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Please note: All online programs are moving forward as scheduled—we look forward to seeing you online!

Note: The schedule below is subject to change.

Online Conference

Christian Church Records & Research

Access to recordings, handouts, and other materials starting February 19, 2021 through May 31, 2021; Live broadcast: February 27, 2021 2:00 - 3:30 PM EST
Presented by Pam Holland, Ann Lawthers, Rhonda R. McClure, and Melanie McComb
Cost: $125

For many of our American ancestors, religion was at the very center of their universe. The records produced by the church tell us not only of our ancestor’s religious experience, but also the major events in their life—especially when civil vital records were not kept. And while you may know your family was Christian, to make real headway in your research, you must learn what denomination they followed, what church or churches they attended, and how to locate—and use—the records. This online conference will provide you with the necessary context, tools, and strategies to piece together this important part of your ancestors’ life. Denominations discussed include: Anabaptist (including Amish and Mennonites), Baptist, Catholic, Congregational, Episcopal (Anglican), Jehovah's Witnesses, Lutheran, Methodist & Methodist Episcopal (including African Methodist Episcopal), Mormon (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), Presbyterian (Calvinist), Quaker, and Seventh-day Adventist.

This conference includes access to five pre-recorded, 60-minute classes; exclusive access to handouts, templates, and other materials; and an in-depth Q&A sessions with the instructors.

Class 1: Finding Your Ancestors’ Religion, Presented by Rhonda R. McClure

You may know that your ancestor was Christian, but to really make headway in your research, you need to know what denomination(s) they followed. To find that information, you must first understand context. This class will provide a brief history and background of Christian denominations in the United States and how geography, time period, community, family artifacts, and more can give you the clues you need to proceed.

Class 2: Get Them to the Church: Locating Your Ancestors’ Church, Presented by Ann Lawthers

The next step after finding your ancestor’s denomination, is to locate the church they may have attended. This class will offer several tips on how to identify churches in the area by time and place, and provide other necessary context clues to help you narrow your search, such as ethnicity, language, distance traveled, etc.

Class 3: The Records, Presented by Melanie McComb

When we think of Christian records, we may immediately think of baptism and marriage records. While these are crucial records, there are many more! This class will look at what records exist, what information is provided, and how they differ among denominations.

Class 4: Finding and Accessing Records, Presented by Pam Holland

Once you know what denomination your ancestor belonged to and the church they attended, it’s time to find the records. With the understanding that not everything is online, this class will discuss navigating online resources, researching manuscript materials at denominational archives, and working directly with the church.

Class 5: Strategies for Getting the Most out of Church Records, Presented by Rhonda R. McClure

This final session will provide you with key strategies to leverage the information you find in Christian church records: how to use church records in conjunction with civil records, how to use them as vital record substitutes, how to identify witnesses, and generally how they can be used to break down brick walls in your family history research.

NOTE: This copyrighted broadcast is the property of American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society. Any rebroadcast without the express permission of American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society is forbidden.

Author Event

Russell Shorto with Smalltime: A Story of My Family and the Mob

Tuesday, March 2, 6:00 - 7:00 PM EST
Cost: FREE

Praised for his incisive works of narrative history, Russell Shorto never thought to write about his own past. He grew up “knowing” about his grandfather and namesake, but he maintained an unspoken family vow of silence. Then an elderly relative prodded: You’re a writer—what are you gonna do about “the story”? Enlisting the help of his ailing father, Shorto traces his family’s history from a brawny postwar factory town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, back to an ancient, dusty, hill-town in Risorgimento Sicily; and documents three generations of the American immigrant experience. Don’t miss hearing about his family, the mob, and Smalltime – a moving, wryly funny, and irresistible memoir by a masterful writer of historical narrative.

Online Course

Freedoms and Challenges: America’s Earliest Jewish Communities, 1650–1840

A Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center Event
Live broadcasts: March 2, 9, 16, and 23, 4:00—5:30 PM ET; Access to course materials until June 30, 2021
Presented by Ellen Smith
Cost: $85

American Jewish history begins over 100 years before the United States was founded, and the experiences of the earliest Jews lay out the foundational themes of America itself. In this course we will explore the writings, architecture, ideas, and daily lives of American’s earliest Jewish individuals and communities—lives that were vigorous, variegated, and experimental. Issues they faced still concern us today: desires of individuals v. communities; the relationships of different communities to one another; how experiences differ by generation, geography, and gender; and the overall strategies, choices, and responses we make in creating and securing our identities in a nation that does not fully define them for us. Join us in a lively and meaningful exploration of America’s earliest Jewish communities and individuals, and see how very much alive they feel today.

