June

Brown Bag Bonds Burst Asunder: The Revolutionary Politics of "Getting By" in Civil War and Emancipation 23 June 2017.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Kathleen Hilliard, Iowa State University This project examines the transformation of southern political economy during the era of the ...

This project examines the transformation of southern political economy during the era of the American Civil War and African American emancipation, exploring how crisis and transition exposed weaknesses in slavery’s cruel paternalist bargain. Spanning the crisis from South Carolina’s secession in 1860 to the rise of Radical Reconstruction in 1867, it focuses on two central questions: how did white and black southerners recreate and transform relations of power in the chaos of civil war and emancipation? And how did the political economy of “getting by” in wartime shape the way old ties were exploded and new ways negotiated?

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Library Closed Library Closing @ 3:00PM 24 June 2017.Saturday, all day The library closes at 3:00PM in preparation for an afternoon event. 

The library closes at 3:00PM in preparation for an afternoon event. 

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MHS Tour, Public Program The History and Collections of the MHS 24 June 2017.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.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition: The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine Migration and Opportunity.

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Photo by Frank O'Brien Public Program, Conversation “Impossible Dreamers” The Pennant-Winning 1967 Boston Red Sox 24 June 2017.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:30PM Please register and pay online using the RSVP link. Herb Crehan, Bill Nowlin, Frank O’Brien, Tom Whalen, and Gordon Edes, Moderator In the spring of 1967, the Boston Red Sox were coming off a season in which they had lost 90 games, ...

In the spring of 1967, the Boston Red Sox were coming off a season in which they had lost 90 games, and seemingly were locked in a state of mediocrity. Owner Tom Yawkey was discussing the need for a new ballpark and even hinted he might sell the club. Boston was in the midst of one of its worst economic downturns and fan interest had tapered off, with attendance barely half of what it had been in the 1940s. That all changed when a 100 to 1 longshot ballclub led by a rookie manager, Dick Williams, and a superstar left fielder, Carl Yastrzemski, won the American League pennant on the final day of the season after one of the closest races in history. “The Impossible Dream Red Sox” transformed the franchise forever.

View a temporary exhibition. View rare photos of the 1967 season taken by retired Boston Globe photographer Frank O’Brien, a collection of 1967 artifacts including Carl Yastrzemski’s jersey. The exhibition will be up from June 24 through July 8th - but as a special feature of our June 24th event, we will also have the 2004 World Series trophy for that day only! (Note this is a revision, we had previously expected to have three trophies but there has been a scheduling conflict)

Attend a panel discussion. Moderated by Red Sox historian Gordon Edes, panelists include authors Herb Crehan (The Impossible Dream 1967 Red Sox: Birth of Red Sox Nation), Bill Nowlin (The 1967 Impossible Dream Red Sox: Pandemonium on the Field), and Tom Whalen (The Spirit of ’67: Cardiac Kids, El Birdos, and the World Series That Captivated America).

Image courtesy of Frank O'Brien

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Public Program, Author Talk The Price for their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, from Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation 26 June 2017.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Please RSVP   There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Daina Ramey Berry, University of Texas at Austin     In life and in death, slaves were commodities. Their monetary value was assigned ...

 

 

In life and in death, slaves were commodities. Their monetary value was assigned based on their age, gender, health, and the demands of the market. The Price for Their Pound of Flesh explores the economic value of enslaved people through every phase of their lives, including preconception, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, senior years, and death. Covering the full “life cycle,” historian Daina Ramey Berry shows the lengths to which enslavers would go to maximize profits and protect their investments and how enslaved people recalled and responded to being appraised, bartered, and sold throughout the course of their lives.

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Public Program, Author Talk The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright 28 June 2017.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Please RSVP   There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Ann Little, Colorado State University       Born and raised in a New England garrison town, Esther Wheelwright ...

 

 

 

Born and raised in a New England garrison town, Esther Wheelwright (1696–1780) was captured by Wabanaki Indians at age seven. Among them, she became a Catholic and lived like any other young girl in the tribe. At age twelve, she was enrolled at a French-Canadian Ursuline convent, where she would spend the rest of her life, eventually becoming the order’s only foreign-born mother superior. Among these three major cultures of colonial North America, Wheelwright’s life was exceptional: border-crossing, multilingual, and multicultural. Ann Little leads us through her life and the communities of girls and women around her.

