The Beehive: the official blog of the Massachusetts Historical Society

Beverly Wilson Palmer and Charles Sumner on C-SPAN

On 17 February, Beverly Wilson Palmer spoke at the MHS in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Sumner. Palmer, the editor of the Charles Sumner Papers, highlighted the lifelong efforts and achievements of this prominent abolitionist and U.S. Senator from [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 24 June, 2011, 9:52 AM

Today @ MHS

Join us today, 20 June, at noon in the Dowse Library as Jane Green, Washington University St. Louis, presents her research on The Boundary of Youth: Employment, Adulthood, and Citizenship in the Early United States.  This event is free and open to the public. [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 20 June, 2011, 1:00 AM

A Description of One Letter John Quincy Adams Sent to his Father in June 1811

In recognition of Father’s Day we’d like to share one example of a letter that a noteworthy son (John Quincy Adams) sent to his noteworthy father (John Adams).                             [...] read more

comments: 1 | permalink | Published: Saturday, 18 June, 2011, 1:00 AM

Happy Bunker Hill Day!

Today, 17 June 2011, marks the 236th anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill.  The battle that occurred on that "decisive day" has taken on an almost mythical quality in telling the story of the American Revolution and is still being studied and interpreted by scholars [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 17 June, 2011, 8:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

We have a busy week coming up.  Whether you are in the neighborhood at lunchtime or after work, there is something for everyone at the MHS this week.  All events are free and open to the public.  Monday, 13 June, at noon current Massachusetts Society of the [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 13 June, 2011, 8:00 AM

Brown-Bag Lunch Talk: “Drops of Grace and Mercy”

On Wednesday, 1 June, past and present fellow Rachel Cope of Brigham Young University gave a brown-bag lunch talk on her current book-length project “Drops of Grace and Mercy: How Women Cultivated Personal Change Through Conversion Processes.” Much of the existing [...] read more

comments: 1 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 8 June, 2011, 8:00 AM

Paul Revere's Ride

A recent news story has resulted in renewed interest in Paul Revere’s famous ride to Lexington, Massachusetts on the night of 18 April 1775.  Within our collections the MHS holds three accounts of the evening’s events, all written by Revere.  Two of [...] read more

comments: 1 | permalink | Published: Monday, 6 June, 2011, 10:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

This week the MHS offers two engaging brown-bag lunch programs.  Brown-bag lunches are free and open to the public.  Typically there is a twenty to twenty-five minute presentation, followed by an open discussion of the topic at hand.  You bring your lunch, [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 6 June, 2011, 8:00 AM

Tornado Strikes Worcester County in 1953

The devastation caused by the tornadoes that touched down in Springfield, Monson, and other Massachusetts towns on Wednesday (June 1st) is sobering. The damage is substantial--several fatalities, many injuries, buildings and property utterly destroyed, and widespread power [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 3 June, 2011, 10:00 AM