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The MHS Receives $1 Million Grant from Mellon Foundation and NHPRC for Implementation Phase of the Primary Source Cooperative

Deeply committed to helping documentary editions thrive on a broad scale, this project will provide ready access to a portal for digital publishing. The Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) has been awarded a three-year, $1 million grant by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) to support the implementation phase of the Primary Source Cooperative at the Massachusetts Historical Society (the Cooperative). Founded in 2018 with the support of a Digital Edition Publishing Cooperatives planning grant, the Cooperative is a collaboration among its member editions and its host institution, set up to publish online the work of editors who are preparing the content of archival records for scholarly and public access. On the insistence of MHS founder Jeremy Belknap, “multiplying the ...

New Exhibition at the MHS Commemorates 250th Annversary of a Flashpoint that Changed American History

Witnessed and described by many, in both words and images, the Boston Massacre may be one of the least understood incidents in American history. Though contradictory accounts and testimony led to acquittals for all of two of the accused soldiers, the “massacre” became a landmark event on the path to revolution. ...

Outstanding New Collection of 16 Autograph Letters Given to the MHS by Anonymous Donor

Dating from 1803 to 1823, the collection includes previously unknown letters written by James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, and Dolley Madison as well as letters by Thomas Jefferson, the Marquis de Lafayette, Elbridge Gerry, and James Sullivan.   An anonymous donor recently gave an outstanding collection of letters to the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS). Of the 16 letters, 14 were written to William Eustis, a physician and statesman, and two were exchanged between Caroline Eustis and Dolley Madison. Correspondents include Thomas Jefferson, John Quincy Adams, James Madison, James Monroe, Dolley Madison, Elbridge Gerry, and the Marquis de Lafayette, among others. The letters pertain primarily to politics and include topics such as the Louisiana Purchase, foreign policy, the Burr Conspiracy, Jefferson’s Embargo Act of 1807, political ...

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Upcoming Events

Modern American Society and Culture Seminar

POSTPONED: The Pacific Railroads and the Pacific Ocean: American Expansion, Asian Trade, and ...

31Mar 5:15PM 2020

The transcontinental railroads reshaped the United States—its politics, economy, culture and environment. But as this talk argues, late-nineteenth-century Americans ...

postponed Author Talk

The Hunt for History: On the Trail of the World’s Lost Treasures—from the Letters of Lincoln, ...

1Apr 6:00PM 2020
There is a pre-talk reception at 5:30.

Nathan Raab, America’s preeminent rare documents dealer, describes his years as the Sherlock Holmes of historical artifacts and he shows us what the past can tell ...

The Revolutionary Era in Boston with Prof. Robert Allison

3Apr 2:00PM 2020
This is an online program.

Join us for a live virtual Q and A with Professor Robert Allison who will address your questions on the Revolutionary War in Boston and beyond. Subscribers will get ...

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This Week @MHS

Join us for a program this week! Here is a look at what is going on: - Tuesday, 29 January, 5:15 PM: Better Teaching through Technology, 1945-1969, with Victoria Cain, Northeastern ...

Founder to Founder

Like so many good stories here at the Historical Society, it began with a reference question. Jeremy Belknap, hunting through his sources, asked Vice President John Adams for some help. Belknap, the ...

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