About Us

The Babson Historical Association, Inc. (BHA) is an organization comprised of 275 members from across the US. Besides Massachusetts, groups of Babsons can be found in NY, Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Arkansas, Ohio, Missouri, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Colorado, California, Oregon, Washington, and many foreign countries. The BHA was established by Roger Ward Babson, (founder of Babson College in Wellesley MA), in 1950 with the purpose of maintaining the James Babson Museum, conserving artifacts associated with the barrel making industry that James Babson initiated on Cape Ann in 1658, supporting the legacy of James Babson descendants on Cape Ann and elsewhere, and providing an opportunity for Babsons across the country to reconnect on a regular basis in Rockport.

Funds set aside by Roger Ward Babson are used to support local historical societies with strong Babson connections, as well as the researching and publication of numerous Babson genealogies, most recently a 2 volume edition published in 2017. This most recent edition breaks from traditional genealogies in that there are now sketches of all Babson women beginning with the 11th generation. The BHA also supports a family reunion every 5 years at the James Babson Museum in Rockport, providing an opportunity for Babsons across the country to meet, share family stories and to enjoy a traditional New England clambake. James Babson descendants interested in becoming members of the BHA can contact info@babsonassoc.org.


Robert G. Babson

Katherine L. Babson, Jr.
Vice President

Matthew M. Babson

Amanda L. Babson

Marcia Babson Rogers

David E. Babson

Mark R. Babson

David L. Babson III

Andrew N.C. Babson

Cape Ann
Cape Ann River