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



July 8, 2020

Please check out this interview with me in the new (June 7, 2020) issue of Antiques & The Arts Weekly on genealogy in the age of COVID-19 and other topics:

June 18, 2020

Having witnessed two presidential impeachments in my lifetime (Clinton and Trump), I have wondered about how my ancestors might have viewed the impeachment by the House in 1868 (and subsequent acquittal by the Senate) of our 17th president, Andrew Johnson. One of my an...

April 23, 2020

 Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, events scheduled by NEHGS-AmericanAncestors, including the 2020 gala in Boston with former UK Prime Minister Sir John Major, have been postponed until further notice. 

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...

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