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Tuesday January 6, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Fixing a Shadow: The Origins of Photography Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Martin   778-2335   
    Invented in the 1830s, photography was an unprecedented technological, cultural, and artistic breakthrough. Developed independently by Louis Daguerre and William Henry Fox Talbot, photography revolutionized how images were made and used. Martin Fox's talk introduces the origins of photography and explores the first two decades of this art form, highlighting early methods, subjects, and critical reactions.
    Location: Exeter Historical Society, 47 Front St., Exeter
Thursday January 8, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM Before Peyton Place: In Search of the Real Grace Metalious Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lee Arthur   964-6281   
    Grace DeRepentigny Metalious believed that in rejecting her own ethnic and religious heritage, she would come closer to inheriting the "American Dream." Her Quebecois ancestry and her formative years in Manchester reveal aspects of the author that the public rarely knew. Robert Perreault focuses on Metalious's most autobiographical and ethnically-oriented but little-known novel, No Adam in Eden.
    Location: Rye Congregational Church, 580 Washington Rd., Rye
 
misc_none 7:15 PM Four Centuries of Fishing in NH: Yankee Character, Yankee Priorities Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Donna Denniston   496-5462   
    Fishing history in New Hampshire runs the gamut of nets, spears, guns, clubs, weirs, seines, fish pots, and hooks. Overfishing, inadequate, or unenforced fishing regulations, and dams ended the once enormous spawning runs of salmon, shad, and other sea-run fish up from the ocean. The Yankee tinkering and tampering instinct, coupled with confidence in new technologies and the rise of sport fishing brought many new fish species to NH after the Civil War, often with unforeseen results. Short-term economic self-interest and environmental/economic compromises seem to have taken priority over long term natural resource health, resulting in a tailspin of environmental degradation. Jack Noon's presentation illustrates these complex changes.
    Location: Springfield Municipal Bldg., 2791 Main St., Springfield
Saturday January 10, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 9:00 AM  -  5:00 PM Building Community Through Oral History Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    746-3663   
    The Hopkinton Town Library will host an Oral History Workshop on Saturday, January 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Funded in part by a Humanities Council grant, Building Community Through Oral History will be led by story-teller and oral history expert Jo Radner. It offers staff and volunteers at historical societies, libraries, schools, town governments and other community organizations effective strategies for capturing local history through oral history projects. Radner will guide participants through designing oral history projects, effective strategies of interviewing, and presenting community stories. Participants will leave with a repertoire of useful skills, a plan of action, and a manual for future reference. It is recommended that each community be represented by a minimum of three participants. Jo Radner lives in Lovell, Maine, and has taught oral history workshops and performed community stories from Maine to Hawaii. She is past president of the American Folklore Society and the National Storytelling Network. The workshop is free, but registration is required. Lunch is available to purchase for $5 per person, or participants may bring a brown bag lunch. The deadline to register is December 13. To learn more and to register, visit www.HopkintonTownLibrary.org or www.HopkintonHistory.org or call 746-3663. Hopkinton Town Library    
    Location: Hopkinton Town Library, 61 Houston Dr., Hopkinton, NH
Monday January 12, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Treasure from the Isles of Shoals: How New Archaeology is Changing Old History Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Stratham Historical Society   778-0434   
    There is treasure here but not the pirate kind. Scientific "digs" on Smuttynose Island are changing New England history. Archaeologist Nathan Hamilton has unearthed 300,000 artifacts to date on this largely uninhabited rock at the Isles of Shoals. Evidence proves prehistoric Native Americans hunted New Hampshire's only offshore islands 6,000 years ago. Hundreds of European fishermen split, salted, and dried valuable Atlantic cod here from the 1620s. "King Haley" ruled a survivalist kingdom here before Thomas Laighton struck tourist gold when his family took over the region's first hotel on Smuttynose. Laighton's daughter Celia Thaxter spun poetic tales of ghosts and pirates. J. Dennis Robinson, a longtime Smuttynose steward, explores the truth behind the romantic legends of Gosport Harbor in this colorful show-and-tell presentation. SNOW DATE FOR THIS PROGRAM IS JANUARY 19TH.
    Location: Stratham Fire Dept., 2 Winnicutt Rd., Stratham
Wednesday January 14, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 9:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Drawing from the Past: Using Local History Sources to Inspire Learning Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Frumie Selchen   323-7302   info@aannh.org
    The Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire and the Laconia Public Library are joining forces to present a free workshop for K-12 teachers, Drawing from the Past: Using Local History Sources to Inspire Learning on Wednesday, January 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the library. The workshop will feature artist and educator Marek Bennett and historian Sophia Woodley who will lead participants in an interdisciplinary exploration of the relationship between history and sequential art. Teachers will learn ways to engage students in creating original comics from primary historic sources. Participants are encouraged to bring town histories and other primary texts that would lend themselves to interpretation through comics. In addition to teachers, this free workshop is open to members of local historical societies and other community organizations and historically-minded individuals. Lunch is included. For more information or to register, contact Frumie Selchen at info@aannh.org or 323-7302.
    Location: Laconia Public Library, 695 North Main St., Laconia
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Family Stories: How and Why to Remember and Tell Them Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Merrimack Public Library (Adult Services)   424-5021   
    Telling personal and family stories is fun - and much more. Storytelling connects strangers, strengthens links between generations, and gives children the self-knowledge to carry them through hard times. Knowledge of family history has even been linked to better teen behavior and mental health. In this active and interactive program, storyteller Jo Radner shares foolproof ways to mine memories and interview relatives for meaningful stories. Participants practices finding, developing, and telling their own tales. PLEASE NOTE SNOW DATE IS 1/15/14, SAME TIME AND PLACE.
    Location: Merrimack Public Library, 470 Daniel Webster Hwy, Merrimack
Friday January 16, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:15 AM A Woman That Keeps Good Orders: Women, Tavern Keeping, and Public Approval Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jane Bagnell   397-5085   
    Government regulations, licensing, handling drunks, controlling the flow of information --why would the Colonial-era government allow women to run a tavern? When her husband died in 1736, Ann Jose Harvey became the owner of a prominent Portsmouth tavern and sole guardian of seven small children. For at least twenty years, Harvey ran the increasingly prosperous establishment. Using documents related to Harvey's venue, Marcia Schmidt Blaine explores the world of female tavern keepers. A tavern was potentially the most disruptive spot in town. Why would a woman want to keep one? PUBLIC IS WELCOME TO JOIN IN FOR COFFEE AT 9:00 WITH PROGRAM TO FOLLOW AT 10:15 AM.
    Location: Community Church of Durham, 17 Main St., Durham
Saturday January 17, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Colonial New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Walpole Historical Society   756-3449   
    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: Walpole Town Hall, 34 Elm St., Walpole
Monday January 19, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 2:15 PM Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Cathy Herman   229-1185   
    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: Havenwood Heritage Heights Auditorium, 33 Christian Ave., Concord
 
misc_none 6:30 PM Abraham Lincoln: From Springfield, Illinois to Exeter, New Hampshire and Beyond Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Hooksett Library   485-6092   
    Lincoln's political life evolved from humble origins to culminate in the presidency of the United States and his leadership during the American Civil War. An illustrated lecture traces the crucial political years of transition from 1858 to 1861 when Lincoln became a national candidate for office and traveled widely. He came to New Hampshire to see his son Robert Todd Lincoln at Phillips Exeter Academy and while he was in NH he addressed audiences in Concord, Dover, Exeter, and Manchester. Presented by Richard D. Schubart, Phillips Exeter Academy.
    Location: Hooksett Library, 31 Mount Saint Mary's Way, Hooksett
Wednesday January 21, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM New Hampshire's Grange Movement: Its Rise, Triumphs and Decline Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Ann Davis   903-3891   
    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: Chichester Grange Hall, 54 Main St., Chichester
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misc_none 7:00 PM Rally Round the Flag: The American Civil War Through Folksong Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jennifer Carroll   352-1895   
    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: Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main St., Keene
 
misc_none 7:30 PM The Finest Hours :The True Story Behind the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jeanne Wild   658-3049   
    On February 18, 1952, an astonishing maritime event began when a ferocious nor'easter split in half a 500-foot long oil tanker, the Pendleton, approximately one mile off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Incredibly, just twenty miles away, a second oil tanker, the Fort Mercer, also split in half. On both tankers men were trapped on the severed bows and sterns, and all four sections were sinking in 60-foot seas. Thus began a life and death drama of survival, heroism, and a series of tragic mistakes. Of the 84 seamen aboard the tankers, 70 would be rescued and 14 would lose their lives. Michael Tougias, co-author of the book and soon-to-be Disney movie The Finest Hours, uses slides to illustrate the harrowing tale of the rescue efforts amidst towering waves and blinding snow in one of the most dangerous shoals in the world.
    Location: Boulders Hall, 5 Timber Lane, Exeter
Thursday January 22, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM That Reminds Me of a Story Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Gordon DuBois   279-0379   
    Stories speak to us of community. They hold our history and reflect our identity. Rebecca Rule has made it her mission over the last 20 years to collect stories of New Hampshire, especially those that reflect what's special about this rocky old place. She'll tell some of those stories - her favorites are the funny ones - and invite audience members to contribute a few stories of their own.
    Location: Gordon-Nash Library, 69 Main St., New Hampton
Sunday January 25, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 12:00 PM Russian Iconography: 1,000 Years of Tradition Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Hope Frudakis   742-7667   
    Traditional Russian icon painting has been a living and evolving art form for more than 1,000 years. This illustrated presentation by Marina Forbes deals with the spiritual and secular significance of Russian religious art from the 10th century to the present day. Icon-making involves the painting of stylized religious images on wood using traditional natural materials and techniques which are determined by longstanding conventions. Using a slide show and numerous exhibits, including examples of her own work, Forbes examines the history of icon painting in Russia and the unique nature of the icon as a sacred object and a product of an artistic tradition. Participants may bring personal icons for examination and comments.
    Location: Annunciation Greek Church, 93 Locust St., Dover
Tuesday January 27, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM (Not So) Elementary, My Dear Watson: The Popularity of Sherlock Holmes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Rebecca Crockett   635-7581 x 3067   
    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: Pelham Public Library, 24 Village Green, Pelham
Sunday February 1, 2015 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: Marc Davis   927-4596   
    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: Wilmot Community Association, 64 Village Rd., Wilmot
Thursday February 5, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM (Not So) Elementary, My Dear Watson: The Popularity of Sherlock Holmes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Heidi Deacon   483-8245   
    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: Smyth Public Library, 55 High St., Candia
Monday February 9, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Discovering New England Stone Walls Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Regina Conrad   654-6790   
    Why are we so fascinated with stone walls? Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss, explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.
    Location: J. A. Tarbell Library, 136 Forest Rd., Lyndeborough
 
misc_none 7:30 PM George Washington Spied Here: Spies and Spying in the American Revolutionary War (1775 - 1783) Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Neil Brenner   315-8413   
    Based on recently discovered historical materials and recent books, this program by Douglas Wheeler is an inquiry into the life and death of America's first spy, the patriot-martyr, Nathan Hale, of Coventry, Connecticut. Wheeler takes audiences on a journey through the spy world of the Culper Spy Ring of New York, Long Island and Connecticut, the most secret of the American spy rings and the most successful in getting useful intelligence to General George Washington beginning in 1778, two years after Hale's tragic execution by the British. The Father of our country was also our first Intelligence Chief. The program is illustrated with images of the main places and dramatis personae of this unusual network of patriot secret agents and couriers.
    Location: Congregational Church of Amherst Vestry, 7 Church St., Amherst
Tuesday February 10, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Vanished Veterans - NH's Civil War Monuments and Memorials Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Friends of the Hampstead Public Library   329-6411   
    From Seabrook to Colebrook, Berlin to Hinsdale, New Hampshire's towns, individuals and veterans organizations erected a fascinating assortment of memorials to The War of the Rebellion. Beginning with obelisks of the 1860s and continuing to re-mastered works of the 21st century, historian George Morrison presents a diverse selection of New Hampshire's commemorations.
    Location: Hampstead Public Library, 9 Mary E. Bartlett Dr., Hampstead
Wednesday February 11, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 11:00 AM (Not So) Elementary, My Dear Watson: The Popularity of Sherlock Holmes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amy Carter   323-8510   
    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: Cook Memorial Library, 93 Main St., Tamworth
 
misc_none 5:30 PM Ideas on Tap - Is your private life REALLY private? Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Join the New Hampshire Humanities Council for Ideas on Tap, a series of pub-based humanities discussions slated for communities across the state. Mark your calendar for the next Ideas on Tap slated for Wednesday, February 11 at 5:30 p.m. at the Portsmouth Gas Light Co. The evening will start with refreshments and cash bar at 5:30 and the conversation begins at 6. Jessica Silbey and Omer Tene will lead a fun, free-ranging conversation on Big Data and the End of Privacy.This event is one of our 40 signature events in honor of our 40th Anniversary.
    Location: Porsmouth Gaslight Company, 64 Market St., Portsmouth
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misc_none 7:00 PM Putting Human Faces on the Textile Industry: The Workers of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Pembroke Town Library   485-7851   
    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: Pembroke Town Library, 313 Pembroke St., Pembroke
Saturday February 14, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 4:00 PM Familiar Fields: The Power of Community in the Work of Sarah Orne Jewett Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Karen Noonan   772-8834   
    Based on the life and work of the 19th century New England author Sarah Orne Jewett, this presentation explores issues of community as reflected in Jewett's stories. Pontine Theatre examines the ways in which her regional portraits speak about the essential New England character and universal experiences of geographic isolation, cultural insulation, and how community shapes individual identity.
    Location: Exeter Old Town Hall, 9 Front Street, Exeter
Sunday February 15, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 3:00 AM New England's Colonial Meetinghouses and their Impact on American Society Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Tiffany Dodd   774-4801   
    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: Dunbarton Elementary School Library, 20 Robert Rodgers Rd., Dunbarton
 
misc_none 2:00 PM A Woman's Take on Courtly Love: The Lais of Marie de France Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Tucker Free Library   428-3471   
    The conventions of courtly love have colored the discourse of romance ever since the Middle Ages. In the Lais of Marie de France, we find her adaptations of tales she heard from minstrels or "the folk," charming love stories with a touch of the supernatural. In Marie's hands they became sophisticated explorations of problems in love relationships; for instance, what to do if one's lover has a habit of turning into a werewolf.
    Location: Tucker Free Library, 31 Western Ave., Henniker
 
misc_none 2:00 PM Harnessing History: On the Trail of New Hampshire's State Dog, the Chinook Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Cheryl McGinnis   863-5023   
    This program looks at how dog sledding developed in New Hampshire and how the Chinook played a major role in this story. Explaining how man and his relationship with dogs won out over machines on several famous polar expeditions, Bob Cottrell covers the history of Arthur Walden and his Chinooks, the State Dog of New Hampshire. Inquire whether the speaker's dog will accompany him.
    Location: Lempster Meetinghouse, 112 Lempster St. Lempster
Tuesday February 17, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Discovering New England Stone Walls Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Armida Geiger   868-6699   
    Why are we so fascinated with stone walls? Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss, explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.
    Location: Durham Public Library, 49 Madbury Rd., Durham
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 Abraham and Mary Lincoln: The Long and the Short of It Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Claremont Opera House   542-4433   
    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: Claremont Opera House, 58 Opera House Square, Claremont
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Contra Dancing In New Hampshire: Then and Now Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Whipple Free Library   487-3391   
    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: Whipple Free Library, 67 Mont Vernon Rd., New Boston
 
