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Wednesday April 23, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM Made of Thunder, Made of Glass: American Indian Beadwork of the Northeast Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Mose Olenik   924-4555   
    A long neglected and misunderstood area of American Indian art has been the "souvenir" beadwork produced by the Northeast woodland tribes. Not everyone is aware of the historical context and currents that contributed to the emergence of this type of American Indian artistry. Gerry Biron examines 19th century work produced by the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) from upstate New York and eastern Canada, to the Wabanaki in northern New England and the Canadian Maritime Provinces. Additionally, Biron surveys the close relationship beadworking had with two other cultural phenomena: the rise of tourism in the Northeast and the fashion industry.
    Location: Mariposa Museum, 26 Main St., Peterborough
 
misc_none 7:00 PM A Night of Music with Two Old Friends Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sandown Public Library   887-3428   
    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 sing and play this traditional Celtic music, but he will also perform American country music in the way it was conceived in the early twentieth century. Through stories, songs and instrumental melodies, he will 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: Sandown Town Hall, 320 Main St., Sandown
 
misc_none 7:00 PM That Reminds Me of a Story Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Alex Robinson   424-4044   
    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: Campbell High School Auditorium, 1 Highlander Court, Litchfield
Thursday April 24, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM Susan B. Anthony, the Invincible! Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Annie Seiler   635-7581   
    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: Pelham Public Library, 24 Village Green, Pelham
 
misc_none 7:00 PM A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Robert Curry   744-9798   
    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: Gordon Nash Library, 69 Main St., New Hampton
 
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: Piermont Public Library   272-4967   
    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: Old Church Building, 131 Route 10, Piermont
Friday April 25, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Banjos, Bones, and Ballads Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Daniel Murphy   347-1723   
    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: Concord Comfort Inn, 71 Hall St., Concord
Saturday April 26, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM An Afternoon with Lois Lowry - SOLD OUT Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    603-224-4071   acoughlin@nhhc.org
    Acclaimed author Lois Lowry will speak in Concord at an event sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council's Connections adult literacy program. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. The event will be free and open to all, but tickets will be required. Click the link to join the waiting list. Lowry will speak about her work, answer questions from the audience, and sign copies of her books which will be available for sale courtesy of Gibson's Bookstore. Lowry received the Newbery Medal for children's literature in 1990 for Number the Stars. The novel recounts the story of Annemarie Johansen, a Danish gentile who, with her family, risks her life to protect and evacuate Jews from Denmark into Sweden under the shadow of Nazi Germany and the Second World War. Lowry again received the Newbery Medal in 1993 for The Giver, a tale of a dystopian society in which a boy, Jonas, is named the new Receiver of Memory. The Receiver of Memory is a respected but lonely and difficult position which, Jonas learns, involves holding all of society's memories. The Giver is part of a series that includes Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Lowry's latest work, Son. The Giver is currently in production as a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges and Taylor Swift and due for release next August. Click here to reserve your seats.    
    Location: Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord
Monday April 28, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 2:30 PM Margaret Bourke-White, America's Eyes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nicholas Ho   527-4834   
    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: NH Veterans Home, 139 Winter St., Tilton
 
misc_none 8:00 PM Rally Round the Flag: The American Civil War Through Folksong Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jim McLaughlin   456-3677   
    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. THIS EVENT IS SUPPORTED IN PART BY A GRANT FROM THE NH STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS AND THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.
    Location: Warner Town Hall, 5 East Main St., Warner
Tuesday April 29, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Erin Apostolos   279-4303   
    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: Meredith Public Library, 91 Main St., Meredith
 
misc_none 6:30 PM Spring Poets: Barbara Allen to Blackbird Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Exeter Public Library   772-3101   
    Once upon a time, poetry and song were inseparable. The break up came during the Renaissance. In England, two great Romantic poets, Wordsworth and Coleridge, engineered a reconciliation with the publication of Lyrical Ballads in 1798. This radical work merged the ballad form with the plain spoken lyric of the heart. English language poets were freed to feel once again, to sing once again, of common themes in the common tongue. John Perrault brings his guitar to sing and recite a few of the early ballads, plus a line of lyrics from Burns to Wordsworth, Keats to Frost, Dickinson to Dylan, and Mary Oliver to Lennon & McCartney, in a salute to the romantic tradition.
    Location: Exeter Public Library, 4 Chestnut St., Exeter
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misc_none 7:00 PM Daniel Webster: New Hampshire's First Favorite Son Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Marlborough Historical Society   876-6980   
    New Hampshire's Daniel Webster was instrumental in the development of national political and legal policy in the formative years of the American Republic. His national and international diplomacy and his oratorical skills cast him as a leader and a world-class statesman. Richard Hesse reviews Webster's life and career with attention to his NH ties.
    Location: Community House, 160 Main St., Marlborough
Wednesday April 30, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Baked Beans and Fried Clams: How Food Defines A Region Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Daland Memorial Library   673-7888   
    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: Mont Vernon Congregational Church, 4 South Main St., Mont Vernon
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Family Stories: How and Why to Remember and Tell Them Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Donna Dunlop   746-3663   
    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: Hopkinton Town Library, 61 Houston Dr., Contoocook
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Beth Merrill   588-6615   
    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: Antrim Town Hall, 66 Main St., Antrim
Thursday May 1, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM Family Stories: How and Why to Remember and Tell Them Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Pat Smith   569-6585   
    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: Willing Workers Hall, 460 Gov. Wentworth Hwy, Melvin Village
 
misc_none 3:00 PM Meet Eleanor Roosevelt Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Carla Venti   443-9532   
    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: Harvest Hill Dwinell Rm., 23 Alice Peck Day Dr., Lebanon
 
misc_none 6:30 PM Firefighters in the Civil War Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Seabrook Library   474-2044   
    Lew Gage explores the forming of the 1st Fire Zouaves by Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, Ellsworth's ties to New Hampshire, and his relationship with President and Mrs. Lincoln. Gage details the exploits of the 1st Fire Zouaves (11th New York), 2nd Fire Zouaves (73rd New York), Birney's Fire Zouaves (23rd PA), and Baxter's Fire Zouaves (72nd PA). Gage also examines the Philadelphia Fire Department's involvement in developing the first fire department-based ambulances during the Civil War.
    Location: Seabrook Library, 25 Liberty Ln., Seabrook
Friday May 2, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM The Ballad Lives! Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Chichester Town Library   798-5613   
    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: Chichester Grange Hall, 54 Main St., Chichester
Sunday May 4, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM New Hampshire's One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance and the Reality Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Silsby Free Public Library   826-7793   
    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: Silsby Free Public Library, 226 Main St., Charlestown
Monday May 5, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM Margaret Bourke-White, America's Eyes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Harriet Bicksler   539-4310   
    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: Moultonborough Lions Club, Old Rte 109, Moultonborough
Wednesday May 7, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 1:30 PM That Reminds Me of a Story Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: First Congregational Church   279-6271   
    Stories speak to us of community. They hold our history and reflect our identity. Rebecca Rule has made it her mission over the last 20 years to collect stories of New Hampshire, especially those that reflect what's special about this rocky old place. She'll tell some of those stories - her favorites are the funny ones - and invite audience members to contribute a few stories of their own.
    Location: First Congregational Church, 4 Highland St., Meredith
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Baked Beans and Fried Clams: How Food Defines A Region Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Merrimack Public Library Reference Department   424-5021   
    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: Merrimack Public Library,470 Daniel Webster Hwy, Merrimack
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misc_none 7:00 PM The White Mountain Huts: Past & Future Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amy Carter   323-8510   
    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: Cook Memorial Library, 93 Main St., Tamworth
Thursday May 8, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM A Visit With Queen Victoria Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lee Arthur - Rye Recreation Department   964-6281   
    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: Rye Congregational Church, 580 Washington Rd., Rye
 
