Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library – Recorded Lectures

Midnight Ride, Industrial Dawn: Paul Revere’s Evolution from Craftsman to Innovative Entrepreneur

Presenter: Robert Martello, Professor of the History of Science and Technology at Olin College of Engineering

Synopsis:

Everyone knows the story of Paul Revere, but few know his role as financial risk taker and technological innovator in the new American economy. In this lecture, Robert Martello, Professor of the History of Science and Technology at Olin College of Engineering, presents a riveting discussion of how Revere transitioned from a colonial artisan to a business-minded manufacturer during the years of the early republic.

“Uncle Sam Wants You! American Citizens and their Obligations on the World War 1 Home Front”

Presenter: Christopher Capozzola, Associate Professor of History, MIT

Synopsis: When most Americans think about what it means to be a citizen, they think of their rights—but what are citizens’ obligations, and how does war change those duties? During the First World War, Americans contemplated, debated, and enforced the obligations of citizenship, with legacies that reverberate today. Drawing heavily on the history of New England communities, and looking in particular at military conscription and wartime policies regarding bonds and taxes, this talk explores a crucial moment in America’s history and its lessons a century later. This program is free thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Ruby W. and LaVon P. Linn Foundation.

“The Anti-Civil War Movement in the North: Copperheads in a Midwestern Community, 1861-1865”

Presenter: Professor Nicole Etcheson of Ball State University.

Synopsis: In this video, Professor Etcheson discusses Copperheads, anti-war Democrats, whom protested against the policies of the Lincoln administration, opposed emancipation and resisted the draft with violence. Were the Copperheads expressing sentiments that mirrored concerns of their fellow citizens? Did they actually aid the Confederacy? The talk was part of a 2013 lecture series with which the Museum marked the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. It was made possible through the generous support of the Ruby W. Linn and LaVonn P. Linn Foundation.

“A Season with the Army: Civil War Nurse Harriet Eaton and New England’s Role in Medical Relief Work”

Presenter: Professor Jane Schultz – English, American Studies, and Women’s Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis

Synopsis: In this video, Professor Schultz discusses a New England woman’s critical role on the battlefields of Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville. This was part of a 2013 lecture series with which the Museum marked the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. It was made possible through the generous support of the Ruby W. Linn and LaVonn P. Linn Foundation.

“Not that this is Going to Be a Real War: The Civil War, the Marshall House Flag, and Elmer Ellsworth’s Martyrdom”

Presenter: Chief Curator Robert Weible – New York State Museum and New York State Historian

Synopsis: In this video, Robert Weible explores a key event at the beginning of the war between the states, the death of Union officer Elmer Ellsworth. Weible’s talk traces the meaning of this gripping event for contemporaries on both sides of the Mason-Dixson line. This segment integrates a special treat – a piece on the conservation of the Marshall House Flag, a huge Confederate banner captured by the first Union officer to fall in the Civil War. The video comes courtesy of New York State Military Museum. The talk was part of a 2013 lecture series with which the Museum marked the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. It was made possible through the generous support of the Ruby W. Linn and LaVonn P. Linn Foundation.