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Today is #NationalGrandparentsDay. This "Beehive" blog post discusses the Adams's fascination with their ancestry. But i...
09/12/2021

Today is #NationalGrandparentsDay.

This "Beehive" blog post discusses the Adams's fascination with their ancestry. But it wasn't just this influential family, it was a trend happening in the 1800's. Read more about it here: https://bit.ly/3z1R1CM

#MHS1791 #AdamsPapers
Image: A Genealogical Tree of the Adams, Cranch & DeWindt Families, 1928.

Today is #NationalGrandparentsDay.

This "Beehive" blog post discusses the Adams's fascination with their ancestry. But it wasn't just this influential family, it was a trend happening in the 1800's. Read more about it here: https://bit.ly/3z1R1CM

#MHS1791 #AdamsPapers
Image: A Genealogical Tree of the Adams, Cranch & DeWindt Families, 1928.

09/10/2021

#911Day is a National Day of Service and Remembrance. How will you serve and remember? Join us for a Memorial Ceremony in the Navy Yard and then give back to your military community by participating in our volunteer events on #September11. Learn more at: bit.ly/3hbIfwg

Heather Cox Richardson  is the featured speaker at the MHS’s #MakingHistoryGala! A history professor at Boston College, ...
09/09/2021

Heather Cox Richardson is the featured speaker at the MHS’s #MakingHistoryGala!

A history professor at Boston College, Richardson has been hailed as one of the most relevant independent journalists in the United States. She is the author and publisher of the widely-acclaimed daily newsletter “Letters from an American” in which she chronicles the modern political landscape, contextualized against the backdrop of the Constitution and American history, laws, economy, and social customs.

Purchase your tickets today to see Heather Cox Richardson in conversation with GBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen!
https://www.masshist.org/gala

#MHS1791 #MakingHistoryGala2021

Heather Cox Richardson is the featured speaker at the MHS’s #MakingHistoryGala!

A history professor at Boston College, Richardson has been hailed as one of the most relevant independent journalists in the United States. She is the author and publisher of the widely-acclaimed daily newsletter “Letters from an American” in which she chronicles the modern political landscape, contextualized against the backdrop of the Constitution and American history, laws, economy, and social customs.

Purchase your tickets today to see Heather Cox Richardson in conversation with GBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen!
https://www.masshist.org/gala

#MHS1791 #MakingHistoryGala2021

Richard Middlecott Saltonstall had previously inquired about President Theodore Roosevelt's son, Theodore Roosevelt, Jr....
09/09/2021

Richard Middlecott Saltonstall had previously inquired about President Theodore Roosevelt's son, Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. since he was studying close by at the Groton School in Groton, MA, later he studied at Harvard. This letter is President Roosevelt's reply which includes his signature.

"Oyster Bay, N.Y.,
September 22, 1905
Dear Dick,

That is awfully good of you and I am sure Ted would call on you without any hesitation if the need arose. I wish George West was in his class. About all you can do is if you get the opportunity (which I suppose you will not) to try to impress people with the fact that Ted is not responsible for the worse than idiotic articles about him in the paper. They fairly made me cringe when I read them because the are such a handicap to the boy. He really has to live down being my son just because I am President.
With love to Mrs. Dick and all, I am,
Ever yours,
Theodore Roosevelt"

#MHS1791 #President #Signature
Image: Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Richard Middlecott Saltonstall, 22 September 1905. http://www.masshist.org/database/viewer.php?item_id=1886

Richard Middlecott Saltonstall had previously inquired about President Theodore Roosevelt's son, Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. since he was studying close by at the Groton School in Groton, MA, later he studied at Harvard. This letter is President Roosevelt's reply which includes his signature.

"Oyster Bay, N.Y.,
September 22, 1905
Dear Dick,

That is awfully good of you and I am sure Ted would call on you without any hesitation if the need arose. I wish George West was in his class. About all you can do is if you get the opportunity (which I suppose you will not) to try to impress people with the fact that Ted is not responsible for the worse than idiotic articles about him in the paper. They fairly made me cringe when I read them because the are such a handicap to the boy. He really has to live down being my son just because I am President.
With love to Mrs. Dick and all, I am,
Ever yours,
Theodore Roosevelt"

#MHS1791 #President #Signature
Image: Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Richard Middlecott Saltonstall, 22 September 1905. http://www.masshist.org/database/viewer.php?item_id=1886

