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 the full list.)

    Please visit Activities for a more complete description of the Society's activities. 

    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).



    Forthcoming Publications


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

    William Bradford: Correspondence, Dialogues, and Other Writings
    edited by Francis Bremer, Kathryn Grey, David Lupher, and Kenneth Minkema, 

    The Diary of William Bentley
    edited by Thomas Knoles


    Next Meeting


    October 27, 2022 Author Talk, reception 5:30 p.m., event 6 p.m. Please join us at No. 87 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, to hear CSM Member Jane Nylander discuss her latest book, The Best Ever!: Parades in New England, 1788-1940.

    Everyone loves a parade! Filled with drawings, daguerreotypes, historical photographs, and detailed description, The Best Ever! brings to life the creativity and impact of New England parades, while expanding popular understanding of many similar events today. Nylander explores common themes in parades, including honor, civic and ethnic identity, fraternity, progress in public works, advocacy of political candidates or favorite causes, memorialization of wartime bravery or cherished virtues, and just plain fun!

    Jane Nylander is a trustee of Old Sturbridge Village, president emerita of Historic New England, and former director of Strawbery Banke Museum.

    Refreshments available at 5:30 p.m. The talk begins at 6:00 p.m.

    If you are unable to attend in person, join the live stream by clicking on this link: https://csom36.wildapricot.org/EmailTracker/LinkTracker.ashx?linkAndRec…

    To submit a question for the speaker during the presentation, please email [email protected]

    Open Houses: The Colonial Society of Massachusetts headquarters at 87 Mount Vernon Street in Boston (on Beacon Hill) holds Open Houses on the first Sunday of each month from 1 to 3 pm. All are welcome.
    For dates after May, 2023 please check back.