March 2020
Building Closed MHS closed 30 March 2020.Monday, all day Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an ...

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Building Closed MHS closed 31 March 2020.Tuesday, all day Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an ...

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/masc_banner.jpg Modern American Society and Culture Seminar POSTPONED: The Pacific Railroads and the Pacific Ocean: American Expansion, Asian Trade, and Terraqueous Mobility, 1869–1914 31 March 2020.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED Sean Fraga, Princeton University Comment: David Armitage, Harvard University The transcontinental railroads reshaped the United States—its politics, economy, culture and ...

The transcontinental railroads reshaped the United States—its politics, economy, culture and environment. But as this talk argues, late-nineteenth-century Americans also saw these railroads in global terms, as commercial infrastructure that could link the United States with Asia and the Pacific World. This paper recovers the excitement many nineteenth-century white Americans felt about trade with Asia and shows how interest in Asian trade was woven into the transcontinental railroads from their very beginnings.

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April 2020
Building Closed MHS closed 1 April 2020.Wednesday, all day Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an ...

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Public Program, Author Talk Postponed: The Hunt for History: On the Trail of the World’s Lost Treasures—from the Letters of Lincoln, Churchill, & Einstein to the Secret Recordings Onboard JFK’s Air Force One 1 April 2020.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There is a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Nathan Raab There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members, EBT or ConnectorCare cardholders). Nathan Raab, America’s preeminent rare documents dealer, describes his years as the Sherlock ...

Nathan Raab, America’s preeminent rare documents dealer, describes his years as the Sherlock Holmes of historical artifacts and he shows us what the past Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/the-hunt-for-history-9781501198908_lg_1_.jpgcan tell us about the present. Raab shares some fascinating stories: spotting a letter from British officials that secured the Rosetta Stone; discovering a piece of the first electric cable laid by Edison; restoring a fragmented letter from Andrew Jackson that led to the infamous Trail of Tears; and locating copies of missing audio that had been recorded on Air Force One as the plane brought JFK’s body back to Washington. Every document and artifact uncovers a story—and offers new insights into a life we thought we knew.

 

 

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Building Closed MHS closed 2 April 2020.Thursday, all day Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an ...

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Building Closed MHS closed 3 April 2020.Friday, all day Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an ...

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/Winter_2020/0106_lg.jpg Public Program The Revolutionary Era in Boston with Prof. Robert Allison 3 April 2020.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM This is an online program. Robert Allison, Suffolk Univeristy Join us for a live virtual Q and A with Professor Robert Allison who will address your questions on ...

Join us for a live virtual Q and A with Professor Robert Allison who will address your questions on the Revolutionary War in Boston and beyond. Subscribers will get access to a curated list of videos from the MHS program archive to watch at home. This content will help viewers engage with the political, social, and intellectual aspects of the Revolution ahead of the question and answer session. 

Please note: This is an online event. Bring your questions or just listen in on the conversation. Links to video content will be included in the confirmation email following registration. Information on how to join the live webinar will be emailed to participants the day before the event.

For questions regarding this event, please message programs@masshist.org.

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MHS Tour Canceled: The History and Collections of the MHS 4 April 2020.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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Building Closed MHS closed 4 April 2020.Saturday, all day Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an ...

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/When_it_was_grand-_cropped.jpg Public Program, Author Talk Postponed: When It Was Grand: The Radical Republican History of the Civil War 6 April 2020.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There is a pre-talk reception at 5:30. LeeAnna Keith There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members, EBT or ConnectorCare cardholders). In 1862, abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison summarized the Civil War: “There is a war because ...

In 1862, abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison summarized the Civil War: “There is a war because there was a Republican Party. There was a Republican Party because there was an Abolition Party. There was an Abolition Party because there was Slavery.” Garrison’s statement expresses the essential truths at the heart of LeeAnna Keith’s narrative, which introduces us to the idealistic Massachusetts preachers and philanthropists, rugged Midwestern politicians, and African American activists who collaborated to protect escaped slaves from their captors, create and defend black military regiments, and win the contest for the soul of their party. In the 1850s and 1860s, the Republican Party stood for a demanding ideal of racial justice—and insisted that the nation live up to it.