September's Object of the Month is up now! Discover the story of Sarah Parker Remond and her case against an opera troup...
09/08/2021

September's Object of the Month is up now!
Discover the story of Sarah Parker Remond and her case against an opera troupe and the Boston police who forcibly removed her from a show at Boston’s Howard Athenaeum.
http://www.masshist.org/object-of-the-month

#MHS1791 #Abolition

September's Object of the Month is up now!
Discover the story of Sarah Parker Remond and her case against an opera troupe and the Boston police who forcibly removed her from a show at Boston’s Howard Athenaeum.
http://www.masshist.org/object-of-the-month

#MHS1791 #Abolition

Warning! The work of Thomas Nast was foundational to the creation of modern political cartoons and he used his public pl...
09/07/2021

Warning! The work of Thomas Nast was foundational to the creation of modern political cartoons and he used his public platform to advocate for Black voting rights and against corruption in politics. However, his progressive views on civil rights and good government were marred by an extraordinary hostility to Irish immigrants combined with an equal or greater anti-Catholic bias amongst others. We hope viewers will approach Thomas Nast’s work with a critical awareness of his legacy.

#OTDH 1813, the U.S. was nicknamed Uncle Sam.

His image would later become popularized by cartoonist, Thomas Nast.
Learn more about Nast's political cartoons in our online exhibitions, Who Counts? http://bitly.ws/gkAV & Thomas Nast: A Life in Cartoons http://bitly.ws/gkAY

#MHS1791 #UncleSam

Image: In the fall of 1869, Thomas Nast drew an extremely hopeful depiction of universal suffrage and self-government under the soon-to-be-ratified 15th Amendment. “Uncle Sam” and “Columbia” preside over a Thanksgiving dinner for people from all nations under the gaze of three of Nast’s heroes—presidents Lincoln, Washington, and Grant—and a view of Castle Garden in New York City, then a main receiving point for immigrants.

Nast’s cartoon is an example of how stereotypical images appear in even the most positive cartoons. Through his work, Nast makes clear his concern for the rights of Native Americans and Chinese immigrants, but almost always identifies them in cartoons with feathers in their hair and long braids. http://www.masshist.org/database/viewer.php?item_id=5881&pid=41

Warning! The work of Thomas Nast was foundational to the creation of modern political cartoons and he used his public platform to advocate for Black voting rights and against corruption in politics. However, his progressive views on civil rights and good government were marred by an extraordinary hostility to Irish immigrants combined with an equal or greater anti-Catholic bias amongst others. We hope viewers will approach Thomas Nast’s work with a critical awareness of his legacy.

#OTDH 1813, the U.S. was nicknamed Uncle Sam.

His image would later become popularized by cartoonist, Thomas Nast.
Learn more about Nast's political cartoons in our online exhibitions, Who Counts? http://bitly.ws/gkAV & Thomas Nast: A Life in Cartoons http://bitly.ws/gkAY

#MHS1791 #UncleSam

Image: In the fall of 1869, Thomas Nast drew an extremely hopeful depiction of universal suffrage and self-government under the soon-to-be-ratified 15th Amendment. “Uncle Sam” and “Columbia” preside over a Thanksgiving dinner for people from all nations under the gaze of three of Nast’s heroes—presidents Lincoln, Washington, and Grant—and a view of Castle Garden in New York City, then a main receiving point for immigrants.

Nast’s cartoon is an example of how stereotypical images appear in even the most positive cartoons. Through his work, Nast makes clear his concern for the rights of Native Americans and Chinese immigrants, but almost always identifies them in cartoons with feathers in their hair and long braids. http://www.masshist.org/database/viewer.php?item_id=5881&pid=41

Massachusetts declared the first Monday of September as Labor Day, an official state holiday  in 1887. However, it was f...
09/06/2021

Massachusetts declared the first Monday of September as Labor Day, an official state holiday in 1887. However, it was first celebrated three years earlier in New York City for the first time, and made official in Oregon in 1887 months before Massachusetts followed. Read more about it in this "Beehive" blog from 2011: http://www.masshist.org/beehiveblog/2011/09/authorizing-labor-day/

#MHS1791 #LaborDay #Holiday
Image: Acts and Resolves Passed by the General Court of Massachusetts in the year 1887, Boston, Wright & Potter Printing Co., 1887.