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July
MHS Tour, Public Program The History and Collections of the MHS 1 July 2017.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.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition: The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine Migration and Opportunity.

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Building Closedbegins Independence Day 3 July 2017.Monday, 12:00PM - 11:59PM More
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Brown Bag Rivermoor: A Summer Colony in Scituate 5 July 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Lyle Nyberg, Scituate Historical Society One hundred years ago, upper class Boston-area residents spent summers in Rivermoor on Third Cliff ...

One hundred years ago, upper class Boston-area residents spent summers in Rivermoor on Third Cliff in Scituate. They included dentists, lawyers, executives, suffragists, and the first American to provide prefabricated houses. They and their families came for the area’s ocean views, beaches, and cooling breezes on the wraparound porches of Colonial Revival houses built by George Welch. Welch turned what had been farmland since Native American times into a select summer colony.

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Public Program, Author Talk Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World's Greatest Art Heist 6 July 2017.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Please RSVP   There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Steve Kurkjian         Stephen Kurkjian, a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter for The ...

 

 

 

 

Stephen Kurkjian, a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter for The Boston Globe, was the newspaper’s lead reporter on the Gardner art heist. He’ll give a dramatic narrative of the theft in which two men dressed as police officers were able to trick their way into the museum after hours and make off with priceless masterpieces. More than a quarter century later, none of the 13 pieces that were stolen have been recovered. Kurkjian will share details on the investigation and offer a possible missing motive.

This program is free.

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Public Program The USS Constitution & the Massachusetts Historical Society 12 July 2017.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Please RSVP   There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Margherita Desy, Historian of USS Constitution             “Old Ironsides” has been a source of ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Old Ironsides” has been a source of pride for Massachusetts for well over 200 years. Launched in 1797, just six years after the founding of the MHS, the War of 1812 icon and the Society have been sharing stories for centuries. Naval historian Margherita M. Desy will describe some of the hidden treasures uncovered in the recent restoration of the Constitution and highlight resources at MHS that help tell the story of the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat.

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JQA250 Transcribe-a-thon Public Program JQA250 Transcribe-a-thon 15 July 2017.Saturday, 9:30AM - 3:00PM Please RSVP   Registration is at 9:30am. Start time is at 10:00am. What was it like to go from being President of the United States to serving as a representative in ...

JQA pagesWhat was it like to go from being President of the United States to serving as a representative in Congress? Find out by immersing yourself in the diary of John Quincy Adams (JQA). Join the Massachusetts Historical Society’s first transcribe-a-thon! Held in celebration of JQA’s 250th birthday, the purpose of the JQA250 Transcribe-a-thon is to help the Adams Papers editorial project make more of the 15,000-page JQA Diary available online. While the ability to read handwriting is necessary, no transcription experience is required. Bring your laptop or use one of ours. Come for the day or pop in for a little while. All are welcome! Lunch and light refreshments will be provided. Registration is free and open to the public. For more information, or to register, contact Gwen Fries: gfries@masshist.org; 617-646-0556. 

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Teacher Workshopbegins The American Revolution in Art & Artifacts 19 July 2017.Wednesday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM This is a two-day workshop that takes place on July 19 and 20. Explore ...

This is a two-day workshop that takes place on July 19 and 20.

Explore portraits, artifacts, songs, plays, and other art forms created during the Revolution.  . Using the collections of the MHS and the Museum of Fine Arts, participants will investigate a variety of visual and aural primary sources, and model tools for using these kinds of materials with students. We will also consider how the Revolution has been portrayed in art and popular culture over the last 250 years, from epic poems and graphic novels to recent Broadway musicals.

Image: Ivory powder horn scribed by Samuel Selden, 1776.

This program is open to all K-12 educators. Teachers can earn 45 PDPs or two graduate credits (for an additional fee).

This workshop is FULL. Please contact the Center for the Teaching of History at MHS for more information: education@masshist.org; 617-646-0570.

This workshop is funded in part by the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati.

