The Beehive: the official blog of the Massachusetts Historical Society

Equality in Incarceration: The Push for Women’s Prisons in Massachusetts

For my inaugural Beehive post I delved into the world of female incarceration, attempting to better understand the creation of women’s prisons in Massachusetts, and the codified societal controls imposed on women in the 19th century. In 1874, Emory Washburn published [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Tuesday, 30 December, 2014, 1:00 AM

Happy Holidays from the MHS

Warm wishes for happy holidays from the MHS! Illustration depicting three "Christmas Eve" scenes from the Bertha Louise Cogswell drawing books.  [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Thursday, 25 December, 2014, 8:00 AM

Stephen Greenleaf Bulfinch, Post 39

The following excerpt is from the diary of Stephen Greenleaf Bulfinch. Monday, Dec. 19th, 1864 In public affairs, victory after victory crowns our arms, & we trust this terrible war is nearly ended. The battle near Nashville, - the successful march of [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 24 December, 2014, 1:00 AM

Civil War Photograph Collections Online

On 2 October 2014, my colleague Nancy Heywood announced on the blog of the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS): "Just Launched! Nine Fully Digitized Civil War Collections." In addition to these manuscript collections, the MHS holds several photograph collections dating [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Thursday, 18 December, 2014, 10:43 AM

This Week @ MHS

There is only one item on the schedule this week as we close-in on our winter break. On Saturday, 20 December, join us for a free tour of the building at 1154 Boylston St. "The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society" is a 90-minute docent-led walk [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 14 December, 2014, 10:00 AM

Collection Data on Collecting Eggs: Having Fun with William Jenks's Diary

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comments: 2 | permalink | Published: Friday, 12 December, 2014, 1:00 AM

The Old North Cemetery of Holliston, Mass.

The MHS recently acquired a small volume of records of a cemetery in Holliston, Mass. that contains some fascinating information about this 19th-century town. The volume is not the original record book, which has apparently been lost, but a manuscript copy made by local [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 10 December, 2014, 1:00 AM

New Web Presentation of Documents & Engravings about the Boston Massacre

What do you remember learning about the Boston Massacre?  Did you learn the event took place outside the Old State House (at that time called the Town House) in Boston?  Was it presented to you as a key event leading up to the American Revolution?  Do you [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Tuesday, 9 December, 2014, 1:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

This is the final week of the year with events here at the Society. Here is what is on tap.  On Monday, 8 December, there is a special public program presented by students from Boston University. "Making History: King Philip's War in Documents & Artifacts" is the [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 7 December, 2014, 10:00 AM