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Gift will Make John Quincy Adams's Diary Truly Accessible for the First Time

The MHS received a generous gift from the Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund to create searchable transcriptions of the John Quincy Adams Diary The MHS received a generous gift from the Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund to continue to transcribe the diary of John Quincy Adams (JQA). The mission of the Digital John Quincy Adams Diary (DJQA) project is to make his diary truly accessible for the first time by presenting a verified and searchable transcription of each entry alongside the manuscript page images on the MHS website. Enhanced access to this free resource will include keyword and personal name search ability, along with topical search features based on the themes in middle and high school American history curricula. A 2,000-page subset of the diary covering JQA’s time as secretary of state is nearing completion; this gift will help to complete the ...

Make Women's History at the MHS on 24 March by Donating Women's March Memorabilia

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the MHS is calling for itemspink hats, signs, pins, t-shirts, photographs—from the 2017 and 2018 Women’s March events. On January 21, 2017, millions of people across the globe marched together at hundreds of events to oppose the behaviors, views, and political positions of President Donald Trump and his administration. Wearing pink hats, carrying empowering signs, and chanting cheers of change, people joined together in what has been called the largest single-day protest in United States history. A year later, on January 20, 2018, the call to action was issued once again. As part of its mission ...

The Super Bowl and the Cradle of Liberty

As the Patriots and Eagles prepare for the Super Bowl on February 4, two esteemed history organizations—one in Boston and the other in Philadelphia—place a wager on whose city is the true Cradle of Liberty.  On 4 February, the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles will battle it out in Minnesota. While bets abound as to what will go down on the football field, two esteemed organizations are focusing on another matter: history. The winning football team will help to answer the age-old question: which Super Bowl city is the true "Cradle of Liberty?"  In the spirit of friendly competition, Catherine Allgor, President of the Massachusetts Historical Society, and Michael C. Quinn, President and CEO of the Museum of the American Revolution have entered into a wager. When the Patriots win, President Quinn will ...

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Author Talk

Under the Starry Flag: How a Band of Irish Americans Joined the Fenian Revolt and Sparked a Crisis ...

24Sep 6:00PM 2018
There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30.

In 1867 forty Irish-American freedom fighters, outfitted with guns and ammunition, sailed to Ireland to join the effort to end British rule. Yet they never got a chance ...

Modern American Society and Culture Seminar

Radical Nonviolence and Interracial Utopias in the Early Civil Rights Movement

25Sep 5:15PM 2018

This paper examines how radical pacifists refined nonviolent direct action to challenge racial segregation and inequality in the United States. These activists adopted ...

Author Talk

Race Over Party: Black Politics and Partisanship in Late Nineteenth-Century Boston

27Sep 6:00PM 2018
There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30.

In late 19th-century Boston, battles over black party loyalty were fights over the place of African Americans in the post–Civil War nation. Party politics became ...

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Of Adamses & Ancestry

John A. Grace, Memoranda Respecting the Families of Quincy and Adams, 1841 For historian Henry Adams, the morning mail meant a fresh round of research questions. “Here comes your troublesome ...

Rachel Wall's Confession, the words of a Pirate?

For Talk Like a Pirate Day we bring you the words of a Pirate! The MHS holds an interesting broadside featuring Massachusetts' only female Pirate: Life, last words and dying confession, of ...

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