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Tuesday September 16, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 12:30 PM That Reminds Me of a Story Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Phil Stockwell   938-2104   
    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. THIS PROGRAM WILL BE IN OBSERVANCE OF NATIONAL SENIOR CENTER WEEK. LUNCHEON BEGINS AT 11:30 WITH PROGRAM TO FOLLOW AT 12:30.
    Location: Mountain View Senior Ctr., 134 E. Main St., Bradford
Wednesday September 17, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM Constitutionally Speaking presents Justice Sandra Day O'Connor SOLD OUT Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    New Hampshire will celebrate “Constitution Day” in a very special way. Retired United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will speak at 6 p.m. at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, introduced by her friend and fellow Supreme Court Justice David Souter. Her topic, The State of Democracy in America Today, will serve as the animating idea for the second year of Constitutionally Speaking, an initiative that invites the public, teachers, and students to consider and thoughtfully discuss our rights and responsibilities as citizens. Justice O’Connor’s talk is offered free to the public as a result of a generous grant from the William W. Treat Foundation to the NH Institute for Civic Education. While the event is free, tickets are required and it is SOLD OUT. Sandra Day O’Connor was born in El Paso, Texas. She received her B.A. and LL.B. from Stanford University. In 1975 she was elected Judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court and served until 1979, when she was appointed to the Arizona Court of Appeals. President Reagan nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and she took her seat September 25, 1981. Justice O’Connor retired from the Supreme Court on January 31, 2006. Following her retirement from the Court, Justice O’Connor has continued her judicial service by hearing cases in the United States Courts of Appeals. In recognition of her lifetime accomplishments, President Barack Obama awarded Justice O’Connor with the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, on August 12, 2009. Constitutionally Speaking aims to promote meaningful civics education in New Hampshire schools and spirited, yet civil, dialogue about the nation’s founding document among the state’s citizens. The coming year will include symposia at the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership, and Public Policy in November and at the NH Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College in February featuring constitutional scholars and civic leaders in Ted-X style presentations; an interscholastic conference for high school students organized by the NH Humanities Council in November; a major address at the Capitol Center for the Arts in May; and the development of a DVD and study guide for NH teachers incorporating highlights from the year’s programming.
    Location: Capitol Center for the Arts
 
misc_none 6:30 PM Susan B. Anthony, the Invincible! Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Eileen Brochu   447-1814   
    Arrested, tried and convicted for voting in the 1872 presidential election, Miss Anthony became the symbol of the struggle for women's suffrage. Her self-deprecating humor and keen intellect allowed her to spar with legislators and newsmen as well as fellow abolitionists and suffragists. Witness her involvement in the Anti-Slavery Society, the Civil War, the 14th and 15th amendments, and hazardous trips to WY, CA, OR, and the White House. Caricatured, criticized, and threatened, Miss Anthony never wavered. She spent 50 years working for equal rights and continued to insist, "Failure is Impossible." Sally Matson portrays Anthony in this living history program.
    Location: Conway Public Library, 15 E. Main St., Conway
 
misc_none 7:00 PM A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Paul King   323-7450   
    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: Cook Memorial Library, 93 Main St., Tamworth
 
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: Chamberlin Free Public Library   878-1105   
    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: Chamberlin Free Public Library, 46 Main St., Greenville
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Old Time Rules Will Prevail: The Fiddle Contest in New Hampshire and New England Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Wilton Public & Gregg Free Library   654-2581   
    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: Wilton Public - Gregg Free Library, 7 Forest Rd., Wilton
 
misc_none 7:00 PM The Refugees of Shangri-La film showing and discussion Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    314-7970   
    In the last five years more than 75,000 Bhutanese refugees have been resettled in the United States. New Hampshire is home to 1,700 of them. How are our new neighbors navigating the extraordinary leap from their lives in refugee camps in Nepal to their new lives in America? The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire will host three film showings and discussions around the state featuring The Refugees of Shangri-La: Exploring Modern Immigration and Identity, a documentary that explores these questions directed by New Hampshire residents Doria Bramante and Markus Weinfurter. The documentary provides historical background on the humanitarian conflict that has left 1/6th of Bhutan’s population nationless. The film follows a group of Bhutanese families from the refugee camps in Nepal to their new homes in the Granite State. The Humanities Council has awarded a grant to the World Affairs Council for three screenings of the film beginning next month. Each screening of the hour-long film will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Sara Withers, Professor of Anthropology at UNH. The discussion will explore issues such as immigration, racism, ethnocentrism, and questions of identity through the lens of the refugees’ story. The film knits together international and local issues while also serving as a mirror, allowing attendees to examine their own roots and cultural identity. The first screening will be held in Nashua on Wednesday, September 17 at 7 p.m. at Nashua Community College. The second showing will take place on Wednesday, October 22 at 7 p.m. at the Laconia Public Library. The final showing will take place in November. We’ll share the date, time and venue when they are finalized. All events are free and open to the public. For the most updated information, please visit the World Affairs Council of NH website – www.wacnh.org or call Elyse Harris at 603.314.7970. World Affairs Council of NH    
    Location: Nashua Community College, 505 Amherst St., Nashua
Thursday September 18, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Comics in World History and Cultures Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Seabrook Library   474-2044   
    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: Seabrook Library, 25 Liberty Ln., Seabrook
 
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: Sandra Gunther   353-9756   
    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: Orford Social Library, 573 NH Rte. 10, Orford
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Baked Beans and Fried Clams: How Food Defines A Region Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Charlotte Arredondo   642-3521   
    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: Kingston Community Library, 2 Library Lane, Kingston
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Banjos, Bones, and Ballads Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Merrimack Public Library Reference Department   424-5021   
    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: Merrimack Public Library,470 Daniel Webster Hwy, Merrimack
 
misc_none 7:00 PM The Abolitionists of Noyes Academy Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Carol Riley   745-8159   
    In 1835, abolitionists opened one of the nation's first integrated schools in Canaan, NH, attracting eager African American students from as far away as Boston, Providence, and New York City. Outraged community leaders responded by raising a mob that dragged the academy building off its foundation and ran the African American students out of town. New Hampshire's first experiment in educational equality was brief, but it helped launch the public careers of a trio of extraordinary African American leaders: Henry Highland Garnet, Alexander Crummell, and Thomas Sipkins Sidney. Dan Billin plumbs the depths of anti-abolitionist sentiment in early-nineteenth-century New England, and the courage of three young friends destined for greatness.
    Location: Lincoln Public Library, 22 Church St., Lincoln
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Friday September 19, 2014 Go To Top
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: Belmont Historical Society   524-8268   
    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: Corner Meeting House, Corner of Fuller & Sargent Sts., Belmont
Saturday September 20, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 9:30 AM Colonial New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Michelle Stahl   924-3235   
    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: Monadnock Ctr. for History & Culture, 19 Grove St., Peterborough
Sunday September 21, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM Walking Tour of Roby Mill Sites Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Rebecca Courser   456-2437   
    The Warner Historical Society and Rebecca Courser present a walk along the Warner River from Laing Bridge to the Redington Mill site in Roby. Please wear comfortable shoes.
    Location: Junction of Rte 103 & West Roby District Rd., Warner
Monday September 22, 2014 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: Wolfeboro Public Library   569-2428   
    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: Wolfeboro Public Library, 259 S. Main St., Wolfeboro
Tuesday September 23, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM New Hampshire Cemeteries and Gravestones Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Marlborough Historical Society   876-3980   
    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: Marlborough Community House, 160 Main St., Marlborough
 
misc_none 7:00 PM New Hampshire's One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance and the Reality Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: David Ruell   968-7716   
    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: Ashland Elementary School Cafeteria, 16 Education Dr., Ashland
 
