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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May

May 19 - 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.

June

June 1 - American Passage: The History of Ellis Island
Part of our First Friday Lecture Series
Presented by Dr. Vincent J. Cannato
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
12:00 PM–1:00 PM Cost: FREE

For most of New York’s early history, Ellis Island had been an obscure little island that barely held itself above high tide. Today, the small island stands alongside Plymouth Rock in our nation’s founding mythology as the place where many of our ancestors first touched American soil. Ellis Island’s heyday—from 1892 to 1924—coincided with the greatest mass migration of individuals the world has ever seen, with some twelve million immigrants inspected at its gates. In American Passage, Vincent J. Cannato masterfully illuminates the story of Ellis Island from the days when it hosted pirate hangings witnessed by thousands of New Yorkers in the nineteenth century, to the turn of the twentieth century when massive migrations sparked fierce debate and hopeful new immigrants often encountered corruption, harsh conditions, and political scheming. In this sweeping, often heart-wrenching epic, Cannato reveals that the history of Ellis Island is ultimately the story of what it means to be an American.

June 6 - 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.

June 7 - Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in Holocaust
Author talk and light reception
A Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS Event
Presented by Marty Brounstein
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
6:00 PM–7:30 PM Cost: FREE

Marty Brounstein is a storyteller and author of Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust. Based on a true story, he tells of a Christian couple in the Netherlands who saved the lives of over two dozen Jews during the Holocaust and World War II. Marty has a meaningful personal connection to this story and its heroes, which he reveals in his engaging storytelling presentation. For seven years, Marty has been on an unexpected journey, sharing this inspirational story at venues beyond his home in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has come to the Boston area for the first time for a speaking series here. Book sales, signing, and light reception to follow.

June 9 - For Those Who Served: Researching Veteran Ancestors in Colonial Conflicts, the American Revolution, and the War of 1812
In partnership with the American Independence Museum
Presented by David Allen Lambert
One Governor's Lane Exeter, NH 03833
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM COST: $20 AIM members and NEHGS members; $30 not-yet-members

Throughout American history, brave men and women have answered the call to serve our country and defend our families. Many of us can claim these courageous citizens as our ancestors. But how do we learn more about their service? In this workshop, you learn about valuable tools, tips, and strategies for researching veteran ancestors who served in colonial conflicts, the American Revolution, and the War of 1812. Register through the American Independence Museum.

June 12 - Michael Twitty: In Conversation
A Jewish Hertiage Center at NEHGS event in partnership with the Jewish Arts Collaborative
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
7:30 PM–9:00 PM Cost: $20

Michael Twitty, award-winning food writer, independent scholar, and culinary historian, describes himself as outside the mainstream and “four time blessed” – “large of body, gay, African American and Jewish.” Going by Kosher/Soul, Michael champions with what he has termed “identity cooking.” Identity cooking isn’t about fusion; rather it is how we construct complex identities that we express through food and taste. Kosher/Soul is about melding the histories, tastes, flavors, and Diasporic wisdom of being Black and being Jewish, and exploring how both cultures express values through the plate. Join Michael Twitty as he discusses his book, The Cooking Gene, about his personal mission to document the connection between food history and his family history from Africa to America, from slavery to freedom. This Scholar in Residency was made possible with support from the CJP Jewish Learning and Engagement Commission. Register through Jewish Arts Collaborative.

June 13 - Michael Twitty: In Conversation
A Jewish Hertiage Center at NEHGS event in partnership with the Jewish Arts Collaborative
NE-CAT, 23 Bradston St, Boston
7:00 PM–9:00 PM Cost: $55

Join Michael Twitty for a Kosher/Soul cooking demonstration, dinner and conversation about sharing cultures by sharing cuisines. Presented in partnership with the Museum of African American History. This Scholar in Residency was made possible with support from the CJP Jewish Learning and Engagement Commission. Register through Jewish Arts Collaborative.

June 16, 23, and 30 - Building Your Genealogical Skills (Three-Session Course, Summer)
Presented by Ann Lawthers, Genealogist
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
2:00 PM–4:00 PM Cost: $75 Registration fee is for the full course (all three weeks)

Take your research skills to the next level! With the sheer number of online resources at your fingertips, it's easy to dive in to your family history research without any formal training as a genealogist. Certainly you'll learn along the way, and devise your own methods, but it's also easy to become overwhelmed and form bad habits. Whether you are new to genealogy, want to refresh your skills, or learn best practices, this course will set you on the right path to getting the most out of your family history research. Topics include: how to record your findings, strategies for analyzing records, online research, and more. Each class includes skill-building exercises to help students apply their new found knowledge. Register today!

