Sunday, April 28, 2013

May 2013 Genealogy and Local History Event Calendar

Local Club Meetings

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 for more information.

Genealogy Roundtable, at the Derry Public Library, 64 East Broadway, Derry, NH  every first Tuesday of the Month, at 1 – 2:30 PM.  Contact: 603-432-6140 for more information.

Greater Lowell Genealogy Club meets at the Pollard Memorial Library, Lowell, MA 10AM to 1PM once a month. 

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

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.

RISE Genealogy Group at the Nashua Public Library, Hunt Room, on the first Friday of the month at 1pm  (Rivier College Institute for Senior Education, see )

May 1, Wednesday, Strawbery Banke Museum reopens for the season.  You can find this living history museum at 14 Hancock Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

May 2, Thursday, noon – 1pm Lunch & Learn: The First Peopling of this Place We Now Call Plymouth, Free for members, $8 non-members at Plimoth Plantation. Archeologist Ellen Berkland will discuss excavations on the South Shore.  Bring a lunch, or buy one at the Patuxet Café.  Discussion starts promptly at noon in the Accomack Building.  Register online

May 3, Friday, 10:30am, Abraham and Mary Lincoln: The Long and Short of It, at the Bow High School, 32 White Rock Hill Road, Bow, NH .  Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd met in Springfield, Illinois, where they married and began a family.  The years that followed their move to the White House were full of personal and national crises.  Contact Betsy Mahoney at 603 224-7113 for more information.

May 4, Saturday, 8am – 5pm, 9th Annual Granite State Story Swap, at the Seacoast Science Center, Odiorne Point State Park, Rye, NH.  Concert performances by NH, MA and NY storytellers, all are welcome, $16 fee covers parking, morning coffee, lunch and all story swaps.  For more information and advance registration go to or contact Lauretta Phillips at 603 735-5965

May 4, Saturday, 10am and 1pm  Edson Cemetery Tours with Kim Zunino, 1375 Gorham Street, Lowell, Mass. (rain date May 18)  Meet at the front gate for a tour of Edson Cemetery, founded in 1845. This 45 minute walking tour is sponsored by the Lowell Historical Society. FREE

May 5, Sunday, 2pm Lizzie Bordon Took an Axe, Or Did She? At the Nashua Public Library, 2 Court Street, Nashua, NH.  Annette Holba reviews the facts of the case and explores the evidence that some experts say points to Lizzie’s guilt, and others believe point to Lizzie’s innocence.  Her connections to NH are also discussed.  Contact Carol Eyman at 603 589-4610 for more information.

May 6, Monday, 2pm Winning the War, Shaping the Peace: Industry, Civil War and the Birth of Consumerism at the Amherst, NH Town Library, 14 Main Street, Amherst, NH  Carrie Brown explores the technological triumph that helped save the Union and transformed the nation.  While this program tells a broad, national story, it focuses on the critical and somewhat surprising role of Vermont and NH in producing the industrial technology that won the war and changed American life.  For more information call Helen Tognetti at 603-682-1952.

May 7, Tuesday, 2pm, Our Town: Discovering Local History at the Archives,  National Archives, 380 Trapelo Road, Waltham, Mass.   Reservations suggested, please call 866-406-2379 or email

May 7, Tuesday, 7:30pm Petticoat Patriot: A Woman in the Continental Army, at the Exeter Historical Society, 47 Front Street, Exeter, NH, Joan Gatturna present this living history program on Deborah Sampson, who disguised as a young man enlisted in the Continental Army during the American Revolution and served undetected for 17 months.  Call Laura Gowing at 603-778-2335 for more information.  Free to the public

May 8, Wednesday, 10am, Using, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society 99 - 101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA  Learn all the great features, tools, resources and content at the NEHGS website, with more than 200 million searchable names covering New England, New York and other areas of family research back to 1620.  FREE to the public.

May 10, Friday, The Fort at No. 4 re-opens for the season.  You can find this living history museum at 267 Springfield Road, Charlestown, New Hampshire

May 10, Friday, 7pm, World War Two New Hampshire, at the Deerfield Historic Town Hall, 10 Church Street, Deerfield, NH.  A documentary with interviews, historic news films, photos, and radio reports from the battlefields, by John Gfoerer.  Call Bernadette Camerson at 603-463-7076 for more information. Free to the public

May 11, Saturday, 11:30am, Braving the Middle Ground: Stories of Pre-Revolutionary Northern New England.  At the Kimball Public Library, 5 Academy Avenue, Atkinson, NH.  Historian Jo Radner juxtaposes Native American oral traditions and stories to reveal a complex “middle ground” in which English settlers and Native people saw one another as defenders and trespassers, pursuers and refugees, kind neighbors and ruthless destroyers.  Call the Kimball Library at 603-362-5234 for more information.  Free to the public

May 14, Tuesday, 7:30 pm New Hampshire and the American Clipper Ship Era, at the Riverwoods in Exeter (Boulders Hall), 5 Timber Lane, Exeter, NH.  Glen Knoblock explores our maritime past with an exciting look at the fastest sailing ships ever built in America.  Call Jeanne Wild at 603-658-3049 for more information. Free to the public

May 16, Thursday, 6pm Finding Our Jewish Ancestors: Jewish history, migration, and genealogy, Genealogist Meredith Hoffman of the Jewish Genealogical Society presents. .  National Archives, 380 Trapelo Road, Waltham, Mass.   Reservations suggested, please call 866-406-2379 or email

May 18, Saturday, 9am to 12:30pm, Family History Mini Conference, at 400 Essex Street, Lynnfield, MA by the Lynnfield LDS church.  FREE classes on genealogy. 