misc_none 7:30 PM Putting Human Faces on the Textile Industry: The Workers of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: John Dickey   267-6098   
    Daily life for the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company's textile worker was not easy. Robert Perreault sheds light on how people from a variety of European countries as well as from French Canada made the transition from an agrarian to an industrial society and how that change affected families, cultures, the nature of work, and relationships among workers themselves.
    Location: Gilmanton Old Town Hall, 1800 NH Rte. 140, Gilmanton Iron Works
Wednesday September 24, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM The Founding Fathers: What Were They Thinking? Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kensington Public Library   772-5022   
    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: Kensington Public Library, 126 Amesbury Rd., Kensington
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Winning the War, Shaping the Peace: Industry, Civil War, and the Birth of Consumerism Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sally Woodman   382-7574   
    Carrie Brown explores the technological triumph that helped save the Union and then transformed the nation. During the Civil War, northern industry produced a million and a half rifles, along with tens of thousands of pistols and carbines. How did the North produce all of those weapons? The answer lies in new machinery and methods for producing guns with interchangeable parts. Once the system of mass production had been tested and perfected, what happened after the war? In the period from 1870 to 1910 new factory technology and new print media fueled the development of mass consumerism. While this program tells a broad, national story, it focuses on the critical and somewhat surprising role of Vermont and New Hampshire in producing industrial technology that won the war and changed American life.
    Location: Newton Town Hall, 2 Town Hall Rd., Newton
Thursday September 25, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 2:30 PM The Guitar in Latin America: Continuities, Changes and Bicultural Strumming Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sue Belanger   229-1266   
    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: Heritage Heights - Tad's Place, 149 East Side Drive, Concord
 
misc_none 6:00 PM A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Allenstown Public Library Director   485-7651   
    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: Allenstown Public Library, 59 Main St., Allenstown
 
misc_none 6:30 PM A Visit With Queen Victoria Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amy Inglis   664-0193   
    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: Barrington Public Library, 105 Ramsdell Ln., Barrington
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misc_none 7:00 PM New Hampshire and the American Clipper Ship Era Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Portsmouth Athenaeum   431-2538   
    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. THIS EVENT IS THE KICK-OFF FOR THE ANNUAL PORTSMOUTH MARITIME FOLK FESTIVAL WHICH TAKES PLACE ON SEPTEMBER 27TH &28TH.
    Location: Portsmouth Athenaeum, 9 Market Square, Portsmouth
 
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: Betsy Solon   642-3355   
    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. The legal, social, and ethical implications are also discussed. Presented by David Mackey, Plymouth State University.
    Location: Mary E. Bartlett Library, 22 Dalton Rd., Brentwood
Friday September 26, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Civilians of Gettysburg, 1863 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Don Brown   887-3842   
    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: Stevens Memorial Hall (Chester Town Hall), Jct NH 121 & NH 102, Chester
Saturday September 27, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 12:00 PM That Reminds Me of a Story Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Donna Whipple   323-7922   
    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: Cook Memorial Library, 93 Main St., Tamworth
Monday September 29, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Braving the Middle Ground: Stories of Pre-Revolutionary Northern New England Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Conway Public Library   447-5552   
    The stories we hear from our families tell us who we are and how we should view the world. What tales shaped New England identities in the 17th and 18th centuries? In this performance, storyteller/historian Jo Radner juxtaposes Native American oral traditions and stories told by her own New England ancestors to reveal a complex colonial "middle ground" in which English settlers and Native peoples saw one another as defenders and trespassers, pursuers and refugees, relatives and aliens, kind neighbors and ruthless destroyers. THIS IS AN ADJUNCT PROGRAM FOR ONE BOOK ONE VALLEY 2014.
    Location: Conway Public Library, 15 E. Main St., Conway
Tuesday September 30, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 5:30 PM 2014 Annual Dinner with Michael Chabon Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Tables are filling quickly for our 25th Annual Dinner on Tuesday, September 30 with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon at the Radisson Center of New Hampshire in Manchester. This year’s dinner will mark the launch of a year-long celebration of our 40th anniversary. The evening will feature some wonderful surprises as we prepare to celebrate four decades of connecting people with ideas. Your purchase supports the hundreds of free programs we make possible each year. To reserve your seats for the Annual Dinner, visit our website at www.nhhc.org. Chabon is the author of seven novels, two collections of essays and two collections of short stories. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay won the New York Society Library Prize for Fiction, the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award, the Commonwealth Club Gold Medal, and the Pulitzer Prize. His most recent novel is the bestseller Telegraph Avenue. Chabon is chairman of the board of directors at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, the oldest arts colony in the United States. He has appeared before audiences across the United States and in Russia, Finland, Lithuania, Italy, France, Great Britain, Germany and Canada. We are deeply grateful to the sponsors who have already signed on to underwrite this event, including Lead Sponsor for the 24th Year, Public Service of New Hampshire. Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Contact Development Director Jessica Eshleman at 603-224-4071 x113 or by e-mail at jeshleman@nhhc.org. Reserve your tickets here    
    Location: Radisson Center of New Hampshire, Elm St., Manchester
 
misc_none 6:00 PM Songs of Old New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Tricia Ryden   772-4346   
    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: Wiggin Memorial Library, 10 Bunker Hill Ave., Stratham
Wednesday October 1, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Making Sense of the Civil War Discussion Series Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    249-0645   
    The Humanities Council has awarded a grant to the Wadleigh Memorial Library in Milford for a lecture and film series based on the Making Sense of the Civil War project created by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The lectures will take place at the library over four Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. beginning on October 1 and continuing on October 8, 15, and 29. Books in the series include March, Geraldine Brooks reimagining of the war experiences of the patriarch of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women family; Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam by James McPherson, and America’s War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on their 150th Anniversaries, an anthology of historical fiction, speeches, diaries, memoirs, biography and short stories edited by Edward Ayers. Film showings and discussions will be held on Friday, Ocotober 3rd at 2:00 p.m. when Glory will be screened; and on Wednesday, October 22 at 6:30 p.m. when Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winner Lincoln will be shown and discussed. Denise Askin, St. Anselm College, will lead the discussions. Copies of the books are available to borrow from Wadleigh Memorial Library. Registration is required. Wadleigh Memorial Library    
    Location: Wadleigh Memorial Library, 49 Nashua St., Milford
 
misc_none 6:30 PM Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Derry Public Library   432-6140   
    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: Derry Public Library, 64 E. Broadway, Derry
 
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: Rodgers Memorial Library   886-6030   
    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: Rodgers Memorial Library, 194 Derry Rd., Hudson
Friday October 3, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM Making Sense of the Civil War Discussion Series Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Wadleigh Memorial Library   249-0645   
    The Humanities Council has awarded a grant to the Wadleigh Memorial Library in Milford for a lecture and film series based on the Making Sense of the Civil War project created by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The lectures will take place at the library over four Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. beginning on October 1 and continuing on October 8, 15, and 29. Books in the series include March, Geraldine Brooks reimagining of the war experiences of the patriarch of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women family; Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam by James McPherson, and America’s War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on their 150th Anniversaries, an anthology of historical fiction, speeches, diaries, memoirs, biography and short stories edited by Edward Ayers. Film showings and discussions will be held on Friday, Ocotober 3rd at 2:00 p.m. when Glory will be screened; and on Wednesday, October 22 at 6:30 p.m. when Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winner Lincoln will be shown and discussed. Denise Askin, St. Anselm College, will lead the discussions. Copies of the books are available to borrow from Wadleigh Memorial Library. Registration is required.
    Location: Wadleigh Memorial Library, 49 Nashua St., Milford
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Witches, Pop Culture, and the Past Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Clerkin   869-2409   
    "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: Bethlehem Public Library, 2245 Main St., Bethlehem
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Saturday October 4, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 9:30 AM Native American History of New Hampshire: Beyond Boundaries, circa 1700-1850 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Michelle Stahl   924-3235   
    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: Monadnock Ctr. for History & Culture, 19 Grove St., Peterborough
 
