Thursday, May 28, 2015

June 2015 Genealogy and Local History Event Calendar

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

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. 

May 31, Sunday,  Home Sweet Home Event,  come celebrate some maverick Massachusetts families North of Boston, Massachusetts. 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...

June 3, Wednesday, 7pm, Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire, at the East Kingston Public Library, 47 Maplevale Road, East Kingston, New Hampshire.  Free to the public.  Humorist Rebecca Rule tells the stories of the rituals, traditions and history of town meeting, including the perennial characters, the literature, and the wisdom of this uniquely New England tradition.  Contact the library for more information:  603-642-8333. 

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

June 5 – 7, Trimmings: Adorning the Fashionable Figure in the 17th Century, at Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Discover the process and purpose of decorating and embellishing wardrobes in the 1600s.

June 6, Saturday, 10am, From the Roots Up: The Basics of Climbing Your Family Tree, at the Nevins Library, Garden Room, 305 Broadway, Methuen, Massachusetts, sponsored by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists.  Presented by Lucie LeBlanc Consentino.  Free to the public.

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:

June 6 and 7,  French and Indian War Encampment at the Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, New Hampshire.   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 9, Tuesday, 7pm, Cows and Communities: How the Lowly Bovine has Nurtured New Hampshire, at the Merrimack Public Library, 470 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, New Hampshire. Free to the public.  Call 603-424-5021 for more information.

June 9,  Tuesday, 7pm, Dick Eastman Returns, sponsored by the Worcester County Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists.  Free to the public.  See the website for more details

June 10, Wednesday, 6pm, Boston Historical Societies, at the Massachusetts Historical Society.  A public program on the neighborhood organizations, with representatives of local organizations telling about the great projects they have started or recent accomplishments. Register by phone 617-646-0578 or email 

June 10, Wednesday, 1pm, That Reminds Me of a Story, at the Goodlife Programs and Activities Center, 254 N. State Road, Concord, New Hampshire. Join Rebecca Rule, who has made it her mission for the past 20 years to collect the stories of New Hampshire.  She’ll tell some stories, and invite the audience members to contribute a few of their own.  Free to the Public. 603-228-6630 for more information.

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 13, Saturday, 1:30pm, Dick Eastman, sponsored by the Middlesex Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists.  Free to the public.  See the website for more details 

June 15 to June 21, Monday to Sunday,  Freedom Week: Celebrating African American Emancipation, at Sturbridge Village Museum, Sturbridge, Massachusetts. See more at this link:

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: 

June 17, Wednesday, 6pm, Book Event:  Soldier, Engraver, Forger – Richard Brunton’s Life on the Fringe in America’s New Republic, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Free to the public.  Join author Deborah M. Child for the launch of NEHGS’s newest publication.  Book sales and signing to follow the program.  Click here to register:

June 17, Wednesday, 7pm, Genetic Genealogy, by the Martha’s Vineyard Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, at the Family History Center in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts. Free to the public.  DNA analyst Clint Richmond will speak about genetic genealogy. 

June 17, Wednesday, 7pm, George Washington Spied Here:  Spies and Spying in the American Revolutionary War (1775 – 1783) at the Freedom Town Hall, 12 Elm Street, Freedom, New Hampshire.  A talk by Douglas Wheeler about Nathan Hale and the Culper Spy Ring of New York, Long Island and Connnecticut.  Free to the public.  Call 603-539-5799 for more information.

June 18, Thursday, 7pm, New England’s Colonial Meetinghouses and their Impact on American Society, at the Bow Bog Meeting House, 11 Bow Bog Road, Bow, New Hampshire.  Paul Wainwright will tell the story of the society that built ad used meetinghouses, and the lasting impact they have had on American Culture.  Free to the public.  Call 603 – 228-8149 for more information.

June 18, Thursday, 6:30 pm, A Well-Worn Path: Migration from Dobrzechow and Kozuchow to Massachusetts, 1898 - 1924, at the Chicopee Public Library, 449 Front Street, Chicopee, Massachusetts, sponsored by the Polish Genealogy Society of Massachusetts.  A presentation by Patricia Yocum.  Free to the public.

June 19, Friday 8:30 – 4pm  Celia Thaxter’s Garden Tour, a walking tour of Celia’s restored garden on beautiful Appledore Island.  Learn about the history of the Isles of Shoals and the famous garden described in the 1893 book An Island Garden. The boat departs and returns to New Castle, NH.  Tour includes lunch and expert guides.  $100 per person.  Phone 603-862-5346.  Click here for more information  Tour repeated on June 26, July 16, July 25, July 26, July 30, August 7 and August 9th

June 20, Saturday, 2pm, Baseball in Boston Before the Red Sox, at the Concord Museum, 53 Cambridge Turnpike, Concord, Massachusetts. Baseball historian and vintage base ball player Brian Sheehy, Captain of the Essex Base Ball Club will lecture on base ball in the 19th century.  $10. 