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Brown Bag Women's Education Networks 19 July 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Judith Harford, University College Dublin This project explores the role of the Central Association of Irish Schoolmistresses and the ...

This project explores the role of the Central Association of Irish Schoolmistresses and the Woman’s Education Association of Boston in advancing the cause for women’s admission to Trinity College Dublin and Harvard University.

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Public Program, Conversation Boston Historical Reception 19 July 2017.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm   There is no “Boston Historical Society,” but the metro area does have a wealth ...

 

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 a 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 Workshopends The American Revolution in Art & Artifacts 20 July 2017.Thursday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM This is a two-day workshop that takes place on July 19 and 20. Explore ...

This is a two-day workshop that takes place on July 19 and 20.

Explore portraits, artifacts, songs, plays, and other art forms created during the Revolution.  . Using the collections of the MHS and the Museum of Fine Arts, participants will investigate a variety of visual and aural primary sources, and model tools for using these kinds of materials with students. We will also consider how the Revolution has been portrayed in art and popular culture over the last 250 years, from epic poems and graphic novels to recent Broadway musicals.

Image: Ivory powder horn scribed by Samuel Selden, 1776.

This program is open to all K-12 educators. Teachers can earn 45 PDPs or two graduate credits (for an additional fee).

This workshop is FULL. Please contact the Center for the Teaching of History at MHS for more information: education@masshist.org; 617-646-0570.

This workshop is funded in part by the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati.

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MHS Tour, Public Program The History and Collections of the MHS 22 July 2017.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.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition: The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine Migration and Opportunity.

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Teacher Workshopbegins America in World War I 25 July 2017.Tuesday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Please RSVP   Registration fee: $35 per person This is a two-day workshop that takes place on non-consecutive days: July 25 and 27. ...

This is a two-day workshop that takes place on non-consecutive days: July 25 and 27.

How did Massachusetts men and women experience World War I? Participants will immerse themselves in the letters, diaries, and photographs created by soldiers, Red Cross volunteers, and relief workers, among others. Whether they were at home or abroad, these individuals provide a glimpse of the challenges and occasional pleasures of life during times of war. We will also examine the role of government propaganda campaigns in recruiting volunteers, financing war efforts, and promoting national unity and nativism.

This program is open to all K-12 educators. Teachers can earn 45 PDPs or two graduate credits (for an additional fee).

For more information, or to register, contact the Center for the Teaching of History at MHS: education@masshist.org; 617-646-0557.

Image: Croix de Guerre. France, 1914-1918. Eleanor Saltonstall received this Croix de Guerre on 28 November 1918, for evacuating civilians from the Noyon and Lassigny regions of France during German attacks in March 1918.

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Teacher Workshopends America in World War I 27 July 2017.Thursday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Please RSVP   Registration fee: $35 per person This is a two-day workshop that takes place on non-consecutive days: July 25 and 27. ...

This is a two-day workshop that takes place on non-consecutive days: July 25 and 27.

How did Massachusetts men and women experience World War I? Participants will immerse themselves in the letters, diaries, and photographs created by soldiers, Red Cross volunteers, and relief workers, among others. Whether they were at home or abroad, these individuals provide a glimpse of the challenges and occasional pleasures of life during times of war. We will also examine the role of government propaganda campaigns in recruiting volunteers, financing war efforts, and promoting national unity and nativism.

This program is open to all K-12 educators. Teachers can earn 45 PDPs or two graduate credits (for an additional fee).

For more information, or to register, contact the Center for the Teaching of History at MHS: education@masshist.org; 617-646-0557.

Image: Croix de Guerre. France, 1914-1918. Eleanor Saltonstall received this Croix de Guerre on 28 November 1918, for evacuating civilians from the Noyon and Lassigny regions of France during German attacks in March 1918.

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Public Program, Author Talk Gerry Studds: America's First Openly Gay Congressman 27 July 2017.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Please RSVP   There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Mark Robert Schneider         Gerry Studds, America’s first openly gay congressman, fought ...

