[[15]]John Quincy Adams Diary

Digital Project

Searchable transcriptions of the Secretary of State years, September 1817 to February 1821. Read.

[[11]]Object of the Month

Letter from John Boyle O'Reilly to John D. Long, 2 November 1886

O'Reilly writes to Congressman and fellow poet to set the record straight about his politics, while reaffirming his personal loyalty. Read more

[[10]]Revolutionary-Era Art and Artifacts

67 portraits include George Washington, Paul Revere, and loyalists Charles Paxton and Thomas Hutchinson. 48 Artifacts provide a tangible connection to the individuals who witnessed the era. View


[[12]]The Irish Atlantic

Explore 175 years of the Irish in Boston from the founding of the Charitable Irish Society in 1737, through famine relief efforts, to a mass migration movement, decades of community building, and a rise in political power. Details

[[14]]One of America’s great swords found

Robert Gould Shaw’s sword, whereabouts unknown since his death at the Assault on Fort Wagner, is among Civil War items recently donated to the MHS. Full story.

View the sword at the MHS beginning Tuesday, July 18th

[[14]]The Future of History

Historians, Historical Organizations, and the Prospects for the Field

A collection of 14 thought-provoking essays, opinion pieces by national leaders in the fields of academic and public history. Details and eBook

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