Monday, July 2, 2012

July Genealogy and Local History Events

Hudson Genealogy Club, at the Rogers Memorial Library, 194 Derry Road, Hudson, NH  every 2nd Friday of the Month, at 1:30 PM contact Gayle St. Cyr 603-886-6030

Genealogy Roundtable, at the Derry Public Library, 64 East Broadway, Derry, NH  every first Tuesday of the Month, at 11AM  contact: Christine Sharbrough 603-432-6140

Chelmsford Genealogy Club, at the Chelmsford, MA Public Library, first Tuesday night of the month at 7PM in the McCarthy Meeting Room, contact Judy Sylvia 978-256-5521

Rye Genealogy Club, at the Rye Public Library, first Tuesday of the month at 2PM.

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Genealogy and History Events

LL Bean’s 100th Anniversary Hometown Celebration, 4 – 7 July 2012 at Freeport, Maine.  Fireworks, concerts, parade, 10K race, plus much more.  See for more information.

Lunch & Learn: Wearing History- Reproducing Historical Clothing, Thursday, July 5th,12 – 1 PM at Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Plimoth Plantation is delighted to present Wearing History- Reproducing Historical Clothing with Manager of Historical Clothing and Textiles Denise Lebica. Lecture will begin promptly at noon in the Accomack Building. A brief Q& A will follow. Participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch. Free.  Please pre-register at

Rum Rations and Revolution:  Eating and Drinking with Captain Boardman, Friday, 6 and 7  July 2012, 7 – 9PM, at the Spencer Peirce Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Massachusetts.  $35 for Historic New England Members, $55 non-members.  Celebrate Independence Day with rum and a meal from 1775.  Registration required, please call 978-462-2634 for more information and to purchase tickets.

Cricket in the Eighteenth Century, Saturday 7 July 2012, 1 – 4 PM at the Spencer Pierce Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Massachusetts.  Free to Historic New England members, $5 nonmembers.  Watch a cricket game played with early rules by members of the Essex Baseball Association.  Bring blankets and lawn chairs, no reserved seating.  Weather permitting.  Please call 978-462-2634 for more information and to purchase tickets.

Vintage Base Ball, 8 and 15 and 21 and 29 July 2012, Noon – 3 PM at the Spencer Pierce Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Massachusetts.  Free to Historic New England members, $5 nonmembers.  Watch the Essex Base Ball Association play the game with 1861 rules and no gloves.  Bring blankets and lawn chairs, no reserved seating. Weather permitting.  Please call 978-462-2634 for more information and to purchase tickets.

Finding Our Roots: Free Introduction to Genealogy Workshop, Tuesday, 10 July 2012, 2PM at the National Archives, 380 Trapelo Road, Waltham, Massachusetts.  The presentation, taught by a member of the Archives’s staff, is intended for novice family historians, and is one of the most popular workshops. After the lecture, the public is invited to utilize the resources of the National Archives, and they will be assisted by the archives staff and volunteers. Free. To register call 781-663-0121 or email

New England: Myth or Reality, Sunday, 15 July 2012, 2PM at the Robert Frost Farm, 122 Rockingham Road, Derry, NH.  The six states known as New England have been romanticized in art and literature for more than 200 years.  How has this myth affected the region? Edie Clark, writer for Yankee magazine will discuss how the literature of the region reflects the real and imaginary.  Contact Cheryl Lynch at 603-432-6916 for information. Free.

Summer Conversational Series, 15 – 19 July 2012, Concord, Massachusetts. Explore Louisa May Alcott’s legacy among readers, writers, and social activists with a series of presentations and discussions.  For more information see or call 978-369-4118.

New Hampshire’s Grange Movement, Friday, 20 July 2012, 7PM, Effingham Historical Society, 1014 Province Lake Road, Effingham, NH.  A lecture by Steve Taylor.  A 6PM tour of Effingham’s one room schoolhouse precedes the lecture.  Contact Sheila Jones at 603-539-4071 for more information.

Walk with Washington, Friday 20 or 27 July and 3 or10 August 2012, 11AM and 2PM, at the Governor Langdon House, 143 Pleasant St., Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  $12 per person.  Explore the streets of Portsmouth in the footsteps of George Washington when he visited the city in 1789.  Registration required.  Call 603-436-3205 for more information and tickets.

Massachusetts Genealogy Society Annual Meeting and Seminars, Saturday, 21 July 2012, Hassenfeld Conference Center, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, see the website to register online.  The theme for 2012 is “Ethnicity and Genealogy” with over 20 workshops scheduled. Vendors and Door prizes.

American Independence Festival, Saturday, 21 July 2012, Gilman Garrison House, 12 Water Street, Exeter, New Hampshire.  Free.  A town wide celebration commemorating the reading of the Declaration of Independence.  Tour the Garrison and visit the festival grounds.  Children’s activities.  Call 603-436-3205 for more information.

Discovering Early Charlestown, 25 July 2012, 6 – 7:30PM, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Historian Roger Thompson will present a survey of the genealogical sources he used in both the USA and the UK to trace individual families and groups who settled in 17th century Charlestown, Massachusetts.  The lecture will be followed with light refreshments.  $10 NEHGS members, $20 Nonmembers. Registration is required, please see this link or call 617-226-1226

Felton Family Reunion, Friday through Saturday, July 27 – 28, 2012.  Please join the Felton Family Association for their annual reunion at the Historic Felton-Smith Properties on Felton St., Peabody, Massachusetts, July 27, 2012 to July 28, 2012, beginning Friday morning at 10 a.m. For an itinerary, please visit the "Events and Products" page of the Felton Family Association website at or visit the "Contact Us" page for more information.

Lowell Folk Festival, 27 – 29 July 2012, Lowell, Massachusetts. Parade, performances, ethnic foods, family activities, games and concerts.  See for more information or call 978-970-5000.

Quilt Festival, 9 – 11 August 2012.  Lowell, Massachusetts. Trunk show, lectures, vendors, teas and special events all across the city.  All accessible via a free shuttle.  See for more information.

Munro Clan Gathering,  9 – 11 August 2012, Boston, Massachusetts.  Family reunion for members of the Munro/Munroe clan.  Excursion to Lexington where William Munroe and his descendants lived and fought in the Battle of Lexington.  Friday afternoon presentation by Diane Rapaport and John Kilgore. Saturday tours and Gala Banquet.  Sunday service at the Historic King’s Chapel for the “Kirkin’ of the Plaid”.   See for more information and registration.

Londonderry, NH Old Home Day Celebration, 15 – 19 August 2012, see the website for schedule and information for the 113th annual celebration.  Parade, Children’s night, 10K race, baseball games, food, concerts, games and other community activities all week long.

Sgt. William Harlow Family Association Reunion- 25-26 August 2012, Kingston and Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Contact: Kimberly Northrup, 7 Grove St., #12, Boston, MA  02114, or

Genealogy Discovery Day, Saturday, 20 October 2012, 1:30 – 4:30 PM at the Chelmsford, Massachusetts Genealogy Club.  To volunteer or to obtain more information, please contact: Judy Sylvia at or Paula McCarron at

Copyright 2012, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

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