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Laconia Historical & Museum Society to host program on Pickett’s Charge on Monday

LACONIA - Laconia Historical and Museum Society will hold its August Lecture Program entitled "Pickett's Charge" on Monday, August 18, which will be presented by Civil War expert Dave Decker. The Lecture program will be held at The Laconia Public Library at 7 pm in Rotary Hall.

The Battle of Gettysburg took place in Pennsylvania on July 1, 2 and 3, 1863. The Confederates had 71,000 troops on the ground; the Union had 91,000 troops. On the third day, Major General George Pickett was given field command to lead 13,000 Confederates in a charge against Union Forces across a field that varied in width from ¾ mile to 1 ½ miles.

The Confederates marched in parade formation across most of the field. At 200 yards, the concealed Union cannons, in the middle, opened fire. At 52 yards, the Confederates began running in their charge. The Union line held and only 4,500 of the original 13,000 returned to the rest of the Confederate army.

The ancient method of open fire charges had been rendered obsolete.

"Dave Decker has a way of recounting Civil War events in a way that you will not soon forget ... his research and presentation never fail to impress" says Brenda Kean, Executive Director of LHMS.

This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information about this lecture program contact the Laconia Historical and Museum Society at 603-527-1278, email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on the web at www.laconiahistorical.org.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 10:06

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Veterans Home Residents Honored for Efforts

TILTON —  The Governor and Executive Council Meeting was held last week at the Inn on Newfound Lake in Bridgewater hosted by District One Councilor Joe Kenney. At the meeting several people were chosen for special recognition by the Governor and Council. Several people were given proclamations by the Governor.

Two women honored, Patricia Ramey and Anna Jean Munt, are co-recipients of the New Hampshire Veterans Home's 2014 Charles Safford Award, an annual recognition of a resident or residents of the Home who have displayed acts of caring for and advocating for others during the preceding year. The award, named in honor of the late Charles "Charlie" Safford, a former president of the Home's Resident Council, acknowledges the personal time and efforts donated selflessly for improving the quality of life for others.

Both of this year's recipients were nominated by their fellow residents for their contributions above and beyond expectations for individuals living in a long-term care setting. The Governor was happy to also recognize their service with a proclamation on Tuesday.

Pat Ramey delivers – daily, circulating around the building to bring the day's mail and newspapers to fellow residents, a task that brings her to the front desk sometimes several times a day. Pat, an Army veteran of the Vietnam conflict who came to the Home in January, 2013, also tries to meet every new resident and offers to show them the Home's many different areas and the wide variety of activities available.

Anna Jean Munt, who served in the Navy during Vietnam and entered the Home in October, 2013, is always looking out for others, making sure they have what they need, like a sweater for the cold. She's also a great help to the staff, assisting her peers in getting ready for meals in the dining room and aiding with the transportation of less-mobile residents to the activities they enjoy.

The actions of both go to the heart of the Safford Award, emulating Charlie Safford's great acts of kindness, dedication and advocacy with his peers, with the Home's staff, and with others throughout the community.
Pat and Anna Jean received certificates honoring their contributions during a presentation at the monthly Commandant's Update in June, a monthly gathering where Commandant Margaret "Peggy" LaBrecque welcomes new residents and staff and fills residents in on any challenges or issues facing the Home. Now they can add to that a photo with the Governor and an official Proclamation.

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Covered bridges of N.H. presentation on Wednesday

LACONIA — The Lake Winnipesaukee Museum is presenting the program "Covered Bridges of New Hampshire" featuring Glenn Knoblock on Wednesday, August 13 at 7 p.m. 

Covered wooden bridges have been a vital part of the NH transportation network, dating back to the early 1800s. Given NH's myriad streams, brooks, and rivers, it's unsurprising that 400 covered bridges have been documented. Often viewed as quaint relics of a simpler past, they were technological marvels of their day. It may be native ingenuity and NH's woodworking tradition that account for the fact that a number of nationally-noted covered bridge truss designers were NH natives. Knoblock discusses covered bridge design and technology, and their designers, builders, and associated folklore. 

Knoblock has a B.A. in History, Bowling Green State University; independent scholar and author of twelve books and over 70 articles; author and historian on projects relating to Northern New England bridges, New Hampshire history and African American military history; serving as the main military contributor to Harvard and Oxford University's landmark African American Biography Project.

This event is free and is made possible by a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council. To RSVP call 366-5950.

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Clark House program Thursday on Midwife Cures

WOLFEBORO — Come to the Clark House this week for a fascinating program about the past.

When you are at the Farmer's Market on Thursday, August 14, take a break from 2-3 pm to enjoy a special presentation of, A Midwife Tells her Medicinal Cures

Local performer and historian, Carolyn Chase, will play the role of the local Midwife. In her well-known theatrical way, Carolyn will relate how she uses herbs and other garden materials for ills and other uses. She might even offer to heal any broken arms in the audience or take you through the herb garden on our property to show you more details about her wares.


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