October 2019
Brown Bag Autonomous and Independent: Native Activists and the Rejection of U.S. Citizenship, 1906-1924 2 October 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Lila Teeters, University of New Hampshire In the early 20th century, U.S. Congressmen attempted to make every Native within the territorial ...

In the early 20th century, U.S. Congressmen attempted to make every Native within the territorial boundaries of the United States a citizen. Native activists, many committed to cultural integrity and the maintenance of tribal sovereignty, thwarted Congressional efforts for almost two decades. This talk follows the Native individuals and nations who led the protest against U.S. citizenship and analyzes how their fights shaped citizenship policies at large

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Public Program, Conversation, Housing as History Housing as History: Columbia Point and Commonwealth 2 October 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Lawrence Vale, Ford Professor of Urban Design and Planning, MIT; Jane Roessner, author, "A Decent Place To Live: From Columbia Point to Harbor Point-A Community History"; Charlie Titus, Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation, Special Projects and Program, UMass Boston This program will be held at MHS.   PLEASE NOTE - PEOPLE WHO REGISTERED FOR THIS PROGRAM AFTER 9/28/19 MAY BE ASKED TO SIT IN ...

 

PLEASE NOTE - PEOPLE WHO REGISTERED FOR THIS PROGRAM AFTER 9/28/19 MAY BE ASKED TO SIT IN OVERFLOW SEATING

(The overflow seating is on the same floor, one room over with a live video feed)

In 1979, after touring public housing sites with deplorable conditions, Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Paul Garrity ordered the Boston Housing Authority into receivership. Lewis H. (Harry) Spence was appointed as receiver. As Spence oversaw a massive redevelopment of the fourth largest housing authority in America, two very different housing models emerged: Columbia Point in Dorchester and Commonwealth in Brighton. Columbia Point was the largest public housing complex in New England and had once been a source of pride. However, a quarter century after it opened, it stood neglected, isolated, and mostly vacant. When it was redeveloped into the new community of Harbor Point, less than one-third of the resultant apartments were targeted to public housing residents. By contrast, Commonwealth remained 100% public housing. Nearly two-thirds of its original residents, many of whom had been deeply involved in the site’s redevelopment, were able to return to the site. This conversation will explore these outcomes, situating these redevelopments in the overall history of the Boston Housing Authority.

This program is made possible by the generosity of Mass Humanities and the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.

 

 

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Exhibitionbegins Fenway Connections 3 October 2019.Thursday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Gallery hours are: Mon., Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat.: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Tue.: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. The Fenway Studios is the only purpose-built structure in the United States designed to provide work ...

The Fenway Studios is the only purpose-built structure in the United States designed to provide work and living space for artists that is still used for its original intent. It was modeled after 19th-century Parisian atelier studios but took the additional step of encouraging studio-design suggestions from the founding artists. This temporary exhibition will celebrate the history and evolution of Fenway Studios by shining a light on contemporary work produced by current members alongside rarely shown paintings from the MHS collection created by past Fenway Studios artists.

The exhibition will run through 19 October and is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are: Mon., Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat.: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Tue.: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

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Exhibition, Special Event Fenway Connections Opening Reception 3 October 2019.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:30PM This opening reception is free and open to the public. The Fenway Studios is the only purpose-built structure in the United States designed to provide work ...

The Fenway Studios is the only purpose-built structure in the United States designed to provide work and living space for artists that is still used for its original intent. It was modeled after 19th-century Parisian atelier studios but took the additional step of encouraging studio-design suggestions from the founding artists. This temporary exhibition will celebrate the history and evolution of Fenway Studios by shining a light on contemporary work produced by current members alongside rarely shown paintings from the MHS collection created by past Fenway Studios artists.

Join us for the Fenway Connections opening reception from 5:30-7:30pm on the evening of October 3rd. 

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Student Research Open House at the Massachusetts Historical Society 5 October 2019.Saturday, 9:30AM - 12:00PM Working on a National History Day or other historical research project? Want to learn what it&rsquo ...

Working on a National History Day or other historical research project? Want to learn what it’s like to get your hands on primary sources? Discover the incredible primary sources at your fingertips in the MHS collections, and learn how to get the most out of researching in the archive!

Open to students grades 6-12, teachers are also welcome to attend. Please RSVP at the link.  For more information, email education@masshist.org or call 617-646-0588.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//ehs_banner.jpg Environmental History Seminar Brighton Fair: The Animal Suburb and the Making of Modern Boston 8 October 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Andrew Robichaud, Boston University Zachary Nowak, Harvard University In the nineteenth century, Brighton, Massachusetts became an iconic center of livestock and animal ...

In the nineteenth century, Brighton, Massachusetts became an iconic center of livestock and animal industries in North America. Andrew Robichaud explores the political and environmental dimensions of the rise and fall of this “animal suburb,” and explains its significance, both then and now.

