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This Week @ MHS

Our map exhibition just closed and we are awaiting the arrival of The Private Jefferson which comes later this month. In the meantime, we still have a couple of free programs to tide you over this week:

- On Tuesday, 12 January, 5:15PM, there is an Environmental History seminar. "Airplanes and Postwar America: An Environmental History of the Jet Age" is presented by Thomas Robertson of Worcester Polytechnic Institute and assesses the environmental consequences of aviation. Sonja Duempelmann of Harvard University provides comment. Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP requiredSubscribe to receive advance copies of the seminar papers.

- On Wednesday, 13 January, there is a Brown Bag lunch talk beginning at noon. This week, Jennifer Chuong, Harvard University, speaks about "'Chargeable Ground' and 'Shaking Meadows': New Models of Land Cultivation in Eighteenth-Century New England." Part of her dissertation research, Chuong's talk examines Connecticut minister Jared Eliot's An Essay Upon Field-Husbandry in New England as It Is or May Be Ordered (1748), with a particular focus on Eliot's identification of different landscapes as entailing different proportions of effort, investment, and delay in their cultivation. This talk is free and open to the public. Pack a lunch and stopy by!

Please note that the MHS is CLOSED on Monday, 18 January, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Normal hours resume on Tuesday, 19 January.

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 10 January, 2016, 12:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

We are back in the library for another year (our 225th!) but we are starting things off slowly. This week we have two items on the agenda for you:

- Wednesday, 6 January, 12:00PM : "Factory Fleets and Fewer Fish: Fisheries Management in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean, 1945-1996" is a Brown Bag lunch talk presented by Benjamin Kochan of Boston University. This project makes heavy use of the Leverett Saltonstall papers to explore the evolution of US fishery policy in the mid-twentieth century. The talk is free and open to the public. 

- Saturday, 9 January, 9:00AM : "Transforming Boston: From Basket Case to Innovation Hub" is a teacher workshop that connects the history of Boston to the major economic and social trends of the late 20th century, providing educators with classroom-ready materials that reveal how Boston became the innovation hub of America. This program is open to educators and history enthusiasts with a fee of $25. To register or to get more information complete this registration form, or contact the education department at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557.

- Finally, this week is your last chance to see our current exhibitions! Come in any day this week, 10:00AM-4:00PM, to get a last glimpse of our map exhibit, the correspondence of Teddy Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge, and the Unitarian Conscience. Then stay tuned to learn more about our upcoming exhibit, The Private Jefferson, opening later in January. 

* N.B. - There are no Saturday public tours scheduled in January before the next exhibit opens.

 

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 3 January, 2016, 12:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

There are no events on the calendar for this shortened week here at the Society. 

Please note that the library of the Massachusetts Historical Society is closed from December 24th through January 3rd and will re-open on Monday, January 4th. The MHS exhibition galleries are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 26, 28-30, and January 2. Find information on our website about our current and upcoming exhibitions

See you in January!

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 20 December, 2015, 12:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

As we approach the year's end there are three opportunities this week to get your fill of history before the holidays:

- Monday, 14 December, 6:00PM : "She Can Bring Us Home: Dr. Dorothy Boulding Ferebee, Civil Rights Pioneer" Join us for this author talk with acting New York State Supreme Court justice Diane Kiesel. She will discuss her biography of Ferebee, an African American obstetrician and civial rights activist, introducing her to a new generation of readers. This talk is open to the public with a fee of $10 (no charge for MHS Fellows or Members). Registration required. 

- Wednesday, 16 December, 12:00PM : Stop by at noon for a Brown Bag lunch talk with research fellow Kathryn Lasdow of Columbia University. "Mrs. Rowe's Wharf: Femal Property Owners in Early-National Boston" offers some preliminary findings on the relationship between female waterfront property ownership and the rise of corporate-sponsored building projects in early-national Boston. This talk is free and open to the public. 

- Friday, 18 December, 2:00PM : "Terra Firma: The La Perouse Atlas of a Lost Voyage" is a gallery talk centered around our current exhibition, Terra Firma: The Beginnings of the MHS Map Collection. Petery Drummey of the MHS will walk visitors through the mystery of the ill-starred Pacific voyage of the Comte de La Perouse. This event is free and open to the public. 

- Saturday, 19 December, 10:00AM : The History and Collections of the MHS is a free, docent-led tour of the Society's home at 1154 Boylston St. Visitors will tour all of the public space in the building and will also have time to view our current exhibition. No reservations necessary for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley in advance at abentley@masshist.org or 617-646-0508.

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 13 December, 2015, 12:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

Got a history itch? Maybe this week's programs can help!

- Tuesday, 8 December, 5:15PM : "Rerouting Risk: New Orleans and the Mississippi River" is an Environmental History seminar presented by Craig E. Colten of Louisiana State University. This project looks at the impacts caused by flood diversions and offers a perspective on the environmental consequences of the impending transformations. Steve Moga of Smith College provides comment. Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP requiredSubscribe to receive advance copies of the seminar papers.

- Wednesday, 9 December, 6:00PM : MHS Fellows and Members Holiday Party. MHS Fellows and Members are invited to celebrate the season at the Society’s annual holiday party. Enjoy festive music, holiday cheer, and the annual tradition of reading the anti-Christmas laws. Registration required. Become a Member today!

- Thursday, 10 December, 5:30PM : "A 'fine looking body of women': Woman Suffragists Develop Their Visual Campaign." This seminar from the History of Women and Gender series is presented by Allison Lange of the Wentworth Institute and looks at how suffrage leaders began to change the way they represented themselves and fellow prominent figures. Susan Ware, Schlesinger Library and American National Biography, provides comment. Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP requiredSubscribe to receive advance copies of the seminar papers.

- Friday, 11 December : Library Closing at 3:30PM

- Current Exhibitions : Remember that our exhibit space is open to the public free of charge Mon-Fri, 10:00AM-4:00PM. 

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 6 December, 2015, 12:00 AM

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