Celebrating 225 years of collecting, protecting, and sharing American history, life, and culture.

225th Anniversary Features

225 Items from Our Collection

Four centuries of iconic treasures, manuscripts, and artifacts are represented in this gallery of 225 items from the MHS collections.

to May 26

The Private Jefferson

Explore Jefferson’s complex personality and political views through select correspondence and writings including the Declaration of Independence, records of farming at Monticello, and his architectural drawings.
Exhibition details»
Attend a program in our Jefferson Series»
About the companion book»

MHS Timeline

Spanning 225 years (1791-2016), the MHS Timeline is a collection of important events and places in the history of the Society.

MHS Madness

We have a winner!

In the head-to-head tournament of 64 of our most fascinating items, Abigail Adams's "Remember the Ladies" letter is the winner. More»


Belknap's American Road Map

Teachers and students across the country are invited to take part in MHS founder Jeremy Belknap’s adventures and see how far he travels.
Download the packet»

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There's more happening at the MHS:

Cocktails with Clio

12 May 2016, JFK Library & Museum

Featuring the 71st Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick and Boston radio and television personality Jim Braude. Read more»

Object of the MonthApril

Thomas Jefferson and Abigail Adams Go Shopping

In a letter to Abigail Adams written from Paris on 9 August 1786, Thomas Jefferson enclosed an account of purchases the two made for each other in Europe. "The balance of trade was always against me." Read more»


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MHS Tour

The History and Collections of the MHS

10:00AM Saturday, 7 May 2016

Mad for Glory: The true story of two Americans and the fate of the Pacific world

There will be a pre-talk reception at 4:30pm. 5:00PM Saturday, 7 May 2016
Brown Bag

Getting Old in the Young Nation

12:00PM Wednesday, 11 May 2016
Jefferson Series

Jefferson and His Gardens

There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. 6:00PM Wednesday, 11 May 2016



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