October 2019
Special Event Opening Our Doors Celebration 14 October 2019.Monday, 10:00AM - 3:00PM The MHS will join its neighboring cultural institutions for a day of free history, art, music, and ...

The MHS will join its neighboring cultural institutions for a day of free history, art, music, and cultural happenings in the Fenway neighborhood. With over 20 different museums, venues, colleges, and organizations participating, there will be something for everyone. View Fenway Connections, an exhibition put together by the MHS and the Fenway Studios, take part in a family-friendly art project that is part of our Remember Abigail celebration, and join us for a historic walking tour of the Fenway neighborhood. 

Click here to register for the 11am walking tour of the Fenway neighborhood.

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Walking Tour Morning Fenway Neighborhood Walking Tour 14 October 2019.Monday, 11:00AM - 12:00PM Tour will meet at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston 02215 REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS TOUR. Join MHS staff members Peter Drummey and Sarah Bertulli as they lead a tour of the historic Fenway ...

Join MHS staff members Peter Drummey and Sarah Bertulli as they lead a tour of the historic Fenway neighborhood. The tour group will meet at the Massachusetts Historical Society and will leave off at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum so guests can take advantage of more Opening Our Doors activities.

 

 

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Library Closed Library Closed 14 October 2019.Monday, all day The Library is CLOSED for a special event.

The Library is CLOSED for a special event.

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Walking Tour Afternoon Fenway Neighborhood Walking Tour 14 October 2019.Monday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Tour will meet at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston 02215 REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS TOUR. Join MHS staff members Peter Drummey and Sarah Bertulli as they lead a tour of the historic Fenway ...

Join MHS staff members Peter Drummey and Sarah Bertulli as they lead a tour of the historic Fenway neighborhood. The tour group will meet at the Massachusetts Historical Society and will leave off at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum so guests can take advantage of more Opening Our Doors activities.

 

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//wgs_banner.jpg History of Women and Gender Seminar “Ladies Aid” as Labor History: Working Class Formation in the Interwar Syrian American Mahjar 15 October 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Stacy Fahrenthold, University of California, Davis Ilham Khuri-Makdisi, Northeastern University Founded in 1917, the Syrian Ladies Aid Society of Boston (SLAS) provided food, shelter, education, ...

Founded in 1917, the Syrian Ladies Aid Society of Boston (SLAS) provided food, shelter, education, and employment to Syrian workers. Volunteers understood the SLAS as both a women’s organization and a proletarian movement led by Syrian women. Drawing from SLAS club records, private family papers, activist correspondence, and the Syrian press, this essay calls attention to the role women played in working class formation in the Arab American diaspora, and argues for a class-centered reassessment of “ladies aid” politics.

 

This series is co-sponsored by the Boston Seminar on Modern American Society & Culture.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//7286_mark_work_lg.jpg Brown Bag, Research Fellow The Last & Living Words of Mark: Following the Clues to the Enslaved Man’s Life, Afterlife, and to his Community in Boston, Charlestown, and South Shore Massachusetts 16 October 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Catherine Sasanov, Independent Researcher Mark (1725-1755), a blacksmith, husband, and father, might have slipped from public memory if not ...

Mark (1725-1755), a blacksmith, husband, and father, might have slipped from public memory if not for his brutal end: his body gibbeted for decades on Charlestown Common for the poisoning of his enslaver, John Codman. This project, grounded in Mark’s testimony, approaches “legal” and other documents as crime scenes; attention to clues, connections, and seemingly insignificant details unlock important, previously unrecognized aspects of Mark’s world, thwarting their original intent: the enforcement of slavery’s status quo.

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Public Program, Conversation, Housing as History Housing as History: Villa Victoria and the Fenway Community Development Corporation 16 October 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Mario Luis Small, Grafstein Professor of Sociology, Harvard University; Mathew Thall, founding Executive Director, Fenway CDC; Mayra I. Negrón-Roche, COO, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción Location: Blackstone Community Center, 50 W. Brookline St, Boston, MA 02118. In the 1960s and 1970s Boston struggled to stem urban flight and a landscape of deteriorating ...

In the 1960s and 1970s Boston struggled to stem urban flight and a landscape of deteriorating housing stock. Massive redevelopment projects, such as the razing of the West End, sent shockwaves through the city. By the mid-1960s, the South End found itself the focus of redevelopment plans. A group of mostly Puerto Rican residents began to meet and then incorporated as the Emergency Tenants’ Council, which became Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, Inc. (IBA). In 1969, following a widespread campaign, the IBA won the right to serve as the developer for their neighborhood and; using the architecture of Puerto Rico as inspiration, built Villa Victoria. A few years later and few blocks away, the Fenway neighborhood faced the Fenway Urban Renewal Plan (FURP), which planned to clear sections of the neighborhood. local residents sued the city to block FURP and won the right to have a neighborhood-elected board become part of the decision-making process. Out of these efforts came the Fenway CDC with a mission to develop and maintain affordable housing and advocate on behalf of a vibrant and diverse community.

Please note: This program will be held at Blackstone Community Center, 50 W. Brookline St, Boston, MA 02118.

This program is made possible by the generosity of Mass Humanities and the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//lowell.png Digital History Seminar The World Comes to Lowell: Building a Digital Immigration History Website 17 October 2019.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Robert Forrant, University of Massachusetts Lowell Ingrid Hess, University of Massachusetts Lowell Based at UMass Lowell, this digital project provides an entry point to the immigrant and refugee ...

Based at UMass Lowell, this digital project provides an entry point to the immigrant and refugee history of Lowell with an eye toward greater New England. An interdisciplinary team of faculty and students created the website content and produced the motion graphics to present supporting photographs, maps, and links to additional resources. The site is designed to be a tool for educators and a resource for interested community members.

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Notice Library Closing @ 3:00PM 18 October 2019.Friday, all day In preparation for an afternoon event, the library closes at 3:00PM.

In preparation for an afternoon event, the library closes at 3:00PM.

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Exhibitionends Fenway Connections 19 October 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Gallery hours are: Mon., Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat.: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Tue.: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. The Fenway Studios is the only purpose-built structure in the United States designed to provide work ...

The Fenway Studios is the only purpose-built structure in the United States designed to provide work and living space for artists that is still used for its original intent. It was modeled after 19th-century Parisian atelier studios but took the additional step of encouraging studio-design suggestions from the founding artists. This temporary exhibition will celebrate the history and evolution of Fenway Studios by shining a light on contemporary work produced by current members alongside rarely shown paintings from the MHS collection created by past Fenway Studios artists.

The exhibition will run through 19 October and is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are: Mon., Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat.: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Tue.: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 19 October 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led ...

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

 

 

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Notice Library Closing @ 3:00PM 19 October 2019.Saturday, all day In preparation for an afternoon event, the library closes at 3:00PM.

In preparation for an afternoon event, the library closes at 3:00PM.

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Conversation, Public Program, Legacies of 1619 Legacies of 1619: Afro-Native Connections 19 October 2019.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 3:30. Christine DeLucia, Williams College; Kendra Field, Tufts University; and moderator Catherine Allgor, MHS Even before the arrival of enslaved Africans, Native Americans were forced into bondage and ...

Even before the arrival of enslaved Africans, Native Americans were forced into bondage and transported far from their homes in North America. Even as the Native populations were decimated and displaced, the communities that survived remained a refuge for African Americans. These distinct communities forged familial, social, and cultural bonds with each other over time. This program will explore the complex relationship between African Americans, Native Americans, the institution of slavery, and these groups’ attempts to seek equal rights in American society.

