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The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine, Migration, & Opportunity Open at the Massachusetts Historical Society

Explore the impact of generations of Irish in Boston from famine relief efforts to a mass migration movement, community and institutional building, and a rise in political power.

The Irish AtlanticThe Irish have long been an important presence in Boston. The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine, Migration, & Opportunity, co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Historical Society and the Forbes House Museum in Milton, Mass., explores the Irish in Boston from famine relief efforts to a mass migration movement, decades of community and institutional building, and a rise in political power. The exhibition opens on March 10, 2017 and is on display at the Society through September 22, Monday through Saturday, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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The MHS brings documents by John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and Thomas Jefferson and other artifacts online on Google Arts & Culture for Presidents Day

Over 80 items from the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) can be viewed online on Google Arts & Culture by people around the world due to a new partnership between Google and the Society. Thanks to this new virtual collection, users will be able to see correspondence between John Adams, Abigail Adams, and John Quincy Adams as father and son progressed from American diplomats serving abroad to President of the United States; manuscripts from Thomas Jefferson’s private papers including a handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence and architectural drawings detailing plans for Monticello, and many other treasures of the Society in just a few clicks at https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/beta/partner/massachusetts-historical-society. This all comes as part of Google Arts & Culture's Presidents Day collection, (g.co/americandemocracy) celebrating the history of the United States presidency from George Washington to present day.  Explore a president's journey to and time in the Oval Office--from exciting political campaigns, to their first days in office, and finally defining moments of the presidency.

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MHS Announces New Center for the Teaching of History at the Massachusetts Historical Society

The Center aims to promote the importance of history education, civic literacy, and critical thinking to prepare our children to be informed and engaged citizens as well as contribute to the building of strong history content in the classroom.

Committed to using its unique resources to improve and support the teaching of American history in all K-12 classrooms, the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) announces the formation of the Center for the Teaching of History at the Massachusetts Historical Society (CTH). In the wake of the 2016 presidential election and amidst current events, the importance of civic literacy and history in our everyday lives is more apparent than ever. Through the CTH, the MHS will continue to lead efforts to promote the central role of history in American culture with a variety of high-quality teacher workshops, student programs, and innovative online resources.

"The MHS staff, Trustees, and Overseers see this as a watershed moment," said MHS President Dennis Fiori. "At the close of our 225th anniversary celebration, we look forward to playing a leading role as a respected voice for the importance of understanding our nation’s past with the establishment of the Center for the Teaching of History." He continued, "Under the leadership of Director Kathleen Barker, the new Center will enable us to better serve the public, promote the relevance of history, and improve the understanding of the role of civics in public life." 

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Winthrop Papers Digital Edition Launches

A rich and critical record of colonial settlement in New England and the events that unfolded in the decades that followed, the Winthrop Papers, held by the Massachusetts Historical Society, are central to the study of American history. 

The MHS announced that the Winthrop Papers Digital Edition is now publicly available online. It comprises the digitized content of the previously published volumes from the Winthrop Papers documentary edition, an ongoing publication of the MHS that began in the 1920s. The digitization was made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as editorial support from Harvard University Press and technical assistance from Rotunda, the electronic imprint of the University of Virginia Press. 

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