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Winslow Homer’s Civil War reporting for Harper’s Weekly

While searching through the MHS’ library catalog, ABIGAIL, for records relating to Mr. Sidney Homer, an 1860s inventor, I stumbled upon a trove of graphics created by Winslow Homer. As a fan of Homer, I admonished myself for not being aware that we had any of his artworks [...] read more

comments: 1 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 26 July, 2017, 12:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

- Tuesday, 25 July, 9:00AM : America in World War I is a two-day teacher workshop put on by the Center for the Teaching of History at the MHS. Participants will immerse themselves in the letters, diaries, and photographs created by soldiers, Red Cross volunteers, and relief [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 23 July, 2017, 12:00 AM

Gerry E. Studds Papers Available

The MHS is pleased to announce that the papers of Rep. Gerry E. Studds (D-Mass.) have been processed and are available for research. This very interesting collection contains material on subjects as wide-ranging as environmental and wildlife conservation, foreign policy [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 21 July, 2017, 12:00 AM

“A stain of depravity”: John Quincy Adams on Lord Chesterfield

When Louisa Catherine Johnson wrote to her then-fiancé John Quincy Adams on March 20, 1797, she desired to impress him with her reading of Lord Chesterfield’s Letters to His Son. The reaction she received was not the reaction she expected. Philip Dormer Stanhope, [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 19 July, 2017, 12:00 AM

A Treasure Rediscovered: The Civil War Sword of Robert Gould Shaw, 54th Regiment

Today, the MHS is happy to unveil a recent acquisition to the collection. On 12 July the Society announced the acquisition of a significant collection of Shaw and Minturn family papers, photographs, art, and artifacts. The most remarkable item in the collection is the officer’s [...] read more

comments: 2 | permalink | Published: Tuesday, 18 July, 2017, 10:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

Here we are again with a round-up of events in the week ahead: - This weeks teacher workshop, "The American Revolution in Art & Artifacts" is SOLD OUT. - Wednesday, 19 July, 12:00PM : Join us for a Brown Bag lunch talk with Judith Harford of University College Dublin. [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 16 July, 2017, 12:00 AM

“Honest and Faithful” Emerson P. Dibble

That word Southwick brings a lot of happy memories to my mind. Can almost see the place now. The old mountain is just beginning to turn color. Chestnut burrs are about half formed and [I] can plainly see the tobacco field with the seed plants standing out like guards.  This [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 12 July, 2017, 12:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

This week we have just two events on the calendar, featuring JQA and Old Ironsides. Here are the details: - Wednesday, 12 July, 6:00PM : "The USS Consitution & the Massachusetts Historical Society" is a talk with Margherita Desy, Historian of the USS Constitution, which [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 9 July, 2017, 12:00 AM

Gertrude Codman Carter’s Diary, July 1917

Today we return to the 1917 diary of Gertrude Codman Carter. You may read the previous entries here: Introduction | January | February | March | April | May June   Only two pages of Gertrude’s diary from June 1917 remain in her diary for that year, the rest [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 7 July, 2017, 12:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

The Society is CLOSED on Monday, 3 July, and Tuesday, 4 July, for Independence Day. We return to the Society after a long holiday weekend with a couple of public programs on offer. Here is what's coming up: - Wednesday, 5 July, 12:00PM : Come on in for a Brown Bag lunch [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 2 July, 2017, 12:00 AM