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Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country

Massachusetts Women in WWI. 12 June 2014 to 24 January 2015

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June

Conference Never Done: Interpreting the History of Women at Work in Massachusetts 2 June 2014.Monday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM This conference will take place at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester Keynote Speaker: Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Harvard University This conference for Massachusetts history organizations is presented by Mass Humanities, ...

This conference for Massachusetts history organizations is presented by Mass Humanities, Massachusetts Historical Society, University of Massachusetts Amherst Public History Program, and the University of Massachusetts Boston Public History and Archives Track, The Colonial Society of Massachusetts, and Elizabeth & Ned Bacon.

Join us on Monday, June 2, at the Hogan Campus Center, College of the Holy Cross, for a thought-provoking day examining women in Massachusetts history. At this, the tenth annual Mass History Conference we will welcome the many small historical organizations that preserve, interpret, and deepen the exploration of Massachusetts history. The stories of lesser-known women change-makers get lost in the larger narrative of industry, politics and conflict, but the timing is right for an examination of their tales of great and compelling variety, of lives lived with courage and determination.

The conference is widely celebrated as the best networking and skill-sharing opportunity for historians of our state culture.

Registration Fees
Fee includes workshop, morning refreshments, buffet lunch (vegetarian option available), and afternoon snack
Registrations cannot be refunded; however you may send another person in your place.

  • $95 Standard Fee per person
  • $60 Student Fee (include copy of student ID with registration or bring ID to event if registering online)
  • $80 Per person for 3 registrants from same organization at the same time
  • $70 Per person for 4 registrants from same organization at the same time

For more information--including a detailed schedule of the day, or to register for the conference, visit the Mass Humanities website: http://masshumanities.org/history_conference_2014.

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Brown Bag Creating Adams Family Values 4 June 2014.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Sara Georgini, Adams Papers and Boston University This project is a history of religion in the Adams family of Massachusetts from 1583 to 1927. Most ...

This project is a history of religion in the Adams family of Massachusetts from 1583 to 1927. Most Adams family members accepted organized religion as a public good, but they filled letters and lives with the effort to answer one query: What was it good for? As men and women operating at the heart of the nation, prevailing notions of Christian citizenship laid out duties for them to fulfill, and the Adamses repeatedly sought out God for help. Drawing on the public and private papers of several generations, this project explores the “cosmopolitan Christianity” that the Adams family developed over time.

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Public Program A Conversation with David S. Ferriero 4 June 2014.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   Pre-Talk reception at 5:30pm David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero was confirmed as 10th Archivist of the United States on November 6, 2009. ...

David S. Ferriero was confirmed as 10th Archivist of the United States on November 6, 2009. Previously, Mr. Ferriero served as the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries (NYPL). He was part of the leadership team responsible for integrating the four research libraries and 87 branch libraries into one seamless service for users, creating the largest public library system in the United States and one of the largest research libraries in the world. Mr. Ferriero was in charge of collection strategy; conservation; digital experience; reference and research services; and education, programming, and exhibitions.Before joining the NYPL in 2004, Mr. Ferriero served in top positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Duke University. In those positions, he led major initiatives including the expansion of facilities, the adoption of digital technologies, and a reengineering of printing and publications.

Mr. Ferriero earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English literature from Northeastern University in Boston and a master’s degree from the Simmons College of Library and Information Science, also in Boston. After serving in the Navy during the Vietnam War, he started in the humanities library at MIT, where he worked for 31 years, rising to associate director for public services and acting co-director of libraries.

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

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Notice Library Closing @ 3:00 PM 5 June 2014.Thursday, all day details
MHS Annual Meeting 11 June 2014.Wednesday, 5:00PM - 6:00PM Please RSVP   This event is open only to MHS Fellows MHS Fellows are invited to attend the Society's annual business meeting followed by a talk and ...

MHS Fellows are invited to attend the Society's annual business meeting followed by a talk and reception for Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: Massachusetts Women in the First World War. Registration required.

5:00 PM
Annual Meeting for elected MHS Fellows

6:00 PM
Remarks by Stephen T. Riley Librarian Peter Drummey followed by a reception and exhibition preview for MHS Fellows and Members

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Special Event, Member Event Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country Preview Reception 11 June 2014.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM Please RSVP   This event is open only to MHS Fellows and Members Fellows and Members are invited to a special preview reception of Letters and Photographs from ...

Photograph by Margaret HallFellows and Members are invited to a special preview reception of Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country. The evening will begin with remarks by Stephen T. Riley Librarian Peter Drummey. A reception and exhibition viewing will follow.

To commemorate the centennial of the outbreak of World War I, the MHS has organized the exhibition Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: Massachusetts Women in the First World War focusing on two of the hundreds of women from the Commonwealth who went to France as members of the U.S. armed forces, the Red Cross, and other war relief organizations. From the Society’s extraordinary collection of women’s recollections, this exhibition features photographs, letters, diaries, and memorabilia related to Margaret Hall and Eleanor (Nora) Saltonstall, Red Cross volunteers in France. The exhibition will highlight Hall’s large-format photographs of the battlefront on loan from the Cohasset Historical Society. Both women were keen observers of the climactic months of the war and depicted what they witnessed in vivid detail.

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Hall at Ecury Exhibitionbegins Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: Massachusetts Women in the First World War 12 June 2014.Thursday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM To commemorate the centennial of the outbreak of World War I, the MHS has organized the exhibition ...

To commemorate the centennial of the outbreak of World War I, the MHS has organized the exhibition Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: Massachusetts Women in the First World War focusing on two of the hundreds of women from the Commonwealth who went to France as members of the U.S. armed forces, the Red Cross, and other war relief organizations.

From the Society’s extraordinary collection of women’s recollections, this exhibition features photographs, letters, diaries, and memorabilia related to Margaret Hall and Eleanor (Nora) Saltonstall, Red Cross volunteers in France. The exhibition will highlight Hall’s large-format photographs of the battlefront on loan from the Cohasset Historical Society. Both women were keen observers of the climactic months of the war and depicted what they witnessed in vivid detail.

The exhibition celebrates the forthcoming MHS publication Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: The World War I Memoir of Margaret Hall.

You can view all of the photographs from Margaret Hall's memoir on our companion website.

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Public Program Lost Boston 13 June 2014.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Anthony Sammarco Historian and author Anthony Sammarco will explore some of the  sixty-eight houses, churches, ...

Historian and author Anthony Sammarco will explore some of the  sixty-eight houses, churches, libraries, clubs, squares and baseball fields that have been lost by demolition, fire, or neglect since the 1870s.  His new book, Lost Boston, is a nostalgic journey back in time to visit some of the disappeared buildings and spaces in all their grandeur. Some lost places include Boston City Hall, Boston Coliseum, Boylston Market, Merchants Exchange, Huntington Avenue Grounds, Cyclorama, East Boston Airport, Braves Field, the Massachusetts State Prison, Boston Opera House, South Boston Aquarium, and the Howard Athenaeum.

Anthony M. Sammarco is a noted historian and author of sixty books on the history and development of Boston, and he lectures widely on the history and development of his native city. He commenced writing in 1995, and his books Dorchester and The Baker Chocolate Company: A Sweet History have made the bestsellers list. Boston’s Back Bay in the Victorian Era, Dorchester: Volume II, Dorchester Then & Now, Boston’s North End (and Il North End di Boston in Italian) and the Great Boston Fire of 1872, are among his perennially popular books. Since 1996, Mr. Sammarco has taught history at the Urban College of Boston, where he was named educator of the year in 2003 and where he serves on the Leadership Council. He is a Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society, a member of the Boston Author's Club and the Boston Athenaeum.

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

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 14 June 2014.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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Public Program At the Point of a Cutlass: The Pirate Capture, Bold Escape, and Lonely Exile of Philip Ashton 19 June 2014.Thursday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Gregory N. Flemming Called America's real-life Robinson Crusoe, the true story of Philip Ashton--a nineteen-year-old ...

