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



February 19, 2019

Please join me! On Monday, April 8, 2019, I will give an all-new, illustrated talk in Washington, DC, on "Four Centuries of American Family Heritage Treasures and a rare glimpse at some of the originals themselves" at a luncheon (12:00 pm to 1:30 p.m) hosted by three d...

February 19, 2019

Carnegie Hall and 75+ partnering organizations will sponsor a festival of 100+

events in New York City entitled "Migrations: The Making of America," beginning February 28, 2019 (and at Carnegie Hall on March 9, 2019). Events range from talks and workshops to musical pre...

February 15, 2019

A truly remarkable contribution to the field of genealogy has been achieved by my colleague and friend, David Watson Kruger. If you are lucky enough to be closely related to David, you have just hit genealogical pay dirt! He has recently completed a six-volume genealog...

February 7, 2019

Genealogist Don Charles Stone has prepared a magnificent chart for me tracing my descents from Charlemagne, William the Conqueror, Edward I, and other kings and noblemen. While I knew I had such ancestry, Don's enormous chart brings these historical figures to life in...

November 20, 2018

Genealogist Gary Boyd Roberts, Senior Research Scholar Emeritus at AmericanAncestors.org and the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, has announced his forthcoming book "The Mayflower 500: Mayflower Descents of 500 Notable Americans ..." to be published i...

November 6, 2018

Illuminate Thanksgiving

Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 4:30 pm,

Plymouth, Massachusetts

Starts at National Pilgrim Memorial Meetinghouse, 19 Town Square, Plymouth, concludes at Plymouth Waterfront  

This event is FREE and open to the public!

Above, American Ancestors CE...

November 6, 2018

Join us at NEHGS, 101 Newbury Street, Boston, on the evening of Thursday, November 8 (visit AmericanAncestor.org to register) when Dr. Christopher Ridgway, curator at Castle Howard, will speak on the iconic stately English country house in North Yorkshire.


September 4, 2018

Today, a long-awaited personal goal of mine was fulfilled: an exact duplicate of the "great chair" used by my ancestor, Governor William Bradford," was delivered to me a short time ago. Meticulously recreated by master joiner Peter Follansbee, it was constructed to exa...

August 16, 2018

A festschrift honoring Jonathan Fairbanks, the famous curator of American decorative arts, who has held positions at Winterthur, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Fuller Craft Museum has been published. I was very honored to be included as an author in it (my es...

August 16, 2018

"Pilgrim Roots of the Great Migration," the first international tour in our "Pilgrim Pathways" series of heritage tours occurred last week in Nottinghamshire and environs in the United Kingdom when thirty members of the New England Historic Genealogical Society retrace...

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