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April 2019
Public Program The City-State of Boston: The Rise & Fall of an Atlantic Power, 1630–1865 17 April 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Registration for this program is now closed. Mark Peterson, Yale University In the vaunted annals of America’s founding, Boston has long been held up as an exemplary ...

In the vaunted annals of America’s founding, Boston has long been held up as an exemplary “city upon a hill” and the “cradle of liberty” for an independent United States. Wresting this iconic urban center from these misleading, tired clichés, Mark Peterson highlights Boston’s overlooked past as an autonomous city-state, and in doing so, offers a path-breaking and brilliant new history of early America.

 

 

 

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Special Event Celebrating National History Day in Massachusetts at the State House 22 April 2019.Monday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM For questions and to register, contact Elyssa Tardif at etardif@masshist.org or 617-646-0576. Massachusetts State House (Grand Staircase) 24 Beacon Street, ...

Massachusetts State House (Grand Staircase)

24 Beacon Street, Boston

 

The Massachusetts Historical Society, the state sponsor of National History Day in Massachusetts, invites legislators, teachers, and the general public to learn more about the National History Day (NHD) program and its important impact on students across the Commonwealth. There will be a brief speaking program featuring student participants from NHD, followed by light refreshments. NHD is a year-long interdisciplinary program focused on historical research, interpretation, and creative expression for students in grades 6-12. Over 5,000 students participate across Massachusetts each year, honing 21st-century skills like writing, research, and critical thinking that prepare them for active citizenship and success in college and career.

Free and open to the public!

We are grateful for the support of our partners, The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Mass Cultural Council, and Mass Humanities.

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Can She Do It? Special Event, Member Event “Can She Do It?” Massachusetts Debates a Woman’s Right to Vote: Sneak Preview Reception 25 April 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM Please note: space at this event is limited. This event is open only to MHS Fellows and Members. MHS Fellows and Members are invited to the sneak preview reception for “Can She Do It ...

MHS Fellows and Members are invited to the sneak preview reception for “Can She Do It?” The exhibition explores the activism and debate around women’s suffrage in Massachusetts. Featuring items from the MHS collection, it illustrates in dynamic imagery the passion that surrounded both sides of the suffrage question.

Become a Member today!

 

Special thanks to our exhibition sponsor

 

 

 

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Public Program Visual Culture of Suffrage 29 April 2019.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Allison Lange, Wentworth Institute of Technology Registration is required at no cost. As we have seen from the portraits of women selected to appear on the new ten-dollar bill to the ...

As we have seen from the portraits of women selected to appear on the new ten-dollar bill to the posters featuring suffragists carried at the 2017 Women’s March, the visual culture of the suffrage movement still makes news today. Allison Lange will speak about the ways that women’s rights activists and their opponents used images to define gender and power throughout the suffrage movement.

This program is a part of ArtWeek.

 

 

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May 2019
Public Program Preserving Family Papers 4 May 2019.Saturday, 11:30AM - 1:00PM Registration for this workshop is now full. Do you have boxes full of family papers and photographs sitting in your closet, basement, or attic? ...

Do you have boxes full of family papers and photographs sitting in your closet, basement, or attic? Are you wondering how to best preserve those precious memories for generations to come? Let the experts at the MHS teach you simple steps you can take to preserve your paper-based materials. This workshop concludes with a behind-the-scenes tour including our conservation lab and library stacks.

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Public Program The Problem of Democracy: The Presidents Adams Confront the Cult of Personality 4 May 2019.Saturday, 4:30PM - 6:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 4:00. Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). John and John Quincy Adams were brilliant, prickly politicians and arguably the most independently ...

John and John Quincy Adams were brilliant, prickly politicians and arguably the most independently minded among leaders of the founding generation. Distrustful of blind allegiance to a political party, they brought skepticism of a brand-new system of government to the country’s first 50 years. Join Isenberg and Burstein as they boldly recast the historical role of the Adamses and reflect on how father and son understood the inherent weaknesses in American democracy.

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Public Program Massachusetts in World War I 9 May 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Theodore Sedgwick There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). On February 24, 1919, Pres. Woodrow Wilson arrived in Boston after completing the negotiations of ...

