All exhibits (4 total)

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Common Boston

Common Boston
Immigration, crime, social welfare, culture: how did nineteenth-century Bostonians shape and respond, alone and together, to the changing urban landscape? This exhibit explores personal and collective responses to a city swept first by immigrants, then by fire, forced to reinvent itself as a both physical and social space. On display are a selection of print and manuscript documents representing…

Recusant Books

Recusant Books
An Exhibit of Persecution and Heroism in the Elizabethan and Jacobean Eras. With the accession of Elizabeth I to the throne of England and Wales, a series of laws were enacted—collectively known as the “Penal Laws”—that criminalized the practice of the Catholic faith. Broadly similar to the Nuremberg laws, the Penal Laws at first made weekly attendance at Church of England services…

Around the World in 80 Books

Around the World in 80 Books
Trade bindings (also known as publishers’ bindings) emerged in the early nineteenth century in Britain and the United States. The desire for durable, cloth-bound books, combined with technological advances in publishing led to the creation of this colorful and attractive book. As the nineteenth century wore on, like many other crafts in the United States, industrial production eventually…