Thursday, December 31, 2015

Genealogy and Local History Event Calendar for January 2016

December 26 to January 3, December School Vacation Week at Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts. Keep the kids busy during school vacation with a wide range of crafts, entertainment and outdoor activities including sledding and sleigh rides.

December 26 to January 1, A Winning Design:  December School Vacation Week, at the USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22, Charlestown, MA.  Hands on exhibits, interactive programs and creative crafts for all ages will introduce chidren to the work required to build and maintain a ship like the USS Constitution.

January 2, 16, 23, 5 – 9pm, Dinner in a Country Village, at Olde Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts.  $95 per person, $75 for OSC members.  Gather in the parsonage where costumed 19th century interpreters will oversee the preparations, but participants do the roasting, baking, and mulling over an open hearth.

January 5, Tuesday, 7pm, Margaret Bourke-White, America’s Eyes, at the Exeter Historical Society, 47 Front Street, Exeter, New Hampshire.  Free to the public.  Sally Matson presents a living history moment using WWWII era Vmails found at Syracuse University.  Contact Barbara Rimkunas for more information 603-778-2335.

January 7, Thursday, 5:30pm, Dressing for a Ball: A living history program featuring 18th century women’s clothing, at the Colony House, Washington Square, Newport, Rhode Island.  Historian Renee Walker Tuttle will dress her ladies in silk attire for the height of the holiday festivities in colonial Newport, the Twelfth Night Ball.  $5 per person.  RSVP to 401-846-0813 x 110. 

January 7, Thursday, noon, Lunch and Learn:  1957 - The Second Mayflower Adventure, at the Plimoth Plantation Museum Henry Hornblower II Visitor Center, Free to members, $8 nonmembers, discover the story of the Mayflower II and her journey from Brixham, England to Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Click here for information and registration:

January 9, Saturday, 1:30pm,  Mild-Mannered Businessman or Secret Service Agent, presented by genealogist Erica Voolich at the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists Middlesex Chapter in the Acton Public Library, Acton, Massachusetts. 

January 9, Saturday, 11am, The McConnell Story, The Aviation Museum of New Hampshire, 27 Navigator Road, Londonderry, New Hampshire will show the film starring Alan Ladd as aviator Capt. Joseph McConnell, who downed 16 enemy planes in World War II.  Following the film, stay for a tour of the museum which includes an exhibit on Joseph McConnell. Included with regular admission.

January 10, Sunday, 2pm, New Hampshire on Skis, at the Tucker Free Library, 31 Western Avenue, Henniker, NH.  FREE to the public. Professor E. John B. Allen gives the history of a unique part of New Hampshire history. Contact Lynn Piotrowicz for more information at 603-428-3471.

January 14, Thursday, 7:30pm, Lecture “Voices from the Back Stairs” at the Dedham Historical Society and Museum, 612 High Street, Dedham, MA  Author Jennifer Pustz will look at the two sides of life in households with domestic help.  $5 for non members of the Dedham Historical Society.

January 16, 23 and 30, Saturdays,  2-3pm Getting Started in Genealogy at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Cost $50.  Learn to navigate the first steps in tracing your family history.  Register online at this link:

January 17, Sunday, 2 – 4pm, Genealogy Workshop at the Portsmouth Public Library, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Please join the Library Special Collections staff and members of the Ranger Chapter of the DAR for a monthly meeting on a variety of genealogical and family history topics.

January 20, Sunday, 7:30pm, Empire of Cotton: A Global History, at the Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George Street, Medford, MA, presented by author and historian Sven Beckert.  

January 22, Friday, 6:30 - 9:30pm, Keep Warm by the Oven: Bread Baking at the Plimoth Craft Center Bakery, at the Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  $50 members, $64 nonmembers.  A crash course in wood-fired baking by the Plimoth Bread Company baker Tani Mauriello.  Click here for information and registration:

January 28, Thursday, 6:30pm, Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire, at the Kimball Library, Atkinson, New Hampshire, hosted by the Atkinson Historical Society, FREE to the public.  Presented by Rebecca Rule- the stories of the rituals, traditions, and history of town meeting, including the perennial characters, the literature, the humor and the wisdom of this uniquely New England institution. Contact Robert Gustafson for more information, 603-553-0531.

January 28, Thursday, 7pm, Poor Houses and Town Farms:  The Hard Row for Paupers, at the Tin Shop, 160 East Main Street, Bradford, New Hampshire. A presentation by Steve Taylor.  Free to the public.  Contact Bradford Historical Society 603-938-5372 for more information

January 30, Saturdy, 9am - 3pm Cook Like a Pilgrim:  Even More Hardcore Hearth Cooking, at the Plimoth Plantation museum, $140 members, $215 nonmembers,  Take your hearth cooking skills to a new level and recreate a meal full of dishes familiar to the Pilgrims by using period tools and techniques. Click here for information and registration: 

January 30, Saturday, 9am, NEHGS Irish Genealogy Study Group, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  The Irish Study group meets on the last Saturday of the month to discuss research problems and share solutions.

February 7, 2pm, Family Stories:  How and Why to Remember and Tell Them, sponsored by the Wilmot Historical Society, at the Wilmot Community Association, 64 Village Road, Wilmot, New Hampshire.  Free to the public, presented by story teller Jo Radner.  She will share foolproof ways to mine memories and interview relatives for meaningful stories. Contact Rosanna Eubank-Dude for more information 603-526-6804.

February 23, Tuesday, 7pm, Researching Maritime Ancestors in the National Archives, sponsored by the Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society at the American Legion Hall, 122 Elm Street, Gardner, Massachusetts, by genealogist Jake Fletcher.  Free to the public.

February 24, Wednesday, 6pm, Genealogy: Bringing Together Past, Present and Future, at the Montachusett Regional Vocational Tech School, 1050 Westminster Street, Fitchbury, Massachusetts, presented by genealogist Jack Fletcher. 
February 25 – 17, Winter Weekend Research Getaway at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Register at this link:  Escape to NEHGS for three days of research, consultations, lectures and social events.

March, 2016,  Beginning the Journey of Genealogy, a four week genealogy course at the the Montachusett Regional Vocational Tech School, 1050 Westminster Street, Fitchburg, Massachusetts by genealogist Jake Fletcher.  See this link for more information:

Planning ahead:

April 2017, NERGC 2017, at the Mass Mutual Center, 1277 Main Street, Springfield, Massachusetts


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Genealogy and Local History Event Calendar for January 2016", Nutfield Genealogy, posted December 31, 2015, ( accessed [access date]).

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