Boston Historical Events for the Week of January 26, 2015

Boston Historical Events: A list of history-related events taking place in Boston between Monday January 26 and Sunday February 1, 2015.


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Wednesday, January 28, 12-1pm, Author Talk, Free

Amazon ImageIn 1791, General Arthur St. Clair led the United States army in a campaign to destroy a complex of Native American villages at the Maumee River in northwestern Ohio. Within reach of their objective, almost 1,000 Native Americans attacked St. Clair’s 1,400 men. The Native Americans decimated the U.S. force, which suffered near 1,000 casualties; the Native American force suffered a few dozen killed and wounded warriors. Colin Calloway (Dartmouth College) will discuss details from his new book The Victory with No Name: The Native American Defeat of the First American Army to explore how this moment of great victory for Native Americans became an aberration in the national story and a blank spot in American national memory.


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Wednesday, January 28, 6-7:30, Genealogy Workshop, Copley Square, Free

Join family historian Rhonda R. McClure for “Get Started on Your Family Tree.” In this program, McClure will outline the first steps you need to take to uncover your genealogy. McClure will provide you with tips that will make getting started less daunting and more fun.


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Tuesday, January 27, 5:15-7:30pm, Immigration and Urban History Seminar, Free, RSVP Requested

In “Interpreters in Ellis Island: A Tool for Americanization, 1892-1954,” Maria Aguilar-Solano (UMass-Boston) will reveal the role interpreters played at Ellis Island. Using the narrative of existing interviews with Fiorello LaGuardia, the personal letters of Ludmila Foxlee, and immigration literature, Aguilar-Solano will demonstrate the institutionalization of these interpreters and how they served as tools for the assimilation of immigrants into American culture. Emma Teng (MIT) will offer the comment.


Thursday, January 29, 5:30pm Reception, 6pm Author Talk, Members Free, Nonmembers $10, RSVP Required

Amazon ImageA Patriot by birth, John Quincy Adams had a foreordained destiny. He became not only “The Greatest Traveler of His Age,” but a gifted linguist and diplomat. His world encompassed the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the early and late Napoleonic Age. As an adolescent, he met everyone who was anyone in Europe, including American luminaries Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. When he returned to the United States he sought to make his own career, but soon embarked on diplomatic work abroad at the behest of George Washington. At 50, John Quincy Adams returned to the United States to serve as Secretary of State to James Monroe and as President in 1824. Following his unsuccessful bid for re-election, Massachusetts elected Adams a member of the House of Representatives where he served from 1831 until his death in 1848. Phyllis Lee Levin will share anecdotes and insights into the life of John Quincy Adams using details from her new book The Remarkable Education of John Quincy Adams.

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Website Design: 4 Must-Have Pages for Your Historian’s Website

Website DesignWhat content and information should you include as part of your historian’s website design?

Your website serves as the most important plank in your historian’s platform.

Your website serves as your online hub, the place people go to find out more information about you, your work, and how to get in contact with you.

For many creating a website can seem daunting, especially when it comes to what content you should include. (We will discuss how and where to create a website in a future post.)

In this post you will discover four pages that you should include in your historian’s website and four pages that you might include.


4 Must-Have Pages for Your Historian’s Website


1. Landing Page: The first page visitors see when they visit your website.

Landing Page ExampleThis page should contain a brief welcome, a succinct summary of who you are (1-3 sentences), an overview of the information and resources your website contains (i.e. list pages you want visitors to checkout such as your about page, blog, book page, and public speaking page), and a way for visitors to contact you, preferably link(s) to your e-mail address or primary social media account(s).

Landing Page Examples: Liana M. Silva, Keith Harris, Kenneth Owen.


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Why You Need a Platform & How to Build One


1421697146_full.pngDo you have a platform?

A platform is a suite of tools that you can use to make you and your ideas, research, books, and projects visible to the world.

In this post you will discover why you need a platform and how you can build one.


Why You Need a Platform

Publishers want historians to have platforms because they want their authors to be able to sell books through who they are, who they know, and through social media.

However, an historian’s need for a platform extends further than their publisher’s desire to sell books.

Platforms allow historians to broadcast their ideas beyond their books and classrooms: They enable historians to publicize their ideas and research to the public.

The public needs to know, and in most cases wants to know, about history. A public that knows about the past can learn from successes and mistakes and act in a way that builds a better future.

