Calendar of Events

Extended
to May 26

Exhibition

The Private Jefferson

Explore Jefferson’s complexity through select correspondence and writings including the Declaration of Independence, records of farming at Monticello, and his architectural drawings.

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May

Brown Bag "For the Good of the Country": Captive Trade Networks in the Colonial Northeast, 1630-1763 25 May 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Joanne Jahnke Wegner, University of Minnesota Between 1630 and 1763, multiple, intersecting captive trades developed in the colonial northeast as ...

Between 1630 and 1763, multiple, intersecting captive trades developed in the colonial northeast as Native Americans, the English, and the French competed for geo-political power in the northeastern borderlands. The captive trades that emerged and evolved did so in the broader context of settler colonialism, where captive bodies became fungible commodities circulated by individuals and corporate bodies for economic, social, or political gain. The development of these captive trades depended upon the commodification of captive peoples who were trafficked in the colonies, across imperial borders, and into the Atlantic world.

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The Private Jefferson Exhibitionends The Private Jefferson 26 May 2016.Thursday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM Thomas Jefferson has been described as an "American Sphinx." As the drafter of the Declaration of ...

Thomas Jefferson has been described as an "American Sphinx." As the drafter of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States, he is one of the most famous Americans. Nevertheless, he is an enigmatic figure: an intensely private man who spent more than thirty years in public service; the spokesman for popular democracy who, at the same time, held hundreds of men, women and children as his personal property; an urbane, widely-travelled, and widely-read exemplar of the Enlightenment, who appeared happiest in a meticulously-planned environment that he had created for himself in the back country. The exhibition aims to pull back the veil and uncover the private Jefferson. Kicking off a year-long 225th anniversary celebration, The Private Jefferson: From the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society is open at the MHS through 20 May, Monday through Saturday, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

One of the Society’s greatest treasures is the Coolidge Collection of Thomas Jefferson manuscripts. The collection is comprised of letters, journals, record books, accounts, and 400 architectural drawings and sketches—almost 9,500 documents in all—collected by Jefferson’s descendants who lived in Massachusetts and donated them to the Society. 

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Brown Bag From the Partisan Press to the Political Procedural 27 May 2016.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Mary Hale, University of Illinois - Chicago This project considers  the development of a new post-Civil War genre of political novels ...

This project considers  the development of a new post-Civil War genre of political novels specifically by looking at Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner's The Gilded Age and Henry Adams's Democracy. It examines the way in which Twain and Adams turn to the novel after their experiences working as political journalists and how this move from the partisan press to the political novel enables them to imagine new forms of nonpartisan political activity.

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Building Closed Memorial Day 28 May 2016.Saturday, all day The MHS library and exhibition galleries are closed. 

The MHS library and exhibition galleries are closed. 

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Building Closed Memorial Day 30 May 2016.Monday, all day The MHS library and exhibition galleries are closed. 

The MHS library and exhibition galleries are closed. 

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June
Brown Bag The Slave South in the Far West: California, the Pacific, and Proslavery Visions of Empire, 1800-1865 1 June 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Kevin Waite, University of Pennsylvania Whereas most scholarship on slaveholding imperialism focuses on the Atlantic Basin, Waite argues ...

Whereas most scholarship on slaveholding imperialism focuses on the Atlantic Basin, Waite argues that Southerners pursued an empire within the Pacific world as well. By tracking both proslavery activity in California and Southerners' attempts to capture the Pacific trade, hiswork highlights the centrality of the Far West in the nation's road to disunion.

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Public Program, Author Talk The Road To Concord and Stamp Act Stamp Unveiling 2 June 2016.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Program will be proceeded by a reception at 5:30 J. L. Bell In September 1774 Boston became the center of an “arms race” between Massachusetts&rsquo ...

In September 1774 Boston became the center of an “arms race” between Massachusetts’s royal government and emboldened Patriots, each side trying to secure as much artillery as they could for the coming conflict. Townsmen even stole four small cannon out of militia armories under redcoat guard. As Patriots smuggled their new ordnance into the countryside, Gen. Thomas Gage used scouts and informants to track down those weapons, finally locating them on James Barrett’s farm in Concord in April 1775. This book reveals a new dimension to the start of America’s War for Independence. MHS Fellow J. L. Bell, proprietor of Boston1775.net, will share highlights from The Road to Concord and describe how the society’s collections provided vital clues to this untold history.

As a special treat, the U.S. Postal Service will join us for the Massachusetts unveiling of a new stamp commemorating the 250th anniversary of the end of the Stamp Act crisis, the first act of the American Revolution.

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Brown Bag "A Just and Honest Valuation": Money and Value in Colonial America, 1690-1750 3 June 2016.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Katie Moore, Boston University The first half of the eighteenth century was a period of economic transformation for Britain&rsquo ...

The first half of the eighteenth century was a period of economic transformation for Britain’s North American colonies, during which colonial settlers were active agents in an increasingly complex Atlantic World of goods, credit, and labor. At the same time, colonists maintained traditional moral tenets and such social norms as communal obligation, economic fairness, and stewardship over the poor. In the face of widespread economic change, how did early Americans preserve their worldview? This project argues that colonists mediated economic change within existing moral and social frameworks by re-imagining the origins and nature of value as extrinsic, a conceptual shift reflected in their use of paper money.

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Public Program The Lively Place: Mount Auburn, America's First Garden Cemetery, and Its Revolutionary and Literary Residents 6 June 2016.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Stephen Kendrick, Author When the Mount Auburn Cemetery was founded, in 1831, it revolutionized the way Americans mourned the ...

When the Mount Auburn Cemetery was founded, in 1831, it revolutionized the way Americans mourned the dead by offering a peaceful space for contemplation. This cemetery, located not far from Harvard University, was also a place that reflected and instilled an imperative to preserve and protect nature in a rapidly industrializing culture—lessons that would influence the creation of Central Park, the cemetery at Gettysburg, and the National Parks system. Even today this urban wildlife habitat continues to connect visitors with nature and serves as a model for sustainable landscape practices. Stephen Kendrick celebrates this vital piece of our nation’s history, as he tells the story of Mount Auburn’s founding, its legacy, and the many influential Americans interred there, from religious leaders to abolitionists, poets, and reformers.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 11 June 2016.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led ...