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
Thursday February 26, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 2:30 PM Discovering New England Stone Walls Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sue Belanger   229-1266   
    Why are we so fascinated with stone walls? Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss, explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.
    Location: Tad's Place, Heritage Heights, 149 E. Side Dr., Concord
 
misc_none 5:30 PM Ideas on Tap - The American Dream Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Join the New Hampshire Humanities Council for Ideas on Tap, a series of pub-based humanities discussions slated for communities across the state. Mark your calendar for Thursday, February 26 at 5:30 p.m. at Killarney's Irish Pub & Cafe in Nashua. The evening will start with refreshments and cash bar at 5:30 and the conversation begins at 6. Join us for a fun, free-ranging conversation about the myths and realities of The American Dream led by Jack Resch and Reginald Wilburn, both professors at UNH.
    Location: Killarney's Irish Pub and Cafe, 9 Northeastern Blvd., Nashua
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misc_none 7:00 PM Digging Into Native History in New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Carol Luers Eyman   589-4610   
    Abenaki history has been reduced to near-invisibility as a result of conquest, a conquering culture that placed little value on the Indian experience, and a strategy of self-preservation that required many Abenaki to go "underground," concealing their true identities for generations to avoid discrimination and persecution. Robert Goodby reveals archaeological evidence that shows their deep presence here, inches below the earth's surface.
    Location: Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., Nashua
Monday March 2, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM Your Hit Parade: Twenty-five Years Presenting America's Top Popular Songs Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Karen Krueger   883-8705   
    "Your Hit Parade" aired on radio and then on television from 1935 to 1959. It set the standard for American popular music. Calvin Knickerbocker outlines a quarter century of the show's history as a "tastemaker" featuring songs inspired by the Great Depression and on through the advent of rock and roll. He explores the show's relationship with sponsor American Tobacco and Lucky Strike cigarettes and shares stories about the artists the show helped launch and promote, from Frank Sinatra to Elvis.
    Location: First Baptist Church, 121 Manchester St., Nashua
Tuesday March 3, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Tricia Ryden   772-4346   
    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: Wiggin Memorial Library, 10 Bunker Hill Ave., Stratham
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Evolving English: From Beowulf & Chaucer to Texts & Tweets Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Ruslyn Vear   673-2288   
    Karolyn Kinane presents a lively, interactive crash course in the medieval English language, specifically the poetry of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. Participants will have the opportunity to read and recite medieval poetry aloud in a fun, relaxed environment. The program includes a brief, illustrated historical overview of the events that sparked linguistic transitions from the Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman eras to the Middle English era, including the Norman Invasion, the Black Death, and the invention of the printing press. Kinane closes by exploring how these medieval events are still embedded in the English we speak today and how modern inventions and events continue to shape language. THIS IS PART OF A SERIES TITLED "IT'S ALL ABOUT WORDS" BEING HELD AT THE LIBRARY.
    Location: Amherst Town Library, 14 Main St., Amherst
Wednesday March 4, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 11:00 AM The Ballad Lives! Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Andrea Lee   434-4073   
    Murder and mayhem, robbery and rapine, love that cuts to the bone: American ballads re-tell the wrenching themes of their English and Scottish cousins. Transplanted in the new world by old world immigrants, the traditional story-song of the Anglos and Scots wound up reinvigorated in the mountains of Appalachia and along the Canadian border. John Perrault talks, sings, and picks the strings that bind the old ballads to the new.
    Location: Derry Public Library, 64 E. Broadway, Derry
 
misc_none 6:30 PM Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Pembroke Town Library   485-7851   
    Drawing on research from her book, Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire, the Present, the Past, and the Future, Rebecca Rule regales audiences with stories of the rituals, traditions and history of town meeting, including the perennial characters, the literature, the humor, and the wisdom of this uniquely New England institution.
    Location: Pembroke Town Library, 313 Pembroke St., Pembroke
Saturday March 7, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM New England's Colonial Meetinghouses and their Impact on American Society Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Harrison Pease   353-9080   
    New England's colonial meetinghouses embody an important yet little-known chapter in American history. Built mostly with tax money, they served as both places of worship and places for town meetings, and were the centers of life in colonial New England communities. Using photographs of the few surviving "mint condition" meetinghouses as illustrations, Paul Wainwright tells the story of the society that built and used them, and the lasting impact they have had on American culture. HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH ANNUAL "SOUP-SUPPER". SUPPER BEGINS AT 5:30 PM WITH PROGRAM TO FOLLOW AT 7:00 PM. BOTH ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
    Location: United Congregational Church, Rte. 10, Orford
Monday March 9, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 2:15 PM Having a Fine Time in Manchester: Vintage Post Cards and Local History Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Cathy Herman   229-1185   
    Post cards have many a story to tell about the built landscape, disastrous events such as fires or floods, daily folk customs, and the identity of place. During the golden age of the post card, before telephones, personal messages could contain anything from the mundane, ?Having a fine time, wish you were here...? to more profound reflections on family life or colorful portraits of towns and cities from the perspective of newly-landed immigrants. Vintage post cards of Manchester offer a lively, nostalgic adventure through a major industrial center, home to people from around the world.
    Location: Havenwood Heritage Heights Auditorium, 33 Christian Ave., Concord
Tuesday March 10, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Rally Round the Flag: The American Civil War Through Folksong Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Pease Public Library   536-2616   
    Woody Pringle and Marek Bennett present an overview of the American Civil War through the lens of period music. Audience members participate and sing along as the presenters explore lyrics, documents, and visual images from sources such as the Library of Congress. Through camp songs, parlor music, hymns, battlefield rallying cries, and fiddle tunes, Pringle and Bennett examine the folksong as a means to enact living history, share perspectives, influence public perceptions of events, and simultaneously fuse and conserve cultures in times of change. Showcasing numerous instruments, the presenters challenge participants to find new connections between song, art, and politics in American history. (Note: Please contact Woody Pringle to book this program.)
    Location: Pease Public Library, 1 Russell St., Plymouth
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Four Centuries of Fishing in NH: Yankee Character, Yankee Priorities Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Clara Sheehy   526-4275   
    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: Tracy Memorial Library, 304 Main St., New London
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Friends of the Hampstead Public Library   329-6411   
    Drawing on research from her book, Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire, the Present, the Past, and the Future, Rebecca Rule regales audiences with stories of the rituals, traditions and history of town meeting, including the perennial characters, the literature, the humor, and the wisdom of this uniquely New England institution.
    Location: Hampstead Public Library, 9 Mary E. Bartlett Dr., Hampstead
Wednesday March 11, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM New Hampshire on Skis Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Meagan Carr   342-3086   
    Take Scandinavian and Austrian immigrants, the Dartmouth Outing Club, the Cannon Mountain Tramway, the muscular Christian, amateur tinkers, and Professor E. John B. Allen. Cover it with snow and shake, and you have all the makings of a unique New Hampshire history.
    Location: White Mountains Community College Fortier Library, 2020 Riverside Dr., Berlin
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Thursday March 12, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM Rally Round the Flag: The American Civil War Through Folksong Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Brenda Saunders   542-5335   
    Woody Pringle and Marek Bennett present an overview of the American Civil War through the lens of period music. Audience members participate and sing along as the presenters explore lyrics, documents, and visual images from sources such as the Library of Congress. Through camp songs, parlor music, hymns, battlefield rallying cries, and fiddle tunes, Pringle and Bennett examine the folksong as a means to enact living history, share perspectives, influence public perceptions of events, and simultaneously fuse and conserve cultures in times of change. Showcasing numerous instruments, the presenters challenge participants to find new connections between song, art, and politics in American history. (Note: Please contact Woody Pringle to book this program.)
    Location: St. Joseph Church, 58 Elm St., Claremont
 
misc_none 7:00 PM A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Dee Cleary   483-2686   
    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: Auburn Historical Association Museum, 102 Hooksett Rd., Auburn
Friday March 13, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM 12,000 Years Ago in the Granite State Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: The Margret & H.A. Rey Center   236-3308   
    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: Waterville Town Square, Bldg C - 2nd Fl., 35 Village Rd., Waterville Valley
Saturday March 14, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM Contra Dancing In New Hampshire: Then and Now Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Monadnock Center for History and Culture   924-3235   
    Since the late 1600s, the lively tradition of contra dancing has kept people of all ages swinging and sashaying in barns, town halls and schools around the state. Contra dancing came to New Hampshire by way of the English colonists and remains popular in many communities, particularly in the Monadnock Region. Presenter Dudley Laufman brings this tradition to life with stories, poems and recordings of callers, musicians, and dancers, past and present. Live music, always integral to this dance form, will be played on the fiddle and melodeon. Willing audience members may be invited to dance the Virginia Reel!THIS EVENT IS PART OF AN EXHIBIT AT THE MONADNOCK CENTER FOR HISTORY AND CULTURE.
    Location: Monadnock Ctr. for History & Culture, 19 Grove St., Peterborough
Thursday March 19, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 12:30 PM A Night of Music with Two Old Friends Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Mountain View Senior Center   938-2104   
    Over the centuries immigrants from the British Isles have come to the Americas bringing with them their musical styles and tastes as well as their instruments. With the concertina, bodhran, mandolin, octave mandolin, guitar, and banjo, Emery Hutchins and Jim Prendergast sing and play this traditional Celtic music, but they also perform American country music in the way it was conceived in the early twentieth century. Through stories, songs and instrumental melodies, they demonstrate how old time American mountain tunes are often derived directly from the songs of the Irish, yet are influenced by other cultural groups to create a new American sound. VENUE IS LIMITED TO 50 PEOPLE SO RESERVATIONS ARE ENCOURAGED.
    Location: Mountain View Senior Ctr., 134 E. Main St., Bradford
 
misc_none 7:00 PM J.R.R. Tolkien and the Uses of Fantasy Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Rosanna Dude   526-6804   
    Fantasy literature is enjoying a new surge of interest sparked by the popularity of the Harry Potter series and the film version of The Lord of the Rings. While fantasy has always made for popular reading or listening, what accounts for its special appeal? Clia Goodwin explains how Tolkien's world has a mythic structure that reveals much about the human condition.
    Location: Wilmot Public Library, 11 N. Wilmot Rd., Wilmot
Friday March 20, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:15 AM Meet Eleanor Roosevelt Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jane Bagnell   397-5085   
    First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was a leader and a revolutionary - a champion to the powerless - and her story is not over. Elena Dodd's living history of Mrs. Roosevelt is an intimate and informative depiction of the extraordinary life of an extraordinary woman. This program offers a frank and often humorous look at the struggles and personal fulfillment of a shy young woman who metamorphosed into a strong voice for social justice and universal human rights and was witness to the tumultuous events of her day. PUBLIC IS WELCOME FOR COFFEE AT 9 AM BEFORE PROGRAM BEINGS AT 10:15 AM.
    Location: Community Church of Durham, 17 Main St., Durham
Saturday March 21, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:30 AM A Tribute to Sarah Josepha Hale Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Diane Gardenour   424-9808   
    A native of Newport, New Hampshire, America's first female editor, Sarah Josepha Hale, made Godey's Lady's Book the most influential women's magazine of its time. She is also known as the author of the poem "Mary's Lamb" and for her efforts over three decades to have Thanksgiving decreed a national holiday. In this living history set in 1866, Sharon Wood portrays Ann Wyman Blake, a resident of West Cambridge, Massachusetts, speaking of her admiration for Hale. As Blake, Wood shares stories of Hale's many accomplishments while living in Boston, including an editorial career that spanned five decades.
    Location: Amherst Town Library, 14 Main St., Amherst
Sunday March 22, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM Digging Into Native History in New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Hampton Historical Society   929-0781   
    Abenaki history has been reduced to near-invisibility as a result of conquest, a conquering culture that placed little value on the Indian experience, and a strategy of self-preservation that required many Abenaki to go "underground," concealing their true identities for generations to avoid discrimination and persecution. Robert Goodby reveals archaeological evidence that shows their deep presence here, inches below the earth's surface.
    Location: Tuck Museum, 40 Park Ave., Hampton
 