This program is part two of a four program series titled Legacies of 1619. The series is a production of the Massachusetts Historical Society and is co-sponsored by the Museum of African American History and the Roxbury Community College.

  

 

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Public Program, Author Talk Saving America’s Cities: Ed Logue & the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age 21 October 2019.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Lizabeth Cohen, Harvard University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). Edward J. Logue was a giant of 20th-century East Coast urban redevelopment. From the 1950s through ...

Edward J. Logue was a giant of 20th-century East Coast urban redevelopment. From the 1950s through the 1980s, he worked to revive a declining New Haven, became the architect of the “New Boston,” led New York State’s Urban Development Corporation, and ended his career working to turn around the South Bronx. Prizewinning historian Lizabeth Cohen analyzes Logue’s complicated legacy in urban renewal as a dramatic story of heart- break and destruction, but also of human idealism and resourcefulness.

 

 

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Special Event Queen Victoria: The Making of an Icon 23 October 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM There will be a reception at 7pm, following the presentation. Polly Putnam, Historic Royal Palaces There is a $25 fee to register. This event is complimentary for MHS Fund Giving Circle donors and Algonquin Club Foundation members. This talk, given by Polly Putnam, Collections Curator for the Historic Royal Palaces, considers the ...

This talk, given by Polly Putnam, Collections Curator for the Historic Royal Palaces, considers the development of Queen Victoria's public image over the course of her 63-year reign. Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and later Empress of India, is only second to Queen Elizabeth II as the longest ruling monarch in British history. Queen Victoria ruled from June 20, 1837 until her death on January 22, 1901. Ms. Putnam’s presentation reveals how Queen Victoria made a virtue of and shared her personal life with the people of Great Britain, which ensured not only her popularity but also an enduring public image.

Giving Circle donors* will be our complimentary guests at this special event. Following the presentation, donors will enjoy a lively reception and receive a special gift. Donate $500 or more now to receive your invitation!

*Giving Circle donors have given $500 or more to the MHS Fund in the past 12 months.

This event is co-sponsored by the Algonquin Club Foundation.

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//blumenthal_2.jpg Biography Seminar On the Campaign Trail 24 October 2019.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Sidney Blumenthal in Conversation with Megan Marshall Today it seems you can't run for president without first putting out a memoir or autobiography. But ...

Today it seems you can't run for president without first putting out a memoir or autobiography. But biographies of presidential candidates - and presidents - are nothing new. Veteran political strategist, Washington insider, and author of the highly acclaimed multi-volume The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, Sidney Blumenthal, returns to Boston, where he got his start as a journalist, to engage in a wide-ranging discussion of lives in politics—from 1860 to 2020—and the uses of biography and, more recently, autobiography in shaping successful campaigns.

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Life and Legacy pop-up display Public Program Abigail Adams: Life & Legacy Gallery Talk 25 October 2019.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Join an Adams Papers editor to explore how Abigail Adams has come to hold a unique place within the ...

Join an Adams Papers editor to explore how Abigail Adams has come to hold a unique place within the fabric of American life.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//masc_banner.jpg Modern American Society and Culture Seminar Sesame Street and the Cultural Politics of the Spoken Word in the 1970s 29 October 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Kathryn Ostrofsky, Freelance Historian Victoria Cain, Northeastern University Sesame Street’s creators, audiences, and social activists all tried to use the popular ...

Sesame Street’s creators, audiences, and social activists all tried to use the popular television program as a tool to shape American society. The resulting discussions reveal that the sound of the spoken word played an important role in media representations of culture and community. People contested the messages conveyed by working-class accents, African American slang, and the Spanish language as they encouraged Sesame Street to embody Great Society liberalism or to engender a pluralistic society.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37//witch-publicdomain.jpg Brown Bag Inhuman Women and Puritanical Legacies in The VVitch 2015 30 October 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Amber Hodge, University of Mississippi The VVitch (2015) visualizes historical oppression as an origin for present-day ...

The VVitch (2015) visualizes historical oppression as an origin for present-day animalization and concordant disenfranchisement of women who operate outside of proscribed social norms. This talk connects MHS’s archives to The VVitch’s depiction of animality as both feminine and evil to demonstrate the legacy of patriarchal puritanism and possibilities for resistance.

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Notice Library Closing @ 3:45PM 30 October 2019.Wednesday, all day The library closes at 3:45PM in preparation for an evening event.

The library closes at 3:45PM in preparation for an evening event.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Development//0067_massacre_header-image.jpg Special Event Fire! Voices from the Boston Massacre 30 October 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM MHS Fellows and Members are invited to the sneak preview reception for Fire! Voices from the Boston ...

MHS Fellows and Members are invited to the sneak preview reception for Fire! Voices from the Boston Massacre.

On March 5, 1770, British soldiers occupying the town of Boston shot into a crowd, killing five civilians. The incident quickly became known as the Boston Massacre. Through a selection of first-person accounts, artifacts, and trial notes, this exhibition explores what it meant to be living in an occupied city and how this flash point changed the course of American history.

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Exhibitionbegins Fire! Voices From the Boston Massacre 31 October 2019.Thursday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Gallery hours are: Mon., Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat.: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Tue.: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. On the evening of March 5, 1770, soldiers occupying the town of Boston shot into a crowd, killing or ...

On the evening of March 5, 1770, soldiers occupying the town of Boston shot into a crowd, killing or fatally wounding five civilians.

In the aftermath of what soon became known as the Boston Massacre, questions about the command to “Fire!” became crucial. Who yelled it? When and why? Because the answers would determine the guilt or innocence of the soldiers, defense counsel John Adams insisted that “Facts are stubborn things.”

But what are the facts? The evidence, often contradictory, drew upon testimony from dozens of witnesses. Come learn about the Boston Massacre and “hear” for yourself—through a selection of artifacts, eyewitness accounts, and trial testimony—the voices of ordinary men and women, and discover how this flashpoint changed American history.

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November 2019
MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 2 November 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led ...

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//eahs_banner.jpg Early American History Seminar Native Lands and American Expansion in the Early Republic 5 November 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Emilie Connolly, New York University; Franklin Sammons, University of California, Berkeley Nancy Shoemaker, University of Connecticut In the Early Republic, Americans pressed against the borders of the new nation to expand their ...

In the Early Republic, Americans pressed against the borders of the new nation to expand their control over Native lands. This panel examines these interactions between Native tribes and the land-hungry white settlers and speculators to discuss issues of agency, financial stability, and legal precedent. Emilie Connolly considers the 1797 Treaty of Big Tree between the Seneca and Founding Father Robert Morris in New York State. Franklin Sammons looks at the illegal “Yazoo Land Sales” in Georgia.

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Brown Bag Laboring Bodies: Dispossessed Women and Sexuality in Colonial New England 6 November 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Emily Clark, Johns Hopkins University This project will examine the intimate lives of enslaved, servant, and poor women using cases in ...

This project will examine the intimate lives of enslaved, servant, and poor women using cases in which their supposedly “deviant” bodies entered the historical record – in court cases, almshouse ledgers, and cheap print. Often overlooked in histories of New England, these women made up a crucial part of colonial society. Their bodies and labors (productive and reproductive) were used against their wills. Nonetheless, these sources reveal laboring women's everyday efforts to control their own bodies and sexualities.

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Public Program, Author Talk Girl in Black & White: The Story of Mary Mildred Williams & the Abolition Movement 6 November 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Jessie Morgan-Owens There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). Jessie Morgan-Owens tells the little-known story of Mary Mildred Williams—a slave girl who ...

