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Stephen King’s $1.25M boosts New England genealogical organization

Evan Agostini | Invision | AP
Evan Agostini | Invision | AP
PEN literary service award recipient Stephen King attends the 2018 PEN Literary Gala at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, May 22, 2018. The master of the American horror novel and his wife Tabitha donated more than $1 million to the New England Historic Genealogical Society based in Boston. The nation's oldest and largest genealogical society announced Tuesday it will use the gift to develop educational programming that introduces family and local history to wider audiences and help the organization expand its headquarters.

BOSTON — The master of the American horror novel has donated $1.25 million to the masters of American genealogical research.

Stephen King and his wife, Tabitha, made the gift through their foundation to the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

The Boston-based organization, the nation’s oldest and largest genealogical society, will use the gift announced Tuesday to develop educational programming that introduces family and local history to wider audiences and fund the creation of a unique curriculum in family history for public school students.

It will also help the organization expand its headquarters.

Brenton Simons, president and CEO of the society, said the money will have “far-reaching benefits.”

The society said the Kings have deep personal interest in family and local history and their importance in education.

 



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