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Events & Programs

The Hingham Historical Society brings history to life through a program of annual and ongoing programs and events which are open to members and the public.  There is truly something for everyone:

  • The Lincoln Day celebration in February commemorate the lives of General Benjamin Lincoln, a Revolutionary War hero who was born in Hingham, and President Abraham Lincoln, whose ancestors settled here in the 1630s.
  • We sponsor the annual 8th Grade Lincoln Day Essay Contest, awarding cash prizes to the top three middle-school essays on famous quotations by Abraham Lincoln.
  • Lecturers on a variety of historical topics join us for our Annual Meeting, an event that feeds the body and the mind.
  • Museum Day is an annual town-wide event that opens the doors of Hingham’s many historic buildings and collections, including the South Shore Model Railroad Club, GAR Hall, Old Ship Church, our own Old Ordinary, and the Bare Cove Fire Museum. Family-friendly activities give Hingham residents a chance to experience our unique history up close.
  • Every spring, the Society hosts the Fifth Grade Tours of the Old Ordinary, which complement the curriculum studies of colonial life.
  • In June, Achievement Awards are presented to Hingham High school students who have excelled in history and art.
  • Kids’ Colonial Days, our own mini-day camp experience, introduces  5-7th graders to early life in New England through old fashioned crafts, games and a historic scavenger hunt.
  • The Coopers squaring off against the Derbys for Vintage Baseball has become a popular part of Hingham’s Independence Day festivities.  Games are played according to authentic 1880s rules (no gloves!), in period uniforms.
  • The Annual Historic House Tour, held in October, offers a rare glimpse into some of Hingham’s antique homes and attracts hundreds of visitors from all over New England.
  • In November, the Society hosts Candlelight Tours of the Old Ordinary, which focus on on the hardships of life during long New England winters.
  • The Harvest Dinner, also in November, celebrates the fall season with an traditional turkey dinner and a guest speaker on topics of historic interest from antiques to presidential politics.
  • The Holiday Miniatures exhibit was a new event at Old Derby Academy in 2014, bringing together doll houses and comical miniatures in a magical display that delights young and old during Christmas in the Square.
  • In December, the Society hosts its annual Christmas Gala, a black-tie affair with live holiday music from the past and present.
  • Throughout the year, the Society participates in annual downtown Hingham events including Taste of Hingham, the 4th of July Parade, and Artswalk