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        • Pauline Maier Early American History SeminarNative Lands and American Expansion in the Early Republic
          Pauline Maier Early American History SeminarNative Lands and American Expansion in the Early Republic
          5:15PM - 7:30PM Emilie Connolly, New York University; Franklin Sammons, University of California, Berkeley Nancy Shoemaker, University of Connecticut More
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            • Brown BagStaged Readings: Parlor Play and Contesting Class in Nineteenth-Cen...
              Brown BagStaged Readings: Parlor Play and Contesting Class in Nineteenth-Century America
              12:00PM - 1:00PM Michael D’Alessandro, Duke University More
            • Public Program, Conversation, Housing as HistoryHousing as History: the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and O...
              Public Program, Conversation, Housing as HistoryHousing as History: the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and Orchard Gardens
              6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Karilyn Crockett, Lecturer of Public Policy and Urban Planning, MIT; Tony Hernandez, Director of Operations and Stewardship, Dudley Neighbors, Inc.; Valerie Shelley, President, Orchard Gardens Resident Association Location: Dewitt Center, 122 Dewitt Drive, Boston, MA 02120 More
            • Public Program, ConversationAtlas of Boston History
              Public Program, ConversationAtlas of Boston History
              6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Nancy Seasholes, Robert Allison, Richard Garver, and Jim Vrabel REGISTRATION FOR THIS PROGRAM IS NOW CLOSED. More
              • Public Program, Conversation, Legacies of 1619Legacies of 1619: Black Radicalism / Black Power
                Public Program, Conversation, Legacies of 1619Legacies of 1619: Black Radicalism / Black Power
                4:00PM - 5:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 3:30. John Stauffer, Harvard University; Kellie Carter Jackson, Wellesley College; Adrienne Lentz-Smith, Duke University; and moderator Valerie Roberson, Roxbury Community College Location: Roxbury Community College, Student Commons, 1234 Columbus Avenue More
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                • Public Program, Author TalkThis Land Is Their Land The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and...
                  Public Program, Author TalkThis Land Is Their Land The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving
                  6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. David J. Silverman, George Washington University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). More
                • Public Program, Conversation, Housing as HistoryHousing as History: New Directions for Boston’s Subsidized Housin...
                  Public Program, Conversation, Housing as HistoryHousing as History: New Directions for Boston’s Subsidized Housing: Learning from the Past
                  6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Kate Bennett, Acting Administrator of the Boston Housing Authority; Soni Gupta, Director of Neighborhoods and Housing, The Boston Foundation; Lawrence Vale, Ford Professor of Urban Design and Planning, MIT; Sandra Henriquez, Executive Director, Detroit Housing Commission; former administrator and CEO, Boston Housing Authority; and moderator David Luberoff, Deputy Director, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. registration closed More
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                  • Public Program, Author TalkBlack Radical: The Life & Times of William Monroe Trotter
                    Public Program, Author TalkBlack Radical: The Life & Times of William Monroe Trotter
                    6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Kerri Greenidge, Tufts University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). Register registration required More
                  Exhibition Abigail Adams: Life & Legacy 27 September 2019 to 10 January 2020 Life and Legacy pop-up exhibition

                  Abigail Adams urged her husband to “Remember the Ladies” and made herself impossible to forget. But Abigail is memorable for more than her famous 1776 admonition. This final Remember Abigail display uses documents and artifacts through the ages to consider the way Abigail viewed her own legacy and to explore how and why we continue to Remember Abigail.

                  Gallery talks will take place on 25 October and 22 November at 2:00 PM.