Book cover, Called America's real-life Robinson Crusoe, the true story of Philip Ashton--a nineteen-year-old fisherman captured by pirates, impressed as a crewman, subjected to torture and hardship, who eventually escaped and lived as a castaway and scavenger on a deserted island in the Caribbean--was at one time as well known as the tales of Cooper, Hawthorne, and Defoe. Based on a rare copy of Ashton's 1725 account, author Gregory N. Flemming's vivid portrait recounts this maritime world during the golden age of piracy. Fishing vessels and merchantmen plied the coastal waters and crisscrossed the Atlantic and Caribbean. It was a hard, dangerous life, made more so by both the depredations and temptations of piracy. Chased by the British Royal Navy, blown out of the water or summarily hung when caught, pirate captains such as Edward Low kidnapped, cajoled, beat, and bribed men like Ashton into the rich--but also vile, brutal, and often short--life of the pirate. Flemming drew not only on Ashton's own first-person account of his experiences, but a wealth of other materialsfrom the Massachusetts Historical Society's collections, including hundreds of colonial newspaper reports, trial records, and the hand-written logbooks and correspondence from the British warships that patrolled the Bay of Honduras and fought with Low's pirates.

Gregory N. Flemming is a former journalist who holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He lives with his family in New England. His website is www.gregflemming.com.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 21 June 2014.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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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 28 June 2014.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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July
Brown Bag The Camera and the Community: How Photography Changed American Abolitionism 2 July 2014.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Matthew Fox-Amato, University of Southern California In 1839, when the French-born daguerreotype arrived in the United States, it was hardly clear that ...

In 1839, when the French-born daguerreotype arrived in the United States, it was hardly clear that the photographic process would be used as a political weapon. Examining the production, exchange and visuality of photographs of abolitionists, this talk shows how radical activists harnessed the medium as a way to build their movement in the decades prior to the Civil War.

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Building Closed BUILDING CLOSING AT NOON 3 July 2014.Thursday, all day details
Building Closed 4th of July 4 July 2014.Friday, all day The MHS will be closed for the 4th of July holiday.

The MHS will be closed for the 4th of July holiday.

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Library Closed 4th of July 5 July 2014.Saturday, all day The library at the MHS is closed for the 4th of July weekend.

The library at the MHS is closed for the 4th of July weekend.

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Brown Bag Slavery, Sacred Texts and the Antebellum Confrontation with History 9 July 2014.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Jordan Watkins, University of Nevada, Las Vegas This study explores biblical and constitutional debates over slavery in the antebellum era. It ...

This study explores biblical and constitutional debates over slavery in the antebellum era. It argues that the developing slavery crisis fueled the move to understand both the Bible and the Constitution as historical texts. It also contends that the emphasis on contextual interpretation among biblical scholars in the first few decades of the nineteenth century informed a similar reading of the Constitution in the decades before the Civil War. It demonstrates that these overlapping developments cultivated an awareness of the historical distances that divided Americans from their favored biblical and Revolutionary pasts.

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Teacher Workshopbegins Symbols of Liberty: The Magna Carta, the Liberty Bowl, and the American Revolution 10 July 2014.Thursday, 10:00AM - 5:00PM This event will take place at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston & the Massachusetts Historical Society. In conjunction with the exhibition Magna Carta: Cornerstone of Liberty, the Museum of Fine ...

Thomas Jefferson's manuscript copy of the Declaration of IndependenceIn conjunction with the exhibition Magna Carta: Cornerstone of Liberty, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Massachusetts Historical Society will offer a two-day professional development workshop for teachers in grades K-12 that will provide an introduction to the rich collections of 18th-century documents and objects at both institutions. The workshop will include lectures, hands-on activities in the classroom, and gallery explorations using primary source documents and original art objects related to the founding of the United States.

One of only four surviving copies of the original Magna Carta—an inspiration for the US Constitution and Bill of Rights—is on view at the MFA this summer in partnership with the Massachusetts Historical Society and the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Magna Carta—Latin for “Great Charter”— joins other historical documents and objects, as well as portraits and works of art from the Museum’s collection, to tell the story of patriots and revolutionaries who fought for freedom in the face of tyranny. The exhibition also includes portraits, marble busts, and historical documents related to several of the Founding Fathers, presidents, and abolitionists, particularly from Massachusetts, who were inspired by the liberties enshrined in Magna Carta.

Image: Declaration of Independence, manuscript copy by Thomas Jefferson, [1776]. Massachusetts Historical Society.

 

Registration Fee: $100

Registration covers admission to the MFA, lunch both days, and materials. Participants can earn one graduate credit from Framingham State University for an additional fee. Visit the MFA website to register.

Contact education@masshist.org for more information.

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Teacher Workshopends Symbols of Liberty: The Magna Carta, the Liberty Bowl, and the American Revolution 11 July 2014.Friday, 10:00AM - 5:00PM This event will take place at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston & the Massachusetts Historical Society. In conjunction with the exhibition Magna Carta: Cornerstone of Liberty, the Museum of Fine ...

Thomas Jefferson's manuscript copy of the Declaration of IndependenceIn conjunction with the exhibition Magna Carta: Cornerstone of Liberty, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Massachusetts Historical Society will offer a two-day professional development workshop for teachers in grades K-12 that will provide an introduction to the rich collections of 18th-century documents and objects at both institutions. The workshop will include lectures, hands-on activities in the classroom, and gallery explorations using primary source documents and original art objects related to the founding of the United States.

One of only four surviving copies of the original Magna Carta—an inspiration for the US Constitution and Bill of Rights—is on view at the MFA this summer in partnership with the Massachusetts Historical Society and the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Magna Carta—Latin for “Great Charter”— joins other historical documents and objects, as well as portraits and works of art from the Museum’s collection, to tell the story of patriots and revolutionaries who fought for freedom in the face of tyranny. The exhibition also includes portraits, marble busts, and historical documents related to several of the Founding Fathers, presidents, and abolitionists, particularly from Massachusetts, who were inspired by the liberties enshrined in Magna Carta.

Image: Declaration of Independence, manuscript copy by Thomas Jefferson, [1776]. Massachusetts Historical Society.

 

Registration Fee: $100

Registration covers admission to the MFA, lunch both days, and materials. Participants can earn one graduate credit from Framingham State University for an additional fee. Visit the MFA website to register.

Contact education@masshist.org for more information.

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Brown Bag Of Form and Failure: American Puritanism, Quantification, and the Way of All Grace 11 July 2014.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Rachel Trocchio, University of California, Berkeley From its foundations in the diagrammatic habits of sixteenth-century England to its intercourse with ...

From its foundations in the diagrammatic habits of sixteenth-century England to its intercourse with the new science of infinity, Puritanism applied a series of quantitative strategies for understanding an arbitrary God and the perfection of his decrees. This program argues that, simultaneously as these quantifications failed, their very failure inspired the imaginative leap between sensory and intelligible things that Puritanism made requisite for knowledge of God and one’s grace.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 12 July 2014.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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Brown Bag Cautious Romantics: The Dana Family of Boston as the Interpretive Key to a Larger Discourse 14 July 2014.Monday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Jonathan Koefoed, Indiana University, Purdue University, Columbus This project seeks to provide a fuller picture of the way that European Romantic texts functioned in ...

This project seeks to provide a fuller picture of the way that European Romantic texts functioned in American intellectual, cultural, and religious history by highlighting a group of “Cautious Romantics” that emerged as an alternative and conservative Romantic religious tradition in America between 1800 and the late 19th century. They retained a commitment to a settled social order and embraced the Trinitarian Christianity long since abandoned by the Transcendentalists and their Unitarian predecessors. This program will focus on how the Dana Family functions as a critical lens through which one can view the larger Cautious Romantic discourse.

