Welcome to the Massachusetts History Alliance (Mass History Alliance/ MHA). All public history-oriented organizations and institutions in Massachusetts are invited to join. All people active in public history in Massachusetts are invited to join our listserv and participate. Everyone is invited to support the effort financially.

What on earth is the Mass History Alliance? Is that new? More in the About section of the as-yet unfinished site. Have a look at who we are, what we’re up to, what you think the Alliance can do for you, and what you want to do to participate, contribute, and support. Meet us at the Mass History Conference in Worcester on June 12, 2017, where we will formally launch the Alliance!

Some comments we’ve had so far:
“Happy to support this great new endeavor.”
“We’re excited to be a part of the MHA — together we all can tell the story of our region better.”
“The Commission looks forward to being an advocate for the power of crossing borders through sharing history.”

Get Involved

The Mass History Alliance is you. Building a strong alliance means getting involved.

Here’s what you can do (click on the links):

We’re happy to have you!


MHA Members

These are the organizations and institutions currently participating in and supporting the Mass History Alliance. Sign up! “Supporting” groups have made a financial contribution.

African American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard
American Antiquarian Society (Worcester)
Andover Historical Society-Supporting
Arlington Historical Society
American Meteorological Society
Barre Museum Association
Berkshire County Historical Society (Arrowhead, Pittsfield)
Bidwell House Museum (Monterey)
Brookline Historical Society
Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources – Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Boston National Historical Park (National Park Service)
Cambridge Historical Commission
Cambridge Historical Society
Chicopee Historical Society
Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections – UMass Dartmouth
David Ruggles Center for History and Education (Northampton)
Digital Commonwealth (Newton)
Dorchester Historical Society-Supporting
Essex Base Ball Organization
Essex National Heritage Area
Forbes Library Public Library (Northampton)
Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site (National Park Service, Brookline))
Gibson House Museum
History Department – Bristol Community College
History Department – Salem State University
History Department – UMass Boston
Hopkinton Historical Society – Supporting
Jamaica Plain Historical Society
Joseph P. Healey Library, UMass Boston
Lawrence History Center
Leverett Historical Commission-Supporting
MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Archives
Massachusetts Historical Society (Boston)
Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
Needham Historical Society
New Bedford Historical Society
New England Historic Genealogical Society – Supporting
New England Museum Association (Arlington)
North Andover Historical Society – Supporting
North Attleborough historical Society
Partnership of the Historic Bostons
Pioneer Valley History Network (Belchertown)-Supporting
Plainfield Historical Society – Supporting
Plymouth 400, Inc.
Preservation Massachusetts, Inc.
Princeton Historical Society – Supporting
Program in Public History- UMass Boston
Royall House and Slave Quarters
Sharon Public Library
Shelburne Historical Society
Stonehill College Archives
Sturbridge Historical Commission
Sudbury Historical Society
Terra Firma Northeast
The Fairbanks House (Dedham)
The History Project: Documenting LGBTQ Boston
The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association Museum (Salem)-Supporting
The National Archives at Boston
Theatre Espresso
Topsfield Historical Society
Town of Danvers Preservation Commission
Tsongas Industrial History Center (Lowell)
University Archives and Special Collections – UMass Boston
Uxbridge Historical Society – Supporting
Westborough Historical Society
Westborough Public Library
West Stockbridge Historical Society
WGBH Educational Foundation Media Library and Archives
Worcester Historical Museum – Supporting
Worcester Women’s History Project and Project 2020

Atlas Of Massachusetts. Compiled Under The Direction Of O.W. Walker, C.E. Assistance rendered by more than One Hundred prominent Civil Engineers and Surveyors, referred to on Page 3. Published By Geo. H. Walker & Co. 160 Tremont St. Boston, Mass. Copyright 1891, by Geo. H. Walker & Co., Boston. (in fountain ink) 1891

Contribute $

The Massachusetts History Alliance (MHA) welcomes contributions from organizations, institutions, and individuals. Please note that contributions are optional, and are administered under the fiscal agency of Mass Humanities until we have formed a 501 (c) 3 organization.

  • Suggested contributions for organizations and institutions:  Small $75-150; Medium $150-300; Large $250+
  • Suggested contribution for individuals: contribute what you wish to or can afford. Some people feel that $50 per year is the right amount for them.

Funds will be used to coordinate and run the website and communications networks; coordinate the volunteers who develop networking and informational programming such as the annual conference; coordinate the volunteers who create and run our advocacy projects. We are looking for people to join the finance committee and our fundraising efforts.

PS — If you are contributing for an organization with a card that is in your own name,  please make sure to note on the PayPal form for what organization you are doing so. Thanks!

Note: Commercial sponsors who wish to sponsor any specific Mass History Alliance activity, such as the annual Mass History Conference, should get in touch via email with Facilitator1@masshistoryalliance.org in advance of donating. Thank you.

News and Events

Got Ideas?

Send us your suggestions for the  2018 Mass History Conference People’s History ⇿ Local History June 4, 2018, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA In response to the conference description, do you have insights you are interested in sharing?  An exciting new program to talk about? Did you develop a great approach to fundraising? Learn …

June 26 MHA Planning Meeting

Mark your calendar: June 26, 3:30 PM Elmarion Room, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester REGISTER HERE Wish you could have a say in the matter? Now’s your chance! Planning for  organizing the Massachusetts History Alliance, its agenda and activities. To be followed by a BYO picknick dinner in the park , weather permitting. Questions? Email facilitator1@masshistoryalliance.org

2017 Mass History Conference

    Monday, June 12, 2017 Hogan Campus Center, College of Holy Cross, Worcester. The 13th annual Massachusetts History Conference is in the planning stages.  To participate in planning, email Patty Bruttomesso:  localhistory@masshumanities.org Public historians are responsible for igniting a passion for history and consciousness of the past, and fostering public dialogue. This year’s conference will …