The New England Historic Site Collaborative includes the following institutions:
American Antiquarian Society
Founded in 1812 as the country's first national historical organization, the American Antiquarian Society is both a learned society and a major independent research library. The AAS library today houses the largest and most accessible collection of books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, periodicals, sheet music, and graphic arts material printed through 1876 in what is now the United States, as well as manuscripts and a substantial collection of secondary works, bibliographies, and other reference works related to all aspects of American history and culture before the twentieth century.
The Society sponsors a broad range of programs—visiting research fellowships, research, education, publications, lectures, and concerts—for constituencies ranging from school children and their teachers, through undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, creative and performing artists and writers, and the general public.
Plimoth Plantation is the world-renowned living history museum of 17th century -- a place you can't miss for its hands on environment, authenticity, and engaging and powerful personal encounters. Visit role-playing interpreters on Mayflower II and in the 17th century English Village or meet contemporary Native people in the Wampanoag Home site. See our rare breed animals, and in the Craft Center watch as skilled artisans re-create 17th century Native and Colonial items used in our exhibits and sold in our Museum Shops.
Mystic Seaport - The Museum of America and the Sea - is a 17-acre museum along the waterfront that includes a 19th-century seafaring village, tall ships and small boats, exhibit galleries, a renowned planetarium and much more! Mystic Seaport is an experiential education facility where students step back into history, explore science and math, and connect to literature and art as they learn more about the maritime world. Mystic Seaport's educational programs emphasize authentic, hands-on, relevant learning where students are active and collaborative participants in their education.
Tsongas Industrial History Center and Lowell National Park
Old Sturbridge Village
Old Sturbridge Village, the largest outdoor history museum in the Northeast, portrays a rural New England town of the 1830s with more than 40 original buildings on over 200 acres, in addition to several exhibit galleries. Our Museum Education facility houses over a dozen hands-on studios. Instead of the famous people and places of history, we focus on ordinary people with whom we can all relate. The everyday lives of New Englanders were transformed in the early 1800s by revolutions in commerce, manufacturing, and transportation. Along with improvements in agriculture, the pulls of emigration and urbanization, the tides of educational, political, aesthetic, and social change and reform, these gave birth to our own modern America.
The Deerfield Teachers' Center at the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association
Massachusetts Historical Society
Founded just after the Revolution during the presidency of George Washington, the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) is an independent research library and manuscript repository. Its holdings encompass millions of rare and unique documents and artifacts vital to the study of American history, many of them irreplaceable national treasures. At the heart of its collections are the personal papers of three presidents: John Adams, John Quincy Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
Rhode Island Historical Society
Through the Newell D. Goff Center for Education and Public Programs, the RIHS offers a variety of educational programs, including workshops, lectures, films, and walking tours of Providence. The Center also provides many professional development opportunities for teachers wanting to learn more about teaching Rhode Island's history. The RIHS also presents exhibits, films, concerts, and many other community activities and programs. Its collections catalogue is available online, as are all issues of its journal, Rhode Island History. To present and interpret Rhode Island's past to the public, the Goff Center of the Rhode Island Historical Society sponsors tours and programs at the John Brown House Museum, the Aldrich House, and the Museum of Work & Culture. In addition, we create educational materials to be used by students and teachers and provide professional development opportunities for our state's and the nation's teachers, thanks to the federal Teaching American History (TAH) grant program, and funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (Summer Institutes for School Teachers), the National Park Service, the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, and the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission. We are also generously supported by the private donations of members and supporters like you.