 

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/eahs_banner.jpg Pauline Maier Early American History Seminar POSTPONED: “Our Turn Next”: Slavery and Freedom on French and American Stages, 1789-99 7 April 2020.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED Heather S. Nathans, Tufts University Comment: Jeffrey Ravel, MIT As the French abolitionist movement gathered momentum alongside the Revolution, Parisians could have ...

As the French abolitionist movement gathered momentum alongside the Revolution, Parisians could have seen hundreds of theatrical performances on themes related to race and slavery. By contrast, the American stage grappled with the choice to perpetuate a slave system within a democracy. Some performances hinted at slavery’s cruelty, some depicted newly-freed black characters living happily alongside whites, and others proposed returning blacks to the continent as the solution for a dilemma Thomas Jefferson described as holding “a wolf by the ears.” This paper explores the black revolutionary figure on the U.S. and French stages during the last decade of the eighteenth century, as both nations struggled to put their principles of universal freedom into practice.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/ehs_banner.jpg Environmental History Seminar POSTPONED: “Contrary to the Rules and Maxims of the Law and Nation”: The Destruction of Colonial New England's River Fisheries 9 April 2020.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. Zachary Bennett, Connecticut College Comment: Matthew McKenzie, University of Connecticut Long before industrialization, New Englanders dammed their rivers. The dams that powered saw and ...

Long before industrialization, New Englanders dammed their rivers. The dams that powered saw and grist mills saved farmers days of backbreaking labor, but they also blocked fish migrations which generations of colonists and Indians depended on for food. Although laws protected people’s right to fish, New England colonies refused to enforce them. This inaction destroyed herring and salmon runs, triggering a cascade of ecological changes that ultimately dragged the region into the market economy.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 11 April 2020.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/Winter_2020/cover_image.jpg Public Program, Author Talk Registration closed until further notice: Kooks & Degenerates on Ice: Bobby Orr, the Big Bad Bruins, & the Stanley Cup Championship That Transformed Hockey 16 April 2020.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Registration closed. Thomas J. Whalen During the 1969–1970 season, the “Big, Bad Bruins,” led by the legendary Bobby Orr ...

During the 1969–1970 season, the “Big, Bad Bruins,” led by the legendary Bobby Orr, brushed off their perennial losing ways to defeat the St. Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup Finals for their first championship in 29 years. Thomas J. Whalen brings to life all the colorful personalities and iconic players from this Stanley Cup-raising team. Whalen situates this winning season into its historical context as the United States struggled with issues of war, race, politics, and class, making his book a must-read for sports enthusiasts, hockey fans, and those interested in twentieth-century American history.

We are thankful to Rockland Trust Investment Management Group for the sponsorship of the reception for this program. 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/0067bloodymassacre_lg.jpg Public Program, MHS Tour, Revolution 250 John Adams & the Boston Massacre Trials 17 April 2020.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Amanda Norton, the Adams Papers at MHS Amanda Norton of the Adams Papers will walk visitors through our exhibition of the Boston Massacre, ...

Amanda Norton of the Adams Papers will walk visitors through our exhibition of the Boston Massacre, which explores and reinterprets the events of March 5, 1770 and the courtroom drama that unfolded after the massacre through the archival material found in the MHS collection.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 18 April 2020.Saturday, all day 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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Building Closed Patriots' Day 20 April 2020.Monday, all day The MHS is CLOSED in observance of Patriots' Day.

The MHS is CLOSED in observance of Patriots' Day.

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Teacher Workshop Postponed: Legislating the Environment: Teaching Environmental History and Civics 21 April 2020.Tuesday, 9:30AM - 4:00PM Please RSVP   Registration Fee: $25 THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO NOVEMBER 7, 2020 In partnership with the Tsongas Industrial ...

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO NOVEMBER 7, 2020

In partnership with the Tsongas Industrial History Center, we will explore the intersections of environmental history, science, and engineering. Chad Montrie, Professor at UMass Lowell, will provide an overview to the study of environmental history, particularly as it relates to New England industry. Teachers will examine primary sources and participate in hands-on activities with Tsongas Center staff drawn from their "Industrial Watershed and "River as Classroom" programs.

