Attend an Event or Program

How to Attend

Most programs are free and open to the public. In some instances we ask participants to register for programs in order to assist our planning. Please see the information below for the type of event or program you wish to attend.

Exhibitions

The exhibition galleries are free and open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM. No registration is required.

Building Tours

Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes. The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. For tour dates please visit the events calendar.

Lectures

Most lectures are free and open to the public. We ask that you register so we can anticipate attendance. For more information please visit the events calendar.

Brown-bag Lunchtime Programs

These are free and open to the public. No registration is required.

MHS Fellow/Member and Special Events

MHS Fellow and Member events and special events require preregistration. Some special events, such as Cocktails with Clio, carry a registration fee. For more information please visit the events calendar.

Seminars

All are welcome to attend these sessions at no charge. To assist us in our planning, an RSVP is required. E-mail seminars@masshist.org or phone 617-646-0568 to RSVP.

Visit our Seminars page for details on subscribing.

Conferences

Our conferences require advance registration. Please consult the Conferences page for more information.

Upcoming Events

History of Women and Gender Seminar

How to Be an American Housewife: American Red Cross “Bride Schools” in Japan in the Cold War Era

22Jan 5:30PM 2019
Location: Massachusetts Historical Society

In 1951, the American Red Cross in Japan began offering “schools for brides,” to prepare Japanese women married to American servicemen for successful entry ...

Biography Seminar

Writing Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

24Jan 5:30PM 2019

Join us for a conversation with David Blight about the challenges of writing his biography of Frederick Douglass, the fugitive slave who became America's greatest orator ...

Modern American Society and Culture Seminar

Better Teaching through Technology, 1945-1969

29Jan 5:15PM 2019

Uncertainty about media technology’s affective and political power plagued post-World War II efforts to expand media use in schools around the nation. Would ...

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