misc_none 6:30 PM Susannah Johnson: An English Captive among the Abenaki and French Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jaffrey Public Library   532-7301   
    In a dawn raid on August 30, 1754, the Johnson family was captured by a group of Abenaki. Susannah Johnson was nine months pregnant at the time. The incident began an extraordinary journey that forced Susannah to navigate the cultural waters of three societies: English, Abenaki, and French. Presented by Marcia Schmidt Blaine, Plymouth State University.
    Location: Jaffrey Public Library, 38 Main St., Jaffrey
 
misc_none 7:00 PM A Sound Track for The Great Gatsby: Music of the Jazz Age Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kim Hanson   493-4749   
    The Great Gatsby, set in 1922 and soon a major motion picture, coincided with the very early days of jazz recording, a seminal time in American music. Paul Combs will examine the lives and music of artists recorded through the summer of 1922, including James Reese Europe, Fletcher Henderson, and Paul Whiteman, as well as some of those who, while active prior to the time of the novel, did not record until 1923-25, such as Jelly Roll Morton, Joe "King" Oliver, and Ma Rainey.
    Location: Dover Adult Learning Center - McConnell Ctr., 61 Locust St - Door 3, Dover
 
misc_none 7:00 PM New Hampshire Towns and the Civil War Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lee Hammond   448-3867   
    This lecture focuses on the home front, not the fighting. Jere Daniell discusses both the formal town actions and non-governmental community responses to the Civil War. Specific topics include rewarding men who enlisted; helping citizens avoid military service; ostracizing war opponents; organizing aid societies; celebrating military victories; and post-war memorialization. Whenever possible Daniell illustrates his general observations with examples drawn from the history of the town in which he's speaking.
    Location: Soldiers Memorial Bldg., N. Park St., Lebanon
 
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: Judy Kimball   652-7077   
    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: Milton Community Church, 7 Steeple St., Milton
Saturday May 10, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 10:30 AM Powerful As Truth Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jennifer Yakunovich   622-7531   
    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: Millyard Museum, 200 Bedford Street, Manchester
Monday May 12, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 7:15 PM The Other Side of the Midnight Ride: A Visit with Rachel Revere Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nancy McCue   476-8895   
    This living history program by Joan Gatturna tells a remarkable story of tea, trouble and revolution related by the woman who rode through life with Paul Revere. Rachel Revere tells of the Boston Tea Party, the Midnight Ride and the Siege of Boston. See these events through the eyes of a woman who engineered the escape of her family from occupied Boston and smuggled money to the Sons of Liberty. Meet the woman who kept the home fires burning while her husband fanned the flames of Revolution! 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 Vanished Veterans - NH's Civil War Monuments and Memorials Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: John Sheehy   495-3066   
    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. THERE WILL BE A POTLUCK AT 6:00PM WITH WASHINGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY BUSINESS MEETING FOLLOWING AT 7:00PM. PROGRAM WILL START AT 7:30PM. ALL EVENTS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
    Location: Camp Morgan Lodge, 339 Millen Pond Rd., Washington
Tuesday May 13, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM The Founding Fathers: What Were They Thinking? Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kimball Library   362-5234   
    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: Kimball Public Library, 5 Academy Avenue, Atkinson
 
misc_none 7:00 PM A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Justin Wheeler   530-2147   
    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: Jennie Blake School Amsden Auditorium, 32 Crescent St., Hill
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Contra Dancing In New Hampshire: Then and Now Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Gordon DuBois   279-0379   
    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: New Hampton Town House, Town House Rd., New Hampton
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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: Ric Erickson   749-9011   
    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: Madbury Town Hall, 13 Town Hall Rd., Madbury
 
misc_none 7:00 PM The Guitar and the Devil: Music, Magic, and Ritual Among Ecuadorian Indians Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Susan LeClair   783-4386   
    Music and ritual belief in supernatural forces play key roles in the eight-day festivities associated with the summer solstice and annual corn harvest in Ecuador. For example, the guitarist makes a pact with the "diablito" in order to gain strength to play and dance without tiring. This program, illustrated with slides, recordings, and live performance by Jose Lezcano, explores the connections among ritual, music, and the supernatural, especially among indigenous Andean peoples.
    Location: Elkins Public Library, 9 Center Road, Canterbury
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Vanished Veterans - NH's Civil War Monuments and Memorials Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Wadleigh Memorial Library Reference Desk   249-0645   
    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: Wadleigh Memorial Library, 49 Nashua St., Milford
Wednesday May 14, 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: David Moody   835-7900   
    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: Third Congregational Church, 14 River St., Alstead
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Ashland Town Library   968-7928   
    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: Ashland Elementary School Cafeteria, 16 Education Dr., Ashland
 
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: Arnold Goodrum   237-4370   
    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: Tillotson Center, 14 Carriage Ln., Colebrook
 
misc_none 7:00 PM The New England Town Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Piermont Public Library   272-4967   
    This talk by Jere Daniell comes in several forms. Among the most requested are "Popular Images of Small Town New England," "Novels Set in New England Towns," (Daniell distributes a list of his favorites), and simply "The New Hampshire Town." The last of these ends with a comparison of Granite State towns to other towns in New England.
    Location: Old Church Building, 131 Route 10, Piermont
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Understanding the Movies: The Art of Film Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Susan Wren   863-7355   
    Film is a powerful medium, generating billions of dollars and untold hours of entertainment around the world. Understanding how film creates and delivers ideas and how it shapes and reflects popular attitudes adds to our appreciation of the cinematic experience. Increase your film vocabulary and have fun discussing movies together with film buff and scholar Patrick Anderson.
    Location: Grantham Town Hall, 300 Rte. 10 South, Grantham
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Wit and Wisdom: Humor in 19th Century New England Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Elizabeth Thompson   466-2525   
    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: Gorham Public Library, 35 Railroad St., Gorham
 
misc_none 7:30 PM Collecting John Paul Jones: America's First Action Hero Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: William Earnshaw   472-3866   
    Everyone knows his name but few know his story. The real John Paul Jones was born in Scotland and spent more than a year in New Hampshire during the American Revolution. A jealous genius, Jones (not his real name) was a complex self-made naval hero on a quest for glory. J. Dennis Robinson tells Jones's story, illustrated with images from his own extensive collection of "Jonesiana." Robinson shows how America rejected Jones, then used his name and image to sell everything from whiskey to cigarettes, to women's clothing...even to recruit for the US Navy.
    Location: Bedford Public Library, 3 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford
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misc_none 7:00 PM Gandhi: The Man and his Teaching Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Carol Riley   745-8159   
    Mohandas Gandhi, one of the most influential and unusual world leaders of the 20th century, argued that there was no difference between personal and political morality. His method of non-violent resistance attracted millions of followers in India and around the world. Through fasting, organizing marches, and disobeying British laws he thought were unjust, he led India to freedom from colonial rule and inspired other leaders such as Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King. Donald Johnson examines the life and ideas of the man who believed that we cannot destroy ideas by killing the people who hold them.
    Location: Lincoln Public Library, 22 Church St., Lincoln
 
