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MHS Response to COVID-19

Dear Friends,

We are thrilled to welcome you back to 1154 Boylston Street to attend programs, view exhibitions, and use the reading room! There are many factors involved in creating a safe environment for staff and visitors. While we continue to reopen to the public, our staff is hard at work holding online events, producing virtual exhibitions, and offering remote reference services. 

We are grateful to our community for their patience and support during this fluid situation and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to our building when we are able. Continue reading below to learn about our remote reference services and online programming. And please check our website and social media channels for additional updates.

All the best,

Catherine Allgor
MHS President

Reader Services

The MHS library is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 4:45 PM for onsite research visits by appointment only. To protect the health of researchers and staff amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the MHS Library has implemented the following temporary policies:

  • Research will be by appointment only. Please use our Appointment Request Form to select your preferred visit dates.  
  • Appointment requests must be made by 2:00 PM on Thursday of the previous week.
  • Researchers must provide proof of full FDA authorized COVID-19 vaccination prior to arriving at the MHS. 
  • A well-fitted mask covering the nose and mouth must be worn.

Learn more about our COVID-19 protocols.

We are committed to providing all researchers with access to our collections and will continue to offer expanded reference and reproduction services. Researchers who are unable to visit the MHS at this time are encouraged to explore our virtual reference options and reproductions services.  

Events & Exhibitions

We are happy to welcome visitors back to 1154 Boylston Street for in-person programs and exhibitions. We offer a full slate of author talks, panel discussions, workshops, seminars, and brown-bag lunch programs. Learn more about our COVID-19 protocols to keep our visitors and staff safe. Please visit our online calendar and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for program listings. Learn more about our current exhibitionJoin our e-mail list to receive weekly e-mails with calendar information and timely updates.

Donate to the MHS Collection

We continue to actively add to our collection. Please contact the Vice President for Collections and review our collecting policy before sending any material.

Support the MHS

The generosity of our friends and community has sustained the MHS for more than 230 years, and today your support enables us to fulfill our mission to promote understanding of the history of Massachusetts and the nation by collecting and communicating materials and resources that foster historical knowledge. Supporting the MHS Fund allows us to fulfill our mission to collect, preserve, and share the treasures that promote the study of American history. Foster fascination with a donation

We offer you a warm virtual welcome and look forward to seeing you in person!