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Saturday April 18, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM Here Am I, Send Me Film Showing and Discussion at MONIFF Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    August 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of civil rights martyr Jonathan Daniels, who was born and grew up in Keene. The Humanities Council has awarded a grant to the Monadnock International Film Festival (MONIFF) for programming that will examine Daniels’ life and tragic death through a showing and discussion of Here Am I, Send Me, an award-winning documentary about Daniels’ powerful story by Larry Benaquist and Bill Sullivan, which was created with Humanities Council support. Benequist and Sullivan will also receive MONIFF’s honorary Jonathan Daniels Award at the showing on Saturday, April 18 at 10 a.m. at the Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College. A panel discussion featuring the filmmakers and facilitated by Keene State College Professor James Waller, who grew up in Atlanta during the height of the Civil Rights movement, will follow the screening of Here Am I, Send Me. In March 1965, Jonathan Daniels answered the call of Dr. Martin Luther King, who recruited students and clergy to come to Selma, Alabama, to take part in the march to the state capitol in Montgomery for voting rights. Daniels decided to remain in Alabama and on August 14 he went to Fort Deposit to join a protest of the town’s whites-only stores. During a confrontation at a small market Tom L. Coleman, an unpaid special deputy who was holding a shotgun, leveled his weapon at seventeen-year-old Ruby Sales. Daniels pushed her down and caught the full blast of the gun. He was instantly killed. His death helped galvanize support for the Civil Rights movement.For more information about MONIFF and these events, visit www.moniff.org. While the Monadnock International Film Festival weekend involves ticketed events, the Jonathan Daniels film screening and discussion and the screening and discussion of The Refugees of Shangri-La are free and open to the public. Learn more on the film festival website.    
    Location: Redfern Arts Center, Keene State College, Keene
 
misc_none 1:00 PM The Old Country Fiddler: Charles Ross Taggart, Traveling Entertainer Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Veronica Mueller   764-9072   
    Musical humorist Charles Ross Taggart grew up in Topsham, Vermont, going on to perform in various lyceum and Chautauqua circuits all across the country for over 40 years starting in 1895. A fiddler, piano player, comedian, singer, and ventriloquist, he made at least 40 recordings on various labels, as well as appearing in an early talking movie four years before Al Jolson starred in The Jazz Singer. Adam Boyce portrays Mr. Taggart near the end of Taggart's career, c. 1936, sharing recollections on his life, with some live fiddling and humorous sketches interspersed in this living history program.
    Location: Joseph Patch Library, 320 NH Rte 25, Warren
 
misc_none 2:00 PM An Afternoon with Tomie dePaola Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    603-224-4071   
    Beloved author and illustrator Tomie dePaola will discuss his work and inspirations in an interview with author and storyteller Rebecca Rule at a free event hosted by the Humanities Council’s Connections adult literacy program on Saturday, April 18 at 2 p.m. at the Concord City Auditorium. Sean McDonald of WMUR-TV will join us to make a special presentation to Mr. dePaola on his 50th year in publishing. This event is one of our 40th anniversary signature events. It is free and open to all, but registration is required. Click the link below to register. Tomie dePaola is celebrating a half century of publishing books and is the creator of many classic characters including Strega Nona. More than 15 million copies of his books have been sold worldwide. He has been awarded the Smithson Medal from the Smithsonian Institution and the 2011 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his “substantial and lasting contributions to literature for children.” His books have been named Caldecott and Newbery Honor Books in addition to many other awards. Mr. dePaola will discuss his art, writings, and ideas at this free event and take questions from the audience. He will be available after his talk to sign copies of his books, which will be available for sale at the Concord City Auditorium courtesy of Gibson’s Bookstore. Gibson’s will donate a percentage of their sales at the event to Connections. Learn more about Mr. dePaola and his work at www.tomie.com. Reserve your seats here.    
    Location: Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord
 
misc_none 6:15 PM Poor Houses and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Dode Gladders   863-9200   
    From its earliest settlements New Hampshire has struggled with issues surrounding the treatment of its poor. The early Northeastern colonies followed the lead of England's 1601 Poor Law, which imposed compulsory taxes for maintenance of the poor but made no distinction between the "vagrant, vicious poor" and the helpless and honest poor. This confusion persisted for generations and led directly to establishment in most of the state's towns of alms houses and poor farms and, later, county institutions which would collectively come to form a dark chapter in New Hampshire history. Steve Taylor will examine how paupers were treated in these facilities and how reformers eventually succeeded in closing them down. POTLUCK DINNER BEGINS AT 5:00PM WITH PROGRAM TO FOLLOW AT 6:15PM.
    Location: Ahern Bldg., Sullivan Cty. Complex, 103 County Farm Rd., Unity
 
misc_none 7:00 PM A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Gata Hudson   542-6654   
    Northern New England is full of reminders of past lives: stone walls, old foundations, a century-old lilac struggling to survive as the forest reclaims a once-sunny dooryard. What forces shaped settlement, and later abandonment, of these places? Adair Mulligan explores the rich story to be discovered in what remains behind. See how one town has set out to create an inventory of its cellar holes, piecing together the clues in the landscape. Such a project can help landowners know what to do if they have archaeological sites on their land and help stimulate interest in a town's future through its past.
    Location: Unity Town Hall, 892 2nd NH Tpk., Unity
Tuesday April 21, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 5:30 PM Traditional Matryoshka Nested Doll Making: from Russia to New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Effingham Public Library   539-1537   
    Marina Forbes shares many examples of Matroyshka nested dolls, including examples of her own work and from her extensive collection, as she examines the rich folk tradition and symbolism of the dolls' appearance. She explores the link between doll making and other traditional Russian art forms. There will be a quick stop at the 1900 World's Fair in Paris that made Russian nested dolls and Fabergé eggs famous, followed by an illustrated tour of a working doll-making factory in rural Russia.
    Location: Effingham Public Library, 30 Town House Rd., Effingham
 
misc_none 7:00 PM A Visit With Queen Victoria Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Anita Creager   424-5084   
    In 1837, teenaged Victoria ascended to the British throne, untrained and innocent. Those who would try to usurp her power underestimated this self-willed intelligent young woman whose mettle sustained her through her 63-year reign. Using Queen Victoria's diary and letters, this program reveals the personal details of a powerful yet humane woman, who took seriously her role as monarch in a time of great expansion. She and her husband, Albert, set an example of high moral character and dedication, a novelty in the royal house after generations of scandal. Through her children she left a royal legacy; an era bears her name. Sally Mummey performs this living history in proper 19th Century clothing resplendent with Royal Orders.
    Location: John O'Leary Adult Community Ctr., 4 Church St., Merrimack
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Benedict Arnold: Patriot and Traitor? Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: American Independence Museum   772-2622   
    We all think we know the story of Benedict Arnold, the American Revolutionary War general who fought for the Continental Army but then defected to the British. Recalled mainly as a traitor for his 1780 defection, Arnold had risked his life and fortune for American freedom in courageous exploits between 1775 and 1778, when the dream of independence was at its most fragile. As an officer in the Continental Army, Arnold ably led American forces in desperate circumstances - against impossible odds, in a blinding snowstorm, through a howling wilderness, and against the extraordinary might of the Royal Navy. George Morrison will take you on a journey through New England, Canada and New York tracing the complex story of this infamous American icon.
    Location: Folsom Tavern, 164 Water St., Exeter
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Treasure from the Isles of Shoals: How New Archaeology is Changing Old History Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Cathleen Beaudoin   516-6050   
    There is treasure here but not the pirate kind. Scientific "digs" on Smuttynose Island are changing New England history. Archaeologist Nathan Hamilton has unearthed 300,000 artifacts to date on this largely uninhabited rock at the Isles of Shoals. Evidence proves prehistoric Native Americans hunted New Hampshire's only offshore islands 6,000 years ago. Hundreds of European fishermen split, salted, and dried valuable Atlantic cod here from the 1620s. "King Haley" ruled a survivalist kingdom here before Thomas Laighton struck tourist gold when his family took over the region's first hotel on Smuttynose. Laighton's daughter Celia Thaxter spun poetic tales of ghosts and pirates. J. Dennis Robinson, a longtime Smuttynose steward, explores the truth behind the romantic legends of Gosport Harbor in this colorful show-and-tell presentation.
    Location: Dover Public Library, 73 Locust St., Dover
Wednesday April 22, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM The Other Side of the Midnight Ride: A Visit with Rachel Revere Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Emily Whalen   228-6630   
    This living history program by Joan Gatturna tells a remarkable story of tea, trouble and revolution related by the woman who rode through life with Paul Revere. Rachel Revere tells of the Boston Tea Party, the Midnight Ride and the Siege of Boston. See these events through the eyes of a woman who engineered the escape of her family from occupied Boston and smuggled money to the Sons of Liberty. Meet the woman who kept the home fires burning while her husband fanned the flames of Revolution!
    Location: Goodlife Programs & Activities, 254 N. State St., Concord
 
misc_none 7:00 PM A Night of Music with Two Old Friends Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sally Woodman   382-7574   
    Over the centuries immigrants from the British Isles have come to the Americas bringing with them their musical styles and tastes as well as their instruments. With the concertina, bodhran, mandolin, octave mandolin, guitar, and banjo, Emery Hutchins and Jim Prendergast sing and play this traditional Celtic music, but they also perform American country music in the way it was conceived in the early twentieth century. Through stories, songs and instrumental melodies, they demonstrate how old time American mountain tunes are often derived directly from the songs of the Irish, yet are influenced by other cultural groups to create a new American sound.
    Location: Newton Town Hall, 2 Town Hall Rd., Newton
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Baked Beans and Fried Clams: How Food Defines A Region Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Anne Riecken   323-7995   
    Baked Beans, fried clams, fish chowder, Indian pudding - so many foods are distinctive to New England. This talk offers a celebration of these regional favorites along with an examination of how contemporary life has distanced us from these classics. What makes them special and how do these foods define our region? Edie Clark draws from such diverse resources as Fannie Farmer, Julia Child, and Haydn S. Pearson for enlightenment and amusement as well as on her own experiences, writing and traveling for Yankee magazine over the past thirty years to places where baked beans are still featured prominently on the menu.
    Location: Cook Memorial Library, 93 Main St., Tamworth
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misc_none 7:00 PM Rights & Reds Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jennifer Carroll   352-1895   
    Rights & Reds tells the story of New Hampshire's investigation of "subversive activities" during the 1950s. John Gfroerer facilitates this documentary and discussion, which explores the story of a confrontation between people who thought they were protecting the Bill of Rights and people who thought the Bill of Rights should protect them. Most importantly, it is the story of people who had the courage to stand up for what they believed.
    Location: Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main St., Keene
 
misc_none 7:00 PM The Old Country Fiddler: Charles Ross Taggart, Traveling Entertainer Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Gordon-Nash Library   744-8061   
    Musical humorist Charles Ross Taggart grew up in Topsham, Vermont, going on to perform in various lyceum and Chautauqua circuits all across the country for over 40 years starting in 1895. A fiddler, piano player, comedian, singer, and ventriloquist, he made at least 40 recordings on various labels, as well as appearing in an early talking movie four years before Al Jolson starred in The Jazz Singer. Adam Boyce portrays Mr. Taggart near the end of Taggart's career, c. 1936, sharing recollections on his life, with some live fiddling and humorous sketches interspersed in this living history program.
    Location: Gordon-Nash Library, 69 Main St., New Hampton
Thursday April 23, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Historic Iron and Steel Bridges of New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Matt Bose   485-6092   
    Glenn Knoblock documents the oft-forgotten metal bridges, made of iron first, then steel, that began to replace New Hampshire's covered bridges beginning in the 1860's. The metal bridges built from the 1860's through the 1930's were some of the largest and most impressive crossings ever built in the state, corresponding with nationwide trends and a shift of bridge building design and technology. Today, these structures have dwindled greatly in number and many are in danger of being lost, while others, like the Portsmouth-Kittery Memorial Bridge, will soon be replaced. Though those that remain today are often seen as rusted and unsightly relics of the past, this program makes a case for their preservation and continued presence in our landscape.
    Location: Hooksett Library, 31 Mount Saint Mary's Way, Hooksett
 
misc_none 6:30 PM John Winant: New Hampshire Man of The World Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Friends of the Jaffrey Public Library   532-7301   
    John G. Winant, three-time governor of New Hampshire went on to serve the nation in several capacities on the national and international scene. In the process he became a hero to the British in World War Two and to the common man throughout the developed world. His life, marked by highs and lows, ended tragically in his mansion in Concord. The program examines his life and measures his impact at home and abroad.
    Location: Jaffrey Public Library, 38 Main St., Jaffrey
 
misc_none 6:30 PM Strange Terrain: How Not To Get Poetry & Let It Get You Instead Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Betty Tidd   524-6042   
    Alice Fogel takes you through seven simple steps, and one hard one, toward understanding and appreciating more elements of poetry than you ever thought you could. In the end you'll see that you already knew them all along. This workshop is your quick, self-help program for "getting" poems. Fogel helps you develop your own confident relationship with poetry's shapes, words, images, sounds, emotions, mysteries, and more.
    Location: Gilford Public Library, 31 Potter Hill Rd., Gilford
 
misc_none 7:00 PM (Not So) Elementary, My Dear Watson: The Popularity of Sherlock Holmes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Tanya Griffith   465-7721   
    The recent spate of Sherlock Holmes movies, television shows, and literary adaptations indicate the Great Detective is alive and well in the 21st century. Holmes is the most portrayed literary character of all time, with over 230 film versions alone in several different languages. Over the past century, Sherlockians created societies like the Baker Street Irregulars, wrote articles sussing out the "sources" of Doyle's works, and, most recently, developed an entire online world of Holmesian fan fiction. Sherlock Holmes is now a multi-million dollar industry. Why is Sherlock Holmes so popular? Ann McClellan's presentation explores the origins of Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective and tracks his incarnations in literature, film, advertising, and modern media in order to crack the case of the most popular detective.
    Location: Hollis Social Library, 2 Monument Square, Hollis
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Saving the Mountains: NH & the Creation of the National Forests Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Harrison Pease   353-9080   
    New Hampshire's White Mountains played a leading role in events leading to the Weeks Act, the law that created the eastern national forests. Focusing on Concord's Joseph B. Walker and the Forest Society's Philip Ayres, Marcia Schmidt Blaine explores the relationship between our mountains and the economic, environmental and aesthetic questions posed by the individuals involved in the creation of the National Forest.
    Location: Rivendell Academy, 2972 Rte. 25A, Orford
Saturday April 25, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM High Water Stories Circle Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: John Harris   899-4010   harrisjr@franklinpierce.edu
    The Humanities Council has awarded a grant to the Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture at Franklin Pierce University for a documentary on the state's historic floods and their impact on New Hampshire Communities. The Center is partnering with the Monadnock Center for History and Culture on the project. Project organizers will host a story-gathering session on Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to noon at Bass Hall in Peterborough. This session will focus on flooding events on the Nubanusit and Contoocook Rivers. Participants are asked to bring any flood-related photos they have and come prepared to share their stories. For more information, contact John Harris at 899-4010 or by e-mail. Visit the project website.    
    Location: Bass Hall, 19 Grove St., Peterborough
 
misc_none 1:00 PM Saving the Mountains: NH & the Creation of the National Forests Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Claire James   938-2041   
    New Hampshire's White Mountains played a leading role in events leading to the Weeks Act, the law that created the eastern national forests. Focusing on Concord's Joseph B. Walker and the Forest Society's Philip Ayres, Marcia Schmidt Blaine explores the relationship between our mountains and the economic, environmental and aesthetic questions posed by the individuals involved in the creation of the National Forest.
    Location: Bradford Historical Society, 160 East Main St., Bradford
 
misc_none 1:00 PM Unlaunch'd Voices: Walt Whitman Live Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    432-6140   
    Walt Whitman will visit Derry this month and share his thoughts on love, art, war and creativity. The Humanities Council has awarded a grant to the Derry Public Library for a performance of Unlaunch’d Voices, a play about Whitman, on Saturday, April 25 at 1 p.m. at the library at 64 East Broadway. Stephen Collins will portray Whitman in this one-man play written by Michael Keamy and based on Whitman’s writings. Unlaunch’d Voices portrays Whitman in old age reflecting on his life as a young man and tracing the experiences that led to the cration of Leaves of Grass, his classic collection of poems. In the play, Whitman shares his struggles to overcome rejection and his anguish over the Civil War. According to the Poetry Foundation, Walt Whitman is America’s world poet — a latter-day successor to Homer, Virgil, Dante, and Shakespeare. In Leaves of Grass (1855), he celebrated democracy, nature, love, and friendship. This monumental work chanted praises to the body as well as to the soul, and found beauty and reassurance, even in death. Follwing the performance, Denise Askin will “interview” Whitman as a modern reader and lead a discussion with the audience on Whitman’s life and work. This event is intended for adult audiences.
    Location: Derry Public Library, 64 East Broadway, Derry
 
misc_none 1:30 PM A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Howe Library   643-4120   
    Hanover is full of reminders of past lives: stone walls, old foundations, a century-old lilac struggling to survive as the forest reclaims a once-sunny dooryard. What forces shaped settlement, and later abandonment, of these places? After an indoor program, we will explore cellar holes on the Trescott Company lands, including the sites of a one-room school, the Mason Farm, and the town Poor Farm. Co-sponsored by the NH Humanities Council, Howe Library, Hanover Historical Society and Hanover Conservancy. Meet: Howe Library; for field trip, meet at gate at Trescott Road (directions provided at the indoor program). Rain date for field trip: Sunday, April 26, 3-5pm. Leader: Adair Mulligan. Level: Easy. Please, no dogs. Hiking poles and boots recommended.
    Location: Howe Library, 13 South St., Hanover
 
misc_none 2:00 PM Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sherry Nelson   744-9744   
    Drawing on research from her book, Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire, the Present, the Past, and the Future, Rebecca Rule regales audiences with stories of the rituals, traditions and history of town meeting, including the perennial characters, the literature, the humor, and the wisdom of this uniquely New England institution.
    Location: Groton Town House, 754 N. Groton Rd., Groton
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misc_none 7:00 PM On This Spot Once Stood... Remembering the Architectural Heritage of New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Bath Public Library   747-3372   
    New Hampshire has lost many of its important historic buildings to fire, neglect, intentional demolition and re-development. In some cases, a plaque or marker provides a physical reminder of what was, but in other examples, no tangible evidence remains. Maggie Stier showcases some of the celebrated buildings that New Hampshire has lost, and explores how and why we remember and commemorate those losses. Her program will draw from historical and contemporary photographs, maps, and other historical records to explore the significance of these structures, explain their eventual fate, and analyze popular responses to the loss. Particular attention will be devoted to places where a building was memorialized in some way. Examples in this illustrated talk will include the simple wooden signs where the hotels in Bethlehem once stood, a large-scale installation of architectural fragments in Concord, and the birthplaces of several notable citizens. Audiences will be challenged to think about other examples, and consider the ways in which we remember what isn't there any longer.
    Location: Bath Village School, 61 Lisbon Rd., Bath
Sunday April 26, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM Liberty Is Our Motto!: Songs and Stories of the Hutchinson Family Singers Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Hampton Historical Society   929-0781   
    The year is 1876, and New Hampshire's own John Hutchinson sings and tells about his famous musical family "straight from the horse's mouth." Originally from Milford, NH, the Hutchinson Family Singers were among America's most notable musical entertainers for much of the mid-19th century. They achieved international recognition with songs advancing social reform and political causes such as abolition, temperance, women's suffrage, and the Lincoln presidential campaign of 1860. In this living history program, Steve Blunt portrays John Hutchinson. He tells the Hutchinsons' story and shares their music with lyrics provided. Audience members are invited to sing along on "The Old Granite State," "Get Off the Track," "Tenting on the Old Campground," and more.
    Location: Tuck Museum, 40 Park Ave., Hampton
Monday April 27, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM Discovering New England Stone Walls Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Joseph Internicola   763-1048   
    Why are we so fascinated with stone walls? Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss, explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.
    Location: Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church, Lower Main St., Sunapee
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Wit and Wisdom: Humor in 19th Century New England Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: David LeGault   659-5863   
    Whatever did New Englanders do on long winter evenings before cable, satellite and the internet? In the decades before and after the Civil War, our rural ancestors used to create neighborhood events to improve their minds. Community members male and female would compose and read aloud homegrown, handwritten literary "newspapers" full of keen verbal wit. Sometimes serious, sometimes sentimental but mostly very funny, these "newspapers" were common in villages across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont and revealed the hopes, fears, humor and surprisingly daring behavior of our forebears. Jo Radner shares excerpts from her forthcoming book about hundreds of these "newspapers" and provides examples from villages in your region.
    Location: Stone School Museum, 3 Granite St., New Market
Tuesday April 28, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM The Ballad Lives! Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Barbara Lerch   659-5863   
    Murder and mayhem, robbery and rapine, love that cuts to the bone: American ballads re-tell the wrenching themes of their English and Scottish cousins. Transplanted in the new world by old world immigrants, the traditional story-song of the Anglos and Scots wound up reinvigorated in the mountains of Appalachia and along the Canadian border. John Perrault talks, sings, and picks the strings that bind the old ballads to the new.
    Location: Newmarket Public Library, 1 Elm St., Newmarket
Wednesday April 29, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Benedict Arnold: Patriot and Traitor? Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Elizabeth Thompson   466-2525   
    We all think we know the story of Benedict Arnold, the American Revolutionary War general who fought for the Continental Army but then defected to the British. Recalled mainly as a traitor for his 1780 defection, Arnold had risked his life and fortune for American freedom in courageous exploits between 1775 and 1778, when the dream of independence was at its most fragile. As an officer in the Continental Army, Arnold ably led American forces in desperate circumstances - against impossible odds, in a blinding snowstorm, through a howling wilderness, and against the extraordinary might of the Royal Navy. George Morrison will take you on a journey through New England, Canada and New York tracing the complex story of this infamous American icon.
    Location: Gorham Public Library, 35 Railroad St., Gorham
Thursday April 30, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Discovering New England Stone Walls Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Piermont Public Library   272-4967   
    Why are we so fascinated with stone walls? Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss, explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.
    Location: Piermont Old Church Bldg., 131 New Hampshire 10, Piermont
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Granite Gallows: The Origins of New Hampshire's Debate over the Death Penalty Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Wendy Pelletier   745-9971   
    As one of the last northeastern states with capital punishment still on the books and with its first person on death row since 1939, New Hampshire continues to struggle with this controversial issue. Chris Benedetto examines the history of the death penalty in New Hampshire and the major legal and social issues which challenged our predecessors, revealing that many of them still haunt us today. PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE FROM APRIL 9TH.
    Location: Woodstock Town Office Bldg., 165 Lost River Rd., N. Woodstock
Friday May 1, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Covered Bridges of New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Dottie Bean   332-5521   
    Covered wooden bridges have been a vital part of the NH transportation network, dating back to the early 1800s. Given NH's myriad streams, brooks, and rivers, it's unsurprising that 400 covered bridges have been documented. Often viewed as quaint relics of a simpler past, they were technological marvels of their day. It may be native ingenuity and NH's woodworking tradition that account for the fact that a number of nationally-noted covered bridge truss designers were NH natives. Glenn Knoblock discusses covered bridge design and technology, and their designers, builders, and associated folklore.
    Location: Goodwin Library, 422 Main St., Farmington
Saturday May 2, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 5:00 PM Humanities in Action Contra Dance Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    603-224-4071   
    The Humanities Council’s Humanities in Action 40th Anniversary series will begin with a Contra Dance on Saturday, May 2 at 5 p.m. at the Newport Opera House at 20 Main St. Renowned New Hampshire musicians and dance historians Dudley Laufman, Adam Boyce and Jane Orzechowski will perform contra dance music, teach and lead traditional dances, and offer stories from the history of this beloved art form. Tickets are $10 per person and $20 for a family (two adults and two children ages 8 to 18). Children under 8 are free. Reserve your tickets today on our website at www.nhhc.org. Humanities in Action continues with a guided paddle on Squam Lake on August 8 in partnership with the New England Disabled Sports Network and a September 20 hike up Mount Moosilauke with sporting legend Penny Pitou, and Becoming Odyssa author and record-breaking Appalachian Trail thru hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis. Pharr Davis will lead a post-hike discussion. Click here for tickets.    
    Location: Newport Opera House, 20 Main St.
Sunday May 3, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM Meet Eleanor Roosevelt Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Marc Davis   927-4596   
    First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was a leader and a revolutionary - a champion to the powerless - and her story is not over. Elena Dodd's living history of Mrs. Roosevelt is an intimate and informative depiction of the extraordinary life of an extraordinary woman. This program offers a frank and often humorous look at the struggles and personal fulfillment of a shy young woman who metamorphosed into a strong voice for social justice and universal human rights and was witness to the tumultuous events of her day.
    Location: Wilmot Town Hall, 11 N. Wilmot Rd., Wilmot
 
