Welcome to The Military Historical Society of Massachusetts
The Military Historical Society of Massachusetts, founded
in 1876 by John Codman
Ropes, is the nation's oldest incorporated military history
society. The original membership lists boast legendary names
from Civil War history, including Gen. William T. Sherman
U.S. Army, and Lt. Gen James Longstreet, Confederate
States Army. A future admiral, who catapulted to fame
in the Spanish-American War, Commander George Dewey,
enhanced the rolls, along with others whose names are found
elsewhere on this site. The Society's purpose
is to encourage studies of United States military history
and that of other countries, the maintenance of social meetings
for lectures and discussion of the history and cooperation
with organizations with similar goals and purposes. Read more
about our history
The Society presently consists of approximately one hundred-fifty
members, most of whom are resident in the Greater Boston
area. The society is governed by a board of directors and
officers. The Society sponsors two types of meetings in
addition to the annual and semiannual business meetings.
Four or five social meetings are held annually. The usual
format is a social hour followed by dinner and then a presentation
by a guest lecturer or member.
View additional information on officers
2014 Contest Winner Announced
|2014 Essay Competition Photo L to
Mr. Gresh Lattimore, Cadet James Kiefner,
and LCDR David W. Graham (President, MHSM)
Archives and Library
A listing of past activities, summaries
of speaker presentations and photographs are available.
In the1890's, one of the stated purposes of the Society
was "the establishment of a reading room and library devoted
to" military history. This was accomplished when the Cadet
Armory was built (as is described under the origins and
background of the Society. The reading room and library
were maintained until the Armory was sold in the 1960's.
The library collection is now on permanent loan to the Mugar
Library at Boston University. Read
more about the collection | Visit
the Mugar Library website.
SOCIETY MAKES HISTORY: CADET RECEIVES AWARD.
2014 Essay Contest Winner: James Kiefner.
Read winning essay!
"The Battle of Savo Island during WW-II and the loss of
the USS Quincy (CA-39)".
Friday noon, September 12, 2014. (Registration
: Topic Summary)