02 July 2017

July 7 Membership Meeting at 6:00 PM

"July Membership Meeting and Stories of Farmington Initiative"

Friday, July 7th
6:00 pm
in the Henry Wilson Museum 
Goodwin Library lower level
Membership Meeting
Stories of Farmington Initiative

Membership Meeting
There will be a membership meeting at 6:00 PM.
The public is welcome to attend all our meetings and programs.  Annual membership dues are $5.00.

Stories of Farmington Initiative
Following the monthly membership meeting, which will be from 6:00 - 7:00 PM, the recording team will stay in the museum to record any Farmington residents who want to share their favorite stories about Farmington. Whether it be about past town events, family memories, friendships, favorite objects, come join us and share your memory of Farmington's past.

The Farmington Historical Society has begun its "Stories of Farmington Initiative".  We're going to make history come alive through storytelling.  This is an ongoing and participatory project in which volunteer townsfolk are recorded sharing their favorite stories about Farmington. Whether it be about past town events, family memories, friendships, favorite objects, come participate and share your memory of Farmington's past. If you just want to listen and learn, that's fine.  

Want to participate but are not sure what you can offer?  To prepare a bit in advance, plan to take about 3-5 minutes to tell your story about you and your relationship to Farmington.  Your story should answer the following questions:
  • Who are you and how long have you been in Farmington?
  • What is it you want to talk about:  object, event, location, time, family, etc?  
  • How does this relate to both you and to Farmington?
  • Why did you select this particular story?  Why is it important to you?
While we would eventually like to post the stories in the online museum capture, we mainly want to collect a living history or primary source material about Farmington's past as remembered by its current citizens.  If you only want to share your story for historical purposes, we will not post it online, or make it public in any way.  We will just archive it for the future historians to review. But if you want to share your recording, we can do that as well!

The program is open to all and all are welcome.





 

20 May 2017

June 2: Conversations About Farmington History with Farmington Residents

"Conversations About Farmington History"




Friday, June 2nd
7:00 pm
in the Henry Wilson Museum 
Goodwin Library lower level

presented by 
Volunteer Audience Members
Sharing Farmington Stories


We're trying something new at the Farmington Historical Society.  We're going to make history come alive through story telling.  This will be a participatory event in which volunteers in the audience will share their favorite stories about Farmington. Whether it be about past town events, family memories, friendships, favorite objects, come join us and share your memory of Farmington's past. If you just want to listen and learn, that's fine.  No pressure.  Refreshments will be served at 7:00 PM and our program will start at 7:15. You do not have to participate to attend. The program is open to all and all are welcome.
Planning Ahead to Participate?  Plan to take about 3-5 minutes and tell us:
  • Who you are and how long you have been in Farmington.
  • What it is you want to talk about:  object, event, location, time, family, etc.
  • How it relates to Farmington.
  • Why it is important to you.
We would like to capture your stories on video for a documentary we are making, but if you want to share but opt out of recording, you can do so!

Membership Meeting
There will be a membership meeting at 6:00 PM.  A meet and greet with the presenter along with light refreshments will begin after the meeting at 7:00, with the program starting at 7:15 PM.
The public is welcome to attend all our meetings and programs.  Annual membership dues are $5.00.

Links to Learn More
Story Corp  We're basing out ideas on the Story Corps project.
https://storycorps.org/



 

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: The Long and the Short of It with Steve and Sharon Wood at the Rochester Historical Society

"Abraham and Mary Lincoln: The Long and the Short of It"

