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  • MHS TourThe History and Collections of the MHS
    MHS TourThe History and Collections of the MHS
    10:00AM - 11:30AM More
  • Public Program, Conversation, ExhibitionSale of the Century: How the Red Sox Peddled Babe Ruth to the Yanke...
    Public Program, Conversation, ExhibitionSale of the Century: How the Red Sox Peddled Babe Ruth to the Yankees
    3:00PM - 4:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception and display viewing at 2:00 Gordon Edes, Boston Red Sox historian; Jane Leavy; Leigh Montville; and John Thorn, official historian of Major League Baseball There is a $25 per person fee ($10 for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). More
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    • TourTour of Fenway Park
      TourTour of Fenway Park
      12:00PM - 1:30PM The tour group will meet at Fenway Park at Gate D. This event is now sold out. More
      • Brown Bag"Things are not invariably so here": Sheriffs, Capitalism, and the ...
        Brown Bag"Things are not invariably so here": Sheriffs, Capitalism, and the Formation of Legal Authority in Nineteenth-century America
        12:00PM - 1:00PM Chad Holmes, West Virginia University More
      • Special EventMaking History Gala 2019
        Special EventMaking History Gala 2019
        6:00PM - 9:00PM Tickets for the Gala are now sold out. Donations will still be accepted. Featuring David McCullough in conversation with NPR’s Meghna Chakrabarti More
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          • Public Program, Author TalkMr. President, How Long Must We Wait? Alice Paul, Woodrow Wilson, &...
            Public Program, Author TalkMr. President, How Long Must We Wait? Alice Paul, Woodrow Wilson, & the Fight for the Right to Vote
            6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Tina Cassidy There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). More
            • Public Program, ConversationThe Presidents: Noted Historians on the Lives and Leadership of Ame...
              Public Program, ConversationThe Presidents: Noted Historians on the Lives and Leadership of America's Best and Worst Chief Executives
              6:00PM - 7:30PM Registration for this program is now closed. Brian Lamb, Susan Swain, and James Traub, Moderated by Peter Drummey There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). More
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                    • Public ProgramThe Sound of Glass Shattering
                      Public ProgramThe Sound of Glass Shattering
                      6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 Eleanor G. Shore, Harvard Medical School; Miles F. Shore, Harvard Medical School There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). Register registration required More
                    • Public Program, TourCan She Do It? Gallery Talk
                      Public Program, TourCan She Do It? Gallery Talk
                      2:00PM - 3:00PM Allison Lange, Wentworth Institute of Technology More
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                              Exhibition "Can She Do It?" Massachusetts Debates a Woman’s Right to Vote 26 April 2019 to 21 September 2019 Open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 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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                              MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 1 June 2019.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, Conversation, Exhibition Sale of the Century: How the Red Sox Peddled Babe Ruth to the Yankees 1 June 2019.Saturday, 3:00PM - 4:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception and display viewing at 2:00 Gordon Edes, Boston Red Sox historian; Jane Leavy; Leigh Montville; and John Thorn, official historian of Major League Baseball There is a $25 per person fee ($10 for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

                              Watch the recording of this event, embedded below:

                              At 24, Babe Ruth was already regarded as one of the best left-handed pitchers in baseball, having helped deliver three World Series titles to the Red Sox in just four seasons. In 1919, he was coming off a season in which he successfully transitioned to outfielder and shattered the Major League record for home runs in a season. Then, on December 26, 1919, Red Sox owner Harry Frazee agreed to sell Ruth to the Yankees for an astronomical sum. In pinstripes, Ruth became the most famous player in baseball history setting a course in which the Yankees won 40 American League pennants and 27 World Series titles. The Red Sox, however, went 86 years without winning a World Series. This drought became known as “The Curse of the Bambino.” Join us as our panel discusses the deal that altered the face of baseball history. A display of Ruth related artifacts will be part of the reception.

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                              Tour Tour of Fenway Park 3 June 2019.Monday, 12:00PM - 1:30PM The tour group will meet at Fenway Park at Gate D. This event is now sold out.

                              Join Gordon Edes for a private tour of Fenway Park, with opportunities to take photos on the field and see team artifacts.

                               

                               

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                              Brown Bag "Things are not invariably so here": Sheriffs, Capitalism, and the Formation of Legal Authority in Nineteenth-century America 5 June 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Chad Holmes, West Virginia University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//1126_jeremiahallen_work_lg.jpg

                              This project focuses on the sheriff as an upper class representative whose authority and responsibility were altered by the democratic and capitalistic transformations of nineteenth-century America. The sheriff was not the gun-slinging officer of the American Wild West. The sheriff’s image—once grounded in pomp and regal status—evolved into one of market regulator and his own individual success. Increased responsibility for collecting debts and conducting sheriff sales redefined how Americans understood law and order in commercial terms.

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                              Special Event Making History Gala 2019 5 June 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 9:00PM Tickets for the Gala are now sold out. Donations will still be accepted. Featuring David McCullough in conversation with NPR’s Meghna Chakrabarti Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/calendar/gala-thin.jpg

                               

                              This event is now sold out. Donations will still be accepted.

