June 2019
Public Program, Author Talk Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote 18 June 2019.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Susan Ware There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). The history of how American women won the right to vote has been told as the tale of a few iconic ...

The history of how American women won the right to vote has been told as the tale of a few iconic leaders, all white and native born. But there is a much broader and more diverse story waiting to be told. This talk is a tribute to the many activists who worked tirelessly out of the spotlight in communities across the nation, protesting, petitioning, and insisting on their right to full citizenship.

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Public Program The Sound of Glass Shattering 20 June 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 Eleanor G. Shore, Harvard Medical School; Miles F. Shore, Harvard Medical School There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). One hundred years have passed since Harvard Medical School appointed Dr. Alice Hamilton as assistant ...

One hundred years have passed since Harvard Medical School appointed Dr. Alice Hamilton as assistant professor of Industrial Medicine, making her the first female faculty member in the history of Harvard University. Hamilton’s legacy as a leader in the field of toxicology and occupational medicine, as a women’s rights activist, and as an international pacifist and outspoken advocate of progressive social reforms marks her as one of the great barrier-breaking women of the 20th century.

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Public Program, Tour Can She Do It? Gallery Talk 21 June 2019.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Allison Lange, Wentworth Institute of Technology Join guest curator, Allison Lange, Wentworth Institute of Technology professor, for a guided tour ...

Join guest curator, Allison Lange, Wentworth Institute of Technology professor, for a guided tour and highlights from our current exhibition.

 

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 22 June 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led ...

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

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//taylor.jpg Brown Bag Susie King Taylor: A Legacy of Black Womanhood and Historic Preservation 26 June 2019.Wednesday, all day Rebecca Byrd, UNC Charlotte Susie King Taylor was not Sojourner Truth or Harriet Tubman. Although she does not have the ...

Susie King Taylor was not Sojourner Truth or Harriet Tubman. Although she does not have the notoriety of those two women, her story is no less important. As the first African American army nurse who traveled with the First South Carolina Volunteers during the Civil War, an educator for freed people, and founder of the Women’s Relief Corps., Ms. Taylor is truly a remarkable woman. Although she remains in an unmarked grave, a younger historian has been tasked to preserve her legacy into the digital age.

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Public Program The Peculiar Institution: Abigail Adams and Slavery 26 June 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 Edith Gelles, Stanford University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). Edith Gelles, a senior scholar with the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University ...

Edith Gelles, a senior scholar with the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, is an award-winning historian and author of Abigail & John: Portrait of a Marriage and Portia: The World of Abigail Adams. Gelles will discuss her current research on Abigail’s thoughts and experiences with slavery and race.

 

 

 

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Abigail Adams: Nature and Nurture, Pop-up Display and Talk 28 June 2019.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM The Pop-up Display will be on view from April 29-June 28 June 28 at 2:00 PM: Join an Adams Papers editor for an in-depth look at the display. “The Earth is putting on a new Suit,” Abigail Adams wrote, savoring the arrival of ...

“The Earth is putting on a new Suit,” Abigail Adams wrote, savoring the arrival of spring amid the tumult of national politics in 1800. Tending her kitchen garden and nurturing the new republic with equal care, Abigail delighted in learning about the natural landscape and sharing that knowledge with her family and friends.

 

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 29 June 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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Tour, Public Program Can She Do It? Gallery Talk 29 June 2019.Saturday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Allison Lange, Wentworth Institute of Technology Join guest curator, Allison Lange, Wentworth Institute of Technology professor, for a guided tour ...

Join guest curator, Allison Lange, Wentworth Institute of Technology professor, for a guided tour and highlights from our current exhibition.

 

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July 2019
Public Program Isaac Allerton: Mayflower, Magistrate, and Merchant 2 July 2019.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. David Furlow and Lisa Pennington There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). Isaac Allerton, a tailor born in 1586, went from Suffolk to London, Leiden to America. Through the ...