Massachusetts declared the first Monday of September as Labor Day, an official state holiday in 1887. However, it was first celebrated three years earlier in New York City for the first time, and made official in Oregon in 1887 months before Massachusetts followed. Read more about it in this "Beehive" blog from 2011: http://www.masshist.org/beehiveblog/2011/09/authorizing-labor-day/

#MHS1791 #LaborDay #Holiday
Image: Acts and Resolves Passed by the General Court of Massachusetts in the year 1887, Boston, Wright & Potter Printing Co., 1887.

Benjamin Franklin led a very interesting life. But did you know it began in #Boston and he has strong ties to Massachuse...
09/03/2021

Benjamin Franklin led a very interesting life. But did you know it began in #Boston and he has strong ties to Massachusetts? Take a journey through Franklin's life in the collections and archives of the MHS for a look at Franklin's life and legacy in this "Beehive" blog: https://bit.ly/3mWtGAn

#MHS1791 #Beehive #Blog #BenjaminFranklin
Image: Portrait of Benjamin Franklin. https://www.masshist.org/database/1101

Benjamin Franklin led a very interesting life. But did you know it began in #Boston and he has strong ties to Massachusetts? Take a journey through Franklin's life in the collections and archives of the MHS for a look at Franklin's life and legacy in this "Beehive" blog: https://bit.ly/3mWtGAn

#MHS1791 #Beehive #Blog #BenjaminFranklin
Image: Portrait of Benjamin Franklin. https://www.masshist.org/database/1101

#OTDH in 1783, the Treaty of Paris was signed ending the Revolutionary War. To learn more about the lead up to that day ...
09/03/2021

#OTDH in 1783, the Treaty of Paris was signed ending the Revolutionary War. To learn more about the lead up to that day and John Adams thoughts on the negotiations read this "Beehive" blog post: https://bit.ly/38ycfO2

#MHS1791 #RevolutionaryWar #AdamsPapers
Image: Last page of the Definitive Peace Treaty between the United States and Great Britain (Treaty of Paris), 3 September 1783. You can clearly see the signatures of John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Jay and David Hartley.

#OTDH in 1783, the Treaty of Paris was signed ending the Revolutionary War. To learn more about the lead up to that day and John Adams thoughts on the negotiations read this "Beehive" blog post: https://bit.ly/38ycfO2

#MHS1791 #RevolutionaryWar #AdamsPapers
Image: Last page of the Definitive Peace Treaty between the United States and Great Britain (Treaty of Paris), 3 September 1783. You can clearly see the signatures of John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Jay and David Hartley.

The Massachusetts Historical Society has three positions open currently. See if your skills match the descriptions here:...
09/02/2021

The Massachusetts Historical Society has three positions open currently. See if your skills match the descriptions here: http://masshist.org/about/jobs
#MHS1791

The Massachusetts Historical Society has three positions open currently. See if your skills match the descriptions here: http://masshist.org/about/jobs
#MHS1791

Marian Lawrence Peabody was a privileged Boston elite who had opinions on wedding gifts, made quite clear in her volume ...
09/02/2021

Marian Lawrence Peabody was a privileged Boston elite who had opinions on wedding gifts, made quite clear in her volume "The Book of the Bride Elect Designed by a Spinster."

With elaborate gifts from the most rich and wealthy in the United States, as well as President and Mrs. Roosevelt, this bride recorded not only what she and her husband received, but where it was purchased and what happened to the gift eventually. Read more about what she thought about her gifts in this "Beehive" blog post: https://bit.ly/2WExDOT

#MHS1791 #Wedding #Bride #Boston
Image: Page from "The Book of the Bride Elect Designed by a Spinster" containing the names of President and First Lady Roosevelt.

Marian Lawrence Peabody was a privileged Boston elite who had opinions on wedding gifts, made quite clear in her volume "The Book of the Bride Elect Designed by a Spinster."

With elaborate gifts from the most rich and wealthy in the United States, as well as President and Mrs. Roosevelt, this bride recorded not only what she and her husband received, but where it was purchased and what happened to the gift eventually. Read more about what she thought about her gifts in this "Beehive" blog post: https://bit.ly/2WExDOT

#MHS1791 #Wedding #Bride #Boston
Image: Page from "The Book of the Bride Elect Designed by a Spinster" containing the names of President and First Lady Roosevelt.

09/01/2021
Remember the Ladies!

