About the Society

2019-2020 Monthly Programs

Due to an abundance of caution related to COVID-19, the THS monthly programs and co-sponsored programs in April have been cancelled. Please check here later for further information about the May 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.

  • CANCELLED The First Inhabitants Of The North Shore
  • Friday, April 3, 2020
  • 7:30PM
  • Gould Barn
  • Former local educator and popular speaker Don Doliber will share his know­ledge of the area's pre-Colonial Native Americans, their culture and way of life.
  • CANCELLED Grow Spring Expo
  • Saturday, April 4, 2020
  • 10AM - 3PM
  • Proctor School
  • Growers, Crafters, Farmers and Food Trucks! It's all here!
  • POSTPONED Topsfield Earth Day
  • Saturday, May 2, 2020
  • 9am - Noon
  • Topsfield Town Hall
  • Town cleanup followed by activities for all ages. Celebrate our natural heritage and explore the local impact of climate change.
  • Paul Revere's Midnight Ride: Dispelling The Myths
  • Friday, May 8, 2020
  • 7:30PM
  • Gould Barn
  • Did Revere ride alone? Long lauded for his role in the American Revolution, is he worthy? David Connor of the Paul Revere House answers these questions.
  • Topsfield Strawberry Festival
  • Saturday, June 13, 2020
  • 10AM - 4PM
  • Topsfield Commons
  • Enjoy strawberry shortcake and an array of crafters selling beautiful pottery, textiles, jewelry and more.
  • History Of Northern Ireland: 1600 To Present
  • Friday, June 19, 2020
  • 7:30PM
  • Gould Barn
  • Paul Gillespie will share his research into Northern Ireland's history & culture.
  • Parson Capen House Tours
  • Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays, 1 to 4 PM June 14 - September 13
  • 1PM - 4PM
  • Parson Capen House
  • Volunteer Docents take you back through three centuries!
  • A Pirate And Mermaid Party
  • Wednesday, August 19, 2020
  • 2pm - 3PM
  • Capen House Lawn
  • Children are invited to 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.
  • A Woman's Place Is At The Top
  • Friday, September 11, 2020
  • 7:30PM
  • Gould Barn
  • Author Hannah Kimberley will talk about trailblazer Annie Smith Peck, born in 1850, who's many accomplishments included climbing the Matterhorn.
  • ENHC Trails & Sails - Parson Capen Open House
  • Saturday, September 19, 2020
  • 9:30AM - 11AM
  • Parson Capen House
  • A special opening and tour of the Parson Capen House.
  • Unsolved: Northeast Edition
  • Sunday, October 18, 2020
  • 3:00PM
  • Gould Barn
  • History teacher and speaker Christopher Daley presents the first in his new series Unsolved, covering decades-old unsolved mysteries in New England.
  • Witches Roost Halloween Party For Children
  • Sunday, October 25, 2020
  • 2PM
  • Gould Barn
  • Witches and goblins enjoy games, food & prizes. Costumes encouraged. Appropriate for early elementary-aged children.
  • Meet Julia Child!
  • Friday, November 13, 2020
  • 7:30PM
  • Gould Barn
  • Delvena Theater presents a live performance featuring Lynne Moulton as Julia Child, The French Chef, doing what Julia did best!
  • Family Forest Festival At Ipswich River Sanctuary
  • Saturday, November 21, 2020
  • 1PM - 4PM
  • Audubon Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
    87 Perkins Row, Topsfield
  • Child-friendly guided forest walks, hands-on games & activities for kids. Admission charged, pre-registration required at ipswichriver@massaudubon.org.
  • Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving At The Capen House
  • Thursday, November 26, 2020
  • 10AM-12PM
  • Capen House
  • A Colonial Thanksgiving, with costumed interpreters, hot cider, hearth cook­ing demonstration and children's crafts & games.
  • Christmas In The Barn
  • Sunday, December 6, 2020
  • 4 - 6 PM
  • Gould Barn
  • Holiday Cheer at this drop-in open house in the Gould Barn!
  • History Of The Topsfield Fair
  • Sunday, January 10, 2021
  • 3PM
  • Gould Barn
  • Topsfield Fair General Manager James O'Brien and board member Forrester Clark will tell the remarkable story of America's longest running county fair.
  • Prince Estabrook: Slave & Revolutionary War Hero
  • Sunday, February 14, 2021
  • 3PM
  • Gould Barn
  • Lexington Minute Man Charles Price presents the story of this Lexington slave­turned-soldier, and explores how many African-American veterans fared after they returned from the wars.
  • Annual Meeting & Soup Supper
  • Sunday, March 14, 2021
  • 3PM
  • Gould Barn
  • Join in celebrating the Society's past accomplishments and future plans, and enjoy a delicious meal.