misc_none 4:00 PM Poor Houses and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jane Fant   795-4780   
    From its earliest settlements New Hampshire has struggled with issues surrounding the treatment of its poor. The early Northeastern colonies followed the lead of England's 1601 Poor Law, which imposed compulsory taxes for maintenance of the poor but made no distinction between the "vagrant, vicious poor" and the helpless and honest poor. This confusion persisted for generations and led directly to establishment in most of the state's towns of alms houses and poor farms and, later, county institutions which would collectively come to form a dark chapter in New Hampshire history. Steve Taylor will examine how paupers were treated in these facilities and how reformers eventually succeeded in closing them down.
    Location: Lyme Center Academy, 183 Dorchester Rd., Lyme
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Monday May 4, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM Your Hit Parade: Twenty-five Years Presenting America's Top Popular Songs Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Karen Krueger   883-8705   
    "Your Hit Parade" aired on radio and then on television from 1935 to 1959. It set the standard for American popular music. Calvin Knickerbocker outlines a quarter century of the show's history as a "tastemaker" featuring songs inspired by the Great Depression and on through the advent of rock and roll. He explores the show's relationship with sponsor American Tobacco and Lucky Strike cigarettes and shares stories about the artists the show helped launch and promote, from Frank Sinatra to Elvis.
    Location: First Baptist Church, 121 Manchester St., Nashua
Tuesday May 5, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Brewing in New Hampshire: An Informal History of Beer in the Granite State Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Gilford Public Library   524-6042   
    Glenn Knoblock explores the fascinating history of New Hampshire's beer and ale brewing industry from Colonial days, when it was home- and tavern-based, to today's modern breweries and brew pubs. Unusual and rare photos and advertisements document this changing industry and the state's earliest brewers, including the renowned Frank Jones. A number of lesser-known brewers and breweries that operated in the state are also discussed, including the only brewery owned and operated by a woman before the modern era. Illustrations present evidence of society's changing attitudes towards beer and alcohol consumption over the years. Whether you're a beer connoisseur or a "tea-totaler", this lecture will be enjoyed by adults of all ages.
    Location: Gilford Public Library, 31 Potter Hill Rd., Gilford
 
misc_none 7:00 PM A Night of Music with Two Old Friends Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amy Friedman   886-6030   
    Over the centuries immigrants from the British Isles have come to the Americas bringing with them their musical styles and tastes as well as their instruments. With the concertina, bodhran, mandolin, octave mandolin, guitar, and banjo, Emery Hutchins and Jim Prendergast sing and play this traditional Celtic music, but they also perform American country music in the way it was conceived in the early twentieth century. Through stories, songs and instrumental melodies, they demonstrate how old time American mountain tunes are often derived directly from the songs of the Irish, yet are influenced by other cultural groups to create a new American sound.
    Location: Rodgers Memorial Library, 194 Derry Rd., Hudson
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Wacky Songs that Made Us Laugh Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Martin   778-2335   
    Popular songs with humorous lyrics have kept us laughing since Colonial times. We need comic relief, and songs provide some of the best (sometimes unintentionally). Excerpts from hilarious songs help chart the evolution of musical humor from the 1920s to the 1980s. Selections poke fun at WW II enemies, diets, television, sex, Christmas, summer camp, religion, and many other aspects of life. Laugh as you recall wacky moments from the past and discover new ones with Calvin Knickerbocker.
    Location: Exeter Historical Society, 47 Front St., Exeter
Wednesday May 6, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM New England Utopia: Transcendental Communities Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amy Inglis   664-9715   
    Exploring the legacy of the nineteenth century New England Transcendentalists, Pontine Theatre focuses on three influential Massachusetts communities: the circle of philosophers surrounding Ralph Waldo Emerson in Concord; Bronson Alcott's ill-fated utopian experiment at Fruitlands in Harvard; and the ambitious communal farm founded by George Ripley at Brook Farm in West Roxbury.
    Location: Barrington Public Library, 105 Ramsdell Ln., Barrington
 
misc_none 6:30 PM Banjos, Bones, and Ballads Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Taylor Community   524-5600   
    Traditional songs, rich in local history and a sense of place, present the latest news from the distant past. They help us to interpret present-day life with an understanding of the working people who built our country. Tavern songs, banjo tunes, 18th century New England hymns, sailor songs, and humorous stories about traditional singers and their songs highlight this informative program by Jeff Warner.
    Location: Taylor Community (Woodside Bldg.), 435 Union Ave., Laconia
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Colonial New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Michele York   396-2362   
    One hundred and seventy-six pins on Jere Daniell's map of New Hampshire mark the towns, cities, and villages he's visited so far to talk about early New England history. His featured topics on Colonial New Hampshire have pleased many listeners in talks like "Algonkian New Hampshire," "New Hampshire's First English Settlers," "Why New Hampshire Exists," "The Boundaries of New Hampshire," or "The Wentworth Oligarchy." Daniell also can customize a talk on the history of your community.
    Location: Charlie's Barn, 29 South Village Rd., Loudon
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Rally Round the Flag: The American Civil War Through Folksong Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jean Latham   382-5843   
    Woody Pringle and Marek Bennett present an overview of the American Civil War through the lens of period music. Audience members participate and sing along as the presenters explore lyrics, documents, and visual images from sources such as the Library of Congress. Through camp songs, parlor music, hymns, battlefield rallying cries, and fiddle tunes, Pringle and Bennett examine the folksong as a means to enact living history, share perspectives, influence public perceptions of events, and simultaneously fuse and conserve cultures in times of change. Showcasing numerous instruments, the presenters challenge participants to find new connections between song, art, and politics in American history. (Note: Please contact Woody Pringle to book this program.)
    Location: First Baptist Church, 122 Main St., Plaistow
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Strange Terrain: How Not To Get Poetry & Let It Get You Instead Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Anita Carroll-Weldon   352-0460   
    Alice Fogel takes you through seven simple steps, and one hard one, toward understanding and appreciating more elements of poetry than you ever thought you could. In the end you'll see that you already knew them all along. This workshop is your quick, self-help program for "getting" poems. Fogel helps you develop your own confident relationship with poetry's shapes, words, images, sounds, emotions, mysteries, and more.
    Location: Horatio Colony House Museum, 199 Main St., Keene
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Your Hit Parade: Twenty-five Years Presenting America's Top Popular Songs Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lee Public Library   659-2626   
    "Your Hit Parade" aired on radio and then on television from 1935 to 1959. It set the standard for American popular music. Calvin Knickerbocker outlines a quarter century of the show's history as a "tastemaker" featuring songs inspired by the Great Depression and on through the advent of rock and roll. He explores the show's relationship with sponsor American Tobacco and Lucky Strike cigarettes and shares stories about the artists the show helped launch and promote, from Frank Sinatra to Elvis.
    Location: Lee Safety Complex, 20 George Bennett Rd., Lee
Thursday May 7, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM (Not So) Elementary, My Dear Watson: The Popularity of Sherlock Holmes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Ann Robinson   474-2044   
    The recent spate of Sherlock Holmes movies, television shows, and literary adaptations indicate the Great Detective is alive and well in the 21st century. Holmes is the most portrayed literary character of all time, with over 230 film versions alone in several different languages. Over the past century, Sherlockians created societies like the Baker Street Irregulars, wrote articles sussing out the "sources" of Doyle's works, and, most recently, developed an entire online world of Holmesian fan fiction. Sherlock Holmes is now a multi-million dollar industry. Why is Sherlock Holmes so popular? Ann McClellan's presentation explores the origins of Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective and tracks his incarnations in literature, film, advertising, and modern media in order to crack the case of the most popular detective.
    Location: Seabrook Library, 25 Liberty Lane, Seabrook
 
misc_none 7:00 PM A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Adele Hale   547-3403   
    Northern New England is full of reminders of past lives: stone walls, old foundations, a century-old lilac struggling to survive as the forest reclaims a once-sunny dooryard. What forces shaped settlement, and later abandonment, of these places? Adair Mulligan explores the rich story to be discovered in what remains behind. See how one town has set out to create an inventory of its cellar holes, piecing together the clues in the landscape. Such a project can help landowners know what to do if they have archaeological sites on their land and help stimulate interest in a town's future through its past.
    Location: Stephenson Memorial Library, 761 Forest Rd., Greenfield
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misc_none 7:00 PM Songs of Old New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kim Hanson   493-4749   
    Drawing heavily on the repertoire of traditional singer Lena Bourne Fish (1873-1945) of Jaffrey and Temple, New Hampshire, Jeff Warner offers the songs and stories that, in the words of Carl Sandburg, tell us "where we came from and what brought us along." These ballads, love songs and comic pieces, reveal the experiences and emotions of daily life in the days before movies, sound recordings and, for some, books. Songs from the lumber camps, the decks of sailing ships, the textile mills and the war between the sexes offer views of pre-industrial New England and a chance to hear living artifacts from the 18th and 19th centuries.
    Location: McConnell Building, 61 Locust St., Dover
Monday May 11, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Poor Houses and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Stuart Hodgeman   477-2844   
    From its earliest settlements New Hampshire has struggled with issues surrounding the treatment of its poor. The early Northeastern colonies followed the lead of England’s 1601 Poor Law, which imposed compulsory taxes for maintenance of the poor but made no distinction between the “vagrant, vicious poor” and the helpless and honest poor. This confusion persisted for generations and led directly to establishment in most of the state’s towns of alms houses and poor farms and, later, county institutions which would collectively come to form a dark chapter in New Hampshire history. Steve Taylor will examine how paupers were treated in these facilities and how reformers eventually succeeded in closing them down.
    Location: Cornish Town Office Bldg., 488 Town House Rd., Cornish
Tuesday May 12, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Discovering New England Stone Walls Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Pam Darlington   772-3101   
    Why are we so fascinated with stone walls? Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss, explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.
    Location: Exeter Public Library, 4 Chestnut St., Exeter
 
misc_none 6:30 PM The Making of Strawbery Banke Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kimball Public Library   362-5234   
    Local legend says Strawbery Banke Museum began when a Portsmouth librarian gave a rousing speech in 1957. The backstory, however, is richly complex. This is a dramatic tale of economics, urban renewal, immigration, and historic architecture in New Hampshire's only seaport. J. Dennis Robinson, author of an award-winning "biography" of the 10-acre Strawbery Banke campus, shares the history of "America's oldest neighborhood." Tapping into private letters, unpublished records, and personal interviews, Robinson explores the politics of preservation. Using colorful and historic illustrations, the author looks candidly at mistakes made and lessons learned in this grassroots success story.
    Location: Kimball Public Library, 5 Academy Avenue, Atkinson
 
misc_none 7:00 PM New England Utopia: Transcendental Communities Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Elkins Public Library   783-4386   
    Exploring the legacy of the nineteenth century New England Transcendentalists, Pontine Theatre focuses on three influential Massachusetts communities: the circle of philosophers surrounding Ralph Waldo Emerson in Concord; Bronson Alcott's ill-fated utopian experiment at Fruitlands in Harvard; and the ambitious communal farm founded by George Ripley at Brook Farm in West Roxbury.
    Location: Elkins Public Library, 9 Center Rd., Canterbury
 
misc_none 7:00 PM New Hampshire and the American Clipper Ship Era Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Ric Erickson   749-9011   
    Glenn Knoblock explores our nation's maritime past with this exciting look at the fastest sailing ships ever built in America. Learn how the clippers evolved, who built them and why, as well as New Hampshire's important role in supplying these unique ships. Though New Hampshire's coastline is only seventeen miles long, the state produced more clippers, all built at Portsmouth, than many other cities, bested only by New York and Boston. Learn also about the exciting voyages these ships made, the cargos they carried, the men and, in a few cases, the women, who sailed them, and why the ships' reign, lasting from 1844-1860, was so short. Whether you're a boating or nautical enthusiast, or simply have an interest in salt-water history, this lecture will fill your sails.
    Location: Madbury Town Hall, 13 Town Hall Rd., Madbury
 
misc_none 7:00 PM New Hampshire’s Long Love-Hate Relationship with Its Agricultural Fairs Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Joann Watson   671-8067   
    The first agricultural fair in North America was held in what is now Londonderry in 1722, and it would become a wildly popular event lasting for generations until it came to be so dominated by gambling, flim-flam and other "scandalous dimensions" that the legislature revoked its charter in 1850. But fairs have always had strong supporters and eventually the state came around to appropriating modest sums to help them succeed. Temperance groups and others would continue to attack the fairs on moral grounds and their close connection to horse racing was a chronic flashpoint. Steve Taylor will discuss the ups and downs of the fairs down through years and how public affection for rural traditions helps them survive in contemporary times.
    Location: Jenny Blake School, 32 Crescent St., Hill
Wednesday May 13, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Discovering New England Stone Walls Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Maggie Faneuf   736-9920   
    Why are we so fascinated with stone walls? Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss, explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.
    Location: Epsom Public Library, 1606 Dover Rd., Epsom
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Songs of Old New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Donna Whipple   323-7922   
    Drawing heavily on the repertoire of traditional singer Lena Bourne Fish (1873-1945) of Jaffrey and Temple, New Hampshire, Jeff Warner offers the songs and stories that, in the words of Carl Sandburg, tell us "where we came from and what brought us along." These ballads, love songs and comic pieces, reveal the experiences and emotions of daily life in the days before movies, sound recordings and, for some, books. Songs from the lumber camps, the decks of sailing ships, the textile mills and the war between the sexes offer views of pre-industrial New England and a chance to hear living artifacts from the 18th and 19th centuries.
    Location: Remick County Doctor Museum & Farm, 58 Cleveland Hill Rd., Tamworth
Thursday May 14, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM (Not So) Elementary, My Dear Watson: The Popularity of Sherlock Holmes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Eileen Gilbert   753-8576   
    The recent spate of Sherlock Holmes movies, television shows, and literary adaptations indicate the Great Detective is alive and well in the 21st century. Holmes is the most portrayed literary character of all time, with over 230 film versions alone in several different languages. Over the past century, Sherlockians created societies like the Baker Street Irregulars, wrote articles sussing out the "sources" of Doyle's works, and, most recently, developed an entire online world of Holmesian fan fiction. Sherlock Holmes is now a multi-million dollar industry. Why is Sherlock Holmes so popular? Ann McClellan's presentation explores the origins of Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective and tracks his incarnations in literature, film, advertising, and modern media in order to crack the case of the most popular detective.
    Location: Boscawen Public Library, 116 N. Main St., Boscawen
 
misc_none 6:30 PM Discovering New England Stone Walls Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Erin Kennedy   673-3330   
    Why are we so fascinated with stone walls? Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss, explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.
    Location: Brookline Public Library, 16 Main St., Brookline
 
misc_none 7:30 PM Poor Houses and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lisa Rothman   487-3867   
    From its earliest settlements New Hampshire has struggled with issues surrounding the treatment of its poor. The early Northeastern colonies followed the lead of England's 1601 Poor Law, which imposed compulsory taxes for maintenance of the poor but made no distinction between the "vagrant, vicious poor" and the helpless and honest poor. This confusion persisted for generations and led directly to establishment in most of the state's towns of alms houses and poor farms and, later, county institutions which would collectively come to form a dark chapter in New Hampshire history. Steve Taylor will examine how paupers were treated in these facilities and how reformers eventually succeeded in closing them down.
    Location: New Boston Community Church, 2 Meetinghouse Hill Rd., New Boston
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Friday May 15, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Discovering New England Stone Walls Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nancy Lescynski   239-6277   
    Why are we so fascinated with stone walls? Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss, explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.
    Location: Veteran's Memorial Hall, Rte 32, Richmond
Saturday May 16, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 5:30 PM Discovering New England Stone Walls Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Beth Merrill   588-6615   
    Why are we so fascinated with stone walls? Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss, explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket. POTLUCK TO FOLLOW PROGRAM AT SAME LOCATION.
    Location: Antrim Grange Hall, 253 Clinton Rd., Antrim
 
misc_none 7:00 PM The Great Sheep Boom and Its Enduring Legacy on the New Hampshire Landscape Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Gata Hudson   542-6654   
    In a brief 30-year period in the early 19th century the New Hampshire countryside became home to hundreds of thousands of sheep. Production of wool became a lucrative business, generating fortunes and providing the only time of true agricultural prosperity in the state's history. It left behind a legacy of fine architecture and thousands of miles of rugged stonewalls. Steve Taylor discusses how farmers overcame enormous challenges to make sheep husbandry succeed, but forces from beyond New Hampshire were to doom the industry, with social consequences that would last a century.
    Location: Unity Town Hall, 892 2nd NH Tpk., Unity
Sunday May 17, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 3:00 PM Discovering New England Stone Walls Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Stephen Ullman   588-2005   
    Why are we so fascinated with stone walls? Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss, explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.
    Location: Antrim Presbyterian Church, 73 Main St., Antrim
Monday May 18, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nancy Mardin   536-3982   
    Drawing on research from her book, Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire, the Present, the Past, and the Future, Rebecca Rule regales audiences with stories of the rituals, traditions and history of town meeting, including the perennial characters, the literature, the humor, and the wisdom of this uniquely New England institution.
    Location: Campton Historical Society, Rte. 175, Campton
Tuesday May 19, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM What There Was Not to Tell Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Suncook Senior Center   485-4254   
    Edie Clark explores "what there was not to tell" about World War II, what war does to anyone it touches, how the loss of one man (the man her mother hoped to marry) affected not only her mother, his family, and her mother's family, but also Edie and her sister as they grew up, aware of the loss of Tom but unable to understand it. Based on more than 2,000 letters left to Edie after her parents died, the specific story of her family's loss could be the story of any family who has lost a soldier in war, any war. Edie talks about her journey to find Tom, a fifteen-year odyssey that took Edie many places, physical and emotional, and was ultimately inspiring and redemptive.
    Location: Suncook Senior Ctr., 398 Blackhall Rd., Epsom
 
misc_none 11:00 AM 400 Miles Down the Connecticut River Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Priscilla Grayson   802-824-6867   
    Michael Tougias (pronounced Toe-gis), author of River Days, will present a narrated slide presentation about the history and natural history of the Connecticut River. Tougias will take the viewer down the entire 410 miles of the river on a journey through the past and present. Along the way the author will discuss wildlife, environmental issues, Native Americans, log drives, major floods, and more. Practical tips will be given including his favorite sections of river to paddle, fish, and camp. Tougias' slides will also help the viewer find the best spots for photographing wildlife such as moose and bald eagle. Humor is woven into the talk with a focus on some of Tougias' misadventures.
    Location: Common Man Restaurant, 21 Water St., Claremont
 
misc_none 6:30 PM A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Canaan Town Library   523-9650   
    Northern New England is full of reminders of past lives: stone walls, old foundations, a century-old lilac struggling to survive as the forest reclaims a once-sunny dooryard. What forces shaped settlement, and later abandonment, of these places? Adair Mulligan explores the rich story to be discovered in what remains behind. See how one town has set out to create an inventory of its cellar holes, piecing together the clues in the landscape. Such a project can help landowners know what to do if they have archaeological sites on their land and help stimulate interest in a town's future through its past.
    Location: Canaan Town Library, 1173 US Rte. 4, Canaan
 
misc_none 6:45 PM George Washington Spied Here: Spies and Spying in the American Revolutionary War (1775 - 1783) Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Judy Haskell   926-3682   
    Based on recently discovered historical materials and recent books, this program by Douglas Wheeler is an inquiry into the life and death of America's first spy, the patriot-martyr, Nathan Hale, of Coventry, Connecticut. Wheeler takes audiences on a journey through the spy world of the Culper Spy Ring of New York, Long Island and Connecticut, the most secret of the American spy rings and the most successful in getting useful intelligence to General George Washington beginning in 1778, two years after Hale's tragic execution by the British. The Father of our country was also our first Intelligence Chief. The program is illustrated with images of the main places and dramatis personae of this unusual network of patriot secret agents and couriers.
    Location: Hampton Falls Free Library, 7 Drinkwater Rd., Hampton Falls
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Darby Field and the First Ascent of Mount Washington Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sam Harding   383-9466   
    For more than 200 years historians believed that Darby Field made the first climb up Mount Washington in 1642. However, in the last several decades, questions have emerged about his use of Native American guides, about the likelihood of prior ascents by Native Americans, about the route Field may have followed on the mountain, and about whether Field actually made the ascent as claimed. Allen Koop examines how historians reconstruct the "truth" when given scant, vague, and even contradictory evidence.
    Location: Jackson Public Library, 52 Main St., Jackson
 