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, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition.

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Public Program The American President: From Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton 11 June 2016.Saturday, 5:00PM - 6:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 4:30pm. William E. Leuchtenburg, Author The American President is an account of American presidential actions from the assassination of ...

The American President is an account of American presidential actions from the assassination of William McKinley in 1901 to Bill Clinton's last night in office. William Leuchtenburg, one of the great presidential historians of the century, portrays each of the presidents in a chronicle sparkling with anecdote and wit. He offers a nuanced assessment of their conduct in office, preoccupations, and temperament. This book charts the enormous growth of presidential power from its lowly state in the late nineteenth century to the imperial presidency of the twentieth. That striking change was manifested both at home in periods of progressive reform and abroad, notably in two world wars, Vietnam, and the war on terror.

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Brown Bag Briton Hammon in the Archives 15 June 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Zach Hutchins, Colorado State University Sharing new evidence from the British National Archives, Hutchins traces the circum-Atlantic ...

Sharing new evidence from the British National Archives, Hutchins traces the circum-Atlantic journey of Massachusetts resident Briton Hammon. The enslaved Hammon published a narrative of his travels in 1760, an account many have described as the first slave narrative. In the Narrative Hammon places himself at the nexus of global politics, a player in the War of Jenkin’s Ear, the Seven Year’s War, and the larger power struggle between Catholics and Protestants.

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Public Program On the Battlefield of Merit: Harvard Law School, the First Century 15 June 2016.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Daniel Coquillette and Bruce Kimball, Harvard Law School Harvard Law School is the oldest and, arguably, the most influential law school in the nation. ...

Harvard Law School is the oldest and, arguably, the most influential law school in the nation. During its first century, Harvard Law School pioneered revolutionary educational ideas, including professional legal education within a university, Socratic questioning and case analysis, and the admission and training of students based on academic merit. But the school struggled to navigate its way through the many political, social, economic, and legal crises of the century, and it earned both scars and plaudits as a result. On the Battlefield of Merit offers a candid, critical, definitive account of a unique legal institution during its first century of influence. Daniel R. Coquillette and Bruce A. Kimball examine the school’s deep involvement in the Civil War, its reluctance to admit minorities and women, its anti-Catholicism, and its financial missteps at the turn of the twentieth century. Currently working on the second volume that will bring the story to the present, the authors will also relate this history to recent challenges faced by the school including questions of the relation of its seal to a fortune made on the backs of slaves.

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Brown Bag Freedom's Generation: Coming of Age in the Era of Emancipation 17 June 2016.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Ben Davidson, New York University This research traces the lives of the generation of black and white children, in the North, South, ...

This research traces the lives of the generation of black and white children, in the North, South, and West, who grew up during the Civil War era and were the first generation to come of age after the end of slavery. The project explores how young people across the nation learned persistent lessons carried into adulthood about complexities inherent in ideas and experiences of emancipation, and it assesses how these lessons were transformed in memory by the turn of the twentieth century.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 18 June 2016.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led ...

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, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition.

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Public Program The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America 20 June 2016.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Ethan Michaeli, Author Giving voice to the voiceless, the Chicago Defender condemned Jim Crow, catalyzed the Great ...

Giving voice to the voiceless, the Chicago Defender condemned Jim Crow, catalyzed the Great Migration, and focused the electoral power of black America. Robert S. Abbott founded The Defender in 1905, smuggled hundreds of thousands of copies into the most isolated communities in the segregated South, and was dubbed a "Modern Moses," becoming one of the first black millionaires in the process. His successor wielded the newspaper’s clout to elect mayors and presidents, including Harry S. Truman and John F. Kennedy, who would have lost without The Defender’s support. Drawing on dozens of interviews and extensive archival research, Ethan Michaeli constructs a revelatory narrative of race in America and brings to life the reporters who braved lynch mobs and policemen’s clubs to do their jobs, from the age of Teddy Roosevelt to the age of Barack Obama.

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Special Event MHS Fellows Annual Meeting & Reception 22 June 2016.Wednesday, 5:00PM - 7:00PM This event is open only to MHS Fellows. MHS Fellows are invited to the Society's annual business meeting. Following the meeting, enjoy a ...

MHS Fellows are invited to the Society's annual business meeting. Following the meeting, enjoy a reception and view the Society's upcoming exhibition Turning Points in American History. RSVP required.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 25 June 2016.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led ...

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, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition.

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Public Program A New Perspective on the 19th Century Rivalry between New York and Boston 29 June 2016.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Michael Wheeler, Ph.D Changing technology has introduced tools that can change the way we see and understand history. Dr. ...

Changing technology has introduced tools that can change the way we see and understand history. Dr. Wheeler has degrees in history, computer science, international relations, and earned a PhD by using Historical Geographic Information Systems (HGIS) to develop three-dimensional, animated maps for studying historical events. During the 19th Century urban rivalry between New York and Boston, small topographic features had large transportation effects that created winners and losers. The bigger surprises come from understanding the timing and motivations for canal and railroad construction – through the act of correctly positioning internal improvements in space and time, we uncover new insights into 19th Century urban rivals, transportation profits, and international trade.

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July
Building Closed Independence Day 4 July 2016.Monday, all day The MHS library and exhibition galleries are closed.

The MHS library and exhibition galleries are closed.

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Brown Bag Passing Transcendental: Harvard, Heresy, and the Modern American Origins of Unbelief 6 July 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM David Faflik, University of Rhode Island Dismissed in some quarters as “infidels,” the so-called “transcendentalists&rdquo ...

Dismissed in some quarters as “infidels,” the so-called “transcendentalists” of greater Boston in the 1830s, 1840s, and 1850s articulated an alternative faith that was rooted in their principled commitments to liberal spiritual renewal, philosophical idealism, and social reform. However we reckon with transcendentalism today, in our current post-secular moment, we might take seriously the charge that the transcendentalists were indeed representative “infidels” in their day and in their way. Some would say New England’s historical transcendentalists were idiosyncratically spiritual; others would call them symptomatically secular. This project asks if we might also say that transcendentalism’s unique worldview constituted not only a kind of unorthodoxy, but outright unbelief. 

