Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Monday, January 30, 2017
|Hoogerzeil, Hitchings and Healey family members in Beverly, Massachusetts|
This is the 8th installment of my grandmother's diary from 1920. Her name was Gertrude Hitchings (1905 - 2001), and she was living on Elliott Street in Beverly, Massachusetts. The diary is a tiny 3", and every Monday I publish a new section, with transcriptions of the tiny handwriting. You can read the first installment HERE. I'll post more of this diary every week for Amanuensis Monday.
[Pages out of order]
NOTE: Here Gertrude's sister, Helen was visiting with her baby. Apparently Gertrude took the baby for an outing to the A&P (the local grocery store). Her two sisters Mill [Mildred] and Eunice went "to the pictures" [the moving picture shows]. The next day Eunice went to North Beverly. I can't figure out Harold's last name, but he had a "swell" party.
NOTE: Gertrude mentions her friends Marion and Ella. Her parents are at brother Russell's in Lynn, again, and her 17 year old sister is with her married sister Helen on Tuesday. Gertrude went to Helen's on Wednesday.
Part Seven posted January 23, 2017
Saturday, January 28, 2017
VERRY, VERY, VERREY, VARY
Friday, January 27, 2017
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February 1, all day, #Genealogy Selfie Day! http://conferencekeeper.org/genealogyselfie-day/ Last year was such a success that we are doing it all over again! Post your selfie with the hashtag and spread the fun on social media - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or your blog! Sponsored by Conference Keeper and Geneabloggers. http://www.geneabloggers.com/genealogy-selfie-day-1-february-2017/
February 1, Wednesday, 6pm, Book Event: The Women of Marblehead, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Free to the public. Presented by author Robert Booth. Register here: https://shop.americanancestors.org/products/book-event-the-women-of-marblehead?pass-through=true
February 1, Wednesday, 7pm, Frederick Douglass: 19th Century’s Most Photographed American, at the Norwich Congregational Church, 15 Church Street, Norwich, Vermont. Free to the public. http://bit.ly/douglass-feb17
February 2, Thursday, 7pm, The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, & the Birth of American Empire, at the Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Presented by award winning foreign correspondent Stephen Kinzer and professor Stephen M. Walt. Free.
February 2, Thursday, 7pm, The Abolitionists of Noyes Academy, at the Rivendell Academy, 2972 Route 25A, Orford, New Hampshire, presented by Dan Billin who will describe how in 1835 abolitionists opened one of the first integrated schools in Canaan, NH with African American Students from Boston and New York, City. A mob dragged the building off its foundations and ran the students out of town. Free to the public.
February 2, Thursday, noon, Lunch & Learn: The Wreck of the Nancy, at the Henry Hornblower Visitor Center at Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Learn about the five masted schooner Nancy which ran aground on Nantasket Beach in Hull. Free to members, $8 for non-members. Bring a bag lunch.
February 3, Friday, First Friday Lecture: Introduction to Heraldry in America, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Free to the public. Register here https://shop.americanancestors.org/products/book-event-the-women-of-marblehead?pass-through=true
February 4, Saturday, 10am, New Visitor Tour of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Free to the public. No registration needed. Tour attendees are welcome to use the library resources following the tour. You do not have to be a member to participate.
February 7, Tuesday, 7pm, Throat Distemper 1735, at the Exeter Historical Society, 47 Front Street, Exeter, New Hampshire. Presented by curator Barbara Rimkunas. $5 donation for non-members. Refreshments at 6:30. http://supportus.exeterhistory.org/
February 5, Sunday, American Canadian Genealogical Society Brick Wall Meeting, at the ACGS Library, 4 Elm Street, Manchester, New Hampshire. The first Sunday of the month 1pm - 4pm. Please email your brickwall challenge a few days prior to ACGS@acgs.org. For more information see www.acgs.org
February 7, Tuesday, 7pm, An Evening with Authors Susan Maycock and Charles Sullivan, at the Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Avenue, 3rd Floor, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Sponsored by the Cambridge Historical Society. The authors of the new book Building Old Cambridge will present and sign books. Light refreshments to follow. Free event, register here http://bit.ly/2j5OvoX
February 8, Wednesday, 6:30pm, New England Quilts and the Stories They Tell, at the Wadleigh Memorial Library, 49 Nashua Street, Milford, New Hampshire. Presented by Pam Weeks, free to the public.
February 8, Wednesday, 7pm, Civil Wars: A History in Ideas, at the Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. Ave, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Present by Harvard professor David Armitage, who will discuss his latest book. Free to the public, with book signing.
