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.

Saturday, September 14, 2019, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
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. Guided gallery tours are 45 minutes long and are appropriate for visitors of all ages. The tour is included in the price of admission for adult and family audiences. New Hampshire Historical Society members and children 18 and under are admitted free of charge. To schedule a guided tour for an adult group of 12 or more people, 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, September 20, 2019, 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. Guided gallery tours are 45 minutes long and are appropriate for visitors of all ages. The tour is included in the price of admission for adult and family audiences. New Hampshire Historical Society members and children 18 and under are admitted free of charge. To schedule a guided tour for an adult group of 12 or more people, 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 21, 2019, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A Day Out at Dartmouth: Member Tour

The New Hampshire Historical Society invites you to spend a day at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. This year marks the 250th anniversary of New Hampshire’s oldest and most prestigious college, and we’ll be exploring some of Dartmouth’s treasures, including the recently reopened Hood Museum of Art and an 18th-century archaeological dig on Dartmouth Green. Lunch at the Hanover Inn and a talk by Dartmouth College Archivist Peter Carini is included. Space is limited, and registration is required. The cost for New Hampshire Historical Society members is $55 per person. Nonmembers are welcome to join the group for a fee of $105, which includes a one-year membership to the Society. Register online at Eventbrite.com or call 603-856-0621 and pay with a credit card.

Saturday, September 21, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

The New Hampshire Historical Society is once again participating in Museum Day, an annual celebration hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Guided tours of the Society's building and exhibitions will be offered on the hour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participating museums and cultural organizations across the country provide free admission for two people presenting a Museum Day ticket. For more information about Museum Day, visit Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day.

Saturday, September 28, 2019, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Drawing from the Past: A History Comics Workshop

Join cartoonist Marek Bennett for a hands-on Comics Workshop exploring the wide world of history comics. Using blank paper, pencils, ink, and four basic “storytelling elements,” dig deep into the rich archives of the New Hampshire Historical Society and create eye-catching pages of original artwork that share surprising pieces of the Granite State's unique history. Learn how artists and authors use peer feedback to improve their work and how you can publish your comics to share with friends, family, and new readers. This workshop is recommended for kids ages 10 and older; family groups are encouraged to attend together as children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited, and advanced registration is required. The cost is $10 per child for New Hampshire Historical Society members and $12 per child for nonmembers. Register online at Eventbrite.com; by phone with a credit card at 603-856-0621; or by mail using the registration form.

Saturday, September 28, 2019, noon to 3 p.m.
Live Studio with Marek Bennett

Graphic artist Marek Bennett invites you to spend the afternoon with him as he celebrates the publication of his new book, The Civil War Diary of Freeman Colby, Volume 2. In this volume, the memoir of Henniker’s own teacher-turned-soldier Freeman Colby continues his eyewitness account of a Union soldier during the momentous year of 1863. Bennett will be drawing cartoons, signing books, and sharing stories throughout the afternoon. Admission is free for anyone bearing one of Bennett’s “Save the Date” cards from his summer workshops, for anyone bearing a copy of Volume 2 of Freeman Colby, or for anyone purchasing a copy of one of Bennett’s books onsite that afternoon. For all others, regular admission charges apply. Admission is free for New Hampshire Historical Society members and children 18 and under.

Thursday, October 3, 2019, at 6 p.m.
Lecture: "Democracy Is Not a Spectator Sport"
Location: Concord City Auditorium

Join New York Times best-selling author Kenneth C. Davis for a free public lecture, "Democracy Is Not a Spectator Sport: The Vital Role of Social Studies in Safeguarding Our Rights" at Concord City Auditorium. Creator of the popular Don't Know Much About series, Davis will be speaking on the importance of schools offering dynamic social studies instruction. The Society’s new online statewide social studies curriculum for upper elementary students, entitled “Moose on the Loose: Social Studies for Granite State Kids,” will be previewed at the lecture as well. This curriculum was created by the Society to help halt the marginalization of social studies in the state’s schools. The talk is presented in partnership with New Hampshire Humanities, the New Hampshire Council for the Social Studies, NHPR’s Civics 101, and Gibson's Bookstore. Tickets are available through Eventbrite.com, at Gibson’s Bookstore, and at the New Hampshire Historical Society. Or call 603-856-0644 to have tickets mailed to you.

Saturday, October 12, 2019, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
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. Guided gallery tours are 45 minutes long and are appropriate for visitors of all ages. The tour is included in the price of admission for adult and family audiences. New Hampshire Historical Society members and children 18 and under are admitted free of charge. To schedule a guided tour for an adult group of 12 or more people, 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 12, 2019, at 2 p.m.
Lecture: "A History of the New Hampshire Presidential Primary"

This program, presented by documentary producer John Gfroerer, offers a brief history of the New Hampshire presidential primary, from its origins during the Progressive era of the early 20th century through its evolution to the most important step toward being elected president of the United States. Built around segments from the documentary film, "The Premier Primary, New Hampshire and Presidential Elections," this program focuses on several memorable moments such as Senator Muskie crying in front of the Union Leader office and who paid for Ronald Reagan's microphone. Clips from the documentary are interspersed with discussion and questions. This project was made possible with support from New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Admission is free.