Isaac Allerton, a tailor born in 1586, went from Suffolk to London, Leiden to America. Through the Mayflower Compact, his service as Plymouth’s first Assistant to the Governor, and the Remonstrance of the Eight Men of Manhattan, Allerton wove representative government, popular elections, law, and commerce into the fabric of American society. David Furlow, editor of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society Journal, and Lisa Pennington, a descendant, tell Allerton’s story.

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Building Closed Independence Day 4 July 2019.Thursday, all day The MHS is CLOSED in observance of Independence Day.

The MHS is CLOSED in observance of Independence Day.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 6 July 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, Conversation The Legacy of the China Trade in Massachusetts: Art, Artifacts and Manuscripts in Local Collections 9 July 2019.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Layla Bermeo, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Karina Corrigan, Peabody Essex Museum, and moderator Peter Drummey There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). Paintings, documents, decorative arts, and objects can weave together a more complete story of early ...

Paintings, documents, decorative arts, and objects can weave together a more complete story of early America’s relationship with China in the 18th and 19th centuries. The intersections found in prominent collecting institutions in Massachusetts will be the subject of this discussion, which will feature highlights from the holdings of the MHS, MFA, and Peabody Essex Museum, and will describe the journey of these important objects and manuscripts from private hands to public collections.

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Teacher Workshopbegins Education: Equality and Access 11 July 2019.Thursday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Please RSVP   Registration fee: $40 This program will investigate the history of education access in Massachusetts and the United States ...

This program will investigate the history of education access in Massachusetts and the United States, with a particular focus on access to education for African American students. Participants will learn more about Massachusetts residents who influenced national education policies, Massachusetts court cases that changed the course of national education policy, and the legacy of segregation and desegregation practices that impact Massachusetts schools to this day.

The workshop runs from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM each day.  This workshop is open to all K-12 educators. Teachers can earn 45 Professional Development Points and 2 graduate credits (for an additional fee).

 

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Teacher Workshopends Education: Equality and Access 12 July 2019.Friday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Please RSVP   Registration fee: $40 This program will investigate the history of education access in Massachusetts and the United States ...

This program will investigate the history of education access in Massachusetts and the United States, with a particular focus on access to education for African American students. Participants will learn more about Massachusetts residents who influenced national education policies, Massachusetts court cases that changed the course of national education policy, and the legacy of segregation and desegregation practices that impact Massachusetts schools to this day.

The workshop runs from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM each day.  This workshop is open to all K-12 educators. Teachers can earn 45 Professional Development Points and 2 graduate credits (for an additional fee).

 

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Special Event Transcribe-a-thon 13 July 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 3:00PM Registration is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Gwen Fries at gfries@masshist.org or 617-646-0556. Help the MHS celebrate John Quincy Adams’s birthday by joining our annual transcribe-a-thon. ...

Help the MHS celebrate John Quincy Adams’s birthday by joining our annual transcribe-a-thon. Immerse yourself in JQA’s diary and help the Adams Papers Editorial Project make more of his 15,000-page diary available online. Lunch and light refreshments will be provided.

 

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//bond.jpg Brown Bag, Research Fellow Class Conflict, Political Violence and Coerced Oath-Taking In 1760s New England 17 July 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Kevin Murphy/ SUNY Stony Brook Colonial society generally considered sworn promises binding in any circumstance, even if made under ...

Colonial society generally considered sworn promises binding in any circumstance, even if made under duress. This lecture describes the ethical and social values which underwrote this assumption and how they were weaponized during the Imperial Crisis to transfer power from loyalist elites to the patriot “crowd”.

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Public Program Boston Historical Reception 18 July 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a reception at 5:30. Anita Walker, Mass Cultural Council There is no “Boston Historical Society,” but the metro area does have a wealth of ...

