November 2012
MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 3 November 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour ...

Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour. For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

Free and open to the public.

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Brown Bag American Relics and the Material Politics of Public Memory 7 November 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Matthew Dennis, University of Oregon This project assesses American relics—publicly significant mortal remains and related ...

This project assesses American relics—publicly significant mortal remains and related artifacts—that have emerged and persisted since the colonial period.  American Relics will analyze the evolving meanings and deployments of American mementos mori and other potent objects.  Its interpretive narrative focuses attention on exemplary relics—whether ordinary or extraordinary—placing them in a broader context, using their histories to analyze the means through which Americans have used them to express and authorize their public words by making those words (literally) concrete.

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Building Closed Veterans Day 10 November 2012.Saturday, all day More
Building Closed Veterans Day 12 November 2012.Monday, all day More
Environmental History Seminar “Many Bulldozers are Drooling”: The Urban Origins of Rail Trails 13 November 2012.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Silas Chamberlin, Lehigh University Comment: Julia O’Brien, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation This history of rail trails highlights the increasingly fractious relationship among urban ...

This history of rail trails highlights the increasingly fractious relationship among urban constituencies and sheds light on the meaning of recreational trails as spaces of potential conflict between groups of walkers, landowners, policymakers, and residents.

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Public Program, Exhibition Curator's Choice/Collector's Insight 15 November 2012.Thursday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Gallery Talk Anne Bentley, MHS Sarah Nehama, Jeweler & Private Collector In an intimate and relaxed walk through the exhibition In Death Lamented, co-curators Anne ...

In an intimate and relaxed walk through the exhibition In Death Lamented, co-curators Anne Bentley and Sarah Nehama will discuss their favorite pieces, and Ms. Nehama will relay some of the adventures she encountered while building her private collection.

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Public Program Cotton & Race in the Making of Massachusetts & America 19 November 2012.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 P.M. Gene Dattel Gene Dattel, author of Cotton and Race in the Making of America, will bring the ...

Gene Dattel, author of Cotton and Race in the Making of America, will bring the relationship of cotton and race out of the regional shadows into the forefront of American history. The powerful dynamic of cotton, the first truly global business, produced catastrophic racial consequences and performed a critical nation-building economic impact. Dattel casts light upon today’s economic and racial issues and financial policies. He explains why the antebellum North provides the key to the tragedy of African American history from Reconstruction to the present.

Gene Dattel grew up in the cotton country of the Mississippi Delta and studied history at Yale and law at Vanderbilt. He then embarked on a twenty-year career in financial capital markets. Mr Dattel is now a New York/Connecticut-based financial historian who lectures widely. Additional information may be obtained at genedattel.com.

Reservations requested. To RSVP call 617-646-0560 or click on the ticket icon above.

Due to circumstances beyond his control, Niall Ferguson will no longer be able to moderate the talk.

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Public Program, Author Talk Queen of America: In Search of the Real Dolley Madison 20 November 2012.Tuesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Catherine Allgor, University of California, Riverside Despite her role as an influential first Lady, Dolley Madison left no autobiographical record of her ...

Despite her role as an influential first Lady, Dolley Madison left no autobiographical record of her experiences as a woman or as a socio-political figure. In The Queen of America, acclaimed author Catherine Allgor along with other Madison historians offer the annotated memoir of Dolley from her niece, Mary Cutts. Revealing much about public women in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Allgor also offers an example of the ways in which historians can recover the lives of these "vanishing ladies."

Granting considerable insight into the figures of both Madison and her ambitious niece, whose memoir touches upon nineteenth-century femininity and historical relevancy as well as Dolley’s own life and times, The Queen of America assesses, contextualizes, and comments upon the two drafts of Cutts’s biography. Including a newly annotated transcription, the book evaluates the adequacy, accuracy, and general utility of Cutts’s memoir as a historical and biographical source.

As noted by Cokie Roberts in the book’s foreword, in the midst of a “detective story” of this historical puzzle, Allgor acts as both guide and investigator into the information that was provided—and withheld—by Cutts.

Catherine Allgor, Professor of History and Presidential Chair at the University of California, Riverside, is the author of A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation and Parlor Politics: In Which the Ladies of Washington Help Build a City and a Government.

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Immigration and Urban History Seminar Political Rights in the Age of Migration: The Case of Immigrant Voting in the U.S. 20 November 2012.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Ron Hayduk, City University of New York Comment: Alexander Keyssar, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University This seminar paper chronicles the rise, fall, and re-emergence of immigrant voting. It examines the ...

This seminar paper chronicles the rise, fall, and re-emergence of immigrant voting. It examines the arguments for and against noncitizen voting—as well as proponents and opponents—and its impact on policy and American political development.

