Friday, June 30, 2017

July 2017 Calendar of Genealogy and Local History Events

For last minute updates, see the Nutfield Genealogy Facebook page at this link: 

Also check out all the historic museums (including NEHGS) with FREE Fun Fridays this summer!  

July 1, Saturday, 1pm,  Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress: The Loyalist Dilemma, (the tour begins at the top of Burial Hill in Plymouth, Massachusetts.)  A guided walking tour by Donna Curtin, the Executive Director of Pilgrim Hall Museum.  For more information email or call 508-746-0012

July 1 and 2, Saturday and Sunday, 11 am – 4pm,  Mountain Men at the Poore Farm, 23rd Annual Celebration, at the Poore Family Homestead Historic Farm Museum, 629 Hollow Road, Stewartstown Hollow, New Hampshire.  Meet the director, volunteers and tour the museum.  Music, demonstrations of old time crafts like weaving, spinning, tanning hides, and soap making.  Free birthday cake and lemonade.  The Mountain Men will have an encampment at the farm for two days.   Suggested donation $10, children under 12 free.  If you can’t make it, but wish to donate

July 1 – 4, Saturday to Tuesday, Independence Weekend Celebration, at Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, Massachusetts.  A citizen’s parade, 19th century base ball, militia drills, barbecue food and picnic, games for children and firing of a cannon. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services will present scores of candidates for the Oath of Allegiance on the village common.

July 1 and 2, Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 5pm, Free Weekend at the Historic Newton Museums, 286 Waverly Avenue, Newton, Massachusetts. For the whole family. 

July 1 and 2, Saturday and Sunday, noon – 4pm, Colonialfest: A Boston Harborfest Celebration at the Old North Church, 193 Salem Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Free to the public. Colonial activities like chocolate making, sewing, tricorne hat making, musket lessons, fife playing, quill writing, and more!

July 2, Sunday, 8:30 – 11:30am, The Pilgrim Breakfast, at the Harlow Old Fort House,  119 Sandwich Street, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Costumed servers will dish out piping hot fishcakes, baked beans, cornbread and other traditional fare while strolling singers share songs, riddles and 17th century cheer.  $12.50 per person, $10 members of the Plymouth Antiquarian Society, $45 family discount (2 adults and up to 3 children) proceeds to benefit the preservation of the 1677 Harlow House.  To reserve tickets see this webpage:   

July 2, Sunday, 1-4pm, American Canadian Genealogical Society Brickwall Meeting,  at the ACGS Library, 4 Elm Street, Manchester, New Hampshire.  Please email your brickwall challenge a few days prior to the meeting.  If there is inclement weather call to confirm 603-622-1554.  For more information see

July 3, Monday, 7pm, Peleg Nye, the Jonah of Cape Cod, at the Olde Colonial Courthouse, Route 6A and Rendezvous Lane, Barnstable Village, Massachusetts.  Presented by The Tales of Cape Cod, author Nils V. Brockmann will discuss his book Captured by a Whale: Peleg Nye of Sandwich, the Jonah of Cape Cod.  Admission $5 members, $10 non-members.  Refreshments will be served.

July 3, Monday, An American Celebration Swing Dance, at the Strawbery Banke Museum, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  A 1940s swing dance with a live orchestra.  Lessons beforehand and fireworks afterward.  603-433-1100. 

July 4, Tuesday, 10am – noon, Celebrate the 4th!, at Colony House and Washington Square, 82 Touro Street, Newport, Rhode Island. A morning of patriotic activities including a reading of the Declaration of Independence.  A dozen houses of worship will be open for tours. 

July 5, Wednesday, 2pm, A Revolution of Her Own!  Deborah Sampson, at the Overlook, 88 Masonic Home Road, Charlton, Massachusetts.   A living history performance by Judith Kalaora as Deborah Sampson, the first woman to enlist, fight, and be honorably discharged from the American Military during the Revolutionary War.

July 6, Thursday, 2pm, Spotlight Tour:  Declaration of Independence, at the Beverly Historic Society, Cabot House, 117 Cabot Street, Beverly, Massachusetts.  For more information 978-922-1186

July 6, Thursday, 6pm, Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World’s Greatest Art Heist, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Presented by Stephen Kurkjian, Pulitizer Prize winning reporter for the Boston Globe.  Pre-talk reception at 5:30pm.  Please pre-register at this link: Free to the public.

