Belknap Mill programs will help discern history through family stories

LACONIA —  The Belknap Mill has a series of three 'awareness' programs for NH people who are interested in learning history through original sources. All programs will be held at the Belknap Mill in downtown Laconia.

The first will be on September 17 when Jo Radner, a professional storyteller, author and retired literature professor, will present the program: Family Stories: How and Why To Remember and Tell Them.

The second will be on October 15 with Martha Andrews Donovan and Maura MacNeil, both from New England College. Their topic will be: Family, Memory, Place: Writing Family Stories.

Lastly, the popular Rebecca Rule will present a program in November. Rebecca is a well-known author, speaker and host of NH Authors Series on NHPTV. That Reminds Me of a Story is the title of her program.

"We first became aware of the public's interest in telling and writing family stories when Laconia resident Judith Buswell presented 'I Have Been Busy All Day' at the Mill last January," said Paquette, interim executive director of the Belknap Mill. "The program was a play/musical evening based on the journals of a relative of Judith's husband. Judith was fascinated by the old journals and based her play on the day-to-day life of a Victorian housewife. The event was extremely well attended and we wanted to keep the momentum going and offer a way for people to write down family stories."

The NH Humanities Council has presented a Humanities To Go Grant to the Belknap Mill Society Board of Directors to work jointly with the Laconia Historical and Museum Society. This grant has allowed the three program series to take place.

Pre-registration is recommended but walk-ins are welcome. To register call 524-8813. Visit for more information or for a complete list of Belknap Mill events.