The MHS offers many engaging programs and special events.

April 2020
Public Program Postponed: The Hunt for History: On the Trail of the World’s Lost Treasures—from the Letters of Lincoln, Churchill, & Einstein to the Secret Recordings Onboard JFK’s Air Force One 1 April 2020.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There is a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Nathan Raab There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members, EBT or ConnectorCare cardholders). Nathan Raab, America’s preeminent rare documents dealer, describes his years as the Sherlock ...

Nathan Raab, America’s preeminent rare documents dealer, describes his years as the Sherlock Holmes of historical artifacts and he shows us what the past Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/the-hunt-for-history-9781501198908_lg_1_.jpgcan tell us about the present. Raab shares some fascinating stories: spotting a letter from British officials that secured the Rosetta Stone; discovering a piece of the first electric cable laid by Edison; restoring a fragmented letter from Andrew Jackson that led to the infamous Trail of Tears; and locating copies of missing audio that had been recorded on Air Force One as the plane brought JFK’s body back to Washington. Every document and artifact uncovers a story—and offers new insights into a life we thought we knew.

 

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/Winter_2020/0106_lg.jpg Public Program The Revolutionary Era in Boston with Prof. Robert Allison 3 April 2020.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM This is an online program. Robert Allison, Suffolk Univeristy Join us for a live virtual Q and A with Professor Robert Allison who will address your questions on ...

Join us for a live virtual Q and A with Professor Robert Allison who will address your questions on the Revolutionary War in Boston and beyond. Subscribers will get access to a curated list of videos from the MHS program archive to watch at home. This content will help viewers engage with the political, social, and intellectual aspects of the Revolution ahead of the question and answer session. 

Please note: This is an online event. Bring your questions or just listen in on the conversation. Links to video content will be included in the confirmation email following registration. Information on how to join the live webinar will be emailed to participants the day before the event.

For questions regarding this event, please message programs@masshist.org.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/When_it_was_grand-_cropped.jpg Public Program Postponed: When It Was Grand: The Radical Republican History of the Civil War 6 April 2020.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There is a pre-talk reception at 5:30. LeeAnna Keith There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members, EBT or ConnectorCare cardholders). In 1862, abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison summarized the Civil War: “There is a war because ...

In 1862, abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison summarized the Civil War: “There is a war because there was a Republican Party. There was a Republican Party because there was an Abolition Party. There was an Abolition Party because there was Slavery.” Garrison’s statement expresses the essential truths at the heart of LeeAnna Keith’s narrative, which introduces us to the idealistic Massachusetts preachers and philanthropists, rugged Midwestern politicians, and African American activists who collaborated to protect escaped slaves from their captors, create and defend black military regiments, and win the contest for the soul of their party. In the 1850s and 1860s, the Republican Party stood for a demanding ideal of racial justice—and insisted that the nation live up to it.

 

 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/cover_image.jpg Public Program Registration closed until further notice: Kooks & Degenerates on Ice: Bobby Orr, the Big Bad Bruins, & the Stanley Cup Championship That Transformed Hockey 16 April 2020.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Registration closed. Thomas J. Whalen During the 1969–1970 season, the “Big, Bad Bruins,” led by the legendary Bobby Orr ...

During the 1969–1970 season, the “Big, Bad Bruins,” led by the legendary Bobby Orr, brushed off their perennial losing ways to defeat the St. Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup Finals for their first championship in 29 years. Thomas J. Whalen brings to life all the colorful personalities and iconic players from this Stanley Cup-raising team. Whalen situates this winning season into its historical context as the United States struggled with issues of war, race, politics, and class, making his book a must-read for sports enthusiasts, hockey fans, and those interested in twentieth-century American history.

We are thankful to Rockland Trust Investment Management Group for the sponsorship of the reception for this program. 

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/0067bloodymassacre_lg.jpg Public Program John Adams & the Boston Massacre Trials 17 April 2020.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Amanda Norton, the Adams Papers at MHS Amanda Norton of the Adams Papers will walk visitors through our exhibition of the Boston Massacre, ...

Amanda Norton of the Adams Papers will walk visitors through our exhibition of the Boston Massacre, which explores and reinterprets the events of March 5, 1770 and the courtroom drama that unfolded after the massacre through the archival material found in the MHS collection.

