Friday, July 29, 2016

August 2016 Genealogy and Local History Event Calendar

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July 27, Wednesday, 6pm, Book Talk: Nathaniel Bowditch and the Power of Numbers, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Presented by author Tamara Plakins Thornton. Free to the public.  Please register at this link:

July 28, Thursday, 6pm, Solving Family History Mysteries with DNA, at the Boston Public Library, Copely Square,  Commonwealth Salon, presented by Jennifer Zinck.  Free to all.

July 29, Friday, FREE Fun Fridays sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation at these Massachusetts museums:  the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, the Commonwealth Museum in Boston, Battleship Cove in New Bedford, the Marine Museum in Fall River, and the Nantucket Whaling Museum.

July 29, Friday, 2pm, Augustus Saint-Gaudens Civil War Monuments, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts.
July 30, Saturday, History Camp Pioneer Valley, at the Kittredge Center at Holyoke Community College.  This is a gathering of adult history enthusiasts for a day of learning and sharing.  You must register to attend.  See the website for more details.

July 30, Saturday, 2 – 4pm, Walking Tour: Amoskeag Millyard and the Amoskeag workers Housing District, at the Millyard Museum, 200 Bedford Street, Manchester, New Hampshire (the tour starts and ends at the museum).  Led by author and historian Aurore Eaton, and  Kurt Sundstrom, the curator of the Currier Museum of Art. $5 Manchester Historic Association and Currier members, $15 non-members.   Please use this link to register:

July 30, Saturday, Introduction to Genealogy with Edwin W. Strickland II: Internet Resources and Genealogy Software, at the Connecticut Society of Genealogists Library, 175 Maple Street, East Hartford, Connecticut.  $20 per session, open to the public.  Registration information here:

July 31, Sunday, 10am – 4pm, 2016 Nipmuc Nation Powwow, at the Hassanamisco Indian Reservation, Grafton, Massachusetts.  $4 adults, $2 children, no pets.  For more info contact Sonksq Cheryll Toney Holley 508-853-5575

July 31, Sunday, 11am, Vintage Base Ball Double Header Game, at the Spencer Pierce Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Massachusetts.  1860s rules between the Essex Base Ball Association, the Portsmouth Rockinghams, and the Lynn Live Oaks.  Grass field seating (bring blankets or lawn chairs), no reserved seating. Weather permitting. Free to Historic New England members, $5 nonmembers.

August 3, Wednesday , 6pm, Indian Wars of New England, at the Twin Mountain Town Hall, 92 School Street, Twin Mountain, New Hampshire, hosted by the Twin Mountain Public Library.  Author Michael Tougias describes the French and Indian Wars as well as the Pequot War, King Philip’s War and other important conflicts between early colonists and the Native Americans in New England.  Free to the public.  603-846-5818.

August 3, Wednesday, 7pm, New Hampshire Cemeteries and Gravestones, at the Fritzwilliam Town Library, 11 Templeton Turnpike, Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire.  Presented by Glenn Knoblock.  Call 603-585-6503 for more information.  Free to the public.

August 4, Thursday, 6pm, The Search for John Paul Jones, at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Center, 9 Coolidge Point, Manchester, Massachusetts.  A lecture with White McKenzie Wallenborn.  $40 per person.  Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.  Registration required.  Please call 978-526-1641. 

August 4, Thursday, noon, Flight of the Sparrow, at the Plimoth Plantation Museum, 137 Warren Avenue, Plymouth, Massachusetts.   Author Amy Belding will explain her fictional account of Mary Rowlandson, who was kidnapped by a group of indigenous people in 1675.  She will discuss what is is like to write a fictional biograpy, and how she researched Rowlandson’s life.  $8 for non-members.

August 5, Friday, FREE Fun Fridays sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation at these Massachusetts museums:  The Old State House in Boston, the Springfield Museums, Historic Deerfield, the Hancock Shaker Village, The Old Manse in Concord, and the Worcester Historical Museum.

