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This Week @ MHS

It is a very quiet week ahead as we approach a long holiday weekend, with only one event on the calendar. It is: - Tuesday, 23 May, 6:00PM : The House of Truth: A Washington Political Salon and the Foundations of American Liberalism is the title of a new book, and [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 21 May, 2017, 12:00 AM

Crooked and Narrow Streets: Annie Haven Thwing’s “Old Boston” Scrapbook

I recently received a scrapbook from a friend moving away from Boston who needed to weed out her hefty book collection. She texted me a series of pictures of the books she was giving away, which included a Victorian volume with one word, “Scrapbook,” emblazoned [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 19 May, 2017, 12:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

- Tuesday, 16 May, 5:15PM : This week's Environemental History seminar is headed by Jason L. Newton of Syracuse University and is rescheduled from 14 March. "The Winter Workscape: Weather and the Meaning of Industrial Capitalism in the Northern Forest, 1850-1950," draws [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 14 May, 2017, 12:00 AM

The Final Journey of the Thomas P. Cope

    A recent acquisition by the MHS details the harrowing trans-Atlantic voyage of the packet ship Thomas P. Cope in 1846 and, like so many other manuscripts in our collections, touches on several other fascinating subjects at the same time. The seven-page account [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 10 May, 2017, 12:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

It is a pretty quiet week here at the Society. This is what is on tap: - Tuesday, 9 May : The Environmental History Seminar is CANCELED.  - Wednesday, 10 May, 12:00PM : Join us for a Brown Bag lunch talk with Emily Gephart of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 7 May, 2017, 12:00 AM

Gertrude Codman Carter’s Diary, May 1917

Today we return to the 1917 diary of Gertrude Codman Carter. You may read the previous entries here: Introduction | January | February | March | April The entries for May 1917 are more extensive than the first few months of the year, beginning with May 3 and ending on [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 5 May, 2017, 3:29 PM

Out West: Colorado Mines and the Labor Strikes of 1904

In March, Brendan Kieran from Reader Services wrote a blog post about industrial labor unions in Boston. This month, while browsing through ABIGAIL, I happened upon echoes of a very different kind of union history: that of the Western Federation of Miners and the Colorado [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 3 May, 2017, 2:17 PM