Share Fair attracts wide variety of exhibitors

LACONIA — Twenty-six exhibitors have registered to participate in the Share Fair on Saturday, February 15 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Belknap Mill in Laconia. Hosted by the Mill and co-sponsored by the Mill and the Laconia Historical and Museum Society, this event is designed to retrieve, preserve, and share the core tangible elements of family and community history.
According to Judy Buswell, a member of the planning committee, "The entire third floor of the Mill will be full of interesting objects, items, artifacts, and ephemera that tell many interesting stories from the past."
Featured is a display by 93-year old Helen Holbrook from Laconia who has cookbooks that belonged to her Aunt Maude Bickford. Maude raised Helen from the age of seven, while also running Maude's Lunch, a popular destination that was located across from the Outlet Mall in Tilton. In addition to the recipes contributed by Maude for the cookbook that was prepared by the ladies of the Northfield Friendship Grange, this book also explains how to cook "Poor Man's Turkey" by replacing turkey with hotdogs.

Helen will be joined by eleven other individuals from Sanbornton, Gilford, Belmont, and Laconia who will share interesting historical items, photos, clothing, journals and more from their own family possessions. Included is Rosemary Kacprzynski, of Gilford, who will display items from her maternal grandparents who immigrated to the US in 1896 from Lipari, Italy, an island north of Sicily.
Members of four prominent families that shaped the history and growth of Laconia, the Jewett, the O'Shea, the Irwin, and the Perley families, will exhibit items from their collections. Current and past Laconia businesses including Proctor Lakehouse Cottages, Wilkinson Beane Funeral Home, The Taylor Community, LRGHealthcare, and the Laconia Shoe Company will each host exhibits. Three former
Mills: the Busiel, Belknap, and Guild Mills, will share from their early history. Local historian, Warren Huse, will have a display that traces urban renewal in downtown Laconia.
Visitors will have opportunities to learn about archival storage materials in a display hosted by Brenda Kean, the Executive Director of the Laconia Historical Society, and how to begin genealogical research in an exhibit hosted by Don and Nancy Stephenson.
"We're looking forward to welcoming lots of visitors to this event," says Warren Clement who will facilitate a discussion with exhibitors and visitors at the end of the morning. "We hope that everyone coming away from this event will want to preserve their own family stories. After that, we're all open to the next step."
This event is free and open to the public. For more information call Judy at 524-6580 or Warren at 520-7650.