MHS Fund

The MHS Fund provides the Society with unrestricted operating support which is used every day to provide the resources necessary to move our top priorities forward. With your support, the Society is able to produce nationally important exhibitions, offer educational programs for visitors of all ages, share our collections with researchers around the world, and provide for the upkeep and care of our facilities. Current-use gifts to the MHS Fund help ensure that the Society fulfills its mission every day. Donate now.

Support the Society's mission while enjoying these special privileges.

With your MHS Fund donation of $500 or more, you will join the Society's most generous donors, who are committed to supporting its mission--and who enjoy a full year of social, cultural, and educational experiences reserved for this select group. Consider becoming a member of one of the giving circles and you, too, can take advantage of the privileges that the MHS offers to its closest friends.

The Robert Treat Paine Circle

During his illustrious career Robert Treat Paine (1731-1814) not only signed the Declaration of Independence, but served on the prosecution for the landmark Boston Massacre and Shays’ Rebellion trials. His collection of personal, business, and legal papers speak to these significant moments in the nation’s founding.

$500 - $1,249

  • Automatic annual MHS membership benefits
  • Subscriptions to Miscellany, the Society’s semi-annual print newsletter, and the Massachusetts Historical Review, the Society’s annual journal
  • Free or discounted admission to special programs
  • Invitations to Members-only events, including exhibition openings

The Jeremy Belknap Circle

A prominent minister and historian, Jeremy Belknap (1744-1798) founded the MHS in 1791. His papers, which form the nucleus of the Society’s collections, include correspondence with John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and George Washington, as well as historical documents that he collected for his research and ministerial writings.

$1,250 - $4,999

  • All of the privileges of the Paine Circle including events
  • One complimentary year-long joint gift membership to offer to your friends

The Mercy Otis Warren Circle

One of the most significant writers of the founding era, Mercy Otis Warren (1728-1814) is best known for her 1805 three-volume history of the Revolution. Her papers include manuscript copies of her plays, poems, and correspondence with key figures of the time, particularly the Adamses.

$5,000 - $9,999

  • All of the privileges of the Belknap Circle including events

The Paul Revere Circle

A tradesman and entrepreneur, Paul Revere’s (1735-1818) papers include family correspondence and business records, as well as three separate accounts of his famous “midnight ride.” The MHS also holds a number of important examples of his work, such as a pine tree penny, silver urn, and original copy of the Boston Massacre engraving.

$10,000 - $19,999

  • All of the privileges of the Warren Circle including events
  • Two complimentary year-long joint gift memberships to offer to your friends

The Thomas Jefferson Circle

Celebrated as the author of American independence, Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) was also the third U.S. President. The Society’s Coolidge Collection of Thomas Jefferson Manuscripts includes his correspondence with other Founding Fathers, a handwritten draft of the Declaration of Independence, Farm and Garden Books, and architectural drawings.

$20,000 - $49,999

  • All of the privileges of the Revere Circle including events
  • A signed publication from the MHS (subject to availability)

The John and Abigail Adams Circle

Widely considered the nation’s “founding couple,” John (1735-1826) and Abigail (1744-1818) Adams were the second U.S. president and first lady. Their papers, and those of their descendants, comprise the Society’s largest and most significant collection. Highlights include John’s notes on the Boston Massacre, draft of the Declaration of Independence, and correspondence with his “dearest friend,” Abigail.

$50,000 and up

  • All of the privileges of the Jefferson Circle including events
  • An annual behind-the-scenes evening program and dinner with the President for you and four guests

Additional MHS Fund Information

Matching Gifts

You may be able to increase the value of your contribution to the MHS. Ask your Human Resources department if your company offers a Matching Gift program.

Contribute via US Mail

If you would prefer to contribute by mail, please send a check made payable to the MHS to 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA  02215.

Gifts of Securities

To contribute gifts of securities, please e-mail the Development department or call 617-646-0518 for more information.

Tax Deductibility

The MHS is a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions up to $499 are fully tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. Contributions of $500 and above are tax deductible based on benefits.

For questions regarding the MHS Fund please e-mail or call 617-646-0518.

Portrait of Paul Revere

Etching of Mercy Otic Warren

Portrait of Robert Treat Paine

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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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