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Forbes House Museum Visits MHS Library

On Tuesday, April 26, eight women from the Forbes House Museum in Milton, MA, visited the library at the MHS for an introductory tour.  The visitors, a mix of docents, staff, and trustees from the museum spent the morning learning about how to access the MHS collections [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 29 April, 2011, 8:00 AM

2011-2012 Research Fellows Announced

Each year the MHS grants a number of research fellowships to scholars from around the country.  For more information about the different fellowship types, click the headings below.  As you can see the fellowship program brings a wide variety of researchers working [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Thursday, 28 April, 2011, 10:00 AM

A Patriotic Shawl for Mrs. Andrew

On Wednesday, 24 April 1861. the following story ran in the third column of page two of the Boston Evening Transcript  (Vol. XXXII, no. 9507): "APPROPRIATE PRESENTATION TO MRS. GOV. ANDREW. A large and elegantly wrought shawl, patriotic in every feature, was this morning [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Tuesday, 26 April, 2011, 8:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

This week we have two evening events: a special event for MHS members and fellows and a seminar. Plus the exhibition hall and portrait gallery are open daily.   On Tuesday, 26 April at 5:30 PM there is a special Behind-the-Scenes Tour for MHS members and fellows.  [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 25 April, 2011, 8:00 AM

Guest Post: Research Fellow Finds More Than She is Looking for in Sarah Louisa Guild's Diary

I have come across several surprises in the reading room recently, as is entirely typical in manuscript research. One archival pleasure is finding what we hope is there, but another is encountering the unexpected. I eagerly opened Sarah Louisa Guild’s diary for 1898 [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 22 April, 2011, 10:00 AM

2011 Pulitzer Prize Finalists Have MHS Connections

On Monday, 18 April, the Pulitzer Prize Board announced the winners of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize.   Included on the list of finalists were two authors with ties to the MHS.  Michael O'Brien was named a finalist for the prize in biography for his project Mrs. Adams [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 20 April, 2011, 9:55 AM

This Week @ MHS

While the Monday holiday leaves plenty of time for you to look over Paul Revere's deposition recounting the events of 19 April 1775, it also means we have less time for public programs this week.  We are offering two great programs, providing excellent opportunities [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Tuesday, 19 April, 2011, 8:00 AM

New @ the MHS: Winslow Family Memorial

The Massachusetts Historical Society recently acquired a very interesting manuscript collection called the Winslow Family Memorial (Ms. N-2322). Begun by Boston merchant Isaac Winslow (1774-1856) in about 1837 and continued after his death by his daughter Margaret Catharine [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 15 April, 2011, 10:00 AM

Spotlight on Collections: Henry Cabot Lodge, Part VI

Over the last several weeks in Spotlight on Collections I discussed the life and influence of the Cabot family, the Lodge family, Henry Cabot Lodge (HCL), and Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. (HCL II).  Sadly, this week will be my final installment on the Lodges.  To close [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 13 April, 2011, 10:00 AM

April 12, 1861 -- The Brothers' War Begins

Today, we commemorate the sesquicentennial of the attack on Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor.  On that date, 12 April 1861, William Gray Brooks, a Boston merchant and diarist, writes "The evening papers gave us a telegraph announcing 'Fort Sumter has been provisioned [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Tuesday, 12 April, 2011, 8:00 AM

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 [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 11 April, 2011, 10:00 AM

Photography Fun @ the MHS

This week members of the MHS staff had fun playing in our daguerreotype studio. Come on in and join the fun by visiting History Drawn with Light: Early Photographs from the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society, an exhibition currently on view at the MHS. [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 8 April, 2011, 8:00 AM

Welcome to Short-Term Fellow Laura Prieto

This spring, the MHS staff  welcomes short-term fellow Laura Prieto, one of our 2010-2011 Ruth R & Alyson R. Miller fellows in women’s history. Dr. Prieto is an Associate Professor of History and Women’s and Gender Studies at Simmons College here in [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 6 April, 2011, 8:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

It is another week filled with exciting programs at the MHS.  There is a little something for everyone this week, so plan to stop in for at least one event. On Wednesday, 6 April we have two events.  At noon current MHS/NEH long-term fellow Dr. Linford Fisher [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 4 April, 2011, 1:00 AM

Looking at the Civil War

Have you seen this month's selection in Looking at the Civil War: Massachusetts Finds Her Voice, our monthly feature showcasing Civil War-era materials from the Massachusetts Historical Society's rich collections?  If not, you should definitely take a look. This [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 1 April, 2011, 10:00 AM