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Public Program The House of Truth: A Washington Political Salon and the Foundations of American Liberalism 23 May 2017.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Brad Snyder, University of Wisconsin, Madison       In 1912, a group of ambitious young men, including Felix Frankfurter and ...

 

 

 

In 1912, a group of ambitious young men, including Felix Frankfurter and Walter Lippmann, became disillusioned by the sluggish pace of change in the Taft Administration. They threw informal dinner parties at a Dupont Circle row house owned by Robert G. Valentine that they self-mockingly referred to as the “House of Truth.” The house became the city’s foremost political salon. Brad Snyder draws on the Valentine family papers at MHS to weave together the stories of these fascinating, combative, and sometimes contradictory figures, and looks at how ideas shifted from progressivism into what today we refer to as liberalism.

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June
Clio 2017 Special Event Cocktails with Clio 1 June 2017.Thursday, 6:00PM - 9:00PM Featuring Jill Lepore in conversation with Robin Young Registration is now closed. If you would like to make a donation in support of the event and ...

Registration is now closed. If you would like to make a donation in support of the event and the Center for the Teaching of History, please click on the registration link above.

Feast, sip, and celebrate history at the seventh Cocktails with Clio!

Thursday, 1 June 2017
6:00 PM

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Columbia Point
Boston, Massachusetts

Tickets are $300 per person

We invite you to join us for a festive evening in support of the Center for the Teaching of History at the MHS featuring Jill Lepore in conversation with Robin Young. The evening will begin with cocktails in the pavilion space overlooking the harbor. A seated dinner will follow.

Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University, a staff writer at The New Yorker, and the author of books including The Secret History of Wonder Woman and Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin. Robin Young is the co-host of Here & Now on 90.9 WBUR and NPR.


Become a sponsor of Cocktails with Clio

Our sponsors are crucial to the success of the event. As a result of their generosity, the Society’s educational and outreach efforts continue to expand. The additional funding provided by Clio enables the Center for the Teaching of History to offer a wide array of educational services including engaging workshops and hands-on student programs; online classroom tools; lesson plans and curricular resources; fellowships for students and teachers; and community partnerships. The Society also reaches out to students and teachers in its role as state sponsor of National History Day in Massachusetts. Become a sponsor and join with other history enthusiasts in demonstrating your commitment to promoting the study of American history and deepening our nation’s understanding of the diverse stories that define our past.  

For more information, visit www.masshist.org/clio/sponsor or e-mail cknauff@masshist.org.

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Public Program A Description of the New York Central Park 2 June 2017.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM This program is FREE. Maureen Meister           New York City’s Central Park receives millions of ...

 

 

 

 

 

New York City’s Central Park receives millions of visitors every year. A Description of the New York Central Park by Clarence C. Cook, published in 1869, is recognized as the most important book about the park to appear during its early years. This work has been republished with a new introduction by Maureen Meister that reveals Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux’s roles in the creation of the book, which served in part to champion their vision.

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Public Program The History and Collections of the MHS 3 June 2017.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led ...

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: The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine Migration and Opportunity.

 

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Public Program Begin at the Beginning - 'They being stolne': Conflicting Views of Slavery and Governance in Early Massachusetts 3 June 2017.Saturday, 1:00PM - 3:00PM Holly Brewer, University of Maryland "They being stolne":  Conflicting Views of Slavery and Governance in Early Massachusetts and ...

"They being stolne":  Conflicting Views of Slavery and Governance in Early Massachusetts and Across the Empire

Holly Brewer of the University of Maryland leads a discussion of primary documents revealing Massachusetts’s contradictory views and practice on slavery.  Compared to other British colonies, where elements of slavery were justified with broad and near-feudal rationales, she argues, Puritan Massachusetts resisted the right of kings and broadened the idea of consent. These ideas helped restrict slavery, even in the face of royal approval and promotion of slavery during the later 17th century and into the eighteenth century.