Jessie Morgan-Owens tells the little-known story of Mary Mildred Williams—a slave girl who looked “white” and whose image transformed the abolitionist movement. Mary became the face of American slavery when Sen. Charles Sumner saw in her a monumental political opportunity for the abolitionist cause. Weaving together long-overlooked primary sources, including daguerreotypes found in the MHS collection, this history follows Mary through to her own adulthood, describing a life parallel to the antislavery movement. 

 

 

 

 

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Public Program, Author Talk The Will of the People: The Revolutionary Birth of America 7 November 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. T.H. Breen, Northwestern University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). Over eight years of war, ordinary Americans accomplished something extraordinary. Far from the ...

Over eight years of war, ordinary Americans accomplished something extraordinary. Far from the actions of the Continental Congress and the Continental Army, they took responsibility for the course of the Revolution. In villages, towns, and cities from Georgia to New Hampshire, Americans managed local affairs, negotiated shared sacrifice, and participated in a political system in which each believed they were as good as any other. Presenting hundreds of stories, T. H. Breen captures the powerful sense of equality and responsibility resulting from this process of self-determination.

 

 

 

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 9 November 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led ...

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

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Building Closed Veteran's Day 11 November 2019.Monday, all day The Society is CLOSED in observance of Veteran's Day.

The Society is CLOSED in observance of Veteran's Day.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//ehs_banner.jpg Environmental History Seminar Engineering, Politics, and Dams: John R. Freeman and San Francisco’s Hetch Hetchy Water Supply 12 November 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Donald C. Jackson, Lafayette College Conevery Bolton Valencius, Boston College San Francisco’s Hetch Hetchy Dam sparked one of America’s first great environmental ...

San Francisco’s Hetch Hetchy Dam sparked one of America’s first great environmental controversies. This paper explores John R. Freeman’s work as a consulting engineer and his essential role in championing the city’s Sierra Nevada water supply. Freeman was among the most influential engineers of the Progressive Era and his technocratic vision underlay hydraulic projects throughout North America. For good or ill, Freeman’s vision has had a long and enduring legacy, not just for San Francisco but for dams and watersheds nationwide.

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Public Program, Conversation, Housing as History Housing as History: the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and Orchard Gardens 13 November 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Karilyn Crockett, Lecturer of Public Policy and Urban Planning, MIT; Tony Hernandez, Director of Operations and Stewardship, Dudley Neighbors, Inc.; Valerie Shelley, President, Orchard Gardens Resident Association Location: Dewitt Center, 122 Dewitt Drive, Boston, MA 02120 By the 1980s the Dudley Square neighborhood of Roxbury was facing significant challenges. Absentee ...

By the 1980s the Dudley Square neighborhood of Roxbury was facing significant challenges. Absentee landlords had allowed property to deteriorate, left units vacant, or had used arson to raze buildings and make insurance claims. Facing what many considered insurmountable obstacles, the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative was formed to create a comprehensive plan for “development without displacement.” The first non-governmental organization in America to be granted eminent domain authority, they began purchasing vacant land, protecting affordable housing and creating a community land trust. Meanwhile, the nearby housing project Orchard Park became notorious for crime and drugs. The Orchard Park Tenants Association lobbied for years for improvements and by the mid-1990s began to see a path forward partnering with the police and using community organizing to reduce crime and linking the redevelopment to the new federal HOPE VI program which was meant to revitalize the worst housing projects in America. HOPE VI was in part modeled on the redevelopment of Columbia Point and encouraged partnerships with private developers and a mixture of incomes among the residents. Through community action and smart development, Orchard Park was redeveloped as Orchard Gardens and became a safe, stable neighborhood.

This program is made possible by the generosity of Mass Humanities and the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.

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Public Program, Conversation Atlas of Boston History 14 November 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Nancy Seasholes, Robert Allison, Richard Garver, and Jim Vrabel There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). Few American cities possess a history as long, rich, and fascinating as Boston’s. The Atlas of ...

Few American cities possess a history as long, rich, and fascinating as Boston’s. The Atlas of Boston History traces the history of Boston from late prehistoric times to the present using thematic maps that are drawn from the latest scholarship and supplemented with historical images, maps, illustrations, and graphs as well as explanatory text. The subjects of the maps and atlas plates were determined by a board of noted scholars. The editor will present the project and then discuss the process of determining the contents of the atlas with three of the consulting scholars.

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Public Program, Conversation, Legacies of 1619 Legacies of 1619: Black Radicalism / Black Power 16 November 2019.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 3:30. John Stauffer, Harvard University; Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar, University of Connecticut; Adrienne Lentz-Smith, Duke University; and moderator Valerie Roberson, Roxbury Community College Location: Roxbury Community College, Student Commons, 1234 Columbus Avenue Facing the hegemonic force of slavery, discrimination, and disenfranchisement, communities of color ...

Facing the hegemonic force of slavery, discrimination, and disenfranchisement, communities of color have resisted and presented radical models of empowerment. Along with countless and often unknown stories of personal courage, large scale resistance, such as Nat Turner’s Rebellion, go back to the very beginnings of the United States. This program will explore the different forms African Americans have taken to assert their agency and autonomy.

This program is part three of a four program series titled Legacies of 1619. The series is a production of the Massachusetts Historical Society and is co-sponsored by the Museum of African American History and the Roxbury Community College. 

   

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Public Program, Author Talk This Land Is Their Land The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving 18 November 2019.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. David J. Silverman, George Washington University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). David Silverman explores the history of the Wampanoag people to reveal the distortions of the ...

David Silverman explores the history of the Wampanoag people to reveal the distortions of the Thanksgiving Myth, a persisting story that promotes the idea that Native people willingly ceded their country to the English to give rise to a white, Christian, democratic nation. Silverman traces how the Wampanoags have lived—and told—a different history over the past four centuries

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//eahs_banner.jpg Early American History Seminar Murder at the Manhattan Well: The Personal and the Political in the Election of 1800 19 November 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Paul Gilje, University of Oklahoma Kate Grandjean, Wellesley College In 1800, journeyman carpenter, Levi Weeks, was accused of murdering Guliema Sands, a young woman ...

In 1800, journeyman carpenter, Levi Weeks, was accused of murdering Guliema Sands, a young woman living in the same boarding house. Using the trial transcript, I place the lives of Weeks and Sands in a larger context: Weeks as an artisan in a dynamic economy and Sands as a poor unattached women amidst changing ideas about sexuality. I also relate the trial to the New York election that occurred a month later.

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Public Program, Conversation, Housing as History Housing as History: New Directions for Boston’s Subsidized Housing: Learning from the Past 20 November 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. William McGonagle, former Administrator, Boston Housing Authority; Soni Gupta, Director of Neighborhoods and Housing, The Boston Foundation; Lawrence Vale, Ford Professor of Urban Design and Planning, MIT; Sandra Henriquez, Executive Director, Detroit Housing Commission; former administrator and CEO, Boston Housing Authority; and moderator David Luberoff, Deputy Director, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies This program will be held at MHS. As neighborhoods across Boston face enormous development pressure, there is a risk that low-income ...

As neighborhoods across Boston face enormous development pressure, there is a risk that low-income residents will be forced out of the city. Social disruption due to gentrification, shifting government policies and programs, and the challenges of climate change make the future of affordable housing in Boston precarious. In the past, Boston modeled creative and successful solutions to dire housing problems, and there is hope that the city can continue to deploy innovative policies that will brighten the future for all city residents. Our final panel in this series will look at the future of affordable housing in Boston, taking stock of past lessons learned.