For #WorldLetterWritingDay, a day to encourage children to write letters, get inspired with a famous letter from the MHS collections; Abigail Adams letter to John Adams in March 1776 called her "Remember the Ladies" letter.

In this letter, she pleas with her husband, who is working to create the US form of government in Philadelphia at the time, to give women equal treatment and to not put "unlimited powers into the hands of the Husbands."

#MHS1791 #AdamsPapers #RememberTheLadies
https://bit.ly/2YhDmLz

Jenny Lind, known as the Nightingale, was a European opera star when P.T. Barnum heard about her in 1849. Without ever h...
09/01/2021

Jenny Lind, known as the Nightingale, was a European opera star when P.T. Barnum heard about her in 1849. Without ever having heard her sing, he sent her a contract to perform in the US. Although she had refused others before, the stationary on which Barnum sent the contract pictured his estate, Iranistan, which captured her imagination.

#OTDH The Nightingale arrived in the US in New York City in 1850 and toured the states and Havana, Cuba for the next two years. She and Barnum parted ways in 1851 and the last year was spent under her own management.

During her tour, items like this change purse, with a picture of Jenny Lind, were extremely popular, and her face was pictured on many items which continued to sell even after her passing in 1887.

Image: Jenny Lind portemonnaie, c.1850. https://bit.ly/3DHPkOP
#MHS1791

Jenny Lind, known as the Nightingale, was a European opera star when P.T. Barnum heard about her in 1849. Without ever having heard her sing, he sent her a contract to perform in the US. Although she had refused others before, the stationary on which Barnum sent the contract pictured his estate, Iranistan, which captured her imagination.

#OTDH The Nightingale arrived in the US in New York City in 1850 and toured the states and Havana, Cuba for the next two years. She and Barnum parted ways in 1851 and the last year was spent under her own management.

During her tour, items like this change purse, with a picture of Jenny Lind, were extremely popular, and her face was pictured on many items which continued to sell even after her passing in 1887.

Image: Jenny Lind portemonnaie, c.1850. https://bit.ly/3DHPkOP
#MHS1791

#OTDH 1837, Ralph Waldo Emerson gave this famous oration delivered before the Phi Beta Kappa Society at Cambridge, MA.  ...
08/31/2021

#OTDH 1837, Ralph Waldo Emerson gave this famous oration delivered before the Phi Beta Kappa Society at Cambridge, MA. He encouraged his listeners to become "Man Thinking," rather than "a mere thinker, or, still worse, the parrot of other men's thinking."
http://bitly.ws/9zXI

Image: Ralph Waldo Emerson, (1803-1882). https://bit.ly/3BGFiM3

#MHS1791 #RalphWaldoEmerson

#OTDH 1837, Ralph Waldo Emerson gave this famous oration delivered before the Phi Beta Kappa Society at Cambridge, MA. He encouraged his listeners to become "Man Thinking," rather than "a mere thinker, or, still worse, the parrot of other men's thinking."
http://bitly.ws/9zXI

Image: Ralph Waldo Emerson, (1803-1882). https://bit.ly/3BGFiM3

#MHS1791 #RalphWaldoEmerson

Happy #NationalBeachDay!Check out this busy beach day in August 1925 at present day Carson beach in South Boston!Image: ...
08/30/2021

Happy #NationalBeachDay!
Check out this busy beach day in August 1925 at present day Carson beach in South Boston!

Image: Columbus Park Beach, South Boston, Lantern slide by unidentified photographer, August 1925. From the Arthur Asahel Shurcliff collection of glass lantern slides. http://www.masshist.org/database/4309

#MHS1791 #Beach #Boston

Happy #NationalBeachDay!
Check out this busy beach day in August 1925 at present day Carson beach in South Boston!

Image: Columbus Park Beach, South Boston, Lantern slide by unidentified photographer, August 1925. From the Arthur Asahel Shurcliff collection of glass lantern slides. http://www.masshist.org/database/4309

#MHS1791 #Beach #Boston

In the latest "Beehive" blog post, John Quincy and Louisa Adams encounter Aaron Burr while on a trip with two sick child...
08/27/2021

In the latest "Beehive" blog post, John Quincy and Louisa Adams encounter Aaron Burr while on a trip with two sick children. "Sympathy for the Devil: John Quincy Adams’s Brush with Aaron Burr." Read how Burr changed the Adams' minds on how they felt towards him.