Holly Brewer is Burke Chair of American History and associate professor at the University of Maryland. She is currently finishing a book that situates the origins of American slavery in the ideas and legal practices associated with the divine right of kings, provisionally entitled Inheritable Blood: Slavery and Sovereignty in Early America and the British Empire. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for this research. Her first book, By Birth or Consent: Children, Law, and the Anglo-American Revolution in Authority, won three national prizes. 

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Public Program Cooking Boston: Ice Kings 6 June 2017.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm Gus Rancatore, Jeri Quinzio, and Judy Herrell   Cooking Boston: Ice Kings Panelists Gus Rancatore, Jeri Quinzio, and Judy Herrell Moderated ...

 

Cooking Boston: Ice Kings

Panelists Gus Rancatore, Jeri Quinzio, and Judy Herrell

Moderated by Kathleen Fitzgerald

Samples of ice cream from Toscanini's and Herrell's was available at the reception

From the ice harvesting business and Victorian ice cream parlors like Bailey’s to innovators like Steve’s, the Boston area has an unusual obsession with ice cream. Transplants from warmer parts of the country are often surprised to see ice cream shops still open— and full—on a frigid January night. Why is this area so devoted to ice cream and how have these institutions changed the country’s taste for frozen treats?

 

Cooking Boston: How the Hub Shaped the American Diet

This six program series will explore the culinary history of Boston and the impact the city has had on the American diet. In the first half of the 19th century, Boston had a reputation as the center for European taste and refinement. By the end of the 19th century, the Colonial Revival movement nationally popularized foods like Boston baked beans and Yankee pot-roast shifting Boston's image from refined to rustic. In the 20th century, Boston clung to two identities: that of thrifty Puritans and of cosmopolitanism through education. This created some remarkably bland food but also made the city fertile ground for a culinary revolution. In the 1960's, chefs like Julia Child and Joyce Chen brought the flavors of the world to America through Boston.

This series ran from March through June of 2017.

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Public Program Apostle of Union: A Political Biography of Edward Everett 8 June 2017.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Matthew Mason, Brigham Young University     Edward Everett had a distinguished career at every level of American politics from ...

 

 

Edward Everett had a distinguished career at every level of American politics from the 1820s through the Civil War. His career reveals a complex man whose shifting political opinions, especially on the topic of slavery, illuminate the nuances of Northern Unionism. Everett’s political and cultural efforts to preserve the Union, and the response to his work from citizens and politicians, help us see the complexity of the coming of the Civil War.

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Public Program The History and Collections of the MHS 10 June 2017.Saturday, all day The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led ...

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: The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine Migration and Opportunity.

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Public Program Cooking Boston: Final Courses 15 June 2017.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM This program will be held at Mount Auburn Cemetery. Space is limited. Docents of Mount Auburn Cemetery   Cooking Boston: Final Courses Join Mount Auburn docents for a walking tour of the cemetery ...

 

Cooking Boston: Final Courses

Join Mount Auburn docents for a walking tour of the cemetery to visit the graves of notable chefs, inventors, and confectioners. Mount Auburn is the final resting place of 19th-century cookbook author Fanny Farmer, chefs Joyce Chen and Gian Franco Romagnoli, chocolate makers Walter Baker and William Schrafft, hotel impresario Harvey Parker of Boston’s famed Parker House, and many more.

Cooking Boston: How the Hub Shaped the American Diet

This six program series will explore the culinary history of Boston and the impact the city has had on the American diet. In the first half of the 19th century, Boston had a reputation as the center for European taste and refinement. By the end of the 19th century, the Colonial Revival movement nationally popularized foods like Boston baked beans and Yankee pot-roast shifting Boston's image from refined to rustic. In the 20th century, Boston clung to two identities: that of thrifty Puritans and of cosmopolitanism through education. This created some remarkably bland food but also made the city fertile ground for a culinary revolution. In the 1960's, chefs like Julia Child and Joyce Chen brought the flavors of the world to America through Boston.

The series will run from March through June of 2017.

