Thursday, April 28, 2016

May 2016 Genealogy and Local History Calendar




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April 28, 6:30pm, Boston’s Market District and Haymarket: Yesterday and Today, at the Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Presented by Historic New England’s Kenneth Turino.  Book sales and signing to follow the lecture.  Free, but registration is required at this link: http://osmhapril28-16.bpt.me/

April 29, Friday, 7pm, Having a Fine Time in Manchester:  Vintage Post Cards and Local History, at the Weare Town Hall, 16 North Stark Highway, Weare, New Hampshire.  Sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities council.  Free to the public.

April 30, Saturday, The 2016 New England Family History Conference.at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 91 Jordan Road, Franklin, Massachusetts.  Keynote Speaker will be Meg. L. Winslow of Mount Auburn Cemetery “Stories of Life in Records of the Dead: Discovering Mount Auburn Cemetery’s Historical Collections”.   For details on the schedule and the educational sessions see the website http://nefamilyhistory.com/

May 1, Sunday, 9am – 6pm, Opening Day for the 2016 Season at Strawbery Banke, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  www.strawberybanke.org

May 1, Sunday, 12 noon – 6pm, Polish Fest Boston, at the Polish American Citizens Club, 82 Boston Street, Dorchester, Massachusetts.  FREE.  Parade at 12:30pm from Our Lady of Czestochowa (655 Dorchester Ave).  Polish cuisine, crafts, speeches, historical exhibits, music and performances.  For more information see http://polishfestboston.com/

May 2, Monday, 12:45pm, Abraham and Mary Lincoln: The Long and the Short of It, at the Moultonborough Lions Club, Old Route 109, Moultonborough, New Hampshire.  Presented by living historians Steve and Sharon Wood.  Sponsored by the Moultonborough Women’s Club and the NH Humanities Council.  Free to the public.

May 2 and 3, Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 4pm, Outlanders and Highlanders, at the opening weekend at the Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, New Hampshire. Step back in time to the 18th century as Highlanders and Outlanders encamp at the fort. Please visit in your favorite family friendly “Outlander” or highlander costume and we will offer you 20% discount on your admission fee! Activities, crafts and craft demonstrations, workshops and more.  See the link for more information and schedule:  http://www.fortat4.org/outlanders_highlanders/outlanders_highlanders.html

May 3, Tuesday,  7pm, Moved and Seconded:  Town Meeting in New Hampshire, at the Exeter Town Hall, 9 Front Street, Exeter, New Hampshire.  Presented by Rebecca Rule, the stories, rituals, traditions and history of the town meeting.  Free to the public, hosted by the Exeter Historical Society and sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

May 4, Wednesday, 10am, New Visitor Tour of the NEHGS Library, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Presented by Dr. Dorothy E. King.  Free to the public. 
May 4, Wednesday, 6:30pm, The Hanging and Redemption of John Gordon: The True Story of Rhode Island’s Last Execution, at the Saylesville Meeting House, 374 Great Road, Lincoln, Rhode Island.  Free to Historic New England members, $5 non-members.  Registration recommended 401-728-9696.

May 4, Wednesday, 6:30 pm, A Necessary Haze:  Drinking in Colonial America, at the Old North Church, 193 Salem Street, Boston, Massachusetts, presented by Corin Hirscch, a food and drink writer, and sponsored by the Old North Foundation.  Free with reservation  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/old-north-speaker-series-drinking-in-colonial-america-corin-hirsch-tickets-20710021231?ref=ebtn

May 5, Thursday, 1-3pm, Genealogy 202 with Muriel Normand, at the American Canadian Genealogical Society Library, 4 Elm Street, Manchester, New Hampshire.  You’ve been researching a while, now take it to the next level.  Offered through OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the Granite State College) and to ACGS members.  Register by email acgs@acgs.org with OLLI in the subject line and include your member ID number, or register with OLLI http://olli.granite.edu/uploads/OLLI_Spring2016_Web.pdf

May 6, Friday, noon, I Found My Village! Now What?:  Next Steps in Tracing Polish Ancestors.  At the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Free to the public.  A presentation by Julie Roberts Szcrepankiewicz.  Register at this link:  http://shop.americanancestors.org/products/i-found-my-village-now-what-next-steps-in-tracing-polish-ancestors

May 7, Saturday, 10:30am, Genealogy Workshop, at the Manchester Historical Museum, Manchester, Massachusetts, presented by Heather Wilkinson Rojo, sponsored by the Historical Museum.  $10 for members, $15 nonmembers. Please contact 978- 526- 7230 for reservations and information. 

