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  • Special EventCocktails with Clio
    Special EventCocktails with Clio
    6:00PM - 9:00PM Featuring Jill Lepore in conversation with Robin Young More
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      • Cooking Boston, Public ProgramCooking Boston: Ice Kings
        Cooking Boston, Public ProgramCooking Boston: Ice Kings
        6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm Gus Rancatore, Jeri Quinzio, and Judy Herrell More
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                • Public Program, Cooking BostonCooking Boston: Final Courses
                  Public Program, Cooking BostonCooking Boston: Final Courses
                  6:00PM - 7:30PM This program will be held at Mount Auburn Cemetery. Space is limited. Docents of Mount Auburn Cemetery More
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                      • Author Talk, Public ProgramPedagogues and Protesters
                        Author Talk, Public ProgramPedagogues and Protesters
                        6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Conrad Wright, Massachusetts Historical Society More
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                                Exhibition The Irish Atlantic 10 March 2017 to 22 September 2017 Open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM

                                Watch the recording of this event, embedded below:

                                Explore 175 years of the Irish in Boston from the founding of the Charitable Irish Society in 1737, through famine relief efforts led by Capt. Robert Bennet Forbes at the helm of the Jamestown, to a mass migration movement, decades of community and institutional building, and a rise in political power. The exhibition is co-sponsored by the MHS and the Forbes House Museum.

                                See the exhibit’s companion website for an overview, timeline, and more videos about the Irish in Boston.

                                Watch this video for an overview of the exhibit by guest curator William M. Fowler, Distinguished Professor of History at Northeastern University.

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                                Special Event Cocktails with Clio 1 June 2017.Thursday, 6:00PM - 9:00PM Featuring Jill Lepore in conversation with Robin Young Clio 2017

                                Registration is now closed. If you would like to make a donation in support of the event and the Center for the Teaching of History, please click on the registration link above.

                                Feast, sip, and celebrate history at the seventh Cocktails with Clio!

                                Thursday, 1 June 2017
                                6:00 PM

                                John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
                                Columbia Point
                                Boston, Massachusetts

                                Tickets are $300 per person

                                We invite you to join us for a festive evening in support of the Center for the Teaching of History at the MHS featuring Jill Lepore in conversation with Robin Young. The evening will begin with cocktails in the pavilion space overlooking the harbor. A seated dinner will follow.

                                Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University, a staff writer at The New Yorker, and the author of books including The Secret History of Wonder Woman and Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin. Robin Young is the co-host of Here & Now on 90.9 WBUR and NPR.


                                Become a sponsor of Cocktails with Clio

                                Our sponsors are crucial to the success of the event. As a result of their generosity, the Society’s educational and outreach efforts continue to expand. The additional funding provided by Clio enables the Center for the Teaching of History to offer a wide array of educational services including engaging workshops and hands-on student programs; online classroom tools; lesson plans and curricular resources; fellowships for students and teachers; and community partnerships. The Society also reaches out to students and teachers in its role as state sponsor of National History Day in Massachusetts. Become a sponsor and join with other history enthusiasts in demonstrating your commitment to promoting the study of American history and deepening our nation’s understanding of the diverse stories that define our past.  

                                For more information, visit www.masshist.org/clio/sponsor or e-mail cknauff@masshist.org.

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                                Library Closed Library Closing @ 2:30PM 2 June 2017.Friday, all day

                                The library closes at 2:30PM in preparation for the annual Strawberry Festival. 

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                                Public Program A Description of the New York Central Park 2 June 2017.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM This program is FREE. Maureen Meister

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                New York City’s Central Park receives millions of visitors every year. A Description of the New York Central Park by Clarence C. Cook, published in 1869, is recognized as the most important book about the park to appear during its early years. This work has been republished with a new introduction by Maureen Meister that reveals Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux’s roles in the creation of the book, which served in part to champion their vision.

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                                MHS Tour, Public Program The History and Collections of the MHS 3 June 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: The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine Migration and Opportunity.

