Thursday, July 30, 2015

August 2015 Genealogy and Local Events Calendar




August 1, Saturday and August 2, Sunday, 9am – 5pm  17th Century Encampment, an outdoor interpretive weekend at Colonial Pemaquid in Maine.  Re-enactors showcase civilian and military life with equipment, crafts, cooking, games, etc.  Sponsored jointly by the Friends of Colonial Pemaquid and the State of Maine.

August 1, Saturday, 1pm, Discover Mount Auburn – A Walking Tour, at Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts. A 1.5 mile walking tour will focus on the history, monuments and lives of those buried here. Register online at this link: http://mountauburn.org/2015/discover-mount-auburn-a-walking-tour-42/   This tour will be repeated September 5th.
 
August 1, Saturday, 10am  Walking Tour: Abolitionists in Lowell, a 90 minute walking tour of Lowell with Bob Forrant, Professor of History at UMass Lowell. Free to the public.  Meet at the Lowell National Historic Park Visitor Center in Lowell, Massachusetts.

August 1, Saturday, 11am – 3pm, 17th Century Saturday, at the Ipswich Museum, Ipswich, Massachusetts,  The 1677 Whipple House, reproduction Alexander Knight House, and the Heard House will be open for tours.  Spinner Leslie Wind and friends will hold a spinning demonstration on the lawn of the Whipple House.  $15 tour of three houses, $10 for a tour of one house.

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: https://www.osv.org/event/redcoats-to-rebels-2015

August 2, Sunday, 2:30 and again at 4pm, Stamp Act Reenactment - 250th Anniversary, at the Boston National Historical Park, Boston, Massachusetts, visitors can join Park Rangers and recreate a Town Meeting set in 1765.  Free to the public.  

August 3, Monday, 9:30am to 4:30pm  Tracing Your Essex Ancestors, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts, $35.  Join Neil Wiffen and Allyson Lewis from the Essex Record Office in the UK to learn how to explore your English roots.  A full day workshop that will include lectures, a deomonstration of the website Essex Ancestors, and a special display of original records.  The NEHGS library and archives will not be open for research during this event.  Please pre-register at 617-226-1226. 

August 3, Monday, A Visit with Queen Victoria, at the Meredith Public Library, 91 Main Street, Meredith, New Hampshire, contact 603-279-4617 for more information. Free to the public. Sally Mummey performs this living history in proper 19th century clothing resplendent with Royal Orders.

August 3, Monday, 7pm, Beginner Genealogy Classes - Class 2: Records and Resources, at the Londonderry Historical Society, Parmenter Barn, 140 Pillsbury Road, Londonderry, New Hampshire, taught by certified genealogist Amylynne Murphy, register at info@NHGenealogist.com or call 603-820-6706.  $20 per class, $50 for all 4 classes (July 27, August 3, August 10, and August 17th).  Proceeds to benefit the Londonderry Historical Society.

August 4, Tuesday, 6:30pm, Historic Broadway, Beverly, Massachusetts, sponsored by the Beverly Historic Society, Beverly, Massachusetts, walk this architecturally significant street in Beverly with local historian Ed Brown.  Meet at the corner of Cabot and Broadway in Beverly.  $5 non members, free for members. 

August 4, Tuesday, 1pm,  The Records of the Essex, England, Records Office, at the National Archives Boston facility at 380 Trapelo Road, Waltham, Massachusetts.  Essex, England archivists Allyson Lewis and Neil Wiffens will demonstrate their new webpage, and how to begin research with their online collection.  FREE to the public, please register at the reference desk 1-866-406-2379 or by email to boston.archives@nara.gov

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 6, Thursday, 6pm, Shipwrecks of the North Shore, sponsored by the Beverly, Massachusetts Historical Society.  Join noted shipwreck historian Ray Bates for a two hour boat tour of the coast.  Boat leaves promptly at 6pm from Glover's Wharf in Beverly, Massachusetts.  $30 non-members, $25 members. Limited capacity.  Click here for tickets:  http://shipwreck2015.bpt.me/  

August 6, Thursday, 7pm, Vanished Veterans – NH’s Civil War Monuments and Memorials, at the Third Congregational Church, 14 River Street, Alstead, New Hampshire, Contact 603-835-7900 for more information. Free to the public.  Historian George Morrison presents a diverse selection of New Hampshire’s commemorations.