misc_none 2:00 PM Discovering New England Stone Walls Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Cheryl McGinnis   863-5023   
    Why are we so fascinated with stone walls? Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss, explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.
    Location: Lempster History Hall, 4 2nd NH Tpk., Lempster
Tuesday March 24, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Family Stories: How and Why to Remember and Tell Them Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Ruslyn Vear   673-2288   
    Telling personal and family stories is fun - and much more. Storytelling connects strangers, strengthens links between generations, and gives children the self-knowledge to carry them through hard times. Knowledge of family history has even been linked to better teen behavior and mental health. In this active and interactive program, storyteller Jo Radner shares foolproof ways to mine memories and interview relatives for meaningful stories. Participants practices finding, developing, and telling their own tales. THIS PROGRAM IS PART OF A SERIES TITLED "IT'S ALL ABOUT WORDS" BEING HELD AT THE LIBRARY.
    Location: Amherst Town Library, 14 Main St., Amherst
Wednesday March 25, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Brewing in New Hampshire: An Informal History of Beer in the Granite State Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Susan Amann   249-0645   
    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: Wadleigh Memorial Library, 49 Nashua St., Milford
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misc_none 6:30 PM Personal Privacy in Cyberspace Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Denise Grimse   436-8548   
    Many Americans feel their privacy is threatened by information technology and favor stronger privacy legislation. At the same time, people support the use of information technology to serve them quickly and efficiently in various ways. In this program, Herman Tavani explores whether we can have it both ways and the serious ethical dilemma that arises if not.
    Location: Weeks Public Library, 36 Post Rd., Greenland
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Poor Houses and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Cook Memorial Library   323-8510   
    From its earliest settlements New Hampshire has struggled with issues surrounding the treatment of its poor. The early Northeastern colonies followed the lead of England's 1601 Poor Law, which imposed compulsory taxes for maintenance of the poor but made no distinction between the "vagrant, vicious poor" and the helpless and honest poor. This confusion persisted for generations and led directly to establishment in most of the state's towns of alms houses and poor farms and, later, county institutions which would collectively come to form a dark chapter in New Hampshire history. Steve Taylor will examine how paupers were treated in these facilities and how reformers eventually succeeded in closing them down.
    Location: Cook Memorial Library, 93 Main St., Tamworth
Thursday March 26, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 11:30 AM Meet Eleanor Roosevelt Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Genevieve Miller   472-5906   
    First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was a leader and a revolutionary - a champion to the powerless - and her story is not over. Elena Dodd's living history of Mrs. Roosevelt is an intimate and informative depiction of the extraordinary life of an extraordinary woman. This program offers a frank and often humorous look at the struggles and personal fulfillment of a shy young woman who metamorphosed into a strong voice for social justice and universal human rights and was witness to the tumultuous events of her day.
    Location: Bedford Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 4 Church Rd., Bedford
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Not In Front of the Children: The Art and Importance of Fairy Tales Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Gordon-Nash Library   744-8061   
    "Once upon a time. . ." is a magical phrase that promises the beginning of a memorable story. Where do our fairy tales come from, what do they tell us about ourselves and our history? Why have they been censored and changed and how have they retained their currency and popularity today? Ingrid Graff discusses these fascinating tales and why we should keep telling them to our children. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite fairy tale to the presentation.
    Location: Gordon-Nash Library, 69 Main St., New Hampton
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Putting Human Faces on the Textile Industry: The Workers of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nancy Hartford   225-6496   
    Daily life for the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company's textile worker was not easy. Robert Perreault sheds light on how people from a variety of European countries as well as from French Canada made the transition from an agrarian to an industrial society and how that change affected families, cultures, the nature of work, and relationships among workers themselves.
    Location: The Pierce Manse, 14 Horseshoe Pond Lane, Concord
 
misc_none 7:00 PM The Other Side of the Midnight Ride: A Visit with Rachel Revere Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Betsy Solon   642-3355   
    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: Mary E. Bartlett Library, 22 Dalton Rd., Brentwood
Sunday March 29, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM The Music History of French-Canadians, Franco-Americans, Acadians and Cajuns Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Tucker Free Library   428-3471   
    Lucie Therrien follows the migration of French-Canadians and the evolution of their traditional music: its arrival in North America from France; the music's crossing with Indian culture during the evangelization of Acadia and Quebec; its growth alongside English culture after British colonization; and its expansion from Quebec to New England, as well as from Acadia to Louisiana.
    Location: Tucker Free Library, 31 Western Ave., Henniker
Monday March 30, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM (Not So) Elementary, My Dear Watson: The Popularity of Sherlock Holmes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Janet Arden   329-6411   
    The recent spate of Sherlock Holmes movies, television shows, and literary adaptations indicate the Great Detective is alive and well in the 21st century. Holmes is the most portrayed literary character of all time, with over 230 film versions alone in several different languages. Over the past century, Sherlockians created societies like the Baker Street Irregulars, wrote articles sussing out the "sources" of Doyle's works, and, most recently, developed an entire online world of Holmesian fan fiction. Sherlock Holmes is now a multi-million dollar industry. Why is Sherlock Holmes so popular? Ann McClellan's presentation explores the origins of Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective and tracks his incarnations in literature, film, advertising, and modern media in order to crack the case of the most popular detective.
    Location: Hampstead Public Library, 9 Mary E. Bartlett Dr., Hampstead
Thursday April 2, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Granite Gallows: The Origins of New Hampshire's Debate over the Death Penalty Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Wendy Pelletier   745-9971   
    As one of the last northeastern states with capital punishment still on the books and with its first person on death row since 1939, New Hampshire continues to struggle with this controversial issue. Chris Benedetto examines the history of the death penalty in New Hampshire and the major legal and social issues which challenged our predecessors, revealing that many of them still haunt us today.
    Location: Woodstock Town Office Bldg., 165 Lost River Rd., N. Woodstock
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Poor Houses and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Margaret Ladd   272-4967   
    From its earliest settlements New Hampshire has struggled with issues surrounding the treatment of its poor. The early Northeastern colonies followed the lead of England's 1601 Poor Law, which imposed compulsory taxes for maintenance of the poor but made no distinction between the "vagrant, vicious poor" and the helpless and honest poor. This confusion persisted for generations and led directly to establishment in most of the state's towns of alms houses and poor farms and, later, county institutions which would collectively come to form a dark chapter in New Hampshire history. Steve Taylor will examine how paupers were treated in these facilities and how reformers eventually succeeded in closing them down.
    Location: Piermont Old Church Bldg., 131 New Hampshire 10, Piermont
Friday April 3, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM The Shaker Legacy Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Dottie Bean   332-5521   
    In their more than two and a half centuries of existence, members of the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, commonly known as Shakers, made ingenious contributions to diverse fields: agriculture, industry, medicine, music, furniture design, women's rights, racial equality, craftsmanship, social and religious thought, and mechanical invention and improvement. Darryl Thompson explores some of these contributions in his lecture and shares some of his personal memories of the Canterbury Shakers.
    Location: Goodwin Library, 422 Main St., Farmington
Tuesday April 7, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Civil Liberties vs. National Security Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Meredith Public Library   279-4303   
    As the federal government continues to address new national security issues in the wake of September 11, 2001, the uneasy balance between security and civil liberties is receiving renewed attention. Richard Hesse considers the trade-offs and considerations facing citizens and non-citizens alike.
    Location: Meredith Public Library, 91 Main St., Meredith
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misc_none 7:00 PM Mary Todd Lincoln: Wife and Widow Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Martin   778-2335   
    Living historian Sally Mummey portrays Mary Todd Lincoln as she muses on her life from her dreams as a girl to her years as First Lady during the Civil War. Mrs. Lincoln shares stories of her life with President Lincoln and the events of that evening in Ford's Theatre when the assassin's bullet not only changed the course of the nation but destroyed her life as well. From the opulence of the White House to the dregs of obscurity, Mrs. Lincoln lived out her life struggling with affliction and tragedy. With wit and heartbreak, seasoned with abiding love for her husband and her children, Mrs. Lincoln reveals the passionate humanity of a misunderstood woman.
    Location: Exeter Historical Society, 47 Front St., Exeter
Wednesday April 8, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 2:30 PM Meet Eleanor Roosevelt Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Rodgers Memorial Library   886-6030   
    First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was a leader and a revolutionary - a champion to the powerless - and her story is not over. Elena Dodd's living history of Mrs. Roosevelt is an intimate and informative depiction of the extraordinary life of an extraordinary woman. This program offers a frank and often humorous look at the struggles and personal fulfillment of a shy young woman who metamorphosed into a strong voice for social justice and universal human rights and was witness to the tumultuous events of her day.
    Location: Rodgers Memorial Library, 194 Derry Rd., Hudson
 
misc_none 7:00 PM A Night of Music with Two Old Friends Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Charlotte Arredondo   642-3521   
    Over the centuries immigrants from the British Isles have come to the Americas bringing with them their musical styles and tastes as well as their instruments. With the concertina, bodhran, mandolin, octave mandolin, guitar, and banjo, Emery Hutchins and Jim Prendergast sing and play this traditional Celtic music, but they also perform American country music in the way it was conceived in the early twentieth century. Through stories, songs and instrumental melodies, they demonstrate how old time American mountain tunes are often derived directly from the songs of the Irish, yet are influenced by other cultural groups to create a new American sound.
    Location: Kingston Community Library, 2 Library Lane, Kingston
Thursday April 9, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM Songs of Old New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lee Arthur   964-6281   
    Drawing heavily on the repertoire of traditional singer Lena Bourne Fish (1873-1945) of Jaffrey and Temple, New Hampshire, Jeff Warner offers the songs and stories that, in the words of Carl Sandburg, tell us "where we came from and what brought us along." These ballads, love songs and comic pieces, reveal the experiences and emotions of daily life in the days before movies, sound recordings and, for some, books. Songs from the lumber camps, the decks of sailing ships, the textile mills and the war between the sexes offer views of pre-industrial New England and a chance to hear living artifacts from the 18th and 19th centuries.
    Location: Rye Congregational Church, 580 Washington Rd., Rye
 
misc_none 6:30 PM New Hampshire's Grange Movement: Its Rise, Triumphs and Decline Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Robert Gustafson   553-0531   
    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: Kimball Public Library, 5 Academy Avenue, Atkinson
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Baked Beans and Fried Clams: How Food Defines A Region Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Rochester Historical Society   330-3099   
    Baked Beans, fried clams, fish chowder, Indian pudding - so many foods are distinctive to New England. This talk offers a celebration of these regional favorites along with an examination of how contemporary life has distanced us from these classics. What makes them special and how do these foods define our region? Edie Clark draws from such diverse resources as Fannie Farmer, Julia Child, and Haydn S. Pearson for enlightenment and amusement as well as on her own experiences, writing and traveling for Yankee magazine over the past thirty years to places where baked beans are still featured prominently on the menu.
    Location: Rochester Historical Society Museum, 58 Hanson St., Rochester
Friday April 10, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM Strange Terrain: How Not To Get Poetry & Let It Get You Instead Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Cynthia Phillips   863-6921   
    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: Olive G. Pettis Library, 36 Mill Village Rd. (Rte 10 North), Goshen
Saturday April 11, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM Baked Beans and Fried Clams: How Food Defines A Region Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Tricia Ryden   772-4346   
    Baked Beans, fried clams, fish chowder, Indian pudding - so many foods are distinctive to New England. This talk offers a celebration of these regional favorites along with an examination of how contemporary life has distanced us from these classics. What makes them special and how do these foods define our region? Edie Clark draws from such diverse resources as Fannie Farmer, Julia Child, and Haydn S. Pearson for enlightenment and amusement as well as on her own experiences, writing and traveling for Yankee magazine over the past thirty years to places where baked beans are still featured prominently on the menu.
    Location: Wiggin Memorial Library, 10 Bunker Hill Ave., Stratham
Sunday April 12, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM New Hampshire’s Long Love-Hate Relationship with Its Agricultural Fairs Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Heather Mitchell   746-3825   
    The first agricultural fair in North America was held in what is now Londonderry in 1722, and it would become a wildly popular event lasting for generations until it came to be so dominated by gambling, flim-flam and other "scandalous dimensions" that the legislature revoked its charter in 1850. But fairs have always had strong supporters and eventually the state came around to appropriating modest sums to help them succeed. Temperance groups and others would continue to attack the fairs on moral grounds and their close connection to horse racing was a chronic flashpoint. Steve Taylor will discuss the ups and downs of the fairs down through years and how public affection for rural traditions helps them survive in contemporary times. THIS IS THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY'S ANNUAL MEETING WHICH BEGINS AT 1PM, WITH REFRESHMENTS AT 1:30PM, PROGRAM TO FOLLOW AT 2:00PM.
    Location: Long Memorial Bldg., 300 Main St., Hopkinton
 
