31 January 2012

January 2012 Puddledock Press Available Online

The January 2012 Edition of the Puddledock Press is now available online.
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Other issues of the Puddledock along with other historical documents can be found on Scribd, posted by the Farmington Historical Society.  www.scribd.com.

20 January 2012

Students from Henry Wilson School to Write About Henry Wilson

Henry Wilson
On February 16, it will be the 200th birthday of Farmington's favorite son, Vice President Henry Wilson.  Students at Henry Wilson Memorial School are going to write essays about his political mission, which was to abolish slavery.

Wilson was born Jeremiah Colbath, in Farmington, near where the Farmington Country Club currently stands.  Born into a poor family, Jeremiah had several siblings die at early ages.  His family indentured him to be the servant of a nearby farmer from the age of 10 until 21. He worked long and hard, from sun up until sun down, for 11 months of each year.  indentured servitude is just another form of slavery.  He left Farmington when his servitude time was completed, and learned the shoe making trade in Natick, Massachusetts.  There, he legally changed his name to Henry Wilson, got himself out of poverty, and got into politics.  But he never forgot his Farmington roots and days of servitude.  He became a keen debater, and an advocate for the anti-slavery movement.  He eventually became a US Senator, fought in the Battle of Bull Run, and was instrumental in convincing President Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation.  He became Vice Present under Ulysses S. Grant, and wrote The Rise and Fall of Slave Power in the United States, an important historical narrative.

Henry Wilson Memorial School
The students at Henry Wilson Memorial School will pursue Wilson's passion, writing essays about slavery and its abolition.  The essays will be completed before the beginning of February, which is Black History Month.  The Farmington Historical Society is donating $100 to be used as prize money for the winning essays.  Students will be divided into two categories, Elementary grades 4-6; and Middle School, grades 7-8.  The first place winners will get $25, second place, $15, and third place $10.  The essays will be reviewed by the classroom teachers, with the best essays being forwarded for judging.  A school staff member, Historical Society President, and the national president of WOOF (Wilson Out of Obscurity Forthwith) will comprise the trio of judges awarding the final prizes in each category.
 The top essay in each category will be published in the February 16 edition of the Rochester Times, which coincides with Henry Wilson's 200th birthday.

On June 8th, National WOOF President, John Nolan, will present a 200th Birthday Anniversary Henry Wilson Show, as part of the 200th Birthday Celebration in Farmington. This Historical Society Presentation will be held a the Farmington Recreation Center.
Visit the Upcoming Events tab on this site for details.


Vice President Henry Wilson Tribute Page

SAU 61 Farmington School District

Henry Wilson on Wikipedia

Art and History on the US Senate Site

04 January 2012

Reverse Glass Paintings Donated to Goodwin Library

George and Martha Washington
Reverse Glass Paintings by W M Prior 1853

On November 18th, the Farmington Community was invited to a reception celebrating the recent donation of a pair of paintings of George and Martha Washington that were generously donated  to the Goodwin Library by the Thayer Family.  They were painted by William Matthew Prior in 1853 using the reverse glass technique. Reverse glass painting is an old art form which is dome by applying paint to a piece of glass and then viewing the image by turning the glass over and looking through the glass at the image. Verre Églomisé is a commonly used term to refer to the art of cold painting and gilding on the back of glass. In German it is also known as 'hinterglasmalerei.'  The paintings are permanently on display at the Goodwin Library in the stairwell between the main floor and the children's room.

The Friday reception was held from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm at the Goodwin Library and light refreshments were served.

William Matthew Prior was a painter, born in Bath, Maine and later worked out of Portland and Boston, who primarily painted portraits of locals and family members.  

He was exceptional because he had the ability to paint in two styles, one a flat, quick manner with broad brush strokes and with little shade or shadow, which he used for more folk art style paintings, and the other in a more academic tradition with modeling and varied tonation, which produced a more formal product.

William Matthew Prior
Self Portrait, 1825

Two Andrews Children
a more flat, folk art style painting

Hiram Hall of Portland
a more traditional style painting


Reverse Glass Painting on Wikipedia

The Celebrated William Matthew Prior (1806-1873) from Antiques & Fine Art Magazine

03 January 2012

December 2011 Puddledock Press

The December 2011 edition of the Farmington, NH Puddledock Press has been uploaded to our Scribd account and is available for viewing.

PuddledockPress-Dec2011 You can find past archived issues of the Puddledock Press by visiting the Puddledock Press page of this site. Just click on the Puddledock Press tab above. Hope you all had a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season.