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Public Program Bone Rooms: From Scientific Racism to Human Prehistory in Museums 6 July 2016.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Samuel Redman, UMASS Amherst In 1864 a U.S. army doctor dug up the remains of a Dakota man who had been killed in Minnesota. ...

In 1864 a U.S. army doctor dug up the remains of a Dakota man who had been killed in Minnesota. Carefully recording his observations, he sent the skeleton to a museum in Washington, DC, that was collecting human remains for research. In the “bone rooms” of this museum and others like it, a scientific revolution was unfolding that would change our understanding of the human body, race, and prehistory. Samuel Redman unearths the story of how human remains became highly sought-after artifacts for both scientific research and public display. Seeking evidence to support new theories of human evolution and racial classification, collectors embarked on a global competition to recover the best specimens of skeletons, mummies, and fossils. The Smithsonian Institution built the largest collection of human remains in the United States, edging out stiff competition from natural history and medical museums springing up in cities and on university campuses across America. Today, debates about the ethics of these collections continue, but the terms of engagement were largely set by the surge of collecting that was already waning by World War II.

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Teacher Workshopbegins Teaching Three Centuries of History through MHS Collections 12 July 2016.Tuesday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Please RSVP   Funded by the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation. Celebrate the Society’s 225th anniversary and help us make our collections more accessible to ...

Celebrate the Society’s 225th anniversary and help us make our collections more accessible to teachers and students. Participants will engage with items in our collections, learn from guest historians, and investigate different methods for using primary sources in the classroom. Together with MHS staff we will explore topics such as colonial encounters between English settlers and native peoples, urban politics in the era of the American Revolution, African American poetry and antebellum abolition efforts, and the woman’s suffrage movement.

Application Information:
Educators in grades 5 - 12 are welcome to apply.

Each participant will be expected to curate a set of classroom resources on a specific topic, and will receive a $500 stipend and two graduate credits.

For more information, including application instructions, contact education@masshist.org or call 617-646-0557.

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Brown Bag The Great Peace of 1670 and the Forgotten Corner of the Iroquois Confederacy's Eastern Door 13 July 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Evan Haefeli, Texas A&M University In a little known treaty conference, the Iroquois made peace with the Hudson Valley tribes who had ...

In a little known treaty conference, the Iroquois made peace with the Hudson Valley tribes who had been allied with the southern New England Algonquians in a war with the Confederacy that for the New Englanders was not concluded until after King Philip’s War. The 1670 treaty is important for several reasons: it not only kept the New York Algonquians neutral during King Philip’s War, and thus abandoned their former allies, but it is the origin of the designation of the “Delaware” Indians (who did not yet exist as such) as “women” (a problematic term) that became so notorious in 18th century Pennsylvania. This project examines the origins of the treaty in the war against the Iroquois and the previously overlooked alliance between the Hudson Valley and New England Algonquians in the 1660s.

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Public Program Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon 13 July 2016.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Larry Tye, Author                 History remembers Robert F. Kennedy ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

History remembers Robert F. Kennedy as the last progressive knight of a bygone era of American politics. But Kennedy’s enshrinement in the liberal pantheon was actually the final stage of a journey that had its beginnings in the conservative 1950s. In Bobby Kennedy, Larry Tye peels away layers of myth and misconception to paint a complete portrait of this singularly fascinating figure. To capture the full arc of his subject’s life, Tye draws on unpublished memoirs, unreleased government files, and fifty-eight boxes of Bobby's papers that had been under lock and key for the past forty years. He conducted hundreds of interviews with RFK intimates--including Bobby’s widow, Ethel, his sister Jean, and his aide John Siegenthaler—many of whom have never spoken to another biographer. Tye’s determination to sift through the tangle of often contradictory evidence means that Bobby Kennedy will stand as the definitive one-volume biography of a man much beloved, but just as often misunderstood.

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Teacher Workshopends Teaching Three Centuries of History through MHS Collections 14 July 2016.Thursday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Please RSVP   Funded by the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation. Celebrate the Society’s 225th anniversary and help us make our collections more accessible to ...

Celebrate the Society’s 225th anniversary and help us make our collections more accessible to teachers and students. Participants will engage with items in our collections, learn from guest historians, and investigate different methods for using primary sources in the classroom. Together with MHS staff we will explore topics such as colonial encounters between English settlers and native peoples, urban politics in the era of the American Revolution, African American poetry and antebellum abolition efforts, and the woman’s suffrage movement.

Application Information:
Educators in grades 5 - 12 are welcome to apply.

Each participant will be expected to curate a set of classroom resources on a specific topic, and will receive a $500 stipend and two graduate credits.

For more information, including application instructions, contact education@masshist.org or call 617-646-0557.

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Brown Bag Atlantic Abolitionism and National Reputation: The Intersection of Ethics and Policy in the United States and Britain 20 July 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Craig Bruce Smith, Tufts University Drawn from the current book project, “Redemption: The American Revolution, Ethics, and ...

Drawn from the current book project, “Redemption: The American Revolution, Ethics, and Abolitionism in Britain and the United States,” this talk explores Atlantic abolitionism and the connection between ethics and public policy. Beginning immediately after Britain’s defeat in the Revolution, it frames the British movement to end slavery as a conscious effort to assert the country’s reputation and moral superiority over the United States. It advances that American abolitionism, in turn, became a direct response to the British challenge.

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Public Program Boston Historical 21 July 2016.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Boston does not have a city historical society, but it has a wealth of neighborhood organizations. ...

Boston does not have a city historical society, but it has a wealth of neighborhood organizations. From the West End to the South Boston, Bostonians are steeped in local history and proud of their neighborhood’s identity. The Massachusetts Historical Society is pleased to invite the public and representatives of local organizations for a chance to mingle and share recent accomplishments or the great projects they are working on.

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Teacher Workshopbegins Women in the Era of the American Revolution 26 July 2016.Tuesday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Please RSVP   Study the revolution through the words and artifacts of the women who lived it. Correspondence ...

Study the revolution through the words and artifacts of the women who lived it. Correspondence demonstrates that women like Abigail Adams, Hannah Winthrop, and Mercy Otis Warren were vital consumers (and boycotters) of imported goods, and functioned as heads of household while their male family members served in the military or traveled on political missions. They recorded important events of the day, and, in the case of Warren, interpreted those events for a public audience. Throughout the workshop we will explore the daily lives of revolutionary women, including those who served as soldiers and secret agents, or followed the army as cooks and laundresses.

