This Month at the MHS
Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country
Massachusetts Women in WWI. 12 June 2014 to 24 January 2015Details
To commemorate the centennial of the outbreak of World War I, the MHS has organized the exhibition Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: Massachusetts Women in the First World War focusing on two of the hundreds of women from the Commonwealth who went to France as members of the U.S. armed forces, the Red Cross, and other war relief organizations.
From the Society’s extraordinary collection of women’s recollections, this exhibition features photographs, letters, diaries, and memorabilia related to Margaret Hall and Eleanor (Nora) Saltonstall, Red Cross volunteers in France. The exhibition will highlight Hall’s large-format photographs of the battlefront on loan from the Cohasset Historical Society. Both women were keen observers of the climactic months of the war and depicted what they witnessed in vivid detail.
The exhibition celebrates the forthcoming MHS publication Letters and Photographs from the Battle Country: The World War I Memoir of Margaret Hall.
You can view all of the photographs from Margaret Hall's memoir on our companion website.close
The MHS library and galleries will be closed Labor Day weekend.close
Beginning 2 September 2014 the MHS library will no longer be open on Tuesday evenings. The new library hours will be:
9:00 AM - 4:45 PM Mon. - Fri.
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Sat.
While the New England throat distemper epidemic never achieved the notoriety acquired by other more notorious diseases of the colonial era, no single epidemic of that period proved more deadly to European settlers. This project asks why this epidemic escaped comment by contemporaries and past historians while raising interpretive questions informing our larger views of change, the priority of documentation, and the role of memory.close
Do monuments hold their meaning over time? In this talk, Dr. Beetham will explore how Civil War citizen soldier monuments have factored into community life in the century and a half since the war’s end. Soldier monuments have been interpreted and interpreted, vandalized and hit by cars, amended and moved to new locations. How do these interventions affect our understanding of post-Civil War memory?close
All graduate students in American history and related subjects are invited to attend. Faculty members in these fields are also welcome.
Begin the new academic year by meeting graduate students and faculty from other universities who are also working in your field. Enjoy refreshments, take a tour of MHS departments, and learn about the range of resources available to support your work, including MHS fellowship programs. Refreshments and networking begin at 6:00 p.m. and run throughout the evening. Program begins at 6:30 p.m.
No charge. RSVP required by September 17. Email email@example.com or phone 617-646-0568 with your name and affiliation. Indicate whether you are a graduate student or faculty member.close
Subscribe to received advance copies of the seminar papers. Natalia Molina, University of California - San Diego Comment: Judith Smith, University of Massachusetts - Boston
This talk examines a Los Angeles neighborhood, Echo Park, and discusses its history, shaped by its Leftist, Communist, and gay residents. Beginning in the 1950s and 60s, this neighborhood’s history of progressive politics left a legacy for a wave of Mexican immigrants, allowing them to create a community that reached across social boundaries. The paper looks at Echo Park today to examine this gentrifying area and ask what the role of history is in the neighborhood’s evolving identity.close
What was it like to live in a town that had existed for years (if not a full century or more) before becoming part of a new nation in 1776? Designed for educators and local history enthusiasts, this workshop will explore some of the social, cultural, economic, and political concerns expressed in Framingham and other nearby towns as the Americans attempted to create a new nation in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. By turning an eye towards local politics and events we will rediscover the ways in which “ordinary people” contributed to America’s creation story.
Participants will have the opportunity to:
- discover what changed (or didn't change) for the inhabitants of the Framingham area as new government structures were implemented after the American Revolution.
- discuss the concerns (both local and national) expressed by Massachusetts residents in various towns during the era of the Early Republic.
- explore the ways in which geography, economy, and social/cultural practices influenced local concerns.
- discover evidence of local concerns, and discussions of national policies, in primary sources held by the Framingham History Center and the Massachusetts Historical Society.
- explore new ways of engaging students and local communities in their history.
Please complete this registration form and send it with your payment to: Kathleen Barker, Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215.
There is a $25 charge to cover lunches both days; program and material costs have been generously funded by the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation. Educators can earn 14 PDPs and 1 Graduate Credit (for an additional fee) from Framingham State University.close