misc_none 7:00 PM The Old Man of the Mountain: Substance and Symbol Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Ricky Sirois   483-5374   
    The story of the Old Man of the Mountain in Franconia Notch is a story of New Hampshire itself, reflecting history, the arts, literature, geography, philosophy and public policy. Maggie Stier's illustrated talk reveals the ways that this iconic place has sparked observers' imaginations, attracted intense personal commitment, and symbolized changing public sentiment. Stier details the threats to the Old Man and Franconia Notch that led to protection as a State Park and, later, to the construction of the Franconia Notch Parkway. She concludes with an analysis of what caused the fall of the Old Man in 2003, a summary of private efforts to create a memorial, and a discussion of how this unique natural phenomenon may be remembered by future generations. The audience is invited to bring souvenirs, memorabilia or other artifacts of the Old Man of the Mountain for a shared display before and after the program, and to share their own experiences and memories on this topic. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN LOCATION.
    Location: Auburn Safety Complex, 55 Eaton Hill Rd., Auburn
 
misc_none 7:00 PM The Shaker Legacy Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Christine Fogg   524-8268   
    In their more than two and a half centuries of existence, members of the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, commonly known as Shakers, made ingenious contributions to diverse fields: agriculture, industry, medicine, music, furniture design, women's rights, racial equality, craftsmanship, social and religious thought, and mechanical invention and improvement. Darryl Thompson explores some of these contributions in his lecture and shares some of his personal memories of the Canterbury Shakers.
    Location: Corner Meeting House, Intersection of Fuller & Sargent St., Belmont
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Wednesday May 20, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM A Visit With Queen Victoria Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nancy McCue   476-8895   
    In 1837, teenaged Victoria ascended to the British throne, untrained and innocent. Those who would try to usurp her power underestimated this self-willed intelligent young woman whose mettle sustained her through her 63-year reign. Using Queen Victoria's diary and letters, this program reveals the personal details of a powerful yet humane woman, who took seriously her role as monarch in a time of great expansion. She and her husband, Albert, set an example of high moral character and dedication, a novelty in the royal house after generations of scandal. Through her children she left a royal legacy; an era bears her name. Sally Mummey performs this living history in proper 19th Century clothing resplendent with Royal Orders.
    Location: Moultonborough Public Library, 4 Holland St.., Moultonborough
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Abraham and Mary Lincoln : The Long and the Short of It Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: William Earnshaw   472-3866   
    Distinctly different paths led Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd to Springfield, Illinois, where they met, married and began a family. The years that followed their move to the White House were filled with personal and national crises. Steve and Sharon Wood portray President and Mrs. Lincoln in this living history program, telling stories of their early lives and the challenges they faced during this turbulent time in our country's history.
    Location: Bedford Public Library, 3 Meetinghouse Rd., Bedford
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Discovering New England Stone Walls Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Elizabeth Thompson   466-2525   
    Why are we so fascinated with stone walls? Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss, explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.
    Location: Gorham Public Library, 35 Railroad St., Gorham
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Wacky Songs that Made Us Laugh Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Silsby Free Public Library   826-7793   
    Popular songs with humorous lyrics have kept us laughing since Colonial times. We need comic relief, and songs provide some of the best (sometimes unintentionally). Excerpts from hilarious songs help chart the evolution of musical humor from the 1920s to the 1980s. Selections poke fun at WW II enemies, diets, television, sex, Christmas, summer camp, religion, and many other aspects of life. Laugh as you recall wacky moments from the past and discover new ones with Calvin Knickerbocker.
    Location: Silsby Free Public Library, 226 Main St., Charlestown
 
misc_none 7:30 PM New England's Colonial Meetinghouses and their Impact on American Society Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Wilton Public & Gregg Free Library   654-2581   
    New England's colonial meetinghouses embody an important yet little-known chapter in American history. Built mostly with tax money, they served as both places of worship and places for town meetings, and were the centers of life in colonial New England communities. Using photographs of the few surviving "mint condition" meetinghouses as illustrations, Paul Wainwright tells the story of the society that built and used them, and the lasting impact they have had on American culture.
    Location: Wilton Public & Gregg Free Library, 7 Forest Rd., Wilton
Thursday May 21, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Exemplary Country Estates of New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Ken Story   359-4405   
    In the early 20th Century, the New Hampshire Board of Agriculture launched a program to boost the rural economy and promote tourism through the sale of abandoned farms to summer residents. After introducing the country house movement, Cristina Ashjian focuses attention on some of the great country estates featured in the NH program between 1902 and 1913. Which private estates were recognized as exemplary, and who were their owners? Using historic images and texts, Ashjian discusses well-known estates now open to the public such as The Fells on Lake Sunapee, The Rocks in Bethlehem, and Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish. POTLUCK BEGINS AT 6:00PM WITH SHORT BUSINESS MEETING AT 6:45PM, SPEAKER TO FOLLOW AT 7:00PM.
    Location: Grantham Town Hall, 300 Rte 10 South, Grantham
 
misc_none 7:00 PM The Shaker Legacy Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: New Hampton Historical Society   744-2471   
    In their more than two and a half centuries of existence, members of the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, commonly known as Shakers, made ingenious contributions to diverse fields: agriculture, industry, medicine, music, furniture design, women's rights, racial equality, craftsmanship, social and religious thought, and mechanical invention and improvement. Darryl Thompson explores some of these contributions in his lecture and shares some of his personal memories of the Canterbury Shakers.
    Location: Gordon-Nash Library, 69 Main St., New Hampton
 
misc_none 8:00 PM New Hampshire's Grange Movement: Its Rise, Triumphs and Decline Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sharon Howe   465-3935   
    Much of rural New Hampshire in the late 19th century was locked in a downward spiral of population decline, abandonment of farms, reversion of cleared land to forest and widespread feelings of melancholy and loss. The development of the Grange movement in the 1880s and 1890s was aided greatly by hunger for social interaction, entertainment and mutual support. As membership surged it became a major force in policymaking in Concord, and its agenda aligned closely with the Progressive politics that swept the state in early 20th century. Many Grange initiatives became law, placing the state at the leading edge in several areas of reform. Steve Taylor analyzes the rapid social and economic changes that would eventually force the steep decline of the once-powerful movement. POTLUCK TO BEGIN AT 7PM WITH PROGRAM TO FOLLOW AT 8PM.
    Location: Lawrence Barn, 28 Depot Rd., Hollis
Friday May 22, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Contra Dancing In New Hampshire: Then and Now Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Oscar Foss Memorial Library   269-3900   
    Since the late 1600s, the lively tradition of contra dancing has kept people of all ages swinging and sashaying in barns, town halls and schools around the state. Contra dancing came to New Hampshire by way of the English colonists and remains popular in many communities, particularly in the Monadnock Region. Presenter Dudley Laufman brings this tradition to life with stories, poems and recordings of callers, musicians, and dancers, past and present. Live music, always integral to this dance form, will be played on the fiddle and melodeon. Willing audience members may be invited to dance the Virginia Reel!
    Location: Barnstead Town Hall, 108 S. Barnstead Rd., Center Barnstead
Saturday May 23, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Contra Dancing In New Hampshire: Then and Now Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sutton Library   927-4927   
    Since the late 1600s, the lively tradition of contra dancing has kept people of all ages swinging and sashaying in barns, town halls and schools around the state. Contra dancing came to New Hampshire by way of the English colonists and remains popular in many communities, particularly in the Monadnock Region. Presenter Dudley Laufman brings this tradition to life with stories, poems and recordings of callers, musicians, and dancers, past and present. Live music, always integral to this dance form, will be played on the fiddle and melodeon. Willing audience members may be invited to dance the Virginia Reel! POTLUCK WILL PRECEDE PROGRAM AT 5:30 PM WITH A DANCE TO FOLLOW THE PROGRAM.
    Location: Muster Field Farm, Harvey Road, N. Sutton
Tuesday May 26, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Meet Eleanor Roosevelt Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Donna Hamill   569-1212   
    First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was a leader and a revolutionary - a champion to the powerless - and her story is not over. Elena Dodd's living history of Mrs. Roosevelt is an intimate and informative depiction of the extraordinary life of an extraordinary woman. This program offers a frank and often humorous look at the struggles and personal fulfillment of a shy young woman who metamorphosed into a strong voice for social justice and universal human rights and was witness to the tumultuous events of her day.
    Location: Wright Museum, 77 Center St., Wolfeboro
 
misc_none 7:30 PM Discovering New England Stone Walls Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: John Dickey   267-6098   
    Why are we so fascinated with stone walls? Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss, explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.
    Location: Gilmanton Old Town Hall, 1800 NH Rte 140, Gilmanton Iron Works
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Wednesday May 27, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM Abraham and Mary Lincoln: The Long and the Short of It Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jill Vahey   448-4213   
    Distinctly different paths led Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd to Springfield, Illinois, where they met, married and began a family. The years that followed their move to the White House were filled with personal and national crises. Steve and Sharon Wood portray President and Mrs. Lincoln in this living history program, telling stories of their early lives and the challenges they faced during this turbulent time in our country's history.
    Location: Upper Valley Senior Ctr., 10 Campbell St., Lebanon
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Meet Eleanor Roosevelt Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nancy McCue   476-8895   
    First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was a leader and a revolutionary - a champion to the powerless - and her story is not over. Elena Dodd's living history of Mrs. Roosevelt is an intimate and informative depiction of the extraordinary life of an extraordinary woman. This program offers a frank and often humorous look at the struggles and personal fulfillment of a shy young woman who metamorphosed into a strong voice for social justice and universal human rights and was witness to the tumultuous events of her day.
    Location: Moultonborough Public Library, 4 Holland St.., Moultonborough
Thursday May 28, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Civilians of Gettysburg, 1863 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nancy Hartford   225-6496   
    Most students of the Battle of Gettysburg, and most of the books (past and present) about the battle, address the military events leading up to and taking place on July 1-3, 1863. This living history program presents another point of view. Ginny Gage portrays Sarah Broadhead, a wife and mother at the time of the battle living with her husband and young daughter. Lew Gage portrays Charlie McCurdy and presents a young boy's perspective. Both roles are based on original diaries and reminiscences of civilians living in the town of Gettysburg in the summer and fall of 1863. The Gages talk briefly about the demographics of the town in 1863 and what it was like before, during, and after the famous battle. The presentation ends with Ginny Gage highlighting the involvement of Harriet Patience Dame, a resident of Concord, NH, and the nurse and nurturer of "her boys" in the 2nd New Hampshire Regiment.
    Location: The Pierce Manse, 14 Horseshoe Pond Lane, Concord
Friday May 29, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Exemplary Country Estates of New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Walpole Historical Society   756-3449   
    In the early 20th Century, the New Hampshire Board of Agriculture launched a program to boost the rural economy and promote tourism through the sale of abandoned farms to summer residents. After introducing the country house movement, Cristina Ashjian focuses attention on some of the great country estates featured in the NH program between 1902 and 1913. Which private estates were recognized as exemplary, and who were their owners? Using historic images and texts, Ashjian discusses well-known estates now open to the public such as The Fells on Lake Sunapee, The Rocks in Bethlehem, and Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish.
    Location: Walpole Town Hall, 34 Elm St., Walpole
Sunday May 31, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM Lafayette and the Farewell Tour: An American Idol Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Gillens   675-2275   
    General Lafayette, born the Marquis de Lafayette in Auvergne, France, was truly an American Idol in the 19th century. One proof is that more than 80 American counties, cities, towns, and countless roads were named in his honor, from Lafayette Road in Portsmouth to Mount Lafayette in Franconia. Lafayette's extraordinary reputation was based on his military record in the Revolution, his friendship with George Washington, his continued support of American interests, his story-book life, and perhaps most importantly, his Farewell Tour of America when he visited all 24 states and Washington D.C. as the last surviving major general of the Continental Army. Alan Hoffman uses Lafayette's visits to New Hampshire, to Portsmouth in 1824 and to Concord in 1825, to illustrate the adulation with which the American people greeted Lafayette on his Farewell Tour.
    Location: Plainfield Town Hall, 1079 Rte 12A, Plainfield
 
misc_none 2:00 PM Uprooted: Heartache and Hope in New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Malcolm Cameron   463-7076   
    Uprooted is a 30-minute documentary based on interviews collected during the Humanities Council's Fences & Neighbors initiative on immigration. It tells the story of five refugees who escaped from war-torn countries to resettle in New Hampshire. The film explores what it means to be a refugee and how it feels to make a new life in a strange place, often without English language skills, family, a job, or community contacts. The film leaves us pondering questions of belonging and citizenship. What does it mean to be an American? Once a refugee, are you destined always to be a refugee? What are our responsibilities toward one another? A NH Humanities Council presenter introduces the film and leads a post-film discussion. See bios and contact information in Presenter Directory for Whitney Howarth, John Krueckeberg, and Sara Withers.
    Location: Deerfield Town Hall, 10 Church St., Deerfield
Wednesday June 3, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM The Old Country Fiddler: Charles Ross Taggart, Traveling Entertainer Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Ashland Town Library   968-7928   
    Musical humorist Charles Ross Taggart grew up in Topsham, Vermont, going on to perform in various lyceum and Chautauqua circuits all across the country for over 40 years starting in 1895. A fiddler, piano player, comedian, singer, and ventriloquist, he made at least 40 recordings on various labels, as well as appearing in an early talking movie four years before Al Jolson starred in The Jazz Singer. Adam Boyce portrays Mr. Taggart near the end of Taggart's career, c. 1936, sharing recollections on his life, with some live fiddling and humorous sketches interspersed in this living history program
    Location: Booster Clubhouse, 99 Main St., Ashland
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: East Kingston Public Library   642-8333   
    Drawing on research from her book, Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire, the Present, the Past, and the Future, Rebecca Rule regales audiences with stories of the rituals, traditions and history of town meeting, including the perennial characters, the literature, the humor, and the wisdom of this uniquely New England institution.
    Location: East Kingston Public Library, 47 Maplevale Rd., East Kingston
Thursday June 4, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM The Music History of French-Canadians, Franco-Americans, Acadians and Cajuns Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Pembroke Town Library   485-7851   
    Lucie Therrien follows the migration of French-Canadians and the evolution of their traditional music: its arrival in North America from France; the music's crossing with Indian culture during the evangelization of Acadia and Quebec; its growth alongside English culture after British colonization; and its expansion from Quebec to New England, as well as from Acadia to Louisiana.
    Location: Pembroke Congregational Church, 301 Pembroke St., Pembroke
Saturday June 6, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 4:45 PM Banjos, Bones, and Ballads Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Barbara Ward   430-7968   
    Traditional songs, rich in local history and a sense of place, present the latest news from the distant past. They help us to interpret present-day life with an understanding of the working people who built our country. Tavern songs, banjo tunes, 18th century New England hymns, sailor songs, and humorous stories about traditional singers and their songs highlight this informative program by Jeff Warner. THIS EVENT WILL BE PART OF THE OLD HOUSE FESTIVAL.
    Location: Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden (Warehouse Bldg.), 154 Market St., Portsmouth
Monday June 8, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Taylor Community   524-5600   
    Northern New England is full of reminders of past lives: stone walls, old foundations, a century-old lilac struggling to survive as the forest reclaims a once-sunny dooryard. What forces shaped settlement, and later abandonment, of these places? Adair Mulligan explores the rich story to be discovered in what remains behind. See how one town has set out to create an inventory of its cellar holes, piecing together the clues in the landscape. Such a project can help landowners know what to do if they have archaeological sites on their land and help stimulate interest in a town's future through its past.
    Location: Taylor Community (Woodside Bldg.), 435 Union Ave., Laconia
Tuesday June 9, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM (Not So) Elementary, My Dear Watson: The Popularity of Sherlock Holmes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Robin Sweetser   464-3595   
    The recent spate of Sherlock Holmes movies, television shows, and literary adaptations indicate the Great Detective is alive and well in the 21st century. Holmes is the most portrayed literary character of all time, with over 230 film versions alone in several different languages. Over the past century, Sherlockians created societies like the Baker Street Irregulars, wrote articles sussing out the "sources" of Doyle's works, and, most recently, developed an entire online world of Holmesian fan fiction. Sherlock Holmes is now a multi-million dollar industry. Why is Sherlock Holmes so popular? Ann McClellan's presentation explores the origins of Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective and tracks his incarnations in literature, film, advertising, and modern media in order to crack the case of the most popular detective.
    Location: Fuller Public Library, 29 School St., Hillsboro
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misc_none 6:30 PM Discovering New England Stone Walls Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jackie Cote   863-3105   
    Why are we so fascinated with stone walls? Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss, explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.
    Location: Richards Free Library, 58 North Main St., Newport
 
misc_none 6:30 PM Grail Mania: 21st Century Retelling of 12th Century Heresy Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Susan Amann   249-0645   
    The Troubadours sang of it; courtly knights quested for it; Monty Python laughed at it. The Chalice beckons through the mists of pre-history to bind us in its intrigue still. Our fascination with this symbol is alive and well in New Hampshire. In this talk and retelling by Diana Durham we get to understand why the young knight Perceval's quest for the grail has as much meaning today as when the story was first told centuries ago. Humour and the rich symbolism of the Middle Ages combine as willing audience members act out a scene from a new dramatic retelling, becoming King Arthur, Merlin, the Grieving Maiden, and other characters as we mix storytelling, acting and discussion.
    Location: Wadleigh Memorial Library, 49 Nashua St., Milford
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Cows and Communities: How the Lowly Bovine Has Nurtured New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Merrimack Public Library (Adult Services)   424-5021   
    Cattle were essential to the survival of the earliest New Hampshire settlements, and their contributions have been central to the life and culture of the state ever since. From providing human dietary sustenance to basic motive power for agriculture, forestry and transport, bovines have had a deep and enduring bond with their keepers, one that lingers today and is a vital part of the iconography of rural New Hampshire, even as dairy farming becomes ever more reliant on intensive modern science and technology. Where are New Hampshire's cows today and what are are they doing? Steve Taylor provides answers -- some will prove surprising.
    Location: Merrimack Public Library, 470 Daniel Webster Hwy, Merrimack
Wednesday June 10, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM That Reminds Me of a Story Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Emily Whalen   228-6630   
    Stories speak to us of community. They hold our history and reflect our identity. Rebecca Rule has made it her mission over the last 20 years to collect stories of New Hampshire, especially those that reflect what's special about this rocky old place. She'll tell some of those stories - her favorites are the funny ones - and invite audience members to contribute a few stories of their own.
    Location: Goodlife Programs & Activities, 254 N. State St., Concord
 
misc_none 6:30 PM Wit and Wisdom: Humor in 19th Century New England Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Denise Grimse   436-8548   
    Whatever did New Englanders do on long winter evenings before cable, satellite and the internet? In the decades before and after the Civil War, our rural ancestors used to create neighborhood events to improve their minds. Community members male and female would compose and read aloud homegrown, handwritten literary "newspapers" full of keen verbal wit. Sometimes serious, sometimes sentimental but mostly very funny, these "newspapers" were common in villages across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont and revealed the hopes, fears, humor and surprisingly daring behavior of our forebears. Jo Radner shares excerpts from her forthcoming book about hundreds of these "newspapers" and provides examples from villages in your region.
    Location: Weeks Public Library, 36 Post Rd., Greenland
 
misc_none 7:00 PM A Night of Music with Two Old Friends Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lisa Doner   536-3358   
    Over the centuries immigrants from the British Isles have come to the Americas bringing with them their musical styles and tastes as well as their instruments. With the concertina, bodhran, mandolin, octave mandolin, guitar, and banjo, Emery Hutchins and Jim Prendergast sing and play this traditional Celtic music, but they also perform American country music in the way it was conceived in the early twentieth century. Through stories, songs and instrumental melodies, they demonstrate how old time American mountain tunes are often derived directly from the songs of the Irish, yet are influenced by other cultural groups to create a new American sound.
    Location: Quincy Bog Natural Area (Nature Ctr.), 131 Quincy Bog Rd., Rumney
 
misc_none 7:30 PM Native American History of New Hampshire: Alliance and Survival, circa 1400-1700 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda Foerderer   968-7487   
    David Stewart-Smith begins this program with the last part of the Woodland Period, when Indians in northern New England were faced with several challenges. By the time of French and English exploration in the region, strong tribal alliances had begun to center along southeastern Maine, coastal and central New Hampshire, and the north shore of Massachusetts. These relationships became known as the Pennacook alliance; a confederacy of about 16 tribal and family groups that held together through severe climate change, European colonization, devastating epidemic disease, and intertribal warfare. Here we see Passaconaway, the chief of the Pennacook, rise to power and place his family in the mainstream of colonial interaction. The program concludes with King Philip's War and subsequent events just prior to the turn of the 18th century.
    Location: Holderness Historical Society, Rte 3 (Curry Place), Holderness
Thursday June 11, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM A Night of Music with Two Old Friends Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Ann Robinson   474-2044   
    Over the centuries immigrants from the British Isles have come to the Americas bringing with them their musical styles and tastes as well as their instruments. With the concertina, bodhran, mandolin, octave mandolin, guitar, and banjo, Emery Hutchins and Jim Prendergast sing and play this traditional Celtic music, but they also perform American country music in the way it was conceived in the early twentieth century. Through stories, songs and instrumental melodies, they demonstrate how old time American mountain tunes are often derived directly from the songs of the Irish, yet are influenced by other cultural groups to create a new American sound.
    Location: Seabrook Library, 25 Liberty Lane, Seabrook
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Discovering New England Stone Walls Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Rochester Historical Society   330-3099   
    Why are we so fascinated with stone walls? Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss, explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.
    Location: Rochester Historical Society Museum, 58 Hanson St., Rochester
Sunday June 14, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 5:00 PM The Great Sheep Boom and Its Enduring Legacy on the New Hampshire Landscape Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens   763-4789 x3   
    In a brief 30-year period in the early 19th century the New Hampshire countryside became home to hundreds of thousands of sheep. Production of wool became a lucrative business, generating fortunes and providing the only time of true agricultural prosperity in the state's history. It left behind a legacy of fine architecture and thousands of miles of rugged stonewalls. Steve Taylor discusses how farmers overcame enormous challenges to make sheep husbandry succeed, but forces from beyond New Hampshire were to doom the industry, with social consequences that would last a century.
    Location: The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens - Art Gallery (Main House), 456 Rte. 103A, Newbury
Monday June 15, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM The Other Side of the Midnight Ride: A Visit with Rachel Revere Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jane Butler   464-3637   
    This living history program by Joan Gatturna tells a remarkable story of tea, trouble and revolution related by the woman who rode through life with Paul Revere. Rachel Revere tells of the Boston Tea Party, the Midnight Ride and the Siege of Boston. See these events through the eyes of a woman who engineered the escape of her family from occupied Boston and smuggled money to the Sons of Liberty. Meet the woman who kept the home fires burning while her husband fanned the flames of Revolution!
    Location: Franklin Pierce Homestead, 301 2nd NH Turnpike, Hillsboro
Tuesday June 16, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM 40 Over 40 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    603-224-4017   acoughlin@nhhc.org
    Join us on June 16 to honor 40 people who have made an indelible impression on the culture of our state 40 people who embody what it means to create, teach, lead, and encourage human understanding 40 humanities heroes at our 40 Over 40 celebration at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord. We'll release the list of our 40 amazing honorees soon. Tickets are $75 per person and support learning adventures offered by the New Hampshire Humanities Council, free of charge throughout the state as we celebrate four decades of connecting Granite Staters with Ideas. Steve Barba, chair of the 40 Over 40 Selection Committee, invites you to join us for what is sure to be a memorable evening. Click to reserve your seats today: https://nhhc.givezooks.com/events/40-over-40 Reserve your seats today.    
    Location: Grappone Conference Center, 70 Constitution Ave., Concord
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misc_none 7:00 PM On This Spot Once Stood... Remembering the Architectural Heritage of New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Roger Warren   787-2446   
    New Hampshire has lost many of its important historic buildings to fire, neglect, intentional demolition and re-development. In some cases, a plaque or marker provides a physical reminder of what was, but in other examples, no tangible evidence remains. Maggie Stier showcases some of the celebrated buildings that New Hampshire has lost, and explores how and why we remember and commemorate those losses. Her program will draw from historical and contemporary photographs, maps, and other historical records to explore the significance of these structures, explain their eventual fate, and analyze popular responses to the loss. Particular attention will be devoted to places where a building was memorialized in some way. Examples in this illustrated talk will include the simple wooden signs where the hotels in Bethlehem once stood, a large-scale installation of architectural fragments in Concord, and the birthplaces of several notable citizens. Audiences will be challenged to think about other examples, and consider the ways in which we remember what isn't there any longer.
    Location: Alumni Hall, 75 Court St., Haverhill
 
