Salem Ancestry Days - Salem MA

Salem Ancestry Days - Salem MA Events for Families Boston

Salem Ancestry Days will celebrate ancestral and immigrant connections to Salem, Massachusetts with lectures, tours, research opportunities, and an exhibitor fair.

The Salem community is coming together to connect visitors and locals with genealogy research and wonderful family stories during the first Salem Ancestry Days in May. Events, which will be held at locations around Salem, will include lectures, tours, research sessions, open houses, and an “Ancestry Fair,” which will be held at the Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites. 

Salem Ancestry Days was created in response to the scores of visitors who come to Salem to trace their family history.

“We hear from visitors on nearly a daily basis that they are coming to Salem because their ancestors lived here, were involved in the Salem Witch Trials or were connected to Nathaniel Hawthorne,” says Kate Fox, executive director of Destination Salem, “We decided to create space in the annual calendar dedicated to descendants and genealogy enthusiasts who want to learn more about the families who have called Salem home.”

The weekend will feature a Land Blessing by the Massachusett Tribe, lectures on Afro-American, Jewish, Polish, and French-Canadian ancestry, and a Preservation Road Show. Experts from American Ancestors and other genealogical organizations will offer free family history consultations at the First Church, and tours of the parish, which dates back to 1629, will be available. The Registry of Deeds will hold an open house and assist people who want to research land deeds, and The House of the Seven Gables is holding a Family Reunion for anyone who has a family connection to the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion. There are also several walking tours to explore neighborhoods with ethnic stories including a tour focusing on Italian Americans in the Gedney Street neighborhood that will be hosted by Historic New England.

Salem Ancestry Days will share a wide array of stories and family histories that are rooted in Salem. The National Park Service will host a lecture on Polish Family Histories at St. Joseph’s Hall and Essex National Heritage Commission plans to hold a lecture by author William Fowler. The Witch House will be collecting and sharing the stories of Salem’s Indigenous community, and Harmony Grove Cemetery is hosting a walking tour entitled, Monuments & Movements: Abolitionists, Suffragettes, and other Social Reformers of the Day. The Peabody Essex Museum is hosting a talk by Associate Curator George Schwartz, whose new book, “Collecting the Globe: The Salem East India Marine Society Museum,” offers in-depth exploration of the PEM’s founding institution. 

What are your connections to Salem? Join us in May when we share and learn about all of Salem’s family histories.

The calendar of events planned for Salem Ancestry Days, May 1-4, is growing!

When: 
May 1-4, 2020
Location: 
Phone: 
978-741-3252
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Hike & Seek: Sprouts of Spring

Come enjoy enjoy a self-guided outdoor activity adventure at the Trustees of Reservations Stevens-Coolidge Place.
As animals emerge from hibernation and the snow starts to melt, hints of green begin to bud and sprout which can only mean Springtime has arrived. From acorn to tree, sprout to fern, and spore to mushroom; the woodland forest is a revolving world of new plant species as far as the eye can see.

AJH: Newborn Care Class

Anna Jaques Hospital Parent Support Group Newborn Care Class
The Newborn Care class will cover practical baby care topics that will help you to feel more confident in your ability to care for your newborn. Classes are on Sundays from 9:00am-12:00am in the Higgins Conference Room at Anna Jaques Hospital.
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Public Skate & Learn to Skate at Peabody Skating Rink

Learn to Skate with the Peabody Skating Club at Peabody Skating Rink
The McVann-O'Keefe Skating Rink in Peabody is open for Public Skating weekdays from 10-11:45 am, Saturday's at 2 pm, and Sundays at 2:10 pm. Call today to ask about the Learn to Skate program at with the Peabody Skating Club. The ice is perfect. The Halloween and Christmas parties are a blast, and...
2:00 pm to 3:45 pm

Monday, May 17

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos
Certified Montessori teacher, artist and local mother, Colleen Apostolos-Marsh will guide your young artist in an exploration of color, shape, and texture. Using a variety of media, your child will be free to express their in a beautiful space while socializing and engaging in cooperative play....
10:15 am to 11:15 am

Tuesday, May 18

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos
Certified Montessori teacher, artist and local mother, Colleen Apostolos-Marsh will guide your young artist in an exploration of color, shape, and texture. Using a variety of media, your child will be free to express their in a beautiful space while socializing and engaging in cooperative play....
10:15 am to 11:15 am

Wednesday, May 19

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos
Certified Montessori teacher, artist and local mother, Colleen Apostolos-Marsh will guide your young artist in an exploration of color, shape, and texture. Using a variety of media, your child will be free to express their in a beautiful space while socializing and engaging in cooperative play....
10:15 am to 11:15 am

AJH: Mother & Baby Newborns: 0-6 Weeks

Mother and Baby, Newborn Support Groups aAnna Jaques Hospital
MOTHER & BABY GROUPS Anna Jaques Hospital is pleased to offer free group classes for all mothers in our community to provide support, encouragement and advice on parenthood and questions that arise after going home. This new group (for moms, grandmothers, and female caregivers only) is focused...
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Thursday, May 20

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos
Certified Montessori teacher, artist and local mother, Colleen Apostolos-Marsh will guide your young artist in an exploration of color, shape, and texture. Using a variety of media, your child will be free to express their in a beautiful space while socializing and engaging in cooperative play....
10:15 am to 11:15 am

Friday, May 21

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos
Certified Montessori teacher, artist and local mother, Colleen Apostolos-Marsh will guide your young artist in an exploration of color, shape, and texture. Using a variety of media, your child will be free to express their in a beautiful space while socializing and engaging in cooperative play....
10:15 am to 11:15 am

Saturday, May 22

Nature Walks for Tots: Rocky Beach Walk

Explore the rocky shore at Sandy Point with Mass Audubon Naturalist from Joppa Flats Education Center!
As spring arrives and settles in, Miss Lisa wants to take you through the woods, on the trails, and along the shore to look for creatures, explore, and play. We'll use our "science eyes" and "nature ears" for some outdoor family fun! On this walk we'll explore the rocky shoreline of Sandy Point!
10:00 am to 11:30 am

Outdoor Adventures for Families: Return to the Tide Pools

Explore the tide pools of Sandy Point Reservation with Joppa Flats Educators
As spring takes over, it's a great time to explore green spaces with your family in the woods, on trails, and along the shore. "Miss Lisa" and her team will assist with the identification of creatures, provide small group challenges, and share our joy and knowledge about the natural world. Sign up...
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Public Skate & Learn to Skate at Peabody Skating Rink

Learn to Skate with the Peabody Skating Club at Peabody Skating Rink
The McVann-O'Keefe Skating Rink in Peabody is open for Public Skating weekdays from 10-11:45 am, Saturday's at 2 pm, and Sundays at 2:10 pm. Call today to ask about the Learn to Skate program at with the Peabody Skating Club. The ice is perfect. The Halloween and Christmas parties are a blast, and...
2:00 pm to 3:45 pm

The 20th Open Door Empty Bowl Dinner

Proceeds from the Open Door Empty Bowl dinner benefit community programs.
The Open Door hosts a new twist on an old tradition. Join The Open Door to mark the 20th Anniversary of this beloved community event. Empty Bowl TO GO is by appointment only with a drive-thru experience at The Open Door in Gloucester. 
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm