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  • Special EventDinner with Dolley
    Special EventDinner with Dolley
    6:00PM - 8:00PM This event is open only to MHS Fund Giving Circle Members. Catherine Allgor, MHS President registration required More
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        • Early American History Seminar, Environmental History SeminarPanel Discussion: Common Spaces: Environmental History and the Stud...
          Early American History Seminar, Environmental History SeminarPanel Discussion: Common Spaces: Environmental History and the Study of Early America
          5:15PM - 7:30PM Christopher Pastore, State University of New York at Albany; Nancy Shoemaker, University of Connecticut at Storrs; Conevery Valencius, Boston College Moderator: Matthew McKenzie, University of Connecticut at Avery Point Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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        • Brown BagA Massachusetts Family's Exile & Return, 1775-1790
          Brown BagA Massachusetts Family's Exile & Return, 1775-1790
          12:00PM - 1:00PM G. Patrick O'Brien, University of South Carolina this event is free More
        • Public Program, Author TalkChicago Renaissance: Literature & Art in the Midwest Metropolis
          Public Program, Author TalkChicago Renaissance: Literature & Art in the Midwest Metropolis
          6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Liesl Olson, Newberry Library There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). registration required More
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                  • Public Program, ConversationGrappling with Legacy
                    Public Program, ConversationGrappling with Legacy
                    6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Sylvia Brown in conversation with Edward Widmer There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). registration required More
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                          • History of Women and Gender SeminarOn Fantasy
                            History of Women and Gender SeminarOn Fantasy
                            5:30PM - 7:45PM Location: Fay House, Radcliffe Institute Rhae Lynn Barnes, Princeton University, and Emily Owens, Brown University Comment: Jasmine Johnson, Brown University Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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                          • Public Program, Author TalkPeople before Highways: Boston Activists, Urban Planners, & A New ...
                            Public Program, Author TalkPeople before Highways: Boston Activists, Urban Planners, & A New Movement for City Making
                            6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Karilyn Crockett There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). registration required More
                            • Biography Seminar“No Ideas But in Things”: Writing Lives from Objects
                              Biography Seminar“No Ideas But in Things”: Writing Lives from Objects
                              5:30PM - 7:45PM Deborah Lutz, University of Louisville; Karen Sanchez-Eppler, Amherst College; Susan Ware, Independent Scholar Moderator: Natalie Dykstra, Hope College Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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                                  • Modern American Society and Culture SeminarLa Villanía Arizoniana: Disenfranchisement, Citizenship, and Defin...
                                    Modern American Society and Culture SeminarLa Villanía Arizoniana: Disenfranchisement, Citizenship, and Defining the Body Politic in the Early 20th-Century US-Mexico Borderlands
                                    5:15PM - 7:30PM John Bezis-Selfa, Wheaton College Comment: Alex Keyssar, Harvard Kennedy School Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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                                  • Public Program, ConversationProtest & Citizenship
                                    Public Program, ConversationProtest & Citizenship
                                    6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Stephen Kantrowitz, University of Wisconsin – Madison; Crystal Feimster, Yale University; John Stauffer, Harvard University; and Chad Williams, Brandeis University This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities. registration required at no cost More
                                    Exhibition Yankees in the West this event is free 6 October 2017 to 6 April 2018 Open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM Yankees in the West

                                    For generations Americans have been fascinated with the American west. Depictions of the western landscape flooded New England in the mid19th century, spurring a stream of western tourism. Yankees in the West draws from the Society's collections of letters, diaries, photographs, drawings, and artifacts to explore the ways New Englanders experienced the trans-Mississippi west in the late19th and early 20th centuries.

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                                    Special Event Dinner with Dolley registration required 1 March 2018.Thursday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM This event is open only to MHS Fund Giving Circle Members. Catherine Allgor, MHS President Dinner with Dolley

                                    MHS Fund Giving Circle members are invited to a festive evening with good food,fine wine, and lively conversation inspired by Dolley Madison. During dinner, MHS President Catherine Allgor, who is known for her published work on Dolley Madison, will provide history and fun facts about dining with Mrs. Madison. 

                                    Dinner tickets are $100 per person. Please note that no tickets will be mailed; a master guest list will be at the door. 

                                    Registration will open on 29 January.

