Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July and August 2014 Genealogy and Local History Calendar


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 7, 14 and 21, Mondays, at 6:30pm A Summer of Sharing: The Search for Ancestors at the Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street,  Newton, Massachusetts. Session one is basic family history techniques, sessions two and three are research, open discussion, sharing information and stories. Bring your most challenging research questions for group brain storming sessions.  Open to teens, or adults accompanied by teens.  Registration required, call Liz the Teen Librarian at 617-796-1380 or email teens@newtonfreelibrary.net   Free to the public. 

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 9, Wednesday, 10am, New Visitor Tour of the NEHGS Library, at 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston.  Free orientation and tour of the New England Historic Genealogical Society research facility. No reservations required.

July 9, Wednesday, noon, Slavery, Sacred Texts and the Antebellum Confrontation with History, brown bag lunch series at the Massachusetts Historical Society, Free, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts  http://www.masshist.org/calendar

July 11, Friday, noon, Of Form and Failure: American Purtianism, Quantification, and the Way of All Grace, brown bag lunch series at the Massachusetts Historical Society, Free, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts  http://www.masshist.org/calendar

July 11 and 12, Friday and Saturday, 10am to 4pm, Madison Historic Barn Tour, a fundraiser for the Madison Public Library, $20 weekend of the tour, $15 in advance, Tour 7 of the more than 50 historic barns in Madison, New Hampshire. www.madisonbarns.wordpress.com 603-367-8084

July 12, Saturday, 2pm Families of the Eastern Frontier – Living History Event at Colonial Pemaquid, Pemaquid State Historic Site, Old Fort Road, New Harbor, Maine, www.friendsofcolonialpemaquid.org Personal accounts of clothing, crafts, games and cooking demonstrating family life in Pemaquid during the 17th and 18th centuries. 207-677-2423

July 13, Sunday, The 267th Birthday of John Paul Jones, celebrated all day by the Portsmouth Historical Society, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, at the John Paul Jones House, 43 Middle street.  A talk by J. Dennis Robinson, children’s pie eating contest, music, birthday cake and a special appearance by Silas Deanne, the Accused Spy from the Portsmouth Underbelly tours.  Bring a lawn chair.

July 14, Monday, noon, Cautious Romantics: The Dana Family of Boston as the Interpretive Key to a Larger Discourse, brown bag lunch series at the Massachusetts Historical Society, Free, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts  http://www.masshist.org/calendar

July 15, Tuesday, noon, Land, Liberty & Property: Surveyors and the Production of Empire in British North America, brown bag lunch series at the Massachusetts Historical Society, Free, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts  http://www.masshist.org/calendar

July 16, Wednesday, 6pm Journalist Meets Author on Boston’s Cycling Craze, 1880 – 1900: A Story of Race, Sport and Society at the Museum of African American History, 46 Joy Street, Boston, Massachusetts, Boston Globe’s Derrick Jackson interview’s author Lorenz J. Finison about his new book.

July 17, Thursday, 10am – 3pm Historic Summer Kitchen Tour, Quince and Hussey Streets, Nantucket, Massachusetts, www.nantucketpreservation.org National Trust for Historic Preservation

July 18, Friday, 10am Walk Through Dennis Cemetery, Dennis, Massachusetts, costumed guides will take you through the cemetery.  Meet at the flag outside the receiving tomb.

July 19, Saturday 10am – 11:30am Mark Twain’s Companions and Cohorts, at the Cedar Hill Cemetery, 453 Fairfield Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut, http://cedarhillfoundation.org 860-956-3311, learn about Twain’s life during this tour of Cedar Hill Cemetery led by popular guide Steve Courtney.

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 21, Monday, noon, Cosmopolitan Parochialism: Magistrates and Imperial Revolution in New England, 1760 – 1800, brown bag lunch series at the Massachusetts Historical Society, Free, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts  http://www.masshist.org/calendar

July 22, Tuesday, noon, Watershed Decisions: Arthur Shurcliff’s Vision of the Quabbin Reservoir, 1922 – 1945, brown bag lunch series at the Massachusetts Historical Society, Free, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts  http://www.masshist.org/calendar

July 25 and 26, Felton Family Reunion, descendants of Nathaniel Felton, Salem (Peabody), Massachusetts, at the Felton-Smith Historical Site, Peabody, Massachusetts, see the website of the Felton Family Association for more information and details www.feltonfamily.org 

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.

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, 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 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 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.

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

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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Local Genealogy Club Meetings (some clubs may be on summer hiatus)

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.  

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 enealogy Clubhttp://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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