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Believing that awareness of our place in the stream of history enriches our lives and heightens appreciation and respect for the people, institutions and natural world around us, the Hingham Historical Society (incorporated June 14, 1914) undertakes to achieve the following goals and missions:
1. To collect, preserve and exhibit for cultural and educational purposes, items of historical significance, including those related in particular, to Hingham and Hingham families.
2. To promote the study and appreciation of history, and in particular, to stimulate interest in and to develop knowledge about the history of the Town of Hingham.
3. To maintain the Society's properties, buildings and landscapings, including the Old Ordinary, the Annex, and Old Derby, architectural preservation restrictions and the like, in its possession, preserving as much as possible their historical character.
4. To maintain relations with other societies and associations having similar purposes; historic links with other Hingham communities in England, Wisconsin and Montana and to advise, support and cooperate with groups, organizations and government agencies concerned with the preservation and improvement of the Town and region, especially in relation to its history and historical character.
5. To publicize activities of the Society, sponsor tours and lectures of historical interest, and generate financial support for the Society's missions and activities.
The Hingham Historical Society is a non-profit 501(c)3 that collects, preserves, and interprets for our community the history of Higham and its people. Founded in 1914, the Society and its volunteers have worked tirelessly over the decades to increase awareness of Hingham's unique and rich history as an iconic New England town with a well-documented, if perhaps inconspicuous, role in the story of America. The Society presents programs throughout the year that help to educate our citizens about our heritage. These include Lincoln Day, 5th grade and Candlelight Tours of the Old Ordinary House Museum, the Annual Tour of Historic Homes, dinner lectures, exhibits, musical programs, Vintage Baseball games and more. Though the Society is supported mainly by its members, these events are all open to the public. The Soiciety's collections number around 10,000 artifacts and include fine and decorative arts, tools, photographs, archival materials, costumes and a variety of other media.
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