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Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 536-1608

Massachusetts Historical Society

Founded in 1791, the Massachusetts Historical Society is an invaluable resource for American history, life, and culture. Its extraordinary collections tell the story of America through millions of rare and unique documents, artifacts, and national treasures, including the personal papers of three presidents—John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. Through its research library, online resources, publications, exhibitions, and programs, the MHS makes its holdings accessible to anyone with an interest in the people and events that shaped our country. As the nation’s first historical society, the MHS strives to enhance the understanding of our nation’s past and its connection to the present, demonstrating that history is not just a series of events that happened to individuals long ago but is integral to the fabric of our daily lives.

Boston has been the home of an important furniture trade since the mid-17th century. As a partner of the Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture collaborative project, the MHS presented The Cabinetmaker & the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collections, an exhibition covering several centuries of a rich and varied furniture-making tradition with an emphasis on a selection of important objects from private collections that are rarely seen by the public. Supplemented with complementary materials from the Society’s extraordinary collections—including relevant portraits, account books and ledgers, inventories, trade cards, and bill heads—the exhibition explored furniture as history and provided a look at Boston’s distinctive urban tradition. The exhibition was open from October 4, 2013, through January 17, 2014.

Together with Winterthur, the MHS is proud to have been a leader in developing and raising funds for Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture.