Sunday, September 30, 2012

Mass Historical Society Open House for Graduate Students

Each year the Massachusetts Historical Society hosts an evening open house for graduate students in history programs in New England. I went to the first one two years ago, which involved a behind the scenes tour of the entire building. That was very cool. I missed last year b/c I was sick, but made it back again this year.

They changed the format somewhat. Instead of a tour of the entire building, they focus on key aspects of the collection and society they want us to know about: the reading room and research, education programs, and the Adams papers and general publishing. We divide into 3 groups and visit each of the aspects. It is more informative and logistically do-able than seeing the entire building, but I'm so glad I got to see the whole building as well the first time.

It's always a great opportunity to meet other graduate students.

They showed a couple of key documents from their collections that I thought were very interesting. One was one of the original signed versions of the treaty ending the Revolutionary War. I didn't have my camera but took with my cell phone, which is why it's not so great.

The other is a journal of John Adams (I think) opened to his account of meeting King George III for the first time. I didn't get a chance to read it, but am looking forward to when it will be in print in 2014 or so with annotations.

1 comment:

Lorin and Marilyn said...

HOw interesting. I would love to hear John Adam's opinion of the King