2016-2017 Monthly Programs

  • Annual Meeting & Supper
  • Sunday, March 12, 2017
  • 3pm
  • Gould Barn
  • Members Only. Join in celebrating the Society’s accomplishments and plans, and enjoy a delicious meal.

Previous Programs

  • Life of Eleanor Roosevelt Cancelled due to weather
  • Sunday, February 12, 2017
  • 3pm
  • Gould Barn
  • Sheryl Faye presents one of the top ten most admired people of the 20th century. Roosevelt was the first presidential spouse to hold press conferences, speak at a national convention, and she became one of the first delegates to The United Nations.
  • History of Postage Stamps
    and the Boston Post Road
  • Sunday, January 15, 2017
  • 3pm
  • Gould Barn
  • Henry Lukas of the Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History at Regis College will talk about the history of the U.S. postal system, show antique stamps, and discuss mail delivery methods.
  • Annual Christmas Party
  • Sunday, December 4
  • 5:30pm
  • Pierce Farm at Witch Hill
  • Members Only. Enjoy a special holiday gathering at this historic property!
  • An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving
    at the Parson Capen House
  • Thursday, November 24
  • 10am - 12pm
  • Parson Capen House
  • Witness a Colonial Thanksgiving, with costumed interpreters, hot cider, hearth cooking demonstration and children’s crafts & games.
  • Mill Girls of Lowell
  • Friday, November 4
  • 7:30pm
  • Gould Barn
  • Well-dressed and high-spirited, 19th century women converged on New England cities by the tens of thousands. Writer Doug Stewart will speak about America's first industrial workforce, the mill girls.
  • Halloween Witches Roost for Children
  • Sunday, October 30
  • 2pm-3:30pm
  • 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.
  • Haunted History of New England
  • Friday, October 14
  • 7:30pm
  • Gould Barn
  • Christopher Daley will present an interesting and fascinating new look at events that really happened and the stories of haunting that followed them.
  • Essex River Cruise and Lunch
  • Wednesday, Sept. 14
  • 10:30am
  • Leave from Gould Barn
  • Enjoy a 1 1/2 hour narrated cruise aboard a comfortable boat with all the amenities. Followed by lunch at an area restaurant. Cost for the cruise is $24 if 25 people sign up. Cost for lunch is additional.
  • Trails & Sails Event!
  • Tour the 1683 Parson Joseph Capen House & the 1842 Meeting House
  • Saturday, September 17
  • 9:00am-10:30am
  • Capen House
  • Tour the 1683 home of the Reverend Joseph Capen and the 1842 Meeting House owned by the Congregational Church of Topsfield which was gathered in 1663. Reverend Capen lost three ladies from his congregation in 1692 who were falsely accused of witchcraft when that hysteria ravaged this part of New England. Today, the Parson Capen House is one of the finest surviving examples of Elizabethan architecture in America. The house is situated on a knoll overlooking the Common, originally on a twelve acre lot of land granted Reverend Capen by the Town in 1682.
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  • History of General Electric
  • Friday, September 9
  • 7:30pm
  • Gould Barn
  • GE historian David Carpenter will present the history of General Electric, from its 1890s merger with Thomson Houston to its emergence as one of the leading aviation companies in the world.
  • Annual Doll Tea
  • Wednesday, August 24
  • 2pm - 4pm
  • Parson Capen House Lawn
  • Children are invited to bring their favorite doll or teddy bear and enjoy tea, crafts and stories on the Capen House lawn.
  • Strawberry Festival!
  • Saturday, June 11
  • 10am - 4pm
  • Topsfield Common
  • Enjoy strawberry shortcake and an array of crafters selling beautiful pottery, textiles, jewelry and more. Come see the Digital History Exhibit in the Gould Barn.
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  • Essex County Privateers
    and War of 1812
  • Friday, May 6
  • 7:30pm
  • Gould Barn
  • Captain Michael Rutstein, of the schooner Fame, will talk on privateering during the War of 1812. The most important campaigns of the war were not those of the Great Lakes, the Niagara frontier, the Chesapeake, or New Orleans. They were the Royal Navy’s blockade of the American coast, and America’s privateering campaign against British trade.
  • Domestic Servants of New England
  • Friday, April 15
  • 7:30pm
  • Gould Barn
  • Jennifer Pustz, Museum Historian for Historic New England, explores domestic relationships between mistress of the house and servants. Fans of Downton Abby will enjoy this insider look at the two sides of life in households with domestic help.