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Celebrating American Stories, American Lives

In Person
April 27, 2023 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. ET
Fairmont Copley Plaza, 138 St. James Ave, Boston, MA
D. Brenton Simons OBE
Ryan J. Woods

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Annual Family History Benefit Gala

Featuring Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III in Conversation with David M. Rubenstein

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient


Lonnie G. Bunch


Lonnie G. Bunch III is the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian, an American educator, and historian. As Secretary, he oversees twenty-one libraries and twenty-one museums including two new museums under development representing American Latino and Women’s History. He was founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. He has authored and co-authored numerous articles and books, including The American PresidencyA Glorious BurdenCall the Lost Dream Back: Essays on History, Race & Museums; and Slave Culture: A Documentary Collection of the Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers Project. In 2019, Secretary Bunch was awarded the Freedom Medal from the Roosevelt Institute, the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal from the Hutchins Center at Harvard University; and the National Equal Justice Award from the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund. In 2021, he received France’s highest award, the Légion d’honneur.


In Conversation With


David Rubenstein


David M. Rubenstein is co-founder and co-chairman of the Carlyle Group, an author, and philanthropist. He is chairman of the boards of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, National Gallery of Art, Council on Foreign Relations, Economic Club of Washington, and University of Chicago; and a former chair of the Smithsonian’s Board of Regents. He has authored two books focused on America’s unique history: The American Experiment: Dialogues on a Dream and The American Story: Conversations with Master Historian. His most recent work is How to Invest: Masters on the Craft. For his monumental impact in the field of preservation, Mr. Rubenstein was the recipient of our Preservation and History Award in January 2022.

Executive Office
D. Brenton Simons OBE
Author of the award-winning Witches, Rakes, and Rogues, and other books, Brenton Simons has served as President and CEO of American Ancestors - New England Historic Genealogical Society, the nation’s flagship genealogical institution, since 2005.
Executive Office
Ryan J. Woods
An educator and historian, Ryan Woods is Executive Vice President & COO of American Ancestors/New England Historic Genealogical Society. Since 2006, he has led the development of award-winning experiences for exploring family history, heritage, & culture.
Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston

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