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Public Program The Black Presence at the Battle of Bennington 9 October 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Phil Holland There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). The Battle of Bennington, fought on August 16, 1777, was a critical patriot victory that led ...

The Battle of Bennington, fought on August 16, 1777, was a critical patriot victory that led directly to the British surrender at Saratoga two months later. Led by Gen. John Stark, militia from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont, and Continental troops under Col. Seth Warner soundly defeated British troops attempting to seize stores held at Bennington. This illustrated talk is the first treatment of the black presence at the battle, which extended from black soldiers from the Berkshires to the sources of the wealth that funded the New Hampshire troops.

 

Image: Prisoners Taken at the Battle of Bennington by Leroy Williams. Credit: Bennington Museum, Bennington, Vermont.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//banner_draft_2.jpg African American History Seminar Talking About the N-Word: A Personal Social History* 10 October 2019.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Elizabeth Pryor, Smith College Randall Kennedy, Harvard Law In the 1980s and 1990s, Black intellectuals increasingly refused to repeat the violent language ...

In the 1980s and 1990s, Black intellectuals increasingly refused to repeat the violent language wielded against them. Thus, they invented the “n” word phrase, placing the racist slur n***er at the center of debates over political correctness and Black cultural expression. By exploring the long history of African American protest against the n-word, this reflection examines how the surrogate phrase straddles Black radicalism on one hand and respectability politics on the other.

*Previously titled "'A New Game': The Invention of the N-Word Phrase"

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 12 October 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led ...

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

 

 

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Special Event Opening Our Doors Celebration 14 October 2019.Monday, 10:00AM - 3:00PM The MHS will join its neighboring cultural institutions for a day of free history, art, music, and ...

The MHS will join its neighboring cultural institutions for a day of free history, art, music, and cultural happenings in the Fenway neighborhood. With over 20 different museums, venues, colleges, and organizations participating, there will be something for everyone. View Fenway Connections, an exhibition put together by the MHS and the Fenway Studios, take part in a family-friendly art project that is part of our Remember Abigail celebration, and join us for a historic walking tour of the Fenway neighborhood. 

Click here to register for the 11am walking tour of the Fenway neighborhood.

Click here to register for the 2pm walking tour of the Fenway neighborhood.

 

 

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Walking Tour Morning Fenway Neighborhood Walking Tour 14 October 2019.Monday, 11:00AM - 12:00PM Tour will meet at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston 02215 REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS TOUR. Join MHS staff members Peter Drummey and Sarah Bertulli as they lead a tour of the historic Fenway ...

Join MHS staff members Peter Drummey and Sarah Bertulli as they lead a tour of the historic Fenway neighborhood. The tour group will meet at the Massachusetts Historical Society and will leave off at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum so guests can take advantage of more Opening Our Doors activities.

 

 

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Library Closed Library Closed 14 October 2019.Monday, all day The Library is CLOSED for a special event.

The Library is CLOSED for a special event.

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Walking Tour Afternoon Fenway Neighborhood Walking Tour 14 October 2019.Monday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Tour will meet at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston 02215 REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS TOUR. Join MHS staff members Peter Drummey and Sarah Bertulli as they lead a tour of the historic Fenway ...

Join MHS staff members Peter Drummey and Sarah Bertulli as they lead a tour of the historic Fenway neighborhood. The tour group will meet at the Massachusetts Historical Society and will leave off at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum so guests can take advantage of more Opening Our Doors activities.

 

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//wgs_banner.jpg History of Women, Gender and Sexuality Seminar “Ladies Aid” as Labor History: Working Class Formation in the Interwar Syrian American Mahjar 15 October 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Stacy Fahrenthold, University of California, Davis Ilham Khuri-Makdisi, Northeastern University Founded in 1917, the Syrian Ladies Aid Society of Boston (SLAS) provided food, shelter, education, ...

Founded in 1917, the Syrian Ladies Aid Society of Boston (SLAS) provided food, shelter, education, and employment to Syrian workers. Volunteers understood the SLAS as both a women’s organization and a proletarian movement led by Syrian women. Drawing from SLAS club records, private family papers, activist correspondence, and the Syrian press, this essay calls attention to the role women played in working class formation in the Arab American diaspora, and argues for a class-centered reassessment of “ladies aid” politics.

 

This series is co-sponsored by the Boston Seminar on Modern American Society & Culture.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//7286_mark_work_lg.jpg Brown Bag, Research Fellow The Last & Living Words of Mark: Following the Clues to the Enslaved Man’s Life, Afterlife, and to his Community in Boston, Charlestown, and South Shore Massachusetts 16 October 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Catherine Sasanov, Independent Researcher Mark (1725-1755), a blacksmith, husband, and father, might have slipped from public memory if not ...

