"SCHOOL'S OUT"

Date: June 22, 2020

Time: 7 P.M.

Location:

Newmarket Town Hall

186 South Main Street,

Newmarket, NH

Fee: None. Donations greatly appreciated!

An historic overview of Newmarket’s school system, with highlights of town education from colonial times to recent years: 

  • Stories of 18th, 19th and 20th century teachers, from Wentworth Cheswell and his colonial school to the young men and women who were tasked to educate Newmarket’s youth to meet the demands of a changing world.

  • Newmarket’s many different school districts, till the closing of the last one-room school house after World War I.

  • The politics — such as the 1870 controversey of the new Town Hall which led to fisticuffs and an early adjournment of Town Meeting.  With no school budget, how were Newmarket students educated?

  • Evolving attitudes about education —curriculum, students, teachers and school buildings.

(photo: Stone School, 1923)


Presented by:

 Kristin Carmichael is a retired high school teacher, Newmarket resident, life member and serves on the Board of Directors of the New Market Historical Society.  During the 1980s and 90s, she worked with Newmarket’s PTA, volunteered at the schools and served on the School Building Committee of 1985-86.  Kristin continues to connect with Newmarket schools by hosting third-graders on their annual field trip to the Stone School Museum (part of the Newmarket curriculum), and by working with older student volunteers who are involved in a variety of Historical Society projects.

 NOTICE:    This presentation will follow our first business meeting for the new year.

MUSEUM -- OPEN HOUSE -- JUNE, JULY, AUGUST & SEPTEMBER

Date:

Time: 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Location:

                                                                                                             Stone School Museum

3 Granite Street

Newmarket, NH

Fee: None. Donations greatly appreciated!

The Museum opens Sunday June 14th  at 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. which coincides with the outdoor Farmers’ Market.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  On display are selected photographs, clothing, letters, diaries, cigar making implements and newspaper articles from Newmarket’s three Italian greengrocers:

Darius Mariotti, Giacomo “Jimmy” Marelli, and Vincent Cieri 

 


Presented by:

NEWMARKET'S ITALIAN GREENGROCERS

Date: August 24, 2020

Time: 7 PM

Location:

                                                                                                                Newmarket Town Hall Auditorium

186 South Main Street

Newmarket, NH

Fee: None. Donations greatly appreciated!

Between 1904 and 1929 Newmarket had three Italian greengrocers working from horse-drawn vegetable wagons and shops on Main Street .  All were immigrants: Darius Marriotti, Vincero Cieri,  and Giacomo “Jimmy” Marelli  and they all specialized in fruit, confections, hot roasted peanuts, soda, “Moxie,” vegetables,  and hand-rolled cigars.  The shops were run by their extended families. 

Marelli’s was the only store to continue after the mills closed; it outlasted the Depression and two World Wars …..open for 107 years until it closed in Oct. 2017.

All summer, the Museum will display family and store memorabilia, clothing, portraits and cigar making equipment, as well as a collection of stories written by Edna Ellen Mariotti, daughter of Darius.  Displays are courtesy of the Mariotti, Loiselle and Marelli families, and the remaining Marelli store, still operating in Hampton, NH.   

 


Presented by:

Local historian John Carmichael presents this retrospective along with members of the Mariotti and Marelli families.  John is the current president of the New Market Historical Society.  He has reseached Newmarket’s history as it relates to a variety of topics, including the Civil War, Prohibition, World War I soldiers, child labor, and Irish immigration.

WELCOME HOME CELEBRATION

Date:

Time: To Be Announced

Location:

Stone School  Museum

3 Granite Street,

Newmarket, NH

Fee: None. Donations greatly appreciated!

DATE IN OCTOBER — TO BE ANNOUNCED

Open House and a special event featuring unique artifacts from Newmarket’s past:

The Folsom clock — made by Newfields craftsmen, it first took up residence in Josiah Folsom’s Hersey Lane home around 1822.   (Five years later his daughters would carry the clock to safety as the house burned down.)    Recently restored, it is now part of the Haines Family Collection at the Museum. 

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Dr. Towle’s car (displayed—weather permitting—by current owner Loret Simonds of Keene, NH)

Dr. Towle’s car — In 1935, longtime Newmarket physician George Towle purchased a Pontiac with a “Doctor’s Addition” (a completely outfitted medical bag in its own compartment).  Dr. Towle died within months of the purchase, and his new Pontiac passed through several owners before settling into its current rather pampered existence in Keene.


Presented by:

The Board of Directors of the New Market Historical Society 

 

 

ANNUAL TEA

Date: September 13, 2020

Time: 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Location:

               Newmarket Town Hall

168 South Main Street

                        Newmarket, NH

Fee:

2020 is the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote.   Our speaker will focus on Women’s History, Suffrage  and passage of  this historic Amendment in 1920.

We listened.  During our past few teas we asked our patrons if they would prefer another time of the year, rather than the hot summer months for our tea.  Most preferred springtime or fall. We initially scheduled for April this year; however, the fast moving events of the Coronavirus in March forced us to move the event to the fall.  It will be held 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, September 13th at the Newmarket Town Hall.