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Brown Bag Land, Liberty, & Property: Surveyors and the Production of Empire in British North America 15 July 2014.Tuesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Mark L. Thompson, University of Groningen The land surveyor was a key figure in early America—instrumental in everything from marking ...

The land surveyor was a key figure in early America—instrumental in everything from marking colonial boundaries to measuring the smallest parcel of a farmer’s land. Adapting European methods to American conditions, surveyors drafted a “creole science” that served the demands of imperial authorities and common settlers alike. Together they transformed land into liberty, property, and a territorial empire.

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Public Program, Author Talk "What is Focus?" Margaret Hall's Battle Country 15 July 2014.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   Pre-Talk reception at 5:30pm Margaret Higonnet, University of Connecticut Comments by Susan Solomon and Suzanne Diefenbach Between August 1918 and August 1919, Cohasset, Mass., native Margaret Hall served as a volunteer in ...

Between August 1918 and August 1919, Cohasset, Mass., native Margaret Hall served as a volunteer in the canteen service with the Red Cross in France. Using letters, diaries, and photographs, she created an unusual typescript, Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country, 1918-1919, when she returned home from the Great War. Pasted opposite the relevant sections of the narrative are roughly 281 photographs and other memorabilia. Starting in August 1918, Hall captured in rich detail her passage from New York to France, her pursuit of a Red Cross posting as close to the front as possible, and then her day-to-day experiences at a canteen at Châlons sur Marne, where she continued to work for a number of months following the Armistice in November 1918. Her photographs document a significant range of her war experience, from the quotidian life at Châlons sur Marne to the exploration of battlefields at Longwy and Verdun.

Margaret R. Higonnet, the volume’s editor, is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Connecticut, and an Affiliate at Harvard University’s Center for European Studies. At the intersection of feminist theory with history and comparative literature, she has published extensively on gender and World War I, editing Behind the Lines: Gender and the Two World Wars (1987), Lines of Fire: Women Writers of World War I (1999), and Nurses at the Front: Writing the Wounds of War (2001).

Susan Solomon is Yardımcı Doçent (or Assistant Professor) of Humanities, Western Languages and Literatures, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. She will comment on her research into the life and photographs of Margaret Hall.

Suzanne Diefenbach is Margaret Hall's great niece. She will share her recollections  of "Aunts" and life with her at Paradise Hill Farm in Hull, Massachusetts.

To Reserve: Register online or call the MHS reservations line at 617-646-0560.

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Brown Bag Americans in Chinese Treaty Ports: Trade and Diplomacy in Nineteenth-Century U.S.-China Relations 16 July 2014.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Laurie Dickmeyer, University of California, Irvine This project explores the changing texture and relationship of trade and diplomacy between American ...

This project explores the changing texture and relationship of trade and diplomacy between American and Chinese traders and diplomats from 1784 to the 1860s. The consumption of luxury goods by both Americans and Chinese and the relationship between the U.S. and Great Britain abroad both helped to shape U.S.-China diplomacy in the nineteenth century. This program will present an overview of the project but will focus on findings from traders' records at the MHS.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 19 July 2014.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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Brown Bag Cosmopolitan Parochialism: Magistrates and Imperial Revolution in New England, 1760-1800 21 July 2014.Monday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Brendan Gillis, Indiana University From Massachusetts to Australia, justices of the peace and other equivalent magistrates provided an ...

From Massachusetts to Australia, justices of the peace and other equivalent magistrates provided an exportable unit of local government responsible for the vast majority of judicial and administrative decisions. This project investigates how shared assumptions about magisterial authority contributed to the construction of new jurisdictions incorporating non-English lands and peoples. In New England, this British model of local government proved so adaptable that it allowed justices of the peace to assert independence during a period of imperial crisis.

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Brown Bag Watershed Decisions: Arthur Shurcliff's Vision of the Quabbin Reservoir, 1922-1945 22 July 2014.Tuesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Jeffrey Egan, University of Connecticut This presentation will provide a brief historical overview of the creation of the Quabbin Reservoir ...

This presentation will provide a brief historical overview of the creation of the Quabbin Reservoir in Massachusetts, a massive public-works project that led to the disincorporation of four rural towns in the western portion of the Commonwealth and radically transformed 39 square miles of land during the 1930s and 1940s. After tracing the arc of this story, it will delve into the environmental worldview and vision of the Quabbin project held by Arthur Shurcliff, the landscape architect employed by the Boston Metropolitan District Commission to reform the grounds surrounding this new, artificial lake.

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Brown Bag The Virgin Vote: Young Americans in the Age of Popular Politics 23 July 2014.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Jonathan Grinspan, University of Virginia/ Jefferson Scholars Foundation Young people fueled American democracy at its most popular. Between 1840 and 1900, children, youths ...

Young people fueled American democracy at its most popular. Between 1840 and 1900, children, youths and young adults turned out at rallies and elections, searching for identity, advancement, and fun. Many viewed the political system as a route to adulthood, during a period of major social instability. At the same time, politicians wooed first-time “virgin voters,” lobbied young women to influence the men in their lives, and recruited children as future partisans. Their interest helped bring about the highest voter turnouts in U.S. history. This project explores this fascinating and forgotten relationship between public politics and personal aspirations.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 26 July 2014.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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Teacher Workshop, Public Programbegins Old Towns/New Country: The First Years of a New Nation 30 July 2014.Wednesday, 8:30AM - 3:30PM This workshop will take place in Milford, New Hampshire, and Pepperell, Massachusetts, in partnership with the Freedom's Way National Heritage Area What was it like to live in a town that had existed for years (if not a full century or more) before ...

What was it like to live in a town that had existed for years (if not a full century or more) before becoming part of a new nation in 1776? Designed for educators and local history enthusiasts, this workshop will explore some of the social, cultural, economic, and political concerns expressed by New England towns as the United States was attempting to form a new government in the 1780s and 1790s. We will discuss the truly participatory, well-informed conversations taking place in town halls and meeting places throughout the new colonies-turned-states. By turning an eye towards local politics and events we will rediscover the ways in which “ordinary people” contributed to America’s creation story.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • investigate what it was like to live in an old town in a new country and discover what changed for the inhabitants of different towns as new government structures were implemented.
  • discuss the concerns (both local and national) expressed by Massachusetts & New Hampshire residents in various towns while the American government was being created in the years after the revolution.
  • explore the ways in which geography, economy, and social/cultural practices influenced local concerns.
  • discover evidence of local concerns, and discussions of national policies, in primary sources held by local repositories and the Massachusetts Historical Society.
  • explore new ways of engaging students and local communities in their history.

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 14 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.

Additional two-day workshops will be held in Searsport, Maine, August 6-7; in Falmouth, Massachusetts, August 13-14; and in Framingham, Massachusetts, September 26-27.

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Brown Bag John Barleycorn vs. Sir Richard Rum: Alcohol, the Atlantic, and the Distilling of Colonial Identity, 1650-1800 30 July 2014.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Kristen Burton, University of Texas at Arlington This project examines the shifting perceptions of spirituous liquors in the Atlantic World ...

This project examines the shifting perceptions of spirituous liquors in the Atlantic World throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Focusing on the rise of commercial distilling, particularly in regard to rum, gin, and whiskey, this research explores the evolution of liquors from their use a wholesome source of medicine to a pernicious, societal threat.

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Teacher Workshop, Public Programends Old Towns/New Country: The First Years of a New Nation 31 July 2014.Thursday, 8:30AM - 3:30PM This workshop will take place in Milford, New Hampshire, and Pepperell, Massachusetts, in partnership with the Freedom's Way National Heritage Area What was it like to live in a town that had existed for years (if not a full century or more) before ...

