July 2019
Public Program, Conversation The Legacy of the China Trade in Massachusetts: The Emergence of a Global Boston 22 July 2019.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Gwenn Miller, College of the Holy Cross; Dael Norwood, University of Delaware; Moderator: Tunney Lee, MIT There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). Trade with China began in earnest in the peaceful years following the Revolution, with ports in ...

Trade with China began in earnest in the peaceful years following the Revolution, with ports in Salem and Boston emerging as some of the most dynamic sites of economic activity in the early American landscape. This cross-cultural exposure and influence helped cast Boston’s strong regional identity and marked the city as an international force in its own right. This discussion will explore the breadth of Boston’s early global reach and how reflections of this past are still felt today.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//hooper_bb.jpg Brown Bag, Research Fellow “That Agitating Element”: African Americans, Native Americans, and the Push for Citizenship in the 19th Century 24 July 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Kevin Hooper, University of Oklahoma This talk explores the ways in which African Americans and Native Americans shaped conceptions of U ...

This talk explores the ways in which African Americans and Native Americans shaped conceptions of U.S. citizenship in the 19th century. Although citizenship became more of a federal concern after the Civil War, this talk argues that African American and Native American activists began this transition in the antebellum period by appealing directly to the federal government to assert their rights.

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Teacher Workshopbegins LGBTQ+ Rights and the US Courts 25 July 2019.Thursday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Please RSVP   Registration fee: $40 This teacher workshop explores LGBTQ+ rights through pivotal U.S. court cases, with a particular ...

This teacher workshop explores LGBTQ+ rights through pivotal U.S. court cases, with a particular focus on the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas case that decriminalized homosexuality. The program is offered in partnership with History UnErased, an organization that helps teachers incorporate LGBTQ+ history in their classroom and curriculum.

The workshop runs from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM each day. This workshop is open to all K-12 educators. Teachers can earn 45 Professional Development Points and 2 graduate credits (for an additional fee).

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Teacher Workshopends LGBTQ+ Rights and the US Courts 26 July 2019.Friday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Please RSVP   Registration fee: $40 This teacher workshop explores LGBTQ+ rights through pivotal U.S. court cases, with a particular ...

This teacher workshop explores LGBTQ+ rights through pivotal U.S. court cases, with a particular focus on the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas case that decriminalized homosexuality. The program is offered in partnership with History UnErased, an organization that helps teachers incorporate LGBTQ+ history in their classroom and curriculum.

The workshop runs from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM each day. This workshop is open to all K-12 educators. Teachers can earn 45 Professional Development Points and 2 graduate credits (for an additional fee).

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 27 July 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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Public Program, Conversation The Legacy of the China Trade in Massachusetts: Families, Fortunes, & Foreign Luxuries 30 July 2019.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Caroline Frank, Brown University; Dane Morrison, Salem State University; Moderator: Gwenn Miller, College of the Holy Cross There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). We live in a society where Chinese-made commodities are a part of everyday life. But dependence on ...

We live in a society where Chinese-made commodities are a part of everyday life. But dependence on foreign goods is not a modern American phenomenon. The economic, political, and social dimensions of early trade with China were felt on the domestic and individual levels, as reliance on tea, silks, and other materials sourced from China became staples in early American households. Massachusetts merchant families were able to capitalize on a hunger for these goods to shape the city as well as their own fortunes.

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August 2019
MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 3 August 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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Teacher Workshopbegins The Reconstruction Era: History and Legacy 7 August 2019.Wednesday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Please RSVP   Registration fee: $50 This workshop will explore the era and legacy of Reconstruction in American history and society, ...

This workshop will explore the era and legacy of Reconstruction in American history and society, from the aftermath of the war to the role it plays in current issues today. We will discuss the effects of Reconstruction on African American and Native American communities, its civic and legal legacies, memory of the period and of the violence that followed, and local heroes who fought for civil rights in the wake of the Civil War.

The workshop runs from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day. This program is open to all K–12 educators. Teachers can earn 67.5 Professional Development Points and 2 graduate credits (for an additional fee).

 

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Teacher Workshopends The Reconstruction Era: History and Legacy 9 August 2019.Friday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Please RSVP   Registration fee: $50 This workshop will explore the era and legacy of Reconstruction in American history and society, ...

This workshop will explore the era and legacy of Reconstruction in American history and society, from the aftermath of the war to the role it plays in current issues today. We will discuss the effects of Reconstruction on African American and Native American communities, its civic and legal legacies, memory of the period and of the violence that followed, and local heroes who fought for civil rights in the wake of the Civil War.

