MONTHLY PROGRAMS

Our monthly program meetings take place October through May, the first Tuesday of the month (unless noted otherwise) beginning with refreshments at 6:30pm at the Historical Society. All programs are open to the public. For most presentations there is a $5 suggested donation for non-members (or $1 for students).

Tuesday, October 3, 2017  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. Outraged community leaders responded by raising a mob that dragged the academy building off its foundation and ran the African-American students out of town. The state's first experiment in educational equality was brief, but it helped launch the public careers of a trio of extraordinary African-American leaders: Henry Highland Garnet, Alexander Crummell, and Thomas Sipkins Sidney. Dan Billin plumbs the depths of anti-abolitionist sentiment in early 19th century New England, and the courage of three young friends destined for greatness. This program is sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities and is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 

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. Outraged community leaders responded by raising a mob that dragged the academy building off its foundation and ran the African-American students out of town. The state's first experiment in educational equality was brief, but it helped launch the public careers of a trio of extraordinary African-American leaders: Henry Highland Garnet, Alexander Crummell, and Thomas Sipkins Sidney. Dan Billin plumbs the depths of anti-abolitionist sentiment in early 19th century New England, and the courage of three young friends destined for greatness. This program is sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities and is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017  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.  

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 

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.  

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2017, 6:30 - 8PM HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2017, 6:30 - 8PM

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

Tuesday, January 2, 2018  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. 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 

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. 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018  When Shipping Was King: The Piscataqua Region in Colonial America During Colonial times, shipping was central to life in the region, allowing for commerical 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. 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 

When Shipping Was King: The Piscataqua Region in Colonial America

During Colonial times, shipping was central to life in the region, allowing for commerical 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. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018  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. Tirrell-Wysocki discusses the historical context of these songs, interspersing their stories with tunes from Ireland that made their way into New England’s musical repertoire, played on his fiddle or guitar. 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.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 

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. Tirrell-Wysocki discusses the historical context of these songs, interspersing their stories with tunes from Ireland that made their way into New England’s musical repertoire, played on his fiddle or guitar. 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.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018  "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. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 

"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. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018  A Measureless peril: Wartime Hysteria, Spies, Surrenders at Sea, and German U-Boats off Portsmouth in WWII From January to early September of 1942, a deadly enemy lurked off our local shores, striking with lethal efficiency and often without any warning – and there was almost nothing we could do about it. Prior to our annual meeting, through an illustrated talk, USS Albacore Submarine Museum Executive Director, Jim Craig, will explore this startling chapter in our history, and separate the facts from the fiction!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 

A Measureless peril: Wartime Hysteria, Spies, Surrenders at Sea, and German U-Boats off Portsmouth in WWII

From January to early September of 1942, a deadly enemy lurked off our local shores, striking with lethal efficiency and often without any warning – and there was almost nothing we could do about it. Prior to our annual meeting, through an illustrated talk, USS Albacore Submarine Museum Executive Director, Jim Craig, will explore this startling chapter in our history, and separate the facts from the fiction!

Past Programs


TUESDAY, May 2, 2017 I CAN'T DIE But Once: HARRIET TUBMAN'S CIVIL WAR Click HERE to watch the program. Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti's characterization of Harriet Tubman is a lucid, well-researched biography about the remarkable life of an enduring warrior. As Harriet Tubman, she weaves a tale of truth, pain, courage and determination in the quagmire of racial exploitation. This program is sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities and is free and open to the public. Quezaire-Presutti's presentation will be followed by the Society's Annual Meeting. Click here for more information.

TUESDAY, May 2, 2017

I CAN'T DIE But Once: HARRIET TUBMAN'S CIVIL WAR

Click HERE to watch the program. Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti's characterization of Harriet Tubman is a lucid, well-researched biography about the remarkable life of an enduring warrior. As Harriet Tubman, she weaves a tale of truth, pain, courage and determination in the quagmire of racial exploitation. This program is sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities and is free and open to the public. Quezaire-Presutti's presentation will be followed by the Society's Annual Meeting. Click here for more information.

TUESDAY, April 4, 2017 SONGS OF WWII: WARTIME SONGS & THE STORIES YOU DIDN'T KNOW Presented by “Ramblin’ Richard," this interesting and entertaining program recalled the music and brought to light the fascinating and unfamiliar stories about some of our most beloved American songs from 1939 - 1945. Watch the program here!

TUESDAY, April 4, 2017

SONGS OF WWII: WARTIME SONGS & THE STORIES YOU DIDN'T KNOW

Presented by “Ramblin’ Richard," this interesting and entertaining program recalled the music and brought to light the fascinating and unfamiliar stories about some of our most beloved American songs from 1939 - 1945. Watch the program here!

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 EXPERIENCE THE PAST...ONE SIP AT A TIME: THE HISTORY OF SQUAMSCOT SODA Tom and Dan Conner discussed the history of the Newfields-based soda company. Thanks to Exeter TV/Channel 98, you can watch the program here.

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017

EXPERIENCE THE PAST...ONE SIP AT A TIME: THE HISTORY OF SQUAMSCOT SODA

Tom and Dan Conner discussed the history of the Newfields-based soda company. Thanks to Exeter TV/Channel 98, you can watch the program here.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2017 THE FORGOTTEN HISTORIC POWDER HOUSES OF NEW ENGLAND - ARSENALS OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE In this illustrated presentation, Historian Matthew Thomas explored the little known 200+ Historic Powder Houses of New England that played an integral role in establishing and maintaining American Independence. Those in attendance learned about terrible explosions, deaths, murders, duels, and pranks that happened in and around these old powder houses. 

TUESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2017

THE FORGOTTEN HISTORIC POWDER HOUSES OF NEW ENGLAND - ARSENALS OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE

In this illustrated presentation, Historian Matthew Thomas explored the little known 200+ Historic Powder Houses of New England that played an integral role in establishing and maintaining American Independence. Those in attendance learned about terrible explosions, deaths, murders, duels, and pranks that happened in and around these old powder houses. 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2016 FIRST, SECOND, OR THIRD IN THE NATION: THE IMPORTANCE OF NH & THE JUGGLING OF THE PRIMARY SCHEDULE In this talk, Andy Smith, the director of the UNH Survey Center, examined New Hampshire's role in the presidential nomination process, the impact of front loading, and the potential impact of the new Democratic primary schedule.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2016

FIRST, SECOND, OR THIRD IN THE NATION: THE IMPORTANCE OF NH & THE JUGGLING OF THE PRIMARY SCHEDULE

In this talk, Andy Smith, the director of the UNH Survey Center, examined New Hampshire's role in the presidential nomination process, the impact of front loading, and the potential impact of the new Democratic primary schedule.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2016 THE BIGGEST STORMS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE For the last 200 years, New Hampshire has seen an incredible variety of damaging storms, some of which have changed communities forever. From floods to tornadoes to hurricanes, we see it all…except for volcanos and tsunamis!  Meteorologist Kevin Skarupa discussed 20 of these storms that have altered our landscape and created huge changes.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2016

THE BIGGEST STORMS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

For the last 200 years, New Hampshire has seen an incredible variety of damaging storms, some of which have changed communities forever. From floods to tornadoes to hurricanes, we see it all…except for volcanos and tsunamis!  Meteorologist Kevin Skarupa discussed 20 of these storms that have altered our landscape and created huge changes.