Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Native American Program and Annual Meeting

Last year, the Historical Society hosted a program by David Stewart-Smith about Native Americans in New Hampshire during the colonial period. The event was so popular that we have invited Dr. Stewart-Smith to return to present his new program, “Native New Hampshire Before Contact: Archaeological and Tribal Perspectives.”

The program will be offered in conjunction with the Historical Society's annual meeting on Tuesday, June 18 at the Parish Hall in Haverhill Corner. The annual meeting will begin at 6:30 PM and Dr. Stewart-Smith's presentation at 7:00 PM. Note that we will NOT be meeting at the Ladd Street School.

The annual meeting will feature election of officers and reports from the board on efforts to revitalize Pearson Hall and to vacate the former museum on Court Street; on upcoming programs related to the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of Haverhill; and on other activities.

David Stewart-Smith offers this description of his new program:

Northern New England was home to the native peoples for almost 10,000 years before European contact. Natives were faced with the after-effects of an ice age, the emerging changes in ecosystem and climate, and new choices regarding materials for the making of tools, clothes, and shelter. This “prehistoric” time was anything but stagnant or sedentary; instead, it was a time of tremendous movement, energy, innovation, and survival. David Stewart-Smith reviews the three major archaeological eras and their relevance to native life.

We hope to see you there.