Thursday, May 31, 2018

June 2018 Genealogy and Local History Calendar

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June FREE Fun Fridays, sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation. For a full listing see

June 29th – MIT Museum in Cambridge, MA
                  Nantucket Whaling Museum in Nantucket, MA
                  Concord Museum in Concord, MA
                  Edward Gorey House in Yarmouthport, MA
                  The Mount:  Edith Wharton’s House in Lenox, MA

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 1, Friday, 7pm, Shadows Fall North Documentary and Discussion, at the Warner Town Hall, 5 East Main Street, Warner, New Hampshire.  This documentary fcuses on the preservationists and activists Valerie Cunningham of Portsmouth and JerriAnne Boggis of Milford, New Hampshire, who tell the stories of people who have been rendered nearly invisible in the historical record.  Also will be held June 10 in Newbury, New Hampshire. 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.

June 2, Saturday, 10am, Down at the Landing: Maritime Trades in Early Colonial Times, at the Old Berwick Historical Society, 2 Liberty Street, South Berwick, Maine. Join in a tour of the Counting House Museum, see demonstrators of maritime trades (a cooper, a ropemaker, rigger, and a ship doctor).  Free admission.

June 2 and 3, Saturday and Sunday, 8am – 4pm, 3rd Annual Dublin Vintage Market, at 1716 Main Street, Dublin, New Hampshire. 150 Vendors of Antiques, vintage finds, repurposed goods, local artisans and salvaged junk.  Kid friendly exhibits, live animals, vintage camper and classic car/truck displays and live music.  $5 per person, kids under 12 are free.  Free parking.

June 2, Saturday, 10am – 3pm, Chinese American Experiences Mass. Memories Road Show, at the Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Hosted by the Chinese Historical Society of New England and the Mass. Memories Road Show.  All ages may participate, families are encouraged to come together. Attendees under 18 must have a waiver signed by a guardian. Celebrate Chinese American Experiences in Massachusetts by digitizing family photos and stories. Images will be added to the digital collection at

June 2, Saturday, 10:30am, Historic Preservation Tours with Dr. Richard M. Candee, at the Discover Portsmouth Center, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. $25 adults, $15 members.     

June 2, Saturday, 2:30 pm, Boston Abolitionists Performance, at the Durant-Kenrick House, 286 Waverly Avenue, Newton, Massachusetts.  Actors will portray Lydia Maria Child, David Walker, William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Maria W. Stewart, and Newton’s own John Kenrick.  $20 per person, $15 for Historic Newton members.
June 3, Sunday, 6pm, Haunted York Village Tour, at the York Town Hall, 186 York Street, York, Maine.  A 90 minute tour with author Roxie J. Zwicker.  Tickets at

June 3, Sunday, 7pm, Songs of Emigration:  Storytelling Through Traditional Irish Music, at the South Eaton Meetinghouse, 402 Burnham Road, Eaton, New Hampshire.  Presented by musician Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki with fiddle and guitar.  Free to the public.

June 5, Tusday 10 - 11:30am, Scanned Document Images, at the Wilmington Memorial Library, 175 Middlesex Avenue, Wilmington, Massachusetts.  Learn how to remove/fix documents with free image processing software.  Free to the public. Presented by Bernie Lyons. Pre-register at 

June 5, Tuesday, 6:30pm, Paul Revere: A Man of Many Occupations, at the Old North Church & Historic Site, 193 Salem, Street, Boston, Massachusetts, and also hosted by the Paul Revere House. Speakers will be Patrick Leehey, Nan Woverton, and Rob Martello.  Donations accepted.

June 5, Tuesday, 7pm, Family Stories: How and Why to Remember and Tell Them, at the Abbie Greenleaf Library, 439 Main Street, Franconia, New Hampshire.  Presented by Jo Radner.  Free to the public.

June 6, Wednesday, 10am, New Visitor Tour of the New England Historic Genealogical Society Library, at 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Free orientation and tour of the NEHGS research facility.  Attendees are invited to stay and use the facility following the tour.  No registration necessary.

June 6, Wednesday, noon, Behind-the-Scenes Library Tour, at the Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland, Maine.  A 45 minute tour of the history of the building, architectural details, the basics of doing research, and treasures from the collections. Free to the public. Limited to 10.  Save a spot by emailing Nicholas Noyes at 

June 6, Wednesday, 6pm, Celebrate Boston!  Quiz night at the Old South Meeting House, at 310 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  A local history trivia contest with a Dorchester neighborhood theme.  Bring your family and friends to form a team.  Great prizes!  Food from Dorchester restaurants, cash bar.  $15 tickets, $10 for students, $5 for OSMH members.  Get tickets here: 

June 6, Wednesday, 7pm, A House on the Bay: Life on the 17th Century New Hampshire Coastal Frontier, at the Kensington Grange Hall, 133 Amesbury Road, Kensington, New Hampshire. Presented by Neill DePaoli about the archaeological discovery of the home of Thomas Wiggin on the Great Bay.  Free to the public.

