[[11]]Object of the Month

A New England Thanksgiving in the California Gold Country, 1850

Daniel W. Nason's manuscript memoir about the years he spent as a gold seeker includes a poem he titled, "Thanksgiving in California at the Cabin, 1849." The verses describe an improbable event, the celebration of Thanksgiving during the Gold Rush. Read more

[[15]]Yankees in the West

Letters, diaries, photographs, drawings, and artifacts reveal the ways New Englanders experienced the trans-Mississippi west in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Details.

[[15]]John Quincy Adams Diary

Digital Project

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

[[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

[[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