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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

History of Women and Gender Seminar

Transgender History and Archives: An Interdisciplinary Conversation

18Dec 5:30PM 2018
Location: Knafel Center, Radcliffe Institute

This panel aims to begin an interdisciplinary conversation in transgender history. What is the state of the field of transgender studies in history, archiving, and public ...

MHS Tour

The History and Collections of the MHS

22Dec 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, ...

Early American History Seminar

The Consecration of Samuel Seabury and the Crisis of Atlantic Episcopacy, 1782-1807

8Jan 5:15PM 2019

Samuel Seabury’s consecration in 1784 signaled a transformation in the organization of American Protestantism. After more than a century of resistance to the office ...

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“On the Borders of Nonsense”: John Quincy Adams, Poet

It was a rainy day in May 1839 and John Quincy Adams, stuck inside, was amusing himself writing poetry. He was trying to imitate the Roman poet Horace, and outdo the English poet Alexander Pope. ...

Barefoot Families and Demon Rum: The Work of an Urban Missionary

In June 1854, the Boston City Missionary Society appointed a Methodist Episcopal clergyman named Luman Boyden to serve as missionary to the poor in East Boston. The 48-year-old Boyden (pictured above, ...

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