Note: This workshop will be taking place off-site at the Tsongas Industrial History Center in Lowell, MA.

This program is open to all who work with K-12 students. Teachers can earn 22.5 PDPs or 1 graduate credit (for an additional fee).

This program is made possible by the generous support of the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation.

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/wgs_banner.jpg History of Women, Gender and Sexuality Seminar POSTPONED: Boston Feminists on Drugs, 1970-1990 21 April 2020.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED Trysh Travis, University of Florida Comment: Elizabeth Lunbeck, Harvard University With the current opioid crisis as a backdrop, this paper examines the role various groups of Boston ...

With the current opioid crisis as a backdrop, this paper examines the role various groups of Boston feminists played in the development of women’s substance abuse treatment in the 1980s and ‘90s. Organizations such as Women, Inc. (Roxbury), The Dorchester Green Lite Network, and the Cambridge and Somerville Program for Addiction Recovery had roots in and connections to well-known feminist collectives across the city. These historical connections between radical women’s organizing and the development of “behavioral health” services for women sheds light not only on the evolution of late-20th century public policy and medicine, but also of popular feminist culture.

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Public Program, Conversation Registration closed until further notice: Bringing Back the Pilgrims: Living History at Plimoth Plantation 22 April 2020.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Registration closed Catherine Allgor, MHS; Richard Pickering, Plimoth Plantation; Malka Benjamin, Plimoth Plantation; and moderator William Martin How do historians create authentic public history? How do they tell their story to a wide and ...

How do historians create authentic public history? How do they tell their story to a wide and diverse audience? Living history makes the past accessible, but like all popular history, it must balance accessibility with an accurate depiction of the human past. Theatrical techniques like dialogue, costuming, setting, and character development can bring a historical moment to life, but the story that’s told must be rooted in serious scholarship and careful research. How do ‘Living Historians’ meet this challenge? Join us for a lively panel discussion among historians who have grappled with these questions.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/banner_draft_2.jpg African American History Seminar From Jobs and Freedom to Jobs and Opportunity: Andrew Young, Growth, and the Illusion of Job Creation 23 April 2020.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Danielle Wiggins, California Institution of Technology Comment: Brenna Greer, Wellesley College This paper considers Atlanta mayor Andrew Young’s shifting ideas about job creation and ...

This paper considers Atlanta mayor Andrew Young’s shifting ideas about job creation and economic opportunity to investigate how Democrats abandoned their 1970s goal of full employment in favor of policies that promoted private sector job creation via economic growth in the 1980s. By conflating growth with opportunity, Andrew Young sought to stake a middle path between development interests and anti-poverty coalitions, between white and black voters, and between civil rights liberalism and supply-side liberalism. However, economic growth and its promise of opportunity proved to be an inadequate solution for the range of issues its proponents intended it to address.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/masc_banner.jpg Modern American Society and Culture Seminar The Sidewalks of New York: Tin Pan Alley and the Birth of a Manhattan Mass Culture 28 April 2020.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Samuel Ehrlich Backer, Johns Hopkins University Comment: Jeff Melnick, University of Massachusetts Boston During late 19th century, the upstart firms of Tin Pan Alley developed a revolutionary approach to ...

During late 19th century, the upstart firms of Tin Pan Alley developed a revolutionary approach to publishing, constructing a system able to sell sheet-music at a previously unimaginable rate. Relying heavily on New York’s importance to national performance networks to disseminate their songs, Tin Pan Alley was defined by the tension between publishers’ attempts to create universally accessible commodities, and the fast-moving, alcohol-drenched, urban environments in which their products were required to thrive.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/The_cabinet-cropped.jpg Public Program, Author Talk Registration closed until further notice: The Cabinet: George Washington & the Creation of an American Institution 29 April 2020.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Registration closed Lindsay M. Chervinsky On November 26, 1791, George Washington convened his department secretaries—Alexander Hamilton ...

