Join us as we recognize and celebrate the unique historical connections between Boston, Massachusetts, founded in 1630, and Boston, Lincolnshire, England, founded in 1086.  We are dedicated to education about the two Bostons in the 17th century and to preserving our legacy.

2020 Charter Day Events
September 6th - October 23rd

A series of talks commemorating the naming of:

 Boston, Dorchester and Watertown, September 7, 1630

Recognizing the 400th year - How we got here.

Looking at the 17th-century on its own terms & wrestling with today's society through history.  The 2020 Charter Day lectures examine the first 25 years of 

the New England colonies and their enduring legacy.  

All talks by Zoom 7:00 to 8:30pm.

For more information and to RSVP, please visit our event listings page at: 


Charter Day Service at First Church: The Figure on the Seal

Rev. Stephen Kendrick, Senior Minister

Sunday, Sept. 6th, 11:00 AM to Noon

First Church in Boston

Broadcast live on WERS, 88.9FM, at 11:00am.

A bracing and real look at our true history, the role of the First Peoples in the Mass Bay founding, and how, in the end, we can get to that "City on a Hill".


Neal Dugre, PhD

Wednesday, Sept. 9th, 7:00 to 8:30pm 

By Zoom, click HERE to register for talk.

How the seventeenth-century governments of Massachusetts, Plimoth, Connecticut, New Haven and Rhode Island nurtured and subverted their respective enterprises via a confederation called the United Colonies of New England.

PURITANS and PILGRIMS: What was the difference and does it matter?

Francis J. Bremer, PhD, Advisor to the Partnership

Wednesday, Sept. 16th, 7:00 to 8:30pm

By Zoom, click HERE to register for the talk.

The varieties of puritanism and new insights into the "Pilgrims" of Plymouth and the "Puritans" of Massachusetts. 

INTO the WILDERNESS: Leadership in Early New England

Plimoth-Patuxet Presents

Wednesday, Sept. 23th, 7:00 to 8:30pm

by ZOOM, click HERE to register for the talk

An immersive exploration of the relationship between Plimoth Colony's Governor William Bradford and Massachusetts Bay Colony's Governor John Winthrop.

RELATIONSHIPS with NATIVE AMERICANS: The Tribes and their relations with Massachusetts Bay Colony

SORRY, this talk is postponed to a date to be set in October.  We will notify everybody who has already registered and get a general notice out as soon as possible.  Click the registration button to register and receive a notice with the new date.

By ZOOM, click HERE to register for the talk

Seeking engagement, healing and conciliation, this talk will interpret the human experiences of the Indian Nations of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the early days and in the present.


Stephen Kenney, PhD, Director, Commonwealth Museum

Wednesday, Oct. 7nd, 7:00 to 8:30pm

By ZOOM, click HERE to register for this talk

At Plimoth, poorer and smaller, Governor Bradford wanted to build a Godly community.  Larger and with more resources, the ambitious Puritans, often seen as harsh and intolerant, built self-correcting institutions that remain to the present.

EVERYTHING PROVED A STAPLE: Early Boston and the Commerce of Empire

Strother E. Roberts, PhD

Tuesday, October 13th, 7:00 to 8:30

by ZOOM, click HERE to register for this talk

By mid-seventeenth century, Boston had grown into an entrepôt tying its hinterlands to markets in the Caribbean, Europe and Africa, fueling the economy but resulting in a changing physical environment in colonial New England.

A collection of recipes from Puritans and Native Americans including nasaump to samp, venison to succatash. Curious about how 17th-century people in Massachusetts cooked and ate? Find out more in this original booklet of 17th-century recipes, with modern equivalents for 20th-century cooks.

Donations allow our all–volunteer non-profit Partnership to continue its free programs.  

You will become a Member of the Partnership of Historic Bostons for a donation of $35 or more. 

Partnership of Historic Bostons
John Winthrop

Major Donor: 

PHB Partners include:

Boston Public Library

Beacon Hill Friends Meeting

The Bostonian Society

Congregational Library

Dorchester Historical Society

First Church in Boston

Historic Beverly

Historic New England

Historical Society of Watertown

Kings Chapel

Massachusetts Historical Society

National Park Service

New England Historic Genealogical Society

Old South Meeting House

Park Street Church

Plimoth Plantation

Tomaquag Museum

Winthrop Improvement & Historical Assn

Winthrop Society

We are grateful for your help and support.

All Charter Day events are free, donations appreciated.