Massachusetts Historical Society Seminars


The MHS organizes seven seminar series that operate from September to May. These sessions bring together a diverse group of scholars and interested members of the public to workshop a pre-circulated paper. After brief remarks from the author and an assigned commentator, the discussion is opened to the floor. All are encouraged to ask questions, provide feedback on the circulated essay, and discuss the topic at hand. Our sessions are free and open to everyone.

How to Attend: Register through our Calendar of Events and you will receive the session's discussion paper the day before the seminar by email. 

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The Seven Series

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Shapiro Digital History Seminar

Introducing in-progress projects that depend on digital methods, such as the use of computational tools for analysis of historical data.

Environmental History

Discuss American environmental history from prehistory to the present day. Involves a variety of disciplines including urban planning and environmental management.

Pauline Maier Early American History Seminar

Discussing all aspects of North American history and culture from the first European colonization to the early republic.

African American History

Co-sponsored by the College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Dina G. Malgeri Modern American Society & Culture Seminar

Concerning American culture, immigration, and urban history from the nineteenth century to the present day.

The History of Women, Gender, & Sexuality

Discussing  new research in all aspects of the history of women, gender, and sexuality without chronological limitations.

New England Biography Series

Discussing the historical, literary, and methodological questions that make biography a challenging and rewarding undertaking. 

Are you interested in presenting?

Each winter, seminar organizers issue a Call for Proposals in order to fill a limited number of session slots in several of the seminar series. If you would like to receive the CFP and are not on our mailing list, email