Monday, April 27, 2015

May 2015 Genealogy and Local History Calendar


Genealogy Events Calendar

April 29, Wednesday,  6pm, Sex, DNA and Family History, a lecture by Shellee Morehead at the Abbey Room of the Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts.  Certified genealogist Shellee Morehead will explain genetic genealogy- the use of DNA for defining ancestral relationships.  Free to the Public. 

April 29, Wednesday, 10am, The Court Martial of Paul Revere, at the Pilgrim Hall Museum, presented by Michael Greenburg, on his new book about Revere and “America’s forgotten military disaster”.

May 1, Friday, 2pm,  Lecture and Exhibit:  Katharine Gibbs: Beyond the White Gloves, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 - 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts,  Free to the public.  Join Rose Doherty, author, for this illustrated talk and exhibit of memorabilia.  She will provide a brief history of the school and graduates.  Book sales and signing to follow.  Click here to register:  http://shop.americanancestors.org/products/katharine-gibbs-lecture?pass-through=true   

May 2, Saturday, 10am - 3pm, Heifer Parade at the Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Road, Canterbury, New Hampshire.  Parade at about 11am. Free admission.  The heifers will parade to the pastures for their first spring grass, maypole dancing, barn dancing, may baskets and guided tours of the Shaker community for $10 per person at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.  Register here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/heifer-parade-with-food-fiddle-tickets-15230028425  

May 2, Saturday 11am to 1pm, Beacon Hill Walking Tour, meet up at the Harrison Gray Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  $12 per person, you must register ahead at this link: http://shop.historicnewengland.org/p-5712-beacon-hill-walking-tour-may-2.aspx

May 2, Saturday, 12 noon – 4pm, Ipswich Back in Time, Commemorating the 1657 Alexander Knight House, A Fun Family Day of Exploring Where History Comes to Life, The Ipswich, Massachusetts Historical Society.

May 2, Saturday, 10am – noon,  Shared Spaces:  Maintaining History in Condo Living, at the Phillips House, 34 Chestnut Street, Salem, Massachusetts, $15 Young Friends and Historic Homeowner members, $20 members of Historic New England, $25 non-members, bring pictures and info on your own home and project for short consultations; learn about historic colors, details and furnishings; work with your condo association on preservation issues; take home a packet of resources.  Light refreshments served. Click here to purchase tickets: http://shop.historicnewengland.org/showproduct.aspx?ProductID=10099&SEName=shared-spaces-maintaining-history-in-condo-living

May 3, Sunday, 2pm, Meet Louisa May Alcott – Not Such a Little Woman, at the Shirley- Eustis House and Gardner Carriage House, 33 Shirley Street, Roxbury, Massachusetts, a living history portrayal by Jan Turnquist.  $10 per person.  Call 617-442-2275 for more information.

May 4, Monday, The 35th Annual Marjorie Gibbons Lecture with Speaker Bill Brett, at the South Boston branch of the Boston Public Library, free to the public with a reception following the program.  Bill Brett will present his latest book on the Boston Irish. 

May 6, Wednesday, 7pm, Unlocking the Clues of your own Family Photos, a lecture by Maureen Taylor, the “Photo Detective”, at the Norwood Historical Society, 93 Day Street, Norwood, Massachusetts. 

May, 6, Wednesday,  Robert Love’s Warnings: Searching for Strangers in Colonial Boston, at the Boston Public Library.  Free to the public.  Between 1765 and 1774 Robert Love issued warnings in Boston to four thousand itinerants, including migrant workers, demobilized soldiers, and other newcomers.  This program is presented as part of “Revolutionary Boston”  www.bpl.org/revolution

May 6, Wednesday, 7pm, Colonial New Hampshire, at Charlie’s Barn, 29 South Village Road, Loudon, New Hampshire, A talk by Jere Daniell.  For more information contact Michele York at 603-396-2362. 

May 7,  Thursday, noon, Lunch and Learn: In Modest Attire – Clothing the Pilgrims, at Plimoth Plantation, Free for members, $8 non-members, Speaker Kristen Haggerty will describe how the clothing of the colonists has been portrayed throughout history, and why today’s interpreters wear what they do!