About the instructor: Ellen Smith, Professor Emerita of Brandeis University, retired as Director of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University in September 2020, where she also taught in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, and the Heller School for Social Management. Trained as both a professional historian and a museum curator, she has produced over three dozen books, articles, and museum exhibitions on American Jewish history, including three major exhibitions on Boston Jewish history. She is the co-author and editor, with Jonathan D. Sarna, of The Jews of Boston, and was the chief consultant to the Emmy award-winning WGBH (PBS) television show of the same name. Ellen is a past Curator of the American Jewish Historical Society, and was the Chief Curator in the planning stage of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. She has advised Jewish preservation projects across the country, including locally at Boston’s Vilna Shul. Ellen is a past president of the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center, and is on the Board of Care Dimensions, the largest hospice provider in the northeast.

March 2 - Class 1: Accidents and Opportunities

Jews came to America perhaps accidentally, but they shaped their lives and communities here in full recognition of the freedoms and challenges America provides. In this first class we will examine the European and South American precursor experiences that brought Jews to American shores, and begin to examine the choices early American Jews made regarding their faith, their interaction with other transplanted European cultures, and their interactions with one another. How did Jews understand themselves in this truly new world? How were they understood and seen by others? What might we learn from them over 350 years later?

March 9 - Class 2: Promise or Peril?

The Jewish and life journeys of Judah Monis, Moses Michael Hays, and Abigail Levy Franks provide three compelling tales of how Jews in early America shaped their Jewish lives. One converted to Christianity; one thrived in the “first circles of society;” and one struggled to keep kosher and mourned a daughter’s intermarriage, even while hailing the opportunities America provided to the family. Heartbreak, heritage, and freedom of choice will frame our consideration of paths taken—and not—by these early American Jews.

March 16 - Class 3: American and Jewish Revolutions

The late 18th century establishment of the United States was unique in not imposing a state religion on its citizens. People of all faiths—including Jews—were free to exercise their religion without pressure or penalty. Jews in America understood this as a revolution, indeed. But as in many revolutions, fracturing as well as unity could result. In this session we will explore the creative and diverging ways in which the growing Jewish population began to organize, define, and express itself, with a particular focus on New York City and Rhode Island.

March 23 - Class 4: Beyond the Northeast

Before the American Revolution, most of the Jewish people in America lived in New York City or in small communities the American South. After the Revolution, as more Jews arrived and Jewish communities began to spread beyond the Alleghenies, the nature of American Jewish communities took on many looks—and looked different from life in New York. We will end the course traveling (virtually) to small-town Jewish America, and to exploring the growing diversity of American Jewish experiences. And together we will consider the lessons and insights we can gain for our own lives from the beginnings of Jewish life in America.

NOTE: This copyrighted broadcast is the property of American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society. Any rebroadcast without the express permission of American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society is forbidden.

Online Course

History for Genealogists

Live broadcasts: March 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, 6:00—7:30 PM ET; Access to course materials until June 30, 2021
Presented by Experts at American Ancestors
Cost: $125

Genealogy is more than a search for names and dates; it is an endeavor to understand our ancestors’ daily lives and our family’s role in human history. To piece together our ancestors’ experiences—and to expand our avenues of research—we must think like a historian and add context to our findings. This five-week online course will demonstrate how the principles, tools, and strategies of historians can be applied to your own family history research. We’ll look at the “who,” “what,” “when,” “where,” “why,” and “how” of historical research, exploring methodology, analysis, inference, and the records themselves that can make you a better family historian and breathe life into your ancestors’ lives.

March 3 - Class 1- Think Like a Historian: Methodology, Tools, and Tips, Presented by Lindsay Fulton

This first class will explore the basic principles of historical research and how these can enhance your family history exploration and understanding.