May 7, Saturday, 10am, Early Colonial New England Dwellings, at the Byron G. Merrill Public Library, 10 Burffalo Road, Rumney, New Hampshire.  Presented by Richard H. Tivey, genealogist and governor of the NH Mayflower Society,  The public is invited to attend free of charge. 

May 7, Saturday, 10am – 3pm, Heifer Parade with Food and Fiddles, at the Canterbury Shaker Village, Canterbury, New Hampshire.  www.shakers.org  Free admission.  The heifer parade will begin approximately 11 am when the heifers are let out to their first spring grass.  Maypole dancing, food, barn dancing, make your own flower head wreaths and May baskets.  Prizes for the best hat.  Self guided tours of the village.  Guided tours available for $10 per person at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. 
May 7 and 8, Saturday and Sunday, Garrison Weekend at the Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, New Hampshire.  Join us as the 25th Continental Regiment and the 3rd Massachusetts Regiment garrison the fort.  www.fortat4.org

May 8, Sunday, 2pm,  Digging Into Native History in New Hampshire, at the Wilmot Community Association Red Barn, 64 Village road, Wilmot, New Hampshire.  A presentation by Robert Goodby. Hosted by the Wilmot Historical Society.  Free to the public.

May 8, Sunday, 10am – noon, Women of Beacon Hill Walking Tour, at the Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  $10 Historic New England members, $15 non-members.  Registration required 617-994-5920. 

May 9, Monday, 6:30pm, Getting Into Genealogy, at the Georgetown Peabody Library, 2 Maple Street, Georgetown, Massachusetts.  Presented by Seema Kenney.  Please register by calling the library at 978-352-5728.  Free to the public.

May 9, Monday, 2pm, A Soldier’s Mother Tells Her Story, at the Amherst Public Library, 14 Main Street, Amherst, New Hampshire.  Presented by living historian Sharon Wood who will speak as Betsey Phelps, the mother of a Union soldier from Amherst, New Hampshire who died heroically at the Battle of Gettysburg.  Sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities council.  Free to the public. http://www.nhhumanities.org/events/soldiers-mother-tells-her-story

May 9, Monday,  7:15pm, Vanished Veterans – NH’s Civil War Monuments and Memorials, at the Moultonborough Public Library, 4 Holland Street, Moultonborough, New Hampshire, presented by historian George Morrison.  Sponsored by the Moultonborough Historical Society.

May 10, Tuesday, 1pm, On This Spot Once Stood:  Remembering the Architectural Heritage of New Hampshire. At the Pierce Manse, 14 Horseshoe Pond Lane, Concord, New Hampshire.  Our state has lost many of its important historic buildings to fire, neglect, intentional demolition and re-development.  In some cases a plaque provides a physical reminder, but in other cases no tangible evidence remains.  Presented by Maggie Stier, sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities council.  Free to the public.

May 10, Tuesday, 3pm, Margaret Bourke-White, America’s Eyes, at the Lawrence Barn, 28 Depot Road, Hollis, New Hampshire.  This is a living history presentation by Sally Matson.  Sponsored by the Anna Keyes Powers Chapter of the DAR.  Free to the public.

May 10, Tuesday, 6pm, Brewing in New Hampshire: An Informal History of Beer in the Granite State from Colonial Times to the Present, at the Maxfield Public Library, 8 Route 129, Loudon, New Hampshire.  A multi media presentation by Glenn Knoblock.   Free to the public.  Hosted by the Maxfield Public Library, and sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

May 10, Tuesday, 7pm, Who Won the War of 1812?  New Hampshire’s Forgotten Patriot Pirates, at the Madbury Town Hall, 13 Town Hall Road, Madbury, New Hampshire.  Presented by historian J. Dennis Robinson, hosted by the Madbury Historical Society. Free to the public.