May 7, Thursday, 7pm, A Walk Back in Time:  The Secrets of Cellar Holes, at the Stephenson Memorial Library, 761 Forest Road, Greenfield, New Hampshire.  Adair Mulligan lectures on the rich history behind cellar holes and how one town has created an inventory of its cellar holes.  Contact Adele Hale for more information 603-547-3403.  Free to the public.

May 8, Friday, 7:30pm, Call the Midwife!  A Look at Colonial Midwifery, a lecture by Dr. Abby Chandler, sponsored by the Topsfield Historical Society, FREE to the public, at the Gould Barn, 1 Howlett Street, Topsfield, Massachusetts.

May 9, Saturday, noon - 1pm, NEHGS Art and Architecture Tour, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 - 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Free to the public, and you are welcome to use the library after the tour. Register here: http://shop.americanancestors.org/products/nehgs-art-architecture-tour?pass-through=true    

May 9, Saturday, 1:30pm, Evernote vs Zotero for Genealogists, at the Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main Street, Acton, Massachusetts, sponsored by the Middlesex Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, presented by Denise Picard Lindgren.  Free to the public. 

May 9, Saturday, 11:30am, The Battle of Bunker Hill, at the Brighton Branch of the Boston Public Library, Free to the public, a slide lecture by John Horrigan, historian. 

May 9 and 10, Opening Weekend at the Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, New Hampshire.  The 25th Continental Regiment and the 3rd Massachusetts Regiment will garrison the fort.  http://fortat4.org/garrison_weekends/25thcon_3rdma.html

May 9, Saturday, 10am – noon, Uncovering Your Family History in Federal Publications, speaker Connie Reik, professional genealogist, sponsored by the Genealogy Group at the Kennebunk, public library, 112 Main Street, Kennebunk, Maine, call 207-985-2173 for more information. Free to the public.

May 10, Sunday, 10am – noon, Women of Beacon Hill Walking Tour, meet at the Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Massachusetts, $7 Historic New England members, $15 non-members.  Reservations required, click here to purchase tickets:  http://shop.historicnewengland.org/showproduct.aspx?ProductID=6558&SEName=women-of-beacon-hill-walking-tour-may-10

May 12, Tuesday, 7pm, Massachusetts Record Repositories, at the Zion Lutheran Church, 41 Whitmarsh Avenue, Worcester, Massachusetts, sponsored by the Worcester County Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists.  Free for members, $3 for non-members.  Presented by genealogist Michael Brophy, who will emphasize major genealogical resources in Eastern Massachusetts and Boston.  

May 13, Wednesday, 6pm, Women and Physical Culture in Nineteenth Century Boston, a talk by Helaine Davis and Linda Stern at the Abbey Room of the Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts.  This lecture is about how several pioneering women changed the face of sports and recreation in Boston at the close of the 19th century.  Free to the public.

May 14, Thursday, 7pm, Espionage in the American Revolution, at the Wellesley Free Library, 530 Washington St, Wellesley, Massachusetts, Free, a lecture by Kenneth Daigler, retired CIA officer. 

May 14 and 16. Events all day, Pirates Ashore in Plymouth, at the Mayflower Society House, 4 Winslow Street, Plymouth, Massachusetts 10am, the pirates land at State Pier, 3pm Murder Trial at the Mayflower House, 7pm lecture “Caribbean Buccaneers in Early Plymouth” at Pilgrim Hall.  Plymouth colony was attacked by privateers in May 1646, come celebrate and learn more about pirates and privateers in early New England.  Rain date May 17th.  Sponsored by the Plymouth Historical Alliance, the Mayflower Society, and the New Plimmoth Gard www.newplimmothgard.org

May 16, Connecticut Society of Genealogists Annual Meeting with Marcia Melnyk, open to the public, luncheon will be served.  See the website http://www.csginc.org/csg_view_event.php?event=235  for more information. 