March 10 - Class 2- Leveraging Sources and Records Used by Historians in Your Family History, Presented by Sheilagh Doerfler

Historians use many of the same records that family historians do, however, with slightly different intention and attention to details that many family history researchers overlook. This class will revisit some go-to genealogical records through the lens of historical research and introduce you to other essential sources.

March 17 – Class 3 – Understanding “Where”: Boundaries, Maps, and Migrations, Presented by Hallie Borstel

Understanding where your ancestor is living at a given time can be a loaded question—and to answer it completely, you need to know the broader geo-political and historical context. This class will discuss how to research boundary changes, jurisdiction, and migrations using maps and other resources.

March 24 – Class 4: Uncovering Voices Lost to History, Presented by Meaghan E. H. Siekman

It has been said that history is written by the victors. How do we identify and work through bias? How do we find the stories of those who have often been overlooked by the history books? This class will discuss how to bring to light those hidden stories and understand historical perspective.

March 31 – Class 5: Getting to the “Why?”: Discerning Motivations, Presented by Kyle Hurst

The “why” or reasoning behind our ancestors’ actions can be the hardest to uncover—yet it is often the key question we seek to understand. Applying historical research principles, this class will discuss how to infer motivation based on historical context and by piecing together clues found across multiple records.

NOTE: This copyrighted broadcast is the property of American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society. Any rebroadcast without the express permission of American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society is forbidden.


Kitchen Explorations with Chef Michael Leviton

A Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center Event in partnership with the Jewish Arts Collaborative and Vilna Shul
Thursday, March 11, 5:30 - 6:30 PM EST
Presented by Michael Leviton
Cost: FREE

Join us on a culinary journey as Chef Michael Leviton cooks and discusses some of his favorite Passover recipes from the archives of the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society. This collaboration between Chef Michael Leviton, JArts, Jewish Heritage Center, and the Vilna Shul explores, enlivens, and shares the recipes and tastes of Jewish Boston.

Kitchen Explorations is a culinary journey through historic Boston, a new series exploring the role of the cultural kitchen in shaping our history. Waves of migration in and out of neighborhoods have made Boston all that it is, and much of these traditions can be traced through the kitchens, foods, and related stories.


Old House Do's and Don'ts

Friday, March 12, 4 PM-5 PM EST
Presented by Carissa Demore
Moderated by Curt DiCamillo, FRSA, Curator of Special Collections
Cost: FREE

Join Historic New England’s Team Leader for Preservation Services, Carissa Demore, for an illustrated talk full of tips and ideas for approaching common projects, improving energy efficiency, and appropriately caring for your older home. Learn how to apply historic preservation best practices to adapt your home to suit your needs without losing its character and charm. Carissa's lecture will be followed by a lively Q&A moderated by Curt DiCamillo.

Online Course

Recreating Place: Uncovering, Interpreting, and Presenting the Past

Live broadcasts: March 16, 6:00—7:30 PM ET; Access to course materials from March 9 through June 30, 2021
Presented by Dr. Elliot Bostwick Davis, Kyle Hurst, and Christina Schwarz
Cost: $65

As family members, researchers, humans, we want to step into the shoes of those who came before us. To truly understand the experiences and daily lives of our ancestors and communities of the past, we must start with place: that unique and complex blend of space, time, and relationships. But how do we start to rebuild that context?

This conversation series brings together three experts from different fields—museum studies, literature, and genealogy—to discuss the how and why of recreating place:

  • Former Museum Director Dr. Elliot Bostwick Davis
  • Novelist Christina Schwarz
  • NEHGS Senior Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press Kyle Hurst
The trio of panelists will share their various perspectives and the “tricks of the trades,” resources, and methods they use to research and present historical times and places. Each will offer great insight for family historians in pursuit of the past. They will look at the “integrity” of the research process and the practical aspects of doing research to, first, gain historical understanding and then represent it to your audiences.

This online seminar includes:

  • Exclusive access to more than two hours' worth of instructive videos, plus downloaded slides, handouts, and other educational materials
  • 90-minute live conversation and Q&A with our panel of experts
  • Access to all course materials and unlimited replay of all videos through the end of June 2021

The live conversation will be held on Zoom Video Conferencing. A link to the live session, recorded videos, bookstore voucher, and other materials will be sent to participants in early March.