February 8, Wednesday, 6:30pm, New England Quilts and The Stories They Tell, at the Wadleigh Memorial Library, 49 Nashua Street, Milford, New Hampshire. Presented by Pam Weeks. Free to the public. Sponsored by the NH Humanities Council.
February 10, 11 and 14 (Valentine's Day), 7pm, Unconditional Love: The Leters of John and Abigail Adams, at the Boston Tea Party Museum, $39 per person, $59 per couple. Actors will read these famous letters. Your tickets include a glass of champagne (sparkling cider, wine or beer) per person, tea, fruit and cheese. Additional drinks available for purchase. Reservations at (866) 955-0667.
February 11, Saturday, 9:30 – noon, Irish Study Group, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Free to the public. No registration needed. Attendees are welcome to use the library resources following the tour. You do not have to be a member to participate. Contact Mary Ellen Grogan at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
February 12, Sunday, 1 – 3 pm, “Second Sunday” Open House and Tours at the Golden Ball Tavern Museum, 662 Boston Post Road, Weston, Massachusetts. Free to the public. Free parking. For more information www.goldenballtavern.org
February 12, Sunday, 2pm, When America First Met China, at the Needham Historical Society, 1147 Central Avenue, Needham, Massachusetts. Free to the public, presented by author Eric Jay Dolin.
February 14, Tuesday, 7pm, I Can’t Die But Once – Harriet Tubman’s Civil War, at the Hampstead Public Library, 9 Mary E. Clark Drive, Hampstead, New Hampshire, at living history presentation by Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti. Free to the public.
February 15, Wednesday, 10am, New Visitor Tour of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Free to the public. No registration needed. Tour attendees are welcome to use the library resources following the tour. You do not have to be a member to participate.
February 15, Wednesday, 7:30, The History of the Railroad in Ipswich, , one of the Wednesday Evening Lectures in the Appleton Room of the Ipswich, Museum Heard House, 54 South Main Street, Ipswich, Massachusetts. Presented by Allen MacMillan, retired railroad engineer. Members free, non-members $10.
February 16, Thursday, noon, Larz and Isabel Anderson: Wealth and Celebrity in the Gilded Age, at the Boston Athenaeum, 10 1/2 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Free to the public, no registration necessary. This talk is presented by author Stephen T. Moskey.
February 16,Thursday, 6pm, Author Talk: Of Arms and Artists: The American Revolution through Painter’s Eyes, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts. $10 registration fee (members and fellows are free). Pre talk reception at 5:30pm. For more information http://www.masshist.org/calendar
February 16, Thursday, 7pm, Family Tree Maker: An Overview for Beginners, at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main Street, Andover, Massachusetts. A membor of the library genealogy club, Horace Waters, will lead an hour long look at this powerful software package. Attendance limited to 5 so that the Q&A period will be productive. Sign up at 978-623-9436.
February 16, Thursday, 7pm, New England’s Colonial Meetinghouses and Their Impact on American Society, at the Kelley Library, 234 Main Street, Salem, New Hampshire, sponsored by the NH Humanities council. Presented by Paul Wainwright. Free to the public.
February 18, Saturday, 10am – 1pm, Colonial Food for Thought: A Newport Eats Living History Event, at the Colony House, Washington Square, Newport, Rhode Island, http://www.newporthistory.org/events/event/colonial-food-for-thought-a-newport-eats-living-history-event/ Free to the public.
February 18 and 19, The New England Reenactors Fair, at the Sturbridge Host Hotel, Sturbridge, Massachusetts. Over 40 vendors will offer items from World War II and all other time periods. There is a lecture series and hands-on workshops. Saturday evening 6:30 – 9pm social event with cash bar and food available. $10 per person one day admission, $15 per person full weekend. Children 13 and under are free. For more information contact Richard Eckert email@example.com
February 19, Sunday, 2pm, Eastern European Genealogy Research, at the Portsmouth Public Library Levenson Community Room, 175 Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, presented by Jennifer Shoer. Co-sponsored by the Ranger Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. No registration necessary. Free to the public.
February 20, 1pm, A Visit with President Lincoln, at the Concord Museum, 53 Cambridge Turnpike, Concord, Massachusetts. Presented by living historian Steve Wood as Abraham Lincoln. Recommended for all ages. Non members $15/$7 child or members $10/$5 child. Ticket price includes museum admission. Reserve a seat online http://www.concordmuseum.org/Visit-President-Lincoln-2017.php
February 21, Tuesday, 6:30pm, Mary Todd Lincoln: An Unconventional Woman, at the Hampton Falls Free Library, 7 Drinkwater Road, Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. Presented by living historian Sally Mummey. Free to the public.
