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Special Event Opening Our Doors Celebration 14 October 2019.Monday, 10:00AM - 5:00PM The MHS will join its neighboring cultural institutions for a day of free history, art, music, and ...

The MHS will join its 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. View Fenway Connections, an exhibition put together by the MHS and the Fenway Studios, take part in a family-friendly art project that is part of our Remember Abigail celebration, and join us for a historic walking tour of the Fenway neighborhood. 

Click here to register for the 11am walking tour of the Fenway neighborhood.

Click here to register for the 2pm walking tour of the Fenway neighborhood.

 

 

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Walking Tour Morning Fenway Neighborhood Walking Tour 14 October 2019.Monday, 11:00AM - 12:00PM Tour will meet at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston 02215 Please note: Tour registration is limited to 20 participants. Join MHS staff members Peter Drummey and Sarah Bertulli as they lead a tour of the historic Fenway ...

Join MHS staff members Peter Drummey and Sarah Bertulli as they lead a tour of the historic Fenway neighborhood. The tour group will meet at the Massachusetts Historical Society and will leave off at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum so guests can take advantage of more Opening Our Doors activities.

 

 

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Library Closed Library Closed 14 October 2019.Monday, all day The Library is CLOSED for a special event.

The Library is CLOSED for a special event.

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Walking Tour Afternoon Fenway Neighborhood Walking Tour 14 October 2019.Monday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Tour will meet at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston 02215 Please note: Tour registration is limited to 20 participants Join MHS staff members Peter Drummey and Sarah Bertulli as they lead a tour of the historic Fenway ...

Join MHS staff members Peter Drummey and Sarah Bertulli as they lead a tour of the historic Fenway neighborhood. The tour group will meet at the Massachusetts Historical Society and will leave off at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum so guests can take advantage of more Opening Our Doors activities.

 

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//wgs_banner.jpg History of Women and Gender Seminar “Ladies Aid” as Labor History: Working Class Formation in the Interwar Syrian American Mahjar 15 October 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Stacy Fahrenthold, University of California, Davis Ilham Khuri-Makdisi, Northeastern University Founded in 1917, the Syrian Ladies Aid Society of Boston (SLAS) provided food, shelter, education, ...

Founded in 1917, the Syrian Ladies Aid Society of Boston (SLAS) provided food, shelter, education, and employment to Syrian workers. Volunteers understood the SLAS as both a women’s organization and a proletarian movement led by Syrian women. Drawing from SLAS club records, private family papers, activist correspondence, and the Syrian press, this essay calls attention to the role women played in working class formation in the Arab American diaspora, and argues for a class-centered reassessment of “ladies aid” politics.

 

This series is co-sponsored by the Boston Seminar on Modern American Society & Culture.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//7286_mark_work_lg.jpg Brown Bag, Research Fellow The Last & Living Words of Mark: Following the Clues to the Enslaved Man’s Life, Afterlife, and to his Community in Boston, Charlestown, and South Shore Massachusetts 16 October 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Catherine Sasanov, Independent Researcher Mark (1725-1755), a blacksmith, husband, and father, might have slipped from public memory if not ...

Mark (1725-1755), a blacksmith, husband, and father, might have slipped from public memory if not for his brutal end: his body gibbeted for decades on Charlestown Common for the poisoning of his enslaver, John Codman. This project, grounded in Mark’s testimony, approaches “legal” and other documents as crime scenes; attention to clues, connections, and seemingly insignificant details unlock important, previously unrecognized aspects of Mark’s world, thwarting their original intent: the enforcement of slavery’s status quo.

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Public Program, Conversation, Housing as History Housing as History: Villa Victoria and the Fenway Community Development Corporation 16 October 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Mario Luis Small, Grafstein Professor of Sociology, Harvard University; Mathew Thall, founding Executive Director, Fenway CDC; Mayra I. Negrón-Roche, COO, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción Location: Blackstone Community Center, 50 W. Brookline St, Boston, MA 02118. In the 1960s and 1970s Boston struggled to stem urban flight and a landscape of deteriorating ...

