The Beehive: the official blog of the Massachusetts Historical Society

Women at Sea: Ann Johnson and Abbie Clifford

In 1849, the ship Lanerk sailed from Boston to California as part of the Gold Rush. On the ship was a clergyman named Truman Ripley Hawley, and the MHS recently acquired a transcript of his diary of the journey. It contains a lot of terrific detail, but one particular digression [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 16 November, 2018, 1:00 AM

Barbara Hillard Smith’s Diary, November 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 [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 14 November, 2018, 1:00 AM

This Week @MHS

We have two seminars and a gallery talk scheduled at the MHS this week.  - Tuesday, 13 November, 5:15 PM: Ditched: Digging Up Black History in the South Carolina Lowcountry with Caroline Grego, University of Colorado Boulder, with comment by Chad Montrie, [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 12 November, 2018, 1:00 AM

Work, Community, & the Cranberry Industry in Massachusetts

With Thanksgiving around right around the corner, I decided to explore the story of a fruit that appears in a sauce on many Thanksgiving plates: cranberries. More specifically, I looked through MHS resources to see what I could learn about the history of cranberries and [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 9 November, 2018, 8:43 AM

"Ffriends and Neighbors" : Intelligence and allegiance in early Plymouth

Not long after I started working here in the library at the MHS I took an interest in 17th-century topics with the hope that I could better serve those researchers studying the time period by pointing them to specific collections relevant to their search. A specific collection [...] read more

comments: 2 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 7 November, 2018, 1:00 AM

This Week @MHS

Here is a look at what is going on this week at the MHS: - Tuesday, 6 November, 5:15 PM: “A Rotten-Hearted Fellow”: The Rise of Alexander McDougall with Christopher Minty, the Adams Papers, MHS, and comment by Brendan McConville, Boston University. Historians [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 5 November, 2018, 1:00 AM

“I like your Letters much, they are so much like you.”: Abigail and John Adams II

He was mischievous and fond of pranks, long walks through the Massachusetts countryside, and nights full of dancing. He was uncommonly handsome, had a mess of brown curls on top of his head, and was exceedingly popular with the young women of Quincy. Abigail often found [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 2 November, 2018, 1:00 AM