February 21, Tuesday, 7pm, New England Lighthouses and the People Who Kept Them, at the North Hampton Public Library, 237A Atlantic Avenue, North Hampton, New Hampshire. Presented by Jeremy D’Entremont. Free to the public.
February 21, Tuesday, 7pm, “If I am Not For Myself, Who Will Be for Me?” George Washington’s Runaway Slave, at the Dover Public Library, 73 Locust Street, Dover, New Hampshire, presented by living historian Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti. Free to the public.
February 21, Tuesday, 10am, Discovering Your Family History at the National Archives, presented by Jake Fletcher, for the Cape Cod Genealogical Society, at the Brewster Ladies Library, 1822 Main Street, Brewster, Massachusetts. Free to the public.
February 21, Tuesday, noon, Lincoln's White House, at the Boston Athenaeum, 10 1/2 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Fee to the public. Author James Conroy will present his new book about the White House from 1861 to 1865. No registration necessary.
February 21 – 23, Tuesday or Thursday, 9am – 1pm, February Vacation History Adventures, at the Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland Maine. For grades 3 -6, $25 per child, scholarships available. Tuesday will be Foods of our Forefathers, and Thursday will be be Pastimes & Playthings: Discover the fun. Register your child at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
February 22, Wednesday, 6pm, MIT: History and Architecture, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts, $10 registration fee (free to members and fellows). https://www.masshist.org/calendar
February 23 – 25, Winter Research Getaway at NEHGS. Escape to the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston for three days of research, consultations, lectures and social events. Register here: https://shop.americanancestors.org/products/winter-research-getaway?pass-through=true
February 25, Saturday 1 – 4pm, Locate! Research! Analyze! Learn how to start your Family Genealogy Workshop, at the New Hampshire Historical Society, 30 Park Street, Concord, New Hampshire, sponsored by the New England Historical Genealogical Society. Presented by Lindsay Fulton of NEHGS. Space is limited and registration is required at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/starting-family-genealogy-workshop-registration-30676474160?utm_term=eventurl_text#tickets member of NHS or NEHGS $35, nonmembers $50.
February 25, Saturday, 6pm, Hearthside Bounty, at the Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts. Experience an evening in a 19th century tavern with a meal cooked over a hearth, old fashioned entertainment, and a look at table manners in the 1800s. Music and stories, period games and entertainment. $54.95 per person, OSV members $49.95. Registration required at this link: https://www.osv.org/event/hearthsidebounty/hearthside-bounty-Feb25
February 25, Saturday, 9 – 4pm, Woman’s Wrapper Class, at the Fort at No. 4, 267 Springfield Road, Charlestown, New Hampshire. $55 includes coffee/tea and lunch. A basic sewing class to creat an 18th century woman’s wrapper (banyon), an informal, full length, slightly fitted gown. A great addition to a renactress’s wardrobe. Snow date TBD. To register email firstname.lastname@example.org 100% of the proceeds from this class to benefit the Fort at No. 4.
February 25, Saturday, 10am – 11am, Henry Longfellow Birthday Celebration, sponsored by the Longfellow House, 105 Brattle Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Meet up at the Story Chapel in the Mount Auburn Cemetery, just up the street at 580 Mount Auburn Street. Speaker Jeffrey Hotz, and following the talk there will be birthday cake and refreshments, and a wreath laying at Longfellow’s grave (weather permitting).
February 27, Monday, 6pm, Author Talk: Self Evident Truths: Contesting Equal Rights from the Revolution to the Civil War, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Presented by author Richard D. Brown. $10 registration fee (no charge for MHS members or fellows) https://www.masshist.org/calendar
February 27, Monday, 6:30pm, Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon, at the Work Bar Cambridge, 45 Prospect Street, Cambridge, MA. The riveting true story of the women who launched America into space presented by Nathalia Holt, author, with book signing. http://www.harvard.com/event/nathalia_holt/ Free to the public.
February 28, Tuesday, 7pm, Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society Meeting: Using Land Records in Your Family Research, at the American Legion Post #129, 22 Elm Street, Gardner, Massachusetts. Guests are welcome for a $2 donation. See www.cmgso.org Genealogist Sara Campbell will be presenting.
February 28, Tuesday, 7pm, A Personal Homage to Robert Gould Shaw and the Men of the 54th, presented by the Marlborough Historical Society at the Peter Rice Homestead, 377 Elm Street, Marlborough, Massachusetts. Free to the public.
