LACONIA — Lakes Region residents are encouraged to bring items and artifacts that tell stories about the history of their families and communities as part of the "Share Fair" co-sponsored by the Belknap Mill and the Laconia Historical and Museum Society.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, February 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Belknap Mill in downtown Laconia. Event activities include visiting the numerous exhibits of family and community artifacts, opportunities for exhibitors to describe and talk about their displays, and a general discussion about what we can learn from these items of material culture and what themes emerge for future family and community history initiatives in the Lakes Region.
Some examples of items appropriate for this Share Fair include family journals, letters, photos, handiwork, clothing, postcards, jewelry, trade cards, pottery, maps, deeds, movies, art work and more.
Exhibitors will have access to table space and electrical outlets.
"We're not selling anything...or appraising anything...just sharing with others some of the tangible treasures we have from our past," says Judy Buswell, a member of the Share Fare Planning Group.
"Most every one of us has 'stuff' that's been handed down through the years but we aren't quite sure what they mean or what we should do with them," Buswell explains. "I'm planning to bring some colorful advertising trade cards from the late 19th and early 20th century. Perhaps I can talk with someone else who has similar items. We're just hoping to get people excited about history!"
Warren Clement, local business man and facilitator for this event adds, "In addition to what individuals bring, we'll have local businesses like Irwin's and OShea's sharing items from the early years of commerce in the Lakes Region.
"Bottom line," says Clement "is that any physical object that was made and used by those who lived before us is just what we hope to have on display for this Share Fair."
Brenda Kean, Executive Director with the Laconia Historical and Museum Society, explains that this collaborative venture of the Mill and the Historical Society follows the NH Humanities Council fall series on writing and sharing family histories. "Our goal is to work together to help you retrieve, preserve, and share your family and community history."