misc_none 7:00 PM The Creep of Surveillance: From Big Brother to Mom and Dad Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Bernadette Cameron   463-7076   
    Technology has been used to monitor offenders, consumers, workers, students, and even children. Technology has enabled law enforcement and other agents of social control to uncover a range of information and behavior that previously went undetected. This presentation explores the expanded use of technology for monitoring people's compliance, performance, and even personal legitimacy. David Mackey discusses the devious devices and some of the legal, social, and ethical implications of their use.
    Location: Deerfield Town Hall, 10 Church St., Deerfield
Wednesday June 17, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM George Washington Spied Here: Spies and Spying in the American Revolutionary War (1775 - 1783) Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: John Shipman   539-5799   
    Based on recently discovered historical materials and recent books, this program by Douglas Wheeler is an inquiry into the life and death of America's first spy, the patriot-martyr, Nathan Hale, of Coventry, Connecticut. Wheeler takes audiences on a journey through the spy world of the Culper Spy Ring of New York, Long Island and Connecticut, the most secret of the American spy rings and the most successful in getting useful intelligence to General George Washington beginning in 1778, two years after Hale's tragic execution by the British. The Father of our country was also our first Intelligence Chief. The program is illustrated with images of the main places and dramatis personae of this unusual network of patriot secret agents and couriers.
    Location: Freedom Town Hall, 12 Elm St., Freedom
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Norman Head   986-6278   
    Drawing on research from her book, Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire, the Present, the Past, and the Future, Rebecca Rule regales audiences with stories of the rituals, traditions and history of town meeting, including the perennial characters, the literature, the humor, and the wisdom of this uniquely New England institution.
    Location: Union Congregational Church, 14 Albany Ave., Bartlett
Thursday June 18, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM From Seed to Tree: Growing Memories into Stories Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Castle in the Clouds   476-5900   
    What makes a good story? Often our best memories come out as sketchy anecdotes. How do we develop those funny or poignant moments into full, shapely stories to delight listeners or readers? In this active workshop participants will experiment with a toolbox of practical storytelling techniques to make their stories more vivid and engaging. By the end, each person will have more awareness of how stories are shaped - as well as a new story to tell. Recommended time frame: 1 ½ to 2 hours. NOTE: This offering of the workshop will focus particularly on telling stories about historical events or objects, and may have special appeal to teachers, museum staff and docents, and collectors and history lovers. Registration is limited to 50 people – please register for the event by June 12, 2015 by calling Michelle Landry at 603-476-5418 or by emailing curator@castleintheclouds.org. The workshop is being held in the Carriage House at Castle in the Clouds, located at 586 Ossipee Park Road, Moultonborough, NH 03254. Attendees – instead of entering through main gate, please take Ossipee Park Road (from route 171) and follow signs for the Carriage House and Visitor Parking.
    Location: Castle in the Clouds, Ossipee Park Rd. (Rte 171), Moultonborough
 
misc_none 6:30 PM Evolving English: From Beowulf & Chaucer to Texts & Tweets Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Carol Riley   745-8159   
    Karolyn Kinane presents a lively, interactive crash course in the medieval English language, specifically the poetry of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. Participants will have the opportunity to read and recite medieval poetry aloud in a fun, relaxed environment. The program includes a brief, illustrated historical overview of the events that sparked linguistic transitions from the Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman eras to the Middle English era, including the Norman Invasion, the Black Death, and the invention of the printing press. Kinane closes by exploring how these medieval events are still embedded in the English we speak today and how modern inventions and events continue to shape language.
    Location: Lincoln Public Library, 22 Church St., Lincoln
 
misc_none 7:00 PM New England's Colonial Meetinghouses and their Impact on American Society Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Faye Johnson   228-8149   
    New England's colonial meetinghouses embody an important yet little-known chapter in American history. Built mostly with tax money, they served as both places of worship and places for town meetings, and were the centers of life in colonial New England communities. Using photographs of the few surviving "mint condition" meetinghouses as illustrations, Paul Wainwright tells the story of the society that built and used them, and the lasting impact they have had on American culture.
    Location: Bow Bog Meeting House, 111 Bog Bog Rd., Bow
 
misc_none 7:00 PM On This Spot Once Stood... Remembering the Architectural Heritage of New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lucille Noel   798-5709   
    New Hampshire has lost many of its important historic buildings to fire, neglect, intentional demolition and re-development. In some cases, a plaque or marker provides a physical reminder of what was, but in other examples, no tangible evidence remains. Maggie Stier showcases some of the celebrated buildings that New Hampshire has lost, and explores how and why we remember and commemorate those losses. Her program will draw from historical and contemporary photographs, maps, and other historical records to explore the significance of these structures, explain their eventual fate, and analyze popular responses to the loss. Particular attention will be devoted to places where a building was memorialized in some way. Examples in this illustrated talk will include the simple wooden signs where the hotels in Bethlehem once stood, a large-scale installation of architectural fragments in Concord, and the birthplaces of several notable citizens. Audiences will be challenged to think about other examples, and consider the ways in which we remember what isn't there any longer.
    Location: Chichester Grange Hall, 54 Main St., Chichester
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Personal Privacy in Cyberspace Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Wolfeboro Public Library   569-2428   
    Many Americans feel their privacy is threatened by information technology and favor stronger privacy legislation. At the same time, people support the use of information technology to serve them quickly and efficiently in various ways. In this program, Herman Tavani explores whether we can have it both ways and the serious ethical dilemma that arises if not.
    Location: Wolfeboro Public Library, 259 S. Main St., Wolfeboro
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Sennett, Chaplin, Keaton and the Art of Silent Film Comedy Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Merrimack Public Library (Adult Services)   424-5021   
    Film was birthed in silence during the first three decades of the 20th century. Patrick Anderson shows how the social and cultural history of the United States is reflected in the celluloid strips that captured it, especially as the art was developed by these three filmmakers.
    Location: Merrimack Public Library, 470 Daniel Webster Hwy, Merrimack
Saturday June 20, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM The Founding Fathers: What Were They Thinking? Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Claire James   938-2041   
    In 1787 delegates gathered in Philadelphia to address a wide variety of crises facing the young United States of America and produced a charter for a new government. In modern times, competing political and legal claims are frequently based on what those delegates intended. Mythology about the founders and their work at the 1787 Convention has obscured both fact and legitimate analysis of the events leading to the agreement called the Constitution. Richard Hesse explores the cast of characters called "founders," the problems they faced, and the solutions they fashioned.
    Location: The Tin Shop, 160 East Main St., Bradford
Monday June 22, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM (Not So) Elementary, My Dear Watson: The Popularity of Sherlock Holmes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Brianna Sullivan   386-6011   
    The recent spate of Sherlock Holmes movies, television shows, and literary adaptations indicate the Great Detective is alive and well in the 21st century. Holmes is the most portrayed literary character of all time, with over 230 film versions alone in several different languages. Over the past century, Sherlockians created societies like the Baker Street Irregulars, wrote articles sussing out the "sources" of Doyle's works, and, most recently, developed an entire online world of Holmesian fan fiction. Sherlock Holmes is now a multi-million dollar industry. Why is Sherlock Holmes so popular? Ann McClellan's presentation explores the origins of Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective and tracks his incarnations in literature, film, advertising, and modern media in order to crack the case of the most popular detective.
    Location: Plaistow Public Library, 85 Main St., Plaistow
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Tuesday June 23, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Songs of Old New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: David Ruell   968-7716   
    Drawing heavily on the repertoire of traditional singer Lena Bourne Fish (1873-1945) of Jaffrey and Temple, New Hampshire, Jeff Warner offers the songs and stories that, in the words of Carl Sandburg, tell us "where we came from and what brought us along." These ballads, love songs and comic pieces, reveal the experiences and emotions of daily life in the days before movies, sound recordings and, for some, books. Songs from the lumber camps, the decks of sailing ships, the textile mills and the war between the sexes offer views of pre-industrial New England and a chance to hear living artifacts from the 18th and 19th centuries.
    Location: Ashland Railroad Station Museum, 69 Depot St., Ashland
 
misc_none 7:00 PM World War II Hero of Conscience: The Sousa Mendes Story Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Donna Hamill   569-1212   
    Until recently, one of the greatest rescuers and heroes of conscience of World War II remained unknown and dishonored and was, in effect, a prophet without honor in his own country. In 1940, Portuguese Diplomat Aristides de Sousa Mendes (1885-1954) was Portugal's Consul at Bordeaux, France when thousands of desperate refugees fled the German army's invasion and sought sanctuary. By signing thousands of visas which allowed refugees, including many Jews, to escape France and reach neutral Spain and Portugal, Sousa Mendes saved countless lives. But in doing so he destroyed his career as a diplomat and threw his family into poverty and eventual exile. Saving many more Jews than Oskar Schindler, Sousa Mendes was not honored until 1967 when Israel declared him a Righteous Gentile, and righteous among nations. Douglas Wheeler shares the story of the difficult rehabilitation of this extraordinary humanitarian which began only in the 1980s and he'll probe the reasons for Sousa Mendes' ordeal.
    Location: Wright Museum, 77 Center St., Wolfeboro
 
misc_none 7:30 PM The Shaker Legacy Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: John Dickey   267-6098   
    In their more than two and a half centuries of existence, members of the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, commonly known as Shakers, made ingenious contributions to diverse fields: agriculture, industry, medicine, music, furniture design, women's rights, racial equality, craftsmanship, social and religious thought, and mechanical invention and improvement. Darryl Thompson explores some of these contributions in his lecture and shares some of his personal memories of the Canterbury Shakers.
    Location: Gilmanton Old Town Hall, 1800 NH Rte 140, Gilmanton Iron Works
Wednesday June 24, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM All Aboard the Titanic Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Darrell Eifert   926-3368   
    "All Aboard the Titanic" responds to people's enduring fascination with this historic, and very human, event. Including and moving beyond the physical facts of the story, Ted Zalewski explores the personal experiences of selected passengers and crew, including those with New Hampshire affiliations, emphasizing examples of individual courage and triumph.
    Location: Lane Memorial Library, 2 Academy Ave., Hampton
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Comics in World History and Cultures Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Alex Robinson   424-4044   
    Marek Bennett presents a whirlwind survey of comics from around the world and throughout history, with special attention to what these vibrant narratives tell (and show) us about the people and periods that created them. Bennett engages and involves the audience in an interactive discussion of several sample comics representing cultures such as Ancient Rome, Medieval Europe, the Ancient Maya, Feudal and modern Japan, the United States in the early 20th century, and Nazi Germany during World War II. The program explores the various ways of creating and reading comics from around the world, and what these techniques tell us about the cultures in which they occur.
    Location: Aaron Cutler Memorial Library, 269 Charles Bancroft Hwy, Litchfield
Thursday June 25, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Vanished Veterans - NH's Civil War Monuments and Memorials Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Matt Bose   485-6092   
    From Seabrook to Colebrook, Berlin to Hinsdale, New Hampshire's towns, individuals and veterans organizations erected a fascinating assortment of memorials to The War of the Rebellion. Beginning with obelisks of the 1860s and continuing to re-mastered works of the 21st century, historian George Morrison presents a diverse selection of New Hampshire's commemorations.
    Location: Hooksett Library, 31 Mount Saint Mary's Way, Hooksett
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Songs of Old New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Andover Historical Society   735-5369   
    Drawing heavily on the repertoire of traditional singer Lena Bourne Fish (1873-1945) of Jaffrey and Temple, New Hampshire, Jeff Warner offers the songs and stories that, in the words of Carl Sandburg, tell us "where we came from and what brought us along." These ballads, love songs and comic pieces, reveal the experiences and emotions of daily life in the days before movies, sound recordings and, for some, books. Songs from the lumber camps, the decks of sailing ships, the textile mills and the war between the sexes offer views of pre-industrial New England and a chance to hear living artifacts from the 18th and 19th centuries.
    Location: East Andover Grange, Franklin Hwy/Chase Hill Rd., East Andover
 
misc_none 7:00 PM World War II Hero of Conscience: The Sousa Mendes Story Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Carol Eyman   589-4610   
    Until recently, one of the greatest rescuers and heroes of conscience of World War II remained unknown and dishonored and was, in effect, a prophet without honor in his own country. In 1940, Portuguese Diplomat Aristides de Sousa Mendes (1885-1954) was Portugal's Consul at Bordeaux, France when thousands of desperate refugees fled the German army's invasion and sought sanctuary. By signing thousands of visas which allowed refugees, including many Jews, to escape France and reach neutral Spain and Portugal, Sousa Mendes saved countless lives. But in doing so he destroyed his career as a diplomat and threw his family into poverty and eventual exile. Saving many more Jews than Oskar Schindler, Sousa Mendes was not honored until 1967 when Israel declared him a Righteous Gentile, and righteous among nations. Douglas Wheeler shares the story of the difficult rehabilitation of this extraordinary humanitarian which began only in the 1980s and he'll probe the reasons for Sousa Mendes' ordeal.
    Location: Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., Nashua
Friday June 26, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM From Seed to Tree: Growing Memories into Stories Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: New Hampshire Telephone Museum   456-2234   
    What makes a good story? Often our best memories come out as sketchy anecdotes. How do we develop those funny or poignant moments into full, shapely stories to delight listeners or readers? In this active workshop participants will experiment with a toolbox of practical storytelling techniques to make their stories more vivid and engaging. By the end, each person will have more awareness of how stories are shaped - as well as a new story to tell. Recommended time frame: 1 ½ to 2 hours.
    Location: New Hampshire Telephone Museum, 1 Depot St., Warner
 
misc_none 8:00 PM Banjos, Bones, and Ballads Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sherry Holmes   236-3308   
    Traditional songs, rich in local history and a sense of place, present the latest news from the distant past. They help us to interpret present-day life with an understanding of the working people who built our country. Tavern songs, banjo tunes, 18th century New England hymns, sailor songs, and humorous stories about traditional singers and their songs highlight this informative program by Jeff Warner.
    Location: Town Square Resort - The Rey Ctr. (Bldg. C), 35 Village Rd., Waterville Valley
Saturday June 27, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM The New England Town Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Bath Public Library   747-3372   
    This talk by Jere Daniell comes in several forms. Among the most requested are "Popular Images of Small Town New England," "Novels Set in New England Towns," (Daniell distributes a list of his favorites), and simply "The New Hampshire Town." The last of these ends with a comparison of Granite State towns to other towns in New England.
    Location: Bath Village School, 61 Lisbon Rd., Bath
Monday June 29, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:30 PM Contra Dancing In New Hampshire: Then and Now Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jim Rogers   305-8553   
    Since the late 1600s, the lively tradition of contra dancing has kept people of all ages swinging and sashaying in barns, town halls and schools around the state. Contra dancing came to New Hampshire by way of the English colonists and remains popular in many communities, particularly in the Monadnock Region. Presenter Dudley Laufman brings this tradition to life with stories, poems and recordings of callers, musicians, and dancers, past and present. Live music, always integral to this dance form, will be played on the fiddle and melodeon. Willing audience members may be invited to dance the Virginia Reel!
    Location: Wolfeboro Community Center, 32 Lehner St., Wolfeboro
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Wednesday July 1, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Benedict Arnold: Patriot and Traitor? Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nancy McCue   476-8895   
    We all think we know the story of Benedict Arnold, the American Revolutionary War general who fought for the Continental Army but then defected to the British. Recalled mainly as a traitor for his 1780 defection, Arnold had risked his life and fortune for American freedom in courageous exploits between 1775 and 1778, when the dream of independence was at its most fragile. As an officer in the Continental Army, Arnold ably led American forces in desperate circumstances - against impossible odds, in a blinding snowstorm, through a howling wilderness, and against the extraordinary might of the Royal Navy. George Morrison will take you on a journey through New England, Canada and New York tracing the complex story of this infamous American icon.
    Location: Moultonborough Public Library, 4 Holland St.., Moultonborough
Friday July 3, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 3:00 PM A Visit with Abraham Lincoln Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sonya or Chelsea   279-1500   
    Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by Steve Wood, begins this program by recounting his early life and ends with a reading of the "Gettysburg Address." Along the way he comments on the debates with Stephen Douglas, his run for the presidency, and the Civil War.
    Location: Meredith Bay Colony Club, 21 Upper Mile Point Dr., Meredith
Tuesday July 7, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Banjos, Bones, and Ballads Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sandy Allgood   744-3352   
    Traditional songs, rich in local history and a sense of place, present the latest news from the distant past. They help us to interpret present-day life with an understanding of the working people who built our country. Tavern songs, banjo tunes, 18th century New England hymns, sailor songs, and humorous stories about traditional singers and their songs highlight this informative program by Jeff Warner.
    Location: Minot-Sleeper Library, 35 Pleasant St., Bristol
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Cannon Shenanigans and New Hampshire's Muster Day Tradition Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jan Phillips   279-4617   
    New Hampshire's Muster Day tradition ended in 1850, as did some of the related localized rivalries that involved the stealing of cannons. Muster Day was a day of drills, marching, and sham battles for local militias in NH. This spectator event was accompanied by entertainers, vendors, gamblers, and a great deal of alcohol. Throughout 19th century NH, demand for cannons for Fourth of July, election celebrations, demonstrations of civic pride, and for the sheer cussedness of making noise, often exceeded supply. Various town and regional rivalries sprang up over the possession of particular cannons and were constant headaches for local authorities. Jack Noon will explore the vestiges of this tradition that survived well into the 20th century.
    Location: Meredith Historical Museum, 45 Main St., Meredith
Wednesday July 8, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:30 PM Songs of Old New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Holderness Library   968-7066   
    Drawing heavily on the repertoire of traditional singer Lena Bourne Fish (1873-1945) of Jaffrey and Temple, New Hampshire, Jeff Warner offers the songs and stories that, in the words of Carl Sandburg, tell us "where we came from and what brought us along." These ballads, love songs and comic pieces, reveal the experiences and emotions of daily life in the days before movies, sound recordings and, for some, books. Songs from the lumber camps, the decks of sailing ships, the textile mills and the war between the sexes offer views of pre-industrial New England and a chance to hear living artifacts from the 18th and 19th centuries.
    Location: Holderness Historical Society, Rte 3 (Curry Place behind Post Office), Holderness
Thursday July 9, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 2:30 PM Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sue Belanger   229-1266   
    Through architecture unique to northern New England, this illustrated talk focuses on several case studies that show how farmers converted their typical separate house and barns into connected farmsteads. Thomas Hubka's research in his award-winning book, Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England, demonstrates that average farmers were, in fact, motivated by competition with farmers in other regions of America, who had better soils and growing seasons and fewer rocks to clear. The connected farmstead organization, housing equal parts mixed-farming and home-industry, was one of the collective responses to the competitive threat.
    Location: Tad's Place, Heritage Heights, 149 E. Side Dr., Concord
 
misc_none 7:30 PM New England's Colonial Meetinghouses and their Impact on American Society Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lisa Rothman   487-3867   
    New England's colonial meetinghouses embody an important yet little-known chapter in American history. Built mostly with tax money, they served as both places of worship and places for town meetings, and were the centers of life in colonial New England communities. Using photographs of the few surviving "mint condition" meetinghouses as illustrations, Paul Wainwright tells the story of the society that built and used them, and the lasting impact they have had on American culture.
    Location: New Boston Community Church, 2 Meetinghouse Hill Rd., New Boston
Saturday July 11, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Contra Dancing In New Hampshire: Then and Now Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kathy Bashaw   763-4289   
    Since the late 1600s, the lively tradition of contra dancing has kept people of all ages swinging and sashaying in barns, town halls and schools around the state. Contra dancing came to New Hampshire by way of the English colonists and remains popular in many communities, particularly in the Monadnock Region. Presenter Dudley Laufman brings this tradition to life with stories, poems and recordings of callers, musicians, and dancers, past and present. Live music, always integral to this dance form, will be played on the fiddle and melodeon. Willing audience members may be invited to dance the Virginia Reel!THIS EVENT IS PART OF NEWBURY'S OLD HOME DAY. AFTER DUDLEY'S PRESENTATION, ATTENDEES WILL CROSS THE ROAD TO THE VETERAN'S HALL AND HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO SOME OF THE DANCES THAT THEY HAVE JUST HEARD ABOUT.
    Location: Center Meeting House, 927 Rte. 103 (intersection of Rte 103 & Rte 103A), Newbury
Tuesday July 14, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM Music in my Pockets: Family Fun in Folk Music Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Tasha Leroux Stetson   364-2400   
    Singing games, accessible "pocket instruments" like spoons and dancing puppets, tall tales, funny songs, old songs and songs kids teach each other in the playground are all traditional in that they have been passed down the generations by word of mouth. They will all be seen, heard and learned as Jeff Warner visits 1850 or 1910 in a New England town, with families gathered around the figurative hearth, participating in timeless, hearty entertainment and, almost without the audience knowing it, teaches how America amused itself before electricity.
    Location: Gilmanton Year-Round Library, 1385 NH Rte. 140, Gilmanton Iron Works
 
