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Anderson on the Lee Household in Marblehead, 20 Sept.

On Thursday, 20 September, Judy Anderson will speak at the Marblehead Museum about “18th-Century Women & Children, Servants & Slaves in the Lee Mansions.”This illustrated talk will introduce the enigmatic women and children of the...
From: Boston 1775 on 18 Sep 2018

Phillis Wheatley Day at Old South, 18 Aug.

The Old South Meeting House traditionally observes 18 August as Phillis Wheatley Day, commemorating the anniversary of when the young African-born poet joined the congregation in 1771.This year that date falls on this coming Saturday. At 12:00 noon and...
From: Boston 1775 on 17 Aug 2018

Stedman in Suriname

At the online magazine OZY, Kristina Gaddy wrote about John Gabriel Stedman’s memoir of life in Suriname in the 1770s. Stedman was born into a military family, his father a Scotsman who had joined the army of the Dutch Republic and his mother reportedly...
From: Boston 1775 on 12 Aug 2018

Interesting Podcasts of Late

I’ve listened to some particularly interesting podcast episodes in the last few days, so I thought I’d share pointers to them.At the top of the list, Conversations at the Washington Library featured Joe Stoltz speaking with Brenda Parker,...
From: Boston 1775 on 7 Aug 2018

A Door into the Past

This week I got a look at the Bostonian Society’s new exhibit “Through the Keyhole” and its attendant short play, “Cato and Dolly.”The starting-point for both exhibit and play is the door of the Hancock mansion on Beacon...
From: Boston 1775 on 26 Jul 2018

“Evidence that his country was once as ours is”

In 1838 a contributor to the Southern Literary Messenger who signed himself (or, less likely, herself) “J.A.” set out to fill column inches by describing two “Relics of the Olden Time,” as the headline had it. Both were in the...
From: Boston 1775 on 23 Jul 2018

Slavery Databases Open to Researchers

The Runaway Slaves in Britain database just became available for online researchers. It offers:a searchable database of well over eight hundred newspaper advertisements placed by masters and owners seeking the capture and return of enslaved and bound...
From: Boston 1775 on 2 Jun 2018

“With child Quaco, about nine months old”

Here’s another connection between the Worcester Art Museum’s portrait of Lucretia Murray and the institution of slavery in Massachusetts.John Singleton Copley painted that portrait in 1763, two years after Lucretia Chandler had married John...
From: Boston 1775 on 4 May 2018

More Glimpses of Sylvia and Worcester

Yesterday I left Sylvia and Worcester, a mother and grown son enslaved to John Chandler when he died in 1762, in the household of Sarah and Timothy Paine, Chandler’s daughter and son-in-law/stepson.The town chroniclers of Worcester left a couple...
From: Boston 1775 on 3 May 2018

John Chandler’s Human Property

The Worcester Art Museum recently added a label to its John Singleton Copley portrait of Lucretia Murray noting that her father had two slaves named Sylvia and Worcester when he died. According to the museum’s old webpage for this picture (which...
From: Boston 1775 on 2 May 2018

New Light from Museum Labels

Last month the Hyperallergic site published an interesting essay by Sarah E. Bond titled “Can Art Museums Help Illuminate Early American Connections to Slavery?” The essay describes how the Worcester Art Museum has added information about...
From: Boston 1775 on 1 May 2018

Clark on Work in Revolutionary Boston at Old North, 2 May

On Tuesday, 2 May, the Old North Speaker Series will host Christopher Clark speaking on “Work and Employment in Late 18th Century Boston.”The event description:Labor took many forms for Revolutionary-era Bostonians, who conducted work in many...
From: Boston 1775 on 30 Apr 2018

“Unfolding Histories” at the Cape Ann Museum

The Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester is hosting its first major archival exhibition, showcasing notable documents from its collection and those of seven other local institutions. “Unfolding Histories: Cape Ann before 1900” is organized around...
From: Boston 1775 on 28 Apr 2018

The Grave of Cato Stedman/Freeman

Earlier this month the Cambridge Chronicle reported on the mystery of Cato Stedman/Freeman’s gravesite.Cambridge records show that Cato Stedman was buried in the public cemetery across from the common. A historical marker memorializes him as well...
From: Boston 1775 on 26 Apr 2018

The Final Fate of Jefferson’s Four-Horned Ram

On 23 Feb 1808, a week after young Alexander Kerr, Jr., died from being gored by a four-horned ram on the grounds of the Presidential mansion, Thomas Jefferson made plans to move that animal to Monticello.Jefferson wrote to his plantation manager, Edmund...
From: Boston 1775 on 30 Mar 2018

“Monumental Narratives” Symposium at Wellesley, 10 Mar.

On Saturday, 10 March, Wellesley College will host this year’s Wellesley-Deerfield symposium, “Monumental Narratives: Revisiting New England’s Public Memorials.” The event description says:As southern Civil War memorials have become...
From: Boston 1775 on 7 Mar 2018

“Black Experience in Concord” panel, Lincoln, 25 Feb.

On Sunday, 25 February, as part of its “Winter Learning Series,” the Friends of Minute Man Park will sponsor a panel discussion on “The Past We Never Knew: New Research and Reflections on the Black Experience in Concord.” The event...
From: Boston 1775 on 24 Feb 2018

Workshop on New England Slavery and Freedom, 26-27 Mar.

The Center for Reconciliation has announced a two-day workshop on “Interpreting Slavery and Freedom in New England,” to be held in Providence, Rhode Island, on 26-27 March.The organization says this event is designed to let participants:Explore...
From: Boston 1775 on 15 Feb 2018

Call for Papers on “Fashion and Conflict” from Historic Deerfield

Historic Deerfield is planning a symposium on clothing on 28-30 September 2018 and just issued the call for papers.The theme of this symposium is “Fashion and Conflict in Early America.” The call elaborates:Clashes between European rivals,...
From: Boston 1775 on 5 Feb 2018

The Original “Cradle of Liberty”

In an attempt to make the Super Bowl more appealing to the general public, the presidents of the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston and the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia have laid a wager on the outcome. If the Patriots lose,...
From: Boston 1775 on 4 Feb 2018

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This search feature has a number of purposes:

1. to give site users improved access to the content EMC has been aggregating since August 2012, so they can look for bloggers posting on topics they're interested in, explore what's happening in the early modern blogosphere, and so on.

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Caveats and Work in Progress

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This will not be a 'real time' search, although EMC updates content every few hours so it's never very far behind events.

The search is at present quite basic and limited. I plan to add a number of more sophisticated features in the future including the ability to filter by blog tags and by dates. I may also introduce RSS feeds for search queries at some point.

Constructing Search Query URLs

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I'll do my best to ensure that the basic URL construction (searchcat?s=...) is stable and persistent as long as the site is around.