This program is open to educators and history enthusiasts. Teachers can earn 45 PDPs and two graduate credits (for an additional fee).

Dates: July 26-28, 2016

Times: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Fee: $35 per person

To Register / For more information: complete this registration form, or contact the education department at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557.

Program Highlights

  • Tour the Society's newest exhibition Turning Points: Decisive Moments in American History
  • Explore letters, diaries, and images from the Society's collection and participate in a hands-on activity that will engage your detective skills.
  • Discuss the intimate nature of women's political, social, and economic networks in colonial Boston with Dr. Serena Zabin.
  • Analyze paintings and artifacts at the Museum of Fine Arts.
  • Visit Old North Church investigate church records to discover untold stories of congregants, specifically women and African Americans.
  • Interpret life for colonial women through objects and structures at the Paul Revere House.
  • This program is funded in part by the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati

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Teacher Workshopends Women in the Era of the American Revolution 28 July 2016.Thursday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Please RSVP   Study the revolution through the words and artifacts of the women who lived it. Correspondence ...

Study the revolution through the words and artifacts of the women who lived it. Correspondence demonstrates that women like Abigail Adams, Hannah Winthrop, and Mercy Otis Warren were vital consumers (and boycotters) of imported goods, and functioned as heads of household while their male family members served in the military or traveled on political missions. They recorded important events of the day, and, in the case of Warren, interpreted those events for a public audience. Throughout the workshop we will explore the daily lives of revolutionary women, including those who served as soldiers and secret agents, or followed the army as cooks and laundresses.

This program is open to educators and history enthusiasts. Teachers can earn 45 PDPs and two graduate credits (for an additional fee).

Dates: July 26-28, 2016

Times: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Fee: $35 per person

To Register / For more information: complete this registration form, or contact the education department at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557.

Program Highlights

  • Tour the Society's newest exhibition Turning Points: Decisive Moments in American History
  • Explore letters, diaries, and images from the Society's collection and participate in a hands-on activity that will engage your detective skills.
  • Discuss the intimate nature of women's political, social, and economic networks in colonial Boston with Dr. Serena Zabin.
  • Analyze paintings and artifacts at the Museum of Fine Arts.
  • Visit Old North Church investigate church records to discover untold stories of congregants, specifically women and African Americans.
  • Interpret life for colonial women through objects and structures at the Paul Revere House.
  • This program is funded in part by the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati

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Public Program Augustus Saint-Gaudens Civil War Monuments 29 July 2016.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Jack Curtis The greatest sculptor of the Beaux-Arts era, Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907), secured his place ...

The greatest sculptor of the Beaux-Arts era, Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907), secured his place in the pantheon of American artists with his dynamic portrayals of Civil War heroes. This survey of the life and work of the influential sculptor will focus on his heroic, yet compassionate 1887 Abraham Lincoln: The Man (or Standing Lincoln) in Chicago’s Lincoln Park as representative of Saint-Gaudens’s method, art, and time. By also looking at his first commission, the Admiral David Farragut Monument in New York’s Madison Square Park, and his final work, the General Sherman Monument at New York’s Central Park, and studying the magisterial Shaw Memorial/54th Massachusetts Regiment on the Boston Common, this talk will give students an appreciation of Saint-Gaudens’s pioneering integration of architecture, landscape design, and monumental sculpture.

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Teacher Workshop Civil War Seminar 30 July 2016.Saturday, 8:30AM - 2:30PM Please RSVP   Joseph Fornier, Rochester Institute of Technology This seminar will explore, through the use of primary source documents, three themes: how the Union ...

This seminar will explore, through the use of primary source documents, three themes: how the Union and the Confederacy justified secession and war; the idea of emancipation as a revolutionary form of war; and Lincoln's proposals for reconstruction the United States as the Civil War came to an end in 1865. This program is co-sponsored by the Ashbrook institute at Ashland University, with assistance from the Lincoln and Therese Filene Foundation.

This program is open to all  K-12 educators.

Register at the Ashbrook website:

http://teachingamericanhistory.org/event/forum-civil-war-boston-ma/

Contact education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557 for more information.

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August
Brown Bag Motherhood and the Court of Public Opinion: Transgressive Maternity in America, 1768-1868 1 August 2016.Monday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Cassandra Berman, Brandeis University This project examines the figure of the transgressive mother in the United States from 1768 to 1868 ...

This project examines the figure of the transgressive mother in the United States from 1768 to 1868, a period in which an idealized version of motherhood began to be seen as integral to the moral development of the nation. Many women violated these ideals, however, and transgressed both legal and social expectations as they did so. Moreover, these mothers fascinated ordinary Americans, who eagerly read of their crimes and indiscretions in the burgeoning mass media. This research shifts the focus away from ideals, and instead examines how the public judged those mothers who either could not or would not conform.

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Brown Bag "Missionary Nation": Imagining America's Role in the Post-Civil War World 3 August 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM James Shinn, Yale University How did the Civil War change the way Americans thought about their country's role in global affairs? ...

How did the Civil War change the way Americans thought about their country's role in global affairs? This talk examines how the struggle for the Union exercised a powerful and lasting--but deeply ambiguous--influence on the Republican foreign policy vision of the late 1860s and 1870s.

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Teacher Workshopbegins Whaling in Nineteenth-Century Massachusetts 4 August 2016.Thursday, 9:00AM - 5:00PM Please RSVP   Funded by the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation. Investigate American whaling in the age of sail, and its effects on the politics, economy, and ...

Investigate American whaling in the age of sail, and its effects on the politics, economy, and culture of Massachusetts. Whaling provided men and women of the Commonwealth with new opportunities for financial and cultural exchange. Using documents from the MHS and Leventhal Map Center, we will explore the lives of sailors, whaling wives and entrepreneurs, and trace the expanding geographical horizons afforded by the whaling industry. On August 5th we will take a field trip to New Bedford, Massachusetts, the largest whaling port in the world by the 1830s. We will visit the New Bedford Whaling Museum to explore art and artifacts from whaling voyages that spanned the globe, and take a walking tour of the city whose whale oil "lit the world."

