Friday, August 30, 2013

September 2013 Genealogy and Local History Event Calendar

Local Genealogy Club Meetings:

Barrington, NH Genealogy Club, meets the first Wednesday of the month at 6pm at the Barrington Public Library, 105 Ramsdell Lane, Barrington, NH  or email Wendy at

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

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

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

Hudson Genealogy Club, at the Rogers Memorial Library, 194 Derry Road, Hudson, NH  every 2nd Friday of the Month, at 1:30 PM contact 603-886-6030 for more information.  (on summer hiatus until September)

Meredith NH, Genealogy Club

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

North Hampton, NH Genealogy Club, at the North Hampton Public Library, 237A Atlantic Avenue, North Hampton NH 603-964-6326

Rye Genealogy Club, at the Rye Public Library, first Tuesday of the month at 2PM.

RISE Genealogy Group at the Nashua Public Library, Hunt Room, on the first Friday of the month at 1pm  (Rivier College Institute for Senior Education, see )

Southborough, MA Genealogy Club, at the Southborough Library, 25 Main Street, Southborough, MA  508-485-5031 or   Third Thursday of the Month.  See the website for a schedule

Shrewsbury, Massachusetts Genealogy Club, meets third Monday of the month at the Shrewsbury Public Library, contact George C. Brown at 508-841-8531 or


August 30, 9am – 5pm, Free Fun Friday at Plimoth Plantation, 137 Warren Avenue, Plymouth, Massachusetts, sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation, the museum, grist mill and Mayflower II (open until 7pm) will be FREE all day.

September 4, 10am, New Visitor Welcome Tour, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society Library,  99 – 101 Newbury St. Boston, MA.  A FREE orientation and tour of the resources available at NEHGS with over 15  million artifacts, books, manuscripts, microfilms, journals, photographs, records and expert staff.  For more info 617-536-5740

September 5, 12-1pm, Shoulder Your Arms: Colonial Militias in Early Plymouth Colony, a “Lunch & Learn” lecture at Plimoth Plantation Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts, Free for members, $8 non-members.  Learn the role of famous military figures (such as Capt. Myles Standish), and the importance of Colonial arms and armament in early New England.  Bring a lunch or buy one at the Patuxet Café. Please pre-register here

September 7, Saturday, 12:30pm Tell Your Life Story with Eddie Adelman, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 29 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabth, Maine, sponsored by the Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society.  Social Hour at 12:30pm and speaker at 1pm.  Business meeting to follow at about 2:10.

September 7, Saturday, Family Natutical Night at Battleship Cove, Fall River, Massachusetts.  Spend the night on a WWII battleship.  Sleep in the bunks, eat meals in the chow line, and rise and shine to the sound of reveille.  Guests will enjoy all day admission, two meals and the opportunity to participate in shipboard activities.

Further afield in Salt Lake City - for those with Hispanic ancestry
September 9 - 14th, Conferencia Iberoamericana de Genealogia, at 345 W. North Temple,  Brigham Young Salt Lake Center in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.  Free classes to the public Friday September 13th and 14th and preceding the conference will be a four day gathering of genealogists, archivists, and professionals in the field of Hispanic research from September 9th to 12th.  This portion costs $90, register at the website 

September 9, 7pm, Monday, Digging into Native History in New Hampshire, at the Stratham Fire House (Morgera Mtg. Room), 2 Winnicut Road, Stratham, NH, contact the Wiggins Library for more info 603-772-4346.  Abenaki history presented by Robert Goodby who reveals archaeological evidence that shows their deep presence here in New Hampshire.

September 10, 7pm, Tuesday, Harnessing History: On the Trail of New Hampshire’s State Dog, the Chinook, at the Hampstead Public Library, 9 Mary E. Clark Drive, Hampstead, NH.  Contact 603-329-6411 for more information.  FREE to the public.  Bob Cottrell covers the history of Arthur Walden and his Chinooks.  Inquire whether the speaker’s dog will accompany him. 

