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MHS New England Biography Series Features Political Strategist and Author Sidney Blumenthal

Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 5:15 PM
Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street, Boston The MHS will host journalist, political strategist, and author Sidney Blumenthal in conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Megan Marshall on October 24, at 5:15 PM as part of its New England Biography Seminar series. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.  Today it seems you can't run for president without first putting out a memoir or autobiography. But biographies of presidential candidates - and presidents - are nothing new. Veteran political strategist, Washington insider, and author of the highly acclaimed multi-volume The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, Sidney Blumenthal, returns to Boston, ...

MHS Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

The Massachusetts Historical Society’s (MHS) strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the second time that the MHS earned this top distinction in the last five years. Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology. These Accountability & Transparency metrics, which account for 50 percent of a ...

Housing As History: The Story of Public & Affordable Housing in Boston

Boston has been a national leader in efforts to bring much needed public and affordable housing to its residents. However, the city’s housing legacy is as complicated as it is innovative. Boston’s low-income housing hit bottom in 1979 when a judge placed the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) in receivership after the agency that housed nearly 10 percent of the city’s renters had been repeatedly sued by tenants describing inhumane conditions and racial discrimination. As the BHA deteriorated in the late 1960s and 1970s, urban renewal efforts threatened to displace other lower-income households. This triggered an emergence of novel grassroots organizations that demanded greater community control over neighborhood development. These new institutions, together with a revitalized BHA and new networks of public-private partnerships, fueled metro Boston’s rapid recovery ...

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