Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Weathervane Wednesday - Witches Flying

It's a special edition of Weathervane Wednesday!  Can you guess where this unusual weathervane might be located?



You might know this location if you are from the area, but this witch weathervane can be spotted over the clubhouse at the Salem Country Club, which is actually located in Peabody, Massachusetts!  This two dimensional weathervane is very detailed, down to the witch's hair flying in the wind, and her long hooked nose.


Right below the weathervane, over the front door, is another image of a witch!


And, there is a witch on the awning over the entrance to the function rooms.

Salem Country club was bounded on 4 November 1895, when members of the Old Salem Club met to organize a golf club.  The first nine hole golf course was located near the border of Marblehead. Then the club moved to the land known as the Sanders Farm in Peabody.  If you use Google, you will see there are many Salem Country Clubs (New York, Illinois, Oregon, New Jersey etc.), but this is the oldest.

The witch symbol needs no explanation.  In fact, it is very appropriate that the witch history carries on in Peabody, where more victims of the witch trials lived (back when it was known as "Salem Village") than in Salem town.

This weathervane was made by Walter Liff, a sculptor who works in metal and who often creates local weathervanes.  Walter Liff lives in New Hampshire.  According to his website, this weathervane is 48 3/8" wide and 48" high, made of structural aluminum plate. I have featured some of his other weathervanes HERE in New Castle, NH and HERE at a playground.


For the truly curious:

Salem Country Club website:    https://www.salemcountryclub.org

Steeling Nature (Walter Liff)  https://www.steelingnature.com

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday - Witches Flying", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 30, 2019, (  https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2019/10/weathervane-wednesday-witches-flying.html: accessed [access date]).

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

November 2019 Genealogy and Local History Calendar



For last minute updates, see the “Nutfield Genealogy” Facebook page at this link:  https://www.facebook.com/nutfield.gen/    Please send new events to me by commenting here at the end of this post, or email vrojomit@gmail.com  

For a listing of historical Thanksgiving events, please click here:
https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2019/10/book-your-historical-new-england.html  


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November 1, Friday, 9:30pm, A Haunted Evening at the South Meetinghouse, 280 Marcy Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Tickets at www.newenglandcuriosities.com  Join author and tour guide Roxie Zwicker with paranormal investigator radio host Ron Kolek for a tour of the historic 1866 South Meetinghouse. Space is limited. Refreshments and snacks served. $35 for adults, $19 for under age 16.

November 2, Saturday, 8 – 4pm, Massachusetts Society of Genealogists Annual Meeting: Lights, Camera, Ancestors!, Spotlight on Family History, at the Marlborough Country Club, 200 Concord, Road, Marlborough, Massachusetts. https://www.msoginc.org/msogwp/events-2/annual-meeting-2019/  

November 2, Saturday, 9:30am – 3pm, Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts 30th Anniversary Event, at the Munich Haus Restaurant Banquet Hall, 13 Center Street, Chicopee, Massachusetts.  Speakers Colleen Fitzpatrick and Daniel Bucko, catered Polish lunch, raffle, and socializing.  Pre-registration required for $30 PGSMA members, and $40 for non-members.  Register at http://pgsma.org/30th-anniversary-event.html 

November 2, Saturday, 9:30 – 2:30pm, The Fall Meeting of the New Hampshire Society of Genealogists:  Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Read All About It!  Finding Your Ancestors in Early Newspapers, at the Hotel Concord, 11 South Main Street, Concord, New Hampshire.  Speaker Janeen Bjork will present three talks, breakfast and lunch included.  See the website www.nhsog.org 

November 2, Saturday, 10am – 3:30pm, Nutfield 300th Tours Day, at the First Parish Church, 47 East Derry Road, East Derry, New Hampshire.  A morning guided tour of the 1769 Meetinghouse, founded by Rev. MacGregor of Aghadowey, Northern Ireland. A lunch service in the Currier Hall, followed by an historic tour of Forest Hill Cemetery led by T.J. Cullinane.  Tours are free, lunch details to be determined. https://www.facebook.com/events/2460410457513971/ 

November 2, Saturday, 10am, New Visitor Tour of the American Ancestors Research Center, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Free tour of the library.  Non members welcome. Tour attendees are welcome to use the library after the tour. No registration necessary.

November 2, 3, 9, and other dates, 10am, 300 Years of Thanksgiving Traditions: A Guided Tour, at the Strawbery Banke Museum, 14 Hancock Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Tickets at https://www.facebook.com/events/2924774007540473/  This is a multi-sensory, 90 minute tour following the evolution of Thanksgiving from the time of the Puritans to today’s feast.  Recommended for ages 5+.  Adults $15, children $10, members and military are free.

November 2, Saturday, noon, Researching Your Family History Through Newspapers, at the gathering of the Plymouth County Genealogists at the East Bridgewater Public Library. Free event. Free refreshments. Presented by David J. McRae.  Noon social hour, 12:30 business meeting, speaker at 1pm.

November 2, Saturday, 1pm, National Register District Walking Tour, at Historic Beverly, 117 Cabot Street, Beverly, Massachusetts.  $10 or free for members.  This walk is a mile long, held rain or shine. 

November 2, Saturday, 1pm, A House on the Bay: Life on 17th Century New Hampshire’s Coastal Frontier, at the Puritan Restaurant, 245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, New Hampshire.  Presented by Neill DePaoli. Free to the public after the New Hampshire Mayflower Society business meeting and luncheon. 

November 2, Saturday, 2pm, Poor Houses and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers, Kingston Town Hall, 163 Main Street, Kingston, New Hampshire. Presented by Steve Taylor. Free to the public through a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities. 

