The Beehive: the official blog of the Massachusetts Historical Society

Renewed Interest in Harvard’s First Wampanoag Students

The Boston Globe recently ran an article about Harvard student Tiffany Smalley (class of 2011), the first member of the Wampanoag tribe to graduate from Harvard since 1665. Smalley’s graduation, has drawn renewed attention to her predecessors Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Thursday, 26 May, 2011, 8:00 AM

“Houses of Ill Fame” in Boston, 1907-1910: A Police Report

A graduate student doing research on early social work and “delinquent” girls recently reviewed a publication in our collection titled A Record of the Enforcement of the Laws Against Sexual Immorality Since December 1, 1907 as Contained in the Information relating [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 25 May, 2011, 8:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

With the Memorial Day holiday this coming weekend, the MHS will be closed on Saturday, 28 May and Monday, 30 May.  As a result of the Saturday closure, there will be no building tour this coming weekend.  The tour will return on Saturday, 4 June.  And do not [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 23 May, 2011, 12:00 PM

A New Collection Guide for the Charitable Irish Society Records

Last year, the Massachusetts Historical Society received a grant to process the records of the Charitable Irish Society of Boston. Thanks to that grant, this popular collection has now been fully arranged and described, and a guide is available online. The Charitable Irish [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 20 May, 2011, 10:00 AM

Researcher Hopes to Write the Autobiography John Quincy Adams “Never had Time to Write.”

For the past six weeks, one of the digital microfilm readers in our library has been occupied by a researcher working his way through the microfilm edition of the Adams Family Papers. He is painstakingly transcribing passages from the handwritten correspondence of John Quincy [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 18 May, 2011, 10:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

This week plan to spend your lunch hour at the MHS. On both Tuesday and Wednesday we offer one-hour lunch time programs.  Both programs are free and open to the public. You bring the lunch, we provide the beverages.  Tuesday, 17 May at 12:00 PM join us for the [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 16 May, 2011, 8:00 AM

New on our Shelves: "Revered Commander, Maligned General" by Michael Shay

Continuing our blog series on recent publications based on research conducted at the MHS, I offer a look at Michael Shay’s newest publication, Revered Commander, Maligned General: The Life of Clarence Ransom Edwards, 1859-1931 (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 11 May, 2011, 8:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

It is an unusually quiet week at the MHS.  While we do not have any public programs to offer this week, if you are in the neighborhood you can stop in any day this week to view our current exhibition History Drawn with Light: Early Photographs from the Collections [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 9 May, 2011, 8:00 AM

Two New Volunteers Join the Reader Services Team

In May two volunteers, Beth Hirsch & Liz Francis, joined the library reader services team.  The two women, both currently students at Simmons College's Graduate School of Library and Information Science, will assist with the selection of documents to be featured [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 4 May, 2011, 8:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

This week we offer two public programs and a tour of the MHS building.  Enjoy a walk in the Back Bay and stop by 1154 Boylston Street for: Wednesday, 4 May MHS research fellow (and guest blogger) Laura Prieto of Simmons College will present her research, New Women [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 2 May, 2011, 8:00 AM