1883–1900). When Saint-Gaudens created the monument, he based his likeness of Shaw on photographs of the colonel, but for his depiction of the other soldiers, he hired African American men to pose in his studio. This exhibition seeks to make real the soldiers of the 54th represented anonymously in the memorial. It brings together vintage photographic portraits of members of the regiment and of the men and women who recruited, nursed, taught, and guided them.

Throughout the run of the exhibition special programs are planned in cooperation with the Museum of African American History, the Boston African American National Historic Site, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment Company A, and the Friends of the Public Garden.

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        • Early American History SeminarPanel Discussion: Law and the American Revolution
          Early American History SeminarPanel Discussion: Law and the American Revolution
          5:15 PM - 7:30 PM Mary Sarah Bilder, Boston College Law School, T.H. Breen, University of Vermont and Huntington Library, Bruce Mann, Harvard Law School, Kent Newmyer, University of Connecticut Moderator: Alan Rogers, Boston College

          As we approach the 250th anniversary of the Stamp Act, scholarship on the American Revolution is poised to accelerate and move in innovative directions. Join us to consider the state of the field as it relates to legal history.

          Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
          Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
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        • Building ClosedSnow Closure
          Building ClosedSnow Closure
          all day

          The MHS is closed on Wednesday, February 5th, due to inclement weather. We anticipate reopening as normal on Thursday, February 6th. Please check the website and/or call 617-646-0500 for further updates.

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        • Public ProgramBoston’s Mayor James Michael Curley
          Public ProgramBoston’s Mayor James Michael Curley: The Quintessential Politician & Public Works Patron
          12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lawrence Overlan

          James Michael Curley was perhaps the most prolific politician in Massachusetts history. This talk will highlight the building of public works in Boston during his time in office.

          this event is free details
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                • Environmental History Seminar"A tacit proclamation of achievement by the Race": Landscapes Built...
                  Environmental History Seminar"A tacit proclamation of achievement by the Race": Landscapes Built With African American Civilian Conservation Corps Labor in the Rural Midwest
                  5:15 PM - 7:30 PM Brian McCammack, Williams College Comment: Neil Maher, NJIT—Rutgers University Newark Federated History Department

                  In 1934, African American companies of the Civilian Conservation Corps, mainly composed of black Chicagoans, were in the midst of a massive civil engineering project in the wetlands and floodplains just north of Chicago. This paper seeks to show not only how these young men changed rural landscapes, but how those landscapes often changed them as well. It explores the understudied implications of tens of thousands of young African American men in unexpected places during the Depression years: the forests and fields of the rural North.

                  Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                  Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
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                • Public ProgramCreated Equal
                  Public ProgramCreated Equal: The Loving Story
                  5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Film Screening & Discussion Facilitated by Joanne Pope Melish, University of Kentucky

                  Mildred and Richard Loving knew it was technically illegal for them to live as a married couple in Virginia because she was of African American and Native American descent and he was white. The Loving Story, nominated for an Emmy in 2013, brings to life the Lovings’ marriage and the legal battle that followed.

                  Please RSVP   free eventregistration required at no cost details
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                        • Building ClosedPresident's Day
                          Building ClosedPresident's Day
                          all day

                          The MHS is closed for President's Day.

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                          • Library ClosedLibrary Closing @ 3:00pm
                            Library ClosedLibrary Closing @ 3:00pm
                            all day

                            The MHS library will be closing at 3pm on Thursday, February 20th, to prepare for the evening preview reception of Tell It With Pride.

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                          • Member Event, Special Event, Public ProgramTell It with Pride Preview Reception
                            Member Event, Special Event, Public ProgramTell It with Pride Preview Reception
                            6:00 PM - 8:00 PM This event is open only to MHS Fellows and Members.

                            MHS Fellows and Members are invited to a special preview and reception for Tell It With Pride: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Shaw Memorial.

                            Please RSVP   free eventregistration required at no cost details
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                            21 February 2014 to 23 May 2014 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington

                            Shaw MemorialIn commemoration of the Civil War battle of Fort Wagner led by Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and the men of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment and in cooperation with the Massachusetts Historical Society, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. has organized the exhibition Tell It with Pride: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Shaw Memorial.

                            this event is free 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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                          • Public Program, Author TalkCrossed Swords
                            Public Program, Author TalkCrossed Swords: Job Shattuck's Blood at the Courthouse Door
                            2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Location: Lawrence Library in Pepperell, Mass. Gary Shattuck

                            The Revolution forced many changes on Massachusetts society including the relationships and expectations of those living in the countryside. Courthouse takeovers began in the summer of 1786 when officials failed to address petitions for relief from taxes and judgments rendered against farmers by debt-enforcing courts. Capt. Job Shattuck was one of the early leaders who sided with the protestors, and he paid dearly for the effort. Shocking new evidence found in court records allows us to reassess his role and reputation.