misc_none 6:30 PM A Soldier's Mother Tells Her Story Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jackie Cote   863-3105   
    Speaking as Betsey Phelps, the mother of a Union soldier from Amherst, New Hampshire who died heroically at the Battle of Gettysburg, Sharon Wood offers an informative and sensitive reflection on that sacrifice from a mother's perspective. Wood blends the Phelps boy's story with those of other men who left their New Hampshire homes to fight for the Union cause and of the families who supported them on the home front.
    Location: Richards Free Library, 58 North Main St., Newport
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Roger Warren   787-2446   
    Through architecture unique to northern New England, this illustrated talk focuses on several case studies that show how farmers converted their typical separate house and barns into connected farmsteads. Thomas Hubka's research in his award-winning book, Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England, demonstrates that average farmers were, in fact, motivated by competition with farmers in other regions of America, who had better soils and growing seasons and fewer rocks to clear. The connected farmstead organization, housing equal parts mixed-farming and home-industry, was one of the collective responses to the competitive threat.
    Location: Alumni Hall, 75 Court St., Haverhill
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Comics in World History and Cultures Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Merrimack Public Library (Adult Services)   424-5021   
    Marek Bennett presents a whirlwind survey of comics from around the world and throughout history, with special attention to what these vibrant narratives tell (and show) us about the people and periods that created them. Bennett engages and involves the audience in an interactive discussion of several sample comics representing cultures such as Ancient Rome, Medieval Europe, the Ancient Maya, Feudal and modern Japan, the United States in the early 20th century, and Nazi Germany during World War II. The program explores the various ways of creating and reading comics from around the world, and what these techniques tell us about the cultures in which they occur.
    Location: Merrimack Public Library, 470 Daniel Webster Hwy, Merrimack
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misc_none 7:00 PM Crosscut: The Mills, Logging and Life on the Androscoggin Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Beverly Glynn   893-8882   
    Using oral histories, Rebecca Rule recreates the voices of North Country people and uses new and vintage photos to tell the story of logging, the Berlin Mills, and life in the Androscoggin Valley, from the beginnings of the logging industry in the 1800s, through the boom years of the Brown Company and subsequent mill owners, and on to the demolition of the stacks in 2007. Audience members will be invited to share their own stories and discuss the logging and paper industries and the special place north of the notches. John Rule assists with a PowerPoint presentation of photos and information from his own research into the history of the Brown Company as an archivist at the New Hampshire Historical Society.
    Location: Salem Historical Museum, 310 Main St., Salem
 
misc_none 7:00 PM On This Spot Once Stood... Remembering the Architectural Heritage of New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Franconia Area Museum   823-5977   
    New Hampshire has lost many of its important historic buildings to fire, neglect, intentional demolition and re-development. In some cases, a plaque or marker provides a physical reminder of what was, but in other examples, no tangible evidence remains. Maggie Stier showcases some of the celebrated buildings that New Hampshire has lost, and explores how and why we remember and commemorate those losses. Her program will draw from historical and contemporary photographs, maps, and other historical records to explore the significance of these structures, explain their eventual fate, and analyze popular responses to the loss. Particular attention will be devoted to places where a building was memorialized in some way. Examples in this illustrated talk will include the simple wooden signs where the hotels in Bethlehem once stood, a large-scale installation of architectural fragments in Concord, and the birthplaces of several notable citizens. Audiences will be challenged to think about other examples, and consider the ways in which we remember what isn't there any longer.
    Location: Abbie Greenleaf Library, 439 Main St., Franconia
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Treasure from the Isles of Shoals: How New Archaeology is Changing Old History Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: David Ruell   968-7716   
    There is treasure here but not the pirate kind. Scientific "digs" on Smuttynose Island are changing New England history. Archaeologist Nathan Hamilton has unearthed 300,000 artifacts to date on this largely uninhabited rock at the Isles of Shoals. Evidence proves prehistoric Native Americans hunted New Hampshire's only offshore islands 6,000 years ago. Hundreds of European fishermen split, salted, and dried valuable Atlantic cod here from the 1620s. "King Haley" ruled a survivalist kingdom here before Thomas Laighton struck tourist gold when his family took over the region's first hotel on Smuttynose. Laighton's daughter Celia Thaxter spun poetic tales of ghosts and pirates. J. Dennis Robinson, a longtime Smuttynose steward, explores the truth behind the romantic legends of Gosport Harbor in this colorful show-and-tell presentation.
    Location: Ashland Railroad Station Museum, 69 Depot St., Ashland
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Vanished Veterans - NH's Civil War Monuments and Memorials Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Carol Eyman   589-4610   
    From Seabrook to Colebrook, Berlin to Hinsdale, New Hampshire's towns, individuals and veterans organizations erected a fascinating assortment of memorials to The War of the Rebellion. Beginning with obelisks of the 1860s and continuing to re-mastered works of the 21st century, historian George Morrison presents a diverse selection of New Hampshire's commemorations.
    Location: Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., Nashua
Wednesday July 15, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM World War Two New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Darrell Eifert   926-3368   
    This documentary tells the story of life in New Hampshire during the Second World War. Through interviews, historic news film, photos, and radio reports from the battlefields, this documentary and discussion facilitated by John Gfroerer chronicles how a nation, a state, and the citizens of New Hampshire mobilized for war.
    Location: Lane Memorial Library, 2 Academy Ave., Hampton
 
misc_none 7:00 PM New Hampshire Cemeteries and Gravestones Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: David Trook   539-1051   
    Rubbings, photographs, and slides illustrate the rich variety of gravestones to be found in our own neighborhoods, but they also tell long-forgotten stories of such historical events as the Great Awakening, the Throat Distemper epidemic, and the American Revolution. Find out more about these deeply personal works of art and the craftsmen who carved them with Glenn Knoblock, and learn how to read the stone "pages" that give insight into the vast genealogical book of New Hampshire.
    Location: Freedom Town Hall, 12 Elm St., Freedom
 
misc_none 7:00 PM The Ballad Lives! Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Patricia Barry   838-2451   
    Murder and mayhem, robbery and rapine, love that cuts to the bone: American ballads re-tell the wrenching themes of their English and Scottish cousins. Transplanted in the new world by old world immigrants, the traditional story-song of the Anglos and Scots wound up reinvigorated in the mountains of Appalachia and along the Canadian border. John Perrault talks, sings, and picks the strings that bind the old ballads to the new.
    Location: Shared Ministry White Church, 49 S. Main St., Lisbon
Thursday July 16, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Four Centuries of Fishing in NH: Yankee Character, Yankee Priorities Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lake Sunapee Protective Association   763-2210   
    Fishing history in New Hampshire runs the gamut of nets, spears, guns, clubs, weirs, seines, fish pots, and hooks. Overfishing, inadequate, or unenforced fishing regulations, and dams ended the once enormous spawning runs of salmon, shad, and other sea-run fish up from the ocean. The Yankee tinkering and tampering instinct, coupled with confidence in new technologies and the rise of sport fishing brought many new fish species to NH after the Civil War, often with unforeseen results. Short-term economic self-interest and environmental/economic compromises seem to have taken priority over long term natural resource health, resulting in a tailspin of environmental degradation. Jack Noon's presentation illustrates these complex changes.
    Location: Lake Sunapee Protective Assoication, 63 Main St., Sunapee
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Homer's Odysseus Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Wolfeboro Public Library   569-2428   
    Using the well known scenes of Homer's Odyssey, Sebastian Lockwood delivers the passion and intensity of the great epic that deserves to be heard told as it was by Bards in the days of old. Lockwood says, "The best compliment is when a ten-year-old comes up and says, 'I felt like I was there.'" That is the magic of the performance that takes students and adults alike back into the text.
    Location: Wolfeboro Public Library, 259 S. Main St., Wolfeboro
Monday July 20, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM The Old Country Fiddler: Charles Ross Taggart, Traveling Entertainer Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nancy Mardin   536-3982   
    Musical humorist Charles Ross Taggart grew up in Topsham, Vermont, going on to perform in various lyceum and Chautauqua circuits all across the country for over 40 years starting in 1895. A fiddler, piano player, comedian, singer, and ventriloquist, he made at least 40 recordings on various labels, as well as appearing in an early talking movie four years before Al Jolson starred in The Jazz Singer. Adam Boyce portrays Mr. Taggart near the end of Taggart's career, c. 1936, sharing recollections on his life, with some live fiddling and humorous sketches interspersed in this living history program.
    Location: Campton Historical Society, Rte. 175, Campton
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Wild and Colorful: Victorian Architecture in New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laconia Historical & Museum   527-1278   
    Visually explore the tremendous legacy of New Hampshire's architecture from the Victorian period (1820 - 1914). This program looks at exuberant Victorian-era architecture across the state in houses, hotels, mills, city halls, courthouses, and churches, with references to gardens, furniture, and other elements of the built environment. Richard Guy Wilson explores elements of visual literacy and points out how architecture can reflect the cultural and civic values of its time and place.
    Location: Laconia Public Library, 695 North Main St., Laconia
Tuesday July 21, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM (Not So) Elementary, My Dear Watson: The Popularity of Sherlock Holmes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Meredith Public Library   279-4303   
    The recent spate of Sherlock Holmes movies, television shows, and literary adaptations indicate the Great Detective is alive and well in the 21st century. Holmes is the most portrayed literary character of all time, with over 230 film versions alone in several different languages. Over the past century, Sherlockians created societies like the Baker Street Irregulars, wrote articles sussing out the "sources" of Doyle's works, and, most recently, developed an entire online world of Holmesian fan fiction. Sherlock Holmes is now a multi-million dollar industry. Why is Sherlock Holmes so popular? Ann McClellan's presentation explores the origins of Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective and tracks his incarnations in literature, film, advertising, and modern media in order to crack the case of the most popular detective.
    Location: Meredith Public Library, 91 Main St., Meredith
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misc_none 7:00 PM Mary Todd Lincoln: Wife and Widow Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Gilman Library   875-2550   
    Living historian Sally Mummey portrays Mary Todd Lincoln as she muses on her life from her dreams as a girl to her years as First Lady during the Civil War. Mrs. Lincoln shares stories of her life with President Lincoln and the events of that evening in Ford's Theatre when the assassin's bullet not only changed the course of the nation but destroyed her life as well. From the opulence of the White House to the dregs of obscurity, Mrs. Lincoln lived out her life struggling with affliction and tragedy. With wit and heartbreak, seasoned with abiding love for her husband and her children, Mrs. Lincoln reveals the passionate humanity of a misunderstood woman.
    Location: Gilman Library, 100 Main Street, Alton
Wednesday July 22, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jackie Rollins   544-3252   
    Northern New England is full of reminders of past lives: stone walls, old foundations, a century-old lilac struggling to survive as the forest reclaims a once-sunny dooryard. What forces shaped settlement, and later abandonment, of these places? Adair Mulligan explores the rich story to be discovered in what remains behind. See how one town has set out to create an inventory of its cellar holes, piecing together the clues in the landscape. Such a project can help landowners know what to do if they have archaeological sites on their land and help stimulate interest in a town's future through its past.
    Location: Tuftonboro Historical Society, 449 GW Hwy (Rte. 109), Melvin Village
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Digging Into Native History in New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Melanie Benton   366-5950   
    Abenaki history has been reduced to near-invisibility as a result of conquest, a conquering culture that placed little value on the Indian experience, and a strategy of self-preservation that required many Abenaki to go "underground," concealing their true identities for generations to avoid discrimination and persecution. Robert Goodby reveals archaeological evidence that shows their deep presence here, inches below the earth's surface.
    Location: Lake Winnepesaukee Museum, 503 Endicott St. North, Laconia
 
misc_none 7:30 PM Saving the Mountains: NH & the Creation of the National Forests Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda Foerderer   968-7487   
    New Hampshire's White Mountains played a leading role in events leading to the Weeks Act, the law that created the eastern national forests. Focusing on Concord's Joseph B. Walker and the Forest Society's Philip Ayres, Marcia Schmidt Blaine explores the relationship between our mountains and the economic, environmental and aesthetic questions posed by the individuals involved in the creation of the National Forest.
    Location: Holderness Historical Society, Rte 3 (Curry Place), Holderness
Saturday August 1, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 9:30 AM Inside Russia Today Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Joan Nelson   332-6265   
    The fall of Soviet Communism in the early 1990s catapulted Russia into a new social order. Marina Forbes establishes a link between Russia's rich cultural heritage and the lives of Russians today. The "new rich," the evolving role of women, the revival of the Orthodox Church, humor, family life, entertainment, and the emphasis on consumerism are all examined as she brings personal experience and research to bear in this fascinating look at contemporary Russian life. PROGRAM IS PRECEDED BY A POTLUCK BREAKFAST BEGINNING AT 9:00AM.
    Location: Bow Lake Baptist Church, 530 Province Rd., Strafford
Monday August 3, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:30 PM Old Time Rules Will Prevail: The Fiddle Contest in New Hampshire and New England Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jim Rogers   305-8553   
    Fiddle contests evolved from endurance marathons to playing a set number of tunes judged by certain specific criteria. Whether large or small, fiddle contests tried to show who was the "best," as well as preserve old-time fiddling and raise money for local organizations. In recent years, the fiddle contest has declined significantly in New England due to cultural changes and financial viability. The greatest legacies of these contests were recordings made during live competition. A sampling of these tunes is played during the presentation, as well as some live fiddling by the presenter, Adam Boyce.
    Location: Wolfeboro Community Center, 32 Lehner St., Wolfeboro
Tuesday August 4, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM A Visit With Queen Victoria Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jan Phillips   279-4617   
    In 1837, teenaged Victoria ascended to the British throne, untrained and innocent. Those who would try to usurp her power underestimated this self-willed intelligent young woman whose mettle sustained her through her 63-year reign. Using Queen Victoria's diary and letters, this program reveals the personal details of a powerful yet humane woman, who took seriously her role as monarch in a time of great expansion. She and her husband, Albert, set an example of high moral character and dedication, a novelty in the royal house after generations of scandal. Through her children she left a royal legacy; an era bears her name. Sally Mummey performs this living history in proper 19th Century clothing resplendent with Royal Orders.
    Location: Meredith Public Library, 91 Main St., Meredith
Thursday August 6, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Vanished Veterans - NH's Civil War Monuments and Memorials Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: David Moody   835-7900   
    From Seabrook to Colebrook, Berlin to Hinsdale, New Hampshire's towns, individuals and veterans organizations erected a fascinating assortment of memorials to The War of the Rebellion. Beginning with obelisks of the 1860s and continuing to re-mastered works of the 21st century, historian George Morrison presents a diverse selection of New Hampshire's commemorations.
    Location: Third Congregational Church, 14 River St., Alstead
Saturday August 8, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 11:00 AM Discovering New England Stone Walls Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lake Winnepesaukee Museum   366-5950   
    Why are we so fascinated with stone walls? Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss, explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.
    Location: Lake Winnepesaukee Museum, 503 Endicott St. North, Laconia
Sunday August 9, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 1:30 PM A Visit with Abraham Lincoln Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Marty Cornelissen   875-5456   
    Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by Steve Wood, begins this program by recounting his early life and ends with a reading of the "Gettysburg Address." Along the way he comments on the debates with Stephen Douglas, his run for the presidency, and the Civil War.
    Location: Alton Historical Society, 13 Depot St., Alton
Monday August 10, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:30 PM New Hampshire and the American Clipper Ship Era Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Tom Talpey   495-3284   
    Glenn Knoblock explores our nation's maritime past with this exciting look at the fastest sailing ships ever built in America. Learn how the clippers evolved, who built them and why, as well as New Hampshire's important role in supplying these unique ships. Though New Hampshire's coastline is only seventeen miles long, the state produced more clippers, all built at Portsmouth, than many other cities, bested only by New York and Boston. Learn also about the exciting voyages these ships made, the cargos they carried, the men and, in a few cases, the women, who sailed them, and why the ships' reign, lasting from 1844-1860, was so short. Whether you're a boating or nautical enthusiast, or simply have an interest in salt-water history, this lecture will fill your sails. POTLUCK SUPPER WILL BEGIN AT 6:00 PM. VISITORS ARE WELCOME TO BRING A DISH AND JOIN THE GATHERING.
    Location: Camp Morgan Lodge, 339 Millen Pond Rd., Washington
Tuesday August 11, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Wacky Songs that Made Us Laugh Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Robin Sweetser   464-3595   
    Popular songs with humorous lyrics have kept us laughing since Colonial times. We need comic relief, and songs provide some of the best (sometimes unintentionally). Excerpts from hilarious songs help chart the evolution of musical humor from the 1920s to the 1980s. Selections poke fun at WW II enemies, diets, television, sex, Christmas, summer camp, religion, and many other aspects of life. Laugh as you recall wacky moments from the past and discover new ones with Calvin Knickerbocker.
    Location: Fuller Public Library, 29 School St., Hillsboro
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misc_none 7:00 PM The Finest Hours :The True Story Behind the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Alex Robinson   424-4044   
    On February 18, 1952, an astonishing maritime event began when a ferocious nor'easter split in half a 500-foot long oil tanker, the Pendleton, approximately one mile off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Incredibly, just twenty miles away, a second oil tanker, the Fort Mercer, also split in half. On both tankers men were trapped on the severed bows and sterns, and all four sections were sinking in 60-foot seas. Thus began a life and death drama of survival, heroism, and a series of tragic mistakes. Of the 84 seamen aboard the tankers, 70 would be rescued and 14 would lose their lives. Michael Tougias, co-author of the book and soon-to-be Disney movie The Finest Hours, uses slides to illustrate the harrowing tale of the rescue efforts amidst towering waves and blinding snow in one of the most dangerous shoals in the world.
    Location: Litchfield Middle School Cafeteria, 19 McElwain Dr., Litchfield
Wednesday August 12, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM New Hampshire's One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance and the Reality Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Upper Valley Senior Center   448-4213   
    Hundreds of one-room schools dotted the landscape of New Hampshire a century ago and were the backbone of primary education for generations of children. Revered in literature and lore, they actually were beset with problems, some of which are little changed today. The greatest issue was financing the local school and the vast differences between taxing districts in ability to support education. Other concerns included teacher preparation and quality, curriculum, discipline, student achievement and community involvement in the educational process. Steve Taylor explores the lasting legacies of the one-room school and how they echo today.
    Location: Upper Valley Senior Ctr., 10 Campbell St., Lebanon
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Inside Russia Today Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kate Thomas   585-6503   
    The fall of Soviet Communism in the early 1990s catapulted Russia into a new social order. Marina Forbes establishes a link between Russia's rich cultural heritage and the lives of Russians today. The "new rich," the evolving role of women, the revival of the Orthodox Church, humor, family life, entertainment, and the emphasis on consumerism are all examined as she brings personal experience and research to bear in this fascinating look at contemporary Russian life.
    Location: Fitzwilliam Town Library, 11 Templeton Tpk., Fitzwilliam
Thursday August 13, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Abraham Lincoln: From Springfield, Illinois to Exeter, New Hampshire and Beyond Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Erin Robb   239-8918   
    Lincoln's political life evolved from humble origins to culminate in the presidency of the United States and his leadership during the American Civil War. An illustrated lecture traces the crucial political years of transition from 1858 to 1861 when Lincoln became a national candidate for office and traveled widely. He came to New Hampshire to see his son Robert Todd Lincoln at Phillips Exeter Academy and while he was in NH he addressed audiences in Concord, Dover, Exeter, and Manchester. Presented by Richard D. Schubart, Phillips Exeter Academy.
    Location: Sheridan House, 391 Back Ashuelot Rd., Winchester
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Discovering New England Stone Walls Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Libby Museum   569-1035   
    Why are we so fascinated with stone walls? Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss, explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.
    Location: Libby Museum, 755 North Main St., Wolfeboro
Saturday August 15, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM Teddy Roosevelt's Nobel Prize: New Hampshire and the Portsmouth Peace Treaty Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Claire James   938-2041   
    Teddy Roosevelt chose Portsmouth to be the site of the 1905 peace treaty negotiations between Russian and Japanese delegations to end the Russo-Japanese war. Charles Doleac's program first focuses on Roosevelt's multi-track diplomacy that included other world powers, the Russian and Japanese delegations, the US Navy, and New Hampshire hosts in 30 days of negotiations that resulted in the Portsmouth Peace Treaty and earned Roosevelt the 1906 Nobel Peace Prize. The program then focuses on how ordinary people from throughout New Hampshire positively affected the Portsmouth negotiations. The program customizes each presentation to the program site's local history at the time of the treaty to encourage audiences to join the annual statewide commemoration of "Portsmouth Peace Treaty Day" on September 5.
    Location: The Tin Shop, 160 East Main St., Bradford
Sunday August 16, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM Liberty Is Our Motto!: Songs and Stories of the Hutchinson Family Singers Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nola Aldrich   526-2942   
    The year is 1876, and New Hampshire's own John Hutchinson sings and tells about his famous musical family "straight from the horse's mouth." Originally from Milford, NH, the Hutchinson Family Singers were among America's most notable musical entertainers for much of the mid-19th century. They achieved international recognition with songs advancing social reform and political causes such as abolition, temperance, women's suffrage, and the Lincoln presidential campaign of 1860. In this living history program, Steve Blunt portrays John Hutchinson. He tells the Hutchinsons' story and shares their music with lyrics provided. Audience members are invited to sing along on "The Old Granite State," "Get Off the Track," "Tenting on the Old Campground," and more.
    Location: Wilmot Town Hall, 11 N. Wilmot Rd., Wilmot
Tuesday August 18, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Movie Mavericks: Filmmakers who Challenge the Hollywood System Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jessica Sheehan   497-2102   
    Patrick Anderson focuses on contemporary film directors and screenwriters in the United States whose originality, independence and unconventional approaches to the medium have contributed to the evolution of the industry. The program provides a greater understanding of and appreciation for both the content and form of movies made outside the mainstream Hollywood system, and to consider some of the key differences in theme, style and narrative format between these works and the more conventional fare of so-called "classic cinema." Among the filmmakers to be examined are Steven Soderbergh, David Lynch, John Sayles, Spike Lee, Quentin Tarantino, the Coen brothers, Wes Anderson, Sofia Coppola, P.T. Anderson, Jim Jarmusch and Charlie Kaufman. Patrick Anderson urges participants to view and analyze a variety of film clips carefully so that, by the end of the session, they will be more visually articulate and critically aware of how one "reads" a film.
    Location: Goffstown Public Library, 2 High St., Goffstown
 
