2017 Family History Benefit Dinner

A Special Evening with Stacy Schiff

"The hottest biographer on the block"
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D. Brenton Simons, President and CEO of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, cordially invites you to join us on Friday, April 28, 2017 for an evening with Stacy Schiff (pictured at right), recipient of the NEHGS Lifetime Achievement Award in History and Biography.

Co-hosted by William M. Fowler, Jr. and Mary M. Tedesco.

Friday, April 28, 2017



5:30 p.m. — Patron & Benefactor Private Reception
6:00 p.m. — General Reception
7:00 p.m. — Dinner

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Our Honoree

Stacy Schiff is the author of Véra (Mrs.Vladimir Nabokov), winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Saint-Exupéry, a Pulitzer Prize finalist; and A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France,and the Birth of America, winner of the George Washington Book Prize, the Ambassador Award in American Studies, and the Gilbert Chinard Prize of the Institut Français d'Amérique. All three were New York Times Notable Books; the Los Angeles Times Book Review, the Chicago Tribune, and The Economist also named A Great Improvisation a Best Book of the Year.

Her fourth book, Cleopatra: A Life, was published to great acclaim in 2010, appeared on most year-end best books lists, including the New York Times's Top Ten Books of 2010, and won the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for biography. A #1 bestseller, it was translated into 30 languages. Little, Brown published The Witches: Salem, 1692, in 2015. The New York Times hailed it as "an almost novelistic, thriller-like narrative." David McCullough declared the book—also a #1 bestseller—"brilliant from start to finish."

Schiff has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities and was a Director’s Fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. She was awarded a 2006 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2011 she was named a Library Lion by the New York Public Library. Schiff has written for The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe, among other publications. She lives in New York City.

Platinum Benefactor
Wells Fargo

Silver Benefactor
Judy Avery
David H. Burnham
Robert Pemberton and Barbara Jordan
Sit Investment Associates
Traust Sollus Wealth Management, Albert J. Zdenek Jr., President & CEO
Morrison DeS. and Stacie Webb

Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation
Thomas Bailey Hagen
Nancy S. Maulsby
Mark Kimball Nichols
Herbert D. Simons
Lionel and Vivian Spiro
Nancy and John Webster
Welch & Forbes LLC

Honorary Co-Chairs
Lionel and Vivian Spiro
Morrison DeS. and Stacie Webb

Sponsorship Opportunities

To become a Benefactor or learn about sponsorship opportunities for this special event, please contact Dani Torres, Development Coordinator, at danielle.torres@nehgs.org or at 617-226-1215.