Signature and Literary Events

American Ancestors / New England Historic Genealogical Society Staff

Margaret M. Talcott
Director of Signature and Literary Events
Margaret M. Talcott

Margaret joined American Ancestors/NEHGS in early 2019 in the role of Director of Signature and Literary Events, taking up the mission to educate, inspire, and connect people through dynamic events and speaker programs. She is responsible for conceptualizing and executing our quarterly benefit dinners, annual benefit gala, receptions, lectures and literary events, serving the broadest community including members, donors/supporters, and the general public. The programs she produces are aimed at enlightening audiences and advancing the organization, promoting a passion for literature and history, genealogical and intergenerational awareness.

She was previously the Producer of Literary Programs at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she presented nearly 200 writers including such cultural leaders as David McCullough, Sonia Sotomayor, John Updike, Margaret Atwood, Ken Burns, Tom Brokaw, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and David Brooks in the celebrated series Writers on a New England Stage. She worked previously as a Director and Vice President of corporate marketing at Merrill Lynch in New York, in network news, and in book publishing.

Margaret graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in Religion. She did post-graduate work at The Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College and was a scholar at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. In 2011, she returned to her hometown of Brookline, Mass., with her husband and sons. She currently serves on the Board of her neighborhood organization, as a Corporate Trustee for The Trustees of Reservations, and on the Art and Architecture Committee of Trinity Church in the City of Boston.

Margaret can be reached at or 617-226-1248

Jenna LaRiviere
Coordinator of Events and Heritage Tours
Jenna LaRiviere

Jenna joined American Ancestors / NEHGS in 2016 after earning her MA in Museum Studies from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK. She earned her BA in Archaeology from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, and spent time in the UK and Greece to complete her degree. She has experience working in cultural institutions both in the United States and the United Kingdom, and has a great interest in museums and history.

Jenna can be reached at or 617-226-1215