Teacher Workshops


The Society's Education Department offers primary-source-based workshops for K-12 educators on a variety of topics. Participants become historians as they investigate a particular historical topic using a broad range of materials from the Society’s collections. Most programs also include an introduction to the library, a virtual tour of the MHS website or particular digital projects, and an opportunity to examine original documents and artifacts. Programs for teachers also address the various ways in which primary sources can be incorporated in to the K-12 curriculum.

The MHS Education Department frequently partners with local historical sites and institutions, as well as the National Park Service, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and both the Massachusetts and the United States Departments of Education to develop and deliver interactive programs using the Society's collections. The MHS is a registered Professional Development Provider in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and graduate credit is avaliable (for an additional fee) for many of our workshops.

Schedule a Program

Interested in bringing a group of teachers to the Society? The MHS Education Department will work with you to create professional development opportunities for you and your colleagues. We can organize workshops drawing on resources related to these general themes:

  • The Coming of the American Revolution
  • Boston and the China Trade
  • Slavery, Antislavery, and Abolition in New England
  • Civil War Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts and WWI

For more information, or to schedule your program, please contact the Education Department at (617) 646-0557 or education@masshist.org.

Upcoming Programs

Women in the Era of the American Revolution

February 22 & 23, 2017, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Registration Fee: $40

Study the revolution through the words and artifacts of the women who lived it. Correspondence demonstrates that women like Abigail Adams, Hannah Winthrop, and Mercy Otis Warren were vital consumers (and boycotters) of imported goods, and functioned as heads of household while their male family members served in the military or traveled on political missions. They recorded important events of the day, and, in the case of Warren, interpreted those events for a public audience. Throughout the workshop we will explore the daily lives of revolutionary women, including those who served as soldiers and secret agents, or followed the army as cooks and laundresses. The program fee includes a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts.

Teachers can earn 45 PDPs and two graduate credits (for an additional fee). Contact education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557 for more information or to register.

Boston to the Rescue: Robert B. Forbes & Irish Famine Relief

April 20, 2017 , 9:00am - 4:00pm
Registration Fee: $25

On April 12, 1847, Boston merchant Robert Bennet Forbes arrived in Ireland aboard the USS Jamestown. The ship carried more than 8,000 barrels of food and provisions to the island’s inhabitants at the height of the Great Famine. We will explore the history of early Irish immigration to Boston and the tensions that divided Catholic immigrants and Protestant New Englanders in the 1830s and 1840s. Despite their differences, private citizens and local organizations rallied to provide indispensable humanitarian aid to a nation in need.

Teachers can earn 22.5 PDPs and one graduate credit (for an additional fee). Contact education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557 for more information or to register.

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