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Cheever's Diary, In Depth

Over at the always educational Boston 1775 blog, J.L. Bell is taking this week to explore our November Object of the Month, William Cheever's diary of the siege of Boston. You can read the series here (older posts are at the bottom). [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Tuesday, 30 November, 2010, 8:08 AM

This Week @MHS

We hope you'll join us on Wednesday, 1 December at 12 noon for a brown-bag lunch with Rachel Tamar Van, one of this year's long-term research fellows at MHS. She'll talk about her current project, "That Family Feeling: At Home with Homo Economicus." [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 29 November, 2010, 9:41 AM

Holiday Closure Notice

Please note that the MHS, including the library, will be closed Thursday-Saturday, 25-27 November, in observance of Thanksgiving. Regular hours will resume on Monday, 29 November. [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 24 November, 2010, 1:54 PM

Letters Shed New Light on Henry Adams

[Note: the following is a guest contribution from Natalie Dykstra, former MHS research fellow, Associate Professor of English at Hope College and the author of a forthcoming biography of Marian Hooper "Clover" Adams. The new collection she refers to below has been cataloged [...] read more

comments: 1 | permalink | Published: Tuesday, 23 November, 2010, 10:33 AM

The Lives of Two Irish Immigrants: The Holden Family Papers Rediscovered

Several months ago a researcher visited the library and requested a small collection entitled: Holden family bills and accounts, 1842-1861. When retrieving the one box that made up the collection, Assistant Reference Librarian Jeremy Dibbell found that all the manuscripts [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 19 November, 2010, 3:12 PM

New Acquisition: William Dawes Account Book

The Massachusetts Historical Society has recently acquired a rare account book of William Dawes, Jr. (Ms. N-2321 Tall; catalog record), the man most famous for riding with Paul Revere on the night of 18 April 1775 to warn the inhabitants of Lexington and Concord that British [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Tuesday, 16 November, 2010, 8:18 AM

This Week @ MHS

- We hope you'll join us for the first of a new series of mini-courses, "What does Massachusetts have to do with ...?", which kicks off tomorrow, Tuesday, 16 November at 12 noon. For the opening course Librarian Peter Drummey and Curator of Art Anne Bentley will discuss [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 15 November, 2010, 7:11 AM

Holiday Closure Notice

Please note, the MHS will be closed on Thursday, 11 November in observance of the Veterans' Day holiday. Regular hours will resume on Friday. [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 10 November, 2010, 2:56 PM

This Week @ MHS

- We hope you'll join us tonight, Monday, 8 November, for a talk by Nick Bunker, "The Mayflower Compact: Where It Came From and What It Meant." This even is co-sponsored by the British Consulate-General in Boston and Plimouth Plantation. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 8 November, 2010, 7:36 AM

Life in Besieged Boston

Our November Object of the Month is a diary kept by Boston merchant William Cheever (1752-1786) during the siege of Boston in the beginning months of the Revolutionary War. As Digital Projects Coordinator Nancy Heywood notes in her introductory essay, "Cheever's succinct [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Thursday, 4 November, 2010, 8:01 AM

Election Days Past

To mark Election Day, I thought I would take a look back at some diaries from 1860 and 1960, to see how the elections of Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy were remembered by some of those whose collections are housed at the MHS. In our online catalog, ABIGAIL, I can search [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Tuesday, 2 November, 2010, 1:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

Please join us tonight, Monday, 1 November at Brookline Booksmith in Coolidge Corner for an author talk with Joseph Ellis on his new book First Family: Abigail and John Adams. The event will begin at 6 p.m., with seating opening at 5:30 p.m. Please note: this event is now [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 1 November, 2010, 7:41 AM