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Hoock on Revolutionary War Violence in Boston, 11 May

On Thursday, 11 May, Holger Hoock will speak at the Massachusetts Historical Society on his new book, Scars of Independence: America’s Violent Birth. Here‘s the publisher’s description of this book, officially published this week:The...Show More Summary

Joe Kennedy: Trumpcare is a historic attack on mental health care

3 weeks agoNews : The Raw Story

A woman recently walked into my Massachusetts office to talk about her daughter, who had been diagnosed with serious mental illness in 2007, when she was just 4 years old. A decade later, the stories this mother shared with me are heartbreaking. The countless hospital visits. The fights with...

71 Historical Photos Show Harvard University in the Second Half of 19th Century

Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, established in 1636, whose history, influence, and wealth have made it one of the world's most prestigious universities. The University is organized...Show More Summary

“Here are the cannon—Our cannon are coming”

Among the documents the Massachusetts Historical Society has made available in digital form is Sarah (Winslow) Deming’s letter detailing day by day her experience at the start of the Revolutionary War. From a genteel family with relatives on both sides of the political divide, Deming was inside Boston when the fighting began on April 1775. Show More Summary

Talking about Stolen Cannon in Falmouth, 25 Apr.

On Tuesday, 25 April, I’ll speak to the Falmouth Historical Society about The Road to Concord: How Four Stolen Cannon Ignited the Revolutionary War. My book explores how Massachusetts Patriots were furiously collecting cannon months before the war broke out in April of 1775, but of course keeping that effort as quiet as possible. Show More Summary

John Harvard 'Statue of Three Lies' in Cambridge, Massachusetts

The campus of Harvard University projects a sense of order and continuity, from the brick wall enclosing the historic Yard to the imposing pillars of Widener Library. Yet despite the feeling of solid tradition and genteel propriety which...Show More Summary

Regulators weigh sale of last thoroughbred horse track

Massachusetts gambling regulators are considering the proposed sale of New England's last remaining thoroughbred horse racing track. The owners of Suffolk Downs have reached an agreement to sell the historic … Click to Continue »

Bullock on Polite Politics in Boston, 29 Mar.

On Wednesday, 29 March, Steven C. Bullock will speak at the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston on “Tea Sets and Tyranny: The Politics of Politeness in Early America.” This presentation is based on his new book of the same name.Even...Show More Summary

Anishanslin on “A Woman in Silk” in Boston, 23 Mar.

On Thursday, 23 March, Zara Anishanslin will speak at the Massachusetts Historical Society on the topic of her new book Portrait of a Woman in Silk: Hidden Histories of the British Atlantic World. This event is part of the society’sShow More Summary

Tracking Lincoln on Race and Slavery

This weekend I will be leading a teacher workshop at the Massachusetts Historical Society, which focuses on Abraham Lincoln’s evolving views on race and slavery. As part of my presentation […]

Upcoming History Workshops for Teachers

Here are a couple of teacher workshops coming up at historic sites. The Massachusetts Historical Society is offering “Women in the Era of the American Revolution” on 22-23 February. It says:Study the revolution through the words and artifacts of the women who lived it. Show More Summary

Aboard the bus to the Women’s March

On Friday, Globe staff photographer Jessica Rinaldi traveled to Washington, D.C. with a local group from Massachusetts to attend the historic Women’s March on Washington following Donald Trump’s inauguration. More than 9,600 women, children...Show More Summary

Everyday Americans share Women’s March stories

4 months agoNews : The Newsroom

A Massachusetts mom, a former St. Louis English teacher, and a Tennessee college student offer personal views of the historic event.

The First Step in Preserving the Jason Russell House

The Massachusetts Historical Commission and the town of Arlington just granted the Arlington Historical Society a $15,000 grant to study what is necessary to preserve the Jason Russell House. The society explains:The Jason Russell House...Show More Summary

Ryerson on Adams’s Political Thinking, 16 Nov.

On Wednesday, 16 November, the Massachusetts Historical Society will welcome back Richard Alan Ryerson, once editor of the Adams Papers. He will speak about his new book, John Adams’s Republic: The One, the Few, and the Many, published...Show More Summary

What Is the Future for School Choice?

Republicans scored a historic electoral victory across the nation, but the public-school establishment held its own on key reform measures promoted by the GOP. Most notably, Massachusetts Ballot Question 2 (to raise the cap on charter schools) lost decisively, even after Governor Charlie Baker campaigned for it. Show More Summary

A wave of states just expanded legal marijuana, but here's why nationwide legalization is hardly certain

SEATTLE — This year’s election season was historic in more ways than one. An unprecedented nine states considered liberalizing cannabis laws, and here’s how it broke down: California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada saw their ballot measures pass, bringing the total number of states with legal adult-use cannabis laws up to eight. Show More Summary

This map shows every state that legalized marijuana on Election Day

America is seeing green after a historic day for the legal marijuana industry. Seven states in all legalized marijuana in some form on Election Day. California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada showed up to support recreational marijuana,...Show More Summary

Massachusetts Voters Pass Historic Animal Protection Law

7 months agoNews : Huffington Post

Massachusetts voters on Tuesday passed a landmark law to protect farm animals from intensive confinement. The initiative will eventually prohibit farming methods that keep animals severely constrained for virtually their entire lives,...Show More Summary

Massachusetts Democrats Poised to Extend Historic US House Election Streak

At 101 in a row, the Bay State already owns by far the largest Democratic winning streak to the chamber among Northeastern, Midwestern, and Western states and passed Virginia for #10 on the all-time list last cycle.

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