Monday, August 31, 2015

September 2015 Genealogy and Local History Calendar



September 2, Wednesday, 6pm, History of Stepfamilies in Early America, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society at 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts, Free to the public.  A book talk by author Lisa Wilson who examines the early stereotypes and actualities of colonial stepfamilies, shares stories of real stepfamilies in early New England, and discusses their impact on early United States history.  Book sales and signing to follow.  Click here to register:  http://shop.americanancestors.org/products/history-of-stepfamilies-in-early-america?pass-through=true&utm_source=twgnewsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=twg752

September 2, Wednesday, noon, Intro to the Maine Historical Society: Library Tour, at the Brown Library of the Maine Historical Society, Portland, Maine.  A 45 minute tour of the library’s reading room and behind the scenes.  Will cover the basics of doing research in the library. (Monthly on the first Wednesday at noon in Jan, March, May, July, September, November)  FREE and limited to 10 persons.  Sign up in advance by email to nnoyes@mainehistory.org

September 3, Friday, 7pm, New Hampshire Cemeteries and Gravestones, at the Franklin Public Library, 310 Central Street, Franklin, New Hampshire, contact Leigh Webb at 603-934-8222 for more information.  Free to the Public.  Glenn Knoblock presents the art, craftsmen and how to read the stone “pages” that give insight into the vast genealogical book of New Hampshire.

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 4, Friday, 1pm, A Visit with Abraham Lincoln, at the Godnick Adult Center, 1 Deer Street (off Woodstock Ave), Rutland, Vermont, a living history presentation by Steve Wood. Free to the public.  Call 802-775-1246 for more information.

September 7, Monday (Labor Day), starting at 4:30pm, Charter Day, 2015, Commemoration of the Naming of Boston, Dorchester and Watertown, 1630,  4:30 bell ringing throughout the towns, 4:35 Food and Founders Tour leaves from the Old South Meeting House, 6:15pm, Wreath Laying at the Founders Memorial on the Boston Common with remarks by Robert Allison, Chair of the History Department at Suffolk University.  See this webpage for more information and registration for the tour: http://historicbostons.org/whatwedo/schedulebcd2015.html 

September 8, Tuesday, 2pm, Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti as Oney Judge, at the Adams Square Branch of the Boston Public Library, a living history presentation of Oney Judge, who was George Washington’s slave but escaped to New Hampshire.  Free to the public.

September 8, Tuesday, 6pm, Rebels, Redcoats and Revolutionary Maps, at the Central Library of the Boston Public Library.  Presented by author Richard Brown, a lecture about the maps of the Revolutionary War period.  Ronald Grim, of the Leventhal Map Center, will also discuss the maps of the first two decades following independence.  Free to the public.

September 8, Tuesday, 6:30pm, Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti as Oney Judge, at the Field Corner branch of the Boston Public Library, a living history presentation of Oney Judge, who was George Washington’s slave but escaped to New Hampshire.  Free to the public.

September 8, Tuesday, 7pm, Using Society Journals, at the Zion Lutheran Church, 41 Whitmarsh Avenue, Worcester, Massachusetts, presented by Charlene Key Sokal and sponsored by the Worcester Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists.  http://www.msoginc.org/msogwp/chapter/wr/

September 9, Wednesday, 7pm, African American Soldiers and Sailors of New Hampshire during the American Revolution, at the Folsom Tavern 164 Water Street, Exeter, New Hampshire, presented by Glenn Knoblock.  Free to the public.  Contact Abby Pietrantonio for more information, 603-772-2622.

