Membership

The Massachusetts Historical Society has two membership categories—Fellows and Members. Both groups are important to the life of the Society. Fellows and Members help support the Society's mission and receive benefits such as a subscription to our annual journal, the Massachusetts Historical Review, and invitations to special events.

Members

Membership at the MHS is open to all with an interest in American history. The Society welcomes Members from near and far to join its community of history lovers. The MHS offers a handful of different membership categories aimed to encourage participation in its various activities. Learn how to become a Member or renew your membership now.

Fellows

Election as a Fellow of the MHS is an honor bestowed by the Society on distinguished scholars and civic leaders. The Fellows are the legal governing body of the MHS, and therefore have the privilege of shaping the Society. Learn more about the MHS Fellows or renew your Fellow dues.



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Utopian Settlements Series Public Program Fruitlands 27 May 2015.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Please RSVP   6:00 program with 5:30 reception Jan Turnquist, Executive Director of Orchard House Utopian Settlements SeriesProgram 3 Jan Turnquist, Executive Director of Orchard ...

Utopian Settlements Series
Program 3

Jan Turnquist, Executive Director of Orchard House, the Alcott family home in Concord will give a living history presentation of Louisa May Alcott. Looking back on her time at Fruitlands, the author of Little Women will give us the behind the scenes stories from her life: family friendships with Thoreau and Emerson; her unconventional upbringing in poverty; and the family love that inspired her to write an American classic. From the youngest reader to the most sophisticated Alcott scholar, audiences have acclaimed Turnquist’s performances. The interactive presentation is an inspiring experience is open to all ages. 


Utopian Settlements Series

New Englanders have a long tradition of separating from society and trying to create a more perfect world. From the founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Yankees have dreamed of a better world and tried to make it real. This series will explore the history of three utopian settlements that started in our backyard. Fruitlands with Jan Turnquist is the final program in the series. We are thankful to the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) for its support of this series.

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Member Event, Special Event The Court and the World with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer 28 May 2015.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:30PM This event is SOLD OUT. If you would like to put your name on the waiting list, please call 617-646-0518. MHS Fellows and ...

If you would like to put your name on the waiting list, please call 617-646-0518.

MHS Fellows and Members are invited to a special event with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

5:30 pm: Reception
6:30 pm: Remarks by Justice Stephen Breyer

This event is open only to MHS Fellows and Members. Become a Member today!

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June
Public Program How Community Activism Made the New Boston Better 3 June 2015.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Please RSVP   There will be a 5:30 reception before the 6:00 pm program Jim Vrabel, independent author $10 fee (no charge for Fellows and Members) Author and activist, Jim Vrabel will facilitate a conversation among history makers. The discussion ...

Author and activist, Jim Vrabel will facilitate a conversation among history makers. The discussion will focus on the role that protests, demonstrations, and increased civic involvement by residents in the 1960s and 1970s played in the physical, economic, and social improvements made to the city during and since that time – in areas like urban renewal, community development, transportation, civil rights, school and welfare reform, employment, and service delivery. The discussion will explore reasons for the rise in community activism in that era and the state of activism today. Vrabel will provide a brief overview of Boston in the 1950s and list some of the various activist movements of the 1960s and 1970s. He will be joined by:

  • Tom Corrigan
    Now a resident of Connecticut, he was a member of the Association of Boston Urban Priests, a founder of the Ecumenical Social Action Committee, and served as the representative of the Archdiocese of Boston to Massachusetts Fair Share.
  • Moe Gillen
    A resident of Charlestown, he was a member of the Federation of Charlestown Organizations and of the Citywide Coordinating Council and is a former aide to Massachusetts Senator Jarrett Barrios.
  • Renée Loth
    A resident of Brighton, she was editor of the East Boston Community News, served as Minister of Information for Massachusetts Fair Share, and is a columnist for the Boston Globe
  • M. Daniel Richardson Jr.
    A resident of Roxbury, he was a member of the Lower Roxbury Community Corporation, served as director of the Boston office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and is a member of the Roxbury Masterplan Committee.

