Public Programs and Special Events

The MHS offers many engaging programs and special events.

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Public Program New Perspectives on Jefferson's Monticello: House, Landscape, and Family 8 May 2013. Wednesday, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Please RSVP   free eventregistration required at no cost Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 PM Susan R. Stein, Monticello Annual Jefferson Lecture details
Public Program “The Tender Heart & Brave”: The Politics & Friendship of Charles Sumner & Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 16 May 2013. Thursday, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Please RSVP   free eventregistration required at no cost Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 PM Rob Velella, Longfellow-Washington’s Headquarters NHS Stepehn Puleo, author of "The Caning" details
Public Program Sounds of the Civil War 29 May 2013. Wednesday, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Please RSVP   this event requires a feeregistration required Boston Saxophone Quartet details
Public Program What "The Federalist Papers" Are Not 4 June 2013. Tuesday, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM this event is free Ray Raphael details
Public Program Curator's Choice 14 June 2013. Friday, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM this event is free Exhibition Spotlight J. L. Bell

J.L. Bell will discuss the provenance, history, and people connected with Ephraim Moors's powder horn, one of the items featured in The Object of History exhibition.

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Public Program The Object of History: A Conversation 17 June 2013. Monday, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Please RSVP   this event requires a feeregistration required Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 PM David Wood, Concord Museum & Peter Drummey, Massachusetts Historical Society Part of "The Object of History" series details
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8 May 2013 Please RSVP   free eventregistration required at no cost Public Program

New Perspectives on Jefferson's Monticello: House, Landscape, and Family

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 PM Susan R. Stein, Monticello Annual Jefferson Lecture

The wide lens of this talk will focus on recent restoration and interpretive efforts including Monticello's work spaces beneath the house, public rooms, and upper floors as well as Mulberry Row, the plantation's principal street. The discussion will also describe Monticello's free and enslaved community. Susan R. Stein is the longtime Richard Gilder Senior Curator and Vice President for Museum Programs.

Reservations requested. Please click on the ticket icon above, or contact the education department at 617-646-0560 / education@masshist.org.

16 May 2013 Please RSVP   free eventregistration required at no cost Public Program

“The Tender Heart & Brave”: The Politics & Friendship of Charles Sumner & Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 PM Rob Velella, Longfellow-Washington’s Headquarters NHS Stepehn Puleo, author of "The Caning"

How did a fiery abolitionist senator and a genteel poet come together as the closest of friends? Presented as a dramatic reading of actual historic documents - including letters, journals, poetry, and speeches - this program will highlight the deep personal relationship shared between abolitionist politician Charles Sumner and poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The reading takes listeners from the earliest friendship of these two men to their antislavery advocacy, from their personal triumphs and tragedies and into their final years, weaving through the events of the nation including Emancipation.

Stephen Puleo, author of The Caning: The Assault that Drove America to Civil War, will be on hand to provide commentary and sign copies of his book.

Co-sponsored by Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site and the Boston African American National Historic Site.

Reservations requested. Please click on the ticket icon above, or contact the education department at 617-646-0560 / education@masshist.org.

29 May 2013 Please RSVP   this event requires a feeregistration required Public Program

Sounds of the Civil War

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Boston Saxophone Quartet

Sing along with the Boston Saxophone Quartet as we explore the music of the Civil War era. This program will feature familiar tunes from the 1860s that were sung around the parlor piano, as well as songs written specifically for the newest instrument of the era: the saxophone. The evening will include musical performances and historical commentary on the selected pieces. Members of the Boston Saxophone Quartet have performed with the Boston Pops and Boston Symphony Orchestra and leading Broadway theaters throughout New England. Conductor and instrumentalist Peter Cokkinias, Professor at neighboring Berklee College of Music, has served for over 30 seasons as Music Director/Conductor of the Metrowest Symphony Orchestra; has conducted the Boston Ballet and Boston Pops; and has performed with the Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Ballet, and Cincinnati, Hartford, Pittsburgh, and Boston Symphony Orchestras.

Registration Required. Fee $30/$20 (F/M); Free for MHS Fund Giving Circle members. Please click on the ticket icon above, or contact the education department at 617-646-0557 / education@masshist.org.

4 June 2013 this event is free Public Program

What "The Federalist Papers" Are Not

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Ray Raphael

When and why did The Federalist become The Federalist Papers? What role did the essays play in the ratification debates? Can Publius be considered an authoritative source for interpreting specific sections of the Constitution – or for discovering its inner meaning?

Ray Raphael’s latest book is Constitutional Myths: What We Get Wrong and How To Get It Right. His previous works include Mr. President: How and Why the Founders Created a Chief Executive, Founding Myths, A People’s History of the American Revolution, and The First American Revolution: Before Lexington and Concord.

14 June 2013 this event is free Public Program

Curator's Choice

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Exhibition Spotlight J. L. Bell

J.L. Bell will discuss the provenance, history, and people connected with one of the fascinating items featured in The Object of History exhibition: Ephraim Moors's powder horn. Carvings on the horn icnlude a crude drawing of the Continental Army encampment on Winter Hill, five grenadiers, a mansion house, and the head of a beast. Aside from what the carving itself says and the name of the sea captain who donated it to the Society, almost nothing else is known about this object. Bell will discuss his investigation into the object's details, and what they tell us about the Siege of Boston.

J. L.Bell is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. His blog, Boston1775.net, features "history, analysis, and unabashed gossip about the start of the American Revolution in Massachusetts."

17 June 2013 Please RSVP   this event requires a feeregistration required Public Program

The Object of History: A Conversation

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 PM David Wood, Concord Museum & Peter Drummey, Massachusetts Historical Society Part of "The Object of History" series

David Wood, the curator of the Concord Museum, and Peter Drummey, the Librarian for the Society, will discuss early works of art, artifacts, and documents on display at the MHS as part of The Object of History exhibition.

The Object of History
A series of chats with MHS Librarian Peter Drummey about what documents and artifacts from the collections can tell us about the characters, events, and issues of the past, as well as the role of MHS in documenting the rich history of our state and nation.

Registration Required. Fee $25/$15 (F/M); Free for MHS Fund Giving Circle members. Please click on the ticket icon above, or contact the education department at 617-646-0557 / education@masshist.org.

Register for all three programs in “The Object of History” series and receive a registration discount! Series fee: $60/30 (F/M); Free for MHS Fund Circle members.


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