In the 1960s and 1970s Boston struggled to stem urban flight and a landscape of deteriorating housing stock. Massive redevelopment projects, such as the razing of the West End, sent shockwaves through the city. By the mid-1960s, the South End found itself the focus of redevelopment plans. A group of mostly Puerto Rican residents began to meet and then incorporated as the Emergency Tenants’ Council, which became Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, Inc. (IBA). In 1969, following a widespread campaign, the IBA won the right to serve as the developer for their neighborhood and; using the architecture of Puerto Rico as inspiration, built Villa Victoria. A few years later and few blocks away, the Fenway neighborhood faced the Fenway Urban Renewal Plan (FURP), which planned to clear sections of the neighborhood. local residents sued the city to block FURP and won the right to have a neighborhood-elected board become part of the decision-making process. Out of these efforts came the Fenway CDC with a mission to develop and maintain affordable housing and advocate on behalf of a vibrant and diverse community.

Please note: This program will be held at Blackstone Community Center, 50 W. Brookline St, Boston, MA 02118.

This program is made possible by the generosity of Mass Humanities and the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.

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Seminar The World Comes to Lowell: Building a Digital Immigration History Website 17 October 2019.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Robert Forrant, University of Massachusetts Lowell Ingrid Hess, University of Massachusetts Lowell Based at UMass Lowell, this digital project provides an entry point to the immigrant and refugee ...

Based at UMass Lowell, this digital project provides an entry point to the immigrant and refugee history of Lowell with an eye toward greater New England. An interdisciplinary team of faculty and students created the website content and produced the motion graphics to present supporting photographs, maps, and links to additional resources. The site is designed to be a tool for educators and a resource for interested community members.

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Notice Library Closing @ 3:00PM 18 October 2019.Friday, all day In preparation for an afternoon event, the library closes at 3:00PM.

In preparation for an afternoon event, the library closes at 3:00PM.

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Notice Library Closing @ 3:00PM 19 October 2019.Saturday, all day In preparation for an afternoon event, the library closes at 3:00PM.

In preparation for an afternoon event, the library closes at 3:00PM.

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Conversation, Public Program, Legacies of 1619 Legacies of 1619: Afro-Native Connections 19 October 2019.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 3:30. Christine DeLucia, Williams College; Kendra Field, Tufts University; and moderator Catherine Allgor, MHS Even before the arrival of enslaved Africans, Native Americans were forced into bondage and ...

Even before the arrival of enslaved Africans, Native Americans were forced into bondage and transported far from their homes in North America. Even as the Native populations were decimated and displaced, the communities that survived remained a refuge for African Americans. These distinct communities forged familial, social, and cultural bonds with each other over time. This program will explore the complex relationship between African Americans, Native Americans, the institution of slavery, and these groups’ attempts to seek equal rights in American society.

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

  

 

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Public Program, Author Talk Saving America’s Cities: Ed Logue & the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age 21 October 2019.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Lizabeth Cohen, Harvard University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). Edward J. Logue was a giant of 20th-century East Coast urban redevelopment. From the 1950s through ...

Edward J. Logue was a giant of 20th-century East Coast urban redevelopment. From the 1950s through the 1980s, he worked to revive a declining New Haven, became the architect of the “New Boston,” led New York State’s Urban Development Corporation, and ended his career working to turn around the South Bronx. Prizewinning historian Lizabeth Cohen analyzes Logue’s complicated legacy in urban renewal as a dramatic story of heart- break and destruction, but also of human idealism and resourcefulness.

 

 

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Special Event Queen Victoria: The Making of an Icon 23 October 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM There will be a reception at 7pm, following the presentation. Polly Putnam, Historic Royal Palaces There is a $25 fee to register. This event is complimentary for MHS Fund Giving Circle donors and Algonquin Club Foundation members. This talk, given by Polly Putnam, Collections Curator for the Historic Royal Palaces, considers the ...

This talk, given by Polly Putnam, Collections Curator for the Historic Royal Palaces, considers the development of Queen Victoria's public image over the course of her 63-year reign. Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and later Empress of India, is only second to Queen Elizabeth II as the longest ruling monarch in British history. Queen Victoria ruled from June 20, 1837 until her death on January 22, 1901. Ms. Putnam’s presentation reveals how Queen Victoria made a virtue of and shared her personal life with the people of Great Britain, which ensured not only her popularity but also an enduring public image.

Giving Circle donors* will be our complimentary guests at this special event. Following the presentation, donors will enjoy a lively reception and receive a special gift. Donate $500 or more now to receive your invitation!

*Giving Circle donors have given $500 or more to the MHS Fund in the past 12 months.

This event is co-sponsored by the Algonquin Club Foundation.

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//sidney_blumenthal_credit_ralph_alswang.jpg Biography Seminar On the Campaign Trail 24 October 2019.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Sidney Blumenthal in Conversation with Megan Marshall Today it seems you can't run for president without first putting out a memoir or autobiography. But ...

