Sunday, April 29, 2018

May 2018 Genealogy and Local History Event Calendar

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April 29, Sunday, 10am – 7pm,  The 2018 Little Poland Event, 202 Broad Street, New Britain, Connecticut.  Folk dancing, live music, food, shopping, costumes and family fun!  Free to the public courtesy of the Polonia Business Association and other sponsors.  

May 1, Tuesday, 7pm, Antiquarian America:  Isaiah Thomas and the Ends of History, at the American Antiquarian Society, 185 Salisbury Street, Worcester, Massachusetts.  A public lecture by professor Peter Onuf.  Doors open at 6:30pm, we encourage you to arrive early to claim a seat.  Free to the public. Book signing.

May 2, Wednesday, 10am, New Visitor Tour of the New England Historic Genealogical Society Library, at 99 - 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts. FREE to the public.  Attendees are welcome to use the library following the tour.  No registration necessary. 

May 2, Wednesday, 6:30 pm, Work and Employment in Late 18th Century Boston, at the Old North Church & Historic Site, 193 Salem, Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Presented by professor Christopher Clark. Reception to follow the lecture.  Donations accepted.

May 2, Wednesday, 7pm, Abby Hutchinson’s Sweet Freedom Songs:  Songs and Stories of the Struggle for Abolition and Woman Suffrage, at the First Baptist Church, 122 Main Street, Plaistow, New Hampshire.  Presented by living historian Deborah Anne Goss.  Free to the public.

May 3, Thursday, noon, Lunch and Learn:  An Atlantic Life: Reconsidering the “Lord of Misrule”, Thomas Morton, at Plimoth Plantation, 137 Warren Avenue, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Bring your lunch.  $8 non-members. Presented by Dr. Charlotte Carrington-Farmer, Professor at Roger Williams University.

May 3, Thursday, 6:30pm, “If I am Not For Myself, Who Will Be for Me?” George Washington’s Runaway Slave, at the Conway Public Library, 15 Greenwood Avenue, Conway, New Hampshire. Presented by living historian Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti as Oney Judge Staines.  Free to the public.

May 3, Thursday, 6:30pm, Rosie’s Mom: Forgotten Women of the First World War, at the Jaffrey Public Library, 38 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire. Presented by historian Carrie Brown.  Free to the public.

May 3, 10, 17 and 24, Thursdays, 4pm, Hands-on Genealogy with Alan Doyle Horbal, at the Spitzer Center, Ashland Street in North Adams, Massachusetts.  All students must have an email account and be computer literate. Space is limited. Please sign up for the sessions and please attend all four classes. To register call 413-662-3125.  Free to the public. 

May 4, Friday, 9am – noon, Congrès Mondial Acadien 2019 Information Session, at the American Canadian Genealogical Society, 4 Elm Street, Manchester, New Hampshire. Come learn more about the conference which will be held in Prince Edward Island and Southeast New Brunswick August 10 – 24, 2019. 

May 4 - 6, Friday - Sunday, 30th Annual Scrimshaw Weekend, at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Highway, New Bedford, Massachusetts.  Included with admission. Nautical Antiques Show, presentations, advice on buying and selling, market, and a field trip to see an important private collection.

May 5, Saturday, 10am, Rosedale Cemetery Tour with the Gravestone Girls, starting at the Crowell Chapel, School Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts.  Members $5, Guests $10.  Purchase ticket ahead at the Manchester Historical Museum.

May 5, Saturday, 10 – 4pm, The Heifer Parade at the Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Road, Canterbury, New Hampshire.  The parade is at 11am, the day the heifers are released to the meadows.  This is the only day of the year the historic shaker village is open to the public FREE for self guided tours. Guided tours at 11am and 2pm for $10.  Music, food, children’s activities, May Pole dancing, craft exhibits, and more. Family friendly. 

May 5, Saturday, Vintage Base Ball and Sheep Shearing Festival, at the Spencer-Peirce – Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Massachusetts. See this link for tickets and information:  Members free, nonmembers $5. 

May 5 and 6, French and Indian War Encampment at the Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, New Hampshire.  

