Monday, July 30, 2018

August 2018 Genealogy and Local History Calendar

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

August 3rd   Osterville Historical Museum in Osterville, MA
                   Worcester Historical Museum in Worcester, MA
                   Historic Deerfield, in Deerfield, MA
August 10th Nichols House Museum in Boston, MA
                   Wenham Museum in Wenham, MA
                   Freedom Trail Foundation in Boston, MA
August 17th JFK Library and Museum in Boston, MA
                   Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, MA
                   Commonwealth Museum in Boston, MA
                   Lynn Museum in Lynn, MA
                   New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston, MA
                   Old State House in Boston, MA
                   Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA
August 24th Heritage Museums in Sandwich, MA
                   The Old Manse in Concord, MA
                   Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, MA
                   Museum of African American History in Boston and Nantucket, MA

August 1, Wednesday, noon, Partisanship & the Origins of the American Revolution in NYC, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts. The Brown Bag Lunch program allows MHS research fellows to present and discuss their work.  Free to the public, bring a lunch.  No registration required.

August 2, Thursday, 2pm, Black Whalers: The Annual Frank and Bette Spriggs Lecture, at the African Meeting House , 29 York Street, Nantucket, Massachusetts. Presented by Skip Finley, the author of Whaling Captains. Funded by the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Admission by donation. 

August 3, Friday, 2pm, The History of Friendly's Ice Cream, at the Langley Adams Library, 185 Main Street, Groveland, Massachusetts.  Presented by Rose Slate.  This program is geared for adults and young adults, not small children.  Please call and register at 978-372-1732 so that we can make sure we provide enough ice cream treats!

August 3 and 4, Friday and Saturday, Gravestone Preservation Workshop, at the Clarks Cemetery and First Parish Burial Grounds, Gloucester, Massachusetts.  A 2 day workshop to provide basic information and skills for preserving historic gravestones and monuments. This event raises funds for the Christopher P. Robinson International Preservation Trades Exchange Scholarship.  For more information see the web page $100 for one day, $150 for both days. Contact Moss Rudley or Jon Apell or phone 860-558-2785.  

August 4, Saturday, 4pm - 10pm, Gables Fest: Celebrating 350 Years of Stories and Songs, at the House of Seven Gables, Salem, Massachusetts.  Food, drink, surprises! Tickets start at $15.  Click here for a lineup of performers, food and drink vendors, and ticket information.  

August 4 and 5, Saturday and Sunday, Salem Maritime Festival, hosted by the Salem Maritime National Historic Site. The 30th annual festival with new musical acts, entertainment, ships and boats to visit, exhibitors, and demonstrations. Family Friendly. For details see

August 4 and 5, Saturday and Sunday, Redcoats and Rebels, the largest military re-enactment in New England with nearly 1,000 soldiers portraying British, Irish, Scottish, French, and Colonial Troops.  Included with admission to Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts.

August 4 and 5, Saturday and Sunday, at 2pm, The Wayside Living History Players Present!  At the Wayside, Concord, Massachusetts.  Experience a living history program developed by Concord high school students celebrating the lives of three teenagers who grew up at the Wayside in different time periods from 1775 to 1900.  Free to the public.

August 8, Wednesday, 10am, New Visitor Tour, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 -101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Free tour of the country's oldest and largest nonprofit genealogy library and archive.  No need to register.  Tour attendees are welcome to use the library following the tour. 

August 8, Wednesday, noon, Connections between Bombay Parsis & Yankees, 1771 – 1861, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  The Brown Bag lunch program allows MHS research fellows to present and discuss their work.  Programs are free and open to the public.  Bring a lunch. No registration is required.

August 8, Wednesday, 12:30pm, Rosie’s Mom:  Forgotten Woman of the First World War, at the Hopkinton Town Library, 61 Houston Drive, Contoocook, New Hampshire.  Hosted by the Mercy Hathaway White DAR.  Presented by historian Carrie Brown. Free to the public.