 

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//banner_draft_2.jpg African American History Seminar Mary Church Terrell’s Intersectional Black Feminism 21 November 2019.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Alison M. Parker, University of Delaware Kerri Greenidge, Tufts University Civil rights activist Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954) highlighted the intersections of race and sex ...

Civil rights activist Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954) highlighted the intersections of race and sex in black women’s lives. This paper focuses on Terrell’s critiques of the suffrage movement, the social purity movement, and the postbellum white nostalgia for “Black Mammies.” Terrell asserted black women’s right to be full citizens, to vote, and to be treated without violence and with respect.

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Life and Legacy pop-up display Public Program Abigail Adams: Life & Legacy Gallery Talk 22 November 2019.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Join an Adams Papers editor to explore how Abigail Adams has come to hold a unique place within the ...

Join an Adams Papers editor to explore how Abigail Adams has come to hold a unique place within the fabric of American life.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 23 November 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led ...

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

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Public Program, Author Talk Black Radical: The Life & Times of William Monroe Trotter 25 November 2019.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Kerri Greenidge, Tufts University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). William Monroe Trotter was an unlikely American hero. With the stylistic verve of a newspaperman and ...

William Monroe Trotter was an unlikely American hero. With the stylistic verve of a newspaperman and the unwavering fearlessness of an emancipator, he galvanized black working- class citizens to wield their political power despite the violent racism of post- Reconstruction America. For more than 30 years, the Harvard-educated Trotter edited and published the Guardian, a weekly Boston newspaper that was read across the nation. Defining himself against the gradualist politics of Booker T. Washington and the elitism of W. E. B. Du Bois, Trotter advocated for a radical vision of black liberation that prefigured leaders such as Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther king, Jr.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//masc_banner.jpg Modern American Society and Culture Seminar Navigating Colonial, Racial, and Indigenous Histories on the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail 26 November 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Laura Barraclough, Yale University Maria John, University of Massachusetts - Boston Launched by Congress in 1978, the National Historic Trail (NHT) system recognizes historic travel ...

Launched by Congress in 1978, the National Historic Trail (NHT) system recognizes historic travel routes that contributed to the making of the United States. This paper examines the collision of colonial, racial, and indigenous histories on the Juan Bautista de Anza NHT, which commemorates the 1775-76 expedition of Mexican settlers from Sonora to San Francisco. While the Anza NHT has been empowering to contemporary Mexican Americans, it struggles to fairly represent the layered impacts of Spanish, Mexican, and U.S. colonization on the region’s Native peoples.

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Building Closed Thanksgiving 28 November 2019.Thursday, all day The Society is CLOSED for Thanksgiving.

The Society is CLOSED for Thanksgiving.

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December 2019
Public Program, Author Talk Revolutionary Networks: The Business and Politics of Printing the News, 1763–1789 2 December 2019.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There is a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Joseph Adelman, Framingham State University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). During the American Revolution, printed material played a crucial role as a forum for public debate. ...

During the American Revolution, printed material played a crucial role as a forum for public debate. Joseph Adelman argues that printers—artisans who mingled with the elite but labored in a manual trade—used their commercial and political connections to directly shape Revolutionary political ideology and mass mobilization. Moving through the era of the American Revolution to the war’s aftermath, this history details the development of the networks of printers and explains how they contributed to the process of creating first a revolution and then the new nation.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//ehs_banner.jpg Environmental History Seminar Climate in Words and Numbers: How Early Americans Recorded Weather in Almanacs 3 December 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Joyce Chaplin, Harvard University With support from the Guggenheim Foundation, Joyce Chaplin is compiling a database of manuscript ...

With support from the Guggenheim Foundation, Joyce Chaplin is compiling a database of manuscript notes about weather in early American almanacs, 1647-1820. Her talk focuses on how people recorded weather in numbers (including degrees Fahrenheit) and in words, ranging from “dull” to “elegant!” These notations are significant as records of a period of climate change, the Little Ice Age, also as records of how people made sense of and coped with that climatic disruption.

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Notice Library Closing @ 3:45PM 4 December 2019.Wednesday, all day The library closes at 3:45PM in preparation for an evening event.

The library closes at 3:45PM in preparation for an evening event.

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Members and Fellows Holiday Party 4 December 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM MHS Fellows and Members are invited to the Society’s annual holiday party. Celebrate the ...

MHS Fellows and Members are invited to the Society’s annual holiday party. Celebrate the season with an evening of holiday cheer and jovial camaraderie.

This event is open to Members and Fellows of the MHS

To reserve: Please register online at www.masshist.org/events.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 7 December 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led ...

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//eahs_banner.jpg Early American History Seminar Who Was “One-Eyed” Sarah? Searching for an Indigenous Nurse in Local Government 10 December 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Gabriel J. Loiacono, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh Cornelia Dayton, University of Connecticut This essay considers the life of an indigenous woman, known as “One-Eyed” Sarah, who ...

This essay considers the life of an indigenous woman, known as “One-Eyed” Sarah, who provided full-time nursing care to poor communities in early nineteenth-century Providence, RI. The only historical sources that describe Sarah’s work never provide her last name or details beyond the description “Indian.” So who was she, and how do we tell her story? Using sometimes patchy sources of non-elite people, the author hopes to gain new insights into social welfare history and explore how ordinary women made the poor law function.

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Public Program, Author Talk At Home: A Look at Historic Houses Through the Archives 11 December 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Beth Luey There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). Archival collections held in local institutions can help historians uncover the untold stories of ...

Archival collections held in local institutions can help historians uncover the untold stories of historic houses in Massachusetts. The library of the New Bedford Whaling Museum documents the homes of the great whaling families, while Harvard documents the Ward House and the American Antiquarian Society welcomes us into the Salisbury Mansion in Worcester. The Mary Baker Eddy library documents the many houses where she lived, and, of course, the Massachusetts Historical Society brings the Adams family and their houses to life.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 14 December 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led ...

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

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Notice Library Closing @ 3:00PM 14 December 2019.Saturday, all day In preparation for an afternoon event, the library closes at 3:00PM.

In preparation for an afternoon event, the library closes at 3:00PM.

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Public Program, Conversation, Legacies of 1619 Legacies of 1619: Citizenship and Belonging 14 December 2019.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 3:30. Manisha Sinha, University of Connecticut; Elizabeth Herbin-Triant, University of Massachusetts—Lowell; Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Ohio State University; and moderator Marita Rivero, Museum of African American History, Boston For 400 years, Africans and African Americans carved out a distinctive culture for themselves even ...

For 400 years, Africans and African Americans carved out a distinctive culture for themselves even as they sought equal rights in American society. This program will consider how African Americans struggled to gain equal access to political and social rights, all the while making the American experience their own.

This program is part four of a four program series titled Legacies of 1619. The series is a production of the Massachusetts Historical Society and is co-sponsored by the Museum of African American History and the Roxbury Community College.

  

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//wgs_banner.jpg History of Women and Gender Seminar Dr. Ana Livia Cordero, Social Medicine, and the Puerto Rican Liberation Struggle 17 December 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Sandy Placido, Queens College, CUNY Born in San Juan in 1931, Ana Livia Cordero was a trailblazing physician and activist-intellectual ...