May 11, Wenesday, 7pm,  Digging Into Native History in New Hampshire, at the Hollis Social Library, 2 Monument Square, Hollis, New Hampshire.  A presentation by Robert Goodby. Hosted by the Hollis Social Library.  Free to the public.

May 12, Thursday, 5 – 7pm, 24th Annual Historic Preservation Awards, presented by the Manchester Historic Association, at the Manchester Community College, 1066 Front Street, Manchester, NH, cocktail reception, hors’d’oeuvres, and award ceremony.  Tickets $75 MHA members, $85 general public, $600 for a table of 8.  For more information call 603-622-7531.

May 12, Thursday, 7pm, The Shaker Legacy, at the Lane Tavern, 520 Sanborn Road, Route 132, Sanbornton, New Hampshire.  Presented by Darryl Thompson.  Free to the Public.  Hosted by the Sanbornton Historical Society.

May 13, Friday, 7pm, A Visit with Abraham Lincoln, at the Harvey-Mitchell Memorial Library, 151 Main Street, Epping, New Hampshire.  A living history presentation by Steve Wood.  Free and open to the public.  

May 14, Saturday, 10am Opening Day and Canterbury Shaker Village XC5k, 8:30am registration for $25, children under 10 are free.  Music along the route to inspire you.  Great prizes and hearty food at the finish.  Tour the village on opening day www.shakers.org

May 14, Saturday, 10am – 4pm, Draft Horse Plow and Vintage Base Ball Opening Day, at the Spencer Pierce Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Massachusetts.  The annual Draft Horse Plow Day, to learn how horses are harnessed, hitched and cared for. Also watch the shearing of the resident sheep and see wool being washed, carded and spun into yarn.  Wagon rides, farm animals, black smithing demonstrations, children’s crafts and games.  Then watch the base ball game using 1860s rules – Newburyport Clamdiggers vs. Lowell Base Ball Club vs Live Oaks.  Bring blankets and chairs, no reserved seating. Free to Historic New England members, $6 non-members, $4 non-member children.

May 14, Saturday, 9am - 1pm , Explore Your Italian Roots, at the Italian Community Center, 302 Rantoul Street.  Presented by Mary Tedesco.  Objects and documents from the Beverly Historical Society relating to Italian American residents will be on view.  $20 general public /$10 BHS and ICC members. 

May 14, Saturday, 7pm,  Introduction to Family Genealogy, at the Shirley Historical Society, 182 Center Road, Shirley, Massachusetts, presented by genealogist Jake Fletcher. 

May 14, Saturday, 9am to 5 pm, Building Community Through Oral History, at the Kingston Community Library, 2 Library Lane, Kingston, New Hampshire, Free to the Public. Hosted by the Kingston Community Library.  Storyteller and scholar Jo Radner will teach and reinforce best practices for designing and conducting community oral history projects.  It is ideal for teams of three to four participants from a community, museum, historical society, school or library.  For more information, contact steve-sousa@comcast.net   Register at this link:  http://www.kingstonnh.org/home/news/building-community-through-oral-history-open-to-towns-schools-organizations-may-14-2016

May 15, Sunday, 2 – 4pm, Brick Walls: How to Get Through Genealogical Roadblocks, at the Hilton Garden Inn Room of the Portsmouth Public Library, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Presented by Diane Florence Gravel.  She will help solve your research problems by exploring sources often overlooked in genealogical research.  Free to the public.

May 16, Monday, 5:30 The History of the Frist Parish Burying Ground of Newbury, at the Amesbury Public Library, 149 Main Street, Amesbury, Massachusetts, presented by Donald Jarvis.  He will discuss how to collect data from burying grounds for your genealogical research.  Registration required, contact Margie Walker at mwalker@mvlc.org

May 17, Tuesday, 7pm, Putting Human Faces on the Textile Industry:  The Workers of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company, at the Dover Adult Learning Center- McConnell Center, 61 Locust Street, 2nd Floor, Room 220, Dover, New Hampshire.  Presented by Robert Perreault.  Free to the Public.