Jim Vrabel
A former newspaper reporter, longtime community activist, local historian, and city official. He is also author of the recently released A People’s History of the New Boston, When in Boston: A Timeline & Almanac, and Homage to Henry: A Dramatization of John Berryman’s “The Dream Songs.

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Public Program Begin at the Beginning: Boston’s Founding Documents 6 June 2015.Saturday, 1:00PM - 3:00PM Please RSVP   A discussion led by historian Abby Chandler and the Partnership of Historic Bostons Join us for the third of our lively Massachusetts Historical Society/Partnership of Historic Bostons ...

Join us for the third of our lively Massachusetts Historical Society/Partnership of Historic Bostons co-hosted discussions exploring the origins of Boston and its founding documents. This conversation will explore the first legal code in the English colonies: Massachusetts 1641 Body of Liberties.

No expertise is required, simply a fascination with 17th century Boston and your thoughts on a Puritan culture that adopted a code of rights and legalized slavery.

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Public Program Boston Historical Societies 10 June 2015.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   Reception Although Boston does not have a city historical society, it has a wealth of neighborhood ...

Although Boston does not have a city historical society, it has a wealth of neighborhood organizations. From the North End to the South End and from Brighton to Dorchester, Bostonians are steeped in local history and proud of their neighborhood’s identity. The Massachusetts Historical Society is pleased to invite representatives of local organizations for a chance to mingle and tell their neighbors about the great projects they have started or recent accomplishments.

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Special Event MHS Fellows Annual Meeting & Reception 24 June 2015.Wednesday, 5:00PM - 7:00PM This event is open only to MHS Fellows. MHS Fellows are invited to the Society's annual business meeting. A reception will follow the ...

MHS Fellows are invited to the Society's annual business meeting. A reception will follow the meeting.

Please call 617-646-0572 with any questions.

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July
Public Programbegins Perspectives on the Boston Massacre 7 July 2015.Tuesday, 8:30AM - 3:00PM Please RSVP   On the evening of March 5, 1770, a confrontation between British soldiers and a boisterous crowd in ...

On the evening of March 5, 1770, a confrontation between British soldiers and a boisterous crowd in front of the Custom House on King Street in Boston turned deadly. Five men were killed and nine soldiers were tried for their murder. Why and how did this confrontation come to pass? In the days after the event, the men who lost their lives became martyrs for the Patriot cause, and propagandists labeled the event a “massacre.” Using letters, depositions, newspapers, and engravings, we will explore how participants, onlookers, residents, authorities, and outsiders made meaning of the “massacre” and its aftermath. Participants will have an opportunity to view original documents and artifacts from MHS collections, and take a walking tour of downtown Boston and the Old State House Museum. Educators can earn 22.5 PDPs.

Fee: $35 per person

To Register / For more information: complete this registration form, or contact the education department at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557.

Program Highlights

  • Tour the Old State House and other sites associated with the Boston Massacre with Dr. Robert Allison, Professor of History at Suffolk University.
  • View original documents and artifacts of the pre-Revolutionary era from the Society’s collections.
  • Discuss with historians the various perspectives on the Massacre, the role of propaganda in the conflict, and public memory of the event. 
  • Meet J.L Bell, author of the influential blog Boston1775, and discuss ways to continue exploring the Massacre after the conclusion of the workshop!

This program is funded in part by the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati.

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Public Programends Perspectives on the Boston Massacre 9 July 2015.Thursday, 8:30AM - 3:00PM Please RSVP   On the evening of March 5, 1770, a confrontation between British soldiers and a boisterous crowd in ...