May 16, Saturday, 10am – 11:30am, Those Were the Days:  A Look Back at the Historic Chestnut Street Days, at the Phillips House, 34 Chestnut Street, Salem, Massachusetts. $8 Historic New England members, $12 non-members.  A lecture by Jim McAllister about the most beautiful street in America using journals and correspondence. Learn about the characters that lived here.  Reservations required.  Click here to purchase tickets:  http://shop.historicnewengland.org/showproduct.aspx?ProductID=5755&SEName=those-were-the-days-a-look-back-at-the-historic-chestnut-street-days

May 16, Saturday, tours at noon, 1:30pm, 3pm, Heart of the Home:  Family Life in Downtown Boston, tours at the Otis House, Gibson House, Nichols House, Prescott House and Paul Revere House.  Learn the stories and view the collections that tell about childhood and the families of Boston.  Tickets sold separately at each site.  Call 617-994-5920 for more information or click here for tickets: http://shop.historicnewengland.org/p-10101-heart-of-the-home-family-life-in-downtown-boston-may-16.aspx 

May 18, Monday, 6:30pm, The Loyalists: The Other Side of the American Revolution, at the Derry Public Library, Derry, New Hampshire.  Free to the public.  Contact the library for more information:  603-432-6140.

May 18, Monday, 5:30pm, Evacuation Day 1776:  Enslaved Africans and the “Freeing” of Boston, at the Dudley branch of the Boston Public Library, free to the public, presented by Joel MacKall, a local historian and educator who will lead an illustrated talk outlining the developments facing Africans in Boston and abroad during the birth of the United States.

May 18, Monday, 6pm, Lost Boston Tour: Old Scollay Square and Vicinity, led by Anthony Mitchell Sanmarco, Author and Historian and sponsored by the Victorian Society, New England Chapter.  Meet under the Steaming Tea Kettle at Cambridge and Court Streets, $12 or $10 members of the Victorian Society. 

May 20, Wednesday, 6:30pm, How did Old North Become Old North?, at the Old North Church, 193 Salem Street, Boston, Massachusetts, a presentation by Robert J. Allison of Suffolk University, who will discuss how this Puritan meeting house became an Episcopal church.  Free to the public.

May 20, Wednesday, 6:30pm, Abraham & Mary Lincoln: The Long and Short of It, at the Bedford Public Library, 3 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford, New Hampshire. A living history presentation by Steve and Sharon Wood set in 1861 portraying the Lincolns.  Free and open to the public, with light refreshments.

May 21, Thursday, 7pm, The Shaker Legacy, at the Gordon-Nashu Library, 69 Main St., New Hampton, New Hampshire, FREE lecture by Darryl Thompson about the history of the Shakers and his personal memories of the Canterbury Shakers.

May 21, Thursday, 8pm, New Hampshire’s Grange Movement:  Its Rise, Triumphs and Decline. At the Lawrence Barn, 28 Depot Road, Hollis, New Hampshire.  Free to the public.  Steve Taylor discusses the rapid social and economic changes that forced the steep decline of the once-powerful movement.  Potluck at 7pm with program to follow at 8pm.  Contact Sharon Howe 603-465-3935 for more information.

May 23, Saturday, 8:30am, Reburial Ceremony at the African Burial Ground Memorial Park, Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  The people whose remains were exhumed during site excavations downtown 7 October 2003 will be reburied at the memorial.  The public is invited. 8:30 am unveiling of art work on-site, 9am Reburial Ceremony, 10:30 am Public Celebration at the Portsmouth Middle School auditorium, 7pm Blind Boys of Alabama concert at the Music Hall. For more information 603- 610-7226 or http://www.africanburyinggroundnh.org/  

May 23 and 24, Garrison Weekend at the Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, New Hampshire.  The Vermont Brigade garrisons the fort.  http://fortat4.org/garrison_weekends/vtgarrison.html

May 26, Tuesday, 7pm, Meet Eleanor Roosevelt, at the Wright Museum, 77 Center Street, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, Elena Dodd’s living history interpretation of Mrs. Roosevelt offers a frank and humorous look at the woman who was eyewitness to the tumultuous events of her day.  Free to the public.  Contact Donna Hammill at 603-569-1212 for more information.

