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NEMA Conference Last Week

Here's a recap of the history sessions I attended: Old North Church shared how to improve school visits by using documents to get teachers and students to follow the processes historians use. The Tracings Center and the Isaac Royall House in Medford shared how to interpret northern slavery at your site. We saw the detailed exhibit at Deerfield on how colonial furniture was constructed. MA sites got together in a session to discuss who is planning events to commemorate the Civil War… Continue

Added by Kate Viens on November 8, 2010 at 8:22 — No Comments

Ratification MHS Author Talk

I heard Pauline Maier speak at the MHS last night; she was great! Her new book describes the debates that took place in each state over whether or not to ratify the US Constitution. There were more than 360 delegates to the MA Convention from across the state, and the Documentary History of the Ratification (DHRC) contains 5 volumes of MA papers ranging from meeting notes to private letters. New insight: Pauline only used the term “Antifederalist” if it appeared in a primary document or if… Continue

Added by Kate Viens on October 28, 2010 at 9:15 — No Comments

Concord Abolitionist Bike Tour / Boston Globe, 9/23/10

Globe West section has a fine piece by Nancy Shohet West on Concord's antislavery history. Excellent illustrations, brief descriptions of 13 tour sites, and nice historical context and interviews. Can't resist snarky comment on "And then as early as the 1800s, anti-slavery groups and the abolitionist movement started taking hold in town." Not a moment too soon; guess some weren't convinced until the 1900s.

Added by Marilyn Richardson on September 23, 2010 at 10:02 — 1 Comment

Seeking articles on any aspect of Mass. history, culture, politics, peoples, arts

The following announcement will appear in the fall issue of the Historical Journal of Massachusttes. We are seeking historians and scholars who might be interested in contributing to our special 75th retrospective issue in 2011 or our 40th volume in 2012 We would love to offer some historiographical reviews on such topics as the Puritans, Salem Witch…


Added by Mara Dodge on August 30, 2010 at 20:43 — No Comments

Dorchester Historical Society Exhibits

Dorchester Historical Society Exhibits

195 Boston Street, Dorchester…


Added by Earl Taylor on May 3, 2010 at 8:00 — No Comments

Public Libraries - too important to fail

The Boston Public Library Board of Trustees recently voted to close 4 branches and cut 94 jobs. Throughout the Commonwealth, public libraries are struggling to stay afloat, and some aren't succeeding.

Public libraries are the heart of our communities and provide a wide range of services that strengthen civic life and engagement, support intellectual freedom and privacy, provide access to information for all, including the under-served and for those on the down side of the digital… Continue

Added by Joanne Riley on April 12, 2010 at 11:53 — No Comments

Book From Italian Publisher

I have an essay on Edmonia Lewis in Florence in 1865 in this new English language collection by an Italian publisher. Google the title for American sellers.

Added by Marilyn Richardson on November 20, 2009 at 21:13 — No Comments

Research Paper Published

I am pleased to announce that my peer-reviewed research paper on my ancestor John Van Gelder has been published in New York State Museum Bulletin 511, Mohican Seminar 3, The Journey, An Algonquian Peoples Seminar, edited by Shirley W. Dunn. My paper, "The Impact of John Van Gelder: Mohican, Husbandman, and Historic Figure," is Chapter 10. It is a result of several years' research prompted by the biased and undocumented history that I found. This is my first published… Continue

Added by Debbie Winchell (Loving Dove) on November 18, 2009 at 15:30 — No Comments

Goodbye to Brother Blue

Dr. Hugh Hill, a spectacular professional storyteller known to one and all as Brother Blue, has died in Cambridge, MA at age 88.

Brother Blue was a true shaman. Once you met and spoke with him, or once you saw and heard him perform, especially out in the open in Harvard Square, or once you were there when he stood to make a comment from the audience at some talk or performance, his image and spirit were forever imprinted upon your own spirit. As he said, he spoke from the middle of… Continue

Added by Marilyn Richardson on November 5, 2009 at 18:43 — 1 Comment

Seeking Articles on Mass. History (New Immigrants), Photo Essays and Teaching Resources

The Historical Journal of Massachusetts (HJM) is seeking articles about any aspect of Massachusetts history, culture, politics, and life. HJM is a peer-reviewed journal published twice a year since 1972 (180 pages per issue).

We are especially interested in articles on the history of recent immigrant communities: Latino/Brazilian, Asian-American, African and Middle Eastern.

