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The “Exhilarating Effect of Wiry Transit”: America’s Nineteenth-Century Cycling Boom

As the Boston bike share program, Hubway, settles in for its third successful season of supporting urban cyclists, other cities around the country are rolling out their own infrastructure – encouraging more city dwellers to pick the efficient, environmentally-friendly [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 26 June, 2013, 1:00 AM

The Chesapeake-Leopard Incident and the War of 1812

This past Saturday marked the 206th anniversary of the Chesapeake-Leopard affair, a controversial incident in American history and a contributing factor to the start of the War of 1812. In 1807 Britain was fighting in the Napoleonic Wars. The British navy sent a number [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Tuesday, 25 June, 2013, 1:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

As summer gets into full swing, things are pretty quiet at the MHS with only two items on the calendar for this week. First, on Wednesday, 26 June, the Society will host the next installment of the Brown Bag Lunch series. Come by at 12:00pm to hear Brooke Newman, Virginia [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 24 June, 2013, 8:00 AM

Stephen Greenleaf Bulfinch Diary, Post 22

The following excerpt is from the diary of Stephen Greenleaf Bulfinch. June 18th, 1863 So too let me feel in regard to my suffering, bleeding country. We have heard within a few days, of the sudden aggressive movement of the rebel army, & its inroad [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Tuesday, 18 June, 2013, 8:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

This week is the first full week for the three new exhibitions on display. Among them, the Society is featuring correspondence between John and Abigail Adams that illustrate their views on education for their children in "The Education of our Children is Never out of [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 17 June, 2013, 1:00 AM

"A New Constellation"

Today is a holiday that is often forgotten in between Memorial Day and Independence Day. Yet the reason for this holiday looms large in the celebration of both those other days. It is doubtful that there is any emblem used on those days that is more prominent than the one [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 14 June, 2013, 1:47 PM

“We are doing a great deal here”: The Letters of Civil War Sharpshooter Moses Hill, Part 3

I hope you've been enjoying the letters of Moses Hill as much as I have. After last month's installment, we pick up his story in April 1862 at the beginning of the siege at Yorktown, Va. Moses anticipated a hard fight: “I dred it for I know there must be a great loss [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 12 June, 2013, 1:00 AM

Mysteries Solved! Using Harbottle Dorr's Index to Find Missing Pamphlets

The newly-launched website presenting MHS’s collection of Harbottle Dorr, Jr.’s annotated newspapers includes transcriptions of the indexes he created for each of the four volumes he assembled. The task of transcribing these indexes proved inspirational and provoked [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Tuesday, 11 June, 2013, 1:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

On Wednesday, 12 June, the Society will host its annual business meeting, a special event for elected MHS Fellows. The meeting will begin at 5:00pm and registration is required at no cost. Following the annual meeting, MHS Fellows along with Members will be invited to a [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 10 June, 2013, 1:00 AM

Discussing Digitization with a Visitor from Serbia

On May 7, I had the privilege of sharing information about how MHS digitizes its collections with Dr. Andrej Fajgelj, Director of the Cultural Center of Novi Sad.  (Novi Sad is the second largest city in Serbia.) The Cultural Center is embarking on a new project to [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 7 June, 2013, 1:00 AM

Virtual Field Trip: MHS Staff Interacts with 5th Graders 1,400 Miles Away

Earlier this spring my colleagues and I had the opportunity to spend two fabulous afternoons with a fifth-grade class in Minnesota. Thanks to the magic of Skype, we never had to leave the Society! Our online field trip was facilitated by Laura Tessmer, a teacher at the Clover [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 5 June, 2013, 12:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

Last Friday saw the curtain drop on our three exhibitions relating to slavery, abolitionism, and Emancipation. As the set-change takes place this week in preparation for our next exhibit there are plenty of other public programs happening this week to bring you to the Society. First, [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 3 June, 2013, 1:00 AM