                                 

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                                Public Program, Conversation Begin at the Beginning - 'They being stolne': Conflicting Views of Slavery and Governance in Early Massachusetts 3 June 2017.Saturday, 1:00PM - 3:00PM Holly Brewer, University of Maryland

                                "They being stolne":  Conflicting Views of Slavery and Governance in Early Massachusetts and Across the Empire

                                Holly Brewer of the University of Maryland leads a discussion of primary documents revealing Massachusetts’s contradictory views and practice on slavery.  Compared to other British colonies, where elements of slavery were justified with broad and near-feudal rationales, she argues, Puritan Massachusetts resisted the right of kings and broadened the idea of consent. These ideas helped restrict slavery, even in the face of royal approval and promotion of slavery during the later 17th century and into the eighteenth century.

                                Holly Brewer is Burke Chair of American History and associate professor at the University of Maryland. She is currently finishing a book that situates the origins of American slavery in the ideas and legal practices associated with the divine right of kings, provisionally entitled Inheritable Blood: Slavery and Sovereignty in Early America and the British Empire. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for this research. Her first book, By Birth or Consent: Children, Law, and the Anglo-American Revolution in Authority, won three national prizes. 

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                                Cooking Boston, Public Program Cooking Boston: Ice Kings 6 June 2017.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm Gus Rancatore, Jeri Quinzio, and Judy Herrell

                                Watch the recording of this event, embedded below:

                                 

                                Cooking Boston: Ice Kings

                                Panelists Gus Rancatore, Jeri Quinzio, and Judy Herrell

                                Moderated by Kathleen Fitzgerald

                                Samples of ice cream from Toscanini's and Herrell's was available at the reception

                                From the ice harvesting business and Victorian ice cream parlors like Bailey’s to innovators like Steve’s, the Boston area has an unusual obsession with ice cream. Transplants from warmer parts of the country are often surprised to see ice cream shops still open— and full—on a frigid January night. Why is this area so devoted to ice cream and how have these institutions changed the country’s taste for frozen treats?

                                 

                                Cooking Boston: How the Hub Shaped the American Diet

                                This six program series will explore the culinary history of Boston and the impact the city has had on the American diet. In the first half of the 19th century, Boston had a reputation as the center for European taste and refinement. By the end of the 19th century, the Colonial Revival movement nationally popularized foods like Boston baked beans and Yankee pot-roast shifting Boston's image from refined to rustic. In the 20th century, Boston clung to two identities: that of thrifty Puritans and of cosmopolitanism through education. This created some remarkably bland food but also made the city fertile ground for a culinary revolution. In the 1960's, chefs like Julia Child and Joyce Chen brought the flavors of the world to America through Boston.

                                This series ran from March through June of 2017.

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                                Brown Bag From Southern Plantation to Northern Mill: Traveling the Cotton Trail During the Civil War 7 June 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM David Montejano, University of California, Berkeley

                                During the Civil War, all commercial relations between North and South were ruptured and declared treasonous. Nonetheless, a vigorous cotton trade between both sides re-emerged through the neutral port of Matamoros, Mexico. The politics of war were seemingly trumped by the “invisible hand” of the market. Professor Montejano approaches this conundrum by following the cotton stream from Texas to Massachusetts and making visible the many hands involved in this suspect wartime commerce.

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                                Public Program, Author Talk Apostle of Union: A Political Biography of Edward Everett 8 June 2017.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Matthew Mason, Brigham Young University

                                 

                                 

                                Edward Everett had a distinguished career at every level of American politics from the 1820s through the Civil War. His career reveals a complex man whose shifting political opinions, especially on the topic of slavery, illuminate the nuances of Northern Unionism. Everett’s political and cultural efforts to preserve the Union, and the response to his work from citizens and politicians, help us see the complexity of the coming of the Civil War.

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                                MHS Tour, Public Program The History and Collections of the MHS 10 June 2017.Saturday, all day

                                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: The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine Migration and Opportunity.

