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‘Changing America’ traveling exhibit to stop at Pease Library on March 4

PLYMOUTH — "Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963," a traveling exhibition will open at the Pease Public Library on Wednesday, March 4. 

The exhibit examines the relationship between two great people's movements that resulted in the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, and the March on Washington in 1963. Both grew out of decades of bold actions, resistance, organization, and vision. One hundred years separate them, yet they are linked in a larger story of liberty and the American experience – one that has had a profound impact on the generations that followed.

"We are pleased to have been selected as a site for this exhibition," said Rebekka Mateyk, Library Director. "The dramatic story of how these two pivotal events came into being, a century apart, and how each helped put the nation on a course toward fulfilling its commitment to liberty and justice for all, is one that can inspire all Americans. Decades of work, struggle and sacrifice by many dedicated individuals and groups preceded both of these events. The exhibition tells the story of these struggles and their impact on American history and on the extension of equal rights to all Americans."

Emancipation from slavery was not the product of one act but of many. In the 19th century, enslaved and free Americans chipped away at slavery through daily acts of resistance, organized rebellions, and political pressure on politicians, generals, and the U.S. government. Finally, on September 22, 1862, Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which ordered that as of January 1, 1863, all enslaved individuals in all areas still in rebellion against the United States "henceforward shall be free," and under the protection of the military.

The Emancipation proclamation was limited in scope and revolutionary in impact. It committed the nation to ending slavery. The U.S. Congress responded with Constitutional amendments abolishing slavery, expanding citizenship rights, and giving black men the right to vote. These acts changed the political landscape, but the new freedoms were stripped away in the following years. However, on each Emancipation Day anniversary, Black Americans organized parades and speeches reminding the black community and the entire nation of a commitment that remained unfulfilled.

These local Emancipation Day celebrations and many other actions set the stage for the national push for freedom in the 20th century. On August 28, 1963, an estimated 250,000 Americans gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in the District of Columbia to mark the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. People traveled from every state, united across race, class, and ideological lines, and representing organizations, unions, churches or simply themselves. The prayers, electrifying speeches, and stirring music of that day served to remind Americans of the nation's commitment to fulfill its founding principles of liberty and equality for all.

"Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963" is presented by the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and is part of NEH's Bridging Cultures initiative, "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle," which brings four films on the civil rights movement to communities across the United States.

The library is sponsoring free programs and other public events in connection with the exhibition. For more information call 536-2616 or or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.peasepubliclibrary.org. "Changing America" will be on display at the library until Friday, April 17. 

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Artists of the Month participants announced

LACONIA — The Lakes Region Art Association announces the artists selected for this month's popular Artists of the Month Program. As the Association draws from the entire Lakes Region, this program is aimed at exposing the Association and its members' work across the entire area.

Each month, a jury selects from submissions by member artists to be featured at various businesses in the Lakes Region. These original pieces might be oil or acrylic paintings, watercolors, pastels, photos or collages.

The following member artists will each have art work on display until March 16 at these Lakes Region business locations: Rob Caron, Bank of New Hampshire, Gilford; Rebecca Frame, Franklin Savings Bank, Main Office, Franklin; Sally Hibberd, Northway Bank, Tilton;Carol Keller-Halsey, Northway Bank, Meredith; Joanne Reynolds, Belknap Mill, Laconia; Anne Stevenson, VynnArt Gallery & Art Supplies, Meredith; Alexis Jackson, Northway Bank, Belknap Mall, Belmont; Mary Truell, Franklin Savings Bank, Gilford; Wendy Wilson, Northway Bank, Laconia.

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Greater Meredith Program annual meeting is March 5

MEREDITH — The Greater Meredith Program Board of Directors will host the program's annual meeting on Thursday, March 5, in the Winnipesaukee Ballroom at Church Landing in Meredith.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. with a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres, followed by a program honoring a Year in Review for the GMP.

GMP President Rob Stephens and Executive Director Liz Lapham and others will honor the programs, projects, and accomplishments of the past year, highlighting the GMP's signature project for 2014, the Meredith Sculpture Walk, followed by award recognitions, including Volunteer of the Year and Board Member of the Year. The meeting will end with a drawing for a door prize.

The celebration is free and all are welcome to attend, but an RSVP is requested by Feb. 25 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 279-9015.

For more information about GMP or volunteer opportunities, please call 603.279.9015, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website at www.greatermeredithprogram.com.

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Laconia Legion Post to celebrate 96 years on March 7

LACONIA — Wilkins-Smith Post 1 American Legion will celebrate its 96th year in business with a dinner and dance on Saturday, March 7.  Featured will be a prime rib dinner at 6 p.m. followed by Mark French's karaoke from 8-12. This event is non-smoking and available to members and guests. The cut-off date to purchase tickets from our canteen is March 4. No exceptions. We are limited to 100 tickets for this event.
The post was chartered in March of 1919 as the first American Legion post in New Hampshire. Others chartered around the same time had successive numbers. Most posts are named for local service members who were lost in the various wars. Post 1 was originally named for Frank Wilkins who was the first soldier from Laconia killed in the Great War. The name of James Stuart Smith was added as the first native son to be killed in World War II.

Originally located on the property shared by the new high school addition and Auto Zone, it moved to its present location on North Main Street in 1953. Its membership is open to all wartime service members including those who are currently serving. Additional information about membership or the dinner can be obtained by calling 524-9728.

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