April 2020
Building Closed MHS closed 14 April 2020.Tuesday, all day Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an ...

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Building Closed MHS closed 15 April 2020.Wednesday, all day Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an ...

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Building Closed MHS closed 16 April 2020.Thursday, all day Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an ...

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Building Closed MHS closed 17 April 2020.Friday, all day Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an ...

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/Winter_2020/ff33-low.jpg Public Program, Online Event The Boston Red Sox with Gordon Edes 17 April 2020.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM This is an online event. Registration for this program is now closed. Gordon Edes, official historian of the Boston Red Sox Join Red Sox historian Gordon Edes in a virtual Q and A where he will take your questions on one of ...

Join Red Sox historian Gordon Edes in a virtual Q and A where he will take your questions on one of baseball's most legendary and celebrated franchises. Subscribers will get access to a curated list of videos from the MHS program archive to watch at home. This content will help viewers engage with Red Sox lore ahead of the question and answer session. 

Please note: This is an online event. Bring your questions or just listen in on the conversation. Links to video content will be included in the confirmation email following registration. Information on how to join the live webinar will be emailed to participants the day before the event.

For questions regarding this event, please message programs@masshist.org.

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Building Closed MHS closed 18 April 2020.Saturday, all day Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an ...

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Building Closed Patriots' Day 20 April 2020.Monday, all day The MHS is CLOSED in observance of Patriots' Day.

The MHS is CLOSED in observance of Patriots' Day.

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Teacher Workshop Postponed: Legislating the Environment: Teaching Environmental History and Civics 21 April 2020.Tuesday, 9:30AM - 4:00PM Registration Fee: $25 THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO NOVEMBER 7, 2020 In partnership with the Tsongas Industrial ...

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO NOVEMBER 7, 2020

In partnership with the Tsongas Industrial History Center, we will explore the intersections of environmental history, science, and engineering. Chad Montrie, Professor at UMass Lowell, will provide an overview to the study of environmental history, particularly as it relates to New England industry. Teachers will examine primary sources and participate in hands-on activities with Tsongas Center staff drawn from their "Industrial Watershed and "River as Classroom" programs.

Note: This workshop will be taking place off-site at the Tsongas Industrial History Center in Lowell, MA.

This program is open to all who work with K-12 students. Teachers can earn 22.5 PDPs or 1 graduate credit (for an additional fee).

This program is made possible by the generous support of the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation.

 

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Building Closed MHS closed 21 April 2020.Tuesday, all day Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an ...

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Building Closed MHS closed 22 April 2020.Wednesday, all day Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an ...

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/Winter_2020/Winter_2020/influenza_broadside.jpg Public Program, Online Event Voting During a Pandemic: The 1918 Elections in Massachusetts 22 April 2020.Wednesday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM This is an online event. Registration is now closed. Peter Drummey, MHS While the COVID-19 pandemic has complicated the voting process this election year, it is not the ...

While the COVID-19 pandemic has complicated the voting process this election year, it is not the first time that consequential national and local elections have taken place during a health care crisis. In the fall of 1918, during the waning days of the First World War and just after the peak of a virulent influenza epidemic—the “Spanish Flu”—citizens of Massachusetts voted in primary, and then in state and national elections.  Did the 1918 pandemic influence the outcome of elections here and elsewhere in the United States? What can we learn from looking back at those elections today?

Please note: this is an online program. Registrants will receive an email with links and instructions on how to join the event. 

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Public Program, Conversation Postponed: Postponed: Bringing Back the Pilgrims: Living History at Plimoth Plantation 22 April 2020.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Registration closed Catherine Allgor, MHS; Richard Pickering, Plimoth Plantation; Malka Benjamin, Plimoth Plantation; and moderator William Martin How do historians create authentic public history? How do they tell their story to a wide and ...

How do historians create authentic public history? How do they tell their story to a wide and diverse audience? Living history makes the past accessible, but like all popular history, it must balance accessibility with an accurate depiction of the human past. Theatrical techniques like dialogue, costuming, setting, and character development can bring a historical moment to life, but the story that’s told must be rooted in serious scholarship and careful research. How do ‘Living Historians’ meet this challenge? Join us for a lively panel discussion among historians who have grappled with these questions.

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Building Closed MHS closed 23 April 2020.Thursday, all day Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an ...

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Building Closed MHS closed 24 April 2020.Friday, all day Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an ...

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/cover_image.jpg Author Talk, Online Event Virtual Book Talk: Kooks & Degenerates on Ice: Bobby Orr, the Big Bad Bruins, & the Stanley Cup Championship That Transformed Hockey 24 April 2020.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM This is an online program. Thomas J. Whalen, Boston University During the 1969–1970 season, the “Big, Bad Bruins,” led by the legendary Bobby Orr ...

During the 1969–1970 season, the “Big, Bad Bruins,” led by the legendary Bobby Orr, brushed off their perennial losing ways to defeat the St. Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup Finals for their first championship in 29 years. Thomas J. Whalen brings to life all the colorful personalities and iconic players from this Stanley Cup-raising team. Whalen situates this winning season into its historical context as the United States struggled with issues of war, race, politics, and class, making his book a must-read for sports enthusiasts, hockey fans, and those interested in twentieth-century American history.

