Thursday, May 26, 2016

June 2016 Genealogy and Local History Event Calendar

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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. 

June 1, Wednesday,  1pm. Intro to the Maine Historical Society: Library Tour, at 489 Congress Street, Portland, Maine, a 45 minute tour of the Brown Research Library by Nicholas Noyes, the library director.  Free to the public.

June 2, Thursday, 6pm,   The Road to Concord:  How Four Stolen Canon Ignited the Revolutionary War, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  A book talk by history blogger and author J. L. Bell.

June 3, Friday,7pm,  New England Utopia:  Transcendental Communities, at the Walpole Town Hall, 34 Elm Street, Walpole, New Hampshire. Free to the public. Presented by Pontine Theatre, and sponsored by the Walpole Historical Society.

June 4, Saturday, 10am, New Visitor Welcome Tour, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  FREE, no registration required. Attendees are welcome to use the library after the tour.

June 4, Saturday, 10am, Climbing Your Family Tree: For Beginners, at the American Canadian Genealogical Society, 4 Elm Street, Manchester, NH.  Presented by Gerry Savard, past president of the ACGS.  Free for members, $5 for non-members.

June 4, Saturday, 10am – 5pm, Old Orchard Beach Scottish Festival, at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Old Orchard Beach, including a talk on the Scots Irish by John. T. Mann, a clan village, pipers, dancing, traditional foods, artisans and heavy athletics. Free to the public and on Facebook at

June 4, Saturday, 2pm, Black Heritage Tour: Let Freedom Ring: Resistance, Abolition and Civil Rights,  meet your tour guide Nur Shoop at the Liberty Flag Pole in Prescott Park, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  $20, please reserve a spot at 603-380-1231.  Tours June 4, July 2, August 6. 

June 4, Saturday, 1 – 3pm, Ice Cream Social, at the Phillips House, 34 Chestnut Street, Salem, Massachusetts.  Enjoy Treadwell’s ice cream, listed to the Ukulele Union music, tour the carriage house, and play lawn games in a historic setting.  $2 Historic New England members, $5 non-members.  Registration recommended 978-744-0440. 

June 6, Monday, 6pm, The Lively Place: Mount Auburn , America’s First Garden Cemetery and Its Revolutionary and Literary Residents.  By author Stephen Kendrick, registration required  Pre-talk reception at 5:30pm.  $20 nonmembers.

June 6, Monday, 5:30pm, Writing Women: Telling the Histories of Women in Boston, at the Nichols House Museum, Boston,  Massachusetts.  A panel of local female authors will talk about their work writing about known and unknown women in Boston History.  FREE to the public, please register at 617-227-6993 or 

June 7, Tuesday 6 -8pm, Crafty Bastards: Brewing in New England from the Mayflower to Modern Day, at the Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Join former brewer and drinks journalist Lauren Clark as she presents an illustrated lecture on the history of beer brewing in New England.  Following the lecture there will be beer samples from Ipswich Ale Brewery on the front terrace.  Must be 21 years old.  $10 Historic New England members, $15 non-members. Call 617-994-5920 to register.

June 8, 15, 22 and 29, Wednesday, 1pm, Introduction to Genealogy, at the Amesbury Public Library, Amesbury, Massachusetts, presented by Richard Doyle.  A four week program.  Please pre-register to save your seat by calling Margie Walker 978-388-8148. Free to the public.

June 9, Thursday, 7pm, The Making of Strawberry Bank Museum, at the Rochester Historical Society Museum, 58 Hanson Street, Rochester, New Hampshire. Presented by historian J. Dennis Robinson, sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.  Free to the public.

June 9, Thursday, 6:30pm, The History of  Scollay Square, at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge Street, Boston, Massachusetts, presented by David Kruh.  Free to the public.

June 9, Thursday, 7pm, Valiant Ambition by Nathaniel Philbrick, at the American Antiquarian Society,  185 Salisbury Street, Worcester, Massachusetts. Author Nathaniel Philbrick will discuss his book Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold,  and the Fate of the American

June 11, Saturday, 10am, Genealogy 202: Take it to the Next Level, at the American Canadian Genealogical Society, 4 Elm Street, Manchester, NH.  Presented by Muriel Chabot Normand.  Free for members, $5 for non-members.

