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Genealogy Interest Group to host author Aimee Gagnon Fogg on Sept. 12

WOLFEBORO — The Lakes Region Genealogy Interest Group will hold their September meeting on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at the Wolfeboro Public Library beginning at 6:30 p.m. The first hour will strictly be a question and answer period, followed by a program presented by Aimee Gagnon Fogg at 7 p.m. 

Fogg's program will highlight the process of researching and writing her book "The Granite Men of Henri-Chapelle." In 2009, Fogg began searching to discover what happened to her uncle, Paul Lavoie, who died while fighting in Europe during World War II. She wanted to know more about the man, where he served and how he died. Through research at archives and historical societies, the help of a World War II veteran, and a trip to retrace her uncle's path, Fogg was able to learn more about Lavoie. Her search revealed that he was buried in the Henri-Chapelle American Military Cemetery in Belgium. While at the cemetery, she realized she wanted to tell the stories of all the New Hampshire men buried there.

With the help of the staff at Henri-Chapelle, some family members of the fallen men and a lot more research, Fogg was able to gather the histories and stories of the 40 New Hampshire men buried in the cemetery. The venture has been so successful that she has been asked to write a similar book about the Henri-Chapelle men from Vermont.

Fogg holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and History. Recently appointed New Hampshire Coordinator for Poland Jewish Cemetery Restoration Project, Fogg is also involved with various Jewish cemetery restoration projects and mass grave memorializations throughout Eastern Europe. She is the author of the "Wind Wails" and "There Exists a Fence."

For more information call Dee Ide at 630-8497 or Cindy Scott at the Wolfeboro Public Library at 569-2428.

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Franklin Historical Society program on Exemplary Country Estates

FRANKLIN– The Franklin Historical Society, co-hosting with the Franklin Public Library, has received a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council to host the program 'Exemplary Country Estates of New Hampshire'. This talk will be presented by Cristina Ashjian on Thursday, September 5, at 7 p.m. at the Franklin Public Library (310 Central Street, second floor meeting room, which is ADA accessible by the elevator through the rear door from the back parking lot), and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the program and before the regular business meeting of the Society.
In the early 20th century, the New Hampshire Board of Agriculture launched a drive to boost the rural economy and promote tourism through the sale of abandoned farms to summer residents. After introducing the country house movement, Ashjian focuses attention on some of the great country estates featured in the state's promotional "New Hampshire Farms for Summer Homes" publication between 1902 and 1913. Which private estates were recognized as exemplary, and who were their owners?

Using historic images and texts, Ashjian discusses well-known estates now open to the public such as The Fells on Lake Sunapee, The Rocks in Bethlehem, and Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish. The presentation will explore the architecture and scope of various country houses, and examine the fate of significant private estates showcased in the state literature.

Cristina Ashjian is an art historian and independent scholar based in Moultonborough, where she is presently the chair of the Moultonborough Heritage Commission. 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 Franklin Historical Society's activities, recent newsletters, information on membership, and a list of merchandise available, are all posted on the Society's website, www.franklinnhhistoricalsociety.org. Visit often and consider investing in $10 a year membership to be part of preserving and celebrating Franklin's colorful past.

Last Updated on Monday, 26 August 2013 09:21

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Forestview Antique Car Show raised funds, food for Meredith pantry

MEREDITH — Staff and Residents from Forestview Manor Assisted Living visited the Meredith Emergency Food Pantry recently with a donation of $370 and hundreds of pounds of canned goods and other food. The funds and food donations were collected at Forestview's 6th Annual Antique Car Show, held on August 15.

The primary fundraiser at the event, a 50/50 raffle, was won by Mike and Lauren Wentworth of Center Harbor, who generously donated their portion of the winnings back to the Food Pantry. Food Pantry Director Paul Rowley was grateful for the donations, and said " the Pantry needs the community's support more than ever right now, as they are having difficulty meeting the level of need in the community."

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Festival of Flight at Squam Science Center Sept. 14

HOLDERNESS — Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is hosting the second annual Festival of Flight on Saturday, September 14. This family festival showcases the wonders of flight and migration, and will feature live animals, tethered hot air balloon rides, a presentation about the Karner Blue Butterfly Restoration Project, hawk watch, butterfly craft, and more.

Activities will be going on throughout the day beginning with tethered hot air balloon rides from 9-11a.m. courtesy of RE/MAX Bayside in Meredith. Following that, Iain MacLeod will be presenting Project OspreyTrack at 11 a.m. This program will provide the latest information about satellite tracked Ospreys from New Hampshire and will feature a live Osprey. Iain has successfully attached tracking devices on five additional Ospreys this summer and attendees will be able to see the latest migration information from them.

A special program about the Karner Blue Butterfly Restoration Project will be held at 1 p.m. Brett Ferry of New Hampshire Fish & Game will present the program about this federally endangered butterfly found in New Hampshire. Attendees can also participate in a butterfly craft before or after this presentation.

All activities, except the tethered balloon ride, are included in the regular trail admission fee, which gives you access to the entire animal exhibit trail featuring native New Hampshire wildlife in natural settings. Admissions fees are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (65+), $10 for youth ages 3-15, children 2 and under are free. Members are always free.

There is an additional fee of $10 for adults and $5 for children for the tethered hot air balloon rides, with limited times available. Tickets, available on a first-come, first-served basis, may be purchased in advance by calling 968-7194.

Festival of Flight is generously sponsored by Community Guaranty Savings Bank. For more information please visit www.nhnature.org or call 603-968-7194 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Monday, 26 August 2013 09:03

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