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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August

August 3 - 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.

August 5 - Women’s Voices in the Archives: Finding your Female Ancestor in Manuscripts
Part of out First Friday lecture series
Presented by Judy Lucey
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
noon–1:00 PM Cost: FREE

Women have been keepers of family history since before genealogy was a recognized field of study. The special collections at NEHGS contain a number of one-of-a-kind manuscript items created by women and about women--from compiled family papers to diaries and account books to samplers and more. Join Archivist Judy Lucey for a look at some of these important resources and become more familiar with the unique treasures waiting for you in the R. Stanton Avery Special Collections. Select items will be available for viewing. Please register.

August 6 - Filling in the Gaps: Finding Your Family's Role in American History
In partnership with the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library
33 Marrett Road Lexington, MA 02421
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Cost: $85 seminar & lunch; $65 seminar only

The goal of any family historian is to discover the stories of their ancestors—to move beyond basic dates and to fill in the gaps of their lives: their livelihood, their service to the community and nation, their deeds and accomplishments. This full day seminar will demonstrate how to find your ancestors' role in local communities and, more generally, American history. Join experts from the New England Historic Genealogical Society and the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library to learn how to piece together the story of your ancestors. Beyond lectures you will have the opportunity to chat with genealogists and staff, enter to win door prizes, browse select publications from both organizations, take advantage of NEHGS membership specials, and enjoy meeting other family historians. Register today!

August 19 - Free Fun Friday at NEHGS
Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
9:00 AM–5:00 PM Cost: FREE; No registration necessary

NEHGS is proud to participate in Highland Street Foundation's Free Fun Friday program for the sixth year in a row. Join us for a day of family history exploration and activities for all ages: one-on-one consultations, mini lectures, costumed reinactors, scavenger hunts, arts & crafts, and more. Bring the whole family! Learn more about Free Fun Fridays.

August 20 - Appraisal Day at NEHGS
Sponsored by Skinner, Inc.
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
10:00 AM–3:00 PM Cost: $20 per item

Want to learn more about your family heirlooms? Curious to find out their value? Bring your favorite pieces to NEHGS to receive information and an appraisal value from experts at Skinner, Inc. Limit three items per person (one ticket per item). All proceeds benefit New England Historic Genealogical Society. Register today.

August 20 - 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.

August 20 - 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.

August 31 - Italian Genealogy: Resources at NEHGS
in partnership with the Sons of Italy in America
Presented by Jeanne Belmonte
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
6:30 PM–8:00 PM Cost: FREE; registration required

Between 1880 and 1920, an estimated 4 million Italians immigrated to America. Today their descendants make up more than 5% of the total U.S. population. Although there has been a surge of Italian records made available online, the nuances of Italian genealogy can pose a number of stumbling blocks. Join Jeanne Belmonte for an introduction to Italian family history and how NEHGS can help you in your research. Reception to follow; $10 suggested donation. Register today.