Born in San Juan in 1931, Ana Livia Cordero was a trailblazing physician and activist-intellectual whose life illuminates the crucial role Puerto Ricans played in Cold War-era freedom struggles. Cordero worked as a physician, public health advocate, and radical organizer in New York, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Ghana, Egypt, and Nicaragua for over four decades. Using a new framework of feminist social medicine, this essay examines Cordero’s contributions to the field of social medicine, particularly maternal and children’s health.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 21 December 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led ...

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

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Building Closed Building Closed 23 December 2019.Monday, all day The Society is CLOSED.

The Society is CLOSED.

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Building Closed Christmas Day 25 December 2019.Wednesday, all day The Society is CLOSED for Christmas.

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Building Closed Building Closed 27 December 2019.Friday, all day The Society is CLOSED.

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Building Closed Building Closed 30 December 2019.Monday, all day The Society is CLOSED.

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Building Closed New Year's Day 1 January 2020.Wednesday, all day The Society is CLOSED.

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Life and Legacy pop-up exhibition Exhibitionends Abigail Adams: Life & Legacy 10 January 2020.Friday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Abigail Adams urged her husband to “Remember the Ladies” and made herself impossible to ...

Abigail Adams urged her husband to “Remember the Ladies” and made herself impossible to forget. But Abigail is memorable for more than her famous 1776 admonition. This final Remember Abigail display uses documents and artifacts through the ages to consider the way Abigail viewed her own legacy and to explore how and why we continue to Remember Abigail.

Gallery talks will take place on 25 October and 22 November at 2:00 PM.

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Special Event Opening Our Doors Celebration 14 October 2019.Monday, 10:00AM - 3:00PM

The MHS will join its neighboring cultural institutions for a day of free history, art, music, and cultural happenings in the Fenway neighborhood. With over 20 different museums, venues, colleges, and organizations participating, there will be something for everyone. View Fenway Connections, an exhibition put together by the MHS and the Fenway Studios, take part in a family-friendly art project that is part of our Remember Abigail celebration, and join us for a historic walking tour of the Fenway neighborhood. 

Click here to register for the 11am walking tour of the Fenway neighborhood.

Click here to register for the 2pm walking tour of the Fenway neighborhood.

 

 

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Walking Tour Morning Fenway Neighborhood Walking Tour registration closed 14 October 2019.Monday, 11:00AM - 12:00PM Tour will meet at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston 02215 REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS TOUR.

Join MHS staff members Peter Drummey and Sarah Bertulli as they lead a tour of the historic Fenway neighborhood. The tour group will meet at the Massachusetts Historical Society and will leave off at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum so guests can take advantage of more Opening Our Doors activities.

 

 

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Walking Tour Afternoon Fenway Neighborhood Walking Tour registration closed 14 October 2019.Monday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Tour will meet at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston 02215 REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS TOUR.

Join MHS staff members Peter Drummey and Sarah Bertulli as they lead a tour of the historic Fenway neighborhood. The tour group will meet at the Massachusetts Historical Society and will leave off at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum so guests can take advantage of more Opening Our Doors activities.

 

 

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History of Women and Gender Seminar “Ladies Aid” as Labor History: Working Class Formation in the Interwar Syrian American Mahjar Register registration required at no cost 15 October 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Stacy Fahrenthold, University of California, Davis Ilham Khuri-Makdisi, Northeastern University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//wgs_banner.jpg

Founded in 1917, the Syrian Ladies Aid Society of Boston (SLAS) provided food, shelter, education, and employment to Syrian workers. Volunteers understood the SLAS as both a women’s organization and a proletarian movement led by Syrian women. Drawing from SLAS club records, private family papers, activist correspondence, and the Syrian press, this essay calls attention to the role women played in working class formation in the Arab American diaspora, and argues for a class-centered reassessment of “ladies aid” politics.

 

This series is co-sponsored by the Boston Seminar on Modern American Society & Culture.

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Brown Bag, Research Fellow The Last & Living Words of Mark: Following the Clues to the Enslaved Man’s Life, Afterlife, and to his Community in Boston, Charlestown, and South Shore Massachusetts this event is free 16 October 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Catherine Sasanov, Independent Researcher Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//7286_mark_work_lg.jpg

Mark (1725-1755), a blacksmith, husband, and father, might have slipped from public memory if not for his brutal end: his body gibbeted for decades on Charlestown Common for the poisoning of his enslaver, John Codman. This project, grounded in Mark’s testimony, approaches “legal” and other documents as crime scenes; attention to clues, connections, and seemingly insignificant details unlock important, previously unrecognized aspects of Mark’s world, thwarting their original intent: the enforcement of slavery’s status quo.

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Public Program, Conversation, Housing as History Housing as History: Villa Victoria and the Fenway Community Development Corporation Register registration required at no cost 16 October 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Mario Luis Small, Grafstein Professor of Sociology, Harvard University; Mathew Thall, founding Executive Director, Fenway CDC; Mayra I. Negrón-Roche, COO, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción Location: Blackstone Community Center, 50 W. Brookline St, Boston, MA 02118.

In the 1960s and 1970s Boston struggled to stem urban flight and a landscape of deteriorating housing stock. Massive redevelopment projects, such as the razing of the West End, sent shockwaves through the city. By the mid-1960s, the South End found itself the focus of redevelopment plans. A group of mostly Puerto Rican residents began to meet and then incorporated as the Emergency Tenants’ Council, which became Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, Inc. (IBA). In 1969, following a widespread campaign, the IBA won the right to serve as the developer for their neighborhood and; using the architecture of Puerto Rico as inspiration, built Villa Victoria. A few years later and few blocks away, the Fenway neighborhood faced the Fenway Urban Renewal Plan (FURP), which planned to clear sections of the neighborhood. local residents sued the city to block FURP and won the right to have a neighborhood-elected board become part of the decision-making process. Out of these efforts came the Fenway CDC with a mission to develop and maintain affordable housing and advocate on behalf of a vibrant and diverse community.

Please note: This program will be held at Blackstone Community Center, 50 W. Brookline St, Boston, MA 02118.

This program is made possible by the generosity of Mass Humanities and the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.

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Digital History Seminar The World Comes to Lowell: Building a Digital Immigration History Website Register registration required at no cost 17 October 2019.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Robert Forrant, University of Massachusetts Lowell Ingrid Hess, University of Massachusetts Lowell Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//lowell.png

Based at UMass Lowell, this digital project provides an entry point to the immigrant and refugee history of Lowell with an eye toward greater New England. An interdisciplinary team of faculty and students created the website content and produced the motion graphics to present supporting photographs, maps, and links to additional resources. The site is designed to be a tool for educators and a resource for interested community members.

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Notice Library Closing @ 3:00PM 18 October 2019.Friday, all day

In preparation for an afternoon event, the library closes at 3:00PM.

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Exhibition Fenway Connections this event is free Gallery hours are: Mon., Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat.: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Tue.: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

The Fenway Studios is the only purpose-built structure in the United States designed to provide work and living space for artists that is still used for its original intent. It was modeled after 19th-century Parisian atelier studios but took the additional step of encouraging studio-design suggestions from the founding artists. This temporary exhibition will celebrate the history and evolution of Fenway Studios by shining a light on contemporary work produced by current members alongside rarely shown paintings from the MHS collection created by past Fenway Studios artists.

The exhibition will run through 19 October and is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are: Mon., Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat.: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Tue.: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 19 October 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

 

 

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Notice Library Closing @ 3:00PM 19 October 2019.Saturday, all day

In preparation for an afternoon event, the library closes at 3:00PM.

