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



February 26, 2018

On Friday, April 27, 2018 the New England Historic Genealogical Society will present Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough with our Lifetime Achievement Award in History & Biography in a dinner at the Fairmont Copley Hotel in Boston. I will confer upon him a d...

February 26, 2018

Having written about kidnapped heiresses in the colonial period, I was interested to delve into a modern case and so watched CNN's limited series, "The Radical Story of Patty Hearst," which concluded last night, with great interest. For Patty Hearst, a granddaughter of...

February 15, 2018

Pictured: a parchment diploma of the Society of the Cincinnati signed by George Washington and Henry Knox. Author's collection.

The Society of the Cincinnati, an order named after Roman Consul Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, was founded in 1783 by Henry Knox and others to...

February 14, 2018

HRH Princess Michael of Kent, author of "A Cheetah's Tale." Copyright John Swannell. Courtesy of Bradt Travel Guides.

One of the most charming and sensitively written books I have read in a very long time is "A Cheetah's Tale" by HRH Princess Michael of Kent (Bradt Trav...

February 9, 2018

Pictured: Crom Castle, near Newtownbutler, co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, home of the Earl of Erne.

In 2017,  I was delighted to welcome John Crichton, the 7th Earl of Erne and Baron of Fermanagh, who presides over Crom Castle, his ancestral home in the heart of Nor...

February 7, 2018

 In 2016, I was approached by sculptor Marcia Zonis who wished to donate a superb 1971 plaster bust of Walter Muir Whitehill (1905-1978), the eminent Boston historian and library director, to the New England Historic Genealogical Society, an institution where he had pr...

February 3, 2018

Pictured: Doorway of John Adams birthplace. 

The first member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society in 1845 was the former President of the United States, John Quincy Adams. I recently had the opportunity to visit the Adams homestead and birthplace, a Nationa...

February 3, 2018

Pictured: Brenton Simons at a dinner of the Florida Society of Colonial Wars, Palm Beach, Florida.

One of our most distinguished partners at the New England Historic Genealogical Society is the General Society of Colonial Wars, a hereditary society initially formed in N...

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