January 9th: Felting Fun 10 am – 12:30 pm. In this Heritage Craft Studio, students will handle merino wool and learn the basics of wool felting. They will apply those techniques and create their own felt square which can be used in further crafting. Felting of other wool products like sweaters will be explored, as will the uses for the finished material. Supplies and materials will be supplied. There will be a $10 studio fee for non-DCHS members and a $5/person material charge. Space is limited, so reserve a spot early.
January 20th: Genealogy Lunch – 12 noon until 1 pm. Free and open to the public. This offering will be a hands on, computer tutorial that will help researchers of all skill levels, hone their skills. Learn to search online land records- step by step, improve the results of your Google searches and many different things that can be found on FamilySearch.org. You are encouraged to bring a laptop and computer questions, along with your lunch, if you wish.
January 30th: Refresh a Finish Demo – 10 am until 12 noon. This demonstration by artisan Frank Bittner will show the average “do it yourselfer” how to touch up and revitalize a worn finish on wooden furniture. Not a full refinish or restoration, this focuses on ways to spruce up worn, cracked, and discolored furniture finishes. Veneers may also be addressed, time allowing. Attendees wishing to have specific furniture issues addressed, may contact Mr. Bittner thru DCHS prior to the demo. Cost $5 DCHS members, $10 nonmembers
February 2016—Black History Month
February 9th: “Everything I Seen” – 12 noon – 1 pm. Mrs. Nona Stanley will read from Barbara Lockhart’s manuscript about Mary Taylor’s life experiences in East New Market. She’ll touch upon prejudice, farm laboring and other African American aspects of her life in Dorchester.
February 13th: Heritage Craft – Paper Basics 10 am – 12 noon. Learn how to turn paper trash into beautiful, textured paper that can be used in card making, tags artwork and more. Supplies and materials will be supplied. There will be a $10 studio fee for non members and a $5/person material charge. Space is limited so reserve a spot early. Subsequent paper workshops will be planned.
February 17th: Genealogy Lunch – 12 noon until 1 pm. Free and open to the public. Mary Dennard- Turner will share her Lakes of Bucktown family history.
February 20th: “Civil Rights Movement in Cambridge” – 12 noon until 1 pm. Discussion panel led by Mr. Bill Jarmon and Mr. Bill Batson to include those involved in the civil demonstrations in the 1960s.
February 27th: Renew your view! With this “Rejuvenate a Lamp” workshop. 10 am – 12 noon (or longer) Bring a lamp, regardless of its operating condition and an idea of how you’d like to rework it. Bring an item that you’d like to turn into a lamp- a vase, bottle, box, driftwood, etc. Supplies, materials and tools will be provided for the project. Learn the basics and go forth to rework other lamps. Cost: $10/DCHS members, $20/nonmembers + the cost of parts. You will be asked to email a photo of your chosen rehab project, one week before the workshop. Space is limited, reserve early.
March 11th: The Truth about Harriet –12 noon – 1 pm. Join us for the discussion guided by author Kate Larson, as she addresses some of the misconceptions about Harriet Tubman.
March 12th: Heritage Craft – 10 am – 12 noon TBD
March 16th: Genealogy Lunch – 12 noon until 1 pm. Councilman Tom Bradshaw will share about his Bradshaw, Horeseman and Hurley families. Free and open to the public, bring a lunch if desired.
March 17th: Traditional Irish Tea – 12 noon until 2:30 pm. Come enjoy the Woolford Publick Tea, celebrating the Irish heritage of the area. This full tea will sate your hunger with variations of Irish recipes. The sweets will include Irish tea cakes, soda bread, chocolate confections and more. The setting and décor with its pub like presentation is a wonderful change on the typical tea room. As always, costumed docents will educate and entertain!! Space is limited, reserve early. DCHS members cost $25/person, nonmembers $35/person.
March 19th: Crawford Foxwell Baseball and Sports Swap and Sell- 10 am – 3 pm
March 26th: Intro to Antique and Vintage Radio Repair and Restoration- 10 am – 12 noon. Learn the history of radio including tubes, electronics and more with this fascinating primer. Leave the presentation understanding how to value the radio that you may undertake as a restoration project and special considerations that need to be made. Space is limited. Pre register. DCHS members: $5, nonmembers: $10
April 9th: Heritage Craft Studio: 10 am – 12 noon TBA
April 20th: Genealogy Lunch 12 noon until 1 pm
May 4th: Firemen Appreciation Day Exhibit and talk
May 7th: Spring Tea – to be determined
May 14th: Heritage Craft Studio: 10 am – 12 noon TBA
May 18th: Genealogy Lunch 12 noon until 1 pm
May 19th: Recycle Dorchester—Preview for Members Only from 2 pm – 5 pm
May 20th-21st: Recycle Dorchester- 7 am – 12 noon
June 2nd: Annual Banquet
June 11th: Heritage Craft Studio: 10 am – noon
June 15th: Genealogy Lunch 12 noon until 1 pm
July 1st – July 8th: Honoring Our Past – Vietnam /Exhibit and talks
July 9th: Heritage Craft Studio TBA
July 20th: Genealogy Lunch 12 noon – 1 pm
August 13th: Heritage Craft Studio 10 am – 12 noon TBA
August 17th: Genealogy Lunch 12 noon – 1 pm
August 20th: Great Eastern Shore Tomato Festival in Vienna, Maryland! 10 am – 6 pm. Free, family fun!
September 10th: Heritage Craft Studio 10 am – 12 noon
September 21st: Genealogy Lunch 12 noon – 1 pm
October 7 – 8th – Genealogy Conference at the Heritage Museums and Gardens of Dorchester
October 15th: Heritage Craft Studio: 10 am – 12 noon
October 19th: Genealogy Lunch 12 noon – 1 pm
November 12th: Heritage Craft Studio: 10 am – 12 noon
November 16th: Genealogy Lunch 12 noon – 1 pm
November 18th: Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon 12 noon – 2 pm. By invitation only
December 10th: Holiday Tea, TBD
December 10th: Heritage Craft Studio 10 am – 12 noon TBA
December 21st: Genealogy Lunch: 12 noon until…. Holiday Edition!