A Center for Excellence in Family History Programming

The Brue Family Learning Center is dedicated to introducing family and local history to a national and international audience. Founded by Nord and Suzanne Brue, the Center supports the creation of programming aimed at helping both the novice and experienced genealogist -- and engaging anyone with an interest in researching family history.  

Located on Newbury Street in Boston’s Back Bay, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS)—known online as American Ancestors to millions of users—is the nation’s oldest and largest genealogical society. The gift will endow the creation of a new Brue Family Learning Center as part of a campus expansion program to introduce family and local history to wider audiences. It will also fund the creation of unique program content in family history for the organization’s online and special events offerings. 

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I felt like I had hit a wall in my research and your class showed me the door to continue. Thank you so much! I appreciate it more than words can express.
Jean L.

Founders Suzanne and Nordahl Brue

In 2019, Bruegger’s Bagels co-founder Nordahl Brue and his wife Suzanne Brue gave $1.5 million to American Ancestors/NEHGS to endow a family history learning center to help anyone learn more about their ancestry. 

The Brue Family Learning Center produces hundreds of family history programs each year, which reach many thousands of people around the world.

 

Suzanne and Nord Brue

Upcoming Lectures

Lecture
Online
Free

Stories from the Archives: Family Registers

See examples of family registers from the R. Stanton Avery Special Collections, find out what you can learn from these heirlooms, and learn about preserving such items in your own collection.

August 11, 2022

The Brue Family Learning Center

Lecture
Online
Free

Around the World in a Handful of Objects

Join Matthias Waschek for a survey of works from the Worcester Art Museum's collection which mine the depths of the human experience.

August 19, 2022
Curt DiCamillo

The Brue Family Learning Center

Lecture
Online
Free

Reading the Gravestones of Early New England

Learn from epitaph expert John Hanson about how to interpret early New England gravestones and what they can tell us about our ancestors' lives.

August 25, 2022

The Brue Family Learning Center

Lecture
Online
Free

Magnificence, Marriage, and Murder: The Story of Scotland's Brodick Castle

Get an exclusive glimpse at the breathtaking views, stunning art collections, and intriguing mysteries of Brodick Castle, located on the Isle of Arran in Scotland.

October 21, 2022

Fine Art & Architecture with Curt DiCamillo