Education

The Massachusetts Historical Society is committed to using its unique resources to improve and support the teaching of American history in all K-12 classrooms. The Society hosts more than 20 workshops each year, serving an average of 700 teachers, who teach students in all 50 states. The workshops, lesson plans, and digital resources offered here feature selections from the Society's unparalleled collections, paired with creative suggestions for engaging students of all ages.

Teacher Workshops

Learn more about our upcoming workshops for K-12 and museum educators, or schedule a visit for you and your colleagues.

Student Programs

Bring your students to the MHS! We offer hands-on programs to K-12 students, as well as college and university classes.

Teacher & Student Fellowships

Apply for a four-week teacher fellowship (for K-12 educators), or a research fellowship for high-school students.These fellowships are avalable to teachers and students anywhere in the United States with an interest in using the Society's collections to learn about American history, world history, or English/language arts.

National History Day

The Massachusetts Historical Society is a co-sponsor of Massachusetts History Day, an affiliate of National History Day. Discover resources that will help you and your students take part in this year's competition.

Lesson Plans

Explore curriculum projects featuring documents from the collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Created primarily for middle- and high-school classrooms, these curricula address topics including John and Abigail Adams and the American Revolution, the Boston Tea Party, and the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts.

Digital Classroom

Browse primary source documents and artifacts selected specifically for use in the classroom. Each digital project featured provides primary sources organized around particular topics, and includes images of original materials, transcriptions of written documents, contextual information, and classroom-ready discussion questions and activities.

NEH Landmarks Workshop: At the Crossroads of Revolution: Lexington and Concord in 1775

View resources created and collected for our NEH workshops, held in 2010, 2012, and 2015.

Collections Viewable Online

View images of original documents and artifacts from the Society's collections.

Upcoming Events

Conversation

"All Legislative Powers…" Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution Then & Now

15Oct 5:00PM 2018
Location: The American Academy of Arts and ...

Join us for a thought-provoking conversation on the history surrounding the issues that are framed by Article 1 of the Constitution, which established the U.S. Congress ...

Brown Bag

“Watering of the Olive Plant”: Catechisms and Catechizing in Early New England

17Oct 12:00PM 2018

Early New Englanders produced and used an unusually large number of catechisms. These catechisms shaped relations of faith for church membership, provided content for ...

Author Talk

The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War

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

Joanne B. Freeman recovers the long-lost story of physical violence on the floor of the U.S. Congress. Drawing on an extraordinary range of sources, she shows that the ...

From our Blog

This Week @MHS

This week we have a pair of Brown Bag talks, two evening programs, the first seminar in a new series, and a sold out tour. Details below: - Monday, 15 October, 12:00 PM: Examining Land ...

New Transcriptions Released for John Quincy Adams' Diary

Amid his daily whirl of diplomatic duties, John Quincy Adams paused to reflect on his latest dispatch to President James Monroe. After several rewrites, Adams had drafted a course of action that would ...

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