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Portrait of John Winthrop Visits The Putnam Gallery

January 27, 2017

Harvard's John Singleton Copley portrait of John Winthrop is now on temporary view in The Putnam Gallery as an exchange loan with the Harvard Art Museums. The portrait will hang in place of The Pope Orrery (right), soon to be playing a starring role in the exhibition The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766–1820, set to open this coming May. 

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Panel on the history of women in radio brings "Radio Contact" to life.

October 27, 2016

Participants in the International Women’s Day Radio Project, a radio festival which ran in Boston from 1978 to 1993, came together for their first reunion to recount memories of the initiative Tuesday evening in a panel hosted by the CHSI, and the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, in conjunction with the currently ongoing exhibit "Radio Contact: Tuning in to Politics, Technology, & Culture." The event was covered by

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CHSI Goes to Montréal

June 15, 2016

On Monday and Tuesday, 16-17 May 2016, graduate students from the History of Science Department travelled to Montréal, Québec as part of a three-year collaborative effort between the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie (CIRST) at the Université du Québec à Montréal and the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments (CHSI) at Harvard.

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Tuning in: The Intersection of Art and Science Through Radio

April 21, 2016

What do a set of keys, a flattened sheet of brass and a pair of shoes have in common? They’re not, as you might think, the subject of some strange riddle but objects included in the exhibition ‘Radio Contact: Tuning in to Politics, Technology and Culture,’ which is curated by Harvard’s Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments (CHSI). Read more >

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Exhibit Opening: Radio Contact: Tuning in to Politics, Technology, & Culture

March 11, 2016

Long before the Internet and television, radio was the medium that informed, entertained, and connected people across cultures and geographic divides. Families gathered together around the living room radio and listened to Franklin Roosevelt’s “fireside chats” and detective dramas like The Shadow. Showcasing extensive radio equipment from the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, the exhibition examines the evolving technology and cultures of listening, tinkering, and broadcasting.

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New Harvard Exhibit Narrates the Story of Boston Radio

March 10, 2016

The story of radio is one far from completion, but at relative odds with itself. On one hand, the internet has proven that the saga is ever-evolving, with a future that’s promising but completely uncertain, but on the other, there’s a real sense of finality to the era of FM (and even more so for AM’s long-gone appeal and reach). Read more >