for HSB 41
Harvard History: A Bibliography
Ulrich on the lack of female portraiture in the renovated
Find your Harvard
Ancestors in this list of Harvard graduates from 1642 to 1737.
in the Harvard Archives reveal history and myth-making at Harvard
The Fogg Museum houses Harvard's
ceremonial silver, which dates from the foundation of the college
in the 1630s.
Pilgrims & Thanksgiving
Plimoth Plantation is a great resource for all things Pilgrim. The Thanksgiving
pages correct many of the myths surrounding the holiday.
On December 23 1881 the Philadelphia
Press published an account
of the first festival of the Pennsylvania Pilgrims’ descendents, including Mark Twain’s
speech that attacks such meetings.
American Sense of Puritanism is a UVA site which differentiates
between Pilgrims and Puritans and tracks their competing memories
in our culture.
Excerpts of Governor William
Bradford’s journal that discusses the Pilgrims’ landing
at Cape Cod.
Excerpts of James Deetz’s The
Times of Their Lives. The part of interest talks about the early
efforts to make Plymouth Rock a central part of the Pilgrims’
is a good example of the continuing tradition of great devotion
to the Pilgrim idea. See the pages on Plymouth Rock, the history
of Thanksgiving, and Forefathers’ Day.
The Smithsonian owns a piece of Plymouth
Rock, a testament to its importance in American culture.
show just how much influence some people think the Pilgrims had
on the formation of the American republic.
Etext of ‘The
Courtship of Miles Standish.’
Etext of ‘Thankstaking,’ an article by
Jane Kamensky also included in the Sourcebook.
The text of Lincoln’s first proclamation of a national day of Thanksgiving.
The text of Daniel
Webster’s famous speech at the 200th anniversary of
the Pilgrims’ landing.
Excerpts from a number of presidential
Archive of the Salem Witch Trials.
of Salem witch pages, including a timeline.
The official Site of the Witches’ League
for Public Awareness.
An Interactive Salem site from National
Take the Salem Witch-trials Quiz.
Map of the Salem Witch Trials.
Etext of ‘Roger
Etext of ‘Young
Etext of ‘My
Kinsman, Major Molineux’ also included in the sourcebook.
The House of the Seven Gables
of the Seven Gables site.
Etext of The
House of the Seven Gables.
The House of the Seven Gables Opera.
Buy the Haunted House of the Seven
Gables Miniature Savings Bank.
The official site of the Paul
Revere House. Includes links to pages on Revere himself, the history of
the house, and the infamous ride.
Presentation of Paul Revere’s Ride.
An umbrella site of Revere-related
Etext of ‘Paul
Revere’s Ride’ also included in the sourcebook.
CNN considers the renaissance of Longfellow’s poetry to commemorate
the restoration and renovation of the Longfellow House.
Longfellow’s Cambridge House at 105 Brattle St. was Longfellow’s
residence for much of his life. Today, the National Parks Service oversees
the house and the Longfellow archives that reside there.
Longfellow’s Portland House: Longfellow’s house on Brattle
St. is the one made famous in his poems and where he did the bulk of his
he spent his childhood in Portland, ME. The Maine Historical Society maintains
the house today and recently did a full restoration.
Photographs of Minnehaha
Falls spoke to Longfellow who saw them
shortly before writing “Hiawatha” and decided to
name his heroine after the impressive falls.
The Minnehaha Falls Visitor
Center is a two-thirds scale replica of the Longfellow house
on Brattle St. It was built in 1907, and associates Longfellow with
the falls, a place he never actually visited.
The official website of Longfellow's Wayside
Etext of ‘Hiawatha’.
Homepage - a site full of links to the history and
culture of Acadia.
Etext of ‘Evangeline’.
Etext of ‘The
Skeleton in Armor’ also included in the sourcebook.
narrative of Whittier’s life.
