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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March

March 20 - 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.

March 23 - Using Religious Records in Your Family History: Catholic and Jewish Records of New England
In partnership with the New England Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (NEAPG)
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
9:00 AM–12:00 PM, with optional research time until 5:00 PM Cost: $20

The local church or synagogue was a central part of our ancestors’ lives, thus religious records can be an invaluable resource for genealogists. They can shed light on an ancestors’ faith, round out your understanding of their life story, and be used as vital record substitutes. Join experts from New England Historic Genealogical Society and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston to explore Roman Catholic and Jewish records in New England. Register today!

NOTE: There is no charge for current members of the New England Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (NEAPG). Please RSVP to President@neapg.org

March 26 - America, Alsace, and Peacemaking 1919
Sponsored by the Boston/Strasbourg Sister City Association
Presented by Dr. Michael Neiberg
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
6:00 PM–7:30 PM Cost: $30 (registration is through the BSSCA)

In the fall of 1917 Woodrow Wilson formed a group of academics to collect data from every corner of the globe relevant to the peace process. Sixteen of the reports of this group, called the Inquiry, discussed Alsace-Lorraine; only two even considered returning the "lost provinces" to France. Although the return of Alsace-Lorraine looks inevitable in hindsight, American attitudes toward the provinces reveal much about the confusion and wide open possibilities of the period between the armistice and the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. Register today!

April

April 5 - Slavery in Old Kittery and Berwick: The Truth Revealed
Part of our First Friday lecture series
Presented by author Patricia Q. Wall
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
12:00 PM–1:00 PM Cost: FREE

Join historian, Patricia Q. Wall, as she banishes old myths of slavery’s scarcity and insignificance in one of New England’s earliest communities. Drawing upon new, startling findings from her book, Lives of Consequence: Blacks in Early Kittery & Berwick in the Massachusetts Province of Maine (Portsmouth Marine Society Press, Portsmouth, NH 2017), Mrs. Wall traces the presence of enslaved Blacks in the original large Parish of Kittery from mid-1600 to slavery’s gradual ending in Massachusetts around 1790. Her work documents more than 500 Blacks and over 200 slave owners and reveals a great many incidents concerning men, women and children living in bondage. Register today!

April 13 - 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.

April 24 - 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

April 3 - 6, 2019
NERGC Conference
Manchester, NH

Join NEHGS, fellow family history enthusiasts, seasoned genealogy experts, and other organizations at the 15th New England Regional Genealogical Consortium Conference. Attend presentations led by experts from American Ancestors, hear from Robert Charles Anderson, FASG at our sponsored luncheon, visit our booth in the exhibit hall for special conference savings, and meet members of our staff. Learn more about the conference.

Exhibits


R.H. Stearns & Company: Boston’s Grand Department Store
Permanent Exhibit
7th Floor, NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
FREE and open to the public

The long-gone R.H. Stearns was once Boston’s most elegant department store. From its grand building on the corner of Tremont Street and Temple Place across from Boston Common, it sold the finest women’s clothing and accessories, as well as men’s and children’s clothing, luxury linens, china, silver, and crystal. The store was founded in 1847 and closed in 1978 and was particularly noted for its extremely loyal clientele of women from the Back Bay and Beacon Hill.

NEHGS has a variety of pieces in its Fine Art Collection that are on display in this small exhibition, from portraits of the founder and his son, to advertisements, porcelain, receipts, and even a 19th century charge coin! Come to our seventh floor reading room and take a peek into a grand part of Boston’s past.