Hingham Historical Society

Hingham Historical Society Founded in 1914, the Hingham Historical Society is a member supported non profit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving evidence of our local history, and to educating our citizens about the long and varied history of Hingham, Massachusetts.
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The Historical Society operates the 1688 Old Ordinary House Museum, a historic home and tavern, and the 1818 Old Derby Academy. Located on the old stage route from Boston to Plymouth the Old Ordinary once served as a rest stop for travelers. Visitors to this enchanting antique step back into the past and experience Hingham's past through artifact-filled rooms that recall Hingham's past and the people that worked, lived, played and prospered in this 375-year-old working town. The Visitor Center and Gift Shop at Old Derby Academy helps locals and tourists alike to discover all the historic treasures Hingham harbors. Genealogical resources, maps, reference books, and of course, gifts are available for every level of interest.

The #Hingham Street Railway Co. formally opened on June 25, 1896. Cars ran from Hingham Square to and from Queen Anne's ...
03/31/2020

The #Hingham Street Railway Co. formally opened on June 25, 1896. Cars ran from Hingham Square to and from Queen Anne's Corner every 30 minutes and to #Nantasket every 15 minutes. The fare, including transfers was 5 cents. Pictured here: Trolleys passing Second Parish Church on Main Street in South Hingham. #history #newengland #transportation #trolley #streetcars

Happy Birthday to Carl & Susan Achille! Some non-profits are lucky to have one "go-to" person who always help out when y...
03/31/2020

Happy Birthday to Carl & Susan Achille! Some non-profits are lucky to have one "go-to" person who always help out when you need it most. The Hingham Historical Society has been lucky enough to have a whole family - led by Carl & Susan. For everything you've done and everything you do, Carl & Susan - THANK YOU and Happy, Happy Birthday. (Old Ordinary Tavern Night, 2019 Photo by Egle Egle Zumbakyte Ruth: L to R: Grandson Chris Achille, Susan, Carl, daughter Nicole Lindsay and Chris' wife, Brigette.)

We could not be more grateful, Brooke! #Repost @brookebartletta ・・・I am attempting to document life in my hometown of Hi...
03/29/2020

We could not be more grateful, Brooke! #Repost @brookebartletta
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I am attempting to document life in my hometown of Hingham, MA (pop. @22,000) via photographs. Today was my first true attempt.
I will add to this album over time and eventually give all the images to the Hingham Historical Society Living History Project for their archives. Daniel Waters, thank you for the inspiration.
I am particularly interested in essential workers, so if you are one or know one who wouldn't mind having me take their picture (from a distance), please let me know. Also, if you see yourself in any of these images and would like a copy, please DM me.
Stay safe & be well. #hingham #hinghamhistoricalsociety #documentaryphotography #lensculture #magnum #foam #igdaily #massachusetts #thejealouscurator #stayhome #washyourhands

03/27/2020
Living History: Hingham on Hold - Reflections from the 2020 Pandemic

Join the Hingham Historical Society in collecting and preserving Hingham History during the 2020 COVID19 Pandemic. Please send personal reflections, stories, photos and videos that chronicle your experience and express your response to life in "Hingham on Hold." The Historical Society will compile and preserve these submissions, as a record of this historic moment.

03/27/2020

Join the Hingham Historical Society in collecting and preserving Hingham History during the 2020 COVID19 Pandemic. Please send personal reflections, stories, photos and videos that chronicle your experience and express your response to life in "Hingham on Hold." The Historical Society will compile and preserve these submissions, as a record of this historic moment.

