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This Week @ MHS

It is a quiet week here at the MHS with only two public programs lined up. Of course, that just makes it easier to catch them all!

First, on Tuesday, 29 April, join us for a panel discussion that is part of the Immigration and Urban History seminar series. "American Catholics and U.S. Immigration Policy before the Immigration and Nationaly Act of 1965" features Danielle Battisti of the University of Nebraska and Gráinne McEvoy of Boston College, and Justin Poché of the College of the Holy Cross providing comment. McEvoy's paper, "'A Christian and Democratic Attitude': The Catholic Campaign for Education and Enlightenment on U.S. Immigration Policy, 1952-1957," examines the Catholic campaign for comprehensive immigration reform during and in the wake of the McCarran-Walter Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, which removed discrimination on the basis of race from federal immigration policy but retained the national origins quota system. Battisti's essay, "'Whom Shall We Welcome?' Italian Americans and Immigration Reform Campaigns, 1948-1965," examines the efforts of the Italian Americans who both assisted Italian immigrants to the U.S. after World War II and who joined in a broader movement to abolish the national origins system and thereby reform the nation's immigration policies in the 1950s and 1960s. Be sure to RSVP for this program by emailing or phoning 617-646-0568.

On Wednesday, 30 April, join us for an author talk presented by John Ferling titled "Jefferson & Hamilton: The Rivalry that Forged a Nation." Jefferson and Hamiltonis the story of the fierce struggle - both public and, ultimately, bitterly personal - between two titans. Join us as we explore their complicated rivlary. John Ferling, a leading authority on late 19th and early 19th century American history, is the author of many books, including Almost a Miracle: The American Vicotyrin the War for Independence, Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800, Setting the World Ablaze: Washington, Adams, and Jefferson in the American Revolution, and the award-winning A Leap in the Dark: The Struggle to Create the American Republic. The talk begins at 6:00PM with a pre-talk reception starting at 5:30PM. Registration is required for this event and there is a $10 fee (no charge for Fellows and Members). Click here to register online, or call the MHS reservations line at 617-646-0560.

And be sure to come in and check out our current exhibition, Tell It with Pride: The 54th Massachusetts regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudens' Shaw Memorial, which will only be on display  until 23 May. This is exhibit is free and open to the public Monday-Saturday, 10:00AM-4:00PM.

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