September 9, Wednesday, 6pm, Paper Love:  Searching for the Girl my Grandfather Left Behind, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society library at 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Free to the public.  A book talk by Sarah Wildman, who will present her research journey across many years and five countries after stumbling upon a cache of her grandfather’s letters to a woman he left behind after fleeing Nazi occupied Austria.  Held in conjunction with the AJHS-NEA exhibit on the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society.  Click here to register:  http://shop.americanancestors.org/products/paper-love-searching-for-the-love-my-grandfather-left-behind?pass-through=true&utm_source=twgnewsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=twg752



September 9, Wednesday, 6pm Survival: Boston 1630, an illustrated lecture at the Boston Public Library, Copley Square, Abbey Room, 2nd floor.  A lecture by PHB President Rose Doherty to hear about the challenges the Boston settlers faced in the early years.  Free to the public.  Pre-register here http://www.eventbrite.com/e/survival-boston-1630-an-illustrated-lecture-registration-18053897694  

September 10, Thursday, 7pm, Martha’s Vineyard Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists meets at the Family History Center, Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts.  http://www.msoginc.org/msogwp/chapter/mvi/

September 12, Saturday, 1pm, “Early New England Church Records and Beyond: introducing the Genealogical Resources at the Congregational Library and Archives” a lecture by Steven Picazio sponsored by the Plymouth County Genealogists, at the East Bridgewater Public Library.  Free to the public.

September 12, Saturday, 1:30pm, Exploring Family Search at the Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main Street, Acton, Massachusetts, presented by Helen Schatvet Ullmann and sponsored by the Middlesex Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists. http://www.msoginc.org/msogwp/chapter/mx/

September 15, Tuesday, 10am, Researching Your Civil War Ancestors, at the Brewster Ladies Library, 1822 Main Street, Brewster, Massachusetts, sponsored by the Cape Cod Genealogical Society.  Fred Wexler will discuss little known sources of information for researching elusive Civil War family members. Come early for socializing, coffee and donuts at 9:30am. Free to the public. 

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 15, 7:30, Tuesday, Harnessing History:  On the Trail of New Hampshire’s State Dog, the Chinook, at the Speare Museum, 5 Abbott Street, Nashua, New Hampshire.  Bob Cottrell presents the history of Arthur Waldren and his Chinooks, the State Dog of New Hampshire.  Inquire whether the speaker’s dog will accompany him.  Contact the Nashua Historical Society 603-883-0015.  Free to the public.

September 16, Wednesday, 7pm, A Tribute to Sarah Josepha Hale, at the Milford Historical Society Banquet Room, 1 Union Square, Milford, New Hampshire, a living history presentation by Sharon Wood as Ann Wyman Blake, Free to the public, call 603-673-1946 for more information.

September 16, Wednesday,  7pm, Harnessing History:  On the Trail of New Hampshire’s State Dog, the Chinook, at the Francestown Town Offices (In back), 27 Main Street, Francestown, New Hampshire.  Bob Cottrell presents the history of Arthur Waldren and his Chinooks, the State Dog of New Hampshire.  Inquire whether the speaker’s dog will accompany him.  Contact Carol Brock at 603-547-2730.  Free to the public.

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 17, Thursday, 2pm, Never Too Late:  The Powder Alarm of 1774, at the Central Library of the Boston Public Library, presented by John Horrigan, part of Revolutionary Boston, a citywide commemoration.  Visit www.bpl.org/revolution

September 18, Friday, 6pm, Repast from the Past: A Taste of 17th Century New England, at the First Church in Boston, Marlborough and Berkeley Streets, Boston, Massachusetts.  Fee to cover expenses of food and beverages served.  Kathleen Wall, Culinarian at Plimoth Plantation, will prepare and discuss 17th century food.  Please pre register here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/repast-from-the-past-a-taste-of-17th-century-new-england-registration-18058881601   

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 18, Friday, 7pm, Mary Todd Lincoln: Wife and Widow, at Stevens Hall, 1 Chester Street, Chester, New Hampshire, presented by living historian Sally Mummey.  Free to the public.  Contact Don Brown 603-887-3842.

