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George Washington: John Quincy Adams’s “great Patron”

For as long as teenagers have had bedrooms, they’ve been pinning their role models up on the wall—a favorite singer, a beloved actor, the best ball player. When John Quincy Adams was fifteen, his bedroom at The Hague held a gilded framed picture of General George [...] read more

comments: 1 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 30 August, 2017, 12:00 AM

“A Subject Which Weighs Much Upon My Mind”: John Quincy Adams’s Work on Weights and Measures

On February 22, 1821, John Quincy Adams noted in his diary that “two of the most memorable transactions of my life” occurred that day: the ratification of the Transcontinental Treaty between the United States and Spain, and the submission of his report on weights [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Monday, 28 August, 2017, 12:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

The only item on the calendar this week is a free tour on Saturday, 2 September, at 10:00AM The library is closed on Saturday, 2 September, though the exhibition galleries remain open, 10:00AM-4:00PM. The building is closed on Monday, 4 September, in observance of Labor [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 27 August, 2017, 12:00 AM

“Look out for boms”: The Trial and Execution of Sacco and Vanzetti

Today marks the 90th anniversary of the execution of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti at Charlestown State Prison. Sacco and Vanzetti were Italian immigrants and anarchists convicted for killing two men in South Braintree, Mass. on 15 April 1920. Their notorious trial, [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 23 August, 2017, 2:36 PM

Descriptions of Eclipses: "Every body was looking and little was done"

On Monday, 21 August 2017, a solar eclipse will occur!  Many people in Boston are looking forward to 2:46 pm when they will (weather permitting!) experience what  it is like when the sun is about 60% eclipsed. Staff of the MHS have located a few items that convey [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 20 August, 2017, 12:00 AM

Gertrude Codman Carter’s Diary, August 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 | July   Gertrude spends the month of August preparing to move her family -- son John, husband [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 18 August, 2017, 3:55 PM

Politics of the Plate: Food Propaganda from the World Wars

In the summer of 2017, the Center for the Teaching of History at the MHS offered several professional development workshops for educators, including a program on World War I, and a three-day event that explored food in American history. While researching primary sources [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Thursday, 17 August, 2017, 2:18 PM

A Revolutionary Reunion: Lafayette and John Adams

On August 15, 1824, the General Marquis de Lafayette, one of the great heroes of the American Revolution, returned to the United States for the first time in forty years, kicking off a nearly thirteen-month tour of the entire country. After Lafayette’s arrival in Massachusetts, [...] read more

comments: 1 | permalink | Published: Monday, 14 August, 2017, 8:00 AM

This Week @ MHS

The only things on the calendar for the week ahead are a full teacher workshop and a free tour: - Wednesday, 9 August, 9:00AM : Participants in "Food in American History" - a three-day workshop, August 9-11 - will taste their way throguh 400 years of American history [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Sunday, 6 August, 2017, 12:00 AM

Dr. Lincoln R. Stone, Civil War Surgeon

Gallipolis, Ohio is a village of 3,462 people nestled on the banks of the Ohio River. It has a few claims to fame, including being the birthplace of artist Jenny Holzer and hometown of Bob Evans of “Bob Evans” restaurants. Unrelated to conceptual art or country-themed [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Friday, 4 August, 2017, 2:26 PM

John Randolph of Roanoke

The recently acquired MHS collection of Shaw-Minturn family papers has received its fair share of well-deserved press, particularly related to the discovery of the famous sword carried by Robert Gould Shaw at the assault on Fort Wagner. I hope to write more about the Shaw [...] read more

comments: 0 | permalink | Published: Wednesday, 2 August, 2017, 2:59 PM