August 8, Saturday, 10am, Walking Tour: Honoring Manchester’s Greek Community, a tour of the Greek section of Pine Grove Cemetery, Manchester, New Hampshire.  Meet at the chapel.  $5 Manchester Historic Association members, $10 general public, please pre-register at 603-622-7531.

August 8, Saturday, 2pm, Daughters of the Samurai, at the Mabel Louise Riely Seminar Room (Meeting Room 156) of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, the tale of five young ladies sent by the Japanese government to the USA in 1871 to learn Western ways and help the next generation of Japanese men to lead Japan. Presented by Janice Nimura, author of Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back.  MFA members $10, non members $12, call 1-800-440-6975 to order tickets by phone.

August 8, Saturday, 10am – 12:30pm, Preparing Your Own Home Remedies, at the Watson Farm, 455 North Main Road, Jamestown, Rhode Island, join herbalist Kristin Minto to for a workshop to learn the historic ways to make teas, tinctures, medicinal oils, and to correctly prepare plants to use in oils. $15 Historic New England members, $20 non-members.  Register at 401-423-0005. 

August 8, Saturday, 12:30, The Value of Using Blogs for Sharing Genealogy and Family Stories, presented by the Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 29 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth, Maine.  Craig Siulinski will demonstrate how to share your family history online via blogging.  Free to the public.

August 9, Sunday, 2:30 and again at 4pm, Stamp Act Reenactment - 250th Anniversary, at the Boston National Historical Park, Boston, Massachusetts, visitors can join Park Rangers and recreate a Town Meeting set in 1765.  Free to the public. 

August 9, Saturday, 1:30pm, A Visit with Abraham Lincoln, at the Alton Historical Society, 13 Depot Street, Alton, New Hampshire, contact 603-875-5456 for more information.  Free to the public.  A living history presentation by Steve Wood.

August 10, Monday, Beginner Genealogy Classes - Class 3: Sourcing and Organization, at the Londonderry Historical Society, Parmenter Barn, 140 Pillsbury Road, Londonderry, New Hampshire, taught by certified genealogist Amylynne Murphy, register at info@NHGenealogist.com or call 603-820-6706.  $20 per class, $50 for all 4 classes (July 27, August 3, August 10, and August 17th).  Proceeds to benefit the Londonderry Historical Society

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

August 14, Saturday, 8pm,  Stamp Act Reenactment, Boston National Historic Park at the corner of Washington and Winter Street in Boston, Massachusetts, join historic reenactors in placing lanterns near the "orginal" Liberty Tree. 

August 15, Saturday, 1 – 5pm, Fletcher’s Scouting Company Re-enactment at Colonial Pemaquid, New Harbor, Maine. Historical re-enactors will set up camp on the grounds of the state park and demonstrate 17th century activities such as cooking, wood working, military drills, weaponry, etc.  Rain date is Sunday, August 16. Free to the public.

August 15, Saturday, 11am to 4 pm, Living History Event at Former World War II Coastal Artillery Fort, Fort Stark State Historic Site, 211 Wild Rose Lane, New Castle, New Hampshire.  Living historians will bring the World War II era to life with camp set-ups, military vehicles, field offices, home front and militaria displays.  Re-enactors will be dressed in period military and civilian attire. Free to the public. Not handicapped accessible. http://www.nhstateparks.org/explore/state-parks/fort-stark-state-historic-site

August 15, Saturday, 11am, Harnessing History: On the Trail of New Hampshire’s State Dog, the Chinook, at the Lyndeborough Old Town Hall, 1131 Center Road, Lyndeborough, New Hampshire.  Contact Karen Holland at 603-654-2480 for more information.  Bob Cottrell presents the history of Arthur Waldren and his Chinnooks.  A dog may accompany the speaker, please inquire.  Free to the Public.

