Monday, December 28, 2015

Genealogy and Local History Events for January 2016


Genealogy Events Calendar

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.  https://www.osv.org/event/december-school-vacation-week-2015

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.  https://ussconstitutionmuseum.org/event/a-winning-design/

December 29, 2pm – 4pm, Winter Break Family Program: Discover Your Roots, at the Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library, 1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford, CT.  FREE with general admission, this series of programs is all about celebrating families.  Make a family tree.  http://chs.org/event/winter-break-family-program-discover-your-roots/

December 29, 2 – 4pm Winter Break Family Program: Scrapbook Day, , at the Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library, 1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford, CT.  FREE with general admission, this series of programs is all about celebrating families.  Scrapbooking supplies will be provided so you and your family can create a scrapbook of your favorite family moments with your own photos. http://chs.org/event/winter-break-family-program-scrapbook-day/

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. 
https://www.osv.org/event/dinner-in-a-country-village/dinner-in-a-country-village-31

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 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.  www.dedhamhistorical.org

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: http://shop.americanancestors.org/products/getting-started-in-genealogy?pass-through=true
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 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, Saturday, 1:30pm, The Salem Witch Trials and Their Connections to Casco Bay and the Maine Frontier, at the Wishcamper Center on the USM campus in Portland, Maine.  Emerson "Tad" Baker will discuss his recent book A Storm of Witchcraft and the many connections between the witch trials and the Maine Frontier.  Free to the public.  

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. www.americanancestors.org

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. 

Planning ahead:


February 25 – 17, Winter Weekend Research Getaway at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Register at this link: http://shop.americanancestors.org/collections/research-tours-programs/products/winter-weekend-research-getaway?pass-through=true  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: https://www.montytechnites.com/

March 11 2016, Friday, 5:30 - 9:30pm, Genealogy Lock In, at the Memorial Hall, the public library in Andover, Massachusetts.  Register ahead by calling 978-623-8401 x31.  An evening of after hours genealogy research with exclusive access to databases, computers, microfilm and the Andover Room.  A light dinner will be served.  $10 fee. Space is limited.  

April, 23, The Maine Genealogical Society's Spring Conference -  at the Augusta Elks Club, Augusta, Maine.  Save the date! Featuring Blaine Bettinger whoo will lead discussions on DNA and genealogical research.  

May 21, The Third Annual Southern Maine Genealogy Conference, at Keeley's Banquet Center, 178 Warren Avenue, Portland, Maine, keynote speaker will be D. Joshua Taylor.  

September 17,  The Maine Genealogical Society's Annual Fall Conference, at Jeff's Catering, Brewer, Maine, with special guest, Judy Russell.  Save the Date!

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


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