Please note: this is an online event. Registrants will receive an email with links and instructions on how to join the event. Order the book here!

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Building Closed MHS closed 25 April 2020.Saturday, all day Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an ...

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Building Closed MHS closed 27 April 2020.Monday, all day Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an ...

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Building Closed MHS closed 28 April 2020.Tuesday, all day Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an ...

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Building Closed MHS closed 29 April 2020.Wednesday, all day Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an ...

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Building Closed MHS closed 30 April 2020.Thursday, all day Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an ...

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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May 2020
Building Closed MHS closed 1 May 2020.Friday, all day Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an ...

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/Winter_2020/Winter_2020/Winter_2020/6861_jwinthrop_work_lg.jpg Author Talk, Online Event Virtual Book Talk: City on a Hill: A History of American Exceptionalism 1 May 2020.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM This is an online program Abram Van Engen, Washington University in St. Louis Abram Van Engen shows how the phrase “City on a hill,” from a 1630 sermon by ...

Abram Van Engen shows how the phrase “City on a hill,” from a 1630 sermon by Massachusetts Bay governor John Winthrop, shaped the story of American exceptionalism in the 20th Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/city_on_a_hill_book_cover.jpgcentury. By tracing the strange history of Winthrop’s speech, from total obscurity in its own day to pervasive use in modern politics, Van Engen reveals the way national stories take shape and shows us how those tales continue to influence competing visions of the country—the many different meanings of America that emerge from a preservation of its literary past.

Please note, this is an online event. Registrants will receive an email with links and instructions on how to join the event. Order the book online!

 

 

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Building Closed MHS closed 2 May 2020.Saturday, all day Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an ...

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets//Winter_2020/5094_work_lg.jpg Public Program, Online Event Plymouth & the Pilgrims, A Virtual Tour 8 May 2020.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM This is an online event. This program is now at capacity, registration is closed. Jonathan Lane, Revolution 250 2020 is the 400th Anniversary of the settlement of Plymouth Colony. Thanks to modern technology we ...

2020 is the 400th Anniversary of the settlement of Plymouth Colony. Thanks to modern technology we can take a tour of the original settlement without leaving our armchair!  Using a Google tour, we will examine the resources and topography that convinced the Mayflower passengers to build their settlement in Plymouth.  We will learn how that site aided in building a rapport with the indigenous peoples.  We will discuss why their decision to settle in Plymouth ultimately doomed Plymouth as an independent colony and why the Pilgrim story still remains an iconic part of American history.

Please note, this is an online event. Registrants will receive an email with links and instructions on how to join the event. 

 

 

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Building Closed MHS closed 14 April 2020.Tuesday, all day

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Building Closed MHS closed 15 April 2020.Wednesday, all day

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Building Closed MHS closed 16 April 2020.Thursday, all day

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Building Closed MHS closed 17 April 2020.Friday, all day

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Public Program, Online Event The Boston Red Sox with Gordon Edes 17 April 2020.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM This is an online event. Registration for this program is now closed. Gordon Edes, official historian of the Boston Red Sox Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/Winter_2020/ff33-low.jpg

Watch the recording of this event, embedded below:

Join Red Sox historian Gordon Edes in a virtual Q and A where he will take your questions on one of baseball's most legendary and celebrated franchises. Subscribers will get access to a curated list of videos from the MHS program archive to watch at home. This content will help viewers engage with Red Sox lore ahead of the question and answer session. 

Please note: This is an online event. Bring your questions or just listen in on the conversation. Links to video content will be included in the confirmation email following registration. Information on how to join the live webinar will be emailed to participants the day before the event.

For questions regarding this event, please message programs@masshist.org.

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Building Closed MHS closed 18 April 2020.Saturday, all day

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Building Closed Patriots' Day 20 April 2020.Monday, all day

The MHS is CLOSED in observance of Patriots' Day.

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Teacher Workshop Postponed:
Legislating the Environment: Teaching Environmental History and Civics
21 April 2020.Tuesday, 9:30AM - 4:00PM Registration Fee: $25

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO NOVEMBER 7, 2020

In partnership with the Tsongas Industrial History Center, we will explore the intersections of environmental history, science, and engineering. Chad Montrie, Professor at UMass Lowell, will provide an overview to the study of environmental history, particularly as it relates to New England industry. Teachers will examine primary sources and participate in hands-on activities with Tsongas Center staff drawn from their "Industrial Watershed and "River as Classroom" programs.

Note: This workshop will be taking place off-site at the Tsongas Industrial History Center in Lowell, MA.

This program is open to all who work with K-12 students. Teachers can earn 22.5 PDPs or 1 graduate credit (for an additional fee).

This program is made possible by the generous support of the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation.

