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

Dates of event
May 26, 2022

Imagining the Jewish Past: Three Authors Discuss Jewish History and Literary Inspiration

You are cordially invited to join the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center on May 26 for a special evening of community, conversation, and celebration, featuring a panel discussion with authors Anita Diamant, Allegra Goodman, and Rachel Kadish. Moderated by Michael Hoberman, PhD.

Author Event

Ann Leary with The Foundling: A Novel

New York Times bestselling author Ann Leary’s new novel The Foundling is based on a discovery she made while researching her own family’s history: an entry in the 1930s census which shed light on the realm of eugenics.

Moderated by Alex Green
June 7, 2022

America Inspiration Author Series

Author Event

Annette Gordon-Reed with On Juneteenth

Combining her own scholarship with personal and intimate reflection, Annette Gordon-Reed's new work On Juneteenth explores the history and complex public significance of this national holiday.

June 20, 2022

American Inspiration Author Series

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.

July 7, 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.