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Public Program The History and Collections of the MHS 17 June 2017.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led ...

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: The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine Migration and Opportunity.

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Public Program Pedagogues and Protesters 20 June 2017.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Conrad Wright, Massachusetts Historical Society       On April 4, 1768, in the largest student strike at any colonial college, ...

 

 

 

On April 4, 1768, in the largest student strike at any colonial college, well over half the student body of Harvard College left school and went home in protest against new rules about class preparation. Many contemporaries found the cause trivial, but in the undergraduates’ own minds it was the culmination of months of tensions with the faculty. Through the lens of the daily journal entries of Stephen Peabody, the best surviving account of colonial college life, Conrad E. Wright will guide us through the relationships among students, faculty members, and administrators.

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Public Program The History and Collections of the MHS 24 June 2017.Saturday, all day The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led ...

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: The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine Migration and Opportunity.

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Photo by Frank O'Brien Public Program “Impossible Dreamers” The Pennant-Winning 1967 Boston Red Sox 24 June 2017.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:30PM Please register and pay online using the RSVP link. Herb Crehan, Bill Nowlin, Frank O’Brien, Tom Whalen, and Gordon Edes, Moderator In the spring of 1967, the Boston Red Sox were coming off a season in which they had lost 90 games, ...

In the spring of 1967, the Boston Red Sox were coming off a season in which they had lost 90 games, and seemingly were locked in a state of mediocrity. Owner Tom Yawkey was discussing the need for a new ballpark and even hinted he might sell the club. Boston was in the midst of one of its worst economic downturns and fan interest had tapered off, with attendance barely half of what it had been in the 1940s. That all changed when a 100 to 1 longshot ballclub led by a rookie manager, Dick Williams, and a superstar left fielder, Carl Yastrzemski, won the American League pennant on the final day of the season after one of the closest races in history. “The Impossible Dream Red Sox” transformed the franchise forever.

View a temporary exhibition. View rare photos of the 1967 season taken by retired Boston Globe photographer Frank O’Brien, a collection of 1967 artifacts including Carl Yastrzemski’s jersey. The exhibition will be up from June 24 through July 8th - but as a special feature of our June 24th event, we will also have the 2004 World Series trophy for that day only! (Note this is a revision, we had previously expected to have three trophies but there has been a scheduling conflict)

Attend a panel discussion. Moderated by Red Sox historian Gordon Edes, panelists include authors Herb Crehan (The Impossible Dream 1967 Red Sox: Birth of Red Sox Nation), Bill Nowlin (The 1967 Impossible Dream Red Sox: Pandemonium on the Field), and Tom Whalen (The Spirit of ’67: Cardiac Kids, El Birdos, and the World Series That Captivated America).

Image courtesy of Frank O'Brien

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Public Program The Price for their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, from Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation 26 June 2017.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Daina Ramey Berry, University of Texas at Austin     In life and in death, slaves were commodities. Their monetary value was assigned ...

 

 

In life and in death, slaves were commodities. Their monetary value was assigned based on their age, gender, health, and the demands of the market. The Price for Their Pound of Flesh explores the economic value of enslaved people through every phase of their lives, including preconception, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, senior years, and death. Covering the full “life cycle,” historian Daina Ramey Berry shows the lengths to which enslavers would go to maximize profits and protect their investments and how enslaved people recalled and responded to being appraised, bartered, and sold throughout the course of their lives.

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Public Program The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright 28 June 2017.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Ann Little, Colorado State University       Born and raised in a New England garrison town, Esther Wheelwright ...

 

 

 

Born and raised in a New England garrison town, Esther Wheelwright (1696–1780) was captured by Wabanaki Indians at age seven. Among them, she became a Catholic and lived like any other young girl in the tribe. At age twelve, she was enrolled at a French-Canadian Ursuline convent, where she would spend the rest of her life, eventually becoming the order’s only foreign-born mother superior. Among these three major cultures of colonial North America, Wheelwright’s life was exceptional: border-crossing, multilingual, and multicultural. Ann Little leads us through her life and the communities of girls and women around her.