Mark (1725-1755), a blacksmith, husband, and father, might have slipped from public memory if not for his brutal end: his body gibbeted for decades on Charlestown Common for the poisoning of his enslaver, John Codman. This project, grounded in Mark’s testimony, approaches “legal” and other documents as crime scenes; attention to clues, connections, and seemingly insignificant details unlock important, previously unrecognized aspects of Mark’s world, thwarting their original intent: the enforcement of slavery’s status quo.

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Public Program, Conversation, Housing as History Housing as History: Villa Victoria and the Fenway Community Development Corporation 16 October 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Mario Luis Small, Grafstein Professor of Sociology, Harvard University; Mathew Thall, founding Executive Director, Fenway CDC; Mayra I. Negrón-Roche, COO, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción Location: Blackstone Community Center, 50 W. Brookline St, Boston, MA 02118. In the 1960s and 1970s Boston struggled to stem urban flight and a landscape of deteriorating ...

In the 1960s and 1970s Boston struggled to stem urban flight and a landscape of deteriorating housing stock. Massive redevelopment projects, such as the razing of the West End, sent shockwaves through the city. By the mid-1960s, the South End found itself the focus of redevelopment plans. A group of mostly Puerto Rican residents began to meet and then incorporated as the Emergency Tenants’ Council, which became Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, Inc. (IBA). In 1969, following a widespread campaign, the IBA won the right to serve as the developer for their neighborhood and; using the architecture of Puerto Rico as inspiration, built Villa Victoria. A few years later and few blocks away, the Fenway neighborhood faced the Fenway Urban Renewal Plan (FURP), which planned to clear sections of the neighborhood. local residents sued the city to block FURP and won the right to have a neighborhood-elected board become part of the decision-making process. Out of these efforts came the Fenway CDC with a mission to develop and maintain affordable housing and advocate on behalf of a vibrant and diverse community.

Please note: This program will be held at Blackstone Community Center, 50 W. Brookline St, Boston, MA 02118.

This program is made possible by the generosity of Mass Humanities and the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//lowell.png Digital History Seminar The World Comes to Lowell: Building a Digital Immigration History Website 17 October 2019.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Robert Forrant, University of Massachusetts Lowell Ingrid Hess, University of Massachusetts Lowell Based at UMass Lowell, this digital project provides an entry point to the immigrant and refugee ...

Based at UMass Lowell, this digital project provides an entry point to the immigrant and refugee history of Lowell with an eye toward greater New England. An interdisciplinary team of faculty and students created the website content and produced the motion graphics to present supporting photographs, maps, and links to additional resources. The site is designed to be a tool for educators and a resource for interested community members.

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Notice Library Closing @ 3:00PM 18 October 2019.Friday, all day In preparation for an afternoon event, the library closes at 3:00PM.

In preparation for an afternoon event, the library closes at 3:00PM.

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Exhibitionends Fenway Connections 19 October 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Gallery hours are: Mon., Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat.: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Tue.: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. The Fenway Studios is the only purpose-built structure in the United States designed to provide work ...

The Fenway Studios is the only purpose-built structure in the United States designed to provide work and living space for artists that is still used for its original intent. It was modeled after 19th-century Parisian atelier studios but took the additional step of encouraging studio-design suggestions from the founding artists. This temporary exhibition will celebrate the history and evolution of Fenway Studios by shining a light on contemporary work produced by current members alongside rarely shown paintings from the MHS collection created by past Fenway Studios artists.

The exhibition will run through 19 October and is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are: Mon., Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat.: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Tue.: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 19 October 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led ...

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

 

 

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Notice Library Closing @ 3:00PM 19 October 2019.Saturday, all day In preparation for an afternoon event, the library closes at 3:00PM.

In preparation for an afternoon event, the library closes at 3:00PM.

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Conversation, Public Program, Legacies of 1619 Legacies of 1619: Afro-Native Connections 19 October 2019.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 3:30. Christine DeLucia, Williams College; Kendra Field, Tufts University; and moderator Catherine Allgor, MHS Even before the arrival of enslaved Africans, Native Americans were forced into bondage and ...

Even before the arrival of enslaved Africans, Native Americans were forced into bondage and transported far from their homes in North America. Even as the Native populations were decimated and displaced, the communities that survived remained a refuge for African Americans. These distinct communities forged familial, social, and cultural bonds with each other over time. This program will explore the complex relationship between African Americans, Native Americans, the institution of slavery, and these groups’ attempts to seek equal rights in American society.

This program is part two of a four program series titled Legacies of 1619. The series is a production of the Massachusetts Historical Society and is co-sponsored by the Museum of African American History and the Roxbury Community College.