Researching Urban Ancestors in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Thursday, March 18, 3 PM-4 PM EST
Presented by Danielle Cournoyer
Cost: FREE

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, American cities seemingly sprang up overnight as new industries, new immigrant populations, and new opportunities blossomed. Finding your ancestor in a growing metropolis can be tricky. Luckily there are several resources, records, and research strategies available to assist you in your search. Researcher Danielle Cournoyer will discuss some of these key sources and techniques for researching your urban ancestry.

Online Conference

Researching Northern Irish Ancestors

Access to recordings, handouts, and other materials starting March 12, 2021 through June 30, 2021; Live broadcast: March 20, 2021 2:00 - 3:30 PM EDT
Presented by Experts at American Ancestors
Cost: $125

The Scots-Irish have been migrating from Northern Ireland to the United States and Canada since the 18th century. As with any genealogical research, there are challenges to researching your Northern Irish ancestors—finding their exact origins, sifting through common names, working through record loss—but there is a way forward! This online conference aims to provide you with the historical context, record overview, and research strategies to not only make real headway in your family history research, but also provide you with a better understanding of your ancestors’ daily life.

This conference includes access to five pre-recorded, 60-minute classes; exclusive access to handouts, templates, and other materials; and an in-depth Q&A sessions with the instructors.

Class 1: A Brief History of Northern Ireland and the Scots-Irish Migration to America, Judy Lucey

Understanding how your ancestor’s life fits into a greater context is critical to understanding their motivations, daily experience, and may shed light on new avenues of research. This first class will provide a brief history of Northern Ireland and offer an overview of key waves of migration to America.

Class 2: Determining Origins: Using American Records, Eileen Pironti

Before we can make the leap across the pond and dive into the records in Northern Ireland, we must first know exactly where our ancestors came from—beyond the county. There are several types of American records that can lead us to this information. This class will review both common—and less common—records that can assist you in making that leap.

Class 3: Records in Northern Ireland: Religious Records, Rhonda R. McClure

Church records and parish registers are an essential resource for anyone researching Irish ancestry. This class will review the records and resources available for Protestant, Catholic, and Presbyterian ancestors living in Northern Ireland. We will look at what records exist, what they contain, how to locate them, and how to apply them to your family history research.

Class 4: Records in Northern Ireland: Landed Estates, Rhonda R. McClure

Estate records can provide an incredible amount of information on both for land-owning ancestors and tenants. Because these records aren’t in a single location, not always digitized, and seldom indexed, they are frequently overlooked by genealogists. In this class we will demonstrate how to navigate and leverage these important records.

Class 5: Researching in Northern Ireland, Judy Lucey

This final class will review additional—often overlooked—records from Northern Ireland, provide an overview of key repositories, and offer advice on how to plan a research trip to your ancestral homeland.

NOTE: This copyrighted broadcast is the property of American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society. Any rebroadcast without the express permission of American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society is forbidden.

Author Event

John Matteson with A Worse Place Than Hell: How the Civil War Battle of Fredericksburg Changed a Nation

Tuesday, March 23, 6:00 - 7:00 PM EST
Moderator: Historian Debby Applegate
Presented in partnership with Porter Square Books and GBH Forum Network
Cost: FREE

December 1862 drove the United States toward a breaking point. The Battle of Fredericksburg shattered Union forces and Northern confidence. As Abraham Lincoln’s government threatened to fracture, this critical moment also tested five extraordinary individuals – Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., army chaplain Arthur Fuller, Walt Whitman, Louisa May Alcott, and John Pelham, a West Point cadet on the other side of the national schism. The changes they underwent led to profound repercussions in the country’s law, literature, politics, and popular mythology. Don’t miss hearing about their lives and this new work that interweaves the historic and the personal beautifully and powerfully.

Research Program

Virtual Research Tour to Washington, D.C.