https://bit.ly/2WwzZzw
#MHS1791 #AdamsPapers #JohnQuincyAdams #AaronBurr
Image: John Quincy Adams to Thomas Boylston Adams, 1 April 1805

In the latest "Beehive" blog post, John Quincy and Louisa Adams encounter Aaron Burr while on a trip with two sick children. "Sympathy for the Devil: John Quincy Adams’s Brush with Aaron Burr." Read how Burr changed the Adams' minds on how they felt towards him.

https://bit.ly/2WwzZzw
#MHS1791 #AdamsPapers #JohnQuincyAdams #AaronBurr
Image: John Quincy Adams to Thomas Boylston Adams, 1 April 1805

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I'm looking for information on Anne Wales Abbott. (1808-1908) More specifically a photo, painting or sketch of her image. My searches, so far, have led to only dead ends. I can't imagine her not having a photo taken at some point as she was a game inventor and author of some success in the 1840's-50's. Any suggestions are very much welcomed.
Hello Everyone, I am really looking for some help. I am looking for a Stephen Corey that was born in 1758 in Worcester Massachusetts. He married Tryphena Wilder in 1781, they had 2 son Stephen Jr and Moses. I have 2 different deaths 1799 in New Hampshire and a 1830. His wife died in 1838 in Massachusetts, so not sure if she went back to Mass after Stephens death, or if he died in Mass too. Can anyone please help me. His death is the last thing needed to join DAR. And this has been a struggle
I'm still looking for my 4th Great Grandfather. I know his son (my 3rd Great Grandfather that's verified) is John Bentley born March 14, 1782 in Massachusetts and died July 21, 1863 in Union County, Ohio. His wife was Nancy Patton born December 5, 1783 in Maryland and died December 5, 1856 in Ohio. They married in Chester County, PA on July 13, 1814. I've been looking for over two years now and can find nothing about him. I would love to know if he was a patriot or loyalist. A write-up found on Ancestry said John was of English decent and a Massachusetts native. His bible pages noted his birthdate. A census noted Mass. but not a town as his birthplace. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I would list here all that I have done to find him, but the post would be way too long. Suffice to say, spent some money and all the DNA tests. Lots of memberships, emails, letters and contacts. It's a brick wall.
Are any DNA records available for Dr. General Joseph Warren? My family records indicate that I am a direct descendent of the famous General.
This image is from my Walk of Fame Project that has been proposed to the Lowell City Council last year 2020. I found a tad more info on the man and his family that is rather impressive. Harry Haskell Lew-(1884-1963), Born in Lowell, Ma Was the first African American to integrate professional basketball in 1902. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- His great-great-grandfather, Barzillai Lew, was a freeman who served in the American Revolution. And was a fifer and served with Captain John Ford at the Battle of Bunker Hill on June 17, 1775. Barzillai was immortalized in the Duke Ellington song "Barzillai Lou". His great-great-aunt Lucy Lew and her husband Thomas Dalton were civil rights activists. The home of his grandparents, Adrastus and Elizabeth Lew, was a station on the Underground Railroad. His father, William Lew, was a delegate to the 1891 Equal Rights Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. That's an impressive family. To top things off, Barzillai Lew, is buried at the Clay Pit Cemetary, where the New Market Basket is located. This man and his family need to be held up and remembered. Especially during these times. Stuff like this is being ignored and it needs to be celebrated and honored for what they have done. He and his family is what is needed to inspire people of all Races And not ignored or covered in the pavement or hidden by weeds. Sending to you folks to see what can be done. This man and his family are National Heroes within the Black Community and all others. In today's age, it is history like this that needs to be honored and respected. Please pass this along and make it known.
Wondering if it's fake.
SAVING THIS 104-YEAR-OLD CHURCH BUILDING‼
I am trying to locate the old St Patrick's Church in Boston 1865. I read it was on Northhampton St. Was it torn down?
This has been collecting dust at my place for a long time. I got it from my mother. Think she picked it up in an auction many years ago. I believe it belonged to George D. Cabot. Any thoughts?
Brand New-For Ines & Dante (Sacco & Vanzetti)
Anyone recognize anyone, Names were on black on blace This picture is from Dora Alice Johnson 's 1891-1973 photo book, Gloucester, Marshfield Massachusetts area. mother Jónina Dyrleif Einarsdóttir (Anderson) step Dad Frank J. Carlton. about 1920 a Bertha with big bow, 2 little ones Bessie & Rob