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Conversation, Public Program, Legacies of 1619 Legacies of 1619: Afro-Native Connections Register registration required at no cost 19 October 2019.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 3:30. Christine DeLucia, Williams College; Kendra Field, Tufts University; and moderator Catherine Allgor, MHS

Even before the arrival of enslaved Africans, Native Americans were forced into bondage and transported far from their homes in North America. Even as the Native populations were decimated and displaced, the communities that survived remained a refuge for African Americans. These distinct communities forged familial, social, and cultural bonds with each other over time. This program will explore the complex relationship between African Americans, Native Americans, the institution of slavery, and these groups’ attempts to seek equal rights in American society.

This program is part two of a four program series titled Legacies of 1619. The series is a production of the Massachusetts Historical Society and is co-sponsored by the Museum of African American History and the Roxbury Community College.

  

 

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Public Program, Author Talk Saving America’s Cities: Ed Logue & the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age Register registration required 21 October 2019.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Lizabeth Cohen, Harvard University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

Edward J. Logue was a giant of 20th-century East Coast urban redevelopment. From the 1950s through the 1980s, he worked to revive a declining New Haven, became the architect of the “New Boston,” led New York State’s Urban Development Corporation, and ended his career working to turn around the South Bronx. Prizewinning historian Lizabeth Cohen analyzes Logue’s complicated legacy in urban renewal as a dramatic story of heart- break and destruction, but also of human idealism and resourcefulness.

 

 

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Special Event Queen Victoria: The Making of an Icon Register registration required 23 October 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM There will be a reception at 7pm, following the presentation. Polly Putnam, Historic Royal Palaces There is a $25 fee to register. This event is complimentary for MHS Fund Giving Circle donors and Algonquin Club Foundation members.

This talk, given by Polly Putnam, Collections Curator for the Historic Royal Palaces, considers the development of Queen Victoria's public image over the course of her 63-year reign. Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and later Empress of India, is only second to Queen Elizabeth II as the longest ruling monarch in British history. Queen Victoria ruled from June 20, 1837 until her death on January 22, 1901. Ms. Putnam’s presentation reveals how Queen Victoria made a virtue of and shared her personal life with the people of Great Britain, which ensured not only her popularity but also an enduring public image.

Giving Circle donors* will be our complimentary guests at this special event. Following the presentation, donors will enjoy a lively reception and receive a special gift. Donate $500 or more now to receive your invitation!

*Giving Circle donors have given $500 or more to the MHS Fund in the past 12 months.

This event is co-sponsored by the Algonquin Club Foundation.

 

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Biography Seminar On the Campaign Trail Register registration required at no cost 24 October 2019.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Sidney Blumenthal in Conversation with Megan Marshall Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//blumenthal_2.jpg

Today it seems you can't run for president without first putting out a memoir or autobiography. But biographies of presidential candidates - and presidents - are nothing new. Veteran political strategist, Washington insider, and author of the highly acclaimed multi-volume The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, Sidney Blumenthal, returns to Boston, where he got his start as a journalist, to engage in a wide-ranging discussion of lives in politics—from 1860 to 2020—and the uses of biography and, more recently, autobiography in shaping successful campaigns.

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Public Program Abigail Adams: Life & Legacy Gallery Talk this event is free 25 October 2019.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Life and Legacy pop-up display

Join an Adams Papers editor to explore how Abigail Adams has come to hold a unique place within the fabric of American life.

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Modern American Society and Culture Seminar Sesame Street and the Cultural Politics of the Spoken Word in the 1970s Register registration required at no cost 29 October 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Kathryn Ostrofsky, Freelance Historian Victoria Cain, Northeastern University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//masc_banner.jpg

Sesame Street’s creators, audiences, and social activists all tried to use the popular television program as a tool to shape American society. The resulting discussions reveal that the sound of the spoken word played an important role in media representations of culture and community. People contested the messages conveyed by working-class accents, African American slang, and the Spanish language as they encouraged Sesame Street to embody Great Society liberalism or to engender a pluralistic society.

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Brown Bag Inhuman Women and Puritanical Legacies in The VVitch 2015 this event is free 30 October 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Amber Hodge, University of Mississippi Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37//witch-publicdomain.jpg

The VVitch (2015) visualizes historical oppression as an origin for present-day animalization and concordant disenfranchisement of women who operate outside of proscribed social norms. This talk connects MHS’s archives to The VVitch’s depiction of animality as both feminine and evil to demonstrate the legacy of patriarchal puritanism and possibilities for resistance.

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Notice Library Closing @ 3:45PM 30 October 2019.Wednesday, all day

The library closes at 3:45PM in preparation for an evening event.

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Special Event Fire! Voices from the Boston Massacre Register registration required at no cost 30 October 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Development//0067_massacre_header-image.jpg

MHS Fellows and Members are invited to the sneak preview reception for Fire! Voices from the Boston Massacre.

On March 5, 1770, British soldiers occupying the town of Boston shot into a crowd, killing five civilians. The incident quickly became known as the Boston Massacre. Through a selection of first-person accounts, artifacts, and trial notes, this exhibition explores what it meant to be living in an occupied city and how this flash point changed the course of American history.

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Exhibition Fire! Voices From the Boston Massacre this event is free 31 October 2019 to 30 June 2020 Gallery hours are: Mon., Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat.: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Tue.: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

On the evening of March 5, 1770, soldiers occupying the town of Boston shot into a crowd, killing or fatally wounding five civilians.

In the aftermath of what soon became known as the Boston Massacre, questions about the command to “Fire!” became crucial. Who yelled it? When and why? Because the answers would determine the guilt or innocence of the soldiers, defense counsel John Adams insisted that “Facts are stubborn things.”

But what are the facts? The evidence, often contradictory, drew upon testimony from dozens of witnesses. Come learn about the Boston Massacre and “hear” for yourself—through a selection of artifacts, eyewitness accounts, and trial testimony—the voices of ordinary men and women, and discover how this flashpoint changed American history.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 2 November 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

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Early American History Seminar Native Lands and American Expansion in the Early Republic Register registration required at no cost 5 November 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Emilie Connolly, New York University; Franklin Sammons, University of California, Berkeley Nancy Shoemaker, University of Connecticut Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//eahs_banner.jpg

In the Early Republic, Americans pressed against the borders of the new nation to expand their control over Native lands. This panel examines these interactions between Native tribes and the land-hungry white settlers and speculators to discuss issues of agency, financial stability, and legal precedent. Emilie Connolly considers the 1797 Treaty of Big Tree between the Seneca and Founding Father Robert Morris in New York State. Franklin Sammons looks at the illegal “Yazoo Land Sales” in Georgia.

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Brown Bag Laboring Bodies: Dispossessed Women and Sexuality in Colonial New England this event is free 6 November 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Emily Clark, Johns Hopkins University

This project will examine the intimate lives of enslaved, servant, and poor women using cases in which their supposedly “deviant” bodies entered the historical record – in court cases, almshouse ledgers, and cheap print. Often overlooked in histories of New England, these women made up a crucial part of colonial society. Their bodies and labors (productive and reproductive) were used against their wills. Nonetheless, these sources reveal laboring women's everyday efforts to control their own bodies and sexualities.

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Public Program, Author Talk Girl in Black & White: The Story of Mary Mildred Williams & the Abolition Movement Register registration required 6 November 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Jessie Morgan-Owens There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

Jessie Morgan-Owens tells the little-known story of Mary Mildred Williams—a slave girl who looked “white” and whose image transformed the abolitionist movement. Mary became the face of American slavery when Sen. Charles Sumner saw in her a monumental political opportunity for the abolitionist cause. Weaving together long-overlooked primary sources, including daguerreotypes found in the MHS collection, this history follows Mary through to her own adulthood, describing a life parallel to the antislavery movement. 

