The MHS offers many engaging programs and special events.

May 2019
Public Program Oliver Wendell Holmes: A Life in War, Law, and Ideas 29 May 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Stephen Budiansky There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). Oliver Wendell Holmes twice escaped death as a young Union officer in the Civil War when musket ...

Oliver Wendell Holmes twice escaped death as a young Union officer in the Civil War when musket balls missed his heart and spinal cord by a fraction of an inch at the Battles of Ball’s Bluff and Antietam. He lived ever after with unwavering moral courage, unremitting scorn for dogma, and an insatiable intellectual curiosity. Named to the Supreme Court by Theodore Roosevelt at age sixty-one, he served for nearly three decades, writing a series of famous, eloquent, and often dissenting opinions that would prove prophetic in securing freedom of speech, protecting the rights of criminal defendants, and ending the Court’s reactionary resistance to social and economic reforms.

 

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June 2019
Public Program 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). At 24, Babe Ruth was already regarded as one of the best left-handed pitchers in baseball, having ...

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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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/calendar/gala-thin.jpg Special Event Making History Gala 2019 5 June 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 9:00PM Featuring David McCullough in conversation with NPR’s Meghna Chakrabarti Wednesday, June 5 5:00 pm: Sponsor VIP Reception 6:00 pm ...

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.

Purchase tickets here

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Public Program 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., ...

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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Public Program 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 There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. 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 ...

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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Public Program Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote 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 ...

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 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 ...

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 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 ...

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

 

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Public Program The Peculiar Institution: Abigail Adams and Slavery 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 ...

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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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 ...

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

 

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July 2019
Public Program Isaac Allerton: Mayflower, Magistrate, and Merchant 2 July 2019.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. David Furlow and Lisa Pennington There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). Isaac Allerton, a tailor born in 1586, went from Suffolk to London, Leiden to America. Through the ...

Isaac Allerton, a tailor born in 1586, went from Suffolk to London, Leiden to America. Through the Mayflower Compact, his service as Plymouth’s first Assistant to the Governor, and the Remonstrance of the Eight Men of Manhattan, Allerton wove representative government, popular elections, law, and commerce into the fabric of American society. David Furlow, editor of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society Journal, and Lisa Pennington, a descendant, tell Allerton’s story.

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Public Program The Legacy of the China Trade in Massachusetts: Art, Artifacts and Manuscripts in Local Collections 9 July 2019.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Layla Bermeo, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Karina Corrigan, Peabody Essex Museum, and moderator Peter Drummey There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). Paintings, documents, decorative arts, and objects can weave together a more complete story of early ...

Paintings, documents, decorative arts, and objects can weave together a more complete story of early America’s relationship with China in the 18th and 19th centuries. The intersections found in prominent collecting institutions in Massachusetts will be the subject of this discussion, which will feature highlights from the holdings of the MHS, MFA, and Peabody Essex Museum, and will describe the journey of these important objects and manuscripts from private hands to public collections.

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Special Event Transcribe-a-thon 13 July 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 3:00PM Registration is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Gwen Fries at gfries@masshist.org or 617-646-0556. Help the MHS celebrate John Quincy Adams’s birthday by joining our annual transcribe-a-thon. ...

Help the MHS celebrate John Quincy Adams’s birthday by joining our annual transcribe-a-thon. Immerse yourself in JQA’s diary and help the Adams Papers Editorial Project make more of his 15,000-page diary available online. Lunch and light refreshments will be provided.

 

 

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Public Program Boston Historical Reception 18 July 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a reception at 5:30. Anita Walker, Mass Cultural Council There is no “Boston Historical Society,” but the metro area does have a wealth of ...

There is no “Boston Historical Society,” but the metro area does have a wealth of history organizations. Boston and surrounding towns are steeped in local history and the inhabitants are proud of their local identity. The MHS is pleased to hold the fifth annual reception for history buffs and representatives of local organizations to mingle, share recent accomplishments, and talk about the great projects on which they are working.

 

 

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Public Program The Legacy of the China Trade in Massachusetts: The Emergence of a Global Boston 22 July 2019.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Gwenn Miller, College of the Holy Cross; Dael Norwood, University of Delaware; Moderator: Tunney Lee, MIT There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). Trade with China began in earnest in the peaceful years following the Revolution, with ports in ...