  

 

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Public Program, Author Talk Saving America’s Cities: Ed Logue & the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age 21 October 2019.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Lizabeth Cohen, Harvard University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). Edward J. Logue was a giant of 20th-century East Coast urban redevelopment. From the 1950s through ...

Edward J. Logue was a giant of 20th-century East Coast urban redevelopment. From the 1950s through the 1980s, he worked to revive a declining New Haven, became the architect of the “New Boston,” led New York State’s Urban Development Corporation, and ended his career working to turn around the South Bronx. Prizewinning historian Lizabeth Cohen analyzes Logue’s complicated legacy in urban renewal as a dramatic story of heart- break and destruction, but also of human idealism and resourcefulness.

 

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//7323_reconstruction_work_lg.jpg Brown Bag Towards an Intellectual History of Reconstruction: Ideas about Democracy, Nation, and Race in the era of Reconstruction 23 October 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Peter Wirzbicki, Princeton University What were the philosophical and intellectual ideas that Northern Republicans used to justify ...

What were the philosophical and intellectual ideas that Northern Republicans used to justify Reconstruction? This project analyzes the way that the Civil War and Reconstruction reshaped American ideas about democracy, nationalism, and race. Looking at works of political philosophy, popular pamphlets and polemics, and personal writing, this project demonstrates that, in order to justify Reconstruction, Northern thinkers had to remake their ideas about the nature of American sovereignty and what the American nation was.

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Special Event Queen Victoria: The Making of an Icon 23 October 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM This event is sold out Polly Putnam, Historic Royal Palaces There is a $25 fee to register. This event is complimentary for MHS Fund Giving Circle donors and Algonquin Club Foundation members. This talk, given by Polly Putnam, Collections Curator for the Historic Royal Palaces, considers the ...

This talk, given by Polly Putnam, Collections Curator for the Historic Royal Palaces, considers the development of Queen Victoria's public image over the course of her 63-year reign. Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and later Empress of India, is only second to Queen Elizabeth II as the longest ruling monarch in British history. Queen Victoria ruled from June 20, 1837 until her death on January 22, 1901. Ms. Putnam’s presentation reveals how Queen Victoria made a virtue of and shared her personal life with the people of Great Britain, which ensured not only her popularity but also an enduring public image.

Giving Circle donors* will be our complimentary guests at this special event. Following the presentation, donors will enjoy a lively reception and receive a special gift. Donate $500 or more now to receive your invitation!

*Giving Circle donors have given $500 or more to the MHS Fund in the past 12 months.

This event is co-sponsored by the Algonquin Club Foundation.

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//blumenthal_2.jpg Biography Seminar On the Campaign Trail 24 October 2019.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Sidney Blumenthal in Conversation with Megan Marshall Today it seems you can't run for president without first putting out a memoir or autobiography. But ...

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, where he got his start as a journalist, to engage in a wide-ranging discussion of lives in politics—from 1860 to 2020—and the uses of biography and, more recently, autobiography in shaping successful campaigns.

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Life and Legacy pop-up display Public Program Abigail Adams: Life & Legacy Gallery Talk 25 October 2019.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Join an Adams Papers editor to explore how Abigail Adams has come to hold a unique place within the ...

Join an Adams Papers editor to explore how Abigail Adams has come to hold a unique place within the fabric of American life.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//masc_banner.jpg Modern American Society and Culture Seminar Sesame Street and the Cultural Politics of the Spoken Word in the 1970s 29 October 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Kathryn Ostrofsky, Freelance Historian Victoria Cain, Northeastern University Sesame Street’s creators, audiences, and social activists all tried to use the popular ...

Sesame Street’s creators, audiences, and social activists all tried to use the popular television program as a tool to shape American society. The resulting discussions reveal that the sound of the spoken word played an important role in media representations of culture and community. People contested the messages conveyed by working-class accents, African American slang, and the Spanish language as they encouraged Sesame Street to embody Great Society liberalism or to engender a pluralistic society.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37//witch-publicdomain.jpg Brown Bag Inhuman Women and Puritanical Legacies in The VVitch 2015 30 October 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Amber Hodge, University of Mississippi The VVitch (2015) visualizes historical oppression as an origin for present-day ...

The VVitch (2015) visualizes historical oppression as an origin for present-day animalization and concordant disenfranchisement of women who operate outside of proscribed social norms. This talk connects MHS’s archives to The VVitch’s depiction of animality as both feminine and evil to demonstrate the legacy of patriarchal puritanism and possibilities for resistance.

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Notice Library Closing @ 3:45PM 30 October 2019.Wednesday, all day The library closes at 3:45PM in preparation for an evening event.