May 5, Saturday, 7pm, Wicked Revelry, at the Lexington Depot, 13 Depot Square, Lexington, Massachusetts. Sponsored by the Lexington Historical Society.  An over 21 event.  A night in the 17th century with a bawdy singalong of "The Begger's Opera".  Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages included $15 members $20 non members.  Cash bar.  Tickets here: 

May 6, Sunday, 1pm, Living “Embarkation” Tableau at Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Free with museum admission.  Join the museum staff in a historical tableau.  They will recreate a live scene from Charles Lucy’s monumental painting “Embarkation of the Pilgrims”.  Bring your own accessories and help stage a living tableau in the Museum with the original painting as a backdrop! 

May 6, Sunday, 1 – 5pm, Norwalk World War I Digitization Day, at the Mill Hill Historic Park, 2 East Wall Street, Norwalk, Connecticut.  Please register at or call 203-846- 0525. Bring your WWI related items (photos, letters, documents and souvenirs) to be digitized and included in the Connecticut Digital Archive. Free to the public. Family friendly.

May 6, Sunday, 2pm, New England’s Colonial Meetinghouses and their Impact on American Society, at the Ray-Fre Senior Center, 64 Main Street, Raymond, New Hampshire. Presented by Paul Wainwright.  Free to the public.

May 6, Sunday, 3pm, Songs of World War 1: Andover Choral Society Spring Concert, at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 50 Bartlett Street, Andover, Massachusetts.  The Andover Choral Society will tell the story of the war’s impact through popular songs.  Purchase tickets at this link:

May 8, Tuesday, 7pm, New England Quilts and the Stories They Tell, at the Cornish Meetinghouse, Meetinghouse Drive, Cornish Flat, New Hampshire.  Presented by Pam Weeks. Participants are invited to bring one quilt for identification or story sharing. Free to the public.

May 9, Wednesday, 6pm, A History of Massachusetts Aviation, at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Free to the public. Frederick R. Morin and John Galluzo present the history of aviation in the Commonwealth.  

May 9, Wednesday, 7pm, A Taste of the Old Country in the New:  Franco-Americans of Manchester, at the Parish of the Transfiguration Parish Hall, 107 Alsace Street, Manchester, New Hampshire. Presented by Robert Perreault.  Free to the public.

May 9, Wednesday, 8pm, Coming to America, Then and Now with Marjan Kamali, at the Cary Memorial Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, Massachusetts. Free to the public. Panelists of Chinese, German, Indian, Iranian, Japanese, Korean, and Russian heritage will speak to their experience.  Author Marjan Kamali will moderate. 

May 10, Thursday, 1pm, Liberty is Our Motto! Songs and Stories of the Hutchinson Family, at the Rye Congregational Church, 580 Washington Road, Rye, New Hampshire. Presented by musician and storyteller Steve Blunt.  Free to the public.

May 10, Thursday, 6 - 9pm, Two Genealogy Lectures: 1.) ABCs of DNA and 2.) Finding Uncle Frank: Confirming the Identity of a Soldier buried under the Wrong Name, at the Country Club of Pittsfield, 639 South Street, Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Sponsored by the Berkshire Family History Association. A free raffle is included.  Preregistration and a fee of $10 to cover the cost of the program and refreshments.  By joining the BFHA ($12/year) you will receive free admission.  To register call 413-743-2732 or email  

May 10, Thursday, 6:30pm,  Robert Rogers of the Rangers, at the Kimball Library, 5 Academy Avenue, Atkinson, New Hampshire.  Presented by historian George Morrison.  Free to the public.

May 10, Thursday, 6:30pm, Family Stories:  How and Why to Remember and Tell Them, at the Brookline Public Library, 16 Main Street, Brookline, New Hampshire. Presented by storyteller Jo Radner who will share foolproof ways to mine memories and interview relatives for meaningful stories. Free to the public.

May 11, Friday, 9am – 3:30pm, Leading Locally:  Preservation Management Strategies that Work, at the Town Hall Meeting Room, 261 George Ryder Road, Chatham, Massachusetts. Historic New England members $15, nonmembers $20.  See this link for more information, schedule and registration:  

May 11, Friday, 1pm, and May 12, Saturday at 10am, Lowell Cemetery Tour, meet up at the cemetery entrance on Lawrence Street, in Lowell, Massachusetts. Led by local historian and Register of Deeds, Richard Howe, Jr. Free to the public, no reservations necessary.  Free parking inside the cemetery. Wear comfortable shoes and bring an umbrella.  978-454-5191.  

