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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
Online
Free

Brooke Kroeger with Undaunted: How Women Changed American Journalism

Join us in Women’s History Month to examine the lives of some of the best-remembered and long-forgotten woman journalists, standout reporters who covered the major news stories and every conflict at home and abroad since before the Civil War. In addition to chronicling the careers of journalists and newsroom leaders, Undaunted explores the larger story: the nearly two-centuries-old struggle for women’s rights as it manifests in a field where women have never found easy welcome.

 

Moderated by Tracy Lucht
March 7, 2024

American Inspiration

Author Event
Online
Paid

James L. Swanson with The Deerfield Massacre: A Surprise Attack, a Forced March, and the Fight for Survival in Early America

Once it was one of the most infamous events in early American history. Today, it has been forgotten by many – except for those whose ancestors were victims, and the many tourists who visit the small Massachusetts town and view the massive, tomahawk-scarred door that came to symbolize the notorious Deerfield Massacre of 1704. Don’t miss learning more about their experience of tragedy, survival, sacrifice, family, and faith from two historians with deep knowledge of this violent time in colonial American history.

 

Moderated by David Allen Lambert
March 11, 2024

American Inspiration

Author Event
Online
Free

Greg Steinmetz with American Rascal: How Jay Gould Built Wall Street's Biggest Fortune

One of the Gilded Age’s most complex and quirky characters, Jay Gould was praised for his brilliance by John D. Rockefeller and Cornelius Vanderbilt, yet he was condemned by Mark Twain for forever destroying American business values. Join author Greg Steinmetz and moderator Esther Crain in exploring his remarkable life, Steinmetz’s “gripping biography” (Fortune), and the glittering Gilded Age era."

 

Moderated by Esther Crain
March 21, 2024

American Inspiration

Author Event
Online
Free

Rachel Jamison Webster with Benjamin Banneker and Us: Eleven Generations of an American Family

Join us on an unforgettable genealogical quest – an author’s exploration of her family and its history, brought to life in Benjamin Banneker and Us: Eleven Generations of an American Family, named a Best Book of the Year by the New Yorker. Don’t miss Rachel Webster’s presentation and conversation with historian Kendra Field about her experience connecting with relatives across lines of color, culture, and time.

 

Moderated by Kendra T. Field
April 2, 2024

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Recent Past Events

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