Events and Programs

NEHGS events in and around Boston

Learn with NEHGS experts and partner organizations at dozens of lectures, seminars, workshops, and other events, offered each year at the NEHGS research library and in the greater Boston area. Recent seminar topics have included Irish research, digital preservation, identifying family photographs, organizing your family history, writing and publishing your family history, and many more.

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July

July 29 - New Visitor Tour
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
10:00 AM–11:00 AM Cost: FREE

This free orientation and tour introduces you to the resources available at the NEHGS research facility. Founded in 1845, NEHGS is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit genealogy library and archive. With more than 15 million artifacts, books, manuscripts, microfilms, journals, photographs, and records—and expert staff to help you navigate it all—NEHGS provides the access you need to research your family history. You do not have to be a member to participate. Tour attendees are welcome to use our resources following the tour. No registration necessary.

July 29 - NEHGS Art & Architecture Tour
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
2:00 PM–3:00 PM Cost: FREE

NEHGS has been collecting unique items of Americana and fine art since its founding in 1845. Learn the story behind items that illustrate life in early America. Tour attendees are welcome to use our resources following the tour. No registration necessary.

August

August 4 - Using AmericanAncestors.org
Part of our First Friday lecture series
Presented by Claire Vail and Don LeClair
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
12:00 PM–1:00 PM Cost: FREE

AmericanAncestors.org is the most-used genealogical society website in the world. It provides family historians access to more than 1.4 billion records spanning the U.S. and beyond, including one of the most extensive online collections of early American records, and the largest searchable collection of published genealogical research journals and magazines. Learn what online resources exist, how to navigate the website, perform effective database searches, browse our collections online, and more. Register for free!

August 5 - New Visitor Tour
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
10:00 AM–11:00 AM Cost: FREE

This free orientation and tour introduces you to the resources available at the NEHGS research facility. Founded in 1845, NEHGS is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit genealogy library and archive. With more than 15 million artifacts, books, manuscripts, microfilms, journals, photographs, and records—and expert staff to help you navigate it all—NEHGS provides the access you need to research your family history. You do not have to be a member to participate. Tour attendees are welcome to use our resources following the tour. No registration necessary.

August 19 - Preservation Roadshow: Save Your Family's Files and Photos for Future Generations
DCU Center 50 Foster Street Worcester, MA 01608
9:00 AM–4:30 PM Cost: $65

Is your closet full of boxes of old family photographs? Is your basement bursting with letters, diaries, and other documents from your family history? Not sure what to do with the digital media files, email, or photos you've amassed in the last ten years? If the old adage about Yankees not throwing anything away is true, chances are you have a stack of family papers, albums, and other keepsakes tucked away that you don't know what to do with. Join the archival experts at New England Historic Genealogical Society and special guests, to learn how best to preserve and organize your family's memories for future generations.

In addition to lectures on preserving family papers, photographs, home movies, and digital files, you will have a chance to chat with experts on the best practices for scanning flat items, learn about proper archival storage, see book and manuscript repair in action, and meet with the experts on how best to care for your photographs, documents, manuscripts, books, and family papers. Bring up to two easily transported items—or a photo of the items—and receive advice from conservators and archivists. Please note: The experts will not provide appraisals, nor will they perform any treatments on the documents or objects. Register today!

August 26 - Lineage Society Summit
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
10:00 AM–4:00 PM (drop-in) Cost: FREE

Ready to verify your Mayflower connection? Interested in confirming a patriot ancestor? Consider joining a lineage society! Meet with representatives from a number of national and local hereditary societies (including the Daughters of the American Revolution, Society of the Cincinnati, the Mayflower Society, Sons of the American Revolution, and others) to learn more about the organization, the application process, and requirements. This is a free, drop-in activity open to the public with a brief presentation at 11:00 am (and repeated at 2:00 pm). Register for free!.

If you represent a lineage society and would like to reserve a table at this event, please contact education@nehgs.org or call 617-226-1226.

August 26 - New Visitor Tour
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
10:00 AM–11:00 AM Cost: FREE

This free orientation and tour introduces you to the resources available at the NEHGS research facility. Founded in 1845, NEHGS is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit genealogy library and archive. With more than 15 million artifacts, books, manuscripts, microfilms, journals, photographs, and records—and expert staff to help you navigate it all—NEHGS provides the access you need to research your family history. You do not have to be a member to participate. Tour attendees are welcome to use our resources following the tour. No registration necessary.

August 26 - NEHGS Art & Architecture Tour
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
2:00 PM–3:00 PM Cost: FREE

NEHGS has been collecting unique items of Americana and fine art since its founding in 1845. Learn the story behind items that illustrate life in early America. Tour attendees are welcome to use our resources following the tour. No registration necessary.

Special Exhibit

April 18 – October 31, 2017 – Voices of War: Americans in World War I, 1917-1918
Presented by NEHGS Special Collections, Jewish Heritage Center, and Historic Newton
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
Tuesday – Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Cost: Free and open to the public

One hundred years ago, America entered into a worldwide conflict unlike any it had known before. It was the Great War, the First World War, the War to End All Wars. Using letters, diaries, photographs, ephemera, and other special items from the collections of NEHGS, the Jewish Heritage Center, and Historic Newton, this exhibit brings to life the story of two American soldiers: Charles Judd Farley and Bernard Louis Gorfinkle. Farley was an ambulance driver with the American Expeditionary Forces and the United States Motor Transport Corps; Gorfinkle a Judge Advocate with the American Expeditionary Forces, 26th Yankee Division. Farley volunteered to serve with France in 1916; Gorfinkle traveled to France with his Division in 1917. Throughout the building, visitors will learn about the War through the experiences of these two men. Richly illustrated panels also tell of the American Red Cross, the role of women on the front lines, the Jewish American experience in the US military, and more. The exhibit is self-guided. If you would like to arrange for a guided tour or a group visit, please contact education@nehgs.org or call 617-226-1226.