Monday, August 27, 2012

A Day at Pearson

Members of the Haverhill Historical Society recently gathered to prepare Pearson Hall for the upcoming New Hampshire Preservation Alliance event and tour on August 29th (see previous post). Here are a few behind-the-scenes views:

Peter Keyes welcomes the team
The doors are open
Original shutter or blind hardware
Tin ceiling details from later renovations
Classroom instructions

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Native American History of New Hampshire

The HHS will sponsor a talk by David Stewart-Smith on the Native American History of New Hampshire; it will be held Tuesday, August 21 at 7:00 PM at the Ladd Street School. Admission is free and open to the public.

Stewart-Smith is historian for the New Hampshire Intertribal Council and a former professor of history and cultural studies at Vermont College of Norwich University.

Among other topics, he will discuss the Pennacook Indians of the Merrimack Valley, which were the largest and most powerful coalition of native people on the northern New England frontier during the 17th and 18th centuries. They, along with their Abenaki allies from Maine and Canada, held off Europeans for almost 90 years during a succession of “Indian Wars,” culminating in the end of the French and Indian Wars in 1761. During this time, Indians and colonists exchanged and encountered each other's cultures, religions, trade goods, and even kinship.

Stewart-Smith is himself of Scottish and Pennacook descent. “My research into New Hampshire’s Indian archaeology and history began some 30 years ago,” he notes. “My grandmother’s family history comes out of New Hampshire’s frontier and Indian heritage. I frequently meet people who are on the same path of discovering their heritage and love of history and enjoy sharing stories with them.”

Stewart-Smith’s lecture is made possible by a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council.