The workshop runs from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day. This program is open to all K–12 educators. Teachers can earn 67.5 Professional Development Points and 2 graduate credits (for an additional fee).

 

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Brown Bag Cotton Mather’s Biblia Americana 1693-1728: America’s First Bible Commentary and Storehouse of Early-Modern Learning 9 August 2019.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Jan Stievermann, Heidelberg University With the ongoing edition of Cotton Mather’s massive Biblia Americana scholars of early America ...

With the ongoing edition of Cotton Mather’s massive Biblia Americana scholars of early America are now gaining access to the first comprehensive Bible commentary produced in the colonies. This talk will give an introduction to the riches of the Biblia as a source for the study of colonial New England and its place in early-modern intellectual history.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 10 August 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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Teacher Workshop National History Day in Massachusetts 14 August 2019.Wednesday, 10:30AM - 4:30PM Mason Square Branch of the Springfield City Library (765 State Street, Springfield, MA 01109) Open to Educators Grades 6-12 Join us for an introductory workshop that will provide you with tools and strategies for ...

Join us for an introductory workshop that will provide you with tools and strategies for implementing the National History Day curriculum in your classroom.

Looking for a new way to make history come alive for your students? Eager to equip them with the research and writing skills they’ll need in college and beyond? National History Day in Massachusetts checks all of the boxes: it’s a year-long interdisciplinary program for Grades 6-12 that blends historical research, analysis, and creative expression. National History Day is the nation's leading program for history education and engages more than half a million students across the country each year. Students research history topics of their choice related to an annual theme and create exhibits, documentaries, performances, papers, and documentary films, which they may then enter in competitions at the regional, state, and national levels.

With generous support from Mass Humanities, we will be offering educators a $150 stipend and 22.5 PDPs upon completion of this workshop. (We ask for a $50 deposit, which will be refunded to you at the workshop. If this will be an obstacle for attendance, please email us at education@masshist.org.)

MHS staff are happy to provide an optional 1-day follow-up session in the fall for any teacher or district who wants additional mentorship. Teachers will also be required to judge at one of the regional or state NHD competitions, which will take place in March and April 2020. In order to take part in this workshop, you must be currently working as a Grade 6-12 educator. If you have any questions, please contact us at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0576.

This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 17 August 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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Teacher Workshopbegins Immigration Policy in American History 22 August 2019.Thursday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Please RSVP   Registration fee: $40 This workshop will explore the long history of immigration policy in the United States and its ...

This workshop will explore the long history of immigration policy in the United States and its legacy in politics today. Our discussions will cover the wave of Irish immigration to Boston in the mid 19th century, along with the parallel Know-Nothing anti-immigration movement, and debates over immigration restriction in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as well Progressive Era efforts to “Americanize” immigrants. This workshop will draw on items from the Society’s rich holdings to help put contemporary debates in context.

This workshop will run from 9:00 to 4:00 each day. This program is open to all who work with K-12 students. Teachers can earn 45 Professional Development Points or 2 graduate credits (for an additional fee).

 

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Teacher Workshopends Immigration Policy in American History 23 August 2019.Friday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Please RSVP   Registration fee: $40 This workshop will explore the long history of immigration policy in the United States and its ...

This workshop will explore the long history of immigration policy in the United States and its legacy in politics today. Our discussions will cover the wave of Irish immigration to Boston in the mid 19th century, along with the parallel Know-Nothing anti-immigration movement, and debates over immigration restriction in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as well Progressive Era efforts to “Americanize” immigrants. This workshop will draw on items from the Society’s rich holdings to help put contemporary debates in context.

This workshop will run from 9:00 to 4:00 each day. This program is open to all who work with K-12 students. Teachers can earn 45 Professional Development Points or 2 graduate credits (for an additional fee).

 

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 24 August 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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Building Closed Labor Day 31 August 2019.Saturday, all day The MHS is CLOSED for the Labor Day weekend.

The MHS is CLOSED for the Labor Day weekend.

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September 2019
Building Closed Labor Day 2 September 2019.Monday, all day The MHS is CLOSED in observance of Labor Day.

The MHS is CLOSED in observance of Labor Day.

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Abigail Adams: Independence and Ideals, Pop-up Display and Talk 13 September 2019.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM The Pop-Up Display will be on view from July 1-September 21. September 13 at 2:00 PM: Join an Adams Papers editor for an in-depth look at the display. Never “an uninterested Spectator” when it came to the American political landscape, ...