May 27, Wednesday, 6pm, Finding Living Ancestors: Being a Genealogy Gumshoe,  at the Boston Public Library,  700 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts, a lecture by genealogist Michael Maglio.  A discussion on how sometimes it is necessary to find a living relative in order to track down records, get a DNA sample, return a rare photo or family Bible, but finding the living can be as challenging as finding a dead ancestor.  Free to the public. 

May 27, Wednesday, 6pm, Abraham & Mary Lincoln: The Long and Short of It, at the Upper Valley Senior Center, 10 Campbell Street, Lebanon, New Hampshire. A living history presentation by Steve and Sharon Wood set in 1861 portraying the Lincolns.  Free and open to the public, with light refreshments.

May 27, Wednesday, 7pm, Meet Eleanor Roosevelt, at the Moultonborough Public Library, 4 Holland Street, Moultonborough, New Hampshire, Elena Dodd’s living history interpretation of Mrs. Roosevelt offers a frank and humorous look at the woman who was eyewitness to the tumultuous events of her day.  Free to the public.  Contact Nancy McCue at 603-476-8895 for more information.

May 30, Saturday, 2015 Southern Maine Genealogical Conference sponsored by the Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society will be held in Portland, Maine.  The keynote speaker will be Margaret Dube, CG.  For more information see www.maineroots.org

May 30, Saturday, 1pm Summer Walking Tours of the Black Heritage Trail in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Meet up at the Discover Portsmouth Center, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire from May to September.  There will be a fee involved.  Stay tuned or call for more information.

May 30 and 31, Blacksmith Weekend at the Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, New Hampshire.  http://fortat4.org/blacksmith/blacksmith.html 

May 31, Sunday,  Home Sweet Home Event,  come celebrate some maverick Massachusetts families North of Boston, Massachusetts on May 31st? Four locations at historic homes, presented by the Trustees of Reservations, and learn the stories of the Crane, Appleton, Dodge, Coolidge, and Emerson families. Click here for the details...http://www.nobomagazine.com/2015/04/08/home-sweet-home/

June 4, Friday, noon, Lunch and Learn:  The American Plate, at Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts, Free to members, $8 non members, Bring or buy lunch and learn about the evolution of the American diet.   Click here to register https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lunch-and-learn-artisanry-in-the-modern-world-speakers-alan-burton-thompson-and-marnie-smith-tickets-15616928654

June 6, Saturday, 11am – 1pm, Beacon Hill Walking Tour, meet at the Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Massachusetts, $10 Historic New England members, $15 non-members.  Tickets required, click here:  http://shop.historicnewengland.org/p-6450-beacon-hill-walking-tour-june-6.aspx

June 6 and 7,  French and Indian War Encampment at the Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, New Hampshire.  http://fortat4.org/F&I.html   One of the biggest re-enactment weekends with battles at 1:30 both days, open hearth cooking, blacksmithing, textile productions, joinery, tours of the fort, and colonial vendors.

June 10, Saturday, 10am, From the Roots Up- The Basics of Climbing your Family Tree, at the Nevins Public Library, Route 28/ Broadway, Methuen, Massachusetts, sponsored by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, and presented by Lucie LeBlanc Consentino.  Free to the public.

June 11, Thursday, 6pm, Lowell Lecture: Joseph J. Ellis,  at the Boston Public Library, free to the public.  Pulitzer Prize winning author Joseph Ellis will discuss the years between the end of the American Revolution and the start of the Federal Era. A book sale and author signing will follow the lecture.

June 15 – June 20, Monday – Saturday, Program in New England Studies, $1,500 Historic New England members, $1550 non-members, an intensive week-long learning experience with lectures and tours on history, architecture, preservation, decorative arts, workshops, and specialized tours of properties, museums and private homes.  Purchase tickets here:  http://shop.historicnewengland.org/p-6852-program-in-new-england-studies.aspx 

July 2, Friday, noon, Lunch and Learn:  Artisanry in the Modern World, at Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts, Free to members, $8 non members, Bring or buy lunch and learn about the role of collegiate artisan programs and their applicability in a modern economy.  Click here to register https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lunch-and-learn-artisanry-in-the-modern-world-speakers-alan-burton-thompson-and-marnie-smith-tickets-15616928654  

July 11, Saturday, The Maine Genealogical Society Fair at the Cultural Building, Home of the State Library, Archives and Museum, Augusta, Maine, Free admission. Visit with genealogical and historical societies from around the state of Maine.