Historians have the power to affect a better future by empowering the public with information about their history.

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Wednesday Link Roundup #80: Civil Rights, Jobs, & Which Son of Liberty Are You?

Madison RoundupWednesday Link Roundup: Links to the most interesting history, news, and writing posts that passed through my RSS and Twitter feeds over the last week.



Roy Rogers explores the podcast  “Serial, Microhistory, and the Perils of Historical Research.”

The Massachusetts Historical Society reveals what its collections have to say about “The 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution.”

Amazon ImageThe New York Times offers a look at Eric Foner’s new book Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad in “Words From the Past Illuminate a Station on the Way to Freedom.”

Megan Kate Nelson dares to ask “What if We Loved History Like We Love Football?

Michael Hattem offers “Some Thoughts on Eric Nelson’s [New Book] The Royalist Revolution.”

Did Continental Navy Captain John Paul Jones ever say “I have not yet begun to fight!?

Mental Floss offers “9 of Abraham Lincoln’s Smartest (and Sassiest) Quotes.’

Many blogs chose to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with posts about his life and work. Here are 3 of the best: “‘Dr Martin Luther King’s Mother is Slain’ and Lessons from Gendered History,”“These Rare Photos of the Selma March Place You in the Thick of History,” and “Listen to the Freedom Songs Recorded 50 Years Ago During the March from Selma to Montgomery,”


History Jobs

The Brooklyn Historical Society is looking for an oral historian and for summer interns.


typewriterWriting & Publishing

Do writers need “Email Marketing or Social Media?” Social Media expert Frances Caballo explains why authors need both.


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Liana M. Silva has a new column at Chronicle Vitae which will investigate why creative types pick the majors they pick an why they stick around for graduate school. Her column begins with “Your Creative Career, Part 1.”

Career coach Jennifer Polk asks “Do You Know What Career Path to Take?


Sons of LibertyFor Fun

Which Son of Liberty are you? offers this amusing quiz so you can find the answer.

Which Son of LIberty are you?


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Boston Historical Events for the Week of January 19, 2015

Boston Historical EventsBoston Historical Events: A list of history-related events taking place in Boston between Monday January 19 and Sunday January 25, 2015.


MHS-150x150.gifMassachusetts Historical Society

Wednesday, January 21, 5:30pm Reception, 6-7pm Musical Program, Members Free, Nonmembers $10, Registration Required

In “Here Comes America: WWI Performance by the Boston Saxophone Quartet,” the Boston Saxophone Quartet will perform a selection of songs from World War I. The Quartet will take you through the musical landscape of the period by playing wartime music from both sides of the Atlantic. This musical event will allow you to hear Americans’ changing attitudes toward the war as it will feature both patriotic songs and those that reflect on the impact of the war.


Saturday, January 24, 9am-4pm, Teacher Workshop and Public Program, $50 per Person, Registration Required

The Massachusetts Historical Society and the Abigail Adams Historical Society have partnered to offer “John & Abigail: A Life in Letters,” a 2-day workshop for teachers and interested members of the public. Immerse yourself in the life of John & Abigail Adams. This hands-on workshop will (re)introduce you to the famous couple and their rich correspondence.

Over the course of two Saturdays, you will explore topics such as education, women’s rights, and the challenges John and Abigail faced as a young family living through the American Revolution. Participants will have the opportunity to view treasures from the MHS’s collections and tour the Abigail Adams Birthplace in Weymouth. Teachers can earn up 10 PDPs. Saturday January 24 will take place at the MHS, Saturday January 31 will convene at the Abigail Adams Birthplace. To register, complete the registration form or contact the education department.


Old South Meeting HouseOld South Meeting House

Friday, January 23, 12:15-1pm, Lecture, Members Free, Nonmembers $6

The Old South Meeting House continues its “Made by Hand in Boston: The Crafts of Everyday Life” lecture series with “Benjamin Franklin, Tradesmen.” Round out your knowledge of this famous son of Boston and Old South Meeting House congregant. Historian Robert Martello (Olin College of Engineering) will lead you on an exploration of Franklin’s life from the time he ran his brother’s printing press through his many adventures that shaped his life as a wordsmith, statesmen, and printer. Martello will reveal the difficulties involved in running an 18th-century print shop and how Franklin mastered it with his business acumen and intellectual prowess.

*Photo of Old South Meeting House courtesy of BPL Photostream.


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