August 8, Wednesday, 6pm - 9pm, Researching Your Ancestry at the UK National Archives, held at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 - 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Three lectures presented by Audrey Collins, a records specialist at the UK National Archives.  6pm, "Digitizing the Collections", 7pm "Civil Registration Indexes of England and Wales", 8pm "New England in the National Archives",  $55 register for your tickets here:  

August 10, Friday, 2:30pm, New England Lighthouses and the People Who Kept Them, at the Golden View Health Care Center, 19 NH Route 104, Meredith, New Hampshire, Presented by lighthouse expert Jeremy D’Entremont.  Free to the public through a NH Humanities Council grant.

August 10 and 11, Friday and Saturday, Celtic Connections Conference: Pathways to Our Past, in Auburndale, Massachusetts.  Delve into your Irish ancestry by attending lectures presented by internationally recognized speakers. Lecture topics include Irish, Scots Irish, Scottish and Welsh genealogy, culture, DNA.  

August 11, Saturday 9am - 4pm, Fiber Revival and Vintage Base Ball, at the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Littles Lane, Newbury, Massachusetts.  Join the Newburyport Spinners Guild for a daylong exploration of fiber arts, including hand-spinning, weaving, metalwork, alpaca and sheep husbandry, rug making, and knitting.  Try your hand at washing, combing, spinning and weaving.  Vendors will offer a variety of natural fiber yarns and equipment.  Vintage Baseball 11am - 4pm Lynn Live Oaks vs. Portsmouth Rockinghams, Lowell Base Ball Club vs. Neshanock Base Ball Club of Flemington.  

August 11, Saturday, 10am – noon, Walking Tour: New Century Neighborhood, meet at the parking lot of the Brookside Congregational Church on the corner of Elm Street and Clarke Street, Manchester, New Hampshire. Sponsored by the Manchester Historic Association, $5 members, $10 general public.  Learn about the amazing mansions of Manchester’s North End and North River Road with local historians Dick Duckoff and Matt Labbee.

August 11, Saturday, 1pm – 3pm, A Revolution of Her Own!  Abridged, at the Paul Revere House, 19 North Square, Boston, Massachusetts. Come see the play about Deborah Samson, the first woman to enlist, to fight, and to be honorably discharged from the American Military. Family Friendly. Hosted by History at Play.

August 11, Saturday, 1 – 4pm, An Afternoon of Genealogy, at the American Legion Post #129, 22 Elm Street, Gardner, Massachusetts.  Hosted by the Central Massachusetts Genealogy Society and funded by the Gardner Cultural Council.  Two genealogy talks (one on Polish family history and another on French Canadian family history), information tables, translators for both Polish and French documents, and refreshments. The speakers will be Kathy Krysiak and Jeanne Douillard.  Free, bring a friend and enjoy the afternoon.

August 11, Saturday, 2pm, The Privateer Trail, 117 Cabot Street, Beverly, Massachusetts.  Hosted by Historic Beverly. A walking tour, rain or shine.  In case of severe weather check with Historic Beverly.  $10 for the general public, free for members.  Meet at the Cabot house at 117 Cabot Street.

August 11, Saturday, 2pm, Picnicking Through The Ages, at the Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard, Massachusetts. Join Katie Schur, Founder of Picnic Perfect, for a look back through time at picnic styles and practices from the late 1800s through today.  Tickets available at this link: $9 members, $15 non-members. 

August 11, Saturday, 7pm, The President on the Penobscot: An Evening with Abraham Lincoln, at the Waterfront Park, 1 Railroad Street, Bangor, Maine.  Cash bar and heavy hors d'oevres at 6pm, presentation at 7.  $35 Bangor Historical Society members, $40 non-members.  Living historian Steve Wood will present himself as President Abraham Lincoln. 

August 11 and 12, Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 3pm, World War I Living History Weekend, at the Wiscassett, Waterville and Farmington Railway, 97 Cross Road, Alna, Maine.  Board the train and take a trip to 1918 as the Great War rages in Europe.  See WW1 living historians practice maneuvers and military drills.