misc_none 9:30 AM Russian Iconography: 1,000 Years of Tradition Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Joan Nelson   332-6265   
    Traditional Russian icon painting has been a living and evolving art form for more than 1,000 years. This illustrated presentation by Marina Forbes deals with the spiritual and secular significance of Russian religious art from the 10th century to the present day. Icon-making involves the painting of stylized religious images on wood using traditional natural materials and techniques which are determined by longstanding conventions. Using a slide show and numerous exhibits, including examples of her own work, Forbes examines the history of icon painting in Russia and the unique nature of the icon as a sacred object and a product of an artistic tradition. Participants may bring personal icons for examination and comments. PROGRAM WILL BE PRECEDED BY A POTLUCK BREAKFAST AT 9:00AM.
    Location: Bow Lake Baptist Church, 530 Province Rd., Strafford
 
misc_none 10:30 AM A Woman That Keeps Good Orders: Women, Tavern Keeping, and Public Approval Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Silsby Free Public Library   826-7793   
    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: Silsby Free Public Library, 226 Main St., Charlestown
 
misc_none 6:30 PM New Hampshire's Grange Movement: Its Rise, Triumphs and Decline Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Norma Thibodeau   239-4598   
    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 SUPPER AT 5:00 PM (PLEASE BRING A DISH TO SHARE) WITH PROGRAM BEGINNING AT 6:30 PM.
    Location: Camp Takodah, 55 Fitzwilliam Rd., Richmond
Sunday October 5, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM Harnessing History: On the Trail of New Hampshire's State Dog, the Chinook Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sherry Nelson   744-9744   
    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: Groton Town House, 754 N. Groton Rd., Groton
Tuesday October 7, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Baked Beans and Fried Clams: How Food Defines A Region Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Diane Heer   362-5234   
    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: Kimball Public Library, 5 Academy Avenue, Atkinson
 
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: Kathy Lacroix   524-3390   
    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: The Village Knolls 2, 41 Potter Hill Rd., Gilford
Wednesday October 8, 2014 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: Emily Whalen   228-6630   
    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: Centennial Senior Center, 254 N. State St., Concord
 
misc_none 6:30 PM Making Sense of the Civil War Discussion Series Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Wadleigh Memorial Library   249-0645   
    The Humanities Council has awarded a grant to the Wadleigh Memorial Library in Milford for a lecture and film series based on the Making Sense of the Civil War project created by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The lectures will take place at the library over four Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. beginning on October 1 and continuing on October 8, 15, and 29. Books in the series include March, Geraldine Brooks reimagining of the war experiences of the patriarch of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women family; Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam by James McPherson, and America’s War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on their 150th Anniversaries, an anthology of historical fiction, speeches, diaries, memoirs, biography and short stories edited by Edward Ayers. Film showings and discussions will be held on Friday, Ocotober 3rd at 2:00 p.m. when Glory will be screened; and on Wednesday, October 22 at 6:30 p.m. when Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winner Lincoln will be shown and discussed. Denise Askin, St. Anselm College, will lead the discussions. Copies of the books are available to borrow from Wadleigh Memorial Library. Registration is required.
    Location: Wadleigh Memorial Library, 49 Nashua St., Milford
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Phil Lauriat   731-9481   
    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: Temple Town Hall, Main Street, Temple
Thursday October 9, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Treasure from the Isles of Shoals: How New Archaeology is Changing Old History Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Hooksett Library   485-6092   
    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: Hooksett Library, 31 Mount Saint Mary's Way, Hooksett
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Writing from Home Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jenn Bellan   239-7206   
    Edie Clark has written a monthly column about her life, her home, and her garden for Yankee magazine for more than twenty years. Writing personal essays and maintaining one's privacy are sometimes mutually exclusive. Readers are essentially invited into her home, her garden, and her life by virtue of the column's appearance in the magazine. Of Clark's work, novelist Howard Frank Mosher writes, "Ms. Clark shows us how the small and large satisfactions of living close to nature can inform a life with grace, meaning, and beauty." In this presentation Clark talks about the process of writing from home and reads from her work.
    Location: Sheridan House Museum, 403 Back Ashuelot Rd., Ashuelot
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Sunday October 12, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 3:00 PM (Not So) Elementary, My Dear Watson: The Popularity of Sherlock Holmes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Congregation Ahavas Achim   352-6747   
    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: Congregation Ahavas Achim, 84 Hastings Ave., Keene
Tuesday October 14, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Homer's Odysseus Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Erin Kennedy   673-3330   
    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: Brookline Public Library, 16 Main St., Brookline
 
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: Epsom Public Library   736-9920   
    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: Epsom Public Library, 1606 Dover Rd., Epsom
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Powerful As Truth Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lisa Lundari   536-3600   
    This documentary and discussion, facilitated by John Gfroerer, tells the story of William Loeb, publisher of the Manchester Union Leader. It traces Loeb's rise to be one of the most influential voices in New Hampshire. Through interviews, archival material, and news footage, it documents his influence on the state. The documentary also chronicles the history of New Hampshire from 1950 to 1985, bringing to life such figures as Governors Walter Peterson, Wesley Powell, and Meldrim Thomson.
    Location: Pease Public Library, 1 Russell St., Plymouth
 
misc_none 7:00 PM The Capital Crime of Witchcraft: What the Primary Sources Tell Us Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Tasha Leroux   364-2400   
    On first impression, the witchcraft trials of the Colonial era may seem to have been nothing but a free-for-all, fraught with hysterics. Margo Burns explores an array of prosecutions in seventeenth century New England, using facsimiles of primary source manuscripts, from first formal complaints to arrest warrants, indictments of formal charges to death warrants, and the reversals of attainder and rescinding of excommunications years after the fact; demonstrating how methodically and logically the Salem Court worked. This program focuses on the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692 and 1693, when nineteen people were hanged and one crushed to death, but also examines a variety of other cases against women in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.
    Location: Gilmanton Year-Round Library, 1385 NH Rte. 140, Gilmanton Iron Works
 
misc_none 7:00 PM The White Mountain Huts: Past & Future Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Susan LeClair   783-4386   
    The Appalachian Mountain Club's Hut System is a unique institution in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Allen Koop explores how the huts and the people who built, maintain and use them have formed a world apart, a mountain society with its own history, traditions, and legends.
    Location: Elkins Public Library, 9 Center Road, Canterbury
 
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: Ric Erickson   749-9011   
    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: Madbury Town Hall, 13 Town Hall Rd., Madbury
 
misc_none 7:15 PM Spies in Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nancy McCue   476-8895   
    How have spying and intelligence activities influenced the course of history? Investigate case studies of how great powers have used spies in war and peace. This program traces the history of spying from the Dreyfus case in France (1894-1906) to the Aldrich Ames case in the U.S. (1980s and 1990s). Douglas Wheeler focuses the discussion on how human motives, traits, and ideas shape the search for secret information and how that information is used and misused in international affairs. MOULTONBOROUGH HISTORICAL SOCIETY MONTHLY MEETING BEGINS AT 7:00PM WITH PROGRAM TO FOLLOW AT 7:15PM.
    Location: Moultonborough Public Library, 4 Holland St.., Moultonborough
 
misc_none 7:30 PM Abraham and Mary Lincoln : The Long and the Short of It Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Clara Sheehy   526-4275   
    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: New London Historical Society, 179 Little Sunapee Rd., New London
Wednesday October 15, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM If I am Not For Myself, Who Will Be for Me? George Washington's Runaway Slave Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Meagan Carr   342-3086   
    Oney Judge Staines, according to the Constitution, was only three-fifths of a person. To her masters, George and Martha Washington, she was merely "the girl." All she wanted was the freedom to control her own actions, but her account of escaping the Executive Mansion in Philadelphia, fleeing north and establishing a life in New Hampshire is not a typical runaway story. Portrayed by Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti, Oney's tale provides an alternative perspective on the new nation's social, political and economic development, from one whose personal experience so contradicted the promise of the principles embodied in the nation's founding documents.
    Location: White Mountains Community College Fortier Library, 2020 Riverside Dr., Berlin
 
