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Winni Museum to host presentation on abolition on Saturday

LACONIA — Meredith author Peter Miller will give a talk on Saturday, July 26, at 11 a.m. at the Lakes Winnipesaukee Museum, about the abolitionist activity that occurred in the Lakes Region and vicinity during the last three decades of slavery in America.

This presentation is sponsored by the Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society. The museum is located on Route 3 in the Weirs Beach section of Laconia, next door to Funspot.
In 1835, a mere three years after the New England Abolitionist Society began advocating the immediate, unconditional abolition of slavery, similar anti-slavery groups were formed in a number of New Hampshire towns, and the New Hampshire Anti-Slavery Society held its first annual convention. However, the radical abolition of slavery was unpopular even in the North at this time, and these abolitionists were censured and attacked. Miller will describe the successes and reverses experienced by local abolitionists that year.
Many women wished to participate in the crusade against slavery, and they formed Female Anti-Slavery Societies. Whether women could join with men in the anti-slavery cause was controversial, though, and this issue fractured the abolitionist movement. Miller will describe how that manifested itself in New Hampshire.
In 1850, the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act led many more Northerners to become radical abolitionists. Miller will identify the principal components of this federal legislation, and he will describe how abolitionists attempted to thwart enforcement of this Act politically and through civil disobedience, such as the forceful rescue of arrested fugitives and participation in the Underground Railroad.

One local person who was highly involved in the anti-slavery effort was the Lakes Region's legendary Jane Varney Durgin, a Quaker who was born and raised in Wolfeboro and who spent most of her adult years in Sandwich. Though not one of the foremost abolitionists in New Hampshire, she worked on behalf of the slaves politically and through the Underground Railroad, and she illustrates how courageous local women fought against slavery. Miller will identify her anti-slavery initiatives and put them in historical perspective.
Signed copies of Miller's recently published book, "Jane Varney Durgin – Trick Rider, Quaker Preacher, Opponent of Slavery – Her Life and Times," will be available for purchase at this event.
This event is free for Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society Members, non members there is a $5.00 fee, all proceeds going to benefit the ongoing renovations.
For more information, contact Melanie Benton, Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society, 366-5950.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 08:31

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Used book sale in Center Harbor Saturday

CENTER HARBOR — Bayswater Book Co. will host its first used book sale on Saturday, July, 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The sale will take place on the porch and features more than 2,000 used paperback and hardcover books. Paperbacks will be on sale for 50 cents each and hardcovers will cost $1. Bayswater hopes to make the used book sale an annual event.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Meredith Altrusa Literacy Fund, a local non-profit organization that provides books, reading services, and financial assistance to libraries and school reading programs throughout the Lakes Region.
"Bayswater's Used Book Sale is about more than finding your next great book," said Michelle Taft, owner of Bayswater. "It's about improving literacy services and providing books to people across the county. We are pleased to partner with Altrusa of Meredith to help spread the love of reading."
For more information, call (603) 253-8858 or visit Bayswater Book Co. at www.bayswaterbooks.com.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 08:21

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Winnisquam Marine Breaks Ground for its new showroom

BELMONT — Winnisquam Marine has broken ground on the site of the former Sarge's Country Store for its new environmentally conscious showroom.

The 70 by 60 foot steel building will be climate controlled and provide easy access for viewing Winnisquam Marine's boat lines of Premier Pontoons, Crownline, Palm Beach Pontoons and Bayliner.

In addition to providing an indoor year-round showroom there will be a walk-out cellar to accommodate boat rentals. It will hold water toys that get pulled behind boats, canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards.

Winnisquam Marine has designed the new showroom t be environmentally conscious featuring filtration beds, energy efficient T-5 lighting, super insulation, energy efficient closed combustion natural gas heaters and rain gardens with high bush blueberries.

Craig Bailey from Turning Point did all of the surveying and site work planning. Jim Piscopo from Piscopo Contracting is ding all of the excavation while Rob Reiss from Reiss Construction is handling the building construction.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 06:49

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Staged version of ‘Rikki-Tikki-Tavi’ at PSU on July 31


PLYMOUTH — A stage adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" will be performed Thursday, July 31, at 2 p.m. in the Silver Center for the Arts at Plymouth State University.

The play will be performed by actors from Jean Playhouse Children's Theater in Lincoln.

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, which is a short story in Kipling's "Jungle Book," is about a mischievous young mongoose who has been adopted by a family living in India, but when two angry cobras appear looking for trouble, Rikki learns how to be a hero.

All seats (including babes in arms) are $7. A group rate of $5 per seat is available for groups of 15 or more.

Information about the performance and tickets is available by calling 603-535-ARTS (2787) or visiting silver.plymouth.edu.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 09:00

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