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Brown Bag Emancipating Citizenship: Race, Sex and (the Trouble with) Egalitarian Visions 21 November 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Ann Holder, Pratt Institute From sidewalks to streetcars, public space was a significant battleground in the post-Civil War ...

From sidewalks to streetcars, public space was a significant battleground in the post-Civil War urban south. With a focus on Richmond and New Orleans, this talk recaptures the vibrant movements for citizenship without regard to race or status, as well as the anxieties over sexual histories of racial uncertainty that fueled their political opposition.

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Building Closed Thanksgiving 22 November 2012.Thursday, all day More
Building Closed Thanksgiving 23 November 2012.Friday, all day More
Building Closed Thanksgiving 24 November 2012.Saturday, all day More
Progressive Bull Moose pin Exhibitionends In the Arena: The Presidential Election of 1912 in Massachusetts 27 November 2012.Tuesday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM One hundred years ago, the presidential election of 1912 saw the emergence of the strongest third ...

Progressive Bull Moose pinOne hundred years ago, the presidential election of 1912 saw the emergence of the strongest third-party candidate in American history when former president Theodore Roosevelt returned to the political arena as the standard bearer of the Progressive "Bull Moose" Party and Eugene Debs made the best showing ever for a Socialist Party candidate. Between 4 September and 27 November, the Society will display personal correspondence, photographs, and political memorabilia to show how Woodrow Wilson eked out a victory in one of the most closely contested presidential elections in Massachusetts history.

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Public Program The Confederacy in History, Myth, & Memory 27 November 2012.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 P.M. Waite Rawls, Museum of the Confederacy The Confederacy in history, myth, and memory continues to be a topic that fascinates a global ...

The Confederacy in history, myth, and memory continues to be a topic that fascinates a global audience. Why? How has the memory developed from the eras of the War, the Lost Cause, Civil Rights, and today? Waite Rawls, President and CEO of the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, will address these and related questions as he demonstrates how this history is relevant in the 21st century, especially its complications and nuances.

Mr. Rawls spent 30 years as an investment banker in New York and Chicago before returning to his native Virginia 8 years ago. He is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and has a JD and MBA from the University of Virginia.

Reservations requested. To RSVP call 617-646-0560 or click on the ticket icon above.

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Member Event Historical Happy Hour 27 November 2012.Tuesday, 8:00PM - 9:00PM Special Event for MHS Associate Members Join us for our first historical happy hour! Associate Members are invited to gather after the talk ...

Join us for our first historical happy hour! Associate Members are invited to gather after the talk by Waite Rawls to enjoy a cocktail and continue the discussion. Immediately following the talk, we will walk to The Hawthorne in Kenmore Square for a Southern cocktail and some delightful discourse.


Evening Lecture

The Confederacy in History, Myth, & Memory

Waite Rawls, Museum of the Confederacy

The Confederacy in history, myth, and memory continues to be a topic that fascinates a global audience. Why? How has the memory developed from the eras of the War, the Lost Cause, and Civil Rights? Mr. Rawls will address these and related questions as he demonstrates how this history is relevant in the 21st century, especially its complications and nuances.

Reception at 5:30 PM / Lecture at 6:00 PM

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Cocktails with Clio Special Event Cocktails with Clio 30 November 2012.Friday, 6:00PM - 9:00PM The third annual Cocktails with Clio will take place on 30 November 2012, from 6 to 9 PM. Named for ...

Cocktails with ClioThe third annual Cocktails with Clio will take place on 30 November 2012, from 6 to 9 PM. Named for the muse of history, this festive evening celebrates American history and the 221-year-old mission of the Society. Following an elegant cocktail buffet at the Society’s building, guests will proceed to the nearby Harvard Club for dessert and a conversation with cultural critic, Harvard scholar, host of PBS series Finding Your Roots, and MHS Overseer Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  As the evening progresses, Professor Gates will discuss his approach to writing and teaching history, his interest in tracing our nation’s roots through individual stories, and how he has used MHS collections in his research.

Tickets cost $200 per person. All net proceeds from the event will support the Society's outreach efforts.

The MHS is pleased to offer the following event sponsorships:

$5,000 - Clio’s Circle
•    Thank you in the event invitation and program book.
•    Complimentary valet parking for three vehicles.
•    Six tickets to the event.
•    Six reserved seats at the front of the hall for the speaking program.
•    Six tickets to the V.I.P. champagne pre-reception with special guest Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

$2,500 - Patrons of the Muse
•    Thank you in the event invitation and program book.
•    Complimentary valet parking for two vehicles.
•    Four tickets to the event.
•    Four reserved seats at the front of the hall for the speaking program.

