Elsewhere at Harvard

2016 May 21

Harvard Art Museums Exhibit: Prehistoric Pottery from Northwest China

Sat May 21 (All day) to Sun Aug 14 (All day)

On View May 21, 2016–August 14, 2016 Harvard Art Museums

Ancient pottery vessels are not only works of art but also representations of technical achievement, products of economic value, and windows into understanding ancient history and society. This installation showcases approximately 60 excellent, yet rarely seen prehistoric Chinese ceramics from the collections of the Harvard Art Museums and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.

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2016 Jul 29

Mass Historical Society: Augustus Saint-Gaudens Civil War Monuments

2:00pm

Location: 

1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

Jack Curtis 

Event is free.

https://www.masshist.org/calendar/event?event=1893

The greatest sculptor of the Beaux-Arts era, Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907), secured his place in the pantheon of American artists with his dynamic portrayals of Civil War heroes. This survey of the life and work of the influential sculptor will focus on his heroic, yet compassionate 1887 Abraham Lincoln: The Man (or Standing Lincoln) in Chicago’s Lincoln Park as representative of Saint-Gaudens’s...

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2016 Jul 21

Mass Historical Society: Boston Historical Meet & Greet

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

Free – Registration requested

https://www.masshist.org/calendar/event?event=1892

Boston does not have a city historical society, but it has a wealth of neighborhood organizations. From the West End to the South Boston, Bostonians are steeped in local history and proud of their neighborhood’s identity. The Massachusetts Historical Society is pleased to invite the public and representatives of local organizations for a chance to mingle and share recent accomplishments or the great projects they are working on....

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2016 Jul 13

Mass Historical Society: Presidents and Politics Series: "Bobby Kennedy"

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

Reception at 5:30pm

Larry Tye, Author

$20 (free for MHS members)

https://www.masshist.org/calendar/event?event=1891

History remembers Robert F. Kennedy as the last progressive knight of a bygone era of American politics. But Kennedy’s enshrinement in the liberal pantheon was actually the final stage of a journey that had its beginnings in the conservative 1950s. In Bobby Kennedy, Larry Tye peels away layers of myth and misconception to paint a complete portrait of this...

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2016 Jul 06

Mass Historical Society: Bone Rooms: From Scientific Racism to Human Prehistory in Museums

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

Samuel Redman, UMASS Amherst

$10 (free for MHS members)

https://www.masshist.org/calendar/event?event=1890

In 1864 a U.S. army doctor dug up the remains of a Dakota man who had been killed in Minnesota. Carefully recording his observations, he sent the skeleton to a museum in Washington, DC, that was collecting human remains for research. In the “bone rooms” of this museum and others like it, a scientific revolution was unfolding that would change our understanding of the human body, race...

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2016 Jun 29

Mass Historical Society: A New Perspective on the 19th Century Rivalry between New York and Boston

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

Michael Wheeler

Free – Registration requested

https://www.masshist.org/calendar/event?event=1889

Changing technology has introduced tools that can change the way we see and understand history.  Dr. Wheeler has degrees in history, computer science, international relations, and earned a PhD by using Historical Geographic Information Systems (HGIS) to develop three-dimensional, animated maps for studying historical events.  During the 19th Century urban rivalry between...

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2016 Jun 20

Mass Historical Society: The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

Reception at 5:30pm

Ethan Michaeli, Author

$10 (free for MHS members)

https://www.masshist.org/calendar/event?event=1888

Giving voice to the voiceless, the Chicago Defender condemned Jim Crow, catalyzed the Great Migration, and focused the electoral power of black America. Robert S. Abbott founded The Defender in 1905, smuggled hundreds of thousands of copies into the most isolated communities in the segregated South, and was dubbed a "Modern Moses," becoming one of the first black...

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2016 Jun 15

Mass Historical Society: On the Battlefield of Merit: Harvard Law School, the First Century

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

Reception at 5:30pm

Daniel Coquillette and Bruce Kimball, Harvard Law School

$20 (free for MHS members)

https://www.masshist.org/calendar/event?event=1887

Harvard Law School is the oldest and, arguably, the most influential law school in the nation. During its first century, Harvard Law School pioneered revolutionary educational ideas, including professional legal education within a university, Socratic questioning and case analysis, and the admission and training...

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2016 Jun 11

Mass Historical Society: The American President: From Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton

5:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

Reception at 4:30pm

William E. Leuchtenburg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

$20 (free for MHS members)

https://www.masshist.org/calendar/event?event=1886

The American President is an account of American presidential actions from the assassination of William McKinley in 1901 to Bill Clinton's last night in office. William Leuchtenburg, one of the great presidential historians of the century, portrays each of the presidents in a chronicle sparkling with anecdote and wit...

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2016 Jun 06

Mass Historical Society: The Lively Place: Mount Auburn, America's First Garden Cemetery, and Its Revolutionary and Literary Residents

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

Reception at 5:30pm

Stephen Kendrick

$20 (free for MHS members)

https://www.masshist.org/calendar/event?event=1885

When the Mount Auburn Cemetery was founded, in 1831, it revolutionized the way Americans mourned the dead by offering a peaceful space for contemplation. This cemetery, located not far from Harvard University, was also a place that reflected and instilled an imperative to preserve and protect nature in a rapidly industrializing culture—lessons that would...

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2016 May 24

Mass Historical Society: A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

Joseph M. Bagley, Boston Archaeologist

Free – registration requested

https://www.masshist.org/calendar/event?event=1884

History is right under our feet; we just need to dig a little to find it. Boston’s Big Dig has contributed more to our understanding and appreciation of the city’s archaeological history than any other recent event. Joseph M. Bagley, city archaeologist of Boston, uncovers a fascinating hodgepodge of history—from ancient fishing grounds to Jazz Age red-light districts—that will surprise...

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2016 May 20

Mass Historical Society: "My principles for my government …are fixed," Declarations of Independence between Fathers and Sons in the Age of Revolution

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215-3695

Travis Jacquess, University of Mississippi

Unlike their colonial counterparts who had a vested interested in keeping their sons close to home as a source of labor for the family farm or as an otherwise participant in the family business, fathers in the Revolutionary era emphasized their sons' individual achievement and development over communal interests. Jaquess argues that the spirit of independence, the  spirit of ’76 if you will, gave rise to the spirit of individualism, which was  passed from father to son as a natural...

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2016 May 18

Mass Historical Society: "The Lives of Textiles: Trading and Consuming Clothing, Fabrics and Apparel Accessories in French and British North America, 1720s-1770s"

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215-3695

Sarah Templier, Johns Hopkins University

This program will present an overview of Templier's dissertation research, which addresses how clothing and textiles, particularly valuable and exchangeable goods in the eighteenth-century Atlantic, circulated across social scale, through formal and informal channels of exchange.

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