On the evening of March 5, 1770, a confrontation between British soldiers and a boisterous crowd in front of the Custom House on King Street in Boston turned deadly. Five men were killed and nine soldiers were tried for their murder. Why and how did this confrontation come to pass? In the days after the event, the men who lost their lives became martyrs for the Patriot cause, and propagandists labeled the event a “massacre.” Using letters, depositions, newspapers, and engravings, we will explore how participants, onlookers, residents, authorities, and outsiders made meaning of the “massacre” and its aftermath. Participants will have an opportunity to view original documents and artifacts from MHS collections, and take a walking tour of downtown Boston and the Old State House Museum. Educators can earn 22.5 PDPs.

Fee: $35 per person

To Register / For more information: complete this registration form, or contact the education department at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557.

Program Highlights

  • Tour the Old State House and other sites associated with the Boston Massacre with Dr. Robert Allison, Professor of History at Suffolk University.
  • View original documents and artifacts of the pre-Revolutionary era from the Society’s collections.
  • Discuss with historians the various perspectives on the Massacre, the role of propaganda in the conflict, and public memory of the event. 
  • Meet J.L Bell, author of the influential blog Boston1775, and discuss ways to continue exploring the Massacre after the conclusion of the workshop!

This program is funded in part by the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati.

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Adams Family Series Public Programbegins Abigail & John: A Life in Letters 14 July 2015.Tuesday, 9:00AM - 3:00PM Please RSVP   Meet John and Abigail Adams! Our hands-on workshop will introduce participants to this famous couple ...

Meet John and Abigail Adams! Our hands-on workshop will introduce participants to this famous couple and their rich correspondence. What can these letters tell us about life in the late eighteenth century, especially those connected to the creation of the United States? We will analyze primary sources related to topics such as education, women’s rights, and the challenges John and Abigail faced as a young family living through a revolution. Participants will have the opportunity to view treasures from the Society’s collections and tour the Abigail Adams Birthplace in Weymouth. Educators can earn 22.5 PDPs, as well as 1 graduate credit (for an additional $75).

Fee: $125 per person

Schedule:

July 14 @ the Massachusetts Historical Society

  • Learn more about John and Abigail Adams and their connections to the American Revolution.
  • View original Adams documents and artifacts from the Society's collections.
  • Try your hand at transcribing eighteenth-century Adams letters and diaries.

July 15 -- Reading Day on your own

July 16 @ the Abigail Adams Birthplace

  • Explore treasures from the collections of the Abigail Adams Historical Society.
  • Tour the Abigail Adams Birthplace
  • Analyze documents from the 1770s and 1780s, and explore the relationships forged between Thomas Jefferson and different members of the Adams family.

For more information: contact the education department at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557.

To register: visit The Education Cooperative website: http://www.tec-coop.org/sites/default/files/PD-Sum15-AbigailandJohn.pdf 

Watercolor, circa 1800; birthplace of Abigail (Smith) Adams

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Adams Family Series Public Programends Abigail & John: A Life in Letters 16 July 2015.Thursday, 9:00AM - 3:00PM Please RSVP   Meet John and Abigail Adams! Our hands-on workshop will introduce participants to this famous couple ...

Meet John and Abigail Adams! Our hands-on workshop will introduce participants to this famous couple and their rich correspondence. What can these letters tell us about life in the late eighteenth century, especially those connected to the creation of the United States? We will analyze primary sources related to topics such as education, women’s rights, and the challenges John and Abigail faced as a young family living through a revolution. Participants will have the opportunity to view treasures from the Society’s collections and tour the Abigail Adams Birthplace in Weymouth. Educators can earn 22.5 PDPs, as well as 1 graduate credit (for an additional $75).

Fee: $125 per person

Schedule:

July 14 @ the Massachusetts Historical Society

  • Learn more about John and Abigail Adams and their connections to the American Revolution.
  • View original Adams documents and artifacts from the Society's collections.
  • Try your hand at transcribing eighteenth-century Adams letters and diaries.

July 15 -- Reading Day on your own

July 16 @ the Abigail Adams Birthplace

  • Explore treasures from the collections of the Abigail Adams Historical Society.
  • Tour the Abigail Adams Birthplace
  • Analyze documents from the 1770s and 1780s, and explore the relationships forged between Thomas Jefferson and different members of the Adams family.