misc_none 7:00 PM A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Andrea Douglas   774-3546   
    Northern New England is full of reminders of past lives: stone walls, old foundations, a century-old lilac struggling to survive as the forest reclaims a once-sunny dooryard. What forces shaped settlement, and later abandonment, of these places? Adair Mulligan explores the rich story to be discovered in what remains behind. See how one town has set out to create an inventory of its cellar holes, piecing together the clues in the landscape. Such a project can help landowners know what to do if they have archaeological sites on their land and help stimulate interest in a town's future through its past.
    Location: Dunbarton Public Library, 1004 School St., Dunbarton
Wednesday August 19, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Pleasures of the Parlor: Middle-class Domestic Music-making in 19th-century New England Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Denise Vallee   466-3322   
    In 1904, 150 delegates to the National Piano Dealers' convention waved lights and danced around a bonfire made of hundreds of square pianos. Why? What's a square piano? How had middle-class Americans, their instruments and their songs changed over the preceding decades? Marya Danihel discusses music made at home in pre-Victorian and Victorian New England, illustrating her social and music history with live performances of songs from 19th-century collections, contemporary paintings and illustrations, and excerpts from etiquette books and memoirs like those of Portsmouth's Sarah Parker Rice Goodwin, wife of New Hampshire's Civil War governor.
    Location: Medallion Opera House, 20 Park St., Gorham
Sunday August 23, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM Wit and Wisdom: Humor in 19th Century New England Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Veronica Mueller   764-9072   
    Whatever did New Englanders do on long winter evenings before cable, satellite and the internet? In the decades before and after the Civil War, our rural ancestors used to create neighborhood events to improve their minds. Community members male and female would compose and read aloud homegrown, handwritten literary "newspapers" full of keen verbal wit. Sometimes serious, sometimes sentimental but mostly very funny, these "newspapers" were common in villages across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont and revealed the hopes, fears, humor and surprisingly daring behavior of our forebears. Jo Radner shares excerpts from her forthcoming book about hundreds of these "newspapers" and provides examples from villages in your region.
    Location: Joseph Patch Library, 320 NH Rte 25, Warren
Monday August 24, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Mapping the Merrimack: A Frontier Adventure into Uncharted Territory 1630-1725 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Charles Brault   878-1105   
    David Stewart-Smith recounts the expeditions of 1638 and 1652 up the Merrimack to establish the northern boundary of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. There is just one problem: New Hampshire proprietors already held claim to all the land east of the river. In fact, maps of the time did not reflect the true course of the river. Stewart-Smith examines the maps of the 17th century along with the plan from the 1638 survey to show that the Merrimack River was not accurately represented in maps of the region until the end of that century. The boundary for Massachusetts became an embarrassment -- so much so that they had to revise their state line survey. The program describes some of the early survey techniques and cartography and is illustrated with the maps of the period.
    Location: Chamberlin Free Public Library, 46 Main St., Greenville
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Tuesday August 25, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Darby Field and the First Ascent of Mount Washington Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sandy Allgood   744-3352   
    For more than 200 years historians believed that Darby Field made the first climb up Mount Washington in 1642. However, in the last several decades, questions have emerged about his use of Native American guides, about the likelihood of prior ascents by Native Americans, about the route Field may have followed on the mountain, and about whether Field actually made the ascent as claimed. Allen Koop examines how historians reconstruct the "truth" when given scant, vague, and even contradictory evidence.
    Location: Minot-Sleeper Library, 35 Pleasant St., Bristol
Wednesday August 26, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Harnessing History: On the Trail of New Hampshire's State Dog, the Chinook Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lisa Doner   536-3358   
    This program looks at how dog sledding developed in New Hampshire and how the Chinook played a major role in this story. Explaining how man and his relationship with dogs won out over machines on several famous polar expeditions, Bob Cottrell covers the history of Arthur Walden and his Chinooks, the State Dog of New Hampshire. Inquire whether the speaker's dog will accompany him.
    Location: Quincy Bog Natural Area (Nature Ctr.), 131 Quincy Bog Rd., Rumney
Tuesday September 1, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM The Old Man of the Mountain: Substance and Symbol Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Judy Smith   539-3223 x 226   
    The story of the Old Man of the Mountain in Franconia Notch is a story of New Hampshire itself, reflecting history, the arts, literature, geography, philosophy and public policy. Maggie Stier's illustrated talk reveals the ways that this iconic place has sparked observers' imaginations, attracted intense personal commitment, and symbolized changing public sentiment. Stier details the threats to the Old Man and Franconia Notch that led to protection as a State Park and, later, to the construction of the Franconia Notch Parkway. She concludes with an analysis of what caused the fall of the Old Man in 2003, a summary of private efforts to create a memorial, and a discussion of how this unique natural phenomenon may be remembered by future generations. The audience is invited to bring souvenirs, memorabilia or other artifacts of the Old Man of the Mountain for a shared display before and after the program, and to share their own experiences and memories on this topic.
    Location: Camp Calumet Conference Ctr. Dining room,1090 Ossipee Lake Rd., Freedom
Thursday September 3, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Witches, Pop Culture, and the Past Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Mary Jo Marvin   784-5480   
    "Hang her!" cries the raucous spectator. In 1692, nineteen people were executed in Salem and hundreds imprisoned during a witch hunt we still discuss today. Robin DeRosa explains that when Salem tells its witch stories, history, tourism, and performance collide, and "truth," both moral and macabre, vies with spooky thrills for its authentic place in history.
    Location: Jaffrey Public Library, 38 Main St., Jaffrey
 
misc_none 7:00 PM New Hampshire Cemeteries and Gravestones Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Leigh Webb   934-8222   
    Rubbings, photographs, and slides illustrate the rich variety of gravestones to be found in our own neighborhoods, but they also tell long-forgotten stories of such historical events as the Great Awakening, the Throat Distemper epidemic, and the American Revolution. Find out more about these deeply personal works of art and the craftsmen who carved them with Glenn Knoblock, and learn how to read the stone "pages" that give insight into the vast genealogical book of New Hampshire.
    Location: Franklin Historical Society, 21 Holy Cross Rd., Franklin
Wednesday September 9, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM Native American History of New Hampshire: Beyond Boundaries, circa 1700-1850 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Meagan Carr   342-3086   
    The northern frontier of New England was a risky place during the Colonial Period. Maine was nearly lost due to a series of Indian wars. New Hampshire only succeeded in settling the coast and as the frontier moved inland, both settlers and Indians found that their cultures had changed. Another set of wars to wrest Canada away from the French gave rise to several attempts by the Indians to assert their autonomy and stewardship over the land. By the time of Ethan Allen Crawford, the New Hampshire frontier had become a place for reflection on a new relationship with the environment, and tourism into the mountains was born. David Stewart-Smith muses that as the "last" Indians died off in the 1830s, perhaps a legacy was born that would insure a place for the landscape and the spirit of the Indians in New Hampshire's future.
    Location: White Mountains Community College Fortier Library, 2020 Riverside Dr., Berlin
 
misc_none 7:00 PM African American Soldiers and Sailors of New Hampshire During the American Revolution Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Abby Pietrantonio   772-2622   
    One of the most interesting aspects of the American Revolution is the role played by African Americans in the fight for independence. Both free Blacks and those that were enslaved were key elements in manning state militias and Continental Army units, as well as serving on the high seas in the Navy and on privately armed ships. Indeed, their service to New Hampshire, as well as the other New England colonies, was crucial in a conflict that lasted nearly seven years. Prohibited by existing laws from serving in military units and largely considered "undesirable elements" by southern patriots and even many in New England, how is it that these Black soldiers came to fight for the cause of liberty, even when their own personal liberty was not guaranteed? Glenn Knoblock examines the history of Black soldiers' service during the war, including how and why they enlisted, their interaction with white soldiers, service on the battlefields, how they were perceived by the enemy and the officers under whom they served, and their treatment after the war.
    Location: Folsom Tavern, 164 Water St., Exeter
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Angling in the Smile of the Great Spirit Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Patricia Barry   838-2451   
    Anyone who ever posted a Gone Fishin' sign on the door during business hours will appreciate this native fisherman's glimpse in to the habits, rituals, and lore of some of the more colorful members of the not-so-exclusive "Liars' Club." Hal Lyon shares tales, secrets, folklore, and history of fishing in New Hampshire's big lakes -- especially Lake Winnipesaukee which translates into "Smile of the Great Spirit."
    Location: Lyman Town Hall, 65 Parker Hill Rd., Lyman
Thursday September 10, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM That Reminds Me of a Story Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Parish Helpers, Inc   522-3189   
    Stories speak to us of community. They hold our history and reflect our identity. Rebecca Rule has made it her mission over the last 20 years to collect stories of New Hampshire, especially those that reflect what's special about this rocky old place. She'll tell some of those stories - her favorites are the funny ones - and invite audience members to contribute a few stories of their own.
    Location: First Congregational Church, UCC, 2718 Wakefield Rd., Wakefield
 
misc_none 6:30 PM On This Spot Once Stood... Remembering the Architectural Heritage of New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Hooksett Library   485-6092   
    New Hampshire has lost many of its important historic buildings to fire, neglect, intentional demolition and re-development. In some cases, a plaque or marker provides a physical reminder of what was, but in other examples, no tangible evidence remains. Maggie Stier showcases some of the celebrated buildings that New Hampshire has lost, and explores how and why we remember and commemorate those losses. Her program will draw from historical and contemporary photographs, maps, and other historical records to explore the significance of these structures, explain their eventual fate, and analyze popular responses to the loss. Particular attention will be devoted to places where a building was memorialized in some way. Examples in this illustrated talk will include the simple wooden signs where the hotels in Bethlehem once stood, a large-scale installation of architectural fragments in Concord, and the birthplaces of several notable citizens. Audiences will be challenged to think about other examples, and consider the ways in which we remember what isn't there any longer.
    Location: Hooksett Library, 31 Mount Saint Mary's Way, Hooksett
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Comics in World History and Cultures Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Rosanna Dude   526-6804   
    Marek Bennett presents a whirlwind survey of comics from around the world and throughout history, with special attention to what these vibrant narratives tell (and show) us about the people and periods that created them. Bennett engages and involves the audience in an interactive discussion of several sample comics representing cultures such as Ancient Rome, Medieval Europe, the Ancient Maya, Feudal and modern Japan, the United States in the early 20th century, and Nazi Germany during World War II. The program explores the various ways of creating and reading comics from around the world, and what these techniques tell us about the cultures in which they occur.
    Location: Wilmot Public Library, 11 N. Wilmot Rd., Wilmot
Friday September 11, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Traditional Matryoshka Nested Doll Making: from Russia to New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Elizabeth Thompson   466-2525   
    Marina Forbes shares many examples of Matroyshka nested dolls, including examples of her own work and from her extensive collection, as she examines the rich folk tradition and symbolism of the dolls' appearance. She explores the link between doll making and other traditional Russian art forms. There will be a quick stop at the 1900 World's Fair in Paris that made Russian nested dolls and Fabergé eggs famous, followed by an illustrated tour of a working doll-making factory in rural Russia.
    Location: Gorham Public Library, 35 Railroad St., Gorham
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misc_none 8:00 PM The Music History of French-Canadians, Franco-Americans, Acadians and Cajuns Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: The Margret & H.A. Rey Center   236-3308   
    Lucie Therrien follows the migration of French-Canadians and the evolution of their traditional music: its arrival in North America from France; the music's crossing with Indian culture during the evangelization of Acadia and Quebec; its growth alongside English culture after British colonization; and its expansion from Quebec to New England, as well as from Acadia to Louisiana.
    Location: Town Square Resort - The Rey Ctr. (Bldg. C), 35 Village Rd., Waterville Valley
Saturday September 12, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM Cows and Communities: How the Lowly Bovine Has Nurtured New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Hampton Falls Historical Society   778-4775   
    Cattle were essential to the survival of the earliest New Hampshire settlements, and their contributions have been central to the life and culture of the state ever since. From providing human dietary sustenance to basic motive power for agriculture, forestry and transport, bovines have had a deep and enduring bond with their keepers, one that lingers today and is a vital part of the iconography of rural New Hampshire, even as dairy farming becomes ever more reliant on intensive modern science and technology. Where are New Hampshire's cows today and what are are they doing? Steve Taylor provides answers -- some will prove surprising.
    Location: Hampton Falls Historical Society, 1 Drinkwater Rd., Hampton Falls
Sunday September 13, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM Discovering New England Stone Walls Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Malcolm Cameron   463-7076   
    Why are we so fascinated with stone walls? Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss, explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.
    Location: Deerfield Town Hall, 10 Church St., Deerfield
Monday September 14, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jane Butler   588-2637   
    Northern New England is full of reminders of past lives: stone walls, old foundations, a century-old lilac struggling to survive as the forest reclaims a once-sunny dooryard. What forces shaped settlement, and later abandonment, of these places? Adair Mulligan explores the rich story to be discovered in what remains behind. See how one town has set out to create an inventory of its cellar holes, piecing together the clues in the landscape. Such a project can help landowners know what to do if they have archaeological sites on their land and help stimulate interest in a town's future through its past.
    Location: Hillsboro Heritage Museum, 5 Central St., Hillsboro
 
misc_none 7:00 PM New Hampshire’s Long Love-Hate Relationship with Its Agricultural Fairs Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Stuart Hodgeman   477-2844   
    The first agricultural fair in North America was held in what is now Londonderry in 1722, and it would become a wildly popular event lasting for generations until it came to be so dominated by gambling, flim-flam and other "scandalous dimensions" that the legislature revoked its charter in 1850. But fairs have always had strong supporters and eventually the state came around to appropriating modest sums to help them succeed. Temperance groups and others would continue to attack the fairs on moral grounds and their close connection to horse racing was a chronic flashpoint. Steve Taylor will discuss the ups and downs of the fairs down through years and how public affection for rural traditions helps them survive in contemporary times.
    Location: Cornish Town Office Bldg., 488 Town House Rd., Cornish
Tuesday September 15, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Discovering New England Stone Walls Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Christine Fogg   524-8268   
    Why are we so fascinated with stone walls? Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss, explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.
    Location: Corner Meeting House, Intersection of Fuller & Sargent St., Belmont
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Popular Music During World War II: Using Propaganda to Boost Morale Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Donna Hamill   569-1212   
    World War II brought about a government-sponsored drive to unify the country and increase morale both at home and abroad in the military. Over 2,000 songs relating to the war and home front efforts were written with those goals in mind. Focusing on these songs, Knickerbocker uses thirty-five recording excerpts, some well-known and others obscure, to explore the historical era and the changes this music wrought in the culture. Presented by Calvin Knickerbocker.
    Location: Wright Museum, 77 Center St., Wolfeboro
Wednesday September 16, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Benedict Arnold: Patriot and Traitor? Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Eric Stern   679-8484   
    We all think we know the story of Benedict Arnold, the American Revolutionary War general who fought for the Continental Army but then defected to the British. Recalled mainly as a traitor for his 1780 defection, Arnold had risked his life and fortune for American freedom in courageous exploits between 1775 and 1778, when the dream of independence was at its most fragile. As an officer in the Continental Army, Arnold ably led American forces in desperate circumstances - against impossible odds, in a blinding snowstorm, through a howling wilderness, and against the extraordinary might of the Royal Navy. George Morrison will take you on a journey through New England, Canada and New York tracing the complex story of this infamous American icon.
    Location: Blaisdell Memorial Library, 129 Stage Rd., Nottingham
 
misc_none 6:30 PM Witches, Pop Culture, and the Past Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Shirley Young   447-5552   
    "Hang her!" cries the raucous spectator. In 1692, nineteen people were executed in Salem and hundreds imprisoned during a witch hunt we still discuss today. Robin DeRosa explains that when Salem tells its witch stories, history, tourism, and performance collide, and "truth," both moral and macabre, vies with spooky thrills for its authentic place in history.
    Location: Conway Public Library, 15 Main St., Conway
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Harnessing History: On the Trail of New Hampshire's State Dog, the Chinook Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Carol Brock   547-2730   
    This program looks at how dog sledding developed in New Hampshire and how the Chinook played a major role in this story. Explaining how man and his relationship with dogs won out over machines on several famous polar expeditions, Bob Cottrell covers the history of Arthur Walden and his Chinooks, the State Dog of New Hampshire. Inquire whether the speaker's dog will accompany him.
    Location: Francestown Town Offices (In Back), 27 Main St., Francestown
 
misc_none 7:30 PM Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Holderness Library   968-7066   
    Drawing on research from her book, Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire, the Present, the Past, and the Future, Rebecca Rule regales audiences with stories of the rituals, traditions and history of town meeting, including the perennial characters, the literature, the humor, and the wisdom of this uniquely New England institution.
    Location: Holderness Historical Society, Rte 3 (Curry Place behind Post Office), Holderness
Thursday September 17, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM John Winant: New Hampshire Man of The World Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Allison Galliher   436-8433   
    John G. Winant, three-time governor of New Hampshire went on to serve the nation in several capacities on the national and international scene. In the process he became a hero to the British in World War Two and to the common man throughout the developed world. His life, marked by highs and lows, ended tragically in his mansion in Concord. The program examines his life and measures his impact at home and abroad.
    Location: Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle St., Portsmouth
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misc_none 7:00 PM The Guitar in Latin America: Continuities, Changes and Bicultural Strumming Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: North Hampton Public Library   964-6326   
    Jose Lezcano presents a multi-media musical program that showcases the guitar in Latin America as an instrument that speaks many languages. Lezcano presents a variety of musical styles: indigenous strummers in ritual festivals from Ecuador, Gaucho music from Argentina, European parlor waltzes from Venezuela, and Afro-Brazilian samba-pagode. He also plays pieces by Villa-Lobos, Brouwer, Lauro, Barrios, Pereira, and examples from his Fulbright-funded research in Ecuador.
    Location: North Hampton Public Library, 237A Atlantic Ave., North Hampton
Friday September 18, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM (Not So) Elementary, My Dear Watson: The Popularity of Sherlock Holmes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Mary Girard   487-3391   
    The recent spate of Sherlock Holmes movies, television shows, and literary adaptations indicate the Great Detective is alive and well in the 21st century. Holmes is the most portrayed literary character of all time, with over 230 film versions alone in several different languages. Over the past century, Sherlockians created societies like the Baker Street Irregulars, wrote articles sussing out the "sources" of Doyle's works, and, most recently, developed an entire online world of Holmesian fan fiction. Sherlock Holmes is now a multi-million dollar industry. Why is Sherlock Holmes so popular? Ann McClellan's presentation explores the origins of Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective and tracks his incarnations in literature, film, advertising, and modern media in order to crack the case of the most popular detective.
    Location: Whipple Free Library, 67 Mont Vernon Rd., New Boston
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Mary Todd Lincoln: Wife and Widow Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Don Brown   887-3842   
    Living historian Sally Mummey portrays Mary Todd Lincoln as she muses on her life from her dreams as a girl to her years as First Lady during the Civil War. Mrs. Lincoln shares stories of her life with President Lincoln and the events of that evening in Ford's Theatre when the assassin's bullet not only changed the course of the nation but destroyed her life as well. From the opulence of the White House to the dregs of obscurity, Mrs. Lincoln lived out her life struggling with affliction and tragedy. With wit and heartbreak, seasoned with abiding love for her husband and her children, Mrs. Lincoln reveals the passionate humanity of a misunderstood woman.
    Location: Stevens Hall, 1 Chester St., Chester
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Treasure from the Isles of Shoals: How New Archaeology is Changing Old History Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: East Kingston Public Library   642-8333   
    There is treasure here but not the pirate kind. Scientific "digs" on Smuttynose Island are changing New England history. Archaeologist Nathan Hamilton has unearthed 300,000 artifacts to date on this largely uninhabited rock at the Isles of Shoals. Evidence proves prehistoric Native Americans hunted New Hampshire's only offshore islands 6,000 years ago. Hundreds of European fishermen split, salted, and dried valuable Atlantic cod here from the 1620s. "King Haley" ruled a survivalist kingdom here before Thomas Laighton struck tourist gold when his family took over the region's first hotel on Smuttynose. Laighton's daughter Celia Thaxter spun poetic tales of ghosts and pirates. J. Dennis Robinson, a longtime Smuttynose steward, explores the truth behind the romantic legends of Gosport Harbor in this colorful show-and-tell presentation.
    Location: East Kingston Public Library, 47 Maplevale Rd., East Kingston
Saturday September 19, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM Songs of Old New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amy Friedman   886-6030   
    Drawing heavily on the repertoire of traditional singer Lena Bourne Fish (1873-1945) of Jaffrey and Temple, New Hampshire, Jeff Warner offers the songs and stories that, in the words of Carl Sandburg, tell us "where we came from and what brought us along." These ballads, love songs and comic pieces, reveal the experiences and emotions of daily life in the days before movies, sound recordings and, for some, books. Songs from the lumber camps, the decks of sailing ships, the textile mills and the war between the sexes offer views of pre-industrial New England and a chance to hear living artifacts from the 18th and 19th centuries.
    Location: Rodgers Memorial Library, 194 Derry Rd., Hudson
Tuesday September 22, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM A Woman That Keeps Good Orders: Women, Tavern Keeping, and Public Approval Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Denise Grimse   436-8548   
    Government regulations, licensing, handling drunks, controlling the flow of information --why would the Colonial-era government allow women to run a tavern? When her husband died in 1736, Ann Jose Harvey became the owner of a prominent Portsmouth tavern and sole guardian of seven small children. For at least twenty years, Harvey ran the increasingly prosperous establishment. Using documents related to Harvey's venue, Marcia Schmidt Blaine explores the world of female tavern keepers. A tavern was potentially the most disruptive spot in town. Why would a woman want to keep one?
    Location: Weeks Public Library, 36 Post Rd., Greenland
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Poor Houses and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Gary Attalla   774-0069   
    From its earliest settlements New Hampshire has struggled with issues surrounding the treatment of its poor. The early Northeastern colonies followed the lead of England's 1601 Poor Law, which imposed compulsory taxes for maintenance of the poor but made no distinction between the "vagrant, vicious poor" and the helpless and honest poor. This confusion persisted for generations and led directly to establishment in most of the state's towns of alms houses and poor farms and, later, county institutions which would collectively come to form a dark chapter in New Hampshire history. Steve Taylor will examine how paupers were treated in these facilities and how reformers eventually succeeded in closing them down.
    Location: St. John's Episcopal Church, 270 Stark Hwy. N., Dunbarton
 
