Thompson-Ames Historical Society receives $26,000 LCHIP grant to make critical repairs to Rowe House

GILFORD  — Gilford's Thompson-Ames Historical Society (T-AHS) is pleased to announce that the organization has been awarded a $26,199 matching preservation grant from the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP). LCHIP is an independent state authority that makes matching grants to New Hampshire communities and non-profits to conserve and preserve New Hampshire's most important natural, cultural and historic resources.
Thompson-Ames, with the assistance of Gilford resident Carol Anderson, applied to LCHIP last year with the hope of receiving funding for critical repairs that are necessary on the historic Benjamin Rowe house in Gilford Village. The house is currently in need of a new wood shingle roof, repointing of a number of its exterior bricks, and chimney repairs to stop leaking. The total estimated cost of the exterior repair project is approximately $53,000. T-AHS is responsible for raising the matching funds. The Town of Gilford has allocated funding in the amount of $10,000 to the project.
Built in 1835, the Rowe House caught the attention of LCHIP officials as it is one of Gilford's best preserved capes and is the only known cape in the state with a design that features four chimneys placed along the walls of a central hallway so as to provide fireplaces for all four of the first-floor rooms. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The house is owned by the town of Gilford and is located within the historic district of Gilford. Beginning in 2003, it was leased to T-AHS so that the organization could maintain and exhibit the building as a historic house museum. The town pays for repairs to the plumbing, heating, and electrical systems, while T-AHS provides and pays for the heat, electricity, interior cosmetic work, as well as maintains the gardens with the help of the Opechee Garden Club.
It has long been the desire of the historical society to renovate the ell of the Rowe House. The town and T-AHS have grouped the renovations into a three-phase project. The first phase addresses the exterior repairs, phase two encompasses the renovation of the ell, and phase three includes the renovation of the second floor of the house.
T-AHS was established in 1943 and is a volunteer, not-for-profit organization designed to preserve and celebrate the cultural history of Gilford. In addition to the its contributions to the upkeep of the Rowe House, the society owns and maintains both the Union Meetinghouse and the Mt. Belknap Grange, both in Gilford Village.
Those interested in donating to the Rowe House project, joining the fund raising committee or becoming a volunteer, please call the society at: 527-9009 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Gilford Community Church serving St. Patrick’s Day Dinner on March 21

GILFORD — The annual popular St. Patrick's Day Dinner will be held at Gilford Community Church on Saturday, March 21 at 6 p.m.

The menu will feature corned beef and cabbage,( simmered to Irish perfection); potatoes/carrots/onions; homemade Irish soda bread, and homemade carrot cake. Coffee and tea will be provided, or BYOB.

The charge is $12 per person, and $5 for children under 12 years of age. Reservations and payment needed before the event. For more information or to make a reservation ask Eloise Post at 986-6723. The snow date, if needed, will be the next day Sunday, March 22nd.

Plymouth State nursing students volunteer in Costa Rica

PLYMOUTH — A dozen Plymouth State University student nurses spent the first 10 days of the new year in Costa Rica, home of some of the world's most pristine rain forests and beaches. The students spent the time there at work in some of the toughest imaginable conditions providing badly needed health care to the country's most impoverished citizens.

"I don't think any of the students had ever seen that level of poverty, the despair of their living conditions," said Sandra McBournie '06G, a clinical assistant professor who was one of the faculty advisors accompanying the students. "This was a transformational learning experience for them."

The trip was the clinical element of the Global Health course, a requirement of the Plymouth State University nursing program. The 65 hours of hands-on experience allowed students to apply classroom theory to the practice of nursing in a developing country, according to Ann-Marie Cote, clinical assistant professor and trip advisor.

"Diseases like Ebola come from developing countries and our nursing students need to be prepared for that reality; you can read about it, but actually seeing it is critically important," said Cote. "Many of the houses are corrugated metal shacks, with bars and razor wire surrounding them. There are beautiful beaches and breathtaking scenery and wildlife, but we spent most of our time in very run-down sections of the country. We were busy from morning to night."

"This is part of our responsibility as a first-world country," added McBournie. "The students were treating chronic conditions like diabetes, emphysema, hypertension and things we don't see here, like parasitic infections, fungal infections and dust and dirt related diseases. It was an incredibly valuable experience for them—global health is a movement PSU believes in. In so many aspects, the world is getting smaller."

Costa Rica is a Central American country located just north of the equator and is about the size of Vermont and New Hampshire combined. The trip was arranged through the educational organization International Service Learning (ISL), which partners nursing students and medical professionals from developed countries with service opportunities in developing countries.

Although it has a robust economy and effective medical system by Central American standards, health care is still largely unavailable to those without a job.

"If you don't have health insurance through employment, it's difficult to see a doctor," McBournie said. "You'll be turned away at a hospital unless you have a life-threatening illness, or if you're a child or a pregnant woman. You can't take getting medical care for granted there. There is no such thing as Medicaid or Medicare."

"It was a huge culture shock for us because in the United States, we treat first, pay later, and in Costa Rica it's much different," noted PSU nursing student Katlyn Piscatelli. "We diagnosed simple problems like arthritis and impetigo that can be easily treated in the U.S., but in Costa Rica, can go undiagnosed for months or years. This experience was eye opening and I cannot put into words how valuable it was for my career."

Nursing student Victoria Weltlich said traveling to a foreign country to improve her skills was a great opportunity. "I was able to learn on such a broad scale about health care availability, adapting to limited resources, overcoming language barriers and so much more," Weltlich said. "Treating patients who didn't speak English was initially a challenge for me, but as I became more comfortable with the culture and the language I was able to connect more easily. It made me proud to be a nurse providing care to those who truly needed and appreciated it."

Cote said the students are forever changed by their trip. "I saw enormous growth in their nursing assessment skills and in their self-confidence in working with patients. They knew there was a difference between Plymouth, New Hampshire, and Central America, but now they know the issues firsthand."

‘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 "Changing America" will be on display at the library until Friday, April 17.