 

 

 

 

Gerry Studds, America’s first openly gay congressman, fought in Congress to allow gays to serve in the military, fund AIDS research, and enact marriage equality. He was a champion of coastal and ocean environmental issues and helped to protect the American fishing industry. He was among the leading congressional opponents of President Reagan’s wars in Central America. Perhaps most importantly, he left a vivid unpublished memoir of his life as a closeted gay man in the public eye. Mark Schneider used this memoir and other items from the collection of the MHS to write the first biography of this important leader.

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August
Teacher Workshopbegins Teaching LGBTQ History 2 August 2017.Wednesday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Please RSVP   Registration fee: $50 per peson This is a three-day workshop that takes place on August 2, 3, and 4. ...

This is a three-day workshop that takes place on August 2, 3, and 4.

LGBTQ is a relatively modern acronym, but history is brimming with examples of individuals who participated in same-sex relationships or tested the boundaries of gender norms. This workshop will explore ideas about sexual orientation and gender identity through the lives of New Englanders. Our investigations will take us from the Puritan era through the twenty-first century, as well as to local repositories and historic sites. Participants will also work with primary sources and curricular materials that will help contextualize current debates over LGBTQ rights.

This program is open to all K-12 educators. Teachers can earn 45 PDPs or two graduate credits (for an additional fee).

For more information, or to register, contact the Center for the Teaching of History at MHS: education@masshist.org; 617-646-0557.

Image: Herman Mann, The Female Review: or, Memoirs of an American Young Lady ... Dedham, [MA]: 1797.

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Teacher Workshopends Teaching LGBTQ History 4 August 2017.Friday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Please RSVP   Registration fee: $50 per peson This is a three-day workshop that takes place on August 2, 3, and 4. ...

This is a three-day workshop that takes place on August 2, 3, and 4.

LGBTQ is a relatively modern acronym, but history is brimming with examples of individuals who participated in same-sex relationships or tested the boundaries of gender norms. This workshop will explore ideas about sexual orientation and gender identity through the lives of New Englanders. Our investigations will take us from the Puritan era through the twenty-first century, as well as to local repositories and historic sites. Participants will also work with primary sources and curricular materials that will help contextualize current debates over LGBTQ rights.

This program is open to all K-12 educators. Teachers can earn 45 PDPs or two graduate credits (for an additional fee).

For more information, or to register, contact the Center for the Teaching of History at MHS: education@masshist.org; 617-646-0557.

Image: Herman Mann, The Female Review: or, Memoirs of an American Young Lady ... Dedham, [MA]: 1797.

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Public Program, MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 5 August 2017.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.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition: The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine Migration and Opportunity.

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Teacher Workshop Food in American History 9 August 2017.Wednesday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Please RSVP   Registration fee; $50 per person This is a three-day workshop that takes place on August 9, 10, and 11. ...

This is a three-day workshop that takes place on August 9, 10, and 11.

Experience food through historical accounts and field trips to local producers and providers! From the coffee, tea, and chocolate of the colonial era to the fusion cuisine of today, examinations of foodways can often reveal broader social, cultural, and political trends. We will taste our way through 400 years of American history while discussing ways to share this (mostly) delicious past with students. Offsite sessions will also provide us with opportunities to consider Boston’s contributions to American cuisine and dining habits.

This program is open to all K-12 educators. Teachers can earn 45 PDPs or two graduate credits (for an additional fee).

For more information, or to register, contact the Center for the Teaching of History at MHS: education@masshist.org; 617-646-0557.

Image: Banquet to the Ambassadors of Japan, by Members of the Boston Board of Trade: Bill of Fare. Broadside on silk, 2 August 1872.

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Public Program, MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 12 August 2017.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.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition: The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine Migration and Opportunity.

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Public Program, MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 19 August 2017.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.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition: The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine Migration and Opportunity.

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MHS Tour, Public Program The History and Collections of the MHS 26 August 2017.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.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition: The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine Migration and Opportunity.

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September
Library Closed, Galleries Open Labor Day 2 September 2017.Saturday, all day The MHS library is CLOSED; the exhibition galleries are OPEN, 10:00AM-4:00PM.

The MHS library is CLOSED; the exhibition galleries are OPEN, 10:00AM-4:00PM.

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Building Closed Labor Day 4 September 2017.Monday, all day The MHS library and exhibition galleries are CLOSED for Labor Day.

