Programs & Events Calendar

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

Mask Policy
The wearing of face masks is optional for all staff and visitors.

Members Tour: Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter **SOLD OUT**
Wednesday, September 28, 2022, noon to 4 p.m.

Our popular annual member tour offers a unique opportunity to explore one of New Hampshire’s most hallowed educational institutions. This year, members are invited to join the New Hampshire Historical Society on a visit to Phillips Exeter Academy (PEA), one of the oldest secondary schools in the country. Founded in 1781, the school has shaped generations of the nation’s leaders in a wide variety of fields, including such figures as Daniel Webster, Franklin Pierce, Robert Todd Lincoln, George Plimpton, Gore Vidal, Dan Brown, and Mark Zuckerberg. The day begins at the Exeter Inn for lunch and a talk by history instructor emeritus Jack Herney, who will discuss the history of the school. During his more than 40 years at Phillips Exeter, Herney served in a variety of academic and administrative capacities, from history instructor and dean of faculty to commissioner of Club Basketball. Next up, we’ll enjoy a walking tour of PEA’s beautiful campus, followed by a visit with PEA archivist Magee Lawhorn who will share with us more of the school’s multifaceted history and materials from the school’s collections. Please note: Attendees must be comfortable walking a few miles to participate in this event. The registration fee for Society members is $55 per person. Nonmembers are welcome to join the group with a registration fee of $105 per person, which includes a one-year Society membership. Space is limited, and registration is required. **SOLD OUT**

Virtual Lecture: “Rescued from Oblivion: Historical Cultures in the Early United States,” by Alea Henle
Wednesday, October 12, at 7 p.m. *FREE* 

In 1791, a group of elite Bostonian men established the first historical society in the nation; by 1850, dozens of states and localities hosted historical societies. Offering a vital account of the formation of historical culture and consciousness in the early United States, historian and librarian Alea Henle of Miami University explores the ideas behind historical societies in general and New Hampshire in specific, addressing their successes and failures in gathering and protecting historical materials and making them available for view. This lecture is free, but registration is required through Zoom.

Lecture: “A Deep Presence: Using Archaeology to Write Native American History in New Hampshire,” by Robert Goodby
Saturday, October 22, 2022, 2 p.m.  *FREE*

In the Monadnock region, situated in the southern part of Ndakinna, the archaeological record shows the continuous, deep, and extensive presence of the Western Abenaki people. Native people looked upon Monadnock while hunting caribou almost 13,000 years ago, occupied seasonal camps along the Ashuelot and Contoocook rivers for more than 10,000 years, were scalped by White bounty hunters in the 17th and 18th centuries, and brought indigenous skills and knowledge to an emerging basketmaking industry in Keene and Peterborough in the 19th and 20th centuries. Using as a framework his recently published book A Deep Presence: 13,000 Years of Native American History, Professor Robert Goodby of Franklin Pierce University tells the story of this history. Copies of Goodby’s book will be on sale, and Goodby will be signing copies. No registration is required.

Lecture: “The Capital Crime of Witchcraft” by Margo Burns
Saturday, October 29, 2022, 2 p.m.  *FREE*

On first impression, the witchcraft trials of the colonial era may seem to have been nothing but a free-for-all, fraught with hysterics. Margo Burns explores an array of prosecutions in 17th century New England, using facsimiles of primary source manuscripts to demonstrate how methodically and logically the Salem Court worked. This program focuses on the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692 and 1693 but also examines a variety of other cases against women in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Burns is the 10th-generation great-granddaughter of Rebecca Nurse, who was hanged in Salem in 1692 on the charge of witchcraft. She is the project manager and an associate editor of Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt, published in 2009 by Cambridge University Press. This free public talk is a Humanities to Go program, made possible, in part, by New Hampshire Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities. No registration is required.

Family Program: Giant Steps Across New Hampshire
Saturday, November 5, 10 a.m. to noon  *FREE*

Have you ever wanted to travel from Peterborough to Pittsburg, from Portsmouth to Plymouth, all in one afternoon? Stop by the New Hampshire Historical Society for games and activities using the Giant 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 on the map, so please be sure to wear socks! Geared for kids ages 7 to 11, but all ages are welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. This is a free program thanks to the generosity of Concord Pediatric Dentistry. No registration is required.

Lecture: “‘Self Was Absorbed in Loving Labor’: Harriet P. Dame Goes to War” by Mike Pride
Saturday, November 12, 2 p.m. *FREE*

Author Mike Pride tells the long-lost story of one of New Hampshire’s most determined fighters for the Union. At age 46, Harriet Dame, a former dressmaker who ran a Concord boarding house, joined the Second New Hampshire as a matron, against the wishes of the governor and the regiment’s colonel. Using newly discovered letters, documents, and firsthand accounts, Pride explores her brave career at the front for four years and eight months and her long postwar life. Copies of Pride’s new book, No Place for a Woman: Harriet Dame’s Civil War, will be available for purchase, and Pride will be signing copies. No registration is required.

Genealogy Workshop: Using DNA in Family History Research
Saturday, November 19, 1 to 4 p.m.

Back by popular demand, this genealogy workshop helps demystify the practice of using genetic testing to trace family roots. 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, Genealogist Melanie McComb of American Ancestors/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, how to choose the right one(s) to further your family history research, and what tools are available to help you interpret your results. 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 or call 603-228-6688.