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Public Program, Author Talk Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth 18 September 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Kevin M. Levin There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). More than 150 years after the end of the Civil War, scores of websites, articles, and organizations ...

More than 150 years after the end of the Civil War, scores of websites, articles, and organizations repeat claims that anywhere between 500 and 100,000 free and  enslaved African Americans fought willingly as soldiers in the Confederate army. But as Kevin M. Levin argues, such claims would have shocked anyone who served in the army during the war itself. Levin explains that imprecise contemporary accounts, poorly understood primary source material, and rising backlash against African Americans’ gains in civil rights have helped fuel the rise of the black Confederate myth.

 

 

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//mhs067-evening.jpg Grad Student Reception 19 September 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM Calling all graduate students and faculty! Please join us at our tenth annual Graduate Student ...

Calling all graduate students and faculty! Please join us at our tenth annual Graduate Student Reception for students in history, American Studies, and related fields. Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres as you meet colleagues from other universities working in your field. Take a behind-the-scenes tour and learn about the resources the MHS offers to support your scholarship, from research fellowships to our seminar series.

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Can She Do It? cartoon Exhibitionends "Can She Do It?" Massachusetts Debates a Woman’s Right to Vote 21 September 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM, and Tuesday from 10 AM to 7 PM Colorful political cartoons, engaging campaign materials, and visual propaganda illustrate ...

Colorful political cartoons, engaging campaign materials, and visual propaganda illustrate the passion of those who argued for and against women’s suffrage.

Commemorating 100 years since Massachusetts ratified the 19th Amendment, this exhibition at the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) explores the activism and debate around women’s suffrage in Massachusetts. Featuring dynamic imagery from the collection of the MHS, “Can She Do It?” Massachusetts Debates a Woman’s Right to Vote illustrates the passion on each side of the suffrage question. The exhibition is open at the MHS April 26 through September 21, 2019, Monday through Saturday, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Abigail Adams - Independence and Ideals Exhibitionends Abigail Adams: Independence & Ideals 21 September 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Pop-up display open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM, and Tuesday from 10 AM to 7 PM For Abigail Adams, the road to independence meant creating and sustaining a new set of American ...

For Abigail Adams, the road to independence meant creating and sustaining a new set of American ideals. Abigail knew that the patriot cause must embrace both revolution and reform. Explore her views from the political center of the emerging nation with the manuscripts and artifacts on view as part of this Remember Abigail exhibit.

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Notice Library Closing @ 3:00PM 21 September 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 Can They Do It? Divisions on the Road to the 19th Amendment 21 September 2019.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 3:30. Allison K. Lange, Wentworth Institute of Technology; Corinne T. Field, University of Virginia; Manisha Sinha, University of Connecticut; Barbara F. Berenson There is no charge for this program. Registration is required. The women’s suffrage movement was not always a cohesive or inclusive space for everyone who ...

The women’s suffrage movement was not always a cohesive or inclusive space for everyone who fought for the vote, nor did the Nineteenth Amendment bring about political enfranchisement for all women. Conflicts around political philosophy, campaign tactics, and most notably, issues of race, led to a movement that was deeply fractured. Our panel will further examine the divisions inherent in the movement and will look at how other social reform activists have historically struggled with coalition building and intersectionality.

This program is made possible through the co-sponsorship of the Greater Boston Women's Vote Centennial (presented by Mayor Walsh's Office of Women's Advancement).

 

 

 

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/masc_banner.jpg Modern American Society and Culture Seminar Fifty Shades of Green: Sexing Economics 24 September 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Bethany Moreton, Dartmouth College Nancy Cott, Harvard University From the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship to the Chicago School, thinkers on the Right ...

From the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship to the Chicago School, thinkers on the Right have vigorously theorized the foundational connections between sexual and economic ideologies, even while self-identified partisans of labor democracy scold radicals for “trying to persuade people on the left that gay issues, black issues, feminist issues and so on are all really about capitalism.” What happens when we consider economic “science” as a chapter in the history of sexuality?

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//peggotty_beach_postcard_with_third_cliff_jpeg_-_crop.jpg Brown Bag Suffragists of Scituate 25 September 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Lyle Nyberg, Scituate Historical Society A hundred years ago, several nationally prominent suffragists spent summers in Scituate, which had ...

