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Freedom Historical Society Presents “Vanished Veterans: New Hampshire’s Civil War Monuments and Memorials” on Wednesday, June 15 at 7 PM

This program will take place at Freedom’s Town Hall, 16 Elm Street.

New Hampshire towns did not erect monuments to prior wars, but the emotional and family toll, unprecedented in American history, drove the decision to honor local soldiers and sailors of the War of Rebellion. From Seabrook to Colebrook, Berlin to Hinsdale, along main streets and 19th-century dirt roads, in city parks and on town greens, in libraries and town halls, and in cemeteries prominent and obscure, George Morrison located, inventoried, and photographed the fascinating variety of New Hampshire’s Civil War memorials. He shares his discoveries, from the earliest obelisks, to statuary and artillery, to murals, cast iron, stained glass, and buildings from the 1860s through the 1920s.

George Morrison earned a BA in History at UNH. He served for 30 years as a high school teacher. A long-time researcher of unpublished primary sources, Morrison has contributed to the work of numerous aviation historians and artists in several countries. He is a life-long photographer, historian and motorcyclist. Morrison has already traveled over 18,000 miles in the course of researching monuments and memorials, an interest sparked by a puzzling 1918 monument inscription.

Members of the Freedom Historical Society and the public are welcome to attend this free in-person program at 7 PM at the Town Hall in Freedom. Light refreshments will be served following the presentation. For additional information, please call 603-491-8347.

To see details of prior FHS programs, go to our news archive page.

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