The library closes at 3:45PM in preparation for an evening event.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Development//0067_massacre_header-image.jpg Special Event Fire! Voices from the Boston Massacre 30 October 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM Registration is closed, this event is SOLD OUT. MHS Fellows and Members are invited to the sneak preview reception for Fire! Voices from the Boston ...

MHS Fellows and Members are invited to the sneak preview reception for Fire! Voices from the Boston Massacre.

On March 5, 1770, British soldiers occupying the town of Boston shot into a crowd, killing five civilians. The incident quickly became known as the Boston Massacre. Through a selection of first-person accounts, artifacts, and trial notes, this exhibition explores what it meant to be living in an occupied city and how this flash point changed the course of American history.

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Exhibitionbegins Fire! Voices From the Boston Massacre 31 October 2019.Thursday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Gallery hours are: Mon., Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat.: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Tue.: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. On the evening of March 5, 1770, soldiers occupying the town of Boston shot into a crowd, killing or ...

On the evening of March 5, 1770, soldiers occupying the town of Boston shot into a crowd, killing or fatally wounding five civilians.

In the aftermath of what soon became known as the Boston Massacre, questions about the command to “Fire!” became crucial. Who yelled it? When and why? Because the answers would determine the guilt or innocence of the soldiers, defense counsel John Adams insisted that “Facts are stubborn things.”

But what are the facts? The evidence, often contradictory, drew upon testimony from dozens of witnesses. Come learn about the Boston Massacre and “hear” for yourself—through a selection of artifacts, eyewitness accounts, and trial testimony—the voices of ordinary men and women, and discover how this flashpoint changed American history.

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Brown Bag Autonomous and Independent: Native Activists and the Rejection of U.S. Citizenship, 1906-1924 2 October 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Lila Teeters, University of New Hampshire

In the early 20th century, U.S. Congressmen attempted to make every Native within the territorial boundaries of the United States a citizen. Native activists, many committed to cultural integrity and the maintenance of tribal sovereignty, thwarted Congressional efforts for almost two decades. This talk follows the Native individuals and nations who led the protest against U.S. citizenship and analyzes how their fights shaped citizenship policies at large

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Public Program, Conversation, Housing as History Housing as History: Columbia Point and Commonwealth 2 October 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Lawrence Vale, Ford Professor of Urban Design and Planning, MIT; Jane Roessner, author, "A Decent Place To Live: From Columbia Point to Harbor Point-A Community History"; Charlie Titus, Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation, Special Projects and Program, UMass Boston This program will be held at MHS.

 

PLEASE NOTE - PEOPLE WHO REGISTERED FOR THIS PROGRAM AFTER 9/28/19 MAY BE ASKED TO SIT IN OVERFLOW SEATING

(The overflow seating is on the same floor, one room over with a live video feed)

In 1979, after touring public housing sites with deplorable conditions, Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Paul Garrity ordered the Boston Housing Authority into receivership. Lewis H. (Harry) Spence was appointed as receiver. As Spence oversaw a massive redevelopment of the fourth largest housing authority in America, two very different housing models emerged: Columbia Point in Dorchester and Commonwealth in Brighton. Columbia Point was the largest public housing complex in New England and had once been a source of pride. However, a quarter century after it opened, it stood neglected, isolated, and mostly vacant. When it was redeveloped into the new community of Harbor Point, less than one-third of the resultant apartments were targeted to public housing residents. By contrast, Commonwealth remained 100% public housing. Nearly two-thirds of its original residents, many of whom had been deeply involved in the site’s redevelopment, were able to return to the site. This conversation will explore these outcomes, situating these redevelopments in the overall history of the Boston Housing Authority.

This program is made possible by the generosity of Mass Humanities and the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.

 

 

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Exhibition Fenway Connections 3 October 2019 to 19 October 2019 Gallery hours are: Mon., Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat.: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Tue.: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

The Fenway Studios is the only purpose-built structure in the United States designed to provide work and living space for artists that is still used for its original intent. It was modeled after 19th-century Parisian atelier studios but took the additional step of encouraging studio-design suggestions from the founding artists. This temporary exhibition will celebrate the history and evolution of Fenway Studios by shining a light on contemporary work produced by current members alongside rarely shown paintings from the MHS collection created by past Fenway Studios artists.

The exhibition will run through 19 October and is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are: Mon., Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat.: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Tue.: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

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Exhibition, Special Event Fenway Connections Opening Reception 3 October 2019.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:30PM This opening reception is free and open to the public.

The Fenway Studios is the only purpose-built structure in the United States designed to provide work and living space for artists that is still used for its original intent. It was modeled after 19th-century Parisian atelier studios but took the additional step of encouraging studio-design suggestions from the founding artists. This temporary exhibition will celebrate the history and evolution of Fenway Studios by shining a light on contemporary work produced by current members alongside rarely shown paintings from the MHS collection created by past Fenway Studios artists.