November 2, Saturday, 2pm, Story of the Steeple Fundraising Dinner, at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Derry, 40 East Derry Road, East Derry, New Hampshire.  Hosted by the Friends of the Meetinghouse at First Parish.  A delicious barbecue meal catered by Gabi's Smokeshack, a rare insider's look at the multi-year challenges in restoring the Steeple of the Meetinghouse by Aaron Sturgis of Preservation Timber Framing, and a silent auction of artifacts from the 1769 building, raffle baskets from local businesses, and more! $50 per ticket. All proceeds go directly to the Meetinghouse preservation fund. Buy your tickets here:  https://www.tickettailor.com/events/fotmh/307279?fbclid=IwAR0bxMLYwP-daEjr4wxY9TXhOv-Ut9-mW5_x3AMT9ADdu0_m0u2--91lVAE

November 3, Sunday, 1pm, A History of the New Hampshire Presidential Primary, at the Canterbury Town Hall, 1 Old Tilton Road, Canterbury, New Hampshire. Hosted by the Canterbury Historical Society and presented by John Gfroerer, a documentary producer.  Free to the public. 

November 4, Monday, 7:30pm, Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Persistent Myth, at the Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George Street, Modford, Massachusetts. Kevin Levin will speak about his new book.  $10 for non-members.

November 5, Tuesday, Stories of Our Ancestors: What You Can Find in Ships Manifests, at the Chelmsford Public Library, Chelmsford, Massachusetts. Hosted by the Chelmsford Genealogy Club.  Presented by Janis Duffy.  Free to the public.

November 5, Tuesday, 7pm, Putting Human Faces on the Textile Industry, at the Exeter Historical Society, 47 Front Street, Exeter, New Hampshire. Presented by Robert Perreault who sheds light on the workers of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company.  Doors open at 6:30 for light refreshments. Free to the public. 

November 5, Tuesday, 7pm, Stories of Our Ancestors: What can we learn from ship manifests?, at the Chelmsford Genealogy Club, at the Chelmsford Public Library, Chelmsford, Massachusetts.  Presented by Janis Duffy. Free to the public.

November 5, Tuesday, 7pm, Life Under the Tsars: Documenting Jewish Ancestors in Imperial Russia, at the Memoral Hall Public Library, Andover, Massachusetts.  Presented by Dr. Alan Shuchat, retired professor from Wellesley College.  Free to the public.

November 6, Wednesday, 10am, Poor Houses and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers, at the Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 West Broadway, Derry, New Hampshire. Hosted by the Amoskeag Questers.  Presented by Steve Taylor. Free to the public.

November 6, Wednesday, noon, Songs of Emigration: Storytelling Through Traditional Irish Music, at the Windham Town Hall, 4 North Lowell Road, Windham, New Hampshire. Hosted by the Women’s Service Club of Windham, and presented by musician Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki on fiddle and guitar. Free to the public.

November 6, Wednesday, noon, Using AmericanAncestors.org: A Hands-On Workshop, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Free to the public. Presented by Don LeClair. 

November 7, Thursday, noon, Lunch & Learn: The Story of Thanksgiving, at Plimoth Plantation Museum, in the Henry Hornblower II Visitor Center, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Members free, non-members $10.  Presented by Plimoth’s colonial foodways historian Kethleen Wall.  Tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lunch-learn-the-history-of-thanksgiving-tickets-72588236369 

November 7, Thursday, 6pm, Tipsy History Trivia Night, at the Sea Dog Brewing Company, 5 Water Street, Exeter, New Hampshire. Sponsored by the Exeter Historical Society, and hosted by curator Barbara Rimkunas.  Cover charge $20 per person or $15 per member includes an appetizer and one glass or beer or wine.

November 7, Thursday, 6:30pm, The Girl in Black and White: The Story of Mary Mildred Williams and the Abolition Movement, at the Longfellow House, 105 Brattle Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Presented by Jessie Morgan-Owens.  Space is limited, so please call 617-876-4491 or email long_reservations@nps.gov to reserve your spot.

November 9, Saturday, 1pm, Wilkins and Kinsbury Toy Identification Day & Show-n-Tell, at the Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main Street, Keene, New Hampshire. Toy experts Greg Bixby and David Frechette will help to identify toys. Participants are enouraged to bring up 3 of their favorite Triumph-Wilkins-Kingsbury toys.  Please share a story with the other participants. Advanced registration required at 603-352-1895.  

November 9, Saturday, 1pm, Berkshire Family History Association Informational Talk and Tour, at the Berkshire Athenaeum Auditorium, Pittsfield, Massachusetts.  Come hear about BFHA’s activities, services, membership benefits, and tour the local history and genealogy department.  Guest speaker Michelle LeClair will speak about “A Brick Wall Toppled by a Single Funeral Card”.  No registration required. Free to the public. Light refreshments. 

November 9, Saturday, 2pm, Vanished Veterans – NH’s Civil War Monuments and Memorials, at the Nashua Historical Society, 5 Abbott Street, Nashua, New Hampshire. Presented by George Morrison, who has located, inventoried, and photographed the New Hampshire Civil War memorials from obelisks, statuary, murals, cast iron, stained glass, and buildings. Free to the public.

November 10, Sunday, 2pm, Portal to the Underworld, at the Museum of Old Newbury, 98 High Street, Newburyport, Massachusetts.  Led by guides James and Mary Gage.  Space is limited, please register in advance at www.newburyhistory.org or info@newburyhistory.org

November 9, Saturday, 2pm, Vanished Veterans – NH’s Civil War Monuments and Memorials, at the South Newbury Union Church, 162 Village Road, South Newbury, New Hampshire. Presented by George Morrison, who has located, inventoried, and photographed the New Hampshire Civil War memorials from obelisks, statuary, murals, cast iron, stained glass, and buildings. Free to the public.