What was it like to live in a town that had existed for years (if not a full century or more) before becoming part of a new nation in 1776? Designed for educators and local history enthusiasts, this workshop will explore some of the social, cultural, economic, and political concerns expressed by New England towns as the United States was attempting to form a new government in the 1780s and 1790s. We will discuss the truly participatory, well-informed conversations taking place in town halls and meeting places throughout the new colonies-turned-states. By turning an eye towards local politics and events we will rediscover the ways in which “ordinary people” contributed to America’s creation story.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • investigate what it was like to live in an old town in a new country and discover what changed for the inhabitants of different towns as new government structures were implemented.
  • discuss the concerns (both local and national) expressed by Massachusetts & New Hampshire residents in various towns while the American government was being created in the years after the revolution.
  • explore the ways in which geography, economy, and social/cultural practices influenced local concerns.
  • discover evidence of local concerns, and discussions of national policies, in primary sources held by local repositories and the Massachusetts Historical Society.
  • explore new ways of engaging students and local communities in their history.

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 14 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.

Additional two-day workshops will be held in Searsport, Maine, August 6-7; in Falmouth, Massachusetts, August 13-14; and in Framingham, Massachusetts, September 26-27.

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Brown Bag Character Detectives: Female Physiognomists in the Early American Republic 1 August 2014.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Rachel Walker, University of Maryland This project examines the fraught connection between female beauty, morality, and intelligence in ...

This project examines the fraught connection between female beauty, morality, and intelligence in the post-Enlightenment era. It examines how cultural ideas concerning these traits became intertwined by studying the 18th- and 19th-century “science” of physiognomy—a discipline rooted in the notion that an individual could discern a person’s moral and mental characteristics merely by examining his or her facial features. Early Americans discussed male and female physiognomy in distinct ways and used discussions about female appearance to distinguish between the moral and intellectual capacities of men and women. 

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 2 August 2014.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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Brown Bag The Labor of Self-Making in New England Mill Women's Poetry 4 August 2014.Monday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Robin Smith, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill One of the most visible and publicly discussed moments in the history of American working women was ...

One of the most visible and publicly discussed moments in the history of American working women was the entrance of women into the industrial textile mills of New England in the 1830s and 1840s. The figure of the “female operative” or “Lowell mill girl” fostered an unprecedented public interest in the lives and labor of working women, and the mill women seized this opportunity to publicly challenge the obstacles that industrial labor posed to 19th century ideas of humanity and a coherent sense of self. Drawing upon poems and prose pieces written by women mill workers for publication in literary magazines such as The Lowell Offering, I will argue that for mill women, writing poetry was an important means of humanizing potentially dehumanizing labor; through the rhythms of poetry, they reclaimed control of time and in so doing, made space for fortifying their creative, coherent selves.

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Teacher Workshop, Public Programbegins Old Towns/New Country: The First Years of a New Nation 6 August 2014.Wednesday, 8:30AM - 3:30PM This event will take place in Searsport, Maine. What was it like to live in a town that had existed for years (if not a full century or more) before ...

What was it like to live in a town that had existed for years (if not a full century or more) before becoming part of a new nation in 1776? Designed for educators and local history enthusiasts, this workshop will explore some of the social, cultural, economic, and political concerns expressed in New England towns as the United States was attempting to form a new government in the 1780s and 1790s. We will discuss the truly participatory, well-informed conversations taking place in town halls and meeting places throughout the new colonies-turned-states. By turning an eye towards local politics and events we will rediscover the ways in which “ordinary people” contributed to America’s creation story.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • investigate what it was like to live in an old town in a new country and discover what changed for the inhabitants of different towns as new government structures were implemented.
  • discuss the concerns (both local and national) expressed by Massachusetts & New Hampshire residents in various towns while the American government was being created in the years after the revolution.
  • explore the ways in which geography, economy, and social/cultural practices influenced local concerns.
  • discover evidence of local concerns, and discussions of national policies, in primary sources held by local repositories and the Massachusetts Historical Society.
  • explore new ways of engaging students and local communities in their history.

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 14 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.

Additional two-day workshops will be held in Pepperell, Massachusetts & Milford, New Hampshire, July 30-31; in Falmouth, Massachusetts, August 13-14; and in Framingham, Massachusetts, September 26-27.

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Brown Bag "The Day of Sainthood Has Passed": American Abolitionists and the Golden Moment of the Civil War, 1861-1865 6 August 2014.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Frank Cirillo, University of Virginia This project explores the divisions among American abolitionists over whether or not to support the ...

This project explores the divisions among American abolitionists over whether or not to support the Lincoln Administration and the Union war effort during the Civil War. The choices that longtime reformers made in confronting the changed landscape of wartime America, and the series of schisms within the movement that ensued, helps to explain how the Union war achieved both so much and so little in terms of black social and political rights.

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Teacher Workshop, Public Programends Old Towns/New Country: The First Years of a New Nation 7 August 2014.Thursday, 8:30AM - 3:30PM This event will take place in Searsport, Maine. What was it like to live in a town that had existed for years (if not a full century or more) before ...

What was it like to live in a town that had existed for years (if not a full century or more) before becoming part of a new nation in 1776? Designed for educators and local history enthusiasts, this workshop will explore some of the social, cultural, economic, and political concerns expressed in New England towns as the United States was attempting to form a new government in the 1780s and 1790s. We will discuss the truly participatory, well-informed conversations taking place in town halls and meeting places throughout the new colonies-turned-states. By turning an eye towards local politics and events we will rediscover the ways in which “ordinary people” contributed to America’s creation story.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • investigate what it was like to live in an old town in a new country and discover what changed for the inhabitants of different towns as new government structures were implemented.
  • discuss the concerns (both local and national) expressed by Massachusetts & New Hampshire residents in various towns while the American government was being created in the years after the revolution.
  • explore the ways in which geography, economy, and social/cultural practices influenced local concerns.
  • discover evidence of local concerns, and discussions of national policies, in primary sources held by local repositories and the Massachusetts Historical Society.
  • explore new ways of engaging students and local communities in their history.

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 14 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.

Additional two-day workshops will be held in Pepperell, Massachusetts & Milford, New Hampshire, July 30-31; in Falmouth, Massachusetts, August 13-14; and in Framingham, Massachusetts, September 26-27.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 9 August 2014.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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Teacher Workshop, Public Programbegins Old Towns/New Country: The First Years of a New Nation 13 August 2014.Wednesday, 8:30AM - 3:30PM This event will take place in Falmouth, Massachusetts. What was it like to live in a town that had existed for years (if not a full century or more) before ...

What was it like to live in a town that had existed for years (if not a full century or more) before becoming part of a new nation after the Revolution? Designed for educators and local history enthusiasts, this workshop -- offered in conjunction with the Falmouth Museums on the Green -- will explore some of the social, cultural, economic, and political concerns expressed in New England towns like Falmouth as the United States was becoming a new nation in the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries.  By turning an eye towards local politics and events we will rediscover the ways in which “ordinary people” contributed to America’s creation story.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • investigate what it was like to live in an old town in a new country and discover what changed for the inhabitants of Falmouth and Cape Cod as new government structures were implemented.
  • discuss the concerns (both local and national) expressed by Massachusetts residents while the American government was being created in the years after the revolution.
  • explore the ways in which geography, economy, and social/cultural practices influenced local concerns.
  • discover evidence of local concerns, and discussions of national policies, in primary sources held by the Falmouth Historical Society and the Massachusetts Historical Society.
  • explore new ways of engaging students and local communities in their history.

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 14 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.

Additional two-day workshops will be held in Pepperell, Massachusetts & Milford, New Hampshire, July 30-31; in Searsport, Maine, August 6-7; and in Framingham, Massachusetts, September 26-27.

Image: Fracis Wicks House, c. 1790. Falmouth Museum on the Green.

