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

Explore the history of selling seeds and plants in America and the people who sought to satisfy the “plant bug” within us. With names like Bartram, Burbank, Burpee and Ball, learn of the people behind the evolution of America’s plant industry. Yet less well-known people, from ambassadors to a commodore, have also influenced our gardening history in unique ways. The evolution of seed packaging and catalogs, the import/export of plants to “the new world,” scientific advancements and cultural shifts have all led up to today’s modern breeding, marketing and selling of plants.

Using contemporary accounts, drawings, lithographs and photos, this illustrated story follows the development of American horticultural history, from subsistence farming to ornamental gardening.  

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.

The Brigade Lecture Series