November 12, Tuesday, 6pm, , Vanished Veterans – NH’s Civil War Monuments and Memorials, at the Hill Library, 1151 Parker Mountain Road, Strafford, New Hampshire.  Presented by George Morrison, who has located, inventoried, and photographed the New Hampshire Civil War memorials from obelisks, statuary, murals, cast iron, stained glass, and buildings. Free to the public.

November 12, Tuesday, 6pm, Historian Donald L. Miller with Vicksburg: Grant's Campaign that Broke the Confederacy, at the American Ancestors Research Center, 99 - 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Cost $37.50 includes a guaranteed seat and a signed book, $12.50 general admission.  Register here: https://my.americanancestors.org/1137/1236

November 12, Tuesday, 6pm, Rosie’s Mom: Forgotten Women of the First World War, at the Goodwin Library, 422 Main Street, Farmington, New Hampshire.  Presented by historian Carrie Brown. Free to the public.

November 12, Tuesday, 7pm, Abby Hutchinson’s Sweet Freedom Songs: Songs and Stories of the Struggle for Abolition and Woman Suffrage, at the Salem Meeting House, 310 Main Street, Salem, New Hampshire. Presented by Deborah Anne Goss who will appear as Abby Hutchinson Patton with the balads and ditties sung during anti-slavery and early women’s rights struggles in the mid-19th-century USA.  Free to the public.

November 13, Wednesday, 10am, New Visitor Tour of the American Ancestors Research Center, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Free tour of the library.  Non-members welcome. Tour attendees are welcome to use the library after the tour. No registration necessary.

November 13, Wednesday, 6pm, Harnessing History: On the Trail of New Hampshire’s State Dog, the Chinook, at the Smyth Public Library, 55 High Street, Candia, New Hampshire. Presented by Bob Cottrell who will cover the history of Arthur Waldren and his Chinooks. Free to the public through a grant from the NH Humanities Council.

November 13, Wednesday, 6:30pm, Duxbury's Women at Sea, in partnership with the Hannah Winthrop DAR and the American Ancestors Research Center, 99 - 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Free to the public. Join archivist and historian Carolyn Ravenscroft to learn about a new project to uncover the identities of Duxbury women who sailed from 1809 - 1890. Register here:  https://my.americanancestors.org/1223/1304 

November 13, Wednesday, 7pm, African American Soldiers and Sailors of New Hampshire During the American Revolution, at the Old Webster Courthouse, 6 Court Street, Plymouth, New Hampshire. Presented by Glenn Knoblock. Free to the public.
November 13, Wednesday, 7pm, A History of the New Hampshire Presidential Primary, at the Kensington Library, 126 Amesbury Road, Kensington, New Hampshire. Presented by John Gfroer.  Free to the public.

November 14, Thursday, 6pm, Atlas of Boston History, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Nancy Seasholes, Jim Vrabel, Robert Allison, and Richard Garver present a new comprehensive history of Boston.  Pre-talk reception at 5:30. Free to the public, please register at www.masshist.org  

November 14, Thursday, 6pm,  75th Anniversary of D-Day, In partnership with the English Speaking Union and the American Ancestors Research Center, 99 - 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Featuring historian Nigel Hamilton.  $30 per person, register here: https://my.americanancestors.org/1137/1349

November 14, Thursday, 6:30pm, The Sugar Planters of Brattle Street, at the Longfellow House, 105 Brattle Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts.  The Vassall family and their relatives enslaved thousands of people on their sugar plantation in Jamaica, using their fortune to build this house in Cambridge.  Presented by Caitlin Galante DeAngelis Hopkins of Harvard University. Space is limited, so call 617-876-4491 or email long_reservations@nps.gov to reserve your spot!

November 15, Friday, 10:15am, New England Lighthouses and the People Who Kept Them, at the Community Church of Durham, 17 Main Street, Durham, New Hampshire. Hosted by the Durham Newcomers Unlimited Club, and presented by lighthouse historian Jeremy D’Entremont. Free to the public.

November 16, Saturday, 10am - noon, Kids Do Family History Genealogy Workshop, at the New Hampshire Historical Society, 30 Park Street, Concord, New Hampshire. $10 members, $12 non-members. Children must be accompanied by an adult, suitable for kids 5 -12 but all ages are welcome. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Please call 603-856-06535 to register and pay by phone. 

November 16, Saturday, 10am, New Visitor Tour of the American Ancestors Research Center, 99 - 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Free tour of the library.  Non members welcome. Tour attendees are welcome to use the library after the tour. No registration necessary.

November 16, Saturday, noon, Locating Vital Records in Poland Using Online Resources, at the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Bristol Chapter meeting at the Somerset Public Library, 1464 Country Street (Route 138), Somerset, Massachusetts.  Business meeting at 11am, presentation at noon. Free to the public. Presented by Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz. 

November 16, Saturday, noon, Genealogical Resources in Digital Commonwealth Collections, hosted by the Essex Society of Genealogists at the Centre Congregational Church, 5 Summer Street, Lynnfield, Massachusetts.   There will be a BYO lunch and social hour from noon - 1pm, followed by the featured speaker, Jean Maguire.  Free to the public. Visitors are welcome. 

November 16, Saturday, 1 – 4pm, Genealogy Workshop: Writing Your Family History, at the Folsom Tavern, 164 Water Street, Exeter, New Hampshire.  Tickets available at www.independencemuseum.org Presented by Penny Stratton, retired publishing director at NEHGS. 

