July 2019
Abigail Adams - Independence and Ideals Exhibitionbegins Abigail Adams: Independence & Ideals 1 July 2019.Monday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Pop-up display open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM, and Tuesday from 10 AM to 7 PM For Abigail Adams, the road to independence meant creating and sustaining a new set of American ...

For Abigail Adams, the road to independence meant creating and sustaining a new set of American ideals. Abigail knew that the patriot cause must embrace both revolution and reform. Explore her views from the political center of the emerging nation with the manuscripts and artifacts on view as part of this Remember Abigail exhibit.

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Public Program Isaac Allerton: Mayflower, Magistrate, and Merchant 2 July 2019.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. David Furlow and Lisa Pennington There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). Isaac Allerton, a tailor born in 1586, went from Suffolk to London, Leiden to America. Through the ...

Isaac Allerton, a tailor born in 1586, went from Suffolk to London, Leiden to America. Through the Mayflower Compact, his service as Plymouth’s first Assistant to the Governor, and the Remonstrance of the Eight Men of Manhattan, Allerton wove representative government, popular elections, law, and commerce into the fabric of American society. David Furlow, editor of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society Journal, and Lisa Pennington, a descendant, tell Allerton’s story.

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Building Closed Independence Day 4 July 2019.Thursday, all day The MHS is CLOSED in observance of Independence Day.

The MHS is CLOSED in observance of Independence Day.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 6 July 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM 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.

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Public Program, Conversation The Legacy of the China Trade in Massachusetts: Art, Artifacts and Manuscripts in Local Collections 9 July 2019.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Layla Bermeo, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Karina Corrigan, Peabody Essex Museum, and moderator Peter Drummey There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). Paintings, documents, decorative arts, and objects can weave together a more complete story of early ...

Paintings, documents, decorative arts, and objects can weave together a more complete story of early America’s relationship with China in the 18th and 19th centuries. The intersections found in prominent collecting institutions in Massachusetts will be the subject of this discussion, which will feature highlights from the holdings of the MHS, MFA, and Peabody Essex Museum, and will describe the journey of these important objects and manuscripts from private hands to public collections.

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Teacher Workshopbegins Education: Equality and Access 11 July 2019.Thursday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Registration fee: $40 This program will investigate the history of education access in Massachusetts and the United States ...

This program will investigate the history of education access in Massachusetts and the United States, with a particular focus on access to education for African American students. Participants will learn more about Massachusetts residents who influenced national education policies, Massachusetts court cases that changed the course of national education policy, and the legacy of segregation and desegregation practices that impact Massachusetts schools to this day.

The workshop runs from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM each day.  This workshop is open to all K-12 educators. Teachers can earn 45 Professional Development Points and 2 graduate credits (for an additional fee).

 

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Teacher Workshopends Education: Equality and Access 12 July 2019.Friday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Registration fee: $40 This program will investigate the history of education access in Massachusetts and the United States ...

This program will investigate the history of education access in Massachusetts and the United States, with a particular focus on access to education for African American students. Participants will learn more about Massachusetts residents who influenced national education policies, Massachusetts court cases that changed the course of national education policy, and the legacy of segregation and desegregation practices that impact Massachusetts schools to this day.

The workshop runs from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM each day.  This workshop is open to all K-12 educators. Teachers can earn 45 Professional Development Points and 2 graduate credits (for an additional fee).

 

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Special Event Transcribe-a-thon 13 July 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 3:00PM Registration for this event is now closed. Help the MHS celebrate John Quincy Adams’s birthday by joining our annual transcribe-a-thon. ...

Help the MHS celebrate John Quincy Adams’s birthday by joining our annual transcribe-a-thon. Immerse yourself in JQA’s diary and help the Adams Papers Editorial Project make more of his 15,000-page diary available online. Lunch and light refreshments will be provided.

 

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//bond.jpg Brown Bag, Research Fellow Class Conflict, Political Violence and Coerced Oath-Taking In 1760s New England 17 July 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Kevin Murphy/ SUNY Stony Brook Colonial society generally considered sworn promises binding in any circumstance, even if made under ...

Colonial society generally considered sworn promises binding in any circumstance, even if made under duress. This lecture describes the ethical and social values which underwrote this assumption and how they were weaponized during the Imperial Crisis to transfer power from loyalist elites to the patriot “crowd”.

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Public Program Boston Historical Reception 18 July 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a reception at 5:30. Anita Walker, Mass Cultural Council There is no “Boston Historical Society,” but the metro area does have a wealth of ...

There is no “Boston Historical Society,” but the metro area does have a wealth of history organizations. Boston and surrounding towns are steeped in local history and the inhabitants are proud of their local identity. The MHS is pleased to hold the fifth annual reception for history buffs and representatives of local organizations to mingle, share recent accomplishments, and talk about the great projects on which they are working.

