Press Releases

Yankees in the West Now Open at the MHS

Explore how a generation of eastern tourists set out to claim their storyline in the expanding narrative of the American West.

Henry Adams - YellowstoneThe American West has long loomed large in the popular imagination. Depicted alternately as a harsh, untamed, and unpopulated wilderness; a land of opportunity; and the embodiment of America’s sense of entitlement through manifest destiny, realizing western promise was a dominant theme throughout the 19th century. Beginning mid-century, descriptions of the trans-Mississippi West flowed steadily east, capturing the Yankee eye and fueling still steadier streams of westward travel. Through a selection of letters, diaries, artifacts, photographs, and drawings, Yankees in the West explores how New Englanders experienced the trans-Mississippi west in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The exhibition is on display at the Society through April 6, 2018, Monday through Saturday, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

MHS Statement on Racism and Violence

The Massachusetts Historical Society joins the nation in condemning racism, hate, bigotry, and the violence borne of those views as evident in the recent actions in Charlottesville, Virginia. The MHS celebrates the American values of inclusion and diversity and will not tolerate individuals or groups who incite fear and hate based on factors such as race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.

Gerry E. Studds Papers—available for Researchers at the Massachusetts Historical Society—Used in New Biography

Collection contains material on wide-ranging subjects such as environmental and wildlife conservation, foreign policy, and gay rights and HIV/AIDS prevention.

The papers of Rep. Gerry E. Studds, donated to the MHS in 2014 by Studds’s husband Dean T. Hara, were used to write the first biography of Studds and are available for research. Gerry Eastman Studds (1937-2006), the first openly gay Congressman in the United States and an early leader in the gay and lesbian fight for equal rights and HIV/AIDS prevention, was also a vocal advocate for the environment, fisheries and wildlife conservation, the Coast Guard, health care, and many other causes. This wide-ranging collection contains material on a variety of subjects.