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, April 6, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Advanced Placement U.S. History Review

This one-day event helps students review for the AP U.S. History (APUSH) exam and direct their studies. Completely restructured to align with the most current version of the test, this review session provides instruction and activities that: analyze documents the AP way to ensure students get full credit; explore key concepts for the historical periods and identify the people, places, events, organizations, documents, movements, and ideas that every student should know; develop historical thinking skills to help students make connections and develop critical thinking skills; and practice what you learn with hands-on activities using real documents from the Society’s collections. Designed by AP teachers, exam readers, and college professors, this review provides a complementary experience for AP students who have already laid the foundation in their classroom work. Students often need to hear from more than one source what they need to work on and how best to prepare, and this review will help students identify what they should be working on om addition to their classroom work. The APUSH Review is led by college professors and experienced AP exam readers who will work directly with students. Students will receive a 30-minute break in the middle of the day and should bring a lunch. Registration is $12 per student. Teachers may attend the program for free but are expected to register their students as a group. To register, fill out the registration form or go to Eventbrite.com. The deadline to register is Friday, March 31, 2017. For questions about the program, please contact Director of Education and Public Programs Elizabeth Dubrulle at 603-856-0604 or edubrulle@nhhistory.org.

Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 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 that make their history come alive. 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 just 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. 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 Director of Education and Public Programs Elizabeth Dubrulle at edubrulle@nhhistory.org or 603-856-0604. Youth and school groups of any size must schedule a guided visit in advance.

Thursdays, April 13 through May 11, 2017, at 6 p.m.
New Hampshire and the Great War: Spring Lecture Series

On the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I, the New Hampshire Historical Society presents its annual spring lecture series focusing on the Granite State’s commitment to the war. The series is held on five consecutive Thursday nights beginning April 13 and running through May 11. New Hampshire made some surprising contributions to the war effort. Over 20,000 men from the state served in the U.S. military during the months America was involved in the conflict, and hundreds of them gave their lives to the effort. By the time the war ended in late 1918, the world—and New Hampshire—was a very different place than it had been just a few short years before, as America was poised to take its place on the world stage and hovered on the brink of the modern era. Lecturers include historian Byron O. Champlin, professors Hugh Dubrulle (St. Anselm College) and Christopher Capozzola (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and Society Library Director Sarah Galligan, covering the initially conflicted loyalties of New Hampshire residents, the ground war, the development of air power, relief workers, and changes on the home front. Attendees must register for the entire series. We are not currently accepting registrations for individual lectures. Admission is free for New Hampshire Historical Society members; nonmembers are welcome to attend for a fee of $50, which includes a one-year membership in the Society. To register by telephone with a credit card, call Membership and Visitor Services Coordinator Wendy Olcott at 603-856-0621. To register by mail, use this registration form and return with payment (if applicable) to Spring Lecture Series, New Hampshire Historical Society, 30 Park Street, Concord, NH 03301. To register online, visit Eventbrite.com.

Thursday, April 13, 2017, at 6 p.m.
New Hampshire and the Great War: Spring Lecture Series
“Under Another Flag: Concord Men Serving in Foreign Forces During the Great War”

Historian Byron O. Champlin Before and after the United States entered the First World War, Concord men volunteered to serve in the militaries of other belligerent nations, including France, Italy, Germany, and Turkey. Some served for adventure, some out of patriotism, and some served a higher cause—some would not return home. Attendees must register. Admission is free for New Hampshire Historical Society members; nonmembers are welcome to attend for a fee of $50, which includes a one-year membership in the Society. To register by telephone with a credit card, call Membership and Visitor Services Coordinator Wendy Olcott at 603-856-0621. To register by mail, use this registration form and return with payment (if applicable) to Spring Lecture Series, New Hampshire Historical Society, 30 Park Street, Concord, NH 03301. To register online, visit Eventbrite.com.

Friday, April 14, 2017, 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 that make their history come alive. 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 just 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. 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 Director of Education and Public Programs Elizabeth Dubrulle at edubrulle@nhhistory.org or 603-856-0604. Youth and school groups of any size must schedule a guided visit in advance.