 

 

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Teacher Workshop National History Day in Massachusetts 19 July 2019.Friday, 9:30AM - 3:30PM Hyde Park Branch of the Boston Public Library (35 Harvard Ave, Hyde Park, MA 02136) Open to Educators Grades 6-12 (priority given to BPS teachers). Join us for an introductory workshop that will provide you with tools and strategies for ...

Join us for an introductory workshop that will provide you with tools and strategies for implementing the National History Day curriculum in your classroom.

Looking for a new way to make history come alive for your students? Eager to equip them with the research and writing skills they’ll need in college and beyond? National History Day in Massachusetts checks all of the boxes: it’s a year-long interdisciplinary program for Grades 6-12 that blends historical research, analysis, and creative expression. National History Day is the nation's leading program for history education and engages more than half a million students across the country each year. Students research history topics of their choice related to an annual theme and create exhibits, documentaries, performances, papers, and documentary films, which they may then enter in competitions at the regional, state, and national levels.

With generous support from Mass Humanities, we will be offering educators a $150 stipend and 22.5 PDPs upon completion of this workshop. (We ask for a $50 deposit, which will be refunded to you at the workshop. If this will be an obstacle for attendance, please email us at education@masshist.org.)

MHS staff are happy to provide an optional 1-day follow-up session in the fall for any teacher or district who wants additional mentorship. Teachers will also be required to judge at one of the regional or state NHD competitions, which will take place in March and April 2020. In order to take part in this workshop, you must be currently working as a Grade 6-12 educator. If you have any questions, please contact us at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0576.

This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Abigail Adams: Independence and Ideals, Pop-up Display and Talk 19 July 2019.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM The Pop-up Display will be on view from July 1-September 21 July 19 at 2:00 PM: Join an Adams Papers editor for an in-depth look at the display. Never “an uninterested Spectator” when it came to the American political landscape, ...

Never “an uninterested Spectator” when it came to the American political landscape, Abigail Adams leveraged a wide network of correspondents to discuss her vision of the emerging nation.

 

 

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 20 July 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM 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.

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Public Program, Conversation The Legacy of the China Trade in Massachusetts: The Emergence of a Global Boston 22 July 2019.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Gwenn Miller, College of the Holy Cross; Dael Norwood, University of Delaware; Moderator: Tunney Lee, MIT There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). Trade with China began in earnest in the peaceful years following the Revolution, with ports in ...

Trade with China began in earnest in the peaceful years following the Revolution, with ports in Salem and Boston emerging as some of the most dynamic sites of economic activity in the early American landscape. This cross-cultural exposure and influence helped cast Boston’s strong regional identity and marked the city as an international force in its own right. This discussion will explore the breadth of Boston’s early global reach and how reflections of this past are still felt today.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//hooper_bb.jpg Brown Bag, Research Fellow “That Agitating Element”: African Americans, Native Americans, and the Push for Citizenship in the 19th Century 24 July 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Kevin Hooper, University of Oklahoma This talk explores the ways in which African Americans and Native Americans shaped conceptions of U ...

This talk explores the ways in which African Americans and Native Americans shaped conceptions of U.S. citizenship in the 19th century. Although citizenship became more of a federal concern after the Civil War, this talk argues that African American and Native American activists began this transition in the antebellum period by appealing directly to the federal government to assert their rights.

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Teacher Workshopbegins LGBTQ+ Rights and the US Courts 25 July 2019.Thursday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Registration fee: $40 This teacher workshop explores LGBTQ+ rights through pivotal U.S. court cases, with a particular ...

This teacher workshop explores LGBTQ+ rights through pivotal U.S. court cases, with a particular focus on the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas case that decriminalized homosexuality. The program is offered in partnership with History UnErased, an organization that helps teachers incorporate LGBTQ+ history in their classroom and curriculum.

The workshop runs from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM each day. This workshop is open to all K-12 educators. Teachers can earn 45 Professional Development Points and 2 graduate credits (for an additional fee).

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Teacher Workshopends LGBTQ+ Rights and the US Courts 26 July 2019.Friday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Registration fee: $40 This teacher workshop explores LGBTQ+ rights through pivotal U.S. court cases, with a particular ...

This teacher workshop explores LGBTQ+ rights through pivotal U.S. court cases, with a particular focus on the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas case that decriminalized homosexuality. The program is offered in partnership with History UnErased, an organization that helps teachers incorporate LGBTQ+ history in their classroom and curriculum.

The workshop runs from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM each day. This workshop is open to all K-12 educators. Teachers can earn 45 Professional Development Points and 2 graduate credits (for an additional fee).

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 27 July 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM 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.

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Public Program, Conversation The Legacy of the China Trade in Massachusetts: Families, Fortunes, & Foreign Luxuries 30 July 2019.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM This program is no longer accepting reservations. Caroline Frank, Brown University; Dane Morrison, Salem State University; Moderator: Gwenn Miller, College of the Holy Cross We live in a society where Chinese-made commodities are a part of everyday life. But dependence on ...