This program is open to educators and history enthusiasts. Educators can earn 22.5 PDPs and one graduate credit (for an additional fee).

Dates: August 4 & 5, 2016

Times: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Fee: $75 per person

To Register / For more information: complete this registration form, or contact the education department at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557.

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Teacher Workshopends Whaling in Nineteenth-Century Massachusetts 5 August 2016.Friday, 9:00AM - 5:00PM Please RSVP   Funded by the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation. Investigate American whaling in the age of sail, and its effects on the politics, economy, and ...

Investigate American whaling in the age of sail, and its effects on the politics, economy, and culture of Massachusetts. Whaling provided men and women of the Commonwealth with new opportunities for financial and cultural exchange. Using documents from the MHS and Leventhal Map Center, we will explore the lives of sailors, whaling wives and entrepreneurs, and trace the expanding geographical horizons afforded by the whaling industry. On August 5th we will take a field trip to New Bedford, Massachusetts, the largest whaling port in the world by the 1830s. We will visit the New Bedford Whaling Museum to explore art and artifacts from whaling voyages that spanned the globe, and take a walking tour of the city whose whale oil "lit the world."

This program is open to educators and history enthusiasts. Educators can earn 22.5 PDPs and one graduate credit (for an additional fee).

Dates: August 4 & 5, 2016

Times: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Fee: $75 per person

To Register / For more information: complete this registration form, or contact the education department at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557.

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Teacher Workshopbegins The Maritime History of Massachusetts' North Shore 9 August 2016.Tuesday, 9:00AM - 5:00PM Please RSVP   Funded by the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation Explore Massachusetts's connections to the sea through the documents, artifacts, landscapes, and ...

Explore Massachusetts's connections to the sea through the documents, artifacts, landscapes, and historic structures in Beverly, Gloucester, and Marblehead. Join us as we learn more about the original inhabitants of this region and their earliest encounters with European settlers. Tour the working waterfront of Gloucester, and learn how global trade has affected these communities over the past three centuries. View the region's past from an artistic perspective and discuss the works of Winslow Homer, Fitz Henry Lane, and other artists who found inspiration from the sea.

This program is open to educators and history enthusiasts. Teachers can earn 45 PDPs and two graduate credits (for an additional fee).

Dates: August 9-11, 2016 

Times: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Fee: $35 per person

To Register / For more information: complete this registration form, or contact the education department at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557.

    This program is funded in part by the Richard E. Saltonstall Charitable Foundation.

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Teacher Workshopends The Maritime History of Massachusetts' North Shore 11 August 2016.Thursday, 9:00AM - 5:00PM Please RSVP   Funded by the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation Explore Massachusetts's connections to the sea through the documents, artifacts, landscapes, and ...

Explore Massachusetts's connections to the sea through the documents, artifacts, landscapes, and historic structures in Beverly, Gloucester, and Marblehead. Join us as we learn more about the original inhabitants of this region and their earliest encounters with European settlers. Tour the working waterfront of Gloucester, and learn how global trade has affected these communities over the past three centuries. View the region's past from an artistic perspective and discuss the works of Winslow Homer, Fitz Henry Lane, and other artists who found inspiration from the sea.

This program is open to educators and history enthusiasts. Teachers can earn 45 PDPs and two graduate credits (for an additional fee).

Dates: August 9-11, 2016 

Times: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Fee: $35 per person

To Register / For more information: complete this registration form, or contact the education department at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557.

    This program is funded in part by the Richard E. Saltonstall Charitable Foundation.

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Brown Bag "For the Good of the Country": Captive Trade Networks in the Colonial Northeast, 1630-1763 this event is free 25 May 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Joanne Jahnke Wegner, University of Minnesota

Between 1630 and 1763, multiple, intersecting captive trades developed in the colonial northeast as Native Americans, the English, and the French competed for geo-political power in the northeastern borderlands. The captive trades that emerged and evolved did so in the broader context of settler colonialism, where captive bodies became fungible commodities circulated by individuals and corporate bodies for economic, social, or political gain. The development of these captive trades depended upon the commodification of captive peoples who were trafficked in the colonies, across imperial borders, and into the Atlantic world.

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Exhibition The Private Jefferson this event is free 26 May 2016.Thursday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM The Private Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson has been described as an "American Sphinx." As the drafter of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States, he is one of the most famous Americans. Nevertheless, he is an enigmatic figure: an intensely private man who spent more than thirty years in public service; the spokesman for popular democracy who, at the same time, held hundreds of men, women and children as his personal property; an urbane, widely-travelled, and widely-read exemplar of the Enlightenment, who appeared happiest in a meticulously-planned environment that he had created for himself in the back country. The exhibition aims to pull back the veil and uncover the private Jefferson. Kicking off a year-long 225th anniversary celebration, The Private Jefferson: From the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society is open at the MHS through 20 May, Monday through Saturday, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

One of the Society’s greatest treasures is the Coolidge Collection of Thomas Jefferson manuscripts. The collection is comprised of letters, journals, record books, accounts, and 400 architectural drawings and sketches—almost 9,500 documents in all—collected by Jefferson’s descendants who lived in Massachusetts and donated them to the Society. 

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Brown Bag From the Partisan Press to the Political Procedural this event is free 27 May 2016.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Mary Hale, University of Illinois - Chicago

This project considers  the development of a new post-Civil War genre of political novels specifically by looking at Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner's The Gilded Age and Henry Adams's Democracy. It examines the way in which Twain and Adams turn to the novel after their experiences working as political journalists and how this move from the partisan press to the political novel enables them to imagine new forms of nonpartisan political activity.

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Building Closed Memorial Day 28 May 2016.Saturday, all day

The MHS library and exhibition galleries are closed. 

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Building Closed Memorial Day 30 May 2016.Monday, all day

The MHS library and exhibition galleries are closed. 

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Brown Bag The Slave South in the Far West: California, the Pacific, and Proslavery Visions of Empire, 1800-1865 this event is free 1 June 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Kevin Waite, University of Pennsylvania

Whereas most scholarship on slaveholding imperialism focuses on the Atlantic Basin, Waite argues that Southerners pursued an empire within the Pacific world as well. By tracking both proslavery activity in California and Southerners' attempts to capture the Pacific trade, hiswork highlights the centrality of the Far West in the nation's road to disunion.