On February 24, 1919, Pres. Woodrow Wilson arrived in Boston after completing the negotiations of the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I. He was met by a thunderous crowd; the Boston Evening Globe wrote “it seemed that every noise-making instrument in Boston had been set in motion.” The Yankee Division of the Massachusetts National Guard had been one of the first U.S. units deployed in the war. Bay State residents were some of the most active in the war, both on the front lines and in shipyards outfitting navy ships; however, somehow the Great War is often forgotten. This program will explore the history of Massachusetts in WWI as well as why the forgotten war should be remembered.

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Public Program The City-State of Boston: The Rise & Fall of an Atlantic Power, 1630–1865 17 April 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Registration for this program is now closed. Mark Peterson, Yale University

In the vaunted annals of America’s founding, Boston has long been held up as an exemplary “city upon a hill” and the “cradle of liberty” for an independent United States. Wresting this iconic urban center from these misleading, tired clichés, Mark Peterson highlights Boston’s overlooked past as an autonomous city-state, and in doing so, offers a path-breaking and brilliant new history of early America.

 

 

 

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Special Event Celebrating National History Day in Massachusetts at the State House 22 April 2019.Monday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM For questions and to register, contact Elyssa Tardif at etardif@masshist.org or 617-646-0576.

Massachusetts State House (Grand Staircase)

24 Beacon Street, Boston

 

The Massachusetts Historical Society, the state sponsor of National History Day in Massachusetts, invites legislators, teachers, and the general public to learn more about the National History Day (NHD) program and its important impact on students across the Commonwealth. There will be a brief speaking program featuring student participants from NHD, followed by light refreshments. NHD is a year-long interdisciplinary program focused on historical research, interpretation, and creative expression for students in grades 6-12. Over 5,000 students participate across Massachusetts each year, honing 21st-century skills like writing, research, and critical thinking that prepare them for active citizenship and success in college and career.

Free and open to the public!

We are grateful for the support of our partners, The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Mass Cultural Council, and Mass Humanities.

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Special Event, Member Event “Can She Do It?” Massachusetts Debates a Woman’s Right to Vote: Sneak Preview Reception 25 April 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM Please note: space at this event is limited. This event is open only to MHS Fellows and Members. Can She Do It?

MHS Fellows and Members are invited to the sneak preview reception for “Can She Do It?” The exhibition explores the activism and debate around women’s suffrage in Massachusetts. Featuring items from the MHS collection, it illustrates in dynamic imagery the passion that surrounded both sides of the suffrage question.

Become a Member today!

 

Special thanks to our exhibition sponsor

 

 

 

close

Public Program Visual Culture of Suffrage 29 April 2019.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Allison Lange, Wentworth Institute of Technology Registration is required at no cost.

As we have seen from the portraits of women selected to appear on the new ten-dollar bill to the posters featuring suffragists carried at the 2017 Women’s March, the visual culture of the suffrage movement still makes news today. Allison Lange will speak about the ways that women’s rights activists and their opponents used images to define gender and power throughout the suffrage movement.

This program is a part of ArtWeek.

 

 

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Public Program Preserving Family Papers 4 May 2019.Saturday, 11:30AM - 1:00PM Registration for this workshop is now full.

Do you have boxes full of family papers and photographs sitting in your closet, basement, or attic? Are you wondering how to best preserve those precious memories for generations to come? Let the experts at the MHS teach you simple steps you can take to preserve your paper-based materials. This workshop concludes with a behind-the-scenes tour including our conservation lab and library stacks.

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Public Program The Problem of Democracy: The Presidents Adams Confront the Cult of Personality 4 May 2019.Saturday, 4:30PM - 6:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 4:00. Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

John and John Quincy Adams were brilliant, prickly politicians and arguably the most independently minded among leaders of the founding generation. Distrustful of blind allegiance to a political party, they brought skepticism of a brand-new system of government to the country’s first 50 years. Join Isenberg and Burstein as they boldly recast the historical role of the Adamses and reflect on how father and son understood the inherent weaknesses in American democracy.

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Public Program Massachusetts in World War I 9 May 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Theodore Sedgwick There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

On February 24, 1919, Pres. Woodrow Wilson arrived in Boston after completing the negotiations of the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I. He was met by a thunderous crowd; the Boston Evening Globe wrote “it seemed that every noise-making instrument in Boston had been set in motion.” The Yankee Division of the Massachusetts National Guard had been one of the first U.S. units deployed in the war. Bay State residents were some of the most active in the war, both on the front lines and in shipyards outfitting navy ships; however, somehow the Great War is often forgotten. This program will explore the history of Massachusetts in WWI as well as why the forgotten war should be remembered.

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