Historian/Author Stephen Puleo to Appear on “American Stories, Inspiration Today”

American Ancestors, also known as the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), has been sponsoring a series of FREE online virtual programs titled “American Stories, Inspiration Today” done in collaboration with the Boston Public Library. The latest announcement certainly will interest many people, especially those with Irish ancestry. Here is the announcement written by American Ancestors:

American Ancestors│NEHGS and the Boston Public Library Present a True Tale of Irish-U.S. History and Humanitarian Aid

Boston Historian Stephen Puleo, Author of Voyage of Mercy,
Talks Tuesday, May 14, at 6 p.m. EDST
in a Virtual Event Series Titled “American Stories, Inspiration Today”
Providing History, Inspiration, Intelligence on the American Experience
for This Unprecedented At-home Time


Talks Are Free – Online Registration Now Open

May 7, 2020—Boston, Massachusetts—On Thursday, May 14, at 6:00 p.m. EDST, Author Stephen Puleo, will share a dramatic story from the annals of Irish-U.S. history. His just-released book Voyage of Mercy brings to life an inspiring mission beginning in Boston that united the American people and launched our country on its path to providing humanitarian aid worldwide.

His talk, which will take place online and free of charge, is part of a new series titled “American Stories, Inspiration Today” presented by American Ancestors│New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) in partnership with the Boston Public Library. The virtual event series, which features best-selling authors and their new illuminating works, was launched in early April in response to the Covid-19 health crisis.

“The voyage of Boston sea captain Robert Bennet Forbes and the crew of the USS Jamestown is a little-known chapter of American history. We hope many will join us to hear this history brought to life by one of Boston’s best-loved historians and appreciate the true tales of our ancestors on both sides of the Atlantic – the heroism and benevolence they displayed at a time of national crisis,” said Jean Maguire, Library Director of NEHGS, who will moderate the virtual online event.

The American “Voyage of Mercy” to Ireland took place in 1847 during the potato famine. Coming at a time when interactions between nations consisted of pure political strategy, warfare, and occasional trade, it was a ground-breaking mission: the donation of massive relief to Ireland sparked America’s tradition of providing humanitarian aid around the world.

Stephen Puleo is a historian, college teacher, public speaker, and the author of seven books, including Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919. A former award-winning newspaper reporter and contributor to American History magazine, the Boston Globe, and other publications, he has taught at Suffolk University and UMass-Boston.

Jean Maguire is the Library Director at American Ancestors │ New England Historic Genealogical Society, responsible for overseeing the organization’s library and special collections, patron services and preservation, as well as the Society’s volunteer program. Her areas of research expertise include Irish genealogy and Italian genealogy.

Register for this free event at: https://wgbh.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_y43ihLaoRmCzDnwqEySMWA

More information about the series and authors is available on the websites of the presenting organizations including American Ancestors│NEHGSWGBH Forum Network, co-presenters and producers, and the Boston Public Library.

Upcoming virtual events in the “American Stories, Inspiration Today” series include:

    • Author Libby Copeland with THE LOST FAMILY: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are — Wednesday, May 20, at 6:00 pm EDST. Guest Moderator: Amy Dockser Marcus, staff reporter,    The Wall Street Journal
    • Author Honor Moore with OUR REVOLUTION: A Mother and Daughter at Mid-Century—Monday, June 8, at 6:00 pm EDST. Guest Moderator: Claire Messud, novelist and Senior Lecturer in English, Harvard University.

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