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: Sam Harding   383-9466   
    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: Jackson Public Library, 52 Main St., Jackson
Monday April 13, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM (Not So) Elementary, My Dear Watson: The Popularity of Sherlock Holmes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Maggie McCall   286-8971   
    The recent spate of Sherlock Holmes movies, television shows, and literary adaptations indicate the Great Detective is alive and well in the 21st century. Holmes is the most portrayed literary character of all time, with over 230 film versions alone in several different languages. Over the past century, Sherlockians created societies like the Baker Street Irregulars, wrote articles sussing out the "sources" of Doyle's works, and, most recently, developed an entire online world of Holmesian fan fiction. Sherlock Holmes is now a multi-million dollar industry. Why is Sherlock Holmes so popular? Ann McClellan's presentation explores the origins of Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective and tracks his incarnations in literature, film, advertising, and modern media in order to crack the case of the most popular detective.
    Location: Hall Memorial Library, 18 Park St., Northfield
 
misc_none 7:15 PM Harnessing History: On the Trail of New Hampshire's State Dog, the Chinook Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jane Rice   476-8895   
    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. MOULTONBOROUGH HISTORICAL SOCIETY MONTHLY MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 7:00PM WITH PROGRAM TO FOLLOW AT 7:15PM.
    Location: Moultonborough Public Library, 4 Holland St.., Moultonborough
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misc_none 7:30 PM The Great Sheep Boom and Its Enduring Legacy on the New Hampshire Landscape Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Neil Brenner   315-8413   
    In a brief 30-year period in the early 19th century the New Hampshire countryside became home to hundreds of thousands of sheep. Production of wool became a lucrative business, generating fortunes and providing the only time of true agricultural prosperity in the state's history. It left behind a legacy of fine architecture and thousands of miles of rugged stonewalls. Steve Taylor discusses how farmers overcame enormous challenges to make sheep husbandry succeed, but forces from beyond New Hampshire were to doom the industry, with social consequences that would last a century.
    Location: Congregational Church of Amherst Vestry, 7 Church St., Amherst
Tuesday April 14, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Mary Todd Lincoln: Wife and Widow Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Diane Heer   362-5234   
    Living historian Sally Mummey portrays Mary Todd Lincoln as she muses on her life from her dreams as a girl to her years as First Lady during the Civil War. Mrs. Lincoln shares stories of her life with President Lincoln and the events of that evening in Ford's Theatre when the assassin's bullet not only changed the course of the nation but destroyed her life as well. From the opulence of the White House to the dregs of obscurity, Mrs. Lincoln lived out her life struggling with affliction and tragedy. With wit and heartbreak, seasoned with abiding love for her husband and her children, Mrs. Lincoln reveals the passionate humanity of a misunderstood woman.
    Location: Kimball Public Library, 5 Academy Avenue, Atkinson
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Stark Decency: New Hampshire's World War II German Prisoner of War Camp Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Norman Head   986-6278   
    During World War II, 300 German prisoners of war were held at Camp Stark near the village of Stark in New Hampshire's North Country. Allen Koop reveals the history of this camp, which tells us much about our country's war experience and about our state.
    Location: Union Congregational Church, 14 Albany Ave., Bartlett
Wednesday April 15, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM The Making of Strawbery Banke Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Carole Elliott   764-9888   
    Local legend says Strawbery Banke Museum began when a Portsmouth librarian gave a rousing speech in 1957. The backstory, however, is richly complex. This is a dramatic tale of economics, urban renewal, immigration, and historic architecture in New Hampshire's only seaport. J. Dennis Robinson, author of an award-winning "biography" of the 10-acre Strawbery Banke campus, shares the history of "America's oldest neighborhood." Tapping into private letters, unpublished records, and personal interviews, Robinson explores the politics of preservation. Using colorful and historic illustrations, the author looks candidly at mistakes made and lessons learned in this grassroots success story.
    Location: Kimball-Jenkins Estate, 266 N. Main St., Concord
 
misc_none 7:30 PM I Can't Die But Once - Harriet Tubman's Civil War Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jeanne Wild   658-3049   
    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: Boulders Hall, 5 Timber Lane, Exeter
Thursday April 16, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Discovering New England Stone Walls Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Mary Cronin   367-8545   
    Why are we so fascinated with stone walls? Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss, explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.
    Location: Madison Library Chick Room, 1895 Village Rd., Madison
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Lizzie Borden Took an Axe, Or Did She? Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Julie Steenson   547-2790   
    In 1892 Lizzie Borden, a 32-year-old single woman, was officially charged with the murder of her father and stepmother in Fall River, Massachusetts. The events that followed the murder would stir the curiosity of people across the nation. After four official criminal proceedings, Lizzie Borden was acquitted of the murder but the case was not officially reinvestigated by the authorities. To this day the case of Lizzie Borden is a mystery that has inspired television movies, documentaries, cinematic offerings, plays, musicals, poems, websites, blogs, a scholarly journal, college courses, and law school case studies. Annette Holba reviews the facts of the case and explores the evidence that some experts suggest points to Lizzie's guilt and others believe points to Lizzie's innocence. Lizzie's connections to New Hampshire are also discussed.
    Location: Stephenson Memorial Library, 761 Forest Rd., Greenfield
 
misc_none 7:00 PM New Hampshire Cemeteries and Gravestones Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Wolfeboro Public Library   569-2428   
    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: Wolfeboro Public Library, 259 S. Main St., Wolfeboro
Saturday April 18, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:15 PM Poor Houses and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Dode Gladders   863-9200   
    From its earliest settlements New Hampshire has struggled with issues surrounding the treatment of its poor. The early Northeastern colonies followed the lead of England's 1601 Poor Law, which imposed compulsory taxes for maintenance of the poor but made no distinction between the "vagrant, vicious poor" and the helpless and honest poor. This confusion persisted for generations and led directly to establishment in most of the state's towns of alms houses and poor farms and, later, county institutions which would collectively come to form a dark chapter in New Hampshire history. Steve Taylor will examine how paupers were treated in these facilities and how reformers eventually succeeded in closing them down. POTLUCK DINNER BEGINS AT 5:00PM WITH PROGRAM TO FOLLOW AT 6:15PM.
    Location: Ahern Bldg., Sullivan Cty. Complex, 103 County Farm Rd., Unity
 
misc_none 7:00 PM A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Gata Hudson   542-6654   
    Northern New England is full of reminders of past lives: stone walls, old foundations, a century-old lilac struggling to survive as the forest reclaims a once-sunny dooryard. What forces shaped settlement, and later abandonment, of these places? Adair Mulligan explores the rich story to be discovered in what remains behind. See how one town has set out to create an inventory of its cellar holes, piecing together the clues in the landscape. Such a project can help landowners know what to do if they have archaeological sites on their land and help stimulate interest in a town's future through its past.
    Location: Unity Town Hall, 892 2nd NH Tpk., Unity
Tuesday April 21, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM A Visit With Queen Victoria Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Anita Creager   424-5084   
    In 1837, teenaged Victoria ascended to the British throne, untrained and innocent. Those who would try to usurp her power underestimated this self-willed intelligent young woman whose mettle sustained her through her 63-year reign. Using Queen Victoria's diary and letters, this program reveals the personal details of a powerful yet humane woman, who took seriously her role as monarch in a time of great expansion. She and her husband, Albert, set an example of high moral character and dedication, a novelty in the royal house after generations of scandal. Through her children she left a royal legacy; an era bears her name. Sally Mummey performs this living history in proper 19th Century clothing resplendent with Royal Orders.
    Location: John O'Leary Adult Community Ctr., 4 Church St., Merrimack
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Benedict Arnold: Patriot and Traitor? Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: American Independence Museum   772-2622   
    We all think we know the story of Benedict Arnold, the American Revolutionary War general who fought for the Continental Army but then defected to the British. Recalled mainly as a traitor for his 1780 defection, Arnold had risked his life and fortune for American freedom in courageous exploits between 1775 and 1778, when the dream of independence was at its most fragile. As an officer in the Continental Army, Arnold ably led American forces in desperate circumstances - against impossible odds, in a blinding snowstorm, through a howling wilderness, and against the extraordinary might of the Royal Navy. George Morrison will take you on a journey through New England, Canada and New York tracing the complex story of this infamous American icon.
    Location: Folsom Tavern, 164 Water St., Exeter
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misc_none 7:00 PM Treasure from the Isles of Shoals: How New Archaeology is Changing Old History Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Cathleen Beaudoin   516-6050   
    There is treasure here but not the pirate kind. Scientific "digs" on Smuttynose Island are changing New England history. Archaeologist Nathan Hamilton has unearthed 300,000 artifacts to date on this largely uninhabited rock at the Isles of Shoals. Evidence proves prehistoric Native Americans hunted New Hampshire's only offshore islands 6,000 years ago. Hundreds of European fishermen split, salted, and dried valuable Atlantic cod here from the 1620s. "King Haley" ruled a survivalist kingdom here before Thomas Laighton struck tourist gold when his family took over the region's first hotel on Smuttynose. Laighton's daughter Celia Thaxter spun poetic tales of ghosts and pirates. J. Dennis Robinson, a longtime Smuttynose steward, explores the truth behind the romantic legends of Gosport Harbor in this colorful show-and-tell presentation.
    Location: Dover Public Library, 73 Locust St., Dover
Wednesday April 22, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM The Other Side of the Midnight Ride: A Visit with Rachel Revere Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Emily Whalen   228-6630   
    This living history program by Joan Gatturna tells a remarkable story of tea, trouble and revolution related by the woman who rode through life with Paul Revere. Rachel Revere tells of the Boston Tea Party, the Midnight Ride and the Siege of Boston. See these events through the eyes of a woman who engineered the escape of her family from occupied Boston and smuggled money to the Sons of Liberty. Meet the woman who kept the home fires burning while her husband fanned the flames of Revolution!
    Location: Goodlife Programs & Activities, 254 N. State St., Concord
 
misc_none 7:00 PM A Night of Music with Two Old Friends Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sally Woodman   382-7574   
    Over the centuries immigrants from the British Isles have come to the Americas bringing with them their musical styles and tastes as well as their instruments. With the concertina, bodhran, mandolin, octave mandolin, guitar, and banjo, Emery Hutchins and Jim Prendergast sing and play this traditional Celtic music, but they also perform American country music in the way it was conceived in the early twentieth century. Through stories, songs and instrumental melodies, they demonstrate how old time American mountain tunes are often derived directly from the songs of the Irish, yet are influenced by other cultural groups to create a new American sound.
    Location: Newton Town Hall, 2 Town Hall Rd., Newton
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Rights & Reds Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jennifer Carroll   352-1895   
    Rights & Reds tells the story of New Hampshire's investigation of "subversive activities" during the 1950s. John Gfroerer facilitates this documentary and discussion, which explores the story of a confrontation between people who thought they were protecting the Bill of Rights and people who thought the Bill of Rights should protect them. Most importantly, it is the story of people who had the courage to stand up for what they believed.
    Location: Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main St., Keene
 
misc_none 7:00 PM The Old Country Fiddler: Charles Ross Taggart, Traveling Entertainer Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Gordon-Nash Library   744-8061   
    Musical humorist Charles Ross Taggart grew up in Topsham, Vermont, going on to perform in various lyceum and Chautauqua circuits all across the country for over 40 years starting in 1895. A fiddler, piano player, comedian, singer, and ventriloquist, he made at least 40 recordings on various labels, as well as appearing in an early talking movie four years before Al Jolson starred in The Jazz Singer. Adam Boyce portrays Mr. Taggart near the end of Taggart's career, c. 1936, sharing recollections on his life, with some live fiddling and humorous sketches interspersed in this living history program.
    Location: Gordon-Nash Library, 69 Main St., New Hampton
Thursday April 23, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Historic Iron and Steel Bridges of New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Matt Bose   485-6092   
    Glenn Knoblock documents the oft-forgotten metal bridges, made of iron first, then steel, that began to replace New Hampshire's covered bridges beginning in the 1860's. The metal bridges built from the 1860's through the 1930's were some of the largest and most impressive crossings ever built in the state, corresponding with nationwide trends and a shift of bridge building design and technology. Today, these structures have dwindled greatly in number and many are in danger of being lost, while others, like the Portsmouth-Kittery Memorial Bridge, will soon be replaced. Though those that remain today are often seen as rusted and unsightly relics of the past, this program makes a case for their preservation and continued presence in our landscape.
    Location: Hooksett Library, 31 Mount Saint Mary's Way, Hooksett
 
misc_none 6:30 PM John Winant: New Hampshire Man of The World Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Friends of the Jaffrey Public Library   532-7301   
    John G. Winant, three-time governor of New Hampshire went on to serve the nation in several capacities on the national and international scene. In the process he became a hero to the British in World War Two and to the common man throughout the developed world. His life, marked by highs and lows, ended tragically in his mansion in Concord. The program examines his life and measures his impact at home and abroad.
    Location: Jaffrey Public Library, 38 Main St., Jaffrey
 