                            Please RSVP   free eventregistration required at no cost details
                          • Immigration and Urban History SeminarCurating the City: The Framing of Los Angeles
                            Immigration and Urban History SeminarCurating the City: The Framing of Los Angeles
                            5:15 PM - 7:30 PM Catherine Gudis, University of California—Riverside Comment: Carlo Rotella, Boston College

                            “Curating the City” looks at the ways in which Los Angeles has been framed, first in the discourse around architecture, planning, and preservation in the post-World War II period, and then through artistic practices from the late 1960s to the present that engage diverse publics in re-contextualizing urban space and acknowledging the power dynamics that have structured its development. The site-based performances, theatrical productions, and Skid Row historical archive and museum of the Los Angeles Poverty Department (the other LAPD) are the case study for this presentation, which considers how practices of curation, including relational, dialogic, and performative modes of social artistic engagement, can give voice and visibility to often overlooked social stories and spaces, allowing thought and conscience to permeate the hard edifice of capital interest that has developed the city.

                            Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                            Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
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                          • Public Program, Author TalkGeorge Washington: Gentleman Warrior
                            Public Program, Author TalkGeorge Washington: Gentleman Warrior
                            6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Location: Boston Public Library, Copley Square Steven Brumwell this event is free details
                            4 February 2014 Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                            Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers.
                            Early American History Seminar

                            Panel Discussion: Law and the American Revolution

                            5:15 PM - 7:30 PM
                            Mary Sarah Bilder, Boston College Law School, T.H. Breen, University of Vermont and Huntington Library, Bruce Mann, Harvard Law School, Kent Newmyer, University of Connecticut Moderator: Alan Rogers, Boston College

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

                            There are no original essays to read for this program, but if you have not done so you might wish to read chapter 2 of Grant Gilmore's The Ages of American Law (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1977) in preparation for this program. Please phone 617-646-0568 with any questions.

                            5 February 2014 Building Closed

                            Snow Closure

                            all day

                            The MHS is closed on Wednesday, February 5th, due to inclement weather. We anticipate reopening as normal on Thursday, February 6th. Please check the website and/or call 617-646-0500 for further updates.

                            6 February 2014 this event is free Public Program

                            Boston’s Mayor James Michael Curley: The Quintessential Politician & Public Works Patron

                            12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
                            Lawrence Overlan

                            James Michael Curley was perhaps the most prolific politician in Massachusetts history. In honor of the 100th anniversary of his first election as Mayor of Boston, this talk will highlight the building of public works in Boston during his time in office. Parks, police and fire stations, public schools, transit expansion, hospitals, beaches and public art erected during his tenure abound in Boston and provide comfort, beauty and long term significant economic benefits for visitors and Bostonians alike.

                            Lawrence Overlan has been researching, teaching, speaking and writing about James Michael Curley for over a decade.

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

                            "A tacit proclamation of achievement by the Race": Landscapes Built With African American Civilian Conservation Corps Labor in the Rural Midwest

                            5:15 PM - 7:30 PM
                            Brian McCammack, Williams College Comment: Neil Maher, NJIT—Rutgers University Newark Federated History Department

                            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 February 2014 Please RSVP   free eventregistration required at no cost Public Program

                            Created Equal: The Loving Story

                            5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
                            Film Screening & Discussion Facilitated by Joanne Pope Melish, University of Kentucky

                            Mildred and Richard Loving knew it was technically illegal for them to live as a married couple in Virginia because she was of African American and Native American descent and he was white. The Loving Story, nominated for an Emmy in 2013, brings to life the Lovings’ marriage and the legal battle that followed. The film will be shown in its entirety.

                            Joanne Pope Melish is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Kentucky and a visiting scholar in American Studies at Brown University. She is the author of Disowning Slavery: Gradual Emancipation and “Race” in New England, 1780-1860.

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

                            Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

                            17 February 2014 Building Closed

                            President's Day

                            all day

                            The MHS is closed for President's Day.

                            19 February 2014 this event is free Brown Bag

                            Consumed by Poverty: The Experience of Tuberculosis in the Boston Almshouse, 1800-1850

                            12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
                            Mary Fuhrer, Independent Scholar

                            Tuberculosis caused up to a third of all deaths in antebellum New England. Attempting to make sense of this devastation, sufferers—and society—created "illness narratives" to interpret their experience and provide meaning, consolation, or blame. This study examines poor consumptives in the Boston Almshouse, seeking to "open out" their lives and better understand how they—and others—made sense of their affliction.

                            20 February 2014 Library Closed

                            Library Closing @ 3:00pm

                            all day

                            The MHS library will be closing at 3pm on Thursday, February 20th, to prepare for the evening preview reception of Tell It With Pride.

                            20 February 2014 Please RSVP   free eventregistration required at no cost Member Event, Special Event, Public Program

                            Tell It with Pride Preview Reception

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

                            Shaw MemorialMHS Fellows and Members are invited to a special preview and reception for Tell It With Pride: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Shaw Memorial. Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, the exhibition brings together photographs of members of the regiment and of the men and women who recruited, nursed, taught, and guided them.

