Academy History

Founded in 1780 in the midst of revolution, the Academys membership and work have changed greatly over the centuries while remaining faithful to a charter founded on ideals that celebrate the life of the mind, the importance of knowledge, and the belief that the arts and sciences are “necessary to the interest, honor, dignity and happiness of a free, independent and virtuous people.”

This timeline features key developments regarding Academy members and work, and the institution itself. It is a work in progress.