July 6, Thursday, noon, Lunch and Learn:  The Development of Welfare Policy in Colonial America.  At Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Presented by Professor Jennifer Turner of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Bring a bag lunch!  Free to members, $8 not yet members. Click here for tickets

July 7, Friday, 9 - 5pm, FREE Friday at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 - 101 Newbury Street in Boston.  Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.  Fun for the whole family at NEHGS with special youth activities, introductory lectures, free access to resources and databases, and free consultations with expert genealogists.  No registration necessary. 

July 7, Friday, FREE Friday at the Pilgrim Hall Museum, 75 Court Street, Plymouth, Massachusetts. The oldest public museum in the USA, and the museum with the Pilgrim's possesions, 17th century artifacts, and the story of early Plymouth.  Fun for the whole family, sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.  

July 8, Saturday, 4pm, Historic Shirley Pub Crawl, meet up at the Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Shirley, Massachusetts. Tickets cost $20 and must be paid for in advance as space on the bus is limited. Checks can be mailed to Shirley Historical Society, PO Box 217, Shirley, MA 01464. Telephone 978-425-9328 or email for more information or stop by the Museum any Monday or Saturday between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm to purchase your tickets.

July 8 – 9, Battle of Hubardton Revolutionary War Weekend, at the Hubbarton State Historic Site, Hubbardton, Vermont.  802-273-2282. 
July 8, Saturday, 10am, Historic Beverly Walking Tours:  Broadway, meet up at the park next to city hall at the corner of Thorndike and Cabot Streets.  Sponsored by the Beverly Historical Society.  $5 for nonmembers.  For more information contact 978-922-1186.

July 8, Saturday, 10am, New Visitor Welcome Tour at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 - 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  No registration necessary.  This orientation and tour introduces you to the resources available at the NEHGS research facility.  Open to the public, and attendees are welcome to stay and use the library following the tour. 

July 8, Saturday, 9:30am, Irish Study Group at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 - 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Free to the public.  Attendees are welcome to stay and use the library after the meeting.  Contact Mary Ellen Grogan at for more information. 

July 8, Saturday 9am – 2 pm, Maine State Genealogy Fair, at the Maine State Cultural Building, 230 State Street, Augusta, Maine.  FREE.  Sponsored by the Maine Genealogical Society

July 9, Sunday, 3pm,  Yours in the Cause:  The Faces of American Abolition, at the Rokeby Museum, 4334 Route 7, Ferrisburgh, Vermont.  A gallery talk with curator Jane Williamson at the exhibit opening of this important exhbit. Included with admission to the museum.

July 9, Sunday, 2pm,  A Walk Back in Time:  The Secrets of Cellar Holes, at Murray Hall, Route 123, Marlow, New Hampshire.  Adair Mulligan presents the story of stone walls, old foundations and how one town created an inventory of its cellar holes. Potluck from 12:30 – 1:30 pm. 603-446-2292. Hosted by the Marlow Historical Society.  Free to the public.

July 9, Sunday, 10am – 3pm, Roman Legion Encampment and Display, at the Fort at #4, 267 Springfield Road, Charlestown, New Hampshire.   Legion III Cyrenaica will have a display and encampment in the 1750s Fort.  Try on Roman armor and helmets, formal presentations and demonstrations including combat and formation drill, etc. What did 18th century people and military think of the ancient Romans?  Find out at this encampment! Included with admission to the fort.

July 10, Monday, 6:30pm, Tea Time, at the Langley Adams Library, 185 Main Street, Groveland, Massachusetts.  Celebrate Jane Austin month at the library with a program about tea time with Marianne Russo as she shares her knowledge.  A formal tea table will be on display during the presentation, and refreshments will be served at the end of the program. Please register so the library can plan the refreshments accordingly. 978-372-1732

July 10, Monday, 7 – 8:30pm, Genealogy: Open Research at the Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street, Newton, Massachusetts. Come prepared with questions about specific ancestors and what you hope to discover about them.  Ginny Audet, the resident genealogist, will be available for questions. Please pre-reegister, limited to 10 spaces

July 12, Wednesday, 11am – 4:30pm, Massachusetts Militia Comes Alive!, at the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site, 244 Central Street, Saugus, Massachusetts.  The Salem Trayned Band will recreate the dress and drill of the period 1629 – 1637, and the Lexington Minute Men will recreate the company who served 1775 – 1781.  Free to the public. Rain date Wednesday, July 19th.  781-233-0050. 

