[[14]]Apply now for MHS Research Fellowships!

More than 40 to be awarded in 4 fellowship programs. First deadline: January 15. Learn more.

[[13]]Object of the Month

Hamilton, Memory, and Irony

Depicting Hamilton in the style of a Roman senator, this marble bust has become the iconic image of the Founding Father and has been used as the model for posthumous portraits, sculptures, and even a postage stamp.More

[[14]]Fashioning the
New England Family

Explore the ways in which the multiple meanings of fashion and fashionable goods are reflected in patterns of consumption and refashioning, recycling, and retaining favorite family pieces. View

Alexander Hamilton at the MHS

One of the founding fathers of the United States, Hamilton was a lawyer and political writer, a Revolutionary War officer, member of the Continental Congress, and the first Secretary of the Treasury. Explore Items from the MHS related to Hamilton, including pamphlets and letters by Hamilton and others. More


From Oct. 2018 to Nov. 2019, the Massachusetts Historical Society and a group of partner organizations will offer engaging programs and educational opportunities to commemorate Abigail Adams. Join the celebration! More

Who We Are

As the nation’s first historical society, the MHS strives to enhance the understanding of our nation’s past and its connection to the present, demonstrating that history is not just a series of events that happened to individuals long ago but is integral to the fabric of our daily lives. More about the MHS

Introduction to the MHS