misc_none 8:00 PM Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sharon Howe   465-3935   
    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. HOLLIS HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL MEETING POTLUCK DINNER WILL BEGIN AT 7:00 PM WITH PROGRAM TO FOLLOW AT 8:00 PM.
    Location: Lawrence Barn, 28 Depot Rd., Hollis
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Friday May 16, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Angling in the Smile of the Great Spirit Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Christine Fogg   524-8268   
    Anyone who ever posted a Gone Fishin' sign on the door during business hours will appreciate this native fisherman's glimpse in to the habits, rituals, and lore of some of the more colorful members of the not-so-exclusive "Liars' Club." Hal Lyon shares tales, secrets, folklore, and history of fishing in New Hampshire's big lakes -- especially Lake Winnipesaukee which translates into "Smile of the Great Spirit."
    Location: Corner Meeting House, Corner of Fuller & Sargent Sts., Belmont
Saturday May 17, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 11:00 AM A Visit With Queen Victoria Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Diane Gardenour   424-9808   
    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: Amherst Town Library, 14 Main St., Amherst
Sunday May 18, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM New Hampshire's One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance and the Reality Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Rosanna Dude   526-6804   
    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: Wilmot Public Library, 11 N. Wilmot Rd., Wilmot
 
misc_none 3:00 PM New Hampshire Towns and the Civil War Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Stephen Ullman   588-2005   
    This lecture focuses on the home front, not the fighting. Jere Daniell discusses both the formal town actions and non-governmental community responses to the Civil War. Specific topics include rewarding men who enlisted; helping citizens avoid military service; ostracizing war opponents; organizing aid societies; celebrating military victories; and post-war memorialization. Whenever possible Daniell illustrates his general observations with examples drawn from the history of the town in which he's speaking.
    Location: Presbyterian Church, 73 Main St., Antrim
Monday May 19, 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: Ruth Pierce   497-8278   
    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. A POTLUCK DINNER BEGINS AT 6:15 FOR MEMBERS, GUESTS, AND VISITORS. PROGRAM TO FOLLOW AT 7:00.
    Location: Goffstown Historical Society, 18 Parker Station Rd., Goffstown
Tuesday May 20, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM A Night of Music with Two Old Friends Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Tricia Ryden   772-4346   
    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: Wiggin Memorial Library, 10 Bunker Hill Ave., Stratham
 
misc_none 6:30 PM Covered Bridges of New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jessica Sheehan   497-2102   
    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: Goffstown Public Library, 2 High St., Goffstown
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Civilians of Gettysburg, 1863 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Anita Creager   424-5084   
    PLEASE NOTE - THIS EVENT WAS RESCHEDULED FROM FEB. 18 DUE TO SNOW. 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: Merrimack Public Library,470 Daniel Webster Hwy, Merrimack
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Vanished Veterans - NH's Civil War Monuments and Memorials Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Honey Hastings   878-0862   
    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: Temple Town Hall, 423 Rte. 45, Temple
Wednesday May 21, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM 12,000 Years Ago in the Granite State Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Mose Olenik   924-4555   
    The native Abenaki people played a central role in the history of the Monadnock region, defending it against English settlement and forcing the abandonment of Keene and other Monadnock area towns during the French and Indian Wars. Despite this, little is known about the Abenaki, and conventional histories often depict the first Europeans entering an untamed, uninhabited wilderness, rather than the homeland of people who had been there for hundreds of generations. Robert Goodby discusses how the real depth of Native history was revealed when an archaeological study prior to construction of the new Keene Middle School discovered traces of four structures dating to the end of the Ice Age. Undisturbed for 12,000 years, the site revealed information about the economy, gender roles, and household organization of the Granite State's very first inhabitants, as well as evidence of social networks that extended for hundreds of miles across northern New England.
    Location: Mariposa Museum, 26 Main St., Peterborough
Thursday May 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: Lucille Noel   798-5709   
    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: Chichester Grange Hall, 54 Main St., Chichester
 
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: Tanya Griffith   465-7721   
    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. His dog will be accompanying him.
    Location: Hollis Social Library, 2 Monument Square, Hollis
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misc_none 7:00 PM Mapping the Merrimack: A Frontier Adventure into Uncharted Territory 1630-1725 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Adele Hale   547-3403   
    David Stewart-Smith recounts the expeditions of 1638 and 1652 up the Merrimack to establish the northern boundary of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. There is just one problem: New Hampshire proprietors already held claim to all the land east of the river. In fact, maps of the time did not reflect the true course of the river. Stewart-Smith examines the maps of the 17th century along with the plan from the 1638 survey to show that the Merrimack River was not accurately represented in maps of the region until the end of that century. The boundary for Massachusetts became an embarrassment -- so much so that they had to revise their state line survey. The program describes some of the early survey techniques and cartography and is illustrated with the maps of the period.
    Location: Stephenson Memorial Library, 761 Forest Rd., Greenfield
 
misc_none 7:00 PM The Founding Fathers: What Were They Thinking? Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Mary Ellen Moran   463-5595   
    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: Deerfield Historic Town Hall, 6 Church St., Deerfield
 
misc_none 7:00 PM The White Mountain Huts: Past & Future Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Ken Story   359-4405   
    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. THE GRANTHAM HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 6:00PM WITH A POTLUCK. THE BUSINESS MEETING WILL START AT 6:45PM WITH PROGRAM TO FOLLOW AT 7:00PM.
    Location: Grantham Town Hall, 300 Rte. 10 South, Grantham
Friday May 23, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Colonial New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Brenda Cassidy   654-6079   
    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. THIS TALK WILL BE BASED ON THE HISTORY OF LYNDEBOROUGH.
    Location: JA Tarbell Library, 136 Forest Rd., Lyndeborough
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Personal Privacy in Cyberspace Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura French   456-2234   
    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. A SOCIAL BEGINS AT 6:30PM IN MAIN GALLERY WITH PROGRAM TO FOLLOW AT 7PM IN MEETING ROOM.
    Location: New Hampshire Telephone Museum, 22 E. Main St., Warner
 
misc_none 8:00 PM The White Mountain Huts: Past & Future Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Margret & H.A. Rey Center   236-3308   
    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: Margret & H.A. Rey Center, 37 Village Road, Waterville Valley
Sunday May 25, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 3:00 PM Cannon Shenanigans and New Hampshire's Muster Day Tradition Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Don Brown   887-3842   
    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: Stevens Memorial Hall (Chester Town Hall), Jct NH 121 & NH 102, Chester
Tuesday May 27, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 7:30 PM Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: John Dickey   267-6098   
    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: Gilmanton Old Town Hall, 1800 NH Rte. 140, Gilmanton Iron Works
Wednesday May 28, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM The Guitar in Latin America: Continuities, Changes and Bicultural Strumming Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Carol Brock   547-2730   
    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: George Holmes Bixby Memorial Library, 52 Main St., Francestown
 
