Americans may be on shaky ground when it comes to geography knowledge, but don’t tell that to 12-year-old Sathwik Karnik of Plainsville, Mass., the official winner of the 2013 National Geographic Bee. (MORE: Nepal Says Historic Everest...Show More Summary
With a convicted spirit and a heart full of compassion, I look across the Charles River in Boston, Massachusetts. This historic city known for her role in the narrative of our nation's Revolutionary War chapter, for her love of sports and for being the birthplace of some of the world's leading educational institutions now stands recognized as another victim of mindless terror.
Gabriel Gomez, the Republican nominee to fill John Kerry’s open Senate seat in Massachusetts, claimed a $281,500 deduction on his income taxes for promising not to alter the appearance of his historic home. While he identified this “easement” as a donation to a controversial Washington, DC-based organization, he was reportedly already prevented from making any [...]
The Redcoats attacked again at Minute Man National Historic Park in Concord, Massachusetts. One of their officers rode this photogenic horse, snapped by American militiaman and redditor Samafoof. He describes what's involved in an American...Show More Summary
Following Massachusetts' successful crackdown on Time Crisis and Lethal Enforcers, a New Jersey lawmaker is also looking to make the state's beautiful and historic Turnpike safe from light-gun games no one plays anymore. Except the language of the law she has in mind has a teeny tiny problem that renders it entirely meaningless. Read more...
In between the final day’s sessions yesterday at the Massachusetts Historical Society, Megan Kate Nelson and I met over lunch and cocktails to talk a little business. Over the next few months we will be co-editing a special issue of Common-place on the Civil War Sesquicentennial and Civil War memory. The issue is slated for [...]
This weekend I am attending a conference hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society called “Massachusetts and the Civil War: The Commonwealth and National Disunion.” Last night John Stauffer gave the keynote address on abolitionism in the Bay State and today I attended three panels. The range of topics discussed is really quite impressive. I especially [...]
Prof. David Hsiung’s “Making Saltpetre” seminar at the Massachusetts Historical Society last night was quite interesting, and I probably missed the most interesting part because I was in a committee meeting upstairs for the first half. Show More Summary
On Tuesday, 2 April, the Massachusetts Historical Society will host a session of the Boston Area Early American History Seminar starting at 5:15. David Hsiung, professor at Juniata College, will present a paper on “Making Saltpetre for...Show More Summary
Historic Tidbit via Paul Boller’s, “Congressional Anecdotes:” Freshman Massachusetts Congressman William Everett returned home and a friend asked him how he liked Congress. “Oh, it’s the funniest place I ever saw. In the House, they have got things fixed so that you can’t get anything in, and in the Senate, they have arranged things so [...]
Glenn Beck delivered a veritable history lesson to his audience Monday night, telling the story of Charles Sumner's "Crime against Kansas" speech in 1856, which led to that Massachusetts senator getting caned by Rep. Preston Brooks on the Senate floor. Show More Summary
Historic Tidbit: Edith Nourse Rogers was among the first women to serve in Congress (her 35 plus years have only been surpassed by Barbara Mikulski). And Rogers, who served Massachusetts from 1925 until her death learned the disadvantages to being outnumbered by gender. One day, Rogers asked a male colleague to yield during debate and [...]
The Massachusetts Historical Society recently bought a 1788 letter from James Warren to Elbridge Gerry (shown here) that hasn’t appeared in any published correspondence of the two politicians. It does appear online at the Wisconsin Historical...Show More Summary
Last week I noted an upcoming session in the Boston Early American History Seminar. The Massachusetts Historical Society sponsors other seminar series that sometimes touch on the period and issues of the American Revolution.On Thursday, 7 February, at 5:30 P.M. Show More Summary
Something historic happened yesterday. Thanks to the interim Senate appointment of William ‘Mo’ Cowan in Massachusetts the United States Senate will for the first time ever have two African-Americans serving together, but only for a few months. Show More Summary
On Tuesday, 5 February, at 5:15 P.M., the Old State House in Boston will host a meeting of the Boston Area Early American History Seminars sponsored and normally hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society. Another change from the seminar series’ usual format is that it will be a panel discussion of two papers rather than a discussion of one. Show More Summary
Jeweler Sarah Nehama curated the mourning jewelry exhibition that's currently on display at the Massachusetts Historical Society (it's free, go!), and put together the accompanying book, In Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American...Show More Summary
Historical Echoes: Banking in Early Nineteenth-Century New England Amy Farber January 11, 2013 Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) is an historic site, a living museum located in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, that has a well-developed public website. Its page about banking in the early 1800s describes the Thompson Bank (see also video of exterior), which was constructed [...]
The Massachusetts Historical Review is the Massachusetts Historical Society’s annual journal. It usually contains about four scholarly papers and some book reviews. Copies go to members and subscribers, and people with access to J-STOR...Show More Summary
A historic church in Massachusetts will be auctioning off one of their two hymn books that date from the 17th century. Old South Church in Boston, a 300-plus year-old progressive congregation belonging to the United Church of Christ, voted Sunday to sell off one of their Bay Psalm Books, which were published in 1640.