Join us for the Fenway Connections opening reception from 5:30-7:30pm on the evening of October 3rd. 

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Student Research Open House at the Massachusetts Historical Society 5 October 2019.Saturday, 9:30AM - 12:00PM

Working on a National History Day or other historical research project? Want to learn what it’s like to get your hands on primary sources? Discover the incredible primary sources at your fingertips in the MHS collections, and learn how to get the most out of researching in the archive!

Open to students grades 6-12, teachers are also welcome to attend. Please RSVP at the link.  For more information, email education@masshist.org or call 617-646-0588.

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Environmental History Seminar Brighton Fair: The Animal Suburb and the Making of Modern Boston 8 October 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Andrew Robichaud, Boston University Zachary Nowak, Harvard University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//ehs_banner.jpg

In the nineteenth century, Brighton, Massachusetts became an iconic center of livestock and animal industries in North America. Andrew Robichaud explores the political and environmental dimensions of the rise and fall of this “animal suburb,” and explains its significance, both then and now.

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Public Program The Black Presence at the Battle of Bennington 9 October 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Phil Holland There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

The Battle of Bennington, fought on August 16, 1777, was a critical patriot victory that led directly to the British surrender at Saratoga two months later. Led by Gen. John Stark, militia from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont, and Continental troops under Col. Seth Warner soundly defeated British troops attempting to seize stores held at Bennington. This illustrated talk is the first treatment of the black presence at the battle, which extended from black soldiers from the Berkshires to the sources of the wealth that funded the New Hampshire troops.

 

Image: Prisoners Taken at the Battle of Bennington by Leroy Williams. Credit: Bennington Museum, Bennington, Vermont.

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African American History Seminar Talking About the N-Word: A Personal Social History* 10 October 2019.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Elizabeth Pryor, Smith College Randall Kennedy, Harvard Law Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//banner_draft_2.jpg

In the 1980s and 1990s, Black intellectuals increasingly refused to repeat the violent language wielded against them. Thus, they invented the “n” word phrase, placing the racist slur n***er at the center of debates over political correctness and Black cultural expression. By exploring the long history of African American protest against the n-word, this reflection examines how the surrogate phrase straddles Black radicalism on one hand and respectability politics on the other.

*Previously titled "'A New Game': The Invention of the N-Word Phrase"

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 12 October 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

 

 

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Special Event Opening Our Doors Celebration 14 October 2019.Monday, 10:00AM - 3:00PM

The MHS will join its neighboring cultural institutions for a day of free history, art, music, and cultural happenings in the Fenway neighborhood. With over 20 different museums, venues, colleges, and organizations participating, there will be something for everyone. View Fenway Connections, an exhibition put together by the MHS and the Fenway Studios, take part in a family-friendly art project that is part of our Remember Abigail celebration, and join us for a historic walking tour of the Fenway neighborhood. 

Click here to register for the 11am walking tour of the Fenway neighborhood.

Click here to register for the 2pm walking tour of the Fenway neighborhood.

 

 

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Walking Tour Morning Fenway Neighborhood Walking Tour 14 October 2019.Monday, 11:00AM - 12:00PM Tour will meet at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston 02215 REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS TOUR.

Join MHS staff members Peter Drummey and Sarah Bertulli as they lead a tour of the historic Fenway neighborhood. The tour group will meet at the Massachusetts Historical Society and will leave off at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum so guests can take advantage of more Opening Our Doors activities.

 

 

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Library Closed Library Closed 14 October 2019.Monday, all day

The Library is CLOSED for a special event.

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Walking Tour Afternoon Fenway Neighborhood Walking Tour 14 October 2019.Monday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Tour will meet at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston 02215 REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS TOUR.

Join MHS staff members Peter Drummey and Sarah Bertulli as they lead a tour of the historic Fenway neighborhood. The tour group will meet at the Massachusetts Historical Society and will leave off at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum so guests can take advantage of more Opening Our Doors activities.

 

 

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History of Women, Gender and Sexuality Seminar “Ladies Aid” as Labor History: Working Class Formation in the Interwar Syrian American Mahjar 15 October 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Stacy Fahrenthold, University of California, Davis Ilham Khuri-Makdisi, Northeastern University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//wgs_banner.jpg

Founded in 1917, the Syrian Ladies Aid Society of Boston (SLAS) provided food, shelter, education, and employment to Syrian workers. Volunteers understood the SLAS as both a women’s organization and a proletarian movement led by Syrian women. Drawing from SLAS club records, private family papers, activist correspondence, and the Syrian press, this essay calls attention to the role women played in working class formation in the Arab American diaspora, and argues for a class-centered reassessment of “ladies aid” politics.

