Family History Benefit Dinner

An Evening with David McCullough
in conversation with Stacy Schiff

D. Brenton Simons, President and CEO of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, cordially invites you to join us for an evening with David McCullough, two-time Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner, and recipient of the NEHGS Lifetime Achievement Award in conversation with 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award honoree and Pulitzer Prize winner Stacy Schiff.

Friday, April 27, 2018




5:30 p.m. — President’s Champagne Reception

6:00 p.m. — General Reception

7:00 p.m. — Dinner

Platinum Benefactor

Wells Fargo

Gold Benefactors

Hemenway & Barnes
Nancy S. Maulsby

Silver Benefactors

Robert Pemberton and Barbara Jordan
Welch & Forbes
Justin and Genevieve Wyner


Stephen H. Case

Our Honoree

David McCullough has been acclaimed as a “master of the art of narrative history.” He is twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize, twice winner of the National Book Award, and has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.

His most recent book, The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For, a collection of his speeches and a New York Times bestseller, has been praised as “powerful,” “clarifying and uplifting,” “brilliant,” and a book “every citizen of the Republic ought to read.”

His widely praised The Wright Brothers, was a #1 New York Times bestseller and remained on the list for more than a year. The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, also a #1 bestseller, has been called “dazzling,” “history to be savored.” His book 1776 has been acclaimed “a classic,” while John Adams, published in 2001, remains one of the most praised and widely read American biographies of all time. It is now in its 48th printing.

In a crowded, productive career, he has been an editor, teacher, lecturer, and familiar presence on public television -- as host of Smithsonian World, The American Experience, and narrator of numerous documentaries including Ken Burns’s The Civil War. John Adams, the seven-part mini-series on HBO produced by Tom Hanks, was one of the most acclaimed television events of recent years.

Born in Pittsburgh in 1933, he was educated there and at Yale. He has enjoyed a lifelong interest in art and architecture and is as well a devoted painter. He and his wife Rosalee Barnes McCullough have five children and nineteen grandchildren.

Our Host

Stacy Schiff is the author of Véra (Mrs.Vladimir Nabokov), winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Saint-Exupéry, a Pulitzer Prize finalist; and A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, winner of the George Washington Book Prize, the Ambassador Award in American Studies, and the Gilbert Chinard Prize of the Institut Français d'Amérique. All three books were New York Times Notable Books; the Los Angeles Times Book Review, the Chicago Tribune, and The Economist also named A Great Improvisation a Best Book of the Year.

Little, Brown published The Witches: Salem, 1692 in 2015. The New York Times hailed it as "an almost novelistic, thriller-like narrative." David McCullough declared the book—also a #1 bestseller—"brilliant from start to finish."

Schiff has written for The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe, among other publications. She lives in New York City.

Sponsorship Opportunities

To become a Benefactor or learn about sponsorship opportunities for this special event, please contact Jenna LaRiviere, Development Coordinator, at or at 617-226-1215.