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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 ...

Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize Awarded

Tamara Plakins Thornton recognized for her insightful biography Nathaniel Bowditch and the Power of Numbers

Nathaniel Bowditch and the Power of Numbers book coverThe MHS has announced that the Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize will go to Tamara Plakins Thornton for her book Nathaniel Bowditch & the Power of Numbers: How a 19th-Century Man of Business, Science, & the Sea Changed American Life, published in 2016 by The University of North Carolina Press. The Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize is given to the best nonfiction work on the history of Massachusetts published during the preceding year. Thornton will receive the award at an event at the Society on January 25, 2018.

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Conjuring Emancipation: Making Freedom in the U.S. Civil War’s Refugee Camps

30May 12:00PM 2018

Black Americans did not just pray for emancipation, they conjured it. This project examines the political work of revival in wartime refugee camps and envisions ...

Author Talk

Apostles of Revolution: Jefferson, Paine, Monroe, & the Struggle against the Old Order in America & ...

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

As Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, and James Monroe risked their lives and their liberty for  American independence, and as reformers, each ...

MHS Tour

The History and Collections of the MHS

2Jun 10:00AM 2018

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, ...

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Immigration and Trade in Early 20th-Century Worcester

The Rockwood Hoar Papers at the MHS document the life and career of Rockwood Hoar, a Worcester, Massachusetts lawyer and politician who lived from 1855 to 1906. Hoar was the son of United States ...

Odd Accounts : Ship Sketches and More in the Smith Family Papers

As many of my colleagues have pointed out in the past here on the Beehive, one of the joys of working with the manuscript collections at the MHS is finding something unexcpected when going through a ...

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