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Public Program 100 Years of Educating Henry Adams 6 September 2018.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Natalie Dykstra, Hope College; William Decker, Oklahoma State University; and Natalie Taylor, Skidmore College There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). Henry Adams offers an account of his life and commentary on political and cultural events during the ...

Henry Adams offers an account of his life and commentary on political and cultural events during the mid and late 19th century in the Pulitzer Prize–winning autobiography The Education of Henry Adams. Join us to mark the centenary of both Adams’s death and the Education’s publication with a critical conversation on Adams and his best known work.

 

 

 

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Public Program Boston's Massacre 12 September 2018.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 Eric Hinderaker , University of Utah There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). On the night of March 5, 1770, British soldiers fired into a crowd gathered in front of Boston&rsquo ...

On the night of March 5, 1770, British soldiers fired into a crowd gathered in front of Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/revolution250_vertical_logo.jpgBoston’s Custom House, killing five people. Denounced as an act of unprovoked violence and villainy, the Boston Massacre became one of the most familiar incidents in American history, yet one of the least understood. Eric Hinderaker revisits this dramatic episode, examining in forensic detail the facts of that fateful night, the competing narratives that molded public perceptions at the time, and the long campaign to transform the tragedy into a touchstone of American identity.

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Public Program If I Survive: Frederick Douglass and Family in the Walter O. Evans Collection 18 September 2018.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Celeste-Marie Bernier, University of Edinburgh There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). Bringing to light previously unpublished manuscript letters, essays, speeches, and photographs from ...

Bringing to light previously unpublished manuscript letters, essays, speeches, and photographs from Frederick Douglass and his sons, Charles Remond, Frederick Jr., and Lewis Henry Douglass, If I Survive casts Douglass in the role of dedicated family man and inspirational figure to his five children. This family biography as accompanied by these personal documents comprises the first extensive study of Frederick Douglass and his family’s fight for the cause of liberty during the Civil War and in the post-emancipation era.

 

 

 

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Special Event Graduate Student Reception 20 September 2018.Thursday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM Calling all graduate students and faculty in history, American Studies, or any related field! Please ...

Calling all graduate students and faculty in history, American Studies, or any related field! Please join us for our ninth annual Graduate Student Reception.

 

Starting at six pm, you can enjoy free drinks and hors d’oeuvres as you meet students and professors from other universities working in your fields. At 6:30 or a little later, set down your glass and take a behind-the-scenes tour to learn more about the Society's collections as well as the resources available to support your scholarship, from research fellowships to our six different seminar series.

 

Faculty, bring your graduate students! Graduate students, bring your cohort! This reception is free, but we ask that you RSVP by September 19, by emailing seminars@masshist.org or calling (617) 646-0579.

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Public Program Historians on Hamilton 22 September 2018.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 3:30. Catherine Allgor, Massachusetts Historical Society; Lyra D. Monteiro, Rutgers University-Newark; Joseph M. Adelman, Framingham State University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). The musical Hamilton has catapulted a founding father to the heights of popular culture.Three ...

The musical Hamilton has catapulted a founding father to the heights of popular culture.Three historians will explore this creative approach to discussing the stories of America’s founding, the conversations that have been created by this phenomenon, and how the excitement can be used to inspire the public to look at American history in greater depth.

 

 

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Public Program Under the Starry Flag: How a Band of Irish Americans Joined the Fenian Revolt and Sparked a Crisis over Citizenship 24 September 2018.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Lucy Salyer, University of New Hampshire There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). In 1867 forty Irish-American freedom fighters, outfitted with guns and ammunition, sailed to Ireland ...

In 1867 forty Irish-American freedom fighters, outfitted with guns and ammunition, sailed to Ireland to join the effort to end British rule. Yet they never got a chance to fight. British authorities arrested them for treason as soon as they landed, sparking an international conflict that dragged the United States and Britain to the brink of war. Under the Starry Flag recounts this gripping legal saga, a prelude to today’s immigration battles.

 

 

 

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Public Program Race Over Party: Black Politics and Partisanship in Late Nineteenth-Century Boston 27 September 2018.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Millington Bergeson-Lockwood There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). In late 19th-century Boston, battles over black party loyalty were fights over the place of African ...

In late 19th-century Boston, battles over black party loyalty were fights over the place of African Americans in the post–Civil War nation. Party politics became the terrain upon which black Bostonians tested the promise of equality in America’s democracy. Most African Americans remained loyal Republicans, but a determined cadre argued that the GOP took black votes for granted and offered little meaningful reward for black support. These activists branded themselves “independents,” forging new alliances and advocating support of whichever candidate would support black freedom regardless of party.

 

 

 

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Public Program American Honor: The Creation of the Nation's Ideals during the Revolutionary Era 3 October 2018.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Craig Bruce Smith, William Woods University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). The American Revolution was not only a revolution for liberty and freedom; it was also a ...