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July
Public Program The History and Collections of the MHS 1 July 2017.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led ...

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: The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine Migration and Opportunity.

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Public Program Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World's Greatest Art Heist 6 July 2017.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Steve Kurkjian   SOLD OUT     Stephen Kurkjian, a Pulitzer Prize–winning ...

 

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Stephen Kurkjian, a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter for The Boston Globe, was the newspaper’s lead reporter on the Gardner art heist. He’ll give a dramatic narrative of the theft in which two men dressed as police officers were able to trick their way into the museum after hours and make off with priceless masterpieces. More than a quarter century later, none of the 13 pieces that were stolen have been recovered. Kurkjian will share details on the investigation and offer a possible missing motive.

This program is SOLD OUT.

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Public Program The USS Constitution & the Massachusetts Historical Society 12 July 2017.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Margherita Desy, Historian of USS Constitution   “Old Ironsides” has been a source of pride for Massachusetts for well over 200 ...

 

“Old Ironsides” has been a source of pride for Massachusetts for well over 200 years. Launched in 1797, just six years after the founding of the MHS, the War of 1812 icon and the Society have been sharing stories for centuries. Naval historian Margherita M. Desy will describe some of the hidden treasures uncovered in the recent restoration of the Constitution and highlight resources at MHS that help tell the story of the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat.

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JQA250 Transcribe-a-thon Public Program JQA250 Transcribe-a-thon 15 July 2017.Saturday, 9:30AM - 3:00PM Registration is at 9:30am. Start time is at 10:00am. What was it like to go from being President of the United States to serving as a representative in ...

JQA pagesWhat was it like to go from being President of the United States to serving as a representative in Congress? Find out by immersing yourself in the diary of John Quincy Adams (JQA). Join the Massachusetts Historical Society’s first transcribe-a-thon! Held in celebration of JQA’s 250th birthday, the purpose of the JQA250 Transcribe-a-thon is to help the Adams Papers editorial project make more of the 15,000-page JQA Diary available online. While the ability to read handwriting is necessary, no transcription experience is required. Bring your laptop or use one of ours. Come for the day or pop in for a little while. All are welcome! Lunch and light refreshments will be provided. Registration is free and open to the public. For more information, or to register, contact Gwen Fries: gfries@masshist.org; 617-646-0556. 

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Public Program Boston Historical Reception 19 July 2017.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm   There is no “Boston Historical Society,” but the metro area does have a wealth ...

 

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 a 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 House of Truth: A Washington Political Salon and the Foundations of American Liberalism 23 May 2017.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Brad Snyder, University of Wisconsin, Madison

 

 

 

In 1912, a group of ambitious young men, including Felix Frankfurter and Walter Lippmann, became disillusioned by the sluggish pace of change in the Taft Administration. They threw informal dinner parties at a Dupont Circle row house owned by Robert G. Valentine that they self-mockingly referred to as the “House of Truth.” The house became the city’s foremost political salon. Brad Snyder draws on the Valentine family papers at MHS to weave together the stories of these fascinating, combative, and sometimes contradictory figures, and looks at how ideas shifted from progressivism into what today we refer to as liberalism.

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Special Event Cocktails with Clio 1 June 2017.Thursday, 6:00PM - 9:00PM Featuring Jill Lepore in conversation with Robin Young Clio 2017

Watch the recording of this event, embedded below:

Registration is now closed. If you would like to make a donation in support of the event and the Center for the Teaching of History, please click on the registration link above.

Feast, sip, and celebrate history at the seventh Cocktails with Clio!

Thursday, 1 June 2017
6:00 PM

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Columbia Point
Boston, Massachusetts

Tickets are $300 per person

We invite you to join us for a festive evening in support of the Center for the Teaching of History at the MHS featuring Jill Lepore in conversation with Robin Young. The evening will begin with cocktails in the pavilion space overlooking the harbor. A seated dinner will follow.

Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University, a staff writer at The New Yorker, and the author of books including The Secret History of Wonder Woman and Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin. Robin Young is the co-host of Here & Now on 90.9 WBUR and NPR.


Become a sponsor of Cocktails with Clio

Our sponsors are crucial to the success of the event. As a result of their generosity, the Society’s educational and outreach efforts continue to expand. The additional funding provided by Clio enables the Center for the Teaching of History to offer a wide array of educational services including engaging workshops and hands-on student programs; online classroom tools; lesson plans and curricular resources; fellowships for students and teachers; and community partnerships. The Society also reaches out to students and teachers in its role as state sponsor of National History Day in Massachusetts. Become a sponsor and join with other history enthusiasts in demonstrating your commitment to promoting the study of American history and deepening our nation’s understanding of the diverse stories that define our past.  

For more information, visit www.masshist.org/clio/sponsor or e-mail cknauff@masshist.org.

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Public Program A Description of the New York Central Park 2 June 2017.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM This program is FREE. Maureen Meister

 

 

 

 

 

New York City’s Central Park receives millions of visitors every year. A Description of the New York Central Park by Clarence C. Cook, published in 1869, is recognized as the most important book about the park to appear during its early years. This work has been republished with a new introduction by Maureen Meister that reveals Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux’s roles in the creation of the book, which served in part to champion their vision.

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Public Program The History and Collections of the MHS 3 June 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: The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine Migration and Opportunity.

 

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Public Program Begin at the Beginning - 'They being stolne': Conflicting Views of Slavery and Governance in Early Massachusetts 3 June 2017.Saturday, 1:00PM - 3:00PM Holly Brewer, University of Maryland

"They being stolne":  Conflicting Views of Slavery and Governance in Early Massachusetts and Across the Empire

Holly Brewer of the University of Maryland leads a discussion of primary documents revealing Massachusetts’s contradictory views and practice on slavery.  Compared to other British colonies, where elements of slavery were justified with broad and near-feudal rationales, she argues, Puritan Massachusetts resisted the right of kings and broadened the idea of consent. These ideas helped restrict slavery, even in the face of royal approval and promotion of slavery during the later 17th century and into the eighteenth century.

Holly Brewer is Burke Chair of American History and associate professor at the University of Maryland. She is currently finishing a book that situates the origins of American slavery in the ideas and legal practices associated with the divine right of kings, provisionally entitled Inheritable Blood: Slavery and Sovereignty in Early America and the British Empire. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for this research. Her first book, By Birth or Consent: Children, Law, and the Anglo-American Revolution in Authority, won three national prizes. 

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Public Program Cooking Boston: Ice Kings 6 June 2017.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm Gus Rancatore, Jeri Quinzio, and Judy Herrell

Watch the recording of this event, embedded below:

 

Cooking Boston: Ice Kings

Panelists Gus Rancatore, Jeri Quinzio, and Judy Herrell

Moderated by Kathleen Fitzgerald

Samples of ice cream from Toscanini's and Herrell's was available at the reception

From the ice harvesting business and Victorian ice cream parlors like Bailey’s to innovators like Steve’s, the Boston area has an unusual obsession with ice cream. Transplants from warmer parts of the country are often surprised to see ice cream shops still open— and full—on a frigid January night. Why is this area so devoted to ice cream and how have these institutions changed the country’s taste for frozen treats?

 

Cooking Boston: How the Hub Shaped the American Diet

This six program series will explore the culinary history of Boston and the impact the city has had on the American diet. In the first half of the 19th century, Boston had a reputation as the center for European taste and refinement. By the end of the 19th century, the Colonial Revival movement nationally popularized foods like Boston baked beans and Yankee pot-roast shifting Boston's image from refined to rustic. In the 20th century, Boston clung to two identities: that of thrifty Puritans and of cosmopolitanism through education. This created some remarkably bland food but also made the city fertile ground for a culinary revolution. In the 1960's, chefs like Julia Child and Joyce Chen brought the flavors of the world to America through Boston.

