The Massachusetts History program supports the efforts of towns and historical societies that collectively archive the history of the people of the Commonwealth. As part of the program, Mass Humanities provides grants to support local historical organizations in working with their collections (Scholar in Residence and Research Inventory grants); organizes an annual history conference on topics of interest to small museums and other historical organizations and people who work with them; facilitates other programming that addresses timely and relevant topics in cooperation with museums or other historical organizations; and seeks to expand and diversify public interest in local history.
These program activities assist historical organizations in remaining or becoming viable in a networked world. They increase awareness and cooperation between the various groups, organizations, and agencies that preserve and promote the history of the Commonwealth.
Mass Humanities funds grants through the NEH, MCC, and donations. It supports the annual Massachusetts History Conference with a group of partner organizations, donations, and through registration fees.