The MHS offers many engaging programs and special events.

July 2020
Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/7303_dickinson_017_lg.jpg Public Program These Fevered Days: Ten Pivotal Moments in the Making of Emily Dickinson 15 July 2020.Wednesday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM This is an online program. Martha Ackmann in conversation with Cindy Dickinson REGISTER HERE Emily Dickinson’s interior world was extraordinary. She loved ...

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Emily Dickinson’s interior world was extraordinary. She loved passionately, was hesitant about Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/Winter_2020/Z16397_image_148x230.jpgpublication, embraced seclusion, and created 1,789 poems that she tucked into a
dresser drawer.

Martha Ackmann unravels the mysteries of Dickinson’s life through ten decisive episodes that distill her evolution as a poet. Utilizing thousands of archival letters and poems, Ackmann constructs a remarkable map of Emily Dickinson’s inner life. Together, these ten days provide new insights into her wildly original poetry and render a concise and vivid portrait of American literature’s most enigmatic figure. 

Please note, this is an online event. Registrants will receive an email with links to join the program.

Order the book through Porter Square Books and use code FEVERED2020 to receive 20% off the list price.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/Summer_2020/thumbnail_FHM_-_Front_of_Building.jpg Public Program Virtual Tour of the Forbes House Museum 17 July 2020.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM This is an online program. Heidi Vaughan and Susan Lachevre, Forbes House Museum REGISTER HERE Join us for a virtual tour of the Forbes House Museum in Milton, Massachusetts. Built ...

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Join us for a virtual tour of the Forbes House Museum in Milton, Massachusetts. Built in 1833, the Greek Revival mansion was the initially the seasonal home of the entrepreneurial Forbes family who made their fortune in the China trade. In the 1964 the house opened to the public as the Museum of the American China Trade, founded by Dr. H.A. Crosby Forbes, a curator of Asian art and direct descendant of the home's original occupants. Today, the house is the site of the Forbes House Museum and boasts an impressive collection of Chinese export art and objects; Civil War and President Lincoln memorabilia; and Forbes family holdings, including American and European painting, furniture, and artifacts.

Please note, this is an online event. Registrants will receive an email with links to join the program.

 

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/Winter_2020/Winter_2020/Demagogue.jpg Public Program Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy 20 July 2020.Monday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM This is an online program Larry Tye REGISTER HERE Former Boston Globe reporter and best-selling New York ...

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Former Boston Globe reporter and best-selling New York Times author Larry Tye discusses his new biography Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy, and the lessons that McCarthy's reign offer for our times. Tye had first-ever access to McCarthy's personal and professional papers, along with his military and medical records. The author shows how – by recklessly charging treason against everyone from George Marshall to much of the State Department – the Wisconsin senator became the most influential and controversial man in America. But Demagogue is a story not just of a senator, but of America's long-standing love affair with bullies.

Please note, this is an online event. Registrants will receive an email with links to join the program.

 

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/boston_film.jpg Public Program Boston in Film: Beyond the Oscars 23 July 2020.Thursday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM This is an online program. Ned Hinkle, Brattle Film Foundation, Jim Vrabel and more REGISTER HERE There are a remarkable number of gritty films set in Boston, yet that is not the only ...

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There are a remarkable number of gritty films set in Boston, yet that is not the only way the city is depicted. There are comedies, period pieces, and films that depict the diversity of the city with much greater accuracy. Next Stop Wonderland, Paper Chase and Between the Lines have not received the same attention from the Academy, but they have devout followings and depict a different vision of Boston. Our discussion will look at these other visions of the city and discuss short films and independent productions that offer a wider perspective of our city.

This is the second program in a series of three conversations in partnership with Brattle Theater and Emerson College. Please note, this is an online program.

 

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/war_fever_cropped.jpg Public Program Canceled: War Fever: Boston, Baseball, and America in the Shadow of the Great War 27 July 2020.Monday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM This program has been canceled   In the fall of 1918, a fever gripped Boston. The deadly Spanish flu, the Great War and ...

 

In the fall of 1918, a fever gripped Boston. The deadly Spanish flu, the Great War and anxiety of German spies kept people off the streets. War Fever explores this delirious moment in American history through the stories of three men: Karl Muck, the German conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, accused of being an enemy spy; Charles Whittlesey, a Harvard law graduate who became an unlikely hero in Europe; and the most famous baseball player of all time, Babe Ruth, poised to revolutionize the game he loved. Together, they offer a gripping narrative of America at war and American culture in upheaval.

Please note, this is an online event. Registrants will receive an email with links to join the program.

 

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/thumbnail_0128josephstory-fullpixels.jpg Public Program Salem History Through the MHS Archive 29 July 2020.Wednesday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM This is an online program Peter Drummey, MHS REGISTER HERE As with many cities and towns in Massachusetts—and in the case ...

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As with many cities and towns in Massachusetts—and in the case of Salem, perhaps even more so—local patriotism is so strong that most materials for the study of local history have remained close to where they were created. Since soon after our founding, however, the Massachusetts Historical Society has collected and published materials about Salem.

