Author Archives: Kayla Haveles

About Kayla Haveles

Outreach Coordinator, American Antiquarian Society

An American at an 1820 German Christmas

The trappings of an American Christmas have become as familiar as one’s own family—lights and trees, Santa Claus and reindeer, food and good cheer. That hasn’t always been the case, of course. The Puritans, for one, simply banned Christmas in the New World. Stemming from pagan celebrations of the harvest and the winter solstice, the ...

Construction Begins On Antiquarian Hall

After months of preparation that included shifting stacks, boxing up objects, and countless meetings about architectural plans, the ground has finally been broken—both figuratively and literally—on the expansion and renovation of Antiquarian Hall. The Preparation As with any major building project, much of the time in the months preceding the actual construction was spent on refining and ...

Spring Issue of Almanac Now Available

The spring issue of the AAS newsletter, Almanac, is fresh off the press and ready for your perusal. Here are some highlights from this issue: The first part of a three-part series about the expansion and renovation of Antiquarian Hall focusing on the HVAC upgrades An "AAS Heritage" piece about the various HVAC issues the Society has ...

Isaiah Is Going Digital: The Prototype


A few weeks ago, a post shared the final cut of a short film depicting a young Isaiah Thomas learning about the legal indenture that bound him to his apprenticeship. As explained in the post, that film is part of a larger project that aims to create an interactive educational website inspired by AAS’s one-man ...

Isaiah Thomas Is Going Digital


On a beautiful sunny day in June, AAS Director of Outreach Jim Moran and I headed out to Historic Deerfield in western Massachusetts to meet up with a film crew from Northern Light Productions. Surrounded by the dark wood and heavy equipment of the Wilson Printing Office, it wasn’t difficult to set the stage for ...

New Online Exhibition: The News Media and the Making of America, 1730-1865


During the summer of 2015, AAS hosted a two-week National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for School Teachers, during which twenty-five K-12 teachers from all over the country convened for an intensive institute that featured lectures and discussions with scholars, field trips, and many hands-on workshops with original material from the Society’s collections. That ...

Spring issue of the Almanac now available!

From "Guess Again or Easy Enigmas Puzzles, for Little Folks." Philadelphia: Morgan Yeager, ca 1824. Illustrations by William Charles.

The spring issue of our twice annual newsletter, the Almanac, is now available online! Exciting public programs (a musical performance and the return of Nathaniel Philbrick among them), new online resources, and information about the 9th annual Adopt-a-Book fundraiser are all included. Feature pieces include: a history of the Goddard-Daniels House the recent acquisition of a wonderful collection of thirty-six ...

Annual Report 2014-15 is ready for viewing!


Our newly released annual report covering September 1, 2014, through August 31, 2015, is now ready for perusal! It's been an exciting year, with wonderful new acquisitions, the development of digital initiatives, the addition of two multi-day summer workshops, and more. You can read the full issue here, or click the image below.

Fall 2015 Almanac now available!

Cook Jacksonian collection

The fall issue of our twice annual newsletter, the Almanac, is now available electronically! In addition to all of the usual items—upcoming public programs and conferences, book reviews, and other Society news—this issue has some great features: updates about the future of digital humanity projects at the Society reports about the acquisition of a unique set of daguerreotypes and ...