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



November 6, 2018

Join us at NEHGS, 101 Newbury Street, Boston, on the evening of Thursday, November 8 (visit 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...

July 20, 2018

For many people, collecting is not just a pastime but a passion. I fall into this category. One of the things I have been interested in lately are old menus and invitations. I am especially intrigued by invitations that relate to organizations in the historical and gen...

June 21, 2018

Save the date! On Thursday, October 25, 2018, the New England Historic Genealogical Society and will honor the eminent author, presidential historian, and CNN contributor Douglas Brinkley with a dinner gala in his honor. Brinkley will be presented...

June 21, 2018

From "John Adams Today:"

"He thoroughly wowed our bright, affluent, and informed audiences" -- David Bryant, Library Director, Ranch Mirage Public Library

"Since 2008, the renowned re-enactor George Baker has portrayed the historical figure of John Adams for colleges, bu...

June 14, 2018



Are you related to one of America's first immigrants? A new "Pilgrim database" from the New England Historic Genealogical Society and the General Society of Mayflower Descendants will let you know for sure.

Photo courtesy o...

June 4, 2018

Congratulations! On Thursday, June 21, Old Sturbridge Village will honor two colleagues of mine: Margaret Burke, Executive Director Emerita of the Concord Museum and Dennis Fiori, President Emeritus of the Massachusetts Historical Society, with the 2018 President's Awa...

June 1, 2018

The history of witchcraft in New England has always been a personal interest of mine. Boston witchcraft was one of the central themes of my 2005 book, "Witches, Rakes, and Rogues."

In the newly published issue of The New England Historical and Genealogical Register (Spr...

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