Events and Programs

NEHGS events in and around Boston

Learn with NEHGS experts and partner organizations at dozens of lectures, seminars, workshops, and other events, offered each year at the NEHGS research library and in the greater Boston area. Recent seminar topics have included Irish research, digital preservation, identifying family photographs, organizing your family history, writing and publishing your family history, and many more.

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June 3 - Boston Meets Calcutta: Explore the Atkinson-Lancaster Collection at NEHGS
Part of out First Friday lecture series
Presented by Curt DiCamillo
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
noon–1:00 PM Cost: FREE

Come and learn about the Atkinson-Lancaster Collection of art at NEHGS! The Society’s Treat Rotunda has just been reinstalled with pieces that showcase the Atkinson family’s treasures, most of which focus on their time living in Calcutta in the 1850s and 60s. The Society’s curator of art, Curt DiCamillo, will give a short tour and talk about this Newburyport family who made their fortune in the United States-India trade and how their European and Indian Grand Tour influenced their collecting taste on their return to staid Massachusetts after the American Civil War. Please register.

June 4 - New Visitor Tour
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
10:00 AM–11:00 AM Cost: FREE

This free orientation and tour introduces you to the resources available at the NEHGS research facility. Founded in 1845, NEHGS is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit genealogy library and archive. With more than 15 million artifacts, books, manuscripts, microfilms, journals, photographs, and records—and expert staff to help you navigate it all—NEHGS provides the access you need to research your family history. You do not have to be a member to participate. Tour attendees are welcome to use our resources following the tour. No registration necessary.

June 6 - Writing Women: Telling the Histories of Women in Boston
In partnership with the Nichols House Museum
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
5:30–7:00 PM Cost: FREE

A panel of local female authors will talk about their work writing about known (and unknown) women of Boston history. Our speakers are: Dr. Regina Marchi, Nancy Rubin Stewart, Dina Vargo, and Megan Marshall. This event is free and open to the public. Preregistration is required. Please contact the Nichols House Museum at 617-227-6993 or at info@nicholshousemuseum.org to reserve your seat, as space is limited.

June 8 - Book Talk: When God Looked Down and Wept
In partnership with the Jewish Heritage Center
Presented by Frederick Thomas Golder
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
6:00–7:30 PM Cost: FREE

This incredible story is one that was almost never told. Out of the millions that were imprisoned and perished in Nazi concentration camps during World War II, Benjamin Sharnofsky survived the Mauthausen sub-camp at Melk and the hellish nightmare that was Gunskirchen. He immigrated to the United States and became a respected public school teacher. One day he was unceremoniously fired for being “too Jewish.” When Boston-based civil rights attorney and author, Frederick Golder, heard about the "reason" for Benjamin’s dismissal he took on the case—pro bono. During subsequent legal meetings, Benjamin slowly and painfully related the details of his ordeal to the author.When God Looked Down and Wept is the result. Join author Frederick Golder to hear his account of one man’s physical and spiritual endurance as well as his battle against discrimination and for the First Amendment right to freedom of religious expression. Book sale and signing to follow. About the author: Frederick Thomas Golder is a civil rights lawyer, an advocate for workers, and an adjunct professor of law. Please register.

June 22 - New Visitor Tour
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
10:00 AM–11:00 AM Cost: FREE

This free orientation and tour introduces you to the resources available at the NEHGS research facility. Founded in 1845, NEHGS is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit genealogy library and archive. With more than 15 million artifacts, books, manuscripts, microfilms, journals, photographs, and records—and expert staff to help you navigate it all—NEHGS provides the access you need to research your family history. You do not have to be a member to participate. Tour attendees are welcome to use our resources following the tour. No registration necessary.

June 25 - NEHGS Art & Architecture Tour
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
2:00 PM–3:00 PM Cost: FREE

NEHGS has been collecting unique items of Americana and fine art since its founding in 1845. Learn the story behind items that illustrate life in early America. Attendees are welcome to use our resources following the tour. No registration necessary.

June 25 - Researching Your French Canadian Ancestors
In partnership with the New Hampshire Historical Society
Presented by Rhonda R. McClure
NHHS, 30 Park Street Concord, NH
1:00-4:00 PM Cost: $35 for member; $50 for nonmembers

People researching their French-Canadian ancestors will be happy to find a wealth of resources and records available in both Canada and the United States. French-Canadian genealogy, however, is not without its quirks. Shifting boundaries, “dit” names, and the language barrier are just some of the challenges researchers may face. Join genealogy expert Rhonda R. McClure from the New England Historic Genealogical Society to learn how to locate and use essential resources, analyze records, and utilize search techniques to discover your family’s past. This workshop will focus on resources pertaining to the province of Quebec. Space is limited, and registration is required. Register through the New Hampshire Historical Society by completing this form or calling Wendy Olcott at 603-856-0621.