Events and Programs

NEHGS events in and around Boston

Learn with NEHGS experts and partner organizations at dozens of lectures, seminars, workshops, and other events, offered each year at the NEHGS research library and in the greater Boston area. Recent seminar topics have included Irish research, digital preservation, identifying family photographs, organizing your family history, writing and publishing your family history, and many more.

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January

January 17 - Dr. Saul Hertz and the Origin of Nuclear Medicine: Genealogy, Challenges, Legacy
In partnership with the Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS
Presented by Barbara Hertz
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
7:00 PM–8:30 PM Cost: FREE

In the 1930s and 40s, Dr. Saul Hertz revolutionized medicine with his breakthrough research establishing the use of radioactive iodine (RAI) as the cornerstone of Nuclear Medicine. Used today, RAI is the Gold Standard of targeted cancer therapy. The son of Jewish immigrants, Hertz faced many professional challenges, especially anti-semitism, with his contributions being falsely recorded, omitted, and trivialized in medical history. More than eighty years since his research began in Boston at MGH and MIT, his story, achievements, and legacy are coming to light. Join Barbara Hertz for an illustrated talk on Dr. Hertz’s family’s origins in Poland, the social biases that impeded his due recognition, and how his medical legacy continues to this day. A special exhibit featuring research journals, vivid photographs, and correspondence as well as family heirlooms will be on display following the lecture and available for viewing through the end of March. Please register.

January 20 - New Visitor Tour
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
10:00 AM–11:00 AM Cost: FREE

This free orientation and tour introduces you to the resources available at the NEHGS research facility. Founded in 1845, NEHGS is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit genealogy library and archive. With more than 15 million artifacts, books, manuscripts, microfilms, journals, photographs, and records—and expert staff to help you navigate it all—NEHGS provides the access you need to research your family history. You do not have to be a member to participate. Tour attendees are welcome to use our resources following the tour. No registration necessary.

SOLD OUT!
January 20 - Using DNA in Family History Research
In partnership with the New Hampshire Historical Society
Presented by Tom Dreyer
NHHS, 30 Park Street Concord, NH 03301
1:00 PM–4:00 PM Cost: $35 Members; $50 Nonmembers; register through NHHS

Advances in DNA research over the last decades have had huge implications for the field of genealogy. Yet, with the growing number of companies and options, it can be difficult to know what test is best for you and your genealogical goals. In this workshop Tom Dreyer from the New England Historic Genealogical Society will discuss what types of genetic tests are available to family historians, what genealogical problems they can—and can’t—assist you with, and ultimately how to choose the right test(s) to further your family history research. This event is now sold out.

SOLD OUT!
January 20, January 27, and February 3 - Building Your Genealogical Skills (Three-Session Course, Winter)
Presented by Ann Lawthers, Genealogist
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
2:00 PM–4:00 PM Cost: $75

Take your research skills to the next level! With the sheer number of online resources at your fingertips, it's easy to dive in to your family history research without any formal training as a genealogist. Certainly you'll learn along the way, and devise your own methods, but it's also easy to become overwhelmed and form bad habits. Whether you are new to genealogy, want to refresh your skills, or learn best practices, this course will set you on the right path to getting the most out of your family history research. Topics include: how to record your findings, strategies for analyzing records, online research, and more. Each class includes skill-building exercises to help students apply their new found knowledge. This event is now sold out. To be added to our waiting list, please contact education@nehgs.org or call 617-226-1226.

January 24 - Using AmericanAncestors.org
Presented by NEHGS Web Team
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
12:00 PM–1:00 PM Cost: FREE

AmericanAncestors.org is the most-used genealogical society website in the world. It provides family historians access to more than 1.4 billion records spanning the U.S. and beyond, including one of the most extensive online collections of early American records, and the largest searchable collection of published genealogical research journals and magazines. Learn what online resources exist, how to navigate the website, perform effective database searches, browse our collections online, and more. Please register.

January 24 - Growing Up with the Country: Family, Race, and Nation after the Civil War
Presented by author Kendra Taira Field
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
6:00 PM–7:30 PM Cost: FREE

Following the lead of her own ancestors, Kendra Field’s epic family history chronicles the westward migration of freedom’s first generation in the fifty years after emancipation. Drawing on decades of archival research and family lore within and beyond the United States, Field traces their journey out of the South to Indian Territory, where they participated in the development of black and black Indian towns and settlements. When statehood, oil speculation, and Jim Crow segregation imperiled their lives and livelihoods, these formerly enslaved men and women again chose emigration. Some migrants launched a powerful back-to-Africa movement, while others moved on to Canada and Mexico. Join award-winning scholar Dr. Kendra Field to learn more about this masterful and poignant story of three African-American families who journeyed west after emancipation. Book sales and signing to follow. Please register.