misc_none 6:30 PM Strange Terrain: How Not To Get Poetry & Let It Get You Instead Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Betty Tidd   524-6042   
    Alice Fogel takes you through seven simple steps, and one hard one, toward understanding and appreciating more elements of poetry than you ever thought you could. In the end you'll see that you already knew them all along. This workshop is your quick, self-help program for "getting" poems. Fogel helps you develop your own confident relationship with poetry's shapes, words, images, sounds, emotions, mysteries, and more.
    Location: Gilford Public Library, 31 Potter Hill Rd., Gilford
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Saving the Mountains: NH & the Creation of the National Forests Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Harrison Pease   353-9080   
    New Hampshire's White Mountains played a leading role in events leading to the Weeks Act, the law that created the eastern national forests. Focusing on Concord's Joseph B. Walker and the Forest Society's Philip Ayres, Marcia Schmidt Blaine explores the relationship between our mountains and the economic, environmental and aesthetic questions posed by the individuals involved in the creation of the National Forest.
    Location: Rivendell Academy, 2972 Rte. 25A, Orford
Saturday April 25, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 1:30 PM A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Howe Library   643-4120   
    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: Howe Library, 13 South St., Hanover
Sunday April 26, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM Liberty Is Our Motto!: Songs and Stories of the Hutchinson Family Singers Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Hampton Historical Society   929-0781   
    The year is 1876, and New Hampshire's own John Hutchinson sings and tells about his famous musical family "straight from the horse's mouth." Originally from Milford, NH, the Hutchinson Family Singers were among America's most notable musical entertainers for much of the mid-19th century. They achieved international recognition with songs advancing social reform and political causes such as abolition, temperance, women's suffrage, and the Lincoln presidential campaign of 1860. In this living history program, Steve Blunt portrays John Hutchinson. He tells the Hutchinsons' story and shares their music with lyrics provided. Audience members are invited to sing along on "The Old Granite State," "Get Off the Track," "Tenting on the Old Campground," and more.
    Location: Tuck Museum, 40 Park Ave., Hampton
Monday April 27, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM Discovering New England Stone Walls Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Joseph Internicola   763-1048   
    Why are we so fascinated with stone walls? Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss, explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.
    Location: Lake Sunapee United Baptist Church, Lower Main St., Sunapee
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Thursday April 30, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Discovering New England Stone Walls Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Piermont Public Library   272-4967   
    Why are we so fascinated with stone walls? Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss, explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.
    Location: Piermont Old Church Bldg., 131 New Hampshire 10, Piermont
Friday May 1, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Covered Bridges of New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Dottie Bean   332-5521   
    Covered wooden bridges have been a vital part of the NH transportation network, dating back to the early 1800s. Given NH's myriad streams, brooks, and rivers, it's unsurprising that 400 covered bridges have been documented. Often viewed as quaint relics of a simpler past, they were technological marvels of their day. It may be native ingenuity and NH's woodworking tradition that account for the fact that a number of nationally-noted covered bridge truss designers were NH natives. Glenn Knoblock discusses covered bridge design and technology, and their designers, builders, and associated folklore.
    Location: Goodwin Library, 422 Main St., Farmington
Sunday May 3, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM Meet Eleanor Roosevelt Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Marc Davis   927-4596   
    First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was a leader and a revolutionary - a champion to the powerless - and her story is not over. Elena Dodd's living history of Mrs. Roosevelt is an intimate and informative depiction of the extraordinary life of an extraordinary woman. This program offers a frank and often humorous look at the struggles and personal fulfillment of a shy young woman who metamorphosed into a strong voice for social justice and universal human rights and was witness to the tumultuous events of her day.
    Location: Wilmot Town Hall, 11 N. Wilmot Rd., Wilmot
 
misc_none 4:00 PM Poor Houses and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jane Fant   795-4780   
    From its earliest settlements New Hampshire has struggled with issues surrounding the treatment of its poor. The early Northeastern colonies followed the lead of England's 1601 Poor Law, which imposed compulsory taxes for maintenance of the poor but made no distinction between the "vagrant, vicious poor" and the helpless and honest poor. This confusion persisted for generations and led directly to establishment in most of the state's towns of alms houses and poor farms and, later, county institutions which would collectively come to form a dark chapter in New Hampshire history. Steve Taylor will examine how paupers were treated in these facilities and how reformers eventually succeeded in closing them down.
    Location: Lyme Center Academy, 183 Dorchester Rd., Lyme
Tuesday May 5, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM A Night of Music with Two Old Friends Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amy Friedman   886-6030   
    Over the centuries immigrants from the British Isles have come to the Americas bringing with them their musical styles and tastes as well as their instruments. With the concertina, bodhran, mandolin, octave mandolin, guitar, and banjo, Emery Hutchins and Jim Prendergast sing and play this traditional Celtic music, but they also perform American country music in the way it was conceived in the early twentieth century. Through stories, songs and instrumental melodies, they demonstrate how old time American mountain tunes are often derived directly from the songs of the Irish, yet are influenced by other cultural groups to create a new American sound.
    Location: Rodgers Memorial Library, 194 Derry Rd., Hudson
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Wacky Songs that Made Us Laugh Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Martin   778-2335   
    Popular songs with humorous lyrics have kept us laughing since Colonial times. We need comic relief, and songs provide some of the best (sometimes unintentionally). Excerpts from hilarious songs help chart the evolution of musical humor from the 1920s to the 1980s. Selections poke fun at WW II enemies, diets, television, sex, Christmas, summer camp, religion, and many other aspects of life. Laugh as you recall wacky moments from the past and discover new ones with Calvin Knickerbocker.
    Location: Exeter Historical Society, 47 Front St., Exeter
Wednesday May 6, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Colonial New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Michele York   396-2362   
    One hundred and seventy-six pins on Jere Daniell's map of New Hampshire mark the towns, cities, and villages he's visited so far to talk about early New England history. His featured topics on Colonial New Hampshire have pleased many listeners in talks like "Algonkian New Hampshire," "New Hampshire's First English Settlers," "Why New Hampshire Exists," "The Boundaries of New Hampshire," or "The Wentworth Oligarchy." Daniell also can customize a talk on the history of your community.
    Location: Charlie's Barn, 29 South Village Rd., Loudon
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Rally Round the Flag: The American Civil War Through Folksong Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jean Latham   382-5843   
    Woody Pringle and Marek Bennett present an overview of the American Civil War through the lens of period music. Audience members participate and sing along as the presenters explore lyrics, documents, and visual images from sources such as the Library of Congress. Through camp songs, parlor music, hymns, battlefield rallying cries, and fiddle tunes, Pringle and Bennett examine the folksong as a means to enact living history, share perspectives, influence public perceptions of events, and simultaneously fuse and conserve cultures in times of change. Showcasing numerous instruments, the presenters challenge participants to find new connections between song, art, and politics in American history. (Note: Please contact Woody Pringle to book this program.)
    Location: First Baptist Church, 122 Main St., Plaistow
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Sennett, Chaplin, Keaton and the Art of Silent Film Comedy Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Merrimack Public Library (Adult Services)   424-5021   
    Film was birthed in silence during the first three decades of the 20th century. Patrick Anderson shows how the social and cultural history of the United States is reflected in the celluloid strips that captured it, especially as the art was developed by these three filmmakers.
    Location: Merrimack Public Library, 470 Daniel Webster Hwy, Merrimack
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Your Hit Parade: Twenty-five Years Presenting America's Top Popular Songs Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lee Public Library   659-2626   
    "Your Hit Parade" aired on radio and then on television from 1935 to 1959. It set the standard for American popular music. Calvin Knickerbocker outlines a quarter century of the show's history as a "tastemaker" featuring songs inspired by the Great Depression and on through the advent of rock and roll. He explores the show's relationship with sponsor American Tobacco and Lucky Strike cigarettes and shares stories about the artists the show helped launch and promote, from Frank Sinatra to Elvis.
    Location: Lee Safety Complex, 20 George Bennett Rd., Lee
Thursday May 7, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM (Not So) Elementary, My Dear Watson: The Popularity of Sherlock Holmes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Ann Robinson   474-2044   
    The recent spate of Sherlock Holmes movies, television shows, and literary adaptations indicate the Great Detective is alive and well in the 21st century. Holmes is the most portrayed literary character of all time, with over 230 film versions alone in several different languages. Over the past century, Sherlockians created societies like the Baker Street Irregulars, wrote articles sussing out the "sources" of Doyle's works, and, most recently, developed an entire online world of Holmesian fan fiction. Sherlock Holmes is now a multi-million dollar industry. Why is Sherlock Holmes so popular? Ann McClellan's presentation explores the origins of Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective and tracks his incarnations in literature, film, advertising, and modern media in order to crack the case of the most popular detective.
    Location: Seabrook Library, 25 Liberty Lane, Seabrook
Monday May 11, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Poor Houses and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Stuart Hodgeman   477-2844   
    From its earliest settlements New Hampshire has struggled with issues surrounding the treatment of its poor. The early Northeastern colonies followed the lead of England’s 1601 Poor Law, which imposed compulsory taxes for maintenance of the poor but made no distinction between the “vagrant, vicious poor” and the helpless and honest poor. This confusion persisted for generations and led directly to establishment in most of the state’s towns of alms houses and poor farms and, later, county institutions which would collectively come to form a dark chapter in New Hampshire history. Steve Taylor will examine how paupers were treated in these facilities and how reformers eventually succeeded in closing them down.
    Location: Cornish Town Office Bldg., 488 Town House Rd., Cornish
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Tuesday May 12, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Discovering New England Stone Walls Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Pam Darlington   772-3101   
    Why are we so fascinated with stone walls? Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss, explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.
    Location: Exeter Public Library, 4 Chestnut St., Exeter
 
misc_none 6:30 PM The Making of Strawbery Banke Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kimball Public Library   362-5234   
    Local legend says Strawbery Banke Museum began when a Portsmouth librarian gave a rousing speech in 1957. The backstory, however, is richly complex. This is a dramatic tale of economics, urban renewal, immigration, and historic architecture in New Hampshire's only seaport. J. Dennis Robinson, author of an award-winning "biography" of the 10-acre Strawbery Banke campus, shares the history of "America's oldest neighborhood." Tapping into private letters, unpublished records, and personal interviews, Robinson explores the politics of preservation. Using colorful and historic illustrations, the author looks candidly at mistakes made and lessons learned in this grassroots success story.
    Location: Kimball Public Library, 5 Academy Avenue, Atkinson
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Margaret Bourke-White, America's Eyes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Mary Ann Moran   654-7415   
    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: Wilton Public & Gregg Free Library, 7 Forest Rd., Wilton
 
misc_none 7:00 PM New Hampshire and the American Clipper Ship Era Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Ric Erickson   749-9011   
    Glenn Knoblock explores our nation's maritime past with this exciting look at the fastest sailing ships ever built in America. Learn how the clippers evolved, who built them and why, as well as New Hampshire's important role in supplying these unique ships. Though New Hampshire's coastline is only seventeen miles long, the state produced more clippers, all built at Portsmouth, than many other cities, bested only by New York and Boston. Learn also about the exciting voyages these ships made, the cargos they carried, the men and, in a few cases, the women, who sailed them, and why the ships' reign, lasting from 1844-1860, was so short. Whether you're a boating or nautical enthusiast, or simply have an interest in salt-water history, this lecture will fill your sails.
    Location: Madbury Town Hall, 13 Town Hall Rd., Madbury
Wednesday May 13, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Discovering New England Stone Walls Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Maggie Faneuf   736-9920   
    Why are we so fascinated with stone walls? Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss, explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.
    Location: Epsom Public Library, 1606 Dover Rd., Epsom
Thursday May 14, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM The Guitar in Latin America: Continuities, Changes and Bicultural Strumming Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: North Hampton Public Library   964-6326   
    Jose Lezcano presents a multi-media musical program that showcases the guitar in Latin America as an instrument that speaks many languages. Lezcano presents a variety of musical styles: indigenous strummers in ritual festivals from Ecuador, Gaucho music from Argentina, European parlor waltzes from Venezuela, and Afro-Brazilian samba-pagode. He also plays pieces by Villa-Lobos, Brouwer, Lauro, Barrios, Pereira, and examples from his Fulbright-funded research in Ecuador.
    Location: North Hampton Public Library, 237A Atlantic Ave., North Hampton
 
misc_none 7:30 PM Poor Houses and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lisa Rothman   487-3867   
    From its earliest settlements New Hampshire has struggled with issues surrounding the treatment of its poor. The early Northeastern colonies followed the lead of England's 1601 Poor Law, which imposed compulsory taxes for maintenance of the poor but made no distinction between the "vagrant, vicious poor" and the helpless and honest poor. This confusion persisted for generations and led directly to establishment in most of the state's towns of alms houses and poor farms and, later, county institutions which would collectively come to form a dark chapter in New Hampshire history. Steve Taylor will examine how paupers were treated in these facilities and how reformers eventually succeeded in closing them down.
    Location: New Boston Community Church, 2 Meetinghouse Hill Rd., New Boston
Saturday May 16, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM The Great Sheep Boom and Its Enduring Legacy on the New Hampshire Landscape Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Gata Hudson   542-6654   
    In a brief 30-year period in the early 19th century the New Hampshire countryside became home to hundreds of thousands of sheep. Production of wool became a lucrative business, generating fortunes and providing the only time of true agricultural prosperity in the state's history. It left behind a legacy of fine architecture and thousands of miles of rugged stonewalls. Steve Taylor discusses how farmers overcame enormous challenges to make sheep husbandry succeed, but forces from beyond New Hampshire were to doom the industry, with social consequences that would last a century.
    Location: Unity Town Hall, 892 2nd NH Tpk., Unity
Tuesday May 19, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM What There Was Not to Tell Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Suncook Senior Center   485-4254   
    Edie Clark explores "what there was not to tell" about World War II, what war does to anyone it touches, how the loss of one man (the man her mother hoped to marry) affected not only her mother, his family, and her mother's family, but also Edie and her sister as they grew up, aware of the loss of Tom but unable to understand it. Based on more than 2,000 letters left to Edie after her parents died, the specific story of her family's loss could be the story of any family who has lost a soldier in war, any war. Edie talks about her journey to find Tom, a fifteen-year odyssey that took Edie many places, physical and emotional, and was ultimately inspiring and redemptive.
    Location: Suncook Senior Ctr., 398 Blackhall Rd., Epsom
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Darby Field and the First Ascent of Mount Washington Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sam Harding   383-9466   
    For more than 200 years historians believed that Darby Field made the first climb up Mount Washington in 1642. However, in the last several decades, questions have emerged about his use of Native American guides, about the likelihood of prior ascents by Native Americans, about the route Field may have followed on the mountain, and about whether Field actually made the ascent as claimed. Allen Koop examines how historians reconstruct the "truth" when given scant, vague, and even contradictory evidence.
    Location: Jackson Public Library, 52 Main St., Jackson
Wednesday May 20, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM A Visit With Queen Victoria Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nancy McCue   476-8895   
    In 1837, teenaged Victoria ascended to the British throne, untrained and innocent. Those who would try to usurp her power underestimated this self-willed intelligent young woman whose mettle sustained her through her 63-year reign. Using Queen Victoria's diary and letters, this program reveals the personal details of a powerful yet humane woman, who took seriously her role as monarch in a time of great expansion. She and her husband, Albert, set an example of high moral character and dedication, a novelty in the royal house after generations of scandal. Through her children she left a royal legacy; an era bears her name. Sally Mummey performs this living history in proper 19th Century clothing resplendent with Royal Orders.
    Location: Moultonborough Public Library, 4 Holland St.., Moultonborough
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Abraham and Mary Lincoln : The Long and the Short of It Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: William Earnshaw   472-3866   
    Distinctly different paths led Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd to Springfield, Illinois, where they met, married and began a family. The years that followed their move to the White House were filled with personal and national crises. Steve and Sharon Wood portray President and Mrs. Lincoln in this living history program, telling stories of their early lives and the challenges they faced during this turbulent time in our country's history.
    Location: Bedford Public Library, 3 Meetinghouse Rd., Bedford
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Thursday May 21, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM The Shaker Legacy Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: New Hampton Historical Society   744-2471   
    In their more than two and a half centuries of existence, members of the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, commonly known as Shakers, made ingenious contributions to diverse fields: agriculture, industry, medicine, music, furniture design, women's rights, racial equality, craftsmanship, social and religious thought, and mechanical invention and improvement. Darryl Thompson explores some of these contributions in his lecture and shares some of his personal memories of the Canterbury Shakers.
    Location: Gordon-Nash Library, 69 Main St., New Hampton
Tuesday May 26, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Meet Eleanor Roosevelt Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Donna Hamill   569-1212   
    First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was a leader and a revolutionary - a champion to the powerless - and her story is not over. Elena Dodd's living history of Mrs. Roosevelt is an intimate and informative depiction of the extraordinary life of an extraordinary woman. This program offers a frank and often humorous look at the struggles and personal fulfillment of a shy young woman who metamorphosed into a strong voice for social justice and universal human rights and was witness to the tumultuous events of her day.
    Location: Wright Museum, 77 Center St., Wolfeboro
 