On November 26, 1791, George Washington convened his department secretaries—Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Henry Knox, and Edmund Randolph—for the first cabinet meeting. Faced with diplomatic crises, domestic insurrections, and constitutional challenges, Washington decided he needed a group of advisors he could turn to. He modeled his new cabinet on the councils of war he had led as commander of the Continental Army. Lindsay M. Chervinsky reveals the far-reaching consequences of Washington’s choice to create what has become one of the most powerful bodies in the federal government: the presidential cabinet.

 

 

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May 2020
Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets//daniel_chester_french_cropped.jpg Public Program, Author Talk Monument Man: The Life & Art of Daniel Chester French 2 May 2020.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM There is a pre-talk reception at 3:30. Harold Holzer There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members, EBT or ConnectorCare cardholders). The artist who created the statue for the Lincoln Memorial, John Harvard in ...
The artist who created the statue for the Lincoln Memorial, John Harvard in Harvard Yard, and The Minute Man in Concord, Massachusetts, Daniel Chester French (1850-1931) is America's best-known sculptor of public monuments. Harold Holzer presents the first comprehensive biography of this fascinating figure and his illustrious career, providing a nuanced study of a preeminent artist whose evolution ran parallel to, and deeply influenced, the development of American sculpture, iconography, and historical memory.
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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/eahs_banner.jpg Pauline Maier Early American History Seminar Honoring Daniel K. Richter: McNeil Center Alumni Discuss Their Research and Experiences 12 May 2020.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Sari Altshuler, Northeastern University; Chris Parsons, Northeastern University; Joseph Rezek, Boston University; Hunt Howell, Boston University; Jen Manion, Amherst College; Elizabeth Ellis, New York University; and Alicia DeMaio, Harvard University Award-winning scholar Daniel K. Richter is one of the most prolific historians working on Native ...

Award-winning scholar Daniel K. Richter is one of the most prolific historians working on Native American and Early American history. More than just serving as a premier academic as the Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, however, Prof. Richter has also been a dedicated mentor and teacher. Through his work as the Richard S. Dunn Director of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, Richter has advised and inspired generations of young scholars and convened thought-provoking conferences that have sparked new avenues of research. In this last program of the seminar season, seven former students discuss their latest research and reflect on how Prof. Richter influenced their work and understanding of history.

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Building Closed Memorial Day Weekend 23 May 2020.Saturday, all day The MHS is CLOSED for Memorial Day Weekend.

The MHS is CLOSED for Memorial Day Weekend.

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Building Closed Memorial Day 25 May 2020.Monday, all day The MHS is CLOSED in observance of Memorial Day.

The MHS is CLOSED in observance of Memorial Day.

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Building Closed MHS closed 30 March 2020.Monday, all day

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Building Closed MHS closed 31 March 2020.Tuesday, all day

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Modern American Society and Culture Seminar POSTPONED: The Pacific Railroads and the Pacific Ocean: American Expansion, Asian Trade, and Terraqueous Mobility, 1869–1914 registration closed 31 March 2020.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED Sean Fraga, Princeton University Comment: David Armitage, Harvard University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/masc_banner.jpg

The transcontinental railroads reshaped the United States—its politics, economy, culture and environment. But as this talk argues, late-nineteenth-century Americans also saw these railroads in global terms, as commercial infrastructure that could link the United States with Asia and the Pacific World. This paper recovers the excitement many nineteenth-century white Americans felt about trade with Asia and shows how interest in Asian trade was woven into the transcontinental railroads from their very beginnings.

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Building Closed MHS closed 1 April 2020.Wednesday, all day

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Public Program, Author Talk Postponed:
The Hunt for History: On the Trail of the World’s Lost Treasures—from the Letters of Lincoln, Churchill, & Einstein to the Secret Recordings Onboard JFK’s Air Force One
Register registration required 1 April 2020.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There is a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Nathan Raab There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members, EBT or ConnectorCare cardholders).

