Who We Are

    Founded in 1892, the Colonial Society of Massachusetts is a non-profit educational foundation designed to promote the study of Massachusetts history from earliest settlement through the first decades of the nineteenth century. The central mission of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts is to publish documents and other resources related to the early history of Massachusetts, broadly defined, from colonization to c. 1830, and taking in local, regional, transatlantic and other perspectives.

    The Publications Committee of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts accepts proposals for publications made by CSM members and others, in accordance with the Society’s central publishing mission. In considering proposals, the CSM is committed to achieving greater diversity in its publications, particularly in regard to documents and sources relating to Indigenous peoples, women, people of color, and LGBTQ history, and to increasing the diversity of its editors. Projects accepted for publication may be made available in print or in digital form, or both.

    All ninety-one volumes of the Society’s publications are freely available to the public either for download or consultation through this website. (See Publications for a complete list.)

    The Colonial Society is pleased to announce two new publications. The Correspondence of Thomas Hutchinson, Volume 3: January - October 1770, edited by John W. Tyler and Margaret Hogan, is available from the University of Virginia Press and Amazon.The 400th Anniversary Edition of William Bradford's Of Plimoth Plantation, edited by Jeremy Bangs, Francis Bremer, and Kenneth Minkema can be obtained from our co-publisher the New England Historic Genealogical Society https://shop.americanancestors.org/products/of-plimoth-plantation-by-william-bradford-the-400th-anniversary-edition?_pos=1&_sid=eb71a08ac&_ss=r&pass-through=true. Both publications are also available online (see Publications page).

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    Forthcoming Publications

    The Correspondence of Thomas Hutchinson, Vol. 4 (November 1770 - June 1772)
    edited by John W. Tyler and Margaret Hogan

    The Memoirs of Josiah Cotton & Allied Documents
    edited by Douglas Winiarski

    The Papers of Francis Bernard, Vol. 6
    edited by Colin Nicolson

    The Diary of William Bentley
    edited by Thomas Knoles


    Next Meeting

    The Creation of the Paul Revere Heritage Site
    Thursday, October 14, 2021, at 7 p.m. via Zoom.
    Join us for a conversation exploring the development of the nine-acre site in Canton, Massachusetts, that is dedicated to the life of Paul Revere after the Midnight Ride. The site in Canton is rich with industrial history and was the home of Paul Revere & Son from 1801 through 1900. Today, the Revere & Son Heritage Trust has embarked on an ambitious plan to develop a visitor center, museum, park and extensive programming that tell the story of the entrepreneurial spirit of Paul Revere.
    Featuring George T. Comeau, Director, Revere & Son Heritage Trust; Fellow Member Robert Martello, Professor of the History of Science and Technology, Olin College of Engineering; Fellow Member Nina Zannieri, Executive Director, Paul Revere Memorial Association
    Here is the Zoom link to register for the webinar on October 14th at 7p.m.
    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


    November 18, 2021 Annual Meeting and Dinner

    The Winthrop Prize
    The Colonial Society of Massachusetts is pleased to announce a bi-annual award for the best work dealing with the history and cultures of the peoples who shaped the region now known as New England in times leading up to and including the seventeenth century. The first award will be for works published in the calendar years 2019 and 2020. The Society is seeking works of exemplary scholarship written in a clear and engaging style. All nonfiction historical works published over a two year period and focus on the history and cultures of the peoples of New England are eligible. Broader works which make an important contribution to New England history, and biographies that address the life of someone closely connected with the region are also eligible. Works must represent original exemplary scholarship and be written in a clear and engaging style. Monographs and edited collections are eligible. Books for children’s and young adult audiences, textbooks, genealogies, and books that are primarily journalism will not be considered. Self-published works and re-publications are not eligible. The volume should have an appeal to the general reader.

    For information on how to submit works for consideration contact Dr. Francis J. Bremer (francis.bremer@millersville.edu).