November 16, Saturday, 1pm, The Middlesex Canal and Lowell, at the UMass Lowell Center for Lowell History, 40 French Street, Lowell, Massachusetts.  Presented by J. Jeremiah Breen, president of the Middlesex Canal Association.  Free to the public. 

November 16, Saturday, 1:30pm, “Richard William Daniels, the Marrying Barber: A DNA Case Study from the John Daniels of New London, CT Project with Keith Wilson, at the Connecticut Society of Genealogists Library, 175 Maple Street, East Hartford, Connecticut.  https://ctfamilyhistory.com/event/richard-william-daniels-the-marrying-barber-a-dna-case-study-from-the-john-daniels-of-new-london-ct-project-with-keith-wilson/  

November 17, Sunday, 2 – 4pm, Read All About It!  Techniques to Find Your Ancestors in the Newspapers, at the Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Free to the public. Presented by NEHGS genealogist Melanie McComb. 

November 17, Sunday, 2pm, New England Witchcraft Tales, at the Bridgewater Senior Center, Bridgewater, Massachusetts.  Free to the public. Presented by Roxie Zwicker.

November 17, Sunday, 3pm, Old York’s 2019 Dessert and Lecture Series: 18th Century Shoes, at the Old York Historical Society, 3 Lindsay Road, York, Maine. Tickets at www.oldyork.simpleteix.com  Presented by Kimberly Alexander of UNH.  $18 non-members, $15 members.

November 18, Monday, 6:30pm, Poor Houses and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers, at the Rochester Public Library, 65 South Main Street, Rochester, New Hampshire.  Presented by Steve Taylor. Free to the public.

November 19, Tuesday, 5:15pm, Murder at the Manhattan Well: The Personal and the Political int eh Election of 1800, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts.

November 19, Tuesday, 7pm, Google Earth for Genealogists: Time Travel with Google Earth, at the American Legion Post 129, Gardner, Massachusetts.  Join the Central Massachusetts Society of Genealogists for an informative webinar from Lisa Louise Cook, host of the Genealogy Gems podcast.  Free to the public.

November 20, Wednesday, 6pm, Plymouth Colony First Lady Penelope Winslow: Reconstructing a Life Through Material Culture, at the American Ancestors Research Center, 99 - 101 Newbury Street, Boston.  Free to the public. Presented by author Michelle Marchetti Coughlin.  Register here:  https://my.americanancestors.org/1223/1305

November 20, Wednesday, 7:30pm, Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter, at the Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George Street, Medford, Massachusetts.  Kerri Greenidge of Tufts University will speak about her forthcoming book.  William Monroe Trotter (1872 – 1934) was the Harvard educated editor of the Guardian newspaper in Boston. $10 for non-members.

November 21, Thursday, noon, Newburyport 101: Urban Renewal:  Demolition or Restoration?  at the Museum of Old Newbury, 98 High Street, Newburyport, Massachusetts. This lecture is led by Ghlee Woodworth. Space is limited and advance registration is required info@newburyhistory.org or 978-462-2681.  Please bring a bag lunch. 

November 21, Thursday, 5:15pm, Mary Church Terrell’s Intersectional Black Feminism, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Presented by Alison M. Parker of the University of Delaware, with comment from Kerri Greenidge of Tufts University.

November 21, Thursday, 6pm,  George Howe Colt with The Game: Harvard, Yale, and America in 1968, at the American Ancestors Research Center, 99 - 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Cost $19.50 includes guaranteed seat and signed paperback book, $12.50 general admission.  Register here: https://my.americanancestors.org/1137/1237  

November 21, Thursday, 7pm, New England’s Colonial Meetinghouses and their Impact on American Society, at the Grantham Town Hall – Lower Level, 300 NH Route 10 South, Grantham, New Hampshire. Presented by Paul Wainwright. Free to the public.

November 23, Saturday, 11am, Songs of Emigration: Storytelling through Traditional Irish Music, at the Olivia Rodham Memorial Library, 1 Nelson Common Road, Nelson, New Hampshire. Presented by musician Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki on fiddle and guitar. Free to the public.

November 23, Saturday, 1pm, Holyoke Canal Walking Tour, meet up at the Dwight Street at the Upper Corner of Holyoke Heritage Park in Holyoke, Massachusetts.  We will walk to various historic points along the canals. Free to the public.

November 23, Saturday, 1pm, Using DNA in Family History Research, at the New Hampshire Historical Society, 30 Park Street, Concord, New Hampshire, in partnership with the New England Historic Genealogical Society.  Presented by Tom Dreyer. Cost $35 members, $50 Not Yet Members.  Register here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/using-dna-in-family-history-research-genealogy-workshop-registration-67875837457

November 25, December 2, 9, 16, and 23, at 5:15pm, Five Session Genealogy Classes, at the North Adams Public Library, in North Adams, Massachusetts.  Topics include Ancestry, FamilySearch, Ellis Island records using StevenMorse.org, naturalization and citizenship, and the US Census records.  To register contact the North Adams library at 413-662-3133 ext 13. 


Future Events:


March 14 and 15, 2020, History Camp Boston, https://historycamp.org/


May 21, 2020, Thursday, noon – 5pm, Welcome Home, Mayflower II, at Pilgrim Memorial State Park, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Come celebrate the return of the newly restored Mayflower II to her home berth in Plymouth harbor.  The celebrations will continue all Memorial Day weekend.