May 11, Friday, noon, Tips and Trick of Deciphering German Handwriting, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society Library, 99 - 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Free to the public. Register here:  

May 12, Saturday, 1:30pm, An Illustrated Genealogical Trip through the British Isles, at the Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main Street, Acton, Massachusetts.  Sponsored by the Middlesex Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists. Presented by genealogist Dave Backus.  Free to the public.

May 12, Saturday, 9:30am – 2pm, The Hacking Heritage Unconference, at Brown University, 305 Pembroke Hall, 172 Meeting Street, Providence, Rhode Island.   Heritage.  Who owns it?  How do we use it?  How do we change it?

May 12 and 13, Saturday and Sunday, Dartmouth Powwow 2018, on the Dartmouth University Campus, Hanover, New Hampshire.

May 12, Saturday, 1-4 pm, Hands-On History Workshop: Weaving, at the Tsongas Industrial History Center, 115 John Street, Lowell, Massachusetts. Learn to weave on a loom.  Free to the public.  Drop in any time. Family friendly.

May 12, Saturday, 1:30 pm, An Illustrated Genealogical Trip through the British Isles, at the Acton Memorial Library 486 Main Street, Acton, Massachusetts.  Presented by Dave Backus, and sponsored by the Middlesex Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists.  Free to the public. 

May 14, Monday, 6:30pm, Historic New England:  A Tour of the Region’s Top 100 National Landmarks, at the Langley-Adams Library, 185 Main Street, Groveland, Massachusetts.  A slide show with authors Patricia Harris and David Lyon who will discuss their new book. Book signing, book sale.  Free to the public.

May 15, Tuesday, 1pm, “Two Cape Ann Shipwrecks” A Film Presented by the Danvers Historical Society, at Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page Street, Danvers, Massachusetts. $5 suggested donation.  For more information call 978-777-2711.

May 15, Tuesday, 7pm, New England Lighthouses and the People Who Kept Them, at the Corner Meetinghouse, 16 Sargent Street, Belmont, New Hampshire. Presented by author Jeremy D’Entremont.  Free to the public.

May 15, Tuesday, 7pm, Indian Wars of New England, at the John O’Leary Adult Community Center, 4 Church Street, Merrimack, New Hampshire.  Presented by historian and author Michael Tougias.  Free to the public.

May 16, Wednesday, 6:30pm, Civil War Presentation at the Bedford Public Library, 3 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford, New Hampshire.  Hosted by the Bedford Historical Society.  Presented by living historians Jess and Maryann Whitten.  Light refreshments.  Free to the public.

May 16, Wednesday, 6:30pm, The Music History of French Canadians, Franco Americans, Acadians, and Cajuns, at the American Independence Museum, Exeter, New Hampshire. Free to the public, presented by Lucie Therrien from a grant by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.  Space is limited and reservations are encouraged 

May 17, Thursday, 7pm, Mom’s World War II Letters, at the Watertown Free Public Library, 123 Main Street, Watertown, Massachusetts. Presented by Corinne H. Smith, who found her mother’s stash of over 100 letters from 16 servicemen she had corresponded with 1944 – 1945.  Free to the public.

May 17, Thursday, 7pm, Poor Houses and Town Farms:  The Hard Row for Paupers, at the Stephenson Memorial Library, Wensburg Room, 761 Forest Road, Greenfield, New Hampshire. Presented by Steve Taylor. Free to the public.

May 18, 19, 20, Roots 2018: An International Conference on Family History, presented by the Quebec Family History Society at McGill University, New Residence Hall, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. For more information

May 18, Friday, 10am – 4pm, Military History Expo, at 645 S. Main Street, Orange, Massachusetts.  Tickets available:  20 acres of military vehicles, equipment, and 250 re-enactors from the Revolutionary War to Modern Day impressions.  Vendors for food and militaria will be on site.  Continued on Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20th with battles at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.  Rain or shine. No refunds.

May 19, Saturday, 8am – 1pm, The 2018 Vintage Yard Sale, at 300 Main Street, Hopkinton, New Hampshire.  Sponsored by the Hopkinton Historical Society.  A great selection of antique and vintage artwork, household items, tools, furniture and much more.

May 19, Saturday, Blaine Bettinger (Genetic DNA expert) at the New Hampshire Society of Genealogists at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, New Hampshire.  Continental breakfast and lunch served, $35 members, $50 non-members.  Register here:  

May 19, Saturday, 9am, Genealogical Society of Vermont 2018 Meeting at the Middletown Springs Historical Society, 4 Park Avenue, Middletown Springs, Vermont.  Luncheon included.  

