Education and Programming

Margaret M. Talcott

Director of Literary Programs & Partnerships

Margaret joined American Ancestors and NEHGS in 2019 in support of our mission to educate, inspire, and connect. In that first year she created and launched the American Inspiration author series; in 2020, she derived and produced our new Conversation Series spotlighting well known writers, NEHGS genealogists, and other cultural leaders.

Margaret was previously the Producer of Literary Programs and Director of Marketing and Communications at The Music Hall, the nonprofit arts organization in Portsmouth, NH. There she served on its management team, driving institutional efforts aimed at expansion and directing communications for a successful $13.5 million capital campaign. In her twelve years’ producing the celebrated series Writers on a New England Stage in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio, she presented nearly 200 author events featuring such renowned opinion leaders as David McCullough, Sonia Sotomayor, John Updike, Margaret Atwood, Ken Burns, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and David Brooks; on stage, she interviewed authors Lee Child, Anna Quindlen, Celeste Ng, Andre Dubus III, Stephen Greenblatt, Claire Messud, and Daniel Pink, and among others.

Margaret worked previously in New York as a Director and Vice President of corporate marketing at Merrill Lynch, in network news, and in book publishing. She graduated from Princeton University, did post-graduate work at The Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College, and was a scholar at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. She serves in leadership roles at several Boston-area cultural and community organizations and as a Corporate Trustee for The Trustees of Reservations.