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MHS Housing as History Program Series Wins 2020 AASLH Award of Excellence

The MHS proudly announces that it is the recipient of an American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) Award of Excellence for the Housing as History Program Series it produced in the fall of 2019. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 75th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history. Last fall, the MHS hosted a four-part series that looked at the history of six housing sites across Boston and examined the conditions for affordable and public housing today, highlighting the challenges—and opportunities—that lie ahead for the city. For years Boston has been a national leader in efforts to bring much needed public and affordable housing to residents. However, the city’s housing legacy is as complicated as it is innovative. Because Boston and ...

MHS Awards 63 Fellowships for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

The Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) is pleased to announce the full list of research fellows for the 2020-2021 year. Offering more assistance than ever before to scholars who wish to use the MHS library and archival collections, the MHS received more than 200 applications and ultimately granted 63 individual grants. Since the start of the fellowship program in the 1984-1985 academic year, the MHS has awarded more than 900 fellowships. These research projects have resulted in more than 470 publications, including more than 160 books. During their residence, MHS research fellows become part of a scholarly community that includes other current fellows, MHS staff, Boston-area scholars, and former fellows. They participate in brown-bag lunch programs, present their own research, attend seminars, and join MHS staff and other fellows for collegial lunches every Thursday at a ...

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 ...

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Laid Waste! The Culture of Exploitation in Early America

5Jun 2:00PM 2020
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REGISTER HERE After humble beginnings as faltering British colonies, the United States acquired astonishing wealth and power as the result of modernization. Originating ...

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Books for Idle Hours: Nineteenth-Century Publishing and the Rise of Summer Reading

11Jun 5:30PM 2020
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REGISTER HERE The publishing phenomenon of summer reading started in the nineteenth century, as both print culture and tourist culture expanded in the United States. ...

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The Three-Cornered War: The Union, the Confederacy, and Native Peoples in the Fight for the West

17Jun 5:30PM 2020
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REGISTER HERE Megan Kate Nelson reveals the fascinating history of the Civil War in the American West.Exploring the connections among the Civil War, the Indian wars, and ...

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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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