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, February 8, 2020, at 2 p.m.
Lecture: Canal Fever in New Hampshire and Vermont

New England had an intense but short-lived fascination with canal building in the first decades of the 1800s, when travel by road was slow and arduous and railroads had yet to be developed. Waterways offered a faster, easier way of transporting goods and people. Navigational improvements on both the Merrimack and Connecticut Rivers presented great opportunities to New Hampshire and Vermont, setting off a brief period of canal fever. Great plans were laid to link Lake Champlain with the Connecticut and Merrimack Rivers, and even to the harbor at Portsmouth. Somewhat unexpectedly, the coming of the railroads dampened these dreams, and it was steel rails that ultimately linked these watersheds, not canals and locks. This richly illustrated talk by transportation historian Frank J. “Jay” Barrett Jr. will explore this important slice of regional history. Admission is free for Society members; $7 for nonmembers.

Saturday, February 8, 2020, 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, February 15, 2020, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Family Program: Redcoats and Rebels: Gaming the American Revolution

Reenact the American Revolution through a tabletop role-playing game at the Society. Kids will spend the afternoon immersed in New Hampshire’s fight for independence from Britain. Each child will assume the identity of a historical character and have to choose sides in the journey from colony to country. This program is geared for kids ages 10 to 15 years old. Admission is free for the children or grandchildren of Society members; $5 per child for nonmembers. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited, and advance registration is required. Register online through Eventbrite.com or by calling 603-856-0645.

Friday, February 21, 2020, 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, February 29, 2020, at 2 p.m.
Lecture: Abby Hutchinson’s Sweet Freedom Songs: Songs and Stories of the Struggle for Abolition and Women’s Suffrage

Deborah Anne Goss appears as Abby Hutchinson Patton, recalling mid-19th-century U.S. and New Hampshire history and performing rousing anthems, heartfelt ballads, and humorous ditties sung during the struggles against antislavery and for early women’s rights. In the 1840s and 1850s the Hutchinson Family Singers strongly influenced the opinions of the era with their popular songs, promoting healthy living and social justice—most prominently the abolition of slavery. Participants are encouraged to join in the singing of the choruses or to read aloud a poem or political diatribe of the time. This free presentation is a Humanities to Go program, made possible, in part, by New Hampshire Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Saturday, February 29, 2020
Exhibition Closes: Signs of the Times

Come to see the Society’s exhibition Signs of the Times, featuring an array of advertising, political, informational, and directional signs, on its final day.

Saturday, March 7, 2020, 1 to 3 p.m.
Family Program: Giant Steps Across New Hampshire

Have you ever wanted to travel from Peterborough to Pittsburg, or from Portsmouth to Plymouth, all in one afternoon? Stop by the Society for games and activities using the Giant Traveling Map of New Hampshire. Kids will play with this room-sized map to explore the regions, resources, and history of the state we all love. No shoes are allowed on the map, so please be sure to wear socks! Geared for kids ages 7 to 11 years old, but all ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free, and registration is not required. The map is provided courtesy of the Mason Library at Keene State College.

Saturday, March 14, 2020, 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, March 20, 2020, 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, March 21, 2020, 1 to 4 p.m.
Genealogy Workshop: Using Land Records in Family History Research

Land records are an important, but sometimes overlooked resource for many family historians. Hidden in the “metes and bounds” and other legalese, there can be critical clues to identifying extended family members, the location of ancestral homelands, and family relationships. Join the New England Historic Genealogical Society’s Chief Genealogist David Allen Lambert to learn how you can locate, read, and apply the information contained in land records to your own family history. The cost of this workshop is $35 for members of the New Hampshire Historical Society or the New England Historic Genealogical Society; $50 for nonmembers. Space is limited, and advance registration is required. Register online through Eventbrite.com, by printing and mailing the registration form with payment, or by calling 603-228-6688.

Saturday, March 28, 2020, 1 to 4 p.m.
Workshop: Creating Dynamic Cemetery Tours

Few places evoke local history the way cemeteries do, and more and more people have taken to exploring them, hoping to find the stories they contain. Learn about the many ways that local organizations can put together compelling, crowd-pleasing cemetery tours. Some tours will be spooky, some theatrical, some strictly historical, and some high-tech—find the type of tour that’s right for your group and discover how to pull it together for an outstanding community event. The cost of this workshop is $25 for members of the New Hampshire Historical Society; $50 for nonmembers. Space is limited, and advance registration is required. Register online through Eventbrite.com, by printing and mailing the registration form with payment, or by calling 603-228-6688.

Saturday, April 4, 2020, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Museum Day

The New Hampshire Historical Society is once again participating in Smithsonian magazine's Museum Day, a one-day event in which participating museums and cultural organizations provide free admission to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. Participants are allowed to download one ticket per email address. The ticket provides free general admission for two people. For more information, visit Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day.