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.
            
2017 PROGRAM SCHEDULE

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March 23, 2017

“The Infamous Isles of Shoals”      

Ann Beattie, Isles of Shoals Marine Educator


Investigate the lore and legends of the Isles of Shoals and determine the truth behind stories of pirates, treasure, ghosts and murder just 10 miles off the coasts of Maine and New Hampshire. Learn of the isolated village of Gosport on Star Island and the seemingly peculiar behavior of its residents.


Ann Beattie is an educator with a fascination for the Isles of Shoals and its rich history. She combs through historical records, salt cod recipes, and journals of Shoalers in an effort to capture and revive the unique stories that bring Shoals history to life. Ann is a former president of the Shoals Historical and Research Association and has served as a board member of the Portsmouth Athenaeum. She leads tours of the Shoals and hosts several week-long history programs on Star Island.


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.









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