The Beehive: the official blog of the Massachusetts Historical Society

Collection Profile: Francis Blake Photographs

One of the most interesting of our image collections here at MHS are the Francis Blake photographs, more than 1,000 images taken by physicist and amateur photographer Francis Blake (mostly during the years 1875-1898). Blake is known for his early use of high-speed photography: [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 26 April, 2010, 11:10 AM

Upcoming Events @ MHS

We've got a very full calendar of events for the next few weeks. Here's what's going on through 7 May: On Thursday, 22 April, former long-term research fellow April Haynes will speak on "Making 'False Delicacy' True: The Passions of Female Moral Reformers, 1835-1845." This [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Tuesday, 20 April, 2010, 8:17 AM

Holiday Closure Notice

The MHS, including the library, will be closed on Monday, 19 April, in observance of the Patriots' Day holiday. We will have regular hours on Saturday, 17 April. For some interesting reading on Patriots' Day, check out our Coming of the American Revolution website, particularly [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 16 April, 2010, 8:02 AM

Wood a Pulitzer Finalist

We'd like to congratulate MHS Fellow Gordon S. Wood, whose book Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815 (Oxford University Press, 2009) was named a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in History. The winner in that category this year was Liaquat Ahamed, [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 14 April, 2010, 12:33 PM

Interact with Jefferson in new "Notes" Site

On the eve of Thomas Jefferson's 267th birthday, we at MHS are delighted to annouce a new web presentation of the manuscript copy of Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia, his only full-length book. Read more about the manuscript here. By way of introduction to the [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 12 April, 2010, 11:32 AM

This Week @ MHS

Just one public event this week: On Tuesday, 13 April, the Boston Environmental History Seminar series continues with a 5:15 p.m. talk by Anya Zilberstein of Concordia University, "Cold Comfort: The Benefits of Climate Change in Early Northern America." Brian Donahue [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 12 April, 2010, 9:38 AM

Notes of the State of ... Connecticut??

You've probably heard of Thomas Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia (and if you haven't, just wait until next week, and watch this space!), but you may not have heard that Jefferson's text was an expanded version of answers to a set of questions posed by François [...] read more

comments: 2 | permalink | Published: Thursday, 8 April, 2010, 7:04 AM

Spring Events at AAS

While our own events calendar remains jam-packed (and we hope you'll visit often), our friends at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester have some really stellar public programs coming up too, so please check out their calendar and take advantage of these offerings. [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 7 April, 2010, 9:31 AM

2010-2011 Research Fellows Announced

The MHS awards a wide variety of research fellowships each year, and I'm happy to be able to pass along the list for the 2010-11 season. Please pardon the lengthy list. For more information about each type of fellowship, click the link in the heading. We look forward to [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 5 April, 2010, 3:47 PM

This Week @ MHS

Please join us on Wednesday, 7 April for a brown-bag lunch talk by Robert J. Robertson of Lamar University, "Louisa Adams and her brother, Henry, in Italy - A brief glimpse." This event will begin at 12 noon. More info here. And the "Margaret Fuller and Her Circles" conference [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 5 April, 2010, 8:38 AM

Putnam Diaries to be Microfilmed

The Sarah Gooll Putnam diaries (finding guide) will be unavailable from 8 April through approximately 1 May 2010; they are headed offsite to be microfilmed. In July 2009 the MHS received a $16,771 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the Massachusetts Board [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Thursday, 1 April, 2010, 9:38 AM

Obama to Visit MHS, Deliver Manuscript

Upon learning that he was one of only three presidents for whom the MHS does not have manuscript holdings, Barack Obama announced this morning that he'll be dropping by the Historical Society this evening (he'll be in town for two DNC fundraisers) to personally deliver a [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Thursday, 1 April, 2010, 9:03 AM