Monday, June 16, 2014

June and July Genealogy and Local History Calendar for New England


June 16, Monday – Saturday June 21, Program in New England Studies, an intensive week long learning experience, with lectures by specialists in history, architecture, preservation, and the decorative arts. Workshops and tours of Historic New England properties, museums and private houses. $1500 Historic New England members, $1550 non-members.  Call 617-994-6629 to register or for more information.

June 19, Thursday, 7pm, The Barns of Maine: Our History, Our Stories, at the Nickels Sortwell House, 121 Main Street, Wiscasset, Maine, $5 Historic New England members, $10 nonmembers.  Registration recommended 207-882-7169.

June 20, Friday, 11am Walk with Washington at the Governor Langdon House, 143 Pleasant Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, $6 Historic New England members, $12 non members.  Walk the streets of Portsmouth in the footsteps of George Washington when he visited the city in 1789. Call 603-436-3205 for required registration.

June 21, Saturday, 11am, Beacon Hill Walking Tour, at the Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Massachusetts, $6 Historic New England members, $12 nonmembers.  Registration recommended, call 617-994-5920. 

June 21, Saturday, noon, Quin Shea:  Fall River Irish and Raynham Acadians, sponsored by the Bristol County Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, at the Somerset Public Library, 1464 County Street, Somerset, MA, http://www.massachusettssocietyofgenealogists.org/bristol.php

June 21 and 22, Saturday and Sunday, Black History Weekend at Sturbridge Village Museum, Sturbridge, Massachusetts.  For more information see this link https://www.osv.org/event/black-history-weekend

June 21 and 22, Starke’s Garrison and Muster at the Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, New Hampshire.  Don’t miss this two day re-enactment of the assembly point for colonial troops under General John Stark on the eve of the Battle of Bennington in 1777.  See www.fortat4.org for more information.

June 21 and 22, Black History Weekend at Sturbridge Village, Visitors will learn about the movement to abolish slavery in the early 19th century and also enjoy activities and crafts with African-American themes.  www.osv.org for more information.

June 26, Thursday, Capturing Beauport, at Beauport, the Sleeper McCann House, 75 Eastern Point Boulevard, Gloucester, Massachusetts, $25 Historic New England members, $50 non-members.  Have you ever wanted to take photos of Beauport’s interiors.  This is your chance for a regular tour with extra time to take photos (usually not permitted).  Call 978-283-9889 for more information or to register.

June 26, Thursday, 1:30 – 3:30pm, Tea with Miss Constance, at the Roseland Cottage, 556 Route 169, Woodstock, Connecticut, Take tea with Miss Constance, the Great Lady of Rose Cottage and tour the house that three generations of Bowens called home.  Required hat, gloves, dresses for girls, and Sunday best for boys.  Registration required call 860-928-4074.  $10 Historic New England members, $18 non members.

June 27, Friday, 11am, Walk with Washington, (see above)

June 28, Saturday, 11am Beacon Hill Walking Tour (see above)

June 28, Saturday, 1pm Abigail Adams: Life, Love, Letters, at the North Bridge Visitor Center, Minuteman National Park, Concord, Massachusetts.  Free to the public.

June 28, Saturday, 10:30am, Farming in Waltham, at the Lyman Estate, 185 Lyman Street, Waltham, Massachusetts, $5 Historic New England members, $10 non members, Registration recommended 617-994-6678.

June 29, Sunday, 5:30pm The Way They Were, at the Hamilton House, 40 Vaughan’s Lane, South Berwick, Maine.  Go behind the scenes to learn about the daily routines of domestic servants.  Registration required 207-384-2454. $8 Historic New England members, $15 non members.

June 29, Sunday, 11am, Vintage Baseball Quadruple Header, Newburyport Clamdiggers vs Lowell Baseball Club, Lynn Live Oaks vs Portsmouth Rockinghams, at the Spencer Peirce Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Massachusetts, Watch baseball with 1860s rules.  Grass field seating, bring a chair or blanket, no reserved seating.  Weather permitting.  Call 978-462-2634 for more information.  Free to Historic New England members, $5 non members.

July 3, Thursday, noon, Lunch & Learn: RMS Titanic: Massachusetts Connections, at Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Free to members, $8 non-members, presented by Dr. Walter Powell, executive director of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.  Bring your lunch and listen to the presentation about the tragic sinking and the Bay State’s many ties to the ship.  In the Accomack Building next to the visitor center.

July 4, Independence Day Celebration at Old Sturbridge Village.  Join the parade and huzzah during a rousing patriotic reading of the Declaration of Independence.  www.osv.org for more information.

July 8, Tuesday, Passenger Lists, Censuses and Naturalizations: The Big 3 Sources for Family History, at the National Archives facility in Waltham, Massachusetts, 380 Trapelo Road, Free to the public.  Learn how to locate and use these resources, and there will be assistance from archives staff and volunteers.

July 19, Saturday, Fire & Ice Day at Sturbridge Village Museum, Sturbridge, Massachusetts, Half price admission to all firefighters.  See demonstrations of old fashioned fire fighting including a demonstration of an historical 19th century hand pump fire truck, a fire truck parade and a Fire Explorer Scout muster. For more information see this link https://www.osv.org/event/fire-ice-day-0

July 26, Saturday, Massachusetts Genealogical Council Annual Seminar, at the Mansfield Holiday Inn, 31 Hampshire Street, Mansfield, Massachusetts, for more information see the website http://www.massgencouncil.org/index.php/presentations or call 508-339-2200.