June 20 and 21, Saturday and Sunday, Stark’s Muster and Garrison at the Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, New Hampshire.  Check the website for schedule and details  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. 

June 21, Sunday, 10am – 5pm, New Hampshire’s Birthday! At Strawbery Banke Museum, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Celebrate 400 years of American history.  New Hampshire residents receive FREE admission! ID required.

June 21, Sunday, 5:30pm  The Way They Were, at the Hamilton House, 40 Vaughan’s Lane, South Berwick, Maine, $8 Historic New England members, $15 nonmembers.  Go behind the scenes to learn about the daily routines of domestics, groundskeepers, and others who worked at the Hamilton House.  Purchase tickets here:

June 25, Thursday, 6:30pm, Vanished Veterans: New Hampshire’s Civil War Monuments and Memorials, at the Hooksett Library, 31 Mount Saint Mary’s Way, Hooksett, New Hampshire.  Historian George Morrison presents a diverse selection of New Hampshire’s Civil War monuments from the 1860s to the 21st century.  Free to the public.  Call 603-485-6092 for more information.

June 26, Friday, 6:30pm From Seed to Tree:  Growing Memories into Stories, at the New England Telephone Museum, 1 Depot Square, Warner, New Hampshire.  This is an active workshop where participants will experiment with a toolbox of storytelling techniques to make their family stories more vivid and engaging.  Free to the public.  Call 603-456-2234 for more information.

June 29, Monday, 5:30pm Family Search, a lecture by genealogist Lori Lyn Price, at the Amesbury Public Library Genealogy Club, 149 Main Street, Amesbury, Massachusetts.  Registration is required, call 978-388-8148.  Free to the public. 

Coming Soon!  Plan ahead

July 3 to 5, Independence Day Celebration at Sturbridge Village Museum, at Sturbridge, Massachusetts.  Old fashioned family fun, parade, a patriotic reading of the Declaration of Independence, crafts, drill with the militia, learn dances from the 18th century, and play 19th century “base ball”.  See this link for more information:

July 4, Saturday, 10am – 5pm, An American Celebration!  At Strawbery Banke Museum, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  An old-fashioned 4th of July celebration with children’s bike and wagon parade at 2:30pm, a visit by Abraham Lincoln, traditional games and crafts, garden tours, live music by Bedford Big Band, living history exhibits, hands on activities, food and fun for all! Active military families FREE. 

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.

July 8-9, Hermione in Newport, Rhode Island, Lafayette’s replica ship will be in Newport. See the website

July 11, Saturday, 8:30pm,  July Evening Lantern Walk, at Colonial Pemaquid in Maine. Step into the past as you tour a 17th century village, meet some of the inhabitants and be challenged by an 18th century soldier on guard duty at Fort Frederick.  Rain date is Sunday, July 12.

July 11 and 12, Hermione in Boston, Lafayette’s replica ship will be in Boston. See the website

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.

July 14 – 15, Hermione in Castine, Maine, Lafayette’s replica ship will be in Castine. See the website

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

August 1 and 2, Saturday and Sunday, Redcoats and Rebels, At Sturbridge Village Museum, Sturbridge, Massachusetts.  This is the largest military re-enactment in New England with nearly 1,000 soldiers playing British, Irish, Spanish, Scottish, French and Colonial troops. Events and activities including extended hours until 8pm are all listed at this link:

September 19, Saturday, 7:30 pm, Talking Baseball with Doris Kearns Goodwin and Ken Burns, sponsored by the Concord Museum,  at the Fenn School, Concord, Massachusetts. Join Doris Kearns Goodwin, curator for the Art of Baseball exhibit, and filmmaker Ken Burns for a lively conversation about their shared love of baseball moderated by Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.  Registration required.  priority seating for members opens on July 15th.

September 19 and 20, 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 at the Fort at No. 4, with battles both weekend 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

September 26 and 27, Saturday and Sunday,  from 11am – 3pm both days, rain or shine, The 11th Annual Portsmouth Fairy House Tour, the world’s largest fairy house tour, held in Portsmouth, New Hampshire’s historic South End at the Governor John Langdon House, Strawbery Banke Museum, Prescott Park and Peirce Island.  More than 100 handcrafted fairy houses made by local artists, florists,  garden clubs, and businesses on display.  A great way to expose your children to historic homes and gardens.  Advanced tickets are highly recommended.  For more information and to purchase tickets click at this link:  

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