The MHS organizes seven seminar series that operate from September to May. These sessions bring together a diverse group of scholars and interested members of the public to workshop a pre-circulated paper. After brief remarks from the author and an assigned commentator, the discussion is opened to the floor. All are encouraged to ask questions, provide feedback on the circulated essay, and discuss the topic at hand. Our sessions are free and open to everyone. Register below to attend and receive the session papers.

 

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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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 Registration for this program is now closed. 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 Canceled: The Sound of Glass Shattering 20 June 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM This program has been canceled. 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 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 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 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).

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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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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., 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 Registration for this program is now closed. 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 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.

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Public Program Canceled:
The Sound of Glass Shattering
20 June 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM This program has been canceled. 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.

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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 and highlights from our current exhibition.

 

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