Thursday, April 20, 2017, at 6 p.m.
New Hampshire and the Great War: Spring Lecture Series
“Over There: The Yankee Division and the Ground War in Europe”

Professor Hugh Dubrulle, St. Anselm College The 26th Infantry “Yankee” Division consisted of units from every New England state including New Hampshire. It included among its ranks Congressional Medal of Honor winner George Dilboy and future Granite State governor Robert O. Blood, who received a distinguished service cross while serving with the division. The story of this unit, including its organization, training, campaigns, and return home provide important insights into the American experience of ground combat in France during World War I. Attendees must register. Admission is free for New Hampshire Historical Society members; nonmembers are welcome to attend for a fee of $50, which includes a one-year membership in the Society. To register by telephone with a credit card, call Membership and Visitor Services Coordinator Wendy Olcott at 603-856-0621. To register by mail, use this registration form and return with payment (if applicable) to Spring Lecture Series, New Hampshire Historical Society, 30 Park Street, Concord, NH 03301. To register online, visit Eventbrite.com.

Thursday, April 27, 2017, at 6 p.m.
New Hampshire and the Great War: Spring Lecture Series
“Supplies and Spies: The Adventures of Caroline Gardner Bartlett”

Library Director Sarah Galligan, New Hampshire Historical Society One of the first American women in Europe during the First World War, singer Caroline Gardner Bartlett of Warner raised funds and supplies for French hospitals, assuming the persona of “Sister Beatrice” to gain better access to the troops and donning a habit with a purple cloak to distinguish herself from more formal relief organizations. In December 1915, she was accused of untrustworthy behavior by the New York Times, and she spent the following years trying to clear her name of charges that she was actually a German spy. Her papers documenting the life of this rather quirky character reside at the New Hampshire Historical Society. Attendees must register. Admission is free for New Hampshire Historical Society members; nonmembers are welcome to attend for a fee of $50, which includes a one-year membership in the Society. To register by telephone with a credit card, call Membership and Visitor Services Coordinator Wendy Olcott at 603-856-0621. To register by mail, use this registration form and return with payment (if applicable) to Spring Lecture Series, New Hampshire Historical Society, 30 Park Street, Concord, NH 03301. To register online, visit Eventbrite.com

Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 2 p.m.
Collection Highlights Talk: The Mystery behind the “Mystery Stone” by Wesley Balla

The “Mystery Stone” has been an object of fascination since it was donated to the Society in 1927. Join Director of Collections and Exhibitions Wes Balla as he discusses the carved, egg-shaped stone, unearthed in 1872 by workmen digging post holes in Meredith. Collection highlights talks are included in the price of admission. Society members are admitted for free.

Thursday, May 4, 2017, at 6 p.m.
New Hampshire and the Great War: Spring Lecture Series
“Flying for America: Granite State Airmen and the War in the Air”

Historian Byron O. Champlin Entering the First World War woefully under-prepared to fight an air war, the United States rapidly expanded its Air Service to meet the challenge. This lecture covers the prominent role played by men from New Hampshire, including future New Hampshire governor John G. Winant, in the development of flying in the Great War. Attendees must register. Admission is free for New Hampshire Historical Society members; nonmembers are welcome to attend for a fee of $50, which includes a one-year membership in the Society. To register by telephone with a credit card, call Membership and Visitor Services Coordinator Wendy Olcott at 603-856-0621. To register by mail, use this registration form and return with payment (if applicable) to Spring Lecture Series, New Hampshire Historical Society, 30 Park Street, Concord, NH 03301. To register online, visit Eventbrite.com.

Saturday, May 6, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
New Hampshire Historical Society Annual Meeting

Society members will receive invitations to the annual meeting by mail in April.

Thursday, May 11, 2017, at 6 p.m.
New Hampshire and the Great War: Spring Lecture Series
“Uncle Sam Wants You: New Hampshire, the First World War, and the Making of Modern America”

Professor Christopher Capozzola, Massachusetts Institute of Technology In April 1917, when Uncle Sam pointed at Americans and said, “I Want YOU.” How did they respond? How did they mobilize schools, churches, and communities to support the war? And how did they monitor and suppress their anti-war neighbors, especially with the large groups of German immigrants working in New Hampshire’s mill complexes? Drawing particularly on the history of New Hampshire communities, this talk explores a crucial moment in America’s history and its lessons a century later. Attendees must register. Admission is free for New Hampshire Historical Society members; nonmembers are welcome to attend for a fee of $50, which includes a one-year membership in the Society. To register by telephone with a credit card, call Membership and Visitor Services Coordinator Wendy Olcott at 603-856-0621. To register by mail, use this registration form and return with payment (if applicable) to Spring Lecture Series, New Hampshire Historical Society, 30 Park Street, Concord, NH 03301. To register online, visit Eventbrite.com.