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 the fifth annual 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 Workshop National History Day in Massachusetts 19 July 2019.Friday, 9:30AM - 3:30PM Hyde Park Branch of the Boston Public Library (35 Harvard Ave, Hyde Park, MA 02136) Open to Educators Grades 6-12 (priority given to BPS teachers). Join us for an introductory workshop that will provide you with tools and strategies for ...

Join us for an introductory workshop that will provide you with tools and strategies for implementing the National History Day curriculum in your classroom.

Looking for a new way to make history come alive for your students? Eager to equip them with the research and writing skills they’ll need in college and beyond? National History Day in Massachusetts checks all of the boxes: it’s a year-long interdisciplinary program for Grades 6-12 that blends historical research, analysis, and creative expression. National History Day is the nation's leading program for history education and engages more than half a million students across the country each year. Students research history topics of their choice related to an annual theme and create exhibits, documentaries, performances, papers, and documentary films, which they may then enter in competitions at the regional, state, and national levels.

With generous support from Mass Humanities, we will be offering educators a $150 stipend and 22.5 PDPs upon completion of this workshop. (We ask for a $50 deposit, which will be refunded to you at the workshop. If this will be an obstacle for attendance, please email us at education@masshist.org.)

MHS staff are happy to provide an optional 1-day follow-up session in the fall for any teacher or district who wants additional mentorship. Teachers will also be required to judge at one of the regional or state NHD competitions, which will take place in March and April 2020. In order to take part in this workshop, you must be currently working as a Grade 6-12 educator. If you have any questions, please contact us at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0576.

This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Abigail Adams: Independence and Ideals, Pop-up Display and Talk 19 July 2019.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM The Pop-up Display will be on view from July 1-September 21 July 19 at 2:00 PM: Join an Adams Papers editor for an in-depth look at the display. Never “an uninterested Spectator” when it came to the American political landscape, ...

Never “an uninterested Spectator” when it came to the American political landscape, Abigail Adams leveraged a wide network of correspondents to discuss her vision of the emerging nation.

 

 

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 20 July 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, Conversation The Legacy of the China Trade in Massachusetts: The Emergence of a Global Boston 22 July 2019.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Gwenn Miller, College of the Holy Cross; Dael Norwood, University of Delaware; Moderator: Tunney Lee, MIT There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). Trade with China began in earnest in the peaceful years following the Revolution, with ports in ...

Trade with China began in earnest in the peaceful years following the Revolution, with ports in Salem and Boston emerging as some of the most dynamic sites of economic activity in the early American landscape. This cross-cultural exposure and influence helped cast Boston’s strong regional identity and marked the city as an international force in its own right. This discussion will explore the breadth of Boston’s early global reach and how reflections of this past are still felt today.

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Teacher Workshopbegins LGBTQ+ Rights and the US Courts 25 July 2019.Thursday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Please RSVP   Registration fee: $40 This teacher workshop explores LGBTQ+ rights through pivotal U.S. court cases, with a particular ...

This teacher workshop explores LGBTQ+ rights through pivotal U.S. court cases, with a particular focus on the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas case that decriminalized homosexuality. The program is offered in partnership with History UnErased, an organization that helps teachers incorporate LGBTQ+ history in their classroom and curriculum.

The workshop runs from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM each day. This workshop is open to all K-12 educators. Teachers can earn 45 Professional Development Points and 2 graduate credits (for an additional fee).

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Teacher Workshopends LGBTQ+ Rights and the US Courts 26 July 2019.Friday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Please RSVP   Registration fee: $40 This teacher workshop explores LGBTQ+ rights through pivotal U.S. court cases, with a particular ...

This teacher workshop explores LGBTQ+ rights through pivotal U.S. court cases, with a particular focus on the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas case that decriminalized homosexuality. The program is offered in partnership with History UnErased, an organization that helps teachers incorporate LGBTQ+ history in their classroom and curriculum.

The workshop runs from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM each day. This workshop is open to all K-12 educators. Teachers can earn 45 Professional Development Points and 2 graduate credits (for an additional fee).