June 6, Wednesday, 7pm, New Hampshire’s One-Room Rural Schools:  The Romance and the Reality, at the Wilton Public & Gregg Free Library, 7 Forest Road, Wilton, New Hampshire. Presented by Steve Taylor. Free to the public.

June 7, Thursday, 6:30pm, New England Lighthouses and the People Who Kept Them, at the Auburn Historical Society, 102 Hooksett Road, Auburn, New Hampshire. Presented by lighthouse author and expert Jeremy D’Entremont. Free to the public.

June 7, Thursday, 6:30pm, A Polish Odyssey, at the Chicopee Public Library, 449 Front Street, Chicopee, Massachusetts.  Hosted by the Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts.  Presented by genealogist Sara Campbell. 

June 7, Thursday, 7pm, Our Beloved Kin:  A New History of King Philip’s War, at the Cheshire County Court House, 33 Winter Street, Keene, New Hampshire. Present by author and Amherst College professor Dr. Lisa Brooks. Free to the public. 

June 7, Thursday, 7 - 8:30pm, Getting Started with Your Family Research:  A Four Week Course running June 7, 14, 21, and 28 at the Medford Public Library, 111 High Street, Medford, Massachusetts. Free to the public. Presented by Linda B. MacIver. Space is limited.  Attendance at first two classes is mandatory.  Pre-registration required at  

June 9, Saturday, 11am – 1:30pm, World War II Cruise of Boston Harbor, at the Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center, Boston, Massachusetts. Narrated cruise will cover the Navy Yard, The South Boston Annex, Army Base, Castle Island, Shipping Lanes, Long Island, Deer Island, the layout of underwater mines, Gallops Island, Georges Island and Peddocks Island.  Tickets at Eventbrite:

June 9, Saturday, noon, Lunch and Learn:  Pilgrims Through the Religious Geography of England, from Henry 8th to James 1st, at Plimoth Plantation, 137 Warren Avenue, Plymouth, Massachusetts. $8 non-members. Bring a lunch or buy a lunch at the café.  Presented by Rev. Dr. Arnold Klukas. 

June 9, Saturday, 1 – 4pm, For Those Who Served:  Researching Veteran Ancestors in Colonial Conflicts, the American Revolution, and the War of 1812, at The American Independence Museum, Folsom Tavern, 164 Water Street, Exeter, New Hampshire.   Part 2 of a 4 part series sponsored by AIM, NEHGS, and a grant from the Treat Foundation. $20 members, $30 not-yet-members.  Part 3 on September 22, and part 4 on November 10. Presented by David Allen Lambert of NEHGS. 

June 9, Saturday, 1:30pm, An Introduction to Polish Genealogy, at the Wayland Public Library, 5 Concord Road, Wayland, Massachusetts. Presented by Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz, and sponsored by the Middlesex Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists.  Free to the public. 

June 9, Saturday, 7pm, Ergot: The Moldy Bread Myth and Salem, at the Witch House, 310 ½ Essex Street, Salem, Massachusetts.  Presented by Margo Burns, who will discuss how this myth has survived since the 1970s, a case study in how people come to believe and hold onto myths about historical events.

June 10, Sunday 1:30 - 3:30, What Really Happened at Ellis Island and Finding Waldo at Ellis Island, at Temple Emanuel in Newton, Massachusetts.  Sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston (JGSGB), and presented by Joel Weintraub.  Free to members, $5 to the general public. 

June 10, Sunday, 4pm, Too Long in the Shadows, at the Fells Historic Estate, 456 Route 103 A, Newbury, New Hampshire.  A talk by Lynn Clark and Rebecca Courser on their research on rural, free black settlement in post-Revolutionary New Hampshire.  Also will be held June 1 at Warner, New Hampshire. Free to the public. 

