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

Modern American Society and Culture Seminar

Creepy Crawling in Los Angeles: The Manson Family and Cultural Mixing as Apocalypse

24Apr 5:15PM 2018

Charles Manson made national news in 1969 when several “Family” members were arrested for murder, but by then he was well-established in Los Angeles. This ...

Conversation; This Land is Your Land

This Land is Your Land Series: Public Land

25Apr 6:00PM 2018
There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30.

Massachusetts has undertaken large scale preservation of open space by government entities. The Boston Public Garden, the Emerald Necklace, the first American public ...

Early American History Seminar

The Time of Anarchy: the Susquehannock Scattering and the Crisis of English Colonialism, 1675-1685

1May 5:15PM 2018

Part of a larger book project, this paper argues that the seemingly distinct conflicts across the English colonies in the 1670s were actually connected by the political ...

From our Blog

Barbara Hillard Smith’s Diary, April 1918

Today we return to the 1918 diary of Newton teenager Barbara Hillard Smith. You may read our introduction to the diary, and Barbara’s January, February, and March entries, here: January | ...

This Week @ MHS

As preparations for our upcoming exhibit continue, it is a pretty quiet week at the Society as far as programs go. Here is what we have on tap: - Tuesday, 24 April, 5:15PM : The seminar this week is ...

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