Fall Family History Benefit Dinner

Featuring Historian Joseph J. Ellis

in conversation with Stacy Schiff

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Four Seasons Hotel
200 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts

Schedule of Events

5:30 p.m. Patrons’ Champagne Reception
6:00 p.m. General Reception
6:30 p.m. Genealogical Presentation and Program
7:30 p.m. Dinner

Silver Benefactors

Judith Avery
Nancy S. Maulsby
Robert Pemberton and Barbara Jordan

3EDGE Asset Management


Stephen H. Case
Howard Cox and Wendy Bingham
Lucy S. Dillon and Kevin Kuester
Thomas B. Hagen
Gerry and MaryLee Halpin
Julie and Bayard Henry
Mark Nichols and Lowell Massey
Vivian and Lionel Spiro
Jonathan B. Treat and Leslie Aitken

Welch & Forbes LLC

Joe Ellis

Joseph J. Ellis is the author of many acclaimed works of American history including Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson, which won the National Book Award. His most recent work, American Dialogue: The Founders and Us, examines the relevance of the views of the founding fathers to issues in America today and how their insights can help frame discussions about race, economic inequality, jurisprudence, and foreign policy.

Stacy Schiff

Ellis will be in conversation with NEHGS Lifetime Achievement Award recipient 
Stacy Schiff, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, and, among other books, Cleopatra and The Witches: Salem, 1692.

Preservation and History Award Honorees

Vivian K. Spiro

Vivian K. Spiro is former Board Chairman of the Associates of the Boston Public Library, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving the library’s Special Collections and making them more widely accessible. During her tenure, she created numerous programs, educational initiatives, and resources for writers underscoring the Associates’ mission; oversaw the Associates’ renowned Literary Lights dinner, an annual fundraiser honoring outstanding writers; and established several named funds providing consistent support for the cataloging, conservation, and digitization of the BPL’s most important archival and artistic holdings. Her work made possible the preservation and digitization of a vast archive of abolitionist materials, the original records of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and thousands of other irreplaceable historic treasures.

Donald R. Friary

Throughout his remarkable career, Donald R. Friary has had positive impact on dozens of organizations that support preservation and history. He currently serves as President of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, Chair of the Bowne House Museum Advisory Committee, and on the Massachusetts Historical Commission. He is President Emeritus of Historic Deerfield and was a founder of the Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife. He has served as President of the Williamstown Art Conservation Center and on the Board of Mass Humanities. As History for Hire, he is a consultant to museums and historical societies throughout the Northeast. Friary is a past Trustee of NEHGS and is currently a Councilor.

Joseph J. Ellis photo by Dorothy Greco
Stacy Schiff photo by Elena Seibert