misc_none 6:30 PM World War Two New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Denise Grimse   436-8548   
    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: Weeks Public Library, 36 Post Road, Greenland
Friday May 30, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Colonial New Hampshire: Etna Town and Village Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Barbara Prince   643-3116   
    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. THERE IS A POTLUCK THAT BEGINS AT 6PM WITH PROGRAM TO FOLLOW AT 7PM.
    Location: First Baptist Church (Trumbull Hall), 190 Etna Rd., Etna
Tuesday June 3, 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: Michael Price   924-8040   
    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: Peterborough Town Library, 2 Concord St., Peterborough
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Wednesday June 4, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM Contra Dancing In New Hampshire: Then and Now Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Samantha Simpson   516-8826   
    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: Wentworth Home, 795 Central Ave., Dover
Thursday June 5, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Angling in the Smile of the Great Spirit Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Charlotte Arredondo   642-3521   
    Anyone who ever posted a Gone Fishin' sign on the door during business hours will appreciate this native fisherman's glimpse in to the habits, rituals, and lore of some of the more colorful members of the not-so-exclusive "Liars' Club." Hal Lyon shares tales, secrets, folklore, and history of fishing in New Hampshire's big lakes -- especially Lake Winnipesaukee which translates into "Smile of the Great Spirit."
    Location: Kingston Community Library, 2 Library Lane, Kingston
 
misc_none 7:00 PM The Founding Fathers: What Were They Thinking? Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Betsy Solon   642-3355   
    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: Mary E. Bartlett Library, 22 Dalton Rd., Brentwood
 
misc_none 7:00 PM The Old Man of the Mountain: Substance and Symbol Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Leigh Webb   934-8222   
    The story of the Old Man of the Mountain in Franconia Notch is a story of New Hampshire itself, reflecting history, the arts, literature, geography, philosophy and public policy. Maggie Stier's illustrated talk reveals the ways that this iconic place has sparked observers' imaginations, attracted intense personal commitment, and symbolized changing public sentiment. Stier details the threats to the Old Man and Franconia Notch that led to protection as a State Park and, later, to the construction of the Franconia Notch Parkway. She concludes with an analysis of what caused the fall of the Old Man in 2003, a summary of private efforts to create a memorial, and a discussion of how this unique natural phenomenon may be remembered by future generations. The audience is invited to bring souvenirs, memorabilia or other artifacts of the Old Man of the Mountain for a shared display before and after the program, and to share their own experiences and memories on this topic.
    Location: Franklin Historical Society, 21 Holy Cross Rd., Franklin
Sunday June 8, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM Meet Eleanor Roosevelt Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Joan Bilodeau   463-5560   
    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: Deerfield Historic Town Hall, 6 Church St., Deerfield
Monday June 9, 2014 Go To Top
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: Ricky Sirois   483-5374   
    "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: Griffin Free Public Library, 22 Hooksett Rd., Auburn
Tuesday June 10, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Angling in the Smile of the Great Spirit Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: New Hampshire Boat Museum   569-4554   
    Anyone who ever posted a Gone Fishin' sign on the door during business hours will appreciate this native fisherman's glimpse in to the habits, rituals, and lore of some of the more colorful members of the not-so-exclusive "Liars' Club." Hal Lyon shares tales, secrets, folklore, and history of fishing in New Hampshire's big lakes -- especially Lake Winnipesaukee which translates into "Smile of the Great Spirit."
    Location: NH Boat Museum, 399 Center St., Wolfeboro Falls
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Cows and Communities: How the Lowly Bovine Has Nurtured New Hampshire Through Four Centuries Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lisa Lundari   536-3600   
    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: Pease Public Library, 1 Russell St., Plymouth
 
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: Beverly Glynn   890-2280   
    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: Salem Historical Museum, 310 Main St., Salem
Wednesday June 11, 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: Betty Jo Taffe   786-2553   
    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: Quincy Bog Nature Area, 131 Quincy Bog Rd., Rumney
Thursday June 12, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 2:30 PM Harnessing History: On the Trail of New Hampshire's State Dog, the Chinook Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Susan Belanger   229-1266   
    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: Heritage Heights - Tad's Place, 149 East Side Drive, Concord
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Covered Bridges of New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Heather Mitchell   746-3825   
    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: Railroad Depot, 896 Main St., Contoocook
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misc_none 7:00 PM Indian Wars of New England Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Rosanna Dude   526-6804   
    Michael Tougias takes the audience on a historic journey as the Colonists and Native Americans fought for control of New England from the Pilgrims' first arrival to the closing days of the French and Indian Wars. Using slides of maps, battle sites, roadside history, and period drawings, Tougias covers the Pequot War, King Philip's War, and the French and Indian Wars. Strategies of the Natives and Colonial raids are all featured. These include Rogers Rangers' raid on the St. Francis Indian village, Lovewell's Fight in NH and ME, and the Fort at #4, and Metacom's uprising in the Connecticut River Valley.
    Location: Wilmot Public Library, 11 N. Wilmot Rd., Wilmot
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Native American History of New Hampshire: Beyond Boundaries, circa 1700-1850 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: David Ruell   968-7716   
    The northern frontier of New England was a risky place during the Colonial Period. Maine was nearly lost due to a series of Indian wars. New Hampshire only succeeded in settling the coast and as the frontier moved inland, both settlers and Indians found that their cultures had changed. Another set of wars to wrest Canada away from the French gave rise to several attempts by the Indians to assert their autonomy and stewardship over the land. By the time of Ethan Allen Crawford, the New Hampshire frontier had become a place for reflection on a new relationship with the environment, and tourism into the mountains was born. David Stewart-Smith muses that as the "last" Indians died off in the 1830s, perhaps a legacy was born that would insure a place for the landscape and the spirit of the Indians in New Hampshire's future.
    Location: Ashland Elementary School Cafeteria, 16 Education Dr., Ashland
 
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: Jaffrey Civic Center   532-6527   
    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: Jaffrey Center Meetinghouse, Intersection of Blackberry Ln. & Rte 124, Jaffrey
 
misc_none 7:00 PM The Old Man of the Mountain: Substance and Symbol Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Gail Allard   435-5169   
    The story of the Old Man of the Mountain in Franconia Notch is a story of New Hampshire itself, reflecting history, the arts, literature, geography, philosophy and public policy. Maggie Stier's illustrated talk reveals the ways that this iconic place has sparked observers' imaginations, attracted intense personal commitment, and symbolized changing public sentiment. Stier details the threats to the Old Man and Franconia Notch that led to protection as a State Park and, later, to the construction of the Franconia Notch Parkway. She concludes with an analysis of what caused the fall of the Old Man in 2003, a summary of private efforts to create a memorial, and a discussion of how this unique natural phenomenon may be remembered by future generations. The audience is invited to bring souvenirs, memorabilia or other artifacts of the Old Man of the Mountain for a shared display before and after the program, and to share their own experiences and memories on this topic.
    Location: Pittsfield Historical Society, 13 Elm St., Pittsfield
Monday June 16, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM The Connecticut: New England's Great River Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nancy McCue   476-8895   
    The largest river in New England rises in a small beaver pond near the Canadian border and flows over 400 miles through four states, falling 2,670 feet to the sea through America's only watershed-based national fish and wildlife refuge. Adair Mulligan leads an armchair tour of this great river in New Hampshire and Vermont, exploring its history and natural beauty through the seasons and among the communities that have sprung up along its banks. Next, the discussion will shift to how the river has influenced the lives of those who live there, and how they, in turn, have affected the river. Much more than a travelogue, this presentation explores the many issues involved in managing the health of this major river, and how citizens from all walks of life have created a vision for its future.
    Location: Moultonborough Public Library, 4 Holland St.., Moultonborough
 