April 14, 2021 – April 17, 2021, NERGC 2021 (The New England Regional Genealogical Conference), at the Mass Mutual Center, 1277 Main Street, Springfield, Massachusetts. http://nergc.org/  

Friday, October 25, 2019

Funny Photo from Spain - Vintage Family Photo Friday


What's going on here?  This funny photo from Puerto Seguro, Salamanca, Spain was found in a cousin's family album.  It dates from the 1950s or 1960s. It is similar to other funny photos at this link:   https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2014/09/friday-funny-found-in-spain.html

We can only identify one of the men in this photo.  The man to the far right is Vincent's "Tio Joaquin" Joaquin García (16 January 1904 - 6 August 1975), brother of his grandfather, José Manuel García.

These types of photos remind us that our ancestors had fun, just like us!

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Funny Photo from Spain -  Vintage Family Photo Friday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 25, 2019, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2019/10/funny-photo-from-spain-vintage-family.html: accessed [access date]).

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Please Volunteer for the Honor Roll Project for Veterans Day 2019

World War I Honor Roll
Dunbarton, New Hampshire


Please join me in the Honor Roll Project.  Volunteers are taking photos of war memorials and honor rolls, posting them on their blogs and websites, and transcribing the names of all the people listed.  These transcriptions make the names available for search engines, and the names will be available for people searching for family, ancestors and friends.

I started this project in 2010 with the photos of the Londonderry Civil War monument, and then followed with the other war monuments on the town common, Derry’s MacGregor Park and other local honor rolls.  Other bloggers and photographers were invited to participate.  We now have contributions from nearly all the United States, and from five other countries.  The email and comments I have read are truly inspiring, and it makes it well worth the effort to transcribe names when you read how family members found their fathers and grandfathers online, or how families searching their family trees find ancestors who served in the Civil War or World War I. 

"I never knew my ancestor was in the Civil War until I Googled his name and found it on your blog! Thanks so much for your project - Charles Chase" 13 Dec 2011

" Thank you! Aina Bernier- daughter of Ernest Albert Bernier, Jr." 27 Jan 2011

If you would like to participate this year, I will be posting a compilation post of all the participating bloggers on Veteran's Day, Monday, November 11th.  All contributions will be permanently available on the Honor Roll Project website at https://honorrollproject.weebly.com/    Every November for Veteran’s / Armistice Day I publicize this project for more volunteers and contributors, and again in May I publicize the project for Memorial Day .

To participate, leave me a comment below or an email at vrojomit@gmail.com   All you need to do is photograph a local honor roll or war monument, and transcribe the names.  If you have a blog, post the story, photos and transcriptions and send me the permanent link for the Honor Roll Project.  If you don’t have a blog, I can post the photo and names for you and add it to the Honor Roll Project, giving you full credit for the photography and transcription.  Or contact your favorite genealogy blogger, and they would be happy to post your photo and transcription, too. 

This is a simple way of saying “Thank You” to all the veterans in our communities- past and present. 

The Honor Roll Project Page:  https://honorrollproject.weebly.com/  

Happy Birthday, Papa!


My Grandfather, Donald Munroe Wilkinson
23 October 1895 - 24 July 1977

He was born in Salem, Massachusetts, the son of Albert Munroe Wilkinson and Isabella Lyons Bill.  He graduated from Salem High School, where he lived at 4 Loring Avenue. His first job was for the Salem Safe Depostit and Trust Company as a messenger, and then for the Salem Savings Bank as a bank clerk.  Later he was the shipping inspector at the United Shoe Machinery Corporation in Beverly.  He married Bertha Louise Roberts on 26 November 1926.  He raised his family of three boys at 7 Dearborn Avenue, which was his father-in-law's house, and later the house where I grew up.  After retirement Papa and Grammy Wilkinson removed to Long Beach, California. 

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Happy Birthday, Papa!", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 23, 2019, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2019/10/happy-birthday-papa.html: accessed [access date]). 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Book Your Historical New England Thanksgiving Dinner 2019 Now!

Thanksgiving Dinner at Plimoth Plantation 2017


Every year thousands of visitors and New England residents are disappointed to learn that they are too late to reserve an historic Thanksgiving dinner at Plimoth Plantation and other historic sites.  Now is your chance to book a seat!  Don't procrastinate, but reserve your dinner now.  Next year for 2020 (the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower Voyage) will be even more difficult to find a reservation, and 2021 (the 400th anniversary of the famous First Thanksgiving) will be even harder! 

Expect to have traditional turkey and all the fixings at these dinners, but check their websites for more information on the details.  For special diets and allergies I suggest you contact each venue directly.  Some will be historic, with costumed servers and interpreters, and others will be more fine dining events.  Ask questions if you expect to have a full, authentic Pilgrim experience! 



Thanksgiving Dinner Special Events (these sell out, so make reservations early!):

November 2, 9, 16, 23, 24, 27, 5:30pm, New England Harvest Feast, at Plimoth Plantation museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts. This is a family style dinner with pre-assigned seating.  Tickets are adults $70 and children under 12 $50 (member prices, too) Price includes two day admission and all taxes and fees pertaining to the meal.  Call 800-262-9356 ext 8353 with questions or email tdixon@plymouth.org and tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-england-harvest-feast-tickets-59996062839  

November 28, 11am, 1:30pm, 4pm, 6pm, Thanksgiving Day Homestyle Buffet, at Plimoth Plantation museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Prices include museum and taxes. Pre-assigned seating. Adults $80, children under 12 $52 (member adults $60 and children under 12 $38) contact tdixon@plimoth.org  

November 28, 29 11am, 2:30pm, or 6pm, The Story of Thanksgiving Dinner at Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts. This is a plated fine dining experience with costumed interpreters from the museum.  Contact tdixon@plimoth.org  Adults $110, Children under 12 $58 (member rates adults $90, children under 12 $45) See this link for more information https://www.plimoth.org/calendar#/?i=23  

