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.

Thursday, September 20, 2018, 5 p.m.
Lecture: Revolutionary Portsmouth through French Eyes

Without French military assistance, the American Revolution could very easily have had a different ending. During the critical years from 1780 to 1783, French troops and ships supported American forces throughout New England and the mid-Atlantic states, wearing down British efforts to subdue its former colonies and helping turn the tide in America’s bid for independence. In the fall of 1782, four French ships arrived in Portsmouth to repair and refit. During the nearly five months the ships remained in the area, French officers stayed with Portsmouth families, interacted with suppliers and shipbuilders in the region, and advised local authorities on the construction of defenses for Portsmouth harbor. Documenting their visit in ship logs, journals, and letters, they left a remarkable record of the time they spent in Portsmouth. Join historian Robert Selig of the Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail as he delves into the experiences of these French officers and their impressions of revolutionary New Hampshire. Admission to this program is free thanks to funding provided by the National Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Association.

Friday, September 21, 2018, at 12 noon
Guided Gallery Tour

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, September 22, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Smithsonian Museum Day

The New Hampshire Historical Society is once again participating in Museum Day, an annual celebration organized by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day ticket. Tickets are available through Smithsonian magazine and provide free admission for two people. For more information visit the Museum Day website.

Saturday, September 22, 2018, 10 a.m.
Lecture: Genealogical Resources at the New Hampshire Historical Society

The New Hampshire Historical Society holds a wealth of unique resources related to New Hampshire and New England to support genealogical research into family history. From printed and unpublished family histories and church records to rare manuscripts, the valuable collections at the New Hampshire Historical Society are sure to have information not found elsewhere. Join Library Director Sarah Galligan and learn about how to use different types of sources and where to look for information. This one-hour program is designed for experienced genealogists and novices alike. This program is included in the price of admission to the Society; free for New Hampshire Historical Society members.

Saturday, September 29, 2018, 2 p.m.
New Hampshire Heritage Lecture Series: Why a Telephone Museum in New Hampshire?

Learn how four generations of one family turned a lifelong career in the independent telephone industry into one of New Hampshire’s hidden gems. This presentation by Executive Director Laura French and President/Curator Paul Violette explains how Warner became the home of the New Hampshire Telephone Museum. The New Hampshire Heritage Lecture Series highlights the stories behind the state’s many historic and cultural attractions. This program is included in the price of admission to the Society; free for New Hampshire Historical Society members.

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 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.

Friday, October 19, 2018, at noon
Guided Gallery Tour

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, October 20, 2018, 2 p.m.
New Hampshire Heritage Lecture Series: Remembering World War II with the Granite State’s Wright Museum

The son of a Second World War soldier, David Wright of Worcester, Massachusetts, developed an interest in World War II at a young age. After serving in the Korean War himself, Wright began collecting and restoring World War II vehicles, exhibiting them to the public in traveling exhibitions, parades, and festivals. His dream was to commemorate not just the battle field experiences in World War II but also the lives of those on the home front. In the years since its founding in the early 1990s, the Wright Museum has grown to a collection of more than 14,000 objects documenting life for soldiers and civilians during the war. Michael Culver, the museum’s executive director, recounts the story of one man’s collection and how it has helped the people of New Hampshire remember the Greatest Generation. The New Hampshire Heritage Lecture Series highlights the stories behind the state’s many historic and cultural attractions. This program is included in the price of admission to the Society; free for New Hampshire Historical Society members.

Saturday, October 27, 2018, 2 p.m.
Lecture: “A Great National Painting”: James Walker’s The Battle of Gettysburg

Six years in the making, James Walker’s twenty-foot-long the Battle of Gettysburg debuted in Boston on March 14, 1870. No fewer than five major Boston newspapers lauded the work’s sweep and substance, praising its detail and precision. Indeed, several of the generals depicted in the work vouched for its accuracy—and its pathos. After its first appearance, The Battle of Gettysburg embarked on a cross-country tour with its owner, the historian John Badger Bachelder, who had conducted the initial research and created the sketch upon which Walker based the painting. The popularity of the picture enabled Bachelder to shape popular perceptions of how Americans interpreted the Battle of Gettysburg, perceptions that continue to define it to the present day. A smaller version of the painting, also created by Walker and part of the Society’s collection, is currently on display in the Discovering New Hampshire exhibition. Join art historian Erin Corrales-Diaz, assistant curator of American art at the Worcester Art Museum, as she presents the remarkable story behind these iconic objects and then view the painting itself. This program is included in the price of admission to the Society; free for New Hampshire Historical Society members.