The MHS library and exhibition galleries are CLOSED for Labor Day.

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Brown Bag Bonds Burst Asunder: The Revolutionary Politics of "Getting By" in Civil War and Emancipation this event is free 23 June 2017.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Kathleen Hilliard, Iowa State University

This project examines the transformation of southern political economy during the era of the American Civil War and African American emancipation, exploring how crisis and transition exposed weaknesses in slavery’s cruel paternalist bargain. Spanning the crisis from South Carolina’s secession in 1860 to the rise of Radical Reconstruction in 1867, it focuses on two central questions: how did white and black southerners recreate and transform relations of power in the chaos of civil war and emancipation? And how did the political economy of “getting by” in wartime shape the way old ties were exploded and new ways negotiated?

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Library Closed Library Closing @ 3:00PM 24 June 2017.Saturday, all day

The library closes at 3:00PM in preparation for an afternoon event. 

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MHS Tour, Public Program The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 24 June 2017.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.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition: The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine Migration and Opportunity.

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Public Program, Conversation “Impossible Dreamers” The Pennant-Winning 1967 Boston Red Sox registration required 24 June 2017.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:30PM Please register and pay online using the RSVP link. Herb Crehan, Bill Nowlin, Frank O’Brien, Tom Whalen, and Gordon Edes, Moderator Photo by Frank O'Brien

In the spring of 1967, the Boston Red Sox were coming off a season in which they had lost 90 games, and seemingly were locked in a state of mediocrity. Owner Tom Yawkey was discussing the need for a new ballpark and even hinted he might sell the club. Boston was in the midst of one of its worst economic downturns and fan interest had tapered off, with attendance barely half of what it had been in the 1940s. That all changed when a 100 to 1 longshot ballclub led by a rookie manager, Dick Williams, and a superstar left fielder, Carl Yastrzemski, won the American League pennant on the final day of the season after one of the closest races in history. “The Impossible Dream Red Sox” transformed the franchise forever.

View a temporary exhibition. View rare photos of the 1967 season taken by retired Boston Globe photographer Frank O’Brien, a collection of 1967 artifacts including Carl Yastrzemski’s jersey. The exhibition will be up from June 24 through July 8th - but as a special feature of our June 24th event, we will also have the 2004 World Series trophy for that day only! (Note this is a revision, we had previously expected to have three trophies but there has been a scheduling conflict)

Attend a panel discussion. Moderated by Red Sox historian Gordon Edes, panelists include authors Herb Crehan (The Impossible Dream 1967 Red Sox: Birth of Red Sox Nation), Bill Nowlin (The 1967 Impossible Dream Red Sox: Pandemonium on the Field), and Tom Whalen (The Spirit of ’67: Cardiac Kids, El Birdos, and the World Series That Captivated America).

Image courtesy of Frank O'Brien

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Public Program, Author Talk The Price for their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, from Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation Please RSVP   registration required 26 June 2017.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Daina Ramey Berry, University of Texas at Austin

 

 

In life and in death, slaves were commodities. Their monetary value was assigned based on their age, gender, health, and the demands of the market. The Price for Their Pound of Flesh explores the economic value of enslaved people through every phase of their lives, including preconception, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, senior years, and death. Covering the full “life cycle,” historian Daina Ramey Berry shows the lengths to which enslavers would go to maximize profits and protect their investments and how enslaved people recalled and responded to being appraised, bartered, and sold throughout the course of their lives.

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Public Program, Author Talk The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright Please RSVP   registration required 28 June 2017.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Ann Little, Colorado State University

 

 

 

Born and raised in a New England garrison town, Esther Wheelwright (1696–1780) was captured by Wabanaki Indians at age seven. Among them, she became a Catholic and lived like any other young girl in the tribe. At age twelve, she was enrolled at a French-Canadian Ursuline convent, where she would spend the rest of her life, eventually becoming the order’s only foreign-born mother superior. Among these three major cultures of colonial North America, Wheelwright’s life was exceptional: border-crossing, multilingual, and multicultural. Ann Little leads us through her life and the communities of girls and women around her.

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MHS Tour, Public Program The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 1 July 2017.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.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition: The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine Migration and Opportunity.