August 6, Saturday, 9am – 4:30pm, Filling in the Gaps:  Finding Your Family’s Role in American History, at the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library, 33 Marrett Road, Lexington, Massachusetts.  Seminar only $65; Seminar and lunch $85.  Experts from NEHGS and the Scottish Rite Museum and Library will demonstrate how to determine your ancestor’s roles in local communities and in American history.  View a full agenda and register at this link:

August 6, Saturday, 10am – 1pm,  American Girl Doll Tea Party, at the Millyard Museum, 200 Bedford Street, Manchester, New Hampshire, Bring your doll and join us for a guided tour of the Millyard Museum through the eyes of an American Girl.  Followed by a tea party with refreshments and snacks. $10 per person.  Includes tour, lunch and craft.  Space is limited. Call 603-622-7531.

August 6, Saturday, Forefathers Family Fun Day, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  A multicultural celebration with food, dancing, music, crafts and fun for all ages.

August 6, Saturday, Salem Maritime Festival, at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, 193 Derby Street, Salem, Massachusetts. Come celebrate four centuries of Salem’s maritime heritage!

August 6, Saturday, 10am – 2pm, Old House Doctor, at the White Ellery House, 245 Washington Street, Gloucester, Massachusetts.   The Old House Doctor is sponsored by Historic New England and the Cape Ann Museum.  A drop in event, preservation experts can answer your questions about preventative maintenance, researching old homes, identifying the architectural style, choosing paint colors, and more.  Bring photos and questions for the experts. Pre-registration is not required.  $10 donation.  Call 617-994-6644 for more information.

August 6, Saturday, 6pm, The Bat:  Live Radio Mystery Theatre at the Hamilton House, 40 Vaughan’s Lane, South Berwick, Maine.  A presentation of a 1930s style radio mystery broadcast, complete with period actors, vintage commercials, and sound effects.  $10 Historic New England members, $15 nonmembers.  Bring a blanket, chair and picnic for your comfort and enjoyments.  Call 207-384-2454 for tickets and information.

August 8, Monday, 7pm, Poor Houses and Town Farms:  The Hard Row for Paupers, at the Camp Morgan Lodge, 339 Millen Pond Road, Washington, New Hampshire.  Presented by Steve Taylor.  Hosted by the Washington Historical Society and sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.  Free to the Public.  Call 603-495-3284 for more information.

August 9, Tuesday, 5:30 reception, 6:15 lecture, Twilight Talks:  The Triple Decker: New England’s Iconic Multi-Family Housing, at the Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Massachusetts. An illustrated lecture by Sally Zimmerman.  $10 Historic New England and Victorian Society members, $12 nonmembers. Registration recommended at 617-994-5920.

August 10, Wednesday, Appleton’s Jackson House, at the Jackson House, 76 Northwest Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  A special tour of the 1664 Jackson House, the oldest timber framed house in New Hampshire.  Light refreshments in the orchard.  Free to Historic New England members.  $10 to nonmembers.  Registration required 503-436-3205.

August 11, Thursday, 10:30am, Mary Todd Lincoln:  Wife and Widow, at the Plymouth Senior Center, 8 Depot Street, Plymouth, New Hampshire, presented by living historian Sally Mummey. Sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.  Free to the public.  Call 603-536-1204 for more information.

August 12, Friday, FREE Fun Fridays sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation at these Massachusetts museums:  The Concord Museum, the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, Naumkeag in Stockbridge

August 13, Saturday, 10 – noon, Walking Tour: New Century Neighborhood, please meet at the parking lot of the Brookside Congregational Church, on the corner of Elm Street and Clarke Street, Manchester, New Hampshire.  Learn more about the amazing mansions of North River Road and a controversial dump!  Led by local historians John Jordan and Dick Duckoff.  $5 Manchester Historic Association members, $10 to the General Public.  Pre-registration required, please call 603-622-7531. 

