Programs typically occur on the 4th Thursday of each month at 7:00pm, March through October at the Pierce Manse. Programs are free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

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April 27, 2017 

“Crosscut: The Mills, Logging and Life on the Androscoggin”      

Rebecca Rule, story-teller and author  

Sponsored by New Hampshire Humanities

Using oral histories, Rebecca Rule recreates the voices of North Country people and uses new and vintage photos to tell the story of logging, the Berlin Mills, and life in the Androscoggin Valley, from the beginnings of the logging industry in the 1800s, through the boom years of the Brown Company and subsequent mill owners, and on to the demolition of the stacks in 2007. Audience members will be invited to share their own stories and discuss the logging and paper industries and the special place north of the notches. John Rule assists with a PowerPoint presentation of photos and information from his own research into the history of the Brown Company as an archivist at the New Hampshire Historical Society.

Rebecca Rule gathers and tells stories in New England, mostly New Hampshire. She is the author of eleven books, including N is for New Hampshire out in the fall of 2016 with Islandport Press. Her other titles include: Headin’ for the Rhubarb: a NH Dictionary (well kinda) and Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire as well as the children’s picture book, The Iciest Diciest Scariest Sled Ride Ever. For ten years she hosted "The New Hampshire Authors Series" on NHPTV. She currently hosts "Our Hometown" also on NHPTV.

May 25, 2017 

“New Hampshire and the Clipper Ship Era”      

Glen Knoblock, independent scholar, historian and author 

Sponsored by New Hampshire Humanities

June 22, 2017

“Fur, Fins and Forests: How Nature Shaped New Hampshire’s  History” 

Ruth Smith, environmental educator and journalist

July 27, 2017

Open House and Concert on the Lawn

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

7pm, Concert on the Lawn by The 39th US Army Ban, N.H. Army National Guard Band. Bring a chair

August 24, 2017

“The Marine Memorial Monument at Hampton Beach”

Aurore Eaton, historian, author and newspaper columnist

September 28 

“The Taverns in Early New Hampshire”

James Garvin, architectural historian

October 26, 2017

“Traditional New England and Celtic Folk Tunes”

The Fiddle Gals

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 10am

Wreath Laying Ceremony in Old North Cemetery. Official Remembrance of Franklin Pierce’s Birthday with N.H.Natl. Guard. Reception at the Manse to follow.

The Brigade Lecture Series

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