Never “an uninterested Spectator” when it came to the American political landscape, Abigail Adams leveraged a wide network of correspondents to discuss her vision of the emerging nation.

 

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Can She Do It? cartoon Exhibitionends "Can She Do It?" Massachusetts Debates a Woman’s Right to Vote 21 September 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM, and Tuesday from 10 AM to 7 PM Colorful political cartoons, engaging campaign materials, and visual propaganda illustrate ...

Colorful political cartoons, engaging campaign materials, and visual propaganda illustrate the passion of those who argued for and against women’s suffrage.

Commemorating 100 years since Massachusetts ratified the 19th Amendment, this exhibition at the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) explores the activism and debate around women’s suffrage in Massachusetts. Featuring dynamic imagery from the collection of the MHS, “Can She Do It?” Massachusetts Debates a Woman’s Right to Vote illustrates the passion on each side of the suffrage question. The exhibition is open at the MHS April 26 through September 21, 2019, Monday through Saturday, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Abigail Adams - Independence and Ideals Exhibitionends Abigail Adams: Independence & Ideals 21 September 2019.Saturday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM Pop-up display open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM, and Tuesday from 10 AM to 7 PM For Abigail Adams, the road to independence meant creating and sustaining a new set of American ...

For Abigail Adams, the road to independence meant creating and sustaining a new set of American ideals. Abigail knew that the patriot cause must embrace both revolution and reform. Explore her views from the political center of the emerging nation with the manuscripts and artifacts on view as part of this Remember Abigail exhibit.

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October 2019
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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Public Program, Conversation The Legacy of the China Trade in Massachusetts: The Emergence of a Global Boston Register registration required 22 July 2019.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Gwenn Miller, College of the Holy Cross; Dael Norwood, University of Delaware; Moderator: Tunney Lee, MIT There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

Trade with China began in earnest in the peaceful years following the Revolution, with ports in Salem and Boston emerging as some of the most dynamic sites of economic activity in the early American landscape. This cross-cultural exposure and influence helped cast Boston’s strong regional identity and marked the city as an international force in its own right. This discussion will explore the breadth of Boston’s early global reach and how reflections of this past are still felt today.

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Brown Bag, Research Fellow “That Agitating Element”: African Americans, Native Americans, and the Push for Citizenship in the 19th Century this event is free 24 July 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Kevin Hooper, University of Oklahoma Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//hooper_bb.jpg

This talk explores the ways in which African Americans and Native Americans shaped conceptions of U.S. citizenship in the 19th century. Although citizenship became more of a federal concern after the Civil War, this talk argues that African American and Native American activists began this transition in the antebellum period by appealing directly to the federal government to assert their rights.

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Teacher Workshop LGBTQ+ Rights and the US Courts Please RSVP   registration required 25 July 2019 to 26 July 2019 Registration fee: $40

This teacher workshop explores LGBTQ+ rights through pivotal U.S. court cases, with a particular focus on the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas case that decriminalized homosexuality. The program is offered in partnership with History UnErased, an organization that helps teachers incorporate LGBTQ+ history in their classroom and curriculum.

The workshop runs from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM each day. This workshop is open to all K-12 educators. Teachers can earn 45 Professional Development Points and 2 graduate credits (for an additional fee).

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 27 July 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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Public Program, Conversation The Legacy of the China Trade in Massachusetts: Families, Fortunes, & Foreign Luxuries Register registration required 30 July 2019.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Caroline Frank, Brown University; Dane Morrison, Salem State University; Moderator: Gwenn Miller, College of the Holy Cross There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

We live in a society where Chinese-made commodities are a part of everyday life. But dependence on foreign goods is not a modern American phenomenon. The economic, political, and social dimensions of early trade with China were felt on the domestic and individual levels, as reliance on tea, silks, and other materials sourced from China became staples in early American households. Massachusetts merchant families were able to capitalize on a hunger for these goods to shape the city as well as their own fortunes.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 3 August 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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Teacher Workshop The Reconstruction Era: History and Legacy Please RSVP   registration required 7 August 2019 to 9 August 2019 Registration fee: $50

This workshop will explore the era and legacy of Reconstruction in American history and society, from the aftermath of the war to the role it plays in current issues today. We will discuss the effects of Reconstruction on African American and Native American communities, its civic and legal legacies, memory of the period and of the violence that followed, and local heroes who fought for civil rights in the wake of the Civil War.

The workshop runs from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day. This program is open to all K–12 educators. Teachers can earn 67.5 Professional Development Points and 2 graduate credits (for an additional fee).