March 1, Wednesday, 10am, A Soldier’s Mother Tells Her Story, at the Marion Gerrish Community Center, 29 West Broadway, Derry, New Hampshire, sponsored by the Amoskeag Questers, and presented by living historian Sharon Wood as Betsey Phelps, the mother of a Union soldier from New Hampshire. Free to the public.
March 2, Thursday, 6pm, A Children’s Photo Album, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts. $10 registration fee (free to MHS members and fellows). https://www.masshist.org/calendar Pre talk reception at 5:30 pm.
March 11, Saturday, 9:20am – 4:30pm, Hacking Heritage Unconference, at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities at Smith Buonanno Hall, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. Who decides what is preserved? How are these decisions made? Who funds heritage preservation? Why? See this link for more information http://blogs.brown.edu/hackingheritageunconference/
March 11, Saturday 9am - 3pm (rain or shine), Museum Clean up Day, at Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts. It is the 70th anniversary of the museum. Come help it shine for this special season. We need people to help rake leaves, paint, set up exhibits and much more. A complimentary lunch and a free pass will be provided for all volunteers. Bring the whole family!
March 18, 2017 History Camp Boston, at Sargent Hall, Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts.
April 2017, NERGC 2017, at the Mass Mutual Center, 1277 Main Street, Springfield, Massachusetts
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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "February 2017 Genealogy and Local History Calendar", Nutfield Genealogy, posted February 27, 2017, ( http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/01/february-2017-genealogy-and-local.html: accessed [access date]).
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Today's weather vane was photographed in New Hampshire.
Do you know the location of weathervane post #295? Scroll down to find the answer.
This beautiful weathervane was photographed on the steeple of the Bedford Presbyterian Church in Bedford, New Hampshire. This gilded weather vane features an arrow shot through the moon, balanced by decorative circles and a large wind vane. I haven't found any history on this weathervane, but in examining the close up photos I wondered if this design represented the sun, moon and planets? This weathervane is also the symbol of the Bedford Historical Society, and is featured on their newsletters and website. See the link below.
The Bedford Presbyterian Church was founded by Scots Irish settlers who used to travel twelve miles and cross the Merrimack River to worship in Londonderry, New Hampshire (now the present day East Derry, New Hampshire). In 1755 a meetinghouse was built (still stands down the road on the corner of Meetinghouse Road and Bedford Center Road), and it was used for religious services for 75 years. This building you see in the photograph was constructed in 1832.
The Bedford Historical Society http://www.bedfordhistoricalnh.org/ (check out the weather vane!)
The Bedford Presbyterian Church website https://bedfordpresbyterian.org/
Click here to see the entire series of Weathervane Wednesday posts!
Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ Another Historic Church", Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 25, 2017, (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/01/weathervane-wednesday-another-historic.html: accessed [access date]).
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
There were three AIKEN brothers, James, William and Edward, who settled in Londonderry, New Hampshire in 1722. They were Scots who came from Northern Ireland. Edward was born about 1660 and he was first married to an Elizabeth in Ireland, and then he married a Barbara as his second wife. He settled in the "Aiken Range" of Londonderry, New Hampshire which was 40 acres recorded as Lot #15 on June 21, 1723. His children were Nathaniel, James, William, and Eleanor.
For more about the Aiken family, please see this link:
Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ Edward Aiken, died 1747 in Londonderry, New Hampshire and his wife, Barbara", Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 24, 2017, (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/01/tombstone-tuesday-edward-aiken-died.html: accessed [access date]).
Monday, January 23, 2017
|Beverly High School, 1874 - 1923|
It still stands on Essex Street, Beverly, Massachusetts
This would have been where Gertrude went to school in 1920
This is the 7th installment of sections of my grandmother's diary from 1920. Her name was Gertrude Hitchings (1905 - 2001), and she was living on Elliott Street in Beverly, Massachusetts. The diary is a tiny 3" and every Monday I publish a new section, with transcriptions of the tiny handwriting. You can read the first installment HERE. I'll be posting new installments of this diary every week for Amanuensis Monday.
|March 22 - April 8 (missing pages)|
|March 28 - April 3, 1920|
On the 29th Pa went to visit Russell, who had recently married and was living in Lynn, Massachusetts.
On the 30th Gertrude went with her friend, Marion, to the A&P. The A&P was a grocery store. It was located on Cabot Street when I lived in Beverly in the 1960s, but I don't know where it was located in 1920.]