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Brenton Simons on history, genealogy, collecting, and the arts



October 16, 2019

I am delighted to announce that former UK Prime Minister The Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH will visit Boston in April 2020 to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the New England Historic Genealogical Society's founding as the world's first genealogical society, the 400t...

September 24, 2019

As part of our 175th anniversary celebrations at NEHGS in 2020, I am delighted to announce the publication next spring of Family Treasures: 175 Years of Collecting Art and Furniture at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, by the distinguished curator and Amer...

August 28, 2019

“The Largest Genealogical Society in World in Boston” roared a headline of the Boston Sunday Globe on January 17, 1954. The same is true today —- and we are now in a countdown to the 175th anniversary in 2020 of the founding of the first Genealogical Society in the wor...

August 21, 2019

I was delighted to attend a launch event today for Highclere Gin with special guest Lady Carnarvon at the British Residence on Beacon Hill, Boston. Highclere is famously the setting of “Downtown Abbey" --- an unparalleled English country house where we have brought two...

August 15, 2019

I recently had the great privilege of making a long trek from Boston to Quebec to visit friends and experience one of the most impressive private gardens in North America.

It is found near La Malbaie and the St. Lawrence River in Quebec, Canada: "Les Jardins de Quatre-V...

August 15, 2019

It was a great pleasure to present Presidential historian and bestselling author Douglas Brinkley with his genealogy at the American Ancestors-New England Historic Genealogical Society dinner in Brookline, Massachusetts, on July 25, 2019, when he spoke on "the Art of P...

August 6, 2019

Join internationally renowned country house expert Curt DiCamillo, NEHGS Curator of Collections, next month (September 15-21) as we explore the finest houses in and around Co. Kilkenny. From the grand Castletown, Ireland's largest and most important 18th-century countr...

August 5, 2019

I am honored to announce that Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts has appointed me to the Plymouth 400th Anniversary Commission. I was sworn in as a Commissioner in a brief ceremony this morning on the Governor’s Balcony at the State House by Jordan Maynard, the Go...

March 4, 2019

On Friday March 29, 2019, the Associates of the Boston Public Library will host a commemorative event marking the 150th anniversary of the National Peace Jubilee:

"In 1869 Americans from across the country gathered in Copley Square to celebrate the end of the Civil War...

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