May 19, Saturday, 10am - 2pm, The PotatoFest 2018, at the First Parish Church, 47 East Derry Road, East Derry, New Hampshire.  Celebrate Derry's heritage as the location of America's first cultivated Irish potato with free activities and fun for all!  Sponsored by the Friends of the Meetinghouse at First Parish, and the Derry History Museum. 

May 19, Saturday, 11am, Connecticut Society of Genealogists Program, at the Casa Mia Restaurant at the Hawthorne Inn, 2421 Berlin Turnpike, Berlin, Connecticut.  Come celebrate our 50th anniversary.  Registration a 11am, brief business meeting and lunch, and a presentation by Walter Woodward.  Call the CSG office at 860-569-0002 or email 

May 19, Saturday, 11am, Take a Tour Back in History: Visit Hartford’s Oldest Historic Site “The Stone Carver’s Art” at the Ancient Burial Ground, Gold and Main Street, Hartford, Connecticut.  Tours start at 11am. Free.  Call 860-337-1670.  Also Weekday Tours, Noon – 2pm in July and August, Free, contact or 860-690-9150. 

May 19, Saturday, 11am – 4pm,  Show ‘Em Whatcha Got: Mass Memories Road Show, at the UMass Boston Campus, hosted by Massachusetts Hip Hop Archive, the Mass Memories Road Show and the Boston Public Library. This event is for Massachusetts residents to bring their family photos and memories to be digitized and included in the Mass Memories archive. Contributors will also receive advice from professional archivists and historians on dating and caring for family photos. Family friendly. Bring 3 items (photos, flyers, posters, costumes, tapes, CDs, LPs) to be scanned, photographed and returned.

May 19, Saturday, 2:30pm, Opening of East Windsor’s 1968 Time Capsule, at the East Windsor Town Hall, Broad Brook, Connecticut.  Hosted by the East Windsor 250 Anniversary Celebration. Music and light refreshments.

May 20, Sunday, 2pm, Genealogy Workshop:  Using Deeds in Genealogy, A Goldmine of Information, at the Hilton Garden Inn Room of the Portsmouth Public Library, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Free to the public. Presented by Dr. Carol P. McCoy.

May 20, Sunday, 2pm, School Days: Connecticut Schoolhouses Through Time, at the Mill Hill Historic Park, 2 East Wall Street, Norwalk, Connecticut.  Hosted by the Norwalk Historical Society, and presented by author Melinda K. Elliott.  $3 for teachers, $5 for general public.  Tickets available online at 

May 20, Sunday, 2pm, New England Quilts and the Stories They Tell, at the Deerfield Town Hall, Church Street, Deerfield, New Hampshire.  Presented by Pam Weeks. Participants are invited to bring one quilt for identification or story telling.  Free to the public.

May 22, Tuesday, 7pm, A Walk Back in Time:  The Secrets of Cellar Holes, at the Court Street Arts Alumni Hall, 75 Court Street, Haverhill, New Hampshire.  Presented by Adair Mulligan.  Free to the public.

May 22, Tuesday, 7pm, A Taste of the Old Country in the New:  Franco Americans of Manchester, at the Merrimack Public Library, 470 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, New Hampshire. Presented by Robert Perreault.  Free to the public.

May 23, Wednesday, 6pm, The East Boston Immigration Center Project, at the Commonwealth Salon, Boston Public Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Presented by Lisa Berenson, who will discuss the initiative to transform and restore a former Jewish mortuary chapel into a state-of-the-art exhibit hall on the history of immigration in the Boston area. Free to the public.

May 25, Friday, 6pm, Historic Portsmouth Legends and Ghost Walk, at New England Curiosities, 19 Sheafe Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A 90 minute walking tour of the city’s 13 most active downtown haunts. Tickets available at 

May 26, Saturday, 2pm, Poor Houses and Town Farms:  The Hard Row for Paupers, at the Bath Public Library, 4 Lisbon Road, Bath, New Hampshire. Presented by historian Steve Taylor. Free to the public.

May 26, Saturday, 10am – 2pm, Lilac Festival at the Wentworth Coolidge Mansion Historic Site, 375 Little Harbor Road, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Free tours of the mansion, guided walk on the Little Harbor Trail, and a scavenger hunt for kids.  Bring a picnic! Family friendly.