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                  Exhibition Fire! Voices From the Boston Massacre 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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                  MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 2 November 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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                  Pauline Maier Early American History Seminar Native Lands and American Expansion in the Early Republic 5 November 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Emilie Connolly, New York University; Franklin Sammons, University of California, Berkeley Nancy Shoemaker, University of Connecticut Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//eahs_banner.jpg

                  In the Early Republic, Americans pressed against the borders of the new nation to expand their control over Native lands. This panel examines these interactions between Native tribes and the land-hungry white settlers and speculators to discuss issues of agency, financial stability, and legal precedent. Emilie Connolly considers the 1797 Treaty of Big Tree between the Seneca and Founding Father Robert Morris in New York State. Franklin Sammons looks at the illegal “Yazoo Land Sales” in Georgia.

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                  Brown Bag Laboring Bodies: Dispossessed Women and Sexuality in Colonial New England 6 November 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Emily Clark, Johns Hopkins University

                  This project will examine the intimate lives of enslaved, servant, and poor women using cases in which their supposedly “deviant” bodies entered the historical record – in court cases, almshouse ledgers, and cheap print. Often overlooked in histories of New England, these women made up a crucial part of colonial society. Their bodies and labors (productive and reproductive) were used against their wills. Nonetheless, these sources reveal laboring women's everyday efforts to control their own bodies and sexualities.

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                  Public Program, Author Talk Girl in Black & White: The Story of Mary Mildred Williams & the Abolition Movement 6 November 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Jessie Morgan-Owens There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

                  Jessie Morgan-Owens tells the little-known story of Mary Mildred Williams—a slave girl who looked “white” and whose image transformed the abolitionist movement. Mary became the face of American slavery when Sen. Charles Sumner saw in her a monumental political opportunity for the abolitionist cause. Weaving together long-overlooked primary sources, including daguerreotypes found in the MHS collection, this history follows Mary through to her own adulthood, describing a life parallel to the antislavery movement. 

                   

                   

                   

                   

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                  Library Closed Library and Exhibition Galleries Closed 7 November 2019.Thursday, all day

                  The library and exhibition galleries are closed all day for a staff retreat. The building will open at 5:00 PM for the evening program.

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                  Public Program, Author Talk The Will of the People: The Revolutionary Birth of America 7 November 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. T.H. Breen, Northwestern University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

                  Over eight years of war, ordinary Americans accomplished something extraordinary. Far from the actions of the Continental Congress and the Continental Army, they took responsibility for the course of the Revolution. In villages, towns, and cities from Georgia to New Hampshire, Americans managed local affairs, negotiated shared sacrifice, and participated in a political system in which each believed they were as good as any other. Presenting hundreds of stories, T. H. Breen captures the powerful sense of equality and responsibility resulting from this process of self-determination.

                   

                   

                   

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                  MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 9 November 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 Veteran's Day 11 November 2019.Monday, all day

                  The Society is CLOSED in observance of Veteran's Day.

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                  Environmental History Seminar Engineering, Politics, and Dams: John R. Freeman and San Francisco’s Hetch Hetchy Water Supply 12 November 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Donald C. Jackson, Lafayette College Conevery Bolton Valencius, Boston College Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//ehs_banner.jpg

                  San Francisco’s Hetch Hetchy Dam sparked one of America’s first great environmental controversies. This paper explores John R. Freeman’s work as a consulting engineer and his essential role in championing the city’s Sierra Nevada water supply. Freeman was among the most influential engineers of the Progressive Era and his technocratic vision underlay hydraulic projects throughout North America. For good or ill, Freeman’s vision has had a long and enduring legacy, not just for San Francisco but for dams and watersheds nationwide.

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                  Brown Bag Staged Readings: Parlor Play and Contesting Class in Nineteenth-Century America 13 November 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Michael D’Alessandro, Duke University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminars 2019-2020//parlortableaux_cut.jpg

                  This talk focuses on the curious practice of nineteenth-century parlor theatricals in the United States. In the postbellum years, the country’s evolving middle classes created elaborate sets, donned fancy costumes, and even attempted amateur special effects as a means of entertainment. While they staged these shows in order to create class definition and solidarity, the performances often revealed unforeseen social anxieties and prejudices.