The American Revolution was not only a revolution for liberty and freedom; it was also a revolution of ethics, reshaping what colonial Americans understood as “honor” and “virtue.” As Craig Bruce Smith demonstrates, these concepts were crucial aspects of Revolutionary Americans’ ideological break from Europe, shared by all ranks of society. Focusing his study primarily on prominent Americans who came of age before and during the Revolution, Smith shows how a colonial ethical transformation caused and became inseparable from the American Revolution, creating an ethical ideology that still remains.

 

 

 

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Public Program Boston Occupied: The British Are Coming . . . Again! 6 October 2018.Saturday, all day In October of 1768 the British government sent troops to quell the unrest that had been rising since ...

In October of 1768 the British government sent troops to quell the unrest that had Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/revolution250_vertical_logo.jpgbeen rising since the passage of the Townshend Acts. Boston was a town of about 16,000 residents and the arrival of 2,000 soldiers did not calm tensions but rather marked an escalation that would eventually lead to the Boston Massacre. A reenactment of the arrival of the troops in Boston Harbor, their parade through Boston, and encampment on the Common will be reenacted this October. A tentative itinerary is listed below; stay tuned for updates!

9:00 am: British Troops land at Long Wharf

9:30 am: Salute to King George III at the Old State House

10:00 am: Troops arrive at Faneuil Hall

10:30 am: Troops welcomed at the Reviewing Stand–Downtown Crossing

11:15 am: Troops arrive on Boston Common

From 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm: British Soldiers patrol Downtown Boston and occupy Boston Common

 

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Public Program Boston Occupied: The British Are Coming . . . Again! 7 October 2018.Sunday, 9:00AM - 1:00PM In October of 1768 the British government sent troops to quell the unrest that had been rising since ...

In October of 1768 the British government sent troops to quell the unrest that had been rising since the passage of the Townshend Acts. Boston was a town of about   Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/revolution250_vertical_logo.jpg16,000 residents and the arrival of 2,000 soldiers did not calm tensions but rather marked an escalation that would eventually lead  to the Boston Massacre. A reenactment of the arrival of the troops in Boston Harbor, their parade through Boston, and encampment on the Common will be reenacted this October. Stay tuned for updates!

From 10:00 am to 12:00 pm:                          

British Soldiers patrol Downtown Boston and occupy Boston Common

 

 

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Public Program Opening Our Doors 8 October 2018.Monday, 10:00AM - 3:00PM The Massachusetts Historical Society will join our neighboring cultural institutions for a day of ...

The Massachusetts Historical Society will join our neighboring cultural institutions for a day of free history, art, music, and cultural happenings in the Fenway neighborhood. With over 20 different museums, venues, colleges, and organizations participating, there will be something for everyone.

 

 

 

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Public Program Evan Thomas on writing presidential biographies 11 October 2018.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 There is a $20 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). Evan Thomas, the author of nine books and a former writer and editor for Time and Newsweek, will be ...

Evan Thomas, the author of nine books and a former writer and editor for Time and Newsweek, will be the first speaker in our new MHS Speaker Fund annual lecture series. Having published books on Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Nixon, Clinton, and Obama, he will offer his insight into writing presidential biographies.

 

 

 

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Public Program 100 Years of Educating Henry Adams registration required 6 September 2018.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Natalie Dykstra, Hope College; William Decker, Oklahoma State University; and Natalie Taylor, Skidmore College There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

Henry Adams offers an account of his life and commentary on political and cultural events during the mid and late 19th century in the Pulitzer Prize–winning autobiography The Education of Henry Adams. Join us to mark the centenary of both Adams’s death and the Education’s publication with a critical conversation on Adams and his best known work.

 

 

 

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Public Program Boston's Massacre registration required 12 September 2018.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 Eric Hinderaker , University of Utah There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

On the night of March 5, 1770, British soldiers fired into a crowd gathered in front of Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/revolution250_vertical_logo.jpgBoston’s Custom House, killing five people. Denounced as an act of unprovoked violence and villainy, the Boston Massacre became one of the most familiar incidents in American history, yet one of the least understood. Eric Hinderaker revisits this dramatic episode, examining in forensic detail the facts of that fateful night, the competing narratives that molded public perceptions at the time, and the long campaign to transform the tragedy into a touchstone of American identity.

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Public Program If I Survive: Frederick Douglass and Family in the Walter O. Evans Collection registration required 18 September 2018.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Celeste-Marie Bernier, University of Edinburgh There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

Bringing to light previously unpublished manuscript letters, essays, speeches, and photographs from Frederick Douglass and his sons, Charles Remond, Frederick Jr., and Lewis Henry Douglass, If I Survive casts Douglass in the role of dedicated family man and inspirational figure to his five children. This family biography as accompanied by these personal documents comprises the first extensive study of Frederick Douglass and his family’s fight for the cause of liberty during the Civil War and in the post-emancipation era.

 

 

 

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Special Event Graduate Student Reception this event is free 20 September 2018.Thursday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM

Calling all graduate students and faculty in history, American Studies, or any related field! Please join us for our ninth annual Graduate Student Reception.

 

Starting at six pm, you can enjoy free drinks and hors d’oeuvres as you meet students and professors from other universities working in your fields. At 6:30 or a little later, set down your glass and take a behind-the-scenes tour to learn more about the Society's collections as well as the resources available to support your scholarship, from research fellowships to our six different seminar series.

