The Beehive: the official blog of the Massachusetts Historical Society

When Catholic Easter Was Unknown in Boston

We recently celebrated St. Patrick’s Day, and Easter Sunday is fast approaching – both holidays that are widely honored in Boston, which has a reputation for being heavily Catholic. It is hard to believe, therefore, that there was a time when openly practicing [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 27 March, 2013, 8:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

In like a lion, out like a lamb. And so it goes with the MHS events schedule in this final week of March. This Wednesday, 27 March 2013, the MHS hosts an author talk with New Jersey City University's Ellen Gruber Garvey. In this talk, Ms. Garvey will revisit the many perspectives [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 25 March, 2013, 1:00 AM

Fenway Studios

Continuing a theme that started many months ago, it is time to take a new look Around the Neighborhood for another glimpse of the history that is part of, and surrounding, the MHS. In this installment, let us look just around the corner onto Ipswich Street, where we find [...] read more

comments: 2 | permalink | Published: Friday, 22 March, 2013, 10:00 AM

“Your Trew and Truly Husband”: The Letters of Civil War Sharpshooter Moses Hill, Part 1

The Frank Irving Howe, Jr. family papers here at the MHS include a wonderful series of Civil War letters by Howe's grandfather Moses Hill (1823-1862). Hill served in the 1st Company of Massachusetts Sharpshooters, or “Andrew Sharpshooters,” during some of the [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 20 March, 2013, 8:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

Here is the weekly round-up of events going on at the MHS this week, presented in a 3-2-1 fashion. First, there are three exhibitions currently on display, all interrelated. The main feature, "Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land: Boston Abolitionists, 1831-1865," highlights [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 18 March, 2013, 8:00 AM

Margaret Fuller’s Italy Comes to Life

Author and MHS Fellow Megan Marshall recently published a new biography of Margaret Fuller titled Margaret Fuller: A New American Life (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2013), and on the evening of Wednesday, 13 March, she joined with Italian folk musicians Newpoli to honor Margaret [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 15 March, 2013, 8:00 AM

Making Music, Making History

Over the last four hundred years Boston has nurtured the creation and performance of numerous musical genres. Distinguished by the breadth and intensity of its musical life, Boston has been home to talented and influential composers, conductors and performers; world-class [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 13 March, 2013, 1:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

It will be an eventful week here at the MHS with plenty of quality public programming for all to enjoy. Kicking things off on Tuesday, 12 March 2013, is the latest in the Environmental History Seminar series. This edition will see Sarah Sutton, Brandeis University, presenting [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 11 March, 2013, 8:00 AM

Tutankhamon’s Tomb: Connections between Boston and Cairo

“The inner chamber of Tutankamon’s tomb privately opened today,” Alice Daland Chandler wrote in her diary on 16 February 1923. “Mr. Winlock one of those going in.” Alice Daland Chandler, the wife of Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 8 March, 2013, 8:00 AM

John Adams on the Case: Untangling Myths of the Massacre

The basic outlines of the Boston Massacre are well known. March 5, 1770, that fateful and bloody night, led to trials that have become almost as famous. That the British soldiers were successfully defended by staunch patriot John Adams has certainly increased their fame. [...] read more

comments: 2 | permalink | Published: Tuesday, 5 March, 2013, 8:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

It is time again to check out what events are on tap this week at the Historical Society. First, on Tuesday, 5 March 2013, join us for our latest in the Early American History Seminar series. Presenting "Blood in the Water: The Pequot War, Kieft's War, and the Contagion [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 4 March, 2013, 1:00 AM