Live broadcasts March 24 - March 27 10:00 a.m. - 5 p.m. EDT
Presented by Experts at American Ancestors
Cost: $475

Washington, D.C. is home to some of the most important repositories for genealogists. Whether you are doing research on your veteran ancestor, immigrant ancestor, homesteading ancestor—or simply want to leverage published resources, newspapers, and maps in your family history research—our nation’s capital holds the records you need. While we are unable to bring a group to Washington, D.C. this year, this four-day virtual research program will bring D.C. to you! We will devote time to each of the major repositories in Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Record Administration, Library of Congress, and DAR Library, receiving orientations from archivists and experts at each research center. Through 13 lectures, our genealogists will then help you contextualize the collections and make the most of these resources from afar. In addition to the orientations and lectures, participants will benefit from real-time demonstrations and activities, chatting with experts and fellow participants, and will receive a one-hour consultation with a genealogist in the week following the program.

    Program includes:
  • Orientation and Introduction from repository experts
  • 13 lectures from American Ancestors experts
  • 1-hour, one-on-one consultation with an expert (to be scheduled the week following the program)
  • Access to session recordings, handouts, and other materials

NOTE: Live sessions will be broadcast through Zoom Video Conferencing.

Wednesday, March 24th: DAR Library and Archives; Researching Revolutionary War Veterans
9:30 AM EDT Welcome and Introductions

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM EDT Orientation to DAR Library and Archives

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT Lunch break

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT Lecture: Getting to Know Your Revolutionary War Veteran Ancestor, David Allen Lambert
This first lecture will discuss how muster rolls, manuscript materials, published histories, lineage society databases, and more can help you establish your ancestor’s service and explore their role in the American Revolution. We will also review key repositories to begin—and deepen—your research.

2:15 PM – 2:30 PM EDT Break

2:30 PM - 3:45 PM EDT Lecture: Using Revolutionary War Pension Records, Melanie McComb
Revolutionary War pensions offer important information about a veteran’s service, their family, and life after the war. This session will discuss who was eligible to receive a pension, where to find them, what information is provided, how to navigate these records, and offer strategies for leveraging these records in your family history.

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM EDT Break

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT Lecture: Proving Your Descent and Applying to Lineage Societies, Katrina Fahy
This presentation will highlight some of the many lineage societies that exist to honor our patriot ancestors. We will discuss their application process and requirements, demonstrate how to prove—and document--your descent, and offer strategies for when you can’t find necessary vital records.

Thursday, March 25th: NARA; Researching Bounty Land, Homesteaders, and Civil War Pension Files
10:00 AM – 11:30 PM EDT Orientation to NARA

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT Lunch break

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT Lecture: Using Bounty Land Warrants in Family History Research, Ann Lawthers
From 1775 to 1855 the United States awarded bounty-land warrants to veterans of the Revolution, War of 1812, the Mexican War, and Indian Wars. These grants may not have only affected your family’s migrations, but greatly impacted the reach and settlement of the fledgling nation. This class will discuss who was eligible to receive bounty land warrants, what records exist documenting the grants, where to find these resources, and ultimately determine if your ancestor received a warrant.

2:15 PM – 2:30 PM EDT Break

2:30 PM - 3:45 PM EDT Lecture: Homesteaders: Using Land Entry Case Files in Your Family History, Melanie McComb
The Homestead Act of 1862 encouraged mass settlement of federal lands in the frontier, resulting in millions of records documenting the transfer of public land to private ownership. Learn how these land entry case files can assist in researching your homesteading ancestors.

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM EDT Break

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT Lecture: Using Civil War Pension Records, David Allen Lambert
Pension records can offer a goldmine of information for family historians. This session will discuss who was eligible to receive pension records, where to find them, what information is provided, how to navigate these records, and offer strategies for getting the most out of these important records.

Friday, March 26th: NARA; 19th and 20th-Century Immigration Files
10:00 AM – 11:30 PM EDT Lecture: History of Immigration to America: 19th and 20th Centuries, Rhonda R. McClure
This class will provide the important context for understanding your ancestors’ emigrant experience in the 19th and 20th centuries; with special consideration of what records were created and how immigration policies changed over the period. We will discuss who was coming to America, the reasons for emigrating, how world events affected immigration, the arrival process, and ports of entry, plus the introduction of the quota system, visas, and increased legislation.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT Lunch break

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT Lecture: Reading and Locating Passenger Lists, Lindsay Fulton
Passenger lists changed drastically from their advent in the early 19th century through the 20th century. To fully understand and analyze passenger lists, we need to understand how they were created, what information is included, and what inferences can be made. This class will also discuss strategies for narrowing your search when a passenger list can’t be found and piecing together an entire family’s movements to the United States.

