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. Programs are free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

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June 22, 2017

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

Ruth Smith, environmental educator and journalist

European settlers came to America for a variety of reasons. The Pilgrims were seeking religious freedom in the land we call Massachusetts. But New Hampshire was settled for economic reasons by people seeking to exploit the natural resources of the region, specifically the fur, fish and forests. We’ll look at the natural history of beavers, significant fish species and white pines to learn why they were so attractive to colonists. This program will also explore how these resources were utilized and how their value helped establish the early economy of our state.

Ruth Smith has been sharing her passion for and knowledge of the natural world with a wide variety of audiences for over 30 years. She earned a Master’s Degree in Environmental Education from Antioch University New England and has won several local and regional awards for her environmental education work. Ruth is currently employed by NH Audubon but has also worked for the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum and Canterbury Shaker Village where she has enjoyed dovetailing natural history with human history. She also works as a journalist and her column, “Take Me Outside” can be found monthly in the Concord Monitor.

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