misc_none 6:30 PM Making Sense of the Civil War Discussion Series Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    249-0645   
    The Humanities Council has awarded a grant to the Wadleigh Memorial Library in Milford for a lecture and film series based on the Making Sense of the Civil War project created by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The lectures will take place at the library over four Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. beginning on October 1 and continuing on October 8, 15, and 29. Books in the series include March, Geraldine Brooks reimagining of the war experiences of the patriarch of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women family; Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam by James McPherson, and America’s War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on their 150th Anniversaries, an anthology of historical fiction, speeches, diaries, memoirs, biography and short stories edited by Edward Ayers. Film showings and discussions will be held on Friday, Ocotober 3rd at 2:00 p.m. when Glory will be screened; and on Wednesday, October 22 at 6:30 p.m. when Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winner Lincoln will be shown and discussed. Denise Askin, St. Anselm College, will lead the discussions. Copies of the books are available to borrow from Wadleigh Memorial Library. Registration is required. Wadleigh Memorial Library    
    Location: Wadleigh Memorial Library, 49 Nashua St., Milford
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Personal Privacy in Cyberspace Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Janet Arden   329-6411   
    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: Hampstead Public Library, 9 Mary E. Bartlett Dr., Hampstead
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Thursday October 16, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM Covered Bridges of New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Newmarket Public Library   659-5311   
    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: Newmarket Public Library, 1 Elm St., Newmarket
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Family Stories: How and Why to Remember and Tell Them Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Alma Vahey   679-8635   
    Telling personal and family stories is fun - and much more. Storytelling connects strangers, strengthens links between generations, and gives children the self-knowledge to carry them through hard times. Knowledge of family history has even been linked to better teen behavior and mental health. In this active and interactive program, storyteller Jo Radner shares foolproof ways to mine memories and interview relatives for meaningful stories. Participants practices finding, developing, and telling their own tales.
    Location: Brentwood Historical Society Museum, 140 Crawley Falls Rd., Brentwood
 
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: Andover Historical Society   735-5369   
    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: East Andover Grange, Depot Street - Potter Place, East Andover
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Winged Hussars of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, 1576-1696 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sharon Wood   542-6454   
    Independent researcher and armor smith Eric Jadaszewski explores how these colorful knights navigated Europe throughout the 16th and 17th centuries. Topics include life in a democratically elected kingdom in Europe, freedom of religion in an era of religious wars, and an exploration of Polish history and culture in NH. Handcrafted replicas of colorful winged hussar armor will be on display. The speaker can present himself in full 17th century nobleman's attire.
    Location: St. Joseph Church, 58 Elm St., Claremont
Saturday October 18, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Veronica Mueller   764-9072   
    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: Joseph Patch Library, 320 NH Rte. 25, Warren
 
misc_none 7:00 PM New Hampshire's One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance and the Reality Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kathie Bonor   747-3372   
    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: Bath Village School, 61 Lisbon Rd., Bath
Sunday October 19, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 3:00 PM Petticoat Patriot: A Woman in the Continental Army Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Don Brown   887-3842   
    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: Stevens Memorial Hall (Chester Town Hall), Jct NH 121 & NH 102, Chester
Tuesday October 21, 2014 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: Jessica Sheehan   497-2102   
    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: Goffstown Public Library, 2 High St., Goffstown
 
misc_none 7:00 PM New England: Myth or Reality? Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Paul Memorial Library   778-8169   
    The six states known as New England have been romanticized in art and literature for more than 200 years, creating a reality that is touched by myth. How has this myth-making affected the region? Edie Clark, a longtime writer for Yankee magazine, focuses on the work of Robert Frost, Norman Rockwell, Wallace Nutting, and more recently, Yankee magazine. These and others have created such a distinct picture of New England that even the current inhabitants of the region have a hard time knowing whether what they see all around them is real or imagined.
    Location: Paul Memorial Library, 76 Main St., Newfields
 
misc_none 7:00 PM New Hampshire's Grange Movement: Its Rise, Triumphs and Decline Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jan Eskedal   367-8758   
    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.
    Location: Madison Library (Chick Room), 1895 Village Rd., Madison
 
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: Robin Sweetser   464-3595   
    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. The legal, social, and ethical implications are also discussed. Presented by David Mackey, Plymouth State University.
    Location: Fuller Public Library, 29 School St., Hillsboro
Wednesday October 22, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Making Sense of the Civil War Discussion Series Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    249-0645   
    The Humanities Council has awarded a grant to the Wadleigh Memorial Library in Milford for a lecture and film series based on the Making Sense of the Civil War project created by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The lectures will take place at the library over four Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. beginning on October 1 and continuing on October 8, 15, and 29. Books in the series include March, Geraldine Brooks reimagining of the war experiences of the patriarch of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women family; Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam by James McPherson, and America’s War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on their 150th Anniversaries, an anthology of historical fiction, speeches, diaries, memoirs, biography and short stories edited by Edward Ayers. Film showings and discussions will be held on Friday, Ocotober 3rd at 2:00 p.m. when Glory will be screened; and on Wednesday, October 22 at 6:30 p.m. when Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winner Lincoln will be shown and discussed. Denise Askin, St. Anselm College, will lead the discussions. Copies of the books are available to borrow from Wadleigh Memorial Library. Registration is required. Wadleigh Memorial Library    
    Location: Wadleigh Memorial Library, 49 Nashua St., Milford
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misc_none 7:00 PM A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Theresa Diluzio   352-3995   
    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: Swanzey Town Hall, 620 Old Homestead Hwy., Swanzey
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Not In Front of the Children: The Art and Importance of Fairy Tales Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Bedford Public Library   472-2300   
    "Once upon a time. . ." is a magical phrase that promises the beginning of a memorable story. Where do our fairy tales come from, what do they tell us about ourselves and our history? Why have they been censored and changed and how have they retained their currency and popularity today? Ingrid Graff discusses these fascinating tales and why we should keep telling them to our children. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite fairy tale to the presentation.
    Location: Bedford Public Library, 3 Meetinghouse Rd., Bedford
 
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 The Capital Crime of Witchcraft: What the Primary Sources Tell Us Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sylvia Carney   539-5799   
    On first impression, the witchcraft trials of the Colonial era may seem to have been nothing but a free-for-all, fraught with hysterics. Margo Burns explores an array of prosecutions in seventeenth century New England, using facsimiles of primary source manuscripts, from first formal complaints to arrest warrants, indictments of formal charges to death warrants, and the reversals of attainder and rescinding of excommunications years after the fact; demonstrating how methodically and logically the Salem Court worked. This program focuses on the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692 and 1693, when nineteen people were hanged and one crushed to death, but also examines a variety of other cases against women in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. FREEDOM HISTORICAL SOCIETY WILL HOLD THEIR ANNUAL DINNER MEETING AT 5:30PM. THIS IS A FREE POTLUCK AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
    Location: Freedom Town Hall, 7 Elm St., Freedom
 