misc_none 7:30 PM Discovering New England Stone Walls Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: John Dickey   267-6098   
    Why are we so fascinated with stone walls? Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss, explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.
    Location: Gilmanton Old Town Hall, 1800 NH Rte 140, Gilmanton Iron Works
Wednesday May 27, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM Our National Thanksgiving: With Thanks to President Lincoln and Mrs. Hale Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jill Vahey   448-4213   
    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: Upper Valley Senior Ctr., 10 Campbell St., Lebanon
Thursday May 28, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Civilians of Gettysburg, 1863 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nancy Hartford   225-6496   
    Most students of the Battle of Gettysburg, and most of the books (past and present) about the battle, address the military events leading up to and taking place on July 1-3, 1863. This living history program presents another point of view. Ginny Gage portrays Sarah Broadhead, a wife and mother at the time of the battle living with her husband and young daughter. Lew Gage portrays Charlie McCurdy and presents a young boy's perspective. Both roles are based on original diaries and reminiscences of civilians living in the town of Gettysburg in the summer and fall of 1863. The Gages talk briefly about the demographics of the town in 1863 and what it was like before, during, and after the famous battle. The presentation ends with Ginny Gage highlighting the involvement of Harriet Patience Dame, a resident of Concord, NH, and the nurse and nurturer of "her boys" in the 2nd New Hampshire Regiment.
    Location: The Pierce Manse, 14 Horseshoe Pond Lane, Concord
Thursday June 4, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM The Music History of French-Canadians, Franco-Americans, Acadians and Cajuns Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Pembroke Town Library   485-7851   
    Lucie Therrien follows the migration of French-Canadians and the evolution of their traditional music: its arrival in North America from France; the music's crossing with Indian culture during the evangelization of Acadia and Quebec; its growth alongside English culture after British colonization; and its expansion from Quebec to New England, as well as from Acadia to Louisiana.
    Location: Pembroke Town Library, 313 Pembroke St., Pembroke
Tuesday June 9, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Grail Mania: 21st Century Retelling of 12th Century Heresy Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Susan Amann   249-0645   
    The Troubadours sang of it; courtly knights quested for it; Monty Python laughed at it. The Chalice beckons through the mists of pre-history to bind us in its intrigue still. Our fascination with this symbol is alive and well in New Hampshire. In this talk and retelling by Diana Durham we get to understand why the young knight Perceval's quest for the grail has as much meaning today as when the story was first told centuries ago. Humour and the rich symbolism of the Middle Ages combine as willing audience members act out a scene from a new dramatic retelling, becoming King Arthur, Merlin, the Grieving Maiden, and other characters as we mix storytelling, acting and discussion.
    Location: Wadleigh Memorial Library, 49 Nashua St., Milford
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Cows and Communities: How the Lowly Bovine Has Nurtured New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Merrimack Public Library (Adult Services)   424-5021   
    Cattle were essential to the survival of the earliest New Hampshire settlements, and their contributions have been central to the life and culture of the state ever since. From providing human dietary sustenance to basic motive power for agriculture, forestry and transport, bovines have had a deep and enduring bond with their keepers, one that lingers today and is a vital part of the iconography of rural New Hampshire, even as dairy farming becomes ever more reliant on intensive modern science and technology. Where are New Hampshire's cows today and what are are they doing? Steve Taylor provides answers -- some will prove surprising.
    Location: Merrimack Public Library, 470 Daniel Webster Hwy, Merrimack
Wednesday June 10, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM That Reminds Me of a Story Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Emily Whalen   228-6630   
    Stories speak to us of community. They hold our history and reflect our identity. Rebecca Rule has made it her mission over the last 20 years to collect stories of New Hampshire, especially those that reflect what's special about this rocky old place. She'll tell some of those stories - her favorites are the funny ones - and invite audience members to contribute a few stories of their own.
    Location: Goodlife Programs & Activities, 254 N. State St., Concord
 
misc_none 7:00 PM A Night of Music with Two Old Friends Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lisa Doner   536-3358   
    Over the centuries immigrants from the British Isles have come to the Americas bringing with them their musical styles and tastes as well as their instruments. With the concertina, bodhran, mandolin, octave mandolin, guitar, and banjo, Emery Hutchins and Jim Prendergast sing and play this traditional Celtic music, but they also perform American country music in the way it was conceived in the early twentieth century. Through stories, songs and instrumental melodies, they demonstrate how old time American mountain tunes are often derived directly from the songs of the Irish, yet are influenced by other cultural groups to create a new American sound.
    Location: Quincy Bog Natural Area (Nature Ctr.), 131 Quincy Bog Rd., Rumney
 
misc_none 7:30 PM Native American History of New Hampshire: Alliance and Survival, circa 1400-1700 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda Foerderer   968-7487   
    David Stewart-Smith begins this program with the last part of the Woodland Period, when Indians in northern New England were faced with several challenges. By the time of French and English exploration in the region, strong tribal alliances had begun to center along southeastern Maine, coastal and central New Hampshire, and the north shore of Massachusetts. These relationships became known as the Pennacook alliance; a confederacy of about 16 tribal and family groups that held together through severe climate change, European colonization, devastating epidemic disease, and intertribal warfare. Here we see Passaconaway, the chief of the Pennacook, rise to power and place his family in the mainstream of colonial interaction. The program concludes with King Philip's War and subsequent events just prior to the turn of the 18th century.
    Location: Holderness Historical Society, Rte 3 (Curry Place), Holderness
Thursday June 11, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM A Night of Music with Two Old Friends Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Ann Robinson   474-2044   
    Over the centuries immigrants from the British Isles have come to the Americas bringing with them their musical styles and tastes as well as their instruments. With the concertina, bodhran, mandolin, octave mandolin, guitar, and banjo, Emery Hutchins and Jim Prendergast sing and play this traditional Celtic music, but they also perform American country music in the way it was conceived in the early twentieth century. Through stories, songs and instrumental melodies, they demonstrate how old time American mountain tunes are often derived directly from the songs of the Irish, yet are influenced by other cultural groups to create a new American sound.
    Location: Seabrook Library, 25 Liberty Lane, Seabrook
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Sunday June 14, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 5:00 PM The Great Sheep Boom and Its Enduring Legacy on the New Hampshire Landscape Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens   763-4789 x3   
    In a brief 30-year period in the early 19th century the New Hampshire countryside became home to hundreds of thousands of sheep. Production of wool became a lucrative business, generating fortunes and providing the only time of true agricultural prosperity in the state's history. It left behind a legacy of fine architecture and thousands of miles of rugged stonewalls. Steve Taylor discusses how farmers overcame enormous challenges to make sheep husbandry succeed, but forces from beyond New Hampshire were to doom the industry, with social consequences that would last a century.
    Location: The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens - Art Gallery (Main House), 456 Rte. 103A, Newbury
Wednesday June 17, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Norman Head   986-6278   
    Drawing on research from her book, Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire, the Present, the Past, and the Future, Rebecca Rule regales audiences with stories of the rituals, traditions and history of town meeting, including the perennial characters, the literature, the humor, and the wisdom of this uniquely New England institution.
    Location: Union Congregational Church, 14 Albany Ave., Bartlett
Thursday June 18, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM New England's Colonial Meetinghouses and their Impact on American Society Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Faye Johnson   228-8149   
    New England's colonial meetinghouses embody an important yet little-known chapter in American history. Built mostly with tax money, they served as both places of worship and places for town meetings, and were the centers of life in colonial New England communities. Using photographs of the few surviving "mint condition" meetinghouses as illustrations, Paul Wainwright tells the story of the society that built and used them, and the lasting impact they have had on American culture.
    Location: Bow Bog Meeting House, 111 Bog Bog Rd., Bow
Saturday June 20, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM The Founding Fathers: What Were They Thinking? Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Claire James   938-2041   
    In 1787 delegates gathered in Philadelphia to address a wide variety of crises facing the young United States of America and produced a charter for a new government. In modern times, competing political and legal claims are frequently based on what those delegates intended. Mythology about the founders and their work at the 1787 Convention has obscured both fact and legitimate analysis of the events leading to the agreement called the Constitution. Richard Hesse explores the cast of characters called "founders," the problems they faced, and the solutions they fashioned.
    Location: The Tin Shop, 160 East Main St., Bradford
Thursday June 25, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Vanished Veterans - NH's Civil War Monuments and Memorials Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Matt Bose   485-6092   
    From Seabrook to Colebrook, Berlin to Hinsdale, New Hampshire's towns, individuals and veterans organizations erected a fascinating assortment of memorials to The War of the Rebellion. Beginning with obelisks of the 1860s and continuing to re-mastered works of the 21st century, historian George Morrison presents a diverse selection of New Hampshire's commemorations.
    Location: Hooksett Library, 31 Mount Saint Mary's Way, Hooksett
Saturday June 27, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM The New England Town Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Bath Public Library   747-3372   
    This talk by Jere Daniell comes in several forms. Among the most requested are "Popular Images of Small Town New England," "Novels Set in New England Towns," (Daniell distributes a list of his favorites), and simply "The New Hampshire Town." The last of these ends with a comparison of Granite State towns to other towns in New England.
    Location: Bath Village School, 61 Lisbon Rd., Bath
Monday June 29, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:30 PM Contra Dancing In New Hampshire: Then and Now Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jim Rogers   305-8553   
    Since the late 1600s, the lively tradition of contra dancing has kept people of all ages swinging and sashaying in barns, town halls and schools around the state. Contra dancing came to New Hampshire by way of the English colonists and remains popular in many communities, particularly in the Monadnock Region. Presenter Dudley Laufman brings this tradition to life with stories, poems and recordings of callers, musicians, and dancers, past and present. Live music, always integral to this dance form, will be played on the fiddle and melodeon. Willing audience members may be invited to dance the Virginia Reel!
    Location: Wolfeboro Community Center, 32 Lehner St., Wolfeboro
Wednesday July 1, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Benedict Arnold: Patriot and Traitor? Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nancy McCue   476-8895   
    We all think we know the story of Benedict Arnold, the American Revolutionary War general who fought for the Continental Army but then defected to the British. Recalled mainly as a traitor for his 1780 defection, Arnold had risked his life and fortune for American freedom in courageous exploits between 1775 and 1778, when the dream of independence was at its most fragile. As an officer in the Continental Army, Arnold ably led American forces in desperate circumstances - against impossible odds, in a blinding snowstorm, through a howling wilderness, and against the extraordinary might of the Royal Navy. George Morrison will take you on a journey through New England, Canada and New York tracing the complex story of this infamous American icon.
    Location: Moultonborough Public Library, 4 Holland St.., Moultonborough
Friday July 3, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 3:00 PM A Visit with Abraham Lincoln Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sonya or Chelsea   279-1500   
    Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by Steve Wood, begins this program by recounting his early life and ends with a reading of the "Gettysburg Address." Along the way he comments on the debates with Stephen Douglas, his run for the presidency, and the Civil War.
    Location: Meredith Bay Colony Club, 21 Upper Mile Point Dr., Meredith
Tuesday July 7, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Banjos, Bones, and Ballads Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sandy Allgood   744-3352   
    Traditional songs, rich in local history and a sense of place, present the latest news from the distant past. They help us to interpret present-day life with an understanding of the working people who built our country. Tavern songs, banjo tunes, 18th century New England hymns, sailor songs, and humorous stories about traditional singers and their songs highlight this informative program by Jeff Warner.
    Location: Minot-Sleeper Library, 35 Pleasant St., Bristol
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Cannon Shenanigans and New Hampshire's Muster Day Tradition Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jan Phillips   279-4617   
    New Hampshire's Muster Day tradition ended in 1850, as did some of the related localized rivalries that involved the stealing of cannons. Muster Day was a day of drills, marching, and sham battles for local militias in NH. This spectator event was accompanied by entertainers, vendors, gamblers, and a great deal of alcohol. Throughout 19th century NH, demand for cannons for Fourth of July, election celebrations, demonstrations of civic pride, and for the sheer cussedness of making noise, often exceeded supply. Various town and regional rivalries sprang up over the possession of particular cannons and were constant headaches for local authorities. Jack Noon will explore the vestiges of this tradition that survived well into the 20th century.
    Location: Meredith Historical Museum, 45 Main St., Meredith
Wednesday July 8, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:30 PM Songs of Old New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Holderness Library   968-7066   
    Drawing heavily on the repertoire of traditional singer Lena Bourne Fish (1873-1945) of Jaffrey and Temple, New Hampshire, Jeff Warner offers the songs and stories that, in the words of Carl Sandburg, tell us "where we came from and what brought us along." These ballads, love songs and comic pieces, reveal the experiences and emotions of daily life in the days before movies, sound recordings and, for some, books. Songs from the lumber camps, the decks of sailing ships, the textile mills and the war between the sexes offer views of pre-industrial New England and a chance to hear living artifacts from the 18th and 19th centuries.
    Location: Holderness Historical Society, Rte 3 (Curry Place behind Post Office), Holderness
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Thursday July 9, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 2:30 PM Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sue Belanger   229-1266   
    Through architecture unique to northern New England, this illustrated talk focuses on several case studies that show how farmers converted their typical separate house and barns into connected farmsteads. Thomas Hubka's research in his award-winning book, Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England, demonstrates that average farmers were, in fact, motivated by competition with farmers in other regions of America, who had better soils and growing seasons and fewer rocks to clear. The connected farmstead organization, housing equal parts mixed-farming and home-industry, was one of the collective responses to the competitive threat.
    Location: Tad's Place, Heritage Heights, 149 E. Side Dr., Concord
 
