MHS Miscellany

The Society's newsletter, the Miscellany, contains announcements about the Society, its programs, recent acquisitions, grants and awards, and other activities. Issues appear each fall and spring. It has been printed since the 1950s. Paper copies are available free of charge when available; digital files of recent issues are available below. For a single paper copy, please contact the Publications Department.  

Miscellany is a benefit of membership and will be sent to all Members and Fellows of the Society free of charge.  Please contact the Development Department for information about how to become a Member.

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Upcoming Events

Environmental History Seminar

Engineering, Politics, and Dams: John R. Freeman and San Francisco’s Hetch Hetchy Water Supply

12Nov 5:15PM 2019

San Francisco’s Hetch Hetchy Dam sparked one of America’s first great environmental controversies. This paper explores John R. Freeman’s work as a ...

Brown Bag

Staged Readings: Parlor Play and Contesting Class in Nineteenth-Century America

13Nov 12:00PM 2019

This talk focuses on the curious practice of nineteenth-century parlor theatricals in the United States. In the postbellum years, the country’s evolving middle ...

Conversation; Housing as History

Housing as History: the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and Orchard Gardens

13Nov 6:00PM 2019
There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30.

By the 1980s the Dudley Square neighborhood of Roxbury was facing significant challenges. Absentee landlords had allowed property to deteriorate, left units vacant, or ...

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This Week @MHS

Join us for a program this week! Here is a look at what is going on: - Tuesday, 29 January, 5:15 PM: Better Teaching through Technology, 1945-1969, with Victoria Cain, Northeastern ...

Founder to Founder

Like so many good stories here at the Historical Society, it began with a reference question. Jeremy Belknap, hunting through his sources, asked Vice President John Adams for some help. Belknap, the ...

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