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Object of the Month

"Happy childhood's golden hours"

This monochromatic cross stitch sampler was worked by Marian Hooper of Boston and dated the day after her seventh birthday. Today, little Marian is better remembered as Clover Adams (1843-1885)—the tragic and talented photographer and wife of scholar, historian, and novelist Henry Adams. More

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Abigail Adams: Independence & Ideals

For Abigail Adams, the road to independence meant creating and sustaining a new set of American ideals. Explore manuscripts on display that convey her views from the political center of the emerging nation.

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“CAN SHE DO IT?” MASSACHUSETTS DEBATES A WOMAN’S RIGHT TO VOTE

April 26 through September 21, 2019. Details

Who We Are

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

Introduction to the MHS