misc_none 7:00 PM The Old Man of the Mountain: Substance and Symbol Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Charles North   934-6693   
    The story of the Old Man of the Mountain in Franconia Notch is a story of New Hampshire itself, reflecting history, the arts, literature, geography, philosophy and public policy. Maggie Stier's illustrated talk reveals the ways that this iconic place has sparked observers' imaginations, attracted intense personal commitment, and symbolized changing public sentiment. Stier details the threats to the Old Man and Franconia Notch that led to protection as a State Park and, later, to the construction of the Franconia Notch Parkway. She concludes with an analysis of what caused the fall of the Old Man in 2003, a summary of private efforts to create a memorial, and a discussion of how this unique natural phenomenon may be remembered by future generations. The audience is invited to bring souvenirs, memorabilia or other artifacts of the Old Man of the Mountain for a shared display before and after the program, and to share their own experiences and memories on this topic.
    Location: Northfield Town Hall, 21 Summer St., Northfield
Tuesday June 17, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM The Shaker Legacy Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Denise Grimse   436-8548   
    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: Weeks Public Library, 36 Post Road, Greenland
 
misc_none 7:00 PM The Abolitionists of Noyes Academy Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Roger Warren   787-2446   
    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: Alumni Hall, 75 Court St., Haverhill
Wednesday June 18, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM The Great Sheep Boom and Its Enduring Legacy on the New Hampshire Landscape Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Pembroke Town Library   485-7851   
    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: Pembroke Town Library, 313 Pembroke St., Pembroke
 
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: Paul King   323-7450   
    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: Tamworth Town House, 27 Cleveland Hill Rd., Tamworth
 
misc_none 7:00 PM The Shaker Legacy Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Freedom Historical Society   301-1107   
    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: Freedom Town Hall, 7 Elm St., Freedom
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Vanished Veterans - NH's Civil War Monuments and Memorials Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Elizabeth Thompson   466-2525   
    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: Gorham Public Library, 35 Railroad St., Gorham
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Thursday June 19, 2014 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: Wolfeboro Public Library   569-2428   
    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: Wolfeboro Public Library, 259 S. Main St., Wolfeboro
 
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: Paul Giblin     
    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: Kelley Library, 234 Main St., Salem
Friday June 20, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 7:30 PM Petticoat Patriot: A Woman in the Continental Army Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jean Kelly   446-7773   
    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: Stoddard Town Hall, 1450 State Rte. 123, North Stoddard
Saturday June 21, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 12:30 PM Banjos, Bones, and Ballads Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Heleen Kurk   529-7253   
    Traditional songs, rich in local history and a sense of place, present the latest news from the distant past. They help us to interpret present-day life with an understanding of the working people who built our country. Tavern songs, banjo tunes, 18th century New England hymns, sailor songs, and humorous stories about traditional singers and their songs highlight this informative program by Jeff Warner. THIS EVENT IS PART OF WEARE'S 250TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AND WILL BE PART OF AN OLD FASHIONED LAWN PARTY. THE EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
    Location: Clinton Grove Academy, 269 Hodgdon Rd., Weare
Tuesday June 24, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 7:30 PM New Hampshire's Grange Movement: Its Rise, Triumphs and Decline Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: John Dickey   267-6098   
    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: Gilmanton Old Town Hall, 1800 NH Rte. 140, Gilmanton Iron Works
 
misc_none 7:30 PM Wit and Wisdom: Humor in 19th Century New England Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Clara Sheehy   526-4275   
    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: New London Historical Society, 179 Little Sunapee Rd., New London
Wednesday June 25, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Music in my Pockets: Family Fun in Folk Music Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Fitzwilliam Town Library   585-6503   
    Singing games, accessible "pocket instruments" like spoons and dancing puppets, tall tales, funny songs, old songs and songs kids teach each other in the playground are all traditional in that they have been passed down the generations by word of mouth. They will all be seen, heard and learned as Jeff Warner visits 1850 or 1910 in a New England town, with families gathered around the figurative hearth, participating in timeless, hearty entertainment and, almost without the audience knowing it, teaches how America amused itself before electricity.
    Location: Fitzwilliam Town Library, 11 Templeton Tpk., Fitzwilliam
Thursday June 26, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM Liberty Is Our Motto!: Songs and Stories of the Hutchinson Family Singers Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sharon Warga   744-3352   
    The year is 1876, and New Hampshire's own John Hutchinson sings and tells about his famous musical family "straight from the horse's mouth." Originally from Milford, NH, the Hutchinson Family Singers were among America's most notable musical entertainers for much of the mid-19th century. They achieved international recognition with songs advancing social reform and political causes such as abolition, temperance, women's suffrage, and the Lincoln presidential campaign of 1860. In this living history program, Steve Blunt portrays John Hutchinson. He tells the Hutchinsons' story and shares their music with lyrics provided. Audience members are invited to sing along on "The Old Granite State," "Get Off the Track," "Tenting on the Old Campground," and more.
    Location: Minot-Sleeper Library, 35 Pleasant St., Bristol
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Banjos, Bones, and Ballads Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Andover Historical Society   735-5369   
    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: East Andover Grange, Depot Street - Potter Place, East Andover
 
