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



May 29, 2018

I am greatly looking forward to joining a very special Pilgrim-themed ancestral tour in the United Kingdom later this summer!

In August, the New England Historic Genealogical Society and American Ancestors will host an exclusive tour, "Pilgrim Roots of the Great Migrati...

May 10, 2018

The New England Historic Genealogical Society is delighted to be a lender to a special exhibition opening tomorrow, May 11, at the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston, "Entrepreneurship & Classical Design in Boston's South End: The Furniture of Isaac Vose & Thom...

May 7, 2018

From the May issue of Vanity Fair:

"According to genealogist Gary Boyd Roberts, a researcher at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, in Boston, Meghan and Harry are 17th cousins, thanks again to the prolific Edward III, who had nine children who survived to ad...

May 7, 2018

Pictured: Brenton Simons, Nancy Maulsby (Board Chairman, New England Historic Genealogical Society) and our distinguished honoree, David McCullough, at a dinner held by NEHGS in his honor on April 27, 2018, in Boston.

On the evening of Friday, April 27, 2018, the New En...

April 18, 2018

One of my favorite things to occasionally give as a gift to friends, colleagues, and supporters of the New England Historic Genealogical Society is this hand-casted likeness in plaster of George Washington. This rare image, which is duplicated from an 19th c. antique c...

April 9, 2018

Pictured: Jonathan L. Fairbanks at the Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts. By courtesy of Wicked Local. 

A festschrift honoring Jonathan L. Fairbanks, the distinguished American decorative arts expert, who served as longtime curator at the Museum of Fine Arts,...

April 4, 2018

I am pleased to announce that the multi-media exhibition,"Our Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag History," has opened at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, and will be free to the public now through Wednesday, April 25, 2018:

This e...

April 3, 2018

The Boston Athenaeum has announced  a what promises to be a fun performance with literary performers and educators: "Shakespeare to Hip Hop: A Shakespeare Time-Traveling Speakeasy," on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 6 pm:

"Scholar or novice, student or teacher, Shakespeare T...

March 29, 2018

Pictured: "Mayflower Descendant: A Journal of Pilgrim Genealogy & History," a publication of the New England Historic Genealogical Society in association with the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants.

As we approach the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim landing...

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