The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution with Ben Railton "We the People." The Constitution begins with those deceptively simple words, but how do Americans define that "We"? In his new book We the People, Ben Railton argues that throughout our history two competing yet interconnected concepts have battled to define our national identity and community: exclusionary and inclusive visions of who gets to be an American. From the earliest moments of European contact with…Find out more »
Reception to follow Registration is required Members $25 and Non-members $35 Join Rare Materials Catalog Librarian Kaelin Rasmussen, Polly Thayer Starr Fellow in American Art and Culture Theo Tyson, and Manager of Events Elsa Fogg Vernon to explore how materials in the Athenæum’s special collections reflect the cases for and against universal suffrage. Beginning with a poster-sized, hand-colored, wood engraving celebrating the passage of the 15th Amendment, we will discuss the Constitutional history of voting rights. We’ll then look at…Find out more »
Registration is required Members Free and Non-members $15 An over-zealous Boston art dealer in the early years of the 20th century made knowingly false attributions of 18th-century portraits from the Salem-Boston area. The attributions were promulgated by colleagues and later by art scholars until disproved by two other historians. The saga is a sub-chapter in Norton’s upcoming book on the Salem 18th-century portrait artist, Benjamin Blyth. Sometimes mistaken for Copleys, Blyth’s portraits include the Massachusetts Historical Society’s iconic images of…Find out more »
Registration is required Members Free and Non-members Free with admission ($10) In Dawson’s Fall, a novel based on the lives of Roxana Robinson’s great-grandparents, we see America at its most fragile, fraught, and malleable. Set in 1889, in Charleston, South Carolina, Robinson’s tale weaves her family’s journal entries and letters with a novelist’s narrative grace, and spans the life of her tragic hero, Frank Dawson, as he attempts to navigate the country’s new political, social, and moral landscape. Dawson, a…Find out more »
Reception to follow Registration is required Members $15 and Non-members $20 From sports to politics, food to finance, aviation to engineering, to bitter disputes over simple boundaries themselves, New England’s feuds have peppered the region’s life for centuries. They’ve been raw and rowdy, sometimes high minded and humorous, and in a place renowned for its deep sense of history, often long-running and legendary. There are even some that will undoubtedly outlast the region’s ancient low stonewalls. Ted Reinstein, a native…Find out more »
Registration is required Members Free and Non-members Free with admission ($10) Plymouth Colony First Lady Penelope Winslow: Reconstructing a Life through Material Culture with Michelle Marchetti Coughlin Penelope Pelham Winslow was a member of the English gentry (her third great-grandmother was Anne Boleyn's sister Mary) who was married to Plymouth Colony Governor Josiah Winslow. Although she was one of the most powerful women in Plymouth's history, she, like most of her female contemporaries, has been largely forgotten. Penelope authored or…Find out more »
Registration is required Members Free and Non-members $15 How have American women voted in the first 100 years since the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment? How have popular understandings of women as voters both persisted and changed over time? In A Century of Votes for Women, Christina Wolbrecht and J. Kevin Corder offer an unprecedented account of women voters in American politics over the last ten decades. Bringing together new and existing data, the book provides unique insight into women's…Find out more »
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.