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Brown Bag Military Wives in Eighteenth-Century Boston 13 August 2014.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Serena Zabin, Carleton College When British troops came to Boston in 1768, hundreds of army wives and children came with them. At ...

When British troops came to Boston in 1768, hundreds of army wives and children came with them. At the time, Boston newspapers exclaimed in horror at the arrival of these army women, referring to them as the “dregs and refuse of all nations.” Yet tantalizing hints in the diaries of Massachusetts militia and provincial soldiers suggest that during the campaigns in 1745 to Louisburg and throughout the Seven Years War, women may have occasionally also accompanied Massachusetts troops. If so, some Boston women may themselves have once been military wives, a possibility that no historian has ever considered, and one that might explain some of the relationships that came to develop between British regulars and Boston civilians in the months preceding the Boston Massacre.

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Teacher Workshop, Public Programends Old Towns/New Country: The First Years of a New Nation 14 August 2014.Thursday, 8:30AM - 3:30PM This event will take place in Falmouth, Massachusetts. What was it like to live in a town that had existed for years (if not a full century or more) before ...

What was it like to live in a town that had existed for years (if not a full century or more) before becoming part of a new nation after the Revolution? Designed for educators and local history enthusiasts, this workshop -- offered in conjunction with the Falmouth Museums on the Green -- will explore some of the social, cultural, economic, and political concerns expressed in New England towns like Falmouth as the United States was becoming a new nation in the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries.  By turning an eye towards local politics and events we will rediscover the ways in which “ordinary people” contributed to America’s creation story.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • investigate what it was like to live in an old town in a new country and discover what changed for the inhabitants of Falmouth and Cape Cod as new government structures were implemented.
  • discuss the concerns (both local and national) expressed by Massachusetts residents while the American government was being created in the years after the revolution.
  • explore the ways in which geography, economy, and social/cultural practices influenced local concerns.
  • discover evidence of local concerns, and discussions of national policies, in primary sources held by the Falmouth Historical Society and the Massachusetts Historical Society.
  • explore new ways of engaging students and local communities in their history.

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 14 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.

Additional two-day workshops will be held in Pepperell, Massachusetts & Milford, New Hampshire, July 30-31; in Searsport, Maine, August 6-7; and in Framingham, Massachusetts, September 26-27.

Image: Fracis Wicks House, c. 1790. Falmouth Museum on the Green.

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Brown Bag The Death and Transfiguration of New England Psalmody, ca. 1790-1860 15 August 2014.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Brenton Grom, Case Western Reserve University   The robust culture of psalm- and hymn-singing that flourished in Revolutionary New ...

 

The robust culture of psalm- and hymn-singing that flourished in Revolutionary New England became subject to Europeanizing reforms after the turn of the nineteenth century. Introducing these reform efforts as instances of political and theological ideology operating within a larger discourse of refinement, this presentation focuses on their surprisingly variable reception as revealed in copybooks and marginalia. It furthermore considers Victorian values of home, sentiment, and historical memory as masks for the retention of outmoded musical styles in later years.

 

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 16 August 2014.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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Brown Bag Operating Outside of Empire: Trade and Citizenship in the Atlantic World, 1756-1812 18 August 2014.Monday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Mark Dragoni, Syracuse University This project examines merchants operating at the edge of empire and the competing discourses on  ...

This project examines merchants operating at the edge of empire and the competing discourses on trade, cosmopolitanism, and neutrality that statesmen, philosophers, and merchants mobilized. Under increasing demands for consumer goods, states were willing to bend supposedly strict mercantilist regulations to guarantee the steady supply of commodities in the metropole. This program will look at Samuel Cabot's and John and Jonathan Amory's participation in this often illicit, yet highly profitable transatlantic carrying trade during the foundational period for modern citizenship and increasing state regulation.

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Brown Bag Ten Years of Winter: The Cold Decade and Environmental Consciousness in the Early 19th Century 22 August 2014.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Sean Munger, University of Oregon Between 1810 and 1820, a series of volcanic eruptions around the world caused a temporary global ...

Between 1810 and 1820, a series of volcanic eruptions around the world caused a temporary global climate change with dramatic effects, the most famous of them being the "Year Without Summer" (1816). This research attempts to understand how people in the English-speaking world understood and evaluated these anomalies, and what their reactions tell us about the state of scientific thinking, environmental consciousness, and how their worlds—both global and local—were constructed.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 23 August 2014.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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Building Closed Labor Day 30 August 2014.Saturday, all day The MHS library and galleries will be closed Labor Day weekend.

The MHS library and galleries will be closed Labor Day weekend.

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Conference Never Done: Interpreting the History of Women at Work in Massachusetts 2 June 2014.Monday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM this event is free This conference will take place at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester Keynote Speaker: Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Harvard University

This conference for Massachusetts history organizations is presented by Mass Humanities, Massachusetts Historical Society, University of Massachusetts Amherst Public History Program, and the University of Massachusetts Boston Public History and Archives Track, The Colonial Society of Massachusetts, and Elizabeth & Ned Bacon.

Join us on Monday, June 2, at the Hogan Campus Center, College of the Holy Cross, for a thought-provoking day examining women in Massachusetts history. At this, the tenth annual Mass History Conference we will welcome the many small historical organizations that preserve, interpret, and deepen the exploration of Massachusetts history. The stories of lesser-known women change-makers get lost in the larger narrative of industry, politics and conflict, but the timing is right for an examination of their tales of great and compelling variety, of lives lived with courage and determination.

The conference is widely celebrated as the best networking and skill-sharing opportunity for historians of our state culture.

Registration Fees
Fee includes workshop, morning refreshments, buffet lunch (vegetarian option available), and afternoon snack
Registrations cannot be refunded; however you may send another person in your place.

  • $95 Standard Fee per person
  • $60 Student Fee (include copy of student ID with registration or bring ID to event if registering online)
  • $80 Per person for 3 registrants from same organization at the same time
  • $70 Per person for 4 registrants from same organization at the same time

For more information--including a detailed schedule of the day, or to register for the conference, visit the Mass Humanities website: http://masshumanities.org/history_conference_2014.

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Brown Bag Creating Adams Family Values 4 June 2014.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Sara Georgini, Adams Papers and Boston University

This project is a history of religion in the Adams family of Massachusetts from 1583 to 1927. Most Adams family members accepted organized religion as a public good, but they filled letters and lives with the effort to answer one query: What was it good for? As men and women operating at the heart of the nation, prevailing notions of Christian citizenship laid out duties for them to fulfill, and the Adamses repeatedly sought out God for help. Drawing on the public and private papers of several generations, this project explores the “cosmopolitan Christianity” that the Adams family developed over time.

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Public Program A Conversation with David S. Ferriero 4 June 2014.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   registration required at no cost Pre-Talk reception at 5:30pm David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States

David S. Ferriero was confirmed as 10th Archivist of the United States on November 6, 2009. Previously, Mr. Ferriero served as the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries (NYPL). He was part of the leadership team responsible for integrating the four research libraries and 87 branch libraries into one seamless service for users, creating the largest public library system in the United States and one of the largest research libraries in the world. Mr. Ferriero was in charge of collection strategy; conservation; digital experience; reference and research services; and education, programming, and exhibitions.Before joining the NYPL in 2004, Mr. Ferriero served in top positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Duke University. In those positions, he led major initiatives including the expansion of facilities, the adoption of digital technologies, and a reengineering of printing and publications.

Mr. Ferriero earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English literature from Northeastern University in Boston and a master’s degree from the Simmons College of Library and Information Science, also in Boston. After serving in the Navy during the Vietnam War, he started in the humanities library at MIT, where he worked for 31 years, rising to associate director for public services and acting co-director of libraries.

