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Saturday, October 19, 2019, at 2 p.m.
Lecture: “300 Years Ago: The Scots-Irish in Provincial New Hampshire”
2019 marks the 300th anniversary of the Scots-Irish migration to New Hampshire. The Scots-Irish would become the largest group of non-English immigrants to the colony. Originally based in Londonderry, the Scots-Irish brought much to the province, including potatoes, linen, and a hearty, stubborn quality that would become quintessential to the Yankee character. In this lecture by historian R. Stuart Wallace, learn about these early immigrants and how they transformed New Hampshire. Immediately following the lecture, Director of Collections and Exhibitions Wes Balla will be showing the Shute Petition, the 1718 document signed by over 300 Scots-Irish seeking a new home in America. The petition is not normally available for public viewing. This program is included in the price of admission to the Society; admission is free for New Hampshire Historical Society members.
Saturday, November 9, 2019, at 2 p.m.
Lecture: “Saving the Inland Waters: Citizen Action in the Granite State”
Author and historian Jim Rousmaniere explores the vital role of citizen action in protecting New Hampshire’s inland waters over the years, beginning with the founding of the first environmental organization in the state, the Lake Sunapee Protective Association, in 1898. With over 1,300 lakes and ponds and 40,000 miles of rivers, New Hampshire’s inland waters are important to the state’s economy, ecology, history, and culture. Yet Granite Staters often had to band together and form grassroots organizations to preserve or restore waterways damaged by industry and overuse. Explore the 20th-century history of this precious natural resource in New Hampshire and how groups fought to save it in efforts like the restoration of the Nashua River and the creation of a nationally recognized project in Dover to control urban run-off. This program is included in the price of admission to the Society; admission is free for New Hampshire Historical Society members.
Assistant Director of Education & Public Programs