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      • Early American History SeminarPetitions and the Cry of Sedition
        Early American History SeminarPetitions and the Cry of Sedition
        5:15PM - 7:30PM Adrian C. Weimer, Providence College Comment: Walter Woodward, University of Connecticut More
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            • Public Program, Author TalkThe Slave's Cause
              Public Program, Author TalkThe Slave's Cause
              6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Manisha Sinha, University of Connecticut More
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                  • History of Women and Gender SeminarMiss America’s Politics: Beauty and the Development of the New Ri...
                    History of Women and Gender SeminarMiss America’s Politics: Beauty and the Development of the New Right since 1968
                    5:30PM - 7:45PM Location: Massachusetts Historical Society Micki McElya, University of Connecticut Comment: Genevieve A. Clutario, Harvard University Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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                            Exhibition Yankees in the West 6 October 2017 to 6 April 2018 Open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM Yankees in the West

                            For generations Americans have been fascinated with the American west. Depictions of the western landscape flooded New England in the mid19th century, spurring a stream of western tourism. Yankees in the West draws from the Society's collections of letters, diaries, photographs, drawings, and artifacts to explore the ways New Englanders experienced the trans-Mississippi west in the late19th and early 20th centuries.

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                            Teacher Workshop The Political Lives of Historical Monuments and Memorials 2 December 2017.Saturday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Registration fee: $25 per person

                            This workshop is now full. Please join us on March 17, 2018 for another workshop on this topic: Monuments and Historical Memory.

                            Who decides what should be remembered in public spaces? Is removing a monument the equivalent of erasing history, or should monuments change along with their communities? Join MHS in exploring how monuments and memorials can help students understand history, historical memory, and how national symbols play a critical role in articulating culture and identity. We will discuss examples of monuments and memorials ranging from early American history to the Holocaust, and will engage with the current controversy over the role of Confederate monuments and memorials in communities across the US.

                            This program is open to all K-12 educators. Teachers can earn 22.5 PDPs or one graduate credit (for an additional fee).

                            Image: Dedication of the Memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, Boston, 31 May 1897, albumen print.

                            Highlights:

                            • Explore WWII and Holocaust commemoration across the globe.
                            • Learn about the history of Confederate monuments in America: When were they erected? Who built them? What do they signify? 
                            • Discuss ways to engage students in conversation on current national debates over Confederate symbols in public spaces.
                            • Meet Kevin Levin, educator, historian, and author of the blog, Civil War Memory
                            • View and analyze documents and artifacts from the Society's collections.


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                            Public Program Reforming Boston: Remaking the 19th-Century City 4 December 2017.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM

                            In this presentation and virtual exhibit, Professor Andrew Robichaud and students from Boston University will present more than twenty rare artifacts and documents from the archives of the Massachusetts Historical Society. From prison and asylum reform, to education and temperance, to women’s rights and abolitionism, this presentation will explore many dimensions of reform in Boston. How did Boston reformers understand their changing world, and how did they understand social change and improvement?

                            Light refreshments will be served after the presentations.

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                            Early American History Seminar Petitions and the Cry of Sedition 5 December 2017.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Adrian C. Weimer, Providence College Comment: Walter Woodward, University of Connecticut

                            In the political upheavals of the early Restoration a remarkable number of Massachusetts men and women expressed keen dissatisfaction with the monarchy or General Court, leading to trials over seditious speech. The rich theological language in the petitions and feisty curses in the trial records offer an unrivaled glimpse into the significance of religion for the mobilization of local political communities in this tumultuous era.

                            To RSVP: email seminars@masshist.org or call (617) 646-0579.

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                            Brown Bag Constructing the Ocean’s Edge: Toward an Environmental History of the Atlantic World 6 December 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Chris Pastore, State University of New York at Albany

                            This presentation examines the environmental history and cultural geography of the North Atlantic shore during the Age of Exploration. How, it asks, did early modern coastal imaginaries shape the contours of cultural contact and exchange among Native Americans and Europeans? And how did those imaginaries shape the ways both groups interacted with coastal spaces in more material ways? A closer look at the ways coasts blurred the bounds of natural knowledge, conventions of conduct, and even the distinction between good and evil, may help us write uncertainty into an otherwise linear narrative of human progress, and, by extension, global expansion.