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

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MHS Annual Meeting 11 June 2014.Wednesday, 5:00PM - 6:00PM Please RSVP   registration required at no cost This event is open only to MHS Fellows

MHS Fellows are invited to attend the Society's annual business meeting followed by a talk and reception for Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: Massachusetts Women in the First World War. Registration required.

5:00 PM
Annual Meeting for elected MHS Fellows

6:00 PM
Remarks by Stephen T. Riley Librarian Peter Drummey followed by a reception and exhibition preview for MHS Fellows and Members

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Special Event, Member Event Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country Preview Reception 11 June 2014.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM Please RSVP   registration required at no cost This event is open only to MHS Fellows and Members

Photograph by Margaret HallFellows and Members are invited to a special preview reception of Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country. The evening will begin with remarks by Stephen T. Riley Librarian Peter Drummey. A reception and exhibition viewing will follow.

To commemorate the centennial of the outbreak of World War I, the MHS has organized the exhibition Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: Massachusetts Women in the First World War focusing on two of the hundreds of women from the Commonwealth who went to France as members of the U.S. armed forces, the Red Cross, and other war relief organizations. From the Society’s extraordinary collection of women’s recollections, this exhibition features photographs, letters, diaries, and memorabilia related to Margaret Hall and Eleanor (Nora) Saltonstall, Red Cross volunteers in France. The exhibition will highlight Hall’s large-format photographs of the battlefront on loan from the Cohasset Historical Society. Both women were keen observers of the climactic months of the war and depicted what they witnessed in vivid detail.

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Exhibition Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: Massachusetts Women in the First World War 12 June 2014 to 24 January 2015 this event is free Open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM Hall at Ecury

To commemorate the centennial of the outbreak of World War I, the MHS has organized the exhibition Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: Massachusetts Women in the First World War focusing on two of the hundreds of women from the Commonwealth who went to France as members of the U.S. armed forces, the Red Cross, and other war relief organizations.

From the Society’s extraordinary collection of women’s recollections, this exhibition features photographs, letters, diaries, and memorabilia related to Margaret Hall and Eleanor (Nora) Saltonstall, Red Cross volunteers in France. The exhibition will highlight Hall’s large-format photographs of the battlefront on loan from the Cohasset Historical Society. Both women were keen observers of the climactic months of the war and depicted what they witnessed in vivid detail.

The exhibition celebrates the forthcoming MHS publication Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: The World War I Memoir of Margaret Hall.

You can view all of the photographs from Margaret Hall's memoir on our companion website.

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Public Program Lost Boston 13 June 2014.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM this event is free Anthony Sammarco

Historian and author Anthony Sammarco will explore some of the  sixty-eight houses, churches, libraries, clubs, squares and baseball fields that have been lost by demolition, fire, or neglect since the 1870s.  His new book, Lost Boston, is a nostalgic journey back in time to visit some of the disappeared buildings and spaces in all their grandeur. Some lost places include Boston City Hall, Boston Coliseum, Boylston Market, Merchants Exchange, Huntington Avenue Grounds, Cyclorama, East Boston Airport, Braves Field, the Massachusetts State Prison, Boston Opera House, South Boston Aquarium, and the Howard Athenaeum.

Anthony M. Sammarco is a noted historian and author of sixty books on the history and development of Boston, and he lectures widely on the history and development of his native city. He commenced writing in 1995, and his books Dorchester and The Baker Chocolate Company: A Sweet History have made the bestsellers list. Boston’s Back Bay in the Victorian Era, Dorchester: Volume II, Dorchester Then & Now, Boston’s North End (and Il North End di Boston in Italian) and the Great Boston Fire of 1872, are among his perennially popular books. Since 1996, Mr. Sammarco has taught history at the Urban College of Boston, where he was named educator of the year in 2003 and where he serves on the Leadership Council. He is a Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society, a member of the Boston Author's Club and the Boston Athenaeum.

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

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 14 June 2014.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 At the Point of a Cutlass: The Pirate Capture, Bold Escape, and Lonely Exile of Philip Ashton 19 June 2014.Thursday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Gregory N. Flemming

Book cover, Called America's real-life Robinson Crusoe, the true story of Philip Ashton--a nineteen-year-old fisherman captured by pirates, impressed as a crewman, subjected to torture and hardship, who eventually escaped and lived as a castaway and scavenger on a deserted island in the Caribbean--was at one time as well known as the tales of Cooper, Hawthorne, and Defoe. Based on a rare copy of Ashton's 1725 account, author Gregory N. Flemming's vivid portrait recounts this maritime world during the golden age of piracy. Fishing vessels and merchantmen plied the coastal waters and crisscrossed the Atlantic and Caribbean. It was a hard, dangerous life, made more so by both the depredations and temptations of piracy. Chased by the British Royal Navy, blown out of the water or summarily hung when caught, pirate captains such as Edward Low kidnapped, cajoled, beat, and bribed men like Ashton into the rich--but also vile, brutal, and often short--life of the pirate. Flemming drew not only on Ashton's own first-person account of his experiences, but a wealth of other materialsfrom the Massachusetts Historical Society's collections, including hundreds of colonial newspaper reports, trial records, and the hand-written logbooks and correspondence from the British warships that patrolled the Bay of Honduras and fought with Low's pirates.

Gregory N. Flemming is a former journalist who holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He lives with his family in New England. His website is www.gregflemming.com.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 21 June 2014.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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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 28 June 2014.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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Brown Bag The Camera and the Community: How Photography Changed American Abolitionism 2 July 2014.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Matthew Fox-Amato, University of Southern California

In 1839, when the French-born daguerreotype arrived in the United States, it was hardly clear that the photographic process would be used as a political weapon. Examining the production, exchange and visuality of photographs of abolitionists, this talk shows how radical activists harnessed the medium as a way to build their movement in the decades prior to the Civil War.

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Building Closed 4th of July 4 July 2014.Friday, all day

The MHS will be closed for the 4th of July holiday.

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Library Closed 4th of July 5 July 2014.Saturday, all day

The library at the MHS is closed for the 4th of July weekend.

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Brown Bag Slavery, Sacred Texts and the Antebellum Confrontation with History 9 July 2014.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Jordan Watkins, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

This study explores biblical and constitutional debates over slavery in the antebellum era. It argues that the developing slavery crisis fueled the move to understand both the Bible and the Constitution as historical texts. It also contends that the emphasis on contextual interpretation among biblical scholars in the first few decades of the nineteenth century informed a similar reading of the Constitution in the decades before the Civil War. It demonstrates that these overlapping developments cultivated an awareness of the historical distances that divided Americans from their favored biblical and Revolutionary pasts.

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Teacher Workshop Symbols of Liberty: The Magna Carta, the Liberty Bowl, and the American Revolution 10 July 2014 to 11 July 2014 registration required This event will take place at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston & the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Thomas Jefferson's manuscript copy of the Declaration of IndependenceIn conjunction with the exhibition Magna Carta: Cornerstone of Liberty, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Massachusetts Historical Society will offer a two-day professional development workshop for teachers in grades K-12 that will provide an introduction to the rich collections of 18th-century documents and objects at both institutions. The workshop will include lectures, hands-on activities in the classroom, and gallery explorations using primary source documents and original art objects related to the founding of the United States.

One of only four surviving copies of the original Magna Carta—an inspiration for the US Constitution and Bill of Rights—is on view at the MFA this summer in partnership with the Massachusetts Historical Society and the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Magna Carta—Latin for “Great Charter”— joins other historical documents and objects, as well as portraits and works of art from the Museum’s collection, to tell the story of patriots and revolutionaries who fought for freedom in the face of tyranny. The exhibition also includes portraits, marble busts, and historical documents related to several of the Founding Fathers, presidents, and abolitionists, particularly from Massachusetts, who were inspired by the liberties enshrined in Magna Carta.

Image: Declaration of Independence, manuscript copy by Thomas Jefferson, [1776]. Massachusetts Historical Society.

