Education

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.

Teacher Workshops

Learn more about our upcoming workshops for K-12 and museum educators, or schedule a visit for you and your colleagues.

Student Programs

Bring your students to the MHS! We offer hands-on programs to K-12 students, as well as college and university classes.

Teacher & Student Fellowships

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.

National History Day

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.

Lesson Plans

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.

Digital Classroom

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.

NEH Landmarks Workshop: At the Crossroads of Revolution: Lexington and Concord in 1775

View resources created and collected for our NEH workshops, held in 2010, 2012, and 2015.

Collections Viewable Online

View images of original documents and artifacts from the Society's collections.

Upcoming Events

Conversation

Historians on Hamilton

22Sep 4:00PM 2018
There will be a pre-talk reception at 3:30.

The musical Hamilton has catapulted a founding father to the heights of popular culture.Three historians will explore this creative approach to discussing the stories of ...

Author Talk

Under the Starry Flag: How a Band of Irish Americans Joined the Fenian Revolt and Sparked a Crisis ...

24Sep 6:00PM 2018
There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30.

In 1867 forty Irish-American freedom fighters, outfitted with guns and ammunition, sailed to Ireland to join the effort to end British rule. Yet they never got a chance ...

Modern American Society and Culture Seminar

Radical Nonviolence and Interracial Utopias in the Early Civil Rights Movement

25Sep 5:15PM 2018

This paper examines how radical pacifists refined nonviolent direct action to challenge racial segregation and inequality in the United States. These activists adopted ...

From our Blog

Rachel Wall's Confession, the words of a Pirate?

For Talk Like a Pirate Day we bring you the words of a Pirate! The MHS holds an interesting broadside featuring Massachusetts' only female Pirate: Life, last words and dying confession, of ...

This Week @MHS

This week at the MHS we have an author talk, our annual graduate student reception, and a discussion among hisotrians about the musical Hamilton. Details below: - Tuesday, 18 September, 6:00 PM: If I ...

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