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Join the New England Society!

New England Society Seal, oil on canvas,

The New England Society in the City of New York (NES), founded in 1805, is one of the oldest social and charitable organizations in the United States. Founded to promote "friendship, charity, and mutual assistance," NES celebrates the New England spirit and heritage through its philanthropic outreach, social events and cultural activities. Our charitable focus is education. The NES Scholarship Program assists New York City students at New England colleges and universities. Another signature program is the annual New England Society Book Awards, which recognize books of merit that honor New England and its culture.

To be eligible for membership, applicants must demonstrate an affiliation with New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont) through Ancestry, Education or Residency.

  • Ancestry shall mean that the potential member is a native or descendant of a native of any of the New England States.
  • Education shall mean that the potential member attended a New England university, college, or boarding school.
  • Residency shall mean that the potential member owns property or previously owned property, or lives in or has lived in one of the New England States.

Applicants who do not meet the eligibility criteria as stated above may become Associate Members of NES by demonstrating an affinity for New England.

All applicants must be proposed by two members in good standing who will serve as a Proposer and Seconder. Candidates must complete a membership application and the Proposer shall write a letter on behalf of his/her candidate. In addition, applicants must also attend an Admissions Reception or meet with the Admissions Co-Chairs. Completed applications should be sent to the NES office.

If you are interested in joining NES, but do not have a Proposer, you are invited to attend an event to introduce yourself to the Society.

Please click on the link for a PDF of the Membership Application.

For more information about joining the New England Society, please contact the New England Society office by phone at (212) 752-1938 or by email at

Thank you for your interest!