The Rochester Historical Society has received a grant from New Hampshire Humanities to present “Abraham and Mary Lincoln: The Long and the Short of It” on Thursday, June 8, at 7 PM at the Rochester Historical Society Museum at 58 Hanson Street in downtown Rochester.
Steve and Sharon Wood, from Claremont, will present “Abraham and Mary Lincoln: the Long and the Short of It," a living history program set in 1861. Having only recently arrived in Washington, the Lincolns are seen spending some quiet time together, reminiscing about the distinctly different paths that led each of them to Springfield, Illinois, where they met, married and began their family. Despite their different backgrounds, they shared strong political ambitions and worked together to secure Lincoln’s election to the Presidency. After the program, the Woods will step out of character and answer audience questions.
Historical presenters specializing in 19th century American history, Steve and Sharon Wood have been researching and portraying the Lincolns since 1995. They are members of the Association of Lincoln Presenters (ALP) and were awarded the organization's Glen Schnizlein Memorial Award for the Best Abraham & Mary Lincoln Team for both 2003 and 2006. Steve took 2nd place in the Lincoln Look-Alike Contest held in Hodgenville, Kentucky in 2000. There is information about their programs at Telling His-Story (and Hers) on Facebook and on their website: http://his-story.atspace.com 
This program is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will follow the meeting.
New Hampshire Humanities nurtures the joy of learning and inspires community engagement by bringing life-enhancing ideas from the humanities to the people of New Hampshire.  They connect people with ideas.  Learn more at www.NHHumanities.org.
For more information, contact the Rochester Historical Society at 603 330-3099 or rochesterhistorical@metrocast.net.




 

16 April 2017

May 5: A Visit with Abraham Lincoln with Steve Wood

"A Visit with Abraham Lincoln"
Friday, May 5th
7:00 pm
in the Multipurpose Room
Valley View Community School
presented by 
Steve Wood
Association of Lincoln Presenters
New Hampshire Humanities Council Presenter


Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by Steve Wood, begins this program by recounting his early life and ends with a reading of the "Gettysburg Address." Along the way he comments on the debates with Stephen Douglas, his run for the presidency, and the Civil War.  

Steve Wood, a graduate of the University of Maine, School of Forestry, worked for nearly thirty years with the UNH Cooperative Extension as an Extension Educator in Forest Resources, retiring at the end of 2003. He has been researching and presenting Living History programs as Abraham Lincoln since 1995. Steve is a member of the Association of Lincoln Presenters, the League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling, and the NH Storytelling Alliance.



This program is supported by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.



Membership Meeting
There will be a membership meeting at 6:00 PM.  A meet and greet with the presenter along with light refreshments will begin after the meeting at 7:00, with the program starting at 7:15 PM.
The public is welcome to attend all our meetings and programs.  Annual membership dues are $5.00.

Links to Learn More
Humanities Council Presenter Steve Wood   http://www.nhhumanities.org/presenters/steve-wood



 

21 March 2017

March-Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month


We are more than half way through Women’s History Month but there is plenty of time to learn about the contributions of women through history.

Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week." Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as "Women’s History Week." In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month." Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month.

Since 1995, all Presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”  

You can learn more about Women's History by visiting Women's History Month on the web at WomensHistoryMonth.gov.



Links to Learn More

National Women's History Museum
https://www.nwhm.org/

The National Women's History Project
http://www.nwhp.org/

National Museum of Women In the Arts
https://nmwa.org/

For short articles and pictures, visit “A National Policy of Nagging” on Pinterest at https://www.pinterest.com/usnatarchives/a-national-policy-of-nagging.




 

06 March 2017

April 7: Friends of Farmington with Kathy King

"Friends of Farmington"


Friday, April 7th
7:00 pm
in the Henry Wilson Museum 
Goodwin Library lower level

presented by 
Kathy King
Friends of Farmington


Friends of Farmington believes that addressing challenges in a positive and proactive manner can make Farmington a more vibrant and productive community.
In addition to providing support to other organizations that share this mindset, we have recently taken on a unique project of our own.
Friends of Farmington has entered into an agreement to purchase the historic Mason building located on Main St. The three story building has been vacant for some time and was recently renovated following a fire. It is just the place to put our plan into action. Our vision is to provide a place within the community to propel economic development with job skill training and resume writing, and foster small business by providing affordable incubator space. In addition, we will support our friends in Recovery by providing meeting space to support their efforts.
We have kicked off our fundraising efforts with a letter writing campaign, and will continue to work toward raising the roughly $100,000 needed to fund the building purchase as well as capital improvements.


Membership Meeting
There will be a membership meeting at 6:00 PM.  A meet and greet with the presenter along with light refreshments will begin after the meeting at 7:00, with the program starting at 7:15 PM.
The public is welcome to attend all our meetings and programs.  Annual membership dues are $5.00.

Links to Learn More
Friends of Farmington on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofFarmington/