Revolution 250

The Revolution is coming! Revolution 250 is a collaborative effort aimed at commemorating the 250th anniversaries of events leading up to America’s independence from Great Britain. A program of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Revolution 250 has more than 40 Massachusetts non-profit organizations, businesses, and government agencies working together to explore the history of the American Revolution and the ways that this story still resonates 250 years later. Learn more at www.revolution250.org.

Revolution at the MHS

The story of the American Revolution is found throughout Boston. At the MHS, discover what the Revolution meant to the men and women who experienced it through letters, diaries, newspapers, and artifacts.

Rev250 Events at the MHS

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Upcoming Events

Author Talk

Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates

19Nov 6:00PM 2018
There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30

Set against the backdrop of the Age of Exploration, Black Flags, Blue Waters reveals the dramatic history of American piracy’s “Golden Age”&mdash ...

postponed Brown Bag

The American Debates over the China Relief Expedition of 1900

21Nov 12:00PM 2018

This talk examines the American debates over the country’s participation in the eight-nation alliance to relieve the Chinese Boxers’ siege of internationals ...

Modern American Society and Culture Seminar

In Search of the Costs of Segregation

27Nov 5:15PM 2018

Historians generally treat Jim Crow as a legal, political, and cultural system shaping where African Americans went, whether they voted, and how they acted. Yet it was ...

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Women at Sea: Ann Johnson and Abbie Clifford

In 1849, the ship Lanerk sailed from Boston to California as part of the Gold Rush. On the ship was a clergyman named Truman Ripley Hawley, and the MHS recently acquired a transcript of his diary of ...

Barbara Hillard Smith’s Diary, November 1918

Today we return to the 1918 diary of Newton teenager Barbara Hillard Smith. You may read our introduction to the diary, and Barbara’s previous entries, here: January | February  ...

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