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.

Friday, November 17, 2017, 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 Education and Public Programs  Coordinator Jenn Walton at jwalton@nhhistory.org or 603-856-0645. Youth and school groups of any size must schedule a guided visit in advance.

Thursday, November 23, 2017
Thanksgiving Day Holiday

The New Hampshire Historical Society will be closed all day, Thursday, November 23, for Thanksgiving. The Society will be open its regular hours of 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, November 24, and Saturday, November 25. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Presentation: Genealogy Research at the New Hampshire Historical Society
Location: Wolfeboro Public Library, 259 S. Main Street, Wolfeboro, NH 03894

The New Hampshire Historical Society holds a wealth of unique resources related to New Hampshire and New England to support your research into your family history. From printed and unpublished family histories and church records to rare, one-of-a-kind manuscripts, the valuable collections at the New Hampshire Historical Society are sure to have information you will not find anywhere else. Learn about how to use different types of printed sources and where to look for the information you need. Whether you are an experienced genealogist or just starting out, come find out about what you can discover at the New Hampshire Historical Society. This presentation will be led by the Society’s Library Director Sarah Galligan. Sponsored by the Lakes Region Genealogy Interest Group. There is no charge for this program.

Saturday, January 13, 2018, 2 p.m.
New Hampshire Heritage Lecture: Tradition and Innovation at the Currier Museum of Art

During the almost 90 years since opening its doors in 1929, the Currier Museum of Art has engaged the community through art and education, inspired by the words of its first benefactor, New Hampshire Governor Moody Currier, who wanted to establish an art museum “for the benefit and advancement of humanity.” Over the years, the Currier adapted its collecting and educational efforts to the needs of an ever-changing world. Yet the public’s fascination with and connection to the European and American masters in its collection remains constant. Join artist Bruce McColl, the Currier’s director of art education, as he shares an insider’s view of New Hampshire’s oldest art 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.

Saturday, January 13, 2018, 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. 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 Education and Public Programs  Coordinator 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, January 19, 2018, at noon
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 Education and Public Programs  Coordinator 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, January 20, 2018, 1 to 4 p.m.
Workshop: Using DNA in Family History Research

Advances in DNA research over the last decades 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 from the New England Historic Genealogical Society will discuss the types of genetic tests available to family historians, the genealogical problems the tests can—and cannot—assist you with, and ultimately how to choose the right one(s) to further your family history research. 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. Register online through Eventbrite; mail the registration form with payment; or call the New Hampshire Historical Society’s Member and Visitor Services Coordinator Wendy Olcott at 603-856-0621 to register by phone and pay with a credit card.

Saturday, January 27, 2018, 2 p.m.
Curator’s Tour: Making the World Safe for Democracy: Posters of the Great War in New Hampshire

Join Director of Collections and Exhibitions Wes Balla on a guided tour of the Society’s exhibition of World War I posters. Balla will discuss the themes of the exhibition and the stories behind these powerful works of art and propaganda.  This program is included in the price of admission to the Society.

Saturday, February 10, 2018, 2 p.m.
New Hampshire Heritage Lecture: New Hampshire Heritage Lecture: Triumph and Tragedy at the Castle in the Clouds

A Lake Winnipesaukee estate of more than 6,000 acres, a state-of-the-art 1914 stone mansion on a mountaintop, a reclusive millionaire and his wife who loved horses, and an unhappy ending—all are chapters in the fascinating story of Tom and Olive Plant and their Castle in the Clouds, located in Moultonborough. Setting the Castle story in a larger context, this presentation by Maggie Stier, the Castle’s director of development and engagement, explores the development of summer homes by the rich and famous in the Lakes Region. 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. 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.

Saturday, February 10, 2018, 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. 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 Education and Public Programs  Coordinator 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, February 16, 2018, at noon
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 Education and Public Programs  Coordinator 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 17, 2018, 2 p.m.
Lecture: The Development of Railroads in New Hampshire, 1825–1860

Railroads transformed New Hampshire like few other innovations of the 19th century. All across the state, isolated towns and villages became linked by rail to one another and to the larger metropolitan areas in New England, bringing a host of new opportunities for communities large and small. This illustrated talk examines the economic, social, and political forces, both within the state and beyond its borders, that fostered the first generation of railroad development in New Hampshire. The speaker, Frank J. “Jay” Barrett Jr., is a northern New England architect with a deep interest in 19th-century turnpike and railroad transportation whose practice includes historic preservation work. This program is included in the price of admission to the Society.

Saturday, March 10, 2018, 1 to 4 p.m.
Workshop: Immigration and Naturalization: Tracing Your Immigrant Ancestors

Understanding the context of your ancestors’ arrival in the United States and the possible paper trail they left on the path to citizenship can lead to important genealogical discoveries. This workshop will guide attendees through three centuries (1620–1920) of immigration and naturalization in the United States and explain how related records can be used in family history research. The presentation will be given by Rhonda McClure of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. 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. Register online through Eventbrite; mail the registration form with payment; or call the New Hampshire Historical Society’s Member and Visitor Services Coordinator Wendy Olcott at 603-856-0621 to register by phone and pay with a credit card.

Saturday, March 10, 2018, 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. 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 Education and Public Programs  Coordinator 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 16, 2018, at noon
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 Education and Public Programs  Coordinator 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 24, 2018, 2 p.m.
New Hampshire Heritage Lecture: New Hampshire Heritage Lecture: The Company That Built Manchester

The creation and growth of Manchester, which today is the largest city in Northern New England, is primarily the legacy of one entity: the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company. This lecture, presented by Jeffrey Barraclough, director of operations at the Manchester Historic Association, will look at the origins of Amoskeag, how it developed, and its lasting legacy, which extended long past the company’s closing in 1935. It will also look at the founding of the Manchester Historic Association and how it became a repository for the history of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company. 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.