Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Reminiscences and Traditions of Boston author receives SSA Women Writers award

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This marks the second national and regional award for the Hannah Mather Crocker book.

November 14, 2012, Boston, MA – The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) announced today that its book, Reminiscences and Traditions of Boston by Hannah Mather Crocker edited by Eileen Hunt Botting and Sarah L. Houser, received the 2012 Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) “Edition Award.” This award is given every three years in recognition of excellence in the recovery of American women writers. SSAWW praised the book for its interdisciplinary and collaborative nature, and the way it brings American women's voices to a larger audience.

Crocker’s manuscript, housed at NEHGS for more than 130 years, provides a significant resource for women’s historians, scholars of feminist political thought, and early American historians alike. Crocker’s history chronicles Puritan law, colonial and provincial history, interactions with the British, French, and Native Americans, the establishment of Boston churches, and Boston’s economic growth, paying special attention to women’s work and culture. For this edition, Botting and Houser transcribed and annotated Crocker’s original manuscript and added a biographical directory of famous figures and comprehensive subject and poetry indexes.

D. Brenton Simons, President and CEO of NEHGS, said, “This book gives us a charming, anecdotal view of a city and its peoples now long gone. It will be prized by historians, genealogists, and readers interested in Boston and its early history as recounted by a native daughter.” 

Reminiscences and Traditions of Boston by Hannah Mather Crocker was recognized earlier this year for its design with a New England Book Show Award. It also received a glowing review in a recent issue of The New England Quarterly, noting, “Botting and Houser have made a notable contribution to the literary and historical legacy of Hannah Mather Crocker . . . After more than a century in an archive, it can now benefit general readers, genealogists, teachers, and scholars.”

Reminiscences and Traditions of Boston by Hannah Mather Crocker is available for purchase in our book store and online at or by calling 617-226-1212.

Founded in 1845, New England Historic Genealogical Society is the country's leading resource for family history research. We help family historians expand their knowledge, skill, and understanding of their family and its place in history. The NEHGS research center, located at 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, houses millions of books, journals, manuscripts, photographs, microfilms, documents, records, and other artifacts that date back more than four centuries. NEHGS staff includes some of the leading expert genealogists in the country, specializing in early American, Irish, English, Italian, Scottish, Atlantic and French Canadian, African American, Native American, and Jewish genealogy. Our award-winning website,, provides access to more than 135 million searchable names in 3,000 collections.

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