June 20 and 21, Stark’s Muster and Garrison at the Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, New Hampshire.  Check the website for schedule and details http://fortat4.org/stark/starks_muster.html  During the American Revolution, Charlestown was an assembly point for 1,500 troops under General John Stark who will appear again and make his call for the men of New Hampshire to fight for freedom.  Drills, recruitment, dance instruction, inspection and marches. 

July 14, Tuesday, 4 – 5:30pm, DNA Testing and Revolutionary Ancestors,  at the Boston Public Library, Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts, presented by Jennifer Zinck.  Free to the public. www.bpl.org

July 26, Sunday,  Massachusetts Genealogical Council Annual Meeting and Seminar, Mansfield, Massachusetts

August 6, Friday, Noon, Lunch and Learn:  The Yale Indian Papers Project, at Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Free to members, $8 non-members, bring or buy a lunch and learn about the cultural significance and potential historical impact of the Indian Papers Project.  Click here to register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lunch-and-learn-the-yale-indian-papers-project-speaker-paul-grant-costa-tickets-15617038984   Click here for the Indian Papers Project http://www.library.yale.edu/yipp/ 

August 11, Tuesday, 4 – 5:30pm, Mustering Military Resources for Revolutionary War Genealogy Research,  at the Boston Public Library, Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts, presented by David Allen Lambert.  Free to the public. www.bpl.org

September 3, Friday, Noon,  Lunch and Learn:  One Colonial Woman’s World, at Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts, free to members, $8 for non-members. Bring or buy lunch and learn about Michelle Marchetti Coughlin and her book which chronicles the life and times of Mehetabel Chandler Coit (1673-1758) and her diary, which may be the earliest surviving diary by an American woman.

September 15, Tuesday, 4 – 5:30pm, Beyond Historical Records: The Old Colony Historical Society Revolutionary War Collection,  at the Boston Public Library, Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts, presented by Andrew Boisvert.  Free to the public. www.bpl.org

September 20 and 21, Return to No. 4: Revolutionary War Weekend at the Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, New Hampshire. One of the biggest re-enactments of the year with battles both days at 1:30pm.  Fortified village tours, sutlers row for shopping, and self tours of the camps where you can see drills, open hearth cooking and demonstrations of colonial camp life. See the website for more information and a schedule of events http://fortat4.org/revwar/revwar.html

October 13, Tuesday, 4 – 5:30pm, Using the DAR Genealogical Research System to Find Revolutionary Patriots and Descendants,  at the Boston Public Library, Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts, presented by Carolyn Holbrook.  Free to the public. www.bpl.org

November 10, Tuesday, 4 – 5:30pm, Our Ancestors in the Revolution: Telling the Story to Family,  at the Boston Public Library, Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts, presented by Barbara Matthews.  Free to the public. www.bpl.org

November 14, Saturday, 2pm, How to Discover Your Family and Community History, part of the “Exploring the World War One Home Front” series at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, Massachusetts.  This workshop will support you in exploration of family stories from the World War 1 era, and help you find the documents and resources to uncover your family narrative.  Free to the public, registration required by November 5th, contact programs@monh.org


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6 comments:

  1. The May 12th meeting in Worcester is NOT free to the public. It is FREE to members of MSOG, $3 charge for non-members.

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    1. Thanks, Seema! I fixed the entry on the calendar.

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  2. Heather,
    Amazing calendar! I can't remember ever taking a look at it. I have to ask if you accept additions. I ask because I distribute a newsletter titled "Western Mass Roots Events." Or perhaps you'd like to simply be on the mailing list. Feel free to contact me directly: dave at oldbones dot info. Thanks!!

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    1. Hi Dave! Yes, I take any events you would like added to this calendar. I can edit this month's and add more events, too.

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  3. Heather, what a wonderful calendar. I hope this becomes a regular feature of your site. I can't tell you how much of a needed resource this is. Thank you!

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    1. Dear Unknown, Yes, this is already a regular feature. I've been posting a calendar in the last week of every month for more than a year now.

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