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This Week @ MHS

It is a shortened week here at the MHS as we enter July and the humidity rises, with only a single public program on offer. So, before you settle into your celebrations, why not take in some history?  On Wednesday, 2 July, stop by at noon for a Brown Bag lunch talk. [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 29 June, 2014, 12:00 PM

The Transcendental Tracings of Christopher Pearse Cranch

The last two times I wrote for the Beehive (here and here) I spoke about the important interplay that goes on between the library staff and researchers. In both cases this interplay revolved around the parties sharing information about and exploring collections relevant [...] read more

comments: 1 | permalink | Published: Friday, 27 June, 2014, 3:55 PM

This Week @ MHS

This week is the great calm at the MHS as there are no public programs scheduled. However, keep in mind that our exhibitions space is open to the public at no cost, Monday-Saturday, 10:00AM-4:00PM. Currently on display is "Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 22 June, 2014, 12:00 PM

Stephen Greenleaf Bulfinch Diary, Post 33

The following excerpt is from the diary of Stephen Greenleaf Bulfinch. Wednesday, June 1st, 1864 The Convention of Ultra-Republicans has met at Cleveland, & nominated Fremont for president. While thinking him the most brilliant man we have, I have not [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 20 June, 2014, 1:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

As we ease into the latter days of June there is a lull in activity here at the Society with only two programs on offer this week.  First up, on Thursday, 19 June, stop in at 12:00PM for "At the Point of a Cutlass: The Pirate Capture, Bold Escape, and Lonely Exile [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 15 June, 2014, 12:00 PM

Sarah Checkley’s Spirituous Liquor License, 18 July 1764

It is the season of graduations, celebrations, and toasts. My personal social network bubbled this past weekend with images of familial celebrations, beach weekends, and - of course - spirituous liquors. Many a photo popped up of friends in drinking establishments, and I [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 13 June, 2014, 8:00 AM

Discovering Georgiana Appleton and the Fort McHenry Flag

A few weeks ago a writer contacted me looking for material located in the Appleton Family Papers.  The writer, Ariel Sabar, was working on a piece for the June issue of Smithsonian Magazine.  The focus of the article was the act of taking souvenir clippings [...] read more

comments: 2 | permalink | Published: Thursday, 12 June, 2014, 8:00 AM

“Time will bring forth...a fine Child”: The Labor of Declaring Independence

Sometimes the waiting is the hardest part. In June 1776, John Adams likened the struggle in the Continental Congress to declare independence to giving birth. For Adams, the fact of independence already existed; it was only a matter of recognizing what was already there. [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 11 June, 2014, 8:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

It is a fairly quiet week at the Society this week, but that does not mean it is uneventful! First up is a special member event taking palce at 6:00PM on Wednesday, 11 June. MHS Fellows and Members are invited to "Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country Preview [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 8 June, 2014, 12:00 PM

Guest Post: Unlocking the Story of a Real-life Robinson Crusoe

Tucked away in the archives of the Massachusetts Historical Society Library are two small, leather-bound volumes printed nearly 300 years ago. These small tracts, titled Ashton’s Memorial, reveal an incredible story -- the first-hand account of a Massachusetts fisherman [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Tuesday, 3 June, 2014, 1:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

Entering the month of June we have a couple of special programs on offer this week at the Society. First up, on Monday, 2 June, the MHS is co-sponsoring "Never Done: Interpreting the History of Women at Work in Massachusetts." Join us at the Hogan Campus Center, [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 1 June, 2014, 12:00 PM