July 12, Wednesday, 6pm, The USS Constitution & the Massachusetts Historical Society, at the Mass. Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Presented by Margherita Desy, Historian of the USS Constitution.  $10 please pre-register at this link   

July 12, Wednesday, 7pm, Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England, at the Plymouth Old Webster Courthouse, 6 Court Street, Plymouth, New Hampshire.  Thomas Hubka presents his research for his award winning book.  Hosted by the Plymouth Historical Society.  603-536-1376. Free to the public.

July 13, Thursday, 6:30pm, Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England, at the Meredith Public Library, 91 Main Street, Meredith, New Hampshire, (see above), 603-279-4303.  Free to the public.

July 15 - 16, Camden Harbor Arts and Book Fair, Camden, Maine, with a library book sale, art fair with over 80 artists and more.  207- 236-3440.

July 15, Saturday 10:30 am - noon, Connecticut Ancestry Society Genealogy Program: The US Census Your #1 Building Block for Genealogical Research, at the Danbury Public Library, 170 Main Street, Danbury, Connecticut.  A program on census records presented by Nora Galvin, CG.

July 15, 10am – 3pm, Military History Day at the Patton Homestead,  hosted by the Wenham Museum at the Patton Homestead, 650 Asbury Street,  Hamilton, Massachusetts. See a running 1943 M4A Sherman Tank.  Military re-enactors, equipment displays, demonstrations, military vehicles and the Patton family members.  FREE to the public.  Rain or shine.  978-468-2377 ext. 113. 

July 15, 10am – noon, Walking Tour: Pre-Civil War Manchester, New Hampshire, meet up at 88 Lowell Street, Manchester (brick building – NH Institute of Art Lowell Hall).  $10 per person, $5 for Manchester Historic Association members.  Historians John Jordan and Richard Duckoff will focus on the neighborhood of Lowell, Walnut, Bridge, Union and Beech Streets. Some familiar names: Carpenter, Varney and Varick all lived here during their careers.  Pre-register at 603-622-7531.

July 15, Saturday, 1pm, Tying the Knot:  Wedding Fare & Fashions, at the Hedge House Museum, 126 Water Street, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Join the summer garden party for an exhibit of wedding related items from the Plymouth Antiquarian Society’s collections.  Taste wedding cakes made from historic recipes.  Fee $15 per person, $10 members. Reservations required

July 15, Saturday, 10am – 4pm, 27th Annual American Independence Festival, at the Ladd-Gilman House and Folsom Tavern, 1 Governor’s Lane, Exeter, New Hampshire.  $10 admission,  Food, Music, Artisan’s Village, Historic Encampments, museum tours, children’s activities,  603-772-2622 for more information

July 16 -21, (non residential week) or July 23 – 28 (residential week), Living and Writing Deliberately: The Concord Landscapes and Legacy of Henry Thoreau, a National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop for Teachers, at the Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Road, Concord, Massachusetts.

July 19, Wednesday, 6pm, Boston Historical Reception, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  The metro area has a wealth of local history.  The MHS is sponsoring a reception for history buffs and representatives of local organizations to mingle, share ideas, and talk about the great projects on which they are working.  To reserve, please call 617-646-0578. 

July 19, Wednesday, 2:30pm, Vanished Veterans:  New Hampshire’s Civil War Monuments and Memorials, at the Villages, The Terrace at Golden View, 19 NH Route 104, Meredith, New Hampshire.  George Morrison has located, inventoried and photographed the Civil War memorials of New Hampshire, and presents these discoveries from the 1860w to the 1920s.  603-677-4194.  Free to the public.

July 19, Wednesday, 6:30pm, A Visit with Abraham Lincoln, at the Lane Memorial Library, 2 Academy Avenue, Hampton, New Hampshire. Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by Steve Wood, begins this program by recounting his early life and ends with a reading of “The Gettysburg Address”.  Free to the public.  603-926-3368.  Sponsored by the NH Humanities Council.

July 19, Wednesday, Proctor’s Ledge Memorial Project Dedication Ceremony, Salem, Massachusetts.