Today it seems you can't run for president without first putting out a memoir or autobiography. But biographies of presidential candidates - and presidents - are nothing new. Veteran political strategist, Washington insider, and author of the highly acclaimed multi-volume The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, Sidney Blumenthal, returns to Boston, where he got his start as a journalist, to engage in a wide-ranging discussion of lives in politics—from 1860 to 2020—and the uses of biography and, more recently, autobiography in shaping successful campaigns.

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Life and Legacy pop-up display Public Program Abigail Adams: Life & Legacy Gallery Talk 25 October 2019.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Join an Adams Papers editor to explore how Abigail Adams has come to hold a unique place within the ...

Join an Adams Papers editor to explore how Abigail Adams has come to hold a unique place within the fabric of American life.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//masc_banner.jpg Modern American Society and Culture Seminar Sesame Street and the Cultural Politics of the Spoken Word in the 1970s 29 October 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Kathryn Ostrofsky, Freelance Historian Victoria Cain, Northeastern University Sesame Street’s creators, audiences, and social activists all tried to use the popular ...

Sesame Street’s creators, audiences, and social activists all tried to use the popular television program as a tool to shape American society. The resulting discussions reveal that the sound of the spoken word played an important role in media representations of culture and community. People contested the messages conveyed by working-class accents, African American slang, and the Spanish language as they encouraged Sesame Street to embody Great Society liberalism or to engender a pluralistic society.

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Notice Library Closing @ 3:45PM 30 October 2019.Wednesday, all day The library closes at 3:45PM in preparation for an evening event.

The library closes at 3:45PM in preparation for an evening event.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Development//0067_massacre_header-image.jpg Special Event Fire! Voices from the Boston Massacre 30 October 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM MHS Fellows and Members are invited to the sneak preview reception for Fire! Voices from the Boston ...

MHS Fellows and Members are invited to the sneak preview reception for Fire! Voices from the Boston Massacre.

On March 5, 1770, British soldiers occupying the town of Boston shot into a crowd, killing five civilians. The incident quickly became known as the Boston Massacre. Through a selection of first-person accounts, artifacts, and trial notes, this exhibition explores what it meant to be living in an occupied city and how this flash point changed the course of American history.

Space is limited.

 

 

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November 2019
Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//eahs_banner.jpg Early American History Seminar Native Lands and American Expansion in the Early Republic 5 November 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Emilie Connolly, New York University; Franklin Sammons, University of California, Berkeley Nancy Shoemaker, University of Connecticut In the Early Republic, Americans pressed against the borders of the new nation to expand their ...

In the Early Republic, Americans pressed against the borders of the new nation to expand their control over Native lands. This panel examines these interactions between Native tribes and the land-hungry white settlers and speculators to discuss issues of agency, financial stability, and legal precedent. Emilie Connolly considers the 1797 Treaty of Big Tree between the Seneca and Founding Father Robert Morris in New York State. Franklin Sammons looks at the illegal “Yazoo Land Sales” in Georgia.

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Brown Bag Laboring Bodies: Dispossessed Women and Sexuality in Colonial New England 6 November 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Emily Clark, Johns Hopkins University This project will examine the intimate lives of enslaved, servant, and poor women using cases in ...

This project will examine the intimate lives of enslaved, servant, and poor women using cases in which their supposedly “deviant” bodies entered the historical record – in court cases, almshouse ledgers, and cheap print. Often overlooked in histories of New England, these women made up a crucial part of colonial society. Their bodies and labors (productive and reproductive) were used against their wills. Nonetheless, these sources reveal laboring women's everyday efforts to control their own bodies and sexualities.

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Public Program, Author Talk Girl in Black & White: The Story of Mary Mildred Williams & the Abolition Movement 6 November 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Jessie Morgan-Owens There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). Jessie Morgan-Owens tells the little-known story of Mary Mildred Williams—a slave girl who ...

Jessie Morgan-Owens tells the little-known story of Mary Mildred Williams—a slave girl who looked “white” and whose image transformed the abolitionist movement. Mary became the face of American slavery when Sen. Charles Sumner saw in her a monumental political opportunity for the abolitionist cause. Weaving together long-overlooked primary sources, including daguerreotypes found in the MHS collection, this history follows Mary through to her own adulthood, describing a life parallel to the antislavery movement. 