June 11, Saturday, 9am to noon, Family History Workshop, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 110 Concord Street, Nashua, New Hampshire.  This workshop will cover the basics of starting a family tree on Please bring a laptop.  Space is limited.  There will be another workshop in September if you can’t get a ticket. Register at this link:

June 11, Saturday, 9:30am to 12 noon, Workshop: Digitizing Documents and Photographs with the Northeast Document Conservation Center, at the New Hampshire Historical Society, Concord, New Hampshire. $50 members, $65 nonmembers.  To register call 603-856-0621.  Space is limited.

June 11, Saturday, 10:30am  and again at 1:00pm, Rocks Village: A Haverhill Neighborhood Walking Tour, meet at the Hand Tub House at Rocks Village, Haverhill, Massachusetts.  Park at 366 Amesbury Line Road and follow the signs to Hand Tub House. The tour will explore Rocks Village, the Hand Tub House (fire station) and a former historic village on the banks of the Merrimack River.  The annual RVMA yard sale takes place from 8:30am to 2pm.  $10 fee.

June 11, Saturday, 2 – 4:30 pm, Ancestry of American Presidents: Past, Present and Future? Presented by Gary Boyd Roberts and Christopher C. Childs at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  An afternoon of lectures and discussion of the American presidents and current presidential candidates.  FREE, please register at this link:

June 12, Sunday, 2pm,  Cannon Shenanigans and New Hampshire’s Muster Day Tradition, at the Hancock Meeting House, Hancock, New Hampshire.  Presented by Jack Noon, sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.  Free to the public.

June 13, Monday, Putting History on the Map Together:  2016 Massachusetts History Conference, at the Hogan Campus Center of the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts.  Entrance fee, see

June 15, Wednesday, 6pm Essential Historic Sites with David McCullough and Brent D. Glass, at the Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts, presented by the Boston National Parks, the Museum of African American History, the Old South Meeting House and co-sponsored by the Omni Parker House.  Prize winning author David McCullough, and public historian Brent D. Glass will discuss historic sites and their compelling stories. Free to the public.  Register at

June 15, Wednesday, 7pm,  Author Derek Beck to Speak at Minute Man National Historic Park, at the visitor center, 250 North Great Road, Lincoln, Massachusetts. Author book talk and book signing.  Free to the public.

June 16, Thursday, 11am to noon, Children’s Scavenger Hunt at the Governor Langdon House, 143 Pleasant Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Explore this 232 year old house and search for treasures!  For children ages 4 – 8 with their caregivers.  $5 Historic New England members and child, $8 non-member and child.  Each additional child $3.  Registration required, space is limited. 603-436-3205.

June 16, Thursday, 6pm,  Speaker Series:  The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition, at Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, Massachusetts, $10 members, $12 Non-members,  an illustrated lecture by professor Manisha Sinha of her book.  Reception at 6pm, lecture and discussion at 7pm.

June 16, Thursday, 6:30pm, The History of Haymarket in Boston, , at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge Street, Boston, Massachusetts, presented by local author Kenneth Turino.  Free to the public.

June 17, Friday, 7:15pm, Civil War Roundtable:  CSS Shenandoah & the End of the Civil War, at the Epping Town Hall, 157 Main Street, Epping, New Hampshire. Free to the public.  

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.
June 19, Sunday, 10am – 6pm, New Hampshire’s Birthday Celebration! At Strawbery Banke living history museum, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Free to NH residents with ID.  (June 21 is the actual birthday)

June 19th, Saturday 11am - 5pm, Juneteenth in Portsmouth,  New Hampshire,  11am Remembrance Gathering at the Langdon Slaves Cemetery, 1035 Lafayette Road, 12 noon Pot luck lunch at the South Church, 12:30 pm documentary film at South Church, 1pm- Dialogue with descendants of Colonial Portsmouth families, South Church, 3pm- music jamboree and Remembrance Celebration at the African Burying Ground Memorial Park.  All events free and open to the public. 

