Washington Historical Society
Programs for Year 2016

Meeting monthly, April through October at Camp Morgan

Meeting Times:
6:00 - 7:00 pm Pot Luck Supprt
7:00 - 7:30 pm Business Meeting
7:30 - 8:30 pm Program

April 11 Carol Carlson of Washington will talk about enjoying dog sledding and the Chinook dogs she and her husband Roger raise.
May 09 Phil Harvey
A former Representative in the NH Legislature, Phil grew up in Hillsborough in the 1920’s and ‘30’s and has recently written a book entitled “Memories of a Native Son.” He will share with us some of the anecdontes and illustrations from this book. Many of the illustrations are from the Manahan-Phelps-McCulloch Collection of the Hillsborough Historical Society.
June 13 Sarah Holdner
A recent graduate of the Hillsboro-Deering High School, Sarah spent a summer as a crew member aboard the twin-masted schooner HARVEY GAMAGE. She will tell us about her experience and why she decided not to make a permanent career of sailing.
July 2 Flea Market and Pie Sale on the Town Common
July 11 From Tankards to Teapots: A Discussion of 18th and 19th Century Pewter Jonathan Gibson has been recognized as one of Americas 200 top traditional craftsmen since 1992. Jon and his family recently moved into the brick house in the center of town. They want to build a bigger and better pewter shop to better educate the public about the history of pewtering.
Aug. 8

New Hampshire Humanties Council Speaker

Poor Houses and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers From its earliest settlements New Hampshire has struggled with issues surrounding the treat- ment of its poor. The early Northeastern colonies followed the lead of England’s 1601 Poor Law, which imposed compulsory taxes for maintenance of the poor but made no distinction between the “vagrant, vicious poor” and the helpless, and honest poor. This confusion persisted for gen- erations and led directly to establishment in most of the state’s towns of alms houses and poor farms and, later, county institutions which would collectively come to form a dark chapter in New Hampshire history. Presented by Steve Taylor
Aug. 20 Pot Roast Dinner - Camp Morgan - more information to come
Sept. 12 Eastern Woodland Native Americans, from 1700 until Today. Presenter Chris Bullock is a Washington, NH resident of Wampanoag descent. He has par- ticipated in Native American Powwows for his entire life, is a talented craftsman working with leather, beads, porcupine quills and rawhide, and he dedicates himself to educating people on Northeastern Native American history and culture. Chris owns The Wandering Bull, LLC, a mail order Native American craft supply business which he runs with his wife Carolyn at their home on Martin Rd. Chris and Carolyn are active participants in local Native culture events.
Oct. 3

New Hampshire Humanties Council Speaker

The Connecticut, New England’s Great River The largest river in New England rises in a small beaver pond near the Canadian border and flows over 400 miles through four states, falling 2,670 feet to the sea through America’s only watershed-based national fish and wildlife refuge. Adair Mulligan leads an armchair tour of this great river in New Hampshire and Vermont, exploring its history and natural beauty through the seasons and among the communities that have sprung up along its banks. Next, the discussion will shift to how the river has influenced the lives of those who live there, and how they, in turn, have affected the river. Presented by Adair Mulligan