November 28,  11am, Thanksgiving Dinner at the Bullard Tavern, Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts.  Adults $85, children $45 (member adults $65, member children $30) includes village admission.  https://www.osv.org/event/thanksgiving-dinner-at-the-bullard-tavern/  

November 28, 11am, 11:30am, 2pm, 2:30pm, 3pm, 3:30pm, 4pm, 4:30pm, 5pm, Thanksgiving Buffet at the Oliver Wight Tavern, Sturbridge, Village.  Adults $55, Children $27 (member adults $52, children $25).  https://www.osv.org/event/thanksgiving-buffet-at-the-oliver-wight-tavern/  

November 28, various times, Thanksgiving Dinner, at The Salem Cross Inn, 260 West Main Street (Route 9), West Brookfield, Massachusetts.  Make your reservation online or call 508-867-2345.  The Salem Cross Inn is famous for it’s colonial style venue and hearth cooking  https://www.salemcrossinn.com/events/dining-events/thanksgiving/   

Hotel Thanksgiving dinners are available at these fine Boston establishments https://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/boston-thanksgiving.html  

A list of venues for Thanksgiving dinner in the seacoast New Hampshire region: https://www.goportsmouthnh.com/what-to-do/holiday-happenings/thanksgiving-in-portsmouth/  

This is a list of venues for Thanksgiving in the seacoast Maine region: https://www.captainlord.com/thanksgiving-and-christmas-dinner-in-kennebunkport  

A list of several other great locations in New England for a great Thanksgiving feast  https://www.tripsavvy.com/best-places-to-eat-thanksgiving-dinner-in-new-england-4153431   

A list of New England Inns and Resorts with special Thanksgiving packages: https://www.newenglandinnsandresorts.com/offers/thanksgiving  and also at https://www.newenglandinnsandresorts.com/inspiration/the-blog/12-new-england-thanksgiving-getaways   

Check out this list of Thanksgiving Dinner events in Massachusetts, too https://www.massvacation.com/explore/holidays/thanksgiving/

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Book Your Historical New England Thanksgiving Dinner 2019 Now!", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 22, 2019, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2019/10/book-your-historical-new-england.html: accessed [access date]).

Friday, October 18, 2019

Allen Fuel Oil, Hamilton, Massachusetts - Vintage Family Photo Friday

1916 Harold Allen, Sr. at Allen Fuel Oil in Hamilton, Massachusetts

Harold Allen, Sr. in driver's seat, Hawley Booth Standing circa 1916
Allen Fuel Oil, Hamilton, Massachusetts

Very early in the 20th century my grandfather's brother, Harold Gilman Allen (1896 - 1954) started the Allen Fuel Oil business in Hamilton, Massachusetts.  Later, this business was run by his son Harold, Jr. and my mom's brother, Stanley "Al" Allen, Jr. (1925 - 2003).  I remember visiting the offices on Asbury Street and seeing the fuel trucks around town.

Hamilton was a very small town, and everyone knew Harold and Stan Allen.  I remember at my uncle's funeral, how the minister said that the whole town remembered Uncle Al especially those who needed fuel oil on cold winter mornings, or those whose tanks ran dry in the middle of a cold snap. It was not the first time that I was proud of this family business, and reminded of how many people in town depended on their prompt and courteous service.

1940 Harold Allen, Jr. at Allen Fuel Oil

1941 Harold Allen, Jr. at Allen Fuel Oil

1960s, Allen Fuel Oil, Hamilton, Massachusetts. 


The photo at the top, from 1916 is from the Hamilton Historical Society, and can be viewed online at the Digital Commonwealth Collections Online at   https://www.digitalcommonwealth.org/search/commonwealth:0r96g618c   

My Allen lineage:
https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2012/09/surname-saturday-allen-of-manchester.html

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Allen Fuel Oil, Hamilton, Massachusetts - Vintage Family Photo Friday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 18, 2019, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2019/10/allen-fuel-oil-hamilton-massachusetts.html: accessed [access date]).

Thursday, October 17, 2019

New England Food - Drive Thu Honor System Jam Stand

The Little Red Convertible at Schartner's Jam Stand in North Conway, New Hampshire
There are roadside stands selling food all over New England.  Of course you can find the usual vegetable stands in the summer, but stands selling eggs, milk, honey, and syrup are also very common almost all year round. I've even seen pie stands, artisan breads, and of course fruit.  Some work on the honor system, with a coffee can or cigar box out to collect the money.  This system has worked for dozens of years, and I'm glad it is able to continue.

The newest twist on this seems to be "drive-thru" roadside stands.  The most unusual one I saw this summer was the "Jam Stand" in North Conway.  Perhaps the popularity of drive-thru fast food has spawned this unusual phenomenon?  It is very handy, and fun!  And a self-service stand lets the farmers and bakers stay in the field or kitchen instead of spending all day manning a roadside stand.

Schartner Farm in North Conway, New Hampshire is a pick your own strawberry farm.  The strawberry season is short, but the farm offers a drive-thru honor stand for all types of jams and jellies year round.  This unique little shop is located on West Road not far from Diana's Baths and Cathedral Ledge.  Check out the photos!






Schartner Farm
3181 West Road
North Conway, New Hampshire
603-356-6160

Schartner Farm Facebook page:   https://www.facebook.com/SchartnerFarmsNorth/ 

Schartner Farm location in Exeter, Rhode Island

2017 News story:
https://www.providencejournal.com/news/20170609/schartner-farms-to-open-drive-through-shop-for-berries-and-jam 

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "New England Food - Honor System Food Stands", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 17, 2019, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2019/10/new-england-food-honor-system-food.html: accessed [access date]).

