Past Programs

2017

May 17 – The FDR Funeral Train
Presented by Carl Lindblade.

June 14 – Your Hit Parade
Presented by Calvin Knickebocker, in concert with the Freedom Community Club at Camp Calumet, courtesy of the NH Humanities Council.

July 19 – I Can’t Die But Once – Harriet Tubman’s Civil War
Presented by Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti, courtesy of the NH Humanities Council.

August 16 – New Paths to Genealogical Success
Presented by Diane Gavel.

September 20 – When Shipping Was King on the NH Coast
Presented by Jeff Bolster.

October 18 – From Guns to Gramophones; Civil War and Technology that Shaped America
Presented by Carrie Brown, courtesy of the NH Humanities Council, following FHS Annual Meeting and pot luck supper.

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2016

May 18 – Old Time Stories from the Valley
Presented by Gloria Aspinall, Madison

June 15 – Sawmills and the Women’s Team after the 1938 Hurricane
Presented by Sarah Smith, NH Cooperative Extension

July 20 – A Woman That Keeps Good Orders: Women, Tavern Keeping, and Public Approval
Presented by Sharon Blaine, NH Humanities Council (NHHC)

Monday, August 1 – Freedom Old Home Week event (proposed) – Silver Lake Singers
Hosted by Rick Holt

August 17 – Having a Fine Time in Manchester/Freedom: Vintage Post Cards and Local History
Presented by Robert Perreault, NHHC

September 21 – First, Second, or Third in the Nation: The Importance of New Hampshire and the Juggling of the Primary Schedule
Presented by Andy Smith, UNH

October 19 – Poor Houses and Town Farms: the Hard Row for Paupers
Presented by Steve Taylor, NHHC

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2015

Freedom Houses – Chase Book Project
Presented by Nadine Chapman
Wednesday, May 6, 7 PM, Freedom Town Hall, refreshments served.

Geo. Washington Spied Here
Presented by Douglas Wheeler; Co-sponsored with the Friends of the Library*
Wednesday, June 17, 7 PM, Freedom Town Hall, refreshments served.

NH Gravestones & Cemeteries
Presented by Glen Knoblock
Wednesday, July 15, 7 PM, Freedom Town Hall, refreshments served.

Shipwrecks of Lake Winnipesauke
Presented by Hans Hug
Wednesday, August 19, 7 PM, Freedom Town Hall, refreshments served.

Our Founding Fathers: What Were They Thinking?
Presented by Dick Hesse; Co-sponsored with the Friends of the Library
Wednesday, September 16, 7 PM, Freedom Town Hall, refreshments served.

Baked Beans and Fried Clams: How Food Defines a Region
Presented by Edie Clark
Wednesday, October 21, 7 PM, Freedom Town Hall, refreshments served.
Preceded by the FHS Annual Meeting Dinner, with a New England foods emphasis, at 5:30 PM.

* Paired with book suggestion for further reading.

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2014

Plants Impacting New England History
Presented by June O’Donal.
Wednesday, May 21, 7 PM, Freedom Town Hall, refreshments served.

The Shaker Legacy
Presented by Daryl Thompson (NHHC); Co-sponsored with the Friends of the Library.
Wednesday, June 18, 7 PM, Freedom Town Hall, refreshments served.

NH Hands at Work
Presented by The New Hampshire Historical Society.
Wednesday, July 16, 7 PM, Freedom Town Hall, refreshments served.

Journey of Discovery: A Botanist on the Trail of Lewis and Clark
Presented by Janet Sullivan.
Wednesday, August 20, 7 PM, Freedom Town Hall, refreshments served.

Freedom “House Book Project”
Presented by Freedom Historical Society and Heritage Commission.
Wednesday, September 17, 7 PM, Freedom Town Hall, refreshments served.

Capital Crime of Witchcraft
Presented by Margo Burns (NHHC); Co-sponsored with the Friends of the Library.
Wednesday, October 22, 7 PM, Freedom Town Hall, refreshments served.
Preceded by the FHS Annual Membership Meeting and Pot Luck Supper at 5:30 PM.

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2013

A Hotel Goes to Peace, Not War
Carl Lindblade presents the story of the Mt. Washington Hotel and the International Monetary Conference at Bretton Woods.
Wednesday, May 15, 7 PM, Freedom Town Hall, refreshments served.

Wit and Wisdom
Jo Radnor presents: Humor in 19th Century New England.
Wednesday, June 19, 7 PM, Freedom Town Hall, refreshments served.

Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn*
Thomas Hubka presents: Connected Farm Buildings of New England.
Wednesday, July 17, 7 PM, Freedom Town Hall, refreshments served.

Darby Field and the “First” Ascent of Mount Washington*
Presented by Allen Koop.
Wednesday, August 21, 7 PM, Freedom Town Hall, refreshments served.

New Hampshire’s One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance and the Reality*
Presented by Steve Taylor.
Wednesday, September 18, 7 PM, Freedom Town Hall, refreshments served.

Genealogical Research and Family Histories
Presented by Diane F. Gravel
Wednesday, October 23, 7 PM, Freedom Town Hall, refreshments served.
Preceded by the FHS Annual Membership Meeting and Pot Luck Supper at 5:30 PM.

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2012

White Mountains Art presented by Bob Cottrell
Follow the artists’ route into the White Mountains.
Wednesday, May 16, 7 PM, Freedom Town Hall, refreshments served.

The Fire of ’47 presented by Bob Boyd
Learn how this historic and devastating fire affected our area and state.
Wednesday, June 20, 7 PM, Freedom Town Hall, refreshments served.

New Hampshire Barns presented by John Porter
View many examples of barns seen in the Granite State through the years.
Wednesday, July 18, 7 PM, Freedom Town Hall, refreshments served.

New Hampshire Granges presented by Steve Taylor
The rise, the triumphs and the eventual decline of the Grange Movement in N.H.
Wednesday, August 15, 7 PM, Freedom Town Hall, refreshments served.

17th & 18th Century Native American History in New Hampshire presented by David Stewart-Smith
New Hampshire Indians and their interactions with the colonists.
Wednesday, September 19, 7 PM, Freedom Town Hall, refreshments served

New Hampshire Towns and Civil War presented by Jere Daniell
A focus on town actions and community responses in New Hampshire during the war.
Wednesday, October 17, 7 PM, Freedom Town Hall.  Pot Luck Supper at 5:30 PM.

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2011

Rufus Porter Museum presented by Bob Boggs
Tuesday, May 17, 7 PM, Freedom Town Hall

Jon Hively as Thomas Edison
Tuesday, June 21, 7 PM, Freedom Town Hall

Stonewalls, Cellar Holes and other Stoneworks: “Our Heritage and Treasures” presented by Carol Foord
Tuesday, July 19, 7 PM, Freedom Town Hall

Freedom Old Home Week
Wednesday, August 3, 9:30 – 11:30 AM:  “The History and Mystery of Shawtown”: a walk with Carol Foord.  Meet at Danforth Bay Camping Resort, 9:30 AM
Saturday, August 6  10:00 AM – Noon:  “Antiques Appraisal” by Richard Plusch.

King Phillips War presented by Michael Tougias
Thursday, August 18, 7 PM, Freedom Town Hall

Chinook Dogs presented by Bob Cottrell
Tuesday, September 20, 7 PM, Freedom Town Hall

Annual Meeting, followed by Pot Luck Dinner and Freedom History Trivia Contest
Tuesday, October 18, 6 PM, Freedom Town Hall

Weather CSI presented by Kevin Skarupa (WMUR Meteorologist)  Cancelled
November