[[14]]Fashioning the
New England Family

Explore the ways in which the multiple meanings of fashion and fashionable goods are reflected in patterns of consumption and refashioning, recycling, and retaining favorite family pieces. View

Alexander Hamilton at the MHS

One of the founding fathers of the United States, Hamilton was a lawyer and political writer, a Revolutionary War officer, member of the Continental Congress, and the first Secretary of the Treasury. Explore Items from the MHS related to Hamilton, including pamphlets and letters by Hamilton and others. More

[[15]]New Transcriptions Online!

John Quincy Adams Diary Digital Project

Searchable transcriptions of the Secretary of State years, September 1817 to February 1825. Read.


From Oct. 2018 to Nov. 2019, the Massachusetts Historical Society and a group of partner organizations will offer engaging programs and educational opportunities to commemorate Abigail Adams. Join the celebration! More

[[13]]Object of the Month

"I have heard Some of the Democratic rejoicing"

This letter is the last of nearly 1,200 extant letters that John and Abigail exchanged between 1762 and 1801. More

Who We Are

As the nation’s first historical society, the MHS strives to enhance the understanding of our nation’s past and its connection to the present, demonstrating that history is not just a series of events that happened to individuals long ago but is integral to the fabric of our daily lives. More about the MHS

Introduction to the MHS