J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Sunday, May 03, 2009

Sampling of Events in May

Here are some of the upcoming Revolutionary-history events in greater Boston which have caught my eye.

Thursday, 7 May, 5:15 P.M.
Eliga H. Gould, University of New Hampshire
“An Empire of Peace: The International Origins of the American Revolution”

This is part of the Massachusetts Historical Society’s Boston Area Early American History Seminar. Participants are invited to read Gould’s (44-page) paper in advance. Maya Jasanoff of Harvard University will comment on it, Gould will respond, and then there will be an open discussion about the questions he has raised.

Tuesday, 12 May, 6:00 P.M.
Nina Zannieri, Executive Director of the Paul Revere House
“Myth and Memory: The Legacy of Paul Revere

This lecture at the Massachusetts Historical Society is co-sponsored by the Concord Free Public Library and Minute Man National Historical Park. It’s part of the Minute Man Anniversary Lecture Series celebrating the 50th anniversary of that national park. There will be refreshments beforehand at 5:30 P.M.

Thursday, 14 May, 7:00 P.M.
Ray Raphael, author of Founders: The People Who Brought You a Nation
A book talk and signing at the Minute Man N.H.P. Visitor Center in Lexington. Raphael’s previous books include The First American Revolution (discussed here and here), Founding Myths, and A People’s History of the American Revolution.

Wednesday, 20 May, 12:00 P.M.
Jennifer Egloff, New York University
“Popular Numeracy in Early Modern England and British North America”

This is one of the Massachusetts Historical Society’s “Brown Bag Lunches”: a scholar working in that archive discusses the questions she’s researching, along with practical challenges, methodological issues, and preliminary findings. Everyone else eats lunch and discusses the speaker’s work while she becomes more and more hungry.

Wednesday, 10 June, 7:00 P.M.
David Glassberg, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Minute Man Lecture

Another lecture on the heritage of the Minute Man National Historical Park, this time in its Visitor Center in Lexington. At least that’s what the flyer I got in the mail says—nothing’s on the website yet. Looks like the title hasn’t been decided yet, either, but Glassberg’s research focuses on “popular historical consciousness in America as represented in politics, culture, and the environment.”


pilgrimchick said...

Sounds great--I'd love to get out and see some of these.

Rob Velella said...

Also coming up May 21, "Liberty Road: Building a Revolution," a talk by Rick Detwiller. Rick's going to sort of put the architectural history of Tory Row in Cambridge in line with the build-up of the American Revolution.


J. L. Bell said...

I’m planning to give Rick’s talk a whole entry by itself!