A hundred years ago, several nationally prominent suffragists spent summers in Scituate, which had become a popular seaside destination. They included Inez Haynes Irwin, who wrote the history of the National Woman’s Party, and Judith Winsor Smith, who wrote for the Woman’s Journal and gave public speeches into her 90s promoting a woman’s right to vote. This talk examines their little-known stories and unique relationship to Scituate.

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Public Program, Author Talk The Arts and Crafts Houses of Massachusetts: A Style Rediscovered 25 September 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Heli Meltsner, Cambridge Historical Society There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). At the opening of the twentieth century, Massachusetts architects struggled to create an authentic ...

At the opening of the twentieth century, Massachusetts architects struggled to create an authentic new look that would reflect their clients’ increasingly informal way of life. Inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement in England, the result was a charming style that proved especially appropriate for the rapidly expanding suburbs and vacation houses in the states. Through meticulous research, Heli Meltsner brings this distinctly New England architectural style the attention it deserves.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//eahs_banner.jpg Early American History Seminar Toward the Sistercentennial: New Light on Women’s Participation in the American Revolution 26 September 2019.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Woody Holton, University of South Carolina Mary Bilder, Boston College Law This essay offers new insight on some of the iconic stories of women’s involvement in the ...

This essay offers new insight on some of the iconic stories of women’s involvement in the American Revolution. For example, it (1) documents disputes among the Patriot boycotters of 1769 and 1770 (male vs. female, enslaved vs. free, and northern vs. southern) and 2) describes the male-on-male conflicts that led to and resulted from Esther Reed’s famous Ladies Association of 1780.

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Life and Legacy pop-up exhibition Exhibitionbegins Abigail Adams: Life & Legacy 27 September 2019.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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Public Program Primary Sources for Fashion and Costume History Research 28 September 2019.Saturday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Kimberly Alexander, University of New Hampshire; Sara Georgini, MHS Antique textiles, images of historical figures, and material culture hold a wealth of information ...

Antique textiles, images of historical figures, and material culture hold a wealth of information that can enrich personal stories, explain relationships, and contextualize the world that people occupied. However, these sources can seem daunting to explore. Two experts on fashion and material culture will guide you through unraveling the stories woven into history’s fabric.

This workshop is part of our Remember Abigail programming.

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October 2019
Brown Bag Autonomous and Independent: Native Activists and the Rejection of U.S. Citizenship, 1906-1924 2 October 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Lila Teeters, University of New Hampshire In the early 20th century, U.S. Congressmen attempted to make every Native within the territorial ...

In the early 20th century, U.S. Congressmen attempted to make every Native within the territorial boundaries of the United States a citizen. Native activists, many committed to cultural integrity and the maintenance of tribal sovereignty, thwarted Congressional efforts for almost two decades. This talk follows the Native individuals and nations who led the protest against U.S. citizenship and analyzes how their fights shaped citizenship policies at large

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Public Program, Conversation, Housing as History Housing as History: Columbia Point and Commonwealth 2 October 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Lawrence Vale, Ford Professor of Urban Design and Planning, MIT; Jane Roessner, author, "A Decent Place To Live: From Columbia Point to Harbor Point-A Community History"; Charlie Titus, Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation, Special Projects and Program, UMass Boston This program will be held at MHS. In 1979, after touring public housing sites with deplorable conditions, Massachusetts Superior Court ...

In 1979, after touring public housing sites with deplorable conditions, Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Paul Garrity ordered the Boston Housing Authority into receivership. Lewis H. (Harry) Spence was appointed as receiver. As Spence oversaw a massive redevelopment of the fourth largest housing authority in America, two very different housing models emerged: Columbia Point in Dorchester and Commonwealth in Brighton. Columbia Point was the largest public housing complex in New England and had once been a source of pride. However, a quarter century after it opened, it stood neglected, isolated, and mostly vacant. When it was redeveloped into the new community of Harbor Point, less than one-third of the resultant apartments were targeted to public housing residents. By contrast, Commonwealth remained 100% public housing. Nearly two-thirds of its original residents, many of whom had been deeply involved in the site’s redevelopment, were able to return to the site. This conversation will explore these outcomes, situating these redevelopments in the overall history of the Boston Housing Authority.

