Join us for the announcement of the recipient of the Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize. The evening will begin with a reception at 5:30 PM and will be followed at 6:00 PM by the presentation of the award and a talk by the author. Seating is limited. RSVP by October 22.
The Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize, for the best nonfiction work on the history of Massachusetts published during the preceding year, honors the memory of a respected Harvard scholar and beloved Fellow of the MHS. Peter J. Gomes (1942-2011) was elected to the MHS in 1976 and joined the Board of Overseers in 2010. He was the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at Harvard Divinity School and the Pusey Minister of Memorial Church.
A proud native of Plymouth, he was also a past president of the Pilgrim Society and a member of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts. He specialized in Early American history, particularly the history of Massachusetts, and delighted in stimulating the minds of his students and the members of his congregation alike. Friends can still recall his rich, deep voice and laughter as he took part in MHS events, relishing the opportunity to revel in historical scholarship and support the institution with which he had such a long association.
Image: Reverend Peter J. Gomes, Fred Field/Harvard News Officeclose