Programs & Events Calendar

All programs and events are held at the New Hampshire Historical Society's headquarters building, located at 30 Park Street, Concord, unless otherwise noted.

Monday and Tuesday, April 23 and 24, 2018
Workshop: Connecting Your Collections to Teachers and Students

This two-day workshop, presented by the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), is for museum educators, directors, tour guides, or volunteer managers charged with creating meaningful educational programming. Cost is $230 AASLH members and $345 nonmembers. Register before March 23 and save $40. For more information and to register, visit AASLH.

Thursday, April 26, 2018, 6 p.m.
Spring Lecture Series: Natural Disasters in the Granite State -- SOLD OUT
20 Storms That Altered the New Hampshire Landscape

New Hampshire has seen an incredible variety of damaging storms, some of which have changed communities forever. From floods to tornadoes to hurricanes, the Granite State has seen it all . . . except volcanoes and tsunamis! Join WMUR meteorologist Kevin Skarupa as he describes nearly 20 storms that have altered and shaped New Hampshire’s landscape over the past two centuries. Spanning the 1821 tornado all the way through the 2006 floods, this talk will explore the unpredictable New England weather and the way it has impacted the world around us. This program is sold out.

Thursday, May 3, 2018, 6 p.m.
Spring Lecture Series: Natural Disasters in the Granite State -- SOLD OUT
White Mountain Forest Fires

With over 100,000 acres of timberland, the White Mountains have long been subject to forest fires as part of a natural cycle of destruction and rebirth. Intense logging practices in the latter part of the 19th century changed the ecology of the mountains, though, and made them more susceptible to massive firestorms causing unprecedented damage. In 1903 over 85,000 acres of the White Mountains burned in a series of fires that threatened entire communities and overwhelmed the haphazard fire suppression efforts available at that time. The fires prompted calls for forest protection and conservation from organizations like the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire’s Forests and the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association, leading directly to the Weeks Act and the creation of the White Mountain National Forest. Naturalist and forest firefighter David Govatski  will explore historic White Mountain fires starting in the 1800s and the efforts to both contain them and learn from them. This program is sold out.

Saturday, May 5, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
New Hampshire Historical Society Annual Meeting

The New Hampshire Historical Society's 2018 annual meeting features historian John A. Hodgson presenting "Discovering Richard Potter's Life Story: Doing History in New Hampshire Archives," a talk based on Hodgson's new book Richard Potter: America's First Black Celebrity, and a performance of "The Magic of Richard Potter" by historical magician and interpreter Robert Olson. Admission to this members-only event is free; a buffet lunch is available for $12 per person (lunch is optional). Members will receive an invitation by mail. As seating is limited, advance registration is required by April 30. Register with a credit card online at Eventbrite.com or call 603-856-0621.

Thursday, May 10, 2018, 6 p.m.
Spring Lecture Series: Natural Disasters in the Granite State -- SOLD OUT
Thirty-Eight: The Hurricane That Transformed New England

The most destructive weather event to ever hit New England, the Hurricane of 1938 took most people in the region by surprise when it hit on a September day. Killing 600 people, flattening thousands of acres of trees, and leaving in its wake damages estimated in the billions in today’s dollars, the hurricane left its mark on New England for decades to come. In this talk, historian and author Stephen Long recounts the harrowing tale of this massive storm and the remarkable response to it from a society still mired in the Great Depression. This program is sold out.

Saturday, May 12, 2018, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Guided Gallery Tours

Enjoy a guided tour of the New Hampshire Historical Society’s historic Park Street building and exhibitions led by a member of the Society’s education or volunteer docent staff. Find out more about New Hampshire’s “Temple of History” and hear stories about the objects on display. From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshire Historical Society show you things you can’t see anywhere else. Guided gallery tours are 45 minutes long and are appropriate for visitors of all ages. The tour is included in the price of paid admission for adult and family audiences. New Hampshire Historical Society members are admitted for free. Reservations are not accepted. Availability is on a first-come-first-served basis, and tours are capped at 12 people. To schedule a guided tour for an adult group of 12 or more people, see our group tours page or contact Assistant Director of Education and Public Programs  Jenn Walton at jwalton@nhhistory.org or 603-856-0645. Youth and school groups of any size must schedule a guided visit in advance.

Thursday, May 15, 2018, 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Homeschool Open House

Granite State homeschool families are invited to an afternoon of hands-on learning at the New Hampshire Historical Society. Join us for a different program every half hour between 1 and 4 p.m. Hear stories about the Old Man of the Mountain, New Hampshire’s state symbols, and how the colonists lived. There will also be plenty of time for arts and crafts, games, and exploring the Discovering New Hampshire exhibition to see museum objects from the Society’s collections of over 33,000 artifacts preserving New Hampshire history. This open house is geared toward learners ages 6 to 11, but all ages are welcome. Drop in for a half hour or stay the afternoon! There is no charge for this program, and registration is not required.

Friday, May 18, 2018, at noon
Guided Gallery Tours

Enjoy a guided tour of the New Hampshire Historical Society’s historic Park Street building and exhibitions led by a member of the Society’s education or volunteer docent staff. Find out more about New Hampshire’s “Temple of History” and hear stories about the objects on display. From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshire Historical Society show you things you can’t see anywhere else. Guided gallery tours are 45 minutes long and are appropriate for visitors of all ages. The tour is included in the price of paid admission for adult and family audiences. New Hampshire Historical Society members are admitted for free. Reservations are not accepted. Availability is on a first-come-first-served basis, and tours are capped at 12 people. To schedule a guided tour for an adult group of 12 or more people, see our group tours page or contact Assistant Director of Education and Public Programs  Jenn Walton at jwalton@nhhistory.org or 603-856-0645. Youth and school groups of any size must schedule a guided visit in advance.

Saturday, June 9, 2018, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Guided Gallery Tours

Enjoy a guided tour of the New Hampshire Historical Society’s historic Park Street building and exhibitions led by a member of the Society’s education or volunteer docent staff. Find out more about New Hampshire’s “Temple of History” and hear stories about the objects on display. From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshire Historical Society show you things you can’t see anywhere else. Guided gallery tours are 45 minutes long and are appropriate for visitors of all ages. The tour is included in the price of paid admission for adult and family audiences. New Hampshire Historical Society members are admitted for free. Reservations are not accepted. Availability is on a first-come-first-served basis, and tours are capped at 12 people. To schedule a guided tour for an adult group of 12 or more people, see our group tours page or contact Assistant Director of Education and Public Programs  Jenn Walton at jwalton@nhhistory.org or 603-856-0645. Youth and school groups of any size must schedule a guided visit in advance.