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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Exhibition, Special Event Fenway Connections Opening Reception 3 October 2019.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:30PM This opening reception is free and open to the public. 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 October 19th 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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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//ehs_banner.jpg Environmental History Seminar Brighton Fair: The Animal Suburb and the Making of Modern Boston 8 October 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Andrew Robichaud, Boston University Zachary Nowak, Harvard University In the nineteenth century, Brighton, Massachusetts became an iconic center of livestock and animal ...

In the nineteenth century, Brighton, Massachusetts became an iconic center of livestock and animal industries in North America. Andrew Robichaud explores the political and environmental dimensions of the rise and fall of this “animal suburb,” and explains its significance, both then and now.

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Public Program The Black Presence at the Battle of Bennington 9 October 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Phil Holland There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). The Battle of Bennington, fought on August 16, 1777, was a critical patriot victory that led ...

The Battle of Bennington, fought on August 16, 1777, was a critical patriot victory that led directly to the British surrender at Saratoga two months later. Led by Gen. John Stark, militia from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont, and Continental troops under Col. Seth Warner soundly defeated British troops attempting to seize stores held at Bennington. This illustrated talk is the first treatment of the black presence at the battle, which extended from black soldiers from the Berkshires to the sources of the wealth that funded the New Hampshire troops.

 

Image: Prisoners Taken at the Battle of Bennington by Leroy Williams. Credit: Bennington Museum, Bennington, Vermont.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//banner_draft_2.jpg African American History Seminar “A New Game”: The Invention of the N-Word Phrase 10 October 2019.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Elizabeth Pryor, Smith College Randall Kennedy, Harvard Law In the 1980s and 1990s, Black intellectuals increasingly refused to repeat the violent language ...

In the 1980s and 1990s, Black intellectuals increasingly refused to repeat the violent language wielded against them. Thus, they invented the “n” word phrase, placing the racist slur n***er at the center of debates over political correctness and Black cultural expression. By exploring the long history of African American protest against the n-word, this reflection examines how the surrogate phrase straddles Black radicalism on one hand and respectability politics on the other.

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Special Event Opening Our Doors Celebration 14 October 2019.Monday, 10:00AM - 5:00PM 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.

Click here to register for the 2pm 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 Please note: Tour registration is limited to 20 participants. 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 Please note: Tour registration is limited to 20 participants 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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Public Program, Author Talk Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth Register registration required 18 September 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Kevin M. Levin There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

More than 150 years after the end of the Civil War, scores of websites, articles, and organizations repeat claims that anywhere between 500 and 100,000 free and  enslaved African Americans fought willingly as soldiers in the Confederate army. But as Kevin M. Levin argues, such claims would have shocked anyone who served in the army during the war itself. Levin explains that imprecise contemporary accounts, poorly understood primary source material, and rising backlash against African Americans’ gains in civil rights have helped fuel the rise of the black Confederate myth.

 

 

 

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Grad Student Reception Register registration required at no cost 19 September 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//mhs067-evening.jpg

Calling all graduate students and faculty! Please join us at our tenth annual Graduate Student Reception for students in history, American Studies, and related fields. Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres as you meet colleagues from other universities working in your field. Take a behind-the-scenes tour and learn about the resources the MHS offers to support your scholarship, from research fellowships to our seminar series.

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Exhibition "Can She Do It?" Massachusetts Debates a Woman’s Right to Vote this event is free Open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM, and Tuesday from 10 AM to 7 PM Can She Do It? cartoon

Colorful political cartoons, engaging campaign materials, and visual propaganda illustrate the passion of those who argued for and against women’s suffrage.

Commemorating 100 years since Massachusetts ratified the 19th Amendment, this exhibition at the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) explores the activism and debate around women’s suffrage in Massachusetts. Featuring dynamic imagery from the collection of the MHS, “Can She Do It?” Massachusetts Debates a Woman’s Right to Vote illustrates the passion on each side of the suffrage question. The exhibition is open at the MHS April 26 through September 21, 2019, Monday through Saturday, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Exhibition Abigail Adams: Independence & Ideals this event is free Pop-up display open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM, and Tuesday from 10 AM to 7 PM Abigail Adams - Independence and Ideals

For Abigail Adams, the road to independence meant creating and sustaining a new set of American ideals. Abigail knew that the patriot cause must embrace both revolution and reform. Explore her views from the political center of the emerging nation with the manuscripts and artifacts on view as part of this Remember Abigail exhibit.

