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Brown Bag, Research Fellow New England and Haiti 16 August 2019.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Asaf Almog, University of Virginia This talk looks at New England’s political elite and its conception of race, as shown through ...

This talk looks at New England’s political elite and its conception of race, as shown through its view of the Haitian Revolution, and later the Republic of Haiti. The talk will discuss and complicate a common binary between abolitionism on the one side and hardening racist consensus on the other usually found in the literature.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 17 August 2019.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.

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//0745_washington_work_lg.jpg Brown Bag, Research Fellow To “Watch” and “Gall” the Enemy: George Washington Wages Petite Guerre 21 August 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Thomas Rider, University of Wisconsin - Madison Petite guerre or partisan warfare was a critical component of eighteenth-century armed conflict. ...

Petite guerre or partisan warfare was a critical component of eighteenth-century armed conflict. Historians of the American Revolution, however, have frequently understated and mischaracterized petite guerre as conducted in that war. This discussion will explain petite guerre within an eighteenth-century military context and explore how George Washington’s Continental Army learned to wage it.

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Teacher Workshopbegins Immigration Policy in American History 22 August 2019.Thursday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Registration fee: $40 This workshop will explore the long history of immigration policy in the United States and its ...

This workshop will explore the long history of immigration policy in the United States and its legacy in politics today. Our discussions will cover the wave of Irish immigration to Boston in the mid 19th century, along with the parallel Know-Nothing anti-immigration movement, and debates over immigration restriction in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as well Progressive Era efforts to “Americanize” immigrants. This workshop will draw on items from the Society’s rich holdings to help put contemporary debates in context.

This workshop will run from 9:00 to 4:00 each day. This program is open to all who work with K-12 students. Teachers can earn 45 Professional Development Points or 2 graduate credits (for an additional fee).

 

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Teacher Workshopends Immigration Policy in American History 23 August 2019.Friday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Registration fee: $40 This workshop will explore the long history of immigration policy in the United States and its ...

This workshop will explore the long history of immigration policy in the United States and its legacy in politics today. Our discussions will cover the wave of Irish immigration to Boston in the mid 19th century, along with the parallel Know-Nothing anti-immigration movement, and debates over immigration restriction in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as well Progressive Era efforts to “Americanize” immigrants. This workshop will draw on items from the Society’s rich holdings to help put contemporary debates in context.

This workshop will run from 9:00 to 4:00 each day. This program is open to all who work with K-12 students. Teachers can earn 45 Professional Development Points or 2 graduate credits (for an additional fee).

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//mha_vol08_p39_work_lg.jpg Brown Bag History on the Hoof: New Perspectives on Animal Research during the Civil War Era 23 August 2019.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM David J. Gerleman, George Mason University The Civil War affected America’s farmers in profound ways and especially the horse, cattle, ...

The Civil War affected America’s farmers in profound ways and especially the horse, cattle, and dairy industries. Modern civilization’s reliance on the combustion engine has rendered fully comprehending of those changes increasingly difficult. This talk will provide an overview of the changing husbandry and care practices of America’s livestock industry from the 1850s through war’s end in 1865.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 24 August 2019.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.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//empty_sleeve.jpg Brown Bag, Research Fellow The Ordeal of Homecoming: Northern Civilians and Union Veterans 30 August 2019.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Patrick Browne, Boston University Recent studies of Union veterans hold that northern civilians were eager to forget the Civil War, ...

Recent studies of Union veterans hold that northern civilians were eager to forget the Civil War, ignorant of the plight of the veteran, and inept in their few attempts to aid his adjustment. This talk challenges those assessments by focusing on the efforts of Frederick N. Knapp, Head of the Special Relief Department of the US Sanitary Commission. It outlines the unprecedented mechanisms he put in place to bring soldiers home and aid in their transition to civilian life. It also touches on the work of the Boston branch of the Sanitary Commission and the Boston Discharged Soldiers Home.

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Building Closed Labor Day 31 August 2019.Saturday, all day The MHS is CLOSED for the Labor Day weekend.

The MHS is CLOSED for the Labor Day weekend.

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September 2019
Building Closed Labor Day 2 September 2019.Monday, all day The MHS is CLOSED in observance of Labor Day.

The MHS is CLOSED in observance of Labor Day.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 7 September 2019.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.

