Washington Historical Society
Programs for Year 2007

The Society conducts regular meetings on the 2nd Monday of each month from April through November. Each meeting is held at Camp Morgan Lodge, next to Washington Elementary School on Millen Pond Road.

6:00 - 7:00 PM Pot Luck Supper
7:00 - 7:30 PM Business Meeting
7:30 - 8:30 PM Program

Regularly scheduled Society programs appear in bold type. Other events appear in Italic type.

All programs are free and the public is encouraged to attend.

April 9 Gwen Gaskell, Archivist, will present "Telling Your Family Story" She will tell us some of the tips and techniques that she learned at a recent class. Her talk will inform us about the ways to write interesting stories and how to interview people in order to get the information that you desire.
May 14 Bobby Fraser, U.S. Senate Page January-June 2006,will discuss "A Day in the Life of a Senate Page," He will relate the duties and responsibilities of a Senate Page as well as the selection process for the Page program. The talk will include many special events that took place in the Senate Chamber and in Washington DC.
June 11 Marian Baker, State Advisory Committee for the Contoocook River, will present "The History of the Contoocook River." She will follow the river's history and use by the Indians, steamships and mills. The presenter will also talk about how the state studies and monitors the river.
June 23 Volunteer Orientation. 2 pm at the Museum
July 7 Snowrider's Flea Market on Town Common, 9-2 Donations to the Society's table are welcome. Contact any Board Member to arrange for donations.
July 9 Jim Marvin, guide at the Franklin Pierce Homestead for 22 years, will discuss "The Franklin Pierce Family." His program will relate the Pierce family's connection to Washington and the surrounding area. He will also describe the influence that the family had on the outside world.
Aug. 13 New Hampshire Humanties Council Speaker Jere Daniell, Professor of History, Dartmouth College, will discuss "Ratification of the Constitution In New Hampshire." The program will relate how the Granite State came close to voting against the proposed U. S. Constitution. He will describe the tactics supporters used to secure ratification and the part our town played in the process. This will also be our ANNUAL MEETING.
Sept. 10 New Hampshire Humanties Council Speaker Jeff Warner, Folklorist and community scholar, will present "Songs of Old New Hampshire". This program consists of songs and stories that tell us where we came from and what brought us along. These ballads, love songs, and comic pieces reveal the experiences and emotions of daily life in the days before movies and records. The program includes songs from lumber camps, decks of sailing ships, textile mills and provides us an opportunity to hear music and stories from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Oct. 6-7 Sidewalk Café, Wool Arts Tour, Mirage Alpaca Farm
Oct. 8 Robert Goodby, Ph. D. Brown University, will discuss "Digging into Native History in New Hampshire." The program will talk about the Abenaki history, which has been reduced to near-invisibility. This is a result of conquest, a conquering culture that placed little value on the Indian experience, and a strategy of self-preservation that required many Abenaki to go "underground," concealing their identity for generations to avoid discrimination and persecution.
Oct. 13 Barn Dance at Mirage Alpaca Farm
Nov. 12 Richard Crane will act as master of ceremonies for a "Mystery Meeting". Everyone is asked to bring a treasured item along with its special story.