                                    This event is open only to MHS Fund Giving Circle Members. Join a Giving Circle today at www.masshist.org/support/mhsfund

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                                    MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 3 March 2018.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: Yankees in the West.

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                                    Early American History Seminar, Environmental History Seminar Panel Discussion: Common Spaces: Environmental History and the Study of Early America Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                                    Subscribe to receive advance copies of the seminar papers.
                                    6 March 2018.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Christopher Pastore, State University of New York at Albany; Nancy Shoemaker, University of Connecticut at Storrs; Conevery Valencius, Boston College Moderator: Matthew McKenzie, University of Connecticut at Avery Point

                                    This panel takes the opportunity to bring the fields of environmental and early American history into closer conversation. Environmental historians are concerned with concepts such as ecological imperialism and non-anthropocentric empires, built and natural environments, controlling and organizing space, and the relationship between borders and frontiers. How does or might this influence scholarship on early America? How can work on early American history enrich environmental historians’ understanding of empire, metropoles and borderlands, movement and colonization?

                                    To RSVP: email seminars@masshist.org or call (617) 646-0579.

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                                    Brown Bag A Massachusetts Family's Exile & Return, 1775-1790 this event is free 7 March 2018.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM G. Patrick O'Brien, University of South Carolina

                                    After being forced to flee Marblehead in May 1775, the Robie family joined fellow refugees in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In exile, each family member developed a unique perspective on his or her new home and outlook for the future. Repatriation further complicated these understandings and divided the family between two nations. This project explores how a family in exile struggled to maintain kinship networks while its members adapted to a new social environment.

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                                    Public Program, Author Talk Chicago Renaissance: Literature & Art in the Midwest Metropolis registration required 7 March 2018.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Liesl Olson, Newberry Library There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

                                    The remarkable cultural history of the great Midwestern city of Chicago contains some exceptional modernist credentials. From the 1893 World’s Fair through mid-century, Chicago writers revolutionized literary forms during the first half of the 20th century, a period of sweeping aesthetic transformations all over the world. Olson’s enthralling study bridges the gap between two distinct and equally vital Chicago-based artistic “renaissance” moments: the primarily white renaissance of the early teens and the creative ferment of the “Black Metropolis” of Bronzeville.

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                                    MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 10 March 2018.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: Yankees in the West.

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                                    Public Program, Conversation Grappling with Legacy registration required 14 March 2018.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Sylvia Brown in conversation with Edward Widmer There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

                                    What fuels a family’s compulsion for philanthropy? Charitable giving is an intrinsic part of our culture and its story can be told through a colorful, multifaceted family whose actions mirror America’s attitudes towards giving. Between 1638 and today, the Browns of Rhode Island have provided community leaders, endowed academic institutions, and transformed communities through art and architecture. However, they also have wrestled with society’s toughest issues slavery, immigration, child labor, inequality and with their own internal tensions. Sylvia Brown, of the family’s 11th generation, and Edward Widmer will explore this story.

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                                    Teacher Workshop Monuments & Historical Memory Please RSVP   registration required 17 March 2018.Saturday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Registration fee: $25 per person

                                    Who decides what should be remembered in public spaces? Is removing a monument the equivalent of erasing history, or should monuments change along with their communities? Join MHS in exploring how monuments and memorials can help students understand history, historical memory, and how national symbols play a critical role in articulating culture and identity.

                                    This program is open to all K-12 educators. Teachers can earn 22.5 PDPs or one graduate credit (for an additional fee).

                                    Image: Dedication of the Memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, Boston, 31 May 1897, albumen print.

                                    Highlights:

                                    • Explore WWII and Holocaust commemoration across the globe 
                                    • Learn about the history of Confederate monuments in America: When were they erected? Who built them? What do they signify? 
                                    • Discuss ways to engage students in conversation on current national debates over Confederate symbols in public spaces
                                    • Take a tour of Reconstruction-era Boston Monuments


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                                    History of Women and Gender Seminar On Fantasy Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                                    Subscribe to receive advance copies of the seminar papers.
                                    20 March 2018.Tuesday, 5:30PM - 7:45PM Location: Fay House, Radcliffe Institute Rhae Lynn Barnes, Princeton University, and Emily Owens, Brown University Comment: Jasmine Johnson, Brown University

                                    This paper argues that fantasies of racial and gendered mastery—seen in law, racial performance, and sexual violence—were important world-making tools in the nineteenth century. It looks at how white supremacist fantasies took shape in the courtroom and in blackface dramas, what their impact was, and how historians might begin to find and examine these fantasies in the archives.