 

 

 

 

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Public Program, Author Talk The Will of the People: The Revolutionary Birth of America Register registration required 7 November 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. T.H. Breen, Northwestern University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

Over eight years of war, ordinary Americans accomplished something extraordinary. Far from the actions of the Continental Congress and the Continental Army, they took responsibility for the course of the Revolution. In villages, towns, and cities from Georgia to New Hampshire, Americans managed local affairs, negotiated shared sacrifice, and participated in a political system in which each believed they were as good as any other. Presenting hundreds of stories, T. H. Breen captures the powerful sense of equality and responsibility resulting from this process of self-determination.

 

 

 

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 9 November 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

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Building Closed Veteran's Day 11 November 2019.Monday, all day

The Society is CLOSED in observance of Veteran's Day.

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Environmental History Seminar Engineering, Politics, and Dams: John R. Freeman and San Francisco’s Hetch Hetchy Water Supply Register registration required at no cost 12 November 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Donald C. Jackson, Lafayette College Conevery Bolton Valencius, Boston College Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//ehs_banner.jpg

San Francisco’s Hetch Hetchy Dam sparked one of America’s first great environmental controversies. This paper explores John R. Freeman’s work as a consulting engineer and his essential role in championing the city’s Sierra Nevada water supply. Freeman was among the most influential engineers of the Progressive Era and his technocratic vision underlay hydraulic projects throughout North America. For good or ill, Freeman’s vision has had a long and enduring legacy, not just for San Francisco but for dams and watersheds nationwide.

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Public Program, Conversation, Housing as History Housing as History: the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and Orchard Gardens Register registration required at no cost 13 November 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Karilyn Crockett, Lecturer of Public Policy and Urban Planning, MIT; Tony Hernandez, Director of Operations and Stewardship, Dudley Neighbors, Inc.; Valerie Shelley, President, Orchard Gardens Resident Association Location: Dewitt Center, 122 Dewitt Drive, Boston, MA 02120

By the 1980s the Dudley Square neighborhood of Roxbury was facing significant challenges. Absentee landlords had allowed property to deteriorate, left units vacant, or had used arson to raze buildings and make insurance claims. Facing what many considered insurmountable obstacles, the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative was formed to create a comprehensive plan for “development without displacement.” The first non-governmental organization in America to be granted eminent domain authority, they began purchasing vacant land, protecting affordable housing and creating a community land trust. Meanwhile, the nearby housing project Orchard Park became notorious for crime and drugs. The Orchard Park Tenants Association lobbied for years for improvements and by the mid-1990s began to see a path forward partnering with the police and using community organizing to reduce crime and linking the redevelopment to the new federal HOPE VI program which was meant to revitalize the worst housing projects in America. HOPE VI was in part modeled on the redevelopment of Columbia Point and encouraged partnerships with private developers and a mixture of incomes among the residents. Through community action and smart development, Orchard Park was redeveloped as Orchard Gardens and became a safe, stable neighborhood.

This program is made possible by the generosity of Mass Humanities and the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.

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Public Program, Conversation Atlas of Boston History Register registration required 14 November 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Nancy Seasholes, Robert Allison, Richard Garver, and Jim Vrabel There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

Few American cities possess a history as long, rich, and fascinating as Boston’s. The Atlas of Boston History traces the history of Boston from late prehistoric times to the present using thematic maps that are drawn from the latest scholarship and supplemented with historical images, maps, illustrations, and graphs as well as explanatory text. The subjects of the maps and atlas plates were determined by a board of noted scholars. The editor will present the project and then discuss the process of determining the contents of the atlas with three of the consulting scholars.

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Public Program, Conversation, Legacies of 1619 Legacies of 1619: Black Radicalism / Black Power Register registration required at no cost 16 November 2019.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 3:30. John Stauffer, Harvard University; Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar, University of Connecticut; Adrienne Lentz-Smith, Duke University; and moderator Valerie Roberson, Roxbury Community College Location: Roxbury Community College, Student Commons, 1234 Columbus Avenue

Facing the hegemonic force of slavery, discrimination, and disenfranchisement, communities of color have resisted and presented radical models of empowerment. Along with countless and often unknown stories of personal courage, large scale resistance, such as Nat Turner’s Rebellion, go back to the very beginnings of the United States. This program will explore the different forms African Americans have taken to assert their agency and autonomy.

This program is part three of a four program series titled Legacies of 1619. The series is a production of the Massachusetts Historical Society and is co-sponsored by the Museum of African American History and the Roxbury Community College. 

   

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Public Program, Author Talk This Land Is Their Land The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving Register registration required 18 November 2019.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. David J. Silverman, George Washington University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

David Silverman explores the history of the Wampanoag people to reveal the distortions of the Thanksgiving Myth, a persisting story that promotes the idea that Native people willingly ceded their country to the English to give rise to a white, Christian, democratic nation. Silverman traces how the Wampanoags have lived—and told—a different history over the past four centuries

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Early American History Seminar Murder at the Manhattan Well: The Personal and the Political in the Election of 1800 Register registration required at no cost 19 November 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Paul Gilje, University of Oklahoma Kate Grandjean, Wellesley College Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//eahs_banner.jpg

In 1800, journeyman carpenter, Levi Weeks, was accused of murdering Guliema Sands, a young woman living in the same boarding house. Using the trial transcript, I place the lives of Weeks and Sands in a larger context: Weeks as an artisan in a dynamic economy and Sands as a poor unattached women amidst changing ideas about sexuality. I also relate the trial to the New York election that occurred a month later.

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Public Program, Conversation, Housing as History Housing as History: New Directions for Boston’s Subsidized Housing: Learning from the Past Register registration required 20 November 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. William McGonagle, former Administrator, Boston Housing Authority; Soni Gupta, Director of Neighborhoods and Housing, The Boston Foundation; Lawrence Vale, Ford Professor of Urban Design and Planning, MIT; Sandra Henriquez, Executive Director, Detroit Housing Commission; former administrator and CEO, Boston Housing Authority; and moderator David Luberoff, Deputy Director, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies This program will be held at MHS.

As neighborhoods across Boston face enormous development pressure, there is a risk that low-income residents will be forced out of the city. Social disruption due to gentrification, shifting government policies and programs, and the challenges of climate change make the future of affordable housing in Boston precarious. In the past, Boston modeled creative and successful solutions to dire housing problems, and there is hope that the city can continue to deploy innovative policies that will brighten the future for all city residents. Our final panel in this series will look at the future of affordable housing in Boston, taking stock of past lessons learned.

 

 

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African American History Seminar Mary Church Terrell’s Intersectional Black Feminism Register registration required at no cost 21 November 2019.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Alison M. Parker, University of Delaware Kerri Greenidge, Tufts University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//banner_draft_2.jpg

Civil rights activist Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954) highlighted the intersections of race and sex in black women’s lives. This paper focuses on Terrell’s critiques of the suffrage movement, the social purity movement, and the postbellum white nostalgia for “Black Mammies.” Terrell asserted black women’s right to be full citizens, to vote, and to be treated without violence and with respect.

This session is co-sponsored by the New England Biography Series.