For more information: contact the education department at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557.

To register: visit The Education Cooperative website: http://www.tec-coop.org/sites/default/files/PD-Sum15-AbigailandJohn.pdf 

Watercolor, circa 1800; birthplace of Abigail (Smith) Adams

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Public Program Fruitlands 27 May 2015.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Please RSVP   registration required at no cost 6:00 program with 5:30 reception Jan Turnquist, Executive Director of Orchard House Utopian Settlements Series

Utopian Settlements Series
Program 3

Jan Turnquist, Executive Director of Orchard House, the Alcott family home in Concord will give a living history presentation of Louisa May Alcott. Looking back on her time at Fruitlands, the author of Little Women will give us the behind the scenes stories from her life: family friendships with Thoreau and Emerson; her unconventional upbringing in poverty; and the family love that inspired her to write an American classic. From the youngest reader to the most sophisticated Alcott scholar, audiences have acclaimed Turnquist’s performances. The interactive presentation is an inspiring experience is open to all ages. 


Utopian Settlements Series

New Englanders have a long tradition of separating from society and trying to create a more perfect world. From the founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Yankees have dreamed of a better world and tried to make it real. This series will explore the history of three utopian settlements that started in our backyard. Fruitlands with Jan Turnquist is the final program in the series. We are thankful to the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) for its support of this series.

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Member Event, Special Event The Court and the World with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer 28 May 2015.Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:30PM registration required at no cost This event is SOLD OUT.

If you would like to put your name on the waiting list, please call 617-646-0518.

MHS Fellows and Members are invited to a special event with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

5:30 pm: Reception
6:30 pm: Remarks by Justice Stephen Breyer

This event is open only to MHS Fellows and Members. Become a Member today!

close
Public Program How Community Activism Made the New Boston Better 3 June 2015.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Please RSVP   registration required There will be a 5:30 reception before the 6:00 pm program Jim Vrabel, independent author $10 fee (no charge for Fellows and Members)

Author and activist, Jim Vrabel will facilitate a conversation among history makers. The discussion will focus on the role that protests, demonstrations, and increased civic involvement by residents in the 1960s and 1970s played in the physical, economic, and social improvements made to the city during and since that time – in areas like urban renewal, community development, transportation, civil rights, school and welfare reform, employment, and service delivery. The discussion will explore reasons for the rise in community activism in that era and the state of activism today. Vrabel will provide a brief overview of Boston in the 1950s and list some of the various activist movements of the 1960s and 1970s. He will be joined by:

  • Tom Corrigan
    Now a resident of Connecticut, he was a member of the Association of Boston Urban Priests, a founder of the Ecumenical Social Action Committee, and served as the representative of the Archdiocese of Boston to Massachusetts Fair Share.
  • Moe Gillen
    A resident of Charlestown, he was a member of the Federation of Charlestown Organizations and of the Citywide Coordinating Council and is a former aide to Massachusetts Senator Jarrett Barrios.
  • Renée Loth
    A resident of Brighton, she was editor of the East Boston Community News, served as Minister of Information for Massachusetts Fair Share, and is a columnist for the Boston Globe
  • M. Daniel Richardson Jr.
    A resident of Roxbury, he was a member of the Lower Roxbury Community Corporation, served as director of the Boston office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and is a member of the Roxbury Masterplan Committee.

Jim Vrabel
A former newspaper reporter, longtime community activist, local historian, and city official. He is also author of the recently released A People’s History of the New Boston, When in Boston: A Timeline & Almanac, and Homage to Henry: A Dramatization of John Berryman’s “The Dream Songs.

close
Public Program Begin at the Beginning: Boston’s Founding Documents 6 June 2015.Saturday, 1:00PM - 3:00PM Please RSVP   registration required at no cost A discussion led by historian Abby Chandler and the Partnership of Historic Bostons

Join us for the third of our lively Massachusetts Historical Society/Partnership of Historic Bostons co-hosted discussions exploring the origins of Boston and its founding documents. This conversation will explore the first legal code in the English colonies: Massachusetts 1641 Body of Liberties.

