Thursday, July 7, 2011

Late Summer Genealogy Calendar

Genealogy Club Meeting, 1:30 PM every second Friday of each month at the Rodgers Memorial Public Library at 194 Derry Road, Hudson, NH 603-886-6030 or

Genealogy Club Meeting, 1 p.m. every 3rd Tuesday of each month, at the Kelley Library, 234 Main St., Salem, N.H. in the Beshara Room. The ongoing group explores genealogy topics and use of the library's online resources. 603-898-7064 or
Felton Family Reunion, Peabody, Massachusetts, 16-17 July 2011.   Descendants of Nathaniel, Benjamin or Richard Felton, immigrant ancestors to the New World in the 1600s.  Meeting at the Nathaniel Felton, Senior and Junior Houses in Peabody.  For more information, contact Cora at   See the website at

Massachusetts Genealogical Council, 2011 Annual Meeting and Seminar, Saturday 23 July 2011, 9AM – 4:30 PM, LaCava Center at Bentley University, Waltham, Massachusetts   Continental Breakfast and lunch included with lectures, workshops and an annual meeting of the MGC. Registration Fee.

Historic Paint Materials and Methods at the Canterbury Shaker Village, 23 July 2011, 9:30 AM, 288 Shaker Road, Canterbury, New Hampshire.  A workshop and presentation on the history, manufacture and use of house painting pigments and binders in the 18th and 19th centuries.  Get hands on experience grinding pigments into oil, and make a paint sample board to take home.  Fee $115.  603-783-9511

Haunted Pubs of Portsmouth Walk, 24 July 2011, 12PM, 22 Deer Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  $20 p/p plus gratuities, reservations required.  Tour taverns from the Revolutionary War era right up to the present, each tour begins with a wine tasting of NH made wines.  Ages 21+,  phone 603-422-9500  
The Taylor Family Reunion, 2011 will mark the 290th Anniversary of the arrival of Matthew Taylor and Jennet Wilson to Nutfield, (later Derry) New Hampshire.  The reunion will run from July 29- 31st, 2011 at the Upper Village Hall in Derry, across from the First Church.  Please see the website for more information or email Betty Taylor Aube at or Heather Taylor Facey at

Shadows and Stones Cemetery Tour, 30 July 2011, 8PM, Point of Graves Burial Ground, Mechanic Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, explore the graveyard established in 1671, where half the gravestones are from the 17th century.  Listen to stories of burial customs, gravestone symbolism and ghost stories!  $10 adults, $8 for children under 10, 603-422-9500

Icons of History: Objects that Define New Hampshire, through December 31, 2011 at the New Hampshire Historical Society, 6 Eagle Square, Concord, NH. An exhibition of objects reflecting NH’s rich history, character and culture.   Museum admission required, please see the website or call 603-228-6688.  

121st Locke Family Association Reunion, Sunday August 5 -7, 2011, held at the Best Western Wynwood Hotel, at the Traffic Circle in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Friday workshop on genealogy at the Lane Library in Hampton and evening Dinner, Saturday LFA Business meeting and catered lunch, trip to the Tuck Museum in Hampton and dinner at Newick’s, Sunday wreath laying ceremony at the Locke Burial Ground in Rye.

The 31st Towne Family Reunion and Annual Meeting, August 13 – 15, Salem, Massachusetts. For the descendants of William and Joanna (Blessing) Towne who came to America from Great Yarmouth, England and settled in Salem, MA about 1635. Head-quartered at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem. The hospitality room will open Saturday evening, and there will be a banquet Sunday evening. The business meeting will be at a Monday morning breakfast. Monday afternoon we will spend at the Nurse Homestead, where we will have a picnic box lunch. Additional activities are planned for the three days and will be announced here and in future issues of “About Towne”. If you have questions, please contact or see the website

Vintage Baseball Triple Header, Saturday, August 13, 11AM – 4PM, at the Spencer, Peirce Little Farm at 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, MA.  FREE, no reserved seating, weather permitting, so call ahead 978-462-2634.  Baseball with the 1861 rules (underhand pitching, no gloves, etc)  Grass field seating, bring blankets or lawn chairs.  Essex Base Ball Club, Cincinnati Red Stockings, Melrose Pondfielders, and the Ipswich Brewers.
Londonderry Old Home Day Celebration, August 17 -21, 2011. A five day event including concerts, movies, fireworks, parade, baby contest, a 5K road race, children’s games, and a townwide celebration on the town common. See the website for a complete schedule and photos of previous Old Home Days. Londonderry is one of less than a dozen communities that have faithfully observed Old Home Day on the third weekend in August since 1899.

Historical Baking: An Archaeological Perspective, 25 August 2011, 6PM, Canterbury Shaker Village,  A discussion of types of ovens and breads made by the earliest French and English colonists in North America (1540- 1640).  Learn about making and sample historical breads such as “cheate breade” from England, “pain brie” from France, and the international “ship’s biscuit”.  Take home recipes and leaven (sourdough starter) to bake these at home.  288 Shaker Road, Canterbury, New Hampshire, 603-783-9511
Tracing Lincoln’s Steps” Walking Tour, Saturday, August 27, 2011, 10:30 AM – noon, the Manchester Historical Society will re-trace Abraham Lincoln’s steps as he disembarked a train in the Millyard to give an important speech in Smyth Hall, slept overnight in a hotel on Elm Street, and toured the Millyard the next day. $5 members, $10 general public

A Preservation Case Study, 27 August 2011, 10AM, by Historic New England, 29 Main Street, New Ipswich, New Hampshire, a behind the scenes tour of the Barrett House Barn stabilization project.  Bring your mud boots and a flashlight.  Free to Historic New England members, $3 non-members  617-994-6675

Portsmouth Peace Treaty Day,  5 September 2011, Statewide program commemorating the signing of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty that ended the Russo-Japanese War of 1905.. Highlights around Portsmouth include a salute by the Navy at the Naval Shipyard followed by bell ringing throughout the area and beyond at 3:47PM.  A talk on Theodore Roosevelt’s Nobel Peace Prize and the citizen diplomacy of the people of New Hampshire in 1905.  Phone 603-226-2312
Autumn Muster in the Mountains, September 8 – 11, 2011 at the Mount Washington Auto Road, Pinkham Notch, NH  An annual re-enactment of the Revolutionary War, Native American and Mountain Men.  This event includes a demonstration day for school children and the general public, competitions with period weapons, period crafts and cooking.  For more information contact Bob Ross, 603-466-5062 or email

Family Research Day, Saturday, September 10, 2011, 8:30 – 4 PM, Lynnfield Family History Center, 400 Essex Street, Lynnfield, MA.  FREE.  A full day of workshops, lectures and well known speakers.  ESOG and MSOG will have tables, and several speakers will bring books for sale.  Tickets required, proceeds to benefit local non-profit organizations.  Registration is required, please see the website    This is a wildly popular event, and tickets sell out!  Register early!

Copyright 2011, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

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