June 20, Monday, 6:30pm,  The Defender:  how the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America, at the Massachusetts Historical Society,  1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts, $10 fee for non-members.  An author book talk by Ethan Michaeli. 

June 22, Wednesday, 9am, Teacher Workshop:  The Civil War in New Hampshire, at the Historical Society of Cheshire County, Keene, New Hampshire. Participants will receive 20 professional development credits for attending.   Contact Jennifer Carroll at or 603-352-1895.  Funded in part by a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council. 

June 22,  Wednesday , 10am, New Visitor Welcome Tour, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  FREE, no registration required. Attendees are welcome to use the library after the tour.

June 22, Wednesday,  2pm, Google Earth for Genealogists and the Digital Resources of the Leventhal Map Center, at the Boston Public Library,  Boston, Massachusetts. Free to the Public.  Presented by Evan Thornberry, Cartographic Reference Librarian.  

June 24 - 26, New England at Sea: Maritime Memory and Material Culture, a three day conference sponsored by Historic Deerfield, at the Deerfield Community Center, 16 Memorial Street, Deerfield, Massachusetts.  Nineteen lectures on the maritime history of New England and the adjacent areas of New York and Canada from the mid-eighteenth century to the early twentieth century.  Keynote address historian W. Jeffrey Bolster.  See this link for more information:

June 25, Saturday, 1pm to 4pm,  French Canadians in the Granite State, at the New Hampshire Historical Society, 30 Park Street, Concord, New Hampshire.  This is a workshop on advanced genealogy for those with specific interest in New Hampshire’s largest ethnic group, the French Canadians.  It will be led by the experts at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. For more information and pricing for members and non-members, visit or call Wendy Olcott at 603-856-0621 to register by phone using a credit card.

June 28, Tuesday, 7pm, Music and the Heart: Songs of Human and Historical Connections, at the American Legion, 22 Elm Street, Gardner, Massachusetts.  Sponsored by the Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society. Presented by Luanne Crosby who combines pieces of her music of the Civil War in her presentation.  Guests are welcome for a $2 donation, which can be applied to membership if you join that same evening.  For more info contact Janet Fortunato 

June 28, Tuesday, 6:30,  Henry Beston’s Cape Cod: How the Outermost House Inspired a National Seashore, at the Truro Library,  7 Standish Way, Truro, Massachusetts.  A multi media presentation by writer and film maker Don Wilding.  Free to the public.

June 30, Thursday, 6pm, Marlborough Genealogy Workshop,  at the Peter Rice Homestead of the Marlborough Historical Society,  use the archives, discuss your research and share ideas.  Free Wifi for your laptop. 

Planning ahead:

July 1, Friday, FREE Fun Fridays sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation at these Massachusetts museums:  Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich, Cape Cod Maritime Museum in Hyannis, and the Wenham Museum

July 1 – 4, Friday to Monday, Boston Harborfest, historical re-enactments, walking tours, Tall Ships, live entertainment (including fireworks and concerts) and much more!  Some events have fees, most are free

July 1 – 4, Lexington 4th of July Carnival, patriotic music, food, games and fireworks in Lexington, Massachusetts.

July 3 and 4, Boston’s Fourth of July Esplanade Concert and Fireworks,   No fireworks at the Sunday July 3rd concert.

July 4, Monday, 10am – 5pm, An American Celebration! At Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. An old fashioned 4th of July, with children’s bike and wagon parade, field day for families, games and crafts.  Children under 17 free thanks to a donation from BAE Systems.  Veterans Free all day, too.  Active military and their families are free at all times through the Blue Star Museum program. 

July 4, Monday, An 1830 Independence Day Celebration at Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts.  Celebrate the old fashioned way with a reading of the Declaration of Independence (including a giant reproduction for you to sign), make a tricorner hat, drill with the militia, learn dances and visit the village.   

July 4, America’s Oldest Independence Day Parade, Bristol, Rhode Island

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 or MGS, Box 2062, Waterville, Maine, 04903 

October 15, Connecticut Society of Genealogists Seminar.  Details to come at

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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