Vita Brevis turns five

Photos by Claire Vail

When I became Editor-in-Chief at NEHGS in June 2013, one of the new initiatives Ryan Woods and I discussed was a blog for the Society. Current and former colleagues worked with me to establish the blog’s purpose and name, and – in time – got me set up on WordPress. (Two years later, when I was on a sabbatical, three current and former colleagues managed the blog in my absence.) So Vita Brevis has been a cooperative venture from the beginning, relying on the energy and commitment of the NEHGS staff and some dedicated outside contributors to produce fresh content.

Today marked the fifth anniversary of the blog’s official launch, with a post by Robert Charles Anderson. Coincidentally, Bob has a new book out, while tomorrow will mark the blog’s 1,250th published post. (In a few days Vita Brevis posts will have been read two million times.)

Naturally, we marked all of these things with a cake. (The saga of the cake’s creation is an amazing one; kudos to Claire Vail, who had the cake made and took all of these photographs.)

We managed to wrangle a few of the blog’s contributors to admire the cake. They are, from left to right, Jean Maguire, Ryan Woods, Ellen Maxwell, Scott Steward, Cécile Engeln, Don LeClair, Chris Child, Bob Anderson, Sharon Inglis, Lynn Betlock, and Brenton Simons.

Other NEHGS staff members, many of them contributors to the blog, later joined us for cake and Prosecco in the Society’s Education Center. We have set a strong precedent for future celebrations – we shall see where we are five years from now…!

About Scott C. Steward

Scott C. Steward was the founding editor at Vita Brevis; he served as NEHGS Editor-in-Chief 2013-2022. He is the author, co-author, or editor of genealogies of the Ayer, Le Roy, Lowell, Saltonstall, Thorndike, and Winthrop families. His articles have appeared in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, NEXUS, New England Ancestors, American Ancestors, and The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, and he has written book reviews for the Register, The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, and the National Genealogical Society Quarterly.

13 thoughts on “Vita Brevis turns five

  1. Congratulations to Vita Brevis and its authors on this fifth anniversary. It’s wonderful and enjoyed by so many, including myself.

  2. Thank you Scott for all the great postings here at Vita Brevis over the past 4 years or so that I have been part of NEGHS thanks to my sponsor and Katherine’s assistance. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ALL and many more years of your kindness and love. Sincerely Yours, Paul Morris Hilton your friend from New Brunswick, Canada.

  3. I copied the picture, added the names and know can ‘know’ who some of the bloggers are and, when I next get to Boston, I will be able to greet some people by name.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.