(Getty photo: Mrs. Herbert Capenter, marching down Madison Avenue, NYC, 1914)

Admission charges for this Fund Raiser: $20 for members, $25 for non-members.  

Reservations (recommended) and payment can be made by credit card via the PayPal link on our home page, or by calling 603-659-3289. 

 


Presented by:

Dr. Nicolette Gullace, UNH Associate Professor of History has an extensive background in women’s history in Victorian Britain, WWI, and feminism in modern European history. She has published numerous books including The ‘White Feather Girls’: Women’s Militarism in the UK …”where the suffrage movement was split by the Great War.  Most often remembered are the pacifists, but the militant history of feminist war supporters in Britain, and the audacity of the ‘White Feather Girls’ … shamed young men into enlisting.”

NEWMARKET'S UPPITY WOMEN

Date: September 14, 2020

Time: 7 p.m.

Location:

Newmarket Town Hall Auditorium

186 South Main Street

Newmarket, NH

Fee: None (Donations always appreciated!)

When the Republican Party and William Harding enjoyed a huge win in the 1920 election, over 100 Newmarket women joined in Newmarket’s victory parade.   They wore white, waved white flags and carried red lights as they proudly marched in celebration of Harding’s win — and of their first time at the ballot box. 

This program highlights the accomplishments of many of the town’s women who gave a great deal to the community since colonial times.  They were authors, businesswomen, entrepreneurs, artists and poets, lawyers and activists, Olympians, teachers, politicians, police women and military volunteers  - many of whom broke glass ceilings and were Newmarket Firsts!

(Photo:Newmarket resident Harriett  Carpenter, along with her sister Esther,  were the first women to enlist in the US Navy during WW I)      


Presented by:

 

Our Presenter is also a Newmarket First!

Attorney Patti Blanchette is a Newmarket native and a graduate of Newmarket High School, the University of New Hampshire, and Franklin Pierce Law Center. While in high school she championed a Constitutional Amendment to allow 18 year olds to vote, addressing the NH House of Representatives on that issue at the age of 15.  After law school she worked for the Boynton and Waldron Law Office in Portsmouth—the first woman hired by that firm. In 1974 at the age of 22, she was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives after leading the Concerned Citizens of Newmarket, which opposed locating the Onassis Oil refinery in Newmarket.

Patti was the subject of an NHPTV video “Lawmaker At Work” which was shown in schools throughout the state to educate young students on the role of a Legislator.  She served seven terms in the House while also chairing the Newmarket Budget Committee.  In 1992, Patti was elected as the first woman President of the New Hampshire Bar Association.  She then went on to serve as President of the New England Bar Association in 1994 and 1995. She has been honored by her peers for her distinguished service to the profession, and was previously named as one of the top ten most powerful women in New Hampshire. 

Attorney Blanchette has had an active family law practice spanning several counties, and is a lifetime member of the Newmarket Historical Society.  Most recently, with support from the Historical Society, she headed the Friends of the Rockingham Ballroom to save the 80-year-old Ballroom from being closed to due the lack of a fire sprinkler. Ten years later, the sprinkler is in place and the dancing goes on. 

DIGGING INTO NATIVE HISTORY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

Date: September 28, 2020

Time: 7:00 PM

Location:

Newmarket Town Hall Auditorium

186 South Main Street

                      Newmarket, NH  

Fee: None (Donations gladly accepted)

Abenaki history has been reduced to near invisibility as a result of conquest, a conquering culture that placed little value on the Indian experience, and a strategy of self-preservation that required many Abenaki to go “underground,” concealing their true identities for generations to avoid discrimination and persecution.

Robert Goodby reveals archaeological evidence that shows their deep presence here, inches below the earth’s surface. 


Presented by:

Dr. Robert Goodby is a professor of Anthropology at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge. He holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Brown University and has spent the last thirty years studying Native American archaeological sites in New England.   He is a past president of the New Hampshire Archeological Society, a former Trustee of the Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner, and served on the New Hampshire Commission on Native American Affairs. In 2010, he directed the excavations of four 12,000 year-old Paleoindian dwelling sites at the Tenant Swamp site in Keene.

SCOUNDRELS, REPROBATES AND YANKEE JUSTICE: A Visit To The Darker Side Of Newmarket

Date: October 26, 2020

Time: 7:00 PM

Location:

Newmarket Town Hall Auditorium

186 South Main Street

Newmarket, NH

Fee: None (Donations greatly appreciated!)

 

As dried leaves start rustling in the streets and the moon shines bright in late fall evenings, it’s time to reflect on Newmarket’s share of sinners. Join us as we visit 300 years of local lore and legend.  This program promises to be poignant, chilling, laughable, and sometimes grisly as we learn a bit about the darker side of our heritage.