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Notice Library Closing @ 3:00PM 21 September 2019.Saturday, all day

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

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Public Program, Conversation Can They Do It? Divisions on the Road to the 19th Amendment Register registration required at no cost 21 September 2019.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 3:30. Allison K. Lange, Wentworth Institute of Technology; Corinne T. Field, University of Virginia; Manisha Sinha, University of Connecticut; Barbara F. Berenson There is no charge for this program. Registration is required.

The women’s suffrage movement was not always a cohesive or inclusive space for everyone who fought for the vote, nor did the Nineteenth Amendment bring about political enfranchisement for all women. Conflicts around political philosophy, campaign tactics, and most notably, issues of race, led to a movement that was deeply fractured. Our panel will further examine the divisions inherent in the movement and will look at how other social reform activists have historically struggled with coalition building and intersectionality.

This program is made possible through the co-sponsorship of the Greater Boston Women's Vote Centennial (presented by Mayor Walsh's Office of Women's Advancement).

 

 

 

 

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Modern American Society and Culture Seminar Fifty Shades of Green: Sexing Economics Register registration required at no cost 24 September 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Bethany Moreton, Dartmouth College Nancy Cott, Harvard University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/masc_banner.jpg

From the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship to the Chicago School, thinkers on the Right have vigorously theorized the foundational connections between sexual and economic ideologies, even while self-identified partisans of labor democracy scold radicals for “trying to persuade people on the left that gay issues, black issues, feminist issues and so on are all really about capitalism.” What happens when we consider economic “science” as a chapter in the history of sexuality?

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Brown Bag Suffragists of Scituate this event is free 25 September 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Lyle Nyberg, Scituate Historical Society Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//peggotty_beach_postcard_with_third_cliff_jpeg_-_crop.jpg

A hundred years ago, several nationally prominent suffragists spent summers in Scituate, which had become a popular seaside destination. They included Inez Haynes Irwin, who wrote the history of the National Woman’s Party, and Judith Winsor Smith, who wrote for the Woman’s Journal and gave public speeches into her 90s promoting a woman’s right to vote. This talk examines their little-known stories and unique relationship to Scituate.

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Public Program, Author Talk The Arts and Crafts Houses of Massachusetts: A Style Rediscovered Register registration required 25 September 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Heli Meltsner, Cambridge Historical Society There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

At the opening of the twentieth century, Massachusetts architects struggled to create an authentic new look that would reflect their clients’ increasingly informal way of life. Inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement in England, the result was a charming style that proved especially appropriate for the rapidly expanding suburbs and vacation houses in the states. Through meticulous research, Heli Meltsner brings this distinctly New England architectural style the attention it deserves.

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Early American History Seminar Toward the Sistercentennial: New Light on Women’s Participation in the American Revolution Register registration required at no cost 26 September 2019.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Woody Holton, University of South Carolina Mary Bilder, Boston College Law Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//eahs_banner.jpg

This essay offers new insight on some of the iconic stories of women’s involvement in the American Revolution. For example, it (1) documents disputes among the Patriot boycotters of 1769 and 1770 (male vs. female, enslaved vs. free, and northern vs. southern) and 2) describes the male-on-male conflicts that led to and resulted from Esther Reed’s famous Ladies Association of 1780.

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Exhibition Abigail Adams: Life & Legacy this event is free 27 September 2019 to 10 January 2020 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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Public Program Primary Sources for Fashion and Costume History Research Register registration required at no cost 28 September 2019.Saturday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Kimberly Alexander, University of New Hampshire; Sara Georgini, MHS

Antique textiles, images of historical figures, and material culture hold a wealth of information that can enrich personal stories, explain relationships, and contextualize the world that people occupied. However, these sources can seem daunting to explore. Two experts on fashion and material culture will guide you through unraveling the stories woven into history’s fabric.

This workshop is part of our Remember Abigail programming.