Trade with China began in earnest in the peaceful years following the Revolution, with ports in Salem and Boston emerging as some of the most dynamic sites of economic activity in the early American landscape. This cross-cultural exposure and influence helped cast Boston’s strong regional identity and marked the city as an international force in its own right. This discussion will explore the breadth of Boston’s early global reach and how reflections of this past are still felt today.

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Public Program Oliver Wendell Holmes: A Life in War, Law, and Ideas Register registration required 29 May 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Stephen Budiansky There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

Oliver Wendell Holmes twice escaped death as a young Union officer in the Civil War when musket balls missed his heart and spinal cord by a fraction of an inch at the Battles of Ball’s Bluff and Antietam. He lived ever after with unwavering moral courage, unremitting scorn for dogma, and an insatiable intellectual curiosity. Named to the Supreme Court by Theodore Roosevelt at age sixty-one, he served for nearly three decades, writing a series of famous, eloquent, and often dissenting opinions that would prove prophetic in securing freedom of speech, protecting the rights of criminal defendants, and ending the Court’s reactionary resistance to social and economic reforms.

 

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Public Program Sale of the Century: How the Red Sox Peddled Babe Ruth to the Yankees Register registration required 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).

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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Special Event Making History Gala 2019 Register registration required 5 June 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 9:00PM Featuring David McCullough in conversation with NPR’s Meghna Chakrabarti Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/calendar/gala-thin.jpg

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.

Purchase tickets here

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Public Program Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait? Alice Paul, Woodrow Wilson, & the Fight for the Right to Vote Register registration required 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.

close

Public Program The Presidents: Noted Historians on the Lives and Leadership of America's Best and Worst Chief Executives Register registration required 13 June 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. 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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Public Program 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.

close

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.

close

Public Program 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.

 

close

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.

 

 

 

close

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.

 

close

Public Program Isaac Allerton: Mayflower, Magistrate, and Merchant Register registration required 2 July 2019.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. David Furlow and Lisa Pennington There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

Isaac Allerton, a tailor born in 1586, went from Suffolk to London, Leiden to America. Through the Mayflower Compact, his service as Plymouth’s first Assistant to the Governor, and the Remonstrance of the Eight Men of Manhattan, Allerton wove representative government, popular elections, law, and commerce into the fabric of American society. David Furlow, editor of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society Journal, and Lisa Pennington, a descendant, tell Allerton’s story.

close

Public Program The Legacy of the China Trade in Massachusetts: Art, Artifacts and Manuscripts in Local Collections Register registration required 9 July 2019.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Layla Bermeo, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Karina Corrigan, Peabody Essex Museum, and moderator Peter Drummey There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

Paintings, documents, decorative arts, and objects can weave together a more complete story of early America’s relationship with China in the 18th and 19th centuries. The intersections found in prominent collecting institutions in Massachusetts will be the subject of this discussion, which will feature highlights from the holdings of the MHS, MFA, and Peabody Essex Museum, and will describe the journey of these important objects and manuscripts from private hands to public collections.

close

Special Event Transcribe-a-thon Register registration required at no cost 13 July 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 3:00PM Registration is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Gwen Fries at gfries@masshist.org or 617-646-0556.

Help the MHS celebrate John Quincy Adams’s birthday by joining our annual transcribe-a-thon. Immerse yourself in JQA’s diary and help the Adams Papers Editorial Project make more of his 15,000-page diary available online. Lunch and light refreshments will be provided.

 

 

close

Public Program Boston Historical Reception Register registration required at no cost 18 July 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a reception at 5:30. Anita Walker, Mass Cultural Council

There is no “Boston Historical Society,” but the metro area does have a wealth of history organizations. Boston and surrounding towns are steeped in local history and the inhabitants are proud of their local identity. The MHS is pleased to hold the fifth annual reception for history buffs and representatives of local organizations to mingle, share recent accomplishments, and talk about the great projects on which they are working.

 

 

close

Public Program The Legacy of the China Trade in Massachusetts: The Emergence of a Global Boston Register registration required 22 July 2019.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Gwenn Miller, College of the Holy Cross; Dael Norwood, University of Delaware; Moderator: Tunney Lee, MIT There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

Trade with China began in earnest in the peaceful years following the Revolution, with ports in Salem and Boston emerging as some of the most dynamic sites of economic activity in the early American landscape. This cross-cultural exposure and influence helped cast Boston’s strong regional identity and marked the city as an international force in its own right. This discussion will explore the breadth of Boston’s early global reach and how reflections of this past are still felt today.

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