Though our building remains closed to visitors, the MHS is open for business! Learn more about our online offerings and latest updates.[[ ]]
We can’t wait to welcome you back to 1154 Boylston Street to explore our galleries, attend programs, and use the reading room! There are many factors involved in creating a safe environment for staff and visitors. We are taking the time to consider all of the aspects and our teams are working on a phased reopening approach that puts the safety of our staff and visitors first. While we continue to reopen to the public, our staff is hard at work holding online events, producing virtual exhibitions, and offering remote reference services.
We are grateful to our community for their patience and support during this fluid situation and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to our building when we are able. Continue reading below to learn about our remote reference services and online programming. And please check our website and social media channels for additional updates.
All the best,
Beginning on 7 September 2021, the MHS library will reopen to the public for onsite research visits. To protect the health of researchers and staff amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the MHS Library has implemented the following temporary policies:
We are committed to providing all researchers with access to our collections and will continue to offer expanded reference and reproduction services. Researchers who are unable to visit the MHS at this time are encouraged to explore our virtual reference options and reproductions services.
Though the MHS will not have any in-person programs or events until at least October 2021, we do have a full slate of online author talks, panel discussions, workshops, seminars, and brown-bag lunch programs. Please visit our online calendar and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for program listings. Join our e-mail list to receive weekly e-mails with calendar information and timely updates.
All MHS employees continue to be compensated during the closure. While we are closed to the public, our staff remains hard at work answering research questions, providing digital content, and devising new ways to provide engaging content to our community. Under the governor’s “safer at home” advisory, many of our staff members are working remotely. However, we have continuously monitored the security and maintenance systems of our building. A thorough cleaning is completed each week and staff continues to maintain the building every day.
The generosity of our friends and community has sustained the MHS for more than 229 years, and today your support enables us to fulfill our mission to promote understanding of the history of Massachusetts and the nation by collecting and communicating materials and resources that foster historical knowledge. While the MHS remains closed to the public, limited staff members are on site to fulfill reference requests; catalog and digitize collections; and protect our building. Working remotely, we are offering an engaging and varied selection of online programs; building a virtual community of scholars; delivering online resources to educators; helping researchers with their work; providing access to our collections; and continuing to publish. A gift to the MHS Fund not only helps to keep this work going but it will also enable us to reopen in a safe and responsible manner. Please consider supporting the MHS today.
We offer you a warm virtual welcome and look forward to when we can see you in person!