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Give to the MHS Fund.

Supporting the Society promotes the study of American history and deepens our understanding of the diverse stories that define our nation's past. Gifts to the MHS Fund allow us to continue fulfilling our mission to collect, preserve, and share the documents that define America's past. MHS Fund contributions also support special projects, including exhibitions and publications. Donate now and help make the MHS a place where history happens. Learn more about MHS giving circles.

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Become a Member. Be a part of the MHS story.

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.

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Renew Your Fellow Dues.

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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Other ways to give

Research Alumni Appeal

Past recipients of MHS fellowships are invited to help sustain research.

Planned Gifts and Bequests

Planned gifts can help you realize your own philanthropy while ensuring the future financial stability of the MHS. 

Donate to the Collections

Most of the Society's unparalleled collections were gifts to the MHS. If you have a special item or collection, consider donating it to the Society


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Upcoming Events

Author Talk

Pauline Maier Memorial Lecture - Madison’s Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention

17Jan 6:00PM 2018
There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm.

James Madison’s Notes on the 1787 Constitutional Convention have acquired nearly unquestioned authority as the description of the U.S. Constitution’s creation ...

MHS Tour

The History and Collections of the MHS

20Jan 10:00AM 2018

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, ...

History of Women and Gender Seminar

The "Woman Inventor" as a Political Tool of Female Suffragists: Patents, Invention, and Civil Rights ...

23Jan 5:30PM 2018
Location: Massachusetts Historical Society

After the Patent Act of 1790, patents played an important social and political role in the formation of American nationhood and citizenship. Part of a larger book ...

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This Week @ MHS

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