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Slide shows provide curriculum support for studying New Hampshire history. They cover a range of topics pertinent to those discussed in guided museum visits or museum traveling programs. For those unfamiliar with PowerPoint®, each slide show begins with a brief note about how to view the slides.

All slide shows on this Web site are listed and described below. At the end of some descriptions, the term Focus Questions, enclosed in brackets, points to a list of questions that may serve to focus attention prior to viewing or to follow up after viewing.

Saving a slide show to your computer and running it from your PowerPoint® application will prove more satisfactory than opening the presentation directly into a Web browser.
Estimated download times are listed at the bottom of this page.

From Trails to Rails: Transportation in New Hampshire
What role has New Hampshire played in the history of transportation? The show poses this question and asks students to consider how changes in transportation have affected people in our state. The presentation may serve as an introduction to a study of transportation; it also prepares students for a visit to the museum and even provides a pre-visit activity. [1.2 MB - download time]

Enjoying New Hampshire Treasures
This slide presentation prepares treasuresstudents for a museum visit by showing how the New Hampshire Historical Society preserves, documents, and interprets New Hampshire history. The program explores the types of artifacts the museum collects, describes how labels are constructed, and suggests a few questions visitors may pose when viewing objects in an exhibition. [2.2 MB - download time]

The Wentworth Governors: A New Hampshire Dynasty
Learn about the family that dominated New Hampshire provincial politics in the 1700s. Wielding considerable power, the Wentworth governors helped shape the state as we know it today. This slide show highlights the accomplishments and peccadilloes of the three Governor Wentworths and their families. [Focus Questions] [1.5 MB - download time]

immigrantsNew Hampshire's Immigrants: Who Are We and Where Did We Come From?
This slide show briefly traces the history of immigration to New Hampshire, highlighting data in the census years 1890 through 1920 and 2000. The presentation could serve as support for the museum's traveling program Passport to New Hampshire History: Immigration and the Granite State. [Focus Questions] [1.1 MB - download time]

Who Am I (in New Hampshire History)?
Can you identify these twenty notable men and women associated with New Hampshire? This slide show provides portraits and hints to help identify these persons whose lives date from the 1600s to the present. Suggestions are given for further research, including a list of pertinent articles from the journal Historical New Hampshire.
Note: slide show controls for this presentation may not work properly from within a browser. Download the file to your own hard drive and run it from there. [<1 MB - download time]

The Good Old Days: Remember Them?
How good were the "good old days"? This presentation lets viewers compare prices and wages from 100 years ago with those today. Created to help prepare visitors to the museum's new 1905-general-store activity, the show is a brief economics lesson in its own right. [<1 MB - download time]

Going to School in New Hampshire
Using materials from the New Hampshire Historical Society's collections, this slide show asks students to compare schools of the past with their own. The presentation may be used in preparation for the museum's traveling program Going to School, or it may be used in conjunction with a study of primary sources. [1.8 MB - download time]

Learning about People in New Hampshire through Many Eyes
This virtual tour of the Society's long-running exhibit New Hampshire through Many Eyes has a single focus: people. Unlike the popular "Highlights of New Hampshire History" on-site tour that deals with the chronology and themes of New Hampshire's history, this virtual tour concentrates on providing information about the people portrayed or otherwise prominent in the exhibit. Notes for the slides indicate whether or not publications devoted to the individuals are available at the Society's library. The notes also list articles in Historical New Hampshire that are devoted to each subject. [1.8 MB - download time]

From Cow to Kitchen: An Overview of Milk Delivery in New Hampshire
This presentation reviews changes in the way dairy products get from the barn to the breakfast table and how these changes reflect the state's social history. [Focus Questions] [2.4 MB - download time]

Highlights of New Hampshire History Preview
The show previews what students see as they tour the exhibit New Hampshire through Many Eyes. [1.4 MB - download time]

