“To promote the civic, cultural, economic, educational and social betterment of individuals of Portuguese descent.”
The Prince Henry Society of Massachusetts began in 1980 when three Portuguese-American businessmen from New Bedford met to discuss the creation of a service-based non-profit organization to promote the civic, cultural, economic, educational and social betterment of individuals of Portuguese descent.
Seeking a name for the organization that communicated leadership and strength, they chose The Prince Henry Society in honor of the famous Portuguese navigator.
The Fall River chapter was formed in 1980.
The Massachusetts State chapter, comprised of the New Bedford, Fall River and Taunton chapters, was incorporated in 1984 to support, unify, and coordinate the efforts of all chapters.
Membership is limited to businesspersons and professional individuals of Portuguese descent who are committed to participating in initiatives essential to fulfilling the objectives of the organization.
Scholarships to assist promising young scholars, recognizing Portuguese-Americans who have distinguished themselves and contributed to the ideals consistent with those of the organization, maintaining monuments of historical and cultural significance, hosting dignitaries from Portugal in support of the importance of the international nexus between Portugal and the local Portuguese community, and support of charitable endeavors are among the significant contributions made by the Society since its inception.