 

 

 

 

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Public Program, Author Talk The Will of the People: The Revolutionary Birth of America 7 November 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. T.H. Breen, Northwestern University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). Over eight years of war, ordinary Americans accomplished something extraordinary. Far from the ...

Over eight years of war, ordinary Americans accomplished something extraordinary. Far from the actions of the Continental Congress and the Continental Army, they took responsibility for the course of the Revolution. In villages, towns, and cities from Georgia to New Hampshire, Americans managed local affairs, negotiated shared sacrifice, and participated in a political system in which each believed they were as good as any other. Presenting hundreds of stories, T. H. Breen captures the powerful sense of equality and responsibility resulting from this process of self-determination.

 

 

 

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Building Closed Veteran's Day 11 November 2019.Monday, all day The Society is CLOSED in observance of Veteran's Day.

The Society is CLOSED in observance of Veteran's Day.

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Special Event Opening Our Doors Celebration 14 October 2019.Monday, 10:00AM - 5:00PM

The MHS will join its 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. View Fenway Connections, an exhibition put together by the MHS and the Fenway Studios, take part in a family-friendly art project that is part of our Remember Abigail celebration, and join us for a historic walking tour of the Fenway neighborhood. 

Click here to register for the 11am walking tour of the Fenway neighborhood.

Click here to register for the 2pm walking tour of the Fenway neighborhood.

 

 

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Walking Tour Morning Fenway Neighborhood Walking Tour Register registration required at no cost 14 October 2019.Monday, 11:00AM - 12:00PM Tour will meet at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston 02215 Please note: Tour registration is limited to 20 participants.

Join MHS staff members Peter Drummey and Sarah Bertulli as they lead a tour of the historic Fenway neighborhood. The tour group will meet at the Massachusetts Historical Society and will leave off at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum so guests can take advantage of more Opening Our Doors activities.

 

 

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Library Closed Library Closed 14 October 2019.Monday, all day

The Library is CLOSED for a special event.

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Walking Tour Afternoon Fenway Neighborhood Walking Tour Register registration required at no cost 14 October 2019.Monday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Tour will meet at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston 02215 Please note: Tour registration is limited to 20 participants

Join MHS staff members Peter Drummey and Sarah Bertulli as they lead a tour of the historic Fenway neighborhood. The tour group will meet at the Massachusetts Historical Society and will leave off at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum so guests can take advantage of more Opening Our Doors activities.

 

 

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History of Women and Gender Seminar “Ladies Aid” as Labor History: Working Class Formation in the Interwar Syrian American Mahjar Register registration required at no cost 15 October 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Stacy Fahrenthold, University of California, Davis Ilham Khuri-Makdisi, Northeastern University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//wgs_banner.jpg

Founded in 1917, the Syrian Ladies Aid Society of Boston (SLAS) provided food, shelter, education, and employment to Syrian workers. Volunteers understood the SLAS as both a women’s organization and a proletarian movement led by Syrian women. Drawing from SLAS club records, private family papers, activist correspondence, and the Syrian press, this essay calls attention to the role women played in working class formation in the Arab American diaspora, and argues for a class-centered reassessment of “ladies aid” politics.

 

This series is co-sponsored by the Boston Seminar on Modern American Society & Culture.

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Brown Bag, Research Fellow The Last & Living Words of Mark: Following the Clues to the Enslaved Man’s Life, Afterlife, and to his Community in Boston, Charlestown, and South Shore Massachusetts this event is free 16 October 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Catherine Sasanov, Independent Researcher Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//7286_mark_work_lg.jpg

Mark (1725-1755), a blacksmith, husband, and father, might have slipped from public memory if not for his brutal end: his body gibbeted for decades on Charlestown Common for the poisoning of his enslaver, John Codman. This project, grounded in Mark’s testimony, approaches “legal” and other documents as crime scenes; attention to clues, connections, and seemingly insignificant details unlock important, previously unrecognized aspects of Mark’s world, thwarting their original intent: the enforcement of slavery’s status quo.

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Public Program, Conversation, Housing as History Housing as History: Villa Victoria and the Fenway Community Development Corporation Register registration required at no cost 16 October 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Mario Luis Small, Grafstein Professor of Sociology, Harvard University; Mathew Thall, founding Executive Director, Fenway CDC; Mayra I. Negrón-Roche, COO, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción Location: Blackstone Community Center, 50 W. Brookline St, Boston, MA 02118.

