Hawaiian Historical Society established, 1892.


On the evening of Dec. 28th, a few of our citizens met and engaged in an informal interchange of ideas in regard to the importance of forming an Historical Society. Prof. Alexander was chosen temporary chairman, and the Rev. Dr. Hyde secretary. It was then decided that the proper time had come for the organization of such a society, and a committee composed of Prof. Alexander, Rev. Dr. Hyde and Mr. J. S. Emerson was chosen to draft a constitution. An adjourned meeting was held last Monday evening at the Honolulu Library, at which this committee made its report. A large number of our most prominent citizens attended, and much interest was shown in the formal organization of the new society. After the adoption of the constitution the following officers were unanimously elected: President, Hon. C. R. Bishop; Vice-President, Mr. J. S. Emerson; Corresponding Secretary, Hon. W. D. Alexander; Recording Secretary, Rev. Dr. C. M. Hyde: Treasurer, Mr. T. G. Thrum. The constitution states that the object of the society is “the collection, study, and utilization of all materials illustrating the Ethnology, Achæology and History of the Hawaiian Islands.” Active members are to pay an initiation fee of five dollars and an annual fee of one dollar. It is hoped that arrangements will be made by which the society will secure as its permanent quarters, for the accommodation of its prospective library and a place of meeting, the large front room of the Honolulu Library. Immediate efforts are to be made for the formation of a library which shall include all books relating in any way to this Kingdom, and all books, pamphlets and newspapers ever printed on the Hawaiian Islands.

It is confidently hoped that all of our citizens will co-operate with the officers and members of this society in their attempts to make this library as complete as possible. Several gentlemen have already expressed a willingness to donate files of Hawaiian newspapers and collections of pamphlets, and it is expected that others will soon follow their example. This society has been organized none too soon. Much historical material of the greatest value has already disappeared, which would have been preserved had there been a proper home of its reception. The society enters upon its career under the most encouraging auspices, and if our citizens will aid it by becoming members, and working, as opportunities may present themselves, for the objects for the accomplishments of which it was formed, the “Hawaiian Historical Society” will not only prove a great success, but it will also before long become an organization to which all of us may point with honest pride. We understand that donations of books, pamphlets and newspapers may be left at the Honolulu Library, or sent to any officers of the society, and that they will be gratefully acknowledged.

[For more, see also the Hawaiian Historical Society Facebook post from this morning!

I for one “gratefully acknowledge” the Hawaiian Historical Society, those who established it, the donors, and all those who work there and support the organization to this day!]

(Daily Bulletin, 1/14/1892, p. 3)


The Daily Bulletin, Volume III, Number 319, Page 3. January 14, 1892.

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