Etext of Whittier’s ‘Skipper Ireson’s Ride’ also
included in the sourcebook.
Etext of Whittier’s ‘How the Women Went from Dover’ and ‘Cassandra
Southwick’ also included in the sourcebook.
Etext of Whittier’s ‘The
King’s Missive’ also included in the sourcebook.
and Cassandra Sedgwick site.
New England Slavery
and Abolition, a site designed by three Yale graduates students
that aims to set the record straight about Yale’s legacy of
A thoughtful reaction
to the Yale, Slavery, and Abolition site.
W. Blight, "If You Don't Tell it Like it Was, it Can Never
Be As it Ought to Be." This was a keynote address at the Gilder
Lehrman conference on Yale and Slavery.
Programme for a 2002
Yale conference on "Slavery and Freedom in New England"
Download a conference
paper addressing the Yale connection to slavery in the Antebellum
affair had many New England connections. This site promotes work
on the Amistad events and includes a quilt making project and information
on the reconstructed schooner.
from the Amistad affair are summarized on this website from
the Gilder Lehrman Center at Yale University.
At Harvard University, research on New England slavery
is supported by the W.E.B.
DuBois Institute for Afro-American Research.
At Yale University, research on New England slavery
is supported by the Gilder
Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition.
Become a Special Agent charged with investigating
the Boston Massacre in this historical
Summation of John Adams includes an interesting version of the
events of the Boston Massacre.
In 1774 John Hancock made a speech
commemorating the Boston Massacre.
This article traces the story of the discovery of
needlework samplers that were used to document revolutionary
Etext of William Nell’s ‘Colored
Patriots’ also included in the sourcebook.
Official Site of the Freedom
Official Site of the Old
South Meeting House.
Register of Historic Trees lists lots of famous trees
and other plants and allows you to order saplings of each. Try
category of “American Revolution” for a slew of still living
trees commemorating the Revolution.
Washington collections of the Library
of Congress can be browsed and searched through the American Memory
Check out his diary,
and the letters
he wrote to the Continental Congress when he took over the army in July,
A scion of the Washington Elm is planted at the University
Reference to the Washington Elm in
A Denver Chapter of the Daughters
of the American Revolution with an interest in the Washington Elm.
Several markers placed by the Cambridge
Historical Commission dot
the Cambridge Common, and billboard exhibits offer stories about
Washington and Cambridge
during the Revolution. How do these municipal public history projects tell
Visit the CHC list of historical marker..
Harvard University's own Fogg
Museum of Art has in its possession an object shaped like a book carved
out of the old elm. The object
belongs to the
collections of the Houghton library but was loaned to the Fogg several
years ago for a
Historical Society is housed in the Hooper-Lee-Nichols
House on Brattle Street, just a few blocks away from the Cambridge
of the house contains a cut-out from the Washington Elm. Take a tour of
the house, and you'll have a chance to learn lots about colonial architecture,
get a chance to ask the guides for the latest version of the legend of
The Cambridge room at the Cambridge
Public Library contains a table made out of timbers from the
Washington Elm. The CPL is just a few blocks down Broadway from
Harvard. The room is generally not open to the public, but if you
explain why you're visiting they may let you see the table.
Maps from the Historical
Atlas of Massachusetts by Richard W. Wilkie
and Jack Tager - Published in 1991. See especially Boston
in 1775, and the creation
of new urban areas.
and the Charles in Newton. This is from
a history of Newton Upper Falls.
Allen Lutins’s 1992 SUNY Binghamton
Masters Thesis on Pre-historic
fish-weirs in North America.
A brief history
of the Charles, told from the perspective of the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The home for the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC)’s Master
Plan for the Charles River Basin
tour of Boston and surrounding
towns centered on the Charles River.
A brief summary of a new book by Karl Haglund called,
the Charles River.
Did the Welsh
Census began in 1790 and is available online.
Visit the Material
Culture collections at the University of Wisconsin.