Programs & Events Calendar

All in-person programs will be held at the New Hampshire Historical Society, 30 Park Street, Concord, unless otherwise noted.

Free Virtual Lecture: “New Hampshire's Long Love-Hate Relationship with its Agricultural Fairs,” by Steve Taylor
Wednesday, February 1, 2023, 7 p.m.

The first agricultural fair in North America was held in what is now Londonderry in 1722, and it would become a wildly popular event lasting for generations until it came to be so dominated by gambling, flim-flam, and other "scandalous dimensions" that the legislature revoked its charter in 1850. But fairs have always had strong supporters, and eventually the state came around to appropriating modest sums to help them succeed. Temperance groups and others would continue to attack the fairs on moral grounds, and their close connection to horse racing was a chronic flashpoint. Steve Taylor will discuss the ups and downs of the fairs down through years and how public affection for rural traditions helps them survive in contemporary times. This program is free and presented through the Humanities to Go program of New Hampshire Humanities. Register via Zoom.

Virtual Genealogy Workshop: Using Occupation to Trace Ancestors
Wednesday, February 8, 2023, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Why should you pay attention to ancestors’ occupations? Are you filling in a detail of a life or looking for an essential clue to break down a brick wall? Finding an ancestor’s occupation may help you distinguish one person in the genealogical record from another, help you overcome research obstacles, and create a more holistic picture of those who came before us. Join genealogist Ann G. Lawthers from the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) for this one-hour, virtual workshop, conducted via Zoom. The workshop is $15 for members of the New Hampshire Historical Society or the NEHGS and $25 for nonmembers. Advance registration is required via Eventbrite.com.

Collections Highlights Talk: “Celebrating American Presidents,” by Sarah Galligan
Saturday, February 11, 2023, 2 p.m.

Honor New Hampshire’s connection to America’s presidents with Sarah Galligan, director of archival and library collections, as she shares some of the Society’s most notable collections related to the presidents of the United States. Admission to collection highlights talks is free for New Hampshire Historical Society members and included in the price of paid admission for nonmembers.

Lecture: “Unpacking Early Myths of Colonial New Hampshire,” by Dillon Mahoney
Saturday, February 18, 2023, 2 p.m.

Much of 17th- and 18th-century New Hampshire history is clouded by storytelling and myths, particularly in accounts of indigenous peoples and charismatic individuals like Passaconaway. Professor Dillon Mahoney contextualizes some of these early colonial myths of indigenous interactions to get to the likely truths behind the stories. Admission to this lecture is free for New Hampshire Historical Society members and included in the price of paid admission for nonmembers. No registration is required.

Workshop: Creating Dynamic Cemetery Tours
Saturday, February 25, 2023, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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 New Hampshire Historical Society members; $50 for nonmembers. Space is limited, and advance registration is required. Register online through Eventbrite.com or by calling 603-228-6688.

Genealogy Workshop: Getting Organized
Saturday, March 11, 2023, 1 to 4 p.m.

When you first began your family history research, you may have thought it would be easy to keep track of all the information. Assuredly, you quickly discovered that it’s not so simple—finds and files multiply exponentially! Staying organized is an important part of the genealogical process. Taking the time to organize your research, results, and files will give you more time for productive research. Join genealogist Ann G. Lawthers from the New England Historic Genealogical Society for tips, tools, and best practices for organizing your information at every step of your family history journey. 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 registration is required. Register online through Eventbrite.com.

Free Family Program: Family Fun Day
Saturday, March 18, 2023, 10 a.m. to noon

Bring the whole family to the New Hampshire Historical Society for a morning of games, crafts, and storytelling. Explore our historic building, tour our exhibits, test your knowledge of Granite State trivia, and make a New Hampshire-themed craft to take home. Introduce your kids to the special things that make New Hampshire a wonderful place to live! Family Fun Day is geared for families with kids ages 6 to 10, but all ages are welcome. Admission is free of charge thanks to the generosity of Concord Pediatric Dentistry. All children must be accompanied by an adult. This is a drop-in program, and registration is not required.

Free Lecture: “Covered Bridges of New Hampshire,” by Kim Varney Chandler
Saturday, March 25, 2023, 2 p.m.

New Hampshire was once home to over 300 covered bridges. Today there are over 61. Nearly 50 of them are over a century old. These bridges exist today solely because of the efforts of a small but powerful community that both recognize their significance and honor their tradition. Join author and photographer Kim Varney Chandler as she shares an overview of covered bridges in the Granite State along with interesting facts she uncovered while researching her 2022 book, Covered Bridges of New Hampshire. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. This is a free program; no registration is required.