Exhibition The Object of History: 18th-Century Treasures from the Massachusetts Historical Society 13 June 2013 to 7 September 2013 Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM

What is the meaning of historical objects? Why are they preserved, and why have they survived? Are they valued for their associations with notable historical figures or landmark events, as objects of beauty, as the survival of relics from a distant past, or for the stories they convey? The exhibition explores these questions through the display of 18th-century portraits and objects from the Society's collections, along with rarely seen engravings, needlework, maps, weapons, furniture, clothing, scientific instruments, and silver.