 

Registration Fee: $100

Registration covers admission to the MFA, lunch both days, and materials. Participants can earn one graduate credit from Framingham State University for an additional fee. Visit the MFA website to register.

Contact education@masshist.org for more information.

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Brown Bag Of Form and Failure: American Puritanism, Quantification, and the Way of All Grace 11 July 2014.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Rachel Trocchio, University of California, Berkeley

From its foundations in the diagrammatic habits of sixteenth-century England to its intercourse with the new science of infinity, Puritanism applied a series of quantitative strategies for understanding an arbitrary God and the perfection of his decrees. This program argues that, simultaneously as these quantifications failed, their very failure inspired the imaginative leap between sensory and intelligible things that Puritanism made requisite for knowledge of God and one’s grace.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 12 July 2014.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.

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Brown Bag Cautious Romantics: The Dana Family of Boston as the Interpretive Key to a Larger Discourse 14 July 2014.Monday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Jonathan Koefoed, Indiana University, Purdue University, Columbus

This project seeks to provide a fuller picture of the way that European Romantic texts functioned in American intellectual, cultural, and religious history by highlighting a group of “Cautious Romantics” that emerged as an alternative and conservative Romantic religious tradition in America between 1800 and the late 19th century. They retained a commitment to a settled social order and embraced the Trinitarian Christianity long since abandoned by the Transcendentalists and their Unitarian predecessors. This program will focus on how the Dana Family functions as a critical lens through which one can view the larger Cautious Romantic discourse.

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Brown Bag Land, Liberty, & Property: Surveyors and the Production of Empire in British North America 15 July 2014.Tuesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Mark L. Thompson, University of Groningen

The land surveyor was a key figure in early America—instrumental in everything from marking colonial boundaries to measuring the smallest parcel of a farmer’s land. Adapting European methods to American conditions, surveyors drafted a “creole science” that served the demands of imperial authorities and common settlers alike. Together they transformed land into liberty, property, and a territorial empire.

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Public Program, Author Talk "What is Focus?" Margaret Hall's Battle Country 15 July 2014.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   registration required at no cost Pre-Talk reception at 5:30pm Margaret Higonnet, University of Connecticut Comments by Susan Solomon and Suzanne Diefenbach

Between August 1918 and August 1919, Cohasset, Mass., native Margaret Hall served as a volunteer in the canteen service with the Red Cross in France. Using letters, diaries, and photographs, she created an unusual typescript, Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country, 1918-1919, when she returned home from the Great War. Pasted opposite the relevant sections of the narrative are roughly 281 photographs and other memorabilia. Starting in August 1918, Hall captured in rich detail her passage from New York to France, her pursuit of a Red Cross posting as close to the front as possible, and then her day-to-day experiences at a canteen at Châlons sur Marne, where she continued to work for a number of months following the Armistice in November 1918. Her photographs document a significant range of her war experience, from the quotidian life at Châlons sur Marne to the exploration of battlefields at Longwy and Verdun.

Margaret R. Higonnet, the volume’s editor, is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Connecticut, and an Affiliate at Harvard University’s Center for European Studies. At the intersection of feminist theory with history and comparative literature, she has published extensively on gender and World War I, editing Behind the Lines: Gender and the Two World Wars (1987), Lines of Fire: Women Writers of World War I (1999), and Nurses at the Front: Writing the Wounds of War (2001).

Susan Solomon is Yardımcı Doçent (or Assistant Professor) of Humanities, Western Languages and Literatures, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. She will comment on her research into the life and photographs of Margaret Hall.

Suzanne Diefenbach is Margaret Hall's great niece. She will share her recollections  of "Aunts" and life with her at Paradise Hill Farm in Hull, Massachusetts.

To Reserve: Register online or call the MHS reservations line at 617-646-0560.

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Brown Bag Americans in Chinese Treaty Ports: Trade and Diplomacy in Nineteenth-Century U.S.-China Relations 16 July 2014.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Laurie Dickmeyer, University of California, Irvine

This project explores the changing texture and relationship of trade and diplomacy between American and Chinese traders and diplomats from 1784 to the 1860s. The consumption of luxury goods by both Americans and Chinese and the relationship between the U.S. and Great Britain abroad both helped to shape U.S.-China diplomacy in the nineteenth century. This program will present an overview of the project but will focus on findings from traders' records at the MHS.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 19 July 2014.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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Brown Bag Cosmopolitan Parochialism: Magistrates and Imperial Revolution in New England, 1760-1800 21 July 2014.Monday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Brendan Gillis, Indiana University

From Massachusetts to Australia, justices of the peace and other equivalent magistrates provided an exportable unit of local government responsible for the vast majority of judicial and administrative decisions. This project investigates how shared assumptions about magisterial authority contributed to the construction of new jurisdictions incorporating non-English lands and peoples. In New England, this British model of local government proved so adaptable that it allowed justices of the peace to assert independence during a period of imperial crisis.

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Brown Bag Watershed Decisions: Arthur Shurcliff's Vision of the Quabbin Reservoir, 1922-1945 22 July 2014.Tuesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Jeffrey Egan, University of Connecticut

This presentation will provide a brief historical overview of the creation of the Quabbin Reservoir in Massachusetts, a massive public-works project that led to the disincorporation of four rural towns in the western portion of the Commonwealth and radically transformed 39 square miles of land during the 1930s and 1940s. After tracing the arc of this story, it will delve into the environmental worldview and vision of the Quabbin project held by Arthur Shurcliff, the landscape architect employed by the Boston Metropolitan District Commission to reform the grounds surrounding this new, artificial lake.

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Brown Bag The Virgin Vote: Young Americans in the Age of Popular Politics 23 July 2014.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Jonathan Grinspan, University of Virginia/ Jefferson Scholars Foundation

Young people fueled American democracy at its most popular. Between 1840 and 1900, children, youths and young adults turned out at rallies and elections, searching for identity, advancement, and fun. Many viewed the political system as a route to adulthood, during a period of major social instability. At the same time, politicians wooed first-time “virgin voters,” lobbied young women to influence the men in their lives, and recruited children as future partisans. Their interest helped bring about the highest voter turnouts in U.S. history. This project explores this fascinating and forgotten relationship between public politics and personal aspirations.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 26 July 2014.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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Teacher Workshop, Public Program Old Towns/New Country: The First Years of a New Nation 30 July 2014 to 31 July 2014 registration required This workshop will take place in Milford, New Hampshire, and Pepperell, Massachusetts, in partnership with the Freedom's Way National Heritage Area

What was it like to live in a town that had existed for years (if not a full century or more) before becoming part of a new nation in 1776? Designed for educators and local history enthusiasts, this workshop will explore some of the social, cultural, economic, and political concerns expressed by New England towns as the United States was attempting to form a new government in the 1780s and 1790s. We will discuss the truly participatory, well-informed conversations taking place in town halls and meeting places throughout the new colonies-turned-states. By turning an eye towards local politics and events we will rediscover the ways in which “ordinary people” contributed to America’s creation story.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • investigate what it was like to live in an old town in a new country and discover what changed for the inhabitants of different towns as new government structures were implemented.
  • discuss the concerns (both local and national) expressed by Massachusetts & New Hampshire residents in various towns while the American government was being created in the years after the revolution.
  • explore the ways in which geography, economy, and social/cultural practices influenced local concerns.
  • discover evidence of local concerns, and discussions of national policies, in primary sources held by local repositories and the Massachusetts Historical Society.
  • explore new ways of engaging students and local communities in their history.

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 14 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.

Additional two-day workshops will be held in Searsport, Maine, August 6-7; in Falmouth, Massachusetts, August 13-14; and in Framingham, Massachusetts, September 26-27.

