H+H was founded as oratorio society in 1815 by a group of mid-class Bostonians who sought to improve the quality of singing and music within Boston and the Boston area. The group is the third oldest musical society in American and is named after two composers George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) and Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809). Originally the members of the society could only be men, but the society would often invite female singers and soloists to join them in their performances. This was done even for their debut performance, and as such, the society is credited with normalizing female musical performers in public performances, particularly female soloists. H+H is also credited with popularizing, and the first American performances, of Handel's Messiah, Haydn's The Creation, Verdi's Requiem, and Bach's St. Matthew Passion. H+H is still in existence today, and since 1986 is perhaps most well known for their tradition of Historically Informed Performance (HIP) of Baroque and Classical music, which essentially means the orchestra only plays on instruments that would have been available at the time of the composition of the piece being played. Currently H+H is in its 205th consecutive season.Woburn, MA: Handel & Haydn Society, August 6, 1844. A broadside featuring the lyrics to the three songs performed at an excursion of the Ladies of the the Handel & Haydn Society (H+H) on August 6, 1844. The trip was to Horn Pond, a 102 acre body of water found along the Aberjona River in Woburn, MA. The three songs found on the broadside are: "God Save the King" by Moses Whitney, Jr., "Scots Wha Hae wi' Wallace Bled" by Thomas Power, and "Auld Lang Syne" by Moses Whitney Jr. Both Power and Whitney Jr. were honorary members of the H+H society, and seemed to have adapted existing poetry into song or altered already existing songs. The broadside features a decorative filigree border, and at the base is printed "From Farewells' Mammoth Press Office, 8 and 14 Congress Street - Boston." Single sided. Measures 15 1/2" x 9 3/4" General wear. Crease fold, with some separation at folds. One (approximately) 1 1/2" tear upwards from one of the separations.