Facility Rentals

Host your event at the MHS

Ellis Hall The Society's historic building makes a wonderful setting for corporate presentations, private dinners, and receptions. Ellis Hall and the Seminar Room, both on the first floor, and the Treasures Gallery, Dowse Library, and public gallery spaces on the second floor are available for function rentals. 

These rooms range in capacity from an intimate seated event to a 250-person cocktail reception. The MHS also offers a full range of audio-visual equipment for lectures and presentations. To avoid conflicting with the institution's normal operations, Ellis Hall and the Seminar Room are not available during normal business hours.

For more information, please contact Carol Knauff at 617-646-0554.

A Note about Weddings

We regret that we cannot host wedding ceremonies or receptions at the Society.

Upcoming Events

Author Talk

Under the Starry Flag: How a Band of Irish Americans Joined the Fenian Revolt and Sparked a Crisis ...

24Sep 6:00PM 2018
There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30.

In 1867 forty Irish-American freedom fighters, outfitted with guns and ammunition, sailed to Ireland to join the effort to end British rule. Yet they never got a chance ...

Modern American Society and Culture Seminar

Radical Nonviolence and Interracial Utopias in the Early Civil Rights Movement

25Sep 5:15PM 2018

This paper examines how radical pacifists refined nonviolent direct action to challenge racial segregation and inequality in the United States. These activists adopted ...

Author Talk

Race Over Party: Black Politics and Partisanship in Late Nineteenth-Century Boston

27Sep 6:00PM 2018
There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30.

In late 19th-century Boston, battles over black party loyalty were fights over the place of African Americans in the post–Civil War nation. Party politics became ...

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