Nathan Raab, America’s preeminent rare documents dealer, describes his years as the Sherlock Holmes of historical artifacts and he shows us what the past Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/the-hunt-for-history-9781501198908_lg_1_.jpgcan tell us about the present. Raab shares some fascinating stories: spotting a letter from British officials that secured the Rosetta Stone; discovering a piece of the first electric cable laid by Edison; restoring a fragmented letter from Andrew Jackson that led to the infamous Trail of Tears; and locating copies of missing audio that had been recorded on Air Force One as the plane brought JFK’s body back to Washington. Every document and artifact uncovers a story—and offers new insights into a life we thought we knew.

 

 

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Building Closed MHS closed 2 April 2020.Thursday, all day

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Building Closed MHS closed 3 April 2020.Friday, all day

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Public Program The Revolutionary Era in Boston with Prof. Robert Allison Register registration required at no cost 3 April 2020.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM This is an online program. Robert Allison, Suffolk Univeristy Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/Winter_2020/0106_lg.jpg

Join us for a live virtual Q and A with Professor Robert Allison who will address your questions on the Revolutionary War in Boston and beyond. Subscribers will get access to a curated list of videos from the MHS program archive to watch at home. This content will help viewers engage with the political, social, and intellectual aspects of the Revolution ahead of the question and answer session. 

Please note: This is an online event. Bring your questions or just listen in on the conversation. Links to video content will be included in the confirmation email following registration. Information on how to join the live webinar will be emailed to participants the day before the event.

For questions regarding this event, please message programs@masshist.org.

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MHS Tour Canceled:
The History and Collections of the MHS
this event is free 4 April 2020.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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Building Closed MHS closed 4 April 2020.Saturday, all day

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Public Program, Author Talk Postponed:
When It Was Grand: The Radical Republican History of the Civil War
Register registration required 6 April 2020.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There is a pre-talk reception at 5:30. LeeAnna Keith There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members, EBT or ConnectorCare cardholders). Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/When_it_was_grand-_cropped.jpg

In 1862, abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison summarized the Civil War: “There is a war because there was a Republican Party. There was a Republican Party because there was an Abolition Party. There was an Abolition Party because there was Slavery.” Garrison’s statement expresses the essential truths at the heart of LeeAnna Keith’s narrative, which introduces us to the idealistic Massachusetts preachers and philanthropists, rugged Midwestern politicians, and African American activists who collaborated to protect escaped slaves from their captors, create and defend black military regiments, and win the contest for the soul of their party. In the 1850s and 1860s, the Republican Party stood for a demanding ideal of racial justice—and insisted that the nation live up to it.

 

 

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Pauline Maier Early American History Seminar POSTPONED: “Our Turn Next”: Slavery and Freedom on French and American Stages, 1789-99 registration closed 7 April 2020.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED Heather S. Nathans, Tufts University Comment: Jeffrey Ravel, MIT Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/eahs_banner.jpg

As the French abolitionist movement gathered momentum alongside the Revolution, Parisians could have seen hundreds of theatrical performances on themes related to race and slavery. By contrast, the American stage grappled with the choice to perpetuate a slave system within a democracy. Some performances hinted at slavery’s cruelty, some depicted newly-freed black characters living happily alongside whites, and others proposed returning blacks to the continent as the solution for a dilemma Thomas Jefferson described as holding “a wolf by the ears.” This paper explores the black revolutionary figure on the U.S. and French stages during the last decade of the eighteenth century, as both nations struggled to put their principles of universal freedom into practice.

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Environmental History Seminar POSTPONED: “Contrary to the Rules and Maxims of the Law and Nation”: The Destruction of Colonial New England's River Fisheries registration closed 9 April 2020.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. Zachary Bennett, Connecticut College Comment: Matthew McKenzie, University of Connecticut Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/ehs_banner.jpg

Long before industrialization, New Englanders dammed their rivers. The dams that powered saw and grist mills saved farmers days of backbreaking labor, but they also blocked fish migrations which generations of colonists and Indians depended on for food. Although laws protected people’s right to fish, New England colonies refused to enforce them. This inaction destroyed herring and salmon runs, triggering a cascade of ecological changes that ultimately dragged the region into the market economy.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 11 April 2020.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, Author Talk Registration closed until further notice: Kooks & Degenerates on Ice: Bobby Orr, the Big Bad Bruins, & the Stanley Cup Championship That Transformed Hockey registration closed 16 April 2020.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Registration closed. Thomas J. Whalen Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/cover_image.jpg

