All posts by Margaret Talcott

About Margaret Talcott

Margaret Talcott, who joined American Ancestors and NEHGS in early 2019 as Director of Signature and Literary Events, was previously the producer of literary programs at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she presented nearly 200 writers, including David McCullough, Sonia Sotomayor, John Updike, Margaret Atwood, Ken Burns, Tom Brokaw, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and David Brooks in the celebrated series "Writers on a New England Stage" associated with New Hampshire Public Radio. She has interviewed authors Lee Child, Gail Collins, Amor Towles, Anna Quindlen, Daniel Pink, and Celeste Ng, among others. Margaret worked previously as a director and vice president of corporate marketing at Merrill Lynch in New York, in network news, and in book publishing. She graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in Religion, and did post-graduate work in English literature at The Bread Loaf School at Middlebury College. She has served on boards and committees for many New York and New England nonprofits, including The Trustees of Reservations, Trinity Church in the City of Boston, the Currier Museum of Art (Manchester, New Hampshire), and Berwick Academy in South Berwick, Maine. Her new author series, American Inspiration, launched in September 2019 - more information is available at

American inspiration

As a relatively new staff member at American Ancestors, I am on uncertain ground writing about the art of family history research.  I was schooled in and have worked many years in the literary and performing arts, at various times in book publishing, financial services, and journalism. For past employers, I’ve tracked and reacted to current trends and preferences, and culled business leaders’ insights on the financial markets and documented their current projects and projections. Most recently, I’ve pursued and presented today’s most sought-after authors and their books. Continue reading American inspiration