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Public Program Registration closed until further notice: Bringing Back the Pilgrims: Living History at Plimoth Plantation 22 April 2020.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Registration closed Catherine Allgor, MHS; Richard Pickering, Plimoth Plantation; Malka Benjamin, Plimoth Plantation; and moderator William Martin How do historians create authentic public history? How do they tell their story to a wide and ...

How do historians create authentic public history? How do they tell their story to a wide and diverse audience? Living history makes the past accessible, but like all popular history, it must balance accessibility with an accurate depiction of the human past. Theatrical techniques like dialogue, costuming, setting, and character development can bring a historical moment to life, but the story that’s told must be rooted in serious scholarship and careful research. How do ‘Living Historians’ meet this challenge? Join us for a lively panel discussion among historians who have grappled with these questions.

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Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/The_cabinet-cropped.jpg Public Program Registration closed until further notice: The Cabinet: George Washington & the Creation of an American Institution 29 April 2020.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Registration closed Lindsay M. Chervinsky On November 26, 1791, George Washington convened his department secretaries—Alexander Hamilton ...

On November 26, 1791, George Washington convened his department secretaries—Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Henry Knox, and Edmund Randolph—for the first cabinet meeting. Faced with diplomatic crises, domestic insurrections, and constitutional challenges, Washington decided he needed a group of advisors he could turn to. He modeled his new cabinet on the councils of war he had led as commander of the Continental Army. Lindsay M. Chervinsky reveals the far-reaching consequences of Washington’s choice to create what has become one of the most powerful bodies in the federal government: the presidential cabinet.

 

 

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May 2020
Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets//daniel_chester_french_cropped.jpg Public Program Monument Man: The Life & Art of Daniel Chester French 2 May 2020.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM There is a pre-talk reception at 3:30. Harold Holzer There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members, EBT or ConnectorCare cardholders). The artist who created the statue for the Lincoln Memorial, John Harvard in ...
The artist who created the statue for the Lincoln Memorial, John Harvard in Harvard Yard, and The Minute Man in Concord, Massachusetts, Daniel Chester French (1850-1931) is America's best-known sculptor of public monuments. Harold Holzer presents the first comprehensive biography of this fascinating figure and his illustrious career, providing a nuanced study of a preeminent artist whose evolution ran parallel to, and deeply influenced, the development of American sculpture, iconography, and historical memory.
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The Hunt for History: On the Trail of the World’s Lost Treasures—from the Letters of Lincoln, Churchill, & Einstein to the Secret Recordings Onboard JFK’s Air Force One
Register registration required 1 April 2020.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There is a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Nathan Raab There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members, EBT or ConnectorCare cardholders).

Nathan Raab, America’s preeminent rare documents dealer, describes his years as the Sherlock Holmes of historical artifacts and he shows us what the past Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/the-hunt-for-history-9781501198908_lg_1_.jpgcan tell us about the present. Raab shares some fascinating stories: spotting a letter from British officials that secured the Rosetta Stone; discovering a piece of the first electric cable laid by Edison; restoring a fragmented letter from Andrew Jackson that led to the infamous Trail of Tears; and locating copies of missing audio that had been recorded on Air Force One as the plane brought JFK’s body back to Washington. Every document and artifact uncovers a story—and offers new insights into a life we thought we knew.

 

 

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Public Program The Revolutionary Era in Boston with Prof. Robert Allison Register registration required at no cost 3 April 2020.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM This is an online program. Robert Allison, Suffolk Univeristy Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/Winter_2020/0106_lg.jpg

Join us for a live virtual Q and A with Professor Robert Allison who will address your questions on the Revolutionary War in Boston and beyond. Subscribers will get access to a curated list of videos from the MHS program archive to watch at home. This content will help viewers engage with the political, social, and intellectual aspects of the Revolution ahead of the question and answer session. 

Please note: This is an online event. Bring your questions or just listen in on the conversation. Links to video content will be included in the confirmation email following registration. Information on how to join the live webinar will be emailed to participants the day before the event.

For questions regarding this event, please message programs@masshist.org.