During the 1969–1970 season, the “Big, Bad Bruins,” led by the legendary Bobby Orr, brushed off their perennial losing ways to defeat the St. Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup Finals for their first championship in 29 years. Thomas J. Whalen brings to life all the colorful personalities and iconic players from this Stanley Cup-raising team. Whalen situates this winning season into its historical context as the United States struggled with issues of war, race, politics, and class, making his book a must-read for sports enthusiasts, hockey fans, and those interested in twentieth-century American history.

We are thankful to Rockland Trust Investment Management Group for the sponsorship of the reception for this program. 

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Public Program, MHS Tour, Revolution 250 John Adams & the Boston Massacre Trials this event is free 17 April 2020.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Amanda Norton, the Adams Papers at MHS Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/0067bloodymassacre_lg.jpg

Amanda Norton of the Adams Papers will walk visitors through our exhibition of the Boston Massacre, which explores and reinterprets the events of March 5, 1770 and the courtroom drama that unfolded after the massacre through the archival material found in the MHS collection.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 18 April 2020.Saturday, all day

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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Building Closed Patriots' Day 20 April 2020.Monday, all day

The MHS is CLOSED in observance of Patriots' Day.

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Teacher Workshop Postponed:
Legislating the Environment: Teaching Environmental History and Civics
Please RSVP   registration required 21 April 2020.Tuesday, 9:30AM - 4:00PM Registration Fee: $25

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO NOVEMBER 7, 2020

In partnership with the Tsongas Industrial History Center, we will explore the intersections of environmental history, science, and engineering. Chad Montrie, Professor at UMass Lowell, will provide an overview to the study of environmental history, particularly as it relates to New England industry. Teachers will examine primary sources and participate in hands-on activities with Tsongas Center staff drawn from their "Industrial Watershed and "River as Classroom" programs.

Note: This workshop will be taking place off-site at the Tsongas Industrial History Center in Lowell, MA.

This program is open to all who work with K-12 students. Teachers can earn 22.5 PDPs or 1 graduate credit (for an additional fee).

This program is made possible by the generous support of the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation.

 

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History of Women, Gender and Sexuality Seminar POSTPONED: Boston Feminists on Drugs, 1970-1990 registration closed 21 April 2020.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED Trysh Travis, University of Florida Comment: Elizabeth Lunbeck, Harvard University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/wgs_banner.jpg

With the current opioid crisis as a backdrop, this paper examines the role various groups of Boston feminists played in the development of women’s substance abuse treatment in the 1980s and ‘90s. Organizations such as Women, Inc. (Roxbury), The Dorchester Green Lite Network, and the Cambridge and Somerville Program for Addiction Recovery had roots in and connections to well-known feminist collectives across the city. These historical connections between radical women’s organizing and the development of “behavioral health” services for women sheds light not only on the evolution of late-20th century public policy and medicine, but also of popular feminist culture.

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Public Program, Conversation Registration closed until further notice: Bringing Back the Pilgrims: Living History at Plimoth Plantation registration closed 22 April 2020.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Registration closed Catherine Allgor, MHS; Richard Pickering, Plimoth Plantation; Malka Benjamin, Plimoth Plantation; and moderator William Martin

How do historians create authentic public history? How do they tell their story to a wide and diverse audience? Living history makes the past accessible, but like all popular history, it must balance accessibility with an accurate depiction of the human past. Theatrical techniques like dialogue, costuming, setting, and character development can bring a historical moment to life, but the story that’s told must be rooted in serious scholarship and careful research. How do ‘Living Historians’ meet this challenge? Join us for a lively panel discussion among historians who have grappled with these questions.

