Tag: History

Exemplary Country Estates of New Hampshire with Cristina Ashjian (NH Humanities) – Registration Requested @ 6:30, Thurs. 3/28/2019

NHhumanitiesExemplaryCountryEstatesIn 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 New Hampshire program between 1902 and 1913. Which private estates were recognized as exemplary, and who were their owners?… Read more

COMBINED T/ween Book Discussion: Wednesday, December 5th @6:30

Teens and Tweens come together for this months read: Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix Bella, newly arrived in New York from Italy, gets a job at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. There, along with hundreds of other immigrants, she works long hours at a grueling job under terrible conditions. Yetta, a coworker from Russia, has been crusading for a union, and when factory conditions worsen, she helps workers rise up in… Read more

Join us tonight for: A Few Seconds With Our Fathers Songs and Stories of WWII ~ Curt Bessette and Jenn Kurtz @ 6:30 on Thursday 11/8/2018

curt and jennJoin us for A Few Seconds With Our Fathers Songs and Stories of WWII, a tribute to WWII veterans, their families and generation. Through personal and historical stories, Curt Bessette and Jenn Kurtz perform original songs, and popular tunes from the war years including a tribute to Curt’s father, who was a WWII vet. This is an expanded concert and includes stories about the roles women played during the war… Read more

The Hello Girls (Film) with Presenter Carolyn Timbie ~ (Registration Required) at 6PM on Thursday, 10/4/2018

HelloGirlsIn 1917, General Pershing, Commander of the American Expeditionary Forces in WW1, made a request for bilingual women telephone operators to oversee telephone communications in France. It was apparent that inexperienced doughboys could not efficiently complete this vital task. In 1918, the U.S. Army Signal Corps sent 223 women to France. These brave women, also known as the ‘Hello Girls’, took an army oath, wore army regulation uniforms, and were… Read more

New Hampshire Roads Taken or Not with Steve Taylor (Atkinson Historical Society) Registration Requested @ 6:30 PM Thurs, 10/11/2018

roads takenFollowing World War II, New Hampshire embarked on an extensive program of constructing new highways and improving existing roads to accommodate explosive growth in passenger vehicles and the need for better infrastructure to accommodate commercial traffic. Hundreds of millions in federal, state, and local tax dollars would be expended on this initiative over the second half of the 20th century and road construction would become an enduring part of the… Read more

New England Quilts and the Stories They Tell with Pamela Weeks (NH Humanities) – Registration Requested @ 6:30, Thurs. 9/27/2018

NHquiltQuilts tell stories, and quilt history is full of myths and misinformation as well as heart-warming tales of service and tradition. Nearly every world culture that has cold weather uses quilted textiles-quilting is NOT just an American art. Pam Weeks weaves world history, women’s history, industrial history and just plain wonderful stories into her presentation. Participants are invited to bring one quilt for identification and/or story sharing. Prompted in part… Read more

Historical Women of Atkinson – Presented by Steven Lewis ~ (Registration Requested) @ 6:30 on Thursday, 6/7/2018

SteveLewisElizabeth Smith happened to be the sister of Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams, America’s second President. Elizabeth Smith was the second wife of Parson (Stephen) Peabody of Atkinson. Mr. Peabody became the first Minister of the Congregational Church of Atkinson and also started Atkinson Academy in 1787 which became one of the first coeducational schools of its kind in 1794 at the persistence of his daughter Polly. Steve Lewis,… Read more

The Guitar in Latin America with José Lezcano ~ Monday, 4/30/2018 @ 6:30PM

Join us as José 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. This program… Read more

A Visit with Queen Victoria (NH Humanities Program) @ 6:30 on Thursday, 4/12/2018 (Registration Required)

contentRedirectionThis program is free and open to the public and is made possible through a grant from the NH Humanities. About the program:  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… Read more

Finally, The Truth About Hannah (Will the Real Hannah Duston Stand Up) ~ (Registration Required) ~ Mon. 2/26/18 @ 6:30

dustinHannah has been the subject of many writings ranging from heroine to murderess. Now, from a source ‘hidden’ in plain view, comes the clear revelation. Learn what captivity narratives don’t want you to know, scalping 101, and the key to reliable resources. Presented by Atkinson resident, Richard Pyne. Richard started researching the history of Hannah Duston in 1995. He retired from Haverhill High School in 2000 after 32 years of… Read more