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This Week @ MHS

There are no events on the calendar this week at the Society. Please note that the library is closed on Friday, 3 July, though the exhibition galleries will remain open, 10:00AM-4:00PM. The MHS is closed on Saturday, 4 July. Normal hours resume on Monday, 6 July. Happy [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 28 June, 2015, 12:00 AM

A Life in Bondage: The Narrative of Moses Grandy

Fielding reference questions at the MHS often means I come across fascinating material that I might not have the opportunity to discover for myself.  One particular inquiry introduced me to Moses Grandy, an African-American born into slavery in about 1786 whose experiences [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Saturday, 27 June, 2015, 1:00 AM

Voices of the Exhibition: Bostonians at the Centennial

One year ago, I embarked on my first major archival research project outside of the comfort of Hope College in Holland, Michigan, where I am an undergraduate student studying English literature, communication, and music.  The first stop on my journey was at the Massachusetts [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Thursday, 25 June, 2015, 1:00 AM

Fathers’ Day: Louisa Catherine Adams and Joshua Johnson

Fathers have a tremendous impact on the lives of their children; and this is quite evident in the case of the Adams family. While John Adams and John Quincy Adams clearly and significantly influenced their children, I want to highlight the relationship of Louisa Catherine [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 24 June, 2015, 1:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

It is another quiet week at the MHS with only two items on the calendar. First up, on Wednesday, 24 June, is the MHS Fellows Annual Meeting & Reception. MHS Fellows are invited to the Society's annual business meeting and reception. The meeting begins at 5:00PM and registration [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Saturday, 20 June, 2015, 5:00 PM

Doctor & Artist Samuel W. Everett

The Everett-Boyle papers fill only half of a narrow box here at the MHS, but they include a lot of terrific material from these two interrelated families. One of the family members represented in the collection is Samuel Williams Everett (1820-1862), who served during [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 17 June, 2015, 1:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

As our season of programs winds down, there is but a single lonely item on the calendar this week. Join us on Saturday, 20 June, for the History and Collections of the MHS. This free tour, open to the poublic, is led by a docent and lasts about 90 minutes. Visitors will [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Saturday, 13 June, 2015, 5:00 PM

Sneak Peek! The Inaugural GLCA Boston Summer Seminar

Eighteen months ago, I sat down for lunch with former MHS research fellow Dr. Natalie Dykstra (Hope College), author of Clover Adams: A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life (Houghton Mifflin, 2012). Over the meal, Natalie mentioned that she had been offered the opportunity to develop [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 12 June, 2015, 12:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

Once again, we are doubling-up on the Brown Bag lunch talks this week. We also have a public program and a free tour on the slate.  First, on Monday, 8 June, stop by at noon for "Stray Threads: How the Factory System Unravelled Terms in Women's Labor in the Early Industrial [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Saturday, 6 June, 2015, 5:00 PM

Announcing 2015-2016 Research Fellowships

Each year the MHS grants a number of research fellowships to scholars from around the country.  For more information about the different fellowship types, click the headings below.  Our various fellowship programs bring a wide variety of researchers [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Saturday, 6 June, 2015, 1:00 AM