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                    • History of Women, Gender and Sexuality Seminar"For I'd Rather Be Dead Than Not to Dream of a Better World": Mae G...
                      History of Women, Gender and Sexuality Seminar"For I'd Rather Be Dead Than Not to Dream of a Better World": Mae Gadpaille's Vision of the Montessori Family Centre Community
                      5:15PM - 7:30PM Mary McNeil, Harvard University Comment: Ashley Farmer, University of Texas – Austin Register registration required at no cost More
                    • Author Talk, Public ProgramThe Puritans: A Transatlantic History
                      Author Talk, Public ProgramThe Puritans: A Transatlantic History
                      6:00PM - 7:00PM There is a pre-talk reception at 5:30. David Hall, Harvard University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members, EBT or ConnectorCare cardholders). Register registration required More
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                        • Public Program, Author TalkAnimal City: The Domestication of America
                          Public Program, Author TalkAnimal City: The Domestication of America
                          6:00PM - 7:00PM There is a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Andrew A. Robichaud, Boston University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members, EBT or ConnectorCare cardholders). Register registration required More
                          • Public Program, ConversationHistorical Perspectives on Today’s World: Our Nation's Founders a...
                            Public Program, ConversationHistorical Perspectives on Today’s World: Our Nation's Founders and Today's Political Challenges
                            6:00PM - 7:00PM This program will be held at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute Stephen Fried, Liz Covart, Sara Georgini, MHS Please follow the ticketing link below to register for this program. More
                            Exhibition Abigail Adams: Life & Legacy 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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                            Exhibition Fire! Voices From the Boston Massacre 31 October 2019 to 30 June 2020 Gallery hours are: Mon., Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat.: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Tue.: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

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

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

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

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

                            The Society is CLOSED.

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                            MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 4 January 2020.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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                            Pauline Maier Early American History Seminar Supplying Slavery: Jamaica and British Imperial Trade, 1752-1769 7 January 2020.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Peter Pellizzari, Harvard University Comment: Richard Dunn, American Philosophical Society Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/eahs_banner.jpg

                            Historians have long understood the economic importance of Jamaica to the eighteenth-century British empire, but the vast profits that the island's sugar-slave complexes produced could only have existed with the supplies and provisions provided by mainland colonists in North America. Newly collected data from nearly 10,000 British naval office shipping lists for Kingston, Jamaica provide a re-assessment of the size, nature, and value of this trade. The shipping lists reveal not only how deeply committed the mainland was to supplying Jamaican slavery, but also suggests that we reconsider the island as a powerful regional hub within the larger British Atlantic economy, one in which North America figured as an important hinterland.

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                            Brown Bag “Thus Much for Politicks”: American Women, Diplomacy, and the Aftermath of the American Revolution 8 January 2020.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Miriam Liebman, City University of New York

                            This talk looks at the ways women used non-republican methods of politicking on behalf of the United States while abroad in Europe, focusing on Abigail Adams’s time abroad in London and Paris. Situating Adams in an international and diplomatic context highlights the ways she influenced American foreign and domestic policy while abroad. Using five different themes— letters, politics and political intrigue, money and economic diplomacy, social networks, and republicanism and aristocracy abroad— this work analyzes her politicking in Europe.

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                            Public Program, MHS Tour FIRE! Voices of the Boston Massacre Gallery Talk 10 January 2020.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Peter Drummey, the Stephen T. Riley Librarian at MHS Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/0067bloodymassacre_lg.jpg

                            Peter Drummey, the Stephen T. Riley Librarian at MHS, will walk visitors through our exhibition of the Boston Massacre, which explores and interprets the events of March 5, 1770. He will highlight some of the archival material found in the MHS collection.

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                            MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 11 January 2020.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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                            Environmental History Seminar “Wealth and Beauty in Trees”: State Forestry and the Rehabilitation of Massachusetts’s Economy, Landscape, and Culture, 1898-1919 14 January 2020.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Aaron Ahlstrom, Boston University Comment: Brian Donahue, Brandeis University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/ehs_banner.jpg

                            Massachusetts currently stewards 311,000 acres of state forests and parks. This public land system originated in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century efforts to strengthen the Commonwealth’s economy, rehabilitate its unproductive landscapes, and revitalize its rural communities through scientific forestry. This paper offers new perspectives on Progressive Era conservation by analyzing how state foresters sought to improve rural landscapes’ profitability and aesthetics by educating private woodlot owners, suppressing forest fires and pests, and reforesting newly-acquired public lands.

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                            Brown Bag Career Activists: Women’s Organization and Social Reform in New England, 1830-1890 15 January 2020.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Kathryn Angelica, University of Connecticut

                            This talk looks at the evolution of women’s organizations throughout the nineteenth century in New England, focusing on “career activists.” These women negotiated between public and private spheres while leading lives defined by their activism. The project examines the political implications of social reform and questions both the narrative of the two-dimensional benevolent woman and that of sporadic, passion-fueled benevolence. 

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                            Public Program Deborah Sampson: A Revolution of Her Own! 15 January 2020.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There is a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Judith Kalaora, founder of History at Play There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members, EBT or ConnectorCare cardholders and Boston Public School students). Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/2020_programs/History_At_Play-Vincent_Morreale_Photography-2.jpg

                            Deborah Sampson was the first woman to fight in and be honorably discharged from the American Military. An indentured servant by age five, Sampson grew up in a man’s world, where women were naught but second-class citizens. As a self-educated master-less woman, she felt a higher calling, and in the final years of the American Revolution, Sampson bound her chest, tied back her hair, and enlisted in the 4th Massachusetts Regiment of the Continental Army, as “Robert Shurtlieff.” Judith Kalaora reimagines Sampson’s remarkable story through living history performance.

