The 10 Best Historical Societies in Massachusetts

Massachusetts is nothing if not replete with history. After all, the American Revolution was fought on its shores. These 10 historical societies have captured state history from different eras, and preserved it for future generations to learn from and enjoy.

1. Beverly Historical Society, Beverly, MA

Featuring school programs, several events each year and revolving exhibits, the Beverly Historical Society is a wealth of resources. They even sponsor a local trail and a brochure for an historical walking tour.

2. Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MA

The Massachusetts Historical Society is noted for its 225 years of preserving not only state history, but that of the country as well. Exhibits, collections, lectures and special events captivate history buffs of all ages.

3. Lexington Historical Society, Lexington, MA

Sharing local and state history with schools, families, special groups and the public, the Lexington Historical Society features seven locations. Attend reenactments, exhibits, discussions and more at one of these facilities. Check the website, as not all locations are open year-round.

4. Peabody Historical Society & Museum, Peabody, MA

Featuring its own museum, the Peabody Historical Society touts the rich cultural feel of its city by sharing a diverse program on the immigrants who settled there. Founded in the late 1800s, the society is the center of preservation of Peabody’s heritage.

5. Winchester Historical Society, Winchester, MA

Housed in Winchester’s Sanborn House, the Winchester Historical Society is staffed by more than 300 volunteers’ intent upon keeping people apprised—and interested in—the city’s rich history. Private parties may rent rooms in the Sanborn House for special events.

6. Cambridge Historical Society, Cambridge, MA

Located in the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House since the late 1950s, the Cambridge Historical Society is right at home in the structure that was built in the late 17th century. There is an on-site museum open for visitors, with exhibits that change on a regular basis.

7. Westport Historical Society, Westport, MA

Focused on fueling an enthusiasm for the continuation of preserving the past, the Westport Historical Society inspires visitors with a wealth of educational programs. Check out their collections of artifacts and exhibits, as well as their vast array of historical records.

8. Nahant Historical Society, Nahant, MA

If you’d like to know what a Lowland Buddha is, then a visit to the Nahant Historical Society is a must for you. The society’s annual pictorial calendar is a work of art, and a favorite of those in Nahant and several surrounding communities.

9. Danvers Historical Society, Danvers, MA

Housed in a collection of historical buildings in Danvers, the Danvers Historical Society has done well by its city’s rich history. Their “Come Grow With Us” program serves students and young adults with several educational programs.

10. Hudson Historical Society, Hudson, MA

Hosting a walking tour and featuring both an online and brick and mortar museum, the Hudson Historical Society serves to perpetuate an active interest in its region’s history. They continue to seek out and preserve both objects and information to add to the tale of Hudson’s history.

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