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: Marie Brezosky   485-9630   
    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: Pembroke Town Library, 311 Pembroke St., Pembroke
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Vanished Veterans - NH's Civil War Monuments and Memorials Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nancy Hartford   225-6496   
    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: The Pierce Manse, 14 Horseshoe Pond Lane, Concord
Saturday June 28, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 11:00 AM The Shaker Legacy Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Melanie Benton   366-5950   
    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: Lake Winnipesaukee Museum, 503 Endicott St., Laconia
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Sunday June 29, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Gay Sheary   763-4746   
    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. A QUICK NEWBURY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE AT 2PM WITH PROGRAM TO FOLLOW.
    Location: Newbury Veterans Hall, Rte.103, Newbury
Monday June 30, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Brewing in New Hampshire: An Informal History of Beer in the Granite State Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sherry Bailey   432-6140   
    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: Derry Public Library, 64 E. Broadway, Derry
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Teddy Roosevelt's Nobel Prize: New Hampshire and the Portsmouth Peace Treaty Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Barbara Robards   778-3352   
    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: Weeks Memorial Library, 128 Main St., Lancaster
Tuesday July 1, 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: Erin Apostolos   279-4303   
    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: Meredith Public Library, 91 Main St., Meredith
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Music in my Pockets: Family Fun in Folk Music Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kathy Lacroix   524-3390   
    Singing games, accessible "pocket instruments" like spoons and dancing puppets, tall tales, funny songs, old songs and songs kids teach each other in the playground are all traditional in that they have been passed down the generations by word of mouth. They will all be seen, heard and learned as Jeff Warner visits 1850 or 1910 in a New England town, with families gathered around the figurative hearth, participating in timeless, hearty entertainment and, almost without the audience knowing it, teaches how America amused itself before electricity. THE PROGRAM WILL BE HELD OUTSIDE AT THE TOWN BANDSTAND, WEATHER PERMITTING. IF THE WEATHER IS BAD, THE EVENT WILL BE MOVED INTO THE UNION MEETINGHOUSE ACROSS THE STREET AT 24 BELKNAP MOUNTAIN ROAD.
    Location: Town Band Stand (Across from Union Mtghouse), Gilford
Monday July 7, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM A Visit with Abraham Lincoln Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nancy McCue   476-8895   
    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: Moultonborough Public Library, 4 Holland St.., Moultonborough
Tuesday July 8, 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: Lisetta Silvestri   253-3301   
    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. THERE WILL BE A HIKE SHOWING THE CELLAR HOLES ON THE CASTLE IN THE CLOUDS CONSERVATION AREA.
    Location: Castle in the Clouds Carriage House, Rte 171, 455 Old Mtn. Rd., Moultonborough
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Rally Round the Flag: The American Civil War Through Folksong Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Dennis Herman   522-5332   
    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: Wakefield Brookfield Historical Society, 2851 Wakefield Rd., Sanbornville
 
misc_none 7:00 PM That Reminds Me of a Story Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Robinson   733-6020   
    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: South Eaton Meetinghouse, 402 Burnham Rd., Eaton
 
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: Robin Sweetser   464-3595   
    "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: Fuller Public Library, 29 School St., Hillsboro
Wednesday July 9, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM Old Time Rules Will Prevail: The Fiddle Contest in New Hampshire and New England Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Upper Valley Senior Center   448-4213   
    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: Upper Valley Senior Center, 10 Campbell St., Lebanon
 
misc_none 6:30 PM All Aboard the Titanic Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amy Inglis   664-0193   
    "All Aboard the Titanic" responds to people's enduring fascination with this historic, and very human, event. Including and moving beyond the physical facts of the story, Ted Zalewski explores the personal experiences of selected passengers and crew, including those with New Hampshire affiliations, emphasizing examples of individual courage and triumph.
    Location: Barrington Public Library, 105 Ramsdell Ln., Barrington
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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: Melanie Benton   366-5950   
    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: Lake Winnipesaukee Museum, 503 Endicott St., Laconia
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Songs of Old New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Betty Jo Taffe   786-2553   
    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: Quincy Bog Nature Area, 131 Quincy Bog Rd., Rumney
Thursday July 10, 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: David Ruell   968-7716   
    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: Ashland Railroad Station Museum, 69 Depot St., Ashland
 
misc_none 7:15 PM New England's Colonial Meetinghouses and their Impact on American Society Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Donna Denniston   496-5462   
    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: Springfield Town Meetinghouse, 23 Four Corners Rd., Springfield
 
misc_none 7:30 PM Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lisa Rothman   487-3867   
    Through architecture unique to northern New England, this illustrated talk focuses on several case studies that show how farmers converted their typical separate house and barns into connected farmsteads. Thomas Hubka's research in his award-winning book, Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England, demonstrates that average farmers were, in fact, motivated by competition with farmers in other regions of America, who had better soils and growing seasons and fewer rocks to clear. The connected farmstead organization, housing equal parts mixed-farming and home-industry, was one of the collective responses to the competitive threat.
    Location: New Boston Historical Society (Wason Mem. Bldg), 2 Central Square, New Boston
Saturday July 12, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM The Other Side of the Midnight Ride: A Visit with Rachel Revere Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Ruth Pierce   497-8278   
    This living history program by Joan Gatturna tells a remarkable story of tea, trouble and revolution related by the woman who rode through life with Paul Revere. Rachel Revere tells of the Boston Tea Party, the Midnight Ride and the Siege of Boston. See these events through the eyes of a woman who engineered the escape of her family from occupied Boston and smuggled money to the Sons of Liberty. Meet the woman who kept the home fires burning while her husband fanned the flames of Revolution!
    Location: Goffstown Historical Society, 18 Parker Station Rd., Goffstown
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Walpole Historical Society   756-3449   
    Through architecture unique to northern New England, this illustrated talk focuses on several case studies that show how farmers converted their typical separate house and barns into connected farmsteads. Thomas Hubka's research in his award-winning book, Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England, demonstrates that average farmers were, in fact, motivated by competition with farmers in other regions of America, who had better soils and growing seasons and fewer rocks to clear. The connected farmstead organization, housing equal parts mixed-farming and home-industry, was one of the collective responses to the competitive threat.
    Location: Walpole Town Hall, 34 Elm St., Walpole
Sunday July 13, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Robert Frost Farm   432-3091   
    Through architecture unique to northern New England, this illustrated talk focuses on several case studies that show how farmers converted their typical separate house and barns into connected farmsteads. Thomas Hubka's research in his award-winning book, Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England, demonstrates that average farmers were, in fact, motivated by competition with farmers in other regions of America, who had better soils and growing seasons and fewer rocks to clear. The connected farmstead organization, housing equal parts mixed-farming and home-industry, was one of the collective responses to the competitive threat.
    Location: Robert Frost Farm, 122 Rockingham Rd., Derry
 
