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This Week @ MHS

As the weather warms up, plan a trip to Boston and stop in at 1154 Boylston Street for one of our exciting events this week.

On Tuesday, 12 April 2011 we have two events that are free and open to the public.  Our lunchtime program, A Crisis in Leadership: Massachusetts on the Eve of Civil War, is at look at John A. Andrew's early months as governor of Massachusetts as he balances his personal beliefs, his political allies & foes, and the best interests of the country in the tumultous time between his inauguration in January 1861 and the attack on Fort Sumter in April 1861.  This one hour program starts at 12:00 and is presented by MHS staff members Jayne Gordon, Kathleen Barker, and Elaine Grublin.  Tuesday evening at 5:15 PM the Boston Environmental History Seminar brings James C. O'Connell of the National Park Service to the MHS to discuss his paper "Smart Growth In Massachusetts."  This paper includes material from O'Connell's book project on Boston's suburban development, 1800-2010, and focuses on the history of smart growth in metropolitan Boston. Sam Bass Warner of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will give the comment.

On Thursday evening at 5:15 PM, Sarah Pearsall, Oxford Brookes University, presents her paper  "'To give up having many wives': The Politics of Polygamy in Colonial North America"
as part of the Boston Early American History Seminar series.  Lisa Wilson of Connecticut College will give the comment. 

As always advanced copies of the seminar papers are available for a small subscription fee. 

And on Saturday 16 April the weekly building tour, The History and Collections of the MHS, returns.  This 90 minute tour starts in the MHS lobby at 10:00 AM. 

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