Never Done: Interpreting the History of Women at Work in Massachusetts

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Presented by Mass Humanities, Massachusetts Historical Society, University of Massachusetts Amherst Public History Program, University of Massachusetts Boston Public History and Archives Track and the Joseph P. Healey Library, The Colonial Society, and Elizabeth & Ned Bacon

Monday, June 2, 2014

9:00am – 4:00pm
Hogan Campus Center, College of Holy Cross, Worcester

Keynote Address by Laurel Thatcher UlrichUpstairs, Downstairs, and All Around the House: Making Work Visible

At this, the tenth annual Mass History Conference we will welcome the many small historical organizations that preserve, interpret, and deepen the exploration of Massachusetts history. This anniversary conference is titled Never Done: Interpreting the History of Women at Work in Massachusetts and noted Harvard scholar Laurel Thatcher Ulrich will give the keynote. The stories of lesser-known women change-makers get lost in the larger narrative of industry, politics and conflict, but the timing is right for an examination of their tales of great and compelling variety, of lives lived with courage and determination.

The conference is widely celebrated as the best networking and skill-sharing opportunity for historians of our state culture.

Registration Fees
Fee includes workshop, morning refreshments,
buffet lunch (vegetarian option available), and afternoon snack
Registrations cannot be refunded; however you may send another person in your place.
$90 Standard Fee per person
$60 Student Fee (include copy of student ID with registration or bring ID to event if registering online)
$80 Per person for 3 registrants from same organization at the same time
$70 Per person for 4 registrants from same organization at the same time
8:30-9:30 AM

Registration, Continental Breakfast, & Networking

8:30-9:00 AM
Room 320
Wonder whether your project is suitable for a grant proposal? Need an intern? Thinking about going back to school?
Sign up for a speed date and talk with the people who know the answers to your questions!

9-4:00 PM
Room 328
Mass History Commons
A place to exchange ideas and conversation, and to showcase your organization, projects, and products.

9:30-9:45 AM


9:45-10:45 AM
Keynote Address: Upstairs, Downstairs, and All Around the House: Making Work Visible by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
Author, A Midwife’s Tale, The Age of Homespun, and Well-behaved Women Seldom Make History

10:45-11:00 AM


11-12:15 PM
Concurrent Sessions A
  1. Archival Resources for Women’s History in MA
  2. The Labor of Women Who Labor
  3. Brazen Hussies, All:
    Women’s Leadership in History Organizations
  4. Oral History Projects
12:15 – 1:15 PM

Lunch Buffet (vegetarian option available)

12:45-1:00 PM
Bay State Legacy Award – Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
Mass History Commendation

1:00 – 4:00 PM
(Space is limited. Pre-registration required.)
  1. Skills Workshop: Doing & Using Oral History
  2. Integrating Women’s History at Historic Sites
1:15-2:30 PM
Concurrent Sessions B
  1. Wikipedia 101 for Women’s History
  2. Getting to Know the ‘Woman of the House': Researching and Interpreting Women’s Stories at Historic Sites
  3. Women and Textiles: A Working Relationship
2:30-2:45 PM
Room 328
Join us for afternoon refreshments in the Mass History Commons
2:45-4:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions C
  1. "Too natural a duty to speak of": 19th Century Women Write about Caregiving and Death
  2. Women’s History Annual Programming
  3. Women’s Activism in the 20th Century

Project presentations include:
American Antiquarian Society National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites
Baker Library, Harvard Business School Partnership of the Historic Bostons
Boston Women’s Heritage Trail Pioneer Valley History Network
Harvard University Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University
Historic New England SUNY College at Old Westbury
Leading By Design University of Massachusetts – Amherst
Leventhal Map Center, Boston Public Library Westport Historical Society
National Archives and Records Administration Worcester Women’s Oral History Project