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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

Matthew J. Davenport with The Longest Minute: The Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906

Drawn from never-before-published records and letters, this heralded work of history offers an intimate account of the horrors witnessed and endured during the Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire. Join us to hear more from award-winning author Michael Davenport about his research, see rare photographs, and listen to tragic tales of loss and survivors’ experiences on the morning of April 18, 1906.

June 24, 2024

American Inspiration

Author Event
Online
Free

Jeffrey Rosen with The Pursuit of Happiness: How Classical Writers on Virtue Inspired the Lives of the Founders and Defined America

In profiles six of our country’s most influential founders—Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton—this new, thought-filled book shows what pursuing happiness meant in their lives. Join us to hear from Jeffrey Rosen and gain a deep, rich, and fresh understanding of the foundation of our democracy.

July 8, 2024

American Inspiration

Author Event
Online
Free

Robert Sullivan with Double Exposure: Resurveying the West with Timothy O'Sullivan, America's Most Mysterious War Photographer

Timothy O’Sullivan is America’s most famous war photographer. Join the celebrated writer Robert O’Sullivan for a discussion of the artist’s life and work, the history of photography and our country, as he follows O’Sullivan’s path on his own personal exploration of the West.

July 15, 2024

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Photo Gallery

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Recent Past Events

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