August 13, Saturday, noon, 1:30pm and 3pm, Cooper-Frost-Austin Public Tours, at 21 Linnaean Street, Cambridge, Massachustts.  Explore the rarely open 1681 house, the oldest dwelling in Cambridge.  Space is very limited and tours will sell out.  Free to Historic New England members, $5 nonmembers.  Call 617-994-6669 for tickets.   Repeated again on August 14, Sunday.

August 14, Sunday, noon – 3pm, Fifteenth Annual Phillips House Car Meet, at 34 Chestnut Street, Salem, Massachusetts.  Join Historic New England and the North Shore Old Car Club for this annual event.  See the Phillips family collection of carriages, two Pierce-Arrows and a Model A Ford.  FREE to the public. 

August 14, Sunday, Cooper-Frost-Austin Public Tours (see above)

August 16, Tuesday,  5:30 pm reception, 6:15pm lecture, Twilight Talks:  Going to Town: Shopping in Boston, at the Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Author and historian Anthony Sanmarco will lecture on how downtown Boston evolved in the nineteenth century to become the permier shopping district in New England.  $10 for Historic New England and Victorian Society members, $12 for non members.   Call 617-994-5920 for tickets and information.

August 18, Thursday, 6pm,  A Woman That Keeps Good Order:  Women, Tavern Keeping, and Public Approval, at the Upper Valley Senior Center, 10 Campbell Street, Lebanon, New Hampshire, sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.  Historian Marcia Schmidt Blaine explored the world of colonial female tavern keepers.  For more information call 603-539-5799.  Free to the public.

August 18, Thursday, 7:30 pm, Immigrant Origins: Locating Your Ancestral Town, at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts, presented by genealogist Mary Tedesco.  Free and open to the public.

August 19, Friday, FREE Fun Fridays sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation at these Massachusetts museums:  the USS Constitution Museum in Charlestown, and The New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston.

August 19, Friday, 4:30 – 8pm, Twilight Tours of Portsmouth, at both the Governor Langdon House, 143 Pleasant Street and the Rundlet-May House, 364 Middle Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Advance tickets $18 adults, day of event tickets $20.  Tickets are good for admission to all nine houses in the tour.  See history in a new light- this year’s theme is “To Dine!” and will feature the dining rooms set for dinner.  Refreshments included.  Please call 603-436-3205 for advance tickets. 

August 20, Appraisal Day at NEHGS:  Learn more about your family heirlooms, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 - 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts, sponsored by Skinner, Inc.  Cost $20 per item; limit three items per person.  Bring your favorite pieces to NEHGS to receive information and an appraisal value from the experts at Skinner, Inc.  Take a tour of the building, explore the exhibits, and enjoy light refreshments.  All proceeds to benefit NEHGS. 

August 20, Maine Highland Games, Topsham, Maine, sponsored by the St. Andrew’s Society of Maine.  Includes heavy athletics, heritage workshops and lectures, music and more.

August 20, Saturday, 1pm, Lafayette and the Farewell Tour: An American Idol, at the Franklin Pierce Homestead, 301 2nd NH Highway, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, presented by Alan Hoffman, sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.  Call  603-529-7406 for more information.  Free to the public.

August 20, Sunday, 10am, Mount Hope Cemetery Tour, at Mount Hope Cemetery, 1048 State Street, Bangor, Maine.  Learn about some of Bangor’s famous and infamous residents during this 90 minute tour.

August 20 and 21,  Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am – 5pm,  Textile Weekend, at Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, Massachusetts.  This year’s theme is 19th century quilts.  Demonstrations, displays, and --- of handmade artifact and reproduction quits and quilted items such as petticoats, hoods, pockets and bed quilts. Paper piecing workshops for hexagonal quilts. Gallery talks.  1-800-733-1830 for more information.

August 20, 10am, Mount Hope Cemetery Tour, at Mount Hope Cemetery, 1048 State Street, Bangor, Maine.  Learn about some of Bangor’s famous and infamous residents during this 90 minute tour.

