Monday, December 31, 2012

January Genealogy and Local History Calendar

Local Club Meetings

Hudson Genealogy Club, at the Rogers Memorial Library, 194 Derry Road, Hudson, NH  every 2nd Friday of the Month, at 1:30 PM contact Gayle St. Cyr 603-886-6030

Genealogy Roundtable, at the Derry Public Library, 64 East Broadway, Derry, NH  every first Tuesday of the Month, at 1 – 2:30 PM.   contact: Christine Sharbrough 603-432-6140

Greater Lowell Genealogy Club meets at the Pollard Memorial Library, Lowell, MA 10AM to 1PM once a month. 

Newton, NH Genealogy Club- Gale Library, Newton, NH, 603-382-4691, 3PM on the third Wednesday of the month. 

Chelmsford Genealogy Club, at the Chelmsford, MA Public Library, first Tuesday night of the month at 7PM in the McCarthy Meeting Room, contact Judy Sylvia 978-256-5521
Rye Genealogy Club, at the Rye Public Library, first Tuesday of the month at 2PM.

January 2, Wednesday, 7:15pm,  Songs of Old New Hampshire, First Baptist Church, 122 Main Street, Plaistow, NH sponsored by the NH Humanities Council.  Ballads, love songs and comic pieces reveal daily life in the days before movies, and television. FREE.  603-382-5843 for more info.

January 3, Thursday, Noon to 1PM, 1704 Deerfield Captive to Congregational Missionary Interpreter for the Mohawks, at the Congregational Library, 14 Beacon St., Boston, Massachusetts. FREE.  For more information see  Eight year old Rebecca Kellogg was captured and adopted into the Mohawk community in Canada.  She was an interpreter for Rev. Jonathan Edwards when he preached in Stockbridge.

January 8, Tuesday, 7pm, True Stories from New Hampshire’s Black History, at the Hampstead Public Library, 9 Mary E. Clark Drive, Hampstead, NH. 603-329-6411 for more info. Sponsored by the NH Humanities Council. FREE

January 8, 7:30pm, Old Time Rules will Prevail: Fiddle Contests in New Hampshire and New England, at the Exeter Historical Society, 47 Front St., Exeter, NH, 603-778-2335.  FREE.  The history of fiddling contests, along with live sampling of the tunes from the past.

January 9, Wednesday, 10am Using at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston. FREE.  Learn to use the NEHGS website with over 200 million searchable names. See for more information.

January 12, Saturday, 3pm – 6pm Old Newbury Day Open House at the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass, FREE, $5 parking, celebrate the official purchase of the town of Newbury on January 13, 1701 with a tour of the house, hot cider, donuts and then walk to the town sponsored bonfire.

January 16, 6pm – 8pm Getting Started in Genealogy (also January 23 and 30) at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. $30 for all three sessions with genealogist Rhonda McClure. Register online at

January 16, 7pm, All Aboard the Titanic, at the Nesmith Library, 8 Fellows Rd, Windham, NH, sponsored by the Windham Historical Society and the NH Humanities Council.  FREE. A lecture about the experiences aboard the doomed Titanic, including passengers and crew with New Hampshire affiliations.

January 22, Tuesday 11am – 4pm Opening Reception at the West End Museum, for the new exhibit “Connections: Bridges of the West End”  FREE, 150 Staniford Street, Suite 7, Boston.  For more information see

January 23, Wednesday 7pm, Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire, at the Sandown Town Hall, 320 Main St., Sandown, NH, sponsored by the Sandown Public Library and the NH Humanities Council, 603-887-3428.  A talk by Rebecca Rule on her recently published book on the humor, history and characters behind this uniquely New England tradition.  Snow date January 30, 2013.

January 31 – February 2, Winter Weekend Getaway – African American Family History Research, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. $300 for the full program, day rates available.  See for more information.

February 5, Tuesday, Noon to 1pm,  A Free Negro who Also Owned the Covenant with Us, , at the Congregational Library, 14 Beacon St., Boston, Massachusetts. FREE.  For more information see   This discussion addresses African American affiliation with churches in the eighteenth century.