Friday, October 18, 2019, 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. Guided gallery tours are 45 minutes long and are appropriate for visitors of all ages. The tour is included in the price of admission for adult and family audiences. New Hampshire Historical Society members and children 18 and under are admitted free of charge. To schedule a guided tour for an adult group of 12 or more people, 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 19, 2019, at 2 p.m.
Lecture: “300 Years Ago: The Scots-Irish in Provincial New Hampshire”

2019 marks the 300th anniversary of the Scots-Irish migration to New Hampshire. The Scots-Irish would become the largest group of non-English immigrants to the colony. Originally based in Londonderry, the Scots-Irish brought much to the province, including potatoes, linen, and a hearty, stubborn quality that would become quintessential to the Yankee character. In this lecture by historian R. Stuart Wallace, learn about these early immigrants and how they transformed New Hampshire. Immediately following the lecture, Director of Collections and Exhibitions Wes Balla will be showing the Shute Petition, the 1718 document signed by over 300 Scots-Irish seeking a new home in America. The petition is not normally available for public viewing. This program is included in the price of admission to the Society; admission is free for New Hampshire Historical Society members.

Saturday, November 9, 2019, at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
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. Guided gallery tours are 45 minutes long and are appropriate for visitors of all ages. The tour is included in the price of admission for adult and family audiences. New Hampshire Historical Society members and children 18 and under are admitted free of charge. To schedule a guided tour for an adult group of 12 or more people, 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 9, 2019, at 2 p.m.
Lecture: “Saving the Inland Waters: Citizen Action in the Granite State”

Author and historian Jim Rousmaniere explores the vital role of citizen action in protecting New Hampshire’s inland waters over the years, beginning with the founding of the first environmental organization in the state, the Lake Sunapee Protective Association, in 1898. With over 1,300 lakes and ponds and 40,000 miles of rivers, New Hampshire’s inland waters are important to the state’s economy, ecology, history, and culture. Yet Granite Staters often had to band together and form grassroots organizations to preserve or restore waterways damaged by industry and overuse. Explore the 20th-century history of this precious natural resource in New Hampshire and how groups fought to save it in efforts like the restoration of the Nashua River and the creation of a nationally recognized project in Dover to control urban run-off. This program is included in the price of admission to the Society; admission is free for New Hampshire Historical Society members.

Friday, November 15, 2019, 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. Guided gallery tours are 45 minutes long and are appropriate for visitors of all ages. The tour is included in the price of admission for adult and family audiences. New Hampshire Historical Society members and children 18 and under are admitted free of charge. To schedule a guided tour for an adult group of 12 or more people, 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 16, 2019, 10 a.m. to noon.
Kids Do Family History Genealogy Workshop

Explore your family’s roots! This workshop will introduce kids to genealogy basics like creating a family tree, researching family records, and preserving family memories. Geared for kids ages 5 to 12, but all ages are welcome. Space is limited, and registration is required. The cost is $10 per child for New Hampshire Historical Society members and $12 per child for nonmembers. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Register online at Eventbrite.com or by calling 603-856-0645.

Saturday, November 23, 2019, 1 to 4 p.m.
Genealogy Workshop: Using DNA in Family History Research

The return of this popular workshop is just in time to purchase ancestry kits as holiday gifts for family and friends! Advances in DNA research have had huge implications for the field of genealogy. Yet, with the growing number of companies and options, it can be difficult to know what test is best for you. In this workshop Tom Dwyer of the New England Historic Genealogical Society will discuss the types of genetic tests available to family historians, the genealogical problems with which the tests can—and cannot—assist you, and ultimately how to choose the right one(s) to further your family history research. Space is limited, and registration is required. The cost is $35 for members of the New Hampshire Historical Society or the New England Historic Genealogical Society; $50 for nonmembers. Register online at Eventbrite.com; by phone with a credit card at 603-856-0621; or by mail using the registration form.

Saturday, December 14, 2019, 10 to 11 a.m.
Tales of New Hampshire Holiday Family Storytime

Bring the family to a free holiday program at the New Hampshire Historical Society. Storytellers will share classic tales about holiday celebrations in the Granite State, and there will be time to play traditional games, make a craft to take home, and visit the “Discovering New Hampshire” exhibition. This program is geared for kids ages 3 to 8, but all ages are welcome. Registration is not required. This free program is generously sponsored by Concord Pediatric Dentistry.

Saturday, December 14, 2019, at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
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. Guided gallery tours are 45 minutes long and are appropriate for visitors of all ages. The tour is included in the price of admission for adult and family audiences. New Hampshire Historical Society members and children 18 and under are admitted free of charge. To schedule a guided tour for an adult group of 12 or more people, 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 20, 2019, 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. Guided gallery tours are 45 minutes long and are appropriate for visitors of all ages. The tour is included in the price of admission for adult and family audiences. New Hampshire Historical Society members and children 18 and under are admitted free of charge. To schedule a guided tour for an adult group of 12 or more people, 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.