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    NEHGS Presents First Exhibit In Over Twenty Years with Rare Massachusetts Family Treasures

    Unique artifacts featuring Massachusetts families including John Hancock and Benjamin Franklin highlighted at Ellis Boston Antiques Show

    Boston, MA - October 15, 2013 - The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) presents their first external exhibit in over twenty years as the featured loan exhibitor at the Ellis Antiques Show in Boston from October 24-27.  

    Rare historical artifacts and significant decorative arts pieces highlighted at the show include a family tree with Benjamin Franklin and his Nantucket ancestry, John Hancock’s armchair from his Beacon Hill home, and the sword of former Massachusetts Governor, Marcus Morton.

    “We are thrilled to share the stories of early Massachusetts families and these cherished items from NEHGS collections with Boston residents and visitors to the Ellis Antiques Show,” said Brenton Simons, NEHGS President and CEO.

    NEHGS, which discovered the earliest photograph taken of Helen Keller with her teacher Annie Sullivan in its collections that shone media attention from around the world on the institution in 2008, is the oldest genealogical organization in the U.S. The organization actively collects and preserves valuable family history materials, historical documents, manuscripts, photographs,artifacts, and more. Other notable items on exhibit at the Ellis show include a portrait of Captain John Bonner, author of Boston’s first engraved map, a bullet taken from the body of Dr. Joseph Warren at the Battle of Bunker Hill, and a cane owned by Peregrine White, 1st child born to the Pilgrims, the son of William and Susanna White.

    More than 3,000 attendees are expected to visit the exhibit overthe course of the weekend at Boston’s historic Cyclorama at theBoston Center for the Arts.

    About NEHGS

    Founded in 1845, New England Historic Genealogical Society is the country’s leading resource for family history research. We help family historians expand their knowledge, skill, and understanding of their family and its place in history. The NEHGS research center, located at 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, houses millions of books, journals, manuscripts, photographs, microfilms,documents, records, and other original artifacts that date back more than four centuries. NEHGS staff includes some of the leading expert genealogists in the country, specializing in early American,Irish, English, Italian, Scottish, Atlantic and French Canadian,African American, Native American, and Jewish genealogy. Ouraward-winning website,,provides access to more than 135 million searchable names in 3,000 collections. NEHGS has been featured numerous times in major national news outlets across the country and has been featured on such hit television shows as “The Ellen Show,” “Who Do You Think You Are?” and “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates,Jr.”

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