Learn to Research Your House’s History – Registration Deadline Monday

Marian Pierre-LouisJoin nationally-recognized house historian Marian Pierre-Louis this Friday, August 14 from 9 to noon to learn the steps involved in researching your home’s history. Whether your house is 200 years old or 50, the same research practices will lead you to a better understanding of the families who once lived there. The program begins at the Wilbor House and then moves to the Town Hall to provide every participant with hands-on experience using Little Compton’s primary source records.

The workshop is $75 for LCHS members and $100 for non-members. Anyone who completes and shares a Little Compton house history with the Historical Society before March 30, 2016 will receive a $50 refund.  Spaces are limited, please register immediately by calling 401-635-4035.

New Book Available Locally and on Amazon

LCHS2015Cover_front_lorresA new local history book published by the Historical Society tells the stories of nine historic houses including the Wilbor House, the Seaconnet House, the Lunt House, the  Strobell-Goodrich Cottage, the # 4 School House, the Huntoon House, the Marsh House and the Head House.

The book is filled with historic images and is available at the Wilbor House Museum, Wilbur’s Store, Simmons’ Store and Partner’s Village Store or Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Stories-Houses-Tell-Collection-Histories/dp/0982706944/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1438168995&sr=8-2&keywords=The+stories+houses+tell

Each of the houses in the book may be visted by the public during the Little Compton Historical Society’s Historic House Tour Scheduled for September 20 from noon to 5 PM.  littlecompton.org

Night at the Museum – Tonight – Thursday, July 23 1 to 8 PM

Your days may be busCider Social 2012 (17)y, but summer nights are meant for fun.  Tonight bring the whole family to the Wilbor House Museum for a twilight tour of the house and a visit to the special exhibition “The Stories Houses Tell.”

Weave using our giant Friendly Loom and deconstruct and build a 17th century post and beam house. Peggotty is open for visits. Our wooden toys will be out on the lawn and there will be cornbread samples while they last.

Members, as always are free, and non-members are $7.50 for adults and $5 for children.

Holiday Open House Today

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Join us at the Wilbor House Museum from 1 to 7 PM to celebrate the season with special activities, members discounts in our expanded museum shop and eight local vendors offering one-of-a-kind Little Compton gifts.

1 PM Archival Tour – Free and open to the public

1 PM Pre-school Please Touch Touch Tour for little ones and their parents.  Free to members.  $5 for non-member families

5 PM & 6 PM Lantern Tours of the Wilbor House Museum  Free to Members $5 for nonmmbers

3 to 5 PM Jingle Bell Carriage Rides $5 per person

Local Vendors 1 to 7 PM

Painted furniture. antique French Linens, Local Farm photo book, homemade Jams, local honey, children’s accessories, specialty soaps and more!

DIY (Do It Yourself!) House History Workshop

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With Nationally-Known House Historian Marian Pierre-Louis

Friday, November 14, 9 AM-Noon

LCHS Members $75, Non-Members $100  (Participants who share a completed Little Compton House history with the Little Compton Historical Society by February 28, 2015 will receive a $50 refund.)

You can uncover the history of your house whether it is 20 or 200 years old.  Come learn the research tools and tricks you need to make the most out of your house history with the help of Marian Pierre-Louis a house historian, lecturer and writer who specializes in researching the history of New England houses.  Your house is much more than wood and nails.  It stands as a memorial to every resident before you.  Discover the histories of the people who once lived there. Find the old deeds to your house, learn how to chain a deed, and locate other sources of information such as probate records and the US Federal Census Records.

This workshop begins at the Wilbor House Museum (548 West Main Road) and will move to the Town Vault on the Commons part-way through. Marian has customized this workshop to provide information specific to research within Little Compton and participants will have the opportunity to actually begin work on the property of their choice.

To register call 401-635-4035 or e-mail lchistory@littlecompton.org.

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Marian Pierre-Louis speaks frequently at libraries, societies and conferences throughout New England on house history and genealogical topics.  She is the author of the popular blog, the New England House Historian (NEHouseHistorian.blogspot.com). Marian is also the host of Fieldstone Common, a weekly radio show dedicated to New England history.  You can learn more about Maian and he work at http://www.FieldstoneHistoricalResearch.com.