Press Releases

New Exhibition at the MHS Showcases Never-Before-Seen Textiles and Uncovers Little Known Stories

Take a journey through several centuries of New England style in an exhibition of clothing, fabric, accoutrements, and associated manuscripts. Many of us spend time thinking about what we wear and what these choices say about our personality, interests, position, and beliefs. This has been true throughout history. Yet, over time the coded messages in material culture of the American past have become harder for us to read. Fashioning the New England Family uncovers stories as told by various examples of clothing, fabric, accoutrements, and associated manuscripts. The exhibition is on display at the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) through April 6, 2019, Monday through Saturday, from ...

Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize Awarded

Douglas Winiarski recognized for Darkness Falls on the Land of Light: Experiencing Religious Awakenings in Eighteenth-Century New England The Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) has announced that the 2018 Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize will go to Douglas Winiarski for his book Darkness Falls on the Land of Light: Experiencing Religious Awakenings in Eighteenth-Century New England, published in 2017 by the University of North Carolina Press for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. The Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize is given to the best nonfiction work on the history ...

Gift will Make John Quincy Adams's Diary Truly Accessible for the First Time

The MHS received a generous gift from the Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund to create searchable transcriptions of the John Quincy Adams Diary The MHS received a generous gift from the Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund to continue to transcribe the diary of John Quincy Adams (JQA). The mission of the Digital John Quincy Adams Diary (DJQA) project is to make his diary truly accessible for the first time by presenting a verified and searchable transcription of each entry alongside the manuscript page images on the MHS website. Enhanced access to this free resource will include keyword and personal name search ability, along with topical search features based on the themes in middle and high school American history curricula. A 2,000-page subset of the diary covering JQA’s time as secretary of state is nearing completion; this gift will help to complete the ...

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Upcoming Events

Breaking the Banks: Representations & Realities in New England Fisheries, 1866–1966

16Jan 6:00PM 2019
There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30.

Matthew McKenzie weaves together the industrial, cultural, political, and ecological history of New England’s fisheries through the story of how the Boston haddock ...

African American History Seminar

Race, Empire, and the Erasure of African Identities in Harvard’s “National Skulls”

17Jan 5:15PM 2019

In 1847, John Collins Warren gave his anatomical collection to the Harvard medical school, including a collection of “national skulls.” This paper analyzes ...

History of Women and Gender Seminar

How to Be an American Housewife: American Red Cross “Bride Schools” in Japan in the Cold War Era

22Jan 5:30PM 2019
Location: Massachusetts Historical Society

In 1951, the American Red Cross in Japan began offering “schools for brides,” to prepare Japanese women married to American servicemen for successful entry ...

From our Blog

“Light, airy, and genteel”: Abigail Adams on French Women

When Abigail Adams arrived in France in August 1784, she must have felt like she had just landed on the moon. In all 39 years of her life, Abigail had never been south of Plymouth, north of Haverhill, ...

This Week @MHS

We have two seminars and an evening talk scheduled at the MHS this week.  - Tuesday, 15 January, 5:15 PM: Camp Benson & the “GAR Camps”: Recreational Landscapes of Civil War ...

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