The Massachusetts Historical Society is committed to using its unique resources to improve and support the teaching of American history in all K-12 classrooms. The Society hosts more than 20 workshops each year, serving an average of 700 teachers, who teach students in all 50 states. The workshops, lesson plans, and digital resources offered here feature selections from the Society's unparalleled collections, paired with creative suggestions for engaging students of all ages.
Learn more about our upcoming workshops for K-12 and museum educators, or schedule a visit for you and your colleagues.
Bring your students to the MHS! We offer hands-on programs to K-12 students, as well as college and university classes.
Apply for a four-week teacher fellowship (for K-12 educators), or a research fellowship for high-school students.These fellowships are avalable to teachers and students anywhere in the United States with an interest in using the Society's collections to learn about American history, world history, or English/language arts.
The Massachusetts Historical Society is a co-sponsor of Massachusetts History Day, an affiliate of National History Day. Discover resources that will help you and your students take part in this year's competition.
Explore curriculum projects featuring documents from the collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Created primarily for middle- and high-school classrooms, these curricula address topics including John and Abigail Adams and the American Revolution, the Boston Tea Party, and the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts.
Browse primary source documents and artifacts selected specifically for use in the classroom. Each digital project featured provides primary sources organized around particular topics, and includes images of original materials, transcriptions of written documents, contextual information, and classroom-ready discussion questions and activities.
View resources created and collected for our NEH workshops, held in 2010, 2012, and 2015.
View images of original documents and artifacts from the Society's collections.