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Brown Bag Rivermoor: A Summer Colony in Scituate this event is free 5 July 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Lyle Nyberg, Scituate Historical Society

One hundred years ago, upper class Boston-area residents spent summers in Rivermoor on Third Cliff in Scituate. They included dentists, lawyers, executives, suffragists, and the first American to provide prefabricated houses. They and their families came for the area’s ocean views, beaches, and cooling breezes on the wraparound porches of Colonial Revival houses built by George Welch. Welch turned what had been farmland since Native American times into a select summer colony.

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Public Program, Author Talk Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World's Greatest Art Heist Please RSVP   registration required at no cost 6 July 2017.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Steve Kurkjian

 

 

 

 

Stephen Kurkjian, a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter for The Boston Globe, was the newspaper’s lead reporter on the Gardner art heist. He’ll give a dramatic narrative of the theft in which two men dressed as police officers were able to trick their way into the museum after hours and make off with priceless masterpieces. More than a quarter century later, none of the 13 pieces that were stolen have been recovered. Kurkjian will share details on the investigation and offer a possible missing motive.

This program is free.

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Public Program The USS Constitution & the Massachusetts Historical Society Please RSVP   registration required 12 July 2017.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Margherita Desy, Historian of USS Constitution

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Old Ironsides” has been a source of pride for Massachusetts for well over 200 years. Launched in 1797, just six years after the founding of the MHS, the War of 1812 icon and the Society have been sharing stories for centuries. Naval historian Margherita M. Desy will describe some of the hidden treasures uncovered in the recent restoration of the Constitution and highlight resources at MHS that help tell the story of the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat.

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Public Program JQA250 Transcribe-a-thon Please RSVP  this event is free 15 July 2017.Saturday, 9:30AM - 3:00PM Registration is at 9:30am. Start time is at 10:00am. JQA250 Transcribe-a-thon

JQA pagesWhat was it like to go from being President of the United States to serving as a representative in Congress? Find out by immersing yourself in the diary of John Quincy Adams (JQA). Join the Massachusetts Historical Society’s first transcribe-a-thon! Held in celebration of JQA’s 250th birthday, the purpose of the JQA250 Transcribe-a-thon is to help the Adams Papers editorial project make more of the 15,000-page JQA Diary available online. While the ability to read handwriting is necessary, no transcription experience is required. Bring your laptop or use one of ours. Come for the day or pop in for a little while. All are welcome! Lunch and light refreshments will be provided. Registration is free and open to the public. For more information, or to register, contact Gwen Fries: gfries@masshist.org; 617-646-0556. 

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Teacher Workshop The American Revolution in Art & Artifacts registration closed 19 July 2017 to 20 July 2017

This is a two-day workshop that takes place on July 19 and 20.

Explore portraits, artifacts, songs, plays, and other art forms created during the Revolution.  . Using the collections of the MHS and the Museum of Fine Arts, participants will investigate a variety of visual and aural primary sources, and model tools for using these kinds of materials with students. We will also consider how the Revolution has been portrayed in art and popular culture over the last 250 years, from epic poems and graphic novels to recent Broadway musicals.

Image: Ivory powder horn scribed by Samuel Selden, 1776.

This program is open to all K-12 educators. Teachers can earn 45 PDPs or two graduate credits (for an additional fee).

This workshop is FULL. Please contact the Center for the Teaching of History at MHS for more information: education@masshist.org; 617-646-0570.

This workshop is funded in part by the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati.

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Brown Bag Women's Education Networks this event is free 19 July 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Judith Harford, University College Dublin

This project explores the role of the Central Association of Irish Schoolmistresses and the Woman’s Education Association of Boston in advancing the cause for women’s admission to Trinity College Dublin and Harvard University.

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Public Program, Conversation Boston Historical Reception Please RSVP   registration required at no cost 19 July 2017.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm

 

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 a 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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MHS Tour, Public Program The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 22 July 2017.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.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition: The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine Migration and Opportunity.

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Teacher Workshop America in World War I Please RSVP   registration required 25 July 2017 to 27 July 2017 Registration fee: $35 per person

This is a two-day workshop that takes place on non-consecutive days: July 25 and 27.

