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. Programs are free and open to the public. Seating is limited.
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March 22 , 7pm 
“The Artistry of the Isles of Shoals—Celia Thaxter’s Salon”
Ann Beattie, Independent Shoals Historian

Something about the mystery of islands and the endless sea vista seems to ignite creativity, and the Shoals have inspired writers, musicians and artists for centuries. Ann Beattie’s program will explore the lives and works of the famous visitors who frequented poet Celia Thaxter’s island salon and discover how they collaborated to produce some of their finest pieces.

April 26, 7pm
“Robert Rogers of the Rangers”
George Morrison, Historian and Photographer
Sponsored by New Hampshire Humanities

On a frontier where individualism flourished, New Hampshire’s consummate woodsman was just the leader to bring his men back safely from deep in dangerous country, even in stormy, freezing weather. "The famous Major Rogers’" renown was such that he became perhaps the single-best-known American on both sides of the Atlantic.

May 5 & 6 (Sat. 4-7pm; Sun 10am-2pm)
1st Annual Plant Sale
in partnership with Canterbury Plantation

Annuals, herbs and vegetable transplants, and a selection of many heirloom varieties will be available for purchase.

May 24, 7pm
“Exemplary Country Estates of New Hampshire”
Christina Ashjian, Art Historian
Sponsored by New Hampshire Humanities

In the early 20th century, the New Hampshire Board of Agriculture launched a program to boost the rural economy and promote tourism through the sale of abandoned farms to summer residents. After introducing the country house movement, Cristina Ashjian focuses attention on some of the great country estates featured in the New Hampshire program between 1902 and 1913. Which private estates were recognized as exemplary, and who were their owners?

June 22, 7pm
“The White Family of Concord”
Sarah Galligan, Library Director, NH Historical Society

July 28
SPECIAL EVENT: Open House & Ice Cream Social (5:30-6:30pm)
Concert on the lawn with music by The 39th US Army Band—NH Army National Guard  (7pm)
Bring a chair

August 23, 7pm
“History of the Audi” (aka. Concord City Auditorium)
Carol Bagan, a Friend of the Audi

September 27, 7pm
“The History of Seeds”
Kevin Bragg, Owner Canterbury Plantation

October 25, 7pm
“History of Bands in America”
 Tom Fisk, Music Educator

November 22, 10am
SPECIAL EVENT: Official Remembrance of Franklin Pierce’s Birthday

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 wreath is sent annually from the White House and commemorates the president’s date of birth and contributions serving in the country’s highest office. Members of the New Hampshire Army National Guard and the Pierce Brigade will lay the wreath, present the colors and a salute. Students from the Christa McAuliffe School will also participate in the ceremony.Type your paragraph here.