Saturday, November 10, 2018, 2 p.m.
Lecture: Private George Dilboy and the Decisive Battle of World War I

When the Yankee Division was thrown into combat during the terrible summer of 1918, none of its soldiers had more combat experience than Private George Dilboy. Born in the Greek-speaking provinces of the Ottoman Empire, Dilboy had fought in the Balkan Wars as a teenager, and after emigrating to New England, he eagerly volunteered for service in his adopted country shortly before the United States entered World War I. This presentation, given by Professor Dan Breen from Brandeis University on the 100th anniversary of the end of the war, commemorates Dilboy's heroism during that bloody conflict by telling the story of how, in a few moments of astonishing courage, he earned the only Medal of Honor awarded to a New Hampshire resident during the Great War. This program is included in the price of admission to the Society; free for New Hampshire Historical Society members.

Saturday, November 10, 2018, 2 p.m. and 3 p.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.

Friday, November 16, 2018, at noon
Guided Gallery Tour

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, November 17, 2018, 1 to 4 p.m.
Genealogy Workshop: Researching Veteran Ancestors in Colonial Conflicts, the American Revolution, and the War of 1812

Throughout American history, brave men and women have answered the call to serve our country and defend our families. Many of us can claim these courageous citizens as our ancestors. But how do we learn more about their service? In this workshop, presented in conjunction with the New England Historic Genealogical Society, discover valuable tools, tips, and strategies for researching veteran ancestors who served in colonial conflicts, the American Revolution, and the War of 1812. Space is limited, and registration is required. The cost for this workshop is $35 for members of either the New Hampshire Historical Society or the New England Historic Genealogical Society and $50 for nonmembers. To register, visit Eventbrite.com, mail the registration form with payment, or call Member and Visitor Services Coordinator Wendy Olcott at 603-856-0621.

Thursday, November 22, 2018
Thanksgiving Day Holiday

The Society's library and museum will be closed all day. The Society will be open its regular hours of 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, November 23, and Saturday, November 24, 2018. Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 24, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
New Exhibition Opening: Signs of the Times

For more than a century the New Hampshire Historical Society has collected signs that have been part of the landscape and culture of the state of New Hampshire. Some have become iconic symbols of the Granite State, while others are so commonplace as to be barely noticed. Either way, signs have been ever-present throughout the state’s history, whether they are supporting a cause or a candidate, tempting us to buy something, or pointing us where we want to go. In the Society’s new exhibition, discover how signs can also serve as a window into our past and capture a moment from New Hampshire’s history. The exhibition will be on view through October 2019.

Saturday, December 1, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Workshop: Caring for Audiovisual Collections

Audiovisual collections, such as home movies, oral histories, and television and radio broadcasts, bring the past to life using sound and moving images. However, AV material also present unique challenges to individuals, families, and organizations trying to care for them. Most motion picture film, tape, and other AV formats deteriorate quickly and require obsolete equipment to be viewed or listened to. This one-day workshop, presented in conjunction with the Northeast Document Conservation Center, provides participants with an overview of the variety of AV materials stored in organizations and family collections and introduces strategies for their care and digitization. Space is limited, and registration is required. The cost for this workshop is $75 for members and $100 for nonmembers. To register, visit Eventbrite.com, mail the registration form with payment, or call Member and Visitor Services Coordinator Wendy Olcott at 603-856-0621.

Saturday, December 8, 2018, 2 p.m. and 3 p.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.

Friday, December 21, 2018, at noon
Guided Gallery Tour

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.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Christmas Holiday

The Society's library and museum will be closed all day. The Society will be open its regular hours of 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Wednesday, December 26, through Saturday, December 29, 2018.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019
New Year's Day Holiday

The Society's library and museum will be closed all day. Happy New Year!