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Glidden Toy Museum in Ashland is open for the season

ASHLAND — The Glidden Toy Museum is open for the summer and welcomes visitors every Thursday and Friday  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The museum, located in an 1810 "plank" house features five rooms of antique toys, the lifetime collection of Pauline E. Glidden. Tours are conducted daily by a corps of volunteer hostesses and Junior guides. Donation is $3 for adults; children 12 and under free.

The collection includes a kitchen, schoolroom, doll room, lithographed tin toys, iron toys, dollhouses, furniture, dolls, ride-on toys, a rare penny toy collection etc., over 2,000 items.

Younger children enjoy playing with two furnished doll houses, a Noah's Ark, and building blocks.

Annual eents are the 'Young Ladies' Tea on Saturday, August 9 at 4 pm. Invitations available at the Ashland Town Library, Ashland Insurance, Mt Laurel Flower Shop and the museum
Donation is $5. The young ladies age 12 and under come in party attire, hats and gloves if they wish. Dolls are welcome of course.

Appraisal Day will be held Wednesday, August  20 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. on the lawn of the museum (if rain, inside the museum). Price has not changed! $4 per item or 3 items for $10. Antiques of all kinds, collectibles, books, pictures/paintings appraised.

The museum located in the alley between the Mt. Laurel Flower Shop and Ashland Antiques.  Parking is either on Main Street and using the walkway to the museum or Pleasant Street, walking through the grounds of the Whipple House Museum follow sign to Toy Museum. For further information call 603- 968-7289.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 08:12

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‘Driving Backwards’ author Jessica Landers at the Gilmanton Year Round Library on July 29

GILMANTON — Jessica Landers, 20-year summer resident of the Town, brings her book Driving Backwards, an exploration of Gilmanton's todays and yesterdays, to the Year-Round Library on Tuesday evening, July 29 at 6 pm.

Gilmanton was briefly the most famous town in America. Today the town, nestled amongst the hills of central New Hampshire and along the curve of the Suncook River, is a microcosm of the changing ways and enduring values of rural life in the twenty-first century.

Driving Backwards is a poignant exploration of the vividness of the everyday. Across twenty years of summers, Jessica Lander has come to know Gilmanton and its residents. Valerie, who tends sixty-five goats, home-schools ten children and crafts artisanal goat cheese. Jim and Cheryl, who raise miniature horses, flocks of chickens and long-eared rabbits, all on two tiny acres. Duncan, a third generation farmer, who harvests thousands of pounds of wild blueberries every summer. Chuck, who runs a six-generation dairy farm.

Lander's guide is David Bickford – a fireman, carpenter, town selectman and nearly one-hundred-year-old storyteller. Through richly observed portraits and elegant prose, Lander elevates the ordinary and encourages a deeper appreciation for the stories that surround us.

The public is invited to join Jessica at the Library, on NH Route 140, opposite the Gilmanton School.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 08:09

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Correction: Cemetery tour is in Gilmanton

GILMANTON — The headline that appeared over an article in yesterday's paper listed an incorrect town as the location of a cemetery tour. The tour of the historic Smith Meetinghouse Cemetery will be held in Gilmanton on Tuesday, July 22, beginning at 6 p.m.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 08:05

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Lakeport Freighthouse Tour offered Monday

LAKEPORT – Laconia Historical and Museum Society announces a Walking Tour through the Lakeport Freighthouse Museum on Monday, July 21 at 7 p.m. hosted by the Lakeport Community Association.  The Freighthouse Museum is located at the junction of Elm Street and Union Avenue in Lakeport Square.

Established in 1997, the activities of the Lakeport Community Association are devoted to community involvement, improvement and preservation.  Their efforts to preserve the Circa 1899 Lakeport Freighthouse are deserving of loud applause.  Countless hours of dedicated volunteer effort made the restoration and museum possible. 

“This tour provides the opportunity to take a walk through the history of Lakeport and to peek inside their pride and joy, The Lakeport Freighthouse Museum to view all of the treasures on display there.  I think people will be amazed and thrilled with the collection of artifacts in the museum.” says Brenda Kean, Executive Director of Laconia Historical and Museum Society.

This tour is free and open to the public.  For more information about this event 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 Tuesday, 15 July 2014 10:42

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