Thursday, May 30, 2013

June 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. 

Meredith, NH Genealogy Club

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 )


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 and 9, Saturday and Sunday, French and Indian War Encampment at the Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, New Hampshire  Re-enactors and living historians personify British and French troops, rangers, militia, camp followers, Native Americans and sutlers to recreate the sights and sounds of the French and Indian War.  Tactical battle re-enactments, open hearth and campfire cooking, blacksmithing, textile productions, and frontier trades. 

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 8, Saturday, 10am, Faces and Families: Folk Art Portraits at Cogswell’s Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex, MA  $5 Historic New England members, $15 nonmembers, An in-depth look at the folk art portrait collection at Cogswell’s Grant, and an exploration of the many families and artists represented in the house.  Call 978-768-3632 for information and required registration.

June 9, Sunday, 1:30pm, Walking Tour of the Franco American West Side of Manchester, NH, meet in front of St. Marie's Church, Notre Dame Avenue, Manchester, NH, led by local historian and author Robert B. Perreault, this popular tour focuses on the history and contributions of the French immigrants from Quebec and their descendants.  Learn about the development of St. Marie's parish, Notre Dame Hospital (now Catholic Medical Center), La Caisse Populaire St. Marie (St. Mary's bank), and much more.  Preregistration required via the Manchester History Network Meetup website by calling (603) 622-7531 or by email at $5 MHA members, $10 non-members.

June 9, Sunday, noon, Vintage Base Ball Double Header, at the Spencer-Peirce Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass.  Free to Historic New England member, $5 nonmembers, Watch four teams play baseball using 1860s rules.  Snacks and baseball cards available for purchase.  Bring blankets and lawn chairs, no reserved seating.  Weather permitting, call 978-432-2634 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 13, Thursday, 6pm, Skirts, Stays and Skeleton Suits: Clothing Children in New England, $5 Historic New England members, $10 nonmembers, Learn about the surprising ways we clothed our children from the eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries at this illustrated lecture by Associate Curator Laura Johnson using images of many interesting and rare items from Historic New England’s collection of children’s clothing and portraits.  Registration required, please call 617-994-5959 for more information.

June 16, Sunday, 11am – 3pm, Father’s Day Vintage Baseball Triple Header, at the Spencer-Peirce Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass.  Free to Historic New England member, $5 nonmembers, Watch four teams play baseball using 1860s rules.  Snacks and baseball cards available for purchase.  Bring blankets and lawn chairs, no reserved seating.  Weather permitting, call 978-432-2634 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.

June 22, Saturday, 5:30pm, The Way They Were, Hamilton House, 40 Vaughan’s Lane, South Berwick, Maine, $8 Historic New England members, $15 nonmembers, Go behind the scenese to learn about the daily routines of domestic servants, groundskeepers, and others who worked at Hamilton House.  See the fourth floor attic space where servants lived.  Registration required, call 207-384-2454.

June 23, Sunday, 10:30pm, Hooked on Rugs, at the Beauport, Sleeper- McCann House, 75 Eastern Point Boulevard, Gloucester, Mass. $25 Historic New England Members, $40 non-members.  A special tour with renowned author and hooked rug expert Jessie Turbayne as she discusses the hooked rug collection at Beauport.  Refreshments.  Registration required, call 978-283-0800.

June 25, Tuesday, 7:30pm, Joseph Ellis, at the Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, NH, Tickets and information call 603-436-2400 or visit The Pulitzer Prize winning author of Founding Brothers and American historian Joseph Ellis returns to the Music Hall with his new book Revolutionary Summer.

June 30, Sunday, 10am, Anatomy of a Meetinghouse, Rocky Hill Meeting House, Old Portsmouth Road, Amesbury, Mass, $10 Historic New England members, $20 nonmembers, a hands-on, indepth look at the Rocky Hill Meeting house. From the beams in the attic to the granite ledge beneath, get a closer look at how the meetinghouse was built, finished and used.  Registration required, call 978-462-2634.

Coming Up:     
July 20, Saturday, 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. 

July 20, Saturday, 5:30 – 8:30pm,  Baking in the William Brewster House, Plimoth Plantation Museum, Plymouth, MA,  Make dough for cheate bread- a 17th century wholegrain loaf and bake it in a wood fired oven.  The workshop includes recipes, instruction and starter to continue making bread at home.  Limited to 8 participants.  Pre-registration required, $75 non-members, $60 members.  To register, call 508-746-1622 ext. 8359 or email

July 22, Monday,6pm , Digging into Derry: Genealogy Research, Derry Public Library, Derry, NH  contact Sherry Bailey 603-432-6140 or for more information.  Presented by former Derry reference librarian Christine Sharbrough and current reference librarian Eric Stern.  Registration requested. 
July 6 and 7, Saturday and Sunday, Native Heritage Weekend at the Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, New Hampshire,   See the website for directions and a schedule of events.

July 31, Wednesday, 6:30pm, Digging into Derry: Forest Hill Cemetery, at the Derry Public Library, Derry, NH, contact Sherry Bailey at 432-6140 or for more information.  Presented by TJ Culane of the Friends of the Forest Hill Cemetery. 

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

August 5, Monday, 6:30pm Digging into Derry: The Portrait of Elizabeth McGregor, contact Sherry Bailey at 432-6140 or for more information, Karen Blandford-Anderson of the Derry Museum of History will discuss the portrait of Elizabeth McGregor, daughter of Molly and General Reid, and the great-great-great granddaughter of Staff Faithful. Hear about the family and hw the portrait was returned to Derry.

August 24 and 25, Saturday and Sunday, Revolutionary War Weekend at the Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, New Hampshire,  The Fortified village will be open for tours, sutlers will sell trade goods, and there will be a muster and battle re-enactment.  See the website for the schedule of events.

September 28, Saturday, American Canadian Genealogical Society’s 40th Anniversary Celebration.  Speakers will be Dick Eastman, Lucie LeBlanc Consentino, Joe Manning. Stay tuned for details.

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

Copyright 2013, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

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