$1,000 - Friends of the Muse    
•    Thank you in the event invitation and program book.
•    Complimentary valet parking for one vehicle.
•    Two tickets to the event.
•    Two reserved seats at the front of the hall for the speaking program.

For more information about becoming a sponsor, please contact Carol Knauff at cknauff@masshist.org or 617-646-0554.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 3 November 2012.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. Parties of 8 or more should contact the MHS prior to attending a tour. For more information please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

Free and open to the public.

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Brown Bag American Relics and the Material Politics of Public Memory 7 November 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Matthew Dennis, University of Oregon

This project assesses American relics—publicly significant mortal remains and related artifacts—that have emerged and persisted since the colonial period.  American Relics will analyze the evolving meanings and deployments of American mementos mori and other potent objects.  Its interpretive narrative focuses attention on exemplary relics—whether ordinary or extraordinary—placing them in a broader context, using their histories to analyze the means through which Americans have used them to express and authorize their public words by making those words (literally) concrete.

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Building Closed Veterans Day 10 November 2012.Saturday, all day close

Building Closed Veterans Day 12 November 2012.Monday, all day close

Environmental History Seminar “Many Bulldozers are Drooling”: The Urban Origins of Rail Trails 13 November 2012.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Silas Chamberlin, Lehigh University Comment: Julia O’Brien, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation

This history of rail trails highlights the increasingly fractious relationship among urban constituencies and sheds light on the meaning of recreational trails as spaces of potential conflict between groups of walkers, landowners, policymakers, and residents.

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Public Program, Exhibition Curator's Choice/Collector's Insight 15 November 2012.Thursday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Gallery Talk Anne Bentley, MHS Sarah Nehama, Jeweler & Private Collector

In an intimate and relaxed walk through the exhibition In Death Lamented, co-curators Anne Bentley and Sarah Nehama will discuss their favorite pieces, and Ms. Nehama will relay some of the adventures she encountered while building her private collection.

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Public Program Cotton & Race in the Making of Massachusetts & America 19 November 2012.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 P.M. Gene Dattel

Gene Dattel, author of Cotton and Race in the Making of America, will bring the relationship of cotton and race out of the regional shadows into the forefront of American history. The powerful dynamic of cotton, the first truly global business, produced catastrophic racial consequences and performed a critical nation-building economic impact. Dattel casts light upon today’s economic and racial issues and financial policies. He explains why the antebellum North provides the key to the tragedy of African American history from Reconstruction to the present.

Gene Dattel grew up in the cotton country of the Mississippi Delta and studied history at Yale and law at Vanderbilt. He then embarked on a twenty-year career in financial capital markets. Mr Dattel is now a New York/Connecticut-based financial historian who lectures widely. Additional information may be obtained at genedattel.com.

Reservations requested. To RSVP call 617-646-0560 or click on the ticket icon above.

Due to circumstances beyond his control, Niall Ferguson will no longer be able to moderate the talk.

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Public Program, Author Talk Queen of America: In Search of the Real Dolley Madison 20 November 2012.Tuesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Catherine Allgor, University of California, Riverside

Despite her role as an influential first Lady, Dolley Madison left no autobiographical record of her experiences as a woman or as a socio-political figure. In The Queen of America, acclaimed author Catherine Allgor along with other Madison historians offer the annotated memoir of Dolley from her niece, Mary Cutts. Revealing much about public women in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Allgor also offers an example of the ways in which historians can recover the lives of these "vanishing ladies."

Granting considerable insight into the figures of both Madison and her ambitious niece, whose memoir touches upon nineteenth-century femininity and historical relevancy as well as Dolley’s own life and times, The Queen of America assesses, contextualizes, and comments upon the two drafts of Cutts’s biography. Including a newly annotated transcription, the book evaluates the adequacy, accuracy, and general utility of Cutts’s memoir as a historical and biographical source.

As noted by Cokie Roberts in the book’s foreword, in the midst of a “detective story” of this historical puzzle, Allgor acts as both guide and investigator into the information that was provided—and withheld—by Cutts.

Catherine Allgor, Professor of History and Presidential Chair at the University of California, Riverside, is the author of A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation and Parlor Politics: In Which the Ladies of Washington Help Build a City and a Government.

