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Outstanding New Collection of 16 Autograph Letters Given to the MHS by Anonymous Donor

Dating from 1803 to 1823, the collection includes previously unknown letters written by James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, and Dolley Madison as well as letters by Thomas Jefferson, the Marquis de Lafayette, Elbridge Gerry, and James Sullivan.   An anonymous donor recently gave an outstanding collection of letters to the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS). Of the 16 letters, 14 were written to William Eustis, a physician and statesman, and two were exchanged between Caroline Eustis and Dolley Madison. Correspondents include Thomas Jefferson, John Quincy Adams, James Madison, James Monroe, Dolley Madison, Elbridge Gerry, and the Marquis de Lafayette, among others. The letters pertain primarily to politics and include topics such as the Louisiana Purchase, foreign policy, the Burr Conspiracy, Jefferson’s Embargo Act of 1807, political ...

MHS New England Biography Series Features Political Strategist and Author Sidney Blumenthal

Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 5:15 PM
Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street, Boston The MHS will host journalist, political strategist, and author Sidney Blumenthal in conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Megan Marshall on October 24, at 5:15 PM as part of its New England Biography Seminar series. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.  Today it seems you can't run for president without first putting out a memoir or autobiography. But biographies of presidential candidates - and presidents - are nothing new. Veteran political strategist, Washington insider, and author of the highly acclaimed multi-volume The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, Sidney Blumenthal, returns to Boston, ...

MHS Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

The Massachusetts Historical Society’s (MHS) strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the second time that the MHS earned this top distinction in the last five years. Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology. These Accountability & Transparency metrics, which account for 50 percent of a ...

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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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