#Hingham pulled out all the stops in preparation for the 300th anniversary of English settlement in 1935. A historical p...
03/26/2020

#Hingham pulled out all the stops in preparation for the 300th anniversary of English settlement in 1935. A historical pageant was performed at Huit’s Cove-now the site of the #hinghamshipyard development. Rev. Abbot Peterson, Jr. then Pastor of Second Parish Church played Peter Hobart. View photo scrapbook [email protected]/sets/72157652603385575" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">https://flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157652603385575

Dendrochronology expert Bill Flynt working at our @oldordinary property last November with our volunteer extraordinaire ...
03/24/2020

Dendrochronology expert Bill Flynt working at our @oldordinary property last November with our volunteer extraordinaire Ellen Miller. Are you receiving our History Moment emails? It’s our way of bringing #Hingham history to you while we all do our part to #flattenthecurve DM us your email and we will add you to the list. #history #hinghamma #dendrochronology #firstperiodarchitecture

Scilla at the Benjamin Lincoln House in #hingham
03/22/2020

Scilla at the Benjamin Lincoln House in #hingham

George Washington came to Boston as the newly inaugurated President in the fall of 1789. Click on the Link in comments t...
03/21/2020

George Washington came to Boston as the newly inaugurated President in the fall of 1789. Click on the Link in comments to read about a letter in our Archives from Deborah Barker of #Hingham describing the reception the President received. #history #hinghamma #newengland #politicalhistory

We're in uncertain and unsettling times. History can provide a release and perspective. This past Sunday, and again yest...
03/19/2020

We're in uncertain and unsettling times. History can provide a release and perspective. This past Sunday, and again yesterday, we sent a #Hingham History Moment email to neighbors and friends in our contact database. Drawn from material in our Collection, we will continue to share these Moments- selected to be uplifting- so long as we are social distancing. If you would like to be added to the email list, please message us your email. Our friend and neighbor, David McCullough started his best selling book about the Wright Brothers with the quote “no bird ever soared in a calm.” May we draw on the best of our human capacity for perseverance and for those on the front lines of this pandemic- their human ingenuity - to carry us through this adversity.
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Bird. Watercolor on tile by Isaac Sprague (1811-1895)

Timeline Photos
03/12/2020

Timeline Photos

Susan Barker Willard (1850-1926)#Hingham Historical Society founder and benefactor. On #internationalwomensday2020 we sa...
03/08/2020

Susan Barker Willard (1850-1926)#Hingham Historical Society founder and benefactor. On #internationalwomensday2020 we salute you. Read more about Susan and our founding in comment below

03/07/2020

Membership in the #Hingham Historical Society includes monthly eNewsletter of programs and events. March eNews dropped yesterday- don’t miss a thing! Join in link 👆

Another historic performance by #Hingham student athletes.   Congratulations, Girls Skiing for your State Championship T...
03/05/2020

Another historic performance by #Hingham student athletes. Congratulations, Girls Skiing for your State Championship Title and the Boys & Girls Ski Team for winning the MIAA Sportsmanship Award. Swipe for #TBT to when younger members of this team hosted #hinghamhistorymaker @aliweather_ Hingham’s First Female Olympian and Member of the @usskiteam @ Hingham, Massachusetts

Last month’s event with Jared Hardesty, Author of Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds: A History of Slavery in New  ...
03/03/2020
Slavery in Colonial New England

Last month’s event with Jared Hardesty, Author of Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds: A History of Slavery in New England is now available for viewing.

Historian Jared Hardesty talks about his book 'Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds: A History of Slavery in New England.'

We toasted our volunteers today. In a small nonprofit, Volunteers make our programs possible. Thank you @jodypaints for ...
03/02/2020

We toasted our volunteers today. In a small nonprofit, Volunteers make our programs possible. Thank you @jodypaints for capturing this view inside @hinghamheritagemuseum Interested in joining our #volunteer corps? We’d love to have you! DM us and we’ll share upcoming opportunities. #hingham #hinghamma #southshorema #historicalsociety

Jared Hardesty’s talk, “Slavery in Colonial New England” held earlier this month @hinghamheritagemuseum will be airing o...
02/28/2020

Jared Hardesty’s talk, “Slavery in Colonial New England” held earlier this month @hinghamheritagemuseum will be airing on C-SPAN3 next week. 📺 Look for it on Sunday, March 1st at 6:55pm and 10:55pm EST 💻 The video will be available on c-span.org after the first airing @cspanhistory #repost @abigailadamshs #newenglandslavery #hingham #hinghamma #history #jaredhardesty

