Sunday, November 2, 2014
November 2014 Genealogy and Local History Calendar
November 1 and 2, Saturday and Sunday, all weekend, Native Heritage Weekend at the Fort at Number 4, 267 Springfield Road, Charlestown, New Hampshire. Check the website for more information www.fortat4.org
November 2, Sunday, lecture 1pm, house tour 2pm, The Codmans and the Great War, at the Codman Estate, 34 Codman Road, Lincoln, Massachusetts, $10 Historic New England members, $15 general public. Registration required, call 781-259-8098. After war was declared in Europe in 1914, New England families like the Codmans, who had strong ties to France, felt reverberations. When war broke out, oldest brother and architect Ogden Codman, Jr., was at his chateau outside of Paris. While he and his staff made a daring, last-minute escape to the United States, his friend and co-author Edith Wharton remained in Europe to assist the war effort. In Lincoln, the Codman siblings threw themselves into homefront activities like knitting and canning. Dramatic letters from family and friends in Europe serving as ambulance drivers, nurses, aid workers, and soldiers kept the family abreast of news from the front lines. Drawn from material in Historic New England’s Library and Archives, this illustrated talk focuses on the First World War experience of the Codmans and their community.
November 2, Sunday, 2pm Pretty Halcyon Days, on the Beach with Ogden Nash, at the St. James Masonic Lodge, 77 Tide Mill Road, Hampton, New Hampshire. This lecture explores the ways Nash’s summers on the New Hampshire seacoast influenced his poems. Free to the Public. Call the Tuck Museum, 603-929-0781 for more information.
November 3, Monday, 6:30 pm, Baked Beans and Fried Clams: How Food Defines a Region, at the Plainfield School, 92 Bonner Road, Meriden, New Hampshire, Free to the public. Contact the Meriden Library, 603- 469-3252 for more information.
November 5, Wednesday, 1pm, A Visit with Abraham Lincoln, living history presentation by Steve Wood at the Wentworth Home, 795 Central Avenue, Dover, New Hampshire, presented with funding by the NH Humanities Council. Free to the public. 603-516-8826
November 5, Wednesday, 4pm, The 1907 Heresy Trial against Mary Baker Eddy and the Christian Science Faith, by author Peter Wallner at the New Hampshire Historical Society, 30 Park Street, Concord, NH. Admission is FREE. Wallner will sign his new book, Faith on Trial, and discuss the case Eddy v. Frye, in which Mary Baker Eddy’s son and adopted son attempted to take possession of her person and wealth, and charged that she was insane.
November 6, Thursday, noon, Lunch & Learn: “A Nice Indian Pudding”: Maize in the Diets of Colonial New Englanders, at the Plimoth Plantation Visitor Center, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Discussion at noon in the Accomack Building, bring a lunch.
November 6, Thursday, 6pm, Mementos: An Introduction to Jewelry of Life and Love, at the Governor Langdon House, 143 Pleasant Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Free to Historic New England or Preserve Rhode Island members, $5 general public, a lecture about jewelry, including watches, rings, bracelets and cuff links that mark major life transitions. Through these heirlooms this talk explores how New Englanders from the 18th century to today mark their important moments and memories. Registration required, call 603-436-3205.
November 6, Thursday, 7pm, Victorian Furniture: Design Run Amok or Inspired Creativity? At the Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum, 199 Hope Street, Providence, Rhode Island, $5 Historic New England members, $10 general public. Registration required, 617-994-6678.
November 7, Friday, 7pm, New Hampshire Cemeteries and Gravestones, at the Walpole Town Hall, 34 Elm Street Walpole, New Hampshire, Free to the public, presented by Glenn Knoblock. Call the Walpole Historical Society for more information 603-756-3449.
