On Tuesday, April 8, Steven C. Bullock—professor of history at Worcester Polytechnic Institute—will present a seminar titled: “Revolutionary Passages: The Dissolution of the Politics of Politeness.” This seminar series is co-sponsored by the history departments of Brown University, Clark University, and the University of Connecticut. Professor Bullock has provided the following précis of his talk:
A Mountain in Winter: Wilderness Politics, Economic Development, and the Transformation of Whiteface Mountain into a Modern Ski Center, 1932-1980
Comment: Jim O'Connell, National Park Service
This paper examines the development of Whiteface Mountain as a skiing spot within the broader context of the Adirondack Park’s transformation into a playground for the masses. Debates among administrators, business leaders, winter sports enthusiasts, and wilderness advocates shed brighter light on disparate interpretations of modern recreation and economic development.
On Thursday, April 10, Kenneth Carpenter will deliver the James Russell Wiggins Lecture in the History of the Book in American Culture at the American Antiquarian Society for the 2013-14 year. His talk will be titled “The Incredible Journey of Franklin’s ‘Way to Wealth’,” and will take place at 7:00 PM in the Society’s library building in Worcester, MA. Benjamin Franklin’s “Way to Wealth” began its existence in Philadelphia as the untitled preface to Poor Richard’s Almanac for 1758. Despite not having a formal title—or author’s name—and despite being published on the periphery of the British Empire, it gradually spread around the world, eventually being published in twenty-six languages, in well over a thousand appearances.
Submitted by Kate Viens on Friday, February 28, 2014
Deadline: March 15, 2014
Call for Papers
The Boston Area Seminar in Early American History
Underwritten in part by Cushing Academy, Ashburnham, Massachusetts
The Boston Area Seminar in Early American History invites proposals for sessions in its 2014-2015 series. Since 1989, the Seminar has been held at the Massachusetts Historical Society. Programs take place on the first Tuesday evening of most months between October and May. The Seminar’s steering committee welcomes suggestions for papers dealing with all aspects of American history and culture from the era of first contact to the Civil War. Programs are not confined to Massachusetts topics, nor are they limited to the research of historians.