02/27/2020

A historic night for #Hingham Harborwomen. Congratulations and see you at The Garden. #hinghamma #southshorema #miaa #scholarathletes #townpride

Congratulations to the winners of our 8th grade Lincoln Day essay contest:  Amelia-Rae Creed, Beatrix Boer, and Catie Mc...
02/16/2020

Congratulations to the winners of our 8th grade Lincoln Day essay contest: Amelia-Rae Creed, Beatrix Boer, and Catie McLane. Contestants wrote short reflections on a quotation attributed to Abraham Lincoln. Thank you, Beatrix and Catie, for attending the Lincoln Day service today at Old Ship Church, where they read a "Prayer for the Future."

At today's Lincoln Day celebration, Rose Woodard of Hingham, five-times great grandchild of General Benjamin Lincoln, re...
02/15/2020
To My Children

At today's Lincoln Day celebration, Rose Woodard of Hingham, five-times great grandchild of General Benjamin Lincoln, read this very affecting letter that General Lincoln wrote to his children in 1778
as he left them to go to war. Click to read the letter in our Out of the Archives blog.

After recuperating from a wound suffered during the Saratoga Campaign at his home in Hingham, Massachusetts, Major General Benjamin Lincoln of the Continental Army was well enough to rejoin George…

Getting to Know Major General Benjamin Lincoln ~ Hingham Anchor
02/15/2020
Getting to Know Major General Benjamin Lincoln ~ Hingham Anchor

Getting to Know Major General Benjamin Lincoln ~ Hingham Anchor

In honor of Lincoln Day, an annual celebration in Hingham to honor the contributions of Major General Benjamin Lincoln and President Abraham Lincoln to American history, we are doing a special “Humans of Hingham” this week to introduce you to Benjamin Lincoln. Benjamin Lincoln was born in Hingha...

02/13/2020
Lincoln Day in Hingham, Massachusetts

Scenes from the 2019 Lincoln Day commemoration in Hingham, Massachusetts when Major General Benjamin Lincoln, Hingham's American Revolutionary War Hero and Abraham Lincoln - whose ancestors came from Hingham - are remembered and honored. Join us Saturday, February 15th at 11AM at Old Ship Meetinghouse for the 2020 program.

Our colleagues at Saratoga National Historical Park came to visit #Hingham today. Any guess as to what Society President...
02/13/2020

Our colleagues at Saratoga National Historical Park came to visit #Hingham today. Any guess as to what Society President, Paula Bagger is showing Park Ranger & Historian, Eric Schnitzer? #hinghamma #history #americanrevolution #saratoga #findyourpark

02/08/2020

What an inspiring day! check out our story for more photos from #Hingham High School’s National History Day competition @hinghamheritagemuseum #nhd #breakingbarriers #nhd2020 #hinghamma #history

Tomorrow 11am -1pm Hingham High School National History Day Competition at the Hingham Heritage Museum. The public is in...
02/07/2020

Tomorrow 11am -1pm Hingham High School National History Day Competition at the Hingham Heritage Museum. The public is invited to attend and observe the work of members of the Hingham High School Class of 2021 as they present their original research in one of the following formats - video documentary, paper, website, exhibit or performance - to local judges on the topic of Breaking Barriers. For more information visit https://hinghamhistorical.org/event/history-high-school-national-history-day/

Full house for last evening’s program with Jared Ross Hardesty author of Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds: A Hist...
02/07/2020

Full house for last evening’s program with Jared Ross Hardesty author of Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds: A History of Slavery in New England. Thank you to Society Archivist Bob Malme for finding the connection to Hardesty’s talk with a copy of a 1776 listing of the inhabitants of Hingham by household and by race which highlights the significance of slavery to the town. Many well-to-do Hinghamites- Lincoln, Leavitt, Barnes, Hobart, Loring and Thaxter- list at least one black member in their household. Thank you to our friends @abigailadamshs for the partnership event. 📸: @johnrice6 Document copy in the John P. Richardson Collection, Town of Hingham Historical Commission and the Hingham Historical Society