misc_none 7:30 PM New England's Colonial Meetinghouses and their Impact on American Society Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lisa Rothman   487-3867   
    New England's colonial meetinghouses embody an important yet little-known chapter in American history. Built mostly with tax money, they served as both places of worship and places for town meetings, and were the centers of life in colonial New England communities. Using photographs of the few surviving "mint condition" meetinghouses as illustrations, Paul Wainwright tells the story of the society that built and used them, and the lasting impact they have had on American culture.
    Location: New Boston Community Church, 2 Meetinghouse Hill Rd., New Boston
Saturday July 11, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Contra Dancing In New Hampshire: Then and Now Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Joy B. Nowell   938-6054   
    Since the late 1600s, the lively tradition of contra dancing has kept people of all ages swinging and sashaying in barns, town halls and schools around the state. Contra dancing came to New Hampshire by way of the English colonists and remains popular in many communities, particularly in the Monadnock Region. Presenter Dudley Laufman brings this tradition to life with stories, poems and recordings of callers, musicians, and dancers, past and present. Live music, always integral to this dance form, will be played on the fiddle and melodeon. Willing audience members may be invited to dance the Virginia Reel!THIS EVENT IS PART OF NEWBURY'S OLD HOME DAY. AFTER DUDLEY'S PRESENTATION, ATTENDEES WILL CROSS THE ROAD TO THE VETERAN'S HALL AND HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO SOME OF THE DANCES THAT THEY HAVE JUST HEARD ABOUT.
    Location: Center Meeting House, 927 Rte. 103 (intersection of Rte 103 & Rte 103A), Newbury
Tuesday July 14, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Comics in World History and Cultures Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Merrimack Public Library (Adult Services)   424-5021   
    Marek Bennett presents a whirlwind survey of comics from around the world and throughout history, with special attention to what these vibrant narratives tell (and show) us about the people and periods that created them. Bennett engages and involves the audience in an interactive discussion of several sample comics representing cultures such as Ancient Rome, Medieval Europe, the Ancient Maya, Feudal and modern Japan, the United States in the early 20th century, and Nazi Germany during World War II. The program explores the various ways of creating and reading comics from around the world, and what these techniques tell us about the cultures in which they occur.
    Location: Merrimack Public Library, 470 Daniel Webster Hwy, Merrimack
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Crosscut: The Mills, Logging and Life on the Androscoggin Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Beverly Glynn   893-8882   
    Using oral histories, Rebecca Rule recreates the voices of North Country people and uses new and vintage photos to tell the story of logging, the Berlin Mills, and life in the Androscoggin Valley, from the beginnings of the logging industry in the 1800s, through the boom years of the Brown Company and subsequent mill owners, and on to the demolition of the stacks in 2007. Audience members will be invited to share their own stories and discuss the logging and paper industries and the special place north of the notches. John Rule assists with a PowerPoint presentation of photos and information from his own research into the history of the Brown Company as an archivist at the New Hampshire Historical Society.
    Location: Salem Historical Museum, 310 Main St., Salem
Wednesday July 15, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM The Ballad Lives! Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Patricia Barry   838-2451   
    Murder and mayhem, robbery and rapine, love that cuts to the bone: American ballads re-tell the wrenching themes of their English and Scottish cousins. Transplanted in the new world by old world immigrants, the traditional story-song of the Anglos and Scots wound up reinvigorated in the mountains of Appalachia and along the Canadian border. John Perrault talks, sings, and picks the strings that bind the old ballads to the new.
    Location: Shared Ministry White Church, 49 S. Main St., Lisbon
Tuesday July 21, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM (Not So) Elementary, My Dear Watson: The Popularity of Sherlock Holmes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Meredith Public Library   279-4303   
    The recent spate of Sherlock Holmes movies, television shows, and literary adaptations indicate the Great Detective is alive and well in the 21st century. Holmes is the most portrayed literary character of all time, with over 230 film versions alone in several different languages. Over the past century, Sherlockians created societies like the Baker Street Irregulars, wrote articles sussing out the "sources" of Doyle's works, and, most recently, developed an entire online world of Holmesian fan fiction. Sherlock Holmes is now a multi-million dollar industry. Why is Sherlock Holmes so popular? Ann McClellan's presentation explores the origins of Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective and tracks his incarnations in literature, film, advertising, and modern media in order to crack the case of the most popular detective.
    Location: Meredith Public Library, 91 Main St., Meredith
Wednesday July 22, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:30 PM Saving the Mountains: NH & the Creation of the National Forests Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda Foerderer   968-7487   
    New Hampshire's White Mountains played a leading role in events leading to the Weeks Act, the law that created the eastern national forests. Focusing on Concord's Joseph B. Walker and the Forest Society's Philip Ayres, Marcia Schmidt Blaine explores the relationship between our mountains and the economic, environmental and aesthetic questions posed by the individuals involved in the creation of the National Forest.
    Location: Holderness Historical Society, Rte 3 (Curry Place), Holderness
Monday August 3, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:30 PM Old Time Rules Will Prevail: The Fiddle Contest in New Hampshire and New England Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jim Rogers   305-8553   
    Fiddle contests evolved from endurance marathons to playing a set number of tunes judged by certain specific criteria. Whether large or small, fiddle contests tried to show who was the "best," as well as preserve old-time fiddling and raise money for local organizations. In recent years, the fiddle contest has declined significantly in New England due to cultural changes and financial viability. The greatest legacies of these contests were recordings made during live competition. A sampling of these tunes is played during the presentation, as well as some live fiddling by the presenter, Adam Boyce.
    Location: Wolfeboro Community Center, 32 Lehner St., Wolfeboro
Tuesday August 4, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM A Visit With Queen Victoria Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jan Phillips   279-4617   
    In 1837, teenaged Victoria ascended to the British throne, untrained and innocent. Those who would try to usurp her power underestimated this self-willed intelligent young woman whose mettle sustained her through her 63-year reign. Using Queen Victoria's diary and letters, this program reveals the personal details of a powerful yet humane woman, who took seriously her role as monarch in a time of great expansion. She and her husband, Albert, set an example of high moral character and dedication, a novelty in the royal house after generations of scandal. Through her children she left a royal legacy; an era bears her name. Sally Mummey performs this living history in proper 19th Century clothing resplendent with Royal Orders.
    Location: Meredith Public Library, 91 Main St., Meredith
Sunday August 9, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 1:30 PM A Visit with Abraham Lincoln Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Marty Cornelissen   875-5456   
    Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by Steve Wood, begins this program by recounting his early life and ends with a reading of the "Gettysburg Address." Along the way he comments on the debates with Stephen Douglas, his run for the presidency, and the Civil War.
    Location: Alton Historical Society, 13 Depot St., Alton
Wednesday August 12, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM New Hampshire's One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance and the Reality Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Upper Valley Senior Center   448-4213   
    Hundreds of one-room schools dotted the landscape of New Hampshire a century ago and were the backbone of primary education for generations of children. Revered in literature and lore, they actually were beset with problems, some of which are little changed today. The greatest issue was financing the local school and the vast differences between taxing districts in ability to support education. Other concerns included teacher preparation and quality, curriculum, discipline, student achievement and community involvement in the educational process. Steve Taylor explores the lasting legacies of the one-room school and how they echo today.
    Location: Upper Valley Senior Ctr., 10 Campbell St., Lebanon
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Saturday August 15, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM Teddy Roosevelt's Nobel Prize: New Hampshire and the Portsmouth Peace Treaty Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Claire James   938-2041   
    Teddy Roosevelt chose Portsmouth to be the site of the 1905 peace treaty negotiations between Russian and Japanese delegations to end the Russo-Japanese war. Charles Doleac's program first focuses on Roosevelt's multi-track diplomacy that included other world powers, the Russian and Japanese delegations, the US Navy, and New Hampshire hosts in 30 days of negotiations that resulted in the Portsmouth Peace Treaty and earned Roosevelt the 1906 Nobel Peace Prize. The program then focuses on how ordinary people from throughout New Hampshire positively affected the Portsmouth negotiations. The program customizes each presentation to the program site's local history at the time of the treaty to encourage audiences to join the annual statewide commemoration of "Portsmouth Peace Treaty Day" on September 5.
    Location: The Tin Shop, 160 East Main St., Bradford
Tuesday August 25, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM Darby Field and the First Ascent of Mount Washington Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sandy Allgood   744-3352   
    For more than 200 years historians believed that Darby Field made the first climb up Mount Washington in 1642. However, in the last several decades, questions have emerged about his use of Native American guides, about the likelihood of prior ascents by Native Americans, about the route Field may have followed on the mountain, and about whether Field actually made the ascent as claimed. Allen Koop examines how historians reconstruct the "truth" when given scant, vague, and even contradictory evidence.
    Location: Minot-Sleeper Library, 35 Pleasant St., Bristol
Wednesday August 26, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Harnessing History: On the Trail of New Hampshire's State Dog, the Chinook Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lisa Doner   536-3358   
    This program looks at how dog sledding developed in New Hampshire and how the Chinook played a major role in this story. Explaining how man and his relationship with dogs won out over machines on several famous polar expeditions, Bob Cottrell covers the history of Arthur Walden and his Chinooks, the State Dog of New Hampshire. Inquire whether the speaker's dog will accompany him.
    Location: Quincy Bog Natural Area (Nature Ctr.), 131 Quincy Bog Rd., Rumney
Thursday September 10, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM That Reminds Me of a Story Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Parish Helpers, Inc   522-3189   
    Stories speak to us of community. They hold our history and reflect our identity. Rebecca Rule has made it her mission over the last 20 years to collect stories of New Hampshire, especially those that reflect what's special about this rocky old place. She'll tell some of those stories - her favorites are the funny ones - and invite audience members to contribute a few stories of their own.
    Location: First Congregational Church, UCC, 2718 Wakefield Rd., Wakefield
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Comics in World History and Cultures Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Rosanna Dude   526-6804   
    Marek Bennett presents a whirlwind survey of comics from around the world and throughout history, with special attention to what these vibrant narratives tell (and show) us about the people and periods that created them. Bennett engages and involves the audience in an interactive discussion of several sample comics representing cultures such as Ancient Rome, Medieval Europe, the Ancient Maya, Feudal and modern Japan, the United States in the early 20th century, and Nazi Germany during World War II. The program explores the various ways of creating and reading comics from around the world, and what these techniques tell us about the cultures in which they occur.
    Location: Wilmot Public Library, 11 N. Wilmot Rd., Wilmot
Tuesday September 15, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Popular Music During World War II: Using Propaganda to Boost Morale Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Donna Hamill   569-1212   
    World War II brought about a government-sponsored drive to unify the country and increase morale both at home and abroad in the military. Over 2,000 songs relating to the war and home front efforts were written with those goals in mind. Focusing on these songs, Knickerbocker uses thirty-five recording excerpts, some well-known and others obscure, to explore the historical era and the changes this music wrought in the culture. Presented by Calvin Knickerbocker.
    Location: Wright Museum, 77 Center St., Wolfeboro
Wednesday September 16, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:30 PM Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Holderness Library   968-7066   
    Drawing on research from her book, Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire, the Present, the Past, and the Future, Rebecca Rule regales audiences with stories of the rituals, traditions and history of town meeting, including the perennial characters, the literature, the humor, and the wisdom of this uniquely New England institution.
    Location: Holderness Historical Society, Rte 3 (Curry Place behind Post Office), Holderness
Friday September 18, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM (Not So) Elementary, My Dear Watson: The Popularity of Sherlock Holmes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Mary Girard   487-3391   
    The recent spate of Sherlock Holmes movies, television shows, and literary adaptations indicate the Great Detective is alive and well in the 21st century. Holmes is the most portrayed literary character of all time, with over 230 film versions alone in several different languages. Over the past century, Sherlockians created societies like the Baker Street Irregulars, wrote articles sussing out the "sources" of Doyle's works, and, most recently, developed an entire online world of Holmesian fan fiction. Sherlock Holmes is now a multi-million dollar industry. Why is Sherlock Holmes so popular? Ann McClellan's presentation explores the origins of Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective and tracks his incarnations in literature, film, advertising, and modern media in order to crack the case of the most popular detective.
    Location: Whipple Free Library, 67 Mont Vernon Rd., New Boston
Tuesday September 22, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM A Woman That Keeps Good Orders: Women, Tavern Keeping, and Public Approval Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Denise Grimse   436-8548   
    Government regulations, licensing, handling drunks, controlling the flow of information --why would the Colonial-era government allow women to run a tavern? When her husband died in 1736, Ann Jose Harvey became the owner of a prominent Portsmouth tavern and sole guardian of seven small children. For at least twenty years, Harvey ran the increasingly prosperous establishment. Using documents related to Harvey's venue, Marcia Schmidt Blaine explores the world of female tavern keepers. A tavern was potentially the most disruptive spot in town. Why would a woman want to keep one?
    Location: Weeks Public Library, 36 Post Rd., Greenland
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Poor Houses and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Gary Attalla   774-0069   
    From its earliest settlements New Hampshire has struggled with issues surrounding the treatment of its poor. The early Northeastern colonies followed the lead of England's 1601 Poor Law, which imposed compulsory taxes for maintenance of the poor but made no distinction between the "vagrant, vicious poor" and the helpless and honest poor. This confusion persisted for generations and led directly to establishment in most of the state's towns of alms houses and poor farms and, later, county institutions which would collectively come to form a dark chapter in New Hampshire history. Steve Taylor will examine how paupers were treated in these facilities and how reformers eventually succeeded in closing them down.
    Location: St. John's Episcopal Church, 270 Stark Hwy. N., Dunbarton
 
