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Public Program, Author Talk At Home: A Look at Historic Houses Through the Archives 11 December 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Beth Luey There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). Archival collections held in local institutions can help historians uncover the untold stories of ...

Archival collections held in local institutions can help historians uncover the untold stories of historic houses in Massachusetts. The library of the New Bedford Whaling Museum documents the homes of the great whaling families, while Harvard documents the Ward House and the American Antiquarian Society welcomes us into the Salisbury Mansion in Worcester. The Mary Baker Eddy library documents the many houses where she lived, and, of course, the Massachusetts Historical Society brings the Adams family and their houses to life.

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Notice Building Closing @ 3:30PM 12 December 2019.Thursday, all day The Library and Exhibition Galleries close early at 3:30PM for a staff event.

The Library and Exhibition Galleries close early at 3:30PM for a staff event.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 14 December 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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Notice Library Closing @ 3:00PM 14 December 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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Public Program, Conversation, Legacies of 1619 Legacies of 1619: Citizenship and Belonging 14 December 2019.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 3:30. Manisha Sinha, University of Connecticut; Elizabeth Herbin-Triant, University of Massachusetts—Lowell; Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Ohio State University; and moderator Marita Rivero, Museum of African American History, Boston For 400 years, Africans and African Americans carved out a distinctive culture for themselves even ...

For 400 years, Africans and African Americans carved out a distinctive culture for themselves even as they sought equal rights in American society. This program will consider how African Americans struggled to gain equal access to political and social rights, all the while making the American experience their own.

This program is part four 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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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/adelman_cover-cropped.jpg Public Program, Author Talk Revolutionary Networks: The Business and Politics of Printing the News, 1763–1789 16 December 2019.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Joseph Adelman, Framingham State University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). During the American Revolution, printed material played a crucial role as a forum for public debate. ...

During the American Revolution, printed material played a crucial role as a forum for public debate. Joseph Adelman argues that printers—artisans who mingled with the elite but labored in a manual trade—used their commercial and political connections to directly shape Revolutionary political ideology and mass mobilization. Moving through the era of the American Revolution to the war’s aftermath, this history details the development of the networks of printers and explains how they contributed to the process of creating first a revolution and then the new nation

 

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//wgs_banner.jpg History of Women, Gender and Sexuality Seminar Dr. Ana Livia Cordero, Social Medicine, and the Puerto Rican Liberation Struggle 17 December 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Sandy Placido, Queens College, CUNY Comment: Susan Reverby, Wellesley College Born in San Juan in 1931, Ana Livia Cordero was a trailblazing physician and activist-intellectual ...

Born in San Juan in 1931, Ana Livia Cordero was a trailblazing physician and activist-intellectual whose life illuminates the crucial role Puerto Ricans played in Cold War-era freedom struggles. Cordero worked as a physician, public health advocate, and radical organizer in New York, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Ghana, Egypt, and Nicaragua for over four decades. Using a new framework of feminist social medicine, this essay examines Cordero’s contributions to the field of social medicine, particularly maternal and children’s health.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 21 December 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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Building Closed Building Closed 23 December 2019.Monday, all day The Society is CLOSED.

The Society is CLOSED.

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Building Closed Christmas Day 25 December 2019.Wednesday, all day The Society is CLOSED for Christmas.

The Society is CLOSED for Christmas.

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Building Closed Building Closed 26 December 2019.Thursday, all day The Society is CLOSED.

The Society is CLOSED.

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Building Closed Building Closed 27 December 2019.Friday, all day The Society is CLOSED.

The Society is CLOSED.

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Building Closed Building Closed 28 December 2019.Saturday, all day The Society is CLOSED.

The Society is CLOSED.

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Building Closed Building Closed 30 December 2019.Monday, all day The Society is CLOSED.

The Society is CLOSED.

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Building Closed Building Closed 31 December 2019.Tuesday, all day The Society is CLOSED.

The Society is CLOSED.

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January 2020
Building Closed New Year's Day 1 January 2020.Wednesday, all day The Society is CLOSED.