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Public Program Abigail Adams: Life & Legacy Gallery Talk this event is free 22 November 2019.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Life and Legacy pop-up display

Join an Adams Papers editor to explore how Abigail Adams has come to hold a unique place within the fabric of American life.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 23 November 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

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Public Program, Author Talk Black Radical: The Life & Times of William Monroe Trotter Register registration required 25 November 2019.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Kerri Greenidge, Tufts University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

William Monroe Trotter was an unlikely American hero. With the stylistic verve of a newspaperman and the unwavering fearlessness of an emancipator, he galvanized black working- class citizens to wield their political power despite the violent racism of post- Reconstruction America. For more than 30 years, the Harvard-educated Trotter edited and published the Guardian, a weekly Boston newspaper that was read across the nation. Defining himself against the gradualist politics of Booker T. Washington and the elitism of W. E. B. Du Bois, Trotter advocated for a radical vision of black liberation that prefigured leaders such as Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther king, Jr.

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Modern American Society and Culture Seminar Navigating Colonial, Racial, and Indigenous Histories on the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail Register registration required at no cost 26 November 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Laura Barraclough, Yale University Maria John, University of Massachusetts - Boston Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//masc_banner.jpg

Launched by Congress in 1978, the National Historic Trail (NHT) system recognizes historic travel routes that contributed to the making of the United States. This paper examines the collision of colonial, racial, and indigenous histories on the Juan Bautista de Anza NHT, which commemorates the 1775-76 expedition of Mexican settlers from Sonora to San Francisco. While the Anza NHT has been empowering to contemporary Mexican Americans, it struggles to fairly represent the layered impacts of Spanish, Mexican, and U.S. colonization on the region’s Native peoples.

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Building Closed Thanksgiving 28 November 2019.Thursday, all day

The Society is CLOSED for Thanksgiving.

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Building Closed Thanksgiving Friday 29 November 2019.Friday, all day close

Building Closed Thanksgiving Saturday 30 November 2019.Saturday, all day close

Public Program, Author Talk Revolutionary Networks: The Business and Politics of Printing the News, 1763–1789 Register registration required 2 December 2019.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There is a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Joseph Adelman, Framingham State University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

During the American Revolution, printed material played a crucial role as a forum for public debate. Joseph Adelman argues that printers—artisans who mingled with the elite but labored in a manual trade—used their commercial and political connections to directly shape Revolutionary political ideology and mass mobilization. Moving through the era of the American Revolution to the war’s aftermath, this history details the development of the networks of printers and explains how they contributed to the process of creating first a revolution and then the new nation.

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Environmental History Seminar Climate in Words and Numbers: How Early Americans Recorded Weather in Almanacs Register registration required at no cost 3 December 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Joyce Chaplin, Harvard University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//ehs_banner.jpg

With support from the Guggenheim Foundation, Joyce Chaplin is compiling a database of manuscript notes about weather in early American almanacs, 1647-1820. Her talk focuses on how people recorded weather in numbers (including degrees Fahrenheit) and in words, ranging from “dull” to “elegant!” These notations are significant as records of a period of climate change, the Little Ice Age, also as records of how people made sense of and coped with that climatic disruption.

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Notice Library Closing @ 3:45PM 4 December 2019.Wednesday, all day

The library closes at 3:45PM in preparation for an evening event.

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Members and Fellows Holiday Party Register registration required at no cost 4 December 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM

MHS Fellows and Members are invited to the Society’s annual holiday party. Celebrate the season with an evening of holiday cheer and jovial camaraderie.

This event is open to Members and Fellows of the MHS

To reserve: Please register online at www.masshist.org/events.

Space is limited

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 7 December 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

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Early American History Seminar Who Was “One-Eyed” Sarah? Searching for an Indigenous Nurse in Local Government Register registration required at no cost 10 December 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Gabriel J. Loiacono, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh Cornelia Dayton, University of Connecticut Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//eahs_banner.jpg

This essay considers the life of an indigenous woman, known as “One-Eyed” Sarah, who provided full-time nursing care to poor communities in early nineteenth-century Providence, RI. The only historical sources that describe Sarah’s work never provide her last name or details beyond the description “Indian.” So who was she, and how do we tell her story? Using sometimes patchy sources of non-elite people, the author hopes to gain new insights into social welfare history and explore how ordinary women made the poor law function.

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Public Program, Author Talk At Home: A Look at Historic Houses Through the Archives Register registration required 11 December 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Beth Luey There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

Archival collections held in local institutions can help historians uncover the untold stories of historic houses in Massachusetts. The library of the New Bedford Whaling Museum documents the homes of the great whaling families, while Harvard documents the Ward House and the American Antiquarian Society welcomes us into the Salisbury Mansion in Worcester. The Mary Baker Eddy library documents the many houses where she lived, and, of course, the Massachusetts Historical Society brings the Adams family and their houses to life.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 14 December 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

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Notice Library Closing @ 3:00PM 14 December 2019.Saturday, all day

In preparation for an afternoon event, the library closes at 3:00PM.

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Public Program, Conversation, Legacies of 1619 Legacies of 1619: Citizenship and Belonging Register registration required at no cost 14 December 2019.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 3:30. Manisha Sinha, University of Connecticut; Elizabeth Herbin-Triant, University of Massachusetts—Lowell; Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Ohio State University; and moderator Marita Rivero, Museum of African American History, Boston

For 400 years, Africans and African Americans carved out a distinctive culture for themselves even as they sought equal rights in American society. This program will consider how African Americans struggled to gain equal access to political and social rights, all the while making the American experience their own.

This program is part four of a four program series titled Legacies of 1619. The series is a production of the Massachusetts Historical Society and is co-sponsored by the Museum of African American History and the Roxbury Community College.

  

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History of Women and Gender Seminar Dr. Ana Livia Cordero, Social Medicine, and the Puerto Rican Liberation Struggle Register registration required at no cost 17 December 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Sandy Placido, Queens College, CUNY Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//wgs_banner.jpg

Born in San Juan in 1931, Ana Livia Cordero was a trailblazing physician and activist-intellectual whose life illuminates the crucial role Puerto Ricans played in Cold War-era freedom struggles. Cordero worked as a physician, public health advocate, and radical organizer in New York, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Ghana, Egypt, and Nicaragua for over four decades. Using a new framework of feminist social medicine, this essay examines Cordero’s contributions to the field of social medicine, particularly maternal and children’s health.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 21 December 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

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Building Closed Building Closed 23 December 2019.Monday, all day

The Society is CLOSED.

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Building Closed Building Closed 24 December 2019.Tuesday, all day close

Building Closed Christmas Day 25 December 2019.Wednesday, all day

The Society is CLOSED for Christmas.

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Building Closed Building Closed 26 December 2019.Thursday, all day

The Society is CLOSED.

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Building Closed Building Closed 27 December 2019.Friday, all day

The Society is CLOSED.

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Building Closed Building Closed 28 December 2019.Saturday, all day

The Society is CLOSED.

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Building Closed Building Closed 30 December 2019.Monday, all day

The Society is CLOSED.

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Building Closed Building Closed 31 December 2019.Tuesday, all day

The Society is CLOSED.

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Building Closed New Year's Day 1 January 2020.Wednesday, all day

The Society is CLOSED.

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Exhibition Abigail Adams: Life & Legacy this event is free Life and Legacy pop-up exhibition

Abigail Adams urged her husband to “Remember the Ladies” and made herself impossible to forget. But Abigail is memorable for more than her famous 1776 admonition. This final Remember Abigail display uses documents and artifacts through the ages to consider the way Abigail viewed her own legacy and to explore how and why we continue to Remember Abigail.

Gallery talks will take place on 25 October and 22 November at 2:00 PM.

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