February 6, 6pm – 7:30pm One Colonial Woman’s World: The Life and Writings of Mehetabel Chandler Coit, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society at 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, FREE to the public.  For more information see
February 9, 1:30 pm New Visitor Welcome Tour, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston.  FREE to the public. See the website

February 14, 1pm, Crosscut: A Spoken Documentary, at the Rye Congregational Church, 580 Washington Road, Rye, NH, sponsored by the NH Humanities Council 603-964-6281.  Rebecca Rule will discuss the oral histories of North Country people to tell the story of logging in the Androscoggin Valley in the 1880s through the boom years. FREE

February 15, Friday, 10am Mary Todd Lincoln: Wife and Widow, at the Community Church of Durham, 17 Main St. Durham, NH 603-868-7364, sponsored by the NH Humanities Council.  Join Mary Todd Lincoln as she reflects on her life. FREE

February 19, Tuesday, 7pm, New Hampshire’s One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance and the Reality, at the Merrimack Public Library, 470 DW Highway, Merrimack, NH 603-424-5084. FREE.  A discussion about the lasting legacies of the hundreds of one-room schools that dotted the landscape of New Hampshire.

February 23, 10am – noon, Behind the Scenes in Collections and Conservation, at the Historic New England Facility at 151 Essex Street, Haverhill, Massachusetts.  Free to Historic New England members, $25 nonmembers, $15 Haverhill residents.  Registration is required, please call 617-944-5959.

March 2, Saturday, 8:30 am – 5pm Ancestry Day at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, sponsored by the New England Historic Genealogical Society and  $30 registration fee, $19 parking at the Prudential Center. or email education

March 2, Saturday, 1pm Baked Beans and Fried Clams: How Food Defines a Region, at the Derry Public Library, 64 E. Broadway, Derry, NH  432-6140 A celebration of the regional favorites, and a discussion on the many foods distinctive to New England. FREE

March 4, Monday, 1pm A Visit with Queen Victoria, at the First Baptist Church of Nashua, 121 Manchester St., Nashua, NH  603-886-7201.  Sponsored by the NH Humanities Council.  Sally Mummey performs as her royal highness, to reveal the personal details of a powerful yet humane woman. FREE

March 4, Monday, 2:15pm Vanished Veteran’s- NH’s Civil War Monuments and Memorials, at the Havenwood Heritage Heights Auditorium, 33 Christian Avenue, Concord, NH 603-229-1185.  A discussion on the earliest obelisks, to statues, artillery, murals, cast iron, stained glass and buildings from the 1860s through the 1920s in New Hampshire. FREE

March 6, New Visitor Welcome Tour, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston.  FREE to the public.  See the website

March 6, Wednesday, 6:30pm If I am Not for Myself, Who Will Be for Me?  George Washington’s Runaway Slave, at the Kimball Public Library, 5 Academy Avenue, Atkinson, NH  603-362-5234.  FREE The story of Ona Judge Staines, who ran away from Martha Washington to New Hampshire.  Presented by Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti.

March 8, 6:30pm – 8:30pm The Irish Experience at the Phillips House, 34 Chestnut Street, Salem, Mass.  $10 Historic New England members, $15 nonmembers, Discover the daily lives of the Phillips family’s Irish domestic staff.  Registration recommended, please call 978-744-0440 for additional information.

March 28, Thursday, 2:30pm The Abolitionists of Noyes Academy, at Heritage Heights- Tad’s Place, 149 East Side Drive, Concord, NH  603-229-1266 In 1835 the first racially integrated school was opened in Canaan, NH, but outraged citizens raised a mob that dragged the academy off its foundation and ran the African American students out of town. This is the story of three extraordinary Afrian American leaders, Henry Highland Garnet, Alexander Crummell and Thomas Sipkins Sidney.  FREE

April 17 – 21, New England Regional Genealogical Conference, at the Raddison Hotel and Conference Center, Manchester, NH  For more information see the website

April 21st, Wednesday,10am  FREE Vacation Week Genealogy For Kids Program at the National Archives,  38Trapelo Road, Waltham, Massachusetts.  Participants research their family history with volunteers and staff available to help out.  Reservations are required, please call 866-406-2379 2379 or email

April 21st, Wednesday, 2pm, Behind the Scenes at the National Archives, a 45 minute tour to see original documents of our nation’s history.  Reservations suggested, please call 866-406-2379 or email

Copyright 2012, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

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