Standing Up, Stepping Forward, & Speaking Out: The Political Courage to Take a Principled Stand with John Dean and William Weld on 9 September
Friday, August 28, 2020 12:00PM
Presented by the Massachusetts Historical Society, this virtual conversation will discuss those
who go against the grain to stand up against political corruption and white collar crimes.
BOSTON, August 2020—Watergate was a sea change in American politics. But even as a presidential scandal gripped the nation, there were remarkable displays of political courage as Republicans and Democrats found ways to work together for the good of the nation. On Wednesday, September 9, 2020, at 5:30 PM, the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) will host a conversation between John Dean and William Weld, for whom Watergate was a transformational moment.
Moderated by historian Edward Widmer, the conversation will explore the need for honesty and political courage—even when that means breaking party ties or opposing friends. Hear from two people who ...
Monuments: Snapshots of an Ever-Changing Story
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 12:00PM
by Catherine Allgor, MHS President; Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai, MHS Director of Research; Elyssa Tardif, MHS Director of Education; and Kate Melchior, MHS Assistant Director of Education
Americans have begun to reexamine the monuments that make up our civic landscape. While these discussions are not new, the recent protests over this country’s longstanding racial injustice have given them a new urgency and scope. Ultimately, each decision about the fate of a local monument will be decided by the people in that community, and we believe that the current dialogue is both valuable and timely. Indeed, as the nation’s first historical society, we applaud the increased interest in and conversations about historical artifacts, people, events, and monuments.
As people in Massachusetts and across the country voice their understandings of the present-day ...
National History Day in Massachusetts Enables Students to Engage in Black History Topics
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 12:00PM
by Elyssa Tardif, MHS Director of Education, and Kate Melchior, MHS Assistant Director of Education
Mayor Marty Walsh, when asked whether he would consider requiring Boston schools to teach Black history (“Ask the Mayor,” Boston Public Radio, 6/26/2020), made it clear that while educators make curriculum decisions, he believes that Massachusetts students need a “full understanding” of American history, which must include the “contributions [of] the Black community” and the “biases [they] faced.” Unfortunately, Mayor Walsh conceded, there is only so much time in the day for teachers to spend on history and social studies.
But there is good news: we do not have to wait for an overhaul of the state’s curriculum to provide students with abundant opportunities to learn Black history. We have National ...