misc_none 2:00 PM The New England Town: Origins of Unity Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Roberta Callum   863-3468   
    This talk by Jere Daniell comes in several forms. Among the most requested are "Popular Images of Small Town New England," "Novels Set in New England Towns," (Daniell distributes a list of his favorites), and simply "The New Hampshire Town." The last of these ends with a comparison of Granite State towns to other towns in New England.
    Location: Unity Town Hall, 892 2nd NH Tpk., Unity
Monday July 14, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM The Connecticut: New England's Great River Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Roger Warren   787-2446   
    The largest river in New England rises in a small beaver pond near the Canadian border and flows over 400 miles through four states, falling 2,670 feet to the sea through America's only watershed-based national fish and wildlife refuge. Adair Mulligan leads an armchair tour of this great river in New Hampshire and Vermont, exploring its history and natural beauty through the seasons and among the communities that have sprung up along its banks. Next, the discussion will shift to how the river has influenced the lives of those who live there, and how they, in turn, have affected the river. Much more than a travelogue, this presentation explores the many issues involved in managing the health of this major river, and how citizens from all walks of life have created a vision for its future.
    Location: Alumni Hall, 75 Court St., Haverhill
Tuesday July 15, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Saving the Mountains: NH & the Creation of the National Forests Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jessica Sheehan   497-2102   
    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: Goffstown Public Library, 2 High St., Goffstown
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Colonial New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Tasha Leroux   364-2400   
    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: Gilmanton Year-Round Library, 1385 NH Rte. 140, Gilmanton Iron Works
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misc_none 7:00 PM That Reminds Me of a Story Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Gilman Library   875-2550   
    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: Gilman Library, 100 Main St., Alton
Wednesday July 16, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Marsha Hunter   544-7364   
    Through architecture unique to northern New England, this illustrated talk focuses on several case studies that show how farmers converted their typical separate house and barns into connected farmsteads. Thomas Hubka's research in his award-winning book, Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England, demonstrates that average farmers were, in fact, motivated by competition with farmers in other regions of America, who had better soils and growing seasons and fewer rocks to clear. The connected farmstead organization, housing equal parts mixed-farming and home-industry, was one of the collective responses to the competitive threat.
    Location: Tuftonboro Historical Society, 449 GW Hwy, Melvin Village
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Comics in World History and Cultures Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amy Carter   323-8510   
    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: Cook Memorial Library, 93 Main St., Tamworth
Thursday July 17, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Banjos, Bones, and Ballads Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Weeks State Park   788-4004   
    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: Weeks State Park Summit Lodge, 200 Weeks State Park Rd., Lancaster
Friday July 18, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sheila Jones   539-4071   
    Through architecture unique to northern New England, this illustrated talk focuses on several case studies that show how farmers converted their typical separate house and barns into connected farmsteads. Thomas Hubka's research in his award-winning book, Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England, demonstrates that average farmers were, in fact, motivated by competition with farmers in other regions of America, who had better soils and growing seasons and fewer rocks to clear. The connected farmstead organization, housing equal parts mixed-farming and home-industry, was one of the collective responses to the competitive threat.
    Location: Effingham Historical Society Bldg., 1014 Province Lake Rd. (Rte. 153), Ctr. Effingham
Saturday July 19, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Leslie Hume   702-2021   
    Through architecture unique to northern New England, this illustrated talk focuses on several case studies that show how farmers converted their typical separate house and barns into connected farmsteads. Thomas Hubka's research in his award-winning book, Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England, demonstrates that average farmers were, in fact, motivated by competition with farmers in other regions of America, who had better soils and growing seasons and fewer rocks to clear. The connected farmstead organization, housing equal parts mixed-farming and home-industry, was one of the collective responses to the competitive threat.
    Location: Nichols Memorial Research Library, 169 Main St., Kingston
Sunday July 20, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM Colonial New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Carolyn Hoague   463-7466   
    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: Deerfield Historic Town Hall, 6 Church St., Deerfield
Monday July 21, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM The Case of the Detective Who Refused to Die: Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Judy Landry   726-3081   
    In one of the most famous reincarnations of all time, Arthur Conan Doyle killed off his world-renowned detective Sherlock Holmes, only to bring him back to life several years later. What caused Doyle's disenchantment with his creation and what led to his resurrection? Ingrid Graff discusses Doyle's life and writings and above all his relationship with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. She looks at several of the Sherlock Holmes stories to investigate the intense attraction of the prose, the plots, the places, and especially the undying fascination of the public with the man who became the world's most famous detective.
    Location: Campton Historical Society, Route 175, Campton
Wednesday July 23, 2014 Go To Top
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: Donna Zani-Dunkerton   523-7960   
    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: Meeting House, Canaan St., Canaan
Thursday July 24, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Vanished Veterans - NH's Civil War Monuments and Memorials Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Seabrook Library   474-2044   
    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: Seabrook Library, 25 Liberty Ln., Seabrook
Sunday July 27, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 5:00 PM Exemplary Country Estates of New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: The Fells   763-4789 x 3   
    In the early 20th Century, the New Hampshire Board of Agriculture launched a program to boost the rural economy and promote tourism through the sale of abandoned farms to summer residents. After introducing the country house movement, Cristina Ashjian focuses attention on some of the great country estates featured in the NH program between 1902 and 1913. Which private estates were recognized as exemplary, and who were their owners? Using historic images and texts, Ashjian discusses well-known estates now open to the public such as The Fells on Lake Sunapee, The Rocks in Bethlehem, and Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish.
    Location: The Fells (Main House - Art Gallery), 456 Rte. 103A, Newbury
Wednesday July 30, 2014 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: Sally Woodman   382-7574   
    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: Newton Town Hall, 2 Town Hall Rd., Newton
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misc_none 7:00 PM Songs of Old New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Chamberlin Free Public Library   878-1105   
    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: Chamberlin Free Public Library, 46 Main St., Greenville
Friday August 1, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM The Case of the Detective Who Refused to Die: Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lynn Hunt   466-3456   
    In one of the most famous reincarnations of all time, Arthur Conan Doyle killed off his world-renowned detective Sherlock Holmes, only to bring him back to life several years later. What caused Doyle's disenchantment with his creation and what led to his resurrection? Ingrid Graff discusses Doyle's life and writings and above all his relationship with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. She looks at several of the Sherlock Holmes stories to investigate the intense attraction of the prose, the plots, the places, and especially the undying fascination of the public with the man who became the world's most famous detective.
    Location: Randolph Town Hall, 130 Durand Rd., Randolph
Monday August 4, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Upper Valley Senior Center   448-4213   
    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: Upper Valley Senior Center, 10 Campbell St., Lebanon
Tuesday August 5, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Exemplary Country Estates of New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jan Phillips   279-4617   
    In the early 20th Century, the New Hampshire Board of Agriculture launched a program to boost the rural economy and promote tourism through the sale of abandoned farms to summer residents. After introducing the country house movement, Cristina Ashjian focuses attention on some of the great country estates featured in the NH program between 1902 and 1913. Which private estates were recognized as exemplary, and who were their owners? Using historic images and texts, Ashjian discusses well-known estates now open to the public such as The Fells on Lake Sunapee, The Rocks in Bethlehem, and Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish.
    Location: Meredith Historical Museum, 45 Main St., Meredith
Wednesday August 6, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM Not In Front of the Children: The Art and Importance of Fairy Tales Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Emily Whalen   228-6630   
    "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: Centennial Senior Center, 254 N. State St., Concord
Saturday August 9, 2014 Go To Top
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: Barbara Holt   823-5000   
    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: Abbie Greenleaf Library, 439 Main St., Franconia
Monday August 11, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 2:15 PM Exemplary Country Estates of New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Cathy Herman   229-1185   
    In the early 20th Century, the New Hampshire Board of Agriculture launched a program to boost the rural economy and promote tourism through the sale of abandoned farms to summer residents. After introducing the country house movement, Cristina Ashjian focuses attention on some of the great country estates featured in the NH program between 1902 and 1913. Which private estates were recognized as exemplary, and who were their owners? Using historic images and texts, Ashjian discusses well-known estates now open to the public such as The Fells on Lake Sunapee, The Rocks in Bethlehem, and Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish.
    Location: Havenwood Heritage Heights Auditorium, 33 Christian Ave., Concord
 