August 21, Sunday, 1pm, Lafayette and the Farewell Tour: An American Idol (see above)

August 21, Sunday, 11:30am, Runaway Wives:  When Colonial Marriages Failed, at the Deering Community Church, 763 Deering Center Road, Deering, New Hampshire, hosted by the Deering Community Church.  FREE to the public.  Marcia Schmidt Blaine explores the colonial marriage contract and the economic and social barriers for runaway wives.  For more information call 603-529-7764.

August 23, Tuesday, 7pm, The Family History World in 10 Years Time, a lecture by genealogist and blogger Dick Eastman, at the American Legion Post #129, 22 Elm Street, Gardner, Massachusetts.  sponsored by the Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society.  Guests welcome for a $2 donation. 

August 23, Tuesday, 6pm, Historic Bangor 101 Walking Tour, sponsored by the Bangor Historical Society, 159 Union Street, Bangor, Maine.  207-942-1900 for more information. 

August 24, Wednesday, 7pm,  The Music History of French Canadians, Franco-americans, Acadians and Cajuns, at the Quincy Bog Nature Center, 131 Quincy Bog Road, Rumney, New Hampshire.  Lucie Therrien follows the migration of French Canadians and the evolution of their tradition music.  FREE to the public.  For more information 603-786-2553.

August 26, Friday, FREE Fun Fridays sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation at these Massachusetts museums:  Old Sturbridge Village, The Freedom Trail Foundation in Boston, The Museum of African American History in Boston, and the Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum in Lenox.

August 26, Friday, 7pm, Outdoor Screening:  Woolworths: Remembering Haverhill’s Shopping District, at Goecke Park, 51 Merrimack Street, Haverhill, Massachusetts.  This film includes interviews with Haverhill residents who remember a vibrant shopping district in the center of the city.  FREE to the public.  617-994-5970 for more information.

August 27, Saturday, 1pm – 5pm, Naval Impressment: a 1765 Reenactment in Colonial Newport, at Washington Square, Perotti Park and the Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House in Newport, Rhode Island.  Costumed interpreters will recreate a naval press gang incident.  For more information email

August 27, Saturday, 6:30pm, Native Legends: An Evening of Storytelling, at the Fort at No. 4, 267 Springfield Road, Charlestown, New Hampshire.  603-826-5700 for more information.

September 5, Tuesday, 7pm, Poor Houses and Town Farms:  The Hard Row for Paupers, at the Moultonborough Historical Society Museum, 45 Main Street, Moutonborough, New Hampshire.  Steve Taylor presents how paupers were treated in these facilities and how reformers eventually succeeded in closing them down. FREE to the public.  Contact 603-279-4617.  

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

September 17,  Saturday, Maine Genealogical Society, 40th Anniversary Conference, Keynote speaker will be Judy Russell, “The Legal Genealogist”, at Jeff’s Catering, Brewer, Maine, for more information see this link or MGS, Box 2062, Waterville, Maine, 04903

 September 24 and 25, Saturday and Sunday, The 12th Annual Portsmouth Fairy House Tour,  Rain or shine, tickets go on sale in July, Advance ticket prices are $25 per family, $12 per adult, $8 seniors, $4 children ages 3 – 12.  In the historic South End Neighborhood of Portsmouth, the grounds of Strawbery Banke, the Governor John Langdon House and in Prescott Park.  You are invited to build your own fairy house on Peirce Island and to see “Fairy Houses – the Ballet” in Prescott Park on the Festival Stage. All proceeds benefit the organizations and community groups that make the Fairy House tour possible.

October 15, Saturday,  Connecticut Society of Genealogists Seminar.  At the Four Points Sheraton, 275 Research Parkway, Meriden, Connecticut.  Come spend a day with Dick Eastman.  Open to the public.  See the flyer for more information and registration information:

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, "August 2016 Genealogy and Local History Event Calendar", Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 30, 2016,  ( accessed [access date]).

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