Historical New Hampshire, Volume 71, No. 1, Spring 2018


This richly illustrated issue features three articles and marks a real break with tradition—never before has a rabbit appeared on its cover!

Flag expert Dave Martucci explores the findings of his 2016 report on the New Hampshire Historical Society’s two Revolutionary War flags, uncovering just how rare these objects are. They are the only set, or “stand,” of national and regimental Revolutionary War flags in existence. The buff-colored flag, which is currently on display at the Society’s 30 Park Street building in Concord, NH, is the only known national flag from the Revolutionary era to have survived to the present day.

French geographer and historian Julien Icher recounts the tale of the Marquis de Lafayette’s triumphal tour in the Granite State in 1824 and 1825. The biggest celebrity of his day, many communities around the state were still commemorating his visit decades afterward, ensuring that Lafayette remained a beloved hero generations after his death. His tour inspired the production of  mass-marketed souvenirs and handmade mementos, while the items he actually touched became elevated to the status of relics. Lafayette left his mark on New Hampshire with plaques, buildings, trees, and even a mountain named in his honor.

New Hampshire artist Marek Bennett offers a delightful primer on the art of creating historical graphic novels. Since its publication in 2016, Bennett’s innovative tale of the Civil War adventures of Henniker’s Freeman Colby has been delighting audience of all ages, and Bennett himself has traveled throughout the state presenting workshops and seminars on the ways stick figures can change the way we look at both history and “cartoons.” Bennett’s article provides a glimpse into the process of transforming words into images with just a few deceptively simple strokes of a pen.

Editors: Robert W. Bermudes Jr. and Elizabeth Dubrulle
Illustrations Coordinator: Joan E. Desmarais

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