misc_none 7:00 PM The Refugees of Shangri-La film showing and discussion Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    314-7970   
    In the last five years more than 75,000 Bhutanese refugees have been resettled in the United States. New Hampshire is home to 1,700 of them. How are our new neighbors navigating the extraordinary leap from their lives in refugee camps in Nepal to their new lives in America? The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire will host three film showings and discussions around the state featuring The Refugees of Shangri-La: Exploring Modern Immigration and Identity, a documentary that explores these questions directed by New Hampshire residents Doria Bramante and Markus Weinfurter. The documentary provides historical background on the humanitarian conflict that has left 1/6th of Bhutan’s population nationless. The film follows a group of Bhutanese families from the refugee camps in Nepal to their new homes in the Granite State. The Humanities Council has awarded a grant to the World Affairs Council for three screenings of the film beginning next month. Each screening of the hour-long film will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Sara Withers, Professor of Anthropology at UNH. The discussion will explore issues such as immigration, racism, ethnocentrism, and questions of identity through the lens of the refugees’ story. The film knits together international and local issues while also serving as a mirror, allowing attendees to examine their own roots and cultural identity. The first screening will be held in Nashua on Wednesday, September 17 at 7 p.m. at Nashua Community College. The second showing will take place on Wednesday, October 22 at 7 p.m. at the Laconia Public Library. The final showing will take place in November. We’ll share the date, time and venue when they are finalized. All events are free and open to the public. For the most updated information, please visit the World Affairs Council of NH website – www.wacnh.org or call Elyse Harris at 603.314.7970. World Affairs Council of NH    
    Location: Laconia Public Library, 695 North Main St., Laconia
Thursday October 23, 2014 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: Merrimack Public Library Reference Department   424-5021   
    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: Merrimack Public Library,470 Daniel Webster Hwy, Merrimack
 
misc_none 7:00 PM A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Carol Brock   547-2730   
    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: George Holmes Bixby Memorial Library, 52 Main St., Francestown
 
misc_none 7:00 PM The Capital Crime of Witchcraft: What the Primary Sources Tell Us Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nancy Hartford   225-6496   
    On first impression, the witchcraft trials of the Colonial era may seem to have been nothing but a free-for-all, fraught with hysterics. Margo Burns explores an array of prosecutions in seventeenth century New England, using facsimiles of primary source manuscripts, from first formal complaints to arrest warrants, indictments of formal charges to death warrants, and the reversals of attainder and rescinding of excommunications years after the fact; demonstrating how methodically and logically the Salem Court worked. This program focuses on the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692 and 1693, when nineteen people were hanged and one crushed to death, but also examines a variety of other cases against women in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.
    Location: The Pierce Manse, 14 Horseshoe Pond Lane, Concord
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Witches, Pop Culture, and the Past Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Elizabeth Thompson   466-2525   
    "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: Gorham Public Library, 35 Railroad St., Gorham
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misc_none 7:00 PM New Hampshire Cemeteries and Gravestones Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Oscar Foss Memorial Library   269-3900   
    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: Center Barnstead Town Hall, 108 S. Barnstead Rd., Center Barnstead
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misc_none 6:30 PM Inside Russia Today Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: J.A. Tarbell Library   654-6790   
    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: J.A. Tarbell Library, 136 Forest Rd., Lyndeborough
 
misc_none 7:00 PM A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Gay Sheary     shearym@myfairpoint.net
    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. Hosted by the Newbury Historical Society.
    Location: Newbury Veterans Hall, Route 103, Newbury
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misc_none 10:30 AM A Soldier's Mother Tells Her Story Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Leslie Vogt   435-8482   
    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. THERE WILL BE A LUNCHEON TO FOLLOW PROGRAM, ALL ARE WELCOME.
    Location: Pittsfield Community Ctr., 74 Main St., Pittsfield
 
misc_none 6:30 PM Spies in Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Erin Apostolos   279-4303   
    How have spying and intelligence activities influenced the course of history? Investigate case studies of how great powers have used spies in war and peace. This program traces the history of spying from the Dreyfus case in France (1894-1906) to the Aldrich Ames case in the U.S. (1980s and 1990s). Douglas Wheeler focuses the discussion on how human motives, traits, and ideas shape the search for secret information and how that information is used and misused in international affairs.
    Location: Meredith Public Library, 91 Main St., Meredith
 
misc_none 7:00 PM New Hampshire Cemeteries and Gravestones Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Alex Robinson   424-4044   
    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: Campbell High School Auditorium, 1 Highlander Court, Litchfield
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Stark Decency: New Hampshire's World War II German Prisoner of War Camp Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sandra Gunther   353-9756   
    During World War II, 300 German prisoners of war were held at Camp Stark near the village of Stark in New Hampshire's North Country. Allen Koop reveals the history of this camp, which tells us much about our country's war experience and about our state.
    Location: Orford Social Library, 573 NH Rte. 10, Orford
Wednesday October 29, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 12:00 PM Baked Beans and Fried Clams: How Food Defines A Region Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Andrea Douglas   774-3546   
    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. THIS PROGRAM IS PART OF A BRING YOUR OWN POTLUCK LUNCHEON. THE EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
    Location: Dunbarton Public Library, 1004 School St., Dunbarton
 
misc_none 6:30 PM Making Sense of the Civil War Discussion Series Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    249-0645   
    The Humanities Council has awarded a grant to the Wadleigh Memorial Library in Milford for a lecture and film series based on the Making Sense of the Civil War project created by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The lectures will take place at the library over four Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. beginning on October 1 and continuing on October 8, 15, and 29. Books in the series include March, Geraldine Brooks reimagining of the war experiences of the patriarch of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women family; Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam by James McPherson, and America’s War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on their 150th Anniversaries, an anthology of historical fiction, speeches, diaries, memoirs, biography and short stories edited by Edward Ayers. Film showings and discussions will be held on Friday, Ocotober 3rd at 2:00 p.m. when Glory will be screened; and on Wednesday, October 22 at 6:30 p.m. when Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winner Lincoln will be shown and discussed. Denise Askin, St. Anselm College, will lead the discussions. Copies of the books are available to borrow from Wadleigh Memorial Library. Registration is required. Wadleigh Memorial Library    
    Location: Wadleigh Memorial Library, 49 Nashua St., Milford
 
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: Fitzwilliam Town Library   585-6503   
    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: Fitzwilliam Town Library, 11 Templeton Tpk., Fitzwilliam
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Witches, Pop Culture, and the Past Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amy Carter   323-8510   
    "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: Cook Memorial Library, 93 Main St., Tamworth
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misc_none 6:30 PM Witches, Pop Culture, and the Past Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Randolph Public Library   466-5408   
    "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: Randolph Town Hall, 130 Durand Rd., Randolph
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misc_none 2:00 PM Pretty Halcyon Days, on the Beach with Ogden Nash Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Tuck Museum   929-0781   
    Ogden Nash and his family spent their summers on Little Boar's Head, in North Hampton, NH. Using examples from their original stage work, "Home is Heaven," Pontine Theatre explores the ways in which Nash's life on the New Hampshire seashore influenced his poems, giving the reader insight into the man, his character, and his ideas about family, society, and nature. These themes form a rich portrait of the poet and underscore how the intersection of literature and local history can deepen our understanding and appreciation of everyday events in our own backyard.
    Location: St. James Masonic Lodge, 77 Tide Mill Rd., Hampton
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misc_none 6:30 PM Baked Beans and Fried Clams: How Food Defines A Region Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Meriden Library   469-3252   
    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: Plainfield School, 92 Bonner Rd., Meriden
 
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: Judy Haskell   926-3682   
    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: Hampton Falls Free Library, 7 Drinkwater Rd., Hampton Falls
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misc_none 11:00 AM A Visit With Queen Victoria Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Andrea Lee   434-4073   
    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: Derry Public Library, 64 E. Broadway, Derry
 
misc_none 12:30 PM Meet Eleanor Roosevelt Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Pauline Chervincky   883-2932   
    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. WINDHAM WOMAN'S CLUB BUSINESS MEETING TO FOLLOW PROGRAM.
    Location: Windham Town Hall, 3 Lowell Rd., Windham
 
misc_none 1:00 PM A Visit with Abraham Lincoln Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Samantha Simpson   516-8826   
    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: Wentworth Home, 795 Central Ave., Dover
 
misc_none 7:00 PM New Hampshire's Grange Movement: Its Rise, Triumphs and Decline Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: David Moody   835-7900   
    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.
    Location: Third Congregational Church, 14 River St., Alstead
Thursday November 6, 2014 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: Charlotte Arredondo   642-3521   
    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: Kingston Community Library, 2 Library Lane, Kingston
 