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                            Member Event, Special Event MHS Fellows and Members Holiday Party 6 December 2017.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM This event is open only to MHS Fellows and Members Winter Scene, Newbury Street

                            MHS Fellows and Members are invited to the Society’s annual holiday party. Enjoy an evening of holiday cheer, celebrate the season, and wish a happy retirement to MHS President Emeritus Dennis Fiori. Holiday cocktail attire requested. RSVP by 1 December.

                            Not a Member? Join today!

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                            Notice Library Opens @ 12:00PM 7 December 2017.Thursday, all day

                            Due to a staff development event, the library will open late at 12:00PM. 

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                            MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 9 December 2017.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.

                            While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition: Yankees in the West.

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                            Environmental History Seminar Lived Botany: Settler Colonialism, Household Knowledge Production, and Natural History in Eighteenth-Century Pennsylvania 12 December 2017.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Hannah Anderson, University of Pennsylvania Comment: Thomas Wickman, Trinity College

                            When Pennsylvania settlers used plants to treat illnesses, they used a type of knowledge that Anderson calls “lived botany.” This term reveals that colonists developed ways of interpreting their landscapes that simultaneously partook of and deviated from the norms of eighteenth-century natural history. Domestic spaces became sites where colonists created information about the natural world, allowing them to feel secure in the new environments where they claimed dominion.

                            To RSVP: email seminars@masshist.org or call (617) 646-0579.

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                            Public Program, Author Talk The Slave's Cause 13 December 2017.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Manisha Sinha, University of Connecticut

                            Abolitionists are often portrayed as bourgeois, mostly white reformers burdened by racial paternalism and economic conservatism. This book broadens the chronology of abolition beyond the antebellum period as well as recasts it as a radical social movement in which men and women, black and white, free and enslaved found common ground in causes ranging from feminism to anti-imperialism. This new history sets the abolition movement in a transnational context and illustrates how the abolitionist vision ultimately linked the slave’s cause to the struggle to redefine democracy and human rights across the globe.

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                            MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 16 December 2017.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.

                            While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition: Yankees in the West.

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                            Building Closed Building Closing at 4:00PM 18 December 2017.Monday, all day close
                            Library Closed Library Closing at 3:30PM 18 December 2017.Monday, all day

                            The library closes early at 3:30PM for a staff event. 

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                            History of Women and Gender Seminar Miss America’s Politics: Beauty and the Development of the New Right since 1968 Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                            Subscribe to receive advance copies of the seminar papers.
                            19 December 2017.Tuesday, 5:30PM - 7:45PM Location: Massachusetts Historical Society Micki McElya, University of Connecticut Comment: Genevieve A. Clutario, Harvard University

                            Drawn from McElya’s larger book project, this essay examines the centrality of the Miss America pageant, its local networks, and individual contestants to the rise of activist conservative women and the New Right in the 1960s and 1970s. It analyzes the celebration, power, and political effects of normative beauty, steeped in heterosexual gender norms and white supremacy, and argues for the transformative effect of putting diverse women’s voices at the center of political history and inquiry.

                            To RSVP: email seminars@masshist.org or call (617) 646-0579.

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                            Building Closed Building Closed 23 December 2017.Saturday, all day

                            The Society is CLOSED. 

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                            Building Closed Christmas Day 25 December 2017.Monday, all day

                            The MHS is CLOSED for Christmas.

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                            Holiday Hours Galleries Open 26 December 2017.Tuesday, all day

                            The exhibition galleries are OPEN, 10:00AM-4:00PM.

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                            Library Closed Library Closed 26 December 2017.Tuesday, all day

                            The MHS library is CLOSED.

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                            Holiday Hours Galleries Open 27 December 2017.Wednesday, all day

                            The exhibition galleris are OPEN, 10:00AM-4:00PM.

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                            Library Closed Library Closed 27 December 2017.Wednesday, all day

                            The MHS library is CLOSED.

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                            Holiday Hours Galleries Open 28 December 2017.Thursday, all day

                            The exhibition galleries are OPEN, 10:00AM-4:00PM. 

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                            Library Closed Library Closed 28 December 2017.Thursday, all day

                            The MHS library is CLOSED.

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                            Holiday Hours Galleries Open 29 December 2017.Friday, all day

                            The exhibition galleries are OPEN, 10:00AM-4:00PM. 

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                            Library Closed Library Closed 29 December 2017.Friday, all day

                            The MHS library is CLOSED.

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                            MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 30 December 2017.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.

                            While you're here you will also have the opportunity to view our current exhibition: Yankees in the West.

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