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Gilford author pens history of Belknap Mill

GILFORD – Later this month, Gilford author and historian Carol Lee Anderson will have her third book published with The History Press. The book, entitled A History of the Belknap Mill: The Pride of Laconia's Industrial Heritage, will be released on June 24. The Belknap Mill Society will be hosting the official book launch on July 11, beginning at 6 p.m. at the historic Belknap Mill, 25 Beacon Street East in Laconia. The event is free and open to the public.
The publication follows the release of Anderson's second book, The New England Life of Cartoonist Bob Montana: Beyond the Archie Comic Strip, which hit the shelves last fall. A History of the Belknap Mill took Anderson nearly a year to write and encompasses not only the mill's history but also the industrial history of Laconia.
Manchester businessman J. Paul Morin, whose great-grandfather J.P. Morin bought the Belknap Mill in 1913, penned the foreword to the book. Morin's family owned and operated a hosiery business there for three generations, and he is the last of his generation to have first-hand experience with the family's complex enterprise. Anderson worked closely with him as she conducted her research on the mill's history.
J.P. Morin was also highly involved in the establishment of Sacred Heart Parish and the construction of Laconia's Sacred Heart Church. Being a Franco-American, he constantly searched for ways to ease his fellow immigrants' assimilation into American society. Due to the extent of J. P. Morin's contributions to life in Laconia, Anderson dedicated an entire chapter to the French-Canadian entrepreneur.
The tale of this history includes the stories of many of the French-Canadian immigrants who worked as mill operatives, and it chronicles the story of women mill workers, who were known as "mill girls". The women far out-numbered their male counterparts and performed far more complicated tasks.
The intense battle for the mill's preservation and restoration is told throughout several chapters, featuring an interview with Save the Mills and Belknap Mill Society founder, Peter Karagianis. Anderson conducted additional interviews with Dr. Richard Candee, an architectural historian who helped those who saved the mill from demolition during urban renewal.
One of the things that most surprised Anderson was that the Belknap Mill's history did not include the same type of stories that are associated with mills in larger cities - tales that describe challenging working conditions and the poor treatment of operatives. Presented in an easy-to-read style, the book encourages readers to enjoy discovering the unique history of the Belknap Mill and the little-known facts about Laconia's industrial history.
Anderson is also the author of the award-winning, The History of Gunstock: Skiing in the Belknap Mountains, published by The History Press in 2011. For more information, visit CarolLeeAnderson.com.

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Center Harbor Historical Society to Hear Hans Hug

CENTER HARBOR — Hans Hug will be the featured speaker at the next program of the Center Harbor Historical Society, to be held on Thursday, June 26 at 7 p.m.

He has scoured the bottom of Lake Winnipesaukee, and will be speaking about what lurks below the surface. It should be a great program, if you are curious about something you will probably never see. Everyone is welcome, and there is no charge for this presentation.

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Belknap Mill Summer Concert Series welcomes Michael Vincent Band

LACONIA —The Michael Vincent Band will perform the opening concert in the Belknap Mill's summer outdoor series in Rotary Park in downtown Laconia. The program will being at 6:30 p.m.

The band is made up of three very talented, driven young musicians that are devoted to the music that they play: Michael Vincent, Danny Mack, and Dan Hewitt.

The trio grew up together in central New Hampshire where they learned about the blues and the roots of American music on their own with long hours of practice and experimentation. Artists such as the Cream, The Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers Band, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, The Band, Booker T. & the MG's, and Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble are among the band's favorite influences, and you can hear it in their original music as well as their cover tunes.

They played their first gig together during Laconia Motorcycle Rally when they were only 13 years old. A few years later they were playing with some of their heros, Eric Burdon of the Animals and Jack Bruce of Cream. Since then, they have performed with legends such as Johnny Winter, Dave Mason of Traffic, Elvin Bishop of The Butterfield Blues Band, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Biscuit Miller and The Mix, The Holmes Brothers, Dave Malone of the Radiators, Shirley Lewis, and John Lee Hooker Jr.

For further information on the mill and its events, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , visit www.belknapmill.org, or call 603-524-8813.

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Enjoy Doo-Wop Music with the Rockin' Daddios June 11

LACONIA — The Rockin' Daddios will bring you back to a simpler time with songs from the 1950s and 1960s when they perform at Taylor Community June 11 at 6:30 p.m.

You'll be guaranteed to smile, tap your feet and sing along with the true American sound of Doo-Wop as memories of Sock Hops, Drive-In Theatres and Malt Shops run through your mind.

This free event is open to the public and will be held at Taylor's Woodside Building. RSVP by calling 524-5600 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , to ensure seating.

The Rockin' Daddios are comprised of Angelo Gentile, Bo Guyer, Jim Rogato and Drew Seneca. The men formed the group after singing together in numerous musical reviews written by famed director and producer Irene Deschenes. When not performing as the Rockin' Daddios, each member performs individually in various theatre productions across the state, including "Les Miserables," "Spamalot" and "Little Shop of Horrors" to name just a few.


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