 

This series is co-sponsored by the Boston Seminar on Modern American Society & Culture.

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Brown Bag, Research Fellow The Last & Living Words of Mark: Following the Clues to the Enslaved Man’s Life, Afterlife, and to his Community in Boston, Charlestown, and South Shore Massachusetts 16 October 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Catherine Sasanov, Independent Researcher Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//7286_mark_work_lg.jpg

Mark (1725-1755), a blacksmith, husband, and father, might have slipped from public memory if not for his brutal end: his body gibbeted for decades on Charlestown Common for the poisoning of his enslaver, John Codman. This project, grounded in Mark’s testimony, approaches “legal” and other documents as crime scenes; attention to clues, connections, and seemingly insignificant details unlock important, previously unrecognized aspects of Mark’s world, thwarting their original intent: the enforcement of slavery’s status quo.

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Public Program, Conversation, Housing as History Housing as History: Villa Victoria and the Fenway Community Development Corporation 16 October 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Mario Luis Small, Grafstein Professor of Sociology, Harvard University; Mathew Thall, founding Executive Director, Fenway CDC; Mayra I. Negrón-Roche, COO, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción Location: Blackstone Community Center, 50 W. Brookline St, Boston, MA 02118.

In the 1960s and 1970s Boston struggled to stem urban flight and a landscape of deteriorating housing stock. Massive redevelopment projects, such as the razing of the West End, sent shockwaves through the city. By the mid-1960s, the South End found itself the focus of redevelopment plans. A group of mostly Puerto Rican residents began to meet and then incorporated as the Emergency Tenants’ Council, which became Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, Inc. (IBA). In 1969, following a widespread campaign, the IBA won the right to serve as the developer for their neighborhood and; using the architecture of Puerto Rico as inspiration, built Villa Victoria. A few years later and few blocks away, the Fenway neighborhood faced the Fenway Urban Renewal Plan (FURP), which planned to clear sections of the neighborhood. local residents sued the city to block FURP and won the right to have a neighborhood-elected board become part of the decision-making process. Out of these efforts came the Fenway CDC with a mission to develop and maintain affordable housing and advocate on behalf of a vibrant and diverse community.

Please note: This program will be held at Blackstone Community Center, 50 W. Brookline St, Boston, MA 02118.

This program is made possible by the generosity of Mass Humanities and the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.

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Digital History Seminar The World Comes to Lowell: Building a Digital Immigration History Website 17 October 2019.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Robert Forrant, University of Massachusetts Lowell Ingrid Hess, University of Massachusetts Lowell Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//lowell.png

Based at UMass Lowell, this digital project provides an entry point to the immigrant and refugee history of Lowell with an eye toward greater New England. An interdisciplinary team of faculty and students created the website content and produced the motion graphics to present supporting photographs, maps, and links to additional resources. The site is designed to be a tool for educators and a resource for interested community members.

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Notice Library Closing @ 3:00PM 18 October 2019.Friday, all day

In preparation for an afternoon event, the library closes at 3:00PM.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 19 October 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

 

 

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Notice Library Closing @ 3:00PM 19 October 2019.Saturday, all day

In preparation for an afternoon event, the library closes at 3:00PM.

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Conversation, Public Program, Legacies of 1619 Legacies of 1619: Afro-Native Connections 19 October 2019.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 3:30. Christine DeLucia, Williams College; Kendra Field, Tufts University; and moderator Catherine Allgor, MHS

Watch the recording of this event, embedded below:

Even before the arrival of enslaved Africans, Native Americans were forced into bondage and transported far from their homes in North America. Even as the Native populations were decimated and displaced, the communities that survived remained a refuge for African Americans. These distinct communities forged familial, social, and cultural bonds with each other over time. This program will explore the complex relationship between African Americans, Native Americans, the institution of slavery, and these groups’ attempts to seek equal rights in American society.

This program is part two of a four program series titled Legacies of 1619. The series is a production of the Massachusetts Historical Society and is co-sponsored by the Museum of African American History and the Roxbury Community College.

  

 

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Public Program, Author Talk Saving America’s Cities: Ed Logue & the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age 21 October 2019.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Lizabeth Cohen, Harvard University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

Edward J. Logue was a giant of 20th-century East Coast urban redevelopment. From the 1950s through the 1980s, he worked to revive a declining New Haven, became the architect of the “New Boston,” led New York State’s Urban Development Corporation, and ended his career working to turn around the South Bronx. Prizewinning historian Lizabeth Cohen analyzes Logue’s complicated legacy in urban renewal as a dramatic story of heart- break and destruction, but also of human idealism and resourcefulness.

