In 1835, abolitionists opened one of the nation's first integrated schools in Canaan, NH, attracting eager African-American students from as far away as Boston, Providence, and New York City – and it went downhill from there. In his illustrated presentation, sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities, Dan Billin plumbs the depths of anti-abolitionist sentiment in early 19th century New England. This program is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm.
The podcasters of "Crime Writers On" are coming to Exeter for an evening focused on true crime – in Exeter, the nation and in the world of entertainment. Exeter's own Lara Bricker – along with fellow podcasters Toby Ball, Rebecca Lavoie and Kevin Flynn – will discuss the beginnings of their podcast, how they met, what they've written about, and other aspects of podcasting, and then take our questions. If you love this podcast or true crime, don't miss the opportunity to hear – and see – the Crime Writers in person. Click for information about purchasing tickets.
Color Me Included: the African Americans of Hampton's 1st Church & its Descendant Parishes, 1670-1826
In the handwritten clergy records from the archives of the First Congregational Church of Hampton, NH, minister Deborah Knowlton discovered details of the lives of African Americans, noted over 156 years by twelve ministers. In her presentation, she will share her research and the primary sources through which she rediscovered the names and partial histories of over twenty-seven African American men, women and children of ten NH towns.
Alex Myers will discuss the story of his ancestor, Deborah Sampson, who disguised herself as a man and fought for over a year in the American Revolutionary War. Myers will describe how he researched Sampson's story and wove history and fiction together to create his novel, Revolutionary. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm. The program is open to the public; there is a $5 suggested donation for non-members (or $1 for students).
In this illustrated presentation, UNH historian Professor Jeff Bolster will examine the factors that influenced the shipping industry – from economics, government policy, and labor to the military and technology. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm. The program is open to the public; there is a $5 suggested donation for non-members (or $1 for students).
Through traditional music, Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki relays some of the adventures, misadventures, and emotions experienced by Irish emigrants. A few Irish Step Dancers from Murray Academy will be on hand to perform to the music. This program is co-hosted by the Exeter Public Library, sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm.
In 1735, a deadly epidemic swept the east coast of Colonial America. The ailment, now thought to be a particularly virulent form of diphtheria, arose in Kingston, NH, and cruelly decimated primarily children and young mothers. For this illustrated presentation, Curator Barbara Rimkunas was going to trace the plague and its lasting effects on the region. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm. The program is open to the public; there is a $5 suggested donation for non-members (or $1 for students).
A Measureless Peril: Wartime Hysteria, Spies, Surrenders at Sea, & German U-Boats off Portsmouth in WWII
Through an illustrated talk, USS Albacore Submarine Museum Executive Director Jim Craig will explore the history of WWII U-Boats off the New Hampshire coast. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm. The program is open to the public; there is a $5 suggested donation for non-members (or $1 for students).