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Want to learn more about the Mayflower voyage and the early days of America's history? Join us at our research center in Boston for these special events.


| Lectures | Exhibits | Online Events |




The World of Credit in Colonial Massachusetts

April 6, 2018
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
12:00—1:00 PM
Cost: FREE

Part of our First Friday Lecture Series

Presented by James E. Wadsworth

James Richards’s daybook, a 325-year-old ledger that had been passed down through generations of a New England family, was stored in a pillowcase in a dusty attic when it was handed to the historian James E. Wadsworth. For nearly twenty years, James Richards, a prosperous and typical colonial farmer, tracked nearly five thousand transactions, involving more than six hundred individuals, stretching from Charlestown to Barnstable. Richards and his neighbors were bound together in a heterogeneous economy, reliant on networks of credit, barter, and sometimes cash. The daybook also reveals significant social details about Richards and his household, including his diverse trading partners, his extensive family connections, his claim over an Indian slave girl, and his expenditures on behalf of a well-dressed female servant. Hear how this record of economic life reinforces and challenges our understanding of colonial America. REGISTER NOW

The Critical Backstory to Colonization from the Native Perspective

April 18, 2018
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
6:00—7:30 PM
Cost: FREE

Presented by Paula Peters

The pre-colonial and colonial history of New England is rarely told with the balance that comes from inclusion of the Native perspective. Ms. Peters, a Mashpee Wampanoag, explores the primary resources of the period through an indigenous lens providing a fresh, unique analysis of the period. This lecture compliments the exhibit, “Our” Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag History, on display at New England Historic Genealogical Society, April 3 – April 25, 2018. REGISTER NOW

Pilgrim Chronicles: Exploring the Origins and Legacy of the Mayflower

April 28, 2018
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
2:00—4:00 PM
Cost: FREE

Presented by Robert Charles Anderson, FASG and Dr. Francis Bremer

As the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower approaches, there is a renewed interest in the first English settlers to America and in the original materials that document their story. Hear from preeminent early American genealogists and historians, Robert Charles Anderson, FASG and Dr. Francis J. Bremer about their continued contributions to early New England scholarship and their planned projects in advance of the year 2020. Robert Charles Anderson will discuss his research on the genealogical and ideological connections among the Puritans who settled New England, featured in his forthcoming book, Puritan Pedigrees: The Deep Roots of the Great Migration to New England (due out in 2018). Dr. Bremer will discuss the importance of William Bradford’s journals to our understanding of this period and he will preview his plans for a newly transcribed and annotated edition of Bradford’s work, Of Plimoth Plantation—which will be available in print and online. REGISTER NOW




"Our" Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag History

April 3—April 25, 2018
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
Cost: FREE

In partnership with Plymouth 400, Inc.

“Our” Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag History is a multi-media, traveling exhibit that illuminates America’s earliest beginnings from the Wampanoag perspective—a voice largely silenced in the colonial narrative. The Wampanoag have lived in southeastern Massachusetts for more than 12,000 years and were the first tribe encountered by the passengers of the Mayflower. The exhibit begins with the kidnapping and enslavement of 27 Wampanoag men—including Tisquantum (later known as Squanto), the only captive to return home. Its final chapter discusses the brutal legacy of colonization, the effects of which are still felt today. The beliefs and practices of the Wampanoag, including powwows, politics, religion, and every-day life are portrayed in words, images, and film.

"Our" Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag History is conceptualized, researched, and produced by SmokeSygnals Marketing and Communications and The Indian Spiritual and Cultural Training Council Inc. The exhibit is part of Plymouth 400, Inc.'s Signature Programs and Events and will continue to travel through 2020. Additional chapters of Wampanoag history will be added each year in November.


Online Events


Tracing Mayflower Lineage: Resources at

April 19, 2018

Cost: FREE

Presented by Don LeClair, Associate Director, Database Search and Systems

Interested in learning if you are descended from a Mayflower passenger? American Ancestors can help. Discover the databases and online resources at that can help you make the connection you've been looking for. From scholarly journals to compiled genealogies and study projects, you will learn how to leverage these resources in your family history research. REGISTER NOW

Exploring and Verifying Your Mayflower Lineage

Wednesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2018

Cost: $125

As the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower crossing approaches, many are left wondering if their ancestors may have been among the 50 passengers who left descendants. In this five-session course, you will hear from leading experts in the field about the reasons for the crossing and the passenger’s known English origins, how to verify your connection to the Mayflower, and how to apply to lineage societies, such as the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. REGISTER NOW


Watch this space for more events coming soon to NEHGS!