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 2 - First Fridays Lecture Series: Survival: Boston 1630
Presented by Rose A. Doherty
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street in Boston
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Cost: FREE

When you are once parted with England you shall meetneither with taverns, nor alehouse, nor butchers, nor grocers . . .

So wrote the Reverend Francis Higginson, on the chilly shores of New England, to his friends back home in England. In the summer of 1630, a thousand people with dwindling supplies of food and medicine stepped off their boats into a wilderness. They lived in caves or wigwams or tents; food began to run out. In winter, Boston harbor froze solid for two months. This illustrated talk reveals the story of the first, dangerous years when nearly half the original Puritans either died or fled back to England. You will learn about the Puritans’ world and the reasons why they survived in the place that became the city of Boston. About the speaker: Rose A. Doherty is the current President and former Treasurer of the Partnership of the Historic Bostons, Inc. She has been a member of NEHGS since 2005 and is author of Katharine Gibbs: Beyond White Gloves. Register for this FREE event (Note: to register, you must go through the checkout process, even though your total will be $0.00.)

January 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.

January 24 - 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.

January 24 - Art & Architecture Tour
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street in Boston
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Cost: FREE

February

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.

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.