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History!

Founded in 1881 to save the Old State House from being moved to Chicago, The Bostonian Society is the historical society for the city of Boston. Through library and museum collections which date from the 1630s to the 21st century, through exhibitions on the American Revolution and Boston's neighborhoods, and through programs for adults and children, the Society brings Boston history to life.


The Bostonian Society is the first stop for anyone interested in the city's history. With a museum within the 1713 Old State House, a research library and programs and events for all ages, the Society provides a comprehensive historical and educational resource.

Massachusetts Historical Facts & Trivia

  • Boston built the first subway system in the United States in 1897.
  • 1634: Boston Common became the first public park in America.
  • Massachusetts holds the two largest cites in New England, Boston, the largest, and Worcester.
  • The signs along the Massachusetts Turnpike reading "x miles to Boston" refer to the distance from that point to the gold dome of the state house.
  • In 1838 the Boston & West Worcester Railroad was the first railroad to charge commuter fares.
  • The Boston University Bridge on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston is the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train driving under a car driving under an airplane.
  • The Children's Museum in Boston displays a giant milk bottle on the museum's wharf. If it were real it would hold 50,000 gallons of milk and 8,620 gallons of cream.
  • The Boston Tea Party reenactment takes place in Boston Harbor every December 16th.
  • The official state dessert of Massachusetts is Boston cream pie.

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