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The Brue Family Learning Center

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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

An Introduction to California Research

California has a rich history that reflects the state’s diverse cultural heritage and dynamic social changes. In this online lecture, Genealogist Meaghan E. H. Siekman will provide an introduction to doing family history research in the state starting with the period of pre-contact to statehood and beyond. 

July 11, 2024
Lecture
Online
Free

A British Country House Alphabet

Join Curt DiCamillo for an online preview of the first volume of his exciting new book series, A British Country House Alphabet: A Historical & Pictorial Journey. Published in June of 2024, the first book is bursting with fascinating content and beautiful illustrations organized by chapters that focus on the letters “A” through “H.”

July 9, 2024

Art & Architecture

Lecture
Online
Free

Sandstone & the Blue Whale: Stories from One of the World’s Oldest Botanic Gardens

Founded in 1670, Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden is one of the oldest surviving botanic gardens in the world. This illustration-rich webinar will feature some of the most interesting stories of the history of this exceptional garden and offer insight into how the garden’s mission to “explore, conserve, and explain the world of plants” is realized in practical terms today.

Moderated by Curt DiCamillo
July 12, 2024

Art & Architecture

Lecture
Online
Free

Understanding and Utilizing Indexes

Indexes are an unparalleled tool for genealogists. Join Senior Genealogist Melanie McComb to understand the different types of indexes that you will come across and how to leverage them in your family history research.

July 18, 2024
Lecture
Online
Free

Locating Jewish Women in the Archives

Join the Jewish Heritage Center's Collections Management Archivist Gabrielle Roth for an in-depth webinar on locating Jewish women in the archives. Gabrielle will cover some of the challenges to finding women in vital records and other collections, the value of the archive in genealogical research, and more! 

July 29, 2024

Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center