Join us Wednesday, February 5th at the Hingham Heritage Museum to learn about slavery in New England from author, Jared ...
01/31/2020

Join us Wednesday, February 5th at the Hingham Heritage Museum to learn about slavery in New England from author, Jared Ross Hardesty. Focusing on the individual stories of the enslaved - both kidnapped Africans and indigenous people- Hardesty explores the importance of slavery to the colonization of the region and on agriculture and industry. Program in partnership with the Abigail Adams Historical Society. Buy tickets at hinghamhistorical.org

Looking South on Main Street in Hingham, Massachusetts from the current location of Loring Hall cinema. This streetscape...
01/30/2020

Looking South on Main Street in Hingham, Massachusetts from the current location of Loring Hall cinema. This streetscape of lower Main Street is the oldest photo in the Hingham Historical Society collection. It dates to between 1840 and 1846. We know this because Willard Academy - pictured to the left of Old Ship Meetinghouse - burned down in 1847 and was never rebuilt.

In the 1960s it was contemplated to reroute Route 228 away from Hingham’s Main St. through parts of Wompatuck State Park...
01/29/2020

In the 1960s it was contemplated to reroute Route 228 away from Hingham’s Main St. through parts of Wompatuck State Park with cloverleaf near current 3A, Summer, & Kilby St. Thank you, Bob Malme, Society Archivist for Sunday’s fascinating talk on Transportation in #Hingham: A Century of Change. Stay tuned @harbor_media_ for a future broadcast of Bob’s lecture. From the John P. Richardson Collection of the Hingham Historic Commission & @hinghamhistorical #history #hinghamma #transportation @ Hingham, Massachusetts

On this day in 1733, Benjamin Lincoln was born at 181 North Street in Hingham, MA. Working on the family farm and attend...
01/24/2020

On this day in 1733, Benjamin Lincoln was born at 181 North Street in Hingham, MA. Working on the family farm and attending the local school, he would go on to become Hingham's Town Clerk, Constable, Selectmen and on the national stage - a Major General in the Continental Army. Serving in all three major battles of the American Revolution - Saratoga, Charleston and Yorktown - he is immortalized as "the man on the white horse" in John Trumbull's painting in the US Capitol rotunda - The Surrender of Lord Cornwallis. Benjamin Lincoln, son of Hingham - Happy Birthday!

2020 is the 100th anniversary of the passage of the #19thamendment, guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional r...
01/24/2020

2020 is the 100th anniversary of the passage of the #19thamendment, guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote.Hingham’s @leagueofwomenvoters hosted a panel discussion this evening “The Fight for the Vote: South Shore Women Make Their Voices Heard(1800s-1920) in our Gillis Reading Room. Moderated by LWVH member Carolyn Locke, the program featured presentations by three panelists, Eileen McIntyre of Hingham, Meg Wheeler of Cohasset and Lyle Nyberg of Scituate. @ Hingham Historical Society

Resolve to read more, swipe less in 2020? Come to @hinghamheritagemuseum We’ve got books for you! Cozy up with a good re...
01/22/2020

Resolve to read more, swipe less in 2020? Come to @hinghamheritagemuseum We’ve got books for you! Cozy up with a good read on your favorite town or by America’s favorite historians.

Sunday at 3PM! Join us for a look at transportation in #Hingham from 1850-1950. A Waves of Change lecture by Society Arc...
01/22/2020

Sunday at 3PM! Join us for a look at transportation in #Hingham from 1850-1950. A Waves of Change lecture by Society Archivist, Bob Malme. Yes, the Hingham Square train station featured in previous posts was bustling in 1890. Buy tickets in link 👆#hinghamma #hinghamshipyard #hinghamharbor #southshorema #newengland #history

Another view of the 1949 demolition of the train station at the intersection of Main, North & Central St. in #Hingham Sq...
01/14/2020

Another view of the 1949 demolition of the train station at the intersection of Main, North & Central St. in #Hingham Square now the site of @lapetitemaison_ and @thesquarecafe In this view, the photographer is standing in front of @talbotsofficial and shooting eastward with the building that now houses @jmclaughlin in the background #history #hinghamma #southshorema #newengland #oldcolony