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: Wolfeboro Public Library   569-2428   
    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: Wolfeboro Public Library, 259 S. Main St., Wolfeboro
Friday November 7, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Rally Round the Flag: The American Civil War Through Folksong Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Anita Carroll-Weldon   352-0460   
    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: Horatio Colony House Museum, 199 Main St., Keene
Saturday November 8, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM Crosscut: The Mills, Logging and Life on the Androscoggin Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Newmarket Public Library   659-5311   
    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: Newmarket Public Library, 1 Elm St., Newmarket
Monday November 10, 2014 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: Pam Dziama   772-4118   
    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: Stratham Fire Dept. (Morgera Mtg Rm.), 2 Winnicutt Rd., Stratham
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Margaret Bourke-White, America's Eyes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nashua Public Library   589-4610   
    Did you know that photographer Margaret Bourke-White had to make Stalin laugh to get his picture, and she was told by Patton to hide his jowls? Letters and tender WWII-era V-mails found at Syracuse University form the basis for this living history program. Sally Matson's lifetime in theatre began with acting and directing at Northwestern University, and her fascination with history provides the audience with an entertaining lesson. FRIENDS OF THE NASHUA PUBLIC LIBRARY ORGANIZATION WILL HOLD THEIR ANNUAL MEETING AT 6:45PM. PROGRAM TO FOLLOW AT 7:00PM.
    Location: Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., Nashua
Tuesday November 11, 2014 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: Beverly Glynn   893-4133   
    New Hampshire towns did not erect monuments to prior wars, but the emotional and family toll, unprecedented in American history, drove the decision to honor our local soldiers and sailors of the War of Rebellion. From Seabrook to Colebrook, Berlin to Hinsdale, along Main Streets and 19th century dirt roads, in city parks and on town greens, in libraries and town halls, and in cemeteries prominent and obscure, George Morrison located, inventoried and photographed the fascinating variety of NH's Civil War memorials. He shares his discoveries, from the earliest obelisks, to statuary and artillery, to murals, cast iron, stained glass and buildings from the 1860s through the 1920s.
    Location: Salem Historical Museum, 310 Main St., Salem
 
misc_none 7:00 PM World War Two New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jan Cote   783-4090   
    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: Elkins Public Library, 9 Center Road, Canterbury
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misc_none 6:30 PM Our National Thanksgiving: With Thanks to President Lincoln and Mrs. Hale Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Larry Cote   863-1294   
    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: Sugar River Bank Community Rm., 10 N. Main St., Newport
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Mary Todd Lincoln: An Unconventional Woman Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Polly Cote   673-1946   
    Raised in a slaveholding family, Mary Todd Lincoln evolved into an advocate for abolition. The intellectual equal of well-educated men, she spoke her mind openly in an era when a woman's success in life was measured by marriage and motherhood. Against her family's wishes, she married the man she loved and partnered with him to achieve their goal of becoming President and First Lady. Sparkling with humor and insight, Sally Mummey as Mary Lincoln shares stories of their life and love; triumphs and challenges; and life in the White House during the tumultuous years of the Civil War. PLEASE USE ELEVATOR ENTRANCE ON MIDDLE STREET TO 3RD FLOOR.
    Location: Milford Town Hall (Banquet Hall), 1 Union Sq., Milford
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Native American History of New Hampshire: Alliance and Survival, circa 1400-1700 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: One Book One Valley   323-8510   
    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. THIS PROGRAM IS PART OF ONE BOOK ONE VALLEY.
    Location: Cook Memorial Library, 93 Main St., Tamworth
 
misc_none 7:00 PM The Epic of Gilgamesh Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Fitzwilliam Town Library   585-6503   
    This is our earliest epic. It is at least four thousand years old, but in performance we discover a dynamic and thrilling tale of heroes, friendship, battles with a monster, and death, followed by a journey to the other world to meet Utnapishtin, whom we know as Noah. Gilgamesh will ask him about life and death and he will come home with a great story. In the Q&A after the performance, Sebastian Lockwood can tell the tale of how the tablets were found in Iraq and how scholars broke the code to reveal the story and its Biblical parallels.
    Location: Fitzwilliam Town Library, 11 Templeton Tpk., Fitzwilliam
 
misc_none 7:30 PM Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: the Man Who Wrote The Little Prince Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Peter Labombarde   641-7228   
    Scott Eaton examines the life of French aviator and writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944) through his books and the ideas which underlie them. Along with The Little Prince, a children's story for adults, Eaton reviews Saint-Exupéry's other fiction and nonfiction, which was inspired in large part by his experiences in the early French air mail service in the 1920's and 1930's and in WWII.
    Location: NH Institute of Politics, 100 St. Anselm Dr., Manchester
Thursday November 13, 2014 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: Erin Robb   239-8918   
    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: VFW #3968, Main St., Winchester
Monday November 17, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 2:15 PM Winning the War, Shaping the Peace: Industry, Civil War, and the Birth of Consumerism Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Cathy Herman   229-1185   
    Carrie Brown explores the technological triumph that helped save the Union and then transformed the nation. During the Civil War, northern industry produced a million and a half rifles, along with tens of thousands of pistols and carbines. How did the North produce all of those weapons? The answer lies in new machinery and methods for producing guns with interchangeable parts. Once the system of mass production had been tested and perfected, what happened after the war? In the period from 1870 to 1910 new factory technology and new print media fueled the development of mass consumerism. While this program tells a broad, national story, it focuses on the critical and somewhat surprising role of Vermont and New Hampshire in producing industrial technology that won the war and changed American life.
    Location: Havenwood Heritage Heights Auditorium, 33 Christian Ave., Concord
 
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: Merrimack Public Library (Adult Services)   424-5021   
    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: Merrimack Public Library, 470 Daniel Webster Hwy, Merrimack
Tuesday November 18, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM A Visit With Queen Victoria Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Erin Kennedy   673-3330   
    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: Brookline Public Library, 16 Main St., Brookline
 
misc_none 6:30 PM Contra Dancing In New Hampshire: Then and Now Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Gilford Public Library   524-6042   
    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: Gilford Public Library, 31 Potter Hill Rd., Gilford
 
misc_none 6:30 PM Perspectives on Arab Culture and the Influence of Islam Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Pease Public Library   536-2616   
    It is an understatement to say that current events have sparked curiosity about Arab culture and renewed interest in Arab-American relations. Migalli, originally from Egypt, discusses the cultures of the Middle East, especially the influence of Islam on various nations and people, with an emphasis on the developments in Egypt. Learn more about the status of Arab-American relations both at home and abroad, and explore the impact of the Arab Spring.
    Location: Pease Public Library, 1 Russell St., Plymouth
 
