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Family history benefit

The New England Historical Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury St., will host the 2019 Family History benefit dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 26 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza, 138 St. James Ave. The evening will open with a reception followed by dinner at 7 p.m. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award honoree is legendary anchor and award winning broadcast journalist Dan Rather. He will be in conversation with CNBC “Nightly Business Report” co-anchor Bill Griffeth. Attendees must RSVP by April 19. Dress is evening attire: black tie optional, or a dark coat and tie for men, commensurate for women. Visit www.americanancestors.org or call 617-536-5740 to purchase tickets and for more information.

ArtWeek at the museum

The Gibson House Museum, 137 Beacon St., will host “Chalk it Up to Boston” during ArtWeek from April 26 through May 5. Visitors can make their stories part of the history of the Gibson House Museum and the Back Bay by writing on the participatory outdoor chalkboard. The chalkboard will welcome visitors and passers-by during ArtWeek 2019. They can ask questions and see how the Gibsons might have answered, and then take a guided tour. Further information can be found at www.thegibsonhouse.org or by calling 617- 267-6338.

Preserving family treasures

The New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury St., will present “Organizing and Preserving Your Family Treasures” from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. Attendees can celebrate National Preservation Week by learning how to care for family treasures. They will join collections archivist Lindsay Sprechman and conservator Todd Pattison to learn how to assess their collections for preservation needs, store and care for photographs and albums, and organize collections. Registration is required for this free program, online at www.americanancestors.org or by calling 888-296-3447.

Music of the Easter season

The orchestra and chorus of Emmanuel Music will present “Reconciliation to Resurrection,” music of the joy and sorrow of the Easter season at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St. Ryan Turner will lead Emmanuel Music’s first performance of Bach’s resplendent “Easter Oratorio” and John Harbison will conduct the Boston premiere of the re-orchestration his own “Abraham” and “The Supper at Emmaus,” co-commissioned with The Cantata Singers, composed in honor of Emmanuel Music’s founder, Craig Smith. There will be a pre-concert talk with Turner and Harbison at 6:45 p.m. in the Parish Hall of Emmanuel Church. Tickets range from $30 to $95. Student tickets are $10. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 617-536-3356 or visit www.emmanuelmusic.org.

Wine tasting

The French Cultural Center, 53 Marlborough St., will host a wine tasting from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. This special tasting will feature the wines of Château de Pommard and sommelier Preston Mohr, who is bringing a selection of ten Burgundy gems directly from the vineyard. This event will be in English. Admission is $45 for members and $65 for non-members. To purchase tickets and for more information, call 617-912-0400 or visit www.frenchculturalcenter.org.

Up close concert

The Chameleon Arts Ensemble will perform an up close concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 28 at Mary Norton Hall at Old South Church, 645 Boylston St. Soprano Mary Mackenzie and pianist Vivian Chang-Freiheit will perform selections by Franz Schubert, Jake Heggie, Kurt Weill, Ralph Vaughn Williams and Robert Schumann. Call 617-427-8200 or visit www.chameleonarts.org to purchase tickets and for more details.

Bach cantatas

Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St., is presenting its 42nd season of the J. S. Bach Cantatas at 10 a.m. on Sundays now through May 20. The orchestra and chorus of Emmanuel Music will present weekly performances of the cantatas and motets of J.S. Bach and others, conducted by Ryan Turner. For more information, call 617-536-3356 or visit www.emmanuelmusic.org.