Thursday, 10 October 2019
Join us for a reading and Q&A with Terry Nelson, author of Hidden History of the New Hampshire Seacoast (The History Press, 2019).
From the back of the book: “The New Hampshire Seacoast has a wealth of overlooked history. Some remnants are hidden in plain sight, and others are just plain hidden. Meet the minister and early religious founder who was involved in an armed confrontation in Dover with another preacher in 1640. Find out how a onetime high school assistant principal in Rochester became a world-famous business leader and ended up meeting President Grover Cleveland. Discover the story of “ghost” racetracks in Somersworth before they disappear, as well as the “pile of rocks” that stopped a multimillion-dollar building project in Windham. Author Terry Nelson reveals some of New England’s most fascinating history, from Durham and Madbury to North Hampton and Portsmouth.”
Wednesday, 2 October 2019
Peggy Tucker will share Yankee stories told in verse, reading from the works of Holman F. Day and, thanks to the archives of the Nottingham Historical Society, the circa-1900 poem “A Tale of Nottingham” by Mrs. Edward Sanborn Stevens. Accompanying Sanborn’s poem (which details the singular handling of a Tory guest by Agibgail Butler of the Butler Tavern, just prior to the outbreak of the Revolutionary War), Peggy will share some images of Nottingham gleaned from the Society’s archives.
Peggy Tucker grew up in Auburn, Maine, seventh of the ten children of Phyllis and Bill Schoppe. Both were active members of the Community Theatre Group in Auburn, and Bill employed all his skills as a thespian to vivify the stories he read to his children each night, be it Golden Book The Pokey Little Puppy, Kipling’s Just So Stories, or even the chilling tales and verses of Edgar Allan Poe. At family gatherings, it became a tradition for Bill to recite from the work of Holman F. Day, and it is in honor of her father that Peggy will read from works like Up in Maine, Kin O’ Ktaadn, and Pine Tree Ballads. Though Day’s stories depict Maine Folk of the nineteenth century, Peggy has always felt that they could quite as easily reflect the lives and ways of people right here in New Hampshire.