We live in a society where Chinese-made commodities are a part of everyday life. But dependence on foreign goods is not a modern American phenomenon. The economic, political, and social dimensions of early trade with China were felt on the domestic and individual levels, as reliance on tea, silks, and other materials sourced from China became staples in early American households. Massachusetts merchant families were able to capitalize on a hunger for these goods to shape the city as well as their own fortunes.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//surgeon_tools.jpg Brown Bag, Research Fellow Bodies in Pain: The Medical Culture of Sympathy in the United States, 1830-1865 31 July 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Yuri Amano, Johns Hopkins University My project explores the cultural and political meanings of bodily pain by focusing on surgical and ...

My project explores the cultural and political meanings of bodily pain by focusing on surgical and obstetric cases in the United States, around the time of the establishment of painless surgery. Comparing the experiences of patients from different backgrounds, I intend to examine how doctors’ assumptions of femininity, masculinity, and embodied social differences shaped their understanding of pain.

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Exhibition Abigail Adams: Independence & Ideals this event is free 1 July 2019 to 21 September 2019 Pop-up display open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM, and Tuesday from 10 AM to 7 PM Abigail Adams - Independence and Ideals

For Abigail Adams, the road to independence meant creating and sustaining a new set of American ideals. Abigail knew that the patriot cause must embrace both revolution and reform. Explore her views from the political center of the emerging nation with the manuscripts and artifacts on view as part of this Remember Abigail exhibit.

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Public Program Isaac Allerton: Mayflower, Magistrate, and Merchant 2 July 2019.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. David Furlow and Lisa Pennington There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

Isaac Allerton, a tailor born in 1586, went from Suffolk to London, Leiden to America. Through the Mayflower Compact, his service as Plymouth’s first Assistant to the Governor, and the Remonstrance of the Eight Men of Manhattan, Allerton wove representative government, popular elections, law, and commerce into the fabric of American society. David Furlow, editor of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society Journal, and Lisa Pennington, a descendant, tell Allerton’s story.

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Building Closed Independence Day 4 July 2019.Thursday, all day

The MHS is CLOSED in observance of Independence Day.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 6 July 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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.

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Public Program, Conversation The Legacy of the China Trade in Massachusetts: Art, Artifacts and Manuscripts in Local Collections 9 July 2019.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Layla Bermeo, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Karina Corrigan, Peabody Essex Museum, and moderator Peter Drummey There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

Watch the recording of this event, embedded below:

Paintings, documents, decorative arts, and objects can weave together a more complete story of early America’s relationship with China in the 18th and 19th centuries. The intersections found in prominent collecting institutions in Massachusetts will be the subject of this discussion, which will feature highlights from the holdings of the MHS, MFA, and Peabody Essex Museum, and will describe the journey of these important objects and manuscripts from private hands to public collections.

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Teacher Workshop Education: Equality and Access 11 July 2019 to 12 July 2019 Registration fee: $40

This program will investigate the history of education access in Massachusetts and the United States, with a particular focus on access to education for African American students. Participants will learn more about Massachusetts residents who influenced national education policies, Massachusetts court cases that changed the course of national education policy, and the legacy of segregation and desegregation practices that impact Massachusetts schools to this day.

The workshop runs from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM each day.  This workshop is open to all K-12 educators. Teachers can earn 45 Professional Development Points and 2 graduate credits (for an additional fee).

 

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Special Event Transcribe-a-thon 13 July 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 3:00PM Registration for this event is now closed.

Help the MHS celebrate John Quincy Adams’s birthday by joining our annual transcribe-a-thon. Immerse yourself in JQA’s diary and help the Adams Papers Editorial Project make more of his 15,000-page diary available online. Lunch and light refreshments will be provided.

 

 

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Brown Bag, Research Fellow Class Conflict, Political Violence and Coerced Oath-Taking In 1760s New England 17 July 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Kevin Murphy/ SUNY Stony Brook Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//bond.jpg

Colonial society generally considered sworn promises binding in any circumstance, even if made under duress. This lecture describes the ethical and social values which underwrote this assumption and how they were weaponized during the Imperial Crisis to transfer power from loyalist elites to the patriot “crowd”.

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Public Program Boston Historical Reception 18 July 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a reception at 5:30. Anita Walker, Mass Cultural Council

There is no “Boston Historical Society,” but the metro area does have a wealth of history organizations. Boston and surrounding towns are steeped in local history and the inhabitants are proud of their local identity. The MHS is pleased to hold the fifth annual reception for history buffs and representatives of local organizations to mingle, share recent accomplishments, and talk about the great projects on which they are working.