misc_none 7:30 PM New Hampshire's One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance and the Reality Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: John Sheehy   495-3066   
    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. POTLUCK SUPPER TO BEGIN AT 6PM WITH BUSINESS MEETING TO FOLLOW AT 7PM. BOTH ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
    Location: Camp Morgan Lodge, 339 Millen Pond Rd., Washington
Tuesday August 12, 2014 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: Roger Warren   787-2446   
    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: Alumni Hall, 75 Court St., Haverhill
Wednesday August 13, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Covered Bridges of New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Melanie Benton   366-5950   
    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: Lake Winnipesaukee Museum, 503 Endicott St., Laconia
Thursday August 14, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 2:30 PM The Making of Strawbery Banke Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Susan Belanger   229-1266   
    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: Heritage Heights - Tad's Place, 149 East Side Drive, Concord
Sunday August 17, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM That Reminds Me of a Story Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nola Aldrich   526-2942   
    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: Camp Wilmot, 5 Whites Pond Rd., Wilmot
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Monday August 18, 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: Judy Landry   726-3081   
    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: Campton Historical Society, Route 175, Campton
Tuesday August 19, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Strange Terrain: How Not To Get Poetry & Let It Get You Instead Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Erin Apostolos   279-4303   
    Alice Fogel takes you through seven simple steps, and one hard one, toward understanding and appreciating more elements of poetry than you ever thought you could. In the end you'll see that you already knew them all along. This workshop is your quick, self-help program for "getting" poems. Fogel helps you develop your own confident relationship with poetry's shapes, words, images, sounds, emotions, mysteries, and more.
    Location: Meredith Public Library, 91 Main St., Meredith
Wednesday August 20, 2014 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: Laura Clerkin   869-2409   
    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: Bethlehem Public Library, 2245 Main St., Bethlehem
Thursday August 21, 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: Laurie Buchar   938-5562   
    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: Brown Memorial Library, 78 W. Main St., Bradford
Friday August 22, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Four Centuries of Fishing in NH: Yankee Character, Yankee Priorities Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jean Kelly   446-7333   
    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: Lakefalls Lodge, 750 Aten Rd., Munsonville
Saturday August 23, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM I Can't Die But Once - Harriet Tubman's Civil War Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kelvin Edwards   380-0193   
    Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti's characterization of Harriet Tubman is a lucid, well-researched biography about the remarkable life of an enduring warrior. As Harriet Tubman, she weaves a tale of truth, pain, courage and determination in the quagmire of racial exploitation. The United States Government enlisted Tubman as a scout and spy for the Union cause and she battled courageously behind enemy lines during the Civil War, but Tubman is best known for her role as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. Though she is one of the most famous women in our nation's history, we have come to know her life through fictionalized biographies written for school children. Quezaire-Presutti separates reality from myth to reconstruct a richer and far more accurate historical account of Tubman's life.
    Location: Discover Portsmouth Ctr., 10 Middle St., Portsmouth
Sunday August 24, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM Mapping the Merrimack: A Frontier Adventure into Uncharted Territory 1630-1725 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum   456-2600   
    David Stewart-Smith recounts the expeditions of 1638 and 1652 up the Merrimack to establish the northern boundary of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. There is just one problem: New Hampshire proprietors already held claim to all the land east of the river. In fact, maps of the time did not reflect the true course of the river. Stewart-Smith examines the maps of the 17th century along with the plan from the 1638 survey to show that the Merrimack River was not accurately represented in maps of the region until the end of that century. The boundary for Massachusetts became an embarrassment -- so much so that they had to revise their state line survey. The program describes some of the early survey techniques and cartography and is illustrated with the maps of the period.
    Location: Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, 18 Highlawn Rd., Warner
Thursday August 28, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Movie Mavericks: Filmmakers who Challenge the Hollywood System Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Rosanna Dude   526-6804   
    Patrick Anderson focuses on contemporary film directors and screenwriters in the United States whose originality, independence and unconventional approaches to the medium have contributed to the evolution of the industry. The program provides a greater understanding of and appreciation for both the content and form of movies made outside the mainstream Hollywood system, and to consider some of the key differences in theme, style and narrative format between these works and the more conventional fare of so-called "classic cinema." Among the filmmakers to be examined are Steven Soderbergh, David Lynch, John Sayles, Spike Lee, Quentin Tarantino, the Coen brothers, Wes Anderson, Sofia Coppola, P.T. Anderson, Jim Jarmusch and Charlie Kaufman. Patrick Anderson urges participants to view and analyze a variety of film clips carefully so that, by the end of the session, they will be more visually articulate and critically aware of how one "reads" a film.
    Location: Wilmot Public Library, 11 N. Wilmot Rd., Wilmot
Tuesday September 2, 2014 Go To Top
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: Erin Apostolos   279-4303   
    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: Meredith Public Library, 91 Main St., Meredith
Thursday September 4, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Chartres Cathedral: Philosophy and Theology as Art Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Carol Brock   547-2730   
    Using Chartres cathedral as a guide, Ty Perry leads a discovery tour of several examples of the philosophical and theological thought behind cathedral art, in particular, stained glass windows and sculpture. Avoiding the normal art historical approach (the development of styles over time) and avoiding critical evaluations of artistic style or merit, this is an inquiry into the "why" of windows and sculpture of medieval cathedrals, a search for the meaning, sometimes on the surface, sometimes hidden.
    Location: George Holmes Bixby Memorial Library, 52 Main St., Francestown
Sunday September 7, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM Rally Round the Flag: The American Civil War Through Folksong Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Betty Moore   926-2543   
    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: Tuck Museum, 40 Park Ave., Hampton
Monday September 8, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 7:30 PM A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: John Sheehy   495-3066   
    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. WASHINGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY IS HAVING A POTLUCK BEGINNING AT 6:00PM WITH A BUSINESS MEETING TO BEGIN AT 7:00PM. PROGRAM WILL FOLLOW AT 7:30PM.
    Location: Camp Morgan Lodge, 339 Millen Pond Rd., Washington
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Tuesday September 9, 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: Jan Cote   783-4090   
    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: Elkins Public Library, 9 Center Road, Canterbury
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Wacky Songs that Made Us Laugh Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Elizabeth Thompson   466-2525   
    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: Gorham Public Library, 35 Railroad St., Gorham
Thursday September 11, 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: Rosanna Dude   526-6804   
    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: Wilmot Public Library, 11 N. Wilmot Rd., Wilmot
 
misc_none 7:00 PM The Music History of French-Canadians, Franco-Americans, Acadians and Cajuns Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Beverly Glynn   893-4133   
    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: Salem Historical Museum, 310 Main St., Salem
 
misc_none 7:30 PM A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lisa Rothman   487-3867   
    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: New Boston Historical Society (Wason Mem. Bldg), 2 Central Square, New Boston
Saturday September 13, 2014 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: Veronica Mueller   764-9072   
    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: Joseph Patch Library, 320 NH Rte. 25, Warren
 
misc_none 1:00 PM New Hampshire Cemeteries and Gravestones Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Cheryl McGinnis   863-5023   
    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: Lempster History Hall, 4 2nd NH Tpk., Lempster
Wednesday September 17, 2014 Go To Top
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
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
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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
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
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'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 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
 
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
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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
Tuesday September 30, 2014 Go To Top
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
Friday October 3, 2014 Go To Top
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
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
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 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
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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
Thursday October 16, 2014 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: 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
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 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
Wednesday October 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: 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 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
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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
Tuesday October 28, 2014 Go To Top
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
Wednesday October 29, 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: 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
Saturday November 1, 2014 Go To Top
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
Monday November 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: 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
Wednesday November 5, 2014 Go To Top
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
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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
Monday November 10, 2014 Go To Top
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
Wednesday November 12, 2014 Go To Top
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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 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
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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
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