Lee Historical Society

Telling the Story of Lee, New Hampshire

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Town Center , 11 Mast Road, Lee, NH


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Upcoming Events

Wit and Wisdom: Humor in 19th Century New England (Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 7:00pm)

Presenter: Jo Radner

Whatever did New Englanders do on long winter evenings before cable, satellite and the internet? In the decades before and after the Civil War, our rural ancestors used to create neighborhood events to improve their minds. Community members male and female would compose and read aloud homegrown, handwritten literary “newspapers” full of keen verbal wit. Sometimes serious, sometimes sentimental but mostly very funny, these “newspapers” were common in villages across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont and revealed the hopes, fears, humor and surprisingly daring behavior of our forebears. Jo Radner shares excerpts from her forthcoming book about hundreds of these “newspapers” and provides examples from villages in your region.

Funding for this presentation is provided by the New Hampshire Humanities.

Rosie's Mom: Forgotten Women of the First World War (Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 7:00pm)

Presenter: Carrie Brown

One hundred years ago, a full generation before Rosie the Riveter, American women rolled up their sleeves and entered war industries where they had never been welcome before. They ran powerful machinery, learned new skills, and faced the sullen hostility of the men in the shops. In this illustrated lecture, historian Carrie Brown reveals their courage and their hard work, asks what impact “the Great War” had on their lives, and explores how these women helped shape the work that their more famous daughters would do in the next World

Funding for this presentation is provided by the New Hampshire Humanities.

Votes for Women: A History of the Suffrage Movement (Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 7:00pm)

Presenter: Liz Tentarelli

The campaign for women’s right to vote was a long one, from the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York to ratification of the 19th amendment in 1920. Who were the key players in New Hampshire and the nation? What issues and obstacles did they face? How did suffragists benefit from World War I in the final push for passage of the women’s suffrage amendment? Who was left out when women got the right to vote? Using historic photos and documents, Liz Tentarelli will guide us on the journey. Liz is president of the League of Women Voters NH, a non-partisan organization that is the direct descendant of the National American Woman Suffrage Association.

Funding for this presentation is provided by the New Hampshire Humanities.

The History of Agriculture as Told by Barns (Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 7:00pm)

Presenter: John C. Porter

Barns can tell us a great deal about the history of agriculture in New Hampshire. In the colonial period, New Hampshire was a rural, agrarian state and small subsistence farms dotted the landscape. An important part of these farmsteads was the barn, which housed animals and stored crops. Early barns used traditional building methods and followed the English barn style, with a low pitched roof and doors under the eaves. As time went on, the farms expanded to accommodate changes in agriculture. This presentation will follow the progression of barn styles that evolved to handle the increased productivity required to meet the needs of a growing population and respond to changes in society caused by the railroad and the Industrial Revolution. John C. Porter, author of Preserving Old Barns: Industrial Revolution.

John C. Porter, author of Preserving Old Barns: Preventing the Loss of a Valuable Resource, will demonstrate how these majestic barn structures represent Yankee ingenuity, hard work, and skilled craftsmanship, as well as providing a link to our past that adds to the state’s scenic beauty.

Funding for this presentation is provided by the New Hampshire Humanities.

John Winant: New Hampshire Man of The World (Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 7:00pm)

 Presenter: Richard Hesse

John G. Winant, three-time governor of New Hampshire went on to serve the nation in several capacities on the national and international scene. In the process he became a hero to the British in World War Two and to the common man throughout the developed world. His life, marked by highs and lows, ended tragically in his mansion in Concord. The program examines his life and measures his impact at home and abroad.

Funding for this presentation is provided by the New Hampshire Humanities.

Virtual Museum Opening

We wish that we could see you in person, but, failing that, here is your visit to the virtual museum.