                                    To RSVP: email seminars@masshist.org or call (617) 646-0579.

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                                    Public Program, Author Talk People before Highways: Boston Activists, Urban Planners, & A New Movement for City Making registration required 20 March 2018.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Karilyn Crockett There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

                                    In 1948, inspired by changes to federal law, Massachusetts officials started to plan highways circling and cutting through the heart of Boston. But when officials began to hold hearings in 1960 the people pushed back. The story of how an unlikely multiracial coalition of urban and suburban residents, planners, and activists emerged to stop a highway is one full of suspenseful twists and surprises. And yet the victory and its aftermath are undeniable: federally funded mass transit expansion, a linear central city park, and a highway-less urban corridor that serves as a daily reminder of the power of citizen-led city-making and has had lasting national implications.

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                                    Biography Seminar “No Ideas But in Things”: Writing Lives from Objects Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                                    Subscribe to receive advance copies of the seminar papers.
                                    22 March 2018.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:45PM Deborah Lutz, University of Louisville; Karen Sanchez-Eppler, Amherst College; Susan Ware, Independent Scholar Moderator: Natalie Dykstra, Hope College

                                    Often a biographer confronts silences in the record of her subject, when part of the life story is not documented with words. Mute sources—objects in the subject’s archive—can pose a challenge for interpretation, but also offer rich opportunities. How can biographers read objects as eloquent sources?

                                    Panelists include Deborah Lutz, whose book The Brontë Cabinet: Three Lives in Nine Objects is a biography of the sisters centered on the humble objects they owned. Susan Ware, author of Game, Set, Match: Billie Jean King and the Revolution in Women's Sports, is using artifacts from the Schlesinger Library’s collections in her group biography of suffrage activists. Karen Sanchez-Eppler is writing In the Archives of Childhood: Playing with the Past, viewing children’s lives from material things. Natalie Dykstra, author of Clover Adams: A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life, will moderate.

                                    To RSVP: email seminars@masshist.org or call (617) 646-0579.

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                                    MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 24 March 2018.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: Yankees in the West.

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                                    Modern American Society and Culture Seminar La Villanía Arizoniana: Disenfranchisement, Citizenship, and Defining the Body Politic in the Early 20th-Century US-Mexico Borderlands Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                                    Subscribe to receive advance copies of the seminar papers.
                                    27 March 2018.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM John Bezis-Selfa, Wheaton College Comment: Alex Keyssar, Harvard Kennedy School

                                    In 1909 and 1912, the Arizona legislature enacted requirements that all voters be literate in English, sparking a storm of multilingual protests in the papers and the courts. How and why Anglo-Arizonans took the right to vote from thousands of Mexican-American men and how Spanish-speakers fought back shows how conflicting views of race and ethnicity have influenced citizenship in the U.S.’s southwestern borderlands.

                                    To RSVP: email seminars@masshist.org or call (617) 646-0579.

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                                    Brown Bag Learning the Values of a Dollar: Childhood & Cultures of Economy, 1825-1900 this event is free 28 March 2018.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Jaclyn Schultz, University of California at Santa Cruz

                                    Nineteenth-century children rarely had access to money, even when they worked. Yet, several forms of authority instructed children in specific expectations of spending, saving, and giving. This talk explores how and why children were taught to interact with and value financial resources as well as how these lessons were racialized.

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                                    Public Program, Conversation Protest & Citizenship registration required at no cost 29 March 2018.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Stephen Kantrowitz, University of Wisconsin – Madison; Crystal Feimster, Yale University; John Stauffer, Harvard University; and Chad Williams, Brandeis University This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities.

                                    Throughout American history many groups have struggled to establish their rights as citizens. While the United States was a grand experiment in republican government, in the beginning only a small percentage was allowed to participate. Over time, citizenship has grown, but this has often not been a simple or a smooth process. Join MHS for a panel discussion that will explore this history of citizenship and protest. How have groups throughout American history used agitation to help change the dialog about their position as citizens? How can this history help inform our views and reactions to the changing political climate we see today?

                                    This program is made possible by a grant from Mass Humanities

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                                    MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 31 March 2018.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: Yankees in the West.

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