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Meredith Historical Society to present discussion of origin of N.H.’s country estates on Tuesday

MEREDITH — Have you ever wondered how New Hampshire came to have wonderful estates such as Saint Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish or The Rocks in Bethlehem? At the Meredith Historical Society at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 5, Cristina Ashjian will discuss the origin and importance of the evolution of NH's rural farms into private estates, especially those now open to the public.

Between 1902 and 1913 the NH Board of Agriculture encouraged the sale of abandoned farms to wealthy summer residents in order to promote tourism and increase the local economy. Because of this departure from an agrarian life, the public can now enjoy visiting many of these wonderful country estates.

Cristina Ashjian is an art historian and independent scholar living in Moultonborough where she chairs the Moultonborough Heritage Commission. She has focused her research on late 19th and early 20th century country estates. She holds an MA in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London and a PhD in Modern Art and Architecture from Northwestern University.

The Meredith Historical Society is located at 45 Main St. This program is free and the public is welcome. Refreshments will be served. The Meredith Historical Society and the Meredith Public Library are pleased to co-offer this program through a grant from the NH Humanities Council. For more information call 279-2275.

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 10:33

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Genealogy at the Meredith Public Library

MEREDITH — The Genealogy Club at the Meredith Public Library will meet on Tuesday, August 5 at 4 p.m. for a Webinar on Online Military Records. If you're looking to prove military service in your genealogy, you've hit a brick on a veteran ancestor or you want to learn more about what information military records contain and how to find them online, then this class is for you. Free and open to the public.

On Friday, August 8 at 5 p.m.  join your fellow genealogists after the library closes for fun, research and food. Use the library computers, access our locked collection and exchange ideas with others. Maybe you'll finally break through that brick wall. Have you always wanted to try Ancestry.com, HeritageQuest or American Ancestors? A genealogist will be available to assist you. Please bring $5 if you wish to have pizza at 6 p.m. We will be raffling off free door prizes. Cool stuff for genealogists. You must arrive before the library closes at 5 p.m.

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Public celebration of breastfeeding in Laconia Saturday

LACONIA — A gathering is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 2, in Laconia to mark the importance and value of breastfeeding.

On Saturday at 10:30 a.m. breastfeeding women and their babies will gather in the garden outside the Laconia Public Library to mark the Big Latch On, a worldwide synchronized breastfeeding event. The Latch On is organized by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action to mark World Breastfeeding Week which runs from Aug. 1 to Aug. 7.

In case of rainy weather the local Latch On will take place in Rotary Hall on the lower level of the library.

Promoters of the Big Latch On say the event is a way of demonstrating the breastfeeding contributes to the normal growth and development of babies/children, and babies/children who are not breastfed are at increased risk of infant morbidity and mortality, adult obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and premenopausal breast cancer and ovarian cancer (both mom and baby.)

They note that the World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of a baby's life to optimize these benefits, continuing to breastfeed for two years and as long thereafter as is mutually desired by a woman and her child.

Further information about the Latch On is available by emailing Crystal Tusi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Betsy Wilder at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Squam Lakes Association Celebrates All Things Squam with I Love Squam Day

 HOLDERNESS — This Saturday, August 2nd the Squam Lakes Association is celebrating all things Squam with the second annual I Love Squam Day. Starting at noon and running until 3 pm there will be canoe, kayak, and Paddleboard demos, snorkeling excursions, sailboat exhibits, and local hikes exploring bird life, forest ecology, and woodland stewardship.

At 2:30 there's a special event just for the kids. The Squam Olympics is back and better than ever. All kids between 8 and 16 years old are challenged to compete in a variety of watery sports including a big canoe race to field games and of course...the Ultimate Squam Challenge.

Starting at 5 is the big cookout complete with all the classic summer time eats off the grill. Then when the sun goes down it's time for the barn dance. This Contra style dance is complete with that good ol' country sound, caller and a big beautiful barn.  All activities except for dinner and the barn dance are free. Reservations are required for dinner. Go online to squamlakes.org for more information or call 603-968-7336.


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