   

(photo: the old Elm Block in 1905, at the corner of Elm Street & Nichols Avenue, a scene of adultrous rage, revenge, and bloody murder)

Subjects will range from:

the infamous (and yet lovable) Henry Tufts, The Chicken Thief,

The Slaughter House,

Unreturned Love,

and being sentenced to “Remove Yourself From Newmarket Within 24 Hours”  along with many more!


Presented by:

New Market Historical Society Board Member Michael Provost  will dig deep into his collection of the peccadilloes of former Newmarket residents and share some of their  stories.  Michael is a longtime Newmarket resident, local historian, and is noted for his walking tour of “Murder, Mischief, Mishaps, and Mayhem: Tales of Old Newmarket”.  Special thanks are extended to John Carmichael, who has also caught the “spirit” and continually adds to Michael’s collection as he pursues his own research on local history.

SONGS OF EMIGRATION: Storytelling Through Traditional Irish Music

Date: November 9, 2020

Time: 7:00 P.M.

Location:

 Newmarket Town Hall Auditorium

186 So. Main Street

Newmarket, NH

Fee: None (Donations gladly accepted)

Through traditional music Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki relays some of the adventures, misadventures, and emotions experienced by Irish emigrants.  The focus is on songs about leaving Ireland, sometimes focusing on the reasons for leaving (a man driven from his land by English persecution), sometimes revealing what happened upon arrival (an immigrant drafted into the Union army during the Civil War), and sometimes exploring the universal feeling of homesickness of a stranger in a strange land (a factory worker in London missing his home in County Clare).

The presenter discusses the historical context of these songs, interspersing the stories with tunes from Ireland that made their way into New England’s musical repertoire, played on his fiddle or guitar.

This Program is sponsored by NH Humanities 

 


Presented by:

Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki is a teacher and historian who displays the Irish immigrant experience that evolved into New England’s musical repertoire.   On acoustic fiddle and guitar, he is an award-winning fiddler who grew up playing dances and folk festivals around New England. He was first recognized as part of New Hampshire’s culture at the age of 12, when he was the youngest member of the delegation representing the state at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C.  Jordan has toured nationally with bands of various genres, performed across Ireland, and released multiple recordings of Celtic music that can be heard on radio stations around New England. He currently performs over 200 shows each year, mostly with his own band, the Jordan TW Trio. His lifelong passion for history helps bring to life the traditional music around which he built his career.

MAKING PIEROGI -- HANDS-ON CLASS

Date: November 14, 2020

Time: 1 - 5 p.m.

Location:

Newmarket Community Church Kitchen

137 Main Street

Newmarket, NH 

Fee: $25 pre-payment

Polish Cooking for the Holidays

Sat., Nov. 14, 1:00-5:00 pm

Newmarket Community Church Kitchen                                                  

Michael Provost will take you through pierogi making, sharing a sample tasting menu and Polish holiday traditions. Each participant will leave with approximately 2 dozen pierogi that they have made, and recipes for a full Polish Christmas Eve gathering.

                                                                                                              Each attendee must bring a cutting board (at least 12 by 16 inches), an apron, and a rolling pin. A pre-payment of $25 is required to register for this class (see website).   Any proceeds will benefit the Stone School Museum.  This class is presented in cooperation with the Newmarket Community Church. 

It is suggested that you reserve your spot early!  Class is limited to 20 people.


Presented by:

Board Member Michael Provost, past owner of Mike’s Cafe, caterer, and cook of all things Polish will teach this course.   After Michael’s Polish program last fall,  he was asked by several members to teach a class in Polish cooking.   He looks forward to explaining the mysteries of Pierogis to you at the Community Church.  

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

Date: December 5, 2020

Time: 10:00 am - 03:00 PM

Location:

Stone School Museum

3 Granite Street

Newmarket, NH

Fee:

Holiday Open House 

Saturday, December 5th,   10 a.m. til 3 p.m.

Stop in to see our new displays.

Our old dolls and toys will reappear.

We will again offer holiday fare, and unique gift items for sale.

This year we again feature a large dollhouse built and fully furnished with hand crafted items by Forrest Shorrey for his wife Dot for their 40th anniversary in 1986.  In October 2019, their children donated this special piece of folk art to the Historical Society. 


Presented by:

Historical Society Board of Directors 

SANTA PUB CRAWL

Date: December 5, 2020

Time: 06:30 PM til 11:00 PM

Location:


Downtown Newmarket

SEVERAL PUBS ONCE

AGAIN JOIN IN

THE CELEBRATION

Fee: $20.00

Photo from our 2019 Pub Crawl  

    

Revelers stroll throughout downtown dressed in holiday gear.  

                                  (with the exception of  “Grinches”… no “Grinch” is allowed)

                                                                      Visit Newmarket’s several pubs and taverns and spread joy and good will up and down Main Street.

       

The Historical Society truly appreciates the support of all who participate in this fundraiser, which has become an annual event (last year we sold out).  All proceeds go directly toward the preservation and acquisition of items for our permanent collection.  

Updated info to be published at a later date.

 


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