May 20, Monday, Canterbury Shaker Village re-opens for the summer season until October 31st.  This museum is located at 288 Shaker Road, Canterbury, NH  03224

May 22, Wednesday, 7pm Genealogy Apps for Mobile Phones, a lecture by genealogist Dick Eastman at Andover, Massachusetts’ Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main Street, Andover, MA.  Free.  Register at or call 978-623-8401 x31

May 23, Thursday, 7pm Lizzie Borden Took an Axe, Or Did She? At the Harvey Mitchell Memorial Library, 151 Main Street, Epping, NH.  See the same lecture above on May 5th.  Contact Bradley Green at 603-734-4587 for more information. Free to the public.

May 25, Saturday, 10am – 3pm Annual Lilac Festival at the Wentworth Coolidge Mansion, 375 Little Harbor Road, Portsmouth, NH  Free to the public, free parking. Come by foot, bike, kayak or canoe.  Lilac lectures and sales, art projects, treasure hunts for the kids and an alpaca petting zoo.  Sroll the new 1.5 mile waterside walking path.  Call 603 -828-3359 for more information.

May 30, Thursday, 1pm, Introduction to REUNION by Richard Doyle at the Amesbury Public Library, . 149 Main St., Amesbury, Mass.  Registration required .  978-388-8148 or register online at  This is a gathering for participants that went to Richard’s first class, it will be a fun afternoon to see everyone and talk about their successes.

June 1st, Saturday, 10am, Lowell Cemetery Tour with the Chelmsford Genealogy Club and Richard Howe

June 1st, Saturday, Piscataqua Waterfront Festival, 8am – 11pm, at the Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden, 154 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH.  Free family event with music, maritime artisan demonstrations, free museum tours, children’s activities, boats, booths, and a sale of heirloom plants.  Call 603 430-7668 for more information.

June 5, Wednesday, 7pm, Dissent among the Puritans at the Merrimack Public Library, 470 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, NH.  A living history presentation features Ann Vassall in the year 1637, wife of William Vassall of Essex, England, one of the founders of Massachusetts.  Contact the library at 603-424-5021 for more information.  Free to the public.

Thursday, June 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 1:00 Richard Doyle’s Introduction to Genealogy.  At the Amesbury Public Library, 149 Main St., Amesbury, Mass. Learn basic steps to get started on your genealogy.  He will also show you how to use and Heritage Quest to further your search.  When you register for June 6th you are registered for all of the classes.  Registration required .  978-388-8148 ext. 610 or register online at 

Thursday, June 6, noon – 1pm Lunch & Learn: The History of Jewish People in Plymouth, Free for members, $8 for non-members at Plimoth Plantation.  Hear Plimoth Plantation’s curator Dr. Karin Goldstein discuss the “hidden history” of Jewish People in early Plymouth.  Bring a lunch or buy one at the Patuxet Café.  Discussion starts promptly at noon in the Accomack Building.  Register online at

June 8, Saturday, 10:30am Who won the War of 1812?  New Hampshire’s Forgotten Patriot Pirates,  at the Millyard Museum, 200 Bedford Street, Manchester, NH, J. Dennis Robinson offers an upbeat, irreverent slideshow on New Hampshire’s reluctant role in Mr. Madison’s War with special emphasis on the bold privateers from Portsmouth.  Contact Veronica Mueller at 603-764-9072 for more information.

June 10, Monday, 7pm, Mary Todd Lincoln: An Unconventional Woman, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Hall, 335 Smyth Road, Manchester, NH.  Sally Mummey re-creates the role of Mary Lincoln and shares stories of her life and love, triumphs and challenges.  Potluck at 6pm with Program to follow at 7pm.  Free to the public.  Contact Elise Hood at 603-668-3472 for more information.

June 11, Tuesday, A Visit with Queen Victoria, at the Salem Historical Museum, 310 Main Street, Salem, NH.  Sally Mummey recreates the role of Queen Victoria in proper 19th century clothing with Royal Orders.  Free to the public.  Contact Beverly Glynn at 603-893-8882 for more information.

June 19, Wednesday, 7pm A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes, at the Wadleigh Memorial Library, 49 Nashua Street, Milford, NH Adair Mulligan explores the rich story in stone walls, old foundations, and abandoned homesites. Free to the public.  Contact Susan Amann at 603-673-2408 for more information.

Coming Up:    
July 20, 2013, Massachusetts Genealogical Council Annual Seminar at Holy Cross College, Hogan Center, Worcester, Massachusetts featuring Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL “The Legal Genealogist” 8:30am to 4:30pm. 

August 4 – 9, 2013, The 33rd IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, Boston Park Plaza Hotel

October 19, 2013, Family History Day, LDS church, Concord, New Hampshire

Copyright 2013, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

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