I’ve been discussing the public image of Customs official Charles Paxton (shown here in the Massachusetts Historical Society’s portrait). Paxton’s neighbors teased him for his elaborate courtesy and his bachelor status. A big part of...Show More Summary
Winter 1938. "Cambridge, Massachusetts. Historic churchyard near Harvard Square." Medium format nitrate negative by Paul Vanderbilt. View full size.
The $95 million restoration of Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts has won an award for historic preservation.
A school district in Massachusetts is apologizing after sharing with families a photo of white students leading a black classmate on a leash as part of a visit to a historic plantation. The incident happened last week after third graders...Show More Summary
On Monday, 23 October, the Massachusetts Historical Society will host a panel discussion on the topic “Advise and Dissent? The Role of Public History in Modern Life.”The society asks:What is the role of historical organizations in aShow More Summary
A historic black church in Massachusetts will be turned into a community center to celebrate a local town's African-American history and culture. The Berkshire Eagle reports the Clinton African Methodist … Click to Continue »
As part of Massachusetts Archaeology Month, the New England Historical Genealogical Society is hosting a free lecture on 11 October by Ta Mara Conde, founder of Historic Gravestone Services.The society’s description of “Stories in Stone: America Through Its Early Burial Grounds” says:Burial grounds are outdoor museum: accessible and open to all. Show More Summary
On Tuesday, 10 October, the Massachusetts Historical Society will host a session of the Boston Environmental History Seminar series. James Rice of Tufts University will present a paper on “Early Environmental Histories,” and Chris Parsons of Northeastern University will comment on it. Show More Summary
October is Massachusetts’s Archaeology Month, and Minute Man National Historical Park is offering two programs on the field. Saturday, 7 October, 1:00 P.M.Parker’s Revenge: The New EvidenceMinute Man Visitor Center on the Lincoln/Lexington lineArchaeologist Dr. Show More Summary
In an unassuming neighborhood outside of Boston Massachusetts there is a small park in the National Park System which documents the start of America’s industry, the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site. […] The post Saugus Iron Works...Show More Summary
The Latest on a Massachusetts case challenging the use of public funds to restore a historic church (all times local):
Can public funds be used to restore Massachusetts’ historic churches?
Can public funds be used to restore Massachusetts' historic churches? That's the question before the state's highest court Thursday in a closely watched case that could have a big impact … Click to Continue »
Three Democratic senators seen as potential candidates in the 2020 presidential election—Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts), Kamala Harris (California) and Kristen Gillibrand (New York)—could earn the historic opportunity to end Donald Trump’s tenure in the White House and in the process become the...
The historic Powerball prize claimed by a Massachusetts woman this week focused new attention on the state lottery, a vital, if not always well understood, cog in state and local … Click to Continue »
In May of 2014, a 100-year-old architectural gem in Glasgow was devastated by fire. The Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh building, was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, who had attended the Glasgow School of Art as a teenager, and built between 1897 and 1909. The Mack, as it is lovingly nicknamed, seamlessly blends multiple styles […]
Next week I’ll be one of the presenters at a teachers’ workshop organized by Minute Man National Historical Park. My topic will be the Massachusetts militia system and that institution’s role in The Road to Concord. Preparing for that session, I’ve been reviewing the Massachusetts militia laws. Show More Summary
A former Cotton Mill in Lowell, Massachusetts has come to the aid of one of the world?s most iconic buildings it was revealed today, 3 August 2017. The celebrated Mackintosh Building at The Glasgow School of Art (affectionately known...Show More Summary
A distinguished eastern Tennessee family?s three-generation collection of antique American glass bottles and flasks will be auctioned with no reserve on Thursday, Aug. 3 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Auctioneer John W. Coker has chosen the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel as the venue for his auction of the Frank M. Show More Summary
The news coming out of the Massachusetts Historical Society here in Boston could not be more exciting. Yesterday the MHS announced that they are in possession of the sword that […]