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Saturday, February 23, 2019, 1 to 4 p.m.
Workshop: The Old House Speaks, or Researching Historic Homes in New Hampshire

Ever wonder about the history of your house and the people who lived there? This practical workshop helps researchers learn more about historic structures in New Hampshire, particularly the old homes that still stand in every Granite State community. Presenters Bill Veillette (executive director of the Northeast Document Conservation Center) and James L. Garvin (retired state architectural historian) demonstrate the variety of resources available to learn about New Hampshire houses, provide tips on how to approach research, and offer examples of how to “connect the dots” to create a compelling story of a historic house and its occupants, including deciphering the architectural clues found in every old house about the nature of its construction and the details of its physical features. This workshop is offered in association with the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance. The cost is $35 for New Hampshire Historical Society members or members of the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance and $50 for nonmembers. Register online at, mail in the registration form, or call 603-856-0621 to register by phone and pay with a credit card.

Monday, February 25, and Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Preservation 101 Workshop: Preservation Management and Collections Care

This two-day workshop, offered by the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC), provides a basic introduction to the concepts and standards used to build an effective preservation program. The curriculum covers preservation policies, environmental and storage conditions, care and handling of collection materials, reformatting, emergency preparedness, and program assessment. The instructors will discuss realistic approaches to preservation at small- and medium-sized organizations, and small group work will encourage participants to discuss their own preservation goals together. The cost for this workshop is $150 for members of the New Hampshire Historical Society and $200 for nonmembers. Please note that registration is being handled by the NEDCC. To register, please visit NEDCC’s Current Training Programs page and scroll down to NH–Preservation Management and Collections Care Workshop. Members of the New Hampshire Historical Society should select the “Student” option to receive the member price. If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact NEDCC’s technology and events coordinator Kim O’Leary at or 978-470-1010 ex. 226. Registration deadline is February 18, 2019.

Saturday, March 9, 2019, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Genealogy Workshop: The Scots-Irish in New England

Three hundred years ago, in 1719, a group of sixteen Scots-Irish families established a settlement in Nutfield (later Londonderry), N.H. They were part of a wave of Scots-Irish immigration to New England that would bring thousands of people to the New World. In New Hampshire, the Londonderry settlement became a jumping-off point for what was essentially a Scots-Irish invasion in the eighteenth century. Scots-Irish settlers would become the largest minority group in the colony and would introduce the potato, first planted in Londonderry, to America. Join us for a day-long program with special guest speakers from the Ulster Historical Foundation from Belfast, Ireland, to learn more about the history of the Scots-Irish and conducting genealogical research on Scots-Irish families. Time will also be set aside for Q&A and for some tips on overcoming brick walls in your research. In addition, the Society will present for viewing—for one day only—the Shute Petition, which initiated the Scots-Irish exodus to New England. Space is limited, and registration is required. The cost is $75 for New Hampshire Historical Society members and $125 for nonmembers. Register online at, mail in the registration form, or call 603-856-0621 to register by phone and pay with a credit card.


Wendy Olcott
Membership & Visitor Services Coordinator