misc_none 7:30 PM Exemplary Country Estates of New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: John Dickey   267-6098   
    In the early 20th Century, the New Hampshire Board of Agriculture launched a program to boost the rural economy and promote tourism through the sale of abandoned farms to summer residents. After introducing the country house movement, Cristina Ashjian focuses attention on some of the great country estates featured in the NH program between 1902 and 1913. Which private estates were recognized as exemplary, and who were their owners? Using historic images and texts, Ashjian discusses well-known estates now open to the public such as The Fells on Lake Sunapee, The Rocks in Bethlehem, and Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish.
    Location: Gilmanton Old Town Hall, 1800 NH Rte 140, Gilmanton Iron Works
Thursday September 24, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM A Visit with Abraham Lincoln Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Julie Steenson   547-2790   
    Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by Steve Wood, begins this program by recounting his early life and ends with a reading of the "Gettysburg Address." Along the way he comments on the debates with Stephen Douglas, his run for the presidency, and the Civil War.
    Location: Stephenson Memorial Library, 761 Forest Rd., Greenfield
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misc_none 7:00 PM Poor Houses and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jan Eskedel   367-8758   
    From its earliest settlements New Hampshire has struggled with issues surrounding the treatment of its poor. The early Northeastern colonies followed the lead of England's 1601 Poor Law, which imposed compulsory taxes for maintenance of the poor but made no distinction between the "vagrant, vicious poor" and the helpless and honest poor. This confusion persisted for generations and led directly to establishment in most of the state's towns of alms houses and poor farms and, later, county institutions which would collectively come to form a dark chapter in New Hampshire history. Steve Taylor will examine how paupers were treated in these facilities and how reformers eventually succeeded in closing them down.
    Location: Madison Library Chick Room, 1895 Village Rd., Madison
Saturday September 26, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM Family, Memory, Place: Writing Family Stories Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Cynthia Phillips   863-6921   
    What family stories do you carry with you? What story do you tell over and over? What landscape do you cherish the most? One of the deepest human instincts is to tell our life stories, to figure out who we are and what it means to be human. This interactive workshop led by Martha Andrews Donovan and Maura MacNeil explores how the landscapes of our lives shape the stories that we tell. Participants explore the themes of family, memory, and place through sample narratives and a series of short writing exercises, gaining a deeper awareness of how their stories can preserve personal, generational, and communal history.
    Location: Olive G. Pettis Library, 36 Mill Village Rd. (Rte 10 North), Goshen
 
misc_none 7:00 PM The Connecticut: New England's Great River Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Bath Public Library   747-3372   
    The largest river in New England rises in a small beaver pond near the Canadian border and flows over 400 miles through four states, falling 2,670 feet to the sea through America's only watershed-based national fish and wildlife refuge. Adair Mulligan leads an armchair tour of this great river in New Hampshire and Vermont, exploring its history and natural beauty through the seasons and among the communities that have sprung up along its banks. Next, the discussion will shift to how the river has influenced the lives of those who live there, and how they, in turn, have affected the river. Much more than a travelogue, this presentation explores the many issues involved in managing the health of this major river, and how citizens from all walks of life have created a vision for its future.
    Location: Bath Village School, 61 Lisbon Rd., Bath
Wednesday September 30, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Rally Round the Flag: The American Civil War Through Folksong Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sally Woodman   382-7574   
    Woody Pringle and Marek Bennett present an overview of the American Civil War through the lens of period music. Audience members participate and sing along as the presenters explore lyrics, documents, and visual images from sources such as the Library of Congress. Through camp songs, parlor music, hymns, battlefield rallying cries, and fiddle tunes, Pringle and Bennett examine the folksong as a means to enact living history, share perspectives, influence public perceptions of events, and simultaneously fuse and conserve cultures in times of change. Showcasing numerous instruments, the presenters challenge participants to find new connections between song, art, and politics in American history. (Note: Please contact Woody Pringle to book this program.)
    Location: Newton Town Hall, 2 Town Hall Rd., Newton
Thursday October 8, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM New Hampshire's One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance and the Reality Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Robert Gustafson   553-0531   
    Hundreds of one-room schools dotted the landscape of New Hampshire a century ago and were the backbone of primary education for generations of children. Revered in literature and lore, they actually were beset with problems, some of which are little changed today. The greatest issue was financing the local school and the vast differences between taxing districts in ability to support education. Other concerns included teacher preparation and quality, curriculum, discipline, student achievement and community involvement in the educational process. Steve Taylor explores the lasting legacies of the one-room school and how they echo today.
    Location: Kimball Public Library, 5 Academy Avenue, Atkinson
 
misc_none 7:00 PM The Middle East Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Wolfeboro Public Library   569-2428   
    The term "Middle East" is a changing geopolitical concept. Throughout recent history, this term referred to a political, a cultural, and a geographical region with no clear boundaries. Moreover, this concept serves to generate stereotypes and misunderstanding. This multimedia presentation by Mohamed Defaa provides an analytical framework to understand the histories, social identities, and cultures behind this complex concept of "Middle East."
    Location: Wolfeboro Public Library, 259 S. Main St., Wolfeboro
 
misc_none 7:15 PM Brewing in New Hampshire: An Informal History of Beer in the Granite State Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Donna Denniston   496-5462   
    Glenn Knoblock explores the fascinating history of New Hampshire's beer and ale brewing industry from Colonial days, when it was home- and tavern-based, to today's modern breweries and brew pubs. Unusual and rare photos and advertisements document this changing industry and the state's earliest brewers, including the renowned Frank Jones. A number of lesser-known brewers and breweries that operated in the state are also discussed, including the only brewery owned and operated by a woman before the modern era. Illustrations present evidence of society's changing attitudes towards beer and alcohol consumption over the years. Whether you're a beer connoisseur or a "tea-totaler", this lecture will be enjoyed by adults of all ages.
    Location: Springfield Town Meetinghouse, 23 Four Corners Rd., Springfield
Tuesday October 13, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Native American History of New Hampshire: Beyond Boundaries, circa 1700-1850 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Ric Erickson   749-9011   
    The northern frontier of New England was a risky place during the Colonial Period. Maine was nearly lost due to a series of Indian wars. New Hampshire only succeeded in settling the coast and as the frontier moved inland, both settlers and Indians found that their cultures had changed. Another set of wars to wrest Canada away from the French gave rise to several attempts by the Indians to assert their autonomy and stewardship over the land. By the time of Ethan Allen Crawford, the New Hampshire frontier had become a place for reflection on a new relationship with the environment, and tourism into the mountains was born. David Stewart-Smith muses that as the "last" Indians died off in the 1830s, perhaps a legacy was born that would insure a place for the landscape and the spirit of the Indians in New Hampshire's future.
    Location: Madbury Town Hall, 13 Town Hall Rd., Madbury
 
misc_none 7:15 PM The Shaker Legacy Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jane Rice   476-8895   
    In their more than two and a half centuries of existence, members of the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, commonly known as Shakers, made ingenious contributions to diverse fields: agriculture, industry, medicine, music, furniture design, women's rights, racial equality, craftsmanship, social and religious thought, and mechanical invention and improvement. Darryl Thompson explores some of these contributions in his lecture and shares some of his personal memories of the Canterbury Shakers. THE MONTHLY MOULTONBOROUGH HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 7:00PM WITH PROGRAM TO FOLLOW AT 7:15PM.
    Location: Moultonborough Public Library, 4 Holland St.., Moultonborough
Thursday October 15, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Poor Houses and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Wendy Pelletier   745-9971   
    From its earliest settlements New Hampshire has struggled with issues surrounding the treatment of its poor. The early Northeastern colonies followed the lead of England's 1601 Poor Law, which imposed compulsory taxes for maintenance of the poor but made no distinction between the "vagrant, vicious poor" and the helpless and honest poor. This confusion persisted for generations and led directly to establishment in most of the state's towns of alms houses and poor farms and, later, county institutions which would collectively come to form a dark chapter in New Hampshire history. Steve Taylor will examine how paupers were treated in these facilities and how reformers eventually succeeded in closing them down.
    Location: Woodstock Town Office Bldg., 165 Lost River Rd., N. Woodstock
 
misc_none 7:00 PM Witches, Pop Culture, and the Past Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Merrimack Public Library (Adult Services)   424-5021   
    "Hang her!" cries the raucous spectator. In 1692, nineteen people were executed in Salem and hundreds imprisoned during a witch hunt we still discuss today. Robin DeRosa explains that when Salem tells its witch stories, history, tourism, and performance collide, and "truth," both moral and macabre, vies with spooky thrills for its authentic place in history.
    Location: Merrimack Public Library, 470 Daniel Webster Hwy, Merrimack
Saturday October 17, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM Crosscut: The Mills, Logging and Life on the Androscoggin Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Canaan Town Library   523-9650   
    Using oral histories, Rebecca Rule recreates the voices of North Country people and uses new and vintage photos to tell the story of logging, the Berlin Mills, and life in the Androscoggin Valley, from the beginnings of the logging industry in the 1800s, through the boom years of the Brown Company and subsequent mill owners, and on to the demolition of the stacks in 2007. Audience members will be invited to share their own stories and discuss the logging and paper industries and the special place north of the notches. John Rule assists with a PowerPoint presentation of photos and information from his own research into the history of the Brown Company as an archivist at the New Hampshire Historical Society.
    Location: Canaan Town Library, 1173 US Rte. 4, Canaan
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Thursday October 22, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM A House on the Bay: Life on 17th-Century New Hampshire's Coastal Frontier Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Roland Garland   968-3902   
    One of the Great Bay's most prominent families during the latter part of the 17th century was the Wiggin family. Recently, a team of archaeologists discovered the home of Thomas Wiggin, Jr. Neill DePaoli demonstrates how bay residents on the periphery of Anglo-American settlement were far less isolated and bereft of the comforts of the more "civilized" world than traditionally portrayed.
    Location: School House Museum, 94 Dane Rd., Rte 25B, Center Harbor
Friday October 30, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Witches, Pop Culture, and the Past Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Joy B. Nowell   938-6054   
    "Hang her!" cries the raucous spectator. In 1692, nineteen people were executed in Salem and hundreds imprisoned during a witch hunt we still discuss today. Robin DeRosa explains that when Salem tells its witch stories, history, tourism, and performance collide, and "truth," both moral and macabre, vies with spooky thrills for its authentic place in history.
    Location: Center Meeting House, 927 Rte. 103 (intersection of Rte 103 & Rte 103A), Newbury
Saturday November 7, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM Digging Into Native History in New Hampshire Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Cynthia Phillips   863-6921   
    Abenaki history has been reduced to near-invisibility as a result of conquest, a conquering culture that placed little value on the Indian experience, and a strategy of self-preservation that required many Abenaki to go "underground," concealing their true identities for generations to avoid discrimination and persecution. Robert Goodby reveals archaeological evidence that shows their deep presence here, inches below the earth's surface.
    Location: Olive G. Pettis Library, 36 Mill Village Rd. (Rte 10 North), Goshen
Tuesday November 10, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Our National Thanksgiving: With Thanks to President Lincoln and Mrs. Hale Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Clara Sheehy   526-4275   
    Sarah Josepha Hale, a Newport, NH native, tells the story of her 30 year effort to have Thanksgiving declared a national holiday. President Abraham Lincoln enters at the end of her tale to read his 1863 Thanksgiving proclamation. Sharon Wood portrays Hale and Steve Wood portrays Lincoln in a living history presentation following background about their characters and the times.
    Location: New London Historical Society Meetinghouse, 179 Little Sunapee Rd., New London
 
misc_none 7:00 PM The Ballad Lives! Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Beverly Glynn   893-8882   
    Murder and mayhem, robbery and rapine, love that cuts to the bone: American ballads re-tell the wrenching themes of their English and Scottish cousins. Transplanted in the new world by old world immigrants, the traditional story-song of the Anglos and Scots wound up reinvigorated in the mountains of Appalachia and along the Canadian border. John Perrault talks, sings, and picks the strings that bind the old ballads to the new.
    Location: Salem Historical Museum, 310 Main St., Salem
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