May 28, Monday, 11am, Vanished Veterans – New Hampshire’s Civil War Monuments and Memorials, at the Groton Town House, 754 North Groton Road, Groton, New Hampshire. Presented by George Morrison.  Free to the public.

May 29, Tuesday, 7:30pm, New England Quilts and the Stories They Tell, at the Gilmanton Old Town Hall, 1800 NH Route 140, Gilmanton Iron Works, New Hampshire.  Presented by Pam Weeks. Participants are invited to bring one quilt for identification or story sharing.  Free to the public.

May 31, Thursday, 6:30pm, Activating Historic Sites in Dorchester, at the Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Kathy Kottaridis of Historic Boston, and local activist Noah Hicks will describe efforts to revitalize and repurpose historic sites in Dorchester. Free to the public, please register here: 

June 1, Friday, noon, American Passage:  The History of Ellis Island, a First Friday lecture at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Presented by Dr. Vincent J. Cannato.  Free to the public.

June 2 and 3, Saturday and Sunday, Scottish Heritage Weekend: Culloden at the Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, New Hampshire. This event includes a battle re-enactment.  Family Friendly.  Included with admission to the fort.  


Looking ahead:

June 19 – 24, 2018 Annual Conference and Meeting for the Association of Gravestone Studies, at Danbury Connecticut.  Lectures, demonstrations, exhibits, conservation and documentation workshops, classroom sessions, slide presentations, and guided cemetery tours.  See the website for more information

July 7, Saturday, History Camp Boston, at Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts.  and History Camp Weekend 

 July 14, Saturday, 10am – 4pm, 28th Annual American Independence Festival, hosted by the American Independence Museum, 1 Governor’s Lane, Exeter, New Hampshire. Battle re-enactments, colonial artisans, children’s activities, cannon firings, crafts, music, food and more.  Check out the website for more information:

August 14 – 16 Scots Irish Reunion:  Bringing the Ulster Diaspora To Life, at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine. Hosted by the St. Andrews Society of Maine and the Maine Ulster Scots Project. Visit for more information.

August 19 and 19, Saturday and Sunday, Living History Event, at Historic Hillsborough, New Hampshire. This action packed weekend is held at four locations in the town of Hillsborough, New Hampshire.  2018 is the 10th anniversary! “George Washington” will be in attendance, along with battle re-enactors, musicians, sutlers, crafts, food, children’s activities and more. Tour the Franklin Pierce homestead, wagon rides, trolley tours, etc. Tickets available online through August 18th, and on location on the day of the event for cash only. Proceeds to benefit the Hillsborough Historical Society.

13 September, Thursday – Saturday, The 2018 New York State Family History Conference, at Tarrytown, New York.  More information coming soon.

September 22, Saturday – The Fall Conference of the American Canadian Genealogical Society, to be held at the Puritan Back Room, Manchester, New Hampshire.

September 22, Saturday – Migration Patterns in America, at the American Independence Museum, Folsom Tavern, 164 Water Street, Exeter, New Hampshire. Part 3 of a Genealogy workshop series sponsored by AIM, NEHGS, and a grant from the Treat Foundation.  $20 members, $30 not-yet-members. Presented by Ann Lawthers, Genealogist from NEHGS.  Part 4 will be November 10th. 

September 22 and 23, 10am – 3pm, Saturday and Sunday, The 14th Annual Portsmouth Fairy House Tour, in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Rain or Shine.  Tickets on sale in July or follow on Facebook for the latest news and updates. Proceeds to benefit the historic homes and neighborhood associations of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  More than 250 fairy houses on the grounds of historic Strawbery Banke, the Governor John Langdon House, and in Prescott Park.

September 28 – 30, Old Planters Reunion, at Historic Beverly, 117 Cabot Street, Beverly, Massachusetts.  Save the date!  More information soon!

April 3-6, 2019,  New England Regional Genealogical Conference NERGC in Manchester, New Hampshire at the Radisson Hotel on Elm Street. for more information.

August 10 – 16, 2019, Founders, Fishermen and Family History Cruise, On Holland America’s ms Zaandam, departing Boston on August 10 for a 7 night trip to Canada, ports include Montreal, Quebec City, the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island), Sydney, Halifax, Bar Harbor, and Boston, Massachusetts. Speakers include the genealogists Gena Philibert-Ortega, Tami Osmer Mize, and David Allen Lambert. See the website for more information: 


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