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                            African American History Seminar “Increasing her Stock”: Two Harriets and the Louisiana Borderlands 16 January 2020.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Rashauna Johnson, Dartmouth College Comment: Jen Manion, Amherst College Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/banner_draft_2.jpg

                            This paper uses the sexual biographies of two enslaved women, both named Harriet, in Louisiana’s Florida Parishes to explore the workings of intimacy and empire in the plantation South during its transition from borderlands to hub of King Cotton.

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                            MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 18 January 2020.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 Martin Luther King Jr. Day 20 January 2020.Monday, all day

                            The MHS is CLOSED in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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                            History of Women, Gender and Sexuality Seminar "For I'd Rather Be Dead Than Not to Dream of a Better World": Mae Gadpaille's Vision of the Montessori Family Centre Community Register registration required at no cost 21 January 2020.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Mary McNeil, Harvard University Comment: Ashley Farmer, University of Texas – Austin Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/wgs_banner.jpg

                            In 1967, Mae Gadpaille, the director of a black Montessori preschool in Roxbury, faced displacement; the church that housed her school was slated to be cleared for an urban renewal project. In response, Gadpaille launched a campaign to build the Montessori Family Centre Community, a living community for approximately 150 families with a PreK-12 Montessori school in the center. This talk traces Gadpaille's efforts to realize her vision, paying special attention to how she thought Montessori methods could help advance a black nationalist project of self-determination, while also considering the limitations of such a vision – namely, who could "belong" to this community and who might be left at the margins.

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                            Author Talk, Public Program The Puritans: A Transatlantic History Register registration required 22 January 2020.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There is a pre-talk reception at 5:30. David Hall, Harvard University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members, EBT or ConnectorCare cardholders). Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/Hall_The_Puritans_cropped.jpg

                            David Hall presents a sweeping transatlantic history of Puritanism from its emergence out of the religious tumult of Elizabethan England to its founding role in the story of America. Shedding new light on the diverse forms of Puritan belief and practice in England, Scotland, and New England, Hall provides a multifaceted account of a cultural movement that judged the Protestant reforms of Elizabeth’s reign to be unfinished. Hall describes the movement’s deeply ambiguous triumph under Oliver Cromwell, its political demise with the Restoration of the English monarchy in 1660, and its perilous migration across the Atlantic to establish a “perfect reformation” in the New World.

                             

                             

                             

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                            Biography Seminar The Art of Family History: Visual Imagery, Family Narrative and Native American Modernism Register registration required at no cost 23 January 2020.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Phil Deloria in conversation with Julie Dobrow Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/deloria.jpg

                            Decades ago, historian Philip Deloria (Harvard University) found some drawings in the basement. These distinctive prints turned out to be the iconic work of his great aunt. Deloria will speak about his new book, Becoming Mary Sully: Toward an American Indian Aesthetic with Julie Dobrow (Tufts University), author of After Emily: Two Remarkable Women and the Legacy of America’s Greatest Poet. The event will focus on how an intensely personal story interweaves Sully’s life and works with the “richness of their historical situation” in Native studies and art history.

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                            MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 25 January 2020.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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

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                            Public Program, Author Talk Animal City: The Domestication of America Register registration required 27 January 2020.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There is a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Andrew A. Robichaud, Boston University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members, EBT or ConnectorCare cardholders). Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/Animal_city_cropped.jpg

                            American cities were once full of animal life: cattle driven through city streets; pigs feeding on trash in public alleys and basements; cows crammed into urban feedlots; horses worked to death in the harness; dogs pulling carts and powering small machines; and wild animals peering out at human spectators from behind bars. In his new book, Andrew Robichaud reconstructs this evolving world of nineteenth-century urban animal life—from San Francisco to Boston to New York—and reveals its importance, both then and now.

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                            Modern American Society and Culture Seminar Genetown: The Urbanization of the Boston Area Biotechnology Industry Register registration required at no cost 28 January 2020.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Robin Wolfe Scheffler, MIT Comment: Lizbeth Cohen, Harvard University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/masc_banner.jpg

                            Today, the Boston area hosts the densest cluster of biotechnology firms anywhere in the world. Yet in the 1980s, the rapid concentration of the industry within Boston’s urban neighborhoods was a striking contrast to the suburbanization of high technology research and development a generation before. This remarkable urbanization represented the confluence of the labor and financial challenges faced by biotechnology start-ups with decisions regarding municipal governance and redevelopment in the aftermath of deindustrialization.

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                            Public Program, Conversation Historical Perspectives on Today’s World: Our Nation's Founders and Today's Political Challenges 30 January 2020.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM This program will be held at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute Stephen Fried, Liz Covart, Sara Georgini, MHS Please follow the ticketing link below to register for this program. Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/thumbnail_GTTP_NationsFounders_640x3602.jpg

                            Our Founding Fathers were progressive for their time in establishing a new nation. Many of them grappled with the same issues that we face today, including political polarization, voicing new ideas, and approaches to health care. Stephen Fried, author of Rush: Revolution, Madness & the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father, will explore the life and legacy of Benjamin Rush – one of the least known Founding Fathers. He will be joined by additional historians in a conversation of how many of our nation’s founders persevered during this time – and the lessons that we can learn by reflecting on our past.

                            To register for this program please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com

                            This program will be held at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute (210 Morrissey Blvd, Boston, MA 02125)

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