Heritage Weekend Saturday

This page details the events and activities taking place from 9:00am to 5:00pm at First Parish on Saturday, April 13. 

Everything is open to the public and totally free (except for the Food Service and fundraising sales items).

Lightning Talks

Rainbow Room and Music Room (downstairs)

These 15-minute talks will run all day in two classrooms downstairs. The 30-minute time slots will allow time to chat with the speaker and easily move around to other talks or activities. Specific talks and speakers and the schedule are still in the works, but will include topics such as the following.

Meetinghouse Preservation: Accomplishments and Plans

Why Preserve the Meetinghouse?

The Meetinghouse Tower and Steeple Projects

The Evolving Meetinghouse in MacGregor’s Community

National Register Historic Sites in the E. Derry Upper Village

History Museums and Sites in Nutfield

Her Husband's Crown, Mary Ann MacGregor Reconsidered

The Nutfield Founding Story

Finding Local History Resources in the Derry Public Library

First Potato History

Founding Family Sketches (overview of Heather’s articles and/or multiple talks on specific families?)

Notable First Parish Pastors

Alan Shepard in Nutfield and Space

A Look at Forest Hill Cemetery

Lafayette's Tour of the United States in 1824-1826

Self-Guided Tours

Start in the First Parish Lobby

Illustrated and annotated brochures will allow you to experience and learn about key Nutfield features nearby, including:

  • Early Settlers and Notables in Forest Hill Cemetery

  • Historic Sites in the Upper Village

Artisan Demos

Nutfield Cooperative Classroom 1 (downstairs)

Live demos should include local Nutfield Pottery craftsman Mike Gibbons, plus an exhibit of flax- and linen-related tools and methods.

Kids Activities

Nutfield Cooperative Classroom 2 (downstairs)

A variety of fun activities for kids of every age will help them learn about the Scots-Irish heritage and culture (while also keeping them entertained).

Meetinghouse Preservation

1769 Meetinghouse

Videos, displays, and guided tours will tell the story of one of the most significant historic preservation projects taking place in New Hampshire. A live demonstration by primary contractor Preservation Timber Framing will explain materials, joinery methods, and more.

History Displays & Museum Tables

Lobby and A/B Classroom

Area history museums and historical societies will be present, with table displays and staff ready to show off “Nutfield” and help answer all your historical questions.

Food Service

Currier Hall

Snacks, entrees, and beverages will be available throughout the day (for modest fees).

All information is subject to change; check back often to see the latest.