During Colonial times, shipping was central to life in the region, allowing for commercial transport of passengers and goods and helping to fuel the material and economic expansion of New England and beyond. In this illustrated presentation, prize-winning historian Professor Jeff Bolster of the UNH History Department will examine the factors that influenced the shipping industry – from economics, government policy, and labor to the military and technology. He will include intriguing details about the ships and ports that played pivotal roles and the entrepreneurs who took the helm along the way.
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).