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 27 July 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, Conversation The Legacy of the China Trade in Massachusetts: Families, Fortunes, & Foreign Luxuries 30 July 2019.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Caroline Frank, Brown University; Dane Morrison, Salem State University; Moderator: Gwenn Miller, College of the Holy Cross There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). We live in a society where Chinese-made commodities are a part of everyday life. But dependence on ...

We live in a society where Chinese-made commodities are a part of everyday life. But dependence on foreign goods is not a modern American phenomenon. The economic, political, and social dimensions of early trade with China were felt on the domestic and individual levels, as reliance on tea, silks, and other materials sourced from China became staples in early American households. Massachusetts merchant families were able to capitalize on a hunger for these goods to shape the city as well as their own fortunes.

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August 2019
MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 3 August 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led ...

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

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

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

The workshop runs from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day. This program is open to all K–12 educators. Teachers can earn 67.5 Professional Development Points and 2 graduate credits (for an additional fee).

 

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Teacher Workshopends The Reconstruction Era: History and Legacy 9 August 2019.Friday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Please RSVP   Registration fee: $50 This workshop will explore the era and legacy of Reconstruction in American history and society, ...

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

The workshop runs from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day. This program is open to all K–12 educators. Teachers can earn 67.5 Professional Development Points and 2 graduate credits (for an additional fee).

 

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

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

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Teacher Workshop National History Day in Massachusetts 14 August 2019.Wednesday, 10:30AM - 4:30PM Mason Square Branch of the Springfield City Library (765 State Street, Springfield, MA 01109) Open to Educators Grades 6-12 Join us for an introductory workshop that will provide you with tools and strategies for ...

Join us for an introductory workshop that will provide you with tools and strategies for implementing the National History Day curriculum in your classroom.

Looking for a new way to make history come alive for your students? Eager to equip them with the research and writing skills they’ll need in college and beyond? National History Day in Massachusetts checks all of the boxes: it’s a year-long interdisciplinary program for Grades 6-12 that blends historical research, analysis, and creative expression. National History Day is the nation's leading program for history education and engages more than half a million students across the country each year. Students research history topics of their choice related to an annual theme and create exhibits, documentaries, performances, papers, and documentary films, which they may then enter in competitions at the regional, state, and national levels.

With generous support from Mass Humanities, we will be offering educators a $150 stipend and 22.5 PDPs upon completion of this workshop. (We ask for a $50 deposit, which will be refunded to you at the workshop. If this will be an obstacle for attendance, please email us at education@masshist.org.)

MHS staff are happy to provide an optional 1-day follow-up session in the fall for any teacher or district who wants additional mentorship. Teachers will also be required to judge at one of the regional or state NHD competitions, which will take place in March and April 2020. In order to take part in this workshop, you must be currently working as a Grade 6-12 educator. If you have any questions, please contact us at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0576.

This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 17 August 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led ...

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 24 August 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led ...

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

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

The MHS is CLOSED for the Labor Day weekend.

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September 2019
Building Closed Labor Day 2 September 2019.Monday, all day The MHS is CLOSED in observance of Labor Day.

The MHS is CLOSED in observance of Labor Day.

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Abigail Adams: Independence and Ideals, Pop-up Display and Talk 13 September 2019.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM The Pop-Up Display will be on view from July 1-September 21. September 13 at 2:00 PM: Join an Adams Papers editor for an in-depth look at the display. Never “an uninterested Spectator” when it came to the American political landscape, ...

Never “an uninterested Spectator” when it came to the American political landscape, Abigail Adams leveraged a wide network of correspondents to discuss her vision of the emerging nation.

 

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Public Program, Author Talk Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote Register registration required 18 June 2019.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Susan Ware There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

The history of how American women won the right to vote has been told as the tale of a few iconic leaders, all white and native born. But there is a much broader and more diverse story waiting to be told. This talk is a tribute to the many activists who worked tirelessly out of the spotlight in communities across the nation, protesting, petitioning, and insisting on their right to full citizenship.

