Brenda Sullivan of The Gravestone Girls
Tuesday, June 22nd 7:00PM – via Zoom
Welcome to the Graveyard
Join Brenda Sullivan on a virtual tour robust with photographs from many cemeteries visited by Gravestone Girls. We begin in colonial New England burial grounds, travel through the nation-wide 19th century rural cemetery movement, and into 21st century locations, to examine why we have cemeteries and gravestones, why they look like they do and how styles and art evolved over almost 400 years.
Brenda Sullivan has been immersed gravestone art, history and symbolism for more than 30 years. An education in Art History and restoration led to the creation of Gravestone Girls and a mission to “Keep Our Dead Alive” through educational lectures, tours, classes and creation of New England gravestone replicas.
Registration is FREE for RAS members / $5 for non-member
Saturday, August 7th 1:00PM
A Rehoboth Memoir : The Tobey Site in Retrospect
Don Doucette has experienced Rehoboth for a lifetime – family visits and many varied outings since childhood first introduced Don to the charm of rural Rehoboth. His ingrained interests with area history and the natural world led Don back to Rehoboth as an adult. For several years, Don experienced a hands-on and up-close introduction to the ancient unwritten history of Rehoboth resulting from his involvement with the Tobey Site archaeological exploration.
Don returns to the nearby Carpenter Museum to share his Rehoboth memoir and more specifically, his personal experience with the excavation of the Tobey Site – a once in a lifetime personal opportunity never to be experienced again.
Thursday, August 26th 7:00PM
The Hornbine School
Dave Downs shares the history of the Hornbine School, a historic one-room schoolhouse at 144 Hornbine Road in Rehoboth. Built in 1862 and operated until 1937, it is the best-preserved rural schoolhouse in the birthplace of public education. The school was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983 and now serves as a local history museum. Downs will give a history of the school building, its neighborhood, and the development of education in Rehoboth.
Tuesday, September 21st 7:00PM
How to Find a Rehoboth Grave
Beverly Baker has lived in Rehoboth since 1989, raising her family and enjoying their 100-year-old homestead, a former chicken farm. In 2012, she was appointed to the Cemetery Commission. Since then, the Cem Com has sponsored Cemetery Clean Ups and workshops to help teach the community how to care for historic gravestones. Beverly conducts tours of Rehoboth cemeteries to teach the history of the amazing people who used to live in this historic town. Through her work with The Cemetery Commission she assists the Veterans’ Services Officer in the placement of American Flags in all of the cemeteries and is a volunteer for Find a Grave.
Beverly was elected Vice-President of the Rehoboth Antiquarian Society in 2020. She is a volunteer at the E. Otis Dyer Research room at the Carpenter Museum, helping people with their genealogy. She enjoys helping people find where their ancestors lived and where they are buried.
In this lecture Beverly will be speaking about Finding the Graves of Your Rehoboth Ancestors. She will explain why it is important to understand the history of the town, what resources are available to you as a researcher, and tips on how to find old deeds in Massachusetts.
Thursday, October 7th, 7:00PM
The Y-DNA of the Rehoboth Progenitors
Kelly is descended from 20 early Rehoboth families. She has 50 years of genealogy experience and 10 years with DNA. She is the author of the free online “Beginner’s Guide to Genetic Genealogy.” She manages 7 projects at Family Tree DNA including the Rehoboth project. It was the first town specific project. She is an avid gardener and traveler.
In her lecture Kelly will talk about the origins of the Rehoboth DNA project and why the DNA of our town’s Progenitors matters. She’ll help answer the question of why you might want to do a YDNA test and how it can help your own genealogy research or the research of others. With her expertise in the field Kelly will answer questions like:
What is the difference between STRS and SNPS ( Stirs vs. Snips) YDNA tests?
What is Genetic Distance and how to read the Project results page?
What is a Y Haplogroup and why do they matter? Are Haplogroups geographic specific?
What can you do with a Big Y or individual SNP testing?