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This Week @ MHS

Are you looking for some history-themed events to help pass your week as we head into May? Well then, you're in luck! Here are some programs coming in the week ahead here at the MHS: - Tuesday, 1 May, 5:15PM : First up this week is a seminar from the Early American History [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 29 April, 2018, 12:00 AM

Announcing 2018-2019 Research Fellowships

Each year the MHS grants a number of research fellowships to scholars from around the country. Our four fellowship programs bring a wide variety of researchers to the MHS. See the list of incoming 2018-2019 fellows and their project titles below. You can learn more about [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 27 April, 2018, 10:43 AM

Barbara Hillard Smith’s Diary, April 1918

Today we return to the 1918 diary of Newton teenager Barbara Hillard Smith. You may read our introduction to the diary, and Barbara’s January, February, and March entries, here: January | February | March | April May | June | July | August September | October | [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 23 April, 2018, 12:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

As preparations for our upcoming exhibit continue, it is a pretty quiet week at the Society as far as programs go. Here is what we have on tap: - Tuesday, 24 April, 5:15PM : The seminar this week is "Creepy Crawling in Los Angeles: The Manson Family and Cultural Mixing [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 22 April, 2018, 12:00 AM

Charles Cornish Pearson and the Great War, Part V

This is the fifth post in a series about the wartime experience of Charles Cornish Pearson. Go back and read Part I, Part II, Part III, and Part IV for the full story.   Today we return to the letters of Sgt. Charles Cornish Pearson of the 101st Machine Gun Battalion, [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 20 April, 2018, 12:08 PM

This Week @ MHS

The Society is CLOSED on Monday, 16 April, for Patiots' Day/Marathon Monday. Enjoy the race! After the holiday we get right back into the public events here at the MHS. Here are the details: - Tuesday, 17 April, 5:30PM : This week's seminar, part of the History of Women [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 15 April, 2018, 12:00 AM

“Vast awful & never ending Eternity”: Personal Accounts of Mourning

I recently came across the Elizabeth Craft White diary, written in 1770 when the death of her husband left her distraught. “Life seems a burden to me since Death, Cruel, & unrelenting Death- has snacht from me the Partner of my heart: O fated Death how could you [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 13 April, 2018, 12:00 AM

The Baker and the Bear

In a previous post here on the Beehive, I introduced readers to William Emerson Baker and his estate called Ridge Hill Farms, highlighting his affinity for all things porcine. As mentioned before, the MHS recently acquired a handful of items that relate to Ridge Hill Farms, [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 11 April, 2018, 3:51 PM

This Week @ MHS

It is a quiet week ahead at the Society as we lead into a long weekend. Here are the programs on the schedule for coming week: - Tuesday, 10 April, 5:15PM : This week's seminar is part of the Environmental History series and features Andrew Robichaud of Boston University, [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 8 April, 2018, 12:00 AM

“Feasting and fasting”: Easter in St. Petersburg

“The Russian People pass their lives in a continual and alternate succession of feasting and fasting,” John Quincy Adams stated to his mother without so much as a salutation. From his vantage point as minister plenipotentiary to St. Petersburg in 1811, Adams [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 6 April, 2018, 12:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

It's a new month and here at the Society we keep on rolling with our public programs. This is what we have on tap in the week ahead: - Tuesday, 3 April, 5:15PM : Brendan McConville of Boston University starts the week with an Early American History seminar, "Terror Twice [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 1 April, 2018, 12:00 AM