                              Wednesday, June 5

                              5:00 pm: Sponsor VIP Reception

                              6:00 pm: Cocktails and Dinner Program

                              Fairmont Copley Plaza, 138 St. James Avenue, Boston

                               

                              David McCullough has been acclaimed as a “master of the art of narrative history.” He is twice winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. David’s new book,The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West, will be released in May 2019.

                              General admission tickets are $500 per person.

                               

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                              Notice Library Closing @ 2:30PM 7 June 2019.Friday, all day

                              The library closes early in preparation for a staff event.

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                              MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 8 June 2019.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 Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait? Alice Paul, Woodrow Wilson, & the Fight for the Right to Vote 10 June 2019.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Tina Cassidy There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

                              In 1913, on the eve of his presidential oath of office, Woodrow Wilson landed in Washington, D.C., to witness 8,000 protesting suffragists, led by Alice Paul. From solitary confinement, hunger strikes, and mental institutions to sitting right across from President Wilson, this narrative reveals the inspiring near-death journey, spearheaded in no small part by Paul’s leadership, it took to grant women the right to vote in America.

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                              Brown Bag, Research Fellow “I did glimpse a tiger, but what I really got was malaria”: Massachusetts Women in India, 1920-1940 12 June 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Shealeen A. Meaney, Russell Sage College Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//meaney_image.jpg

                              Today we hear about American women heading off to Rishikesh to trian as yoga instructors, but what did India mean to women travelers from Massachusetts a century ago? This talk explores the ways that women experienced and wrote about India as tourists, hunters, and seekers in the decades after suffrage.

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                              Public Program, Conversation The Presidents: Noted Historians on the Lives and Leadership of America's Best and Worst Chief Executives 13 June 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Registration for this program is now closed. Brian Lamb, Susan Swain, and James Traub, Moderated by Peter Drummey There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

                              Over a period of decades, C-SPAN has surveyed leading historians on the best and worst of America’s presidents across a variety of categories—their ability to persuade the public, their leadership skills, their moral authority, and more. The crucible of the presidency has forged some of the very best and very worst leaders, along with much in between. Brian Lamb and Susan Swain will discuss presidential leadership qualities with historian James Traub, who is featured in the book, and Peter Drummey, MHS.

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                              MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 15 June 2019.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 Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote Register registration required 18 June 2019.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Susan Ware There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

                              The history of how American women won the right to vote has been told as the tale of a few iconic leaders, all white and native born. But there is a much broader and more diverse story waiting to be told. This talk is a tribute to the many activists who worked tirelessly out of the spotlight in communities across the nation, protesting, petitioning, and insisting on their right to full citizenship.

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                              Public Program The Sound of Glass Shattering Register registration required 20 June 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 Eleanor G. Shore, Harvard Medical School; Miles F. Shore, Harvard Medical School There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

                              One hundred years have passed since Harvard Medical School appointed Dr. Alice Hamilton as assistant professor of Industrial Medicine, making her the first female faculty member in the history of Harvard University. Hamilton’s legacy as a leader in the field of toxicology and occupational medicine, as a women’s rights activist, and as an international pacifist and outspoken advocate of progressive social reforms marks her as one of the great barrier-breaking women of the 20th century.

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                              Public Program, Tour Can She Do It? Gallery Talk 21 June 2019.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Allison Lange, Wentworth Institute of Technology

                              Join guest curator, Allison Lange, Wentworth Institute of Technology professor, for a guided tour and highlights from our current exhibition.

                               

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                              MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 22 June 2019.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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                              Brown Bag Susie King Taylor: A Legacy of Black Womanhood and Historic Preservation this event is free 26 June 2019.Wednesday, all day Rebecca Byrd, UNC Charlotte Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//taylor.jpg

                              Susie King Taylor was not Sojourner Truth or Harriet Tubman. Although she does not have the notoriety of those two women, her story is no less important. As the first African American army nurse who traveled with the First South Carolina Volunteers during the Civil War, an educator for freed people, and founder of the Women’s Relief Corps., Ms. Taylor is truly a remarkable woman. Although she remains in an unmarked grave, a younger historian has been tasked to preserve her legacy into the digital age.

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                              Public Program The Peculiar Institution: Abigail Adams and Slavery Register registration required 26 June 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 Edith Gelles, Stanford University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

                              Edith Gelles, a senior scholar with the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, is an award-winning historian and author of Abigail & John: Portrait of a Marriage and Portia: The World of Abigail Adams. Gelles will discuss her current research on Abigail’s thoughts and experiences with slavery and race.

                               

                               

                               

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                              Abigail Adams: Nature and Nurture, Pop-up Display and Talk this event is free 28 June 2019.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM The Pop-up Display will be on view from April 29-June 28 June 28 at 2:00 PM: Join an Adams Papers editor for an in-depth look at the display.

                              “The Earth is putting on a new Suit,” Abigail Adams wrote, savoring the arrival of spring amid the tumult of national politics in 1800. Tending her kitchen garden and nurturing the new republic with equal care, Abigail delighted in learning about the natural landscape and sharing that knowledge with her family and friends.

                               

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                              MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 29 June 2019.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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                              Tour, Public Program Can She Do It? Gallery Talk 29 June 2019.Saturday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Allison Lange, Wentworth Institute of Technology

                              Join guest curator, Allison Lange, Wentworth Institute of Technology professor, for a guided tour and highlights from our current exhibition.

                               

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