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Mad about the Massachusetts Historical Society’s Collections

The Massachusetts Historical Society is celebrating its 225th anniversary this year with, among other things, this online exhibit of 225 notable objects from its collection. Those objects don’t appear to include the broadside titled “Wolfe’s summit of human glory” which I wrote about here and is one of my personal favorites. Show More Summary

In Historic First, Massachusetts Attorney General Warns Gilead To Lower Cost Of Hep C Drug Or Face Lawsuit

Late in the summer of 2015, it was one solitary tweet by Hillary Clinton which, in retaliation to Martin Shkreli's infamous "price gouging", warned biotech and pharma companies to lower prices for their drugs, that was the catalyst which...Show More Summary

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- The Massachusetts Historical Society marks the 225th anniversary of its establishment today. May it ever prosper!- An employee of the National Library of Ireland will face trial over the theft of more than two hundred books from the library's collections. Show More Summary

Interview: Jamie Berger of the Thrive Project on helping overlooked young adults build meaningful careers

Think of able-bodied young adults in beautiful leaf-peeping Western Massachusetts, and you don’t think of kids who’ve dropped out of high school or gotten stuck in dead-end jobs. But after living and writing in the historic mill town of Turners... Continue Reading ?

Midcentury Pool House in Boston Revamped as Modern Pad

Photos by Peter Vanderwarcker via Contemporist. Set in a historic district in Brookline, Massachusetts, this midcentury home was once a pool house designed by architects Nathaniel Saltonstall and Oliver Morton. After a recent renovation by Cambridge, Massachusetts firm Hammer...

A custom white wedding suit and tutu-inspired reception dress at this glam meets rustic wedding

Elizabeth and Colleen's glam meets rustic wedding at the Holliston Historical Society in Massachusetts was a testament to amazing DIY projects and the super chic dress + white suit combination. Elizabeth created all the decor from scratch, all the way from the centerpieces to custom designing Colleen's suit. Show More Summary

“The union was established in a very ceremonial manner”

So what did the “Union” of North End and South End gangs on the fifth of November 1765 look like?As the Massachusetts Historical Society quoted in 2009, chronicler James Freeman described the day this way:the disorders which had been...Show More Summary

The Imprint of Madison’s Hand

A couple of years ago, I attended a seminar at the Massachusetts Historical Society on a paper by Prof. Mary Sarah Bilder of Boston College Law School. She had been studying James Madison’s record of the U.S. Constitutional Convention of 1787. Show More Summary

Early American History Schedules at the M.H.S.

The Massachusetts Historical Society has announced its schedule of seminars for the upcoming academic year. These come in four series: on early America, environmental history, urban history, and the history of women and gender.I’ve picked out those that relate to colonial and federal America. Show More Summary

From Historic Mansion to Rejuvenating Hotel: Canyon Ranch is a Restorative Retreat in Lenox

Once a stately country retreat, historic Bellefontaine Mansion in the woods of Berkshire County in Lenox, Massachusetts is enjoying a reincarnation as Canyon Ranch. Built in 1897 and modeled after Versailles's Petit Trianon, Bellefontaine had also... via JustLuxe.com

Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill surrounded by history

Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill is a good location in the city near the Charles River. Beacon Hill is an historic neighborhood of Boston in the center of the Shawmut Peninsula of the city. The Massachusetts State House  is at the top of Beacon Hill (1795 – Architect Charles Bulfinch). Show More Summary

July 17, 2015: Cheer on Veterans & Families as They Run to Home Base at Fenway Park

The Red Sox Foundation & Massachusetts General Hospital to raise funds for military personnel with 9K fund raising run; Registration still available Get the family together and head to historic Fenway Park on Saturday, July 25, 2015 from 6:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Gate B to cheer on runners as they cross home plate at the 6th Annual […]

Boston Snow Finally Gone — Or Is It? Also, Tons Of Garbage Remain [Video]

Boston finally can say goodbye to the piles of snow that lingered for months. After a historic snowfall, the Massachusetts capital seemed to spend weeks digging out. The city received 110 inches of snow during the winter months, and a huge pile was created to cope with it. Show More Summary

How Fox News Fought, Lost, And Rebooted Its Fight Against Marriage Equality

On November 18, 2003, Bill O'Reilly dedicated the "Talking Points Memo" portion of his Fox News show to criticizing the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, which had just made a historic ruling determining that the state could not deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Show More Summary

“Perspectives on the Boston Massacre,” 7-9 July

On 7-9 July, the Massachusetts Historical Society will host a multi-day workshop investigating “Perspectives on the Boston Massacre.” It’s designed for teachers, librarians, and members of the public interested in exploring the Massacre...Show More Summary

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“We Are One” Exhibits Opens in Boston

Earlier this year I recommended the “God Save the People” exhibit at the Massachusetts Historical Society. This month the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, just a few blocks away on Boyltston Street, opened a new exhibit called “We Are One.” It’s also very good. Show More Summary

Dedication of the African Burying Ground Memorial Park in Portsmouth

I was planning to post about something else today, but discussions at last night’s seminar at the Massachusetts Historical Society reminded me of an important commemoration taking place this week in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. From today...Show More Summary

From Changing Diapers to Changing Policies

Recently, during a trip to Boston, I invited Emerge Massachusetts alumna and Boston City Councilwoman Michelle Wu to lunch. I was excited to meet her because I knew that her race and win were "historic"--Michelle was the youngest woman elected to the Boston City Council at 28 years old. Show More Summary

Ebenezer Richardson as a Cause of the American Revolution

10 months agoHistory / US History : Boston 1775

This afternoon and for the next two days I’ll be attending the “So Sudden an Alteration” conference at the Massachusetts Historical Society. (Follow along on Twitter via #RevReborn2.)This conference is a sequel to the “American Revolution Reborn” conference in Philadelphia in 2013. Show More Summary

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