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: Anita Creager   424-5084   
    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: Merrimack Adult Community Ctr., 4 Church St., Merrimack
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Wednesday November 19, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 12:30 PM Our National Thanksgiving: With Thanks to President Lincoln and Mrs. Hale Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Betty Darling   429-1315   
    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: Litchfield Community Church, 259 Charles Bancroft Hwy., Litchfield
Thursday November 20, 2014 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: Alex Robinson   424-4044   
    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: Aaron Cutler Memorial Library, 269 Charles Bancroft Hwy, Litchfield
Tuesday December 2, 2014 Go To Top
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: Alma Vahey   679-8635   
    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: Mary E. Bartlett Library, 22 Dalton Rd., Brentwood
Wednesday December 3, 2014 Go To Top
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: Tanya Griffith   465-7721   
    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: Hollis Social Library, 2 Monument Square, Hollis
Monday December 8, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 7:30 PM New Hampshire on Skis Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Neil Brenner   315-8413   
    Take Scandinavian and Austrian immigrants, the Dartmouth Outing Club, the Cannon Mountain Tramway, the muscular Christian, amateur tinkers, and Professor E. John B. Allen. Cover it with snow and shake, and you have all the makings of a unique New Hampshire history.
    Location: Congregational Church of Amherst Vestry, 7 Church St., Amherst
Tuesday January 6, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Fixing a Shadow: The Origins of Photography Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Martin   778-2335   
    Invented in the 1830s, photography was an unprecedented technological, cultural, and artistic breakthrough. Developed independently by Louis Daguerre and William Henry Fox Talbot, photography revolutionized how images were made and used. Martin Fox's talk introduces the origins of photography and explores the first two decades of this art form, highlighting early methods, subjects, and critical reactions.
    Location: Exeter Historical Society, 47 Front St., Exeter
Thursday January 8, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM Before Peyton Place: In Search of the Real Grace Metalious Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lee Arthur   964-6281   
    Grace DeRepentigny Metalious believed that in rejecting her own ethnic and religious heritage, she would come closer to inheriting the "American Dream." Her Quebecois ancestry and her formative years in Manchester reveal aspects of the author that the public rarely knew. Robert Perreault focuses on Metalious's most autobiographical and ethnically-oriented but little-known novel, No Adam in Eden.
    Location: Rye Congregational Church, 580 Washington Rd., Rye
 
misc_none 7:15 PM Four Centuries of Fishing in NH: Yankee Character, Yankee Priorities Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Donna Denniston   496-5462   
    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: Springfield Municipal Bldg., 2791 Main St., Springfield
Monday January 12, 2015 Go To Top
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: Stratham Historical Society   778-0434   
    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. SNOW DATE FOR THIS PROGRAM IS JANUARY 19TH.
    Location: Stratham Fire Dept., 2 Winnicutt Rd., Stratham
Wednesday January 14, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Family Stories: How and Why to Remember and Tell Them Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Merrimack Public Library (Adult Services)   424-5021   
    Telling personal and family stories is fun - and much more. Storytelling connects strangers, strengthens links between generations, and gives children the self-knowledge to carry them through hard times. Knowledge of family history has even been linked to better teen behavior and mental health. In this active and interactive program, storyteller Jo Radner shares foolproof ways to mine memories and interview relatives for meaningful stories. Participants practices finding, developing, and telling their own tales. PLEASE NOTE SNOW DATE IS 1/15/14, SAME TIME AND PLACE.
    Location: Merrimack Public Library, 470 Daniel Webster Hwy, Merrimack
Friday January 16, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:15 AM A Woman That Keeps Good Orders: Women, Tavern Keeping, and Public Approval Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jane Bagnell   397-5085   
    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? PUBLIC IS WELCOME TO JOIN IN FOR COFFEE AT 9:00 WITH PROGRAM TO FOLLOW AT 10:15 AM.
    Location: Community Church of Durham, 17 Main St., Durham
Monday January 19, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Abraham Lincoln: From Springfield, Illinois to Exeter, New Hampshire and Beyond Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Hooksett Library   485-6092   
    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: Hooksett Library, 31 Mount Saint Mary's Way, Hooksett
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Wednesday January 21, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:30 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: Jeanne Wild   658-3049   
    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: Boulders Hall, 5 Timber Lane, Exeter
Thursday January 22, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM That Reminds Me of a Story Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Gordon DuBois   279-0379   
    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: Gordon-Nash Library, 69 Main St., New Hampton
Monday February 9, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:30 PM George Washington Spied Here: Spies and Spying in the American Revolutionary War (1775 - 1783) Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Neil Brenner   315-8413   
    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: Congregational Church of Amherst Vestry, 7 Church St., Amherst
Tuesday February 10, 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: Friends of the Hampstead Public Library   329-6411   
    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: Hampstead Public Library, 9 Mary E. Bartlett Dr., Hampstead
Saturday February 14, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 4:00 PM Familiar Fields: The Power of Community in the Work of Sarah Orne Jewett Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Karen Noonan   772-8834   
    Based on the life and work of the 19th century New England author Sarah Orne Jewett, this presentation explores issues of community as reflected in Jewett's stories. Pontine Theatre examines the ways in which her regional portraits speak about the essential New England character and universal experiences of geographic isolation, cultural insulation, and how community shapes individual identity.
    Location: Exeter Old Town Hall, 9 Front Street, Exeter
Sunday February 15, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM A Woman's Take on Courtly Love: The Lais of Marie de France Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Tucker Free Library   428-3471   
    The conventions of courtly love have colored the discourse of romance ever since the Middle Ages. In the Lais of Marie de France, we find her adaptations of tales she heard from minstrels or "the folk," charming love stories with a touch of the supernatural. In Marie's hands they became sophisticated explorations of problems in love relationships; for instance, what to do if one's lover has a habit of turning into a werewolf.
    Location: Tucker Free Library, 31 Western Ave., Henniker
 
misc_none 2:00 PM Harnessing History: On the Trail of New Hampshire's State Dog, the Chinook Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Cheryl McGinnis   863-5023   
    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: Lempster Meetinghouse, 112 Lempster St. Lempster
Wednesday February 18, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 3:00 PM Teddy Roosevelt's Nobel Prize: New Hampshire and the Portsmouth Peace Treaty Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sonya or Chelsea   279-1500   
    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: Meredith Bay Colony Club, 21 Upper Mile Point Dr., Meredith
Friday February 20, 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: Sheila Jones   539-4071   
    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: Effingham Historical Society Bldg., 1014 Province Lake Rd. (Rte. 153), Ctr. Effingham
Tuesday March 3, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Evolving English: From Beowulf & Chaucer to Texts & Tweets Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Ruslyn Vear   673-2288   
    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. THIS IS PART OF A SERIES TITLED "IT'S ALL ABOUT WORDS" BEING HELD AT THE LIBRARY.
    Location: Amherst Town Library, 14 Main St., Amherst
Wednesday March 4, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 11:00 AM The Ballad Lives! Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Andrea Lee   434-4073   
    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: Derry Public Library, 64 E. Broadway, Derry
 
misc_none 6:30 PM Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Pembroke Town Library   485-7851   
    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: Pembroke Town Library, 313 Pembroke St., Pembroke
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Saturday March 7, 2015 Go To Top
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: Harrison Pease   353-9080   
    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. HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH ANNUAL "SOUP-SUPPER". SUPPER BEGINS AT 5:30 PM WITH PROGRAM TO FOLLOW AT 7:00 PM. BOTH ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
    Location: United Congregational Church, Rte. 10, Orford
Tuesday March 10, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Rally Round the Flag: The American Civil War Through Folksong Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Pease Public Library   536-2616   
    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: Pease Public Library, 1 Russell St., Plymouth
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Friends of the Hampstead Public Library   329-6411   
    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: Hampstead Public Library, 9 Mary E. Bartlett Dr., Hampstead
Thursday March 12, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM Rally Round the Flag: The American Civil War Through Folksong Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Brenda Saunders   542-5335   
    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: St. Joseph Church, 58 Elm St., Claremont
Thursday March 19, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 12:30 PM A Night of Music with Two Old Friends Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Mountain View Senior Center   938-2104   
    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. VENUE IS LIMITED TO 50 PEOPLE SO RESERVATIONS ARE ENCOURAGED.
    Location: Mountain View Senior Ctr., 134 E. Main St., Bradford
Friday March 20, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:15 AM Meet Eleanor Roosevelt Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jane Bagnell   397-5085   
    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. PUBLIC IS WELCOME FOR COFFEE AT 9 AM BEFORE PROGRAM BEINGS AT 10:15 AM.
    Location: Community Church of Durham, 17 Main St., Durham
Tuesday March 24, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Family Stories: How and Why to Remember and Tell Them Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Ruslyn Vear   673-2288   
    Telling personal and family stories is fun - and much more. Storytelling connects strangers, strengthens links between generations, and gives children the self-knowledge to carry them through hard times. Knowledge of family history has even been linked to better teen behavior and mental health. In this active and interactive program, storyteller Jo Radner shares foolproof ways to mine memories and interview relatives for meaningful stories. Participants practices finding, developing, and telling their own tales. THIS PROGRAM IS PART OF A SERIES TITLED "IT'S ALL ABOUT WORDS" BEING HELD AT THE LIBRARY.
    Location: Amherst Town Library, 14 Main St., Amherst
Wednesday March 25, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Personal Privacy in Cyberspace Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Denise Grimse   436-8548   
    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: Weeks Public Library, 36 Post Rd., Greenland
Thursday March 26, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 11:30 AM Meet Eleanor Roosevelt Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Genevieve Miller   472-5906   
    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: Bedford Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 4 Church Rd., Bedford
 