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                                Public Program, Cooking Boston Cooking Boston: Final Courses 15 June 2017.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM This program will be held at Mount Auburn Cemetery. Space is limited. Docents of Mount Auburn Cemetery

                                 

                                Cooking Boston: Final Courses

                                Join Mount Auburn docents for a walking tour of the cemetery to visit the graves of notable chefs, inventors, and confectioners. Mount Auburn is the final resting place of 19th-century cookbook author Fanny Farmer, chefs Joyce Chen and Gian Franco Romagnoli, chocolate makers Walter Baker and William Schrafft, hotel impresario Harvey Parker of Boston’s famed Parker House, and many more.

                                Cooking Boston: How the Hub Shaped the American Diet

                                This six program series will explore the culinary history of Boston and the impact the city has had on the American diet. In the first half of the 19th century, Boston had a reputation as the center for European taste and refinement. By the end of the 19th century, the Colonial Revival movement nationally popularized foods like Boston baked beans and Yankee pot-roast shifting Boston's image from refined to rustic. In the 20th century, Boston clung to two identities: that of thrifty Puritans and of cosmopolitanism through education. This created some remarkably bland food but also made the city fertile ground for a culinary revolution. In the 1960's, chefs like Julia Child and Joyce Chen brought the flavors of the world to America through Boston.

                                The series will run from March through June of 2017.

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                                MHS Tour, Public Program The History and Collections of the MHS 17 June 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: The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine Migration and Opportunity.

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                                Author Talk, Public Program Pedagogues and Protesters 20 June 2017.Tuesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Conrad Wright, Massachusetts Historical Society

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                On April 4, 1768, in the largest student strike at any colonial college, well over half the student body of Harvard College left school and went home in protest against new rules about class preparation. Many contemporaries found the cause trivial, but in the undergraduates’ own minds it was the culmination of months of tensions with the faculty. Through the lens of the daily journal entries of Stephen Peabody, the best surviving account of colonial college life, Conrad E. Wright will guide us through the relationships among students, faculty members, and administrators.

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                                Library Closed Library Closing @ 3:45PM 21 June 2017.Wednesday, all day

                                The library closes early at 3:45PM in preparation for the annual meeting.

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                                MHS Fellows Annual Meeting 21 June 2017.Wednesday, 5:00PM - 6:30PM This event is open only to MHS Fellows.

                                MHS Fellows are invited to the Society's annual business meeting. RSVP by e-mailing wlindsey@masshist.org or calling 617-646-0572.

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                                Brown Bag Bonds Burst Asunder: The Revolutionary Politics of "Getting By" in Civil War and Emancipation 23 June 2017.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Kathleen Hilliard, Iowa State University

                                This project examines the transformation of southern political economy during the era of the American Civil War and African American emancipation, exploring how crisis and transition exposed weaknesses in slavery’s cruel paternalist bargain. Spanning the crisis from South Carolina’s secession in 1860 to the rise of Radical Reconstruction in 1867, it focuses on two central questions: how did white and black southerners recreate and transform relations of power in the chaos of civil war and emancipation? And how did the political economy of “getting by” in wartime shape the way old ties were exploded and new ways negotiated?

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                                Library Closed Library Closing @ 3:00PM 24 June 2017.Saturday, all day

                                The library closes at 3:00PM in preparation for an afternoon event. 

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                                MHS Tour, Public Program The History and Collections of the MHS 24 June 2017.Saturday, all day

                                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: The Irish Atlantic: A Story of Famine Migration and Opportunity.

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                                Exhibition “Impossible Dreamers” The Pennant-Winning 1967 Boston Red Sox Temporary Exhibition this event is free 24 June 2017 to 8 July 2017

                                In the spring of 1967, the Boston Red Sox were coming off a season in which they had lost 90 games, and seemingly were locked in a state of mediocrity. Owner Tom Yawkey was discussing the need for a new ballpark and even hinted he might sell the club. Boston was in the midst of one of its worst economic downturns and fan interest had tapered off, with attendance barely half of what it had been in the 1940s. That all changed when a 100 to 1 longshot ballclub led by a rookie manager, Dick Williams, and a superstar left fielder, Carl Yastrzemski, won the American League pennant on the final day of the season after one of the closest races in history. “The Impossible Dream Red Sox” transformed the franchise forever.

