The Quotable Eleanor Roosevelt
Oct
2
7:00 PM19:00

The Quotable Eleanor Roosevelt

In the course of her long life, Eleanor Roosevelt transformed from a lost child to a woman of conviction and courage.  In this lively presentation by Michele Albion, author of The Quotable Eleanor Roosevelt, the First Lady's own words reveal her thoughts, her fears, and the character of the woman as as equally loved as she was vilified.  

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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The Old Country Fiddler: Charles Ross Taggart, Traveling Entertainer
Nov
6
7:00 PM19:00

The Old Country Fiddler: Charles Ross Taggart, Traveling Entertainer

Adam Boyce portrays musical humorist Charles Ross Taggart near the end of Taggart's 40 year career, c. 1936, sharing recollections on his life, with some live fiddling and humorous sketches interspersed in this living history program, sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities.

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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The Crusade for Women’s Suffrage
Jan
8
7:00 PM19:00

The Crusade for Women’s Suffrage

Curator Barbara Rimkunas will discuss the perplexing dilemmas of the suffrage and anti-suffrage women’s movements of the early twentieth century in this illustrated talk.

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 Coup for Liberty? The Turbulent Origins of the United States Constitution
Feb
5
7:00 PM19:00

A Coup for Liberty? The Turbulent Origins of the United States Constitution

Prof. Eliga Gould will tell the fascinating story of this turbulent history — of the crisis that produced the Constitutional Convention in 1787, and the political compromises and horse-trading that were necessary to ensure the Constitution’s ratification.

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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The Capital Crime of Witchcraft: What the Primary Sources Tell Us
Mar
5
7:00 PM19:00

The Capital Crime of Witchcraft: What the Primary Sources Tell Us

Margo Burns explores an array of prosecutions in seventeenth century New England, using facsimiles of primary source manuscripts, from first formal complaints and indictments to arrest and death warrants. This program focuses on the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692 and 1693, when nineteen people were hanged and one crushed to death, but also examines a variety of other cases against women in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

Refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm. The program is sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities and is free and open to the public.

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Amos Tuck and the Town of Exeter
Apr
2
7:00 PM19:00

Amos Tuck and the Town of Exeter

Historian and Exeter Historical Society volunteer researcher Mark Willis will look at some of the important events in the life of Amos Tuck and the history of Exeter between 1838 - 1879.

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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Exeter Dam Documentary Film & Panel
May
7
7:00 PM19:00

Exeter Dam Documentary Film & Panel

After a short annual meeting, we will show Exeter TV98’s documentary looking at the Great Dam removal and the future of the river. The film will be followed by a short panel discussion. 

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).

Please note that this program is being held at the Cooperative Middle School in Stratham.

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Spring into History Fundraiser
May
17
5:00 PM17:00

Spring into History Fundraiser

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

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A Measureless Peril: Wartime Hysteria, Spies, Surrenders at Sea, & German U-Boats off Portsmouth in WWII
May
1
7:00 PM19:00

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).

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12th Annual Youth Night
Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

12th Annual Youth Night

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.

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"Great Sorrow & Sore Affliction Among Us": Throat Distemper 1735
Apr
3
7:00 PM19:00

"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 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).

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CANCELLED: When Shipping was King: the Piscataqua Region in Colonial America
Feb
6
7:00 PM19:00

CANCELLED: When Shipping was King: the Piscataqua Region in Colonial America

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).

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Book Talk - A Colored Man in Exeter
Jan
30
7:00 PM19:00

Book Talk - A Colored Man in Exeter

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.

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Revolutionary: a Blending of History & Fiction
Jan
2
7:00 PM19:00

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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Stanton Book Talk by Walter Stahr
Nov
13
7:00 PM19:00

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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Color Me Included: the African Americans of Hampton's 1st Church & its Descendant Parishes, 1670-1826
Nov
7
7:00 PM19:00

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.

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An Evening with the Crime Writers
Oct
12
7:30 PM19:30

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
7:00 PM19:00

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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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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