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Dress Like a Pilgrim

At this year's Board of Assistants meeting in Denver, Colorado for the General Society of Mayflower Descendants many of the attendees chose to come "Dressed as a Pilgrim".  I was jealous, and wished I had brought my pilgrim outfit, too.  After spending a lot of time and money putting it together, I'm trying to find as many chances as possible to wear it, not just for the commemorative events happening next year.

The New Hampshire Mayflower Society has chosen to have a Pilgrim Book Project for the year 2020 (the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower in 1620) where volunteer members will read children's books at their local New Hampshire public libraries.  Many of these volunteers are enthusiastically dressing like Pilgrims.  We will be reading some of the 8 chosen books at story times, and if the local library doesn't own a copy of these books we will be donating them to the library. It is a fun and easy way to share our Mayflower heritage with the children of New Hampshire.  I look forward to reading books in the Manchester area, in my costume.

Anne Vadakin of New Hampshire
Last year our New Hampshire Mayflower Society deputy Governor Anne Vadakin spoke to our members about how to put together an authentic Pilgrim outfit.  She had many good ideas for cobbling together an outfit that looked authentic, without perpetuating the myth of Pilgrims wearing black or buckles on their hats.

This year, Jim Battles, from the re-enactment group "Mayflower Guard" (a ceremonial color guard for the GSMD) spoke to the GBOA about the importance of proper Pilgrim apparel.  He has put together the "Dress Like a Pilgrim" page at the GSMD website, and on video he has described what these 17th century settlers would have worn.  He is very specific about his Pilgrim attire, and you can choose how authentic you might want to be with your own costume for 2020.  Because of his specific instructions, he has also put together a procurement guide (see below) so you can find the materials, accessories, or put them together from other modern materials.

Several other state societies have put together guides or webpages for period correct clothing for Mayflower costumes.  One is California, who has an excellent guide (see below) because they were choosing only members with authentic costumes to ride or walk beside their entry in the 2020 Rose Bowl Parade.  No cartoon versions of the Pilgrims allowed!  The Mayflower Society wants to present an authentic look at what our ancestors probably looked like, which is not at all what you probably think!

Jim Battles and I at Denver, Colorado
At the GBOA meeting in Denver, Jim Battles said that when he Googled "Dress Like a Pilgrim" the first few hits were not websites with authentic pilgrim attire.  I'm happy to say that today when I Googled "Dress Like a Pilgrim" the first few hits on the list were from the GSMD, Caleb Johnson, and Plimoth Plantation museum.  However, the ads plastered across the top were for costumes from Amazon, Walmart and Target offering only cartoonish black and grey costumes with the stereotypical steepled hat with the big buckle. No Mayflower passenger ever dressed like this!

Use the links below for choosing colors (black is not authentic because it was too costly for the average 17th century person), fabrics (obviously not polyester), styles, hats and other accessories. If you are not handy with sewing, there are links to places to purchase authentic looking items from the 1600s, too.  A reader gave me a hint on Facebook to try searching the Etsy.com website for great costume pieces.  Thanks, Lisa Pennington!

If you would like a costume but are not interested in sewing your own, GSMD member Vicki Smith is making Pilgrim outfits as a fundraiser. She charges $400, with $100 for the supplies and fabric, and donating the other $300 to the General Society of Mayflower Descendant's project to restore the First Meetinghouse in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  She will make one outfit per month until September 2020, and currently has three costumes lined up for the rest of the year 2019.  If you are interested, please contact Vicki Smith at vicki.smith.1620@gmail.com

Costumes made by Vicki Smith as a fundraiser
for the Plymouth Meetinghouse restoration


For the Truly Curious:

Dress Like a Pilgrim, by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants:
https://www.themayflowersociety.org/blog/dress-like-a-pilgrim

The PDF for the Dress Like a Pilgrim procurement guide:
https://www.themayflowersociety.org/images/Dresss_Like_a_Pilgrim_Procurement_Guide_revised_1-2019.pdf

Dress Like a Pilgrim video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvUdakh67u0

Converting Chukka Shoes video (desert boots become 17th century latchet shoes):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVTaGeZN7rI&t=276s

California Mayflower Society Period Correct Costumes:
https://www.camayflower.org/costume-guidelines.html

The Pilgrim Clothing page from Caleb Johnson's Mayflower History website:
http://mayflowerhistory.com/clothing

Plimoth Plantation Museum's webpage for children:
https://plimoth.org/learn/just-kids/homework-help/what-wear#Pilgrim%20clothing

The Mayflower Guard at the Chicago GBOA meeting, Chicago, Illinois
2008 Plimoth Plantation was our chance to be very authentic



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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Dress Like a Pilgrim", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 15, 2019, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2019/10/dress-like-pilgrim.html: accessed [access date]).

Friday, October 11, 2019

1973 Cathedral of the Pines, New Hampshire - Vintage Family Photo Friday


When I was growing up, my Dad loved to take "mystery rides" in the old Chevy.  He would pack us all in the car for an hour, or for the whole day.  One of these rides took us to Rindge, New Hampshire to visit the Cathedral of the Pines.  This is an open air chapel on 236 acres of gardens and forest, with views of Mount Monadnock behind the altar (see above).  It is a popular spot for meetings, ceremonies, religious services and weddings. 

In 1937 the Sloane family purchased this property, but in 1938 a huge hurricane hit New England and knocked out many of the trees on this property.  However, when the Sloanes saw the trees knocked down, they also saw the beautiful view of Mount Monadnock revealed by the fallen pines.  Then in 1944 one of their sons was killed in World War II. The Sloane family held a memorial service at the clearing overlooking the mountain view, which was the beginnings of the Cathedral in the Pines. 

