August 2019
MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 3 August 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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Teacher Workshopbegins The Reconstruction Era: History and Legacy 7 August 2019.Wednesday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Registration fee: $50 This workshop will explore the era and legacy of Reconstruction in American history and society, ...

This workshop will explore the era and legacy of Reconstruction in American history and society, from the aftermath of the war to the role it plays in current issues today. We will discuss the effects of Reconstruction on African American and Native American communities, its civic and legal legacies, memory of the period and of the violence that followed, and local heroes who fought for civil rights in the wake of the Civil War.

The two day workshop runs from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day. This program 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 The Reconstruction Era: History and Legacy 8 August 2019.Thursday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Registration fee: $50 This workshop will explore the era and legacy of Reconstruction in American history and society, ...

This workshop will explore the era and legacy of Reconstruction in American history and society, from the aftermath of the war to the role it plays in current issues today. We will discuss the effects of Reconstruction on African American and Native American communities, its civic and legal legacies, memory of the period and of the violence that followed, and local heroes who fought for civil rights in the wake of the Civil War.

The two day workshop runs from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day. This program 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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Brown Bag Cotton Mather’s Biblia Americana 1693-1728: America’s First Bible Commentary and Storehouse of Early-Modern Learning 9 August 2019.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Jan Stievermann, Heidelberg University With the ongoing edition of Cotton Mather’s massive Biblia Americana scholars of early America ...

With the ongoing edition of Cotton Mather’s massive Biblia Americana scholars of early America are now gaining access to the first comprehensive Bible commentary produced in the colonies. This talk will give an introduction to the riches of the Biblia as a source for the study of colonial New England and its place in early-modern intellectual history.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 10 August 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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Teacher Workshop National History Day in Massachusetts 14 August 2019.Wednesday, 10:30AM - 4:30PM Mason Square Branch of the Springfield City Library (765 State Street, Springfield, MA 01109) Open to Educators Grades 6-12 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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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//7254_drummer_work_22_lg.jpg Brown Bag, Research Fellow Collecting Music in Revolutionary America 14 August 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Lance Boos, Stony Brook University By the 1760s, a robust market for sheet music made newly-composed British songs widely available for ...

By the 1760s, a robust market for sheet music made newly-composed British songs widely available for musically literate American consumers to collect, perform, and imbue with personal and political meaning. This talk addresses the development of this musical marketplace through its merchants, songs, and collectors who adapted the music to suit their changing cultural and political needs.

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Brown Bag, Research Fellow New England and Haiti 16 August 2019.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Asaf Almog, University of Virginia This talk looks at New England’s political elite and its conception of race, as shown through ...

This talk looks at New England’s political elite and its conception of race, as shown through its view of the Haitian Revolution, and later the Republic of Haiti. The talk will discuss and complicate a common binary between abolitionism on the one side and hardening racist consensus on the other usually found in the literature.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 17 August 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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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//0745_washington_work_lg.jpg Brown Bag, Research Fellow To “Watch” and “Gall” the Enemy: George Washington Wages Petite Guerre 21 August 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Thomas Rider, University of Wisconsin - Madison Petite guerre or partisan warfare was a critical component of eighteenth-century armed conflict. ...

Petite guerre or partisan warfare was a critical component of eighteenth-century armed conflict. Historians of the American Revolution, however, have frequently understated and mischaracterized petite guerre as conducted in that war. This discussion will explain petite guerre within an eighteenth-century military context and explore how George Washington’s Continental Army learned to wage it.

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Teacher Workshopbegins Immigration Policy in American History 22 August 2019.Thursday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Registration fee: $40 This workshop will explore the long history of immigration policy in the United States and its ...

This workshop will explore the long history of immigration policy in the United States and its legacy in politics today. Our discussions will cover the wave of Irish immigration to Boston in the mid 19th century, along with the parallel Know-Nothing anti-immigration movement, and debates over immigration restriction in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as well Progressive Era efforts to “Americanize” immigrants. This workshop will draw on items from the Society’s rich holdings to help put contemporary debates in context.

This workshop will run from 9:00 to 4:00 each day. This program is open to all who work with K-12 students. Teachers can earn 45 Professional Development Points or 2 graduate credits (for an additional fee).

 

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Teacher Workshopends Immigration Policy in American History 23 August 2019.Friday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Registration fee: $40 This workshop will explore the long history of immigration policy in the United States and its ...

This workshop will explore the long history of immigration policy in the United States and its legacy in politics today. Our discussions will cover the wave of Irish immigration to Boston in the mid 19th century, along with the parallel Know-Nothing anti-immigration movement, and debates over immigration restriction in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as well Progressive Era efforts to “Americanize” immigrants. This workshop will draw on items from the Society’s rich holdings to help put contemporary debates in context.

This workshop will run from 9:00 to 4:00 each day. This program is open to all who work with K-12 students. Teachers can earn 45 Professional Development Points or 2 graduate credits (for an additional fee).

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//mha_vol08_p39_work_lg.jpg Brown Bag History on the Hoof: New Perspectives on Animal Research during the Civil War Era 23 August 2019.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM David J. Gerleman, George Mason University The Civil War affected America’s farmers in profound ways and especially the horse, cattle, ...

The Civil War affected America’s farmers in profound ways and especially the horse, cattle, and dairy industries. Modern civilization’s reliance on the combustion engine has rendered fully comprehending of those changes increasingly difficult. This talk will provide an overview of the changing husbandry and care practices of America’s livestock industry from the 1850s through war’s end in 1865.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 24 August 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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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//empty_sleeve.jpg Brown Bag, Research Fellow The Ordeal of Homecoming: Northern Civilians and Union Veterans 30 August 2019.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Patrick Browne, Boston University Recent studies of Union veterans hold that northern civilians were eager to forget the Civil War, ...