September 11, 7pm, Wednesday, The Founding Fathers: What were they Thinking?  At the Wadleigh Memorial Library, 49 Nashua St., Milford, NH, contact 603-673-2408 for more information.  FREE to the public. Richard Hesse presents the cast of characters called “founders”, the problems they faced, and the solutions they fashioned.

September 12, 7pm, Thursday, New Hampshire Towns and the Civil War, at the Brentwood Historical Society Museum, 140 Crawley Fall Road, Brentwood, NH, contact 603-679-8635 for more information.  FREE to the public. Jere Daniell discusses the home front during the war, responses to the Civil War, with specific examples from the history of Brentwood.

September 12, 7pm, Thursday, The Capital Crime of Witchcraft:  What the Primary Sources Tell Us, at the Rochester Historical Society, 58 Hanson Street, Rochester, NH, contact 603-330-3099.  Margo Burns presents an array of witch craft prosecutions in 17th century New England, using facsmiles of primary source manuscripts, and cases from Salem as well as New Hampshire, Boston and Connecticut.

September 13, Friday, 1pm All Aboard the Titanic, Rye Congregational Church, 580 Washington Road, Rye, New Hampshire, contact 603-964-6281 for more information. FREE and open to the public.  Ted Zalewski explores the personal experiences of selected passengers and crew, including those with New Hampshire affiliations.

September 14, Saturday, 2pm African American Soldiers and Sailors of the New Hampshire during the American Revolution, at the Discover Portsmouth Center, 10 Middle Road, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, FREE and open to the public, call 603-380-0193 for more information. 

September 15, Sunday, 11:30am, World War II New Hampshire, Deering Community Church, 763 Deering Center Road, Deering, New Hampshire,  A documentary about life in New Hampshire during the war, with interviews, news reel footage, photos and radio reports from the battlefields, with a discussion facilitated by John Gfoerer.  Call 603-529-7764 for more information. FREE and open to the public.

September 19, Thursday, 6:30pm, A Woman That Keeps Good Orders: Women, Tavern Keeping and Public Approval, at the American Independence Museum’s Folsom Tavern, 164 Water Street, Exeter, New Hampshire, 603-772-2622.  A discussion on the regulations, licensing, handing drunks, controlling the flow of information- why would the Colonial era government allow women to run a tavern? Why would a woman want to keep one?  FREE and open to the public.

September 20 -21, First New York State Family History Conference, Holiday Inn and Conference Center, Liverpool, New York (just outside of Syracuse)  For complete details see the website at  Jointly produced by the Central New York Genealogical Society and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society for the first ever statewide genealogical conference in New York State.

September 21, Saturday, Wyman Family Association Meeting and Reunion, at the Francis Wyman House, built in 1666, at 56 Francis Wyman Road,  Burlington, Mass., see for more information

September 21, Saturday, Maine Genealogical Society 2013 Fall conference, at Jeff’s Catering, 15 Littlefield Way, Brewer, Maine.  Featured speaker will be Laura Prescott with a keynote address “How the Internet Makes Us Sloppy Genealogists”.  There will be a number of breakout sessions on a variety of topics. Registration is $40 for MGS members, $50 for non-members (Register before August 23 and enter a chance to win a $50 LL Bean gift card).   For more info see the website

September 28, Saturday, American Canadian Genealogical Society’s 40th Anniversary Celebration.  Speakers will be Dick Eastman, Lucie LeBlanc Consentino, Joe Manning. Stay tuned for details.

September 28, Saturday, New Hampshire Historical Society Museum will offer free admission as part of the 9th annual Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day.  Visitors must present a Museum Day ticket to gain free admission for two.  9:30 am to 5pm at 6 Eagle Square, Concord, New Hampshire.  For more information visit  Regular admission is $5.50 adults, $4.50 seniors, $3 children 6 -18, $17 family maximum.  Call 603-228-6688 for more information.