1949 demolition of the train station at the intersection of Main and North St.  in #Hingham Square now the site of @lape...
01/11/2020

1949 demolition of the train station at the intersection of Main and North St. in #Hingham Square now the site of @lapetitemaison_ and @thesquarecafe Donovan Drug Co. and Hingham Hardware Co. in the background are now also gone but you can see part of the original @talbotsofficial at 164 North St. #history #hinghamma #southshorema #newengland #oldcolony

The Old Fort House- a 17th century structure on our @oldordinary campus at 21 Lincoln St. is on the move again! Swipe ri...
01/07/2020

The Old Fort House- a 17th century structure on our @oldordinary campus at 21 Lincoln St. is on the move again! Swipe right for scenes from 2013 when it was moved from its original location on Fort Hill St. Archeological dig is complete and we can now place it on a permanent foundation featuring its original granite blocks. Stay tuned here to learn more about the Old Fort and it’s long time steward the late #Hingham historian John P. Richardson. Thank you #Hingham for the Community Preservation (CPC) funds to do this work and to Wilcox Construction & Gordon Movers for the expertise. #history #hinghamma #southshorema #historicpreservation #historicbuildingconservation @ The Old Ordinary of Hingham

Historic lighting -like the pieces featured here from our collection- was on full display in @littlewomenmovie The film ...
01/03/2020

Historic lighting -like the pieces featured here from our collection- was on full display in @littlewomenmovie The film team used oil lamps and real candles in candlesticks to light interior scenes. Candles had to be extinguished after every take for film continuity and safety. Did anyone catch if a “hanging Betty” lamp (center in picture) was used? #historiclighting #hinghamma #southshore #newenglandfilm #newengland

May the New Year bring you and your #Hingham family  “Fair Winds and Following Seas.” 1952 watercolor by Beatrice Baxter...
12/31/2019

May the New Year bring you and your #Hingham family “Fair Winds and Following Seas.” 1952 watercolor by Beatrice Baxter Ruyl depicting various architectural landmarks in Hingham. How many can you identify? Ruyl’s work will be on exhibit this Spring @hinghamheritagemuseum #hinghamma #southshorema #newengland #historictown #hinghamharbor

Different centuries, different seasons, same #Hingham house. What details do you notice? Locals, any guess as to the loc...
12/30/2019

Different centuries, different seasons, same #Hingham house. What details do you notice? Locals, any guess as to the location? #history #historicpreservation #oldhouse #antiquehome #oldhouselove #newengland #hinghamma #southshorema @ Hingham, Massachusetts

Solomon Lincoln's copy of a book of political songs written for the 1840 Presidential campaign of William Henry Harrison...
12/28/2019

Solomon Lincoln's copy of a book of political songs written for the 1840 Presidential campaign of William Henry Harrison. Swipe right for a portrait of Solomon Lincoln (1804-1881) and an engraving of an older Solomon from our archives. Lincoln wrote Hingham's first town history in 1827, at the age of 23. In addition to his historical pursuits, he achieved prominence as a lawyer and prominent proponent of the Whig party in local and statewide politics. Solomon was the #Hingham Lincoln that corresponded with President Abraham Lincoln about his Hingham ancestry. #history #lincoln #hinghamma #newengland #politicalhistory @ Hingham Historical Society

Eleven-year old Francis Lincoln reflects on his "very merry Christmas" in 1857 Hingham. Click to read on our Out of the ...
12/25/2019
Christmas in Hingham, 1857

Eleven-year old Francis Lincoln reflects on his "very merry Christmas" in 1857 Hingham. Click to read on our Out of the Archives blog:

Christmas 1857. Francis Henry Lincoln of Hingham was an 11-year old student at Derby Academy. When school resumed in January, he wrote a composition, entitled “Christmas,” which is preserved in o…

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34 Main St
Hingham, MA
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MBTA 220 Bus to Hingham Square (Station Street). MBTA Commuter Greenbush line to West Hingham, .8 mile walk to Hingham Square

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