Early American History Seminar

Extended
to May 26

Exhibition

The Private Jefferson

Explore Jefferson’s complexity through select correspondence and writings including the Declaration of Independence, records of farming at Monticello, and his architectural drawings.

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Call for Papers 2016:  Deadline: March 15, 2016

The Boston Area Seminar in Early American History invites proposals for sessions in its 2016-2017 series. The Seminar’s steering committee welcomes suggestions for papers dealing with all aspects of American history and culture from the era of first contact to the Civil War. Programs are not confined to Massachusetts topics, nor are they limited to the research of historians. For more information, view the CFP

 

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The Boston Area Early American History Seminar provides a forum for local scholars as well as members of the general public to discuss all aspects of North American history and culture from the first English colonization to the Civil War. Six to eight sessions take place annually during the academic year. Programs are not confined to Massachusetts topics, and most focus on works in progress.

Seminar meetings revolve around the discussion of a precirculated paper. Sessions open with remarks from the essayist and an assigned commentator, after which the discussion is opened to the floor. After each session, the Society serves a light buffet supper.

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Early American History Seminar Constructing Castle William: An Intimate History of Labor and Empire in Provincial America 5 April 2016.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Jared Hardesty, Western Washington University Comment: Eliga H. Gould, University of New Hampshire This seminar will examine the tumultuous construction of Castle William, a fort meant to protect ...

This seminar will examine the tumultuous construction of Castle William, a fort meant to protect Boston Harbor. Begun in 1701, this five-year project was fraught with corruption, labor strife, supply shortages, ineptitude, and tension between colonial desires and imperial ambition. Hardesty will explore the fort as a microcosm of imperial reform and as a lens into post-Glorious Revolution attempts to build empire in Massachusetts and other mainland colonies.

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Early American History Seminar Constructing Castle William: An Intimate History of Labor and Empire in Provincial America Please RSVP  Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required. 5 April 2016.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Jared Hardesty, Western Washington University Comment: Eliga H. Gould, University of New Hampshire

This seminar will examine the tumultuous construction of Castle William, a fort meant to protect Boston Harbor. Begun in 1701, this five-year project was fraught with corruption, labor strife, supply shortages, ineptitude, and tension between colonial desires and imperial ambition. Hardesty will explore the fort as a microcosm of imperial reform and as a lens into post-Glorious Revolution attempts to build empire in Massachusetts and other mainland colonies.

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