August 7, Thursday, noon, Lunch & Learn, Visual Images of Metacomet after King Philip’s War, at Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Bring your lunch, or buy one in the visitor center, and listen to a presentation by Joyce Rain Anderson.  Free to members, $8 non-members.

September 4, Thursday, noon, Lunch & Learn: The Restoration and Re-Launch of the Whaling Ship Charles W. Morgan, at Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Bring a lunch, or buy one in the visitor center, and listen to Dr. Elysa Engelman of the Mystic Seaport speak about the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan, originally launched in 1841.  Free to members, non-members $8.

August 2 and 3, Saturday and Sunday, Redcoats and Rebels, at the Sturbridge Village Museum, Sturbridge, Massachusetts, the largest military re-enactment in New England with 1,000 soldiers portraying British, Irish, Spanish, Scottish, French and Colonial troops. For more information see this link https://www.osv.org/event/redcoats-rebels-0

August 20, Wednesday, 6pm New England Powder Houses, at the House of Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street, Salem, Massachusetts, a lecture by Matthew Thomas, Free to members, non-members $15, reservations recommended 978-744-0991 ext. 104

September 27, Saturday, 2pm, Colonial Garden Talk, by Roby Kanter, , at the House of Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street, Salem, Massachusetts, a lecture by Matthew Thomas, Free to members, non-members $15, reservations recommended 978-744-0991 ext. 104

November 19, Wednesday, 6pm, The Schooner Fame, by Capt. Mike Rustein, , at the House of Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street, Salem, Massachusetts, a lecture by Matthew Thomas, Free to members, non-members $15, reservations recommended 978-744-0991 ext. 104

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Local Genealogy Club Meetings
(some clubs take a summer hiatus, so check before you go!)

Amesbury, MA – A new genealogy club has started, every last Monday of the month.  No registration, come to as many meetings as you would like.  For info contact Margie Walker, Local History Librarian, Amesbury Public Library, Amesbury, MA  978-388-8148 or mwalker@mvlc.org

Barrington, NH Genealogy Club, meets the first Wednesday of the month at 6pm at the Barrington Public Library, 105 Ramsdell Lane, Barrington, NH http://barringtongenealogy.weebly.com/  or email Wendy at genealogyclub@gmail.com

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 http://www.chelmsfordlibrary.org/programs/programs/genealogy_club.html 978-256-5521

Genealogy Roundtable, at the Derry Public Library, 64 East Broadway, Derry, NH  http://www.derry.lib.nh.us/  every first Tuesday of the Month, at 7pm to 8:15pm in the downstairs meeting room.  Contact: Alan Howard at 603-432-6140 for more information.

Hudson Genealogy Club, at the Rogers Memorial Library, 194 Derry Road, Hudson, NH http://www.rodgerslibrary.org/  every 2nd Friday of the Month, at 1:30 PM contact 603-886-6030 for more information.  (on summer hiatus until September)

Littleton Genealogy Club, at the Couper Room in the Littleton, Massachusetts Reuben Hoar Public Library, third Monday of the month. For more information see the website at http://www.littletonma.org/content/19459/19471/26579/26595/default.aspx

Greater Lowell Genealogy Club,  http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~maglgc/ meets at the Pollard Memorial Library, Lowell, MA 10AM to 1PM once a month. 

Meredith NH, Genealogy Club  http://www.meredithlibrary.org/genealogy.html

Newton, NH Genealogy Club- Gale Library, Newton, NH, 603-382-4691, 3PM on the third Wednesday of the month. 

North Hampton, NH Genealogy Club, at the North Hampton Public Library, 237A Atlantic Avenue, North Hampton NH 603-964-6326   http://nhplib.org/?p=1386

Rowley, Massachusetts Genealogy Club, meets the 2nd Monday of each month at the Rowley library, 6 -8pm in the Local History Room.  141 Main Street, Rowley, Massachusetts 978-948-2850


Rye Genealogy Club, at the Rye Public Library, first Tuesday of the month at 2PM.  http://ryepubliclibrary.org/

RISE Genealogy Group at the Nashua Public Library, Hunt Room, on the first Friday of the month at 1pm http://www.nashualibrary.org/  (Rivier College Institute for Senior Education, see http://www.rivier.edu/rise/default.aspx?id=1619 )

Southborough, MA Genealogy Club, at the Southborough Library, 25 Main Street, Southborough, MA  508-485-5031 or info@southboroughtlib.org   Third Thursday of the Month.  See the website www.southboroughlib.org for a schedule

South Shore Genealogical Society, at the John Curtis Free Library, Rt. 139, Hanover, Mass at 1:30pm ever second Saturday of the month from September to June.

Shrewsbury, Massachusetts Genealogy Club, meets third Monday of the month at the Shrewsbury Public Library, contact George C. Brown at 508-841-8531 or gbrown@cwmars.org

Wednesday Night Jewish Genealogy, Every 3rd Wednesday at NEHGS, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Mass. http://www.americanancestors.org/Event.aspx?id=29156

Monthly Irish Study Genealogy Group, usually every 4th Saturday of the month at NEHGS, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts between 9:30 and noon in the Education Center (2nd floor).  Contact Mary Ellen Grogan for more information megrogan@ix.netcom.com and to confirm the meeting time and date.

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