September 30, Monday, 7:30pm Runaway Wives: When Colonial Marriages Failed, at the Riverwoods, 7 Riverwoods Drive, Exeter, New Hampshire, 603-658-3049, A lecture exploring how 18th century wives tired of the marriage contract could run, but they could not hide. FREE and open to the public.

October 11 and 12, Polish Genealogical Conference, at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut.  $80 early bird, $90 late registration, single day admission also available.  For info see

October 19, 2013, Saturday, 8:45 am – 1pm, Family History Day “Update Your Family History Toolbox”, LDS church, 90 Clinton St, Concord, New Hampshire.  This 6th annual conference is FREE to the public, recommended for ages 12 and over.  For more information contact Martha Methot  603-668-2958. Registration at EventBrite online   You will have a choice of four class sessions, 50 minutes each, from a large conference schedule. 

October 19, Saturday, 1pm – 5pm, Open House to Benefit the Hollis Hisotrical Society, 19 Main Street, Hollis, New Hampshire, across from the Wheeler House Museum.Visit the recently restored Whiting/Poole/Hackett House.  Nine rooms available for the tour after a boiler explosion in 2008 damaged much of the main floor. 603-465-3935, Tickets at $20 per person may be purchased ahead of time. 
October 22, Tuesday, 6:30pm  A Soldier’s Mother Tells her Story, Brookline Public Library, 16 Main Street, Brookline, New Hampshire, with Sharon Wood portraying Betsey Phelps, FREE and open to the public.  Contact Erin Kennedy at 603-673-3330 for more information.

November 7, Thursday, Our National Thanksgiving: With Thanks to President Lincoln & Mrs. Hale, portrayed by Steve and Sharon Wood as Lincoln & Hale, at the Ridge at Riverwoods, 10 White Oak Drive, Exeter, New Hampshire, FREE and open to the public, contact 603-658-1510 for more information.

November 7, Thursday, noon – 1pm, Native Foods, a “Lunch & Learn” lecture at Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts, Free for members, $8 non-members.  Carol Wynne, the Wampanoag Foodways Manager at Plimoth Plantation will discuss Wampanoag foods and how they were grown, used and stored in the 17th century.  Bring a lunch or buy one at the Patuxet Café.  Please pre-register here

November 10, Sunday, 2pm Our National Thanksgiving: With Thanks to President Lincoln & Mrs. Hale, portrayed by Steve and Sharon Wood as Lincoln & Hale, at the Deerfield Community Church, 15 Church Street, Deerfield, New Hampshire, FREE and open to the public, contact Jeanne Menard at 603-463-9869 for more information.

November 12, Tuesday, 6:30pm Our National Thanksgiving: With Thanks to President Lincoln & Mrs. Hale, portrayed by Steve and Sharon Wood as Lincoln & Hale, at the Deerfield Community Church, 15 Church Street, Deerfield, New Hampshire, FREE and open to the public, contact 603-362-5234 for more information.

December 7, Pearl Harbor Day at Battleship Cove, Fall River, Massachusetts. Commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor with a brief ceremony at 12:55pm- the exact hour of the Japanese strike.  The service includes a wreath casting with remarks. Open to the public.

(never too early to plan ahead!)

Tickets are now on sale at Plimoth Plantation for the annual Harvest Dinner with the Pilgrims.  The 2013 dates are Saturdays October 13 – November 23rd, Sunday November 24, Wednesday November 27, Friday November 29 and Saturday November 30.  Tickets go fast!  For reservations and more information please see the webpage:

Also, there is a Thanksgiving Day Buffet on Thursday, November 28th, at four seatings, and a traditional American Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th at several seatings.  See this webpage for reservations and more information:

Tickets are also on sale for Thanksgiving at Old Sturbridge Village.  The Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet and the more traditional Thanksgiving Dinner at the Bullard Tavern like at Plymouth, tickets sell out fast and there are limited seatings.


Copyright 2013, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

1 comment:

  1. Thank you, Heather for posting this information monthly. I just wish I could go to everything. :)