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Immigration and Urban History Seminar Political Rights in the Age of Migration: The Case of Immigrant Voting in the U.S. 20 November 2012.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Ron Hayduk, City University of New York Comment: Alexander Keyssar, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

This seminar paper chronicles the rise, fall, and re-emergence of immigrant voting. It examines the arguments for and against noncitizen voting—as well as proponents and opponents—and its impact on policy and American political development.

close

Brown Bag Emancipating Citizenship: Race, Sex and (the Trouble with) Egalitarian Visions 21 November 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Ann Holder, Pratt Institute

From sidewalks to streetcars, public space was a significant battleground in the post-Civil War urban south. With a focus on Richmond and New Orleans, this talk recaptures the vibrant movements for citizenship without regard to race or status, as well as the anxieties over sexual histories of racial uncertainty that fueled their political opposition.

close

Building Closed Thanksgiving 22 November 2012.Thursday, all day close

Building Closed Thanksgiving 23 November 2012.Friday, all day close

Building Closed Thanksgiving 24 November 2012.Saturday, all day close

Exhibition In the Arena: The Presidential Election of 1912 in Massachusetts Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM Progressive Bull Moose pin

Progressive Bull Moose pinOne hundred years ago, the presidential election of 1912 saw the emergence of the strongest third-party candidate in American history when former president Theodore Roosevelt returned to the political arena as the standard bearer of the Progressive "Bull Moose" Party and Eugene Debs made the best showing ever for a Socialist Party candidate. Between 4 September and 27 November, the Society will display personal correspondence, photographs, and political memorabilia to show how Woodrow Wilson eked out a victory in one of the most closely contested presidential elections in Massachusetts history.

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Public Program The Confederacy in History, Myth, & Memory 27 November 2012.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 P.M. Waite Rawls, Museum of the Confederacy

The Confederacy in history, myth, and memory continues to be a topic that fascinates a global audience. Why? How has the memory developed from the eras of the War, the Lost Cause, Civil Rights, and today? Waite Rawls, President and CEO of the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, will address these and related questions as he demonstrates how this history is relevant in the 21st century, especially its complications and nuances.

Mr. Rawls spent 30 years as an investment banker in New York and Chicago before returning to his native Virginia 8 years ago. He is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and has a JD and MBA from the University of Virginia.

Reservations requested. To RSVP call 617-646-0560 or click on the ticket icon above.

close

Member Event Historical Happy Hour 27 November 2012.Tuesday, 8:00PM - 9:00PM Special Event for MHS Associate Members

Join us for our first historical happy hour! Associate Members are invited to gather after the talk by Waite Rawls to enjoy a cocktail and continue the discussion. Immediately following the talk, we will walk to The Hawthorne in Kenmore Square for a Southern cocktail and some delightful discourse.


Evening Lecture

The Confederacy in History, Myth, & Memory

Waite Rawls, Museum of the Confederacy

The Confederacy in history, myth, and memory continues to be a topic that fascinates a global audience. Why? How has the memory developed from the eras of the War, the Lost Cause, and Civil Rights? Mr. Rawls will address these and related questions as he demonstrates how this history is relevant in the 21st century, especially its complications and nuances.

Reception at 5:30 PM / Lecture at 6:00 PM

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Notice Library Closing @ 2:00 PM 30 November 2012.Friday, all day close

Special Event Cocktails with Clio 30 November 2012.Friday, 6:00PM - 9:00PM Cocktails with Clio

Cocktails with ClioThe third annual Cocktails with Clio will take place on 30 November 2012, from 6 to 9 PM. Named for the muse of history, this festive evening celebrates American history and the 221-year-old mission of the Society. Following an elegant cocktail buffet at the Society’s building, guests will proceed to the nearby Harvard Club for dessert and a conversation with cultural critic, Harvard scholar, host of PBS series Finding Your Roots, and MHS Overseer Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  As the evening progresses, Professor Gates will discuss his approach to writing and teaching history, his interest in tracing our nation’s roots through individual stories, and how he has used MHS collections in his research.

Tickets cost $200 per person. All net proceeds from the event will support the Society's outreach efforts.

The MHS is pleased to offer the following event sponsorships:

$5,000 - Clio’s Circle
•    Thank you in the event invitation and program book.
•    Complimentary valet parking for three vehicles.
•    Six tickets to the event.
•    Six reserved seats at the front of the hall for the speaking program.
•    Six tickets to the V.I.P. champagne pre-reception with special guest Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

$2,500 - Patrons of the Muse
•    Thank you in the event invitation and program book.
•    Complimentary valet parking for two vehicles.
•    Four tickets to the event.
•    Four reserved seats at the front of the hall for the speaking program.

$1,000 - Friends of the Muse    
•    Thank you in the event invitation and program book.
•    Complimentary valet parking for one vehicle.
•    Two tickets to the event.
•    Two reserved seats at the front of the hall for the speaking program.

For more information about becoming a sponsor, please contact Carol Knauff at cknauff@masshist.org or 617-646-0554.

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