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                  Public Program, Conversation, Housing as History Housing as History: the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and Orchard Gardens 13 November 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Karilyn Crockett, Lecturer of Public Policy and Urban Planning, MIT; Tony Hernandez, Director of Operations and Stewardship, Dudley Neighbors, Inc.; Valerie Shelley, President, Orchard Gardens Resident Association Location: Dewitt Center, 122 Dewitt Drive, Boston, MA 02120

                  By the 1980s the Dudley Square neighborhood of Roxbury was facing significant challenges. Absentee landlords had allowed property to deteriorate, left units vacant, or had used arson to raze buildings and make insurance claims. Facing what many considered insurmountable obstacles, the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative was formed to create a comprehensive plan for “development without displacement.” The first non-governmental organization in America to be granted eminent domain authority, they began purchasing vacant land, protecting affordable housing and creating a community land trust. Meanwhile, the nearby housing project Orchard Park became notorious for crime and drugs. The Orchard Park Tenants Association lobbied for years for improvements and by the mid-1990s began to see a path forward partnering with the police and using community organizing to reduce crime and linking the redevelopment to the new federal HOPE VI program which was meant to revitalize the worst housing projects in America. HOPE VI was in part modeled on the redevelopment of Columbia Point and encouraged partnerships with private developers and a mixture of incomes among the residents. Through community action and smart development, Orchard Park was redeveloped as Orchard Gardens and became a safe, stable neighborhood.

                  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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                  Public Program, Conversation Atlas of Boston History 14 November 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Nancy Seasholes, Robert Allison, Richard Garver, and Jim Vrabel REGISTRATION FOR THIS PROGRAM IS NOW CLOSED.

                  Few American cities possess a history as long, rich, and fascinating as Boston’s. The Atlas of Boston History traces the history of Boston from late prehistoric times to the present using thematic maps that are drawn from the latest scholarship and supplemented with historical images, maps, illustrations, and graphs as well as explanatory text. The subjects of the maps and atlas plates were determined by a board of noted scholars. The editor will present the project and then discuss the process of determining the contents of the atlas with three of the consulting scholars.

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                  Public Program, Conversation, Legacies of 1619 Legacies of 1619: Black Radicalism / Black Power 16 November 2019.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 3:30. John Stauffer, Harvard University; Kellie Carter Jackson, Wellesley College; Adrienne Lentz-Smith, Duke University; and moderator Valerie Roberson, Roxbury Community College Location: Roxbury Community College, Student Commons, 1234 Columbus Avenue

                  Facing the hegemonic force of slavery, discrimination, and disenfranchisement, communities of color have resisted and presented radical models of empowerment. Along with countless and often unknown stories of personal courage, large scale resistance, such as Nat Turner’s Rebellion, go back to the very beginnings of the United States. This program will explore the different forms African Americans have taken to assert their agency and autonomy.

                  This program is part three 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 This Land Is Their Land The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving 18 November 2019.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. David J. Silverman, George Washington University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

                  David Silverman explores the history of the Wampanoag people to reveal the distortions of the Thanksgiving Myth, a persisting story that promotes the idea that Native people willingly ceded their country to the English to give rise to a white, Christian, democratic nation. Silverman traces how the Wampanoags have lived—and told—a different history over the past four centuries

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                  Pauline Maier Early American History Seminar Murder at the Manhattan Well: The Personal and the Political in the Election of 1800 19 November 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Paul Gilje, University of Oklahoma Kate Grandjean, Wellesley College Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//eahs_banner.jpg

                  In 1800, journeyman carpenter, Levi Weeks, was accused of murdering Guliema Sands, a young woman living in the same boarding house. Using the trial transcript, this paper places the lives of Weeks and Sands in a larger context: Weeks as an artisan in a dynamic economy and Sands as a poor unattached woman amidst changing ideas about sexuality. The author also relates the trial to the New York election that occurred a month later.