No expertise is required, simply a fascination with 17th century Boston and your thoughts on a Puritan culture that adopted a code of rights and legalized slavery.

close
Public Program Boston Historical Societies 10 June 2015.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Please RSVP   registration required at no cost Reception

Although Boston does not have a city historical society, it has a wealth of neighborhood organizations. From the North End to the South End and from Brighton to Dorchester, Bostonians are steeped in local history and proud of their neighborhood’s identity. The Massachusetts Historical Society is pleased to invite representatives of local organizations for a chance to mingle and tell their neighbors about the great projects they have started or recent accomplishments.

close
Special Event MHS Fellows Annual Meeting & Reception 24 June 2015.Wednesday, 5:00PM - 7:00PM registration required at no cost This event is open only to MHS Fellows.

MHS Fellows are invited to the Society's annual business meeting. A reception will follow the meeting.

Please call 617-646-0572 with any questions.

close
Public Program Perspectives on the Boston Massacre 7 July 2015 to 9 July 2015 Please RSVP   registration required

On the evening of March 5, 1770, a confrontation between British soldiers and a boisterous crowd in front of the Custom House on King Street in Boston turned deadly. Five men were killed and nine soldiers were tried for their murder. Why and how did this confrontation come to pass? In the days after the event, the men who lost their lives became martyrs for the Patriot cause, and propagandists labeled the event a “massacre.” Using letters, depositions, newspapers, and engravings, we will explore how participants, onlookers, residents, authorities, and outsiders made meaning of the “massacre” and its aftermath. Participants will have an opportunity to view original documents and artifacts from MHS collections, and take a walking tour of downtown Boston and the Old State House Museum. Educators can earn 22.5 PDPs.

Fee: $35 per person

To Register / For more information: complete this registration form, or contact the education department at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557.

Program Highlights

  • Tour the Old State House and other sites associated with the Boston Massacre with Dr. Robert Allison, Professor of History at Suffolk University.
  • View original documents and artifacts of the pre-Revolutionary era from the Society’s collections.
  • Discuss with historians the various perspectives on the Massacre, the role of propaganda in the conflict, and public memory of the event. 
  • Meet J.L Bell, author of the influential blog Boston1775, and discuss ways to continue exploring the Massacre after the conclusion of the workshop!

This program is funded in part by the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati.

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Public Program Abigail & John: A Life in Letters 14 July 2015 to 16 July 2015 Please RSVP   registration required Adams Family Series

Meet John and Abigail Adams! Our hands-on workshop will introduce participants to this famous couple and their rich correspondence. What can these letters tell us about life in the late eighteenth century, especially those connected to the creation of the United States? We will analyze primary sources related to topics such as education, women’s rights, and the challenges John and Abigail faced as a young family living through a revolution. Participants will have the opportunity to view treasures from the Society’s collections and tour the Abigail Adams Birthplace in Weymouth. Educators can earn 22.5 PDPs, as well as 1 graduate credit (for an additional $75).

Fee: $125 per person

Schedule:

July 14 @ the Massachusetts Historical Society

  • Learn more about John and Abigail Adams and their connections to the American Revolution.
  • View original Adams documents and artifacts from the Society's collections.
  • Try your hand at transcribing eighteenth-century Adams letters and diaries.

July 15 -- Reading Day on your own

July 16 @ the Abigail Adams Birthplace

  • Explore treasures from the collections of the Abigail Adams Historical Society.
  • Tour the Abigail Adams Birthplace
  • Analyze documents from the 1770s and 1780s, and explore the relationships forged between Thomas Jefferson and different members of the Adams family.

For more information: contact the education department at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0557.

To register: visit The Education Cooperative website: http://www.tec-coop.org/sites/default/files/PD-Sum15-AbigailandJohn.pdf 

Watercolor, circa 1800; birthplace of Abigail (Smith) Adams

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