Join Peter Drummey, the Historical Society’s Stephen T. Riley Librarian, for a virtual tour of personal papers (letters and diaries), manuscript records, publications, portraits, photographs and artifacts ranging from the time of the witchcraft hysteria through Salem’s golden age as during the height of the India Trade on to the industrial city of 100 years ago at the time of the Great Fire of 1914 and the influenza epidemic in 1918-1919.

 

 

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Public Program These Fevered Days: Ten Pivotal Moments in the Making of Emily Dickinson 15 July 2020.Wednesday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM This is an online program. Martha Ackmann in conversation with Cindy Dickinson Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/7303_dickinson_017_lg.jpg

REGISTER HERE

Emily Dickinson’s interior world was extraordinary. She loved passionately, was hesitant about Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/Winter_2020/Z16397_image_148x230.jpgpublication, embraced seclusion, and created 1,789 poems that she tucked into a
dresser drawer.

Martha Ackmann unravels the mysteries of Dickinson’s life through ten decisive episodes that distill her evolution as a poet. Utilizing thousands of archival letters and poems, Ackmann constructs a remarkable map of Emily Dickinson’s inner life. Together, these ten days provide new insights into her wildly original poetry and render a concise and vivid portrait of American literature’s most enigmatic figure. 

Please note, this is an online event. Registrants will receive an email with links to join the program.

Order the book through Porter Square Books and use code FEVERED2020 to receive 20% off the list price.

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Public Program Virtual Tour of the Forbes House Museum 17 July 2020.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM This is an online program. Heidi Vaughan and Susan Lachevre, Forbes House Museum Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/Summer_2020/thumbnail_FHM_-_Front_of_Building.jpg

REGISTER HERE

Join us for a virtual tour of the Forbes House Museum in Milton, Massachusetts. Built in 1833, the Greek Revival mansion was the initially the seasonal home of the entrepreneurial Forbes family who made their fortune in the China trade. In the 1964 the house opened to the public as the Museum of the American China Trade, founded by Dr. H.A. Crosby Forbes, a curator of Asian art and direct descendant of the home's original occupants. Today, the house is the site of the Forbes House Museum and boasts an impressive collection of Chinese export art and objects; Civil War and President Lincoln memorabilia; and Forbes family holdings, including American and European painting, furniture, and artifacts.

Please note, this is an online event. Registrants will receive an email with links to join the program.

 

 

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Public Program Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy 20 July 2020.Monday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM This is an online program Larry Tye Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/Winter_2020/Winter_2020/Demagogue.jpg

REGISTER HERE

Former Boston Globe reporter and best-selling New York Times author Larry Tye discusses his new biography Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy, and the lessons that McCarthy's reign offer for our times. Tye had first-ever access to McCarthy's personal and professional papers, along with his military and medical records. The author shows how – by recklessly charging treason against everyone from George Marshall to much of the State Department – the Wisconsin senator became the most influential and controversial man in America. But Demagogue is a story not just of a senator, but of America's long-standing love affair with bullies.

Please note, this is an online event. Registrants will receive an email with links to join the program.

 

 

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Public Program Boston in Film: Beyond the Oscars 23 July 2020.Thursday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM This is an online program. Ned Hinkle, Brattle Film Foundation, Jim Vrabel and more Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/boston_film.jpg

REGISTER HERE

There are a remarkable number of gritty films set in Boston, yet that is not the only way the city is depicted. There are comedies, period pieces, and films that depict the diversity of the city with much greater accuracy. Next Stop Wonderland, Paper Chase and Between the Lines have not received the same attention from the Academy, but they have devout followings and depict a different vision of Boston. Our discussion will look at these other visions of the city and discuss short films and independent productions that offer a wider perspective of our city.

This is the second program in a series of three conversations in partnership with Brattle Theater and Emerson College. Please note, this is an online program.

 

 

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Public Program Canceled:
War Fever: Boston, Baseball, and America in the Shadow of the Great War
27 July 2020.Monday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM This program has been canceled Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/war_fever_cropped.jpg

 

In the fall of 1918, a fever gripped Boston. The deadly Spanish flu, the Great War and anxiety of German spies kept people off the streets. War Fever explores this delirious moment in American history through the stories of three men: Karl Muck, the German conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, accused of being an enemy spy; Charles Whittlesey, a Harvard law graduate who became an unlikely hero in Europe; and the most famous baseball player of all time, Babe Ruth, poised to revolutionize the game he loved. Together, they offer a gripping narrative of America at war and American culture in upheaval.

Please note, this is an online event. Registrants will receive an email with links to join the program.

 

 

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Public Program Salem History Through the MHS Archive 29 July 2020.Wednesday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM This is an online program Peter Drummey, MHS Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/thumbnail_0128josephstory-fullpixels.jpg

REGISTER HERE

As with many cities and towns in Massachusetts—and in the case of Salem, perhaps even more so—local patriotism is so strong that most materials for the study of local history have remained close to where they were created. Since soon after our founding, however, the Massachusetts Historical Society has collected and published materials about Salem.

Join Peter Drummey, the Historical Society’s Stephen T. Riley Librarian, for a virtual tour of personal papers (letters and diaries), manuscript records, publications, portraits, photographs and artifacts ranging from the time of the witchcraft hysteria through Salem’s golden age as during the height of the India Trade on to the industrial city of 100 years ago at the time of the Great Fire of 1914 and the influenza epidemic in 1918-1919.

 

 

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