June 10, Sunday, 1 – 2:30pm, A Pride Week Walk of Mount Auburn, at the Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts. A walking tour to visit the resting places of US Representative Gerry Studds, actress Charlotte Cushman, journalist Kate Field, and Asian art collector William Sturgis Bigelow, among others, in recognition of Boston Pride Week 2018.  For tickets click here: 

June 11, Monday, 7pm, The Capital Crime of Witchcraft: What the Primary Sources Tell Us, at the Camp Morgan Lodge, 339 Millen Pond Road, Washington, New Hampshire.  Presented by Margo Burns, this program focuses on the Salem witch trials of 1692 and 1693, but also examines a variety of other cases against women in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut.  A potluck will be held at 6pm. Free to the public.

June 12, Tuesday, 7pm, On the Streets Where They Lived:  Exploring the Riches Hidden in Massachusetts Town Records, at the Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square, Worcester, Massachusetts.  Hosted by the Worcester Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists.  Presented by Joy Hennig and Charlene Sokal. Free to the public, bring a friend. 

June 13, Wednesday, noon – 8pm, Feast of St. Anthony of Padua, at St. Leonard’s Parish, North End, Boston, Massachusetts. A low mass at noon, a high mass at 5pm, and a candlit procession at 6pm through the streets of the North End.

June 15, Friday, 6:30pm, New England Quilts and the Stories They Tell, at the Divine Mercy Church, 161 Wilton Road, Peterborough, New Hampshire.  Presented by Pam Week. Participants are invited to bring one quilt for identification or storytelling.  Sponsored by the Monadnock Quilter’s Guild.  Free to the public.

June 16 and 17, Living History Weekend: 1st Connecticut Provincial Regiment, at the Fort at No. 4, 267 Springfield Road, Charlestown, New Hampshire. Included with admission to the fort.

June 16 and 17, 6 am – 4pm, Colonial Re-enactment at Fort McClary, Kittery Point, Maine.  Hosted by the Pequawket Alliance. A French and Indian War military re-enactment, open to the public.

June 16, 23 and 30, 2pm – 4pm, Building Your Genealogical Skills (Three Session Course), at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Presented by Ann Lawthers, Genealogist.  $75 for the full course, all three weeks.  Register here:

June 17, Sunday, 1 – 2:30pm, Mount Auburn’s Civil Rights Legacy, at the Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts. In honor of Juneteenth, volunteer docent Stephen Pinkerton will lead a walking tour to the graves of civil rights litigants and jurists buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery.  Free to the public.

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

June 20, Wednesday, 6:30pm, 100 Years Before Revolution: 17th Century Resistance in Massachusetts Bay, at the Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Presented by historian Adrian Chastain Weimer.  Free to the public.  Registration requested at 

June 21, Thursday, 7pm, Poor Houses and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers, at the Grange Hall, 7 Chase Hill Road, Andover, New Hampshire. Presented by Steve Taylor.  Free to the public.

June 23 and 24, Saturday and Sunday, Stark’s Muster at the Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, New Hampshire. 

June 23, Saturday, 10am, New Visitor Tour of the New England Historic Genealogical Society Library, at 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Free orientation and tour of the NEHGS research facility.  Attendees are invited to stay and use the facility following the tour.  No registration necessary.

June 23, Saturday, 11am, Take a Tour Back in History: Visit Hartford’s Oldest Historic Site “Ancient Stones” 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. 

June 24, Sunday, 11am, Women’s History Walking Tour, at the Discover Portsmouth Center, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Tickets at   

June 25, Monday, 2:15pm, A Visit With Queen Victoria, at the Havenwood Auditorium, 33 Christian Avenue, Concord, New Hampshire. Presented by living historian Sally Mummey, who will perform in 19th century clothing resplendent with Royal Orders.  Free to the public.

June 26, Tuesday, 6:30pm, How Pilgrim Women’s Work Saved Plymouth Colony, at the Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Presented by early Americanists David Furlow and Lisa Pennington.  Free to the public.  Doors open at 6pm.

June 28, Thursday, noon, Lunch and Learn:  The Patriotic Shoe, at the American Independence Museum, Folsom Tavern, 1 Governor’s Lane, Exeter, New Hampshire.  Bring a lunch. Free to the public. Presented by Kimberly S. Alexander, from the Department of History at the University of New Hampshire.

Coming soon:

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 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, 8am – 4pm – The Fall Conference of the American Canadian Genealogical Society, to be held at the ACGS, 4 Elm Street, Manchester, New Hampshire.  Annual meeting, raffles, three speakers – David Vermette, Pierre Gendreau Hetu, and Robert Perrault. 

September 29, Saturday, 9am – 1pm, Family Research Day – Mini Conference, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 400 Essex Street, Lynnfield, Massachusetts.  12 different presentations in four tracks:  Beginning Research, Technology, DNA and Records. More information coming 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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