NEHGS is traveling to Philadelphia!
June 23 - From Pilgrims to Patriots: Researching Early American Ancestors
Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19106
9:00 AM – 6:30 PM Cost: $125
Registration includes five lectures, lunch, and an evening reception

What better place to learn about your early New England and Patriot ancestors than the cradle of liberty? Spend the day with NEHGS at the Museum of the American Revolution in the heart of Philadelphia. Learn how to trace your Colonial American ancestors with NEHGS experts David Allen Lambert and Katrina Fahy. Discover essential resources for 17th-c. New England research, understand early settlement and migration patterns, learn how to research your early veteran ancestors, and hear how to apply to lineage societies. Beyond lectures you will have the opportunity to chat with our genealogists and visiting staff, enter to win door prizes, browse the MoAR galleries, take advantage of NEHGS membership specials, and enjoy a meal and special reception with fellow family historians. Further your study of genealogy with the experts in family history! View a full agenda and register today!

June 23 - 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.

Conferences

August 10 - 11, 2018
Celtic Connections Conference: Pathways to Our Past
Auburndale, MA
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Delve into your Irish ancestry by attending lectures presented by internationally recognized speakers, exploring the exhibit hall and meeting with staff from several organizations, and by networking with fellow family historians. Lecture topics include Irish, Scots Irish, Scottish and Welsh genealogy, culture, DNA, and new and exciting ways to interpret and discover your ancestral roots. For a full schedule, browse the conference brochure. All attendees receive a free day pass to New England Historic Genealogical Society Library and Archives in Boston (a $20 value, no expiration). Visit the NEHGS booth to meet with staff, browse our publications and receive special discounts, and enter to win raffle prizes Learn more about the conference and register today!

August 22 - 25, 2018
FGS Conference- On the Three Rivers: Past, Present, and Future
Fort Wayne, IN
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FGS returns to the Hoosier State in 2018 providing attendees convenient access to Allen County Public Library which houses one of the largest genealogical research collections available with records from around the world. Attend lectures by Chief Genealogist David Allen Lambert and Senior Genealogist Rhonda R. McClure (view the full schedule) and stop by the NEHGS booth to meet with staff members, browse publications and receive special offers, and enter to win raffle prizes. Learn more about the conference and register today!

September 13 - 15, 2018
New York State Family History Conference
Tarrytown, NY
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NYSFHC 2018 is the only statewide conference focused on New York genealogy and family history. In addition to educational opportunities, the gathering provides networking and social events, alongside the latest tools and methods for tracing New York families. The 2018 conference features two and a half days of lectures, workshops, and field trips, as well as a vibrant exhibit hall. Read the full conference schedule to see the huge range of topics our 45 sessions cover. Attend lecture by Editor of the Register Henry B. Hoff and Senior Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press Kyle Hurst. Visit the NEHGS booth to meet with staff, browse our publications, receive special discounts, and enter to win raffle prizes. Learn more about the conference and register today!

Exhibits

May 5 - May 30, 2018
"Our" Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag History

In partnership with Plymouth 400, Inc.
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
Cost: FREE

“Our” Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag History is a multi-media, traveling exhibit that illuminates America’s earliest beginnings from the Wampanoag perspective—a voice largely silenced in the colonial narrative. The Wampanoag have lived in southeastern Massachusetts for more than 12,000 years and were the first tribe encountered by the passengers of the Mayflower. The exhibit begins with the kidnapping and enslavement of 27 Wampanoag men—including Tisquantum (later known as Squanto), the only captive to return home. Its final chapter discusses the brutal legacy of colonization, the effects of which are still felt today. The beliefs and practices of the Wampanoag, including powwows, politics, religion, and every-day life are portrayed in words, images, and film.

"Our" Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag History is conceptualized, researched, and produced by SmokeSygnals Marketing and Communications and The Indian Spiritual and Cultural Training Council Inc. The exhibit is part of Plymouth 400, Inc.'s Signature Programs and Events and will continue to travel through 2020. Additional chapters of Wampanoag history will be added each year in November.