The Society's Education Department offers primary-source-based workshops for K-12 educators and their students 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 or students to the Society? The MHS Education Department will work with you to create a memorable educational experience! We can organize workshops on various aspects of these general themes:

  • Introduction to the MHS and primary sources
  • The Coming of the American Revolution
  • 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

Upcoming Programs

Painless: A Survival Guide to the "Dreaded" History Project
November 8, 2014

This free hands-on workshop provides teachers and students with strategies for creating amazing history projects! Using the broad theme of “Leadership & Legacy” as a springboard, you’ll explore how to approach primary source research through a range of historical documents, including letters, diaries, songs, petitions, and government records.

Activities will model research skills such as:

  • collecting evidence
  • analyzing information
  • drawing conclusions
  • assembling your findings into an historical narrative
  • designing a history project as a paper, website, exhibit, documentary, or performance

By applying National History Day methodologies, the “dreaded” history project is transformed into the creation of imaginative, engaging, and meaningful history experiences.

To Register: Contact the MHS Education Department at or 617-646-0557.

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