August 15, Saturday, 10am - 1pm, Genealogy 101 Workshop:  How to Begin, at the Maine Historical Society, Portland, Maine.  Cost $35 MHS members, $45 general admission.  Space is limited so register now http://www.eventbrite.com/e/genealogy-101-workshop-how-to-begin-tickets-17567559042  Refreshments included.  Note: intermediate researchers may want to take advantage of Genealogy 201 event on September 26.  See the website www.mainhistory.org for details. 

August 15, Saturday, 10am - 4pm, The Wedding of William Bradford, at Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Included with museum admission.  The honor of your presence is requested at the wedding of Governor William Bradford to Alice Southworth.  Please join the Sachem Massasoit, his wife and leaders from surrounding Wampanoag communities and their entourage for a reenactment of the actual wedding that took place almost 400 years ago.  Learn how 16th century weddings were celebrated. http://www.plimoth.org/calendar?trumbaEmbed=date%3D20150815#/?i=1  
August 15, Saturday, 4pm, Stamp Act Reenactment, Boston National Historic Park, at the corner of Washington and Winter Streets, Boston, Massachusetts, join historic reenactors in a raucous through the streets of Boston to the Old State House to protest the Stamp Act. 

August 16, Sunday, 2:30 and again at 4pm, Stamp Act Reenactment - 250th Anniversary, at the Boston National Historical Park, Boston, Massachusetts, visitors can join Park Rangers and recreate a Town Meeting set in 1765.  Free to the public. 

August 16, Sunday, 11:30 am Runaway Wives:  When Colonial Marriages Failed, at the Deering Community Church, 736 Deering Center Road, Deering, New Hampshire, contact Don Johnson at 603-529-7764 for more information.  Free to the public.

August 16, Sunday, 2pm, Liberty is Our Motto: Songs and Stories of the Hutchinson Family Singers, at the Wilmot Town Hall, 11 N. Wilmot Road, Wilmot, New Hampshire, contact Nola Aldrich for more information 603-526-2942.  Free to the Public.  Steve Blunt portrays John Hutchinson in this living history presentation.  He tells the Hutchinson’s story and shares their music with lyrics provided.  Audience members are invited to sing along “The Old Granite State”, “Get off the Track” and “Tenting on the Old Campground” and more.

August 17, Monday, Beginner Genealogy Classes - Class 4: Discussion & Sharing, at the Londonderry Historical Society, Parmenter Barn, 140 Pillsbury Road, Londonderry, New Hampshire, taught by certified genealogist Amylynne Murphy, register at info@NHGenealogist.com or call 603-820-6706.  $20 per class, $50 for all 4 classes (July 27, August 3, August 10, and August 17th).  Proceeds to benefit the Londonderry Historical Society

August 23, Sunday, 3pm, Boston Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project, at Faneuil Hall, Boston, Massachusetts.  For more information, see this website:  http://bostonmiddlepassage.org/

August 23, Sunday, 10am, Walking Tour:  Manchester Hebrew Cemetery, meet inside the entrance to the cemetery chapel on Beech Street, Manchester, New Hampshire.  $5 Manchester Historic Association members, $10 General Public, please pre-register at 603-622-7531. 

August 25, Tuesday, 7pm, Acadian History and Genealogy including mtDNA genealogy tidbits, at the Central Massachusetts Genealogy Society, at the American Legion Post #129, Gardner, Massachusetts. Members free, guests $2 donation.

August 25, Tuesday, 1:30pm, Intro to Genealogy, at the Haverhill, Massachusetts Public Library.  Learn to use the special collections room, which has a wealth of genealogy and local history resources.  Advance registration required, call 978-373-1586. 

