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This Week @ MHS

Back from one holiday and looking forward to more. It is another shortened week here at the Society but there is no lack of good programming to enjoy. On the schedule this week: - Tuesday, 1 December, 5:15PM : "Faces, Beauty, and Brains: Physiognomy and Female Education [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 29 November, 2015, 12:00 AM

An American Woman in Egypt, 1914-1915: Christmas in Asswan

Today we rejoin our anonymous diarist as she journeys down the Nile in the winter of 1914-1915. You can read previous installments of this series here (introduction), here (Cairo to Aysut), here (Aysut to Asswan), here (Asswan to Abu Simbel), and here (Wadi Halfa to Asswan), [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 25 November, 2015, 12:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

We have a much-shortened week at the Society as we prepare for Thanksgiving, but there are still a couple of events going on here for you take in.  - Monday, 23 November, 6:00PM : Join us for an author talk with Sally G. McMillen of Davidson College. She is speaking [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 22 November, 2015, 12:00 AM

Zymurgy in the Stacks: Brewing History at the MHS

Like many other people these days, one of my hobbies outside of work is brewing beer at home. It’s a good way to spend an afternoon and the results, if not immediate, are usually very satisfying. As I type this, there are 3 gallons of Holiday Cheer Ale in a glass carboy [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 20 November, 2015, 12:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

It is a little bit quieter at the Society this week, but there are still some programs for your history-loving pleasure. Here's what's happening: - Wednesday, 18 November, 6:00PM : "Transforming Boston: From Basket Case to Innovation Hub, Program 3 - The New Economy: Eds [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 15 November, 2015, 12:00 AM

Family and Mental Illness in Early 20th-Century Massachusetts

The MHS is home to a rich variety of family papers. These collections of diaries, correspondence, and other materials provide windows into the way people thought about each other and the world around them. I decided to utilize these resources to explore the ways New Englanders [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 13 November, 2015, 12:00 AM

Armistice Day, 11 November 1918

Today marks the 97th anniversary of the Armistice of Compiègne and the official end of World War I. You may be celebrating Armistice Day, Veterans Day, or Remembrance Day, depending on where you live. The MHS holds the papers of many soldiers, aid workers, and other [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 11 November, 2015, 12:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

Here is the round-up of events in the week to come here at the MHS: - Tuesday, 10 October, 5:15PM : "Andre Michaux and the Many Politics of Trees in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World." This talk given by Elizabeth Hyde of Kean University is part of the Environmental [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Tuesday, 10 November, 2015, 10:29 AM

The Past Is Still Present at Downtown Crossing: Blake and Amory Building

Those of you who live in, or have recently traveled through, Boston know that we are in the midst of a construction boom. Cranes dot the skyline and in many neighborhoods no sooner is one project complete than another one breaks ground. In the midst of this changing landscape [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 6 November, 2015, 12:30 PM

This Week @ MHS

It's a busy week at the Society heading into November. Here's what we have on tap: - "War of Two." An author talk with John Sedgwick, discussing the antagonism between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, as detailed in his new book War of Two: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 1 November, 2015, 12:00 AM