 

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Building Closed MHS closed 21 April 2020.Tuesday, all day

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Building Closed MHS closed 22 April 2020.Wednesday, all day

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Public Program, Online Event Voting During a Pandemic: The 1918 Elections in Massachusetts 22 April 2020.Wednesday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM This is an online event. Registration is now closed. Peter Drummey, MHS Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/Winter_2020/Winter_2020/influenza_broadside.jpg

Watch the recording of this event, embedded below:

While the COVID-19 pandemic has complicated the voting process this election year, it is not the first time that consequential national and local elections have taken place during a health care crisis. In the fall of 1918, during the waning days of the First World War and just after the peak of a virulent influenza epidemic—the “Spanish Flu”—citizens of Massachusetts voted in primary, and then in state and national elections.  Did the 1918 pandemic influence the outcome of elections here and elsewhere in the United States? What can we learn from looking back at those elections today?

Please note: this is an online program. Registrants will receive an email with links and instructions on how to join the event. 

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Public Program, Conversation Postponed:
Postponed: Bringing Back the Pilgrims: Living History at Plimoth Plantation
22 April 2020.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Registration closed Catherine Allgor, MHS; Richard Pickering, Plimoth Plantation; Malka Benjamin, Plimoth Plantation; and moderator William Martin

How do historians create authentic public history? How do they tell their story to a wide and diverse audience? Living history makes the past accessible, but like all popular history, it must balance accessibility with an accurate depiction of the human past. Theatrical techniques like dialogue, costuming, setting, and character development can bring a historical moment to life, but the story that’s told must be rooted in serious scholarship and careful research. How do ‘Living Historians’ meet this challenge? Join us for a lively panel discussion among historians who have grappled with these questions.

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Building Closed MHS closed 23 April 2020.Thursday, all day

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Building Closed MHS closed 24 April 2020.Friday, all day

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Author Talk, Online Event Virtual Book Talk: Kooks & Degenerates on Ice: Bobby Orr, the Big Bad Bruins, & the Stanley Cup Championship That Transformed Hockey 24 April 2020.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM This is an online program. Thomas J. Whalen, Boston University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/cover_image.jpg

Watch the recording of this event, embedded below:

During the 1969–1970 season, the “Big, Bad Bruins,” led by the legendary Bobby Orr, brushed off their perennial losing ways to defeat the St. Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup Finals for their first championship in 29 years. Thomas J. Whalen brings to life all the colorful personalities and iconic players from this Stanley Cup-raising team. Whalen situates this winning season into its historical context as the United States struggled with issues of war, race, politics, and class, making his book a must-read for sports enthusiasts, hockey fans, and those interested in twentieth-century American history.

Please note: this is an online event. Registrants will receive an email with links and instructions on how to join the event. Order the book here!

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Building Closed MHS closed 25 April 2020.Saturday, all day

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Building Closed MHS closed 27 April 2020.Monday, all day

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Building Closed MHS closed 28 April 2020.Tuesday, all day

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Building Closed MHS closed 29 April 2020.Wednesday, all day

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Building Closed MHS closed 30 April 2020.Thursday, all day

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Building Closed MHS closed 1 May 2020.Friday, all day

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Author Talk, Online Event Virtual Book Talk: City on a Hill: A History of American Exceptionalism 1 May 2020.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM This is an online program Abram Van Engen, Washington University in St. Louis Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/Winter_2020/Winter_2020/Winter_2020/6861_jwinthrop_work_lg.jpg

Abram Van Engen shows how the phrase “City on a hill,” from a 1630 sermon by Massachusetts Bay governor John Winthrop, shaped the story of American exceptionalism in the 20th Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/city_on_a_hill_book_cover.jpgcentury. By tracing the strange history of Winthrop’s speech, from total obscurity in its own day to pervasive use in modern politics, Van Engen reveals the way national stories take shape and shows us how those tales continue to influence competing visions of the country—the many different meanings of America that emerge from a preservation of its literary past.

Please note, this is an online event. Registrants will receive an email with links and instructions on how to join the event. Order the book online!

 

 

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Building Closed MHS closed 2 May 2020.Saturday, all day

Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, the MHS is CLOSED until further notice. Please check the online calendar for programming updates. Library staff will monitor e-mails and voicemails.

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Public Program, Online Event Plymouth & the Pilgrims, A Virtual Tour 8 May 2020.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM This is an online event. This program is now at capacity, registration is closed. Jonathan Lane, Revolution 250 Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets//Winter_2020/5094_work_lg.jpg

2020 is the 400th Anniversary of the settlement of Plymouth Colony. Thanks to modern technology we can take a tour of the original settlement without leaving our armchair!  Using a Google tour, we will examine the resources and topography that convinced the Mayflower passengers to build their settlement in Plymouth.  We will learn how that site aided in building a rapport with the indigenous peoples.  We will discuss why their decision to settle in Plymouth ultimately doomed Plymouth as an independent colony and why the Pilgrim story still remains an iconic part of American history.

Please note, this is an online event. Registrants will receive an email with links and instructions on how to join the event. 

 

 

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