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This Week @ MHS

October arrives this week and with it comes a slew of public programs at the Society. Here is what is on tap this week:  First, on Wednesday, 1 October, there is a Brown Bag talk starting at 12:00PM. Come by to hear Sean Moore of the University of New Hampshire present [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 28 September, 2014, 12:00 PM

This Week @ MHS

Hard to believe that we are already in the last week of September, but so it is. With the closing of the month comes the dawn of seminar season here at the MHS, and while there are only a couple of programs this week, it signals the coming of a much busier October. Here [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Saturday, 20 September, 2014, 3:46 PM

The Mysteries of the Elisha W. Smith, Jr. Logbook, 1853-1857: Part II

In a prior blog post I discussed a note on the inside cover of the logbook of the schooners Flying Dragon (1853) and William Freeman (1857), which identified the log keeper as Elisha W. Smith. This particular logbook contains a mystifying collection of logs, sketches, poems, [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 19 September, 2014, 1:00 AM

Stephen Greenleaf Bulfinch, Post 36

The following excerpt is from the diary of Stephen Greenleaf Bulfinch. Friday, Sept. 8th The convention, spoken of above, finished its work with the contradiction of nominating a war candidate, Gen. McClellan, with a peace platform. Meanwhile, continued [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Thursday, 18 September, 2014, 12:00 AM

The Art of Ludvig Sandöe Ipsen

    On 27 January 1880, the Apollo Club of Boston, an all-male chorus, performed Mendelssohn’s Oedipus at Colonus at the Boston Music Hall. The program for that concert featured this beautiful design by Danish illustrator Ludvig Sandöe Ipsen (1840-1920). [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 17 September, 2014, 1:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

Calling all graduate students!  Are you studying American history or some other related subject? Are you interested in meeting fellow students and faculty members who work in your field? Then consider attending a special Graduate Student Reception at the Massachusetts [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Saturday, 13 September, 2014, 5:31 PM

The Western Front Recedes: The St Mihiel Operation

In the autumn of 1918, the Great War in Europe was nearing its termination after four years of fighting. Beginning in August of that year, the Allies launched what became known as the Hundred Days Offensive, a series of attacks against the Central Powers which pushed the [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Saturday, 13 September, 2014, 5:18 PM

This Week @ MHS

It seems that summer is trying to reassert itself here in September but it is quiet and cool at the MHS. There is but one public program on the calendar this week in the form of a Brown Bag lunch talk on Wednesday, 10 September. Come by at noon for "Sculpting the Citizen [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 7 September, 2014, 12:00 PM

“Signed, sealed and delivered”: The Treaty that Ended the Revolutionary War

  "On Wednesday the third day of this Month, the American Ministers met the British Minister at his Lodgings at the Hôtel de York, and signed, sealed and delivered the Definitive Treaty of Peace between the United States of America and the King of Great Britain.” [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 3 September, 2014, 1:00 AM