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Public Program, Conversation, Legacies of 1619 Legacies of 1619: Recognition & Resilience 7 September 2019.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS PROGRAM Kerri Greenidge, Tufts University; David Krugler, University of Wisconsin—Platteville; and Peter Wirzbicki, Princeton University; and moderator Robert Bellinger, Suffolk University Location: Museum of African American History, 46 Joy Street, Boston The institution of slavery in English North America began in 1619 with the arrival of roughly 20 ...

The institution of slavery in English North America began in 1619 with the arrival of roughly 20 Africans in the settlement of Jamestown. What has followed has been 400 years of exploitation and discrimination in many different forms. However, telling this story is not complete without an exploration of how African American communities have created culture and institutions that have survived despite these challenges. This program will explore both structures of exploitation and forms of resistance.

Please note: This program will held at the Museum of African American History, 46 Joy Street, Boston.

This program is part one of a four program series titled Legacies of 1619. The series is co-sponsored by the Museum of African American History and the Roxbury Community College.

   

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Notice Library & Galleries Open @ Noon 10 September 2019.Tuesday, all day To accommodate an all-staff meeting the library and exhibition galleries will delay opening until 12 ...

To accommodate an all-staff meeting the library and exhibition galleries will delay opening until 12:00 PM on Tuesday, September 10.

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Public Program, Author Talk Properties of Empire: Indians, Colonists, & Land Speculators on the New England Frontier 10 September 2019.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Ian Saxine There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). Properties of Empire challenges assumptions about the relationship between Indigenous and ...

Properties of Empire challenges assumptions about the relationship between Indigenous and imperial property creation in early America. Many colonists came to believe their prosperity depended on acknowledging Indigenous land rights and Wabanaki Indians’ unity allowed them to forcefully project their own interpretations of poorly remembered land deeds and treaties. The ongoing struggle to construct a commonly agreed-upon culture of landownership shaped diplomacy, imperial administration, and matters of colonial law in powerful ways, and its legacy remains with us today.

 

 

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Public Program Benjamin Franklin’s Influence on Jewish Thought & Practice 12 September 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 Shai Afsai There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). In his 20s, Benjamin Franklin resolved to perfect his character, devising a self-improvement method ...

In his 20s, Benjamin Franklin resolved to perfect his character, devising a self-improvement method to aid him in the challenging task of becoming virtuous and intending to complete a book on its use. This method was eventually incorporated into the Jewish ethical tradition through the publication, in 1808, of Rabbi Mendel Lefin’s Book of Spiritual Accounting, which made it available to Hebrew-reading audiences. Shai Afsai discusses this surprising historical development, which has often confused Judaic scholars, and of which Franklin specialists have been largely oblivious.

 

 

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Abigail Adams: Independence and Ideals, Pop-up Display and Talk 13 September 2019.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM The Pop-Up Display will be on view from July 1-September 21. September 13 at 2:00 PM: Join an Adams Papers editor for an in-depth look at the display. Never “an uninterested Spectator” when it came to the American political landscape, ...

Never “an uninterested Spectator” when it came to the American political landscape, Abigail Adams leveraged a wide network of correspondents to discuss her vision of the emerging nation.

 

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 14 September 2019.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.

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Brown Bag, Research Fellow New England and Haiti 16 August 2019.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Asaf Almog, University of Virginia

This talk looks at New England’s political elite and its conception of race, as shown through its view of the Haitian Revolution, and later the Republic of Haiti. The talk will discuss and complicate a common binary between abolitionism on the one side and hardening racist consensus on the other usually found in the literature.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 17 August 2019.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.

 

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Brown Bag, Research Fellow To “Watch” and “Gall” the Enemy: George Washington Wages Petite Guerre 21 August 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Thomas Rider, University of Wisconsin - Madison Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//0745_washington_work_lg.jpg

Petite guerre or partisan warfare was a critical component of eighteenth-century armed conflict. Historians of the American Revolution, however, have frequently understated and mischaracterized petite guerre as conducted in that war. This discussion will explain petite guerre within an eighteenth-century military context and explore how George Washington’s Continental Army learned to wage it.

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Teacher Workshop Immigration Policy in American History 22 August 2019 to 23 August 2019 Registration fee: $40

This workshop will explore the long history of immigration policy in the United States and its legacy in politics today. Our discussions will cover the wave of Irish immigration to Boston in the mid 19th century, along with the parallel Know-Nothing anti-immigration movement, and debates over immigration restriction in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as well Progressive Era efforts to “Americanize” immigrants. This workshop will draw on items from the Society’s rich holdings to help put contemporary debates in context.

