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"McClellan in Boston": Lunch-Talk Recap

On Wednesday, 28 October, the MHS hosted a brown-bag lunch talk, “McClellan's Visit to Boston, January 28-February 8, 1863"  in which Carol Bundy, a current Andrew W. Mellon Fellow and long-time MHS researcher, led a discussion of her current project. An audience [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Saturday, 31 October, 2009, 8:25 AM

MHR Volume 11 Available

The 2009 volume of the Massachusetts Historical Review is now available. You can order a copy here. The volume's contents: Essays
- Jason M. Colby, Race, Empire, and New England Capital in the Caribbean, 1890-1930
- J. Patrick Mullins, "A Kind of War, Tho' Hitherto [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 28 October, 2009, 10:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

A busy week at 1154 Boylston Street! Join us Tuesday, 27 October for a lecture by Bruce Ronda, "The Kaleidoscope of History: John Brown after Fifteen Decades." This event is part of John Brown and New England, a series of public programs commemorating the 150th anniversary [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 26 October, 2009, 8:07 AM

On Arriving in St. Petersburg

Exactly eighty days after departing Charlestown, MA (5 August 1809), John Quincy Adams and his party arrived in St. Petersburg, Russia on the afternoon of Monday, 23 October 1809 (see the track of their journey here). He wrote in his short diary (manuscript image, Twitter [...] read more

comments: 2 | permalink | Published: Friday, 23 October, 2009, 7:41 AM

American Indian Photographs at MHS

One of the MHS digital collections currently being highlighted on our homepage is Photographs of Native Americans, a compilation of portraits and other photos collected by four Bostonians during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. "Charles W. Jenks and Francis Parkman [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Thursday, 22 October, 2009, 11:12 AM

This Week @ MHS

Join us tonight, Monday 19 October, at 6 p.m., for a talk and booksigning by Gordon S. Wood, the Alva O. Way Professor of History Emeritus at Brown University. His books include the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Radicalism of the American Revolution, the Bancroft Prize-winning [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 19 October, 2009, 8:35 AM

"Sexual Warfare": Lunch Talk Recap

Last Wednesday (9 October) current NEH-MHS long-term fellow Crystal Feimster gave a brown bag lunch talk titled "Sexual Warfare: Rape and the American Civil War." Crystal described for us the research project that brought her to the MHS, which builds upon the material [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 16 October, 2009, 9:22 AM

Ulrich Receives Society's Kennedy Medal

Harvard professor Laurel Thatcher Ulrich was awarded the Massachusetts Historical Society's John F. Kennedy Medal on Wednesday night at the Society's 60th annual dinner. Ulrich, the tenth Kennedy Medal honoree, is the first woman to receive the medal, the Society's [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Thursday, 15 October, 2009, 12:16 PM

Invade Canada?

This is a lovely time of year to visit the beautiful province of Quebec, Canada. Quebec City is a special hidden gem, the feel of Europe without boarding a plane! But many Americans crossing the border are not aware of American invasions of Canada (most significantly, the [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Tuesday, 13 October, 2009, 2:45 PM

This Week @MHS

Tonight, Tuesday 13 October, our Boston Environmental History Seminar series gets underway, with a 5:15 p.m. talk by Joyce Chaplin of Harvard University, "Earthsick: The Circumnavigator's Malady." Harriet Ritvo of MIT will give a comment after the paper. On Thursday, 15 [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Tuesday, 13 October, 2009, 8:56 AM

JQA's Shipboard Reading List: October Edition

As John Quincy Adams and his family continue their voyage to St. Petersburg (they began, you'll recall, way back on 5 August), and you can follow along on Twitter, we've been tracking JQA's shipboard reading as noted in his line-a-day and long diary entries (see the August [...] read more

comments: 1 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 7 October, 2009, 11:59 AM

Highlighting Rachel Revere

October's Object of the Month is a letter from Rachel Revere to her husband Paul, dated 2 May 1775 (just a couple weeks after his famous ride). "The Revere Family papers (collection guide) held by the Massachusetts Historical Society contain only a small number of documents [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 7 October, 2009, 11:34 AM

This Week @ MHS

Please join us on Wednesday, 7 October at 12 noon for a Brown-bag lunch with Crystal Feimster, current NEH long-term research fellow here at MHS. Crystal will discuss her project, "Sexual Warfare: Rape and the American Civil War." On Monday, 12 October, the MHS library [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 5 October, 2009, 12:04 PM

The Ghoulish Bits

In October's issue of Boston magazine, writer Adrianna Borgia examines a few of the more macabre artifacts in the collections of the Society and other local institutions. Among the items highlighted from MHS are a lock of John Quincy Adams' hair, some cloth [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 2 October, 2009, 8:36 AM