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 Society's purpose is to sponsor,
support and encourage the study of military history through
our lecture series, annual ROTC essay contest, selected grants,
donations, scholarships, and battlefield preservation. Lectures
throughout the year feature veterans, guest speakers, and
historians discussing their specific area of personal experience
or study. The Society's manuscript and book archive housed
at Boston University is a major source of primary research.
To become a member of the Society, please complete the
application form and submit the form by mail to: Military
Historical Society of Massachusetts, Post Office Box 308,
State House, Boston, MA 02133 or by email at: MHSM1876@gmail.com
As with the Society's founder John Codman Ropes, members are
not required to be a veteran. The membership rolls list many
"Civilians" such as Ropes and Senator Henry Cabot
Lodge alongside veterans such as General William T. Sherman,
General Joshua L. Chamberlain, Lt. General James Longstreet,
Assistant Secretary of the Navy Gustavus V. Fox, Admiral George
Dewey, and General George C. Marshall to name a few.
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 and manuscript collection is now on permanent
loan to the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston
more about the collection | Howard
Gotlieb Archival Research Center