Friday, November 29, 2019

December 2019 Genealogy and Local History Calendar

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December 3, Tuesday, 6pm, Black & Pink: The Records of Prison Activism and Boton’s LGBTQ Community, at the History Project, 29 Stanhope Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Receptions at 6pm. Reading at 6:30. Free to the public, but tickets are required through Eventbrite.

December 4, Wednesday, 6pm, Henry Beston’s Cape Cod, at the Boston Public Library, Commonwealth Salon, First Floor.  Henry Beston’s book “The Outermost House” inspired the national seashore on Cape Cod.  Presented by author and newspaper editor Don Wilding. Free to the public.

December 5, Thursday, 6pm, A History of the New Hampshire Presidential Primary, at the Lincoln Public Library, 22 Church Street, Lincoln, New Hampshire. Presented by John Gfroer. Free to the public.

December 6, Friday, 7pm, Huzzah! Tavern Nights!  At the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, 306 Congress Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Tickets at  Boston’s only colonial tavern experience!  Revel with Sam Adams, John Hancock, Dorothy Quincy, and other prominent Bostonians. 

December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22, 40th Annual Candlelight Stroll at Strawbery Banke, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Stroll from house to historic house, meet costumed role players and performers.  Complimentary refreshments and hot apple cider. Traditional hearth cooking demonstrations, crafts, and winter projects for kids.  Tickets at

December 7, Saturday, 10:30am, American Girl Doll Tea Party, at the Millyard Museum, 300 Bedford Street, Manchester, New Hampshire. $10 per person includes tour, lunch and a craft. Space is limited, so please reserve your spot by calling 603-622-7531 or go online at  All children must be accompanied by an adult.

December 7 and 14, Saturday, seatings at 11am and 2pm, Colonial Holiday Tea, at the American Independence Museum’s Folsom Tavern at 164 Water Street, Exeter, New Hampshire. All ages welcome, no highchairs available. Reservations required.  

December 7, Saturday, 10am – 4pm, Living History Event: The Noble Train Begins, at Fort Ticonderoga, 102 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga, New York.  Relive Henry Knox’s epic feat as he prepares to move cannons from Ticonderoga to Boston to force the British evacuation in 1776.  Included with admission to the fort.

December 8, Sunday, 11am - 4pm, Lexington Tea Burning, at the Buckman Tavern, Lexington, Massachusetts.  All day event, free to the public.  An annual re-enactment with musket drills, interpretive programs, and music by fife and drum corps.  The tea will be burned at 1:30pm.  Take advantage of the free admission to see the new #Alarmed! exhibit on its final day.  

December 8, Sunday, 1pm, Irish Christmas in America with Oisin MacDiarmada and Seamus Begley, at the Irish Cultural Centre of New England, 200 New Boston Road, Canton, Massachusetts.  Tickets $30 in advance, or $35 on the night

December 8, Sunday, 3pm, Jennie Powers: The Woman Who Dares, at the Congregation Ahavas Achim, 84 Hastings Avenue, Keene, New Hampshire.  Presented as part of the Nathan E. Cohen Lecture Series, this one hour illustrated presentation introduces us to Jennie powers of New Hampshire, who used her camera to document animal cruelty, family violence, and wide-spread poverty in the Monadnock Region from the 1890s- 1920s.  Free to the public.

December 10, Tuesday, 5:15pm, Who was One-Eyed Sarah?, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Tickets at   Free to the public, but registration required. Presented by Gabriel Loiacono of the University of Wisconsin and by Cornelia Dayton of the University of Connecticut.  This essay considers the life of the indigenous nurse in early nineteenth century Providence, Rhode Island.

December 14, Saturday, 10:30am, Recording the Past for the Future, at the Marlborough Public Library, 35 West Main Street, Marlborough, Massachusetts.  Sponsored by the Middlesex Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists.  Presented by Dave Robison.  See this link for more information:

December 14, Saturday, 11am, Mayflower Anniversary- Essex England: Home of the Mayflower?, 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 Linda MacIver.

December 16, Monday, 6:30pm, The 246th Anniversary of the Boston Tea Pary Reenactment, hosted by the Boston Tea Pary Ships and Museum and the Old South Meeting House. Ticket holders can join a colonial meeting at Old South Meeting House at 6:30pm, then join the crowds outside as the Town Crier brings news to the streets (Free to the public), and at 7:30 the public is invited to parade through the streets down to Griffin’s Wharf to destroy the tea!  At 8pm the public is invited to line the shores of Boston Harbor and watch as the “Sons of Liberty” toss the tea from the brig Beaver. (Free to the public with reserved seats for ticket holders). Tickets at this link:

December 17, Tuesday, 6:30pm, The Real Witches of New Hampshire, at the Lane Memorial Library, Hampton, New Hampshire. Join Justine Paradis of NH Public Radio and historian Tricia Peone as they discuss witchcraft in New Hampshire.  Listen also to the 3 part series on witches in the Granite State on NHPR, too.  Free to the public. 

December 18, Wednesday, 7:30pm, Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds: Slavery in New England, at the Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George Street, Medford, Massachusetts. Historian Jared Hardesty will speak about his new book. $10 for non-members. This is a repeat of the program for October 17th.

December 21, Saturday, 2pm, The Real History of Christmas in New England, at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site, 1 Armory Square, Springfield, Massachusetts.  Presented by Dennis Picard. Seating is limited. Please call the museum to reserve your spot.

Future events:

March 14, 2020, Saturday, History Camp Boston, at Suffolk University Law School. 

April 4-5, The 2020 Massachusetts Genealogical Council Seminar:  Origins and Destinations, at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, Lowell, Massachusetts. 

May 1 – 4, Salem Ancestry Days, at Salem, Massachusetts. Do you have ancestors from Salem, Massachusetts? This will be a weekend of lectures, tours and research. More information will be posted soon at 

May 21, 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. 

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