Monday, July 28, 2014

August and September 2014 Genealogy and Local History Calendar

July 30, Wednesday, noon, John Barleycorn vs. Sir Richard Rum: Alcohol, the Atlantic, and the Distilling of Colonial Identity, 1650 – 1800, brown bag lunch series at the Massachusetts Historical Society, Free, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts  http://www.masshist.org/calendar

August 1 – 10, Salem Heritage Days, Salem, Massachusetts, at the Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square,  food, fun, activities for all ages including the Essex Street Fair, the Ice Cream Bowl, and a car show on Chestnut Street. August 2nd is the Salem Maritime Festival hosted by the National Park Service with live music, historical re-enactors, tall ships and interactive programs.

August 1, Friday, noon, Character Detectives: Female Physiognomists in the Early American Republic, brown bag lunch series at the Massachusetts Historical Society, Free, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts  http://www.masshist.org/calendar

August 2, Saturday, 10:30 – noon, Placing Ancestors in Historical Context, at the Brewster Ladies Library, Route 6A, Brewster, Massachusetts sponsored by the Cape Cod Genealogical and Falmouth Genealogical Societies, presented by the internationally famous genealogist, John Philip Colletta.  Open to the public, pre-registration required. $20 for members of either CCGS or FGS, $25 for non-members.  Contact David Martin at davidmartindr@aol.com or see the website http://blog.capecodgensoc.org/2014/07/john-philip-coletta-coming-to-cape-cod.html

August 2, Saturday, 9am – 4:30pm, NEHGS Family History Day 2014, at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst campus, One day workshop by the experts at the New England Historical Genealogical Society to show you the best practices in genealogy.  Sponsored by MyHeritage. Click here for more information and registration https://regstg.com/Registration/Introduction.aspx?rid=0aa22e42-d991-48ab-bd5c-68e504e3e206 $40 per person by July 18th, after July 18th $80 per person.  Optional lunch $18 per person.  One on one consultations with NEHGS genealogists available (25 minutes) for $30 per person.

August 2, Saturday 17th Century Saturday at the Whipple House in Ipswich, Massachusetts.  FREE tours of the 1677 Whipple House and the authentic reproduction 1657 Knight House.  Demonstrations of spinning and weaving on the Whipple House lawn.  

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 4 and September 1 Discover Quincy Days, experience Quincy, Massachusetts and its rich history for the price of one $5 wristband.  http://thequincychamber.com/news/discover-quincy-days

August 3, noon, Vintage Baseball Doubleheader, Newburyport Clamdiggers vs. Portsmouth Rockinghams, at the Spencer-Peirce Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Massachusetts.  Watch two games play baseball with 1860s rules.  Grass field seating, bring blankets and lawn chairs, no reserved seating. Weather permitting, please call  978-462-2634 for more information.  Free to Historic New England members, $5 non-members.

August 6th, Wednesday, noon, “The Day of Sainthood has Passed”: American Abolitionists and the Golden Moment of the Civil War, 1861 – 1865, brown bag lunch series at the Massachusetts Historical Society, Free, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts  http://www.masshist.org/calendar

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.

August 8, Friday, 11 am – 12:30pm Walk with Washington, at the Gov. John Langdon House, 143 Pleasant Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  $6 Historic New England members, $12 non members.  Walk the streets of Portsmoth in the footsteps of George Washington when he visited in 1789.  Registration required call 603-436-3205

August 9, Saturday 11am – 1pm, Beacon Hill Walking Tour, Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Massachusetts $6 Historic New England members, $12 non-members. Registration required 617-994-5920. 

August 12, Tuesday, reception at 5:30, lecture at 6:15pm Twilight Talks- Chronicles of Old Boston, at the Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Massachusetts, $10 Historic New England members and Victorian Society members, $12 non-members.  Registration required call 617-994-5920.

August 13, Wednesday, 5 – 6pm, Appleton’s Jackson House, at the Jackson House, 76 Northwest Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Free to Historic New England members, $10 non-members.  A special tour of the 1664 Jackson House, focusing on William Sumner Appleton’s 1924 restoration.  Light refreshments in the orchard.  Registration required 603-436-3205.

August 13 - 17, Londonderry, New Hampshire 115th Annual Old Home Days, Events Wednesday through Sunday, but don't miss the big day on Saturday, August 16th with a town parade, and the Londonderry Historical Society complex on Pillsbury Road will be open with tours of the Morrison House, Parmenter Barn, Blacksmith shop and carriage house.  Re-enactors will fire canons and show off their encampment. There are children's games, militia drills and crafts.  Visit crafters and farmers market.  Food, music and much, much more. See the information at the website http://oldhomedays.com/  

August 15, Friday, 11am – 12:30pm, Walk with Washington (see above)

August 16 and 17, Saturday and Sunday, Living History Event at Hillsborough, New Hampshire, Meet George Washington, go to school with Laura Ingalls Wilder, make butter, watch the canons roar, pan for gold and play period music, games.  Food, music, costumes, and artisans.  See the website http://livinghistoryeventnh.com/

August 16, Saturday, 11am – 1pm Beacon Hill Walking Tour (see above)

August 17, Sunday, 5:30 – 7pm, The Way They Were, at the Hamilton House, 40 Vaughan’s Lane, South Berwick, Maine, Go behind the scenes to learn about the daily routine of domestic servants, registration required, 207-384-2454

August 17, Sunday, 2:30 – 4:30 Afternoon Tea, at Beauport, The Sleeper-McCann House, 75 Eastern Point Boulevard, Gloucester, Massachusetts, $25 Historic New England members, $35 non-members, an elegant tea on the terrace overlooking Gloucester harbor, with tea sandwiches and music.  Sunhats recommended. Rain or Shine.  Registration required 978-283-0800.