This series ran from March through June of 2017.

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Public Program Apostle of Union: A Political Biography of Edward Everett 8 June 2017.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Matthew Mason, Brigham Young University

 

 

Edward Everett had a distinguished career at every level of American politics from the 1820s through the Civil War. His career reveals a complex man whose shifting political opinions, especially on the topic of slavery, illuminate the nuances of Northern Unionism. Everett’s political and cultural efforts to preserve the Union, and the response to his work from citizens and politicians, help us see the complexity of the coming of the Civil War.

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Public Program The History and Collections of the MHS 10 June 2017.Saturday, all day

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: The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine Migration and Opportunity.

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Public Program Cooking Boston: Final Courses 15 June 2017.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM This program will be held at Mount Auburn Cemetery. Space is limited. Docents of Mount Auburn Cemetery

 

Cooking Boston: Final Courses

Join Mount Auburn docents for a walking tour of the cemetery to visit the graves of notable chefs, inventors, and confectioners. Mount Auburn is the final resting place of 19th-century cookbook author Fanny Farmer, chefs Joyce Chen and Gian Franco Romagnoli, chocolate makers Walter Baker and William Schrafft, hotel impresario Harvey Parker of Boston’s famed Parker House, and many more.

Cooking Boston: How the Hub Shaped the American Diet

This six program series will explore the culinary history of Boston and the impact the city has had on the American diet. In the first half of the 19th century, Boston had a reputation as the center for European taste and refinement. By the end of the 19th century, the Colonial Revival movement nationally popularized foods like Boston baked beans and Yankee pot-roast shifting Boston's image from refined to rustic. In the 20th century, Boston clung to two identities: that of thrifty Puritans and of cosmopolitanism through education. This created some remarkably bland food but also made the city fertile ground for a culinary revolution. In the 1960's, chefs like Julia Child and Joyce Chen brought the flavors of the world to America through Boston.

The series will run from March through June of 2017.

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Public Program The History and Collections of the MHS 17 June 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: The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine Migration and Opportunity.

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Public Program Pedagogues and Protesters 20 June 2017.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Conrad Wright, Massachusetts Historical Society

 

 

 

On April 4, 1768, in the largest student strike at any colonial college, well over half the student body of Harvard College left school and went home in protest against new rules about class preparation. Many contemporaries found the cause trivial, but in the undergraduates’ own minds it was the culmination of months of tensions with the faculty. Through the lens of the daily journal entries of Stephen Peabody, the best surviving account of colonial college life, Conrad E. Wright will guide us through the relationships among students, faculty members, and administrators.

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Public Program The History and Collections of the MHS 24 June 2017.Saturday, all day

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: The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine Migration and Opportunity.

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Public Program “Impossible Dreamers” The Pennant-Winning 1967 Boston Red Sox 24 June 2017.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:30PM Please register and pay online using the RSVP link. Herb Crehan, Bill Nowlin, Frank O’Brien, Tom Whalen, and Gordon Edes, Moderator Photo by Frank O'Brien

Watch the recording of this event, embedded below:

In the spring of 1967, the Boston Red Sox were coming off a season in which they had lost 90 games, and seemingly were locked in a state of mediocrity. Owner Tom Yawkey was discussing the need for a new ballpark and even hinted he might sell the club. Boston was in the midst of one of its worst economic downturns and fan interest had tapered off, with attendance barely half of what it had been in the 1940s. That all changed when a 100 to 1 longshot ballclub led by a rookie manager, Dick Williams, and a superstar left fielder, Carl Yastrzemski, won the American League pennant on the final day of the season after one of the closest races in history. “The Impossible Dream Red Sox” transformed the franchise forever.

