Meet Laura Ingalls Wilder

Do you love Laura? Did you grow up devouring her “Little House” series of books, or dressing up like characters on the television show? Do you ever wonder about the real people and events behind the stories, or what Laura thought about the world around her? Now you can ask Laura yourself!

Jane Kelly, Birds of Prey

I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin. The majority of my time growing up was spent outdoors. My father had a big influence on my enthusiasm for nature taking me fishing, hiking and hunting. His appreciation for birds rubbed off on me.

Kevin Fife, Stonewall Expert

Born and raised in Canterbury NH, Kevin is a nationally recognized master stone mason and lives in Northfield with his wife and two daughters. Kevin began building stonewalls in 1981, blending his talent as an artist with the business of landscape construction.

Thomas Jefferson

When he was near the completion of his life Jefferson insisted that he most wanted posterity to remember him for three things: The Declaration of Independence, The Statute of Virginia For Religious Freedom, and The University of Virginia.

DON WATSON Special Friday Evening Show

Don Watson is a singer/songwriter from Gilford, NH, who’s music has been compared to John Denver, Jim Croce and Dan Fogelberg. His songs are upbeat, inspiring and easy on the ears. Don’s newest project “Welcome Home New Hampshire” is a collection of songs based on people, places and events of the granite state. Don partnered with Steve Redic, a poet and historian from Candia, NH in the writing of these songs. Don recently performed for Governor Maggie Hassan and the Governor’s Council. He was also featured on WMUR TV’s “New Hampshire Chronicle”. In addition, Don has performed at several larger NH venues including Meadowbrook, Franklin Opera House, Hopkinton Fair, and many historical societies, libraries, farmers markets and festivals. See Don Watson’s “Welcome Home New Hampshire, Songs and Stories of New Hampshire” at the President Franklin Pierce Homestead Friday, August 14th, 7 PM...

Names on our town – where did they come from?

by Cynthia Van Hazinga Some of us have lived here so long we no longer wonder; some of us are new here and have no notion of why parts of town have the names they do. In many cases, there’s a person . . . and a story . . . behind the name. Hillsborough, the Town: Sure, it’s hilly, but our town was incorporated and named for the Englishman Col. John Hill of Boston, who was said to have paid Massachusetts Governor Wentworth about $50 when the territory was known as “No. 7.” In the early 1740s, the first brave homesteaders arrived, wielding axes. The settlement was, except for Charlestown, the most northerly outpost in New Hampshire, the borderline of civilization, as it was called. 2nd NH Turnpike: This state highway between Amherst and Claremont was opened to travel in 1801; for many years it was the main artery of business between Boston and Canada and was serviced by Kimball’s Tavern in the Lower Village and Wilson’s in the Upper Village, the regulation two miles apart. Bible Hill: So called for the only large bible in town, owned by Deacon Joseph Symonds who settled in the 1770s on what was then called West Hill. Symonds was the most prominent and richest man in Hillsborough when it was incorporated. Bible Hill was also the location of the first tavern in town, operated by “Capt. Sam” Bradford, and it was there that the first town meeting was held, in November, 1772. Beard Brook, Beard Road: Elijah was the first Beard to settle in town, in about 1785. He bought a...

The Pequawket Alliance

The Pequawket Alliance is a group of progressive historians, re-enactors, that portray life as it was in early to mid 18th century New France (Canada). The women in the camp wear 18th century attire, often layered which differs slightly from the 18th century British counterpart. They will be seen sewing, cooking, making lace and many other things that was demanded of an 18th century French woman in New France. They constantly dote on their men and constantly remind them to eat, stay hydrated and rest. They are all strong women, as to be expected for the time. The men portray Canadian Milice (militia) of New France. Canadian Milice were formed into companies, organized out of parishes, they had strong Catholic beliefs that governed how they lived. All men 16 to 60 were expected to do their part. Each Parish had a malice company, the more populated had several companies. Each company was required to drill every Sunday and was expected to be well armed with a musket, full powder horn, 20-30 pre-rolled cartridges, at least 20 extra balls (for the musket), a tomahawk and blade (knife). In battle they had no use for European style tactics. They preferred bush fighting, surprise the enemy, attack out of nowhere, give a war whoop (which was used to frighten their enemy), fire volley or fire individually. While on campaign, they could live indefinitely in the woods. However their raiding party style of warfare was so strenuous that when and if they returned, they were unrecognizable and needed long periods of time to recoup. When you see a Canadian Milice just sitting around,...