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Brown Bag John Barleycorn vs. Sir Richard Rum: Alcohol, the Atlantic, and the Distilling of Colonial Identity, 1650-1800 30 July 2014.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Kristen Burton, University of Texas at Arlington

This project examines the shifting perceptions of spirituous liquors in the Atlantic World throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Focusing on the rise of commercial distilling, particularly in regard to rum, gin, and whiskey, this research explores the evolution of liquors from their use a wholesome source of medicine to a pernicious, societal threat.

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Brown Bag Character Detectives: Female Physiognomists in the Early American Republic 1 August 2014.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Rachel Walker, University of Maryland

This project examines the fraught connection between female beauty, morality, and intelligence in the post-Enlightenment era. It examines how cultural ideas concerning these traits became intertwined by studying the 18th- and 19th-century “science” of physiognomy—a discipline rooted in the notion that an individual could discern a person’s moral and mental characteristics merely by examining his or her facial features. Early Americans discussed male and female physiognomy in distinct ways and used discussions about female appearance to distinguish between the moral and intellectual capacities of men and women. 

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 2 August 2014.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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Brown Bag The Labor of Self-Making in New England Mill Women's Poetry 4 August 2014.Monday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Robin Smith, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

One of the most visible and publicly discussed moments in the history of American working women was the entrance of women into the industrial textile mills of New England in the 1830s and 1840s. The figure of the “female operative” or “Lowell mill girl” fostered an unprecedented public interest in the lives and labor of working women, and the mill women seized this opportunity to publicly challenge the obstacles that industrial labor posed to 19th century ideas of humanity and a coherent sense of self. Drawing upon poems and prose pieces written by women mill workers for publication in literary magazines such as The Lowell Offering, I will argue that for mill women, writing poetry was an important means of humanizing potentially dehumanizing labor; through the rhythms of poetry, they reclaimed control of time and in so doing, made space for fortifying their creative, coherent selves.

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Teacher Workshop, Public Program Old Towns/New Country: The First Years of a New Nation 6 August 2014 to 7 August 2014 registration required This event will take place in Searsport, Maine.

What was it like to live in a town that had existed for years (if not a full century or more) before becoming part of a new nation in 1776? Designed for educators and local history enthusiasts, this workshop will explore some of the social, cultural, economic, and political concerns expressed in New England towns as the United States was attempting to form a new government in the 1780s and 1790s. We will discuss the truly participatory, well-informed conversations taking place in town halls and meeting places throughout the new colonies-turned-states. By turning an eye towards local politics and events we will rediscover the ways in which “ordinary people” contributed to America’s creation story.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • investigate what it was like to live in an old town in a new country and discover what changed for the inhabitants of different towns as new government structures were implemented.
  • discuss the concerns (both local and national) expressed by Massachusetts & New Hampshire residents in various towns while the American government was being created in the years after the revolution.
  • explore the ways in which geography, economy, and social/cultural practices influenced local concerns.
  • discover evidence of local concerns, and discussions of national policies, in primary sources held by local repositories and the Massachusetts Historical Society.
  • explore new ways of engaging students and local communities in their history.

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 14 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.

Additional two-day workshops will be held in Pepperell, Massachusetts & Milford, New Hampshire, July 30-31; in Falmouth, Massachusetts, August 13-14; and in Framingham, Massachusetts, September 26-27.

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Brown Bag "The Day of Sainthood Has Passed": American Abolitionists and the Golden Moment of the Civil War, 1861-1865 6 August 2014.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Frank Cirillo, University of Virginia

This project explores the divisions among American abolitionists over whether or not to support the Lincoln Administration and the Union war effort during the Civil War. The choices that longtime reformers made in confronting the changed landscape of wartime America, and the series of schisms within the movement that ensued, helps to explain how the Union war achieved both so much and so little in terms of black social and political rights.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 9 August 2014.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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Teacher Workshop, Public Program Old Towns/New Country: The First Years of a New Nation 13 August 2014 to 14 August 2014 registration required This event will take place in Falmouth, Massachusetts.

What was it like to live in a town that had existed for years (if not a full century or more) before becoming part of a new nation after the Revolution? Designed for educators and local history enthusiasts, this workshop -- offered in conjunction with the Falmouth Museums on the Green -- will explore some of the social, cultural, economic, and political concerns expressed in New England towns like Falmouth as the United States was becoming a new nation in the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries.  By turning an eye towards local politics and events we will rediscover the ways in which “ordinary people” contributed to America’s creation story.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • investigate what it was like to live in an old town in a new country and discover what changed for the inhabitants of Falmouth and Cape Cod as new government structures were implemented.
  • discuss the concerns (both local and national) expressed by Massachusetts residents while the American government was being created in the years after the revolution.
  • explore the ways in which geography, economy, and social/cultural practices influenced local concerns.
  • discover evidence of local concerns, and discussions of national policies, in primary sources held by the Falmouth Historical Society and the Massachusetts Historical Society.
  • explore new ways of engaging students and local communities in their history.

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 14 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.

Additional two-day workshops will be held in Pepperell, Massachusetts & Milford, New Hampshire, July 30-31; in Searsport, Maine, August 6-7; and in Framingham, Massachusetts, September 26-27.

Image: Fracis Wicks House, c. 1790. Falmouth Museum on the Green.

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Brown Bag Military Wives in Eighteenth-Century Boston 13 August 2014.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Serena Zabin, Carleton College

When British troops came to Boston in 1768, hundreds of army wives and children came with them. At the time, Boston newspapers exclaimed in horror at the arrival of these army women, referring to them as the “dregs and refuse of all nations.” Yet tantalizing hints in the diaries of Massachusetts militia and provincial soldiers suggest that during the campaigns in 1745 to Louisburg and throughout the Seven Years War, women may have occasionally also accompanied Massachusetts troops. If so, some Boston women may themselves have once been military wives, a possibility that no historian has ever considered, and one that might explain some of the relationships that came to develop between British regulars and Boston civilians in the months preceding the Boston Massacre.

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Brown Bag The Death and Transfiguration of New England Psalmody, ca. 1790-1860 15 August 2014.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Brenton Grom, Case Western Reserve University

 

The robust culture of psalm- and hymn-singing that flourished in Revolutionary New England became subject to Europeanizing reforms after the turn of the nineteenth century. Introducing these reform efforts as instances of political and theological ideology operating within a larger discourse of refinement, this presentation focuses on their surprisingly variable reception as revealed in copybooks and marginalia. It furthermore considers Victorian values of home, sentiment, and historical memory as masks for the retention of outmoded musical styles in later years.

 

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 16 August 2014.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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Brown Bag Operating Outside of Empire: Trade and Citizenship in the Atlantic World, 1756-1812 18 August 2014.Monday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Mark Dragoni, Syracuse University

This project examines merchants operating at the edge of empire and the competing discourses on trade, cosmopolitanism, and neutrality that statesmen, philosophers, and merchants mobilized. Under increasing demands for consumer goods, states were willing to bend supposedly strict mercantilist regulations to guarantee the steady supply of commodities in the metropole. This program will look at Samuel Cabot's and John and Jonathan Amory's participation in this often illicit, yet highly profitable transatlantic carrying trade during the foundational period for modern citizenship and increasing state regulation.

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Brown Bag Ten Years of Winter: The Cold Decade and Environmental Consciousness in the Early 19th Century 22 August 2014.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Sean Munger, University of Oregon

Between 1810 and 1820, a series of volcanic eruptions around the world caused a temporary global climate change with dramatic effects, the most famous of them being the "Year Without Summer" (1816). This research attempts to understand how people in the English-speaking world understood and evaluated these anomalies, and what their reactions tell us about the state of scientific thinking, environmental consciousness, and how their worlds—both global and local—were constructed.

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MHS Tour MHS Tour: The History and Collections of the MHS 23 August 2014.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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Building Closed Labor Day 30 August 2014.Saturday, all day

The MHS library and galleries will be closed Labor Day weekend.

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