2017 Fall Family History Benefit Dinner

An evening with best-selling author Winston Groom

D. Brenton Simons, President and CEO of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, cordially invites you to join us for an evening with Winston Groom, acclaimed author of over 20 books, including Forrest Gump, and recipient of the NEHGS Lifetime Achievement Award.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Four Seasons Hotel
200 Boylston Street
Boston, Massachusetts

Schedule of Events

5:30 p.m. — President’s Champagne Reception*
*(Benefactor or Patron level registration required)

6:00 p.m. — General Reception

7:00 p.m. — Dinner

Business attire

Silver Benefactor

Sit Investment Associates


Stephen H. Case

Judith and Louis Freeman

Thomas Bailey Hagen

Mark Kimball Nichols

Welch & Forbes LLC

Individual Supporter

David H. Burnham

Honorary Co-Chairs

Judith and Louis Freeman

Our Honoree

Winston Groom

Winston Groom took the publishing world by storm when his 1986 novel Forrest Gump​ flew to the top of the New York Times bestseller list and stayed there for 21 weeks. It has sold over 2.5 million copies in the United States alone, and millions more worldwide, on the heels of its blockbuster movie adaptation starring Tom Hanks. The book has also been reprinted in at least eighteen languages.

Born in 1943, Groom grew up in Mobile, Alabama, where he attended University Military School prep. In 1965 he graduated from the University of Alabama with an AB in English and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army. He served in Vietnam, mostly with the 1st Brigade of the Fourth Infantry Division from July 1966 to September 1967 when he was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain. He then spent the next eight years working as a reporter and columnist for the Washington Star before becoming a full-time author. He holds several honorary Ph.D. degrees as a “Doctor of Humane Letters.”

Groom is the author of over 20 books. In addition to Forrest Gump and ​Gump & Co., Groom’s novels include the award-winning As Summers Die, which was made into a movie starring Bette Davis, Shiloh 1862, The Aviators, and The Generals. He is also the author of ​Conversations with the Enemy​, a non-fiction account of the experience of an American prisoner of war in Vietnam, a brilliantly rendered Pulitzer Prize finalist. His latest novel, El Paso, was published by Liveright in 2016.

Sponsorship Opportunities

To become a Benefactor or learn about sponsorship opportunities for this special event, please contact Jenna LaRiviere, Development Coordinator, at jenna.lariviere@nehgs.org or at 617-226-1215.