November 9, Sunday, 3pm, Mementos of Pet Ownership in New England, at the Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center, 5 Portland Street, South Berwick, Maine. Free to Historic New England members, $5 general public. Registration required 207-384-2454. Birdcages, fish bowls, dog collars, headstones and chewed furniture are the material remains of pet ownership in New England. Senior Curator of Collections Nancy Carlisle conducted a survey of roughly forthy New England societies and history museums and located more than 80 objects associated with pets from the 18th through the early 20th century. Together these artifacts reveal surprising attitudes about different animals and uncover unexpected cultural assumptions. Registration recommended, 207-384-2454
November 10, Monday, 7pm George Washington Spied Here: Spies and Spying in the American Revolutionary War, at the Stratham Fire Department, 2 Winnicutt Road, Stratham, New Hampshire, Free to the public, presented by Douglas Wheeler. Call Pam Dziama for more information: 603-772-4118.
November 11, Tuesday, 7pm, Vanished Veterans – New Hampshire’s Civil War Monuments and Memorials, at the Salem historical Museum, 310 Main Street, Salem, New Hampshire, Free to the public, presented by George Morrison who has located, inventoried and photographed the variety of New Hampshire’s Civil War memorials. Contact Beverly Glynn for more information 603-893-1433.
November 12, Wednesday, 6pm, A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience, an author talk by Emerson W. Baker, at the Abbey Room of the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts. FREE to the public.
November 12, Wednesday, 7pm, Mary Todd Lincoln: An Unconventional Woman, at the Milford Town Hall, 1 Union Square, Milford, New Hampshire, presented by Sally Mummey as Mary Lincoln. Free to the public. Call Polly Cote for more information 603 – 673-1946.
November 13, Thursday, 7pm A showing of the film Celia Thaxter’s Island Garden by Peter Randall, at the research library of the Portsmouth Atheneum, 9 Market Square, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. This film brings the story to those who can’t make the trip to the Isles of Shoals, or wish to see it in a new way.
November 14, Friday, 1:30pm Imagine Nashua: Then and Now by Don Himsel of the Nashua Telegraph. He will discuss his weekly column and encourages the audience to bring old photos of the Nashua area and share stories. Sponsored by the Genealogy Club of the Rogers Public Library, Hudson, New Hampshire, at the Library in the Community Room.
November 14, Friday, 12 noon, Forgotten Drinks of Colonial America, presented by author Colin Hirsch, part of the brown bag lunch series by the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts. FREE to the public, http://masshist.org/calendar
November 15, Saturday, 9:30am to 12:30pm, Genealogy Workshop: Getting More Out of Your Genealogy Research Using Ancestry.com, FamilyTreeMaker and other tools, at the Nesmith Library, Windham, New Hampshire, presented by Marcell Jussaume, past president of the American Canadian Genealogical Society. Free and open to the public. Call 603-432-7154 or email email@example.com to register.
November 17, Monday, Brewing in New Hampshire: An Informal History of Beer in the Granite State, at the Merrimack Public Library, 470 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, New Hampshire, Free to the public, presented by Glenn Knoblock. Call the library for more information 603-424-5021.
November 18, Tuesday, Our National Thanksgiving: With Thanks to President Lincoln and Mrs. Hale, a living history presentation by Steve and Sharon Wood at the Merrimack Adult Community Center, 4 Church Street, Merrimack, NH. Presented with funding from the NH Humanities Council. Free to the public. 603-424-5084.
November 18, Tuesday, 7:30 pm Reliving the Civil War, presented by Bob Duffy, costumed Civil War living historian, at the Nashua Historical Society, 5 Abbott Street, Nashua, New Hampshire. Free to the Public.
November 18, Tuesday, 7pm Our National Thanksgiving: With Thanks to President Lincoln and Mrs. Hale, at the Merrimack Adult Community Center, 4 Church Street, Merrimack, New Hampshire. Presented by re-enactors Sharon and Steve Wood as Sarah Josepha Hale and Abraham Lincoln. Call Anita Greager for more information 603-424-5084. Free to the public.
November 18, Tuesday, 6pm, Uncovering African American Stories, at the Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Free to Historic New England and NEHGS members, $5 general public. Expert genealogist David Allen Lambert discussed the primary and secondary sources at the New England Historic Genealogical Society for researching African Americans in New England. Registration required 617-994-5920.