New Hampshire: An Industrious State
This slide show explores how New Hampshire people have made a living from earliest times to the present—from trade to tourism and from farm to factory. The presentation traces in general terms changes in the economic forces that have driven the state. The show will add perspective to a classroom unit on industrialism and also will work well in conjunction with the museum's traveling program New Hampshire Hands at Work and the guided museum lesson that concentrates on industry. [Focus Questions] [2.3 MB - download time]

frenchindian The French, the Indians, and the English: Trouble in Colonial New Hampshire
What role did New Hampshire play in the six wars England fought with France and Native Americans of the Northeast? This presentation briefly discusses reasons for enmity that the French and the Native Americans felt toward English settlers. It then traces the impact of Indian raids on New Hampshire during a century of continual war. The program provides background information for the traveling programs Redcoats and Rebels and New Hampshire Goes to War. [Focus Questions] [4.2 MB - download time]

New Hampshire and the Revolutionary War
What is Paul Revere's connection to New Hampshire? Why is much of Vermont's State Route 9 called "The Molly Stark Trail"? This show provides a brief look at causes of the War for Independence and highlights New Hampshire's involvement in the war. The presentation serves well as a preview for the traveling programs Redcoats and Rebels and New Hampshire Goes to War. [Focus Questions] [1.1 MB - download time]

Background to Civil War: Conflict over Slavery in New Hampshire and across the Nationcivilwar
How did national conflict over the issue of slavery affect New Hampshire? Trace the spread of slavery in the country and learn about how positions of prominent New Hampshirites factored into a debate that would result in Civil War. The presentation serves well as a preview for the traveling program New Hampshire Goes to War. [Focus Questions] [1.5 MB - download time]

New Hampshire History: A Quick Reference Chart to Topics of Study
Are you trying to find a research topic for the study of New Hampshire history? This interactive slide show lets you browse through eight suggested general areas of study and ten eras in New Hampshire history. Matching a selected focus with a particular era brings up pertinent study topics. The show also lists (by era) people who have been important in the state's history.
While the chart is available on paper in each of the books of the curriculum, an advantage of this version is that wherever possible, study topics link to pertinent documents and lesson plans available on-line at the Historical Society's Web site. A single-page version of the Quick Reference Chart is also available from this site. [<1 MB - download time]

Where New Hampshire's People Come From: How Diverse Is Our Population?
How diverse is the population of New Hampshire? This slide presentation shows the heritage of each county’s residents as indicated by the 2000 census. The top ten listed ancestries for each county are represented in a pie chart. The presentation also lists for each county the top ten immigrant groups as represented by the number of foreign-born residents. [Focus Questions] [1.4 MB - download time]

Settling New Hampshire Towns
Watch New Hampshire develop from its original four towns in 1623 up to the last town to be recognized in 1966. The graphic presentation may provoke some questions: What is the pattern of development? Why were certain periods slow in growth while other eras showed rapid growth? Why are some areas unsettled even today? The show traces development in five-year increments. While the presentation is automated, a user may view New Hampshire's growth manually. Also, a menu directs the user to a map showing important lakes and waterways and to a list of possible discussion questions. [1.3 MB - download time]

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Estimated Download Time (minutes and seconds)
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Program 56KBPS 640K-DSL 728K-Blue.
Industry 5m 44s 0m 26s 0m 12s
Immigration 2m 44s 0m 12s 0m 5s
Old Days 2m 29s 0m 12s 0m 5s
Indian Wars 10m 29s 0m 48s 0m 22s
Revolution 2m 44s 0m 12s 0m 5s
Civil War 3m 44s 0m 17s 0m 8s
Dairy 5m 59s 0m 25s 0m 12s
NH Treasures 5m 6s 0m 25s 0m 11s
Highlights 3m 29s 0m 16s 0m 7s
Quick Chart 2m 29s 0m 11s 0m 5s
Diversity 3m 29s 0m 16s 0m 7s
People 4m 29s 0m 20s 0m 9s
School 4m 29s 0m 20s 0m 9s
Transportation 2m 59s 0m 13s 0m 6s
Who Am I? 2m 29s 0m 11s 0m 5s
Wentworths 3m 44s 0m 17s 0m 8s
NH Towns 3m 14s 0m 14s 0m 6s

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