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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

Author Talk

Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates

19Nov 6:00PM 2018
There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30

Set against the backdrop of the Age of Exploration, Black Flags, Blue Waters reveals the dramatic history of American piracy’s “Golden Age”&mdash ...

postponed Brown Bag

The American Debates over the China Relief Expedition of 1900

21Nov 12:00PM 2018

This talk examines the American debates over the country’s participation in the eight-nation alliance to relieve the Chinese Boxers’ siege of internationals ...

Modern American Society and Culture Seminar

In Search of the Costs of Segregation

27Nov 5:15PM 2018

Historians generally treat Jim Crow as a legal, political, and cultural system shaping where African Americans went, whether they voted, and how they acted. Yet it was ...

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Women at Sea: Ann Johnson and Abbie Clifford

In 1849, the ship Lanerk sailed from Boston to California as part of the Gold Rush. On the ship was a clergyman named Truman Ripley Hawley, and the MHS recently acquired a transcript of his diary of ...

Barbara Hillard Smith’s Diary, November 1918

Today we return to the 1918 diary of Newton teenager Barbara Hillard Smith. You may read our introduction to the diary, and Barbara’s previous entries, here: January | February  ...

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