February

February 2 - Genealogical Resources at Massachusetts Historical Society
Part of our First Friday lecture series
Presented by Catherine Allgor and Peter Drummey, Massachusetts Historical Society
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
12:00 PM–1:00 PM Cost: FREE

Founded in 1791, the Massachusetts Historical Society is an invaluable resource for American history, life, and culture. Through its research library in Boston, online resources, publications, exhibitions, and programs, the Massachusetts Historical society makes its holdings accessible to anyone with an interest in the people and events that shaped our country. Often cited as one of the greatest repositories of American history the Society should be considered by historical and genealogical researchers alike. Join Catherine Allor, President, and Peter Drummey, Stephen T. Riley Librarian to learn more about the treasures found at Massachusetts Historical Society and gain insight on how these resources may be used to further your family history research. Register today.

February 3 - New Visitor Tour
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
10:00 AM–11:00 AM Cost: FREE

This free orientation and tour introduces you to the resources available at the NEHGS research facility. Founded in 1845, NEHGS is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit genealogy library and archive. With more than 15 million artifacts, books, manuscripts, microfilms, journals, photographs, and records—and expert staff to help you navigate it all—NEHGS provides the access you need to research your family history. You do not have to be a member to participate. Tour attendees are welcome to use our resources following the tour. No registration necessary.

February 10 - Irish Study Group
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
9:30 AM–12:00 PM Cost: FREE

This Irish Genealogy Study Group gathers each month to talk about research problems and share solutions. Everyone is welcome and attendees are invited to stay and use the library resources afterwards. Contact Mary Ellen Grogan at megrogan@ix.netcom.com for more information. No registration necessary.

February 10 - For Those Who Served: Researching Veteran Ancestors from Colonial Conflicts to World War II
Presented by David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
9:30 AM–4:30 PM Cost: $125, includes five lectures, breakfast, and lunch

Throughout American history, brave men and women have answered the call to serve our country and defend our families. Many of us can claim these courageous citizens as our ancestors. But how do we learn more about their service? In this all-day seminar, David Allen Lambert will provide you with the tools, tips, and strategies for research veteran ancestors who served in colonial conflicts, the American Revolution, War of 1812, American Civil War, World War I, and World War II. View a full agenda and register today.

February 21 - New Visitor Tour
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
10:00 AM–11:00 AM Cost: FREE

This free orientation and tour introduces you to the resources available at the NEHGS research facility. Founded in 1845, NEHGS is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit genealogy library and archive. With more than 15 million artifacts, books, manuscripts, microfilms, journals, photographs, and records—and expert staff to help you navigate it all—NEHGS provides the access you need to research your family history. You do not have to be a member to participate. Tour attendees are welcome to use our resources following the tour. No registration necessary.

February 21 - The Évian Conference and the Creation of a Jewish Legacy in the Dominican Republic
In partnership with the Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS
Presented by Hugh Baver
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
6:00 PM–7:30 PM Cost: FREE

By 1938, nearly 150,000 German Jews had fled Nazi rule. Many sought refuge in the United States and elsewhere, but were turned away due to anti-Semitic immigration quotas and policies. In response to growing pressure, President Franklin D. Roosevelt convened the Évian Conference in Évian-les-Bains, France to discuss the fate of Europe’s fleeing Jews. Delegates from thirty-two countries met, but only one nation agreed to welcome these refugees: the Dominican Republic. Join Hugh Baver, Chairman of Sosúa75, to learn more about the conference—its context, content, and participants—and how the settlement on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic, Sosúa, came to be. Register today.

February 27 - Book Event: Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare
Presented by author Giles Milton
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
6:00 PM–7:30 PM Cost: FREE

Six Gentlemen, one goal: the destruction of Hitler's war machine. Operating under a total veil of secrecy to carry out guerrilla attacks against top Nazi officials and chosen by Churchill himself, the Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare was a well hidden detail of the Second World War for decades. Join Giles Milton, author of Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: The Mavericks who Plotted Hitler's Defeat, to learn more about the incredible men and women in this inner circle who helped defeat the Nazi regime. Books sales and signing to follow. Register today.

Exhibits

January 17 - March 30, 2018
Dr. Saul Hertz and the Origin of Nuclear Medicine: Genealogy, Challenges, Legacy

In partnership with the Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
Cost: FREE

In the 1930s and 40s, Dr. Saul Hertz revolutionized medicine with his breakthrough research establishing the use of radioactive iodine (RAI) as the cornerstone of Nuclear Medicine. Used today, RAI is the Gold Standard of targeted cancer therapy. The son of Jewish immigrants, Hertz faced many professional challenges, especially anti-semitism, with his contributions being falsely recorded, omitted, and trivialized in medical history. More than eighty years since his research began in Boston at MGH and MIT, his story, achievements, and legacy are coming to light. Featuring research journals, vivid photographs, and correspondence as well as family heirloom, this exhibit examines the family’s origins in Poland, the social biases that impeded Hertz's due recognition, and how his medical legacy continues to this day.