Mr. Sloan was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, and he requested that each state society send a stone to build an altar at the location where they held the memorial service.  The first Easter Sunrise service was held in 1946 at this altar assisted by the Rev. Roger Floyd of the Baptist Church of East Jaffrey, New Hampshire.  Over 100 townspeople attended.  Later gardens, a bell tower, chapels, and a military cemetery were added to the grounds.  It is a non-denominatinal shrine to military used by people of all faiths. 

In 2008 a huge ice storm devastated New Hampshire and more than 200 pine trees were lost at the Cathedral of the Pines.  They have never been replanted, and it looks very different from these photographs from 1973.  





Cathedral of the Pines
10 Hale Road
Rindge, New Hampshire
https://www.cathedralofthepines.org/ 

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "1973 Cathedral of the Pines, New Hampshire - Vintage Family Photo Friday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 11, 2019, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2019/10/1973-cathedral-of-pines-new-hampshire.html: accessed [access date]).

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Weathervane Wednesday - Open or Closed?

Today's weathervane was photographed in Manitou Springs, Colorado. 



This cute little weathervane resides on the front door step of The Kitchen restaurant in Manitou Springs, Colorado.  We saw it when we went in for lunch, and since we left after closing time at 2pm, we were able to see that the weathervane had a sign on the other side, too!


Click here to see over 400 other weathervanes featured on "Weathervane Wednesday":
https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/search/label/Weathervane%20Wednesday   

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday - Open or Closed?", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 9, 2019, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2019/10/weathervane-wednesday-open-or-closed.html: accessed [access date]).

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

2020 Events for the 400th Anniversary of the Arrival of the Mayflower

More will be published about these and other events in the upcoming issues of the Mayflower Quarterly magazine published by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.  There will be lots of chances for you to participate in family friendly activities.  See the January 2020 Mayflower Quarterly and the GSMD website https://themayflowersociety.org  for reservations and event information.  These spaces will fill up quickly (just like many hotels in Plymouth are already full for September 2020), so plan your 2020 calendar now!  This will be an excellent chance to take a family vacation to Plymouth, Massachusetts to share these once in a lifetime events with your family, children, and grandchildren.


Mayflower 400 Events
January 1st, 2020 – The Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California will feature a float sponsored by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.  See the California Mayflower Society website for more information https://www.camayflower.org/ about special spectator seating, volunteer opportunities to help decorate the float, or donate to the project. 

April 24, 2020 – Opening Ceremony at the Memorial Hall in Plymouth, Massachusetts. 

May 14 - 19 - Mayflower Sails 2020, the Mayflower II will make her maiden voyage to the Charlestown Navy Yard following her 3 year restoration. The 6 day, 5 night maritime festival will comemorate the 400th anniversary of the historic voyage. www.sailingmayflower.org  

May 25 - The Mayflower II opens to the public in her home berth at Plymouth, Massachusetts

June 27 – 28 -  Maritime Salute in Plymouth Harbor with a regatta of wooden ships and other boats.  There will be a lobster bake on the waterfront.  Mayflower II will be saluted.  https://www.plymouth400inc.org/event/official-maritime-salute-to-the-400th-anniversary/  

August 1 – Wampanoag Ancestors Walk – members of the Wampanoag tribes of Massachusetts will march through downtown Plymouth with placards with the names of the original 69 villages of the Wampanoag Nation.  They will stop at designated sites to pay homage to Massasoit and King Philip.  There will be a drum ceremony and reception.  https://www.plymouth400inc.org/event/wampanoag-ancestors-walk/  

September 10 – 14, the Mayflower II will visit Provincetown, Massachusetts   https://provincetown400.com/2020-events  

September 12 – Recreation of the Signing of the Mayflower Compact in Provincetown, welcome ceremony for the Mayflower II.  There will be a Mayflower Gala, and historical re-enactments.

September 13 – Memorial Service, Wreath Laying, ticketed luncheon and concert for descendants in Provincetown

September 14 – Sunrise Toast and Bon Voyage to Mayflower II as she sails from Provincetown back to Plymouth

Sept 14 – The Governor of Massachusetts will hold an Official State House Salute to the 400th Commemoration.  The GSMD members will perform a Pilgrim’s Progress from the Park Plaza Hotel to the statehouse steps. Ticketed Gala at the State House.

Sept. 15 – 18 – The GSMD Mayflower Congress in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
   
Sept. 19 – 20 – The Embarkation Festival – A cultural and arts festival honoring the traditions, food and music of both the original Pilgrim settlers, Wampanoag people, and the diverse immigrants who followed.   https://www.plymouth400inc.org/event/embarkation-festival/  

Oct. 30 – Nov. 1 – Indigenous History Conference and Powwow hosted by Bridgewater State University.  https://www.plymouth400inc.org/event/indigenous-history-conference-powwow/   

Thanksgiving Week 2020

Nov. 20 concerts in Plymouth, Massachusetts and Boston, Massachusetts
Nov. 21  Thanksgiving parade
Nov. 22 “One Small Candle” Ceremony at the Mayflower House, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Nov. 25, Thanksgiving Eve, Illuminate Thanksgiving spectacle in Plymouth, Massachusetts


For the Truly Curious:

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants:  https://www.themayflowersociety.org/  

Plymouth 400 website  https://www.plymouth400inc.org/

Click here for a list of events in the United Kingdom:
https://www.mayflower400uk.org/events/         



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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "2020 Events for the 400th Anniversary of the Arrival of the Mayflower", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 8, 2019, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2019/10/2020-events-for-400th-anniversary-of.html: accessed [access date]).