Author George C. Daughan will discuss his newest book, Lexington and Concord: The Battle Heard Round the World, at the Exeter Historical Society. Water Street Bookstore, our co-sponsor, will be on hand with copies of the book for purchase.
The Inn by the Bandstand is hosting a cocktail reception on Thursday, May 17th, from 5 - 8pm, as a fundraiser for the Exeter Historical Society. Over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, Exeter Historical Society curator Barbara Rimkunas will share some of the history of the inn, including the role of the Society in saving it from demolition years ago. Come and enjoy a beautiful historic inn during a gorgeous time of year in a lovely spot in Exeter.
We are asking a suggested donation of $65 to attend the fundraiser – or $50, if you are a member. Register here!
A Measureless Peril: Wartime Hysteria, Spies, Surrenders at Sea, & German U-Boats off Portsmouth in WWII
Through an illustrated talk, former executive director of the USS Albacore Submarine Museum 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).
This annual event celebrates youth involvement in the study of local history and features the winners of the Nancy Carnegie Merrill History Award. The contest and event are in honor of our esteemed citizen and town historian, Nancy Carnegie Merrill, and are generously sponsored by Service Credit Union. This year, the topic for our annual essay contest is “Youth at Work” and the event is dedicated to the memory of Malcolm Wetherbee, who started the contest and Youth Night in 2007.
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 will 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).
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 Irish Dance Academy will perform at the beginning of the program. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm.
Due to a family emergency, this program has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
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).
Michael Cameron Ward will discuss his book, a biographical account of his father, Harold E. Ward. It begins with his family's slave origins in 1852 and proceeds through his childhood, his WWII U.S. Navy career, and his post retirement in the Exeter, NH, hospitality trade.
This event is co-sponsored by Water Street Bookstore and books will be available for purchase and signing. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.
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).
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.
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.
NOTE: The Exeter News-Letter incorrectly advertised the program's location. The presentation will be held at the Exeter Historical Society, 47 Front Street, Exeter, NH.
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.
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 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.