misc_none 7:30 PM Exemplary Country Estates of New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: John Dickey   267-6098   
    In the early 20th Century, the New Hampshire Board of Agriculture launched a program to boost the rural economy and promote tourism through the sale of abandoned farms to summer residents. After introducing the country house movement, Cristina Ashjian focuses attention on some of the great country estates featured in the NH program between 1902 and 1913. Which private estates were recognized as exemplary, and who were their owners? Using historic images and texts, Ashjian discusses well-known estates now open to the public such as The Fells on Lake Sunapee, The Rocks in Bethlehem, and Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish.
    Location: Gilmanton Old Town Hall, 1800 NH Rte 140, Gilmanton Iron Works
Wednesday September 23, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM Digging Into Native History in New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Denise Jensen   752-5210   
    Abenaki history has been reduced to near-invisibility as a result of conquest, a conquering culture that placed little value on the Indian experience, and a strategy of self-preservation that required many Abenaki to go "underground," concealing their true identities for generations to avoid discrimination and persecution. Robert Goodby reveals archaeological evidence that shows their deep presence here, inches below the earth's surface.
    Location: White Mountains Community College Fortier Library, 2020 Riverside Dr., Berlin
 
misc_none 6:30 PM (Not So) Elementary, My Dear Watson: The Popularity of Sherlock Holmes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Silsby Free Public Library   826-7793   
    The recent spate of Sherlock Holmes movies, television shows, and literary adaptations indicate the Great Detective is alive and well in the 21st century. Holmes is the most portrayed literary character of all time, with over 230 film versions alone in several different languages. Over the past century, Sherlockians created societies like the Baker Street Irregulars, wrote articles sussing out the "sources" of Doyle's works, and, most recently, developed an entire online world of Holmesian fan fiction. Sherlock Holmes is now a multi-million dollar industry. Why is Sherlock Holmes so popular? Ann McClellan's presentation explores the origins of Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective and tracks his incarnations in literature, film, advertising, and modern media in order to crack the case of the most popular detective.
    Location: Silsby Free Public Library, 226 Main St., Charlestown
Thursday September 24, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:45 PM The Finest Hours :The True Story Behind the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Hooksett Library   485-6092   
    On February 18, 1952, an astonishing maritime event began when a ferocious nor'easter split in half a 500-foot long oil tanker, the Pendleton, approximately one mile off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Incredibly, just twenty miles away, a second oil tanker, the Fort Mercer, also split in half. On both tankers men were trapped on the severed bows and sterns, and all four sections were sinking in 60-foot seas. Thus began a life and death drama of survival, heroism, and a series of tragic mistakes. Of the 84 seamen aboard the tankers, 70 would be rescued and 14 would lose their lives. Michael Tougias, co-author of the book and soon-to-be Disney movie The Finest Hours, uses slides to illustrate the harrowing tale of the rescue efforts amidst towering waves and blinding snow in one of the most dangerous shoals in the world. THERE WILL BE A HOOKSETT HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING PRIOR TO THE PRESENTATION THAT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
    Location: Hooksett Library, 31 Mount Saint Mary's Way, Hooksett
 
misc_none 7:00 PM A Visit with Abraham Lincoln Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Julie Steenson   547-2790   
    Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by Steve Wood, begins this program by recounting his early life and ends with a reading of the "Gettysburg Address." Along the way he comments on the debates with Stephen Douglas, his run for the presidency, and the Civil War.
    Location: Stephenson Memorial Library, 761 Forest Rd., Greenfield
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misc_none 7:00 PM African American Submariners of World War II and Beyond Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Portsmouth Athenaeum   431-2538   
    African American soldiers and sailors saw extensive action during World War II in nearly every theatre of operations. Though few in number, Black submariners played an important role in manning the navy submarines, many built at Portsmouth, which wrought havoc against Japanese naval and merchant vessels. Limited by the U.S. Navy's segregation policies to service as officers' stewards, many Black sailors in fact performed combat duty with great bravery and distinction, including such men as Walter Wilson, the battle-station helmsman aboard the legendary submarine Trigger; Bronze Star medalist George Lytle aboard Drum; and Arthur Brown, who participated in the rescue and care of many refugees liberated from Japanese-held islands while serving aboard Narwhal. Glenn Knoblock's talk, based on hundreds of interviews with World War II veterans and years of research, leaves the audience with a better understanding of the Submarine Force during World War II and appreciation for America's undersea warriors. THIS EVENT IS PART OF THE PORTSMOUTH MARITIME FOLK FESTIVAL.
    Location: Portsmouth Athenaeum, 6 Market Square, Portsmouth
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Poor Houses and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jan Eskedel   367-8758   
    From its earliest settlements New Hampshire has struggled with issues surrounding the treatment of its poor. The early Northeastern colonies followed the lead of England's 1601 Poor Law, which imposed compulsory taxes for maintenance of the poor but made no distinction between the "vagrant, vicious poor" and the helpless and honest poor. This confusion persisted for generations and led directly to establishment in most of the state's towns of alms houses and poor farms and, later, county institutions which would collectively come to form a dark chapter in New Hampshire history. Steve Taylor will examine how paupers were treated in these facilities and how reformers eventually succeeded in closing them down.
    Location: Madison Library Chick Room, 1895 Village Rd., Madison
Friday September 25, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM The Creep of Surveillance: From Big Brother to Mom and Dad Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura French   456-2234   
    Technology has been used to monitor offenders, consumers, workers, students, and even children. Technology has enabled law enforcement and other agents of social control to uncover a range of information and behavior that previously went undetected. This presentation explores the expanded use of technology for monitoring people's compliance, performance, and even personal legitimacy. David Mackey discusses the devious devices and some of the legal, social, and ethical implications of their use.
    Location: New Hampshire Telephone Museum, 1 Depot St., Warner
Saturday September 26, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM Family, Memory, Place: Writing Family Stories Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Cynthia Phillips   863-6921   
    What family stories do you carry with you? What story do you tell over and over? What landscape do you cherish the most? One of the deepest human instincts is to tell our life stories, to figure out who we are and what it means to be human. This interactive workshop led by Martha Andrews Donovan and Maura MacNeil explores how the landscapes of our lives shape the stories that we tell. Participants explore the themes of family, memory, and place through sample narratives and a series of short writing exercises, gaining a deeper awareness of how their stories can preserve personal, generational, and communal history.
    Location: Olive G. Pettis Library, 36 Mill Village Rd. (Rte 10 North), Goshen
 
misc_none 7:00 PM The Connecticut: New England's Great River Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Bath Public Library   747-3372   
    The largest river in New England rises in a small beaver pond near the Canadian border and flows over 400 miles through four states, falling 2,670 feet to the sea through America's only watershed-based national fish and wildlife refuge. Adair Mulligan leads an armchair tour of this great river in New Hampshire and Vermont, exploring its history and natural beauty through the seasons and among the communities that have sprung up along its banks. Next, the discussion will shift to how the river has influenced the lives of those who live there, and how they, in turn, have affected the river. Much more than a travelogue, this presentation explores the many issues involved in managing the health of this major river, and how citizens from all walks of life have created a vision for its future.
    Location: Bath Village School, 61 Lisbon Rd., Bath
Monday September 28, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM George Washington Spied Here: Spies and Spying in the American Revolutionary War (1775 - 1783) Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Ricky Sirois   483-5374   
    Based on recently discovered historical materials and recent books, this program by Douglas Wheeler is an inquiry into the life and death of America's first spy, the patriot-martyr, Nathan Hale, of Coventry, Connecticut. Wheeler takes audiences on a journey through the spy world of the Culper Spy Ring of New York, Long Island and Connecticut, the most secret of the American spy rings and the most successful in getting useful intelligence to General George Washington beginning in 1778, two years after Hale's tragic execution by the British. The Father of our country was also our first Intelligence Chief. The program is illustrated with images of the main places and dramatis personae of this unusual network of patriot secret agents and couriers.
    Location: Griffin Free Public Library, 22 Hooksett Rd., Auburn
Tuesday September 29, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 5:30 PM (Not So) Elementary, My Dear Watson: The Popularity of Sherlock Holmes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Effingham Public Library   539-1537   
    The recent spate of Sherlock Holmes movies, television shows, and literary adaptations indicate the Great Detective is alive and well in the 21st century. Holmes is the most portrayed literary character of all time, with over 230 film versions alone in several different languages. Over the past century, Sherlockians created societies like the Baker Street Irregulars, wrote articles sussing out the "sources" of Doyle's works, and, most recently, developed an entire online world of Holmesian fan fiction. Sherlock Holmes is now a multi-million dollar industry. Why is Sherlock Holmes so popular? Ann McClellan's presentation explores the origins of Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective and tracks his incarnations in literature, film, advertising, and modern media in order to crack the case of the most popular detective.
    Location: Effingham Public Library, 30 Town House Rd., Effingham
Wednesday September 30, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sandra Cleary   588-2343   
    Northern New England is full of reminders of past lives: stone walls, old foundations, a century-old lilac struggling to survive as the forest reclaims a once-sunny dooryard. What forces shaped settlement, and later abandonment, of these places? Adair Mulligan explores the rich story to be discovered in what remains behind. See how one town has set out to create an inventory of its cellar holes, piecing together the clues in the landscape. Such a project can help landowners know what to do if they have archaeological sites on their land and help stimulate interest in a town's future through its past.
    Location: Bennington Historical Society, 38 Main St., Bennington
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Rally Round the Flag: The American Civil War Through Folksong Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sally Woodman   382-7574   
    Woody Pringle and Marek Bennett present an overview of the American Civil War through the lens of period music. Audience members participate and sing along as the presenters explore lyrics, documents, and visual images from sources such as the Library of Congress. Through camp songs, parlor music, hymns, battlefield rallying cries, and fiddle tunes, Pringle and Bennett examine the folksong as a means to enact living history, share perspectives, influence public perceptions of events, and simultaneously fuse and conserve cultures in times of change. Showcasing numerous instruments, the presenters challenge participants to find new connections between song, art, and politics in American history. (Note: Please contact Woody Pringle to book this program.)
    Location: Newton Town Hall, 2 Town Hall Rd., Newton
Thursday October 1, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM New Hampshire Cemeteries and Gravestones Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Carol Riley   745-8159   
    Rubbings, photographs, and slides illustrate the rich variety of gravestones to be found in our own neighborhoods, but they also tell long-forgotten stories of such historical events as the Great Awakening, the Throat Distemper epidemic, and the American Revolution. Find out more about these deeply personal works of art and the craftsmen who carved them with Glenn Knoblock, and learn how to read the stone "pages" that give insight into the vast genealogical book of New Hampshire.
    Location: Lincoln Public Library, 22 Church St., Lincoln
Saturday October 3, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM That Reminds Me of a Story Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Barbara Lerch   659-3850   
    Stories speak to us of community. They hold our history and reflect our identity. Rebecca Rule has made it her mission over the last 20 years to collect stories of New Hampshire, especially those that reflect what's special about this rocky old place. She'll tell some of those stories - her favorites are the funny ones - and invite audience members to contribute a few stories of their own.
    Location: Newmarket Public Library, 1 Elm St., Newmarket
Monday October 5, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Brewing in New Hampshire: An Informal History of Beer in the Granite State Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Betsy Solon   642-3355   
    Glenn Knoblock explores the fascinating history of New Hampshire's beer and ale brewing industry from Colonial days, when it was home- and tavern-based, to today's modern breweries and brew pubs. Unusual and rare photos and advertisements document this changing industry and the state's earliest brewers, including the renowned Frank Jones. A number of lesser-known brewers and breweries that operated in the state are also discussed, including the only brewery owned and operated by a woman before the modern era. Illustrations present evidence of society's changing attitudes towards beer and alcohol consumption over the years. Whether you're a beer connoisseur or a "tea-totaler", this lecture will be enjoyed by adults of all ages.
    Location: Mary E. Bartlett Library, 22 Dalton Rd., Brentwood
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misc_none 7:30 PM 12,000 Years Ago in the Granite State Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Tom Talpey   495-3284   
    The native Abenaki people played a central role in the history of the Monadnock region, defending it against English settlement and forcing the abandonment of Keene and other Monadnock area towns during the French and Indian Wars. Despite this, little is known about the Abenaki, and conventional histories often depict the first Europeans entering an untamed, uninhabited wilderness, rather than the homeland of people who had been there for hundreds of generations. Robert Goodby discusses how the real depth of Native history was revealed when an archaeological study prior to construction of the new Keene Middle School discovered traces of four structures dating to the end of the Ice Age. Undisturbed for 12,000 years, the site revealed information about the economy, gender roles, and household organization of the Granite State's very first inhabitants, as well as evidence of social networks that extended for hundreds of miles across northern New England. POTLUCK SUPPER BEGINS AT 6:00PM. VISITORS ARE WELCOME TO BRING A DISH AND JOIN THE GATHERING AT ANY TIME.
    Location: Camp Morgan Lodge, 339 Millen Pond Rd., Washington
Tuesday October 6, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM That Reminds Me of a Story Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Marilyn Semple   895-4536   
    Stories speak to us of community. They hold our history and reflect our identity. Rebecca Rule has made it her mission over the last 20 years to collect stories of New Hampshire, especially those that reflect what's special about this rocky old place. She'll tell some of those stories - her favorites are the funny ones - and invite audience members to contribute a few stories of their own.
    Location: Regional Economic Development Center, 57 Main St., Raymond
Wednesday October 7, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM Discovering New England Stone Walls Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amy Inglis   664-9715   
    Why are we so fascinated with stone walls? Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss, explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.
    Location: Barrington Public Library, 105 Ramsdell Ln., Barrington
Thursday October 8, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Liberty Is Our Motto!: Songs and Stories of the Hutchinson Family Singers Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Brianna Sullivan   382-6011   
    The year is 1876, and New Hampshire's own John Hutchinson sings and tells about his famous musical family "straight from the horse's mouth." Originally from Milford, NH, the Hutchinson Family Singers were among America's most notable musical entertainers for much of the mid-19th century. They achieved international recognition with songs advancing social reform and political causes such as abolition, temperance, women's suffrage, and the Lincoln presidential campaign of 1860. In this living history program, Steve Blunt portrays John Hutchinson. He tells the Hutchinsons' story and shares their music with lyrics provided. Audience members are invited to sing along on "The Old Granite State," "Get Off the Track," "Tenting on the Old Campground," and more.
    Location: Plaistow Public Library, 85 Main St., Plaistow
 
misc_none 6:30 PM New Hampshire's One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance and the Reality Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Robert Gustafson   553-0531   
    Hundreds of one-room schools dotted the landscape of New Hampshire a century ago and were the backbone of primary education for generations of children. Revered in literature and lore, they actually were beset with problems, some of which are little changed today. The greatest issue was financing the local school and the vast differences between taxing districts in ability to support education. Other concerns included teacher preparation and quality, curriculum, discipline, student achievement and community involvement in the educational process. Steve Taylor explores the lasting legacies of the one-room school and how they echo today.
    Location: Kimball Public Library, 5 Academy Avenue, Atkinson
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Imperial Russian Fabergé Eggs Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Portsmouth Athenaeum   431-2538   
    This illustrated presentation by Marina Forbes focuses on the life and remarkable work of Russian master jeweler and artist, Peter Carl Fabergé. The program features a photo-tour of Fabergé collections at the Constantine Palace in St. Petersburg and from major museums and private collectors around the world. Explore the important role of egg painting in Russian culture and the development of this major Russian art form from a traditional craft to the level of exquisite fine art under the patronage of the tsars. Forbes also discusses the fascinating history of these eggs, their role in the dramatic events of the last decades of Romanov rule in Russia, and in the years following the Bolshevik Revolution.
    Location: Portsmouth Athenaeum, 6 Market Square, Portsmouth
 
misc_none 7:00 PM The Middle East Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Wolfeboro Public Library   569-2428   
    The term "Middle East" is a changing geopolitical concept. Throughout recent history, this term referred to a political, a cultural, and a geographical region with no clear boundaries. Moreover, this concept serves to generate stereotypes and misunderstanding. This multimedia presentation by Mohamed Defaa provides an analytical framework to understand the histories, social identities, and cultures behind this complex concept of "Middle East."
    Location: Wolfeboro Public Library, 259 S. Main St., Wolfeboro
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Witches, Pop Culture, and the Past Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Caitlin Stevens   472-2300   
    "Hang her!" cries the raucous spectator. In 1692, nineteen people were executed in Salem and hundreds imprisoned during a witch hunt we still discuss today. Robin DeRosa explains that when Salem tells its witch stories, history, tourism, and performance collide, and "truth," both moral and macabre, vies with spooky thrills for its authentic place in history.
    Location: Bedford Public Library, 3 Meetinghouse Rd., Bedford
 
misc_none 7:15 PM Brewing in New Hampshire: An Informal History of Beer in the Granite State Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Donna Denniston   496-5462   
    Glenn Knoblock explores the fascinating history of New Hampshire's beer and ale brewing industry from Colonial days, when it was home- and tavern-based, to today's modern breweries and brew pubs. Unusual and rare photos and advertisements document this changing industry and the state's earliest brewers, including the renowned Frank Jones. A number of lesser-known brewers and breweries that operated in the state are also discussed, including the only brewery owned and operated by a woman before the modern era. Illustrations present evidence of society's changing attitudes towards beer and alcohol consumption over the years. Whether you're a beer connoisseur or a "tea-totaler", this lecture will be enjoyed by adults of all ages.
    Location: Springfield Town Meetinghouse, 23 Four Corners Rd., Springfield
Tuesday October 13, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Baked Beans and Fried Clams: How Food Defines A Region Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Tasha Leroux Stetson   364-2400   
    Baked Beans, fried clams, fish chowder, Indian pudding - so many foods are distinctive to New England. This talk offers a celebration of these regional favorites along with an examination of how contemporary life has distanced us from these classics. What makes them special and how do these foods define our region? Edie Clark draws from such diverse resources as Fannie Farmer, Julia Child, and Haydn S. Pearson for enlightenment and amusement as well as on her own experiences, writing and traveling for Yankee magazine over the past thirty years to places where baked beans are still featured prominently on the menu.
    Location: Gilmanton Year-Round Library, 1385 NH Rte. 140, Gilmanton Iron Works
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Discovering New England Stone Walls Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jan Cote   783-4090   
    Why are we so fascinated with stone walls? Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss, explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.
    Location: Elkins Public Library, 9 Center Rd., Canterbury
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Native American History of New Hampshire: Beyond Boundaries, circa 1700-1850 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Ric Erickson   749-9011   
    The northern frontier of New England was a risky place during the Colonial Period. Maine was nearly lost due to a series of Indian wars. New Hampshire only succeeded in settling the coast and as the frontier moved inland, both settlers and Indians found that their cultures had changed. Another set of wars to wrest Canada away from the French gave rise to several attempts by the Indians to assert their autonomy and stewardship over the land. By the time of Ethan Allen Crawford, the New Hampshire frontier had become a place for reflection on a new relationship with the environment, and tourism into the mountains was born. David Stewart-Smith muses that as the "last" Indians died off in the 1830s, perhaps a legacy was born that would insure a place for the landscape and the spirit of the Indians in New Hampshire's future.
    Location: Madbury Town Hall, 13 Town Hall Rd., Madbury
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misc_none 7:15 PM The Shaker Legacy Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jane Rice   476-8895   
    In their more than two and a half centuries of existence, members of the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, commonly known as Shakers, made ingenious contributions to diverse fields: agriculture, industry, medicine, music, furniture design, women's rights, racial equality, craftsmanship, social and religious thought, and mechanical invention and improvement. Darryl Thompson explores some of these contributions in his lecture and shares some of his personal memories of the Canterbury Shakers. THE MONTHLY MOULTONBOROUGH HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 7:00PM WITH PROGRAM TO FOLLOW AT 7:15PM.
    Location: Moultonborough Public Library, 4 Holland St.., Moultonborough
Wednesday October 14, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM (Not So) Elementary, My Dear Watson: The Popularity of Sherlock Holmes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Wilton Public & Gregg Free Library   654-2581   
    The recent spate of Sherlock Holmes movies, television shows, and literary adaptations indicate the Great Detective is alive and well in the 21st century. Holmes is the most portrayed literary character of all time, with over 230 film versions alone in several different languages. Over the past century, Sherlockians created societies like the Baker Street Irregulars, wrote articles sussing out the "sources" of Doyle's works, and, most recently, developed an entire online world of Holmesian fan fiction. Sherlock Holmes is now a multi-million dollar industry. Why is Sherlock Holmes so popular? Ann McClellan's presentation explores the origins of Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective and tracks his incarnations in literature, film, advertising, and modern media in order to crack the case of the most popular detective.
    Location: Wilton Public & Gregg Free Library, 7 Forest Rd., Wilton
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Digging Into Native History in New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Charles Brault   878-1105   
    The native Abenaki people played a central role in the history of the Monadnock region, defending it against English settlement and forcing the abandonment of Keene and other Monadnock area towns during the French and Indian Wars. Despite this, little is known about the Abenaki, and conventional histories often depict the first Europeans entering an untamed, uninhabited wilderness, rather than the homeland of people who had been there for hundreds of generations. Robert Goodby discusses how the real depth of Native history was revealed when an archaeological study prior to construction of the new Keene Middle School discovered traces of four structures dating to the end of the Ice Age. Undisturbed for 12,000 years, the site revealed information about the economy, gender roles, and household organization of the Granite State's very first inhabitants, as well as evidence of social networks that extended for hundreds of miles across northern New England.
    Location: Chamberlin Free Public Library, 46 Main St., Greenville
 