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, Saturday, 1pm, Begin at the Beginning: Boston's Founding Documents, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, Massachusetts.  A discussion group with the Partnership of Historic Bostons with an illustrated presentation and discussion of readings, led by Neil Wright, of Lincolnshire, England.  Free to the public, please RSVP https://www.eventbrite.com/e/whats-in-a-name-from-boston-lincolnshire-to-boston-england-tickets-17992698646

September 19, Saturday, 9am - 3pm  Hard Core Hearth Cooking Workshop, at the Colonial Education Site of Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts, led by Plimoth's Foodways Culinarian Kathleen Wall. Perfect your techniques for frying, boiling, roasting and baking, with a round table discussion about period food and the significance of the hearth to modern and historic communities.  $140 for members, $215 for non-members.  See the website for more information:   http://www.plimoth.org/calendar?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D114897000 

September 19, Saturday, 1:30pm City Directories Seminar- A Great Source for Locating Information on that Ancestor that May not be Found Elsewhere, at the Connecticut Society of Genealogists Library, 175 Maple Street, East Hartford, Connecticut for a presentation by CGS president Carol Whitmer.  Free to the public, please pre-register at 860-569-0002 or by email csginc@scginc.org 

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 20, Sunday, 1- 4pm Planting and Growing Your Polish Family Tree, at Dom Polski/Polish National Home, 10 Coburn Street, Lowell, Massachusetts.  Sponsored by the Lowell Polish Cultural Committee.  Alan Doyle Horbal will speak on "Beginning Your Genealogy", and Sara Campbell will speak on "Overloked Municipal Records", also free translations of Polish documents, photo scanning and network with other family historians.  Please pre-register here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/planting-and-growing-your-polish-family-tree-registration-17200432958   

September 20, Sunday, 1pm Food and the Founders, a walking tour to meet on the steps of the New State House, Boston, Massachusetts.  This tour of Central Boston will explore key sites of Puritan Boston.  Please pre-register here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-food-and-our-founders-walking-tour-registration-18208669621  

September 21, Monday, 7pm The Proof is in the Pudding:  New England's First Food Fight, at the Old State House, 206 Washington Street, Boston, an exploration of Native American and Puritan food ways by Katherine Grandjean of Wellesley College and Loren Spears, executive director of the Tomaquag Museum, moderated by Nathaniel Sheidley director of the Bostonian Society. Free to the public.   Please pre-register here:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-proof-is-in-the-pudding-new-englands-first-food-fight-registration-18101739791  


September 21 – October 12, Monday nights, 7 – 8:30pm, Beginner Genealogy Classes by professional genealogist Amylynne Murphy, of www.NewEnglandgenealogist.com to be held at the Londonderry Historical Society’s Parmenter Barn, Londonderry, NH.  Register online at www. http://nhgenealogist.com/purchase-services.html for $50.  To benefit the Londonderry Historical Society.


September 22, Tuesday, 7pm, Poor Houses and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 270 Stark Highway, Dunbarton, New Hampshire, presented by Steve Taylor.  Free to the public.  Contact Gary Attalia 603-774-0069.

September 22, Tuesday, 7pm From Sicily to America: A Daughter’s determination to unravel the mysteries surrounding her father’s life, by the Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society, held at the American Legion Post #129, Gardner, Massachusetts. Members free, guests $2 donation.

September 23, 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. 

September 23, Tuesday, 6pm  A History of Step Families in Early America, at the Central Library of the Boston Public Library, presented by author Lisa Wilson. Free to the Public.

September 24, Thursday, 7pm, Poor Houses and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers, at the Madison Library Chick Room, 1895 Village Road, Madison, New Hampshire  presented by Steve Taylor.  Free to the public.  Contact Jan Eskedel 603-367-8758.

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 24, Thursday, 7pm, A Visit with Abraham Lincoln, at the Greenfield Town Meetinghouse, Forest Road, Greenfield, New Hampshire, a living history presentation by Steve Wood.  Open to the public.  Call 603-547-2790 for more information.

September 26, Saturday, 8am – 4pm, American Canadian Genealogical Society Fall Conference, at the Puritan Restaurant, Manchester, New Hampshire, speakers include Lucie LeBlanc Consentino, Jennifer Zinck and Ed McGuire.  http://acgs.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Conference-cover-2015-Ver-2.pdf

September 26, Saturday, 10am, Making Old Photos Look Like New:  Tricks to Restore your Pictures to Tell Your Family Stories, at the Georgetown Peabody Library 2 Maple Street, Georgetown, Massachusetts. Presented by Walt Howe and Hope Tillman.  http://www.msoginc.org/msogwp/chapter/mv/ sponsored by the Merrimack Valley chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists.

