MHS Gala

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See all the photos from the gala.

The Gala took place on Wednesday June 5, 2019, at the Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston


with David McCullough

David McCullough has been acclaimed as a “master of the art of narrative history.”  He is twice winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. David’s new  book, The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the  Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West, will be released in May 2019.

Sponsorship Benefits

Proceeds support the Massachusetts Historical Society and its Center for the Teaching of History.


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General Admission

$500 purchase includes 1 cocktail + dinner ticket

Value of Benefits received equal $75.00 per VIP Reception attendee and $125.00 per General Cocktails & Dinner attendee.

All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. The MHS Tax ID is 042108374.

Honorary Chairs

Governor Charlie Baker and First Lady Lauren Baker

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Deval Patrick

Nathaniel Philbrick

Cokie Roberts

Gala Committee

Mary Beth and Paul Sandman, Chairs

Catherine Allgor

Oliver Ames

Lee Campbell

Bert Dane

Joan Fink

Anne McNay

Marshall Moriarty

Lisa Nurme

Bob Ripley

Michael Shea

Newcomb Stillwell


to our generous early sponsors



Fred and Janet Ballou

Eleanor and Levin Campbell

Anne and Colin McNay

Robert Pemberton and Barbara Jordan

Mary Beth and Paul Sandman

Shea & Company


L. Dennis and Susan Shapiro


Ben and Jennifer Adams

Elizabeth and Edward Baldini

Lee Campbell

Tim and Ruth Carey

Casner & Edwards

First Republic Bank

Tony and Kate Leness

Nina and Marshall Moriarty

M&T Bank

Lisa and David Nurme

Julia and Fred Pfannenstiehl

Lia and William Poorvu


Catherine Allgor and Andrew Jacobs

Oliver and Elizabeth Ames

Nancy and Robert Anthony

Boston Document Systems

Bert and Sally Dane

Fiduciary Trust Company

Joan and Peter Fink

Newell and Kate Flather

Jonathan Hecht and Lora Sabin

Connie Coburn and James Houghton

Catherine Lastavica

George Lewis

Ann and Fred Lynn

Andy and Maureen Nguyen

John O’Leary and Sarah Britton

Joe and Joan Patton

Vivian and Lionel Spiro

Newcomb and Trina Stillwell

John and Elizabeth Winthrop

Judith and Jack Wittenberg