A best-selling author series by American Ancestors

Stories of American history, heritage, and culture

As part of our mission to educate, inspire and connect people to their family history, the American Inspiration Author Series explores themes of personal identity, families, immigration, and social and cultural history. Discover inspiring and thought-provoking stories of American families and the complex history which has shaped this country.

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The Brue Family Learning Center

American Inspiration: A best-selling author series by American Ancestors

Our Partners

American Inspiration Author Series partners with a variety of influential Boston institutions for many of our events, including Boston Public Library, GBH Forum Network, Museum of African American HistoryPorter Square Books, and the State Library of Massachusetts.

Porter Square Books, Boston Public Library, GBH, Museum of African American History, State Library of Massachusetts

Upcoming Events

Author Event

Women in the Gilded Age: Two Authors’ Insights

Hear stories of women during the Gilded Age from Laura Thompson, author of Heiresses: The Lives of the Million Dollar Babies, and Betsy Prioleau, author of Diamonds and Deadlines: A Tale of Greed, Deceit, and a Female Tycoon in the Gilded Age.

Moderated by Esther Crain
July 7, 2022

American Inspiration Author Series

Author Event

Bill Griffeth with Strangers No More: A Memoir

Following on his remarkable first book about a DNA discovery that rocked his world, The Stranger in My Genes, the retired CNBC anchor looks at identity and family and how DNA testing has forced us to rethink the meaning of these words.

Moderated by Libby Copeland
July 14, 2022

American Inspiration Author Series

Author Event

Camper English with Doctors and Distillers: The Remarkable Medicinal History of Beer, Wine, Spirits, and Cocktails

In this delightful work of cultural and medical history, Camper English, a cocktails and spirits expert, reveals how and why the contents of our medicine and liquor cabinets were, until surprisingly recently, one and the same.

Moderated by Richard Thompson Ford
August 22, 2022

American Inspiration Author Series

Photo Gallery

Enjoy a selection of photos from past in-person American Inspiration events.

Recent Past Events

Visit our Video Library to watch all past American Inspiration Author Series events.