May 17, Tuesday, 7pm, A Visit with Queen Victoria, at the Gilman Library, 100 Main Street, Alton, New Hampshire.  A living history presentation by Sally Mummey.  Free to the public.  Hosted by the Gilman Library.

May 18, Wednesday, 7pm, The Wardwell Family of Andover, at the North Andover Historical Society, presented by Margo Burns (she recently told part of this story of the Wardwell family, and their involvement in the 1692 Witch Trials, to actor Scott Foley on TLC's "Who Do You Think You Are?").  This is the rest of the story! Members free, Non members, $5.  Reservations required, please email director.nahistory@gmail.com 

May 18, Wednesday, 7pm, George Washington Spied Here: Spies and Spying in the American Revolutionary War (1775 – 1783), at the Bedford Public Library, Bedford, New Hampshire, sponsored by the Bedford Historical Society and presented by Douglas Wheeler. Free to the public, light refreshments will be served.

May 18, Wednesday, 6pm, Saturday Evening Girls:  Jewish and Italian Immigrant Artists and Scholars of Early 1900s Boston, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Presented by Dr. Dorothy E. King.  Free to the public.  Please register at this link:  http://shop.americanancestors.org/products/saturday-evening-girls-jewish-and-italian-immigrant-artists-and-scholars-of-early-1900s-boston   Dr. King is hoping to locate and interview descendants of these girls for her research.  If you have a grandmother, aunt or cousin who might have been a member of this group, please email her at dxk43@psu.edu

May 19, Thursday, 9pm, Teddy Roosevelt’s Nobel Prize:  New Hampshire and the Portsmouth Peace Treaty, at the Millyard Museum, 200 Bedford Street, Manchester, New Hampshire.  Presented by Charles Doleac, and hosted by the Manchester Historic Association.  Free to the public.  http://www.manchesterhistoric.org/

May 19, Thursday, 7pm, Brewing in New Hampshire: An Informal History of Beer in the Granite State from Colonial Times to the Present, at the Aaron Cutler Memorial Library, 269 Charles Bancroft Highway, Litchfield, New Hampshire.  A multi media presentation by Glenn Knoblock.   Free to the public.  Hosted by the Aaron Cutler Memorial Library, and sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

May 20, Friday, 6:30 – 9pm, Tales and Ales, at the Swett-Isley House, 4 High Road, Newbury, Massachusetts.  Enjoy traditional local brews while listening to true tales from Newbury’s past. Must be over 21.  $35 Historic New England members, $60 non-members.  Registration required 978-462-2634. 

May 21, Saturday, 4pm, Central Cemetery Walking Tour, at the Central Cemetery, Beverly, Massachusetts.  Meet up at the Hale Street Entrance.  Join curator Darren Brown of the Beverly Historical Society for a walk through Beverly's largest cemetery. Free to the public. 

May 21, Saturday, 1pm, Spring at the Boston Public Library – Busting out all Over!, at the Centre Congregational Church, 5 Summer Street, Lynnfield, Massachusetts, sponsored by the Essex Society of Genealogists, and presented by Linda MacIver, the Social Sciences and Government Information Reference Librarian at the Boston Public Library and Evan Thornberry, the Cartographic Reference Librarian for the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library.  There will be a brown bag luncheon prior to the lecture.

May 21, Saturday, 10am, New Visitor Tour of the NEHGS Library, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Presented by Dr. Dorothy E. King.  Free to the public. 

May 21, Saturday, 11am – 3:30pm, Connecticut Society of Genealogists 48th Anniversary Celebration, at the Connecticut Historical Society, One Elizabeth Street, Hartford, Connecticut.  More info at http://www.csginc.org

May 21, Saturday, Southern Maine Genealogical Conference, featuring genealogists D. Joshua Taylor, at Keeley’s Banquet Center, 178 Warren Avenue, Portland, Maine,  For more information: http://gpcmgs.brakeley.net/SMEConference.html