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Public Program The Sound of Glass Shattering Register registration required 20 June 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 Eleanor G. Shore, Harvard Medical School; Miles F. Shore, Harvard Medical School There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

One hundred years have passed since Harvard Medical School appointed Dr. Alice Hamilton as assistant professor of Industrial Medicine, making her the first female faculty member in the history of Harvard University. Hamilton’s legacy as a leader in the field of toxicology and occupational medicine, as a women’s rights activist, and as an international pacifist and outspoken advocate of progressive social reforms marks her as one of the great barrier-breaking women of the 20th century.

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Public Program, Tour Can She Do It? Gallery Talk 21 June 2019.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Allison Lange, Wentworth Institute of Technology

Join guest curator, Allison Lange, Wentworth Institute of Technology professor, for a guided tour and highlights from our current exhibition.

 

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 22 June 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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

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Brown Bag Susie King Taylor: A Legacy of Black Womanhood and Historic Preservation this event is free 26 June 2019.Wednesday, all day Rebecca Byrd, UNC Charlotte Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//taylor.jpg

Susie King Taylor was not Sojourner Truth or Harriet Tubman. Although she does not have the notoriety of those two women, her story is no less important. As the first African American army nurse who traveled with the First South Carolina Volunteers during the Civil War, an educator for freed people, and founder of the Women’s Relief Corps., Ms. Taylor is truly a remarkable woman. Although she remains in an unmarked grave, a younger historian has been tasked to preserve her legacy into the digital age.

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Public Program The Peculiar Institution: Abigail Adams and Slavery Register registration required 26 June 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 Edith Gelles, Stanford University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

Edith Gelles, a senior scholar with the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, is an award-winning historian and author of Abigail & John: Portrait of a Marriage and Portia: The World of Abigail Adams. Gelles will discuss her current research on Abigail’s thoughts and experiences with slavery and race.

 

 

 

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Abigail Adams: Nature and Nurture, Pop-up Display and Talk this event is free 28 June 2019.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM The Pop-up Display will be on view from April 29-June 28 June 28 at 2:00 PM: Join an Adams Papers editor for an in-depth look at the display.

“The Earth is putting on a new Suit,” Abigail Adams wrote, savoring the arrival of spring amid the tumult of national politics in 1800. Tending her kitchen garden and nurturing the new republic with equal care, Abigail delighted in learning about the natural landscape and sharing that knowledge with her family and friends.

 

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 29 June 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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Tour, Public Program Can She Do It? Gallery Talk 29 June 2019.Saturday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Allison Lange, Wentworth Institute of Technology

Join guest curator, Allison Lange, Wentworth Institute of Technology professor, for a guided tour and highlights from our current exhibition.

 

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Public Program Isaac Allerton: Mayflower, Magistrate, and Merchant Register registration required 2 July 2019.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. David Furlow and Lisa Pennington There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

Isaac Allerton, a tailor born in 1586, went from Suffolk to London, Leiden to America. Through the Mayflower Compact, his service as Plymouth’s first Assistant to the Governor, and the Remonstrance of the Eight Men of Manhattan, Allerton wove representative government, popular elections, law, and commerce into the fabric of American society. David Furlow, editor of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society Journal, and Lisa Pennington, a descendant, tell Allerton’s story.

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Building Closed Independence Day 4 July 2019.Thursday, all day

The MHS is CLOSED in observance of Independence Day.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 6 July 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, Conversation The Legacy of the China Trade in Massachusetts: Art, Artifacts and Manuscripts in Local Collections Register registration required 9 July 2019.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Layla Bermeo, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Karina Corrigan, Peabody Essex Museum, and moderator Peter Drummey There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

Paintings, documents, decorative arts, and objects can weave together a more complete story of early America’s relationship with China in the 18th and 19th centuries. The intersections found in prominent collecting institutions in Massachusetts will be the subject of this discussion, which will feature highlights from the holdings of the MHS, MFA, and Peabody Essex Museum, and will describe the journey of these important objects and manuscripts from private hands to public collections.

