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
HISTORICAL SOCIETY MAKES HISTORY: CADET RECEIVES AWARD.
2013 Essay Contest Winner Announced. Read
details of the contest and photo of contest winner!
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.
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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.