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Public Program, Author Talk The Road To Concord and Stamp Act Stamp Unveiling registration required at no cost 2 June 2016.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Program will be proceeded by a reception at 5:30 J. L. Bell

In September 1774 Boston became the center of an “arms race” between Massachusetts’s royal government and emboldened Patriots, each side trying to secure as much artillery as they could for the coming conflict. Townsmen even stole four small cannon out of militia armories under redcoat guard. As Patriots smuggled their new ordnance into the countryside, Gen. Thomas Gage used scouts and informants to track down those weapons, finally locating them on James Barrett’s farm in Concord in April 1775. This book reveals a new dimension to the start of America’s War for Independence. MHS Fellow J. L. Bell, proprietor of Boston1775.net, will share highlights from The Road to Concord and describe how the society’s collections provided vital clues to this untold history.

As a special treat, the U.S. Postal Service will join us for the Massachusetts unveiling of a new stamp commemorating the 250th anniversary of the end of the Stamp Act crisis, the first act of the American Revolution.

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Brown Bag "A Just and Honest Valuation": Money and Value in Colonial America, 1690-1750 this event is free 3 June 2016.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Katie Moore, Boston University

The first half of the eighteenth century was a period of economic transformation for Britain’s North American colonies, during which colonial settlers were active agents in an increasingly complex Atlantic World of goods, credit, and labor. At the same time, colonists maintained traditional moral tenets and such social norms as communal obligation, economic fairness, and stewardship over the poor. In the face of widespread economic change, how did early Americans preserve their worldview? This project argues that colonists mediated economic change within existing moral and social frameworks by re-imagining the origins and nature of value as extrinsic, a conceptual shift reflected in their use of paper money.

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Public Program The Lively Place: Mount Auburn, America's First Garden Cemetery, and Its Revolutionary and Literary Residents registration required 6 June 2016.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Stephen Kendrick, Author

When the Mount Auburn Cemetery was founded, in 1831, it revolutionized the way Americans mourned the dead by offering a peaceful space for contemplation. This cemetery, located not far from Harvard University, was also a place that reflected and instilled an imperative to preserve and protect nature in a rapidly industrializing culture—lessons that would influence the creation of Central Park, the cemetery at Gettysburg, and the National Parks system. Even today this urban wildlife habitat continues to connect visitors with nature and serves as a model for sustainable landscape practices. Stephen Kendrick celebrates this vital piece of our nation’s history, as he tells the story of Mount Auburn’s founding, its legacy, and the many influential Americans interred there, from religious leaders to abolitionists, poets, and reformers.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 11 June 2016.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM

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, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition.

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Public Program The American President: From Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton registration required 11 June 2016.Saturday, 5:00PM - 6:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 4:30pm. William E. Leuchtenburg, Author

The American President is an account of American presidential actions from the assassination of William McKinley in 1901 to Bill Clinton's last night in office. William Leuchtenburg, one of the great presidential historians of the century, portrays each of the presidents in a chronicle sparkling with anecdote and wit. He offers a nuanced assessment of their conduct in office, preoccupations, and temperament. This book charts the enormous growth of presidential power from its lowly state in the late nineteenth century to the imperial presidency of the twentieth. That striking change was manifested both at home in periods of progressive reform and abroad, notably in two world wars, Vietnam, and the war on terror.

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Brown Bag Briton Hammon in the Archives this event is free 15 June 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Zach Hutchins, Colorado State University

Sharing new evidence from the British National Archives, Hutchins traces the circum-Atlantic journey of Massachusetts resident Briton Hammon. The enslaved Hammon published a narrative of his travels in 1760, an account many have described as the first slave narrative. In the Narrative Hammon places himself at the nexus of global politics, a player in the War of Jenkin’s Ear, the Seven Year’s War, and the larger power struggle between Catholics and Protestants.

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Public Program On the Battlefield of Merit: Harvard Law School, the First Century registration required 15 June 2016.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Daniel Coquillette and Bruce Kimball, Harvard Law School

Harvard Law School is the oldest and, arguably, the most influential law school in the nation. During its first century, Harvard Law School pioneered revolutionary educational ideas, including professional legal education within a university, Socratic questioning and case analysis, and the admission and training of students based on academic merit. But the school struggled to navigate its way through the many political, social, economic, and legal crises of the century, and it earned both scars and plaudits as a result. On the Battlefield of Merit offers a candid, critical, definitive account of a unique legal institution during its first century of influence. Daniel R. Coquillette and Bruce A. Kimball examine the school’s deep involvement in the Civil War, its reluctance to admit minorities and women, its anti-Catholicism, and its financial missteps at the turn of the twentieth century. Currently working on the second volume that will bring the story to the present, the authors will also relate this history to recent challenges faced by the school including questions of the relation of its seal to a fortune made on the backs of slaves.

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Brown Bag Freedom's Generation: Coming of Age in the Era of Emancipation this event is free 17 June 2016.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Ben Davidson, New York University

This research traces the lives of the generation of black and white children, in the North, South, and West, who grew up during the Civil War era and were the first generation to come of age after the end of slavery. The project explores how young people across the nation learned persistent lessons carried into adulthood about complexities inherent in ideas and experiences of emancipation, and it assesses how these lessons were transformed in memory by the turn of the twentieth century.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 18 June 2016.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM

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, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition.

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Public Program The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America registration required 20 June 2016.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Ethan Michaeli, Author

Giving voice to the voiceless, the Chicago Defender condemned Jim Crow, catalyzed the Great Migration, and focused the electoral power of black America. Robert S. Abbott founded The Defender in 1905, smuggled hundreds of thousands of copies into the most isolated communities in the segregated South, and was dubbed a "Modern Moses," becoming one of the first black millionaires in the process. His successor wielded the newspaper’s clout to elect mayors and presidents, including Harry S. Truman and John F. Kennedy, who would have lost without The Defender’s support. Drawing on dozens of interviews and extensive archival research, Ethan Michaeli constructs a revelatory narrative of race in America and brings to life the reporters who braved lynch mobs and policemen’s clubs to do their jobs, from the age of Teddy Roosevelt to the age of Barack Obama.