2:15 PM – 2:30 PM EDT Break

2:30 PM - 3:45 PM EDT Lecture: Immigration Records, James Heffernan
Beyond the all-important passenger list, immigration to America resulted in the creation of several other records. This class will demonstrate how to utilize several records, including: passports (both those from the origin nation and those later applied for by naturalized US citizens), border crossings, C-Files (naturalization certificates, 1906-1956), AR-2 Files (Alien Registration Forms, 1940-1944), WWI Alien Registrations (1918, gathered by each state), Visa Files (1924-1944), A-Files (1944-1951), and the Arolsen Archive database, which documents European refugee arrivals following Nazi persecution.

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM EDT Break

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT Lecture: Immigrant Investigation and Deportation Case Files, Rhonda R. McClure
An immigrant could be turned away from entering the United States for a variety of reasons: bad health, likely to become a public charge, political allegiance, etc. This final class will review materials found in Record Group 85 (RG 85) that pertain to deportation, immigrant investigation, and Chinese Exclusion Act case files. We’ll look at what information is provided, how to access the materials, and how they may be helpful in piecing together your family history.

Saturday, March 27th: Library of Congress; Using Published Resources, Newspapers, and Maps in Your Family History Research
10:00 AM – 11:30 PM EDT Orientation to Library of Congress

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT Lunch break

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT Lecture: Using and Evaluating Published Genealogies, Alicia Crane Williams
Following the advent of American genealogy in the early to mid-19th century, thousands of genealogies were published featuring families across the country. While largely uncited—and arguably biased—these early works continue to be an important resource for modern day family historians. Learn how you can access, evaluate, and utilize early published family histories in your research.

2:15 PM – 2:30 PM EDT Break

2:30 PM - 3:45 PM EDT Lecture: Read All About It! Techniques to Find Your Ancestors in the Newspapers, Melanie McComb
Newspapers were the first form of "social media" and captured more than just obituaries. From birth announcements to crime reports to land sales, this session will delve into the wealth of information that can be found in newspapers. Learn what information is available, how it can help you in your family history research, and how to access these important resources, both online and offline.

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM EDT Break

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT Lecture: Using Maps in Your Family History Research, Hallie Borstel
From tracing ancestors on the move to understanding boundary changes to just becoming acquainted with the landscape of your ancestors' lives, maps are an incredibly important resource in your family history research. This session explores various ways in which maps can help broaden your genealogical horizons.

*Schedule subject to change.

NOTE: This copyrighted broadcast is the property of New England Historic Genealogical Society.


Tissington Hall Virtual Tour

Live broadcast: March 26, 1:00—2:15 PM EDT; Access to recording until April 30, 2021
Presented by Oliver Gerrish; Moderated by Curt DiCamillo, FRSA, Curator of Special Collections
Cost: $15

Architectural historian Oliver Gerrish is welcomed into Tissington Hall, the historic house and home to the FitzHerbert family since the 15th century. Located five miles north of the delightful market town of Ashbourne in Derbyshire, Tissington Hall is unique in that it is one of only 300 homes in the country that can boast the fact that the descendants of the original builder still live there, 400 years later.

Sir Richard FitzHerbert, the current baronet, together with Oliver conduct a tour of the fascinating interior—from the Jacobean hall through the Georgian rooms and, finally, into the Arts and Crafts library. Join us in March for this behind-the-scenes visit followed by a lively Q&A moderated by Curt DiCamillo.

About Oliver Gerrish: A native of Derbyshire, Oliver Gerrish is a Cambridge-educated architectural historian, a trustee of the Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust, and was one of the youngest feature writers to appear in the pages of Country Life magazine. He was chairman of The Young Georgians (the under-35 wing of the national architectural charity The Georgian Group), which he retired from in 2016 at the grand old age of 34, after nearly 15 years at the helm. While Chairman of The Young Georgians Oliver planned and led more than 100 tours and events on behalf of The Georgian Group. He is half of Historic Decoration, a series of study days on the history of British interiors, which Oliver founded, together with Lady Caroline Percy. The study days take place at the Percy family’s London seat, Syon House. Oliver is also a professional countertenor.

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