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    • Public Program, Revolution 250Rochambeau: The French Military Presence in Boston
      Public Program, Revolution 250Rochambeau: The French Military Presence in Boston
      6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Robert Selig, The Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail More
    • Brown BagSylvia Plath’s Letters & Traces
      Brown BagSylvia Plath’s Letters & Traces
      12:00PM - 1:00PM Peter K. Steinberg, Co-Editor of the two-volume edition of The Letters of Sylvia Plath More
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        • NoticeLibrary Opens @ 2:00PM
          NoticeLibrary Opens @ 2:00PM
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        • Public Program, ConversationRobert Treat Paine’s Life & Influence on Law
          Public Program, ConversationRobert Treat Paine’s Life & Influence on Law
          12:00PM - 1:00PM THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT. Maura Healey, Massachusetts Attorney General; Alan Rogers, Boston College; Christina Carrick, Assistant Editor, The Papers of Robert Treat Paine More
        • Environmental History SeminarA Nice History of Bird Migration: Ethology, Expertise, and Conserva...
          Environmental History SeminarA Nice History of Bird Migration: Ethology, Expertise, and Conservation in 20th Century North America
          5:15PM - 7:30PM Kristoffer Whitney, Rochester Institute of Technology Comment: Marilyn Ogilvie, University of Oklahoma More
        • Brown BagEcology of Utopia: Environmental Discourse and Practice in Antebell...
          Brown BagEcology of Utopia: Environmental Discourse and Practice in Antebellum Communal Settlements
          12:00PM - 1:00PM Molly Reed, Cornell University More
        • Public Program, ConversationNo More, America
          Public Program, ConversationNo More, America
          6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-program reception at 5:30. Peter Galison, Harvard University; Henry Louis Gates Jr., Harvard University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). More
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              • History of Women and Gender SeminarTransgender History and Archives: An Interdisciplinary Conversation
                History of Women and Gender SeminarTransgender History and Archives: An Interdisciplinary Conversation
                5:30PM - 7:45PM Location: Knafel Center, Radcliffe Institute Genny Beemyn, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Laura Peimer, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; Sari L. Reisner, Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Moderator: Jen Manion, Amherst College Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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                        Exhibition Fashioning the New England Family 5 October 2018 to 6 April 2019 Open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM Fashioning the New England Family

                        Fashioning the New England Family explores the ways in which the multiple meanings of fashion and fashionable goods are reflected in patterns of consumption and refashioning, recycling, and retaining favorite family pieces. Many of the items that will be featured have been out of sight, having never been exhibited for the public or seen in living memory. The exhibition will give scholars, students, and professionals in fields such as fashion, material culture, and history the chance to see these items for the first time; encourage research; and, provide the possibility for new discoveries. For the public, it is an opportunity to view in detail painstaking craftsmanship, discover how examples of material culture relate to significant moments in our history, and learn how garments were used as political statements, projecting an individual’s religion, loyalties, and social status. It may allow some to recognize and appreciate family keepsakes but it will certainly help us all to better understand the messages we may have previously missed in American art and literature. 

                        The exhibition is organized as part of MASS Fashion, a consortium of eight cultural institutions set up to explore and celebrate the many facets of the culture of fashion in Massachusetts. 

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                        Teacher Workshop Remembering Abigail Adams 1 December 2018.Saturday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Registration fee: $25 per person Portrait of Abigail Adams ca 1766.  She is about 19 years old, dark hair pulled back low on her neck, and wearing pearls.

                        Abigail Adams lived at the heart of American politics for nearly half a century. She was a revolutionary First Lady, urging her husband to “Remember the Ladies” in the colonial quest for independence, and a huge influence on the nation’s sixth president, John Quincy Adams. In her letters to her family and a wide circle of influential colleagues, Abigail was candid and colorful in depicting the hard work and great reward of nation-building. Join us as we remember the life and legacy of Abigail Adams, one of the many women who helped build early America.

                        This program is open to all educators of K-12 students. Teachers can earn 22.5 Professional Development Points or 1 graduate credit (for an additional fee).

                        If you have any questions, please contact Kate Melchior at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0588.

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                        Public Program, Revolution 250 Rochambeau: The French Military Presence in Boston 3 December 2018.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Robert Selig, The Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail

                        In July 1780, the French troop transport Île de France sailed into Boston Harbor. Thus began 30 months of uninterrupted French military presence in Boston as the city became the most important French base in North America until Christmas Day 1782, when a fleet under Admiral Vaudreuil sailed from Boston for the West Indies carrying the comte de Rochambeau’s infantry. This talk provides an in-depth look at this little-known episode in Massachusetts and Boston history.

                         

                         

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                        Early American History Seminar “Attend to the Opium”: Boston's Trade with China in the Early 19th Century 4 December 2018.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Gwenn Miller, College of the Holy Cross Comment: Dael Norwood, University of Delaware

                        The opium trade is the nefarious flip-side of the opulence of the American China trade. The involvement of so many Boston families in this trade would contribute to the growth of the city and its institutions by the end of the nineteenth century. Homes decorated with Chinese art, porcelains, silks, and meticulously curated gardens were made possible by profits initially rooted in the fur trade, and in large part sustained by opium.

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

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                        Notice Library Closing @ 3:30PM 5 December 2018.Wednesday, all day

                        The Library closes early at 3:30PM in preparation for an evening event.

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                        Brown Bag Seas of Connection: Narratives of Migration through Local American Wards 5 December 2018.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Nicholas Ames, University of Notre Dame

                        Mass emigration during the 19th and early 20th centuries produced rapidly shifting cityscapes across America. This talk investigates changes at the neighborhood (ward) level in three industrial American communities, Pittsburgh, PA, Cleveland, OH, and Clinton, MA, to understand the impact of historic Irish immigrants on community development within "quintessential" America.

