FHS News

Posted June 24, 2018

Join Freedom Historical Society’s 50th Year Celebration!

The Freedom Historical Society invites you to the Freedom Art Gallery on Friday, June 29 from 6 to 8 PM to celebrate its 50th anniversary with cake, cheese, and beverages.  We will give a toast to the next 50 years and reveal our 2019 Calendar, “Remarkable People of Freedom’s Past”.  Join us as we celebrate 50 years of preserving the story of Freedom, and kick off our summer 2018 festivities!

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Posted June 19, 2018

Freedom Historical Society Presents “Exemplary Country Estates of New Hampshire” on Wednesday, July 18

In the early 20th century, the New Hampshire Board of Agriculture launched a program to boost the rural economy and promote tourism through the sale of abandoned farms to summer residents.  Cristina Ashjian, from the NH Humanities Council, will introduce the country house movement, and then discuss some of the great country estates featured in the New Hampshire program between 1902 and 1913.

Which private estates were recognized as exemplary, and who were their owners?  Using historic images and texts, Ashjian will discuss well-known estates now open to the public such as The Fells on Lake Sunapee, The Rocks in Bethlehem, and The Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish.  She will also include a local example.

Cristina Ashjian is an art historian and an independent scholar based in Moultonborough, where she is presently the chair of the Moultonborough Heritage Commission.  Her current research focuses on late 19th and early 20th century country estates.  Ashjian holds an MA in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London; and a PhD in Modern Art and Architecture from Northwestern University.

Please join members of the Freedom Historical Society for this interesting presentation on Wednesday, July 18 at Freedom Town Hall on Elm Street at 7 PM.  The program is free and open to the public, and is part of the Freedom Historical Society’s 50th year celebration.  Refreshments will be served following the presentation.  For additional information, please call 603-539-5799.

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Posted June 8, 2018

Freedom Historical Society Presents “Abenaki Who, When, Where and Some Whys” on Wednesday, June 13

Please join us at the Camp Calumet Lakeside Facility for a program presented by Paul W. Pouliot, Grand Council Chief and principal speaker of the Pennacook-Abenaki People (Cowasuck Band).  A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, he is also a religious elder of the tribe, lecturer, Tribal Historian and Tribal Historical Protection Officer.

Paul’s grandparents were from mixed Wabanaki (Abenaki) and colonial French blood lines dating back to the early 1600’s.  His family migrated back and forth between Quebec and New England through the generations.  As a youth his father taught him of the ancestral roots of his grandmother and grandfather, both of whom were indigenous, and also taught him the ways of the woods and waters.  Among his many accomplishments, Paul was a founding member of the New Hampshire Commission of Native American Affairs.  This program addresses many questions which explain: what is an Abenaki; who is an Abenaki; when, where and some whys about the Abenaki that remain largely unknown today.

Please join Freedom Historical Society on Wednesday, June 13 at 7 PM to hear Paul Pouliot’s fascinating presentation.  The location is the Camp Calumet Lakeside Facility located at 1090 Ossipee Lake Rd, West Ossipee, NH 03890.  The presentation is free and open to the public.  For additional information, please call 603-539-5799.

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Posted May 10, 2018

Freedom Historical Society Presents “Chocorua for Two Bits: The Value of View: Art, History and Nature” on Wednesday, May 16

What is the value of a view?  What is its cost?  Freedom Historical Society welcomes Bob Cottrell for his insightful presentation, “Chocorua for Two Bits: The Value of a View: Art, History and Nature.”, which will address these questions.

Why two bits?  As of 2013 you can hold in your hand an artistic rendering of the famous view of Chocorua on a new quarter for 25 cents, (historically known as two bits).  You can also purchase a painting of the same view for tens of thousands of dollars.  The Chocorua quarter is part of the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program of the United States Mint and features the White Mountain National Forest.  Ironically, this famous view is not part of the White Mountain National Forest; neither is it preserved by the Federal Government nor any public entity.

The story starts, as most do, with whiskey and opera, then explores the legendary tales of revenge and murder that led to the preservation of the view.  It continues with civil war generals, preachers who lived on Heavenly Hill, sawmills shut down so Boston Brahmins could swim without sawdust polluting their bathing, a horse that hiked daily from Silver Lake to the summit of Chocorua, robber barons, novelists, Pulitzer Prize winners, famous Japanese landscape gardeners, geologists, botanists, birders and wildlife biologists, mycology, Abenaki rug makers, iron workers, candlelit canoe parades, tennis tournaments, polar explorers, ice harvesters and CCC camps.

Bob Cottrell has a master’s degree from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture in Delaware.  He is the Curator of both the Nella Braddy Henney History Room at the Conway Public Library and the Conway Historical Society.  He also serves as an independent history and museum consultant, (Curator for hire), and is a speaker with the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

Please join members of the Freedom Historical Society on May 16 at Freedom Town Hall on Elm Street at 7 PM. The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the presentation. For additional information, please call 603-539-5799.

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Posted May 10, 2018

Freedom Historical Society “Celebrating 50 years as a Non-profit Corporation!”

The Freedom Historical Society is celebrating its 50th year of incorporation.  On May 22, 1968 the papers were signed.  The Society had its beginnings on March 30, 1965 with first meeting, organized by Barbara Dutton and Molly Cunningham.  They and other key citizens (see below), spent three years getting the Society established and organized, producing by-laws and setting a path that they hoped would be sustainable.  This is what we are celebrating in 2018, and it is so pleasing to be able say that the Society is still going strong after all these years.  “Preserving Freedom’s history for future generations”.

The Society honors the memory of some of the people who set us on the path to incorporation from 1965-1968 (these were the leaders, but it is recognized that several others stepped up to help carry the load):

Barbara Dutton:  President, 1965-66

John Brooks:  President, 1966-67

Molly Cunningham:  President 1967-68,  Board of Directors 1965-67

Albert Godfrey:  Vice President, 1966-67

Clem Lovell:  Vice President, 1967-72

Marilyn Rines:  Secretary, 1966-67

Mabel Davis:  Secretary, 1967-68,  Board of Directors 1966-67

Luke Hatfield:  Treasurer, 1966-1970

Lettie Thurston:  Custodian, 1966-1970

Other organizing members present at the first (1965) meeting included Melvin Watson, Wesley Milliken, Lettie Thurston, George Littlefield, Emma Perkins, Kenneth Alexander, David Dutton and F. Graham Cunningham.

On September 6, 1967 the following met as the “First meeting of Incorporators”: Barbara Dutton, Molly Cunningham, Mabel Davis, Luke Hatfield, Merue Page, Clem Lovell, Mrs. Francis Bryant and Jack Middleton. It was Jack Middleton who volunteered, and accepted the role of attorney to file all application papers for the incorporation, which were finally accepted and signed on May 22, 1968.

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Posted May 6, 2018

Freedom Historical Society’s 2018 Program Schedule Announced

The Freedom Historical Society has announced their schedule of programs for 2018.  Click here for the full list, and check back often for upcoming program details.

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