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Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize Awarded to Abram Van Engen

Abram Van Engen recognized for City on a Hill: A History of American Exceptionalism The Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) has awarded the 2021 Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize to Abram Van Engen for his book City on a Hill: A History of American Exceptionalism, published in 2020 by Yale University Press. The Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize is given to the best nonfiction work on the history of Massachusetts published during the preceding year. Van Engen will receive the award at an event on Thursday, 17 February 2022. After reviewing 17 submissions that interpret the history of Massachusetts through a wide range of subjects and time periods, the Peter J. Gomes Book Prize selection committee chose City on a Hill as the winner this year. The committee declared that City on a Hill “does critically ...

Massachusetts Forms Commission to Promote the Commemoration of the American Revolution

The Commonwealth joins seventeen other states in forming a commission to promote the commemoration of the American Revolution. An appropriations bill (H 4000), signed by Gov. Charlie Baker on 16 July  2021, creates the Massachusetts Commission on the 250th Anniversary of the American Revolution. The Massachusetts commission’s 35 members— leaders in the historical, cultural, tourism, and political sectors—will partner with other states and with the federal America 250 Commission to commemorate, celebrate, and investigate the will and determination of the people 250 years ago who risked their “lives, liberty, and property” for the cause of American Independence. This exploration aims to include as many views as possible of the people of the Commonwealth from over the last 250 years. The Commission will engage with the ...

Belmont, Mass. Educator Named National History Day Teacher of the Year

Ms. Suzanne Zmijewski Lim of Chenery Middle School in Belmont Receives National Award ...

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