FHS News

**Announcement**: The Freedom Historical Museum opens its doors this Saturday, July 4 from 10 AM to 2 PM!

Also: read about our upcoming July program below!

This Saturday, July 4, we look forward to welcoming you back to the Freedom Historical Society Museum for our 2020 Season. For the remainder of this summer we will be open from 10 AM to 2 PM on Wednesdays and Saturdays (until Labor Day weekend).

You will not want to miss our two new exhibits highlighting Freedom Veterans, and the artwork and sketches of Freedom by artist John Holmgren.

The Veterans Exhibit was created for a unique and specific purpose: to preserve, share and celebrate the personal experiences of our Freedom Veterans, past and present and from all branches of service. Their stories shaped a nation and their experiences are Freedom’s legacy. Come share in the celebration, and be inspired by the courage of those who served.

We have taken necessary measures to make sure that you can enjoy our 2 new exhibits. Visitors will be paced so that groups of 6 or less can safely enjoy the exhibit. The number of people in the museum and the traffic flow are being adjusted to meet the state’s Covid-19 guidelines. Come as a single, couple or family/friend group. Please bring a face mask and practice social distancing. Hand sanitizer and face masks will be available for your protection.

The Museum is located at 28 Old Portland Road, Freedom, New Hampshire.

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Freedom Historical Society Presents: “The Science and History of the Great New England Hurricane of 1938” on Wednesday, July 15

FHS’s July 15 program, “The Science and History of the Great New England Hurricane of 1938”, will be presented by Dr. Lourdes B. Avilés at 7PM.  This is a virtual program and will be held online using ZOOM.  Members of the society and the public are invited to register in advance at the following link to receive access information for the informative meeting.

Go to:  July 15 FHS Zoom Meeting Registration.

On September 21, 1938, one of the most powerful storms of the 20th century came unannounced into the lives of New Englanders, leaving utter destruction in its wake.  The “Great Hurricane,” as it came to be known, changed everything, from the landscape and its inhabitants’ lives, to Weather Bureau practices, to the measure and kind of relief people would receive during the Great Depression.  It also altered the resulting pace of regional economic recovery.  This compelling history weaves science, historical accounts, and social analyses to create a comprehensive picture of the most powerful and devastating hurricane to hit New England.

Dr. Lourdes B. Avilés is a Professor of Meteorology at Plymouth State University, and is currently chair of the program.  While growing up in Puerto Rico, Dr. Avilés became captivated by the hurricanes and tropical storms that seemed to threaten the island every year.  Her fascination with weather led her to earn her B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, and a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She is also author of “Taken by Storm, 1938, A Social and Meteorological History of the Great New England Hurricane.”

The presentation is free and available to members of the Freedom Historical Society and the public on Wednesday, July 15 at 7:00 PM.  Please call 603-733-9307 for additional information.

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Freedom Historical Society presents “Granite State Gallery: New Hampshire Art and Artists through the Years” on  Wednesday, June 17

THIS IS A FREE VIRTUAL PROGRAM.  It will be held online using a virtual meeting service.

Freedom Historical Society, in partnership through a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities, is happy to present their first program of the year, “Granite State Gallery: New Hampshire Art and Artists through the Years”, featuring Jane Oneail, on Wednesday, June 17 at 7 PM.

New Hampshire has attracted and inspired artists since the colonial era, but what is distinctive about the art made here?  Art educator, Jane Oneail, answers this question while reflecting on works by itinerant and folk painters, landscape artists drawn to the state’s scenic vistas, and modern artists that adopted bold styles to depict everyday life in the Granite State.  Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Childe Hassam, and Maxfield Parrish are some of the artists discussed in this program.

Jane Oneail is an independent scholar and holds a masters degree in Art History from Boston University and a masters degree in Art in Education from Harvard University.  Jane is a New Hampshire native and has worked at some of the state’s most esteemed cultural institutions, including the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, where she served as Executive Director, and the Currier Museum of Art, where she held the role of Senior Educator.  Jane has also taught at the college level for more than a decade, most recently at the NH Institute of Art.

This presentation is free and available to members of the Freedom Historical Society and the public.  It will be held online using Zoom.  Please register at the following link to receive access information for the meeting.

Go to:  June 17 FHS Zoom Meeting Registration.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  If you have any questions, or for more information, call 603-733-9307.

This program is made possible through a generous grant from the New Hampshire Humanities.

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Freedom Historical Society’s 2020 calendars make a great gift for friends and family!  Calendars are available at the Freedom Village Store, the Freedom Gallery, and the Freedom Historical Society on Wednesdays from 10 AM to Noon.

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