misc_none 7:00 PM New Hampshire Cemeteries and Gravestones Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Paul Memorial Library   778-8169   
    Rubbings, photographs, and slides illustrate the rich variety of gravestones to be found in our own neighborhoods, but they also tell long-forgotten stories of such historical events as the Great Awakening, the Throat Distemper epidemic, and the American Revolution. Find out more about these deeply personal works of art and the craftsmen who carved them with Glenn Knoblock, and learn how to read the stone "pages" that give insight into the vast genealogical book of New Hampshire
    Location: Paul Memorial Library, 76 Main St., Newfields
Thursday October 15, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Abraham and Mary Lincoln: The Long and the Short of It Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Andover Historical Society   735-5369   
    Distinctly different paths led Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd to Springfield, Illinois, where they met, married and began a family. The years that followed their move to the White House were filled with personal and national crises. Steve and Sharon Wood portray President and Mrs. Lincoln in this living history program, telling stories of their early lives and the challenges they faced during this turbulent time in our country's history.
    Location: East Andover Grange, Franklin Hwy/Chase Hill Rd., East Andover
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Poor Houses and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Wendy Pelletier   745-9971   
    From its earliest settlements New Hampshire has struggled with issues surrounding the treatment of its poor. The early Northeastern colonies followed the lead of England's 1601 Poor Law, which imposed compulsory taxes for maintenance of the poor but made no distinction between the "vagrant, vicious poor" and the helpless and honest poor. This confusion persisted for generations and led directly to establishment in most of the state's towns of alms houses and poor farms and, later, county institutions which would collectively come to form a dark chapter in New Hampshire history. Steve Taylor will examine how paupers were treated in these facilities and how reformers eventually succeeded in closing them down.
    Location: Woodstock Town Office Bldg., 165 Lost River Rd., N. Woodstock
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Witches, Pop Culture, and the Past Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Merrimack Public Library (Adult Services)   424-5021   
    "Hang her!" cries the raucous spectator. In 1692, nineteen people were executed in Salem and hundreds imprisoned during a witch hunt we still discuss today. Robin DeRosa explains that when Salem tells its witch stories, history, tourism, and performance collide, and "truth," both moral and macabre, vies with spooky thrills for its authentic place in history.
    Location: Merrimack Public Library, 470 Daniel Webster Hwy, Merrimack
Friday October 16, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:30 PM New Hampshire Cemeteries and Gravestones Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Alan Rumrill   446-7447   
    Rubbings, photographs, and slides illustrate the rich variety of gravestones to be found in our own neighborhoods, but they also tell long-forgotten stories of such historical events as the Great Awakening, the Throat Distemper epidemic, and the American Revolution. Find out more about these deeply personal works of art and the craftsmen who carved them with Glenn Knoblock, and learn how to read the stone "pages" that give insight into the vast genealogical book of New Hampshire.
    Location: Stoddard Town Hall, 1450 Route 123 North, Stoddard
Saturday October 17, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM Crosscut: The Mills, Logging and Life on the Androscoggin Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Canaan Town Library   523-9650   
    Using oral histories, Rebecca Rule recreates the voices of North Country people and uses new and vintage photos to tell the story of logging, the Berlin Mills, and life in the Androscoggin Valley, from the beginnings of the logging industry in the 1800s, through the boom years of the Brown Company and subsequent mill owners, and on to the demolition of the stacks in 2007. Audience members will be invited to share their own stories and discuss the logging and paper industries and the special place north of the notches. John Rule assists with a PowerPoint presentation of photos and information from his own research into the history of the Brown Company as an archivist at the New Hampshire Historical Society.
    Location: Canaan Town Library, 1173 US Rte. 4, Canaan
Monday October 19, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Caesar: The Man from Venus Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kate Thomas   585-6503   
    Meet Caesar, who is descended from the Goddess Venus. This program introduces Caesar as a young boy living with his Mother, Aurelia, and his Aunt Julia; two women who will shape the boy who will be the most powerful man on earth. Using a rich variety of texts, Sebastian Lockwood shows Caesar as a man who clearly saw his destiny and fulfilled that destiny with the help of remarkable women - Cleopatra amongst them. A poet, historian, linguist, architect, general, politician, and engineer, was he truly of the Populi party for the People of Roma? Or a despot and tyrant? This performance shows Caesar as a remarkable genius who transformed his world in ways that still resonate today.
    Location: Fitzwilliam Town Library, 11 Templeton Tpk., Fitzwilliam
Tuesday October 20, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM New Hampshire Cemeteries and Gravestones Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jessica Sheehan   497-2102   
    Rubbings, photographs, and slides illustrate the rich variety of gravestones to be found in our own neighborhoods, but they also tell long-forgotten stories of such historical events as the Great Awakening, the Throat Distemper epidemic, and the American Revolution. Find out more about these deeply personal works of art and the craftsmen who carved them with Glenn Knoblock, and learn how to read the stone "pages" that give insight into the vast genealogical book of New Hampshire.
    Location: Goffstown Public Library, 2 High St., Goffstown
Wednesday October 21, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM Witches, Pop Culture, and the Past Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Betty Darling   429-1315   
    "Hang her!" cries the raucous spectator. In 1692, nineteen people were executed in Salem and hundreds imprisoned during a witch hunt we still discuss today. Robin DeRosa explains that when Salem tells its witch stories, history, tourism, and performance collide, and "truth," both moral and macabre, vies with spooky thrills for its authentic place in history.
    Location: Litchfield Community Church, 259 Charles Bancroft Hwy., Litchfield
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misc_none 6:00 PM Town by Town, Watershed by Watershed: Native Americans in NH Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Denise Jensen   752-5210   
    Every town and watershed in New Hampshire has ancient and continuing Native American history. From the recent, late 20th century explosion of local Native population in New Hampshire back to the era of early settlement and the colonial wars, John and Donna Moody explore the history of New Hampshire's Abenaki and Penacook peoples with a focus on your local community.
    Location: White Mountains Community College Fortier Library, 2020 Riverside Dr., Berlin
 
misc_none 6:30 PM (Not So) Elementary, My Dear Watson: The Popularity of Sherlock Holmes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Eric Stern   679-8484   
    The recent spate of Sherlock Holmes movies, television shows, and literary adaptations indicate the Great Detective is alive and well in the 21st century. Holmes is the most portrayed literary character of all time, with over 230 film versions alone in several different languages. Over the past century, Sherlockians created societies like the Baker Street Irregulars, wrote articles sussing out the "sources" of Doyle's works, and, most recently, developed an entire online world of Holmesian fan fiction. Sherlock Holmes is now a multi-million dollar industry. Why is Sherlock Holmes so popular? Ann McClellan's presentation explores the origins of Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective and tracks his incarnations in literature, film, advertising, and modern media in order to crack the case of the most popular detective.
    Location: Blaisdell Memorial Library, 129 Stage Rd., Nottingham
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Discovering New England Stone Walls Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Theresa DiLuzio   352-3995   
    Why are we so fascinated with stone walls? Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss, explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.
    Location: Swanzey Town Hall, 620 Old Homestead Hwy, Swanzey
Thursday October 22, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM A House on the Bay: Life on 17th-Century New Hampshire's Coastal Frontier Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Roland Garland   968-3902   
    One of the Great Bay's most prominent families during the latter part of the 17th century was the Wiggin family. Recently, a team of archaeologists discovered the home of Thomas Wiggin, Jr. Neill DePaoli demonstrates how bay residents on the periphery of Anglo-American settlement were far less isolated and bereft of the comforts of the more "civilized" world than traditionally portrayed.
    Location: School House Museum, 94 Dane Rd., Rte 25B, Center Harbor
 
misc_none 7:00 PM A Visit with Abraham Lincoln Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Dee Cleary   483-2686   
    Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by Steve Wood, begins this program by recounting his early life and ends with a reading of the "Gettysburg Address." Along the way he comments on the debates with Stephen Douglas, his run for the presidency, and the Civil War.
    Location: Auburn Historical Association Museum, 102 Hooksett Rd., Auburn
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Discovering New England Stone Walls Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Tanya Griffith   465-7721   
    Why are we so fascinated with stone walls? Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss, explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.
    Location: Lawrence Barn, 28 Depot Rd., Hollis
Friday October 23, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Motivating the WWII Home Front via Magazine and Radio Advertising Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Oscar Foss Memorial Library   269-3900   
    Magazine ads and radio commercials aimed at the home front were used extensively during WWII to explain shortages, encourage support of wartime restrictions, increase bond sales, request recycling of strategic materials, boost morale, and suggest ways to support our troops. Calvin Knickerbocker uses over 50 period magazine ads and radio commercials to illustrate the concerted effort by which the U.S. government fostered these aims. Never before or since has the US used the media so effectively to support a wartime effort.
    Location: Barnstead Town Hall, 108 S. Barnstead Rd., Center Barnstead
Sunday October 25, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM Poor Houses and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Carolyn Hoague   463-7466   
    From its earliest settlements New Hampshire has struggled with issues surrounding the treatment of its poor. The early Northeastern colonies followed the lead of England's 1601 Poor Law, which imposed compulsory taxes for maintenance of the poor but made no distinction between the "vagrant, vicious poor" and the helpless and honest poor. This confusion persisted for generations and led directly to establishment in most of the state's towns of alms houses and poor farms and, later, county institutions which would collectively come to form a dark chapter in New Hampshire history. Steve Taylor will examine how paupers were treated in these facilities and how reformers eventually succeeded in closing them down.
    Location: Deerfield Town Hall, 10 Church St., Deerfield
 
misc_none 3:00 PM The Old Man of the Mountain: Substance and Symbol Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Don Brown   887-3842   
    The story of the Old Man of the Mountain in Franconia Notch is a story of New Hampshire itself, reflecting history, the arts, literature, geography, philosophy and public policy. Maggie Stier's illustrated talk reveals the ways that this iconic place has sparked observers' imaginations, attracted intense personal commitment, and symbolized changing public sentiment. Stier details the threats to the Old Man and Franconia Notch that led to protection as a State Park and, later, to the construction of the Franconia Notch Parkway. She concludes with an analysis of what caused the fall of the Old Man in 2003, a summary of private efforts to create a memorial, and a discussion of how this unique natural phenomenon may be remembered by future generations. The audience is invited to bring souvenirs, memorabilia or other artifacts of the Old Man of the Mountain for a shared display before and after the program, and to share their own experiences and memories on this topic.
    Location: Stevens Hall, 1 Chester St., Chester
Monday October 26, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Brewing in New Hampshire: An Informal History of Beer in the Granite State Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Hampton Falls Free Library   926-3682   
    Glenn Knoblock explores the fascinating history of New Hampshire's beer and ale brewing industry from Colonial days, when it was home- and tavern-based, to today's modern breweries and brew pubs. Unusual and rare photos and advertisements document this changing industry and the state's earliest brewers, including the renowned Frank Jones. A number of lesser-known brewers and breweries that operated in the state are also discussed, including the only brewery owned and operated by a woman before the modern era. Illustrations present evidence of society's changing attitudes towards beer and alcohol consumption over the years. Whether you're a beer connoisseur or a "tea-totaler", this lecture will be enjoyed by adults of all ages.
    Location: Hampton Falls Free Library, 7 Drinkwater Rd., Hampton Falls
Friday October 30, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Witches, Pop Culture, and the Past Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Joy B. Nowell   938-6054   
    "Hang her!" cries the raucous spectator. In 1692, nineteen people were executed in Salem and hundreds imprisoned during a witch hunt we still discuss today. Robin DeRosa explains that when Salem tells its witch stories, history, tourism, and performance collide, and "truth," both moral and macabre, vies with spooky thrills for its authentic place in history.
    Location: Center Meeting House, 927 Rte. 103 (intersection of Rte 103 & Rte 103A), Newbury
Tuesday November 3, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Poor Houses and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Mary Ann Moran   654-7415   
    From its earliest settlements New Hampshire has struggled with issues surrounding the treatment of its poor. The early Northeastern colonies followed the lead of England's 1601 Poor Law, which imposed compulsory taxes for maintenance of the poor but made no distinction between the "vagrant, vicious poor" and the helpless and honest poor. This confusion persisted for generations and led directly to establishment in most of the state's towns of alms houses and poor farms and, later, county institutions which would collectively come to form a dark chapter in New Hampshire history. Steve Taylor will examine how paupers were treated in these facilities and how reformers eventually succeeded in closing them down.
    Location: Wilton Public & Gregg Free Library, 7 Forest Rd., Wilton
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Wednesday November 4, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 11:00 AM Mary Todd Lincoln: Wife and Widow Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Andrea Lee   434-4073   
    Living historian Sally Mummey portrays Mary Todd Lincoln as she muses on her life from her dreams as a girl to her years as First Lady during the Civil War. Mrs. Lincoln shares stories of her life with President Lincoln and the events of that evening in Ford's Theatre when the assassin's bullet not only changed the course of the nation but destroyed her life as well. From the opulence of the White House to the dregs of obscurity, Mrs. Lincoln lived out her life struggling with affliction and tragedy. With wit and heartbreak, seasoned with abiding love for her husband and her children, Mrs. Lincoln reveals the passionate humanity of a misunderstood woman.
    Location: Marion Gerrish Community Ctr., 39 West Broadway, Derry
 
misc_none 7:00 PM That Reminds Me of a Story Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Paul Memorial Library   778-8169   
    Stories speak to us of community. They hold our history and reflect our identity. Rebecca Rule has made it her mission over the last 20 years to collect stories of New Hampshire, especially those that reflect what's special about this rocky old place. She'll tell some of those stories - her favorites are the funny ones - and invite audience members to contribute a few stories of their own.
    Location: Paul Memorial Library, 76 Main St., Newfields
Friday November 6, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Our National Thanksgiving: With Thanks to President Lincoln and Mrs. Hale Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Claremont Opera House   542-0064   
    Sarah Josepha Hale, a Newport, NH native, tells the story of her 30 year effort to have Thanksgiving declared a national holiday. President Abraham Lincoln enters at the end of her tale to read his 1863 Thanksgiving proclamation. Sharon Wood portrays Hale and Steve Wood portrays Lincoln in a living history presentation following background about their characters and the times.
    Location: Claremont Opera House, 58 Opera House Square, Claremont
 
misc_none 7:00 PM The Great Sheep Boom and Its Enduring Legacy on the New Hampshire Landscape Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Anita Carroll-Weldon   352-0460   
    In a brief 30-year period in the early 19th century the New Hampshire countryside became home to hundreds of thousands of sheep. Production of wool became a lucrative business, generating fortunes and providing the only time of true agricultural prosperity in the state's history. It left behind a legacy of fine architecture and thousands of miles of rugged stonewalls. Steve Taylor discusses how farmers overcame enormous challenges to make sheep husbandry succeed, but forces from beyond New Hampshire were to doom the industry, with social consequences that would last a century. THIS PROGRAM WILL BE PART OF THE CELEBRATION OF THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FAULKNER & COLONY WOOLEN MILL LOCATED IN KEENE. IT WILL EXPAND UPON THE EXHIBIT ON THE HISTORY OF THE MILL AT THE MUSEUM FROM MAY 1 THROUGH OCTOBER 15.
    Location: Horatio Colony House Museum, 199 Main St., Keene
Saturday November 7, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM Digging Into Native History in New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Cynthia Phillips   863-6921   
    Abenaki history has been reduced to near-invisibility as a result of conquest, a conquering culture that placed little value on the Indian experience, and a strategy of self-preservation that required many Abenaki to go "underground," concealing their true identities for generations to avoid discrimination and persecution. Robert Goodby reveals archaeological evidence that shows their deep presence here, inches below the earth's surface.
    Location: Olive G. Pettis Library, 36 Mill Village Rd. (Rte 10 North), Goshen
Monday November 9, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Petticoat Patriot: A Woman in the Continental Army Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Pam Dziama   772-4118   
    Joan Gatturna presents this living history program on Deborah Sampson, a patriot who left her petticoats behind. Disguised as a young man, she enlisted in the Continental Army during the American Revolution and served undetected for 17 months. She broke ground in her middle years when, as a wife and mother, she embarked on a lecture tour relating her war experiences. She became the first woman to be awarded an honorable discharge from an American Army and the first woman to be awarded a military pension for enlisted service.
    Location: Stratham Fire Station (Morgena Rm), 4 Winnicutt Rd., Stratham
Tuesday November 10, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Our National Thanksgiving: With Thanks to President Lincoln and Mrs. Hale Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Clara Sheehy   526-4275   
    Sarah Josepha Hale, a Newport, NH native, tells the story of her 30 year effort to have Thanksgiving declared a national holiday. President Abraham Lincoln enters at the end of her tale to read his 1863 Thanksgiving proclamation. Sharon Wood portrays Hale and Steve Wood portrays Lincoln in a living history presentation following background about their characters and the times.
    Location: New London Historical Society Meetinghouse, 179 Little Sunapee Rd., New London
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Pleasures of the Parlor: Middle-class Domestic Music-making in 19th-century New England Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jan Cote   783-4090   
    In 1904, 150 delegates to the National Piano Dealers' convention waved lights and danced around a bonfire made of hundreds of square pianos. Why? What's a square piano? How had middle-class Americans, their instruments and their songs changed over the preceding decades? Marya Danihel discusses music made at home in pre-Victorian and Victorian New England, illustrating her social and music history with live performances of songs from 19th-century collections, contemporary paintings and illustrations, and excerpts from etiquette books and memoirs like those of Portsmouth's Sarah Parker Rice Goodwin, wife of New Hampshire's Civil War governor.
    Location: Elkins Public Library, 9 Center Rd., Canterbury
 
misc_none 7:00 PM The Ballad Lives! Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Beverly Glynn   893-8882   
    Murder and mayhem, robbery and rapine, love that cuts to the bone: American ballads re-tell the wrenching themes of their English and Scottish cousins. Transplanted in the new world by old world immigrants, the traditional story-song of the Anglos and Scots wound up reinvigorated in the mountains of Appalachia and along the Canadian border. John Perrault talks, sings, and picks the strings that bind the old ballads to the new.
    Location: Salem Historical Museum, 310 Main St., Salem
Thursday November 12, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM (Not So) Elementary, My Dear Watson: The Popularity of Sherlock Holmes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Erin Kennedy   673-3330   
    The recent spate of Sherlock Holmes movies, television shows, and literary adaptations indicate the Great Detective is alive and well in the 21st century. Holmes is the most portrayed literary character of all time, with over 230 film versions alone in several different languages. Over the past century, Sherlockians created societies like the Baker Street Irregulars, wrote articles sussing out the "sources" of Doyle's works, and, most recently, developed an entire online world of Holmesian fan fiction. Sherlock Holmes is now a multi-million dollar industry. Why is Sherlock Holmes so popular? Ann McClellan's presentation explores the origins of Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective and tracks his incarnations in literature, film, advertising, and modern media in order to crack the case of the most popular detective.
    Location: Brookline Public Library, 16 Main St., Brookline
 
misc_none 7:00 PM A Woman That Keeps Good Orders: Women, Tavern Keeping, and Public Approval Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Carol Brock   547-2730   
    Government regulations, licensing, handling drunks, controlling the flow of information --why would the Colonial-era government allow women to run a tavern? When her husband died in 1736, Ann Jose Harvey became the owner of a prominent Portsmouth tavern and sole guardian of seven small children. For at least twenty years, Harvey ran the increasingly prosperous establishment. Using documents related to Harvey's venue, Marcia Schmidt Blaine explores the world of female tavern keepers. A tavern was potentially the most disruptive spot in town. Why would a woman want to keep one?
    Location: Francestown Town Offices (In Back), 27 Main St., Francestown
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Benedict Arnold: Patriot and Traitor? Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Erin Robb   239-8918   
    We all think we know the story of Benedict Arnold, the American Revolutionary War general who fought for the Continental Army but then defected to the British. Recalled mainly as a traitor for his 1780 defection, Arnold had risked his life and fortune for American freedom in courageous exploits between 1775 and 1778, when the dream of independence was at its most fragile. As an officer in the Continental Army, Arnold ably led American forces in desperate circumstances - against impossible odds, in a blinding snowstorm, through a howling wilderness, and against the extraordinary might of the Royal Navy. George Morrison will take you on a journey through New England, Canada and New York tracing the complex story of this infamous American icon.
    Location: VFW Post 3968, 35 Main St., Winchester
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Sunday November 15, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM Our National Thanksgiving: With Thanks to President Lincoln and Mrs. Hale Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Hampton Historical Society   929-0781   
    Sarah Josepha Hale, a Newport, NH native, tells the story of her 30 year effort to have Thanksgiving declared a national holiday. President Abraham Lincoln enters at the end of her tale to read his 1863 Thanksgiving proclamation. Sharon Wood portrays Hale and Steve Wood portrays Lincoln in a living history presentation following background about their characters and the times.
    Location: St. James Masonic Lodge, 77 Tide Mill Rd., Hampton
Wednesday December 2, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Carol Brock   547-2730   
    Drawing on research from her book, Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire, the Present, the Past, and the Future, Rebecca Rule regales audiences with stories of the rituals, traditions and history of town meeting, including the perennial characters, the literature, the humor, and the wisdom of this uniquely New England institution.
    Location: Francestown Town Offices (In Back), 27 Main St., Francestown
Thursday January 14, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM That Reminds Me of a Story Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lee Arthur   964-6281   
    Stories speak to us of community. They hold our history and reflect our identity. Rebecca Rule has made it her mission over the last 20 years to collect stories of New Hampshire, especially those that reflect what's special about this rocky old place. She'll tell some of those stories - her favorites are the funny ones - and invite audience members to contribute a few stories of their own.
    Location: Rye Congregational Church, 580 Washington Rd., Rye
Monday March 14, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM New Hampshire's Grange Movement: Its Rise, Triumphs and Decline Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Pam Dziama   772-4118   
    Much of rural New Hampshire in the late 19th century was locked in a downward spiral of population decline, abandonment of farms, reversion of cleared land to forest and widespread feelings of melancholy and loss. The development of the Grange movement in the 1880s and 1890s was aided greatly by hunger for social interaction, entertainment and mutual support. As membership surged it became a major force in policymaking in Concord, and its agenda aligned closely with the Progressive politics that swept the state in early 20th century. Many Grange initiatives became law, placing the state at the leading edge in several areas of reform. Steve Taylor analyzes the rapid social and economic changes that would eventually force the steep decline of the once-powerful movement. Attendees are welcome to bring along any Grange related items. PLEASE NOTE THE SNOW DATE FOR THIS PROGRAM IS 3/21/16.
    Location: Stratham Fire Station (Morgena Rm), 4 Winnicutt Rd., Stratham
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misc_none 1:00 PM The Other Side of the Midnight Ride: A Visit with Rachel Revere Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lee Arthur   964-6281   
    This living history program by Joan Gatturna tells a remarkable story of tea, trouble and revolution related by the woman who rode through life with Paul Revere. Rachel Revere tells of the Boston Tea Party, the Midnight Ride and the Siege of Boston. See these events through the eyes of a woman who engineered the escape of her family from occupied Boston and smuggled money to the Sons of Liberty. Meet the woman who kept the home fires burning while her husband fanned the flames of Revolution!
    Location: Rye Congregational Church, 580 Washington Rd., Rye
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misc_none 6:00 PM (Not So) Elementary, My Dear Watson: The Popularity of Sherlock Holmes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Wiggin Memorial Library   772-4346   
    The recent spate of Sherlock Holmes movies, television shows, and literary adaptations indicate the Great Detective is alive and well in the 21st century. Holmes is the most portrayed literary character of all time, with over 230 film versions alone in several different languages. Over the past century, Sherlockians created societies like the Baker Street Irregulars, wrote articles sussing out the "sources" of Doyle's works, and, most recently, developed an entire online world of Holmesian fan fiction. Sherlock Holmes is now a multi-million dollar industry. Why is Sherlock Holmes so popular? Ann McClellan's presentation explores the origins of Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective and tracks his incarnations in literature, film, advertising, and modern media in order to crack the case of the most popular detective.
    Location: Wiggin Memorial Library, 10 Bunker Hill Ave., Stratham
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