In the 1960s and 1970s Boston struggled to stem urban flight and a landscape of deteriorating housing stock. Massive redevelopment projects, such as the razing of the West End, sent shockwaves through the city. By the mid-1960s, the South End found itself the focus of redevelopment plans. A group of mostly Puerto Rican residents began to meet and then incorporated as the Emergency Tenants’ Council, which became Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, Inc. (IBA). In 1969, following a widespread campaign, the IBA won the right to serve as the developer for their neighborhood and; using the architecture of Puerto Rico as inspiration, built Villa Victoria. A few years later and few blocks away, the Fenway neighborhood faced the Fenway Urban Renewal Plan (FURP), which planned to clear sections of the neighborhood. local residents sued the city to block FURP and won the right to have a neighborhood-elected board become part of the decision-making process. Out of these efforts came the Fenway CDC with a mission to develop and maintain affordable housing and advocate on behalf of a vibrant and diverse community.

Please note: This program will be held at Blackstone Community Center, 50 W. Brookline St, Boston, MA 02118.

This program is made possible by the generosity of Mass Humanities and the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.

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Seminar The World Comes to Lowell: Building a Digital Immigration History Website Register registration required at no cost 17 October 2019.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Robert Forrant, University of Massachusetts Lowell Ingrid Hess, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Based at UMass Lowell, this digital project provides an entry point to the immigrant and refugee history of Lowell with an eye toward greater New England. An interdisciplinary team of faculty and students created the website content and produced the motion graphics to present supporting photographs, maps, and links to additional resources. The site is designed to be a tool for educators and a resource for interested community members.

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Notice Library Closing @ 3:00PM 18 October 2019.Friday, all day

In preparation for an afternoon event, the library closes at 3:00PM.

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Notice Library Closing @ 3:00PM 19 October 2019.Saturday, all day

In preparation for an afternoon event, the library closes at 3:00PM.

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Conversation, Public Program, Legacies of 1619 Legacies of 1619: Afro-Native Connections Register registration required at no cost 19 October 2019.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 3:30. Christine DeLucia, Williams College; Kendra Field, Tufts University; and moderator Catherine Allgor, MHS

Even before the arrival of enslaved Africans, Native Americans were forced into bondage and transported far from their homes in North America. Even as the Native populations were decimated and displaced, the communities that survived remained a refuge for African Americans. These distinct communities forged familial, social, and cultural bonds with each other over time. This program will explore the complex relationship between African Americans, Native Americans, the institution of slavery, and these groups’ attempts to seek equal rights in American society.

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

  

 

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Public Program, Author Talk Saving America’s Cities: Ed Logue & the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age Register registration required 21 October 2019.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Lizabeth Cohen, Harvard University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

Edward J. Logue was a giant of 20th-century East Coast urban redevelopment. From the 1950s through the 1980s, he worked to revive a declining New Haven, became the architect of the “New Boston,” led New York State’s Urban Development Corporation, and ended his career working to turn around the South Bronx. Prizewinning historian Lizabeth Cohen analyzes Logue’s complicated legacy in urban renewal as a dramatic story of heart- break and destruction, but also of human idealism and resourcefulness.

 

 

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Special Event Queen Victoria: The Making of an Icon Register registration required 23 October 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM There will be a reception at 7pm, following the presentation. Polly Putnam, Historic Royal Palaces There is a $25 fee to register. This event is complimentary for MHS Fund Giving Circle donors and Algonquin Club Foundation members.

This talk, given by Polly Putnam, Collections Curator for the Historic Royal Palaces, considers the development of Queen Victoria's public image over the course of her 63-year reign. Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and later Empress of India, is only second to Queen Elizabeth II as the longest ruling monarch in British history. Queen Victoria ruled from June 20, 1837 until her death on January 22, 1901. Ms. Putnam’s presentation reveals how Queen Victoria made a virtue of and shared her personal life with the people of Great Britain, which ensured not only her popularity but also an enduring public image.

Giving Circle donors* will be our complimentary guests at this special event. Following the presentation, donors will enjoy a lively reception and receive a special gift. Donate $500 or more now to receive your invitation!

*Giving Circle donors have given $500 or more to the MHS Fund in the past 12 months.

This event is co-sponsored by the Algonquin Club Foundation.

 

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Biography Seminar On the Campaign Trail Register registration required at no cost 24 October 2019.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Sidney Blumenthal in Conversation with Megan Marshall Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//sidney_blumenthal_credit_ralph_alswang.jpg

Today it seems you can't run for president without first putting out a memoir or autobiography. But biographies of presidential candidates - and presidents - are nothing new. Veteran political strategist, Washington insider, and author of the highly acclaimed multi-volume The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, Sidney Blumenthal, returns to Boston, where he got his start as a journalist, to engage in a wide-ranging discussion of lives in politics—from 1860 to 2020—and the uses of biography and, more recently, autobiography in shaping successful campaigns.