 

 

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Teacher Workshop National History Day in Massachusetts 19 July 2019.Friday, 9:30AM - 3:30PM Hyde Park Branch of the Boston Public Library (35 Harvard Ave, Hyde Park, MA 02136) Open to Educators Grades 6-12 (priority given to BPS teachers).

Join us for an introductory workshop that will provide you with tools and strategies for implementing the National History Day curriculum in your classroom.

Looking for a new way to make history come alive for your students? Eager to equip them with the research and writing skills they’ll need in college and beyond? National History Day in Massachusetts checks all of the boxes: it’s a year-long interdisciplinary program for Grades 6-12 that blends historical research, analysis, and creative expression. National History Day is the nation's leading program for history education and engages more than half a million students across the country each year. Students research history topics of their choice related to an annual theme and create exhibits, documentaries, performances, papers, and documentary films, which they may then enter in competitions at the regional, state, and national levels.

With generous support from Mass Humanities, we will be offering educators a $150 stipend and 22.5 PDPs upon completion of this workshop. (We ask for a $50 deposit, which will be refunded to you at the workshop. If this will be an obstacle for attendance, please email us at education@masshist.org.)

MHS staff are happy to provide an optional 1-day follow-up session in the fall for any teacher or district who wants additional mentorship. Teachers will also be required to judge at one of the regional or state NHD competitions, which will take place in March and April 2020. In order to take part in this workshop, you must be currently working as a Grade 6-12 educator. If you have any questions, please contact us at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0576.

This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Abigail Adams: Independence and Ideals, Pop-up Display and Talk 19 July 2019.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM The Pop-up Display will be on view from July 1-September 21 July 19 at 2:00 PM: Join an Adams Papers editor for an in-depth look at the display.

Never “an uninterested Spectator” when it came to the American political landscape, Abigail Adams leveraged a wide network of correspondents to discuss her vision of the emerging nation.

 

 

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 20 July 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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.

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Public Program, Conversation The Legacy of the China Trade in Massachusetts: The Emergence of a Global Boston 22 July 2019.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Gwenn Miller, College of the Holy Cross; Dael Norwood, University of Delaware; Moderator: Tunney Lee, MIT There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

Watch the recording of this event, embedded below:

Trade with China began in earnest in the peaceful years following the Revolution, with ports in Salem and Boston emerging as some of the most dynamic sites of economic activity in the early American landscape. This cross-cultural exposure and influence helped cast Boston’s strong regional identity and marked the city as an international force in its own right. This discussion will explore the breadth of Boston’s early global reach and how reflections of this past are still felt today.

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Brown Bag, Research Fellow “That Agitating Element”: African Americans, Native Americans, and the Push for Citizenship in the 19th Century 24 July 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Kevin Hooper, University of Oklahoma Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//hooper_bb.jpg

This talk explores the ways in which African Americans and Native Americans shaped conceptions of U.S. citizenship in the 19th century. Although citizenship became more of a federal concern after the Civil War, this talk argues that African American and Native American activists began this transition in the antebellum period by appealing directly to the federal government to assert their rights.

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Teacher Workshop LGBTQ+ Rights and the US Courts 25 July 2019 to 26 July 2019 Registration fee: $40

This teacher workshop explores LGBTQ+ rights through pivotal U.S. court cases, with a particular focus on the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas case that decriminalized homosexuality. The program is offered in partnership with History UnErased, an organization that helps teachers incorporate LGBTQ+ history in their classroom and curriculum.

The workshop runs from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM each day. This workshop is open to all K-12 educators. Teachers can earn 45 Professional Development Points and 2 graduate credits (for an additional fee).

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 27 July 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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.

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Public Program, Conversation The Legacy of the China Trade in Massachusetts: Families, Fortunes, & Foreign Luxuries 30 July 2019.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM This program is no longer accepting reservations. Caroline Frank, Brown University; Dane Morrison, Salem State University; Moderator: Gwenn Miller, College of the Holy Cross

Watch the recording of this event, embedded below:

We live in a society where Chinese-made commodities are a part of everyday life. But dependence on foreign goods is not a modern American phenomenon. The economic, political, and social dimensions of early trade with China were felt on the domestic and individual levels, as reliance on tea, silks, and other materials sourced from China became staples in early American households. Massachusetts merchant families were able to capitalize on a hunger for these goods to shape the city as well as their own fortunes.

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Brown Bag, Research Fellow Bodies in Pain: The Medical Culture of Sympathy in the United States, 1830-1865 31 July 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Yuri Amano, Johns Hopkins University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//surgeon_tools.jpg

My project explores the cultural and political meanings of bodily pain by focusing on surgical and obstetric cases in the United States, around the time of the establishment of painless surgery. Comparing the experiences of patients from different backgrounds, I intend to examine how doctors’ assumptions of femininity, masculinity, and embodied social differences shaped their understanding of pain.

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