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

Introduction to the MHS

Inauguration Day

In honor of Inauguration Day 2017, the MHS has assembled a collection of inauguration-related items from John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and John Quincy Adams.

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Object of the Month

The Balloon Post: Susan Hale celebrates the birth of airmail and raises money for war relief in 1871 Boston.

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New Digital Content

Explore seven collections relating to women in the public sphere including Woman's Education Association records, Rose Dabney Forbes papers and the New England Freedmen's Aid Society records. View the list

Exhibition

Turning points described in eyewitness accounts and personal records, or commemorated by "dumb witnesses"--artifacts found in the Society's enormous collections.

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.

History and Collections

This 90-minute docent-led walk shares the richness of our history and collections as experienced in our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations.

Most Saturdays; See all upcoming tour times for details»

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Events

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Modern American Society and Culture Seminar

Panel Discussion: Urban History on the Digital Frontier

5:15PM Tuesday, 24 January 2017
Author Talk

The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire

There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. 6:00PM Thursday, 26 January 2017
MHS Tour

The History and Collections of the MHS

10:00AM Saturday, 28 January 2017

225th Anniversary Features

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»

MHS Timeline

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

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