Recent studies of Union veterans hold that northern civilians were eager to forget the Civil War, ignorant of the plight of the veteran, and inept in their few attempts to aid his adjustment. This talk challenges those assessments by focusing on the efforts of Frederick N. Knapp, Head of the Special Relief Department of the US Sanitary Commission. It outlines the unprecedented mechanisms he put in place to bring soldiers home and aid in their transition to civilian life. It also touches on the work of the Boston branch of the Sanitary Commission and the Boston Discharged Soldiers Home.

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Building Closed Labor Day 31 August 2019.Saturday, all day The MHS is CLOSED for the Labor Day weekend.

The MHS is CLOSED for the Labor Day weekend.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 3 August 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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Teacher Workshop The Reconstruction Era: History and Legacy 7 August 2019 to 8 August 2019 Registration fee: $50

This workshop will explore the era and legacy of Reconstruction in American history and society, from the aftermath of the war to the role it plays in current issues today. We will discuss the effects of Reconstruction on African American and Native American communities, its civic and legal legacies, memory of the period and of the violence that followed, and local heroes who fought for civil rights in the wake of the Civil War.

The two day workshop runs from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day. This program 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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Brown Bag Cotton Mather’s Biblia Americana 1693-1728: America’s First Bible Commentary and Storehouse of Early-Modern Learning 9 August 2019.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Jan Stievermann, Heidelberg University

With the ongoing edition of Cotton Mather’s massive Biblia Americana scholars of early America are now gaining access to the first comprehensive Bible commentary produced in the colonies. This talk will give an introduction to the riches of the Biblia as a source for the study of colonial New England and its place in early-modern intellectual history.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 10 August 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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Teacher Workshop National History Day in Massachusetts 14 August 2019.Wednesday, 10:30AM - 4:30PM Mason Square Branch of the Springfield City Library (765 State Street, Springfield, MA 01109) Open to Educators Grades 6-12

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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Brown Bag, Research Fellow Collecting Music in Revolutionary America 14 August 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Lance Boos, Stony Brook University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//7254_drummer_work_22_lg.jpg

By the 1760s, a robust market for sheet music made newly-composed British songs widely available for musically literate American consumers to collect, perform, and imbue with personal and political meaning. This talk addresses the development of this musical marketplace through its merchants, songs, and collectors who adapted the music to suit their changing cultural and political needs.

close

Brown Bag, Research Fellow New England and Haiti 16 August 2019.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Asaf Almog, University of Virginia

This talk looks at New England’s political elite and its conception of race, as shown through its view of the Haitian Revolution, and later the Republic of Haiti. The talk will discuss and complicate a common binary between abolitionism on the one side and hardening racist consensus on the other usually found in the literature.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 17 August 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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Brown Bag, Research Fellow To “Watch” and “Gall” the Enemy: George Washington Wages Petite Guerre 21 August 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Thomas Rider, University of Wisconsin - Madison Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//0745_washington_work_lg.jpg

Petite guerre or partisan warfare was a critical component of eighteenth-century armed conflict. Historians of the American Revolution, however, have frequently understated and mischaracterized petite guerre as conducted in that war. This discussion will explain petite guerre within an eighteenth-century military context and explore how George Washington’s Continental Army learned to wage it.

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Teacher Workshop Immigration Policy in American History 22 August 2019 to 23 August 2019 Registration fee: $40

This workshop will explore the long history of immigration policy in the United States and its legacy in politics today. Our discussions will cover the wave of Irish immigration to Boston in the mid 19th century, along with the parallel Know-Nothing anti-immigration movement, and debates over immigration restriction in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as well Progressive Era efforts to “Americanize” immigrants. This workshop will draw on items from the Society’s rich holdings to help put contemporary debates in context.

This workshop will run from 9:00 to 4:00 each day. This program is open to all who work with K-12 students. Teachers can earn 45 Professional Development Points or 2 graduate credits (for an additional fee).

 

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Brown Bag History on the Hoof: New Perspectives on Animal Research during the Civil War Era 23 August 2019.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM David J. Gerleman, George Mason University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//mha_vol08_p39_work_lg.jpg

The Civil War affected America’s farmers in profound ways and especially the horse, cattle, and dairy industries. Modern civilization’s reliance on the combustion engine has rendered fully comprehending of those changes increasingly difficult. This talk will provide an overview of the changing husbandry and care practices of America’s livestock industry from the 1850s through war’s end in 1865.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 24 August 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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Brown Bag, Research Fellow The Ordeal of Homecoming: Northern Civilians and Union Veterans 30 August 2019.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Patrick Browne, Boston University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//empty_sleeve.jpg

Recent studies of Union veterans hold that northern civilians were eager to forget the Civil War, ignorant of the plight of the veteran, and inept in their few attempts to aid his adjustment. This talk challenges those assessments by focusing on the efforts of Frederick N. Knapp, Head of the Special Relief Department of the US Sanitary Commission. It outlines the unprecedented mechanisms he put in place to bring soldiers home and aid in their transition to civilian life. It also touches on the work of the Boston branch of the Sanitary Commission and the Boston Discharged Soldiers Home.

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Building Closed Labor Day 31 August 2019.Saturday, all day

The MHS is CLOSED for the Labor Day weekend.

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