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.

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…

Railroad workers from the Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard pose with the band at WWII-era holiday event.  Like the shipyard wo...
12/24/2019

Railroad workers from the Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard pose with the band at WWII-era holiday event. Like the shipyard workers, the Hingham Historical Society "wishes everyone a Merry Christmas!"

#Hingham’s Jewish Community gathered in the middle of the 20th century as Temple Beth Am using space in the Shipyard and...
12/23/2019

#Hingham’s Jewish Community gathered in the middle of the 20th century as Temple Beth Am using space in the Shipyard and later at First Parish. In 1980, Congregation Sha’aray Shalom was built on Main Street. #happyhannukah 📸 @hinghamdowntown #hingham #hinghamhistory #hinghamma #southshorema

12/19/2019

Innovation isn’t always synonymous with historical societies but when you support The #hingham History Fund, you helps us innovate our programming and communication strategies for the 21st Century. National partnerships, new preservation technologies and events that reach a changing demographic . Give at hinghamhistorical.org/give and support our INNOVATION efforts. #hinghamma #southshorema #newengland #hinghamrealestate #history

“Experiences not things” isn’t that the secret to happiness? Give the experience of Membership in the #Hingham Historica...
12/18/2019

“Experiences not things” isn’t that the secret to happiness? Give the experience of Membership in the #Hingham Historical Society this holiday. DM us for details. We will have your wrapped membership box waiting at the Heritage Museum for pick up. Your recipient receives a gift box with a registration card and a 2020 calendar of events. Give those on your list a year of museum exhibits, lectures, research assistance, shop discount, enewsletters and more...#experiencesoverthings #shoplocal #hinghamma #hinghamsquare #hinghamdowntown @ Hingham Historical Society

12/18/2019

#hingham wouldn’t be the same without the iconic historic properties you are used to seeing everyday. Give to The Hingham History Fund Hinghamhistorical.org/give and support our PRESERVATION efforts. #hinghamma #southshorema #newengland #hinghamrealestate #historicpreservation #historichomes

Edith Andrew’s Winter Bonnet 1860. Quilted of lustrous gray plain weave silk with a large  bavolet and a two-inch wide b...
12/17/2019

Edith Andrew’s Winter Bonnet 1860. Quilted of lustrous gray plain weave silk with a large bavolet and a two-inch wide black ribbon for the chin strap. Edith-who donated her bonnet to the Society in 1921- was the daughter of Massachusetts Governor and #Hingham resident John Albion Andrew. Did you wear your winter bonnet today?#newengland #history #southshorema #millinery

12/17/2019

Over 700 #hingham schoolchildren came thru our doors last year. Did yours? Give to The Hingham History Fund Hinghamhistorical.org/give and support our EDUCATION efforts.

#hingham Holiday Shopping @hinghamheritagemuseum Stop in today 11-3. Give the gift of Membership in the Historical Socie...
12/14/2019

#hingham Holiday Shopping @hinghamheritagemuseum Stop in today 11-3. Give the gift of Membership in the Historical Society or books, ornaments, Hingham housewares... packaged and ready to give.

12/10/2019
A Celebration of Bill Brett with David McCullough at the Hingham Heritage Museum

A Celebration of Bill Brett upon publication of his sixth book, Boston Game Changers, took place on Sunday, September 8, 2019 at the Hingham Heritage Museum. Brett was interviewed by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, David McCullough. McCullough and Brett met when Brett covered the regional celebrations surrounding the publication of McCullough's bestselling biography of John Adams for the Boston Globe. McCullough wrote the forward for Brett's 2014 book, Boston Irish.

Brett's lively stories about his experiences capturing images around the city and the characters he met along the way captivated the audience. Brett's latest book of photographs, with text by Carol Beggy, focuses on "the good people of Boston and the great things they do." Along with David McCullough, several other Hingham residents were profiled in the book, and a few joined in Sunday's celebration: Tom Hoffman, who with Tom Reilly supports the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge; Sheila Doyle and her daughter Kelley Doyle, whose late husband and father Dr. Gerry Doyle was profiled for his extraordinary patient care; and Sonja Kelly and Steve Tordone, who generously support numerous charitable endeavors such as Camp Harborview, the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children—and the Hingham Historical Society. (The Kelly Family Foundation funded the Hingham Heritage Museum's Kelly Gallery, which houses a rotating collection of the Society's historically significant holdings and is visited annually by over 700 Hingham school children.)

George Montilio, President of Montilio's Baking Company--also profiled in the book--attended the program with his wife Christine and generously provided sweets including individually wrapped sugar cookies with fondant of the book cover.