                                Our a temporary exhibition: View rare photos of the 1967 season taken by retired Boston Globe photographer Frank O’Brien, a collection of 1967 artifacts including Carl Yastrzemski’s jersey. The exhibition is free and open to the public June 24 through July 8th 

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                                Public Program, Conversation “Impossible Dreamers” The Pennant-Winning 1967 Boston Red Sox 24 June 2017.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:30PM Please register and pay online using the RSVP link. Herb Crehan, Bill Nowlin, Frank O’Brien, Tom Whalen, and Gordon Edes, Moderator Photo by Frank O'Brien

                                In the spring of 1967, the Boston Red Sox were coming off a season in which they had lost 90 games, and seemingly were locked in a state of mediocrity. Owner Tom Yawkey was discussing the need for a new ballpark and even hinted he might sell the club. Boston was in the midst of one of its worst economic downturns and fan interest had tapered off, with attendance barely half of what it had been in the 1940s. That all changed when a 100 to 1 longshot ballclub led by a rookie manager, Dick Williams, and a superstar left fielder, Carl Yastrzemski, won the American League pennant on the final day of the season after one of the closest races in history. “The Impossible Dream Red Sox” transformed the franchise forever.

                                View a temporary exhibition. View rare photos of the 1967 season taken by retired Boston Globe photographer Frank O’Brien, a collection of 1967 artifacts including Carl Yastrzemski’s jersey. The exhibition will be up from June 24 through July 8th - but as a special feature of our June 24th event, we will also have the 2004 World Series trophy for that day only! (Note this is a revision, we had previously expected to have three trophies but there has been a scheduling conflict)

                                Attend a panel discussion. Moderated by Red Sox historian Gordon Edes, panelists include authors Herb Crehan (The Impossible Dream 1967 Red Sox: Birth of Red Sox Nation), Bill Nowlin (The 1967 Impossible Dream Red Sox: Pandemonium on the Field), and Tom Whalen (The Spirit of ’67: Cardiac Kids, El Birdos, and the World Series That Captivated America).

                                Image courtesy of Frank O'Brien

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                                Public Program, Author Talk The Price for their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, from Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation 26 June 2017.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Daina Ramey Berry, University of Texas at Austin

                                 

                                 

                                In life and in death, slaves were commodities. Their monetary value was assigned based on their age, gender, health, and the demands of the market. The Price for Their Pound of Flesh explores the economic value of enslaved people through every phase of their lives, including preconception, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, senior years, and death. Covering the full “life cycle,” historian Daina Ramey Berry shows the lengths to which enslavers would go to maximize profits and protect their investments and how enslaved people recalled and responded to being appraised, bartered, and sold throughout the course of their lives.

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                                Brown Bag Maps, Copies, and Rights: Boundaries of Ownership in Early American Piracy 28 June 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Nora Slonimsky, Graduate Center, CUNY

                                The origins and development of copyright practices in the eighteenth century were at once a local, national, and imperial project. While literary property itself was limited to English soil — and English citizens — across the Atlantic a group of colonial and Indigenous Americans sought to establish an alternative legal regime with substantial political ramifications, ramifications that reverberated in the debates over intellectual property in the early national and antebellum periods.

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                                Public Program, Author Talk The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright 28 June 2017.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Ann Little, Colorado State University

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                Born and raised in a New England garrison town, Esther Wheelwright (1696–1780) was captured by Wabanaki Indians at age seven. Among them, she became a Catholic and lived like any other young girl in the tribe. At age twelve, she was enrolled at a French-Canadian Ursuline convent, where she would spend the rest of her life, eventually becoming the order’s only foreign-born mother superior. Among these three major cultures of colonial North America, Wheelwright’s life was exceptional: border-crossing, multilingual, and multicultural. Ann Little leads us through her life and the communities of girls and women around her.

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