 

Faculty, bring your graduate students! Graduate students, bring your cohort! This reception is free, but we ask that you RSVP by September 19, by emailing seminars@masshist.org or calling (617) 646-0579.

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Public Program Historians on Hamilton registration required 22 September 2018.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 3:30. Catherine Allgor, Massachusetts Historical Society; Lyra D. Monteiro, Rutgers University-Newark; Joseph M. Adelman, Framingham State University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

The musical Hamilton has catapulted a founding father to the heights of popular culture.Three historians will explore this creative approach to discussing the stories of America’s founding, the conversations that have been created by this phenomenon, and how the excitement can be used to inspire the public to look at American history in greater depth.

 

 

close
Public Program Under the Starry Flag: How a Band of Irish Americans Joined the Fenian Revolt and Sparked a Crisis over Citizenship registration required 24 September 2018.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Lucy Salyer, University of New Hampshire There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

In 1867 forty Irish-American freedom fighters, outfitted with guns and ammunition, sailed to Ireland to join the effort to end British rule. Yet they never got a chance to fight. British authorities arrested them for treason as soon as they landed, sparking an international conflict that dragged the United States and Britain to the brink of war. Under the Starry Flag recounts this gripping legal saga, a prelude to today’s immigration battles.

 

 

 

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Public Program Race Over Party: Black Politics and Partisanship in Late Nineteenth-Century Boston registration required 27 September 2018.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Millington Bergeson-Lockwood There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

In late 19th-century Boston, battles over black party loyalty were fights over the place of African Americans in the post–Civil War nation. Party politics became the terrain upon which black Bostonians tested the promise of equality in America’s democracy. Most African Americans remained loyal Republicans, but a determined cadre argued that the GOP took black votes for granted and offered little meaningful reward for black support. These activists branded themselves “independents,” forging new alliances and advocating support of whichever candidate would support black freedom regardless of party.

 

 

 

close
Public Program American Honor: The Creation of the Nation's Ideals during the Revolutionary Era registration required 3 October 2018.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Craig Bruce Smith, William Woods University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

The American Revolution was not only a revolution for liberty and freedom; it was also a revolution of ethics, reshaping what colonial Americans understood as “honor” and “virtue.” As Craig Bruce Smith demonstrates, these concepts were crucial aspects of Revolutionary Americans’ ideological break from Europe, shared by all ranks of society. Focusing his study primarily on prominent Americans who came of age before and during the Revolution, Smith shows how a colonial ethical transformation caused and became inseparable from the American Revolution, creating an ethical ideology that still remains.

 

 

 

close
Public Program Boston Occupied: The British Are Coming . . . Again! this event is free 6 October 2018.Saturday, all day

In October of 1768 the British government sent troops to quell the unrest that had Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/revolution250_vertical_logo.jpgbeen rising since the passage of the Townshend Acts. Boston was a town of about 16,000 residents and the arrival of 2,000 soldiers did not calm tensions but rather marked an escalation that would eventually lead to the Boston Massacre. A reenactment of the arrival of the troops in Boston Harbor, their parade through Boston, and encampment on the Common will be reenacted this October. A tentative itinerary is listed below; stay tuned for updates!

9:00 am: British Troops land at Long Wharf

9:30 am: Salute to King George III at the Old State House

10:00 am: Troops arrive at Faneuil Hall

10:30 am: Troops welcomed at the Reviewing Stand–Downtown Crossing

11:15 am: Troops arrive on Boston Common

From 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm: British Soldiers patrol Downtown Boston and occupy Boston Common

 

close
Public Program Boston Occupied: The British Are Coming . . . Again! this event is free 7 October 2018.Sunday, 9:00AM - 1:00PM

In October of 1768 the British government sent troops to quell the unrest that had been rising since the passage of the Townshend Acts. Boston was a town of about   Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/revolution250_vertical_logo.jpg16,000 residents and the arrival of 2,000 soldiers did not calm tensions but rather marked an escalation that would eventually lead  to the Boston Massacre. A reenactment of the arrival of the troops in Boston Harbor, their parade through Boston, and encampment on the Common will be reenacted this October. Stay tuned for updates!

From 10:00 am to 12:00 pm:                          

British Soldiers patrol Downtown Boston and occupy Boston Common

 

 

close
Public Program Opening Our Doors this event is free 8 October 2018.Monday, 10:00AM - 3:00PM

The Massachusetts Historical Society will join our neighboring cultural institutions for a day of free history, art, music, and cultural happenings in the Fenway neighborhood. With over 20 different museums, venues, colleges, and organizations participating, there will be something for everyone.

 

 

 

close
Public Program Evan Thomas on writing presidential biographies registration required 11 October 2018.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 There is a $20 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

Evan Thomas, the author of nine books and a former writer and editor for Time and Newsweek, will be the first speaker in our new MHS Speaker Fund annual lecture series. Having published books on Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Nixon, Clinton, and Obama, he will offer his insight into writing presidential biographies.

 

 

 

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