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.”

2017 Conference

Igniting a Passion for History    June 12 – Worcester


Register    Program with bios 

Keynote Address:
 Liz Ševčenko, Director, Humanities Action Lab

Public historians ignite a passion for history and consciousness of the past, and foster public dialogue. It’s key not only to the future of historical organizations, but that of Massachusetts. This year’s conference will showcase the ways that public history organizations and institutions large and small inspire and engage audiences and constituencies.

Get active with advocacy, explore digital storytelling, develop your audience, converse with diverse constituencies, and grow your organization!

Hosted by the Massachusetts History Alliance and sponsored by Mass Humanities, Massachusetts Historical Society, Massachusetts State Historical Records Advisory Board (MA SHRAB), New England Archivists, University of Massachusetts Amherst Program in Public History, the House of the Seven Gables, University of Massachusetts Boston Public History and Archives Tracks and the Joseph P. Healey Library

MHA Members

Who are we until your organization joins? A list of the organizations and institutions currently participating in and supporting the Mass History Alliance will appear here — if your organization signs up, it gets listed here. “Supporting” groups have made a financial contribution.

American Antiquarian Society (Worcester)
Andover Historical Society
Barre Museum Association
Bidwell House Museum (Monterey)
Chicopee Historical Society
Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections -UMass Dartmouth
Dorchester Historical Society – Supporting
Forbes Library Public Library (Northampton)
Joseph P. Healey Library, UMass Boston
Lawrence History Center
Leverett Historical Commission
Massachusetts Historical Society (Boston)
Needham Historical Society and Commission
New Bedford Historical Society
New England Museum Association (Arlington)
Pioneer Valley History Network (Belchertown) – Supporting
Plainfield Historical Society – Supporting
Program in Public History- UMass Boston
History Department – Salem State University
Shelburne Historical Society
Terra Firma Northeast
The History Project: Documenting LGBTQ Boston
The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association Museum (Salem)
Tsongas Industrial History Center (Lowell)
University Archives and Special Collections – UMass Boston
Uxbridge Historical Society
Westborough Public Library
West Stockbridge Historical Society
Worcester Historical Museum

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

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 …

Mass History Alliance looking for participants and contributors!

Are you interested in local history in Massachusetts? Join us in pulling together the new Massachusetts History Alliance. We’re planning, budgeting, getting ready to launch the new organization to the world on June 12th.  What you can do? Sign up your organization as a participant, sign yourself up for email, contribute to to the listserv, find out …