In addition, we are seeking submissions for our new "Photo Essay" and "Teaching Resources" sections… Continue

Added by Mara Dodge on November 2, 2009 at 9:00 — No Comments

Remarks at the Opening of the Peabody Independence Greenway, October 15, 2009

I first walked the old Salem - Lowell railbed ten years ago as part of a series of articles for the Weekly News. One summer, my dog and I traversed the city on foot, describing what I saw and uncovering local history along the proposed trail. After the series was published, then-Mayor Peter Torigian remarked, “I only hope it really gets built.” And, here we are today – a vision realized.

It wasn’t much of a trail then. My first impressions were similar to those captured by… Continue

Added by sudi smoller on October 23, 2009 at 17:30 — No Comments

MA Labor History Recognized

Be sure to go see the wonderful newly installed 3' X 5' intricate bas-relief plaque in the State House honoring MA labor history. Sculptor is Meredith Bergmann who also created Women's Memorial on Comm. Ave.

Added by Marilyn Richardson on September 22, 2009 at 19:40 — 1 Comment

Concord Slave House Boston Globe Pg. 1

Don't miss the excellent article on the movement to save the Caesar Robbins house in Concord. Globe 9/14/09, page 1 front and center with a very nice photo of the house.

Added by Marilyn Richardson on September 14, 2009 at 9:22 — No Comments

Design Research Returns For Exhibition

The Cambridge, MA original D/R jewel box building on Brattle Street is temporarily a multi-level Marimekko exhibition design space. Nostalgia to the max.

Added by Marilyn Richardson on September 1, 2009 at 19:37 — 1 Comment

Caesar Robbins House in Concord MA--saving the home of formerly enslaved residents

People on this network might want to know about the ongoing efforts to try and save the Caesar Robbins house in Concord--it is the last remaining house in town known to have been built by or for a formerly enslaved resident of town, Caesar Robbins, and was lived in by generations of his extended family. See yesterday's article in the Concord Journal, and… Continue

Added by Faith Ferguson on August 14, 2009 at 12:18 — 4 Comments

Painting Wallpaper--Just Say No!

Let me explain, I just bought an 1892 home in Lowell. Here I am, a proud new homeowner, anxious to get in there and make it my own. Wallpaper? A little steam, a little DIF, no problem! However, I took a good look at the back hallway, which is a hideous lime green color, and saw the seams of wallpaper beneath a coat or two of paint. I attacked...and got nowhere.

Sure, it sounds like a good idea, so easy, "well, I don't feel like removing the wallpaper so I'll just paint over it!" Good… Continue

Added by Kim Zunino on July 27, 2009 at 15:00 — 1 Comment

AMISTAD to Boston (?)

I read that the Amistad replica will be part of the Tall Ships event and will be offering tours. I did not see it listed in the Globe today though. Anyone know if it will be here?

Added by Marilyn Richardson on July 9, 2009 at 18:26 — 1 Comment

Statement RE: Saving Bannister Home Made 24 June 2009

Here is the statement I made at the meeting at Brown on saving Bannister's Home

Edward Mitchell Bannister Lived at 93 Benevolent Street

You sit here now. The house where your family lived when you were born has been torn down. The house you grew up in has been torn down; the first place you lived after college has been torn down; the place you lived in when you first married has been torn down. We shall all live to be at least 100 years old, but ten years after we… Continue

Added by Marilyn Richardson on June 29, 2009 at 12:30 — 2 Comments

Saving Edward Bannister's Home in Providence, RI

So far we have had good meetings and good progress on saving painter Edward Mitchell Bannister's home at 93 Benevolent St. He and wife Christiana lived there from 1884 to 1898.The building is owned by Brown Univ.

Please feel free to write an encouraging note to Brown Univ. Pres. Dr. Ruth Simmons:

Added by Marilyn Richardson on June 25, 2009 at 21:00 — No Comments

Oh, the Horror!

First picture: c.1981

Second Picture: 2009

I passed it every day, this beautiful Stick style house. Sure, it needed a paint job and a little TLC, but what a beauty! I was horrified when I drove by it and it had been vinyl sided, robbed of its beautiful details and trim, and no longer an example of a Stick Style home. I wanted to cry. This is a great example of how the… Continue

Added by Kim Zunino on June 8, 2009 at 17:16 — 2 Comments

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