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Brown Bag Autonomous and Independent: Native Activists and the Rejection of U.S. Citizenship, 1906-1924 this event is free 2 October 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Lila Teeters, University of New Hampshire

In the early 20th century, U.S. Congressmen attempted to make every Native within the territorial boundaries of the United States a citizen. Native activists, many committed to cultural integrity and the maintenance of tribal sovereignty, thwarted Congressional efforts for almost two decades. This talk follows the Native individuals and nations who led the protest against U.S. citizenship and analyzes how their fights shaped citizenship policies at large

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Public Program, Conversation, Housing as History Housing as History: Columbia Point and Commonwealth Register registration required at no cost 2 October 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Lawrence Vale, Ford Professor of Urban Design and Planning, MIT; Jane Roessner, author, "A Decent Place To Live: From Columbia Point to Harbor Point-A Community History"; Charlie Titus, Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation, Special Projects and Program, UMass Boston This program will be held at MHS.

In 1979, after touring public housing sites with deplorable conditions, Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Paul Garrity ordered the Boston Housing Authority into receivership. Lewis H. (Harry) Spence was appointed as receiver. As Spence oversaw a massive redevelopment of the fourth largest housing authority in America, two very different housing models emerged: Columbia Point in Dorchester and Commonwealth in Brighton. Columbia Point was the largest public housing complex in New England and had once been a source of pride. However, a quarter century after it opened, it stood neglected, isolated, and mostly vacant. When it was redeveloped into the new community of Harbor Point, less than one-third of the resultant apartments were targeted to public housing residents. By contrast, Commonwealth remained 100% public housing. Nearly two-thirds of its original residents, many of whom had been deeply involved in the site’s redevelopment, were able to return to the site. This conversation will explore these outcomes, situating these redevelopments in the overall history of the Boston Housing Authority.

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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Exhibition, Special Event Fenway Connections Opening Reception this event is free 3 October 2019.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:30PM This opening reception is free and open to the public.

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 October 19th 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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Environmental History Seminar Brighton Fair: The Animal Suburb and the Making of Modern Boston Register registration required at no cost 8 October 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Andrew Robichaud, Boston University Zachary Nowak, Harvard University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//ehs_banner.jpg

In the nineteenth century, Brighton, Massachusetts became an iconic center of livestock and animal industries in North America. Andrew Robichaud explores the political and environmental dimensions of the rise and fall of this “animal suburb,” and explains its significance, both then and now.

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Public Program The Black Presence at the Battle of Bennington Register registration required 9 October 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Phil Holland There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

The Battle of Bennington, fought on August 16, 1777, was a critical patriot victory that led directly to the British surrender at Saratoga two months later. Led by Gen. John Stark, militia from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont, and Continental troops under Col. Seth Warner soundly defeated British troops attempting to seize stores held at Bennington. This illustrated talk is the first treatment of the black presence at the battle, which extended from black soldiers from the Berkshires to the sources of the wealth that funded the New Hampshire troops.

 

Image: Prisoners Taken at the Battle of Bennington by Leroy Williams. Credit: Bennington Museum, Bennington, Vermont.

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African American History Seminar “A New Game”: The Invention of the N-Word Phrase Register registration required at no cost 10 October 2019.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Elizabeth Pryor, Smith College Randall Kennedy, Harvard Law Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//banner_draft_2.jpg

In the 1980s and 1990s, Black intellectuals increasingly refused to repeat the violent language wielded against them. Thus, they invented the “n” word phrase, placing the racist slur n***er at the center of debates over political correctness and Black cultural expression. By exploring the long history of African American protest against the n-word, this reflection examines how the surrogate phrase straddles Black radicalism on one hand and respectability politics on the other.

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Special Event Opening Our Doors Celebration 14 October 2019.Monday, 10:00AM - 5:00PM

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 Register registration required at no cost 14 October 2019.Monday, 11:00AM - 12:00PM Tour will meet at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston 02215 Please note: Tour registration is limited to 20 participants.

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.

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Walking Tour Afternoon Fenway Neighborhood Walking Tour Register registration required at no cost 14 October 2019.Monday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Tour will meet at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston 02215 Please note: Tour registration is limited to 20 participants

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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