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Public Program Postponed:
When It Was Grand: The Radical Republican History of the Civil War
Register registration required 6 April 2020.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There is a pre-talk reception at 5:30. LeeAnna Keith There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members, EBT or ConnectorCare cardholders). Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/When_it_was_grand-_cropped.jpg

In 1862, abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison summarized the Civil War: “There is a war because there was a Republican Party. There was a Republican Party because there was an Abolition Party. There was an Abolition Party because there was Slavery.” Garrison’s statement expresses the essential truths at the heart of LeeAnna Keith’s narrative, which introduces us to the idealistic Massachusetts preachers and philanthropists, rugged Midwestern politicians, and African American activists who collaborated to protect escaped slaves from their captors, create and defend black military regiments, and win the contest for the soul of their party. In the 1850s and 1860s, the Republican Party stood for a demanding ideal of racial justice—and insisted that the nation live up to it.

 

 

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Public Program Registration closed until further notice: Kooks & Degenerates on Ice: Bobby Orr, the Big Bad Bruins, & the Stanley Cup Championship That Transformed Hockey registration closed 16 April 2020.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Registration closed. Thomas J. Whalen Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/cover_image.jpg

During the 1969–1970 season, the “Big, Bad Bruins,” led by the legendary Bobby Orr, brushed off their perennial losing ways to defeat the St. Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup Finals for their first championship in 29 years. Thomas J. Whalen brings to life all the colorful personalities and iconic players from this Stanley Cup-raising team. Whalen situates this winning season into its historical context as the United States struggled with issues of war, race, politics, and class, making his book a must-read for sports enthusiasts, hockey fans, and those interested in twentieth-century American history.

We are thankful to Rockland Trust Investment Management Group for the sponsorship of the reception for this program. 

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Public Program John Adams & the Boston Massacre Trials this event is free 17 April 2020.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Amanda Norton, the Adams Papers at MHS Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/0067bloodymassacre_lg.jpg

Amanda Norton of the Adams Papers will walk visitors through our exhibition of the Boston Massacre, which explores and reinterprets the events of March 5, 1770 and the courtroom drama that unfolded after the massacre through the archival material found in the MHS collection.

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Public Program Registration closed until further notice: Bringing Back the Pilgrims: Living History at Plimoth Plantation registration closed 22 April 2020.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Registration closed Catherine Allgor, MHS; Richard Pickering, Plimoth Plantation; Malka Benjamin, Plimoth Plantation; and moderator William Martin

How do historians create authentic public history? How do they tell their story to a wide and diverse audience? Living history makes the past accessible, but like all popular history, it must balance accessibility with an accurate depiction of the human past. Theatrical techniques like dialogue, costuming, setting, and character development can bring a historical moment to life, but the story that’s told must be rooted in serious scholarship and careful research. How do ‘Living Historians’ meet this challenge? Join us for a lively panel discussion among historians who have grappled with these questions.

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Public Program Registration closed until further notice: The Cabinet: George Washington & the Creation of an American Institution registration closed 29 April 2020.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Registration closed Lindsay M. Chervinsky Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/The_cabinet-cropped.jpg

On November 26, 1791, George Washington convened his department secretaries—Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Henry Knox, and Edmund Randolph—for the first cabinet meeting. Faced with diplomatic crises, domestic insurrections, and constitutional challenges, Washington decided he needed a group of advisors he could turn to. He modeled his new cabinet on the councils of war he had led as commander of the Continental Army. Lindsay M. Chervinsky reveals the far-reaching consequences of Washington’s choice to create what has become one of the most powerful bodies in the federal government: the presidential cabinet.

 

 

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Public Program Monument Man: The Life & Art of Daniel Chester French Register registration required 2 May 2020.Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM There is a pre-talk reception at 3:30. Harold Holzer There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members, EBT or ConnectorCare cardholders). Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets//daniel_chester_french_cropped.jpg
The artist who created the statue for the Lincoln Memorial, John Harvard in Harvard Yard, and The Minute Man in Concord, Massachusetts, Daniel Chester French (1850-1931) is America's best-known sculptor of public monuments. Harold Holzer presents the first comprehensive biography of this fascinating figure and his illustrious career, providing a nuanced study of a preeminent artist whose evolution ran parallel to, and deeply influenced, the development of American sculpture, iconography, and historical memory. close


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