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Massachusetts Historical Society Seminar Series 2018-2019

The Boston Area Early American History Seminar is pleased to announce our 2018-2019 series, this year with eight sessions held monthly from October to May. Sessions are generally held on the first Tuesday of each month and start at 5:15 PM. Subscriptions are now available at

What do MHS seminars offer? Access to the most recent scholarship on a range of topics, stimulating conversations that can inform your own work, and networking! The seminars comprise a welcoming community of scholars from throughout the region, and the format of the sessions leaves plenty of time to socialize over a light buffet supper.

We’ll kick off the early American series on October 2 with an essay by Erik Seeman of the University of Buffalo, SUNY, “The Protestant Cult of the Dead in New England, 1800-1848,” with comment by Kenneth Minkema of Yale University. Other sessions will explore the 17th-century concept of “plantations,” the circulation of money, the separation of church and state, New York Loyalists, the opium trade, and Parson Weems, before we conclude the series with a panel discussion, “After the Fighting.” This session will reexamine the aftermath of war and the first phase of the Revolution, reconsidering the standard chronologies and exploring religious and cultural issues.

Attendance is free, but you can subscribe online ($25) for the convenience of advance online access to the papers in FOUR series: this, our new Boston African American History Seminar, the Boston Environmental History Seminar, and the Boston Seminar on Modern American Society and Culture.

Subscribe, download the papers, join the discussion, and stay for sandwiches and networking afterward. Bring your students! (And don’t forget to tell them about our Graduate Student Reception on September 20. We hope you and your students will join us for food, drink, and behind-the-scenes tours.)

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RSVP by emailing Follow our activities on Twitter @MHS_Research.

We look forward to seeing you at the seminar!

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