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

August 22nd,  Friday, 11am – 12:30pm, Walk with Washington, (see above)
August 24, Sunday, 10am, Vintage Baseball Quadruple Header, Newburyport Clamdiggers vs Lynn Live Oaks, Portsmouth Rockinghams vs Lowell Baseball Club (see above)

August 29 – 31st, 30th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival, at Gloucester, Massachusetts in the harbor and nearby. http://gloucesterschoonerfestival.net/ Fireworks on the 30th, parade of sail on the 31st.

August 29, Friday, 11am – 12:30pm Walk with Washington (see above)
August 30, Saturday, 10am – noon Face and Families: Folk Art Portraits at Cogswell’s Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex, Massachusetts, $5 Historic New England members, $15 non-members.  Registration required 978-768-3632

September 1 Discover Quincy Days, experience Quincy, Massachusetts and its rich history for the price of one $5 wristband.  http://thequincychamber.com/news/discover-quincy-days

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.

September 5, Friday, 11am – 12:30pm Walk with Washington (see above)

September 6, Saturday, 11am – 3pm Jackson Hill Cider Day, at the Jackson House, 76 Northwest Street, Portsmouth, NH.  Free to Historic New England members, $6 non-members, $3 children.  Held grind apples and press cider. Watch artisans demonstrations, children’s games, crafts and seasonal refreshments, too. Tour the 1664 Jackson House.  Call 603-436-3206 for more information.

September 6, Saturday, 11am – 1pm Beacon Hill Walking Tour (see above)

September 6 and October 4, Discover Quincy Days (see above)

September 6 and 7,  Saturday and Sunday, noon and 1:30 pm The Way We Worked: Domestic Help Wanted, at the Roseland Cottage, 556 Route 169, Woodstock, Connecticut, $5 Historic New England members, $15 non-members.  See Roseland Cottage through the eyes of applicants of the house’s many domestic servant positions.  Registration required 860-928-4074

September 7, Sunday, noon, Vintage Baseball Double-Header, Lynn Live Oaks vs Newburyport Clamdiggers, at the Spencer-Peirce Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Massachusetts.  Watch two games play baseball with 1860s rules.  Grass field seating, bring blankets and lawn chairs, no reserved seating. Weather permitting, please call  978-462-2634 for more information.  Free to Historic New England members, $5 non-members.

September 11, Thursday, 2:30 – 4:30pm Capturing Beauport, at 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 interior? Now is your chance for a regular tour with extra time for photography.  There is also a chance your favorite image will be chosen to be made into a postcard for sale in the museum shop.  Registration required 978-283-0880.
September 12, Friday, 11am – 12:30pm Walk with Washington (see above)

September 12, Friday, 8:30 – 10am Inside Haymarket, a tour departing from the corner of Congress and Hanover Streets, Boston, Massachusetts. $25 Historic New England members, $35 non-members.  Enjoy a behind the scenes tour of the market as it opens for the day, learn the history, and hear from the president of the Haymarket Pushcart Association.  Sample fruits, vegetables, cheese, and even pizza.  Registration required 617-994-5920

September 13, Saturday, 11am – 1pm Beacon Hill Walking Tour (see above)

September 14, Vintage Baseball Double Header, Lowell Baseball Club vs. Portsmouth Rockinghams,  at the Spencer-Peirce Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Massachusetts.  Watch two games play baseball with 1860s rules.  Grass field seating, bring blankets and lawn chairs, no reserved seating. Weather permitting, please call  978-462-2634 for more information.  Free to Historic New England members, $5 non-members.

September 19, Friday, 11am – 12:30pm Walk with Washington (see above)

September 20, Saturday, 11am – 1pm Beacon Hill Walking Tour (see above)

September 20-21, Saturday and Sunday, 11am – 3pm, The 10th Annual Portsmouth Fairy House Tour, on the grounds of Strawberry Banke, the Governor John Langdon House, Prescott Park and Peirce Island in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  The tour occurs rain or shine. Introduce these historic sites to your kids while touring over 150 handcrafted fairy houses hidden in the gardens and landscaping.  Proceeds to benefit the museum’s “History in Reach” fund, advance tickets are $25 per family, $12 per adult, $8 seniors, $4 per child 3 -12, and tickets purchased on the day of the event are $30 per family, $15 per adult, $10 per senior, $5 per child 3 -12. Purchase tickets online at www.portsmouthfairyhousetour.com

September 20, Saturday, 2 – 3:30pm “Am I not a Man and a Brother?”: A recreation of an Abolitionist Meeting” at the Roseland Cottage, 556 Route 169, Woodstock, Connecticut.  Free to Historic New England members,  $5 non-members. Registration required 860-928-4074

September 26, Friday Walk with Washington (see above)

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

September 27, Saturday, 11am – 1pm, Beacon Hill Walking Tour (see above)

October 1 – 31st, 33rd Annual Salem Haunted Happenings, all over Salem, Massachusetts, see the website http://hauntedhappenings.org/ Grand Parade, Street Fairs, Family Film nights, costume balls, ghost tours, haunted houses, live music and theatrical presentations.

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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