May 23 and 24, Saturday and Sunday, 10 am – 4pm, Garrison Weekend, at the Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, New Hampshire.  Join us as the Vermont Brigade garrisons the fort.  Watch training, inspections, maneuvers and demonstrations.  For more information see http://www.fortat4.org/garrison_weekends/vtgarrison.html

May 24, Tuesday, 6pm, Author Talk:  A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts, $10 admission, Joseph M. Bagley, city archaeologist of Boston, uncovers a fascinating hodgepodge of history – from ancient fishing grounds to Jazz Age red-light districts.  www.masshist.org/calendar

May 24, Tuesday, 6pm, Welcome to the Graveyard!  A Virtual Tour of Bridgewater’s Cemeteries, hosted by the Gravestone Girls, at the Bridgewater Public Library 15 South Street, Bridgewater, Massachusetts.  Free to the public. Sponsored by the Plymouth County Genealogists, Inc.

May 24, Tuesday,  6:30 pm, Vanished Veterans – NH’s Civil War Monuments and Memorials, at the Meredith Public Library, 91 Main Street, Meredith, New Hampshire, presented by historian George Morrison.  Sponsored by the Meredith Public Library. Free to the public.

May 24, Tuesday, 7pm, Understanding & Using the Results of Your DNA Tests, at the American Legion Hall, 22 Elm Street, Gardner, Massachusetts, presented by Jeff Carpenter and sponsored by the Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society. Guests are welcome for $2, which can be applied to membership if you join the same evening.  For more information contact queenkatt64@yahoo.com  

May 25, Wednesday, 7pm, New Hampshire Cemeteries and Gravestones, at the Kensington Public Library, 126 Amesbury Road, Kensington, New Hampshire.  Presented by Glenn Knoblock.  Free to the public.  Hosted by the Kensington Public Library, and sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

May 26, Thursday, Boston Bus Trip:  Research & Explore the City, Join the Maine Historical Society and the Greater Portland Chapter of Maine Genealogical Society.  Participants can choose to stop at one of three Boston locations.  The bus departs 7:30am from the former Weathervane Restaurant at the Maine Mall in South Portland and returns at 7pm.  Select a drop off at 1) The New England Historic Genealogical Society 2) The Boston Museum of Fine Arts or 3) Boston Common.  MHS/MGS members $45, Non-members $50.  Reserve your seat today at this link: https://www.mainehistory.org/events/event/560/signup?popup=1 


May 26, Thursday, 6pm, A Soldier’s Mother Tells Her Story, at the Upper Valley Senior Center, 10 Campbell Street, Lebanon, New Hampshire. A living history program by Sharon Wood, speaking as Betsey Phelps, the mother of a Union soldier from Amherst, New Hampshire who died heroically at the Battle of Gettysburg.  Free to the public. 

Planning Ahead: 


June 18 and 19, Saturday and Sunday,  10am – 5pm, Vermont History Expo 2016:  H2O, The Power of Water in Vermont History, Tunbridge World Fairgrounds, Tunbridge, Vermont.   Adults $10, children $5, Ages under 5 Free.  Half price for visitors in period dress!  Nearly 150 history and heritage organizations will present exhibits sharing history from all over Vermont.  Artists, musicians, authors, crafters, and genealogists.  http://vermonthistory.org/community/vermont-history-expo

September 9 – 10, Western Massachusetts Genealogical Conference, details coming soon.

September 15 – 17, New York State Family History Conference, at the Holiday Inn Syracuse, 441 Electronics Parkway, Liverpool, New York.


September 17,  Saturday, Maine Genealogical Society, 40th Anniversary Conference, Jeff’s Catering, Brewer, Maine, for more information see this link www.maineroots.org or MGS, Box 2062, Waterville, Maine, 04903

 October 15, Connecticut Society of Genealogists Seminar.  Details to come at http://www.csginc.org

October 22, Saturday, all day, The Battle of Red Horse Tavern, at the Wayside Inn in Sudbury, Massachusetts.  This is an annual one-day Revolutionary War era battle re-enactment and fair.

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


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "May 2016 Genealogy and Local History Calendar", Nutfield Genealogy, posted April 28, 2016,  (  http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/04/may-2016-genealogy-and-local-history.html:  accessed [access date]).

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