(upbeat music)

There’s a couple of ways of thinking about defining the Massachusetts Historical Society. First, it’s a society. So it was founded in 1791, and in an age before mission statements, we actually had one right from the start. It was to collect, preserve and communicate the documents of the nation’s founding. What we’d like to say is, we tell national stories through the lens of Massachusetts. First Republic came into our lives in 2014, and it was an interesting moment in the society’s own growth. Right around 2014 is when the historical society started having much more robust financial needs, higher standards of fiscal practice. We were setting up to be a modern institution, and so they came at a perfect time for us because they helped us make that transition. When I think about comparing First Republic to other institutions I’ve known, I have to say the people are what make the difference. No matter who you call, no matter whose office you step into, it’s always an optimistic greeting: “How can we help you?” And more than “How can we help you?” “We can help you in ways you don’t know how yet, and we can do that for you.” So I have to say, it’s always the people.