The Society is CLOSED.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 4 January 2020.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/Seminar_2019-2020/eahs_banner.jpg Pauline Maier Early American History Seminar Supplying Slavery: Jamaica and British Imperial Trade, 1752-1769 7 January 2020.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Peter Pellizzari, Harvard University Comment: Richard Dunn, American Philosophical Society Historians have long understood the economic importance of Jamaica to the eighteenth-century British ...

Historians have long understood the economic importance of Jamaica to the eighteenth-century British empire, but the vast profits that the island's sugar-slave complexes produced could only have existed with the supplies and provisions provided by mainland colonists in North America. Newly collected data from nearly 10,000 British naval office shipping lists for Kingston, Jamaica provide a re-assessment of the size, nature, and value of this trade. The shipping lists reveal not only how deeply committed the mainland was to supplying Jamaican slavery, but also suggests that we reconsider the island as a powerful regional hub within the larger British Atlantic economy, one in which North America figured as an important hinterland.

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Brown Bag “Thus Much for Politicks”: American Women, Diplomacy, and the Aftermath of the American Revolution 8 January 2020.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Miriam Liebman, City University of New York This talk looks at the ways women used non-republican methods of politicking on behalf of the United ...

This talk looks at the ways women used non-republican methods of politicking on behalf of the United States while abroad in Europe, focusing on Abigail Adams’s time abroad in London and Paris. Situating Adams in an international and diplomatic context highlights the ways she influenced American foreign and domestic policy while abroad. Using five different themes— letters, politics and political intrigue, money and economic diplomacy, social networks, and republicanism and aristocracy abroad— this work analyzes her politicking in Europe.

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Life and Legacy pop-up exhibition Exhibitionends Abigail Adams: Life & Legacy 10 January 2020.Friday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Abigail Adams urged her husband to “Remember the Ladies” and made herself impossible to ...

Abigail Adams urged her husband to “Remember the Ladies” and made herself impossible to forget. But Abigail is memorable for more than her famous 1776 admonition. This final Remember Abigail display uses documents and artifacts through the ages to consider the way Abigail viewed her own legacy and to explore how and why we continue to Remember Abigail.

Gallery talks will take place on 25 October and 22 November at 2:00 PM.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/0067bloodymassacre_lg.jpg Public Program, MHS Tour FIRE! Voices of the Boston Massacre Gallery Talk 10 January 2020.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Peter Drummey, the Stephen T. Riley Librarian at MHS Peter Drummey, the Stephen T. Riley Librarian at MHS, will walk visitors through our exhibition of ...

Peter Drummey, the Stephen T. Riley Librarian at MHS, will walk visitors through our exhibition of the Boston Massacre, which explores and interprets the events of March 5, 1770. He will highlight some of the archival material found in the MHS collection.

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Public Program, Author Talk At Home: A Look at Historic Houses Through the Archives 11 December 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Beth Luey There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

Archival collections held in local institutions can help historians uncover the untold stories of historic houses in Massachusetts. The library of the New Bedford Whaling Museum documents the homes of the great whaling families, while Harvard documents the Ward House and the American Antiquarian Society welcomes us into the Salisbury Mansion in Worcester. The Mary Baker Eddy library documents the many houses where she lived, and, of course, the Massachusetts Historical Society brings the Adams family and their houses to life.

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Notice Building Closing @ 3:30PM 12 December 2019.Thursday, all day

The Library and Exhibition Galleries close early at 3:30PM for a staff event.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 14 December 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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Notice Library Closing @ 3:00PM 14 December 2019.Saturday, all day

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

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Public Program, Conversation, Legacies of 1619 Legacies of 1619: Citizenship and Belonging 14 December 2019.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 3:30. Manisha Sinha, University of Connecticut; Elizabeth Herbin-Triant, University of Massachusetts—Lowell; Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Ohio State University; and moderator Marita Rivero, Museum of African American History, Boston

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For 400 years, Africans and African Americans carved out a distinctive culture for themselves even as they sought equal rights in American society. This program will consider how African Americans struggled to gain equal access to political and social rights, all the while making the American experience their own.