November 19, Wednesday, 12:30pm Our National Thanksgiving: With Thanks to President Lincoln and Mrs. Hale, a living history presentation by Steve and Sharon Wood at the Litchfield Community Church, 259 Charles Bancroft Highway, Litchfield, NH, Presented with funding from the NH Humanities Council. Free to the public. 603-429-1315
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
November 19, Wednesday, 7pm, The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail, a lecture by Jeffrey Bolster, part of the 2014 series celebrating the 400th Anniversary of Captain John Smith’s Voyage to New Hampshire, at the Portsmouth Atheneum, 9 Market Square, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Free to members. $10 general admission. Reservations requested, call 603-431-2538 for reservations.
November 20, Thursday, 6:30pm Discovering New England Stone Walls, at the Baker Free Library, 509 South Street, Bow, New Hampshire, Free to the public, presented by Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss. Contact Betsy Mahoney for more information 603-224-7113.
November 22, Saturday, 2pm Blogging for Genealogy, presented by Heather Wilkinson Rojo at the Amesbury Room of the Amesbury Public Library, 149 Main Street, Amesbury, Massachusetts. Contact Margie Walker 978-388-8148 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a space.
November 27, Thursday HAPPY THANKSGIVING:
It’s not too early to plan for a Thanksgiving dinner in New England.
This is the link for Thanksgiving feasts at Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Reservations REQUIRED. Choose between the two feasts listed below:
http://www.plimoth.org/dining-functions/thanksgiving-dining-special-events/thanksgiving-dining or call 1-800-262-9356 ext. 8353, 8364, 8365
Thanksgiving Day Buffet, Thursday, 27 November 2014 at the following times: 11am, 1:30pm, 4pm and 6pm
Classic “America’s Thanksgiving Dinner”, Thursday, 27 November 2014 at the following times, 11am, 2:30pm SOLD OUT, 6pm AND Friday, 28 November 2014 at 1pm
This is the link for the two different Thanksgiving feasts at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. Again, reservations are required:
Traditional Thanksgiving Feast at the Bullard Tavern, Thursday, 27 November 2014, call 508-347-0285
Thanksgiving Buffet at the Oliver Wight Tavern, Thursday, 27 November 2014, 11am to 6pm call 508-347-0285
Salem Cross Inn, Route 9, 260 West Main Street, West Brookfield, Massachusetts holds a traditional thanksgiving dinner, with hearth cooking. Call 508-867-2345 for reservations. $10 non-refundable deposit per person to hold your spot. http://salemcrossinn.com/events/events-holiday-calendar/
Other famous landmark restaurants that serve Thanksgiving Dinner (all prix-fixe, reservations required):
Legal Seafood, most locations open for Thanksgiving, choice of roast turkey or stuffed lobster and other delicious offerings.
Top of the Hub, 52nd floor of the Prudential Tower in Boston, 4 course Thanksgiving menu, call 617-536-1775
Omni Parker House Hotel, 60 School Street, Boston, Thanksgiving buffet, with seatings at 12 noon and 2:30pm call 617-725-1660
Concord’s Colonial Inn, Concord, Massachusetts, call 978-369-9200
Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, 72 Wayside Inn Road, Sudbury, Massachusetts 978-443-1776
December 3, Wednesday, 6pm, Legendary Locals of Beacon Hill, at the Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Massachusetts presented by author Karen Cord Taylor based on her new book. Hear the stories of people such as John Hancock, Louisa May Alcott, John Singleton Copley and Julia Ward Howe. Free to the public, registration required 617-944-5920.
December 8, Monday, 7:30pm New Hampshire on Skiis, at the Congregational Church of Amherst, 7 Church Street, Amherst, New Hampshire, presented by professor E. John B. Allen, free to the public, contact Neil Brenner for more information 603-315-8413.
December 13, 4:30pm, The Spirit of Christmas Past: Four Centuries of Christmas in New England, at the Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center, 5 Portland Street, South Berwick, Maine. Free to Historic New England Members, $5 nonmembers. This popular lecture traces the development of the celebration of Christmas from the time it was outlawed in 17th century New England to the 20th century. Registration required, call 207-384-2454.
January 14, Wednesday, 7pm Family Stories: How and Why to Remember and Tell Them, at the Merrimack Public Library, 470 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, New Hampshire, presented by storyteller Jo Radner. Snow date January 15 same time and place. Free to the public. Call the library for more information 603-424-5021.
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