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Special Event MHS Fellows Annual Meeting & Reception registration required at no cost 22 June 2016.Wednesday, 5:00PM - 7:00PM This event is open only to MHS Fellows.

MHS Fellows are invited to the Society's annual business meeting. Following the meeting, enjoy a reception and view the Society's upcoming exhibition Turning Points in American History. RSVP required.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 25 June 2016.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM

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, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition.

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Public Program A New Perspective on the 19th Century Rivalry between New York and Boston registration required 29 June 2016.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Michael Wheeler, Ph.D

Changing technology has introduced tools that can change the way we see and understand history. Dr. Wheeler has degrees in history, computer science, international relations, and earned a PhD by using Historical Geographic Information Systems (HGIS) to develop three-dimensional, animated maps for studying historical events. During the 19th Century urban rivalry between New York and Boston, small topographic features had large transportation effects that created winners and losers. The bigger surprises come from understanding the timing and motivations for canal and railroad construction – through the act of correctly positioning internal improvements in space and time, we uncover new insights into 19th Century urban rivals, transportation profits, and international trade.

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Building Closed Independence Day 4 July 2016.Monday, all day

The MHS library and exhibition galleries are closed.

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Brown Bag Passing Transcendental: Harvard, Heresy, and the Modern American Origins of Unbelief this event is free 6 July 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM David Faflik, University of Rhode Island

Dismissed in some quarters as “infidels,” the so-called “transcendentalists” of greater Boston in the 1830s, 1840s, and 1850s articulated an alternative faith that was rooted in their principled commitments to liberal spiritual renewal, philosophical idealism, and social reform. However we reckon with transcendentalism today, in our current post-secular moment, we might take seriously the charge that the transcendentalists were indeed representative “infidels” in their day and in their way. Some would say New England’s historical transcendentalists were idiosyncratically spiritual; others would call them symptomatically secular. This project asks if we might also say that transcendentalism’s unique worldview constituted not only a kind of unorthodoxy, but outright unbelief. 

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Public Program Bone Rooms: From Scientific Racism to Human Prehistory in Museums registration required 6 July 2016.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Samuel Redman, UMASS Amherst

In 1864 a U.S. army doctor dug up the remains of a Dakota man who had been killed in Minnesota. Carefully recording his observations, he sent the skeleton to a museum in Washington, DC, that was collecting human remains for research. In the “bone rooms” of this museum and others like it, a scientific revolution was unfolding that would change our understanding of the human body, race, and prehistory. Samuel Redman unearths the story of how human remains became highly sought-after artifacts for both scientific research and public display. Seeking evidence to support new theories of human evolution and racial classification, collectors embarked on a global competition to recover the best specimens of skeletons, mummies, and fossils. The Smithsonian Institution built the largest collection of human remains in the United States, edging out stiff competition from natural history and medical museums springing up in cities and on university campuses across America. Today, debates about the ethics of these collections continue, but the terms of engagement were largely set by the surge of collecting that was already waning by World War II.

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Teacher Workshop Teaching Three Centuries of History through MHS Collections Please RSVP   registration required at no cost 12 July 2016 to 14 July 2016 Funded by the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation.

Celebrate the Society’s 225th anniversary and help us make our collections more accessible to teachers and students. Participants will engage with items in our collections, learn from guest historians, and investigate different methods for using primary sources in the classroom. Together with MHS staff we will explore topics such as colonial encounters between English settlers and native peoples, urban politics in the era of the American Revolution, African American poetry and antebellum abolition efforts, and the woman’s suffrage movement.

Application Information:
Educators in grades 5 - 12 are welcome to apply.

Each participant will be expected to curate a set of classroom resources on a specific topic, and will receive a $500 stipend and two graduate credits.

For more information, including application instructions, contact education@masshist.org or call 617-646-0557.

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Brown Bag The Great Peace of 1670 and the Forgotten Corner of the Iroquois Confederacy's Eastern Door this event is free 13 July 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Evan Haefeli, Texas A&M University

In a little known treaty conference, the Iroquois made peace with the Hudson Valley tribes who had been allied with the southern New England Algonquians in a war with the Confederacy that for the New Englanders was not concluded until after King Philip’s War. The 1670 treaty is important for several reasons: it not only kept the New York Algonquians neutral during King Philip’s War, and thus abandoned their former allies, but it is the origin of the designation of the “Delaware” Indians (who did not yet exist as such) as “women” (a problematic term) that became so notorious in 18th century Pennsylvania. This project examines the origins of the treaty in the war against the Iroquois and the previously overlooked alliance between the Hudson Valley and New England Algonquians in the 1660s.

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Public Program Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon registration required 13 July 2016.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Larry Tye, Author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

History remembers Robert F. Kennedy as the last progressive knight of a bygone era of American politics. But Kennedy’s enshrinement in the liberal pantheon was actually the final stage of a journey that had its beginnings in the conservative 1950s. In Bobby Kennedy, Larry Tye peels away layers of myth and misconception to paint a complete portrait of this singularly fascinating figure. To capture the full arc of his subject’s life, Tye draws on unpublished memoirs, unreleased government files, and fifty-eight boxes of Bobby's papers that had been under lock and key for the past forty years. He conducted hundreds of interviews with RFK intimates--including Bobby’s widow, Ethel, his sister Jean, and his aide John Siegenthaler—many of whom have never spoken to another biographer. Tye’s determination to sift through the tangle of often contradictory evidence means that Bobby Kennedy will stand as the definitive one-volume biography of a man much beloved, but just as often misunderstood.

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Brown Bag Atlantic Abolitionism and National Reputation: The Intersection of Ethics and Policy in the United States and Britain this event is free 20 July 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Craig Bruce Smith, Tufts University

Drawn from the current book project, “Redemption: The American Revolution, Ethics, and Abolitionism in Britain and the United States,” this talk explores Atlantic abolitionism and the connection between ethics and public policy. Beginning immediately after Britain’s defeat in the Revolution, it frames the British movement to end slavery as a conscious effort to assert the country’s reputation and moral superiority over the United States. It advances that American abolitionism, in turn, became a direct response to the British challenge.

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Public Program Boston Historical this event is free 21 July 2016.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm.

