Shop 'til You Drop for Exeter History
Oct
1
to Oct 31

Shop 'til You Drop for Exeter History

The Fabulous Find, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is a boutique-style resale shop on Route One in Kittery, which partners with different worthy, local non-profit organizations each month. The Exeter Historical Society is honored to have been chosen as one of the organizations benefiting from their generosity.

The Fabulous Find is open Monday - Friday from 10am - 6pm, Saturday from 9:30am - 6:30pm, and Sunday from 11am - 5pm.

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Color Me Included: the African Americans of Hampton's 1st Church & its Descendant Parishes, 1670-1826
Nov
7
7:00pm 7:00pm

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.

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Stanton Book Talk by Walter Stahr
Nov
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

Stanton Book Talk by Walter Stahr

Join the Exeter Historical Society and Water Street Bookstore for a book talk on Stanton, by Walter Stahr.

Walter Stahr, award-winning author of the New York Times bestseller Seward, tells the story of Abraham Lincoln’s indispensable Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton, the man the president entrusted with raising the army that preserved the Union.

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Revolutionary: a Blending of History & Fiction
Jan
2
7:00pm 7:00pm

Revolutionary: a Blending of History & Fiction

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).

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When Shipping was King: the Piscataqua Region in Colonial America
Feb
6
7:00pm 7:00pm

When Shipping was King: the Piscataqua Region in Colonial America

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).

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Songs of Emigration: Storytelling through Traditional Irish Music
Mar
6
7:00pm 7:00pm

Songs of Emigration: Storytelling through Traditional Irish Music

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.

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"Great Sorrow & Sore Affliction Among Us": Throat Distemper 1735
Apr
3
7:00pm 7:00pm

"Great Sorrow & Sore Affliction Among Us": Throat Distemper 1735

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).

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A Measureless Peril: Wartime Hysteria, Spies, Surrenders at Sea, & German U-Boats off Portsmouth in WWII
May
1
7:00pm 7:00pm

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).

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An Evening with the Crime Writers
Oct
12
7:30pm 7:30pm

An Evening with the Crime Writers

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. 

An Evening with the Crime Writers is generously sponsored by the Pairpoint Group, LLC, and The Thirsty Moose of Exeter.

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The Abolitionists of Noyes Academy
Oct
3
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Abolitionists of Noyes Academy

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.

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