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Massachusetts Historical Society Announces Doris Kearns Goodwin As Featured Speaker For 2024 Making History Gala


The Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) is thrilled to announce Doris Kearns Goodwin as the featured speaker for the 2024 Making History Gala. The highly anticipated event will occur on Thursday, June 6, 2024, at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston. The evening will commence with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by the dinner program at 6:30 p.m. Individual tickets and individual and corporate sponsorships are now available for purchase. For more information on the gala, to sponsor the event, please visit here.

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world-renowned presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times #1 best-selling author, and co-founder of the film and television production company Pastimes Productions. Her illustrious career as a presidential historian and author began when she was selected as a White House Fellow at age 24. Working closely with President Lyndon Johnson, she assisted him in writing his memoirs, igniting her passion for studying and illuminating U.S. presidents.

Throughout her five-decade career, Goodwin has received numerous awards and accolades for her insightful studies of U.S. presidents. Her bestselling books include “Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream,” and “No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II,” which won a Pulitzer Prize. “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln,” was awarded a Lincoln Prize, and served as the basis for Steven Spielberg’s film “Lincoln,” starring Daniel Day-Lewis in an Academy Award-winning performance as Abraham Lincoln. Goodwin’s latest best-selling book, “Leadership: In Turbulent Times,” has also been adapted into a popular mini series on HISTORY, exploring the leadership qualities of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Franklin Roosevelt. Known for her appearances in documentaries and on news and cable networks, Goodwin frequently provides historical perspectives on current events.

“We are honored to have Doris Kearns Goodwin as our featured speaker for the Making History Gala,” said Dr. Catherine Allgor, President of the Massachusetts Historical Society. “Her extensive knowledge and passion for American history make her the perfect choice to inspire and engage our members and guests.”

All proceeds from The Making History Gala will support the MHS’s mission. MHS promotes history and civics education through public programs, exhibitions, scholarly fellowships, teacher training, online resources, and the National History Day program in Massachusetts. These initiatives foster student-centered learning, improve 21st-century skills, and promote an understanding of democracy and community engagement.

The Massachusetts Historical Society is offering an array of exciting sponsorship opportunities for both individuals and corporations eager to support this prestigious event. For individuals, the 2023 Making History Gala has three sponsorship levels available, each with unique benefits. The Patron level provides an opportunity for two people to attend the gala and witness the evening’s historical splendor. At the Benefactor level, six guests gain access to the gala and receive recognition in the event’s program. For those seeking a more immersive experience, the Signature sponsorship provides an exclusive pre-gala reception with distinguished speakers for up to ten guests and special recognition in pre-event marketing.

Additionally, the MHS has designed corporate sponsorship packages to cater to a range of budgets and marketing objectives, allowing participating organizations to showcase their commitment to preserving history. From Premier Sponsors who enjoy premium recognition, exclusive branding opportunities, high-visibility placements, and ten guests to Signature Sponsors with significant exposure and six guests, and Benefactor Supporters who receive recognition in pre- and post-gala marketing initiatives and four guests, the MHS has options to suit all companies’ needs. To become a part of history and make a lasting impact by participating as a sponsor at the 2024 Making History Gala, please visit here.

Massachusetts Historical Society members will have an advanced opportunity to purchase tickets. To become a member, please visit here

For further information or Gala-related questions, please contact Sarah Brugge at sbrugge@masshist.org.


About the Massachusetts Historical Society

The Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) is the nation’s first historical society, founded in 1791, and serves as an invaluable resource for American history, life, and culture. With a mission to promote understanding of the history of Massachusetts and the nation, the MHS houses millions of rare documents, artifacts, and national treasures that tell the story of America. The Society is dedicated to making history accessible to all, using its resources to educate, connect, and inspire the public through research, programs, workshops, and exhibitions. The MHS collection includes famous documents such as Paul Revere’s account of his ride and Abigail Adams’s influential letter advocating for women’s rights, as well as personal papers from presidents John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and Thomas Jefferson, providing a comprehensive record of American history.

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