 

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Brown Bag Cotton Mather’s Biblia Americana 1693-1728: America’s First Bible Commentary and Storehouse of Early-Modern Learning this event is free 9 August 2019.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Jan Stievermann, Heidelberg University

With the ongoing edition of Cotton Mather’s massive Biblia Americana scholars of early America are now gaining access to the first comprehensive Bible commentary produced in the colonies. This talk will give an introduction to the riches of the Biblia as a source for the study of colonial New England and its place in early-modern intellectual history.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 10 August 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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Teacher Workshop National History Day in Massachusetts Register registration required 14 August 2019.Wednesday, 10:30AM - 4:30PM Mason Square Branch of the Springfield City Library (765 State Street, Springfield, MA 01109) Open to Educators Grades 6-12

Join us for an introductory workshop that will provide you with tools and strategies for implementing the National History Day curriculum in your classroom.

Looking for a new way to make history come alive for your students? Eager to equip them with the research and writing skills they’ll need in college and beyond? National History Day in Massachusetts checks all of the boxes: it’s a year-long interdisciplinary program for Grades 6-12 that blends historical research, analysis, and creative expression. National History Day is the nation's leading program for history education and engages more than half a million students across the country each year. Students research history topics of their choice related to an annual theme and create exhibits, documentaries, performances, papers, and documentary films, which they may then enter in competitions at the regional, state, and national levels.

With generous support from Mass Humanities, we will be offering educators a $150 stipend and 22.5 PDPs upon completion of this workshop. (We ask for a $50 deposit, which will be refunded to you at the workshop. If this will be an obstacle for attendance, please email us at education@masshist.org.)

MHS staff are happy to provide an optional 1-day follow-up session in the fall for any teacher or district who wants additional mentorship. Teachers will also be required to judge at one of the regional or state NHD competitions, which will take place in March and April 2020. In order to take part in this workshop, you must be currently working as a Grade 6-12 educator. If you have any questions, please contact us at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0576.

This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 17 August 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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Teacher Workshop Immigration Policy in American History Please RSVP   registration required 22 August 2019 to 23 August 2019 Registration fee: $40

This workshop will explore the long history of immigration policy in the United States and its legacy in politics today. Our discussions will cover the wave of Irish immigration to Boston in the mid 19th century, along with the parallel Know-Nothing anti-immigration movement, and debates over immigration restriction in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as well Progressive Era efforts to “Americanize” immigrants. This workshop will draw on items from the Society’s rich holdings to help put contemporary debates in context.

This workshop will run from 9:00 to 4:00 each day. This program is open to all who work with K-12 students. Teachers can earn 45 Professional Development Points or 2 graduate credits (for an additional fee).

 

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MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 24 August 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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Building Closed Labor Day 31 August 2019.Saturday, all day

The MHS is CLOSED for the Labor Day weekend.

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Building Closed Labor Day 2 September 2019.Monday, all day

The MHS is CLOSED in observance of Labor Day.

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Abigail Adams: Independence and Ideals, Pop-up Display and Talk this event is free 13 September 2019.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM The Pop-Up Display will be on view from July 1-September 21. September 13 at 2:00 PM: Join an Adams Papers editor for an in-depth look at the display.

Never “an uninterested Spectator” when it came to the American political landscape, Abigail Adams leveraged a wide network of correspondents to discuss her vision of the emerging nation.

 

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Exhibition "Can She Do It?" Massachusetts Debates a Woman’s Right to Vote this event is free Open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM, and Tuesday from 10 AM to 7 PM Can She Do It? cartoon

Colorful political cartoons, engaging campaign materials, and visual propaganda illustrate the passion of those who argued for and against women’s suffrage.

Commemorating 100 years since Massachusetts ratified the 19th Amendment, this exhibition at the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) explores the activism and debate around women’s suffrage in Massachusetts. Featuring dynamic imagery from the collection of the MHS, “Can She Do It?” Massachusetts Debates a Woman’s Right to Vote illustrates the passion on each side of the suffrage question. The exhibition is open at the MHS April 26 through September 21, 2019, Monday through Saturday, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Exhibition Abigail Adams: Independence & Ideals this event is free Pop-up display open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM, and Tuesday from 10 AM to 7 PM Abigail Adams - Independence and Ideals

For Abigail Adams, the road to independence meant creating and sustaining a new set of American ideals. Abigail knew that the patriot cause must embrace both revolution and reform. Explore her views from the political center of the emerging nation with the manuscripts and artifacts on view as part of this Remember Abigail exhibit.

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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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