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Teacher Workshop Education: Equality and Access Please RSVP   registration required 11 July 2019 to 12 July 2019 Registration fee: $40

This program will investigate the history of education access in Massachusetts and the United States, with a particular focus on access to education for African American students. Participants will learn more about Massachusetts residents who influenced national education policies, Massachusetts court cases that changed the course of national education policy, and the legacy of segregation and desegregation practices that impact Massachusetts schools to this day.

The workshop runs from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM each day.  This workshop is open to all K-12 educators. Teachers can earn 45 Professional Development Points and 2 graduate credits (for an additional fee).

 

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Special Event Transcribe-a-thon Register registration required at no cost 13 July 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 3:00PM Registration is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Gwen Fries at gfries@masshist.org or 617-646-0556.

Help the MHS celebrate John Quincy Adams’s birthday by joining our annual transcribe-a-thon. Immerse yourself in JQA’s diary and help the Adams Papers Editorial Project make more of his 15,000-page diary available online. Lunch and light refreshments will be provided.

 

 

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Brown Bag, Research Fellow Class Conflict, Political Violence and Coerced Oath-Taking In 1760s New England this event is free 17 July 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Kevin Murphy/ SUNY Stony Brook Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//bond.jpg

Colonial society generally considered sworn promises binding in any circumstance, even if made under duress. This lecture describes the ethical and social values which underwrote this assumption and how they were weaponized during the Imperial Crisis to transfer power from loyalist elites to the patriot “crowd”.

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Public Program Boston Historical Reception Register registration required at no cost 18 July 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a reception at 5:30. Anita Walker, Mass Cultural Council

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 the fifth annual 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 Workshop National History Day in Massachusetts Register registration required 19 July 2019.Friday, 9:30AM - 3:30PM Hyde Park Branch of the Boston Public Library (35 Harvard Ave, Hyde Park, MA 02136) Open to Educators Grades 6-12 (priority given to BPS teachers).

Join us for an introductory workshop that will provide you with tools and strategies for implementing the National History Day curriculum in your classroom.

Looking for a new way to make history come alive for your students? Eager to equip them with the research and writing skills they’ll need in college and beyond? National History Day in Massachusetts checks all of the boxes: it’s a year-long interdisciplinary program for Grades 6-12 that blends historical research, analysis, and creative expression. National History Day is the nation's leading program for history education and engages more than half a million students across the country each year. Students research history topics of their choice related to an annual theme and create exhibits, documentaries, performances, papers, and documentary films, which they may then enter in competitions at the regional, state, and national levels.

With generous support from Mass Humanities, we will be offering educators a $150 stipend and 22.5 PDPs upon completion of this workshop. (We ask for a $50 deposit, which will be refunded to you at the workshop. If this will be an obstacle for attendance, please email us at education@masshist.org.)

MHS staff are happy to provide an optional 1-day follow-up session in the fall for any teacher or district who wants additional mentorship. Teachers will also be required to judge at one of the regional or state NHD competitions, which will take place in March and April 2020. In order to take part in this workshop, you must be currently working as a Grade 6-12 educator. If you have any questions, please contact us at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0576.

This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Abigail Adams: Independence and Ideals, Pop-up Display and Talk this event is free 19 July 2019.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM The Pop-up Display will be on view from July 1-September 21 July 19 at 2:00 PM: Join an Adams Papers editor for an in-depth look at the display.

Never “an uninterested Spectator” when it came to the American political landscape, Abigail Adams leveraged a wide network of correspondents to discuss her vision of the emerging nation.

