Massachusetts Historical Society
Founded in 1791 the Massachusetts Historical Society is an invaluable resource for American history, life, and culture. Its extraordinary collections tell the story of America through millions of rare and unique documents, artifacts,
and national treasures, including the personal papers of three presidents—John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and
Thomas Jefferson. Through its research library, online resources, publications, exhibitions, and programs, the MHS makes its holdings accessible to anyone with an interest in the people and events that shaped our country. History is more than just a series of events that happened to individuals long ago. It is integral to the fabric of our daily lives. As the nation’s first historical society, the MHS enhances the understanding of our nation’s past and its connection to the present.