Programs/Events

2014 House Tour

The Hingham Historical Society is a non-profit membership organization founded in 1914 for the purpose of promoting and preserving Hingham history. Initially led by former Massachusetts Governor John D. Long, the Society has collected and preserved materials and artifacts that illustrate the story of our town's past.

Today, the Hingham Historical Society brings history to life through several annual and ongoing programs and events. Open to members and the public, there is truly something for everyone, from vintage baseball games (complete with hot dogs!) to black tie concerts.

Annual events include:

  • The Lincoln Day celebration in February which commemorates the legacy of our national heroes, General Benjamin Lincoln, a Revolutionary War hero who was born in Hingham, and President Abraham Lincoln, whose ancestors settled here centuries ago.
  •  in May, the Society schedules tours of the Old Ordinary for Hingham fifth grade students to compliment and enhance curriculum studies of colonial life.
  • Hingham secondary students are awarded for outstanding achievement in history and arts in June.
  •  July sees the popular Vintage Baseball games, part of Hingham's Independence Day festivities. Games are played according to authentic 1880s rules, in period uniforms. This popular family event has become a Hingham tradition.
  • The annual House Tour is held in October, offering a rare glimpse into some of Hingham's antique homes and attracting people from all over the South Shore
  •  October events include an Antiques Appraisal and an Artswalk featuring local artisans and craftsmen at Old Derby Academy.
  •  In November the Old Ordinary conducts Candlelight Overcoat tours, focused on the hardships of life during long New England winters.
  •  In December, the Festival of Trees, a fundraiser hosted by the Hingham Mother's Club, delights with a display of uniquely decorated Christmas trees. Also in December, the Society hosts its annual Holiday Concert, a black tie affair with traditional holiday music from the past and present.

Other events are planned throughout the year. Check our upcoming events page and see the calendar for updates to our annual programs.

The Hingham Historical Society also preserves and operates the Old Ordinary house museum and Old Derby Academy for public enjoyment. It also maintains an extensive archive of artifacts, documents and photographs, preserved for research and display. Research inquiries may be made to Hingham Historical Director.