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The Penacook Historical Society - A Bird's Eye View of Penacook
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Along the River: Exploring Community Connections

Four Rivers, Five Communities, Eight Organizations

New Hampshire’s people settled along its rivers and built communities for over 10,000 years.  They found shelter, food, water power, paths for travel and communication, and places to work and play that connected their lives.  Eight local organizations explore the fluid relationships between natural and human communities along the Warner, Lane, Contoocook and Merrimack Rivers in collaborative exhibits and programs during the summer of 2014. These rivers connect us to nature, to our history and to each other.

Participating museums include the Bradford Historical Society, Hopkinton Historical Society, The Little Nature Museum, Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, New Hampshire Telephone Museum, The Penacook Historical Society, Sutton Historical Society, and Warner Historical Society.

Exhibits include The Little Nature Museum, which will share examples of plants and animals found along the river, and the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, which will explore Native American uses of these food resources in a joint exhibit at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum.  The rich history of the area’s mills will be found at the Bradford, Hopkinton, Penacook and Warner Historical Societies and the New Hampshire Telephone Museum.  Travel and recreation on the rivers will be highlighted at the Hopkinton Historical Society, Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum and Penacook Historical Society. The New Hampshire Telephone Museum will share photos and stories of natural disasters along the rivers and how communication was affected. All exhibits open May 1. 

Accompanying the exhibits is a diverse array of programs and hands-on activities including lectures, outdoor experiences, history walks, a concert and an historical re-enactment. The Bradford Bog People will perform in Bradford in May.  Talks include Native American fishing, mill history, covered bridges, fish habitats, invasive species, 17th-century maps and natural disasters. Sutton will offer a living history reenactment in August.   Plans also call for mill walks, cider making, water testing, and a canoe trip on the Contoocook.  You can even win prizes by attending programs. 

For the full schedule with dates, times, locations and contest information see http://www.AlongtheRiver.org.


Check out the Meetings page for our Potluck/Presentations along with all the events planned around "Along the River"


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