Tag: History

The Colonial Meetinghouses of New England, November 18th @ 7:00 PM

Come meet Atkinson-based photographer Paul Wainwright and learn about New England’s Colonial meetinghouses – once the center of life in every New England town. When built in the 1700s, Colonial meetinghouses were the focus of both religious and civic life – concepts not at all separate in Colonial New England. Many were built with tax money, and their simple, undecorated architecture reflected the desire of early Puritan settlers to live… Read more

Lively Boys! Lively Boys!: The Origin of Bad Boy Books

Thursday, November 4, 6:30-8:00pm.  Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) represent the best of the ‘bad boy’ genre in American literature.  But the theory of  ‘The Human Boy’ that started it all was the brainchild of two Portsmouth, NH authors.  It all began with ‘plaguey like Partington’ (1850’s) invented by B.P. Shillaber and A Story of a Bad Boy (1869) by Thomas… Read more

Cows & Communities: Thursday Oct 14th, 6:30pm

Cattle were essential to the survival of the earliest New Hampshire settlements, and their contriutions have been central to the life and culture of the state ever since.  From providing dietary sustenance to basic motive power, 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 NH.  Where are NH’s cows today?  What are they… Read more

The Underground Railroad – September 16 @ 7pm

The Atkinson Historical Society will sponsor a talk and slide show on the history of the Underground Railroad on Thursday, September 16 at 7:00 pm at the Kimball Library in Atkinson.  The presentation will be given by Eleanor Strang, retired director of the Kelley Library in Salem. The Underground Railroad was the secret network in the years before the Civil War which assisted fugitive slaves to escape to freedom.  Ms.… Read more