August 27, Thursday, 6pm, Historic Beer in a Historic Place, at the Bostonian Society in the Old State House, 206 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Come taste beers, hear talks about the pubs and drinking in the 18th century, and listen to Master Brewers speak about their craft.  $15 includes 3 beer tokens.  Order tickets online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/historic-beer-in-a-historic-place-tickets-16899905071
  
August 29, Saturday, 10am Walking Tour:  Lowell Monuments a 90 minute walk visiting some of the city’s most interesting monuments with Richard Howe, the Register of Deeds of the Middlesex North District and the official tour guide of Lowell Cemetery.  Free to the public. Meet at the Lowell National Historic Park Visitor Center in Lowell, Massachusetts.

August 29, Saturday, 10:30 - noon, Genealogy Workshop, at the Millyard Museum, 200 Bedford Street, Manchester, New Hampshire.  Led by Muriel Chabot Normand and Pauline Cusson of the American Canadian Genealogical Society.  Please pre-register at 603-622-7531 or email history@manchesterhistoric.org.  $5 for Manchester Historic Association members and $10 general public.  

August 29, Saturday, all day, Newport Stamp Act Protest Reenactment and Party, at Washington Square, Newport, Rhode Island.  This is a large scale reenactment celebrating the 250th anniversary of the Stamp Act Riots, including a colonial city illustrating daily life in the colonial era, an upper class lady's tea, an effigy demonstration, and a "rank sacking" of the Newport Historical Society museum. http://www.newporthistory.org/events/event/newport-stamp-act-protest-reenactment-party/ 

Future Events

September 17 – 19, The New York State Family History Conference, an FGS regional conference at the Syracuse/Liverpool Holiday Inn, 441 Electronics Parkway in Liverpool, New York. http://www.nysfhc.org/registration.html

September 18 – 20, 40th Annual New Hampshire Highland Games and Festival, at Loon Mountain, Lincoln, New Hampshire, See the website http://www.nhscot.org/ for a complete schedule of events and information.  Competitions, lectures, workshops, music, food, vendors, dinners, and a gala ball are highlights of the many things happening this weekend.

September 19, Saturday, The Maine Genealogical Society’s Annual Conference and Membership Meeting, in Brewer, Maine.  Keynote speaker will be Michael Strauss.  See http://www.maineroots.org/  for more information

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.  www.concordmuseum.org  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 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

September 24-25, Thursday and Friday, One Name Studies and Early New England & Atlantic Canadian Research, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society Library at 99 - 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts, cost $80.  A two day seminar to teach you to create, organize and share a one-name project- while deepening your knowledge of early New England and Atlantic Canadian research.  Lectures by David Allen Lambert (NEHGS) and Paul Howes (The Guild of One-Name Studies).  Breakfasts and lunches included.  Registration open to the public after August 5, 2010.  www.americanancestors.org 

September 26, Saturday, American Canadian Genealogical Society Fall Conference, Manchester, New Hampshire, speakers include Lucie LeBlanc Consentino.  

September 26, Saturday, 8am – 4pm, Fall Genealogy Conference, The Chelmsford Genealogy Club presents a conference with genealogist Michael Strauss and other well known genealogy speakers.  Register on the Chelmsford, Massachusetts Library's calendar beginning July 1st.  Registration ends September 23.  http://www.chelmsfordlibrary.org/

September 26, 1pm, From Amistad to Brown v. Board of Education: Mount Auburn’s Supreme Court Justices and Civil Rights Cases, at Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts.  This walking tour will visit the graves of some of the 12 US and Massachusetts Supreme Court Judges, and a few others, whose beliefs and determination shaped the lives of a generation of Americans.  $7 members, $12 non-members. Register at this link: http://mountauburn.org/2015/from-amistad-to-brown-v-board-of-ed-mount-auburns-supreme-court-justices-and-civil-rights-cases/ 

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: http://www.portsmouthfairyhousetour.com/ 

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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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "August 2015 Genealogy and Local Events Calendar", Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 30, 2015, (  http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2015/07/august-2015-genealogy-and-local-events.html: accessed [access date]).

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