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D. Brenton Simons, Ryan J. Woods,
New England Historic Genealogical Society
and American Ancestors
invite you to the 

Winter  Family History Benefit 
Renowned expert in African American studies, Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham in dialogue with Finding Your Roots host, Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  

Thursday, January 28, 2021


5:30 p.m. EST
- Illustrated presentation by Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham- History in the Face of Slavery: A Family Portrait  
- Dialogue with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 
- Q&A with the audience  


Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Chair of the Department of History from 2018 to 2020, she is the first African American to hold this position. She is the National President of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for her historical writings. Most notably, she received the 2014 National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama at the White House in September 2015 for “illuminating the African American journey.” In March 2019 she received the John Hope Franklin Award sponsored by Diverse magazine and the TIAA Institute.


This program will be shared over Zoom Video Conferencing 

Access to a personal device and internet connection is required to take full advantage of the live broadcast. 

One ticket required per household, all but $65 is tax-deductible  


Gold Benefactors 
David and Jean Kruger 
Fiduciary Trust Company 

Silver Benefactors
Nancy M. Maulsby
Helen and DuWayne Sayles

Welch & Forbes LLC 

Stephen and Margaret Case
Sherry Edwards 
Gerry and Mary Lee Halpin
Robert and Cynthia Hendrickson
Jo Anne Makely  
Jonathan Buck Treat and Leslie Aitken 
Albert Zdenek, Jr. 

Sally Crawford and Peter Wells 
Brenda L. Johnson 
Marjorie Julian 
Olivia Hood Parker 
Toby and Stacie Webb
Dale Ellen Yoe 




For more information contact Courtney Reardon, Events Manager,
at or 617-226-1215.  

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