July 20, Thursday, 7pm,  Proctor’s Ledge Symposium with the Gallows Hill Project Team, at the Salem Visitor’s Center, 2 New Liberty Street, Salem, Massachusetts.  Doors open at 6:30, FREE with limited seating.  In recognition of the 325th anniversary of the Salem Witch Trials, a symposium with the members of the team who recently confirmed the location where 19 people were hanged for witchcraft in 1692.  

July 19, Wednesday, 2:30pm, Vanished Veterans:  New Hampshire’s Remarkable Civil War Monuments, at the Golden View Health Care Center, 19 NH Route 104, Meredith, New Hampshire.  Free to the public, sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council. 

July 20, Thursday, 6pm, Genealogy Workshop:  National Archives and Records, at the Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Presented by Daniel Fleming.  Free to the public.

July 21, Friday, 7pm, A Taste of the Old Country in the New:  Franco Americans of Manchester, New Hampshire,  at the Park Hill Meeting House, Route 63 Park Hill Common, Westmoreland, New Hampshire. Robert Perreault shares stories about life in one of America’s major Franco-American centers.  Sponsored by the Westmoreland Historical Society. Free to the public.  603-209-8553.

July 22 and 23, Saturday and Sunday, Living History Weekend with the United Train of Artillery at The Fort at No. 4, 267 Springfield Road, Charlestown, New Hampshire. 

July 25, Tuesday, 7pm, Remembering the Salem Witch Trials: The Limits and Possibilities of Public History, at the American Legion, Post #129, 22 Elm Street, Gardner, Massachusetts. Sponsored by the Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society, and presented by speaker Benjamin Railton. 

July 28, Friday, FREE Friday at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum, at Columbia Point, Boston, Massachusetts. Learn the history of our nation's 35th president and the times he lived in.  Activities for the entire family. Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.

July 30, Sunday, 4pm, New Hampshire on High:  Historic and Unusual Weathervanes of the Granite State, at the Center Meeting House, 927 Route 103 (Intersection of Routes 103 and 103A) Newbury, New Hampshire.  Presented by Glenn Knoblock.  Free to the public.  603-938-6054.

July 31, Monday, 6:30 pm, History Tour of Beverly with Fred Hammond, meet up at the newly restored Hale Farm in Beverly, Massachusetts, and then walk the Beverly Common and portions of Central Cemetery. $5 donation to Historic Beverly (the Historical Society), free for children.  Learn about community preservation grant work at Hale Farm, that was once home to Beverly's first minister, the Reverend John Hale, and other history. 

August 2, Wednesday, 7pm, Digging into Native History in New Hampshire, at the Moultonborough Public Library, 4 Holland Street, Moultonborough, New Hampshire.  Presented by Robert Goodby.  Free to the public, sponsored by the NH Humanities Council.  603-476-8895.

August 3, Thursday, noon, Lunch and Learn: Ecological Pilgrims:  How New England’s Ecology has been Shaped by Colonists.  At Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Present by Caitlin Fisher-Reid.  Bring a bag lunch!  Free to members, $8 for not yet members. Click here for tickets:

August 4, Friday, 9am - 6pm, FREE Friday at the Old State House, 206 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Discover why the Revolution began here.  Activities for the whole family.  Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation. 

Upcoming Events:

August 5-6, Redcoats and Rebels, at The Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts.  New England’s largest military re-enactment with nearly 1,000 soldiers portraying British, Irish, Spanish, Scottish, French and Colonial troops.  Mock battles, skirmishes, tour the camps, listen to martial music, and much more.  Included with museum admission. 

September 16, Saturday, 2017 Annual Maine State Genealogical Society Fall Conference, at the Point Lookout Resort, 67 Atlantic Highway, Northport, Maine.

September 30, Saturday, American Canadian Genealogy Society Fall Conference, Manchester, New Hampshire.  Annual meeting, three speakers, buffet luncheon.

September 30 and October 1, Saturday and Sunday, Return to Number 4: Revolutionary War Weekend at The Fort at No. 4, 267 Springfield Road, Charlestown, New Hampshire.  

October 14, Saturday, 1 – 3pm,  French Canadian Genealogy Society Fall General Membership Meeting.  Coffee, a brief business meeting, followed by guest speaker Lucie LeBlanc Consentino.  Open to non-members.


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "July 2017 Calendar of Genealogy and Local History Events", Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 30, 2017, ( accessed [access date]). 

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