August 12, Sunday, 10am to noon, A Visit with Abraham and Mary Lincoln, at the UMA-Bangor campus near Eastport Hall, 128 Texas Avenue, Bangor, Maine.  The Lincolns (portrayed by living historians Steve and Sharon Wood) will be strolling around the grounds of the "Drums on the Penobscot" Civil War Encampment. 

August 12, Sunday, 10 am - 6pm, NEHGS at Open Newbury, 99 - 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Free to the public.  Learn more about the New England Historic Genealogical Society, win a raffle, family history themed games and activities, and more.  Newbury Street is closed to vehicular traffic on this day, so plan accordingly.  No registration necessary. 

August 14 – 17, Tuesday to Friday, Scots Irish Reunion: Bringing the Ulster Diaspora to Life, at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine.

August 17, Friday,  Free Fun Friday at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 - 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Special lectures, 15 minute one-on-one consultations with experts, book conservation demonstrations, and free access to the library usually open only to NEHGS members.  Activities for children and families, story hour, scavenger hunt, and more!  Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.

August 17, Friday, 6:30pm, Putting Human Faces on the Textile Industry:  The Workers of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company, Divine Mercy Catholic Church, 12 Church Street, Peterborough, New Hampshire. Presented by Robert Perreault.  Free to the public.  Hosted by the Monadnock Quilter’s Guild.

August 18, Saturday, 8am – 6pm, The 40th Annual Maine Highland Games and Scots Festival, at the Topsham Fairgrounds, Topsham, Maine.  11:30 Opening ceremony, massed pipe bands, and parade of the clans. 4:30 Massed Bands and closing ceremonies.

August 18 and 19, Saturday and Sunday, The Historic Hillsborough Living History Event,  Hillsborough, New Hampshire. See 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 15, Wednesday, noon, Lunch and Learn:  Global Perspectives on the Revolution, at the American Independence Museum, Folsom Tavern, 164 Water Street, Exeter, New Hampshire. Free to the public. Bring your lunch. Presented by Rachel Passannante.

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.

August 22, Wednesday, 6:30pm, Brewing in New Hampshire:  An Informal History of Beer in the Granite State from Colonial Times to the Present, at the Able Ebenezer Brewing Company, 31 Columbia Circle, Merrimack, New Hampshire. Presented by Glenn Knoblock.  Free to the public.  Hosted by the Merrimack Public Library.

August 25, Saturday, 10am, New Visitor Tour, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 -101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Free tour of the country's oldest and largest nonprofit genealogy library and archive.  No need to register.  Tour attendees are welcome to use the library following the tour. 

August 25, Saturday, noon – 5pm, The 5th Annual Living History Event:  Life During the Battle of Rhode Island, at the Newport Historical Society, 82 Touro Street, Newport, Rhode Island. Tickets at the event is free, donations are welcome.  Suggested starting point is Washington Square.  Hosted by the Newport Historical Society.

August 30, Thursday, 7pm, New England Quilts and the Stories They Tell, at the Ashland Community Church Hall, 57 Main Street, Ashland, New Hampshire.  Presented by Pam Weeks and the New Hampshire Humanities Council.  Participants are invited to bring one quilt for identification and/or story sharing.  Hosted by the Ashland Historical Society.  Free to the public. This program is held in conjunction with an exhibit at the Whipple House Museum.

September 1, Saturday, 3pm, “If I am Not for Myself, Who Will Be For Me?” George Washington’s Runaway Slave, at the Governor John Langdon House, 143 Pleasant Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Portrayed by Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti.  There will be a special guided tour from 2-3pm, starting from the Portsmouth Waterfront where Ona Judge landed after escaping from George Washington.  You will be taken to sights where she might have found refuge in the Portsmouth Community. The tour will end at the Gov. Langdon House Museum with the living history performance will begin at 3pm. Free to the public.

September 1 and 2, Saturday and Sunday, Militia Weekend, at Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts.  Cannon and musket demonstrations, martial music, target shooting, and sham battles.  Included with admission to the museum.

Future events:

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

September 15 and 16, Living History Weekend with Warner’s Regiment at the Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, New Hampshire.

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 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!

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. See the website .

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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