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Public Program Abigail Adams: Life & Legacy Gallery Talk this event is free 25 October 2019.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Life and Legacy pop-up display

Join an Adams Papers editor to explore how Abigail Adams has come to hold a unique place within the fabric of American life.

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Modern American Society and Culture Seminar Sesame Street and the Cultural Politics of the Spoken Word in the 1970s Register registration required at no cost 29 October 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Kathryn Ostrofsky, Freelance Historian Victoria Cain, Northeastern University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//masc_banner.jpg

Sesame Street’s creators, audiences, and social activists all tried to use the popular television program as a tool to shape American society. The resulting discussions reveal that the sound of the spoken word played an important role in media representations of culture and community. People contested the messages conveyed by working-class accents, African American slang, and the Spanish language as they encouraged Sesame Street to embody Great Society liberalism or to engender a pluralistic society.

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Notice Library Closing @ 3:45PM 30 October 2019.Wednesday, all day

The library closes at 3:45PM in preparation for an evening event.

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Special Event Fire! Voices from the Boston Massacre Register registration required at no cost 30 October 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Development//0067_massacre_header-image.jpg

MHS Fellows and Members are invited to the sneak preview reception for Fire! Voices from the Boston Massacre.

On March 5, 1770, British soldiers occupying the town of Boston shot into a crowd, killing five civilians. The incident quickly became known as the Boston Massacre. Through a selection of first-person accounts, artifacts, and trial notes, this exhibition explores what it meant to be living in an occupied city and how this flash point changed the course of American history.

Space is limited.

 

 

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Early American History Seminar Native Lands and American Expansion in the Early Republic Register registration required at no cost 5 November 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Emilie Connolly, New York University; Franklin Sammons, University of California, Berkeley Nancy Shoemaker, University of Connecticut Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//eahs_banner.jpg

In the Early Republic, Americans pressed against the borders of the new nation to expand their control over Native lands. This panel examines these interactions between Native tribes and the land-hungry white settlers and speculators to discuss issues of agency, financial stability, and legal precedent. Emilie Connolly considers the 1797 Treaty of Big Tree between the Seneca and Founding Father Robert Morris in New York State. Franklin Sammons looks at the illegal “Yazoo Land Sales” in Georgia.

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Brown Bag Laboring Bodies: Dispossessed Women and Sexuality in Colonial New England this event is free 6 November 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Emily Clark, Johns Hopkins University

This project will examine the intimate lives of enslaved, servant, and poor women using cases in which their supposedly “deviant” bodies entered the historical record – in court cases, almshouse ledgers, and cheap print. Often overlooked in histories of New England, these women made up a crucial part of colonial society. Their bodies and labors (productive and reproductive) were used against their wills. Nonetheless, these sources reveal laboring women's everyday efforts to control their own bodies and sexualities.

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Public Program, Author Talk Girl in Black & White: The Story of Mary Mildred Williams & the Abolition Movement Register registration required 6 November 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Jessie Morgan-Owens There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

Jessie Morgan-Owens tells the little-known story of Mary Mildred Williams—a slave girl who looked “white” and whose image transformed the abolitionist movement. Mary became the face of American slavery when Sen. Charles Sumner saw in her a monumental political opportunity for the abolitionist cause. Weaving together long-overlooked primary sources, including daguerreotypes found in the MHS collection, this history follows Mary through to her own adulthood, describing a life parallel to the antislavery movement. 

 

 

 

 

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Public Program, Author Talk The Will of the People: The Revolutionary Birth of America Register registration required 7 November 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. T.H. Breen, Northwestern University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

Over eight years of war, ordinary Americans accomplished something extraordinary. Far from the actions of the Continental Congress and the Continental Army, they took responsibility for the course of the Revolution. In villages, towns, and cities from Georgia to New Hampshire, Americans managed local affairs, negotiated shared sacrifice, and participated in a political system in which each believed they were as good as any other. Presenting hundreds of stories, T. H. Breen captures the powerful sense of equality and responsibility resulting from this process of self-determination.

 

 

 

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Building Closed Veteran's Day 11 November 2019.Monday, all day

The Society is CLOSED in observance of Veteran's Day.

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