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“Colonial Boston’s Public Schools” at Old North, 1 Nov.

21 October 2017

On Wednesday, 1 November, I’ll speak at the Old North Church on “Classes and Forms: The Landscape of Colonial Boston’s Public Schools.” This talk is part of...

“Advise and Dissent” Panel in Boston, 23 Oct.

20 October 2017

On Monday, 23 October, the Massachusetts Historical Society will host a panel discussion on the topic “Advise and Dissent? The Role of Public History in Modern Life.”The...

Lauding “the Trajan of America”

19 October 2017

In looking at accounts of John Hancock’s funeral in 1793, I was surprised at the praise that newspaper writers heaped on him.Today we think of Hancock as a lightweight compared...

“Marks of respect paid to the memory of our deceased Governour”

18 October 2017

Here are some additional details from Gov. John Hancock’s funeral on 14 Oct 1793. First, the 21 October Columbian Gazetteer of New York reported on the response of the new acting...