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                      • Brown BagThe Fight for Women's Equality in the Anti-Slavery Movement, 1833-1...
                        Brown BagThe Fight for Women's Equality in the Anti-Slavery Movement, 1833-1840
                        12:00PM - 1:00PM Louise Knight, author of Jane Addams, Spirit in Action this event is free More
                      • Public Program, Author TalkLoom
                        Public Program, Author TalkLoom
                        6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Kevin Gallagher, Boston University Please RSVP   registration required More
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                          • Modern American Society and Culture SeminarPanel Discussion: Urban History on the Digital Frontier
                            Modern American Society and Culture SeminarPanel Discussion: Urban History on the Digital Frontier
                            5:15PM - 7:30PM Vivek Bald, MIT, Jack A. Dougherty, Trinity College, and Marilynn S. Johnson, Boston College Moderator: Douglas O'Reagan, MIT Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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                                    Exhibition Turning Points in American History 10 June 2016 to 25 February 2017 Open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM Turning Points

                                    Turning Points in American History examines 15 decisive moments when everything suddenly changed or a process began that would change what followed. These are not the only, or even the most important, events in American history, but turning points described in eyewitness accounts and personal records, or commemorated by "dumb witnesses"--artifacts found in the Society's enormous collections. The exhibition begins with an account of sailing a small boat through New York Harbor on 11 September 2001 and then travels back in time to the opening of the American West in the 19th century; the abolitionist movement and the Civil War; the American Revolution and the birth of the United States; and culminates with John Winthrop's account of setting sail for New England in 1630. The exhibition opens on 10 June.

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                                    Building Closed New Years Observed -- MHS Closed 2 January 2017.Monday, all day

                                    The library and exhibition galleries will be closed all day.  

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                                    Brown Bag "A Great and Rising Nation": Naval Exploration and Empire in the Early American Republic, 1815-1860 4 January 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Michael Verney, University of New Hampshire

                                    This project examines the global exploring expeditions of the United States Navy in the antebellum era.  While not every mission was successful, each voyage helped the nation pursue Great Power status and global empire before the Civil War.

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                                    MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 7 January 2017.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.

                                    While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition: Turning Points in American History.

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                                    Library Closed Library Closed @ 1:00PM 7 January 2017.Saturday, all day

                                    Library Closed at 1:00PM due to weather. 

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                                    Environmental History Seminar Sex in the Reeds: Disciplining Nature and Cultivating Virtue in the Back Bay Fens 10 January 2017.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Zachary Nowak, Harvard University Comment: Phyllis Andersen, Independent Scholar

                                    With the introduction of discourse about “invasive exotic species” in the 1980s, the reason for the removal of reeds planted along the Muddy River shifted, from socio-sexual disapproval of illicit activities to “ecoxenophobia.” This essay aims to historicize “exotic” species to show that their labeling as such is a social construct, not a biological fact. Improving the Fens through planting and weeding has for more than a century really been a project to improve people.

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                                    Brown Bag The Early American Bookseller: A Network History 11 January 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM John Garcia, Boston University

                                    Booksellers in colonial and 19th-century America were essential agents in the distribution of books and reading. This talk will explain how financial records, correspondence, and writing by booksellers can help to reconstruct print networks and geographies of books and reading. It will argue that the many instances of economic failure in American bookselling reveal various attempts to connect authors, readers, and publics in the face of geographic and infrastructural obstacles. 

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                                    MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 14 January 2017.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.

                                    While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition: Turning Points in American History.

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                                    Building Closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 16 January 2017.Monday, all day

                                    The MHS is CLOSED for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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                                    Brown Bag The Fight for Women's Equality in the Anti-Slavery Movement, 1833-1840 this event is free 18 January 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Louise Knight, author of Jane Addams, Spirit in Action

                                    This talk will examine how some early feminist abolitionists, led by Maria Weston Chapman of the Boston Female Antislavery Society, sought, to integrate women into the American Antislavery Society beginning in 1833 and finally succeeded in 1840. It will illustrate how these women were inspired by their groundbreaking, feminist vision for a genderblind democracy. 

