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Calendar of Events



July 18-19: Big Tree Slide Talk and Field Trip

Weeks State Park
Big trees are awesome!  Weeks State Park Association will present a free slide program about the "Big Trees of New Hampshire".  This talk will be followed the next day by a field trip in Randolph NH to visit some registered champion trees.  Kevin Martin of Epping NH is writing a new book about New Hampshire's biggest trees and will introduce these champion trees to park attendees at 7 PM on Thursday, July 18th.  Martin's presentation will include stories about our biggest trees and his adventures in finding these magnificent trees and the places where they grow.  Kevin will share the history of these trees and how people and wildlife use trees for various purposes.  Kevin Martin has been building and restoring wooden boats and canoes for over 30 years and is well known in the wooden boat community. He was active with the Epping Conservation Commission and the National Wild and Scenic Lamprey River Advisory Committee.  He is active with the NH Big Tree Program.  The evening slide program will be held in the Great Room of the Summit Lodge at Weeks State Park.  Come early and bring a picnic supper, or climb the fire tower for one of the best views north of the notches.  Weeks State Park is located on the east side of Route 3 about two miles south of Lancaster, NH.

On Friday, July 19th Martin along with local forester and naturalist Dave Govatski and Coos County Extension Forester, Brendan Prusik, will lead a free forest walk near Snyder Brook in Randolph to visit several champion trees that grow in the old-growth forest known as the Snyder Brook Natural Area of the White Mountain National Forest.  This outing will involve easy to moderate walking along established foot paths and will be conducted rain or shine.  Meet at the Appalachia Trailhead Parking on Route 2 in Randolph by 8:30 AM.  This event will conclude by noon.  Bring a snack and water.  Please dress for an easy walk in the woods.  If you have questions please phone UNH Cooperative Extension at 603-788-4961.

August 17th & 18th: Living History Event: August (Hillsborough)

The Franklin Pierce Homestead
Connect with people, places and events of times past at the Hillsborough, NH, interactive Living History Event.  Stroll through encampments of fur traders to Civil War soldiers; see and hear cannons and Native Americans in battle; try early  crafts and games; pan for gold in the river; tour stone arch  bridges on back roads; chat with Ben Franklin; hear live  period music; watch demonstrations by skilled craftsmen; experience daily life in 18th and 19th century America at four historic sites in Hillsborough, NH.  Admission fee for other sites are applicable.

September 4th: Monadnock Travel Council Meeting

The Franklin Pierce Homestead
Monadnock Travel Council meeting where we will provide a tour of The Franklin Pierce Homestead, and perhaps, given the interest of the group, a tour of our famous stone arch bridges and our historic villages. All members of the Monadnock Travel Council are welcome.

September 7th: Exhibition "From the Back Room" 

The Franklin Pierce Homestead
Every museum has them. Those things in the back room that have been collected – and we really don’t know why. An eclectic mix of “what-nots” and “what-are-theys.” Most of these items have not been seen in public for over a half a century!

September 16th: Discovering New England's Stone Walls 

The Franklin Pierce Homestead
Presented by Kevin Gardner, author of “The Granite Kiss.” Along the way during his touching upon the history, technique, stylistic developments, and aesthetics he occupies himself by building a miniature stone wall on a tabletop, using small stones from a five gallon bucket.

September 30th: Marahan-Phelps-McCulloch Photo Collection

The Franklin Pierce Homestead
Presented by Curator Gilman Shattuck. The MPM is a collection of more than 250,000 images from a studio in
continuous operation in Hillsborough from the early 1860's. Images in the collection include the people, the places, the events, the education, the work and the life styles of Hillsborough, much of New Hampshire and elsewhere in New England. It encompasses the technical development of negative photography, as well as early glass plate copies of daguerreotype photographs. In the words of Michael York, NH State Librarian: “… this unique historic photographic collection is of great value to the entire state of New Hampshire."