View a temporary exhibition. View rare photos of the 1967 season taken by retired Boston Globe photographer Frank O’Brien, a collection of 1967 artifacts including Carl Yastrzemski’s jersey. The exhibition will be up from June 24 through July 8th - but as a special feature of our June 24th event, we will also have the 2004 World Series trophy for that day only! (Note this is a revision, we had previously expected to have three trophies but there has been a scheduling conflict)

Attend a panel discussion. Moderated by Red Sox historian Gordon Edes, panelists include authors Herb Crehan (The Impossible Dream 1967 Red Sox: Birth of Red Sox Nation), Bill Nowlin (The 1967 Impossible Dream Red Sox: Pandemonium on the Field), and Tom Whalen (The Spirit of ’67: Cardiac Kids, El Birdos, and the World Series That Captivated America).

Image courtesy of Frank O'Brien

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Public Program The Price for their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, from Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation 26 June 2017.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Daina Ramey Berry, University of Texas at Austin

 

 

In life and in death, slaves were commodities. Their monetary value was assigned based on their age, gender, health, and the demands of the market. The Price for Their Pound of Flesh explores the economic value of enslaved people through every phase of their lives, including preconception, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, senior years, and death. Covering the full “life cycle,” historian Daina Ramey Berry shows the lengths to which enslavers would go to maximize profits and protect their investments and how enslaved people recalled and responded to being appraised, bartered, and sold throughout the course of their lives.

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Public Program The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright 28 June 2017.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Ann Little, Colorado State University

 

 

 

Born and raised in a New England garrison town, Esther Wheelwright (1696–1780) was captured by Wabanaki Indians at age seven. Among them, she became a Catholic and lived like any other young girl in the tribe. At age twelve, she was enrolled at a French-Canadian Ursuline convent, where she would spend the rest of her life, eventually becoming the order’s only foreign-born mother superior. Among these three major cultures of colonial North America, Wheelwright’s life was exceptional: border-crossing, multilingual, and multicultural. Ann Little leads us through her life and the communities of girls and women around her.

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Public Program The History and Collections of the MHS 1 July 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: The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine Migration and Opportunity.

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Public Program Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World's Greatest Art Heist 6 July 2017.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Steve Kurkjian

 

SOLD OUT

 

 

Stephen Kurkjian, a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter for The Boston Globe, was the newspaper’s lead reporter on the Gardner art heist. He’ll give a dramatic narrative of the theft in which two men dressed as police officers were able to trick their way into the museum after hours and make off with priceless masterpieces. More than a quarter century later, none of the 13 pieces that were stolen have been recovered. Kurkjian will share details on the investigation and offer a possible missing motive.

This program is SOLD OUT.

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Public Program The USS Constitution & the Massachusetts Historical Society 12 July 2017.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Margherita Desy, Historian of USS Constitution

 

“Old Ironsides” has been a source of pride for Massachusetts for well over 200 years. Launched in 1797, just six years after the founding of the MHS, the War of 1812 icon and the Society have been sharing stories for centuries. Naval historian Margherita M. Desy will describe some of the hidden treasures uncovered in the recent restoration of the Constitution and highlight resources at MHS that help tell the story of the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat.

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Public Program JQA250 Transcribe-a-thon 15 July 2017.Saturday, 9:30AM - 3:00PM Registration is at 9:30am. Start time is at 10:00am. JQA250 Transcribe-a-thon

JQA pagesWhat was it like to go from being President of the United States to serving as a representative in Congress? Find out by immersing yourself in the diary of John Quincy Adams (JQA). Join the Massachusetts Historical Society’s first transcribe-a-thon! Held in celebration of JQA’s 250th birthday, the purpose of the JQA250 Transcribe-a-thon is to help the Adams Papers editorial project make more of the 15,000-page JQA Diary available online. While the ability to read handwriting is necessary, no transcription experience is required. Bring your laptop or use one of ours. Come for the day or pop in for a little while. All are welcome! Lunch and light refreshments will be provided. Registration is free and open to the public. For more information, or to register, contact Gwen Fries: gfries@masshist.org; 617-646-0556. 

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Public Program Boston Historical Reception 19 July 2017.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm

 

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 a 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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