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                        Member Event, Special Event MHS Fellows & Members Holiday Party 5 December 2018.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM Registration for this event is now closed. Holiday card showing birds in flight

                        MHS Fellows and Members are invited to the Society's annual holiday party. 

                        Become a Member today!

                        Image: Holiday card showing birds in flight, chromolithograph by unidentified publisher, late 19th century.

                         

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                        Public Program Boston in the Great War: Manuscripts & Artifacts of World War I 6 December 2018.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Facilitator: Bruce J. Schulman, Boston University

                        Prof. Bruce Schulman and students from Boston University will present a collection of artifacts and documents from the holdings of the MHS. From printed propaganda and personal recollections to battle plans and victory gardens, this presentation and virtual exhibit will explore the many ways in which Bostonians were affected by the Great War.

                        Light refreshments will be served after the presentation.

                         

                         

                         

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                        Brown Bag Sylvia Plath’s Letters & Traces 7 December 2018.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Peter K. Steinberg, Co-Editor of the two-volume edition of The Letters of Sylvia Plath

                        In this talk, Peter K. Steinberg will discuss his role in editing the two-volume Letters of Sylvia Plath, published recently by HarperCollins. He will also highlight the professional and personal responses to Plath in her lifetime, as well as share an archival discovery made on a piece of carbon typing paper.

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                        MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 8 December 2018.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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

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                        Notice Library Opens @ 2:00PM 11 December 2018.Tuesday, all day

                        Due to a large public program the library will delay opening until 2:00PM and remain open until 7:45PM.

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                        Public Program, Conversation Robert Treat Paine’s Life & Influence on Law 11 December 2018.Tuesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT. Maura Healey, Massachusetts Attorney General; Alan Rogers, Boston College; Christina Carrick, Assistant Editor, The Papers of Robert Treat Paine

                        Join us for a special event with the current Attorney General looking at the first Massachusetts Attorney General’s life and influence on law and order during the Revolutionary era. This event celebrates the completion of the five-volume series The Papers of Robert Treat Paine.

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                        Environmental History Seminar A Nice History of Bird Migration: Ethology, Expertise, and Conservation in 20th Century North America 11 December 2018.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Kristoffer Whitney, Rochester Institute of Technology Comment: Marilyn Ogilvie, University of Oklahoma

                        This paper focuses on the historical relationships between migratory birds, scientists, and amateur experts in 20th-century North America, especially Margaret Morse Nice. Nice, simultaneously a trained ornithologist and an enthusiastic amateur across disciplines, almost single-handedly introduced the American ornithological community to European ethology. Her bird-banding work exemplified the tensions in natural history around expertise, gender, and conservation.

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

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                        Brown Bag Ecology of Utopia: Environmental Discourse and Practice in Antebellum Communal Settlements 12 December 2018.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Molly Reed, Cornell University

                        During the 1840s, members of short-lived intentional communities debated strategies for “getting back to nature” and explored emerging meanings of “natural” through radical hygiene, diet, and agricultural practices. This talk examines how Transcendentalist and Fourierist communitarians articulated human-environment relationships in terms that reflected and informed their visions for social change.

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                        Public Program, Conversation No More, America 12 December 2018.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-program reception at 5:30. Peter Galison, Harvard University; Henry Louis Gates Jr., Harvard University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

                        In 1773, two graduating Harvard seniors, Theodore Parsons and Eliphalet Pearson, were summoned before a public audience to debate whether slavery was compatible with “natural law.” Peter Galison’s short film, “No More, America” co-directed with Henry Louis Gates, reimagines this original debate to include the powerful voice of Phillis Wheatley, an acclaimed poet, then-enslaved, who lived just across the Charles River from the two Harvard students. Join us for a film screening followed by a discussion between Peter Galison, and Henry Louis Gates.

                         

                         

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                        Notice Library Closing @ 3:30PM 13 December 2018.Thursday, all day

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

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                        MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 15 December 2018.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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                        History of Women and Gender Seminar Transgender History and Archives: An Interdisciplinary Conversation Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
                        Subscribe to receive advance copies of the seminar papers.
                        18 December 2018.Tuesday, 5:30PM - 7:45PM Location: Knafel Center, Radcliffe Institute Genny Beemyn, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Laura Peimer, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; Sari L. Reisner, Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Moderator: Jen Manion, Amherst College

                        This panel aims to begin an interdisciplinary conversation in transgender history. What is the state of the field of transgender studies in history, archiving, and public health? How do changes in popular usage and attitudes about terminology facilitate or hinder research? In what ways does transgender studies intersect with women’s and gender history and other feminist scholarly concerns?

                        This session has recommended reading (available here) but is open to all regardless of whether they have done the reading.

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

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                        MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 22 December 2018.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 Building Closed 24 December 2018.Monday, all day

                        The MHS is CLOSED.

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                        Building Closed Christmas Day 25 December 2018.Tuesday, all day

                        The MHS is CLOSED for Christmas.

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                        Building Closed Building Closed 26 December 2018.Wednesday, all day

                        The MHS Library is CLOSED.

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                        Building Closed Building Closed 27 December 2018.Thursday, all day

                        The MHS Library is CLOSED.

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                        Building Closed Building Closed 28 December 2018.Friday, all day

                        The MHS Library is CLOSED.

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                        Building Closed Building Closed 29 December 2018.Saturday, all day

                        Building Closed

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                        Building Closed Building Closed 31 December 2018.Monday, all day

                        The MHS Library is CLOSED.

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