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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April

April 30 - 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.

April 30 - 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.

May

May 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.

May 6 - I Found My Village! Now What?: Next Steps in Tracing Polish Ancestors
Part of out First Friday lecture series
Presented by Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
noon–1:00 PM Cost: FREE

Finding—and confirming—the place of origin for a Polish ancestor can be challenging, but it’s essential to your research. Speaker Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz, will first review how to locate an ancestor’s birthplace using a variety of resources. She’ll then discuss the next steps in your research: confirming that you have the correct village; locating the parish and diocese; obtaining birth, marriage, and death records; and exploring Polish records. Ms. Szczepankiewicz will rely heavily on online sources throughout her presentation and show you how you can trace your Polish ancestry without having to cross the ocean! About the speaker: Ms. Szczepankiewicz has been actively engaged in genealogical research since 1999 and specializes in Poland, Germany, the United States, and Canada. She is the administrator for the Polish Genealogy group on Facebook, which offers research assistance and record translations for beginning and intermediate researchers investigating their Polish ancestry. Her article, "The Insider's Guide to Geneteka" (co-authored with Maciej Adam Markowski) was published recently in the Winter issue of the PGSA journal Rodziny. Register today!

May 10 - Gentry, Generals and Industrialists: English Country Houses in the Thames Valley
in partnership with the Royal Oak Foundation
Presented by Dr. Oliver Cox
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
6:00–8:00 PM Cost: $30 with co-sponsor code 16SNEHGS (registration through Royal Oak Foundation)

The Thames Valley has historically been synonymous with the rich and powerful throughout Britain's history. It is dotted with lavish country estates and castles including Windsor Castle; former Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli's Hughenden; and the sprawling Cliveden House, designed by famed architect Charles Barry. From the Duke of Marlborough and his astounding Blenheim Palace, to East India Company Nabob Francis Sykes who purchased Basildon Park in 1771, to gentry that date back to the Domesday Book, the country houses of the Thames Valley are architectural marvels that tell a fascinating story of England. In this richly illustrated lecture, Oxford University Fellow Dr. Oliver Cox, will explore the history of these houses, outlining how changes in fashion, money, and power created a rich tapestry of interlinked country houses of all ages and sizes. About the speaker: Dr. Oliver Cox created the Thames Valley Country House Partnership in 2013 as a way of linking entrepreneurial ideas in the heritage sector with researchers at the University of Oxford. In his position as Knowledge Exchange Fellow, he has coordinated a range of collaborative projects with country houses, and co-supervises a Knowledge Transfer Partnership in partnership with the National Trust. Mr. Cox has published widely on Gothic Revival architecture, landscape gardening, patriotism, and is currently writing From Addison to Austen: A Short Guide to the Long Eighteenth Century. Register through the Royal Oak Foundation, using code 16SNEHGS.

May 18 - Saturday Evening Girls: Jewish and Italian Immigrant Artists and Scholars of Early 1900s Boston
Presented by Dr. Dorothy E. King
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
6:00–7:30 PM Cost: FREE

Created in 1899, the Saturday Evening Girls began as a reading group at the North Bennet Street Industrial School in Boston. It expanded into an educational club of the Boston Public Library and became a progressive movement to educate and socialize young women in the North End. Best known for establishing Paul Revere Pottery, the organization also published a newsletter, sponsored ethnic and cultural events, and trained women for leadership responsibilities in local and broader arenas. Join Dr. Dorothy E. King, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Penn State Harrisburg, to learn more about the organization and the young Jewish and Italian women who participated in the program. Dr. King is hoping to locate and interview the descendants of the Saturday Evening Girls for her research. If you have a grandmother, great aunt, or cousin who might have been a member of the group, please email her at dxk43@psu.edu. Register today!

May 21 - 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.

May 21 - 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.