Attend an Event or Program

How to Attend

Most programs are free and open to the public. In some instances we ask participants to register for programs in order to assist our planning. Please see the information below for the type of event or program you wish to attend.

Exhibitions

The exhibition galleries are free and open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM. No registration is required.

Building Tours

Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes. The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. For tour dates please visit the events calendar.

Lectures

Most lectures are free and open to the public. We ask that you register so we can anticipate attendance. For more information please visit the events calendar.

Brown-bag Lunchtime Programs

These are free and open to the public. No registration is required.

MHS Fellow/Member and Special Events

MHS Fellow and Member events and special events require preregistration. Some special events, such as Cocktails with Clio, carry a registration fee. For more information please visit the events calendar.

Seminars

All are welcome to attend these sessions at no charge. To assist us in our planning, an RSVP is required. E-mail seminars@masshist.org or phone 617-646-0568 to RSVP.

Visit our Seminars page for details on subscribing.

Conferences

Our conferences require advance registration. Please consult the Conferences page for more information.

Upcoming Events

Online Event

The First Reconstruction: Black Politics in America from the Revolution to the Civil War

17May 5:30PM 2021
This is an online program

It may be difficult to imagine that a consequential black electoral politics evolved in the United States before the Civil War, for as of 1860, the overwhelming majority ...

Online Event; Conversation; Racial Injustice Series

Confronting Racial Injustice: The War on Drugs in Massachusetts: The Racial Impact of the School ...

19May 6:00PM 2021
This is an online program

In the 1980s, Massachusetts embraced the War on Drugs, enacting harsh mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenses. It took decades to confront the reality ...

Online Event

Of Thee I Sing: The Contested History of American Patriotism

26May 5:30PM 2021
This is an online program

When we talk about patriotism in America, we tend to mean one form: the version captured in shared celebrations like the national anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance. But ...

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Founder to Founder

Like so many good stories here at the Historical Society, it began with a reference question. Jeremy Belknap, hunting through his sources, asked Vice President John Adams for some help. Belknap, the ...

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