misc_none 6:45 PM Margaret Bourke-White, America's Eyes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Hooksett Library   485-6092   
    Did you know that photographer Margaret Bourke-White had to make Stalin laugh to get his picture, and she was told by Patton to hide his jowls? Letters and tender WWII-era V-mails found at Syracuse University form the basis for this living history program. Sally Matson's lifetime in theatre began with acting and directing at Northwestern University, and her fascination with history provides the audience with an entertaining lesson. THIS EVENT WILL BE CO-HOSTED WITH THE HOOKSETT HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND THEY ARE CELEBRATING WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH.
    Location: Hooksett Library, 31 Mount Saint Mary's Way, Hooksett
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Not In Front of the Children: The Art and Importance of Fairy Tales Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Gordon-Nash Library   744-8061   
    "Once upon a time. . ." is a magical phrase that promises the beginning of a memorable story. Where do our fairy tales come from, what do they tell us about ourselves and our history? Why have they been censored and changed and how have they retained their currency and popularity today? Ingrid Graff discusses these fascinating tales and why we should keep telling them to our children. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite fairy tale to the presentation.
    Location: Gordon-Nash Library, 69 Main St., New Hampton
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Putting Human Faces on the Textile Industry: The Workers of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nancy Hartford   225-6496   
    Daily life for the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company's textile worker was not easy. Robert Perreault sheds light on how people from a variety of European countries as well as from French Canada made the transition from an agrarian to an industrial society and how that change affected families, cultures, the nature of work, and relationships among workers themselves.
    Location: The Pierce Manse, 14 Horseshoe Pond Lane, Concord
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Sunday March 29, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM Margaret Bourke-White, America's Eyes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Donna Hamill   569-1212   
    Did you know that photographer Margaret Bourke-White had to make Stalin laugh to get his picture, and she was told by Patton to hide his jowls? Letters and tender WWII-era V-mails found at Syracuse University form the basis for this living history program. Sally Matson's lifetime in theatre began with acting and directing at Northwestern University, and her fascination with history provides the audience with an entertaining lesson.
    Location: Wright Museum, 77 Center St., Wolfeboro
 
misc_none 2:00 PM The Music History of French-Canadians, Franco-Americans, Acadians and Cajuns Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Tucker Free Library   428-3471   
    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: Tucker Free Library, 31 Western Ave., Henniker
Monday March 30, 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: Janet Arden   329-6411   
    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: Hampstead Public Library, 9 Mary E. Bartlett Dr., Hampstead
Friday April 3, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM The Shaker Legacy Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Dottie Bean   332-5521   
    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: Goodwin Library, 422 Main St., Farmington
Tuesday April 7, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Civil Liberties vs. National Security Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Meredith Public Library   279-4303   
    As the federal government continues to address new national security issues in the wake of September 11, 2001, the uneasy balance between security and civil liberties is receiving renewed attention. Richard Hesse considers the trade-offs and considerations facing citizens and non-citizens alike.
    Location: Meredith Public Library, 91 Main St., Meredith
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Mary Todd Lincoln: Wife and Widow Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Martin   778-2335   
    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: Exeter Historical Society, 47 Front St., Exeter
Wednesday April 8, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 2:30 PM Meet Eleanor Roosevelt Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Rodgers Memorial Library   886-6030   
    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: Rodgers Memorial Library, 194 Derry Rd., Hudson
 
misc_none 7:00 PM A Night of Music with Two Old Friends Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Charlotte Arredondo   642-3521   
    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: Kingston Community Library, 2 Library Lane, Kingston
Thursday April 9, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM Songs of Old New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lee Arthur   964-6281   
    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: Rye Congregational Church, 580 Washington Rd., Rye
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Baked Beans and Fried Clams: How Food Defines A Region Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Rochester Historical Society   330-3099   
    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: Rochester Historical Society Museum, 58 Hanson St., Rochester
Saturday April 11, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM Baked Beans and Fried Clams: How Food Defines A Region Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Tricia Ryden   772-4346   
    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: Wiggin Memorial Library, 10 Bunker Hill Ave., Stratham
Monday April 13, 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: Maggie McCall   286-8971   
    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: Hall Memorial Library, 18 Park St., Northfield
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misc_none 7:30 PM The Great Sheep Boom and Its Enduring Legacy on the New Hampshire Landscape Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Neil Brenner   315-8413   
    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: Congregational Church of Amherst Vestry, 7 Church St., Amherst
Tuesday April 14, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Mary Todd Lincoln: Wife and Widow Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Diane Heer   362-5234   
    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: Kimball Public Library, 5 Academy Avenue, Atkinson
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Stark Decency: New Hampshire's World War II German Prisoner of War Camp Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Norman Head   986-6278   
    During World War II, 300 German prisoners of war were held at Camp Stark near the village of Stark in New Hampshire's North Country. Allen Koop reveals the history of this camp, which tells us much about our country's war experience and about our state.
    Location: Union Congregational Church, 14 Albany Ave., Bartlett
Wednesday April 15, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM The Making of Strawbery Banke Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Carole Elliott   764-9888   
    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-Jenkins Estate, 266 N. Main St., Concord
Saturday April 18, 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: 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 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
Wednesday April 22, 2015 Go To Top
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 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 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
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
Tuesday May 5, 2015 Go To Top
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
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Wednesday May 6, 2015 Go To Top
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 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
 
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
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 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
Saturday May 16, 2015 Go To Top
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
Wednesday May 20, 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: 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
Thursday May 21, 2015 Go To Top
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
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
Tuesday June 9, 2015 Go To Top
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
Thursday June 11, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Susan B. Anthony, the Invincible! Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Rochester Historical Society   330-3099   
    Arrested, tried and convicted for voting in the 1872 presidential election, Miss Anthony became the symbol of the struggle for women's suffrage. Her self-deprecating humor and keen intellect allowed her to spar with legislators and newsmen as well as fellow abolitionists and suffragists. Witness her involvement in the Anti-Slavery Society, the Civil War, the 14th and 15th amendments, and hazardous trips to WY, CA, OR, and the White House. Caricatured, criticized, and threatened, Miss Anthony never wavered. She spent 50 years working for equal rights and continued to insist, "Failure is Impossible." Sally Matson portrays Anthony in this living history program.
    Location: Rochester Historical Society Museum, 58 Hanson St., Rochester
Wednesday June 17, 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: 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
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Thursday June 18, 2015 Go To Top
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
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 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
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: Joy B. Nowell   938-6054   
    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 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
 
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
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
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
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
Wednesday September 30, 2015 Go To Top
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 8, 2015 Go To Top
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
Thursday October 15, 2015 Go To Top
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
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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 10, 2015 Go To Top
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
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