This program is part four 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 Revolutionary Networks: The Business and Politics of Printing the News, 1763–1789 16 December 2019.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Joseph Adelman, Framingham State University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/adelman_cover-cropped.jpg

During the American Revolution, printed material played a crucial role as a forum for public debate. Joseph Adelman argues that printers—artisans who mingled with the elite but labored in a manual trade—used their commercial and political connections to directly shape Revolutionary political ideology and mass mobilization. Moving through the era of the American Revolution to the war’s aftermath, this history details the development of the networks of printers and explains how they contributed to the process of creating first a revolution and then the new nation

 

 

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History of Women, Gender and Sexuality Seminar Dr. Ana Livia Cordero, Social Medicine, and the Puerto Rican Liberation Struggle 17 December 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Sandy Placido, Queens College, CUNY Comment: Susan Reverby, Wellesley College Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//wgs_banner.jpg

Born in San Juan in 1931, Ana Livia Cordero was a trailblazing physician and activist-intellectual whose life illuminates the crucial role Puerto Ricans played in Cold War-era freedom struggles. Cordero worked as a physician, public health advocate, and radical organizer in New York, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Ghana, Egypt, and Nicaragua for over four decades. Using a new framework of feminist social medicine, this essay examines Cordero’s contributions to the field of social medicine, particularly maternal and children’s health.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 21 December 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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Building Closed Building Closed 23 December 2019.Monday, all day

The Society is CLOSED.

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Building Closed Building Closed 24 December 2019.Tuesday, all day close

Building Closed Christmas Day 25 December 2019.Wednesday, all day

The Society is CLOSED for Christmas.

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Building Closed Building Closed 26 December 2019.Thursday, all day

The Society is CLOSED.

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Building Closed Building Closed 27 December 2019.Friday, all day

The Society is CLOSED.

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Building Closed Building Closed 28 December 2019.Saturday, all day

The Society is CLOSED.

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Building Closed Building Closed 30 December 2019.Monday, all day

The Society is CLOSED.

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Building Closed Building Closed 31 December 2019.Tuesday, all day

The Society is CLOSED.

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Building Closed New Year's Day 1 January 2020.Wednesday, all day

The Society is CLOSED.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 4 January 2020.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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Pauline Maier Early American History Seminar Supplying Slavery: Jamaica and British Imperial Trade, 1752-1769 7 January 2020.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Peter Pellizzari, Harvard University Comment: Richard Dunn, American Philosophical Society Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/eahs_banner.jpg

Historians have long understood the economic importance of Jamaica to the eighteenth-century British empire, but the vast profits that the island's sugar-slave complexes produced could only have existed with the supplies and provisions provided by mainland colonists in North America. Newly collected data from nearly 10,000 British naval office shipping lists for Kingston, Jamaica provide a re-assessment of the size, nature, and value of this trade. The shipping lists reveal not only how deeply committed the mainland was to supplying Jamaican slavery, but also suggests that we reconsider the island as a powerful regional hub within the larger British Atlantic economy, one in which North America figured as an important hinterland.

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Brown Bag “Thus Much for Politicks”: American Women, Diplomacy, and the Aftermath of the American Revolution 8 January 2020.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Miriam Liebman, City University of New York

This talk looks at the ways women used non-republican methods of politicking on behalf of the United States while abroad in Europe, focusing on Abigail Adams’s time abroad in London and Paris. Situating Adams in an international and diplomatic context highlights the ways she influenced American foreign and domestic policy while abroad. Using five different themes— letters, politics and political intrigue, money and economic diplomacy, social networks, and republicanism and aristocracy abroad— this work analyzes her politicking in Europe.

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Exhibition Abigail Adams: Life & Legacy Life and Legacy pop-up exhibition

Abigail Adams urged her husband to “Remember the Ladies” and made herself impossible to forget. But Abigail is memorable for more than her famous 1776 admonition. This final Remember Abigail display uses documents and artifacts through the ages to consider the way Abigail viewed her own legacy and to explore how and why we continue to Remember Abigail.

Gallery talks will take place on 25 October and 22 November at 2:00 PM.

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Public Program, MHS Tour FIRE! Voices of the Boston Massacre Gallery Talk 10 January 2020.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Peter Drummey, the Stephen T. Riley Librarian at MHS Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/0067bloodymassacre_lg.jpg

Peter Drummey, the Stephen T. Riley Librarian at MHS, will walk visitors through our exhibition of the Boston Massacre, which explores and interprets the events of March 5, 1770. He will highlight some of the archival material found in the MHS collection.

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