Library Events

Education programs at the NEHGS Library and Archives

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.

January

January 29 - Winter Dinner with Allan Chernoff
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street in Boston
5:30 pm Reception, 6:00 pm Talk, 6:30pm Dinner Cost: $95 per ticket

Join us for a special dinner featuring a presentation by one of the nation’s most experienced and honored business broadcast journalists, former CNN and CNBC Senior Correspondent Allan Chernoff, on his book The Tailors of Tomaszow: A Memoir of Polish Jews, co-written with his mother, Rena Margulies Chernoff, one of the youngest survivors of the Holocaust. The book is a fascinating, well researched, and accessible "communal memoir" of pre-war Jewish life. Register today!

February

February 6 - Lecture: Storiesof Life in Records of Death: Discovering Mount Auburn Cemetery’s Historical Collections
Partof our First Fridays Brown Bag Lecture Series
Presented by: Meg L. Winslow
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street in Boston
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Cost: FREE

More than just “a file of the dead,” Mount Auburn Cemetery’s historical collections are an incredible resource for families, researchers, and genealogists. Aware that they were creating a new American landscape, the founders of Mount Auburn took care to preserve the Cemetery’s records and recent efforts have now brought these extraordinary collections to light. Please join Mount Auburn’s Curator of Historical Collections Meg L. Winslow to learn about the Cemetery’s untapped collections, the stories they hold, and how to access them. Aboutthe speaker: Mount Auburn Cemetery’s Curator of Historical Collections Meg L. Winslow is responsible for collecting, protecting, and providing access to Mount Auburn Cemetery's unparalleled collections including interment records, horticultural records, correspondence, maps and plans, photographs, books, fine art, decorative arts, and significant monuments on the grounds. Since 1995 she has advised the Cemetery on stewardship and long term preservation policies and programs for the Cemetery. Prior to joining the Mount Auburn staff, Ms. Winslow served as Director of the Victoria Munroe Gallery and the Barbara Mathes Gallery in New York. She continues to advise private collectors and lecture in the Boston area in addition to her work stewarding the Cemetery’s rich and multifaceted historical holdings. Register today!

February 7 - New Visitor Tour
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street in 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 non-profit genealogy library and archive. With more than 15 million artifacts, books, manuscripts, microfilms, journals, photographs, 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.

February 21 - New Visitor Tour
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street in 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 non-profit genealogy library and archive. With more than 15 million artifacts, books, manuscripts, microfilms, journals, photographs, 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.

February 21 - Art & Architecture Tour
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street in 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. Among its collections you will find early American portraits of some of New England’s known—and lesser known—heroes and heroines, including John Adams, Captain John Bonner, and two rare seventeenth-century portraits of Edward Rawson, Secretary of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and his daughter. Other highlights include a mid-eighteenth-century easy chair belonging to John Hancock, coats of arms, and early family registers. Learn the story behind these pieces and others that paint a picture of daily life in early America! Tour attendees are welcome to use our resources following the tour. Register today!

March

March 6 - Wills Tell Stories
Part of our First Fridays Brown Bag Lecture Series
Presented by: Alice Plouchard Stelzer
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street in Boston
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Cost: FREE

In this presentation, Stelzer will use case studies from her work on early New England women to demonstrate how probate records are valuable resources in historical and genealogical research. She will discuss the challenges of researching women and some of the conclusions she’s drawn from her work. About the speaker: Alice Plouchard Stelzer has been writing for over 25 years as a publisher, magazine editor, newspaper editor, columnist, and journalist. She is the author of Female Adventurers: the women who helped colonize Massachusetts and Connecticut, which will be on sale after the presentation. Register today!

March 21 - Researching Your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors: Strategies for Success
Alumni Hall, Fisher College 116 Beacon Street, Boston
9:15 AM – 5:00 PM Cost: $85

While many people believe that researching Irish ancestors is impossible, many records do exist and have come online in recent years. Join experts Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt from the Ulster Historical Foundation to learn how to get the most out of Irish resources and records, gain strategies for breaking down brick walls, and grasp important historical context that may help you research. Whether you are just beginning your Irish research or have been at it for years, you won't want to miss this workshop!

Register today!

March 27 - Digitizing Basics: Editing, Preserving, and Sharing Family Photographs
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street in Boston
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM Cost: $50

Over the past several years, advances in the capabilities of digital cameras and scanners have made it easier for individuals to digitize, correct, and share family photographs. Join Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective, and Carly Sentieri, Associate Photographer at the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC), to learn how to digitize your collections, to improve the appearance of the digitized images, and to share your digitized collections online. Various methods for capturing digital images (tablet, scanner, camera) will be demonstrated. Register today!

SPECIAL EVENTS

Come Home to New England

August 4 – 8, 2015

For more than thirty years, researchers have learned with NEHGS during Come Home to New England, an intensive workshop offering lectures, guided research, extended library hours, and one-on-one consultations. NEHGS has been collecting information about families in America for 170 years. Our collections are international in scope and contain significant materials that cover the United States, especially New England and New York, as well as Canada and Europe. This rigorous research program provides the opportunity for you to “come home” to Boston and work closely with NEHGS staff to find your family.

Research Getaway

October 15 – 17, 2015

Escape to NEHGS for three days of research, consultations, lectures, and social events while exploring the rich offerings of the NEHGS research library and benefiting from the knowledge of expert genealogists.