How did Massachusetts men and women experience World War I? Participants will immerse themselves in the letters, diaries, and photographs created by soldiers, Red Cross volunteers, and relief workers, among others. Whether they were at home or abroad, these individuals provide a glimpse of the challenges and occasional pleasures of life during times of war. We will also examine the role of government propaganda campaigns in recruiting volunteers, financing war efforts, and promoting national unity and nativism.

This program is open to all K-12 educators. Teachers can earn 45 PDPs or two graduate credits (for an additional fee).

For more information, or to register, contact the Center for the Teaching of History at MHS: education@masshist.org; 617-646-0557.

Image: Croix de Guerre. France, 1914-1918. Eleanor Saltonstall received this Croix de Guerre on 28 November 1918, for evacuating civilians from the Noyon and Lassigny regions of France during German attacks in March 1918.

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Public Program, Author Talk Gerry Studds: America's First Openly Gay Congressman Please RSVP   registration required 27 July 2017.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Mark Robert Schneider

 

 

 

 

Gerry Studds, America’s first openly gay congressman, fought in Congress to allow gays to serve in the military, fund AIDS research, and enact marriage equality. He was a champion of coastal and ocean environmental issues and helped to protect the American fishing industry. He was among the leading congressional opponents of President Reagan’s wars in Central America. Perhaps most importantly, he left a vivid unpublished memoir of his life as a closeted gay man in the public eye. Mark Schneider used this memoir and other items from the collection of the MHS to write the first biography of this important leader.

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Teacher Workshop Teaching LGBTQ History Please RSVP   registration required 2 August 2017 to 4 August 2017 Registration fee: $50 per peson

This is a three-day workshop that takes place on August 2, 3, and 4.

LGBTQ is a relatively modern acronym, but history is brimming with examples of individuals who participated in same-sex relationships or tested the boundaries of gender norms. This workshop will explore ideas about sexual orientation and gender identity through the lives of New Englanders. Our investigations will take us from the Puritan era through the twenty-first century, as well as to local repositories and historic sites. Participants will also work with primary sources and curricular materials that will help contextualize current debates over LGBTQ rights.

This program is open to all K-12 educators. Teachers can earn 45 PDPs or two graduate credits (for an additional fee).

For more information, or to register, contact the Center for the Teaching of History at MHS: education@masshist.org; 617-646-0557.

Image: Herman Mann, The Female Review: or, Memoirs of an American Young Lady ... Dedham, [MA]: 1797.

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Public Program, MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 5 August 2017.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.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition: The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine Migration and Opportunity.

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Teacher Workshop Food in American History Please RSVP   registration required 9 August 2017.Wednesday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Registration fee; $50 per person

This is a three-day workshop that takes place on August 9, 10, and 11.

Experience food through historical accounts and field trips to local producers and providers! From the coffee, tea, and chocolate of the colonial era to the fusion cuisine of today, examinations of foodways can often reveal broader social, cultural, and political trends. We will taste our way through 400 years of American history while discussing ways to share this (mostly) delicious past with students. Offsite sessions will also provide us with opportunities to consider Boston’s contributions to American cuisine and dining habits.

This program is open to all K-12 educators. Teachers can earn 45 PDPs or two graduate credits (for an additional fee).

For more information, or to register, contact the Center for the Teaching of History at MHS: education@masshist.org; 617-646-0557.

Image: Banquet to the Ambassadors of Japan, by Members of the Boston Board of Trade: Bill of Fare. Broadside on silk, 2 August 1872.

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Public Program, MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 12 August 2017.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.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition: The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine Migration and Opportunity.

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Public Program, MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 19 August 2017.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.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition: The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine Migration and Opportunity.

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MHS Tour, Public Program The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 26 August 2017.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.

While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition: The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine Migration and Opportunity.

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Library Closed, Galleries Open Labor Day 2 September 2017.Saturday, all day

The MHS library is CLOSED; the exhibition galleries are OPEN, 10:00AM-4:00PM.

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Building Closed Labor Day 4 September 2017.Monday, all day

The MHS library and exhibition galleries are CLOSED for Labor Day.

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