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Latest MHS E-Newsletter Now Live

The July/August edition of @MHS, the Society's e-newsletter, is available here. It includes a note about our upcoming John Quincy Adams Twitter project, information on some of the latest grants received by the Society, a staff spotlight on Hobson Woodward and his new book, [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 29 July, 2009, 4:09 PM

This Week @ MHS

It's a brown-bag lunch bonanza this week at 1154 Boylston! On Monday, 27 July, research fellow Sara Lampert (University of Michigan) will discuss her current project, "The Public Woman: Taking to the Stage in Nineteenth-Century America." On Wednesday, 29 July, research [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 27 July, 2009, 8:57 AM

A Productive Bunch!

Conrad Wright, our Director of Research, recently contacted past MHS research fellows and encouraged them to submit the titles of any books or articles they'd published which were based primarily on their research here at the MHS. The results are pretty impressive, I think. [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Thursday, 23 July, 2009, 10:08 AM

This Week @MHS

We have two exciting brown-bag lunches scheduled this week: On Wednesday, 22 July, research fellow Katy Meier will discuss her project, "'Under the Surge of the Blue': Environmental Effects on Civil War Soldiers' Mental and Physical Health in Virginia, 1862." The brown-bag [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Tuesday, 21 July, 2009, 12:00 PM

Martineau Society Visits MHS

Last Thursday, the MHS hosted sixteen members of the Martineau Society, a group based at Manchester College, Oxford and devoted to the "preservation, study and publication in the public interest of material relating to the Martineau family of Norwich in the 19th century [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 20 July, 2009, 9:01 PM

To Russia With Tweets

Back in late May I wrote a post here titled "Was JQA a Tweeter?," in which I noted a visitor's observation of the similarities between John Quincy Adams' line-a-day diary entries and the micro-blog posts produced on Twitter. Well, that got the wheels spinning here at MHS, [...] read more

comments: 12 | permalink | Published: Thursday, 16 July, 2009, 10:28 AM

This Week @MHS

Please join us this Friday, 17 July for the following events: Brown Bag Lunch (12-1): Using a combination of lecture and discussion, Linda Palmer will introduce the audience to the rise of the Puritans in England and the Puritans' disagreements with each other after they [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Tuesday, 14 July, 2009, 8:38 PM

JQA Turns 42

On 11 July 1809, two hundred years ago today, John Quincy Adams wrote the following diary entry: "I am this day forty-two years of age. And the reflections which return at every anniversary of my birth day, naturally recur, with increasing pressure. The year of my life [...] read more

comments: 1 | permalink | Published: Saturday, 11 July, 2009, 9:32 AM

"Marriage Extraordinary": Lunch Talk Recap

This Wednesday (8 July), the MHS hosted a brown bag lunch talk, “Marriage Extraordinary: Interracial Marriage and the Politics of the Family in Antebellum Massachusetts,” given by Amber Moulton-Wiseman, a graduate student of African-American Studies at Harvard [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 10 July, 2009, 7:05 AM

Abigail Adams, Investor

Historian (and 2003-04 MHS research fellow) Woody Holton had an essay in Sunday's Washington Post, "On Money, a Founding Mother Knows Best." He writes "If you were to hire Abigail Adams as your financial adviser, here's the advice that the Massachusetts matriarch would offer," [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 6 July, 2009, 2:26 PM

On the Fourth of July

Happy Independence Day! To mark the occasion, a few digital highlights from our collections. - The Dunlap Broadside: The first printing of the Declaration of Independence, created overnight on 4 July 1776. Copies of this broadside were read to announce independence in New [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Saturday, 4 July, 2009, 12:30 PM

"with renewed enthusiasm": Celebrating the Fourth

By tradition, our July Object of the Month highlight tends to be related in some way to the Fourth of July. This year's is no exception: it's a broadside issued by the Foxborough Fourth of July Committee, informing the town's residents that the Fourth of July celebrations [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 3 July, 2009, 8:31 AM