Massachusetts Historical Society


History & Civic Learning

The MHS is dedicated to strengthening K-12 education in Massachusetts and beyond by providing ever-expanding access to our unparalleled  collections. We serve teachers and students through three main educational initiatives: National History Day in Massachusetts (NHD), teacher professional development, and robust online resources. 


The MHS is certified by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to support implementation of Investigating History, the statewide social studies curriculum, and to offer professional development credit to Massachusetts teachers.

Our Impact 

The MHS plays a pivotal role in addressing challenges currently facing the education sector like the need for more expansive teacher training and more equitable civic learning opportunities for students.

Contact Us 

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History Source

Explore high-quality, vetted primary source sets and teaching materials organized by topic, time period, and grade span.

Expore the History Source

Classroom Resources

The MHS offers content-rich online resources.

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Digital Collections

National History Day

National History Day is a vetted, proven program that prepares students for college, career, and active citizenship. Learn more.

Teacher Workshops

The MHS offers teacher training that harnesses the content knowledge of scholars and curriculum experts and emphasizes primary source exploration and peer-to-peer collaboration.

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Student Programs & Class Visits

The MHS provides engaging, inquiry-based programs for students that make history meaningful and relevant.

Schedule a student program

Student & Teacher Fellowships

The MHS offers educational fellowships that provide teachers and students with the opportunity to conduct intensive research in our collections.

Learn about fellowship options

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