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Supporting the Society promotes the study of American history and deepens our understanding of the diverse stories that define our nation's past. Gifts to the MHS Fund allow us to continue fulfilling our mission to collect, preserve, and share the documents that define America's past. MHS Fund contributions also support special projects, including exhibitions and publications. Donate now and help make the MHS a place where history happens. Learn more about MHS giving circles.

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Become a Member. Be a part of the MHS story.

Membership at the MHS is open to all with an interest in American history. The Society welcomes Members from near and far to join its community of history lovers. The MHS offers a handful of different membership categories aimed to encourage participation in its various activities. Learn how to become a Member or renew your membership now.

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Renew Your Fellow Dues.

Election as a Fellow of the MHS is an honor bestowed by the Society on distinguished scholars and civic leaders. The Fellows are the legal governing body of the MHS, and therefore have the privilege of shaping the Society. Learn more about the MHS Fellows or renew your Fellow dues.

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Research Alumni Appeal

Past recipients of MHS fellowships are invited to help sustain research.

Planned Gifts and Bequests

Planned gifts can help you realize your own philanthropy while ensuring the future financial stability of the MHS. 

Donate to the Collections

Most of the Society's unparalleled collections were gifts to the MHS. If you have a special item or collection, consider donating it to the Society

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Upcoming Events

Online Event

The First Reconstruction: Black Politics in America from the Revolution to the Civil War

17May 5:30PM 2021
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It may be difficult to imagine that a consequential black electoral politics evolved in the United States before the Civil War, for as of 1860, the overwhelming majority ...

Online Event; Conversation; Racial Injustice Series

Confronting Racial Injustice: The War on Drugs in Massachusetts: The Racial Impact of the School ...

19May 6:00PM 2021
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In the 1980s, Massachusetts embraced the War on Drugs, enacting harsh mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenses. It took decades to confront the reality ...

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Of Thee I Sing: The Contested History of American Patriotism

26May 5:30PM 2021
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When we talk about patriotism in America, we tend to mean one form: the version captured in shared celebrations like the national anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance. But ...

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This Week @MHS

Join us for a program this week! Here is a look at what is going on: - Tuesday, 29 January, 5:15 PM: Better Teaching through Technology, 1945-1969, with Victoria Cain, Northeastern ...

Founder to Founder

Like so many good stories here at the Historical Society, it began with a reference question. Jeremy Belknap, hunting through his sources, asked Vice President John Adams for some help. Belknap, the ...

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