Boston does not have a city historical society, but it has a wealth of neighborhood organizations. From the West End to the South Boston, Bostonians are steeped in local history and proud of their neighborhood’s identity. The Massachusetts Historical Society is pleased to invite the public and representatives of local organizations for a chance to mingle and share recent accomplishments or the great projects they are working on.

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Teacher Workshop Women in the Era of the American Revolution Please RSVP   registration required 26 July 2016 to 28 July 2016

Study the revolution through the words and artifacts of the women who lived it. Correspondence demonstrates that women like Abigail Adams, Hannah Winthrop, and Mercy Otis Warren were vital consumers (and boycotters) of imported goods, and functioned as heads of household while their male family members served in the military or traveled on political missions. They recorded important events of the day, and, in the case of Warren, interpreted those events for a public audience. Throughout the workshop we will explore the daily lives of revolutionary women, including those who served as soldiers and secret agents, or followed the army as cooks and laundresses.

This program is open to educators and history enthusiasts. Teachers can earn 45 PDPs and two graduate credits (for an additional fee).

Dates: July 26-28, 2016

Times: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Fee: $35 per person

To Register / For more information: complete this registration form, or contact the education department at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557.

Program Highlights

  • Tour the Society's newest exhibition Turning Points: Decisive Moments in American History
  • Explore letters, diaries, and images from the Society's collection and participate in a hands-on activity that will engage your detective skills.
  • Discuss the intimate nature of women's political, social, and economic networks in colonial Boston with Dr. Serena Zabin.
  • Analyze paintings and artifacts at the Museum of Fine Arts.
  • Visit Old North Church investigate church records to discover untold stories of congregants, specifically women and African Americans.
  • Interpret life for colonial women through objects and structures at the Paul Revere House.
  • This program is funded in part by the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati

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Public Program Augustus Saint-Gaudens Civil War Monuments this event is free 29 July 2016.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Jack Curtis

The greatest sculptor of the Beaux-Arts era, Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907), secured his place in the pantheon of American artists with his dynamic portrayals of Civil War heroes. This survey of the life and work of the influential sculptor will focus on his heroic, yet compassionate 1887 Abraham Lincoln: The Man (or Standing Lincoln) in Chicago’s Lincoln Park as representative of Saint-Gaudens’s method, art, and time. By also looking at his first commission, the Admiral David Farragut Monument in New York’s Madison Square Park, and his final work, the General Sherman Monument at New York’s Central Park, and studying the magisterial Shaw Memorial/54th Massachusetts Regiment on the Boston Common, this talk will give students an appreciation of Saint-Gaudens’s pioneering integration of architecture, landscape design, and monumental sculpture.

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Teacher Workshop Civil War Seminar Please RSVP   registration required at no cost 30 July 2016.Saturday, 8:30AM - 2:30PM Joseph Fornier, Rochester Institute of Technology

This seminar will explore, through the use of primary source documents, three themes: how the Union and the Confederacy justified secession and war; the idea of emancipation as a revolutionary form of war; and Lincoln's proposals for reconstruction the United States as the Civil War came to an end in 1865. This program is co-sponsored by the Ashbrook institute at Ashland University, with assistance from the Lincoln and Therese Filene Foundation.

This program is open to all  K-12 educators.

Register at the Ashbrook website:

http://teachingamericanhistory.org/event/forum-civil-war-boston-ma/

Contact education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557 for more information.

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Brown Bag Motherhood and the Court of Public Opinion: Transgressive Maternity in America, 1768-1868 this event is free 1 August 2016.Monday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Cassandra Berman, Brandeis University

This project examines the figure of the transgressive mother in the United States from 1768 to 1868, a period in which an idealized version of motherhood began to be seen as integral to the moral development of the nation. Many women violated these ideals, however, and transgressed both legal and social expectations as they did so. Moreover, these mothers fascinated ordinary Americans, who eagerly read of their crimes and indiscretions in the burgeoning mass media. This research shifts the focus away from ideals, and instead examines how the public judged those mothers who either could not or would not conform.

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Brown Bag "Missionary Nation": Imagining America's Role in the Post-Civil War World this event is free 3 August 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM James Shinn, Yale University

How did the Civil War change the way Americans thought about their country's role in global affairs? This talk examines how the struggle for the Union exercised a powerful and lasting--but deeply ambiguous--influence on the Republican foreign policy vision of the late 1860s and 1870s.

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Teacher Workshop Whaling in Nineteenth-Century Massachusetts Please RSVP   registration required 4 August 2016 to 5 August 2016 Funded by the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation.

Investigate American whaling in the age of sail, and its effects on the politics, economy, and culture of Massachusetts. Whaling provided men and women of the Commonwealth with new opportunities for financial and cultural exchange. Using documents from the MHS and Leventhal Map Center, we will explore the lives of sailors, whaling wives and entrepreneurs, and trace the expanding geographical horizons afforded by the whaling industry. On August 5th we will take a field trip to New Bedford, Massachusetts, the largest whaling port in the world by the 1830s. We will visit the New Bedford Whaling Museum to explore art and artifacts from whaling voyages that spanned the globe, and take a walking tour of the city whose whale oil "lit the world."

This program is open to educators and history enthusiasts. Educators can earn 22.5 PDPs and one graduate credit (for an additional fee).

Dates: August 4 & 5, 2016

Times: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Fee: $75 per person

To Register / For more information: complete this registration form, or contact the education department at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557.

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Teacher Workshop The Maritime History of Massachusetts' North Shore Please RSVP   registration required 9 August 2016 to 11 August 2016 Funded by the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation

Explore Massachusetts's connections to the sea through the documents, artifacts, landscapes, and historic structures in Beverly, Gloucester, and Marblehead. Join us as we learn more about the original inhabitants of this region and their earliest encounters with European settlers. Tour the working waterfront of Gloucester, and learn how global trade has affected these communities over the past three centuries. View the region's past from an artistic perspective and discuss the works of Winslow Homer, Fitz Henry Lane, and other artists who found inspiration from the sea.

This program is open to educators and history enthusiasts. Teachers can earn 45 PDPs and two graduate credits (for an additional fee).

Dates: August 9-11, 2016 

Times: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Fee: $35 per person

To Register / For more information: complete this registration form, or contact the education department at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557.

    This program is funded in part by the Richard E. Saltonstall Charitable Foundation.

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