The Brigade Lecture Series

The Pierce Manse * 14 Horseshoe Pond Lane * Concord, New Hampshire * 03301 * (603) 225-4555

Programs typically occur on the 4th Thursday of each month at 7:00pm, March through October at the Pierce Manse, 14 Horseshoe Pond Land, Concord, NH. 

Programs are free and open to the public. Seating is limited.
Download a copy of the calendar here.


Gardeners’ Weekend: 2nd Annual Heirloom Plant Sale  

In Cooperation with Canterbury Plantation (Saturday, 4pm-7pm; Sunday 10am-2pm)  

Prior to the sale Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and again on Sunday at 9:30 a.m., Kevin Bragg, owner of Canterbury Plantation will present a short talk, “In With The Old...Along With The New,” a discussion on mixing heirloom varieties into your garden and how to integrate them with more modern varieties so they all play nicely together in the yard.

Available for sale will be a selection of annuals, herbs and vegetable transplants, including many heirloom varieties. Proceeds will benefit the Pierce Brigade, the membership organization dedicated to preserving the home and legacy of President Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States.

May 23* “New Hampshire One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance and the Reality”

Steve Taylor, farmer, journalist & lifelong student of state’s rural culture 

*Sponsored by New Hampshire Humanities

Hundreds of one-room schools dotted the landscape of New Hampshire a century ago and were the backbone of primary education for generations of children. Revered in literature and lore, they actually were beset with problems, some of which are little changed today. The greatest issue was financing the local school and the vast differences between taxing districts in ability to support education. Other concerns included teacher preparation and quality, curriculum, discipline, student achievement and community involvement in the educational process.  Steve Taylor explores the lasting legacies of the one-room school and how they echo today. 

June 27 “Quakers in NH–History and Present Day"

Marian Baker, The International Historian for USFWI (Quaker Women)


Open House and Ice Cream Social (5:30-6:30pm )

Band Concert on the Manse Lawn (7pm) Bring a chair

Music by The 39th US Army Band  N.H. Army National Guard Band

August 22 “Founders & Patriots: The Society of Cincinnati”  

Emma Bray, Executive Director of the American Independence Museum

September 26 “The Settlement of Hillsborough”

Christina Chadwick, Curator of the Hillsborough Heritage Museum

October 24 “Lincoln and His Generals"

Jim Miller, Director of Institutional Research at Granite State College


Official Remembrance of Franklin Pierce’s 115th Birthday

NH National Guard Wreath Laying Ceremony at the  Old North Cemetery (10am)

Reception at the Manse to follow.

All programs, except as noted, will be held at the Franklin Pierce Manse, 14 Horseshoe Pond Lane.