Beginning in 2021, each issue of the MHR will focus on a specific theme connected with Massachusetts history, although the essays need not be limited to Massachusetts or New England topics. The publication of this first volume of the new series will coincide with the centennial of the Sacco-Vanzetti murder trial and focus on the theme of radicalism. See the full Call for Papers for details.
This carte de visite depicts Harvard undergraduate Appleton dressed for his part as "Emily" in the farce Grimshaw, Bagshaw & Bradshaw. More
As the nation’s first historical society, the MHS strives to enhance the understanding of our nation’s past and its connection to the present, demonstrating that history is not just a series of events that happened to individuals long ago but is integral to the fabric of our daily lives. More about the MHS
One hundred years have passed since Harvard Medical School appointed Dr. Alice Hamilton as assistant professor of Industrial Medicine, making her the first female faculty ...
Join guest curator, Allison Lange, Wentworth Institute of Technology professor, for a guided tour and highlights from our current exhibition.
The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, ...
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The Adams Family Papers consist of the writings of two presidents—John Adams and John Quincy Adams—and their families. View documents and transcriptions, biographies, a timeline, and more.
The Coolidge Collection of Thomas Jefferson Manuscripts, containing almost 9,000 pages of correspondence, personal manuscript volumes, and more than 400 architectural drawings, is the largest gathering of the personal papers of our third president.
Comprised of manuscripts, photographs, books, pamphlets, broadsides, maps, graphics, newspapers, works of art, and artifacts, MHS collections are unparalleled in their importance for the study of American history.
This week at the MHS, we have a couple of evening programs, a gallery talk, and a Saturday morning tour. Here's a look at what is planned: On Tuesday, 18 June, at 6:00 PM: Why ...
By Andrew Kettler, University of Toronto, Andrew W. Mellon short-term research fellow at the MHS Time is the historian’s obsession. Wasting time is the academic’s demise. For a cultural ...
Join us at the MHS this week for a program! Here is a look at what is planned: On Monday, 10 June, at 6:00 PM: Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait? Alice Paul, Woodrow Wilson, ...
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