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                                    Public Program, Author Talk Loom Please RSVP   registration required 18 January 2017.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Kevin Gallagher, Boston University

                                    Kevin Gallagher’s new book of poetry explores the difficult relations between the northern textile mills and the cotton produced by the southern slave economy. Through narrative poems he explores the origin of the American industry, the impact it had on the slave states and the conflicts and contradictions this relationship caused. Gallagher is a poet and a professor of Global Development Policy at Boston University’s Pardee School for Global Studies.

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                                    Biography Seminar Publishing Lives: How It’s Done, and Who Does It Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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                                    19 January 2017.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:30PM Laura Claridge, Jill Kneerim, and Deanne Urmy Moderator: Megan Marshall

                                    Deanne Urmy, Senior Executive Editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Jill Kneerim of the Kneerim & Williams literary agency, both of whom are actively engaged in publishing biography, will be joined by Laura Claridge, author of the just-published The Lady with the Borzoi: Blanche Knopf, Literary Tastemaker Extraordinaire. Their conversation will widen out from biography itself to the workings of the literary marketplace, then and now.

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                                    MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 21 January 2017.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.

                                    While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition: Turning Points in American History.

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                                    Brown Bag "Faraway Women" and the Atlantic Monthly this event is free 23 January 2017.Monday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Cathryn Halverson, University of Groningen

                                    This talk discusses Ellery Sedgwick, editor of the Atlantic Monthly from 1908-1938, and the “Faraway Women” who were viewed as a defining feature of his career: women who published in the Atlantic accounts of unusual life experiences in Europe, Asia, the American South, and, most especially, the American West.

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                                    Modern American Society and Culture Seminar Panel Discussion: Urban History on the Digital Frontier Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                                    Subscribe to receive advance copies of the seminar papers.
                                    24 January 2017.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Vivek Bald, MIT, Jack A. Dougherty, Trinity College, and Marilynn S. Johnson, Boston College Moderator: Douglas O'Reagan, MIT

                                    Bald is working on a transmedia project aimed at recovering the histories of peddlers and steamship workers from British colonial India who came to the U.S. in the early 20th century. It includes a digital oral history website. Dougherty and his students are writing an open-access book, On The Line: How Schooling, Housing, and Civil Rights Shaped Hartford and its Suburbs, which features interactive maps and oral history videos. Johnson’s Global Boston is a public history website combining a basic immigration history overview for the region with student research, oral history, and a curated selection of digitized primary sources, images and maps documenting the local immigrant experience.

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                                    Public Program, Author Talk The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire Please RSVP   registration required 26 January 2017.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Stephen Kinzer, Boston Globe and Robin Young, Here and Now

                                    How should the United States act in the world? Sometimes we burn with righteous anger, launching foreign wars and deposing governments. Then we retreat—until the cycle begins again. However, these debates are not original. Revealing a piece of forgotten history, Stephen Kinzer transports us to the dawn of the 20th century, when the United States first found itself with the chance to dominate faraway lands. The country’s political and intellectual leaders took sides. Only once before—the period when the United States was founded—have so many brilliant Americans eloquently debated a question so fraught with meaning for all humanity. Their words are amazingly current today.

                                     

                                    Stephen Kinzer is an award-winning author and foreign correspondent who has covered more than 50 countries on five continents. His articles and books have led the Washington Post to place him “among the best in popular foreign policy storytelling.” He was Latin America correspondent for The Boston Globe, and then spent more than 20 years working for the New York Times, with extended postings in Nicaragua, Germany, and Turkey. He is a visiting fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. 

                                    Robin Young brings more than 25 years of broadcast experience to her role as host of Here & Now. She is a Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker who has also reported for NBC, CBS and ABC television and for several years was substitute host and correspondent for "The Today Show."

                                    Robin has received five Emmy Awards for her television work, as well as two CableACE Awards, the Religious Public Relations Council's Wilbur Award, the National Conference of Christians and Jews Gold Award, and numerous regional Edward R. Murrow awards.

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                                    MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 28 January 2017.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.

                                    While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition: Turning Points in American History.

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                                    Public Program Begin at the Beginning: Medical and Surgical Care in Puritan New England Please RSVP   registration required at no cost 28 January 2017.Saturday, 1:00PM - 3:00PM Sidney Levitsky, MD

                                    From bloodletting to powders made from roasted toads, medical care in early New England was of uncertain value to the patient. In this discussion of primary documents led by Sid Levitsky of Harvard Medical School, we’ll explore the foundations of 17th century English medicine and surgery and the practice of medicine in New England.  

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