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African American History Seminar From Jobs and Freedom to Jobs and Opportunity: Andrew Young, Growth, and the Illusion of Job Creation Register registration required at no cost 23 April 2020.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Danielle Wiggins, California Institution of Technology Comment: Brenna Greer, Wellesley College Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/banner_draft_2.jpg

This paper considers Atlanta mayor Andrew Young’s shifting ideas about job creation and economic opportunity to investigate how Democrats abandoned their 1970s goal of full employment in favor of policies that promoted private sector job creation via economic growth in the 1980s. By conflating growth with opportunity, Andrew Young sought to stake a middle path between development interests and anti-poverty coalitions, between white and black voters, and between civil rights liberalism and supply-side liberalism. However, economic growth and its promise of opportunity proved to be an inadequate solution for the range of issues its proponents intended it to address.

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Modern American Society and Culture Seminar The Sidewalks of New York: Tin Pan Alley and the Birth of a Manhattan Mass Culture Register registration required at no cost 28 April 2020.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Samuel Ehrlich Backer, Johns Hopkins University Comment: Jeff Melnick, University of Massachusetts Boston Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/masc_banner.jpg

During late 19th century, the upstart firms of Tin Pan Alley developed a revolutionary approach to publishing, constructing a system able to sell sheet-music at a previously unimaginable rate. Relying heavily on New York’s importance to national performance networks to disseminate their songs, Tin Pan Alley was defined by the tension between publishers’ attempts to create universally accessible commodities, and the fast-moving, alcohol-drenched, urban environments in which their products were required to thrive.

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Public Program, Author Talk Registration closed until further notice: The Cabinet: George Washington & the Creation of an American Institution registration closed 29 April 2020.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Registration closed Lindsay M. Chervinsky Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/The_cabinet-cropped.jpg

On November 26, 1791, George Washington convened his department secretaries—Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Henry Knox, and Edmund Randolph—for the first cabinet meeting. Faced with diplomatic crises, domestic insurrections, and constitutional challenges, Washington decided he needed a group of advisors he could turn to. He modeled his new cabinet on the councils of war he had led as commander of the Continental Army. Lindsay M. Chervinsky reveals the far-reaching consequences of Washington’s choice to create what has become one of the most powerful bodies in the federal government: the presidential cabinet.

 

 

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Public Program, Author Talk Monument Man: The Life & Art of Daniel Chester French Register registration required 2 May 2020.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM There is a pre-talk reception at 3:30. Harold Holzer There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members, EBT or ConnectorCare cardholders). Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets//daniel_chester_french_cropped.jpg
The artist who created the statue for the Lincoln Memorial, John Harvard in Harvard Yard, and The Minute Man in Concord, Massachusetts, Daniel Chester French (1850-1931) is America's best-known sculptor of public monuments. Harold Holzer presents the first comprehensive biography of this fascinating figure and his illustrious career, providing a nuanced study of a preeminent artist whose evolution ran parallel to, and deeply influenced, the development of American sculpture, iconography, and historical memory. close

Pauline Maier Early American History Seminar Honoring Daniel K. Richter: McNeil Center Alumni Discuss Their Research and Experiences Register registration required at no cost 12 May 2020.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Sari Altshuler, Northeastern University; Chris Parsons, Northeastern University; Joseph Rezek, Boston University; Hunt Howell, Boston University; Jen Manion, Amherst College; Elizabeth Ellis, New York University; and Alicia DeMaio, Harvard University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/eahs_banner.jpg

Award-winning scholar Daniel K. Richter is one of the most prolific historians working on Native American and Early American history. More than just serving as a premier academic as the Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, however, Prof. Richter has also been a dedicated mentor and teacher. Through his work as the Richard S. Dunn Director of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, Richter has advised and inspired generations of young scholars and convened thought-provoking conferences that have sparked new avenues of research. In this last program of the seminar season, seven former students discuss their latest research and reflect on how Prof. Richter influenced their work and understanding of history.

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Building Closed Memorial Day Weekend 23 May 2020.Saturday, all day

The MHS is CLOSED for Memorial Day Weekend.

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Building Closed Memorial Day 25 May 2020.Monday, all day

The MHS is CLOSED in observance of Memorial Day.

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