Tag: History

Tom McGall – Personal Experience in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne ~ Thursday, Sept. 29th @ 6:30

eagles Please join us to hear Tom McGall from Fremont, NH. He will talk about his experience in Vietnam as a member of the Screaming Eagles: 101st Airborne. Tom left for Vietnam in October 1968 and was assigned to Delta Co. 3rd Battalion, 3rd Brigade 187th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. He spent most of his tour of duty in the northern part of South Vietnam along the Laotian boarder… Read more

Movie – Hamburger Hill ~ 1:00, Sept. 20th

hamburger A brutal and realistic war film focuses on the lives of a squad of 14 U.S. Army soldiers of B Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division during the brutal 10 day (May 11-20, 1969) battle for Hill 937 in the A Shau Valley of Vietnam as they try again and again to take the fortified hill held by the North Vietnamese, and the faults and casualties they… Read more

Documentary Film: The True Story Of The Screaming Eagles ~ SEPT 27th @ 6:30

  Eagle2There will be a special evening movie showing of:  The True Story Of The Screaming Eagles: 101st Airborne.  This documentary film covers the origin of the 101 Airborne Division, the screaming eagles but also highlights the Vietnam War when the 101st Airborne Division fought in several major campaigns and battles. Upon its arrival in Vietnam in 1965 (1st Brigade, followed by the 2nd and 3rd brigades in 1968), the… Read more

Massacre on the Merrimack with author Jay Atkinson – Thursday, Feb 11th @ 6:30 PM

MassacreAuthor Jay Atkinson will talk about his latest book Massacre on the Merrimack: Hannah Duston’s Captivity and Revenge in Colonial America. Sponsored by the Friends of the Kimball Library. Light refreshments will be served.  Books will be available for purchase. Early on March 15, 1697, a band of Abenaki raided the English frontier village of Haverhill, Massachusetts. Striking swiftly, the Abenaki killed twenty-seven men, women, and children, and took thirteen… Read more

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