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The Battle of the Barges

Joseph Pennell originally titled his dramatic depiction of war-ravaged New York City, a poster he created during World War I for a patriotic loan drive, “Buy Liberty Bonds or You Will See This.” In 1918, the idea of New York under aerial bombardment and in flames [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Thursday, 19 July, 2018, 12:11 PM

This Week @ MHS

- Wednesday, 18 July : People did not become loyalists; it was the patriots who first began to craft an identity different from that of a loyal British subject.  In the struggle over identity and ideology, families were torn apart, friendships were broken, and lifelong [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 15 July, 2018, 12:00 AM

The Nathaniel T. Allen Papers and Photographs

I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you about two terrific collections available for research at the MHS, the papers and photographs of Nathaniel T. Allen of West Newton, Mass. The Allens were a truly remarkable family. Nathaniel, his wife Carrie, and their three [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 13 July, 2018, 12:00 AM

Barbara Hillard Smith’s Diary, July 1918

Today we return to the 1918 diary of Newton teenager Barbara Hillard Smith. You may read our introduction to the diary, and Barbara’s previous entries, here: January | February | March | April May | June | July | August September | October | November | December   As [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 11 July, 2018, 11:00 AM

Piracy and Repentance

As many of us are gearing up to indulge in summer fun, potentially beach or ocean related, it seems a more than appropriate time to delve into MHS collections related to real life swashbucklers. In an earlier post we discussed collections related to the Whydah pirates who [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 6 July, 2018, 10:23 AM