                            Please note: the 5:30 PM pre-reception talk is sold out.

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                            this event is free Exhibition

                            Tell It with Pride: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudens' Shaw Memorial

                            21 February 2014 to 23 May 2014 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
                            Open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington

                            Shaw MemorialIn commemoration of the Civil War battle of Fort Wagner led by Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and the men of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment and in cooperation with the Massachusetts Historical Society, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. has organized the exhibition Tell It with Pride: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Shaw Memorial.

                            The exhibition celebrates Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ magisterial Shaw Memorial (1883–1900). When Saint-Gaudens created the monument, he based his likeness of Shaw on photographs of the colonel, but for his depiction of the other soldiers, he hired African American men to pose in his studio. This exhibition seeks to make real the soldiers of the 54th represented anonymously in the memorial. It brings together vintage photographic portraits of members of the regiment and of the men and women who recruited, nursed, taught, and guided them.

                            Throughout the run of the exhibition special programs are planned in cooperation with the Museum of African American History, the Boston African American National Historic Site, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment Company A, and the Friends of the Public Garden.

                            22 February 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.

                            23 February 2014 Please RSVP   free eventregistration required at no cost Public Program, Author Talk

                            Crossed Swords: Job Shattuck's Blood at the Courthouse Door

                            2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
                            Location: Lawrence Library in Pepperell, Mass. Gary Shattuck

                            The Revolution forced many changes on Massachusetts society including the relationships and expectations of those living in the countryside. Courthouse takeovers began in the summer of 1786 when officials failed to address petitions for relief from taxes and judgments rendered against farmers by debt-enforcing courts. Capt. Job Shattuck was one of the early leaders who sided with the protestors, and he paid dearly for the effort. Shocking new evidence found in court records allows us to reassess his role and reputation.

                            Gary Shattuck is a retired federal prosecutor who enjoys researching and writing about newfound discoveries lying deep within little-used legal documents.

                            This talk is presented in collaboration with Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area and will take place at the Lawrence Library in Pepperell, Mass.

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

                            24 February 2014 this event is free Brown Bag

                            "A Wigwam with Two Fires": Place and Historical Narrative in Indian-Settler Relations in the Kennebec River Valley

                            12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
                            Ashley Smith, Cornell University

                            This research project asks, in what ways can place-based ethnography contribute to our understanding of complex historical and social relations in settler-colonial society? It begins with Norridgewock village in the Kennebec River Valley of Maine as a focal point, understanding this village to be simultaneously a physical place, a collection of stories, and a set of relationships. It then follows the networks of social relationships, memory narratives, and historical knowledges outward in order to reveal the roles that place, history, and memory play in the negotiation of relationships in settler-colonial spaces.

                            25 February 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

                            Curating the City: The Framing of Los Angeles

                            5:15 PM - 7:30 PM
                            Catherine Gudis, University of California—Riverside Comment: Carlo Rotella, Boston 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.

                            26 February 2014 this event requires a feeregistration required Public Program

                            Handel and Haydn Society: Bringing Music to Life for 200 Years

                            6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
                            Pre-Performance reception at 5:30pm Handel and Haydn Society Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus

                            Members of the Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus, along with Christopher Hogwood Historically Informed Performance Fellow Teresa M. Neff, share the 200-year history of the Handel and Haydn Society through music and stories, The program includes an eclectic range of works from the 18th century: hymns by William Billings, chamber music by Mozart and Beethoven, and excerpts from Haydn's The Creation and Handel's Messiah.

                            Since 1815, the Handel and Haydn Society has shared the inspirational and transformational power of Baroque and Classical music with people throughout Boston and the country. Join H +H for an instrumental and vocal chamber performance that will share the history of the institution, considered America’s oldest continuously performing arts organization.

                            To Reserve: There is a $30 fee ($20 fee for Fellows and Members). Click here to register online or call the MHS reservations line at 617-646-0560.

                            27 February 2014 this event is free Public Program, Author Talk

                            George Washington: Gentleman Warrior

                            6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
                            Location: Boston Public Library, Copley Square Steven Brumwell

                            Stephen Brumwell’s new book focuses on George Washington, the feisty young frontier officer and the tough forty-something commander of the revolutionaries’ Continental Army. It examines his long and chequered military career, tracing his evolution as a soldier, and his changing attitude to the waging of war.

                            Dr. Stephen Brumwell is an award-winning independent historian and journalist. He attended the University of Leeds, gaining a PhD in history and British Academy funding to research eighteenth-century North America. Brumwell's widely acclaimed books include Redcoats: The British Soldier and War in the Americas, 1755–1763; White Devil: A True Story of War, Savagery and Vengeance in Colonial America; and Paths of Glory: The Life and Death of General James Wolfe.

                            This event is co-sponsored by the MHS and the Boston Public Library.

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


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