This workshop will run from 9:00 to 4:00 each day. This program is open to all who work with K-12 students. Teachers can earn 45 Professional Development Points or 2 graduate credits (for an additional fee).

 

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Brown Bag History on the Hoof: New Perspectives on Animal Research during the Civil War Era 23 August 2019.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM David J. Gerleman, George Mason University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//mha_vol08_p39_work_lg.jpg

The Civil War affected America’s farmers in profound ways and especially the horse, cattle, and dairy industries. Modern civilization’s reliance on the combustion engine has rendered fully comprehending of those changes increasingly difficult. This talk will provide an overview of the changing husbandry and care practices of America’s livestock industry from the 1850s through war’s end in 1865.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 24 August 2019.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.

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Brown Bag, Research Fellow The Ordeal of Homecoming: Northern Civilians and Union Veterans 30 August 2019.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Patrick Browne, Boston University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//empty_sleeve.jpg

Recent studies of Union veterans hold that northern civilians were eager to forget the Civil War, ignorant of the plight of the veteran, and inept in their few attempts to aid his adjustment. This talk challenges those assessments by focusing on the efforts of Frederick N. Knapp, Head of the Special Relief Department of the US Sanitary Commission. It outlines the unprecedented mechanisms he put in place to bring soldiers home and aid in their transition to civilian life. It also touches on the work of the Boston branch of the Sanitary Commission and the Boston Discharged Soldiers Home.

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Building Closed Labor Day 31 August 2019.Saturday, all day

The MHS is CLOSED for the Labor Day weekend.

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Building Closed Labor Day 2 September 2019.Monday, all day

The MHS is CLOSED in observance of Labor Day.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 7 September 2019.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.

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Public Program, Conversation, Legacies of 1619 Legacies of 1619: Recognition & Resilience 7 September 2019.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS PROGRAM Kerri Greenidge, Tufts University; David Krugler, University of Wisconsin—Platteville; and Peter Wirzbicki, Princeton University; and moderator Robert Bellinger, Suffolk University Location: Museum of African American History, 46 Joy Street, Boston

Watch the recording of this event, embedded below:

The institution of slavery in English North America began in 1619 with the arrival of roughly 20 Africans in the settlement of Jamestown. What has followed has been 400 years of exploitation and discrimination in many different forms. However, telling this story is not complete without an exploration of how African American communities have created culture and institutions that have survived despite these challenges. This program will explore both structures of exploitation and forms of resistance.

Please note: This program will held at the Museum of African American History, 46 Joy Street, Boston.

This program is part one of a four program series titled Legacies of 1619. The series is co-sponsored by the Museum of African American History and the Roxbury Community College.

   

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Notice Library & Galleries Open @ Noon 10 September 2019.Tuesday, all day

To accommodate an all-staff meeting the library and exhibition galleries will delay opening until 12:00 PM on Tuesday, September 10.

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Public Program, Author Talk Properties of Empire: Indians, Colonists, & Land Speculators on the New England Frontier 10 September 2019.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Ian Saxine There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

Properties of Empire challenges assumptions about the relationship between Indigenous and imperial property creation in early America. Many colonists came to believe their prosperity depended on acknowledging Indigenous land rights and Wabanaki Indians’ unity allowed them to forcefully project their own interpretations of poorly remembered land deeds and treaties. The ongoing struggle to construct a commonly agreed-upon culture of landownership shaped diplomacy, imperial administration, and matters of colonial law in powerful ways, and its legacy remains with us today.

 

 

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Public Program Benjamin Franklin’s Influence on Jewish Thought & Practice 12 September 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 Shai Afsai There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

In his 20s, Benjamin Franklin resolved to perfect his character, devising a self-improvement method to aid him in the challenging task of becoming virtuous and intending to complete a book on its use. This method was eventually incorporated into the Jewish ethical tradition through the publication, in 1808, of Rabbi Mendel Lefin’s Book of Spiritual Accounting, which made it available to Hebrew-reading audiences. Shai Afsai discusses this surprising historical development, which has often confused Judaic scholars, and of which Franklin specialists have been largely oblivious.

 

 

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Abigail Adams: Independence and Ideals, Pop-up Display and Talk 13 September 2019.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM The Pop-Up Display will be on view from July 1-September 21. September 13 at 2:00 PM: Join an Adams Papers editor for an in-depth look at the display.

Never “an uninterested Spectator” when it came to the American political landscape, Abigail Adams leveraged a wide network of correspondents to discuss her vision of the emerging nation.

 

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 14 September 2019.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.

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