Education

The Massachusetts Historical Society is committed to using its unique resources to improve and support the teaching of American history in all K-12 classrooms. The Society hosts more than 20 workshops each year, serving an average of 700 teachers, who teach students in all 50 states. The workshops, lesson plans, and digital resources offered here feature selections from the Society's unparalleled collections, paired with creative suggestions for engaging students of all ages.

Teacher Workshops

Learn more about our upcoming workshops for K-12 and museum educators, or schedule a visit for you and your colleagues.

Student Programs

Bring your students to the MHS! We offer hands-on programs to K-12 students, as well as college and university classes.

Teacher & Student Fellowships

Apply for a four-week teacher fellowship (for K-12 educators), or a research fellowship for high-school students.These fellowships are avalable to teachers and students anywhere in the United States with an interest in using the Society's collections to learn about American history, world history, or English/language arts.

National History Day

The Massachusetts Historical Society is a co-sponsor of Massachusetts History Day, an affiliate of National History Day. Discover resources that will help you and your students take part in this year's competition.

Lesson Plans

Explore curriculum projects featuring documents from the collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Created primarily for middle- and high-school classrooms, these curricula address topics including John and Abigail Adams and the American Revolution, the Boston Tea Party, and the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts.

Digital Classroom

Browse primary source documents and artifacts selected specifically for use in the classroom. Each digital project featured provides primary sources organized around particular topics, and includes images of original materials, transcriptions of written documents, contextual information, and classroom-ready discussion questions and activities.

NEH Landmarks Workshop: At the Crossroads of Revolution: Lexington and Concord in 1775

View resources created and collected for our NEH workshops, held in 2010, 2012, and 2015.

Collections Viewable Online

View images of original documents and artifacts from the Society's collections.

Upcoming Events

Conversation

Advise and Dissent? The Role of Public History in Modern Life

23Oct 6:00PM 2017
There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 pm ...

What is the role of historical organizations in a politically polarized environment, a world of “alternative facts” and a social fabric that is being torn ...

canceled Modern American Society and Culture Seminar

Allaying Terror: Domesticating Artisan Refugees in South Vietnam, 1956

24Oct 5:15PM 2017

This program is canceled due to illness.   This essay explores the publication of photographs of North Vietnam refugee artisans in English-language mass print ...

Brown Bag

Political Appetites: Revolution, Taste, and Culinary Activism in the Early Republic

25Oct 12:00PM 2017

Culinary activists furthered republican values in the revolutionary era as part of a political and cultural ideology. They developed a culinary vocabulary expressed in ...

From our Blog

Gertrude Codman Carter’s Diary, October 1917

Today we return to the 1917 diary of Gertrude Codman Carter. You may read the previous entries here:   Introduction | January | February | March | April | May June | July | August | September ...

“Mark, Traveler, this humble stone”: Quaint and Curious Epitaphs ...

I find a visit to any of New England’s burying grounds fascinating year-round, but I consider treading among slate gravestones and timeworn monuments in October a quintessential New England ...

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