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, Saturday, 9am – 4pm, Brick Walls and Missing Persons:  One on One Genealogy Assistance at the Maine Historical Society. Sign up for a 90 minute one-on-one genealogy research session with one of the Maine Historical Society reference librarians and genealogy experts.  Twelve slots are available.  Refreshments and discounts on genealogy materials in the museum store, too. $40 MHS members, $50 general admission.  Register online https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brick-walls-and-missing-persons-one-on-one-genealogy-assistance-tickets-17848550495

September 26, Saturday, 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, Saturday, 6pm, Family, Memory, Place:  Writing Family Stories, at the Olive G. Pettis Library, 36 Mill Village Road (Rt. 10 North), Goshen, New Hampshire.  Contact Cynthia Phillips 603-863-6921 for more information.  Free to the public.

September 26, Saturday, 10:30am, Fueling New England's Iron Age:  Food at the Saugus Iron Works, 244 Central Street, Saugus, Massachusetts.  A tour and hearth cooking demonstration in the forge of the iron works by Neil Wright, industrial archaeologist.  Free to the public.  Please pre-register here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/fueling-new-englands-iron-age-food-at-the-saugus-iron-works-registration-18100269393  

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/ 

September 26 and 27, 9am - 5pm, How Do You {Craft} History:  2015 #{Craft}hisoryfestival, at Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts, more than 50 artisans, musicians and foodies will have demonstrations, classes and more from potters, woodworkers, bakers and painters inspired by 17th century Plymouth and Patuxet. Click here for more information and a schedule of activities: http://icrafthistory.org/?utm_source=Development&utm_campaign=8f3a75ec03-Member_enews_December_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_485720053f-8f3a75ec03-59482249&mc_cid=8f3a75ec03&mc_eid=8cf6024ba3

September 30, Wednesday, 7pm, Tracing Your Irish- American Catholic Genealogy with Michael Brophy, at the Andover, Massachusetts Memorial Hall Library.  Contact Kimberly Lynn at 978-623-8401 for more information.  Free to the public.  Learn how to access existing vital records and census records, and other research materials online and at nearby repositories without the time and expense necessary to travel to Ireland.

September 30, Wednesday, 6pm, Daisy Turner’s Kin: An African American Family Saga, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society library at 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Free to the public.  An author talk by folklorist Jane Beck that combines storytelling with historical research to build and authenticate a family saga.  Book sales and signing to follow.  Click here to register:  http://shop.americanancestors.org/products/daisy-turner-s-kin-an-african-american-family-saga?pass-through=true&utm_source=twgnewsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=twg752

October 1, Thursday, 6:30pm, New Hampshire Cemeteries and Gravestones, at the Lincoln Public Library, 22 Church Street, Lincoln, New Hampshire, presented by Glenn Knoblock.  Contact Carol Riley for more information 603-745-8159.  Free to the public.

October 3, Saturday, Family History Day: Share the Story of a Lifetime, at the Boston Sheraton, Boston, Massachusetts sponsored by the New England Historic Genealogical Society and FindMyPast, a one day seminar to discover new resources, chat with professional genealogists, purchase books, and network with other family historians. Visit http://americanancestors.org/fhd for more information. 

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 4,  Wednesday, 6pm  Stirring up the Past:  Puritan Beliefs about Food, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 - 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts,  Lori Stokes of the Partnership for Historic Boston will talk about the Puritan's complex relationship to food, which was a gift from God.  NEHGS Archivist Judy Lucey will introduce a display of NEHGS treasures related to food in early Boston.  Free to the public.  Please pre-register here:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/stirring-up-the-past-puritan-beliefs-about-food-registration-18114986412

November 7, Saturday, 8:30am - 4pm, Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Inc. Annual Meeting and Program, at the Marlborough Country Club, 200 Concord Road, Marlborough, Massachusetts.  Join us for our 40th Anniversary with great speakers, Barbara Matthews, Drew Bartley, Thomas MacEntee (via webinar), exhibitors, door prizes, networking.  Our raffle prize is three DNA test kits.  Registration opens Tuesday, September 8  http://www.msoginc.org/msogwp/events-2/annual-meeting/ 

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