 

 

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 20 July 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, Conversation The Legacy of the China Trade in Massachusetts: The Emergence of a Global Boston Register registration required 22 July 2019.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Gwenn Miller, College of the Holy Cross; Dael Norwood, University of Delaware; Moderator: Tunney Lee, MIT There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

Trade with China began in earnest in the peaceful years following the Revolution, with ports in Salem and Boston emerging as some of the most dynamic sites of economic activity in the early American landscape. This cross-cultural exposure and influence helped cast Boston’s strong regional identity and marked the city as an international force in its own right. This discussion will explore the breadth of Boston’s early global reach and how reflections of this past are still felt today.

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Teacher Workshop LGBTQ+ Rights and the US Courts Please RSVP   registration required 25 July 2019 to 26 July 2019 Registration fee: $40

This teacher workshop explores LGBTQ+ rights through pivotal U.S. court cases, with a particular focus on the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas case that decriminalized homosexuality. The program is offered in partnership with History UnErased, an organization that helps teachers incorporate LGBTQ+ history in their classroom and curriculum.

The workshop runs from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM each day. This workshop is open to all K-12 educators. Teachers can earn 45 Professional Development Points and 2 graduate credits (for an additional fee).

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 27 July 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, Conversation The Legacy of the China Trade in Massachusetts: Families, Fortunes, & Foreign Luxuries Register registration required 30 July 2019.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Caroline Frank, Brown University; Dane Morrison, Salem State University; Moderator: Gwenn Miller, College of the Holy Cross There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

We live in a society where Chinese-made commodities are a part of everyday life. But dependence on foreign goods is not a modern American phenomenon. The economic, political, and social dimensions of early trade with China were felt on the domestic and individual levels, as reliance on tea, silks, and other materials sourced from China became staples in early American households. Massachusetts merchant families were able to capitalize on a hunger for these goods to shape the city as well as their own fortunes.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 3 August 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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

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Teacher Workshop The Reconstruction Era: History and Legacy Please RSVP   registration required 7 August 2019 to 9 August 2019 Registration fee: $50

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

The workshop runs from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day. This program is open to all K–12 educators. Teachers can earn 67.5 Professional Development Points and 2 graduate credits (for an additional fee).

 

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 10 August 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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

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

Join us for an introductory workshop that will provide you with tools and strategies for implementing the National History Day curriculum in your classroom.

Looking for a new way to make history come alive for your students? Eager to equip them with the research and writing skills they’ll need in college and beyond? National History Day in Massachusetts checks all of the boxes: it’s a year-long interdisciplinary program for Grades 6-12 that blends historical research, analysis, and creative expression. National History Day is the nation's leading program for history education and engages more than half a million students across the country each year. Students research history topics of their choice related to an annual theme and create exhibits, documentaries, performances, papers, and documentary films, which they may then enter in competitions at the regional, state, and national levels.

With generous support from Mass Humanities, we will be offering educators a $150 stipend and 22.5 PDPs upon completion of this workshop. (We ask for a $50 deposit, which will be refunded to you at the workshop. If this will be an obstacle for attendance, please email us at education@masshist.org.)

MHS staff are happy to provide an optional 1-day follow-up session in the fall for any teacher or district who wants additional mentorship. Teachers will also be required to judge at one of the regional or state NHD competitions, which will take place in March and April 2020. In order to take part in this workshop, you must be currently working as a Grade 6-12 educator. If you have any questions, please contact us at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0576.

This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 17 August 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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

 

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

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

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

 

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 24 August 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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

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

The MHS is CLOSED for the Labor Day weekend.

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Building Closed Labor Day 2 September 2019.Monday, all day

The MHS is CLOSED in observance of Labor Day.

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Abigail Adams: Independence and Ideals, Pop-up Display and Talk this event is free 13 September 2019.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM The Pop-Up Display will be on view from July 1-September 21. September 13 at 2:00 PM: Join an Adams Papers editor for an in-depth look at the display.

Never “an uninterested Spectator” when it came to the American political landscape, Abigail Adams leveraged a wide network of correspondents to discuss her vision of the emerging nation.

 

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