Monthly Genealogy Club last Monday of the month
At the meetings we talk about different resources that are available, help people that are hitting a road block, have speakers, either in person or via Skype, and have a fun time.
Saturday, April 7 10:00 – 2:00
Lunch will be served at 12:00
Merrimack Hat Factory – Amesbury Hat Museum Suzanne Cote
Join us for a presentation of the hats that were made at the Merrimack Hat Factory here in Amesbury. “The Hattery” consists of a sampling of high fashion ladies’ hats, men’s hats, novelties and memorabilia produced by the Merrimack Hat Corporation. The Merrimack Hat Factory rose from humble beginnings in 1856 to become the largest maker of hats and hat bodies in the U.S. in 1946. For over 100 years the Merrimack Hat Corporation was a vital part of Amesbury’s economy. Explore the different hats that were made through photographs. The Merrimack Hat Factory closed in 1971.
Rita Parisi will present the 1908 Tea. In 1908 the world was on the cusp of change. The traditions of the Victorians were giving way to the modern way of thinking. The automobile, airplane, changes in fashion, entertainment and social conventions were altering the landscape of people’s lives forever. Mrs. Gordon entertains you during her afternoon tea as she tells you about her recent trip to Boston. Then engage in an open discussion as she shares with you her latest issue of Ladies Home Journal.Rita Parisi
Registration is required (Program is full)
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 2:00
Rebecca Rule has collected stories about what’s special about this rocky old state of New Hampshire for more than twenty-five years. She has written twelve books for children and adults, including N is for New Hampshire, an ABC book with photographs by Scott Snyder and The Iciest Diciest Scariest Sled Ride Ever!, a picture book illustrated by Jennifer Thermes. Other books include: Headin’ for the Rhubarb: A NH Dictionary (Kinda); Live Free and Eat Pie: A Storyteller’s Guide to New Hampshire; Could Have Been Worse: True Stories, Embellishments and Outright Lies; and The Best Revenge, which won the NH Writers Project award for Outstanding Work of Fiction. She hosts Our Hometown for New Hampshire PBS.
About her passion for stories, she says, “The great thing about collecting stories is they’re free and you don’t have to dust them. Stories not only speak to us of history, they hold our identity.” Her work in Berlin collecting stories of the mills, logging, and the Androscoggin Valley reinforced her idea that New England stories need to be preserved and shared. In this program she’ll tell some of her favorites (especially the funny ones) and invite audience members to tell some of their own.
June 5 at 5:30
For more than a decade Jim McAllister’s “Essex County Chronicles” history column was a popular feature of the Salem News. Jim’s weekly offerings showcased aspects of the region’s military, religious, political, cultural, maritime and industrial history, as well as its architecture, important residents, and even folklore.
Join the former columnist and current author, teacher, and tour guide – at the Amesbury Library on Tuesday, June 5 at 5:30 as he shares some of his favorite North Shore stories. These will include Marbleheader John Glover’s critical contributions during the American Revolution; little known stories surrounding Nathaniel Hawthorne and John Greenleaf Whittier; fascinating facts about Rockport’s famous Motif #1; and a collection of other anecdotes gathered from the annals of Beverly, Newburyport, Ipswich and other North Shore communities.
July 30 at 5:30
Hidden History: Puritans and Quakers in 17th Century New England
with Olga Morrill
Plymouth Rock and the Puritan landing in 1620 figure prominently in Massachusetts history, but the century and a half between that event and the American Revolution of 1775 is largely a mystery. Few people are aware of the shocking events that occurred in 17th Century New England.
What was colonial life like for the first generation of American-born settlers? How did the Puritans govern? Why did they react so violently to the Religious Society of Friends? Who were the original proponents of religious toleration and equality on American soil?
Olga Morrill is a retired librarian who has spent the past 4 ½ years researching the history of the Quakers in 17th century northern New England. She will discuss actual occurrences involving real people in Puritan New England. The Quakers did face brutality, but they had some supporters, including people who stepped in to protect them here in Old Newbury and Salisbury.
Morrill will tell the stories of some of these incidents and people from the area, as well as discussing her book Vagabond Quakers: Northern Colonies.