Facility Rentals

Host your event at the MHS

Ellis Hall The Society's historic building makes a wonderful setting for corporate presentations, private dinners, and receptions. Ellis Hall and the Seminar Room, both on the first floor, and the Treasures Gallery, Dowse Library, and public gallery spaces on the second floor are available for function rentals. 

These rooms range in capacity from an intimate seated event to a 250-person cocktail reception. The MHS also offers a full range of audio-visual equipment for lectures and presentations. To avoid conflicting with the institution's normal operations, Ellis Hall and the Seminar Room are not available during normal business hours.

For more information, please contact Carol Knauff at 617-646-0554.

A Note about Weddings

We regret that we cannot host wedding ceremonies or receptions at the Society.

Upcoming Events

Modern American Society and Culture Seminar; The Irish Atlantic

Moving News, Affecting Relief: The Irish Famine’s Trans-Atlantic Circulations

28Mar 5:15PM 2017

The ships that carried Irish famine victims across the Atlantic also carried tragic accounts of those left behind; in response, North Americans sent millions of dollars ...

Brown Bag

An Actor’s Tale: Theater, Culture, and Everyday Life in Nineteenth-Century U.S. America

29Mar 12:00PM 2017

Hughes will discuss her monograph-in-progress, inspired by the diary of U.S. actor Harry Watkins (1825-1894). In “An Actor’s Tale,” she deploys ...

Author Talk; Politics of Taste

Tea Sets and Tyranny: The Politics of Politeness in Early America

29Mar 6:00PM 2017
There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm.

Even as eighteenth-century thinkers from John Locke to Thomas Jefferson struggled to find effective means to restrain power, contemporary discussions of society gave ...

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