 

 

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Brown Bag Towards an Intellectual History of Reconstruction: Ideas about Democracy, Nation, and Race in the era of Reconstruction 23 October 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Peter Wirzbicki, Princeton University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//7323_reconstruction_work_lg.jpg

What were the philosophical and intellectual ideas that Northern Republicans used to justify Reconstruction? This project analyzes the way that the Civil War and Reconstruction reshaped American ideas about democracy, nationalism, and race. Looking at works of political philosophy, popular pamphlets and polemics, and personal writing, this project demonstrates that, in order to justify Reconstruction, Northern thinkers had to remake their ideas about the nature of American sovereignty and what the American nation was.

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Special Event Queen Victoria: The Making of an Icon 23 October 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM This event is sold out Polly Putnam, Historic Royal Palaces There is a $25 fee to register. This event is complimentary for MHS Fund Giving Circle donors and Algonquin Club Foundation members.

This talk, given by Polly Putnam, Collections Curator for the Historic Royal Palaces, considers the development of Queen Victoria's public image over the course of her 63-year reign. Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and later Empress of India, is only second to Queen Elizabeth II as the longest ruling monarch in British history. Queen Victoria ruled from June 20, 1837 until her death on January 22, 1901. Ms. Putnam’s presentation reveals how Queen Victoria made a virtue of and shared her personal life with the people of Great Britain, which ensured not only her popularity but also an enduring public image.

Giving Circle donors* will be our complimentary guests at this special event. Following the presentation, donors will enjoy a lively reception and receive a special gift. Donate $500 or more now to receive your invitation!

*Giving Circle donors have given $500 or more to the MHS Fund in the past 12 months.

This event is co-sponsored by the Algonquin Club Foundation.

 

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Biography Seminar On the Campaign Trail 24 October 2019.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Sidney Blumenthal in Conversation with Megan Marshall Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//blumenthal_2.jpg

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, where he got his start as a journalist, to engage in a wide-ranging discussion of lives in politics—from 1860 to 2020—and the uses of biography and, more recently, autobiography in shaping successful campaigns.

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Public Program Abigail Adams: Life & Legacy Gallery Talk 25 October 2019.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Life and Legacy pop-up display

Join an Adams Papers editor to explore how Abigail Adams has come to hold a unique place within the fabric of American life.

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Modern American Society and Culture Seminar Sesame Street and the Cultural Politics of the Spoken Word in the 1970s 29 October 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Kathryn Ostrofsky, Freelance Historian Victoria Cain, Northeastern University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//masc_banner.jpg

Sesame Street’s creators, audiences, and social activists all tried to use the popular television program as a tool to shape American society. The resulting discussions reveal that the sound of the spoken word played an important role in media representations of culture and community. People contested the messages conveyed by working-class accents, African American slang, and the Spanish language as they encouraged Sesame Street to embody Great Society liberalism or to engender a pluralistic society.

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Brown Bag Inhuman Women and Puritanical Legacies in The VVitch 2015 30 October 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Amber Hodge, University of Mississippi Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37//witch-publicdomain.jpg

The VVitch (2015) visualizes historical oppression as an origin for present-day animalization and concordant disenfranchisement of women who operate outside of proscribed social norms. This talk connects MHS’s archives to The VVitch’s depiction of animality as both feminine and evil to demonstrate the legacy of patriarchal puritanism and possibilities for resistance.

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Notice Library Closing @ 3:45PM 30 October 2019.Wednesday, all day

The library closes at 3:45PM in preparation for an evening event.

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Special Event Fire! Voices from the Boston Massacre 30 October 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM Registration is closed, this event is SOLD OUT. Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Development//0067_massacre_header-image.jpg

MHS Fellows and Members are invited to the sneak preview reception for Fire! Voices from the Boston Massacre.

On March 5, 1770, British soldiers occupying the town of Boston shot into a crowd, killing five civilians. The incident quickly became known as the Boston Massacre. Through a selection of first-person accounts, artifacts, and trial notes, this exhibition explores what it meant to be living in an occupied city and how this flash point changed the course of American history.

Space is limited.

 

 

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Exhibition Fire! Voices From the Boston Massacre this event is free 31 October 2019 to 30 June 2020 Gallery hours are: Mon., Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat.: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Tue.: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

On the evening of March 5, 1770, soldiers occupying the town of Boston shot into a crowd, killing or fatally wounding five civilians.

In the aftermath of what soon became known as the Boston Massacre, questions about the command to “Fire!” became crucial. Who yelled it? When and why? Because the answers would determine the guilt or innocence of the soldiers, defense counsel John Adams insisted that “Facts are stubborn things.”

But what are the facts? The evidence, often contradictory, drew upon testimony from dozens of witnesses. Come learn about the Boston Massacre and “hear” for yourself—through a selection of artifacts, eyewitness accounts, and trial testimony—the voices of ordinary men and women, and discover how this flashpoint changed American history.

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