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

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January 30, 2018

Above: Boston Harbor 1694. copyright 2017 by the New England Historic Genealogical Society (AmericanAncestors.org) 

A treasure of the New England Historic Genealogical Society's map collection is found in the copy of Captain Cyprian Southack's "draught of Boston Ha...

January 30, 2018

A compelling, interactive exhibit, "Our Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag History," will open at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 (through Friday, April 27); it will be free and open to the public. This is the second in a se...

January 29, 2018

Above: Brenton Simons delivering Mayor Walsh's proclamation of "William M. Fowler Day" at the Harvard Club of Boston.

On Thursday, January 25, 2018, the New England Historic Genealogical Society honored historian William M. Fowler, Jr. with the Lifetime Achievement Awar...

January 25, 2018

Above: A carte de visite of the Hon. Alexander Hamilton Bailey, the gr-gr-great grandfather of Brenton Simons, as photographed by Mathew Brady. 

For many years, I have been interested in Mathew Brady (1822-1896), the famed photographic chronicler of the Civil War. Among...

January 23, 2018

Pictured: Author David Rutland, 11th Duke of Rutland

One of the most interesting books I have had the pleasure to read recently was written by friends David Rutland and Emma Ellis: Resolution: Two Brothers. A Nation in Crisis. A World at War. I had the honor of attendin...

January 22, 2018

Above: Elle Shushan at the Winter Antiques Show.

Visiting with colleagues, friends, and NEHGS members -- not to mention perusing great works of art and the finest antiques, many with fascinating genealogical connections -- is one the joys of attending the annual Winter...

January 17, 2018

I recently had the honor of writing a new foreword to Annie H. Thwing's classic, The Crooked and Narrow Streets of Boston, 1630-1822, published in a new softcover edition by the New England Historic Genealogical Society (AmericanAncestors.org). 

Excerpted from my forewo...

January 16, 2018

My friend and esteemed colleague Georgia Barnhill will be presenting what I know will be a fascinating talk on Fitz Henry Lane at the Boston Athenaeum on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, from 12:00 to 1 p.m. No registration required. 

From the announcement:

"In this richl...

January 16, 2018

One of the more unusual articles of clothing I have found in 18th century ancestral estate inventories found in our library at NEHGS is a banyan - a loose morning gown or "robe de chambre,"  an elegant article of gentleman's clothing principally worn about the house....

January 14, 2018

 In 2011, I was contacted by Alison Leigh Cowan, who was then a writer at The New York Times, looking for leads on families that originated in New Amsterdam and, in the following centuries, had an impact on American history and settled across the country. She was looki...

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