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                  Public Program, Conversation, Housing as History Housing as History: New Directions for Boston’s Subsidized Housing: Learning from the Past registration closed 20 November 2019.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Kate Bennett, Acting Administrator of the Boston Housing Authority; Soni Gupta, Director of Neighborhoods and Housing, The Boston Foundation; Lawrence Vale, Ford Professor of Urban Design and Planning, MIT; Sandra Henriquez, Executive Director, Detroit Housing Commission; former administrator and CEO, Boston Housing Authority; and moderator David Luberoff, Deputy Director, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

                  As neighborhoods across Boston face enormous development pressure, there is a risk that low-income residents will be forced out of the city. Social disruption due to gentrification, shifting government policies and programs, and the challenges of climate change make the future of affordable housing in Boston precarious. In the past, Boston modeled creative and successful solutions to dire housing problems, and there is hope that the city can continue to deploy innovative policies that will brighten the future for all city residents. Our final panel in this series will look at the future of affordable housing in Boston, taking stock of past lessons learned.

                  Note: We had originally scheduled William McGonagle to be a part of this discussion. We were shocked and heartbroken to learn of his passing. Kate Bennett, the Acting Administrator of the Boston Housing Authority, has agreed to participate in his place. We apologize if there is any confusion due to the names listed in printed material being different from the names listed online. 

                   

                   

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                  African American History Seminar Mary Church Terrell’s Intersectional Black Feminism Register registration required at no cost 21 November 2019.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Alison M. Parker, University of Delaware Kerri Greenidge, Tufts University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//banner_draft_2.jpg

                  Civil rights activist Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954) highlighted the intersections of race and sex in black women’s lives. This paper focuses on Terrell’s critiques of the suffrage movement, the social purity movement, and the postbellum white nostalgia for “Black Mammies.” Terrell asserted black women’s right to be full citizens, to vote, and to be treated without violence and with respect.

                  This session is co-sponsored by the New England Biography Series.

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                  Public Program Abigail Adams: Life & Legacy Gallery Talk this event is free 22 November 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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                  MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 23 November 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, Author Talk Black Radical: The Life & Times of William Monroe Trotter Register registration required 25 November 2019.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Kerri Greenidge, Tufts University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

                  William Monroe Trotter was an unlikely American hero. With the stylistic verve of a newspaperman and the unwavering fearlessness of an emancipator, he galvanized black working- class citizens to wield their political power despite the violent racism of post- Reconstruction America. For more than 30 years, the Harvard-educated Trotter edited and published the Guardian, a weekly Boston newspaper that was read across the nation. Defining himself against the gradualist politics of Booker T. Washington and the elitism of W. E. B. Du Bois, Trotter advocated for a radical vision of black liberation that prefigured leaders such as Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther king, Jr.

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                  Modern American Society and Culture Seminar Navigating Colonial, Racial, and Indigenous Histories on the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail Register registration required at no cost 26 November 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Laura Barraclough, Yale University Maria John, University of Massachusetts - Boston Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//masc_banner.jpg

                  Launched by Congress in 1978, the National Historic Trail (NHT) system recognizes historic travel routes that contributed to the making of the United States. This paper examines the collision of colonial, racial, and indigenous histories on the Juan Bautista de Anza NHT, which commemorates the 1775-76 expedition of Mexican settlers from Sonora to San Francisco. While the Anza NHT has been empowering to contemporary Mexican Americans, it struggles to fairly represent the layered impacts of Spanish, Mexican, and U.S. colonization on the region’s Native peoples.

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                  Notice Library and Exhibition Galleries Closing @ 2:00PM 27 November 2019.Wednesday, all day close

                  Building Closed Thanksgiving 28 November 2019.Thursday, all day

                  The Society is CLOSED for Thanksgiving.

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                  Building Closed Thanksgiving Friday 29 November 2019.Friday, all day close

                  Building Closed Thanksgiving Saturday 30 November 2019.Saturday, all day close


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