Historical Lecture Series

Join the Arlington Historical Society for their monthly talk on subjects of historical interest. A different subject each month, these talks are usually held in the Masonic Temple at 19 Academy Street. See our events page for upcoming talks. Each talk begins promptly at 7:30 pm the night indicated. Admission is $5.00 and is free for members. Lectures held at the Smith Museum are free. Call (781) 648-4300 for more information.

Group Tours

The Arlington Historical Society offers programs designed for specific groups, including school and

Ed Program in the Smith Museum
Ed Program in the Smith Museum

home school classes, scouts, etc. It is an easy process, simply schedule a date and time, pick activities from the group below (or design your own with the help of our staff) to meet your needs, and visit us.

Activities offered include:

  • Tour of the Jason Russell House/Smith Museum.
  • Hands-on activities with colonial objects.
  • Visit with guide through museum exhibit
  • Walking tour of Arlington’s “Civic Block”
  • Outing to Arlington’s Puritan-era Old Burying Ground

These are just some suggestions; if there is something that you want to do but is not on this list, call us and we will try to accommodate your request. We are more than happy to work with you to tailor the visit to meet your educational objectives (i.e. local history, Revolutionary War, colonial life, etc.). We want the study of Arlington history to be fun and engaging for children and adults.

For more information or to make reservations contact us via email at or by leaving a voice message at 781-648-4300.

School Visits (including Home School)

School Visits are a flexible way of teaching multiple topics to students. We can tailor your visit to your current curriculum. Our class tours are given on Mondays through Wednesdays, from April through mid-June. Other times are available if staffing allows. Please call 781-648-4300 or e-mail to discuss options.


Visiting an historic house is a requirement for the cub scout bear badge. A visit to the Jason Russell House will fulfill this requirement.