This week marks the 55th anniversary of the first appearance of a Brett photograph in the Boston Globe. McCullough posited that no other major city in the nation has been so fortunate to have one individual capture so much history.

Brett's book is available for sale at the Hingham Heritage Museum Shop and at Buttonwood Books and Toys. Photography, video and audio support for the program was generously provided by Hingham residents, Egle Ruth, John Rice, Glenn Brown and Jim McGathey.

12/07/2019

A favorite #Hingham tradition. @hinghamwomensclub Festival of Trees @hinghamheritagemuseum - what a wonderful night supporting #friendsofthehomelessofthesouthshore and HWC scholarships

Tomorrow night at this time, this scene will be full of #Hingham friends and neighbors. We can’t wait to host @hinghamwo...
12/05/2019

Tomorrow night at this time, this scene will be full of #Hingham friends and neighbors. We can’t wait to host @hinghamwomensclub #festivaloftrees See you at the Museum! #hinghamma #hinghamsquare #newengland @ Hingham Historical Society

Hingham! We are are halfway to today's #givingtuesday goal of $25,000! Text  “hingham” to 243725 to DOUBLE your impact b...
12/03/2019

Hingham! We are are halfway to today's #givingtuesday goal of $25,000! Text “hingham” to 243725 to DOUBLE your impact by making a GIFT to the Hingham History Fund. Or visit 👉🏼www.hinghamhistorical.org/give
Every dollar donated will be MATCHED 100%. You are the future of Hingham history!
#hingham #hinghamhistory #thankyoudonors #snowdayinhingham

Snowy scenes: Horse team on Middle Street and Burton’s Lane off of North Street. @ Hingham, Massachusetts

text H I N G H A M to 243-725 and celebrate your #givingtuesday contributions being matched 100% That’s right- dollar fo...
12/03/2019

text H I N G H A M to 243-725 and celebrate your #givingtuesday contributions being matched 100% That’s right- dollar for dollar match. When you give to The Hingham History Fund you take a personal role in ensuring the future of Hingham history. Text or give online at hinghamhistorical.org/give

On the eve of #givingtuesday (and perhaps the season’s first snow day,) we invite you to enjoy archival photos of snow i...
12/03/2019

On the eve of #givingtuesday (and perhaps the season’s first snow day,) we invite you to enjoy archival photos of snow in Hingham over the decades and ask you to please give to us tomorrow and support the Hingham History Fund. Together we can collect, preserve and promote #Hingham history-including archiving more photos of Hingham in the snow.
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1. 1898:Steamboat Wharf from Summer St. after the Portland Gale.
2. 1900 Locomotive passes between Hingham cemetery and Mill Pond (now Station St.)
3. 1926 automobile on North St. Heading toward Lincoln St and New North Church. @ Hingham, Massachusetts

Thanks once again to the Garden Club of Hingham for the outsize wreath on our front wall (not to mention a smaller one o...
12/02/2019

Thanks once again to the Garden Club of Hingham for the outsize wreath on our front wall (not to mention a smaller one on each door to the Heritage Museum!). And a special thanks to Maura Greeley Graham for her tireless efforts on the Club's wreath-making initiative. You make our town beautiful and festive!

Our monthly enewsletter to members was sent today. Check your inbox and join us in downtown #Hingham this holiday season...
12/01/2019

Our monthly enewsletter to members was sent today. Check your inbox and join us in downtown #Hingham this holiday season. Members enjoy free admission to our museums, early ticketing access and discounts in our Museum Shop. #knowwhereyoulive #hinghamma #hinghamhistory #shoplocal

#Hingham Heritage Museum on the hill for your #smallbusinesssaturday shopping! Free gift with book purchase and more. St...
11/30/2019

#Hingham Heritage Museum on the hill for your #smallbusinesssaturday shopping! Free gift with book purchase and more. Stop in today 11-3. #shoplocal #hinghamma #southshorema #hingham

You’ve got snail mail. The Future  of #Hingham History brochure in Hingham mailboxes. Be on the lookout. As a private no...
11/23/2019

You’ve got snail mail. The Future of #Hingham History brochure in Hingham mailboxes. Be on the lookout. As a private non-profit, we depend on you. Please give generously this year. Hinghamhistorical.org/give

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34 Main St
Hingham, MA
02043

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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Wednesday 11:00 - 15:00
Thursday 11:00 - 15:00
Friday 11:00 - 15:00
Saturday 11:00 - 15:00

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(781) 749-7721

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