About the Society

2019-2020 Monthly Programs

All programs take place in the Gould Barn unless otherwise noted. Parking is in the spaces marked “Gould Barn” in the Emerson parking lot, and along the east side of East Common Street.

The Society is very grateful to the Institution for Savings for their generous support of the Society’s lectures, performances and children’s programming.

  • Holiday Open House
  • Sunday, December 8, 2019
  • 5:30PM
  • Gould Barn
  • Open House - Public Welcome!
    Beverages, Appetizers, Entertainment, Holiday Cheer!
    Drop in, bring friends, and enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas!
    Free Admission - Sponsored by Topsfield Historical Society
    Free parking on East Common Street
  • Halifax: The Extraordinary Massachusetts Response
  • Sunday, January 12, 2020
  • 3PM
  • Gould Barn
  • Topsfield resident David Read, whose grandparents lived in Nova Scotia at the time of the 1917 explosion, details the impressive Massachusetts rescue effort on behalf of its northern neighbor. Relive the personal stories and riveting de-tails of the weeks following the disaster - and learn about the most important train to ever travel through Essex County.
  • Manzanar Japanese Encampment: One Woman’s Story
  • Sunday, February 9, 2020
  • 3PM
  • Gould Barn
  • Joyce Fukusawa will relate her experience as a child at Manzanar Japanese-American War Relocation Center during World War II. In 1942, the United States government ordered more than 110,000 men, women, and children to leave their homes, and detained them in remote, military-style camps, including Joyce and her family.
  • Annual Meeting & Soup Supper
  • Sunday, March 10, 2020
  • 3PM
  • Gould Barn
  • Join in celebrating the Society’s past accomplishments and future plans, and enjoy a delicious meal. Members only.

Previous Programs

  • Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving At The Capen House
  • Thursday, November 28, 2019
  • 10AM-12PM
  • Capen House
  • Experience a Colonial Thanksgiving, with costumed interpreters, hot cider, hearth cooking demonstration and children’s crafts & games.
  • Life Of Amelia Earhart, Aviation Pioneer
  • Friday, November 15, 2019
  • 7:30PM
  • Gould Barn Changed!
    Emerson Center (on the other side of the parking lot from the Barn)
  • As a young woman, Amelia considered a career in medicine, but this idea “flew out the window,” when she payed a pilot $1.00 to take her up for a short “hop” in his plane. From then on the science of aviation was her passion. Actress Sheryl Faye IS Amelia Earhart!
  • Witches Roost Halloween Party For Children
  • Sunday, October 27, 2019
  • 2PM
  • Gould Barn
  • Witches, ghosts and goblins are invited to a Halloween Party with games, food and prizes. Costumes are encouraged. Appropriate for early elementary-aged children.
  • Bread & Roses Strike Of 1912
  • Friday, October 12, 2019
  • 7:30PM
  • Gould Barn
  • Initiated by women textile workers, the 1912 "Bread and Roses" strike in Lawrence was a landmark in American labor history, succeeding where other strikers failed! Susan Swan will examine the campaign and its ramifications for future labor relations.
  • ENHC Trails & Sails - Parson Capen Open House
  • Saturday, September 21, 2019
  • 9AM - 10:30AM
  • Parson Capen House
  • A special opening and tour of the Parson Capen House.
  • Architectural Styles In Topsfield
  • Friday, September 13, 2019
  • 7:30PM
  • Gould Barn
  • Topsfield architect Ben Nutter will cover the major architectural styles in town, from the First Period (17th century) to present day, enabling the audience to identify each historic style in much the same way that we recognize classic automobiles or birds from each other.
  • Teddy Bear Picnic
  • Wednesday, August 21, 2019
  • 2pm - 4PM
  • Capen House Lawn
  • Children are invited to bring their favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal and enjoy refreshments, crafts and stories on the Capen House lawn. This event is co-sponsored by the Topsfield Town Library and the Friends of the Topsfield Town Library
  • Topsfield Strawberry Festival
  • Saturday, June 8, 2019
  • 10AM - 4PM
  • Topsfield Commons
  • Enjoy strawberry shortcake and an array of crafters selling beautiful pottery, textiles, jewelry and more. Antique car show too!
  • Saltonstall: One Man’s Stand Against The Witch Trials
  • Friday, May 10, 2019
  • 7:30PM
  • Gould Barn
  • Playwright Michael Cormier and director Miriam Cyr explain the setting behind their new play. Fear grips the community as accusations of witchcraft spread like wildfire; one judge, Nathaniel Saltonstall of Haverhill, has the courage to stand for truth before scores of innocent victims are sent to their deaths. Includes Topsfield-related history.
  • Topsfield Earth Day
  • Saturday April 27, 2019
  • 10AM - 12:30PM
  • Gould Barn
  • In the Gould Barn at the conclusion of Topsfield Clean-Up, there will be interactive recycling and composting education-stations for all ages, and fun kids activities that celebrate our natural heritage.
  • Grow Spring Expo!
  • Saturday, April 13, 2019
  • 10AM - 3PM
  • Gould Barn, Emerson Center, The Commons
  • Growers, Crafters, Farmers and Food Trucks!
    It’s all here!
    Pick up your reusable tote bag at the THS table
  • Ireland’s History: Famine To Modern Day
  • Friday, April 12
  • 7:30 PM
  • Gould Barn
  • Historian Paul Gillespie will present a look at the period from the devastating famine that drove millions to emigrate to far-distant lands, all the way up to Ireland's recent history.